Cinema insomnia

Cinema Insomnia
Cinema Insomnia's Long Lost Gigantis Episode.
Genre Comedy, Cult
Format Late Night, Variety Show
Created by Mr. Lobo
Starring Mr. Lobo
Theme music composer Stan Fong
Opening theme "Stompin' at 3 AM"
by Stan Fong
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 10
No. of episodes 87
Executive producer(s) Mr. Lobo, Scott Moon, Ernie Fosselius
Location(s) The Void (setting)
Sacramento, California San Francisco Bay Area(filming location)
Running time 2 hours (per episode)
Production companies Cinema Insomnia Productions and FAL Studios
Original airing July 28, 2001 (2001-07-28)
External links

Cinema Insomnia is a nationally syndicated American television series presented by horror host Mr. Lobo.[1]


Typically, Mr. Lobo opens each episode by promising to screen a well-known horror or science fiction classic (such as The Creature from the Black Lagoon or Alien); however budgetary limitations, acts of God or other circumstances invariably force him to show a much lower quality movie (such as Starcrash or Santa Claus Conquers The Martians).

Unlike the various hosts and robots of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Mr. Lobo does not appear while the movie is playing; instead he appears in brief vignettes in between segments of the movie. Also appearing are items such as fake commercials (such as one for "Rad Abrams – Skateboard Attorney"[2]), old movie trailers, classic commercials and footage and interviews shot at horror conventions, science fiction conventions, and film festivals across the country.


Mr. Lobo always appears on screen with a "70's professional" haircut, wearing "birth control" glasses and a black suit and tie. He acts as a spectral narrator broadcasting from a black void and his only connections to reality are the B-movies he presents. Mr. Lobo has often described himself by saying, "Imagine if you gave Rod Serling's job to someone who is totally incompetent."

Mr. Lobo often has one-sided conversations with Miss Mittens, a houseplant.

Recurring characters

  • Artie-Deco (Hardware Wars)
  • Astra Naughty
  • Chewchilla the Wookie Monster (Hardware Wars)
  • Dr. Bling Bling
  • Dr. Loco
  • Ernie Fosselius
  • François Fly (Fly By Night Theater)
  • Lady Skank'nstein (The Horror House of Lady Skank'nstein)
  • Megafant
  • Movie Sniffing Tie
  • Naughty Nurse Batty
  • Prime-8
  • Puddles the Super Turtle
  • Ro-man (Robot Monster)
  • Robot Seven D 4
  • Slob Zombie
  • Super Argo
  • The Incredibly Strange Creatures (Band)
  • The Robot Monsters (Band)
  • The Louisiana Klingons (Trekkies)
  • The Phantom of Krankor (Prince of Space)[3]
  • The Queen of Trash
  • Will the Thrill (Thrillville)
  • Young Mr. Lobo


Broadcast history

The show began as filler for the 3 AM movie on KXTV ABC News10 in Sacramento. It ran for 22 episodes (2001–2002) before the show was put on permanent hiatus. The second version of the show was made for local community television Access Sacramento, and ran for one year on Comcast Channel 17 and 18. This version of the show was also distributed to Public-access television cable TV stations across the country via the Horror Host Underground. From 2003 to 2008 Cinema Insomnia was nationally syndicated airing on broadcast stations across the country. In 2008 Apprehensive Films, an indie distribution label, signed the show to release exclusive Cinema Insomnia DVDs. In 2009, Apprehensive Films took over the television distribution of the show as well, which resulted in re-licensing the show to AMGTV.[4]

Cinema Insomnia has aired weekly on over 30 broadcast stations including KXTV ABC News10 (Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, California), KEJB 43 (Louisiana), KTEH 54 (San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco)(Stanley 2007, p. 198), WOTH (Cincinnati), and WAOH (Cleveland)(Duran 2005, p. 8-9). It also is shown on hundreds of cable systems(Stanley 2007, p. 198) via MavTV (national), MATA14 (Wisconsin), Cox 71 (Virginia) and Cox 99 (Indiana).

It is delivered to independent stations via various outlets PMI, The 2006 Cinema Insomnia Halloween Special was delivered to 45 million households.

A On December 18, 2010, $11,140 had been raised.

The first film of the new season was Venus Flytrap, it premiered on October 31, 2011. This was followed by Deep Red[8] and War of the Planets which was co-hosted by Northern California horror host legend, John Stanley. A retro version of the show called Insomniac Theater featured the film The Atomic Brain[8] and the Christmas special was the original The Little Shop of Horrors.[8]

Live shows

On August 19, 2006, Cinema Insomnia presented Day of the Triffids Live on KTEH, San Jose, CA.[9][10]

On August 14, 2010, Cinema Insomnia had their first broadcast taping at the Guild Theater in Sacramento in front of a live audience.[1][11][12] The film that was presented was The Undertaker and His Pals, due to the graphic nature of the film, everyone was given a 'Barf-O-Vision' Audience Sickness Bag.[1][11]

Online availabity


In 2010, Cinema Insomnia episodes began streaming on Livestream.[13]


In August 2012, Cinema Insomnia's official YouTube channel was terminated due to multiple third-party claims of copyright infringement which came from "dubious sources."[14][15]


In September 2012, a new service to stream Cinema Insomnia videos called Lobovision was made available starting with the episodes House on Haunted Hill and Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome.[16][17]

In June 2013, Lobovision was redesigned with a new layout and look.[18]


In October 2012, Cinema Insomnia debuted on the new Roku horror channel Zom-Bee TV.[19][17] Zom-Bee TV aired the first HD Cinema Insomnia episode with the 2009 film Maxwell Stein.[19][17]

Slime Line

In 2010, Apprehensive Films introduced a new line of Cinema Insomnia DVDs called the Slime Line. The Slime Line DVDs feature brand new audio mixes, new retro film-clips, coming attractions for classic B-movie and new indies. The Slime Line DVDs also contain Slime Points which can be collected and mailed into Apprehensive Films for select prizes. Apprehensive Films has also licensed episodes Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome,[20] Gappa: Monsters From a Prehistoric Planet,[20] In Search of Ancient Astronauts,[21] Super Wheels,[22] and Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet[20] to Amazon Video on Demand.

List of Slime Line edition DVDs

In popular culture


  • Baker, D (2005). "Who Is the Best Horror Host In the World?", Monster News, Issue 12.
  • Duran, C (2005). "Cinema Insomnia Goes Coast To Coast", Monster News, Issue 12.
  • Stanley, J (2007). "I WAS A TV HORROR HOST", Creatures At Large Press.

External links

  • Lobovision
  • Internet Movie Database
  • Livestream
  • Kickstarter
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