Doesn't it just bring a tear to your eye seeing that beautiful marquee? Seeing rare prints of two of my favorite cheesy horror/comedy flicks in the same night for 7 bucks with writer/director Fred Dekker there to talk to the audience? There may be no finer way to spend an evening and it sure as hell started my weekend off right.
The movies were, of course, fantastic as ever and seeing 'em with a big audience who truly appreciated them in the same way I do made it all the better. Dekker also proved to be a funny guy, and he's obviously appreciative of his fans especially since there were more people in the theater that night than when the films originally came out. Unfortunately, he claims to have moved onto other things in his life, so we probably won't be seeing any cheesy horror flicks from him again. He also went on to talk about how he wants to get "Night of the Creeps" released on DVD, but Sony is playing hard to get with it, so he suggests everybody write to 'em. Send your "Release NOTC on DVD!" requests to:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
10202 W. Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
It's little things like this that truly make me appreciate life out here in L.A. There's just always something fun to do somewhere, and more often than not, it's cheaper than you'd expect. Double features at the New Bev Cinema, improv at UCB, spending hours searching through the mind-bogglingly gargantuan Amoeba Music store for rare albums and DVDs... and that's just barely scratching the surface. Being nomadic by nature, I now often wonder if I'd be able to tolerate living anywhere else again. Other than NYC, I can't think of any other places in this country that would come close to having so many distractions whenever you need 'em. I suppose time will tell. Until then, I will continue to live by the immortal words of Tom Atkins (aka: Detective Ray Cameron): "THRILL ME!"
Also, it goes without saying that if you haven't already seen both "The Monster Squad" and the criminally out-of-print, "Night of the Creeps", you need to remedy such a grave mistake immediately.
Survey: What's the best double feature you've ever seen? Furthermore, if you could see any two movies in a row at a theater, what would they be and why?
p.s.: Don't forget our tentacle arm contest ends this coming Tuesday (4/1/08), so be sure to get your entries turned in by then if you haven't already!
Kocturn on 03/27/2008 7:15 am
RIki-oh and Ichi the killer, why? After watching Riki alone at home and it was probably the hardest i've laughed for ay film. I want to see it on the big screen, and to hear the crowd. Ichi for the same reasons. Haven't see any double features though, they don't really do that for the ones here.
Ashmodai on 03/27/2008 7:27 am
Wolfman's got nards!!
argonath on 03/27/2008 7:41 am
I caught Hellraiser and the remake of The Fly at our local drive-in probably 20 years ago. I went with my older brother and his friends. For a 12-year old, it was at the time the best movie experience for me.
The drive-in has since closed, became a hobo camp, and was finally demolished to make room for a fucking Lowe's.
Pocky Box (Guest) on 03/27/2008 8:08 am
I'm probably far more forunate than I realize, because there's still a drive-in movie theater in my hometown of Oregon, Ohio that does pretty well for itself, with cars flooding into the street on good nights (which is fantastic when you consider this drive-in is on a state route with truckers barreling down the road at 50 MPH). Every night is a double feature and it costs less than $8, and you can bring in your own food if so inclined (though the prices aren't terrible for a theater. During the end of the season, you can catch triple features at times.
I understand the pain argonath is feeling. I don't get why drive-ins are becoming an extinct animal. They're typically cheap, run to movies for the price of one, and provide a, dare I say, classic American experience. About the only bad parts are the requirement of a car (which theaters would do well to abolish), contending with the elements (rain and mosquitoes really kill a movie-going experience), and reduced sound quality because sound is transmited through a radio signal nowadays (though with HD radio, this could be a moot point).
So bring back the American tradition of drive-in double features!
saturnknight on 03/27/2008 8:35 am
i remember this movie, man child hood movies rock
RoG look for "Garbage Pail Kids" it's quite entertaining still
Grishnak on 03/27/2008 8:52 am
"The passion of the Christ" and "Jesus Christ vampire hunter"! That's just dreaaaamy!
rizzo on 03/27/2008 9:50 am
One of the reasons I love Pennsylvania is because we never got rid of drive ins. I've got 3 of them within 30 minutes of my place, one of which is the oldest still running in the country. I never see movies in a regular theater...I pay $7 for 2 movies and the ability to drink Captain & Coke and smoke ciggs all night.
ginmortal on 03/27/2008 11:50 am
Wow, double features are something extremely rare nowadays, the last time (within the last 5 years) that I remember having more than one movie play, was when they played the whole lord of the rings trilogy, and I didn't make it as I have to support a household!!
If it could happen, it would be the greatest if they played the evil dead series!! with Burce Campbell in attendance!
Alien Brain Parasite on 03/27/2008 1:09 pm
Lucky bastard you are RoG.
xscoot on 03/27/2008 1:29 pm
Godfather Part I and II. No explanation necessary.
Ramian (Guest) on 03/27/2008 1:32 pm
Sadly, the only double-feature I've ever seen has been when the (now torn down) local drive-in was playing Batman Returns and Naked Gun 2 1/2 back in, probably 92.
Any two movies I'd want to see as a double feature? Hmm... Seven Samurai and...Throne of Blood.
Relaxing Dragon on 03/27/2008 1:32 pm
Aw, you're so lucky. The last time I saw Night of the Creeps was on Sci-Fi a couple years ago, and I loved it. I was so sad when I found out there's been no DVD release for it, I'd buy it in a second. I'm totally sending a letter to that address (maybe a whole batch of letters), NOTC needs a release!
And really, whether you own the movie on DVD or not, there's nothing quite like seeing in theaters. There's a theater near where I live that runs movies like that every friday and saturday night (Fight Club was two weeks ago, and Grindhouse the week before that). Sure, the seats suck, but it's just $5 a ticket to see movies you love in full glory on the big screen.
Alien Brain Parasite on 03/27/2008 1:40 pm
It's just too darn hard to top The Monster Squad / Night of the Creeps as a double feature.
It really doesn't get a heck of a lot cooler than that.
I don't know...maybe a Basket Case / Brain Damage double feature?
shakaconner on 03/27/2008 1:48 pm
God damn, that would have been awesome to go to.
My dream double feature would be The Last Boy Scout and Tango & Cash. Or Dead/Alive and Shaun of the Dead. Or Teenage Mutant Ninjas Turtles and Pee-wee's Big Adventure.
Hey Rog, did you ask Fred any questions?
Marsten (Guest) on 03/27/2008 1:54 pm
I make film reviews over on youtube - Would you recommend I do one of either of these films?
I think I've heard of Monster Squad, but I'm not sure. Might have been a while ago.
rise1revolt2 (Guest) on 03/27/2008 2:03 pm
I say if they showed any movies MADE by ed wood together that would be great.I've only been to a drive in once (40 min to an hour drive) and only seen2 double features, though I forget what I saw.
Raygunn (Guest) on 03/27/2008 2:50 pm
A friday night in september 1982, I saw Creepshow and Dawn of the Dead! Now thats what I call a double feature! Good times, good times.....
Doctor_Who on 03/27/2008 3:29 pm
Truly a double feature of the Gods. Monster Squad has been one of my favorites since I was about six, and Night of the Creeps is an under appreciated classic.
Silver on 03/27/2008 3:39 pm
I don't remember the movie that was on TNT when all of a sudden I discovered that Kubrick's gem called Full Metal Jacket. I remember listening to references for that film since many years ago and that very time I was able to get into its glory. Listening to R. Lee Ermey abuse his recruits as he yells with that unholy voice is easily the greatest thing of the entire film.
I'd pair it with Scarface, since it also has a lot of funny parts (Tony Montana himself) besides having also a lot of action.
Shane Skekel (Guest) on 03/27/2008 5:30 pm
I saw Night of the creeps, and I didn't really like it. One Double feature I would love to see would be Bad Taste and Meet the Feebles.
Elvirathon on 03/27/2008 5:44 pm
When i was about 6 my dad took us to see Labamba , and Born in east L.A. at a drive in. That was good times.
robo_rob (Guest) on 03/27/2008 6:11 pm
Best double feature, well not really a double feature. more of a triple feature. Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2, and Army Of Darkness. 10$ a ticket (special Evil Dead ticket at that) and even got feed pizza and slush puppies to boot.
That was one rad night.
MissEvie on 03/27/2008 6:33 pm
Any or All of the Planet of the Apes
at a Drive in would be the best
mmm_braaains on 03/27/2008 9:10 pm
You lucky som bitch.
Hmn.. If I could choose 2 movies to see in a row
at the theater, it's totally be "Ricky Horror Picture Show" and "Labyrinth", if I was feeling giddy.
If I was more in the mood for horror, I'd choose the original "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Night of the Living Dead". I loves them all so much.
Jaimas on 03/27/2008 9:34 pm
Full-Metal Jacket and Cool Hand Luke.
Sheena (Guest) on 03/27/2008 10:18 pm
Troll 2 and Return of Swamp Thing! Troll 2 is far superior in "this is the worst movie ever" category though.
Adam S. (Guest) on 03/28/2008 2:18 am
The drive-in I enjoyed as a child in Mt. Clemens, MI, was demolished. The reason as I understood it was a sibling rivalry where the sister wanted to keep prices the same ($5/carload) and the two brothers wanted to double prices. They bought her out and eventually decided the most profitable thing of all would be to shut down entirely. Lame.
As a kid, the thing I enjoyed the very most was the playground right in front of the screen that we would spend 15-20 minutes on before the first show, and then 10 minutes in between the shows. But my memories of the place largely involve the fantastic moviegoing experience and general atmosphere. I feel cheated that I never got to take a date to the drive-in, but at least I have some good memories there.
Oh, I can't think of a better double feature than one that involves Monster Squad. I saw it the other day for the first time in years, and it was so wonderfully pure '80s.
Eric (Guest) on 03/28/2008 9:07 pm
i'd love to see army of darkness and bubba hotep on the big screen with bruce campbell himself doing a q and a session.
alittlebirdytoldmeso on 03/28/2008 9:39 pm
Big Trouble in Little China & Escape from New York:
Top two anti-heroes of all time on one screen as portrayed by Kurt "only guy who ever looked cool in a wife-beater" Russel.
bountyhunterseven on 03/29/2008 12:45 am
Never mind the double feature...RoG, where can i get the sweet Tshirt??
That Guy (Guest) on 03/29/2008 12:43 pm
I only saw one double feature: Spiderman and Men in Black 2. I would love too see a quintuple feature of all 5 'Dead' movies(Night of the Living, Dawn of the, Day of the, Land of the, and Diary of the)
monsterforge (Guest) on 03/29/2008 7:30 pm
I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark and Tron at a double feature at the drive-in. I've seen both movies numerous times and no subsequent viewing experience has ever been as good since that first viewing. There's just something magical about drive-ins.
Johnny Bravo (Guest) on 03/30/2008 10:58 pm
When I was nine years old my good friend and I after school on a Friday saw Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. How kickass is that? Freddy's Dead in retrospect is probably one of the worst Nightmare on Elm Street sequels but you might recall the climax was in 3-D and any horror flick is magnificent in a nine-year old's eyes. And T-2 is arguably one of the best movies ever made.
stonewar on 03/31/2008 2:09 pm
I've only been to one double feature that I remember (not counting Grindhouse). It was a drive-in and I was very young. Raiders of the Lost Ark and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
I fell asleep some time after the mashed potato sculpting
NathanTZ on 03/31/2008 7:11 pm
My buddy is the manager of THE last Drive-In Theatre in Central California, so I get to see double features quite often but I'd have to say when I watched was Spaced Invaders and Die Hard 2 at the very same Drive-In when I was like 6 or 7.
NathanTZ on 03/31/2008 7:11 pm
Scratch that ANTZ and Small Soldiers, once again at that Drive-In.
J. Tithonus Pednaud on 04/03/2008 3:25 am
That's a seriously awesome line-up to see in lights. Envious as those are probably my two favorite movies. I have a NOTC poster right next to me as I type this.
Ralph (Guest) on 04/03/2008 1:02 pm
I saw an extremely random double feature this past summer. Fantastic Four Rise Of The Silver Surfer and Nancy Drew. The drive in by me is still open, saw Scooby Doo and Spiderman a few years ago, that was really kickass.
fulgora77 (Guest) on 04/07/2008 6:54 pm
Mad Max trilogy on the big screen would be kickass
the mike (Guest) on 04/10/2008 3:55 pm
3 ninjas and honey i blew up the kid...thats right interwebbers...yall just got served
Desert_Screams on 04/11/2008 10:55 am
Very very cool-- and with Fred himself there? Even cooler than very very cool. Hope they do get CREEPS out on DVD one of these days!
Best double feature I've seen? Dunno. The Loft, a lovely little indie theatre in Tucson, hosts a Rocky Horror group, and there are always some pretty eye-popping double bills of that film and some others. Good times, good times....
Review the World (Guest) on 04/13/2008 2:43 pm
i saw White Man Can't Jump and Titanic at the loca drive-in with my Mom back in the day..
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