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For The Love Of Sci-fi 2019

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Monopoly Events Presents ‘For the Love of Sci-fi 2019’

The world’s biggest Sci-Fi fan convention is BACK and bigger than ever! Join the party as FTLOSF celebrates its 5th birthday with its army of loyal fans and celebrity guests at Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Longbridge Rd, Stretford, Manchester M17 1EH, on the 7th and 8th of December 2019 (with a special opening concert on the evening of Friday 6th.)

Here is a look at the 2019 Guest line up so far:

  1. Karl Urban – is a New Zealand actor. Karl is known for Judge Dredd, Vaako in the Riddick film series, Lord of the Rings and Amazons television series The Boys.
  2. Jon Bernthal – is an American actor. Jon is known for his roles as Frank Castle in Punisher, Daredevil, The Wolf of Wall Street, Fury, Sicario, The Accountant, Baby Driver, Wind River, and Widows.
  3. Peter Weller – The original Robocop himself! Peter has appeared in more than 70 films and television series, including turns as the title character in RoboCop (1987) and its sequel RoboCop 2 (1990).
  4. Dolph Lundgren –  is a Swedish actor best known for his roles of Ivan Drago in Rocky 4, and Andrew Scott in Universal Soldier. He also appeared in over 40 other movies. He is the ultimate SciFi/action legend!
  5. Ron Pearlman – is an American actor and voice actor best known for playing the part of Hellboy in Hellboy 1 and 2 and Clay Morrow in the hit TV series Sons of Anarchy.
  6. Danny Glover – is an American actor, film director, and political activist. He is known for his lead role as Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon film series, Predator 2, Angels in the outfield and Operation Dumbo drop.
  7. Charlie Heaton – is a British actor and musician, best known for his role of Jonathan Byers, the older brother of Will Byers and son of Joyce Byers, in the Netflix hit TV show, Stranger Things.
  8. Natalie Dyer –  is an American actress best known for her part of Nancy Wheeler, the elder sister of Mike Wheeler in the Netflix smash hit Stranger Things.
  9. Ray Park – is a Scottish born actor who is easily most recognisable as Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I as well as Snake Eyes in the G.I. Joe films.
  10. Brian Blessed OBE – is an English actor, writer and presenter. He is known for his booming voice and his roles in Z-Cars, I, Claudius, Blackadder, and Flash Gordon.
  11. Sam Jones – ‘Flash ah-ah’ – is an American actor. He is best known for having played the title character in the 1980 film Flash Gordon and The Highwayman (1987–1988).
  12. Ray Wise –  is an American actor best known for his roles in Swamp Thing, RoboCop, Twin Peaks, Jeepers Creepers 2 and his role as The Devil in Reaper.
  13. Al Leong – is an American stuntman and actor. Best known for his role as Genghis Khan in Bill and Ted and his memorable roles as a henchman in many popular action films.
  14. Mark Dodson –  is an American actor who is known for being the voice of Salacious B. Crumb in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and various Gremlins in Gremlins 1 & 2.


    • Live Q&As
    • Full-scale movie prop and set recreations – T-70 X-Wing – Battlestar Galactica Colonial Viper – Tie Fighter – Batwing – Tardis – Power Loader – A-Team Van – KITT & FLAG mobile unit – Vigo & Slimer – Stranger Things Alphabet Wall & Couch – Simpsons Lounge – Gremlins Kitchen Set with Gremlins – E.T Forest Set with E.T.
    • Attractions (FREE PHOTO OPS) Screen used Lawmaster from, Judge Dredd, Robocop ED-209, original armour suite and Beretta 93R Gun from Robocop. Flash Gordan’s Rocket Cycle Built for our guest Sam J Jones aka Flash Gordan – HERE
    • Star Wars Cantina with Props a full bar and cool free photos opportunities a Star Wars fan dream!
    • Friday night opening concert with Blues Harvest playing all the iconic sci-fi tunes LIVE – HERE
    • Pro Cosplay Sci-fi Guests – HERE
    • Cosplay competitions – HERE – 1st Place is £250!
    • Trading village
    • Live art
    • Sci-fi Afterparty in our special Star Wars Cantina – Tickets: HERE


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Purple People Eater

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purple-people-eaterThis was a game in which you had to remove little plastic people from the mouth of a gelatinous purple people eater. It worked in much the same way as Operation, in that you used metal pliers to extract people from the monsters metal-lined mouth.

In a way this is most 80s boys dream, getting gory with a pet monster. As well as playing it the traditional way and extracting the small plastic people one by one, I also spent a good few hours slowly feeding it the same people I had saved. I suppose it was a weird thing to do, but I though of it as payback. I’d saved them all and not a single one of them had thanked me, so they all had to systematically die one by one. In retrospect this will have been because their mouths were plastic, so my actions may have been deemed a little harsh.

If the prongs touched the metal monster mouth, the buzz the monster gave off really was quite substantial. I remember I had this and played it quite a bit, but after a few days it was decided by my parents that it should be kept at my grandads house, due to the fact that after playing it for extended periods of time it gave me really bad nightmares.

So just to recap, my parents, upon noticing that I was no longer sleeping peacefully at night, decided to NOT throw it away completely, but just control my access to it. Sort of in a “break him in gently” tactic in the same way doctors introduce therapy. All that happened was that I no longer feared going to bed at night, but feared going to Grandads instead.

Come to think of it I had this toy at my Grandads, along with Jaws and the Dusty Bin game. I wish I still had them. They were some ace games.


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Forgotten Filmcast Episode 131: Squirm

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For this year’s Halloween episode of the Forgotten Filmcast, Todd is joined by Rob from Movie Rob to discuss a 1976 entry in the animals attack genre of horror. Get ready for Squirm!

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Show Notes:
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Movies Discussed:
The Ox-Bow Incident

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Stoppit And Tidyup

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Up until the age of 3, I thought my name was “don’t touch”. Bearing that in mind, here is a program with some characters with serious problems.

Welcome to the land of “Do as your told”. Stoppit is a mischievous little character that lives in a dump. Tidyup is his friend that lives just across the bridge in a very tidy neat little gherkin house.

In each episode we meet a new character, which could be anyone from “Eat Your Greens” to the big bad “I said no”. To say the whole thing is a little surreal would be a bit of an understatement. Basically the whole thing is tad bizarre , and makes you seriously think about exactly what “Don’t Do That” did to earn his name. It’s suppose to be perfectly innocent, but it really depends upon how your brain works.

Narrated by that strange knee-touching Irish man with a gravity problem, Terry Wogan, each episode lasts about 5 minutes and usually involves Tidyup sounding like a foghorn while Stoppit has some sort of object land on top of him.

All in all, it was very entertaining back then, and it still is now. I don’t honestly think that it would be the same without the voice of Terry Wogan. There’s something about his voice that compliments the 10 pints of lager needed to at least attempt to understand what the hell is going on. After the quick 5 minute burst, it leaves you with the feeling that makes you just want to say to yourself “What the hell???”. Or maybe it was just me.

Many thanks to Robert Hemsley who found this video for me. If I end up being carted out by men in big white coats, you know now who to point the finger at. For some reason I have an urge to go and boil a gherkin to death now.

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Comb Your Hair

Wash Your Face

Hurry Up

Go And Play

Poor Little Calm Down



Sleepy Old Go To Bed

Don’t Do That

Take Care

Eat Your Greens

Clean Your Teeth

Big Bad I Said No

The Sit Downs

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Forgotten Filmcast Episode 130: Mickey One

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It’s time for another new episode of the Forgotten Filmcast!  This time, Todd is joined by Troy Anderson from Andersonvision to discuss the 1965 film Mickey One.

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Show Notes:
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Movies Discussed:
Mickey One
Spider Baby

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Grange Hill

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Grange Hill is a British television drama series originally made by the BBC. The show began in 1978 on BBC1 and was one of the longest running programmes on British television. It was created by Phil Redmond who is also responsible for the Channel 4 dramas Brookside and Hollyoaks; other notable production team members down the years have included producer Colin Cant and script editor Anthony Minghella. The most important person on the team was producer and director Richard Callanan. He was chief director/producer for the whole 30 years.

On 6 February 2008, it was announced that Grange Hill would be cancelled after 30 years and the last episode was shown on 15 September 2008.

The drama was centred on the fictional comprehensive school of Grange Hill in the (equally fictitious) borough of North London called “Northam” (although when filming moved to Liverpool in 2003, it ceased to have any specific location), and follows the lives of the students as they progress through school. The series was to have originally been called “Grange Park”, which would go on to be used as the name of the school in another Redmond creation, the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside (1982 – 2003).

Review donated by Carl Smith.

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