How to Make a Monster (1958)

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 loses their jobs when new ownership, of the studio, 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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Cult of the Cobra (1955)

I watched the 1955 Universal International movie, Cult of the Cobra on Svengoolie. Six American Air Force officers are exploring an Asian Bazaar before shipping home, post World War II. They meet a snake charmer and convince him to sneak them into a secret ritual of Lamians (worshipers of women who can change into serpents). During the ceremony, they are exposed and the high priest pronounces a death curse on them. The movie is directed by Francis D. Lyon (The Great Locomotive Chase, Destination Inner Space, Castle of Evil, The Girl Who Knew Too Much)

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The Frozen Ghost (1945)

I watched the 1945 Universal Pictures horror/mystery “The Frozen Ghost” on Svengoolie. It was the fourth of the six “Inner Sanctum” mystery films (526 radio programs were made starting in 1941 with an eerie creaking door opening and closing the programs). Lon Chaney, Jr. stars as a mentalist/hypnotist, Gregor the Great, who believes he has killed a member of his audience during a show. He quits the shows and takes a job in a Wax museum where the deaths and mysteries continue.

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Spaceballs (1987)

I watched the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1987 Mel Brooks movie Spaceballs on BBC America. I hadn’t seen it since it was in the theater back in 1987. It is a science fiction parody movie of the Star Wars trilogy with some Star Trek, Alien, Wizard of Oz, 2001 a Space Odyssey and Planet of the Apes. It is co-written (with Ronny Graham and Thomas Meehan, produced and directed by Mel Brooks (Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, History f the World Part 1, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Dracula: Dead and Loving It).

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King Kong Escapes (1967)

Finally, Svengoolie is showing a Doctor Who movie! Wait, that is Doctor Hu in the 1967 Universal release of the monster/Sci-Fi movie “King Kong Escapes”. The doctor has created a robotic King Kong (Mechani-Kong) to dig for the highly radioactive Element X, only found at the North Pole. The radiation stops the robot so Dr. Hu has to capture the real King Kong to carry out his mission. The doctor is patterned off the James Bond villains, Blofeld and Dr. No.

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Universal Soldier: The Return (1999)

I watched Tri-Star Pictures, 1999 military science fiction movie, Universal Soldier: The Return, the sequel to Universal Soldier, on Netflix DVD. Luc Deveraux is now acting as a technical expert for the governments Universal Soldier program. The S.E.T.H. computer program learns that the UniSol Program is being shut down and comes up with a plan to use the soldiers to take over. This movie was directed by Mic Rodgers (he is famous for his stunt work, Hacksaw Ridge, Braveheart, Transformers, Thor, Iron Man, Lethal Weapon) in his directorial debut.

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News of the World (2020)

News of the World was the sixth studio album, released October 28, 1977 on EMI Records by the band Queen. It is also the 2020 Universal Pictures release, a western starring Tom Hanks, that I watched on Netflix DVD. It is about Hanks’ character, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd who travels Texas, just after the Civil War, reading the news to crowds of towns people who just want to know what’s going on out there in the rest of the country and the world. He rescues a young white girl, Johanna (Helena Zengel), who had been living with Kiowa Indians after her family was killed.

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From Hell it Came (1957)

I watched the 1957 Allied Artists Picture Corporation’s horror film “From Hell it Came” on Svengoolie. The native island chief is killed and his son is wrongly blamed because he had let the Americans try to heal him with their medicine. The witch doctor lead the ceremony to have Kimo killed, who swears he’ll come back to revenge his death. He is buried, in a hollowed out tree trunk, in the radioactive soil and soon a stump is growing from his grave. The Americans dig it up and soon the monster is free terrorizing the camp.

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The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)

I watched Universal Pictures 1966 comedy/horror film “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” (for the umpteenth time) on Svengoolie. This movie stars Barney,  I mean Don Knotts, as Luther Heggs, the typesetter at the local newspaper. He spends a night in a haunted house, where there had been a murder-suicide, and on this 20th anniversary of the event, witnesses a series of horrifying events. When his story is published by the paper, Luther is a hero but the home owner, Simmons, sues the newspaper and Luther for liable.

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