The folks at Jety City Improv have been messing with bad movies and creating what they call Twisted Flicks for over 20 years now, but many families are unaware of this art form. Each month, some of Seattle’s best improvisers get together to re-dub cheesy movies according to audience suggestions and the result is a hilarious night of comedy. If you’re ready to LOL, read on for the inside scoop on this comedy experience like no other.

photo: Jet City Improv

How Twisted Flicks Works
Twisted Flicks has one goal: make horrible movies hilarious! To do this, some of Seattle’s funniest improvisers strip all the sound from a “B” movie and create all new dialogue, music and sound effects (right on the spot!) with suggestions given from the audience, all while following the main storyline and characters of the movie. The result? An improved show with some much-needed changes. Shows that have been featured in the theater in the past have included The Lost World, The Invisible Man, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Santa Claus Conquers The Martians.

Getting to Know You
Before the movie begins, the Jet City crew will come on stage and introduce themselves and explain what characters they will be voicing. They will also share a special attribute suggested from the audience. For instance, a character might have a passive/aggressive personality or a Swedish accent. The crew might also ask for simple phrases like, “These are not my shoes” or fake swear words like, “Fark” that can be worked into the show somehow. The audience members whose ideas are chosen are given an (extremely) small prize, but if your suggestion is considered the best, you may just score a pair of tickets to an upcoming show. And if it’s your birthday, you might get chosen to have your name included in the film as one of the movie’s “new” characters.

photo: Jet City Improv

Creating the (New) Movie
Each family-friendly performance features a film that has been edited down to roughly one hour and is shown on a full-size movie screen. A musician creates the “new and improved” film’s score while a group of improvisers dub in new dialogue. Anything visually inappropriate “more than a cheesy fake wound” is edited out and the crew shies away “from objectionable language you wouldn’t normally hear on network TV.” On a recent performance of Leprechaun 4: In Space, we can wholeheartedly say that these shows are best suited for families with older kids as some images might still be frightening for little ones and frankly, they probably won’t understand the humor either. However, your older kids will think you’re the best parents in the world for taking them. It should also be pointed out that each performance may include some mild language, but even so, the words are kept to a minimum. And don’t worry, just because the actors start the show on the stage, that doesn’t mean that’s where they’ll stay. They will eventually move down to the front row so not to block your view of the screen,

The Theater Vibe
Located in the U-District, the Jet City playhouse isn’t a fancy schmancy place. Think of it as a comfortable living room that is climate controlled. The concession stand features plenty of candy, popcorn and soda and the bar in the back of the theater sells beer, hard cider, wine and themed mixed drinks to enjoy before the show begins.

photo: Jet City Improv

Coming Attractions
Upcoming shows are offered the last weekend of every month which might consist of showings on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays or just might be a “one night only” event depending on the month. Shows begin at 8 p.m. and run ’til about 9:30 p.m. Upcoming shows include Fireball XL5 on April 26-28, The Green Slime (1968) for one night only on May 26 and RoboCop 3 (1993) on June 28-30, 2018.

photo: Jet City Improv

Good to Know
All year-long, Jet City Improv collects nonperishable food items for Northwest Harvest. Bring an item with you and receive a free small popcorn. Psst…Jet City will take multiple donations, but one small popcorn per person.

Twisted Flicks at Jet City Improv
5510 University Way N.E.
Seattle, Wa 98105
206-352-8291
Online: jetcityimprov.org/shows/twistedflicks

Tickets: $12 on Thursdays; $17 on Fridays & Saturdays (if purchased online.) Last minute tickets are available at the door for $18. Discounts are given to military, seniors (55+), Amazon employees and TPS members with ID.

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Age Appropriateness: The movies selected are never worse than PG and the improvised dialog will follow suit and will stay away from objectionable language you wouldn’t normally hear on network TV.

Have you attended a Twisted Flicks show? Planning to go soon? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!

—Jeffrey Totey

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