“Horror Brunch & Other Shorts”: Night Flight’s early ’90s mystery mix of lost video treasures

By on August 19, 2019

We recently had a meeting here at Night Flight HQ to discuss how to present this early ’90s syndication-era hour-long episode we’re calling “Horror Brunch and Other Shorts” — a mystery mix of lost video treasures: short films, animation and music videos, replete with lots of TV commercials — and eventually decided to let you see this one on Night Flight Plus exactly as it aired in 1994.


Today, we’ll be telling you a little bit about several of the segments presented here.

First up is the 1987 short film Horror Brunch, the second short film directed by former Orange Coast College film student Rik Joel Carter,  who was enrolled in the Southern California-area community college’s film program (1985-1986).

Carter went on to make a name for himself as a special effects makeup artist on A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master and the syndicated TV series “Freddy’s Nightmares.”


Horror Brunch, as you’ll see, takes place during a brunch at a diner where all hell suddenly breaks loose for absolutely no reason and the unsuspecting patrons are suddenly faced with all kinds of movie monsters running amok (we also noticed an homage to Alfred Hitchcock‘s Psycho).

Back in the day, Carter told the L.A. Times the short was “a horror version of The Big Chill,” telling them “I made it on spit and shoe polish on a budget of $35,000.”


Carter has uploaded along several other of his short films to his “StageTek” Youtube page, including a couple of “Making of Horror Brunch” vids.


A little later in the episode there’s a quirky little segment called “Rock Your Brain” featuring a couple of Lou Reed‘s late ’80s-era videos.

“Dirty Blvd.” is from the New York rocker’s 1989 album New York, which Night Flight contributor Mark Deming, writing for All Music Guide‘s website, described as “a masterpiece of literate, adult rock & roll, and the finest album of Reed’s solo career.”


“No Money Down” was a single from Reed’s 1986 album Mistrial.

The Godley & Creme-directed “video features an animatronic Lou, looking a bit like Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator character, who proceeds to rip off his own face.


After the next round of repetitive TV adverts you’ll see Black Hula, a short 1930s-inspired animated cartoon by Marv Newland of Bambi Meets Godzilla fame (read all about Newland in one of our very first Night Flight blog posts, circa April 2015).

The Black Hula cartoon — during which three pirates go to an island and manage to convince the natives to build some fast food restaurants — features an old recording by King Bennie Nawahi called “Mauna Kea.”


Next up is Gilligan’s Island: The Final Chapter, a 30-second parody film, about which we have very little to say.

Read more about what else is featured in “Horror Brunch and Other Shorts” below.


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Honky Tonk Bud: An Urban Folk Legend (1985) — about a fast-talking drug dealer who got caught in an FBI sting — is a jazz-rap jailhouse toast (a pre-rap black oral tradition) that was performed by incarcerated prisoners for decades before it was turned into a short film.


It was produced & directed by Scott Laster, and features music by Chicago saxophonist/composer/arranger Edward Wilkerson, Jr. and narration by Chicago-born actor-screenwriter John Toles-Bey, who often performed this rap during his one-man shows (he later wrote the screenplay for, and acted in, A Rage in Harlem).


The Terror of Tiny Town (1938) — a classic tale about “little guys with big guns” — was dubbed as the world’s only musical western with an all-midget cast.

The movie — one of the staples of the Night Flight circuit — stars members of (Leo) Singer’s Midgets, a mostly German-speaking performance troupe from Vienna who had relocated to the United States after the outbreak of World War I (they later appeared as the Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz, released in 1939).


Our early ’90s mystery mix of lost video treasures concludes with three samplings from Night Flight’s vast collection of “Comedy Cuts,” beginning with Two Live Jews, a comedic hip hop duo composed of “MC Moisha” (Eric Lambert) and “Easy Irving” (Joe Stone), who were purportedly two elderly Jewish men who had discovered their ability to rap.

Their name was a parody of Miami, Florida’s 2 Live Crew, and their first album, As Kosher as They Wanna Be, spoofed As Nasty As The Wanna Be.


Next up was our 1988 “Comedy Cuts” presentation of stand-up comedian Taylor Mason.

He describes himself as “your average, every day, run-of-the-mill writer, performer, singer-songwriter, ventriloquist, comedian, entertainer, rock ’n’ roller, blogger, political observer, author, puppeteer, pianist, entertainer who works in every possible venue for every imaginable audience.”

Then as now,  Mason focuses on telling jokes, and staying out of the bedroom and bathroom (it set him apart from most stand-up comics in his prime).


Lastly, but not leastly, we have the “Comedy Cuts” presentation of the master Mel Brooks and his “To Be Or Not To Be” video, which Night Flight contributor Marc Edward Heuck describes in a previous blog post:

“In 1983, to promote the film To Be or Not to Be, starring Brooks and his wife Anne Bancroft, and directed by his longtime choreographer Alan Johnson, Brooks and Wingfield reteamed to record ‘To Be or Not to Be’ (the actual title for ‘The Hitler Rap’), using roughly the same melodic structure and comedic principle of Brooks in character bragging about the good life until history brought him down.”


Watch “Horror Brunch and Other Shorts” — and other mystery mixes of lost video treasures — on Night Flight Plus.


About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.