Tonight is a BRAND NEW MR. LOBO SHOW with LIVE CHAT!

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TONIGHT–On this NEW YEARS EVE we are Streaming LIVE on the Cinema Insomnia Ustream Channel around 10:30 PM EST–A BRAND NEW CINEMA INSOMNIA AFTER X-MESS NEW YEARS SPECIAL…with MR. LOBO LIVE and IN PERSON in the USTREAM CHAT ROOM: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cinema-insomnia

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Stay with us until Midnight EST for a special episode of 12:01 BEYOND with Special Guest Mr. LOBO–as our colleagues Josh Hadley and Nicholas J. Michalak take on the new year and present the film 984 PRISONER OF THE FUTURE(1982) in a style reminiscent of USA’s NIGHT FLIGHT(1981-88) with amazing clips, videos, and short subjects: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cinema-insomnia

After that, if you STILL HAVE INSOMNIA–it will be followed up by the Christmas Episode of 12:01 BEYOND featuring TREEVENGE(2008) and MR. LOBO wraparounds from our classic CI episode SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS(1964)!

treevenge-movielogo-short-tsrimgCome join us TONIGHT for our NEW YEARS EXTRAVAGANZA!

CI Screenings and Chats in Anticipation of the New Year–PLUS A BRAND NEW MR. LOBO SHOW with LIVE CHAT!

10891972_882533005124090_3171078479993945430_nOur elves are still busy making you a new show for the new year! Are you ready for your presents? Let’s begin!

012-VenusTo get you warmed up we have a special treat in store for you–classic CINEMA INISOMNIA episodes have been added to the line up at THE VORTEXX. FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS(1960) will be showing on the VORTEXX Livestream channel starting at 6PM Pacific/9 Eastern on Friday and there will be a live chat during the episode. Who knows who might drop in! Come and Join us for the festivities on the VORTEXX channel: http://www.horrorhost.net/

10898302_882185241825533_7390366797849545228_n TOMORROW-NEW YEARS EVE Streaming LIVE on the Cinema Insomnia Ustream Channel around 10:30 PM EST–A BRAND NEW CINEMA INSOMNIA AFTER X-MESS NEW YEARS SPECIAL…with MR. LOBO LIVE and IN PERSON in the USTREAM CHAT ROOM: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cinema-insomnia

984Stay with us until Midnight EST for a special episode of 12:01 BEYOND with Special Guest Mr. LOBO–as our colleagues Josh Hadley and Nicholas J. Michalak take on the new year and present the film 984 PRISONER OF THE FUTURE(1982) in a style reminiscent of USA’s NIGHT FLIGHT(1981-88) with amazing clips, videos, and short subjects: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cinema-insomnia

treevenge-movielogo-short-tsrimgAfter that, if you STILL HAVE INSOMNIA–it will be followed up by the Christmas Episode of 12:01 BEYOND featuring TREEVENGE(2008) and MR. LOBO wraparounds from our classic CI episode SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS(1964)!

LET’S GET THIS AFTER X-MAS PARTY STARTED!

Presenting…THE FAN OF THE YEAR! Drum Roll Please–

This year, we honored many Sleepless Knights and CInsomniacs for their love of CINEMA INSOMNIA and MR. LOBO as well as their hard work. It’s not always easy being a misunderstood movie fan and we created this award to show our appreciation for our family of Sleepless Knights. CINEMA INSOMNIA is a “fan-powered” endeavor and you are the reason that an independently produced show like this is possible. CINSOMNIACS are a rare breed and superior to other fandoms in many ways. Today, we honor one of them who many felt stood out above the rest this year. Ladies and Gentlemen, your CINEMA INSOMNIA FAN OF THE YEAR is…….

1390731_10202370838419243_1654446304_nSIR GARRETT MEHAFFEY!

559518_10203975034234214_2240710322006050093_nOur fan from the great state of Texas, SIR GARRETT MEHAFFEY was first honored as the FAN OF THE WEEK on the week of May 4th-May 11th, 2014. His lovely, patient, and saintly wife may not be as into “misunderstood movies” as Garrett, he nevertheless has found the time to show us throughout this year that he was worthy of Sleepless Knight of the Year.  He created countless humorous and creative pictures to match the various themes of the week. He’s also spread the news far and wide about CINEMA INSOMNIA and our beloved host MR. LOBO. Here are some of his creations over the past year:

532913_10204034021108849_9145411934351360351_n1441408_10204110391058050_5620905683118748046_n1450969_10204028936061726_8754542358151975333_nIt has been reported that he is also working on a “Secret Mr. Lobo Project.” For eight months, SIR GARRETT and another former SLEEPLESS KNIGHT OF THE WEEK SIR LUKE HARRIS, have been working on this secret project. It remains in the “Research and Development” vault and discussions between the two. We were given a rare sneak peak, however, of this piece.10872389_10204344362987202_1168520990_n Upon hearing the good news on X-Mas morning, SIR GARRETT beamed,
“My WOOP of joy echoed down the empty street. I just can’t say how much this means to me. Well, yes I can. This means A-LOT to me…..This is a great honor and a wonderful Christmas gift.”

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“Sir Garrett is a tireless moral booster, go getter, and a talented artist. A leader in our fandom. He understands the importance of silliness on a Saturday night, the sanctity of the cheap thrill, the holy trinity of Sci-Fi, Horror, and Cult, and knows to never take yourself too seriously.  MR. LOBO commands ALL CInsomniacs–do not be jealous! Congratulate your worthy sibling because HE IS ONE OF YOU. “They’re Not Bad Movies–Just Misunderstood” is more than a motto–it’s a lifestyle. Garrett “gets it” and he spreads this wonderful wisdom of cheese wherever he goes. Thank You, Garrett for making CINEMA INSOMNIA possible. As we go forward with our new venture OUTER SPACE INTL–we are looking at Garrett as as vital resource…”

Congratulations, SIR GARRETT MEHAFFEY for winning SLEEPLESS KNIGHT OF THE YEAR 2014! Your prize package will include prize package that will include a framed certificate, official Lobo Necktie, Lobo Badge, Mr. Lobo’s Horrible Noises CD, Cinema Insomnia Haunted House DVD and other goodies! 

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On Slasher, On Splatter, On Stalkers, and Vixens–THIS SEASONS TOP HOLIDAY HORROR FILMS!

While most of us associate the horror genre with the films that are released around Halloween each year, there are a surprising number of enjoyable horror flicks that actually deal more with the Christmas holiday season. So, to celebrate this quirky sub-genre, to combat the endless TV re-runs of A CHRISTMAS STORY(1983) and to completely avoid GRUMPY CAT’S WORST CHRISTMAS EVER(2014), here’s a look at a list top holiday horror films from years past…

SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT(1984)SilentNightDeadlyNight_1

Arguably the leader in Christmas holiday horror films—and with an absolutely spectacular title—Silent Night, Deadly Night is a twisted and creepy movie. It’s also a great one to pick up and check out before this month ends. Basically, the plot goes like this: a young boy named Billy, who has been told that Santa punishes naughty children, witnesses his parents being murdered by a deranged Santa impersonator. Billy grows up with a fear of Santa and a strangely strict belief in punishing the naughty, and he ends up becoming something of a psychopathic Christmas murderer, declaring judgment on the naughty. A recent retro review of the film on Moviepilot called it “just the right amount of festive,” while “embodying the best of ’80s horror.” Calling it festive is something of a joke, but the idea is dead on: this is Christmas-y, terrifying, and nostalgic (for old-school horror fans) all at once. Enjoy.

THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS(1993)

Tim Burton’s infamous animated holiday musical is not a horror film in the traditional sense, and it will only scare small children. But it deals in enough horror elements (after all, the lead character is “Jack Skellington”) that one can easily think of it as something as a lighter horror film, or even mock horror. And at any rate, it’s delightful: Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, grows tired of his annual holiday routine and essentially seeks to take over Christmas Town instead. But this movie’s real impact is in its legacy of animation. The stop-motion puppeteering of its characters was used in similar fashion in James And The Giant Peach, and it could even be said to have inspired puppet usage in later films like Team America: World Police. The general style and look of the characters is even still being re-used in Christmas material, as seen in the Ghosts Of Christmas holiday slot game hosted on Betfair, which you can view here. This game’s characters are not replicas of Jack Skellington and Co., but there’s a clear resemblance that shows the staying power of the film in portraying a mix of horror and holiday themes.

JACK FROST(1997)

You know this is a successful horror film (and comedy) because it has been labeled as a “cult classic” in the years since its release, and that tends to happen to the best of them. Here’s the synopsis: An infamous serial killer named Jack Frost is being transported by law enforcement to his own execution when their vehicle collides with a mysterious tanker. Like something out of a Marvel comic, Jack is doused in acidic genetic material and sort of dies and becomes one with the winter snow at the same time. The rest is pure comic horror gold: Jack Frost essentially becomes a murderous mad snowman, picking off victims (in the town of Snowmonton) one-by-one, circling toward the sheriff who captured him. It’s not light in the same sense as The Nightmare Before Christmas, but for those who like a laugh with their scares it’s worth a watch over the holidays. And the whole thing is available for free on YouTube!

BLACK CHRISTMAS(1974)

Before FRIDAY THE 13th(1980) and HALLOWEEN(1978), from the late great director Bob Clark who gave us CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS(1973) and ironically enough A CHRISTMAS STORY(1983), comes the often imitated but never duplicated tale of sorority sisters being terrorized on Christmas break by a homicidal and psychopathic stalker who’s violent and troubled childhood home is now their Sorority House. It begins with disturbing and obscene phone calls that put the girls on edge, when they start disappearing, they initially get no help from the police. This atmospheric and artistic horror film is STILL effectively creepy and has some great 1970’s styles.

8qhEjcdCK9hHxWzMx6cyYwLR4RGNaturally, there are many other holiday horror options out there, some of them amusing B-List options or what CINEMA INSOMNIA  fans call “misunderstood movies”. CHRISTMAS EVIL(1980) involves another Santa-dressed serial killer, SANTA’S SLAY(2005), reviewed earlier this month by our own Mitch Mittens, features the actual Santa turning into a killer, and some would even point to Joe Dante’s GREMLINS(1984) as the best of them all. But the above listed films offer one genuine scare; one light-hearted film with plenty of horror elements; and one classic horror/comedy blend. They should be a nice start for your holiday horror needs!santas-slay-04

All Rise For 2014’s FANS OF THE WEEK PART 2!

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The second half of the year, we honored Sleepless Knights and Cinsomniacs from across the U.S. and abroad! Ladies and Gentleman, here are the Fans of the Week from August 20th, 2014-December 5th-11, 2014

Prince Everlove August 20th-27th

Paul, Bree, & Sophie August 29th-September 4th

Rowdy Scarlett September 5th-11th

Reverend Steve Galindo September 12th-18th

David Albaugh September 19th-25th

Kim Wailes September 26th-October 2nd

Foamy Squrrel October 3rd-9th

Steve and Amanda Wolfe October 10th-16th

Joseph Herb October 17th-23rd

“Talky Tina” Berkley October 24th-30th

Anita Gale October 31st-November 6th

Cayce Campaign October 31st– November 6th

Marjorie Chardem Nevember 7th-13th

riv and Tom November 14th-20th

Michael Quebec November 21st-27th

Knurl Chubb November 28th-December 4th

Stephen Course Deceber 5th-11th

They are all eligible for the “FAN OF THE YEAR” to be announced on December 26th! The Sleeples Knight of the Year Award package includes: “CINEMA INSOMNIA’S HAUNTED HOUSE” DVD, “HORRIBLE NOISES OF MR. LOBO’S VERY BAD MANOR” CD, STRIPED LOBO TIE, “They’re Not Bad Movies” PINBACK BADGE, SLEEPLESS KNIGHT OF THE YEAR CERTIFICATE, Signed 8X10, Limited edition Signed LOBO/DIXIE 4×6, LOBOVISION Glasses, and LOBOVISION 3-D Glasses and screen used NOTE CARD.

Mr.LoboFOTWThis coming new year, we want to honor more Sleepless Knights and Cinsomniacs. We are accepting nominees for 2015 “Fan of the Week” awards. We want to share your story, your passion, your love for misunderstood movies and CINEMA INSOMNIA. You can leave your nominations in the comment section of this article and in the comment section of the pages or you can send in your pictures and story via private message or email out intern at: [email protected]

Thank you, Sleepless Knights and Cinsomniacs for a fantastic year and for your love and support for MR. LOBO, MRS. LOBO, and for the rest of the CINEMA INSOMNIA family! And Remember:

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It’s Going to Be a Silent Night….Bloody Night on MITCH MITTENS REVIEWS!

10447406_846179352092789_1087176575440826876_nHello Fellow CInsomniacs and Sleepless Knights,

In almost less than a week’s time, we shall all be gathering around for the holidays. Children expecting Santa Clauseto slide down the chimney to bring them their yearly gifts for them being good instead of naughty. This week, I reminisced about the old holiday classic horror film-SILENT NIGHT, BLOODY NIGHT(1972).

Cue that old-time organ music will ya, Frankie? Ok? I guess not…..Not to worry, the beginning of the movie will take care of it. 8qhEjcdCK9hHxWzMx6cyYwLR4RGWe begin our story with a short history about a house where our main story plot takes place. According to legend (or woman in the beginning’s tale), Wilfred Butler, the house’s original owner was found burned alive outside his home the day before Christmas in the mid-50s. Soon afterward, the home was turned into an asylum for the criminally insane against Wilfred Butler’s last testimony in his will stating the home should be left alone. 

You know when someone says a house, a grave, a school, or anything that could or should be abandoned-stay abandoned? Of course no one is going to leave it alone! We watch an axe murderer make his way out of a nearby asylum, butchering anyone and everyone in sight without seeing his face as he drives away in one of his victims’ vehicles. Then we are left wondering who this guy is…….here we go

hqdefaultJeffrey Butler decides he wants to sell the establishment for $50,000 in cash to the townspeople through his lawyer John Carter. John lays out the plan and sets the deadline for the money to be paid for the house by noon the next day. Not listening to the townspeople’s warnings about the house, John decides him and his “assistant/mistress” Ingrid to stay at the house instead of the Paradise hotel.

Obviously, knowing two people are going to stay in a house that has been told not to be stayed in are, guess what? Axed to death and right before we found out what John Carter was going to give Ingrid her “present” *cue in cheesy maniacal laughter*.

 SilentNightBloodyNight_1972_GeorgeD-posterI will warn you, this movie is filled with acting you have wonder the why this film wasn’t a soap opera instead of a film. I even looked for William Shatner at times to pop up and ask why things were progressing the way they were.  I mean, even the acting coming from, wait a second, is that Principal Togar from ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HIGHSCHOOL? No wonder why the kids sent for The Ramones. Even when she was “young” her acting was…..let’s give it a C- for grading purposes. 

We soon witnessed quite creative bloody scenes, an interesting twisty plot line sprinkled with questions like: “How in the world did you know the caller on the phone was a woman when the individual did not call you!” moments from both her and Jeffery Butler who in the beginning gives off the “creepy axe murderer” vibes, and an ending that is snappy and so fast you have to practically glue your eye lids open to not miss it.

I give this film 6 1/2 HYPNOTIC EYES out of 10 because you don’t really hear about this movie around Holiday time and it has a great storyline, just “Misunderstood” characters and acting.

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? 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 for another dose of misunderstood holiday cheer from MITCH MITTENS REVIEWS!

——MITCH MITTENS

MR. LOBO MAKES A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE SAFE ROOM TONIGHT!

Fave image of the lobosMR. LOBO and DIXIE have broken ground on their own production/distribution company that will ultimately produce more CINEMA INSOMNIA episodes for you as well as other exciting and experimental projects. Announcement tonight at 9PM PST/12 EST on PARANOIA TV as Mr. Lobo is a guest on a new show called SAFE ROOM hosted by Olav Phillips. http://www.paranoiamagazine.com/safe-room/