We create this authentic environment for folks to engage with fictional stories… when people go out and want to experience a story outside of their homes, they can go to an experiential wraparound with a story with people beside them. It’s like front row at a Bruce Springsteen concert. You’re there.Gabriel Rhoads (via Indiewire)
A Tribute to Twin Peaks
The primary function of the burlesque may have been to fulfill some fans’ fantasies — and the many sets of rapt eyes said it did just that — but it made for a nice metaphor for the evening, too: Everyone was there to peak behind the figurative curtain of the show.
I am in awe of how abundantly joyful the whole ordeal is from top to bottom. Though we occasionally witness the sour points of certain fervent fan bases, Ghostbusters HQ is proof that the only real point to engage with any piece of fiction or pop culture is for the fun of it.
For…BBQ Films, this Beetlejuice event took their innovative strategy to the next level, not only bringing Tim Burton’s wicked vision to life but providing a platform for real-life couples to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime ceremony.
Meet the Couple Who Were Married by Beetlejuice
New York Magazine
Never let it be said that BBQ Films, a New York production company who [creates] immersive parties around film screenings, [does] anything halfway. Their tribute to 90s cult vampire flick Blade was stuffed to the fangs with bloody treats for hardcore fans and the newly initiated alike.
A Bloody Hot Mess of Photos from NYC’s Blade Rave
Hopes and Fears
Friday night during New York Comic Con, BBQ films held one of the most original celebrations in recent memory, recreating the iconic setting for 1998’s “Blade” film and its opening action scene…The “Blade Rave” featured cosplay, buckets of blood (dousing ravers via a sprinkler system) and The Crystal Method performing live.
NYCC’s “Blade Rave” is a Bloody Good Time
Comic Book Resources
BBQ Films found a way to suspend reality and create an incredible experience. Even by their own high standards, they outdid themselves.
How The BBQ Films Blade Rave Won NYCC
This “Blade Rave”…proves an immersive spectacle from the start. The majority of its thousand-plus revelers are dressed in some sort of nightwalker get-up, all black leather or sanguine-ready white cotton.
The rave drew quite the diverse crowd, and the only appropriate blanket statement is that they all seemed to be there for a good time.
Anatomy of a Blood Rave
Rex Manning Day
What BBQ Films had created was something more akin to Disney-World-meets-Comic-Con. You don’t go to Disney World because you want to meet Mickey Mouse. You don’t go to Comic Con because you want to revisit the innocent joy of characters and stories from your childhood. You go because you love Disney movies and you love superheroes, and celebrating these things with people of similar opinions just feels damned good.
Rex Manning Day: Just Another Tasty Treat from BBQ Films
Consequence of Sound
How Ethan Embry Spent Rex Manning Day
The night ended with the band covering…the signature track of the movie itself, Coyote Shivers’ “Sugarhigh,” and the costumed crew from BBQ dancing on the stage. And that was the absolute perfect way to end the night: a bunch of people, earnestly loving the movie that they came to celebrate, dancing as the lights came up.
During an intermission, the metal band GWAR rushed out to recreate the dream-video scene where Mark is with them and eaten by a worm. This time though “Mark” was a raffle winner selected earlier in the evening. But moments after this Mark disappeared, actor Ethan Embry, Mark in the film, was pulled from the worm, and he, Johnny Whitworth, who played A.J., and GWAR selected the next two raffle winners…
But even if you’re not an Empire Records fan, you’d have to be dead not to have a good time at this thing.
Weekend at Bernie Jr.’s
Guests don’t flock to BBQ simply to watch movies; they go for the chance to be in them. Every [event] contains some sort of social-interaction scene that’s then re-created to make participants feel like movie stars.
Party Time at the Movies
A Whole New Way To Get Into A Movie
Drive the District (Chevrolet)
Back to the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance
BBQ events are [more] like elaborate theme parties for films, shown in unusual locations and with much of the audience in costume.
Jumping Off the Screen
New York Times
The experience was immersive to a quantum level of detail: A magician from Long Island parked his 1983 DeLorean out front, gull-wing doors akimbo.
Back to 1955 via the Eighties
The Wall Street Journal
This was a dream floated down from some pop culture wonderland.
There are certain things we’ve come to expect from Gabriel Rhoads and the BBQFilms crew over the past year – arresting attention to detail, intricate costuming, and a contagious respect for great films, to name a few.
Great Scott! BBQFilms Sends New Yorkers Back to the Future
Rhoads and Lickus see [BBQ Films] events as a new way to experience movies — the live theater elements involving elaborate costumes and sets help to create a community around storytelling.
Fall Foot Clan Tryouts
The biggest celeb sighting of the night was obviously the Ninja Turtles themselves, and they were received by the crowd with the fanfare of Olympic athletes.
Turtle Power! Scenes from the Fall Foot Clan Tryouts
Naturally, Shredder showed up and held tryouts for the Foot Clan. It was all going so smoothly until the rad turtles with ‘tudes broke up the party and ate some pizza to celebrate. Partners in Kryme added to the surprise and sang the credits song as well.
From Super Nintendos, Ataris and classic arcade games to a graffiti-kissed half-pipe and tasteful quantities of green ooze, Gabriel Rhoads and his team flawlessly brought us all into the film.
BBQ Films’ Screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Cowabunga!
“We are getting known for our intermissions,” says Gabriel Rhoads, 34, the founder of BBQ Films. “What you’ll see on Thursday will be the one and only time you ever see this.”
For their latest themed evening, BBQ Films brought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles out to Williamsburg over the weekend for a strange night of nostalgia and Turtle Power… Partners In Kryme, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo were all in attendance. COWABUNGA…
Holiday on the Fhloston Paradise
The evening has been put together by BBQ Films, the immersive movie-party group, complete with an otherworldly opera performance and an actor twirling around like the movie’s blond-wigged DJ character, Ruby Rhod.
BBQ Films, which is getting really good at this blend of movie-going revelry, [immersed] participants in the daffy intergalactic milieu. Costumed aliens patrolled the ship and there were several racy performances by burlesque dancers, including a climactic striptease by a woman dressed as a bandaged Milla Jovovich.
Highlights from the night included burlesque-style performances by Diva Plavalaguna and Leeloo Multi-Pass herself, as well as sweeping views of Manhattan’s east and west sides; the wine, cocktails and popcorn flowed plentifully…. BBQ Films has managed to do something very few event-based companies have done – improve exponentially with each successive screening.