Drive-In Friday: Your Movies Here!!

If you’re a regular visitor to B&S About Movies, you know that beginning in March the site started a new feature where, each Friday at 11 AM, we share movies that would play at an all-night drive-in — provided if we owned our own drive-ins.

Some of our guest staff writers, such as loyal readers and good friends Paul Andolina, Roger Braden, Eddie Harrison of Film Authority, and overall drive-in movie fan Sean Mitus have shared some of their favorite drive-in flicks. You can write whatever you want. A double feature? A triple feature? A four or five film event? A theme night with your favorite actor or director? A slasher night? A zombie night? Go nuts! Mainstream films, underground films, trash flicks . . . share you films and your knowledge of film with the world.

Is a “Drive-In Friday” feature unable to contain your excitement for films?

Then how about doing a “Top Tens” feature? Paul Andolina of Wrestling with Film, Mark Begley of Wake Up Heavy: Recollections of Horror, Jesse Berberich of Disreputable Cinema, Roger Braden of Valley Nightmares, professional wrestler Derek Direction, Craig Edwards of Let’s Get Out of Here!, wrestler and film fan Kris Erikson, filmmaker Matt Frame, Robert Freese of Videoscope Magazine, YouTube‘s Roslyn Frost, Donald Guarisco from Schlockmania, Gregg Harrington of Neon Brainiacs, Ted Lehr of Super No Bueno, Adult Swim animator William Mendoza, Lana Revok of Starts Today, Bill Van Ryn of Drive-In Asylum, and Slasher Trash of Slasher Trash have come through with great reviews of their favorite “tens”.

Or would you rather show us what DVDs and VHS tapes are in your collection? For that we have a “Show Your Stacks” featurette. You can check out the stacks of Dustin Fallon of Horror and Sons to get an idea. Pick a letter or pick a theme. Just snap a pic, write it up, and send it on over.

But you don’t have to be a writer or a curator of a magazine or online ‘zine to write for B&S About Movies. You can just be a fan with a love of old UHF-TV of the ’60s, drive-ins of the ’70s, home videos of the ’80s, and DVDs of the ’90s. All fellow WordPress-member followers of B&S About Movies are welcome. Or if you are just one of the many who have us bookmarked the site or visit us from the IMDb or Letterbox’d, you’re welcomed as well.

So drop us a line at bandsaboutmovies@gmail.com or add a comment below. We’ll get in touch and share your “Drive-In Friday,” “Show Your Stacks,” and “Top Tens” with the world.

As always . . . make sure to drive with your parking lights on and clean up after yourself, as those darn burger and hot dog foil wrappers wreck havoc on the bush hog. And don’t forget to try our snack bar, which will remain open until the last feature starts.

SHOW YOUR STACKS: More stacks!

Thanks to all the folks who’ve replied so far to show us their collections! Keep in mind, you can show us as much or as little of your collection as you’d like! I’ll be featuring more of mine over the weeks to come, but I love seeing what other folks have!

Sean Mitus

Sean sent us this great photo and described some of what he has in his movie library: “I lack the eloquence to describe my “N” section. I see may “Night’s” in there, especially my favorite zombie film, George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. All are favorites else I wouldn’t own them. Some surprise discoveries through revival and festival screenings include Night of the Demons (met Alvin Alexis), Night of the Comet (met Mary Alice Stuart), Night Train Murders, Night Warning and the unforgettable New York Ripper (with Maniac 4K restoration presented by Bill Lustig). Some surprise discoveries through online reviews and publisher reputation include Ninja Busters, Night of the Creeps, and the indelible Neon Demon. Can’t wait for the next letter!”


Keoma Cobretti

First off, I love Keoma’s name! He sent us several photos of his collection, along with some write-ups of what’s in there.

I have a beautiful film collection and an amazing mediabook and digibook collection. Every back, every digital code sticker and everything they all came with is intact. I love films and love collecting them. I even wear latex gloves so I don’t smudge them with fingerprints. Long live cinema!”


Humphrey (Follow him on Twitter)

I’m totally jealous of this blu ray collection! Look at all that physical media nirvana!

Show us your collection by replying here or emailing us at bandsaboutmovies@gmail.com.

Show Your Stacks: Dustin Fallon

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dustin Fallon from Horror and Sons has always been a big promoter of our site and has been instrumental when it comes to getting writers for our many projects. I’m excited to get a look at his collection.

Howdy, horror heads and film freaks!!

From the moment that I saw Sam’s first post asking for readers to send in looks at their own collections, I knew that I wanted to be a part of this project! As a film collector of sorts, I’m am always looking for opportunities to talk about and show off the films that I love enough to make a part of my own personal home library.

That said, the part that came as a real surprise to me was just how few films beginning with the letter “N” that I actually own. (I’m sure there are films included on box sets that I’ve overlooked.) Well, let’s not waste any more time and get right into this, shall we?

Here’s the (almost) complete collection of “N” titles in my movie library. Kinda lacking, right? Since you’ve bothered to read this far, let’s take a moment to dissect a few!

The Naked Gun series – As much as I love my horror films, my favorite film of all time is NOT one. Say what you want, and I’m sure some of you will, but The Naked Gun never ceases to make me laugh. I can easily watch this film 100 times…. and I probably have.

Navy vs. the Night Monsters– This is one of those films I find myself frequently returning to… and for the love of God, I have no clue why. Simply put, every aspect of this film is a failure. Some might say that about that cast, which includes Mamie Van Doren, Anthony Eisley (The Wasp Women), and (occasional) Match Game panelist Bobby Van.

Embarrassed performances and shitty special effects steal the show. That said, I still enjoy the Hell out of this film, but purely for comedic reasons.

National Lampoon’s Vacation series (arguably should be filed under “V”)- Some of you may be looking at the pictured titles and thinking, “Well, those Vacation movies sure aren’t “horror”! Oh, really? Try living with a wife and children who not only watch the first film a good 20 times a year, but also feel the need to repeatedly quote lines from the films. Seriously!! I believe, come December, they must watch Christmas Vacation every single night! Now you know why I’m glad that I work the late shift!!

Necronomicon – A fun, gooey anthology that has finally received a blu-ray release…. in other countries! I could tell you more about this film, or you could click the film’s title and read this review that I wrote for my own site back in 2016.

Nightbreed – I prefer the untouched theatrical release. Fight me.

The Nightmare Before Christmas – I have no shame in stating that I love this film! Always have! I’m admittedly a huge fan of the soundtrack as well, and I still find the animation to be beautiful!

However, unlike many other fans that I know, I just can not watch it at Halloween (as I don’t want to hear jack shit about Christmas in October), nor can I watch it at Christmas (as I’m still depressed that Halloween ended more than a month ago). For me, this tends to get watched around Thanksgiving each year, because really…. how many times can you watch Thankskilling or Blood Freak? Ok, I can watch Blood Freak a few times.

Nightmare Castle set – A “must own” for any true horror fan, in my opinion. I knew I had to have the signed edition as soon as I saw it become available.

Night of the Lepus – Look, if you can’t find the amusement in watching a bunch of bunnies run around in a model town, kicking Matchbox cars as they march a path of cute, cuddly death…… well, we probably can’t be friends.

Night of the Living Dead blus – My Criterion Collection version is not pictured, but there is a duplicate of that release in the 50th Anniversary edition. Why buy multiple copies of the GREATEST HORROR FILM EVER MADE? (Again, fight me) Because they exist. I need no further reason.

Nosferatu – A “must own” if you appreciate this film. The Kino Lorber release is just stellar.

Nurse Sherri – Such an odd and uneven film, but I still find it highly entertaining… albeit for the wrong reason. Again, click the film’s title for a review that I wrote back in 2015. Thanks to Steve Perry for the inspiration.

Not pictured:

Nightmare Worlds 50-Movie Set – Completely forgot about this one when I took the picture. Another smorgasbord of classic (and not-so-classic) sci-fi and monster flicks from Mill Creek.

Nightmare in Wax (VHS) – Wait… Are we counting those as well?

(A) Nightmare on Elm St. 1-5 (VHS) – Ehh, you’ve seen Freddy before.

Show Your Stacks: N

Welcome to a new feature here at B&S About Movies and one we hope you’ll be a part of.

If you’re a moviephile like we are, you have huge stacks of films in your house. One of the things that makes me really happy is to check out the towers of movies and pick which one is my favorite. As we’re constantly adding new movies, these stacks change all the time, offering me near-unending moments of joy.

Feel free to send us photos and writeups of your stacks or hauls that you’ve recently bought. Let’s celebrate movies together!

PS – When possible, I’ve tried to list places where you can stream or buy these films so you can watch them.

I often take a look at this stack and proclaim to my wife Rebecca that this is the finest of all the stacks in the house. It’s just packed with some of my favorite movies and so much strangeness. Here’s a brief overview of the discs within it. You can also click on the hyperlinks to read longer reviews.

The Night Brings Charlie: This late-in-the-game slasher was sent to me by my friend John S. Berry and was directed by Tom Logan (Shakma). It’s really murky and dark, both in how it’s shot and in its themes. Not one for a first date, let me tell you that much.

The Night Evelyn Came Out of Her GraveI can’t think of many giallo where someone is eaten by foxes. This is the lone one I can come up with. Plus — Marina Malfatti and Erika Blanc are in it! You can watch this for free on Tubi.

Night Gallery complete set: If you’ve never watched this Rod Serling series, you’re missing one of the greatest times in television. Sure, the episodes aren’t focused at all, as Serling was feuding with producer Jack Laird, but when it fires on all cylinders, it destroys everything in its path. I first discovered this series via the TV Guide Book of Lists, where Anton LaVey listed the most Satanic moments on television. Most of them were from this show. I’ve never been the same since. We also own the limited edition book that breaks down each episode’s creation as well as several prints of the paintings from the show. You can watch episodes for free on NBC, too.

Night Killer: Thanks to my friend Matt Hanke, I own the limited edition Severin slipcase of this insane Italian film, which has the title Non Aprite Quell Porta 3, which means Don’t Answer the Door 3, positioning this movie as the third installment of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It’s anything but. I could go on and on about this movie — and do — but I’d suggest you just head to Severin and grab a copy for yourself.

Nightmare BeachSomeone let Umberto Lenzi loose in America and he got John Saxon to come along for the ride. A slasher that is pretty much unhinged, this is everything I love about Italian junk cinema — soft colors, rampant sleaze and a murderous motorcycle with an electric chair for a seat.

Nightmare Before ChristmasNot every movie we own features guts and gore. This would be a fine example. It may never get written up on this site, but it’s in our library.

Nightmare Castle: Despite owning four different copies of this movie, it’s never been written up on our site. I really gotta get on that — a Barabara Steele gothic horror film that isn’t on here? I feel shame.

Nightmare City: This Umberto Lenzi thrillride is just pure chaos, a moebius strip of blood, ooze, gristle, gore and gunfire. It also has a scene where aerobics dancers get reduced into corpses and another where a major character falls off a rollercoaster. Just writing this quick paragraph makes me want to watch this movie all over again.

Every single A Nightmare on Elm Street movie: We covered these films in depth last year:

The Mill Creek Nightmare Worlds 50 movie set: You may have noticed — seeing as how we did month-long retrospectives on Mill Creek’s Pure Terror and Chilling Classics box sets — that we love these multipacks. This one is no different, featuring favorites like ContaminationWarriors of the WastelandWerewolf Woman, Cataclysm/The Nightmare Never EndsAll the Kind StrangersDeath Warmed UpGood Against EvilHow Awful About AllanTerror at Red Wolf In and more. Maybe this will end up being our next month-long pick.

Night of the Bloody ApesOne of the parts of having OCD and a large video collection is the fact that I may never own every movie I want. For example, I want every single AGFA/Something Weird release. Until then, I’m hunting down old SWV DVDs in the wilds of used video stores. I found this one at the Exchanges in Squirrel Hill and treasure it — it even has Feast of Flesh and lots of bonus trailers. You can watch this on Tubi.

Night of the CreepsTom Atkins forever! This is one of the greatest goofball movies ever made, packed with both grossout moments and real emotion. Oh man, I love it so. You can watch this on Shudder.

Night of Dark ShadowsThe sequel to House of Dark Shadows, I saw this at the drive-in and hunted for it for years. I really need to get on a Dark Shadows/Dan Curtis week here on the site.

Night of the Demons 2This is yet another in the many sequels that my wife loves way more than the films that came before them. Also, this is an American demon movie, so it has nothing to do with the many, many Demons films from Italy.

Night of the HuntedOtherwise known as La Nuit des Traquées, this is yet another Jean Rollin film that I’ve added to my collection and never had the time to watch. Again, I need to get on this.

Night School: No, not that Night School. Nope, this is an American giallo that gets so close to hitting the mark that it upsets me just how great it could have been. I hunted for this forever before finding the Warner burn on demand disc at an Exchange in Monroeville. You can save yourself the hard work and just watch it on Shudder.

That’s the first stack! Share your stack with us! Comment here if you’d like to be part of this or email us at bandsaboutmovies@gmail.com.