This week, we roll out the Silver Carpet for a Sleepless Knight, Whovian, and Misunderstood and Classic Movie Lover, Sir Shannon Givler! Give him a round of applause while we tell you more about him. Sir Shannon, much like a few other Sleepless Knights, discovered Cinema Insomnia on accident. Here is his story,
“I first discovered Cinema Insomnia by accident on a Saturday night about six years ago. While waiting for my pizza to come out of the oven, I began looking for something to watch on TV. The name “Cinema Insomnia” caught my eye, but all the on-screen guide said was: THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE (1962). As soon as I saw that, I knew this was the show for me.I enjoyed the show very much as well as the others that followed. Eventually, I picked up many of the DVDs, too.”
He began to explain what were the main factors of his love for the show and Mr. Lobo, the origins of his love for Classics and Misunderstood Film art, and he also gave a has “Misunderstood Film” recommendation for all of us to look into:
“I love the sense of fun that Mr. Lobo bring to these misunderstood films, along with the many retro touches such as the old TV commercials and movie trailers. Also, besides showing many of my old favorites, Mr. Lobo has introduced me to some new ones as well. (One of those being “Mark of the Damned”. Thank you, Mr. Lobo.)
I have been a fan of old movies, classic and misunderstood, since I was a kid. The show that first got me interested in them was a program that ran on PBS back in the early to mid-eighties called: Matinee At The Bijou, which also introduced me to the wonderful world of movie serials.
(If you ever want to see a great “misunderstood” serial, check out “The Phantom Empire” with Gene Autry. Cowboys, robots, and death rays. It doesn’t get any better than this). I especially love the old monster movies from Universal, Hammer, and Toho Studios, the Corman Poe films, the films of Val Lewton, and Master Filmmaker Edward D. Wood Jr.”
Sir Shannon is retro man at heart and holds his love of literature and music close as well. He enjoys diving into stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert E. Howard, and E.E. “Doc” Smith. Music-wise, he enjoys collecting Space Age Pop and Exotica CDs. Artists such as Martin Denny, Les Baxter, Esquivel!, and Korla Pandit are some of my favorites.
While not reading, or listening to music, he tunes into classic shows as The Wild Wild West, Star Trek, Dark Shadows, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and, best of all, Doctor Who and Cinema Insomnia.
Thank you, Sir Shannon, for all of your continuous support over the years and support for Misunderstood films! Ladies and Gentlemen, give a round of applause and welcome Sir Shannon into the Sleepless Knight Hall of Fame!