Af­ter three years, Black Lodge is set to re­turn

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Matt Martin re­cently ex­pe­ri­enced a dis­as­ter that was, in his words, “almost Looney Tunes­like” in its slap­stick vi­o­lence, yet also hor­ror­movie har­row­ing.

The com­bi­na­tion was per­haps ap­pro­pri­ate, since dozens of clas­sic Warner Bros. car­toons along with in­nu­mer­able scary movies are among the 32,000 — yes, 32,000 — films in Martin’s col­lec­tion of video­tapes, DVDs, Blu-rays and LaserDiscs.

Any­way, Martin, a crea­ture of noc­tur­nal habits, as be­fits a man who spends much of his time in dark screen­ing rooms, was awak­ened from his bed at about 3 p.m. on Satur­day, Oct. 14, when he heard what he thought was a “heavy knock” at the door.

He got up, walked into the front room of his ap­par­ently less-than-well­main­tained apart­ment at Cen­tral and Hol­ly­wood, and “the en­tire ceil­ing col­lapses on me, from cor­ner to cor­ner.”

He was knocked un­con­scious for a mo­ment, he said dur­ing an in­ter­view this week. “Un­der my clothes are some scratches and punc­ture wounds from nails,” he added.

Nev­er­the­less, he didn’t go to the emer­gency room for a checkup un­til af­ter mid­night, be­cause the col­lapse oc­curred just a few hours be­fore this month’s “Time Warp Drive-In” Halloween show at the Sum­mer Quar­tet DriveIn, which in­cluded a screen­ing of 1974’s “The Texas Chain Saw Mas­sacre.”

“For me, I’d rather fall over dead than miss ‘Texas Chain Saw’ on the big screen,” he said, with the ded­i­ca­tion of a per­son lit­er­ally shed­ding blood for his pas­sion.

Now, Martin, with the col­lab­o­ra­tion of long­time friend and busi­ness part­ner

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