A monthly event where we watch cult movies in the back of a bar.

Hosted and curated by Leon Chase

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Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains

In 1980, director and music producer Lou Adler teamed up with Oscar-winning screenwriter Nancy Dowd to create “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains”, the story of an all-girl, skunk-haired punk-rock band who—despite the derision of basically everyone—gain a strong female following and become stars… at a price, of course.

Starring then-unknown teenagers Diane Lane and Laura Dern—as well as members of the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and The Tubes—the film sat in limbo for two years while the director and screenwriter tussled over the ending. Finally, in 1982, it got a tiny release, to very little critical or box-office response.

Shortly after, however, the film got picked up by the now legendary late-night cable show “Night Flight”, and soon gained a cult following. Based on this success, it became a staple on the midnight art house circuit for a few years, before fading into relative obscurity.

In the early 1990s, with the emergence of the Riot Grrrl movement, the movie was celebrated as an influence by bands such as Bikini Kill and Bratmobile, and gained new traction as a must-see cult movie. The fact that it had never been officially released on home video only added to its mystique. I can personally attest that, by the mid ’90s, underground video stores were judged by whether or not they had a blurry bootleg VHS copy of “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains” for rent.

The movie finally got a proper video release in 2008, and has since been widely celebrated as a pioneering work in both feminist and punk rock circles.

Join us as we celebrate this truly ahead-of-its-time movie!




For every Attack of the 50-Foot Movie event, I personally curate and assemble a one-of-a-kind collection of contemporary cult-film trailers, drive-in movie advertisements, and assorted vintage weirdness—all related somehow to the era and genre of the featured film.


Collected and assembled by Leon Chase.




American Movie


Evil Dead 2

The Craft

Paris is Burning

Krush Groove

The Warriors

Harold and Maude

Cleopatra Jones

This is Spinal Tap

The Honeymoon Killers

She-Devils on Wheels

Attack of the 50-Foot Woman

Get Rollin’

Documentary Double Feature

Kung Fu Hustle

The Rocky Horror Picture Show


Josie and the Pussycats




Flash Gordon

Trick or Treat

Phantom of the Paradise

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

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