This week’s movies!

Hello fellow insomniacs! I was contacted this weekend by a fellow Insomniac, John J. Bossong III. And he was wondering where he can watch my movies each week?

And I was quite honored by that question. Here at the Insomniac, we try to recreate a fun, drive-in atmosphere. And I would love nothing more to have some kind of actual outlet for these movies some day. To do the actual Insomniac Drive-In, maybe even stream somewhere! But alas, right now we will continue the reviews and great trailers each week.

But, it did get me thinking! I am going to share the week’s movies on Mondays from now on, in hopes that those that would like to watch along are welcome!

So, here we go!

Tonight: A Creature Double Feature of Daimajin AKA Majin, Monster of Terror and Return of Daimajin AKA Return of Giant Majin

Friday: The first of the season! An old school Dusk till Dawn Movie Marathon!
It will feature: Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster, Return of Mechagodzilla, Dear God No!, Frankenstein Created Bikers, Count Yorga Vampire, Devil’s Hand (1961), Devil Times Five, Don’t Look In The Basement (1973), and City of The Dead AKA Horror Hotel

Then back around to Saturday night for another Creature Double Feature with Reptilicus and Yongary, Monster From The Deep

So, there is the list for this week! We hope to catch up with you on some reviews this week! And hope you find something on this list to enjoy as well!

And if anyone has some streaming knowledge and wants to point in the right direction, welcome aboard!

The Monster at the Insomniac Drive-In!


Greetings fellow Insomniacs! We actually have two monsters at the drive-in this time around. One seen and the other not! Let’s delve into our two films.

First up from 1953, The Magnetic Monster. This independent film was released by United Artists. It was a tough film to watch as a monster kid and again as an adult. The monster in this film is a microscopic radioactive isotope. Yep… No actually monster to watch in this one. It is growing and is magnetized. As it grows, it will weigh down the Earth’s rotation, and that’s a bad thing. There’s some good acting from Richard Carlson, King Donovan, and Jean Byron. This movie just didn’t do much for me. The exciting parts come towards the end as they try to stop it using the Deltatron. And that footage is actually from an early German thriller from the 1930s called, Gold. It was good to watch in the context of Creature Double Feature but, may not be too rewatchable  for me.

The second feature is one of my favorite 50s monster flicks. The Monster That Challenged The World is great drive-in, popcorn fun! It was shot in just 16 days for $200,000 and released in 1957, also by United Artists. Giant mollusks are released from an underground earthquake in the Salton Sea. Tim Holt and Audrey Dalton star. We get missing swimmers, Parachuter’s, and Navy men. These mollusks are hungry! The design for these creatures were so scary! And just so cool. When they raise from the sea and smash through the lab, you would be screaming in terror! I always thought the title was a little misleading, as they really just become a nuisance for the naval base. I guess they would be the first line of defense. This movie has held up well, and in this age of remakes, I wonder where all the 50s sci-fi ones are. The pacing of the film gets into it pretty quickly and the usual cool score is in place.

Two very different movies. One trying to take the genre more serious and the other, having a lot of fun for the popcorn crowd. Definitely track down the second before the first one to watch.

No Roku channel to shared this time around. I plan to catch up with another article tomorrow, and will spotlight one there.

Thanks for taking some time to read and we’ll talk soon! 

Creature Double Feature, Prehistoric Planets, and Roku!

The first two movies aired were Journey to the Prehistoric  planet and Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women. I did not remember them from my youth. Watching them in those early days without the internet may have confused some kids, because they were basically the same movie! Let me explain…

Greetings fellow insomniacs! Nice to talk with you again. We are into our second year of the drive-in. We’re reaching folks on Facebook and Twitter, and having a ball in the process. It’s been  fun talking to you all about these films.

Growing up, my exposure to horror and sci-fi films owes a lot to Creature Double Feature. It aired for several years on WLVI out of Boston for several years starting in 1976. I’m sure the movie package was much like those seen in your market. Toho, Hammer, and the Universal monsters brightened up Saturday afternoons.

I recently found the list compiled by Timothy Kenyon (look it up online!) and decided for our second and third years, we would revisit the list on a weekly basis. Time to pay homage to the beginnings!

The first two movies aired were Journey to the Prehistoric  planet and Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women. I did not remember them from my youth. Watching them in those early days without the internet may have confused some kids, because they were basically the same movie! Let me explain…

In 1962, there was a soviet science fiction film called Planeta Blur. B movie legend Roger Corman bought the rights to the film, and in 1965 released the film as Journey. He added some new filmed scenes with Basil Rathbone and Faith Domergue. Incidentally, these scenes were shot at the same time Corman was making Queen of Blood, even using thee same sets! The first film is a lot of fun. Soviet astronauts crash on Venus and another group set down to find them. This truly is a prehistoric planet occupied by all kinds of dino monsters! The effects aren’t bad for the early 60s, and quite tame for the children to watch. Some of the dubbed dialogue is quite flat in it’s delivery. Some of the excitement of a Godzilla dub is missing. But, there are some really good shot scenes. And there is a robot! His name is…John? I was expecting something sci- fi and got John. I guess they were trying to humanize him some. One of the characters named Andre is haunted by a mysterious sounding siren call the whole movie. But we never see these females. This leads into the next film!

 Voyage was released about three years later, and honestly, it was tough watching it so close to the first film. It is basically the same film with a few different scenes. We get a new narrative from Andre telling the whole 90 minute story of the first film in about 70 minutes. The other 20 are filled with some new scenes of the Prehistoric Woman led by Mamie Van Doren. It seems they worship this Pterodactyl monster that is killed by our astronauts. Who or what will they worship now? And that is basically that movie!

Both are easy to track down. I believe both are in the public domain. I would recommend for curiosity viewing but not back to back! Maybe a  monster kid in 1976 would have thought differently.

And if you are reading this because you are a Creature Double Feature fan, they are going to have a convention-like event this September in Attleboro, MA. You can find more info at http://www.cdfroundup.org I know I am looking forward to it!

I recently discovered Roku and it is amazing for horror and sci-fi fans. Thought I would shine the light each week on a channel I have checked out. Roku attaches to your TV as a stick and works off your WiFi giving you so many streaming choices! This time around I want to give a shout to B-Movies TV. This channel is great! It’s a live 24 hour streaming channel featuring martial arts, horror, sci-fi, action and other great exploitation films. Zombie Robb’s Metal Music Show is something to behold, as is The Forbidden Zone with Elizabeth Ashton. It’s great watch anytime of the day for cult films! Great selection.

So, that’s all for now. Next week, we have a pair of early zombie films for review! Can’t wait. So until next time, you keep coming to the drive-in and we’ll keep spooling up the reviews!

Women’s Camp 119 and Domestic Disturbance


Greetings fellow insomniacs! It’s been too long since we had a chance to talk. The cobwebs have grown thick and we’ve spooled up two features this week. One is  grindhouse classic and the other is a more polished modern thriller. Let’s see what the drive-in has to offer…

Our first feature is a Nazispoitation film from 1977. It’s called Women’s Camp 119 aka SS Extermination Love Camp. It was filmed in Italy and it has all the qualities that made the grindhouse movies profitable in their time. Lots of T & A, large doses of violence, and a low budget. Directed by Bruno Mattei, I felt like a needed a good hot shower afterwards. Basically, a fresh group of female slaves arrive at the Nazi camp and become unwilling specimens in ongoing experiments to revive frozen German soldiers. Most of the depraved things you think, make their way into this film. It was interesting to see a piece of Grindhouse history. Not my favorite kind of film, but parts of it kept me entertained. I do not recommend for the younger crowd.

The second feature is a good thriller named Domestic Disturbance. This one came out in 2001. A great cast of John Travolta, Vince Vaughn, and Teri Polo add to an enjoyable story. Matt O’leary plays the son of divorced Travolta and Polo. He gets into some trouble in school and lies sometimes. Vaughn plays the new husband with a dark past. I love when Vaughn plays these kinds of characters. Steve Buscemi makes an appearance trying to collect some money. He’s just a great character actor. Vaughn kills him and the son sees the whole thing but no one believes him. It’s a good premise, executed well. Travolta has been a staple of my movie viewing history and he comes off well and convincing, as a man fighting for his son. It’s a straight forward, popcorn thriller and I had fun revisiting it. I do recommend and safe for the pg-13 crowd.

It was nice touching base with you all. Hoping to do this on a  more regular basis again! It’s been a long road to get back to this spot. And I was nervous wondering if the words would come back out. And I got some of them out. You may not all comment, but I appreciate that you stop by and see what’s playing. Say hi now and then. And the Insomniac will help keep you awake. Till next time, friends…

Discovering A New World

I feel like Captain Kirk navigating new worlds…

Greetings fellow Insomniacs! We are working on some great reviews and an interview that I am very excited about! Details coming!

Writing today as I have been navigating Twitter and get used to it’s features. It’s a whole new world. And I kind of feel like Captain Kirk navigating new worlds and seeing things for the first time. Some of you are laughing, as you are old hats at this social media thing! I have enjoyed Facebook, and I found the benefits of Twitter. I have already started to make new contacts and learn about other horror projects out there.

I am enjoying the community feel and I can’t believe I fought using it for so long. I love the .gifs and pictures. The news have come pouring in. Growing up, I always wished there was a central location to be connected. Famous Monsters of Filmland, Starlog, and Fangoria just weren’t enough.

I was going through the list of people and things to follow, and I have now tailor made my own scroll of news and weird things. It’s great. And it’s still surreal to have this be a part or my scroll or anyone elses.

So, I keep following and keep tweeting. And it only gets my own creative juices flowing, so thank you all out there for that!

So, reviews and movies are coming! Get out and support a drive-in if you can, and we’ll talk again real soon! Your comments are always welcome!

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Hope to catch up somewhere!

The Bride of Frankenstein!

It’s no surprise the Monster survived the fire.

Greetings fellow Insomniacs! For some of you, this will be the first time we are getting together. And some of you have been here through various incarnations since the beginning. Let me say thank you to you all! The Insomniac Drive-In celebrates all things Horror, Sci-Fi, Kung Fu, Saturday Morning Cartoons, Kaiju, 80s Movies, and all the other pieces that made up my childhood.

I’m so excited to have a more permanent home for our reviews again, and look forward to where we go from here. Let’s get into it! “The Bride of Frankenstein” was released in 1935. It is part of the Universal Monsters series. It stars Boris Kaloff, Collin Clive, and Elsa Lanchester. Universal knew they had hits on their hands with Dracula and Frankenstein. So, it was no surprise that the monster would survive the fire at the end of “Frankenstein”. I haven’t seen this film in awhile and it was quite enjoyable. The story follows a Dr. Pretorius seeking Dr. Frankenstein after rescuing his monster. The monster has learned to talk and he wants a mate. Elsa Lanchester isn’t in enough as the Bride but her scenes are complete heartbreak for the Monster.

The set pieces are cool, I thought the laboratory in the first film was cooler, but there are some nice pieces. Directed by James Whale, there is more lightness to it. Apparently, Whales didn’t want to return to direct but ended up directing, and wanted to make a different movie. He felt he had told the story he wanted to in the first film.

Jack Pierce’s make-up on Karloff was great. Showing the after effects of the fire, the monster looks a little worse this time around. Karloff gets lines in this one. He always had such a kind voice, and he’s the one actor from this age that I would love to have a sit down with.

This is a great popcorn late night feature. If you haven’t seen it, definitely check it out!

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