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Laser Blast: Fortress (35mm)
February 28, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm EST$10
Dir. Stuart Gordon
Cast: Christopher Lambert, Kurtwood Smith, Loryn Locklin, Clifton Collins Jr., Lincoln Kilpatrick, Jeffery Combs
35mm Print (generously provided by the University of Toronto Media Commons Archive)
25th ANNIVERSARY SCREENING (because it didn’t get released in NA until 1993!)
PRE-SHOW: 7:30 PM / FEATURE: 8:00 PM
“FORTRESS has an unusually energetic imagination. At its best, it blends ROBOCOP, THE HANDMAID’S TALE and BRAVE NEW into something scary, original and grimly amusing.” – The New York Freakin’ Times
“Stuart Gordon’s hugely underappreciated sci-fi effort… utilizes Lambert’s bland appeal to dazzling effect.” – VHS Revival
It’s the future (2017), and a reformed fascistic American government has given way to a frightening dystopia! (Timely ain’t it?) Chief among the nation’s concerns is population control, and so when HIGHLANDER’s Christopher Lambert and Loryn Locklin risk having a second child after a miscarriage, they’re both whisked to a maximum security prison ruled by Kurtwood ‘ROBOCOP’ Smith who tyrannically maintains order via pumping the inmates guts full of “Intestinators” – bombs that go off whenever they step out of line – literally. What follows is a meat and potatoes prison break flick, but executed with all the wit, ingenuity and rock-solid filmmaking that its director – the great Stuart Gordon (RE-ANIMATOR) is known for.
As far as THE LASER BLAST FILM SOCIETY is concerned, Stuart Gordon (RE-ANIMATOR) has never, ever made a bad movie, and FORTRESS is no outlier. While Lambert admittedly makes for a banal leading man Kurtwood Smith, Eric’s Dad Red from THAT 70’s SHOW is a firecracker, and the rest of the cast is charismatic cavalcade, with a fresh-faced Clifton Colins Jr, an unhinged Vernon Wells (Wez from THE ROAD WARRIOR and Gordon’s muse Jeffrey Combs all but eating the spectacular and enormous sets. Complete with gross-out gore gags, slick-looking cyborgs, and magnificent (and sparkly) pyro-laden action, all effortlessly conducted in harmony by Mr. Gordon, FORTRESS is yet another stellar example that for the director of FROM BEYOND, ROBOT JOX and STUCK, there’s no reason why a B-Movie can’t be A+ entertainment!
THE LASER BLAST FILM SOCIETY is made possible in part by the funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.