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Raiders of the Lost Ark – The Adaptation

This last weekend, I attended Butt-Numb-a-Thon (BNAT) in Autstin.  I’m going to do a write-up on the movies I saw at the festival but because I’m a Raiders of the Lost Ark geek, I’m starting with a post about the movie we watched the night before Butt-Numb-a-Thon because it isn’t all that often you wait ten years to see something.

I begin with a flash back to Butt-Numb-a-Thon 4.  In the early years there was typically a breakfast break at around 7:00 in the morning that lasted about an hour.  We’d just watched House of 100 Corpses and Tiptoes and neither film had gone over well. In fact, for long time BNAT attendees, Tiptoes is frequently cited as the single worst film ever screened.  We were all quite certain that the festival was going to end with The Two Towers so while the last two films had been something of an ordeal, we were all but positive what was coming next was going to be amazing.

At the Alamo Drafthouse, they play video in the background between movies.  It is usually really messed up stuff that will catch your attention at least once – if only long enough for you to say “what the fuck is that?”  One year, we realized we were watching a Hentai version of Star Wars. 

At BNAT 4 we were eating breakfast and slowly we noticed that what was playing on the screen looked like a remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark featuring a bunch of teenagers.  It was obviously an amateur production but these kids are doing every scene.  They light their set on fire for the bar fight scene.  They drive a truck into a tree and set it on fire for the Cairo street scene.  They couldn’t get a monkey so they used a dog.  A really cute dog.

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