We are thankful for this week for one of our very best CInsomniacs a Sleepless Knight who goes by the codename KNURL CHUBB. She wrote a nice, self-described “long winded dissertation” about CINEMA INSOMNIA and how she came to watch it, and live the life. She sent us some of her favorite pictures taken with her camera. She especially likes the one of Mr. Lobo at the first Lobotronic in Sacramento at the Studio Theater. Also the SECRETS OF HORROR HOSTING panel at Wondercon 2006, with Bob and John, and the historic meeting of Mr. Lobo and Karlos Borloff at Comic-Con in San Diego, 2009.
Then, one Saturday night, second week of October 2005, I turned on the TV to watch the un-hosted monster movies, on KTEH out of San Jose, and it was Cinema Insomnia with Mr. Lobo. In the Halloween show, he played his new music video “Watching TV”. It was fantastic! I was completely and irrevocably hooked. Mr Lobo had totally captured the feeling of watching monster movies with my friends as a teen!
I love the show because it is a perfect blend of current and retro, really well written, creative, and hilarious. It has always made me forget my troubles for a couple of hours and have a good laugh. My favorite Saturday night is to watch monster movies in PJs with some snacks and the cats snuggled up.
Knurl also sent us a selfie in her CI Santa eyeball hat from that first fundraiser at KTEH, waaaay back when.Thank you, KNURL CHUBB, valued Sleepless Knight, for ALL of your support, for MR. LOBO 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, KNURL CHUBB –THE SLEEPLESS KNIGHT OF THE WEEK–for November 28th through the December 4th!
“Your host” Mr. Lobo has presented late-night horror-cheese showcase Cinema Insomnia for 13 years through a smattering of regional cable outlets and, probably, subliminal mind control. Last year, Zom-Bee TV (available through streaming service Roku) picked up Cinema Insomnia, exposing the campy creature-feature to a slightly wider audience that needs to know: “They’re not bad movies … just misunderstood.” The suave-ish Mr. Lobo tees up classics like The Horror of Party Beach and The Brain That Wouldn’t Die with the snarky intros and interstitials you’d expect, but what sets Cinema Insomnia apart is its mind-bending, cocktail-kitsch menagerie of vintage commercials and film trailers, as well as the occasional recipe (Santo vs. the Vampire Women’s detailed snack instructional for chips & salsa: a bag of chips, a bowl and a bottle of salsa). Episodes are also available at CinemaInsomnia.com“
Below you can enjoy a couple of Turkeys from Mr. Lobo… THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE and HORROR OF PARTY BEACH…
It is THANKSGIVING WEEK!!! And here at Cinema Insomnia, we are thankful for YOU. That’s right YOU! You Fair Sleepless Knights and CInsomniacs are the ones who keep our host MR. LOBO making episodes, sharing misunderstood movies for you and your family to enjoy. It’s YOUR views, YOUR fan art, and YOUR love and support for us that keeps us going and going! This week, the theme is all about what we are thankful for in the misunderstood world from Horror to Sci-fi and……..BEYOND!
What do you consider the most misundestood show, vintage horror ad, toys, movie trailers, horror hosts, etc that YOU are thankful for? We are looking for your suggestions and stories to share on our pages. Leave your stories in the comment section or you can send a private message to us with your findings and we’ll share them on our pages. Send us your pictures with your collection of “misunderstood” gifts! It’s the season of sharing and we will do just that!
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 MISUNDERSTOOD feature on your Twitter or Instagram pages with #CITHANKSGIVINGWEEK and tag the Cinema Insomnia we will favorite and Retweet/Share your findings.
Keep your eyes open for the different misunderstood goodies coming to you across all pages! You never know, you might see something you haven’t seen in years!
Get ready for a VERY THANKSGIVING WEEK!
Sorry for the delay, everyone! Mitch Mittens had an emergency but now he is ready and leaves typing! This past week, you CInsomniacs provided me with many interesting choices. When it came down to it I chose to review I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF (1957) and THE BOY WHO CRIED WEREWOLF (1973) provided by CInsomniacs Matthew Fox and Michael O’Manion.
I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF (1957) stars a familiar face that some of you may know. Put your hands and leaves together for MICHAEL LANDON aka Little Joe from Bananza aka Charles Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie. Only this time around Landon isn’t the youngest cowboy in the Cartwright family or a father struggling to raise his family. No, this time, before those, he was a TEENAGE WEREWOLF.
Michael plays 50’s “troubled teenager” Tony Rivers. Rivers is known for his temper and recommended by the town’s detective that Tony see’s a psychologist for his anger issues and his girlfriend Arlene agrees. However, It’s not until he beats the tar out of his best friend at a Halloween Party as a result of surprising him, that he gives into their suggestions and goes see the doctor. (Inserts creepy warning music of something wicked coming this way)
Dr. Brandon-psychologist, hypnotist, and overall bad guy, proceeds to hypnotize Tony and comes to the conclusion that he is perfect to use an experimental drug which regresses a person to their primal instincts. Despite his assistant Dr. Wagner’s protests, Dr. Brandon goes ahead with his experiments, turning Tony into a wild Werewolf.
We witness a few “killings,” Tony catching onto the fact something is terribly wrong and going back to Dr. Brandon for help (why, why why,) and him getting caught in Werewolf form. I won’t spoil the ending but it doesn’t end well for Little Joe…I mean Tony.
The next film I saw was THE BOY WHO CRIED WEREWOLF (1973). For those of you who have seen this movie, you’ll understand my next statement. For those who haven’t, still read. I was tempted to count amount of times the kid Richie whines and claims his father is a werewolf. It seemed as if every 5-10 minutes after his dad was bitten, that’s all he would say to anyone. Hmmm….maybe I should, but time is of the essense!
The story is about a recently divorced father Robert Bridgestone, played by KERWIN MATHEWS, takes his son up to the mountains to their family cabin, not realizing a werewolf lurks in the woods around the area. After they unpack, they decide to take a walk outside after dark (bad idea). The werewolf attacks Robert and there is a huge scuffle, leaving Robert with a huge bite on his arm and the dead werewolf. We then witness countless minutes of the boy trying to get the adults to believe the perpetrator was a werewolf and the adults of course not believing him, blames it on his “wild imagination.” Yeah, wild does not even cover it.
Question though: If you were attacked by a guy covered in massive hair with the slight resemblance of a wolf, wouldn’t you put two and two together and admit you were attacked by a werewolf? Another question: After you were attacked by said beast and all of a sudden you had missing pieces in your memory, waking up in strange places, and all of these happening under a full moon-wouldn’t you think something is wrong? Apparently Robert did not think this through.
I won’t say what else happens except it involves hippies, a hippie exorcism, more Richie talking about his father being a werewolf, and people getting their heads chopped off and bodies ripped apart. The ending, much like I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF, does not end well.
My final standings (drum roll please): I give I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF 6 out of 10 Hypnotic Eyes. It’s Little Joe and I understood the way the film was and how it was carried out. For THE BOY WHO CRIED WEREWOLF I gave it the same rate because sometimes you have to look past the kid and Robet not realizing something was wrong in the first place, in order to see a pretty good film. Have any more Cinsomniacs or Sleepless Knights tuned into these films? 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!
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!
“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.)
It 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)!
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 a prize package that will include a framed certificate, official Lobo Necktie, Lobo Badge and other goodies to be announced this December!
Last 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.
THE 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!
If 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!
JAKE 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!