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

Hosted and curated by Leon Chase


Thirty years ago, if you wanted to watch a movie at home, you had to get it on VHS.

For movies that were underground, amateur, or otherwise not typical mainstream Blockbuster material, this could be extremely difficult. As a result, a grass-roots network of video collectors emerged—people who would copy tapes, assemble them into compilations, and trade them with each other through the mail.

Certain videos achieved cult status: You heard about them, mostly via ‘zines or word of mouth. And if you were lucky enough to be somewhere where they had the tape, you dropped everything to sit down and watch it.

Such was the case with both of this month’s features.

“The Wild World of Hasil Adkins”, shot in 1993 by Julien Nitzberg, is a portrait of an outsider one-man-band musician who lived and performed in a trailer in rural West Virginia, while being revered in Europe as the godfather of Psychobilly music.

“Heavy Metal Parking Lot”, made by John Heyn and Jeff Krulik, is a ground-level chronicle of the parking lot outside a Judas Priest concert in 1986—with all the drunken antics, outrageous outfits, and extra-large hair that came with it.

Both these movies, in their own way, capture specific, fringe musical moments that would otherwise have never been documented. They both also happen to be funny as hell.

Join us Tuesday, August 30th, 7pm, at Minnie’s Bar in Brooklyn for this special celebration of two true VHS rarities.

PLUS: There will be a special LIVE BURLESQUE performance by New York City’s own Venatrix



Attack of the 50-Foot Movie presents
“The Wild World of Hasil Adkins” (28 min.)
“Heavy Metal Parking Lot” (17 min.)
plus live burlesque by Venatrix
at Minnie’s Bar
885 4th Ave. in Brooklyn
7pm sharp!



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.


Leon Chase website