32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Movie Night No. 19: The Monster That Challenged the World!

Monster That Challenged the World

For tonight’s feature, we have a serious When Animals Attack film…and yes, we’ve had lots of different critters trying to destroy humanity. But make way for Giant Mollusks, baby. It’s The Monster That Challenged the World. From 1957…as the ponderous narration will tell you at the beginning, an earthquake unleashes the giant beasties from under the Salton Sea in California. And they decide to pay a visit to the surface world. And they ain’t asking to borrow a cup of sugar.

The film stars Tim Holt (Treasure of the Sierra Madre), Audrey Dalton (Titanic (1953)) and Hans Conried. You know Conried, if nothing else, as the voice of Disney’s Captain Hook. Nice.

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Your Weekend Justice #203: Fancy Hats and Evilness

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck–the podcast that wants to put Dirk Benedict and Abe Vigoda in a new TV show where they team-up and fight crime. And don’t pretend you wouldn’t watch the hell out of that.

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Agenda:

  • The joy of DVRs
  • Aiding to the delinquency of a minor. Well, several minors.
  • Death rays on a budget
  • Rox vs. The Giant Ants
  • ScottC vs. The Legion of Super-Heroes
  • The Blacklist (SPOILERS)
  • Sleepy Hollow(s)
  • Breaking Bad vs. Newhart
  • Abe Vigoda, in a van, eating ice cream, going off a bridge backwards. At a concert.
  • Blackfish, psycho sea life and the psychos that hang out with them
  • Miscommunicating with Mildred
  • Agents of SHIELD confessions
  • A preference for shooting the hostage
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    Kickstarter Kthursday #7: Smith Tapes, Killer Chihuahuas & Cthulhu Combat

    Frank Zappa: Smith Tapes Box Set

    It’s no secret that we’re big on posterity around here. It’s important to keep stuff around so it can be enjoyed/studied/maybe-even-understood by future generations. Hence we lead off this round of Kickstarter fun with The Smith Tapes Box Set. Video comes after the break but the gist is this: Howard Smith, Village Voice writer and DJ, conducted interviews between 1969 and 1972. You might have heard of some of the people he talked to: Jim Morrison, Frank Zappa, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Joe Cocker and scads more. The original tapes of these interviews have just recently seen the light of day again. They’re going to be released via iTunes–a hundred of them–eventually.

    However, for those people who still appreciate physical products–they’re doing a limited edition, numbered twelve-CD boxed set with eighteen interviews on it. The Kickstarter supports the creation of this set. (The Zappa disc cover art is pictured.) While the set is too pricey for me, there are ways to get in on a lower level and support the project. Hell, I just wish they had a way to pledge and get the digital version. But regardless, this is a sweet project and it looks amazing–and better yet, from the snippets they make available, it sounds like it’s going to be fantastic.

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    32 Days of Halloween VI, Movie Night No. 27: Konga

    Konga

    Well, previously on Movie Night #27, we’ve checked out films about evil women and evil children. But I couldn’t find anything this year that really made the grade. So when all else fails, you can always fall back on Mad Science. Here we have Konga–and Michael Gough as a scientist that creates a giant ape and decides to use it as a weapon against the people who have wronged him. And of course, this is Gough–who most of you know only as Alfred from the Tim Burton Batman movies. Here he is a perfect mad scientist.

    And Konga starred in a Charlton Comics adaptation that spun off into an actual twenty-three issue run. Go figure. Anyway, enjoy. And also: science.

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    32 Days of Halloween VI, Movie Night No. 15: Beginning of the End

    Beginning of the End: New Thrills! New Shocks! New Terror!

    There’s a special warm place in my heart for the Atomic Monsters subgenre. I don’t care if it’s giant insects, giant animals or giant no-effing-clue-what-it-is. If it’s wonky stop motion or let’s film a regular sized animal and splice it in so it looks huuuuge–all the better. And thus, Night #15 of 32 Days of Halloween takes a fond look back at this mayhem. And this time we’re going with 1957’s Beginning of the End which pits Peter Graves against giant grasshoppers. This under the direction of Bert Gordon, which started him down a path that would bring you Food of the Gods and Empire of the Ants. And would also bring you a goodly number of MST3K episodes. And would, I guess, make him the grandfather of SyFy Originals. (Can you imagine if Gordon could be around to direct SyFy Originals? Holy crap, they would be amazing.)

    Listen for Paul Frees making an uncredited appearance as one of the voices. By law, I think most films of the time had to use him.

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