In past years, we at the Midnight Madness blog have warned you of many dangers. The dangers of hooking up with or dating dead people and the heartbreak of “intimate hauntings” (e.g., Dead Girl; It Follows). The dangers of Tony Jaa taking you apart like a chicken with his powerful and frightening muay thai skills, which we face again this year in SPL 2: A Time For Consequences. (The consequences? Tony Jaa takes you apart like a chicken), The dangers of Iko Uwais, Joe Taslim or Yayan Ruhian (The Raid; Yakuza Apocalypse) taking you apart with their pencak silat and judo skills. The dangers of 3-D-inducing drugs bringing Judge Dredd’s justice down on you and Soy Sauce-based drugs just making you see… things you really don’t want to. Just last year, we warned you about Murder Scouts. And despite their being our informal Midnight Madness blog mascot, we always have a wary eye on our “friends,” the isopods–giant or otherwise.
Tonight The Chickening begins this year’s Madness. It becomes a part of not only Midnight Madness’ history, but a part of a select history, a history of films warning you of dangers to be prepared for. Sure you know about The Birds and I assume you’ve been briefed on the precautions necessary during a Birdemic, Poultrygeist or even a Thankskilling.
|Throw the egg out and wash your hands. Do not touch your mucus membranes.|
|Abandon your house. Go get Chinese food.|
Preparedness is next to Not Getting Your Ass Killed. Sure, Bubo the mechanical owl from Clash of hte Titans is cute. But have to stopped to consider what would happen if Bubo went bad? He has the wisdom of Athena and his cuteness is unstoppable.
|Sure, Bubo’s cute and helpful, but its name is also evocative of the Bubonic Plague. Best wash your hands.|
We haven’t heard from Rodan or the Giant Claw in a while, but not so long ago, Bangkok dealt with a very Rodan-like Garuda situation. Does your city have a Giant Bird Preparedness Plan?
|Garuda will mess up the Greater Metropolitan Area.|
Have you considered all the eventualities of a Roc roosting in a densely populated city? And I’m not talking about the effects of Dwayne Johnson on the native cod population and how that trickles down to depleted fish and chips options. I’m talking about this Roc:
|City officials attempt to enforce zoning regulations.|
What about this mysterious goose visible for a good while in Harinam Singh’s vampire classic Shaitani Dracula? It seems innocent enough–as if it had just wandered into the shot. But it is in a movie about Dracula. Is it some kind of Dracula itself? What is it doing? Should we fear the Goosening?
|I think… I think it’s looking at us…|
And that’s not even getting into the more prosaic dangers of, say, Sam the Eagle running a political campaign. (I’m thinking Senate).
|Sam’s anti-“weirdo” policies would be devastating for Midnight Madness.|
But we do have some fine feathered friends on our side. Bubo, probably. Rodan stood up for Earth against King Ghidorah and the alien jerks hiding in our lakes and laughing at human emotions that one time.
And for every goose Dracula, there is a heroic wonder bird like Sheroo in Dharam Veer. Sheroo the Wonder Bird catches imperiled babies.
But if you see Mr. Chicken… Goddamn, your goose is cooked. Run. Just run. And we’ll pray for you.
|My God, he sees us. HE SEES US.|
In the meantime, as always, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly after handling poultry products and always cook your chicken to an internal temperature of 74 degrees Celsius or 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Thu, Sept 10th, 11:59 PM RYERSON
Fri, Sept 11th, 8:45 AM SCOTIABANK
Sat, Sept 12, 2:15 PM BLOOR HOT DOCS
SPL 2: A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES screens:
Thu, Sept 17, 11:59 PM RYERSON
Fri, Sept 18, 3:30 PM BLOOR HOT DOCS
Sun, Sept 20, 6:30 PM SCOTIABANK
YAKUZA APOCALYPSE screens:
Fri, Sept 18, 11:59 PM RYERSON
Sat, Sept 19, 3:00 PM SCOTIABANK 2
And for more chickens head over to the Vanguard Program for MEN & CHICKEN:
Mon, Sept 14, 9:00 PM SCOTIABANK
Wed, Sept 16, 10:00 PM BLOOR HOT DOCS CINEMA
Sun, Sept 20, 3:30 PM SCOTIABANK