Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Get into our Christmas shorts -- it's December's HMN!

Happy merry, horribillies!

Hope the holidaze is treating you well so far. We're very excited/sorry to announce our December show -- it's a first for HMN! We unearthed two short subjects that bowled us over, so we're gonna show both of 'em. To wit --

First off is "Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny" from 1972, a bizarre tale of Santa being stranded on a beach in Florida just a couple of days before his Christmas rounds. He manages to corral a group of kids to help him, which entails auditioning various animals to pull his sleigh (including a gorilla) before his old pal the Ice Cream Bunny (no relation to the Ice Truck Killer) shows up. Yowza!

Next is 1964's "The Magic Christmas Tree". Yes, the same year the beloved "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" premiered on TV, this lump of coal somehow graced theater screens. The first & last movie for the director and most of the actors, it concerns a mouthy brat who meets a witch who gives him a ring, which creates a talking Christmas tree. The tree gives him three wishes, one of which he uses to imprison Santa at his house (à la "Reservoir Dogs"). Add in a race between a turtle and a lawnmower, and a pedifi-tastic woodsman/ogre, and you have a recipe for horrific holiday merriment.

Thursday, December 16th, 2010
8PM (Doors at 7:15)
The Complex - Ruby Theater
6476 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, Calif 90038

We're doing a special Thursday night show, cuz we know your weekend is totally taken up with holiday parties. And as much as we like watching bad movies, we wanna see "Tron" this weekend like everyone else. Find us this month in the Ruby Theater, located in the main lobby of The Comnplex. Plentiful, free parking on Wilcox, just north of Santa Monica Blvd. You will thrill to the improv of the Omelettes, who will provide entertainment throughout the show. Friend 'em on Facebook!

To ward off the evening chill, there'll be drinks for sale at the HMN bar, along with freshly-baked brownies. But the best part of the evening will be you! We rely on the audience to riff the movie, so come armed with only best, hand-picked witticisms, and you may walk away with a prize.

Watching these wonderfully bad holiday films will be like a TSA pat-down, if you were super-duper ticklish. Come join us for the show, and spread the word on your Facebook, Twitter, and your other word-spreading apps. Get on the mailing list if you haven't, and follow us on the aforementioned sites if you haven't.

We'll look forward to seeing you. Happy holidaze!



  1. A friend of mine just hipped me to your site/group. Very cool stuff! You guys planning to screen Silent Night, Deadly Night?? It's the worst Christmas movie...ever. ;D Love what you guys are doing!


  2. Saw Santa Clause and the Ice Cream Bunny at a theater in Sacramento (run by Movies on a Big Screen) on Sunday and it was awesomely terrible. Glad to see other places enjoying a craptastic Christmas film showing.