|Welcome to Forbidden Island's Tiki Drive-In!|
|Precious gem unearthed: the 16mm reel of "The Odds Against"|
Last Monday, June 18, I hosted a special Forbidden Thrills @ Forbidden Island "Tiki Drive-In Show" in the popular tiki lounge's back lot, featuring films from the incredible 16mm collection of my pal Sci-Fi Bob Ekman, who has been putting on his own Psychotronix film festivals for two decades now. We've worked together a lot over the years, but this gig was something special. In addition to a trailer reel, Bambi Meets Godzilla, and the feature film Horror of Party Beach (1963) - which I've shown a few times - this was most significantly the world re-premiere of my father Robert Viharo's very first film, an Oscar-nominated documentary short called THE ODDS AGAINST (1966), basically an indictment of our penal system, in which he is the only actor amongst a cast of real prisoners. It features a smokin' jazz score and is narrated by Herschel Bernardi, whom I know best as Lt. Jacoby on the Peter Gunn TV series. Though basically an early version of Scared Straight, shown primarily in schools, it remains a gritty, thoughtful portrait of prison life - and how this sentence could possibly be prevented, or at least the conditions improved. The film, directed by veteran documentary filmmaker Lee R. Bobker, sports a pretty progressive if pessimistic viewpoint, and Pop is by turns petulant, pensive, and passionate.
|"Hey, that's not Mom!" Pop with Marisa Mell in "Stuntman"|
(suffering for his art...;)
|According to this exhibit at Francis Coppola's Winery|
in Napa, my father was considered for the role
of Sonny Corleone in "The Godfather"!
|Sci-Bob Ekman sets up his 16mm projectors|
|My "It Came From Hangar 18" co-conspirator Scott Fulks and Thrill Seeker #1|
Larry Kakos showing off their official Thrillville fezes
Anyway, in case you missed it, which odds are you did, here is a virtual replication of
the Tiki Drive-In Show. Dig. Cheers.
THE ODDS AGAINST (complete film, 22 minutes)
BAMBI MEETS GODZILLA
THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH (trailer)
Monday, July 23, 8pm, no cover:
All 12 chapters of the classic serial
featuring my regular movie column, but who cares?
Also available for pre-order:
A one-shot celebratory issue featuring my all new Vic Valentine, Private Eye Story