From 1989 to 1998, if you were a fan of genre cinema, you knew where to turn every Friday and Saturday night. USA Up All Night was home to curated cult and horror cinema, and it introduced legions of cinephiles to weird and wonderful worlds they had no idea existed (or maybe they did know, and their parents forbid them to look!). It also brought the classic concept of the movie host into a whole new era and regularly featured skits, comedy, and killer special guests (THE RAMONES!!!).
Initially hosted by the late great Gilbert Gottfried, Up All Night kicked things into high gear in 1991 when the tenure of its best known and most beloved host, Rhonda Shear, began. Rhonda had a background in everything from modeling to comedy. Her quick wit and unforgettable enunciation of the show’s name (even now, we’re sure you’re hearing it in your head!) made the show a cult hit for an entire generation of cinephiles.
A badass to this very day, Rhonda is now a best-selling author and a wildly successful entrepreneur known worldwide for her, inclusive of all body types, Rhonda Shear Intimates products, and her ongoing charity work with the American Cancer Society. From her tenure on Up All Night to her appearances everywhere, from Spaceballs to Full House, you’re not going to want to miss this one, folks. the Chattanooga Film Festival salutes Rhonda and have a fascinating career spanning chat with one of the true queens of genre cinema.
There will also be a showing of the 1968 Japanese horror film The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch. Sayuri is reunited with her family after spending years in an orphanage. She is greeted by an amnesiac father, a sister confined to the attic, and a father who experiments with poisonous snakes. Sayuri is plagued by visions of demons and murder. And this was targeted towards kids.
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