Wir Fahr’n Fahr’n Fahr’n auf der Retrocon

rc2013banner2dmc1.jpg~originalThis Saturday,  September 14th, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. Mr. Lobo goes Retro…again. For the first time!


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 goldiewilsonposter.jpg~originalyear 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 IMG_8631b.jpg~originalgoodies, vintage wares, fan club kits, magazines, autographed prints, and original art!

Tickets are only 14 bucks at the door but the memories are priceless. 
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:
Email: Screamers@retroscreamers.com


Giant Mega Monster Movies This Weekend! Mr. Lobo presents Godzilla and Mothra!



Planning a PACIFIC RIM getaway “vacay”? Well, The ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE in WINCHESTER, VA–which presents great first run features such as “Pacific Rim”, is also celebrating the classic beasts and bots of Cinema and has asked MR. LOBO to come down from his secret base PA to host three amazing films that feature chaotic, cataclysmic creatures! GODZILLA at 5pm this Saturday, MOTHRA at Midnight, and on Sunday afternoon, the day after, for the Monster Kids “IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA!”

godzillakongloboThe posters and fliers were eaten up at Monster Bash. Mr. Lobo looks forward to seeing many of you there! Make a weekend out of it if you can…there is a great Hotel in the same parking lot and wonderful restaurants–And of course, The Alamo serves great food and spirits in the theater. Every row of seats has it’s own table. When was the last time you had someone bring you beer and pizza in the dark? It’s damn spiffy! It reminds Mr. Lobo of the “Thrillville” monsmothrabobjohnsonter shows we used to do back in California!     mothralobo

To wet your appetite even further we asked Bob Johnson, who runs Bay Area Film Events and the Sci-Fi Japan website, to say a few things about our Saturday program. Bob has been bringing Kaiju/Tokusatsu to the bay area over the last 30 years with events like GODZILLAFEST and ULTRAMANIA–which Mr. Lobo had the honor of co-hosting on the West Coast. That’s Bob up on top of the giant larva in the photo to the right!

Take it away Bob…

GODZILLA (1954) and MOTHRA (1961) represent two very different ends of the Toho spectrum and both are classics of the kaiju eiga genre.

With Guillermo del Toro readying to make “kaiju” a household name with his new, mega block-buster film PACIFIC RIM, both of these films, which ushered in the term, deserve another look.

Godzilla_1st appearanceGODZILLA is the original Japanese creature feature, making its debut in 1954. Filmed in black and white, it was a very serious analogy for a nuclear nightmare come to life. Directed by Ishiro Honda in a documentary style, the film is dark and somber. Godzilla is a force of nature, a living natural disaster. As the US trailer would say a couple years later, the film featured “Dynamic Violence” and “Savage Action”!

MOTHRA, on the other hand, was Toho’s second color kaiju film (following 1957’s RODAN). Unlike RODAN though, MOTHRA is more fantasy. With it’s bright colors, singing fairies, exotic island locales and more light-hearted characters, MOTHRA is like the day to GODZILLA’s night.


The musical scores also emphasize the different tones of the films. GODZILLA’s music is thunderous, intense and heavy. MOTHRA’s is light and fanciful. Both soundtracks are expertly done and deserve a listen on their own. GODZILLA’s com

posed by Toho mainstay Akira Ifukube and MOTHRA’s by Yuji Koseki. Although Ifukube would go on toscore many of Toho’s monster and Sci Fi films up through 1995’s GODZILLA VS. DESTROYAH, Koseki’s MOTHRA was his only genre score.

Even when released in the US , GODZILLA was re-edited and sanitized, while MOTHRA was released with a few trims, but mostly intact.

The heavy-handed messageGodzilla_Burr in GODZILLA was removed. The main characters Hideto Ogata (Akira Takarada), Emiko Yamane (Momoko Kochi) and Daisuke Serizawa (Akihito Hirata) take a back seat to Raymond Burr’s US reporter Steve Martin. Although expertly edited to look like Burr really is an integral part of the movie, lost is the nuclear allegory, the emotional love triangle between Ogata, Emiko and Serizawa and even some of the monster action.Godzilla_Ogata-Emiko-Serizawa


In some scenes, Burr stands to the side, listening in on meetings and discussions, while an interpreter lets him (and the audience) know what is going on. Saves time on dubbing anyway. But, as such, the US version, GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS, can actually be looked atas another perspective on the same story. In the Japanese version, you get the entire story. In the US cut, you get Steve Martin’s version of the events as he sees them unfold.mothralobo3

In MOTHRA, the film’s original characters, mainly Dr. Shinichi Chujo (Hiroshi Koizumi–shown above with Mr. Lobo at BAFE show GODZILLAFEST), photographer Michi Hanamura (Kyoko Kagawa) and reporter Senichiro Fukuda (Frankie Sakai) come through with their humor and chemistry intact. Actor Jerry Ito’s deliciously over the top portrayal of the film’s main villain, Clark Nelson, also remains as a highlight of the movie. In fact, it is Clark Nelson and NOT Mothra herself, who is the antagonist of the film. Mothra, though she creates a lot of collateral damage, is mainly on a missionMothra_cast to save the Alienas (twin fairies), which Nelson kidnapped from Infant Island to exploit in a series of stage shows.

As evil and despicable as Ito’s Nelson is, Frankie Sakai does an excellent job as reporter Fukuda, known in the US version of the film as a “Bulldog” and in the Japanese version as a “Snapping Turtle”, both metaphors for getting hold of a

story and not letting go. He is jovial throughout the movie, a perfect balancing act between the humor of the character and his reporter’s important role in rescuing the fairies.


MOTHRA was a turning point in the style of the Toho films. Gone was the dark and serious monster movies, substituted by fun amazing adventures featuring a whole roster of far east beasts.Mothra_heatgun


GODZILLA and MOTHRA make for an amazing double feature and will definitely show fans two totally different ways of bringing cinematic monsters to life. And although the films are different in style, tone and feel, they are both created by director Ishiro Honda and special effects master Eiji Tsuburaya.



The July 27th Winchester screening of GODZILLA  and MOTHRA at The ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE WINCHESTER will be introduced live by MR. LOBO and he WILL be bringing THE TWIN FAIRIES!

As you know, Mr. Lobo is the host of the late night movie program CINEMA INSOMNIA–Nationally syndicated on AMGTV affiliates and now via ZOM-BEE TV on ROKU devices. Mr. Lobo presents a LIVE preshow  with audience participation, background on the film, comedy, and prizes.  To purchase tickets or for more info visit the ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE website.

See you there…and don’t forget IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA! our bonus monster matinee on Sunday!

Pre-Order Mega Monster Poster with Mr. Lobo

MrLobo11inTallMonsterPosterA “must-have” keepsake for CInsomniacs, Monster Kids, and Monster Kids in training. If you can’t make it to the Alamo Drafthouse Winchester, VA  on the 27th or 28th you can get one mailed to you here for a limited time. They are $10 and the artist gets half the proceeds.

Legendary genre artist George E-Gor Chastain who made this poster created E-Gor’s Chamber of Horror Hosts–the first and best resource Mr. Lobo ever saw on the subject. He also made the DVD cover and poster for Count Gore DeVol’s EVERY OTHER DAY IS HALLLOWEEN and lobby card style cover/poster for VIRGINIA CREEPERS! We are honored to have him do our poster for this event.


Blobfest takes place in and around the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville.Tonight is the famous SOLD OUT run-out reeinactment in Phoenixville!

Since MR. LOBO has been asked–here’s the skinny about the BLOBFEST festivities for TOMORROW, Saturday! He will have a table at the street fair all day this year so you won’t need to buy a admission ticket or wristband to say “Hello to Mr. Lobo”! Stay for the evening show inside at the Colonial and recite THE INSOMNIAC OATH before the double feature of THE BLOB and THEM! Let’s get gooey, LIVE and IN PERSON!



This year Mr. Lobo just missed the Blob on Friday when he got lost due to road closures on the way to the stage show. The entire Colonial Theater yet again escaped with their lives as the Blob was eventually contained by the Phoenixville, PA Fire Department. Dr. Frank N. Stone used his super science to communicate with Mr. Lobo on route via “live” video link just before the annual run-out. This video is a condensed trilogy of cut-ins from the big screen. Enjoy.


Tomorrow Mr. Lobo and Dixie head for THE DAYS INN in Butler, PA for the 2012 MONSTER BASH conference! We will be in the main hall near registration to greet fans and monsters along side Penny Dreadful and Company from Shilling Shockers. They will be running classic horror films all weekend and on Saturday Night at 12:30 for this historic PREHISTORIC themed edition of their MONSTER BASH (Techically JUNE 24!) Mr. Lobo  and hard working cave girl Miss Cretaceous will be giving prizes to volunteers who will help us with our DINO SIZED games in the name of science, leading the audience to perform the INSOMNIAC OATH, and presenting the MISUNDERSTOOD CLASSIC REPTILICUS! All this happens after the outdoor drive-in style films in the insect rich parking lot. After the preshow, REPTILICUS runs in it’s entirety without interuption other than the usual mild heckling and snores!

Mr. Lobo will have a vendor table with all NEW CINEMA INSOMNIA prints and merchandise, art, and goodies for the kids…LIKE DINO DNA SLIME! We will also have a relative of Reptilicus growing live in a glass container at our table!

We’ll aslo be hanging with our pals Our pals Count Gore, Ghoul A Go Go will also RONDO winning director Daniel Griffith, and Buddy “Cult Movies” Barnett. The ZOM-BEE channel will be recording parts of this show for upcoming new epiosdes of CINEMA INSOMNIA! And many more friends and fans that we love to see each year!






In the begining, this small globe cooled in the vacuum of outer space and gave rise to cold blooded beasts of massive size called horror movie fans! Every year the old ones gather at a special 3-day ritual called MONSTER BASH at the DAYS INN in BUTLER, PENNSYLVANIA! A freaky family reuinon full of collectors, film and TV actors, spectres, robot erectors, movie projectors, genre inspectors, reality defectors, funeral directors, Dr. Lecters, and pocket protectors!

In the year of our lord 2012, one horror host was asked by CREEPY CLASSICS and SCARY MONSTERS MAGAZINE to present the film REPTILICUS on Saturday Night at 12:30 for this historic PREHISTORIC themed edition of their MONSTER BASH JUNE 22-24! Men call this host Mr. Lobo and if you are brave of spirit and have superior DNA – you will be there in the movie room, too – for prizes, suprizes, and the INSOMNIAC OATH! All this happens after the outdoor drive-in style films in the insect rich parking lot and before the REPTILICUS runs in it’s entirety without interuption other than the usual mild heckling and snores!

This event is only a cubic zirconia in the bling-speckled crown of another fun filled three-day weekend with celebs, filmmakers, horror hosts and fans! Movies of course will be runningf all weekend. Mr. Lobo will have a vendor table with all NEW CINEMA INSOMNIA prints and merchandise, art, and goodies for the kids!

This fest is a favorite of Mr. Lobo’s because of all our dearest friends and fans who attend! Our horror host pals Count Gore, Penny Dreadful, and Ghoul A Go Go will also be there with their ghoulish goods. Daniel Griffith, the director of CITIZEN WOOD, a documentary featuring Mr. Lobo, George “The Animal” Steele, and MST3K’s Joel Hodgson. The ZOM-BEE channel will be recording parts of this show for upcoming new epiosdes of CINEMA INSOMNIA as well as footage for an upcoming LOBOMENTARY spearheaded by Chris Lorusso.

So, in short – Fly, Drive, Walk, Quit your Job, or do whatever you need to and be at THE BASH! UNGAWA!


On May 5th documentary maker  and archivist Tom Wyrsch will present CREATURESCON ONE: The World’s First CREATURE FEATURES Convention at the Bal Theatre in San Leandro, California. Special guests include John StanleyCF host and Ernie Fosselius-creator of HARDWARE WARS which debuted on CREATURE FEATURES when Bob Wilkins was host. Enjoy dealer’s tables, a Q & A panel, an exhibit of rare Creature-phernalia, hours of rare footage, and the opportunity for fans to get together, share memories! Celebrate the show that united the Bay Area Horror and Sci-Fi fan community.  Read more about CREATURESCON ONE in a article written by Lord Blood-Rah on the HORROR HOSTS AND CREATURE FEATURES MAGAZINE website!

Fahr’n Fahr’n Fahr’n auf der HAUNTERCON

Cinsomniacs! Mr. Lobo and the Lady Dellamorto will be going back East for another tour of duty. Our first stop is the NATIONAL HAUNTER’S CONVENTION in Oaks, Pennsylvania on May 4rd, 5st, and 6nd…er, that is, May 4th, 5th, and 6th! Calanderology was never Mr. Lobo’s best subject. There you will see attractive attractions, amazing props, haulin’ hearses, amazing masks and make ups and even horror hosts like myself and the shows founder Gravesly Macabre from Midnight Monster Hop! Mr. Lobo will have a table and will also be performing on the Main Stage. If you’re not there, you better be dead…and even death is a poor excuse.


Mr. Lobo with SkullIF BY SOME SADNESS YOU MIGHT MISS SAC-CON ON SUNDAY IN SACRAMENTO, FEAR NOT! Many Mr. Lobo events and projects have been added to the ALL NEW CINEMA INSOMNIA CALENDAR! WONDERCON IN ANAHEIM! THE NATIONAL HAUNTERS CONVENTION in Oaks, PA! MR. LOBO Hosts REPTILICUS at MONSTER BASH IN Butler, PA! Many more to come…Mr. Lobo will be on the east coast from May 3rd to July 16th. If you’d like to work with him on a project or book him for an event see our booking page or email Mr. Lobo’s assistant Dixie@cinemainsominia.com! If you miss Mr. Lobo at an event you can always order a signed and personalized custom print or 8X10 in our shop! Thanks, CInsomniacs, and we hope to see you soon somewhere in 2012!