There are bad movies, and then there are seriously bad movies. Garbage films such as Twilight
fall into the latter category; it takes itself far too seriously to even be enjoyed as twaddle. But films such as Road House
don't take anything seriously, so even at their cheesiest there's something fun about them -- and Road House
is packed with cheese. The late, great Patrick Swayze plays Dalton, a professional bouncer who comes to the small town of Jasper, Missouri, to clean up a rough 'n' tumble bar (Jeff Healey is the house band, so you know it's a tough joint). Dalton practices a Zen lifestyle when he's not ripping out dudes' throats with his bare hands, and his combination of pecs, hair and kung-fu grip makes him irresistible to the local sexy doctor. All of this is merely window dressing to the inevitable fight scenes, which involve copious amounts of face punching, throat ripping and a surprise Sam Elliott sighting. The Moolah Theatre & Lounge (3821 Lindell Boulevard; 314-446-6866 or www.stlouiscinemas.com/moolah
) celebrates Road House
on its 25th anniversary with midnight screenings on Friday and Saturday (May 30 and 31). A Road House
trivia contest precedes the film, and costumes are encouraged. Admission is $5, or $3 if you donate a canned good.
Fri., May 30, 11:59 p.m.; Sat., May 31, 11:59 p.m., 2014