Your Cinema Insomnia hostÂ is rolling out another new episode featuring a world broadcastÂ premiere of a low budget independent film on ZOM-BEE TV.
The show is scheduled to “go live” late tonight. So if you are watching your ROKU streaming player this evening…beware!
The Alamo Drafthouse was proud to host the real-life Premiere of the film from Glenn Berggoetz earlier this year as part of Zom-Bee Freakend Festival, presented by Fangoria Entertainment and Prosthetic Records to celebrate the launch of the channel.
The director of MIDGET ZOMBIE TAKEOVER also brought us THE WORST MOVIE EVER and his titles really say it all. SPOILER ALERT: This film does have at least one zombie of the smaller variety.
The episode was shot on location at Zom-Bee studios in Northern Virginia and at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester. Mr. Lobo whose motto is “They’re not Bad Movies–Just Misunderstood” warns the viewing public that this film is VERY misunderstood. Those of you who imbibe, may want to pick up a bottle of ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE VODKA and make yourself a MIDGET ZOM-TINI or two before watching this feature.
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What is a Cult Movie? And what is the future of this genre? We want you to weigh in on this important discussion that began last week. At the RetroCon 2013 conference there was a meeting of high-level Cult Movie leaders called together to shape a program of action.
Â Â A modest yet respectable crowd of the most dedicated and solemnly nerdy CULT MOVIE fans gathered in the panel room of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.Â The lights dimmed and the talk kicked off with the video on this page, edited by CINEMA INSOMNIA producer DIXIE DELLAMORTO.
When the lights came up, MR. LOBO, horror personality and host of CINEMA INSOMNIA, sat at the center of a long table and welcomed the audience.
He introduced two experts who were brave enough to show up for these proceedings. Sitting at the left side of the table, the well groomed and manly CHUCK FRANCISCO of theÂ COLONIAL THEATRE FIRST FRIDAY FRIGHT NIGHTS, and volunteer/performer/technical guru for BLOBFEST 2013–an annual Phoenixville event celebrating cult film THE BLOB(1958) that was shot there on location. On the other side of Mr. Lobo sat the frisky yet lovable NEWT WALLEN, the producer/creator/promoter of an homage to exploitation cinema called MIDNIGHT SHOW and experienced manager and programer for movie theaters.
MR. LOBO ranted about the lack of helpful communication in our “connected” world, and that a lot of the usual semantics and pre-digital revolution buzz words fail to reach potential fans or educate the uninitiated about genres of Misunderstood Movies like Cult Films.
“When we say “B-Movie” we mean low budget genre films. But to those who don’t even know what an “A-movie” is and may not remember double features–it seems to have less meaning. When you explain that they played double features at drive-in theaters, they might say ‘What’s a Drive-in?’ When Mr. Lobo says he’s a Horror Host–many cringe because they only know one kind of Horror movie and say ‘I hate horror movies’ when they really just hate ‘SAW’. or ‘HOSTEL’.
When one says they like “Black Comedy”–many wrongly think of “Big Momma’s House” and when we say we love “Cult” films they think we’re following Charles Manson or David Koresh in some scary religious sect. People don’t even know the difference between “Camp” and “tounge-in-cheek”. What do ‘Midnight Movies’ or ‘Movies on Late Night TV’ mean in a world of ‘On Demand’ when people are watching ‘CINEMA INSOMNIA’ at 2 in the afternoon? Mr. Lobo really hates catering to the Geek Chic of late–but I suppose calling them Geeky would grab attention. People seem to understand the passion of ‘Geekery’ or at least it’s popular to pretend to.”
Mr. Francisco brought up something he calls NETFLIX GRIDLOCK…where he wastes and hour and a half to decide what movie he want’s to watch. “I might not like this….I might not like that.”
Mr. Lobo said that he didn’t know a lot of films that were presented on his local hosted horror show CREATURE FEATURES, that he loved as a kid, were not considered to be good films. “They just poured into your house of Saturday Night and if you loved horror movies you’d watch it and talk about it on the playground on Monday.” Mr. Wallen had a simular observation about showing up at a drive-in or a midnight show at a theater
Â and watching whatever was playing as a social activity. The consensus of the panel is that the internet has helped nurture a culture of harsh critics.
You can but there are no guarantees it will become one. And if you try to make a “SO-BAD-IT’S-GOOD-MOVIE” and it’s bad–how do you know if you succeeded?
The findings in this first part of the panel seem to suggest that a cult movie does not find an audience but an audience finds a cult movie. An active group of fans continually supports a film in good weather or bad, popular or unpopular, and intellectually obsesses on it. New followers are brought into the fold by sharing and spreading the word but many find the film on their own. Sometimes a cult grows into a second chance for mainstream success.
The Lights dimmed again and the second video portion of the panel began a compilation of trailers from FREAKS(1932) to BUBBA HO-TEP(2002) many of which were teased in the opening montage. Almost half of the audience checked out around ERASERHEAD(1977) but THE REAL CULT MOVIE FANS who stayed participated in the Q and A and added much to the discussion.
Some of the audience members who had to leave, came up to Mr. Lobo in the dark to discuss important matters such as Ringo Starr’s CAVEMAN(1981) and STARCRASH(1978).
The audience unanimously agreed that the films shown could be considered cult films. Some lamented over the lack of fantasy films like KRULL, CONAN, and BEASTMASTER…an oversight partially due on the tastes of the trailer reel editor DIXIE DELLAMORTO and organizer MR. LOBO. CHUCK FRANCISCO who supplied many of the trailers, left out WIZARD OF OZ(1939) and MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL(1975) among others slated for inclusion because he felt they were “too mainstreamed”.
Everyone seemed to agree that “re-watch-ability” and other ritual aspects were factors in determining a cult film. Mr. Lobo admitted “I’ve seen BLADE RUNNER(1982) like eighty times!” RIDLEY SCOTT’S BLADE RUNNER was a critical success yet a Box-Office failure. It’s been praised in recent years and has had enormous influence especially stylistically on Science Fiction in general.
Does a film stop being cult if it becomes too popular? When does a cult become a world religion? WIZARD OF OZ(1939) was a flop. STAR TREK(1966) was cancelled. STAR WARS(1977) opened to only 30 screens and couldn’t sell it’s first poster for $1.00 at conventions–can any of huge phenomenons be considered a cult today? That is for your personal taste to decide.
The other side of this, of course, is claiming something is CULT just because it is obscure.
Cults like religion get touchy when you try to reinterpret their cinematic “Bible”–which explains the often passionate and immediate hatred of remakes, re-imaginings, prequels, sequels, and reboots.
How did this picture of the new ROBOCOP(2014) make you feel?
Guilty pleasures were talked about, too–films you enjoy but wont tell your friends about.
There were many exciting findings, but NEWT WALLEN came up with a great solution…“Love what you love and don’t worry about what to call it or what your friends will think.“
We’re anxious to hear about your love affair with certain movies of a type that does not necessarily need to be classified! POST YOUR THOUGHTS HERE!
Mega-collectors Rosemary and Anthony Tuski have launched a mighty show for lovers of 1970’s and 1980’s pop culture. It’s called RETROCON and this year the convention is pleased to add to the spellbinding MR. LOBO of CINEMA INSOMNIA to their guest list, along with GI JOE comic maven LARRY HAMMA, internet celeb THE ANGRY VIDEO GAME NERD, veteran cartoon voice actor NEIL ROSS, and BACK TO THE FUTURE star DONALD FULLILOVE!
At 2:45, MR. LOBO will also be moderating a CULT MOVIE PANEL discussion, with hand picked experts featuring CHUCK FRANCISCO of the COLONIAL THEATRE CULT MOVIE NIGHTS and NEWT WALLEN producer/creator of the upcoming feature film MIDNIGHT SHOW. The talk will include a surprise video presentation.
Artist DIXIE DELLAMORTO LOBO of HORROR HOSTS AND CREATURE FEATURES will be at MR. LOBO’s table also with CINEMA INSOMNIA goodies, vintage wares, fan club kits, magazines, autographed prints, and original art!
Tickets are only 14 bucks at the door but the memories are priceless.Â
The show schedule is as follows:
9:00AM: Show opens to public
10:00AM: Raffle session #1 (Back of Hall D)
11:00AM: Raffle session #2 (Back of Hall D)
11:15AM: Trivia Contest (Panel Room)
12:00PM: Raffle session #3 and Preregistrant raffle (Back of Hall D)
12:15PM: Living in 8 Bits & Nerd vs Geek panel (Panel Room)
1:00PM: Raffle session #4 (Back of Hall D)
1:05PM: COSTUME CONTEST: Kids (14 and under), followed by adults. (Back of Hall D)
1:40PM: AVGN/Nostalgia Critic panel (Panel Room) MATURE AUDIENCES RECOMMENDED
2:30PM: Raffle session #5 (Back of Hall D)
2:45PM: Cult Movie Panel with Mr. Lobo (Panel Room)
4:00PM: Raffle session #6 (Back of Hall D)
5:00PM: Show closes to public
For more info:
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To whet your appetite for the long awaited follow up to Ed Wood’s misunderstood classic, we present the 2006 episode of Cinema Insomnia featuring Plan Nine from Outer Space and Hardware Wars.
Doc Rotten of HorrorNews.net wrote a review of the new Plan 9, Darkstone EntertainmentÂ held its first private cast and crew screening August 24th, 2013 at the packed Grandin Theater, located in Roanoke, Virginia where the film was shot. The film will be sold to a distributor for a 2014 release.Â According to the reviewer the endearing homage to the Ed Wood film did not disappoint.
There’s a lot of confusion in the stores this Halloween Season.Â A lot of Monster Kids, Goth Girls, and Obsessive Nerds are combing the aisles of their local grocery stores looking for spooky treats of the breakfast kind. What stores have them? Are there 5 or 6 MONSTER CEREALS, now? I thought there were only 3–What’s going on?
It may seem silly but these MONSTER CEREAL(pronounced surreal) characters are very important to some. A lot of kids who grow up feeling like misfits and outsidersÂ love the often misunderstood monsters of the movies. Halloween is like Christmas to those who long to escape conformity and are drawn to the stranger things. Seeing some fun loving freaks in the supermarket among the bland and boring products on the shelves, Like a Pink Frankenstein Monster, A Buck Toothed Vampire with pointy hair, and A Well Groomed Ghost, somehow symbolizes a subversion of the suburban to weirdo’s like Mr. Lobo. And if you are reading this–perhaps you might feel that way, too.
General Mills who at one time owned the toy company Kenner always had a their finger on the pulse of sugar sweetened merchandising aimed at youngsters. In the early 70’s, prompted by the success of LUCKY CHARMS, they released a chocolate-flavored oat based cereal with marshmallows called COUNT CHOCULA(originally Dr. Count Chocula) and a strawberry-flavored oat based cereal with marshmallows named FRANKEN BERRY(not after comedian Al Franken). These MONSTER CEREALS were so popular that they soon introduced a ghost called BOO BERRY. An artificially flavored werewolf named FRUTE BRUTE
was released in 1974 but was discontinued. In the late 80’s they tried a fourth character again…this time FRUITY YUMMY MUMMY. Note that the actual word FRUIT is never used. In 1993, FRUITY YUMMY MUMMY was sent back into the crypt to sleep as well.
The pink food dye in the original FRANKEN BERRY, as MR. LOBO remembers used to turn your stool reddish…he’s glad to know it wasn’t just him–it was called FRANKEN STOOL according to Wikipedia. We wonder how long General Mills will let that stay up there.
The cost of oats, one must imagine, must have gone way up. ALL of the MONSTER CEREALS since 2010 are ONLY made seasonally for HALLOWEEN and contain NO OATS as per their original formulas. They always contained some corn but they are now made entirely with genetically modified corn starch. So now they are a true FRANKENFOOD!
This autumn for first time in history, General Mills is releasing all five monster cereals together for purchase during the Halloween season. Additionally, special retro edition boxes of all five cereals with their original packaging art will be sold exclusively at TARGET.
That means there are 10 different packages out there–2 designs for each monster.
Will Mr. Lobo be out there like every other cryptser hipster buying up these false gods from his childhood, cluttering up his cabinets, risk altering his DNA, and turning his feces all kinds of new colors? HELL YES!
WARNING, IF YOU SEE A SIXTH MONSTER CEREAL it is not endorsed or authorized by GENERAL MILLS and there is an active RECALL of the new version of MR. LOBO’S CEREAL manufactured by AMPERSAND CEREALS who apparently violated 1000 copyright and trademark laws by changing the look of the officially licensed MR. LOBO’S CEREAL to closely resemble GENERAL MILLS MONSTER CEREALS–going as far as having employees sneaking into stores and putting them next to the other cereals and shoving them into aisle end caps and store displays. If you have purchased them by accident return to the store immediately. This design has been discontinued and litigation is pending.
You have no legal right to eat MR. LOBO’S in this format. However, if you are missing a more OATY CRUNCH and you’d like to eat a SIXTH Halloween themed cereal and not take a bite out of General Mills here is what you do. Buy a box of the GENERAL MILLS cereal PEANUT BUTTER MULTI-GRAIN CHEERIOS which has a combination of oats and corn like the original MONSTER CEREALS of the 70’s did. Also, buy a container of KRAFT JET PUFFED tiny marshmallow MALLO BITS–you can find them near the Hot Cocoa mix. Mix in the MALLO BITS into the PEANUT BUTTER CHEERIOS and mix well. Print out the box front art from this website…email us for a PDF. Cut out the art and paste on to the front of the Cheerio’s box– And VIOLA! You CINEMA INSOMNIA fans are now ready to eat a bowl of MR. LOBO’s CEREAL or at least a reasonable facsimile! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!