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!

Musings on a Tuesday Night

Hey fellow Insomniacs! I really had no intentions of getting back in touch so soon. But, sometimes events get you thinking. And since it feels good to to be talking to you again, here we are.

I had intended to just talk about the developments concerning our friend with the hockey mask and machete, but I can’t let the passing of today’s genre star go untalked about. Richard Hatch, of the original and new Battlestar Galactica fame has passed away at 71.

Sunday nights, 1978! You couldn’t tear me away from the TV my parents had in their bedroom. It was exciting times, we now had two TVs and I had the bed littered with Star Wars figures. The theme song would come on, I can still hear it! Battlestar  Galactica was on! Starbuck was cool, but I wanted to be Captain Apollo. We were treated briefly to the show, and it was gone too soon. I know Richard Hatch had a long career with many roles, but Captain Apollo will always be how he’ll be remembered to me. Sad to hear he has passed today.

The Final Chapter? The Final Friday?

In other news, apparently Paramount has pulled the plug on the upcoming Friday The 13th reboot. And though I am saddened, I am also a little relieved. We didn’t really know what we were getting into. Was it a new beginning or found footage, going to focus on growing up a mongoloid? Paramount thought it was a good idea to slit the throat on this version. I haven’t read much on the why’s, so I won’t speculate. But, it got me thinking, what do I want to see in the next Friday The 13th film? 

I asked my wife her opinion. She wants to see a prequel focusing on how the family became so screwed up. What kind of crazy was Pamela Vorhees? I thought briefly about the supposed Friday TV prequel that’s been threatened the past couple of years. Bates Motel has pulled off the origin of Norman Bates quite well. I worry that the show would have covered much of the same ground. A prequel would work, but I want Jason doing what Jason does best.

And then I realized, I want a Friday The 13th movie set back in the 1980s. To me, the first four original movies are just awesome. Everything a slasher film should be. And maybe it is my age, but set in the perfect timeframe. Jason doesn’t belong in the modern times. He belongs in a time before cell phones, WiFi, and other modern trappings. Modern camping is different comforts for today’s teens. 

So, what will paramount do? Time will tell. Maybe Netflix will woo the rights and make their own original film (that comes from my wife too and I loved the idea). The new video game should be out soon, and hopefully will garner enough buzz for Paramount to revisit it. Let’s strip the concept back down. We don’t need a whole origin story. We know who Jason is and what he does. No need to over think it.

Till next time Insomniacs…

Exclusive Interview with Scream Queen Jamie Bernadette!

Photo by Paul Van Kleef

Greetings fellow Insomniacs! There’s a lot of excitement around the drive-in tonight. We are presenting an exclusive interview with Jamie Bernadette, who has been featured in over 35 features!

She grew up in Kankakee, Illinois just 70 miles south of Chicago per her bio on her website jamiebernadette.com. She resides in Los Angeles now building a great filmography and producing, writing, and conversing on Twitter. 

This is where the Insomniac Drive-in’s own Ed Davis happened to posting some tweets on the remake of I Spit on Your Grave. Jamie is going to be starring in the sequel to the original film called, I Spit on You Grave: Deju Vu out later in 2016. After some conversing, Ms. Bernadette graciously agreed to take some time from her busy schedule to answer some questions on the the sequel for our review. After concluding the interview, we decided to share it by itself and not try to tack it on to the review, to let it stand on it’s own. 

We here at the Insomniac would like to express our thanks to Jamie for the interview and look forward to seeing the finished product in the future!

INSOMNIAC: What was it like to work on a sequel to one of the most iconic horror films? To be doing it alongside original Star Camille Keaton and Writer/Director Meir Zarchi?

JAMIE BERNADETTE:  It was absolutely surreal.  I had seen the 1978 original “I Spit on Your Grave” film way before I ever knew of any sequel and auditioned.  I fell in love with the film because of the stark honesty in which the story is told.  There is nothing hidden or glossed over in this film.  Meir took the harsh reality of rape and told it truthfully in all of its pain and horror, which I respected and the world has grown to respect over the years.  The film that was once banned and called “trash” is now highly regarded and taught in film schools.  When I went to the second audition, the callback, and Meir was sitting there in the room, I was happy.  I told myself before the callback, “Whatever happens as far as getting the role or not getting it, if I get to meet Meir then I am happy”.  So to work with him and then to meet and work with Camille was something that I will cherish for the rest of my life.  Both of them are exceptionally kind human beings and a joy to work with.  Camille and I have become best friends and talk nearly a couple of times every week.  We really are like mother and daughter and best friends, just as we are in the film.  I just adore Meir and he is keeping me updated on the status of the film, as is his son and producer of the film Terry Zarchi.  Meir and Terry are like family to me.    

IDI: What was the best advice Camille Keaton gave you?
JB: Camille gave me a lot of advice while we were on set about love, life, career, everything.  She still does.  She loves to tell me not to “sell out”, meaning she wishes the best for me in my career.  She tells me to reach for everything that I want and not give up and she always has positive words to tell me about my acting abilities, which encourages me to try to get as far as I possibly can in this business.  I always appreciate her beautiful energy and just the fact that she believes so much in me and my work.  
IDI: You’re playing Christy Hills, daughter of Jennifer Hills from the original film. Can you tell us anything about her character and what drew you to her?

JB:  Christy is a strong woman, just like her mom.  She’s a model who just wants to be done with her career.  She finds the business to be shallow and pointless and aches for something more meaningful in her life.  She longs for a husband who loves her and children.  I tend to be drawn to characters like Christy, whose strength and wisdom are tested in the direst of circumstances.  It is a challenge for me as an actor, an artist, and I love to be challenged with a multifaceted role like Christy.    

IDI: What would you like to let people know about this film?

JB:  The script is fantastic and all of the actors I worked with on this are phenomenal.  Meir and the producer Terry Zarchi saw hundreds and hundreds of actors for only eight roles.  I, myself, went through three auditions, totaling about six hours.  So, I have not seen a cut of the film, but with a fantastic director who has a very clear vision, a solid script, and great actors, I hope we bring justice to the original 1978 film with a very strong sequel.  

IDI:  What else are you working on?

JB: just wrapped as the lead female in “Sinbad and the Furies” from The Asylum, the company that brought us the “Sharknado” movies.  It’s a mythological story that takes place in present day, starring John Hennigan (aka John Morrison), written by Scotty Mullen (Zoombies) and directed by Scott Wheeler (Milf).  

I am preparing to begin shooting in “4/20 Massacre” as the lead female, a tough martial artist who is very kind and down-to-earth.  The synopsis reads: “A group of five women go camping in the woods to celebrate a friend’s birthday over 4/20 weekend. But when they cross the turf of an illegal marijuana grow operation they must struggle to survive the living nightmare.”  I had been wanting to work with director Dylan Reynolds for years after attending the premiere of his film “Nipples and Palm Trees”, which I thought was witty, funny and very dark all at the same time.  His artistry in film I find to be very original.  I am so excited to work with him on this horror film.  

I am in full marketing mode on “The 6th Friend”, the film I wrote with director Letia Clouston, produced with Chantelle Albers, and act as the lead actress “Joey”.  Here is the synopsis: “In this slasher film with a paranormal twist, six college best friends throw their own private graduation party when the stoner of the group orders in a psychedelic from her drug dealer, who sticks around to join in their fun.  Drugged and disoriented, the girls’ special night quickly becomes a dark, foggy nightmare of blood and violence. Five years later, the girls gather together once again in hopes of rekindling that close friendship that they once had, only to find themselves being hunted by who, or what, they do not know.” We have submitted to many film festivals and are connecting with potential distributors.  I am very proud of this film.  It turned out really well and I hope to bring it to the world in 2017.  Follow the film on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for updates.  We are releasing film stills slowly and a trailer will soon follow.     

Lastly, if you would like to check out some of my work, watch the feature horror/thriller film “All Girls Weekend”, which is available on Comcast, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, VUDU, Xbox, Cox, Cablevision and Dish.  I play the lead as “Nancy”, the dark, melancholy one of the group of five girls.  The film reminds me of “The Blair Witch Project” meets “The Descent”.  There is a powerful message about the environment behind this film.  Writer/director Lou Simon delivers that message creatively and brilliantly.    

 We here at The Insomniac will be adding some movies to our ques the next few weeks! Look up Jamie Bernadette on Twitter and Facebook for all kinds of updates on the above projects. Until next time when we will review the I Spit on You Grave remake,  we’ll see you around the drive-in!

“American Conjuring” Conflicting Emotions

Greetings fellow Insomniacs! A new horror film hit the streaming and on demand services called “American Conjuring”recently. Watched it tonight and I wanted to like it, I really did.

The film follows the Harrison family as they move into their new home. Only they don’t know, the house used to he an orphanage where horrible things happened. The original owner hung herself and continues to haunt the house. A birthday party prank goes wrong, and one of the orphans kills the rest of the girls, possessed by the spirit of the dead owner. And now, the new owners begin to have their share of problems.

I was really excited starting this film. It starts a few years in past, and sets up the premise for the main part of the film well. I was almost reminded of the game of the bloody murder in the beginning of “Prom Night.” At least, in the feel of the scene. I thought the whole first half of the film was really going on all cylinders. I was wrapped up in the story. The look and feel of the scenes reminded me of some of the great and not so great lower budget 80s horror films like “Rock and Roll Nightmare”, “The Newlydeads”, and some of the Troma films. A good score and hints of the ghost haunting the place kept me interested.

But, the second half just loses steam for me fast. I felt some of the scenes didn’t follow the continuity of what the characters were dealing with in the scene before. The dad played by Darren Mattheson goes off into full George Lutz Amityville zip code. In one scene, his wife played by Lynn Csontos, is telling him that she is taking the kids and leaving. He goes full psycho, threatening her and pinning her to the wall roughly. She starts crying and cowering with the youngest daughter. In the next scene, he climbs into bed and she’s all smiles. They joke and then get down to some bedroom business.What?! He was attacking her just a short time ago! She should be as cold as ice! Then, while they are attempting to make love, ghostly stuff happens. He freaks out and finally she gets mad, throwing him out onto the couch for the night! You think? And then in the next scene, it is the following morning. The dad comes into the kitchen. She smiles and offers him breakfast! It was these kind of discrepencies that ruined some of the film for me.

The acting was decent. Csontos was the best of the cast. This, I believe, is her first full length role and hope to see more of her work in the future. Mackenzie Mowat has the angst teen daughter down and Eliza Faira creeped me out as the younger daughter. This is a good thing! Harrison seemed somewhat stiff in delivery of the lines. This may be what the director wanted thoughnas he fell under the spell of the ghost.

Speaking of the ghost, Matt Lutz did a great job with the make-up for her. It had a very Rich Baker feel and I am a huge fan of practical effects over CGI. All the effects and tricks were a pleasant treat and added to the appeal for.

The screenplay by Ken King from a story by Dan Walton is intriguing. It has a lot of good beats to it among some questionable scenes. I did like the ending the Directors, Walton and Dan Zachary came up with. Nice out of left file that made me smile in a good horror movie way.

So, that’s what I think of “American Conjuring”. If you get a chance to see it, let us know what you think. Until next time, we’ll see you around the drive-in. 

Email: monstersandmemories@hotmail.com

Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/InsomniacDriveIn

Twitter: @InsomniacDI

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!

We love email at monstersandmemories@Hotmail.com

Facebook: Facebook.com/InsomniacDriveIn

Twitter: @InsomniacDI

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!

952e933e135ff81184c7ed5acf3c56c9