Our “Hard Times for Our Hard Drive” Drive…

First off, many thanks to our patrons and fans for the extra financial and emotional support to help save the rest of our current season after our main hard drive failed.

It contained 8TB of material– more than 3 entire new CINEMA INSOMNIA shows worth of raw footage, promos, project files, and more–including our Season 16 Finale.

Producer/Editor Aaron M. Lane took it in and the shop found it had a  damaged USB controller. After it was replaced, a file structure still couldn’t be seen. It needed “Advanced Recovery”. We were told $1000 to $1500.
It turned out a defective USB part fried everything. This demonstrates the need for redundancy. Some of these things are just bad out of the box and we should have at least two back ups on everything. But hindsight is 20/20.

It seems now very likely we can get it all back–just was just going to be expensive.

If the episodes aren’t lost, they are worth thousands in time, talent, and resources. Cast and Crew traveled great distances to work for free and help us pull off this season on the smallest of budgets. The very least we can do is have a finished product so they can see their hard work and enjoy the fruits of their labor and the satisfaction of a finished project.

If it were just me, alone…I could try and do it all over again. However, even if that were the case–you can’t catch lightning in a bottle twice…some aspects you can’t ever reproduce. But we could try.

If Mr. Lobo has to wash cars we’ll make this work somehow.

Things are rough all over and we all have crushing real world stuff to deal with on top of this…and certainly it’s not the end of the world. However, we feel what we do is important and important to try and save.

The “Advanced Recovery” place repaired the USB controller and found that the drive arm & needle had been fried, so it can’t read any data off of it & on a drive like that with proprietary firmware, they have to replace the parts with parts from an identical drive, so they sent it off to a lab in Austin, Texas.

Again, we anticipated the worst case scenario of $1000-1500, even while hoping for the best.

Today, we were told what the cost might be.

The wastelands of Austin “Techs-Ass” are unforgiving.

The lab came back with their diagnostic/estimate and it’s somehow worse than the range they quoted.

They’re now saying $1678 USD + shipping to recover the data if we provide our own drive–So, another $150 for an 8tb drive to send them.

They have an option to use their drives, but the biggest they offer is 3TB for $120. Aaron says we’d lose 5TB of data that way, so he’d rather buy an 8tb drive and send it to them and that makes sense to me, too.

Aaron and I are bafffled and stressed out. What the Heck ever happened to estimating high, so you look like a miracle worker when it comes in cheaper?

Personally,  I feel like we’re being rooked. I think they saw what was on the drive…and smelled blood.

We are going to share this info in the CINEMA INSOMNIA Fan Group on FB and anywhere else we can think of. We hope that you will help us rally the troops as well.

Because of our patrons we’ll be able to throw another $300 after the monthly Patreon pledges go through.

We have some high-ticket items as rewards for your consideration if you have some funds to spare.

Mr. Lobo’s rocking chair or and 2 of my hypnospinners are up for grabs…look at our Patreon rewards….There is other great stuff, too–to say thank you!

Video of Chair
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHHTznj2Cvs

Video of 2005 Hypno-Spinner
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jySaXN7XXts

This is a bad one. We must survive and save the season!

We’re all gonna need “recovery” after this.

Thanks for all your help!

-MR. LOBO

PS From AARON on FB–
“Since I’ve seen the question come up a few times, for anyone asking how they can chip in to help financially with Cinema Insomnia and our recent hard drive recovery woes, there’s a few different ways to do so.

The first way, of course, is joining Cinema Insomnia’s Patreon. You can pledge as little as $1 a month and you get early access to new episodes & stuff like that. Also, you can initially sign up at a high pledge amount (and snag some cool collectible rewards) and then reduce it down after the first month. You’re not locked in to pay the high amount forever.
https://www.patreon.com/Cinemainsomnia

The second way would be to paypal money directly to Lobo’s or my Paypal Thankjars, listed below.
http://www.paypal.me/MisterLobo
http://www.paypal.me/LanefilmLtd

3 Simple Words That Every CINSOMNIAC wants to hear!

SPACE-WEREWOLF-SKULL!

Go to our shop now and pre-order or special new CINEMA INSOMNIA DVD set! PATRONS get an extra FREE gift–but you should already know that!  

“CINEMA INSOMNIA” PRESENTS THREE COLLECTORS EDITION DVDS FROM 3 DISTINCT ERAS OF THE SHOW.

FIRST–MR. LOBO HOSTS “PRINCE OF SPACE,” A COLLAPSED SUPERHERO ADVENTURE SERIAL DISGUISED AS A MOVIE–ALONG WITH, SKETCH COMEDY, MOVIE TRAILERS, VINTAGE ADS, A LATE-NIGHT TV OFFER WITH THE PHANTOM OF KRANKOR SINGING HIS GREATEST HITS – AND A MESS OF RETRO LOW-BUDGET SLUMBER PARTY FUN. YOU’VE SEEN THE MST3K TAKE ON THIS – NOW, SEE IT WITHOUT THOSE DISTRACTING PUPPETS IN THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER. DIRECTED BY KEN WALLER FOR UATV/KTEH & FEATURING JAY PATRICK AS AMBASSADOR PHANTOM. THIS DVD WILL BE A WHIZ BANG ADDITION TO YOUR SPACE STATION. OUTER SPACE INTL PRESENTS “CINEMA INSOMNIA: THE PRINCE OF SPACE”
THEN–OUR HOST MR. LOBO PRESENTS THE HORROR CLASSIC “THE SCREAMING SKULL” WITH BACKSTORY ON THE FILM FROM LEAD ACTRESS PEGGY WEBBER, FILM HISTORIAN TOM WEAVER, AND THE GANG AT MST3K. ENJOY VINTAGE TV SPOTS, TRAILERS, AND SLUMBER PARTY THRILLS. THE HUNT IS ON TO REPLACE MISS MITTENS WITH A HILARIOUS REVOLVING DOOR OF SIDEKICKS—SLAPPY THE SEVERED HAND, KOGARELLA THE SWINGING APE, AND LUCKY REEL 7 GIRL JESSIE SEEHERMAN. SHOT AT ZOM-BEE TV STUDIOS AND EDITED BY INDY FILMMAKER AARON LANE. THIS DVD WILL BE A HAUNTING ADDITION TO YOUR ESTATE. OUTER SPACE INTL PRESENTS “CINEMA INSOMNIA: THE SCREAMING SKULL ”

FINALLY–MOVIE HOST MR. LOBO TRIES TO WIN HIS SOUL BACK FROM HIS OLD COLLEGE HEADMASTER “DEAN SLITHERS” VOICED BY DON DRAKULICH OF GWAR. TO DO THIS, HE MUST EXPLAIN THE PLOT OF “AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN THE PHILIPPINES”(NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH “BEAST OF THE YELLOW NIGHT”)! PLUS: COMEDY BITS, TRAILERS, VINTAGE ADS, SNACK RECIPE, AND THE USUAL SLUMBER PARTY FUN. DIRECTED BY AARON M. LANE WITH PRODUCER PAUL SANDERS FOR OSI 74. JESSE SEEHERMAN AS A WOLFY REEL 7 GIRL AND NURSE WRETCHED. A HOWLING GOOD ADDITION TO YOUR PACK. OUTER SPACE INTL PRESENTS “CINEMA INSOMNIA: AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN THE PHILIPPINES”

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WES SHANK Was a Hero Who Preserved Film History

Movies are magic. WES SHANK knew this, even as a teenager, when he finally saw THE BLOB(1958) on screen in 1965! He discovered that it was made near his hometown and met the filmmaker IRVIN “Shorty” YEAWORTH at VALLEY FORGE studios. He acquired a 5 gallon can of silicone mass that portrayed the molten monster in the film. This began a lifelong passion for saving and sharing screen used props. WES traveled all over the country sharing his infectious love for classic SCIENCE FICTION films and was dearly loved at film festivals and conventions like MONSTER BASH, BLOBFEST, and RETRO CON. MR LOBO was also booked as a special guest at many of those shows but we will always associate WES with BLOBFEST.

We started our relationship on the wrong foot when, caught up in the zaniness of Blobfest, I put a little bit of slime in Wes’ pocket–not knowing his key fob and phone were in there. Luckily, his electronics were OK, but I could see that he was still understandably miffed. So, in hopes of smoothing things over like silicone…I bought Wes a drink and we ended up laughing about it and having a great conversation about movies and memrobillia.  The incident ended up being an ice breaker and certainly began my deep admiration for Mr. Shank and his efforts. I believe archivists and collectors are heroes who keep our past vital and alive.

WES really wanted the 60th anniversary of THE BLOB at BLOBFEST to be special. He always talked about it. Even though it hard as it was hard for him, he was deliberately absent the last couple years of BLOBFEST to let the demand and the excitement build for this years show. He wanted to make seeing the actual BLOB a special treat again for show that is in it’s 19th year!  His showman instincts were right–people were incredibly excited that WES and THE BLOB were back at BLOBFEST for THE BLOB’s 60th! And it was our BIGGEST show ever!

“It was nice to be back at Blobfest. Both Judi and I felt it was the best one yet! Our new location on the second floor was wonderful, and we enjoyed the steady stream of traffic. Thanks to all for all the help and cooperation.

…we would enjoy returning next year.
Wes & Judi”

Part of the Build up for the 2018 BLOBFEST was a bigger media push, an ABC-TV affiliate, channel 6 in Philly, met with MR. LOBO, DR. FRANK N. STONE, JOAN HOMICK, DIXIE DELLAMORTO,  CINEMA INSOMNIA producer PAUL SANDERS and  WES SHANK with “THE BLOB” to make an informative and fun package for their FYI segment. It ended with all of us running out of THE COLONIAL THEATRE together in mock terror!
WES was all smiles as he told his story and displayed THE BLOB for the TV cameras…stressing that special industrial silicone will never harden and that the scariest thing about THE BLOB is that it will outlive him! Chilling to think about now.

That same day, I invited WES to come on our Special SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS pODDcast that we called our BLOBCAST…

We are PRESENTING this BLOBCAST episode with WES again this week in honor of a great man who will be dearly missed, but who has left an indelible mark with fans everywhere.

Take a moment this week and listen to WES SHANK in his own words talk of THE BLOB, BLOBFEST, and his passion for THE MOVIES…(Pictures by podcast producer PAUL SANDERS)

Thanks Wes,
–Mr. Lobo

First, Blobs! Then, Werewolves! Now…Creepers!

 Not appropriate viewing for anyone! Laugh until you puke! Originally planned for oure 2003-2004 season…Dixie Dellamorto found Mr. Lobo’s original CREEPERS AKA PHENOMENA notes and typed them into what would become a draft of new shooting script.  Mr. Lobo revisited the Dario Argento Horror/Exploitation film and wrote new material and took on some pretty uncomfortable subjects with some biting satire.  Aaron Lane  produced, directed, and edited with Paul Sanders as Line Producer…Lucky Reel 7 Girl: Emily Manka-White is hilarious as “Jennifer Carnally” as she tries to escape another film about a little girl lost with “daddy issues”. She takes a job helping Mr. Lobo with his pest control problems. VIEWER DISCRETION IS STRONGLY ADVISED!

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