Program interior for 1st Annual NIGHT OF THE LIVING DREXEL575 views*The Surprise Ohio Premiere was Ken Russell's LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM
Sweet young thing views 13!529 views
A classic Drexel Grandview crew profile500 views(From L to R) Joe Neff (as Zombie Pimp), Tim Martin, Maya Frank (now Sayre), Julie Beegan, Julie's then-boyfriend Chris (don't remember his last name, as we always called him Orange.)
Interior of 1998 program500 views
Flier for 1998 Marathon488 views*The first SHOCKTOBERFEST was enough of a success to warrant a second go at it the following year. By this time, I had replaced Tim Martin (who had departed for the newly opened Marcus Cinemas Pickerington) as manager of the Drexel Grandview. I subsequently took over the bulk of the organizing and booking with Jeff Frank.
*This was the first Columbus Marathon to be emceed by someone other than Bruce. Yes, the experience was petrifying.
*The print of KUNG-FU CANNIBALS (which we later found out to be the 1982 Cameron Mitchell actioner RAW FORCE) was to emanate from the vaults of Hollywood sleaze maven Johnny Legend. However, at the last minute Johnny could not find the print. Hence, we replaced it with the Ohio Premiere of SIX STRING SAMURAI.
*The lobby theme (and staff costumes) for this year was the Miskatonic University 13th Anniversary Class Reunion.
*This was the first Marathon where I booked THE HUNGER as part of the lineup (it also screened at the 2003 NIGHTMARE AT STUDIO 35.) In subsequent years, a vocal minority has developed that believes I keep booking THE HUNGER out of spite for the audience, and that I spend my weekends watching it and SUSPIRIA back to back in a loop. That supposition is only half correct. (Neff)
Back of flier for 1998 Marathon465 views
HOOT Horror Marathon Article461 viewsA promo article from HOOT magazine, circa October 1988. HOOT was the brainchild of local gadfly Irv Oslin. It mainly featured weekly runs of national comic strips, many of which did not run in the Columbus market, and other humor writing. Regular strips included Lynda Barry's ERNIE POOK'S COMEEK, the works of Jules Pfeiffer and, later, early material from Ted Rall. It also featured the only local printing of Joe Bob Briggs's weekly column. HOOT was known for its iconoclastic covers (such as the "Give 'Em a Big Dead Slug" parody of Big Bear's then-popular tagline), but also for its staunch support of the Marathons. The Science Fiction fests regularly received cover treatment, and while the Horror Marathons couldn't match this there were usually kind mentions in articles like the one feature here. On a personal note, it was HOOT's coverage of the 2nd edition of IT CAME FROM THE DREXEL NORTH (with its attendant Marvin the Martian cover and "Insomniacs Invade the Drexel North" tagline) that first introduced me to this cinematic thing of ours. Thanks Irv. (Neff)
The Ladies of the Drexel Grandview461 views(From L to R) Julie Beegan, Maya Frank (now Sayre), Sarah McKinney. You may remember Julie from the ticket table at several of the Studio 35 Marathons. Maya played the infamous Head Nurse at the beginning of the 1998 Bride of Shocktoberfest Marathon. (Neff)
Other Paper post-Marathon article for 2002 event458 viewsFor my money, this was the best article written about the Studio 35 Marathons. It perfectly captured the ebb and flow of sitting in a theater for 24 hours, and was entertaining to boot. Author Rob Harvilla now writes for The Village Voice. (Neff)