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A documentary about Bob and Kathy Burns, the goodwill ambassadors of science fiction film fandom.

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A documentary about Bob and Kathy Burns, the goodwill ambassadors of science fiction film fandom.

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The true story of a man, a gorilla and the woman who loves them both!





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12 April 2012 (USA)  »

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Winner of the Audience Choice Award at the 2012 Feel Good Film Festival in North Hollywood, California. (Honorable Mention) See more »

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Entertaining doc with great filmmaker interviews on Bob & Kathy Burns
22 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Frank Dietz and Trish Geiger's fantastic documentary BEAST WISHES: THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF BOB AND KATHY BURNS, a loving and star-studded celebration of this couple's unique and influential place in preserving film history and fostering a generation of filmmakers.

If you are a fan of monster movies, haunted attractions or film history and don't know who Bob and Kathy Burns are, then this DVD is absolutely required viewing for you. For those who already know about Bob and Kathy, or have seen their amazing collection of sci-fi, horror and classic film memorabilia, this film will play like fond home movies. Ranging from one of the original stop-motion armatures of KING KONG to a restoration of THE TIME MACHINE vehicle, to modern props seen in ALIEN, THE TERMINATOR and much more, the Burns' collection is truly priceless yet Bob and Kathy refuse to sell them on eBay or at auctions. Instead they keep these treasures safe and on display to share freely with other like minded movie maniacs who also appreciate their inestimable value in cultural meaning far more than a prop market dollar amount.

BEAST WISHES tells Bob and Kathy's life story as well as their shared creature feature affection, which is actually how they met. Not only are the couple incredibly knowledgeable about film history and devout in preserving it for new generations, they're wickedly funny, sweet, smart people too. This documentary is so thorough in recreating these parallel life and film history paths that by the end of it, you may feel you've known the couple for years. You'll certainly wish they lived in your neighborhood this Halloween so you could share their creative spirit celebrating creatures, aliens and things that go bump in the night.

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