Preview: Music Movie Monday presents THIS IS SPINAL TAP

“These go to eleven.” “It’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.” “None more black.”

Those and countless other quotes from the 1984 “mockumentary” This is Spinal Tap have long since entered popular culture. The misadventures of Britain’s Loudest Band™ were chronicled by director Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner) in the uproarious cult classic. The fictitious heavy metal group featured Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest), David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean) and Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer). The hapless musicians endure countless hilarious misadventures in the classic film. This is Spinal Tap was a critical smash and an extremely influential motion picture. A sequel is set for release next year.

Sure, interested parties can view This is Spinal Tap at home. But some movies were designed to be enjoyed as part of an engaged audience. And this film is most definitely one of those. And the film has been out of theatrical circulation for years, so opportunities are few. Described as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. But the main thing is that it’s really, really funny and on-target.

Don’t miss this fun and rare opportunity. Black t-shirt optional.
WHAT: Music Movie Mondays Series: This is Spinal Tap
Special screening + moderated discussion hosted by Bill Kopp
WHERE: Grail Moviehouse, 17 Foundy Street, Asheville
WHEN: Monday, July 8 @ 7 p.m. / Tickets are $15 and likely to sell out!