Super Mario Bros Archivists Return Film to Silver Screen

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Super Mario Bros Archivists Return Film to Silver Screen

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Even cult hits of dubious quality are worth remembering.

"More often than not, seemingly unpopular films are forgotten and lost forever unless someone acts quickly to preserve it," Steven Applebaum of the Super Mario Bros: The Movie Archive told the Star News Online. "For example, Blade Runner (which one could say is Super Mario Bros. closest cousin) took quite a few years to become a cult hit after its lukewarm theatrical release."

Comparison of Ridley Scott's landmark 1982 sci-fi flick to the SMB film aside, he does have a point. As actors like Dennis Hopper (who starred in the film as the king Koopa) pass away, films like Super Mario Bros. would just "have remained a quirk in film history" if no attempt was made to remember them. That's the entire point of the SMB: The Movie Archive, and it's for that reason that the Archivists are returning the movie to the big screen for its 19th anniversary - once in Wilmington, NC on Thursday, June 21, and in Seattle, WA on the 22nd and 23rd.

These screenings, as well as showings in New York City and Los Angeles earlier in the year, are the first time that Super Mario Bros. has been in theaters since its original 1993 release.

Between Seattle, NYC, LA and Wilmington, one of those seems a bit out of place. But the SMB movie was originally filmed in the Wilmington area, and Applebaum says that locals who worked on the film will be on hand for the screening - as will some props and items seen in the final project. Personally, I'm hoping for those jump-boots Mario and Luigi used at the end.

According to Applebaum, one of the biggest surprises about the SMB: The Movie Archive screenings was learning how much people who worked on the film - which, let's face it, isn't considered a masterpiece - genuinely enjoyed it rather than casting it off as an old shame. "It's a popular perception that everyone hated what they were doing when in actuality they were just making the best with a project everyone believed to be something special. They still see it as something with potential."

If you're in Wilmington NC, the screening will be at the Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 PM on Thursday the 21st. If you're in or around Seattle, there will be two performances on June 22 and 23 at the Egyptian Theatre, both at midnight. Tickets can be ordered online here and here, respectively.

The last time I watched the Super Mario Bros movie was back in college, and I admit I had a fun time with it. To be fair, I'd also had like six White Russians at the time, but it was enjoyable all the same.

Source: Wilm on Film

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Will there be... monkeys?
This is probably being sponsored by drug companies, because after watching this brain drain people are going to be feeling very...

*puts on sunglasses*

...Anit-septic

I loved the movie, I don't care what anyone says about it. I'd watch it again and again and again. Just wish it would come to my home town so I can see it on the big screen.

I was a kid the last and only time I watched it on TV and I kinda enjoyed it, only for the (not so) subtle references of the original source material (the games) and just to see what wacky and outlandish creation would they come up with next.

In short, I didn't hated it, but I certainly don't see it as a cult classic. I'd like to see it again, just for the lols.

I would not mind seeing it

After years of films by Uwe Bowl, this film has started to shine a little brighter.

I tried to watch it again recently, having only seen it once when it came out.

I couldn't do it. I couldn't make it through.

I guess I'm just too old for it. Says the person who watched and enjoyed Ichigo Mashimaro and DiGi Charat

Oh god, I remember seeing this when I was 6 in the movie theaters with my dad, we used to play the original game together all the time. After the movie I turned to him and told him I didn't want to play it anymore.

Rednog:
Oh god, I remember seeing this when I was 6 in the movie theaters with my dad, we used to play the original game together all the time. After the movie I turned to him and told him I didn't want to play it anymore.

Whereas I watched it long before I'd ever played the games... and thoroughly enjoyed it (again, I was a kid at the time). As a result, I view the film and the games as two separate but related entities.

I'll probably watch it again one of these years - it is on a shelf downstairs somewhere...

I liked the Super Mario Movie. Sure, I was a kid, but as much as I loved the game Mario was just a guy breaking bricks and abusing reptiles. I knew the whole New York thing didn't matter because it was just kind of... cool... in a weird dorky way it was just cool. If you add in all the (rather nonexistent for the time) context of the games then yeah, it's ruined. However, I don't know... it just works on its own.

holy shit! i love wilmingtonn, nc! if anyone goes there, make sure to stop by the Soapbox. it's a bar/laundromat. in the basement, i saw standup comedy, and upstairs i saw the hellzapoppin freakshow. when i used to hop trains and travel, we hung out there for a bit, i love that town. ALSO! stop by I <3 NY pizza. good fuckin pizza.

other things worth noting: Eastbound and Down was filmed there. as well as One Tree Hill. the place next to Soapbox has $1 tacos on... monday i think it is.

seriously one of my favorite places ever. despite the horrible first night i had there. police, hospitals, sleeping in a parking garage elevator until being kicked out and just crashing behind a nearby bush. the next morning, finding the house all my friends were at by the description of "a green house" on the street who's name i forget now. i walked down that street knocking on every door of every green house until i finally found it. Arkham House. an awesome punk house owned by Dan and Art.

god damn... so many good memories from that place.

John Funk:
The last time I watched the Super Mario Bros movie was back in college, and I admit I had a fun time with it. To be fair, I'd also had like six White Russians at the time, but it was enjoyable all the same.

Lets be honest, with enough alcohol, Any movie would be good... well, maybe not Twilight...

Quiet Stranger:
I loved the movie, I don't care what anyone says about it. I'd watch it again and again and again. Just wish it would come to my home town so I can see it on the big screen.

I'm right there with ya. Sure, it's got NOTHING to do with Super Mario the game, but it's pretty damn funny otherwise. I mean it had bitching jump boots powered by Bullet Bills!
TRUST THE FUNGUS

Qitz:

Quiet Stranger:
I loved the movie, I don't care what anyone says about it. I'd watch it again and again and again. Just wish it would come to my home town so I can see it on the big screen.

I'm right there with ya. Sure, it's got NOTHING to do with Super Mario the game, but it's pretty damn funny otherwise. I mean it had bitching jump boots powered by Bullet Bills!
TRUST THE FUNGUS

I concur. I obsessed over this flick as a little kid. It's just so damn weird you can't look away.

Ugh. I hated this movie then, and I still hate it now. Even with a group of friends that find enjoyment out of trashing bad films couldn't salvage the experience.

Take the whole "SMB" part out of the movie and it's still a really dumb scifi movie that makes no fucking sense and had the balls to set itself up for a sequel (see: The Last Airbender). But to each their own I guess. If people out there can "unironically" enjoy this piece of shit, then more power to them.

Unless you are one of those people who confuse "guilty pleasure" with "irony".

Then in that case, I hate you.

The beauty of the movie is in just how awful it is. It's everything that was great and terrible about early 90's action films. I have spent many an evening with friends heckling this movie from the couch. It's like any bad movie in the same ranks as John Carpenter's Street Trash, it's painful to watch it alone but grab a couple friends and it makes for some of the best times.

You people have terrible taste. On the big list of bad movie this doesn't even get into the top 100. This is at least watchable. It's not good, in fact its bad, but there are bowls of movie hells far lower then it.

Ah, yes. I remember enjoying this movie. Dumb, silly, but fun. I kind of wonder if there will ever be another Mario movie.

Ahh, the memories...

...the terrible terrible memories...

WTF Yoshi!?

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Now that I'm old enough to drink my memories away, this movie might be worth another shot (as I pour myself several of my own).

Ahhhh yes, the movie that further cemented the notion that videogames should not be made into movies. They were two brothers that were plumbers....that's about all the movie had in common with the game other than forced parallels.

Seriously, this is the type of movie that if MST3K were still around in 20 years, they'd be doing an episode on it.

Yeah....this isn't even a "so bad it's good" kind of flick. It's just "I'd rather be washing dishes right now" bad.

The_Darkness:

Rednog:
Oh god, I remember seeing this when I was 6 in the movie theaters with my dad, we used to play the original game together all the time. After the movie I turned to him and told him I didn't want to play it anymore.

Whereas I watched it long before I'd ever played the games... and thoroughly enjoyed it (again, I was a kid at the time). As a result, I view the film and the games as two separate but related entities.

I'll probably watch it again one of these years - it is on a shelf downstairs somewhere...

I enjoyed it even having played the games first.

It's just a matter of treating it like separate entities, as you say. But as a Highlander fan, I'm used to compartmentalising. >.>

It was never a great movie in my eyes, but it wasn't as bad as people made it out to be.

if you aware familiar with the source material, and you can't recognise what the film is about by looking at the poster... something has gone wrong...

-Dragmire-:
Ahh, the memories...

...the terrible terrible memories...

WTF Yoshi!?

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Now that I'm old enough to drink my memories away, this movie might be worth another shot (as I pour myself several of my own).

Why did you take a screenshot of Skyrim for that?

OT: Am I the only person who liked this film without imbibing perception-altering substances?
Shocking.

I still love this terrible classic. I still sing "Walk the Dinosaur" occasionally.

Fappy:
I still love this terrible classic. I still sing "Walk the Dinosaur" occasionally.

You're not the only one;

Loop Stricken:

-Dragmire-:
Ahh, the memories...

...the terrible terrible memories...

WTF Yoshi!?

image

Now that I'm old enough to drink my memories away, this movie might be worth another shot (as I pour myself several of my own).

Why did you take a screenshot of Skyrim for that?

OT: Am I the only person who liked this film without imbibing perception-altering substances?
Shocking.

That's not from Skyrim man, that's from the film. That's a puppet.

I quite liked the film, I mean it had very little in common with the game but that didn't make it any less entertaining. I remember reading Bob Hoskins comments on it though:

"The worst thing I ever did? Super Mario Brothers. It was a fuckin' nightmare. The whole experience was a nightmare. It had a husband-and-wife team directing, whose arrogance had been mistaken for talent. After so many weeks their own agent told them to get off the set! Fuckin' nightmare. Fuckin' idiots."
-Bob Hoskins, "The Guardian" interview

Loop Stricken:

-Dragmire-:
Ahh, the memories...

...the terrible terrible memories...

WTF Yoshi!?

image

Now that I'm old enough to drink my memories away, this movie might be worth another shot (as I pour myself several of my own).

Why did you take a screenshot of Skyrim for that?

OT: Am I the only person who liked this film without imbibing perception-altering substances?
Shocking.

No seriously, that is Yoshi from the movie. Though now that you mention it he does kinda look like argonian

I love this movie on a "so bad it's funny" level. I fully admit it. Though I will admit most of what I love about it is Bob Hoskins (who does a good job, especially at hiding his british accent) and Dennis Hopper, even John Leguizamo turns in an okay performance and at least the "ripped off from Blade Runner but don't tell the kids that" city looked cool.

I loved it! Then again I also love Small Soldiers and Flight of the Navigator, so of course I would...

On the other hand though I hated Short Circuit... and E.T. with a passion! :/

Hm, I'd consider seeing that, as I was one of the people who didn't hate it. Hardly a golden example of art like its source material was, but still cheesy fun. Great special effects for the time too.

So, I need to weigh in here and put my super controversial and important opinion of SMB on the line publically: I thought this movie was great (at least in a 1990s evolution of 1980s action garbage sort of way). If we can embrace movies like Big Trouble in Little China and The Goonies (which we totally can, and should), there's really no reason we can't extend the same courtesy for this wacky little film.

Mike Kayatta:
So, I need to weigh in here and put my super controversial and important opinion of SMB on the line publically: I thought this movie was great (at least in a 1990s evolution of 1980s action garbage sort of way). If we can embrace movies like Big Trouble in Little China and The Goonies (which we totally can, and should), there's really no reason we can't extend the same courtesy for this wacky little film.

I personally LOVED it at the time. In fact all the cheesy 90's "kids" movies I have a major soft spot for.

Hell I even have the original SMB movie poster on my office wall. Tickets purchased for Seattle. Thanks to the Escapist for letting me know!

You know I might be damned for saying it, but I'm gonna come out and say I liked the Super Mario Bros. movie. Yeah, it was bad and stupid, but I like it.

There was NO way you were going to make a good Mario movie. The characters have absolutely no personality and the plot is ridiculous. A jumping plumber fights mushrooms and a giant redhead lizard for an airhead princess who is probably just having an illicit affair she wants to keep out of the headlines.

So to heck with it. I'm enjoying the bad puns, the weird alternate earth, Big Bertha's bountiful... boots, and bob-bombs. Plus one of the trailers I saw scared the piss out of me when I was a kid and that makes the movie memorable for me.

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