Scarf down your slices in safety this Saturday at Cult Classics’ ‘Ninja’ anniversary

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the OozeRemember that infamous day back in 1991 when “Ninja Rap” was born? So does local artist, genius web-designer and cult cinema connoisseur, Victor Moreno. And do you remember that day, 20 years later, when Mr. Moreno held his first Cult Classics movie screening of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, complete with a pizza party and original TMNT art work? We do!

Well to celebrate the first anniversary of the local Cult Classics film showcase screenings, Victor is “going Ninja” once again with a screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. It’s happening this Saturday at the Madcap Theater in Tempe, with a showtime of 8:00 p.m. You can read more about the special event from our earlier Nerdvana post, or check out the Facebook event HERE.

We caught up to Victor earlier today and picked his brain regarding ninjas, mutants and his Saturday screening event – once again with pizza and crazy-cool original art.

Which is your favorite turtle Donatello, Raphael, Leonardo or Michelangelo – and why?

Michelangelo, because as the cartoon states he’s a party dude. But seriously, it’s because he used nunchakus and I took 4 years of martial arts; and that’s the martial arts weapon I got good at using. Never was great at the bo.

As an artist yourself, who among the artists that the Turtles are named after do you most admire?

Michelangelo, because he was the prototypical Renaissance man, aside from Leonardo. He was an architect, sculptor, painter and writer.

Ninja Rap is BornAs a crime-fighter, what would be your weapon of choice? Bō staff, sai, twin-Katanas or pair of nunchaku?

Katanas and Bo have the most reach and would make the most sense to use in a melee fight scenario.

Locally, what is your favorite pizza and what are the toppings?

I really love Venezia’s in terms of local chains, pepperoni and extra cheese you can’t go wrong there. And they are one of our pizza sponsors for this event, so win-win for me tomorrow night.

Who would win in a battle between Splinter and Yoda?

We’ll to be fair, Splinter is a large rat. Yoda is a thousand-year-old space alien with supernatural powers trained in a religious order of intergalactic monks. It’s not really a fair fight.

In TMNT2, the heroes discover the secret of their origin from radioactive ooze. Although it has now (thankfully) been shelved, what are your thoughts on Michael Bay’s planned remake in which the Turtles originate as aliens from outer-space?

I think filmmakers always try to find something to distinguish their projects, maybe that was Bay’s intention with that retelling. It could also be that space alien origins for 80’s toys are something Bay was good at.

TMNT II PosterThe TMNTs have been on everything from cereal to video games, what is your favorite piece of Turtles merchandising?

Action figures definitely, probably the Turtle Van or Pizza Thrower specifically.

Who is the better April O’Neil, Paige Turco or Judith Hoag?

Paige Turco was definitely more appealing, though Judith Hoag has the yellow rainslicker.

What is your favorite Turtle catch phrase?


What kind of goodies can attendees expect at this Friday’s screening?

We have about 54 pizzas planned for this event to accommodate the crowd. We have 2 exclusive prints for this screenings; one based on the Turtles, the other on the villains. We also have a photo-booth with tons of great props thanks to fellow Cult Classics staffer Alison Brandt.

We also are dropping a new WB authorized THE DARK KNIGHT RISES print we debuted at an IMAX screening earlier this week on Wednesday for sale. So lots of goodies. We encourage people to buy early since this event will probably sell-out prior to showtime as we have under a dozen tickets left.

Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets and they are going fast.

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