Thrillville is the name of a monthly theater event in Oakland, California dedicated to showcasing B-movies, Cult movies, Science Fiction films, and Exploitation films. The event features a film (from one of those genres) combined with special guests and a live stage show, typically a musical or Burlesque act. Thrillville is hosted by Will "the Thrill" Viharo (son of B-movie actor Robert Viharo) and his wife, Monica "Tiki Goddess" Cortes.
In addition to one-time showings, regular themed events include "Shatfest: A Tribute to William Shatner," "Elvis D-Day," "Zombie-Rama" and "Horror Host Palooza." In addition movie trailers, short films, and theater concession advertisements have been shown before feature presentations.
Beginning as a weekly Saturday night series in 1997
at the Parkway Speakeasy Theater
in Oakland, California
. In 1999 the series changed to Thursday evenings
and has continued for eight years
under the name "Thrillville."
In addition to the main film, the event features special guests and a live stage show, typically a musical or Burlesque
Thrillville's guests over the years have included Cult movie icon Ray Dennis Steckler, women from Russ Meyer films, Creature Features hosts Bob Wilkins and John Stanley, Yvonne "Batgirl" Craig, Gary Lockwood (from 2001: A Space Odyssey).
Musical and entertainment acts have included various Neo Burlesque acts and live music from the Phenomenauts, Kitten on the Keys, Pollo del Mar, Apocalypso Now and many more.
Touring Road Show
In addition to rotating between the two Speakeasy Theaters
, Thrillville has occurred as a road show at locations that include:
Ocean's 11 Remake Protest
In December 2001
, Thrillville protested the 2001 remake
of the 1960 film Ocean's 11
, calling the actors "impostors"
and stating that the remake was "an insult to the (Rat Pack's) legacy." This protest involved a group picketing outside Oakland's Jack London Cinemas and was featured by various nationwide news sources.
Thrillville resurrects both famous and obscure cult films for big screen revival in a Grindhouse
type atmosphere with an old fashioned Ghost show
format. Each Thrillville features a theme centered around a Cult
, or other B-movie
.Some randomly chosen film samples: