Sep 18, 2023

Pike Isn't A Name, It's A Fish

Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Mahoning Drive-In Theater - Lehighton, PA
Sunday night at the drive-in was a tribute to the late actor and comedian Paul Reubens, who is known to fans around the world for his childlike character, Pee Wee Herman.

Show banner designed by Andrew Kern

The movie that Mr. Reubens' is best known for is probably Pee Wee's Big Adventure, but that was screened earlier this season.  No one outside of the actor's closest friends and family even knew that he was sick at the time, so the entire night was a fun filled celebration of a character that most of us grew up with.  He passed away less than four weeks later.

Last night was bittersweet.  It's been a few months since his passing and it rained all night, so there weren't very many cars on the lot, but the folks who were there got to see a memorable horror comedy from the early 90's that features the iconic comic actor as Amilyn, a vampire who is preparing for his masters return and working to take down the new slayer.

There was also a secret feature shown after the film.  We've been asked to keep it secret so I won't say what it was on here, but I will say that it wasn't a full length movie.

The title card photo is from Brendan because the photo that I took was so obscured by rain on the windshield that you could barely tell what it was.  It rained throughout the movie, but it slowed down a little bit before the end so I was able to take a reasonably clear shot of the end credits with Mr. Reubens' name in between swipes of the windshield wiper.

This is a movie that reminds me of South Florida.  I saw it for the first time when I was 12 years old shortly after it came out on home video.  My stepsister and I used to watch movies together over the weekend, and I remember that I didn't believe her at first when she told me that one of the vampires was Pee Wee Herman.  This was before you could just look something like that up at a moment's notice.  In fact, I'm pretty sure I had never even heard of the internet at the time.  I remember that she proved it to me by pausing the tape during the end credits while she went to find a magazine that showed that Paul Reubens was his real name.

Rest in peace, Mr. Reubens, and thank you again for everything.