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Matinee (1993)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  29 January 1993 (USA)
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A small-time film promoter releases a kitschy horror film during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Ruth Corday / Carole
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Gene Loomis
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Stan
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Sandra
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Sherry
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Dennis Loomis (as Jesse Lee)
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Anne Loomis
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Harvey Starkweather
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Howard the Theater Manager
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Mr. Spector
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Herb Denning
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Bob
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Jack
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Rhonda
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Storyline

A showman introduces a small coastal town to a unique movie experience and capitalises on the Cuban Missile crisis hysteria with a kitschy horror extravaganza combining film effects, stage props and actors in rubber suits in this salute to the B-movie. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Lawrence Woolsey presents the end of civilization as we know it. Make that... Proudly Presents!

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG for language, and for mild violence and sensuality | See all certifications »
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Matiné  »

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$9,532,895 (USA)
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Trivia

Cathy Moriarty's character is named Ruth Corday. This is a tribute to actress Mara Corday who starred in the real giant bug movies Tarantula (1955), The Black Scorpion (1957), and the infamous The Giant Claw (1957). See more »

Goofs

The LP "The First Family" is seen in the record rack to the right of the phonograph when the boys are removing the Lenny Bruce LP from the record player. "The First Family" was recorded in October, 1962, the same time that the Cuban missile crisis was going on, and it had not yet been released. See more »

Quotes

Howard, the Theater Manager: The country is on red alert. People are already scared.
Lawrence Woolsey: Exactly! What a perfect time to open a new horror movie. Think of it, my friend. Millions of people looking over their shoulder, waiting for God's other shoe to drop, never knowing if each kiss, each sunset...
[Woolsey steps on a malted milk ball]
Lawrence Woolsey: ...each malted milk ball might be their last.
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Crazy Credits

After the credits are complete, we are treated to a quick snippet from "MANT" with the Cathy Moriarty character pining, "Oh, Bill". See more »

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Features The Linkletter Show (1952) See more »

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Main Title
from Revenge of the Creature (1955)
Arranged and Conducted by Dick Jacobs
Courtesy of MCA Records
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An under-rated gem
20 February 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

One of those films that deserved to reach a huge audience but somehow slipped away, Joe Dante's affectionate homage to creature features and B-movie king William Castle is a joy from start to finish. This is due to both Dante's direction - and obvious love of the script - and John Goodman's delightful performance (what was he doing in crap like "Coyote Ugly?"). Even the movie-within-a-movie - "Mant!" ("half man, half ant - all terror!") is fun. The only downside is that this rarely turns up on TV and hasn't been released on DVD in the UK. A scratchy vhs is better than nothing I suppose...


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