This week Mondo teamed up with the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles to offer their famous Mondo Mystery Movies. The 3 day event was held on October 7, 8 and 9 and two shows occurred each day. The attendees have no idea what the movie will be until 5 minutes before showtime. The surprise element creates a high level of anticipation and it’s interesting to listen to everyone’s theories while waiting in line.
On day one the theater showed 28 Days Later and Hellraiser. Last night I attended the Iron Giant screening hosted by Leonard Maltin. Unfortunately I didn’t have a ticket for the second show, John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13. Tonight the first feature was City of Lost Children followed by Frank Darabont’s The Mist.
Mondo worked with a different artist to create a poster for each film as part of the $75 entrance fee. Tickets sold out in a matter of minutes.
Iron Giant (1999), directed by Brad Bird tells the story of a lonely boy named Hogarth raised by his widowed mother, discovering a giant iron man who fell from space. Hogarth, with the help of a beatnik named Dean, has to stop the U.S. military and a federal agent from finding and destroying the Giant. The Iron Giant takes place during the height of the Cold War. This animated feature has received high critical praise (scoring a 97 percent approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes). It was nominated for many awards that most notably included the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and the Nebula Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Brad Bird later moved on to Pixar to direct The Incredibles and Ratatouille.
The Los Angeles based artist Kevin Tong created the fantastic Iron Giant limited edition poster seen below. Harry Knowles from Ain’t It Cool News tweeted about the print saying, “The Mondo Iron Giant poster might be their very best work yet!”
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Regular Edition, 24″ x 36″, edition size 245
Variant Edition, 24″ x 36″, edition size 70