How to Make a Monster (1958)

It will scare the living yell out of you

I watched the 73-minute, 1958 American International Pictures movie “How to Make a Monster” on Svengoolie. A Monster Make-up artist, of 25 years, and his assistant lose their jobs when the new studio owner wants to get rid of monster flicks. They feel that kids today want more comedy, music, girls, singing, and dancing. Angry, he uses an experiment mind control chemical, in his make-up, to control the monsters in the current movie to kill at his will.

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The History of Werewolves

Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolf-bane blooms and the autumn moon is bright

We’ve all seen them in the movies and on television but are they real? The Beast of Bray Road and the Michigan Dogman[1] are described as werewolf-like creatures. Eyewitnesses describe them as bipedal, shaggy creatures with wolf-like heads. A werewolf is any person who can turn into a wolf or wolf-man hybrid, willingly or unwillingly, in an actual physical (not illusionary) transformation.

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Howard Morris Was Ernest T. Bass

“And if you wonder who I be, it’s me it’s me, it’s Ernest T.!”

Howard Jerome Morris was born September 4, 1919, to a Jewish family in the Bronx, New York, the son of Hugo and Elsie Morris. Morris attended New York University on a dramatic arts scholarship. During World War II he was assigned to a United States Army Special Services unit, the entertainment branch, where he was a First Sergeant. He was based in Honolulu and entertained the troops throughout the pacific.

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Forbidden Planet (1956)


I watched one of the most classic sci-fi films ever made on Svengoolie. This 1956 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie has a starship crew in the 23rd century going to investigate the silence of a distant planet’s colony, only to find just two survivors, a powerful robot, and the deadly secret of a lost civilization. produced by Nicholas Nayfack (“The Invisible Boy” Robbie the Robot’s second appearance), and directed by Fred M. Wilcox (“Lassie Come Home”, “Courage of Lassie”).

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Frankenstein 1970 (1958)

WARNING! “Frankenstein 1970” is the most blood-freezing horror ever created! This picture may be too dangerous for people with weak hearts! Beware!

I watched this 1958 B&W Allied Artists Pictures Corporation[1] science fiction/horror film, shot in CinemaScope[2], on Svengoolie. Baron von Frankenstein’s grandson (Boris Karloff) rents the family castle to a TV crew to fund his atomic revival of the family monster. Buying an atomic reactor, which he uses to create a living being, modeled after his own likeness before he had been tortured. by the Nazis. When the baron runs out of body parts for his work, he proceeds to kill off members of the crew, and even his faithful butler, for more spare parts.

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The Monolith Monsters (1957)

Mammoth skyscrapers of stone thundering across the earth!

I watched the 1957  Universal-International, science-fiction/horror movie “The Monolith Monsters” on Svengoolie. It was produced by Howard Christie (Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet the Invisible Man, Abbott and Costello Go to Mars, Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops, Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy, and TV such as Wagon Train, The Virginian, Larado) , and directed by John Sherwood (The Creature Walks Among Us).

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Gossamer is an animated character in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. He was the co-star in the Bugs Bunny cartoon they showed this Saturday during the Svengoolie after-party, “Sventoonie”.

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House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Overnight in a haunted house

I watched the 1959 William Castle production “House on Haunted Hill”. Frederick Loren, a millionaire, invites 5 people to a party in a haunted house he has rented. All that stays the entire night will get ten thousand dollars each. He says that his wife Annabelle, who stays up in her room, wanted the party. William Castle both produced and directed while Robb White (an American writer of screenplays, television scripts, and adventure novels) wrote and co-produced this horror film.

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Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)

Flesh crawls! Blood curdles! Phibes lives!

I watched the 1972 dark comedy MGM horror film “Dr. Phibes Rises Again” on Svengoolie. Following his murderous quest for vengeance in the previous film, “The Abominable Dr. Phibes“, Dr. Anton Phibes evades capture by placing himself in suspended animation in a sarcophagus shared with his wife’s body. He plans to return when the Moon enters into a specific alignment with the planets not seen in 2,000 years. Three years later, the conjunction occurs and Phibes rises from his sarcophagus.

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The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)


I watched the 1971 British dark comedy horror film “The Abominable Dr. Phibes” on Svengoolie. The cult classic was produced by Ronald S. Dunas (The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Chinese Junk, Naked Fear) and Louis M. Heyward (The Dick Clark Show, Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs, House of 1,000 Dolls, The Crimson Cult, Cry of the Banshee, Murders in the Rue Morgue, Dr. Phibes Rises Again), directed by Robert Fuest (Dr. Phibes Rises Again, The Devil’s Rain), written by William Goldstein (Dr. Phibes Rises Again) and

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