Win tickets: No need to camp out for 'Flash Gordon' at the Loft
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Win tickets: No need to camp out for 'Flash Gordon' at the Loft

Over-the-top acting and visuals are the hallmark of "Flash Gordon," the 1980 take on the 1930s sci-fi serial. Root against Ming the Merciless this weekend — you can win a pair of free tickets on us and escape to Sky city with Flash and Princess Aura.

From our friends at the Loft, where the film will be screened Friday and Saturday (free passes will be good for Saturday's showings):

Flash … ah, ah! Strange energy waves from the planet Mongo are pulling the moon out of orbit and threatening Earth, and NY Jets quarterback Flash Gordon, the lovely Dale Arden and the brainy Dr. Hans Zarkov must destroy Mongo’s evil ruler, Ming the Merciless, before Earth is annihilated!

“This campy extravaganza has it all! Laughably bad and fantastically good all at once, this is a guilty pleasure that everyone can enjoy.” – Adam Smith, Empire

In this extravagantly campy, big-budget update of the 1930s Flash Gordon serials, director Mike Hodges remains surprisingly faithful to Alex Raymond’s original comics strip, using just the right balance of action, tongue-in-cheek humor and mind-blowing production design (making the whole film look like a day-glow pop art explosion). And topping it all off is that fantastically catchy rock score by the one-and-only Queen! From the forest world of Arboria to the high-flying Sky City (home of the Hawkmen), Flash takes on the whole planet of Mongo, bravely facing any terrible danger that comes his way (not to mention the amorous attentions of Ming’s scantily-clad daughter, Princess Aura)! Can Earth be saved? Starring relative unknowns Sam Jones and Melody Anderson as Flash and Dale, and featuring a supporting cast full of heavyweights, including Max Von Sydow (as Ming), Topol (as Dr. Zarkov), Ornella Muti (as Aura), as well as Lina Wertmuller favorite Mariangela Melato (Swept Away) and future James Bond Timothy Dalton. Flash Gordon is really out of this world! (Dir. by Mike Hodges, 1980, UK, 111 mins., Rated PG)

To enter to win a pair of tickets, comment here and tell us about your favorite science fiction film, or let us know over on our Facebook page. Good luck!

And the winner is ... Randy Hays!

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