Lethal Weapon 2, Brainscan on tap for CUFF’s summer Field Trips of Terror

The idea of filmgoing is one that the Calgary Underground Film Festival take literally and continue to tap into with their Field Trips of Terror.

They’re at it again having just announced their two summer offerings with “unconventional screening locations.”

The first is a free outdoor showing of the action sequel Lethal Weapon 2 — truly terrifying for Mel Gibson’s mullet alone — which will take place Thursday, Aug. 23 at containR Park in Sunnyside (1020 2 Ave. N.W.). The film, which, of course, stars Gibson and Danny Glover as a pair of mismatched cops who get into shenanigans and hijinks with Joe Pesci and Apartheid-era South Africans, begins at 9 p.m. (Note: the location is an allusion to the ending of the film, minus the Clapton schmaltz.)

The second film is the schlocky 1994 sci-fi horror flick Brainscan, which will screen the next Thursday, Aug. 30, at The Rec Room (901 64 Ave. N.E.).

There are tickets for that one at a price of $20, which includes a 7 p.m. pickup at the Kensington C-Train station and a ride on the Bassbus to The Rec Room, and will also provide you $10 worth of play at the restaurant and games room. Or you can drive yourself and a donation will get you in on the cinemaction.

It’s an 8 p.m. start time for this ridiculously, wonderfully terrible and dated film, about a 16-year-old (Edward Furlong post Terminator 2, pre American History X), who gets caught up in a CD Rom (ask your parents) video game where an “evil rocker” named Trickster lives and may or may not be getting him to commit gruesome murders.

For more information on the Field Trips of Terror or tickets to the latter screening, please go to, and for a taste of the fromage that is Brainscan please see below.

(Illustration courtesy Tom Bagley.)