The Thing From Another World (1951)

I watched this 1951 RKO Pictures release, The Thing From Another World, on Svengoolie. It is a horror/Science Fiction thriller directed by Christian Nyby (Big Sleep, Red River, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train) and produced by Edward Lasker (Big Sky, Tulsa, Reign of Terror) and

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Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

I watched the Universal 1948 comedy horror Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein on Svengoolie. The movie stars Bud Abbott and Lou Costello as baggage clerks that receive two packages, Dracula and Frankenstein for McDougal’s House of Horrors wax museum. Larry Talbot (The Wolfman) is trying to stop the delivery because he knows they are really alive.

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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

I watched The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953), a 1953 Warner Brothers film based on the short story, The Fog, by Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man) on Svengoolie. This a Ray Harryhausen stop-motion creature, the fictional Rhedosaurus, inspired by King Kong, the head of a T-Rex, the body of an Iguana and crocodile features. In the movie it appears to be 200 feet long but the model was actually only 30 inches.

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Them! (1954)

I watched this 1954 black and white science fiction monster movie, Them!, on Svengoolie. This Warner Brothers film was produced by David Weisbart (The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Love Me Tender, Valley of the Dolls), directed by Gordon Douglas (Up Periscope, Robin and the 7 Hoods, Way…Way Out, Stagecoach, Tony Rome) and starring James Whitmore (Oklahoma!, Planet of the Apes, Tora! Tora! Tora!), Edmund Gwenn (Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street), 

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Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)

I watched the 1943 sequel to The Wolf Man, Universal Studios Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man on Svengoolie. When grave robbers, looking for buried money in the Talbot mausoleum, open Larry Talbot’s crypt they find his body and the coffin stuffed with Wolf’s-bane. Lon Chaney Jr. (played the Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein monster and the Wolf-Man), Larry Talbot, is free and starts seeking an end for his suffering. He locates the gypsy woman Maleva, Maria Ouspenskaya

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Mighty Joe Young (1949)

I watched the 1949 RKO Radio Pictures fantasy film “Mighty Joe Young” on Svengoolie. It was written and produced by Merian C. Cooper (1933 King Kong) and directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack (King Kong, Son of Kong, Dr. Cyclops). Animation effects were handled by Ray Harryhausen (visual effects creator, writer and producer who created a form of stop motion model animation known as “Dynamation”, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Mysterious Island, Jason and the Argonauts, One Million Years B.C., The

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Tarantula! (1955)

I watched the 1955 science fiction, giant monster horror movie “Tarantula!” on Svengoolie. The Universal-International flick is produced by William Alland (This Island Earth, It Came From Outer Space, The Deadly Mantis, The Mole People, The Colossus of New York, The Space Children, and the three Creature from the Black Lagoon films) and directed by Jack Arnold (It Came from Outer Space, Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Incredible Shrinking Man).

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The Devil-Doll (1936)

I watched the 1936 movie “The Devil-Doll” on Svengoolie. It is based on the novel “Burn, Witch, Burn” by Abraham Merritt (inducted into the  Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 1999). The film was produced by Edward J. Mannix and directed by Tod Browning (famous for the first Dracula movie with sound starring Bela Lugosi).

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Night of the Lepus (1972)

Definition of Lepus
1a genus (the type of the family Leporidae) comprising the typical hares

I watched this 1972 waskily wabbit horror film, based on the science fiction novel “The Year of the Angry Rabbit” (1964) by Russell Braddon, on Svengoolie. The film was produced by A.C.Lyles and directed by William F. Claxton (Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie) who both had been working only on Westerns.

The movie was originally called Rabbits but Metro Goldwyn-Mayer changed the title and avoided keeping the word rabbit from any of the promotional material although some rabbit feet promotional items did come out pre-release. They also used ketchup for blood which is very noticeable. When the rabbits are roaring it is really just them yawning – awe cute.

The movie stars Stuart Whitman (Barbed Wire, Cimarron Strip, The F.B.I., Under Siege, The A-Team, Murder She Wrote) , Janet Leigh (Psycho-killed in the shower, she married Tony Curtis and her daughter is Jamie Lee Curtis),

DeForest Kelley (Bones on Star Trek and lots of westerns) and Rory Calhoun (he also was in lots of westerns including The Texan -78 episodes). The movie is not that great so I’ll give it 1.8 out of 5. Check out Wikipedia, IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes for more information on this movie.

The Blob (1958)

I watched the 1958 horror movie The Blob on Svengoolie. A meteor crashes to earth and this old man, Olin Howland (appeared in about 200 movies from 1918-1958), finds it and the blob, which was inside, attaches to his hand. Steven McQueen (would be known as Steve from here on) and Aneta Corsaut (Helen Krump from the Andy Griffith Show) try to help him and horror ensues. The theme song is written by Burt Bacharach and Mack David and performed by The Five Blobs. Steve McQueen was offered $2500 dollars or 10% of the movie profits. He took the $2500 and ran but to his surprise the movie grossed over 4 million dollars. Soon he got a big break starring in the TV western “Dead or Alive“. I like this movie and will give it 3.8 out of 5 stars. To read more check out Wikipedia, IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.

Click read more for the trailer and Theme Song!

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