Bad Movies Can Be Great at the Dark Room

By Amber Adrian
|  Wednesday, Feb 9, 2011  |  Updated 4:45 PM PDT
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If your idea of fun is sitting in a dark room with the sarcastic robots of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (and whose isn't?), we've got the place for you. But the valiant souls with the microphones aren’t machines. Nor are they ornery old men best known for hurling verbal slurs at muppets. No, the voices of Bad Movie Night, at the Dark Room are alive, ready to heckle, and partially blocking your view of Megan Fox's cleavage. 

Mercilessly lambasting recent blockbusters (next up is Eat, Pray, Love), Bad Movie Night is a haven for anyone who can’t keep quiet when filmmakers commit the heinous crime of putting sunglasses on a pig or thinking Megan Fox is a good idea. There’s an art to skewering movies so bad even the actors cringe - and the hosts of Bad Movie Night have been perfecting it for six years.

Along with the ruthless jabs, there’s also the occasional well-chosen splash of dubbed-over music. Think Jonah Hex brooding like an unwashed Phantom of the Opera while decking random bad guys to the sound of dueling banjos. Think opening notes to "Burning Down the House" as yet another building explodes with all the heat of a poorly animated blue screen. Yeah, like that. 

There's also free popcorn, a banjo player, and Maggie, the attention-loving pug with her own cult. Go. You won’t be sorry. Especially when you realize you’ve laughed so hard you won’t have to do sit-ups for a month. 

Every Sunday at 8 p.m. 2263 Mission Street. Tickets are $5. Info at (415) 401-7987 or darkroomsf.com/#bmnnow. 

-- 7x7 SF

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