The Trash Film Orgy Festival, which has been held every summer for the last fourteen years, screened its last movie, Beetlejuice, at the Crest Theater last night. It was a sad evening for fans of sleazy B-movies, adult humor, and rowdy antics.
The turnout was undeniably massive. Seats were hard to come by and some attendees were even standing. The line to enter the theater stretched down the block and it was easy to get lost in the over-crowded lobby.
As all Trash Film Orgy fans know by now, management changes at the Crest Theater along with all of K Street have forced the festival to find a new home, which is as of yet undetermined.
Although there was certainly a sense of melancholy in the air, the overall mood stayed true to that of every TFO screening – boisterous, silly, and tacky.
The lobby was home to a film crew where guests could wax nostalgic about past TFOs and how much they loved the festival as well as a TFO afterlife booth to fit the Beetlejuice theme.
Just like every other TFO show in recent history, Mighty Tiki introduced the first skit of the night, which just happened to be a parody of The Phantom of the Opera. Evil Sid, the manager of the Crest, played the Phantom, while a sleazy lawyer hired the infamous Bloody Bunny to take her out.
“I represent a consortium of evil real estate developers who have a vision for downtown,” the Sleazy Lawyer remarked. “We want to transform this theater into an upscale, urban Walmart and bring in our own national chain of super-douchey bro-bars to every corner! But we can’t complete our gentrification plan with all these goddamn ghosts and ghouls like you running around. Why, back in July we had a goddamn zombie outbreak right out in the street! If you don’t like it, or you can’t afford it, then move! We can’t have a phantom scaring our target demographic away from The K.”
This was followed by several musical acts including a hilarious “I’ve got a boner” song belted out by the Bloody Bunny and an on-point number sung by the Phantom herself. The finale of the skit was when the Bloody Bunny fell in love with Evil Sid and Sid herself murdered the Sleazy Lawyer with a proton gun. So perfectly trashy while very sardonically telling the tale of why TFO must leave the Crest.
Pre-movie presentations of slideshows featuring past TFO events and movie screenings were touching. The photos really demonstrated how much the festival has matured over the years as well as the amount of love and support that local people have given to keep it going.
The screening of the movie itself heard fewer jeers and japes than a traditional TFO film, which was probably due to the fact that Beetlejuice is more of a cult-classic than a B-movie.
Overall, Trash Film Orgy’s final screening at the Crest was a beautiful way to send off the festival. The support shown was overwhelming and it’s a shame that Sacramento has to lose such a staple to its alternative/grindhouse/cinematic culture. Here’s hoping TFO finds a new venue in time for next summer’s festival.