I wish I had the time and money to travel around the country (or the world) attending crazy movie marathons that glut the audience with so-bad-it's-good or underrated science-fiction, horror, and cult movies. I would probably look like an albino toad, but I'd have a wonderful time.

I hadn't heard before about the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, a 24-hour marathon of films that's been occurring annually since 1976. The only Boston Marathon I knew was the one where people run around town until they drop. This marathon is more to my taste. This year's test of film-geek endurance takes place Feb. 19-20 at West Newton Cinema. The programming is a well balanced combination of classic fantasy (the 1933 King Kong), cheesy 50s sci-fi and horror (Fire Maidens from Outer Space, William Castle's The Tingler), cult favorites (The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, George A. Romero's The Crazies), and contemporary films (12 Monkeys, Serenity). The features are interspersed with cartoons, serials, trailers, and other neat stuff. If you live near Boston and like science-fiction films, this might be your idea of a fun weekend ... and the chance to meet people who feel the same way.

[via Sitting in the Dark]