Welcome to 24-Hour Movie Marathon!

I love 24-hour movie marathons! After you take a look at my website, I hope that you will too! Here you will learn everything you need to know about how to host, survive, and plan your own 24-hour movie marathons.

As a first stop, might I suggest you check out my list of  Movie Marathon Ideas? How about How to Stay Awake at a Movie Marathon second? You’ll probably want to know how to pack your movie marathon survival kit third.

Confused? Do you have no idea what I’m talking about? Take a step back and review the definition of a movie marathon. Or just scroll down for up-to-the-minute movie marathon news,

There is a lot here, so take a look around, and please – comment on any post or page you like!

Early Movie List for Hollywood Nights Movie-Thon 2017

The Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan’s Hollywood Nights Movie-Thon 2017  is less than two months away! You should go if you can. It’s a great cause and it’s great fun.  If you are on the fence because you want to know what movies will be playing, read on.

Looking up movie release dates is straightforward. IMDB has a list of upcoming movies and their release dates. However, the key question is “which of these movies will actually be playing on November 10th and 11th?”.

We can’t answer that question with certainty, since it is ultimately up to what each particular theater purchases and for how long. However, we can establish probability based on typical movie performance.  According to this article, virtually no movies run shorter than two weeks, an average movie plays in theaters for four weeks, and some may go longer if they perform well.

So, based on these two sources, I give you: what will definitely probably maybe be playing at Hollywood Nights Movie-Thon 2017!

Highly Likely Playing

The following movies will be released on November 10th or no more than two weeks before.

Thor Ragnarok

Likely Playing

The following movies will be released 2-4 weeks before the marathon.

Mother

Might Be Playing

The following movies will be released more than 4 weeks before the marathon, but may have good staying power.

Blade Runner 2049

 

Movie Marathon Book – 3rd Edition!

The third edition of my movie marathon book – How to Host a 24-Hour Movie Marathon – is now available! I started this website shortly after I published the second edition in late 2012. That was almost five years ago! A lot has happened in the last five years. Many movies have been released. This website has grown in size (its growth in quality is a bit iffy). And I’ve enjoyed five more movie marathons since then!

Based on what I’ve learned, I did a top-to-bottom update of the book. I’m really happy with the result. In addition to general updates to the existing text, the print edition jumped from 68 pages to 106 pages! That’s nearly 50% more! Best of all: I’m proud to offer 50% more stuff for the same old price: $2.99 for Kindle edition and $4.99 for paperback.

If you like this website (or even if you don’t for that matter), click the button below and get a copy! If you buy the print edition, you can get the Kindle edition FREE via Amazon’s Kindle matchbook program. If you are a member of Kindle Unlimited, you can read the book for FREE. If you are morally opposed to Amazon as the destroyer of all things retail, you can still pick up the paperback for the same price on CreateSpace.com.

If you like the book, write a short review for the book on Amazon.com. Every review helps another person discover the joy of movie marathons. If you have any other feedback on the book, please write a comment below or contact me directly.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it! Thank you for the chance to education and entertain!

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How to Host a 24-Hour Movie Marathon

Stephen King Movie Marathon

There have been 65 movies based on the writing of Stephen King?? For heaven’s sake, that’s more than the number of novels he has published (56, in case you were wondering). Granted, the 65 movies includes sequels, remakes, and reboots (Children of the Corn 5: Fields of Terror anyone?), but that is still a ridiculous number of movies.

I remember “Stephen King Films” as hokey horror shows like Pet Cemetery or the TV mini-series The Langoliers. But then I found out he wrote The Shawshank Redemption – the film consistently rated as #1 in the IMDB Top 250. While his work definitely tilts towards the thrilling, horrifying, and the supernatural, he has a dramatic range that isn’t immediately clear if you are only familiar with, say, Creepshow.

Why not celebrate his best movie adaptations in a 24-hour Stephen King Movie Marathon? The “best of stephen king” movie lists are pretty consistent on which are the best adaptations out there. You can see the best eleven in 24 hours!

Stephen King Movie Marathon Movies

The Shawshank Redemption

The Shawshank Redemption Movie PosterMy take: Might as well start with the best! The epic story of wrongful imprisonment, despair, clawing back from the brink, retribution, and finally (may I say it?) redemption. Features Morgan Freeman, the undisputed king of voiceovers, as the narrator.

Stand By Me

Stand By MeMy take: Take a brief break from Stephen King prison epics with a short, meaningful story about boyhood friendship. Features 1980s boy wonders Wil Wheaton, Corey Feldman, and River Phoenix.

The Green Mile

The Green MileMy take: Settle in. At over three hours, this one will take a while. But where else but in a movie marathon will you find the time to watch the famous, critically acclaimed other Stephen King prison drama – the one with psychic powers?

The Shining

The ShiningMy take: The horror movie like no other horror movie. So “out there”, it was nominated for two Razzie awards, but now is considered one of the best horror films ever. Features Jack Nicholson as a crazy person.

Carrie

Carrie Movie PosterMy take: Who hasn’t fantasized making their high school prom a bloodbath of psychic revenge against their childhood enemies? No one? Oh. Forget I said that.

The Running Man

The Running Man Movie PosterMy take: At the midway point of the movie marathon, take a break from endless epicness, bloodsoaked horror, and madness. Instead, go to pure 1980s action with Arnold Schwarzenegger in spandex spouting 80s action one-liners. It’s showtime!

The Dead Zone

The Dead Zone Movie PosterMy take: Schoolteacher is granted the power to see visions of the future just by touching someone. This turns out to be a handy skill when trying to avert future deaths and World War 3. I’d advise caution though: time travel and future visions may not be as simple as they seem (see: Hitler Time Travel Exemption, Godwin’s Law of Time Travel)

Misery

Misery Movie PosterMy take: Annie Wilkes is the ultimate fangirl and her favorite author basically just drops right into her lap. What would every fangirl do? Hold him prisoner and make him write fanfiction of course! So true to real life it’s chilling.

1408

1408 Movie PosterMy take: A haunted hotel room that will drive you mad through hallucinations of horror? “Challenge accepted!” says the main character in this film. Wait. Isn’t this The Shining again?

The Mist

The Mist Movie PosterMy take: A portrait of people under stress. The stress – giant monsters hiding in mist. The people – infighting and murder.

Dolores Clairborne

Dolores Claiborne Movie PosterMy take: End your Stephen King movie marathon with a good, old-fashioned murder mystery and psychological thriller. Did she do it? Or did she not? Find out!

Stephen King Movie Marathon Schedule

Start TimeTitle
12:00 PMThe Shawshank Redemption
03:00 PMStand By Me
04:45 PMThe Green Mile
08:00 PMThe Shining
10:30 PMCarrie
12:15 AMThe Running Man
02:00 AMThe Dead Zone
03:45 AMMisery
05:45 AM1408
07:30 AMThe Mist
09:45 AMDolores Clairborne
11:57 AMFinish

 

24-Hour Game Marathons For Charity

If you like 24-hour movie marathons (why are you here if you don’t??), I’m betting you’ll also like the charitable organization called Extra Life. Their website says it all:

Extra Life unites thousands of players around the world in a 24 hour gaming marathon to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $30 million for local CMN Hospitals.

A 24-hour game marathon to support children’s hospitals? Now there’s a fundraiser I can relate to!

Remarkably, Extra Life has built up a flexible infrastructure for supporting gaming marathons. Gamers can raise funds without being tied down to a specific location, date, or time. Again, from their website:

You can game from the comfort of your own couch, at your friend’s house, at a rec center—anywhere is fair game (Pun intended. Eyerolls permitted)! Lots of Extra Lifers organize big group events for the occasion and just as many pull out the sweatpants and snacks for a chill day at home. It’s your fundraiser—do it your way!

The next “official” gaming marathon is scheduled for November 4th, 2017. You can play anywhere, but there are cities across the United States and Canada which have guilds that organize local events. Check out this handy Google map.

They also provide some tips for fundraising success and safety rules.

It sounds as if Extra Life has gained some real momentum. I wonder if we can apply what Extra Life has learned to 24-hour movie marathon fundraisers?  If you have any ideas, comment below!

Six-Day MST3K Movie Marathon Starts Monday!

Twitch.tv is no longer just for watching some nerd on the internet play StarCraft while prepubescent boys hurl insults in a chat box. Now you can do that AND watch a six-day MST3K movie marathon! Check out the video promo for the marathon here.

If you aren’t familiar, MST3K stands for “Mystery Science Theater 3000”, the greatest show from the 1990s (and recently revived on Netflix) which takes bad movies and makes fun of them with jokes in real time. It’s funny. You’d like it. (for more on my deep love of MST3K and how it probably started my obsession with movie marathons, check out my article on the subject here)

According to the Twitch.tv announcement, they’ll be playing 38 classic episodes of MST3K over the space of six days, starting on June 26 at 11 a.m. Pacific Time and end July 3. A typical MST3K episode (minus commercials) is about 1.5 hours. By my count, that’s approximately 57 hours of MST3K content. The announcement indicates that the remaining time will be filled with “an assortment of vintage educational shorts and other bonus content in between each episode.” Commercials are also presumably involved.

If you are a prepubescent boy, no worries, real-time chat will still be available during the marathon. In fact, that’s part of the appeal. According to Variety’s article:

The point: to highlight Twitch’s ambitions of becoming a home for more than just live video-game action. Twitch refers to itself as a “social video platform,” letting viewers chat in real-time in a window next to the video.

Not convinced to take the next week off of work? Need to try before you buy? Many classic MST3K episode are available on the MST3K YouTube channel. Might I suggest one of my personal favorites: King Dinosaur?

King Dinosaur MST3K Cover ArtIn this movie, 1950’s scientists travel to planet Nova, discover giant iguanas and call them T-rexes, and (spoiler alert) end up nuking the new life forms they discovered. Why? Because…well… they brought an atom bomb with them. It was a good time to use it!