The 2013 edition of the annual Drive-In Super Monster-Rama is only one week away. It takes place Friday, September 6th and Saturday, September 7th. While it would have been nice to get the word about this awesome show out earlier, I guess late is better than never. After thoroughly enjoying the 2010 and 2011 Monster-Ramas I had to miss out on last year's show due to moving into a new city and all the craziness that accompanies that. Luckily the schedule should permit me to once again make the long trip down to Pennsylvania for this year's show. And what a show it promises to be!
|George Reis of DVD Drive-In|
Here's a look at some of the highlights from the
2011 Drive-In Super Monster-Rama
2011 Drive-In Super Monster-Rama
|The Riverside's projector and film platters|
ready to spool out lots of film-based fun
|The crowds mingle and wait for the show to get underway|
|Classic drive-in ads for PIC and Chilly Dilly pickles|
|The ads are interspersed with loads of trailers|
for great (and not-so-great) old horror movies
|Plenty of intermission ads throughout the night|
featuring a wide variety of food and drink
|A couple classic cartoon shorts are always mixed in...|
|...As well as a couple Three Stooges shorts|
|Some of the expected and not-so-expected|
menu choices at the Riverside's snack bar
So, how much does all this entertainment cost? Well, considering all the time, effort and cost of acquiring the eight movies (and all the other stuff projected over the two nights) admission is a pretty paltry price. It only costs ten dollars per person per night. That's twenty bucks if you want to attend both nights. This is the price that was in effect for the first Monster-Rama and George and the Riverside have managed to keep it at that level all along. Knowing that some people are strapped for cash, the Riverside gives yet another incentive for film buffs to make the trip from all across the country; if you really want to go, but don't think you'll be able to afford the trip because of lodging fees, the Riverside allows people to camp out at the drive-in for just another ten dollars per night. That price includes breakfast in the morning. With all that it's kind of hard to think of a reason NOT to go to the Drive-In Super Monster-Rama.
I guess all this brings us to 2013 and the seventh Drive-In Super Monster-Rama. This year's show has a theme--the Peter Cushing Centenary Celebration. To celebrate Peter Cushing's 100th birthday the Monster-Rama will feature eight movies that he appears in. On Friday, September 6th the movies will be:
BRIDES OF DRACULA (1960)
FEAR IN THE NIGHT (1972)
FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE (1974)
And the second night, Saturday, September 7th will feature four more:
AT THE EARTH'S CORE (1976)
SHOCK WAVES (1977)
As usual, it's a great line-up of movies. I have to say that I'm particularly happy to see that "Shock Waves" will be rounding out the show as the last movie. Not only is it "The Greatest Nazi-Zombie Movie Ever Made" (in my humble opinion), but it's also a film I've loved since it scared the crap out of me when it was shown on Boston-area TV back in the early 1980s.
One of the many trailers shown at the 2011 Monster-Rama was for the film "Madhouse", which will be the first film featured on the second night of this year's show!
Here's some screen shots of that trailer:
It should be a great weekend for fans of Peter Cushing, horror, drive-ins, and movies in general. There is the real possibility that this could very well be the last Drive-In Super Monster-Rama--not because George and the Riverside don't want to continue to put them on, but because the Riverside is one of the drive-ins that is facing the problem of being forced to make the switchover to digital or shut down when film-based movies will cease to be made available by Hollywood. They want to make the switchover and have been trying to raise the funds. But those funds are pretty astronomical for a business model that doesn't exactly rake in the dough even when things are going very well. They have promised that, if they are able to continue operating, they will retain their film projector so that Drive-In Super Monster-Rama shows can continue to honor the past well into the future.
Here's a video preview of the 2013 Drive-In Super Monster-Rama
SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!