Hyah! Mr. Lobo gets a kick out of Martial Artist and Sleepless Knight of the Week–Mike Quebec

Number One Super guy, MICHAEL QUEBEC, is our fan of the week. Usually Mr. Lobo’s fans have a less active lifestyle. This Knight ran ads in some of our old shows as a call to arms to make low budget Martial Arts movies in the San Francisco Bay Area. The picture above is from a trailer for the series DISAVOWED.
Mike even allowed Mr. Lobo to record a segment at his school and showed our honorable host a few self-defense moves for the unfinished WENG WENG: THE IMPOSSIBLE KID(1982) episode. He also taught many CInsomniacs in the San Francisco Bay Area how to Swing Dance. Here, he tells his story…but first Let’s Rock!

http://www.themonsterclub.com/mn1.gif“I first encountered MR. LOBO in an issue of The MONSTER NEWS–issue number 10. It was sometime around the early 2000s when I got that free magazine while attending a film festival in Alameda. I later met him in person at the Castro Theater in San Francisco either during a GODZILLA, a DARK SHADOWS, or a JAMES BOND film festival (it was more than 10 years ago so I forget! I said, “You’re him!” to which he replied, “Who me, who hah?!”)

A few weeks later, after getting home late one night after hosting a swing dance party (one of my many jobs for which our friend and Sleepless Knight Bob Ekman refers to me as “Dancer Guy”), I flipped through the channels on my TV while trying to get sleepy and I saw that Mr. Lobo was on KTEH Channel 54 and I was hooked! I later met him again at a mutual friend’s party (actually a friend of mine who is also involved in swing dancing who emailed me asking, “Hey are you an Insomniac too?” after she saw my name on the Cinema Insomnia website as a visitor to the site leaving a comment.)

http://www.bmovienation.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/lobo_mr.jpgIt was easy talking to Mr Lobo and we found we had a mutual love not just of horror and sci-fi films, but basically all genres of cult cinema, including teen exploitation films from the 1950’s and ’60’s and martial arts films.

Later, he asked me to shoot a skit with him at the martial arts school I was teaching at at the time. (Another job of mine and that skit is up on You Tube!)

I was sad to hear that he was no longer on KTEH, but I always will have fun memories of his shows and I will always be a huge admirer of his comedic talent.

Thank you Mr. Lobo for bringing us such joy.”

The movie party doesn’t have to end, Mike. Here is a classic KTEH episode on our ustream channel! Remember when MR. LOBO hosted this film starring your martial arts Street Fighter hero SONNY CHIBA as SPACE CHIEF? The CINEMA INSOMNIA presentation of INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN(1961)!

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Thank you, MIKE “DANCER GUY” QUEBEC, valued Sleepless Knight, for ALL of your support, for spreading the gospel of “KUNG-FU FIGHTING” and CINEMA INSOMNIA, and for watching all those Misunderstood Movies! Here is your FAN OF THE WEEK certificate that you can download and print. Congratulations, MICHAEL QUEBEC –THE SLEEPLESS KNIGHT OF THE WEEK–for November 21st through the 28th!


You now stand alongside your “FAN OF THE WEEK” siblings and like them, you are eligible to become the FAN OF THE YEAR and receive prize package that will include a framed certificate, official Lobo Necktie, Lobo Badge and other goodies to be announced this December!

Things Are Gonna Get a Little “Hairy” with the CINEMA INSOMNIA THEME OF THE WEEK!

DSC03570 copy“Even a Man who is a pure heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.” (THE WOLF MAN 1941)

Werewolf_of_london_poster_05Last week, we put FRANKENSTEIN and his monster up for our week theme. This week, we take a look at another misunderstood monster: THE WEREWOLF! The werewolf or lycanthropy legend has spanned across the world for a few centuries. According to the ancient Roman mythological tale, it all began with King Lycan who in false believe that the gods had any power, served them human flesh to them for dinner. He was vilely punished for his unforgivable deed by being transformed into a werewolf and in this form, he would be cursed to feast on human flesh. Since then, the legend has grown and transformed into it’s own legend spanning throughout the generations through the silver screen into the minds of audiences everywhere. The first film incarnation was in silent film form entitled THE WEREWOLF (1913) but it was lost in a fire. The first SOUND motion picture incarnation was WEREWOLF OF LONDON (1935). You don’t really hear about this film, but it does give a temporary “cure” to the werewolf curse. 

wolfmanTHE WOLF MAN (1941), on the other hand, we see and feel the conviction Lon Chaney Jr. goes through when he first gets bitten by the werewolf and as he attempts to try to comprehend something he doesn’t believe truly exists and tries to find a way out. Coincidentally it was this film that paved the way for future werewolf films.

Over the next few decades, Hollywood used the “victim” card on younger audiences in films such as THE WEREWOLF (1956), I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF (1957), and THE CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF (1961). The lore and the tale changed even more when the 70’s and 80s rolled around, turning this misunderstood creature to be fighting between the balance of good and evil. This week, we will look into this misunderstood monster through clips, trailers, pictures, and film posters. We have an ultra fierce week up ahead for you!

top-10-werewolf-movies-263453b6-3b5d-4695-b4c6-2a90fdf24566If you have any pictures you’d like to share, private message us the pictures or post them onto our page wall to join the fun! What is your favorite misunderstood WEREWOLF film? Let us know in the comments, you never know-MITCH MITTENS might review it and give you a shout out in his next review! Show your love for THE WEREWOLF by posting your favorite scenes in the comment section or private message and you may see your favorite scene shared on our pages and receive credit. If you would like to do any theme related art, post it on our wall and it will be shared on our pages. There are so many ways to get involved, join us! You may also take a step further and post your favorite scene, clip, picture or poster of your favorite WEREWOLF feature on your Twitter or Instagram pages with #CIWEREWOLFWEEK and tag the Cinema Insomnia we will favorite and Retweet/Share your findings.

Beware…..of the Wolf!

Some Big Praise for Our Movie Host from the Banzai Institute

Mr. Lobo with SkullJAKE BANZAI, B-Movie Test Pilot, has come to realize there are three giants among men who managed to keep that spark of love for exploitation cinema alive in him. On his blog, IN DEFENSE OF BAD MOVIES, his spirit guides to his drive-in fantasies are the Unholy trinity of COMMANDER USA and his GROOVIE MOVIES, JOE BOB BRIGGS of TNT’s MONSTERVISION and  MR. LOBO OF CINEMA INSOMNIA! 


You Want a Date? A Date to MITCH MITTENS REVIEW of FRANKENHOOKER that is!

MMReviewsTonight’s tale is about two lovers named Jeffery Franken and his beautiful fiance Elizabeth. Jeffery, a bio-electro technician, uses his spare time attempting to create life or at least a brain with a wondering eye in the middle of it. Elizabeth, on the other hand, tries to be the “normal” part of the relationship but seems to not fit the typical “fit” stereotype and considers herself overweight. Regardless of their differences, Jeffery and Elizabeth are the tragic “Romeo and Juliet” in this 1990’s horror comedy FRANKENHOOKER, recommended by Sleepless Knight Aaron M. Lane.


The opening scenes reveal the groundwork for future events. While celebrating her father’s birthday, Elizabeth is run over by Jeffery’s re-vamped homemade lawnmower, leaving her in pieces and Jeffery…..well……mad. Like taking a power drill to your skull in order to achieve ideas, mad. Ideas that lead you to having dinner with your dead lover’s severed head, ideas on how to create the perfect new body for your dead lover, and figuring out how to re-animate life itself! But seriously, who drills in the back of their head for inspiration? This very scene made me almost wet my basket….never mind that was just Lady Cayce giving me my nightly water shot.

Anyways, Jeffery decides the only way to get the right new body parts for Elizabeth, he’ll have to travel to the Ladies of the Night in downtown New York and in order to kill them he uses “Super crack.”

2485.originalLong story and a mass explosion of several prostitutes later, Jefferey stitches a different body part from each prostitute to create Elizabeth’s perfect body. Much like Frankenstein, Elizabeth’s brain is a little different from how she was from when she had been alive.

How different? You will have to find your copy of FRANKENHOOKER and find out! The rest of this film is filled with shocking kissing scenes, flying heads, and strange creatures that look like they cane out of SOCIETY(1989). After all is said and done, this film is pretty misunderstood in it’s own right. It also has some of those moments where you do a double take not only to the film but also to what you are watching….especially the “Just Say No” message. You did catch that, right? In the end, I give this film about 8 out of 10 Hypnotic Eyes!

Have any more Cinsomniacs or Sleepless Knights tuned into this film? If so, what are your thoughts on it? Do you agree with the rating? Would you like Mitch Mittens to do another review in the middle of the week? Leave your comments or private massage and let us know! If you have a suggestion of another film for MITCH MITTENS to review, leave it in the comments. Thank you for “tuning in” and come back next week for another MITCH MITTENS REVIEWS!




Ink-Credible Couple! The Only Two SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS We Know with Matching Tattoos!

crazy old peopleTwo Bay Area SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS SUPREME–CInsomniac riv(lower case “r”) and Tom(upper case “T”) found out about Cinema Insomnia or “CI”  from their neighbor, Phillip(with Two “L”s) –Thank you so much, Phillip with Two “L”s!!!.

riv and Tom made a major contribution to CINEMA INSOMNIA’S 10th Anniversary Kickstarter campaign and many of you fans may recognize their names from the credits of recent episodes like our 2014 A VERY VHS HALLOWEEN Special and  CI’s presentation of WAR OF THE PLANETS(1978)!

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They also won a spooky chair made by another big Bay Area CI fan Paul Benton that Mr. Lobo sat in during the the lobo collection-2making of Paul’s unfinished film DOGTOWN ZOMBIES(2009). CINSOMNIACS are family and they look out for each other as well as look out for their favorite show and their favorite host. We appreciate our unnatural siblings and that’s what SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS OF THE WEEK is all about. Showing appreciation for those who appreciate what we do and who really “get it”!

riv and Tom have also purchased much of Dixie Dellamorto Lobo’s art and signed prints as pictures from inside their secret CInsomniac base will show you.
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These card carrying Sleepless Knights of Insomnia, were also at THE UNDERTAKER AND HIS PALS(1966) LIVE CINEMA INSOMNIA show and a tearful hug-ful going away show with the JOHN PAIZS film CRIME WAVE(1985)–Both shows presented by MOVIES ON A BIG SCREEN in Sacramento.mudroom-7 “Once (our neighbor) told us of CINEMA INSOMNIA, we were hooked.  Sadly, we were late bloomers, and found out just a few weeks before KTEH cancelled the show(along with all their other over-night programing after getting aquired by a larger PBS station).  However going to the live events and meeting MR LOBO and Dixie was so awesome.  We even met MR. LOBO’s kids!  We are still big fans and, through the DVDs, have been able to enjoy all the great funny moments of the show.  We sincerely wish MR. LOBO and Dixie would return to california soon and host a live movie or maybe a pancake breakfast at Pancake Circus!!!  We’re due next year to get our CI tattoos updated to 35 years of wedded bliss.  As for pics, I think our ankles say it all.  (:”image-23390-full

Thank you, LADY riv and SIR TOM, Valued Sleepless Knights, for ALL your support, hard work, and for watching all those Misunderstood Movies! Here are your FAN OF THE WEEK certificates that you can download and print. Congratulations, LADY riv AND SIR TOM–THE SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS  OF THE WEEK–for November 14th-20th, 2014! FanoftheWeekmasterRTYou now stand alongside your “FAN OF THE WEEK” siblings and like them, you are both eligible to become the FANS OF THE YEAR and receive a prize package that will include a framed certificate, official Lobo Necktie, Lobo Badge and other goodies to be announced in Decmber!



fanclubkitdixieIT’S BA-A-ACK! CINEMA INSOMNIACS UNITE! You get the certificate, a randomly selected signed 8×10, the classic signed 4×6, a pinback badge, a membership decoder card, and a few other goodies laying around Lobo HQ! Show the world that you support independent productions, misunderstood movies, and their even more misunderstood host. Order YOURS today!

Double Your Displeasure. Double Your Order.

IMG_4768Just the thing to cure your post-Halloween emotional hangover. As You Know, We have a Buy-One Get-One SALE on our DVD-CINEMA INSOMNIA’S HAUNTED HOUSE SPECIAL.  This BOGO offer also applies to our AUDIO CD.

Our hot seller, the Spooky Sound Effects and story album called HORRIBLE NOISES OF MR. LOBO’S VERY BAD MANOR! A wickedly funny satire of children’s vinyl records of the 60’s and 70’s. The CD includes 20 spoken word tracks with amazing sound effects!

DVD CDDidn’t you love the day after Halloween when all the great junk you wanted was half-price! Well, so do we! Buy One now–get Two! Buy Two get four! Buy 4 get 8! All this month! Transition into “the other Holidays” by keeping a smidgen of Halloween alive 24/7. Hoard Them. Give them away as stalking stuffers! Keep half and give half away!

Only at OUR ETSY AND STORE ENVY SHOPS! Sorry, No Mix and Match.