“CONTROL MYSELF?!! I’m a MONSTER! Monsters don’t control themselves! That’s the whole IDEA!”

The morning was gloomy with a whitish grey sky and a strong breeze. The sun has just appeared and the sky is clearing as I can see some blue. Pine needles continue to fall on the side of my front lawn under that big pine tree. My backyard is filled with pine and oak trees, but that’s Gracie’s area and only branches are cleared from it. I always know where she is even in the dark as I can hear the crunching sound as she walks on the bed of leaves and pine needles. It is chilly today.

I miss Creature Feature. When I was a kid, two old black and white science fiction movies were on every Saturday. I watched almost every week and got to know the creatures well. Strangely enough I never thought about how many of those creatures had no names. They were just pronouns like Them and It or indeterminate nouns like Thing, the beast or the monster. Some had addresses like The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Man from Planet X or The Devil Girl from Mars. We had the ants, spiders, giant tarantulas, robots, Mole Men, a deadly mantis and one of my favorites, The Monolith Monsters. The Fly I’ll put in another category as it was half human. Who can forget, “Help me! Help me?” Women were either creatures, dainty scientists, reporters or just fluff.

In the Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, my favorite science fiction woman had a name, Nancy. She became 50 feet tall thanks to an alien. She was driving in the desert and had been drinking, a favorite pastime, when she runs into a giant alien hand. She manages to escape his grasp but no one believes her, the drunk. Later she and her husband go to the desert to find this alien, and they do. Harry, her husband, runs away ( finally a man who runs away) and she is left there. Later they find her on the roof of her pool house. She is delirious so the doctor gives her a sedative. The husband, who plans to kill her, later goes to her room and sees she has become a giant. He and the doctor decide to keep her sedated and in chains, but she wakes up and gets free (she has or the movie ends there). Meanwhile her lowlife philandering husband is at a bar with his latest girlfriend, honey. His giant wife wearing a bikini made from sheets goes looking for him. She finds him with Honey who didn’t know you never make a 50 foot woman mad. Nancy, now known as the giant, drops a beam from the roof on Honey who is killed. Harry starts shooting but his wife, the giant, just picks him up in her hand and walks away. Later our favorite giant is killed by the sheriff who blows up a power line transformer which kills poor Nancy. They find her dead husband in her hand. That’s what he gets!

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13 Comments on ““CONTROL MYSELF?!! I’m a MONSTER! Monsters don’t control themselves! That’s the whole IDEA!””

  1. olof1 Says:

    The day started sunny and chilly here, then the clouds came but we did get some sunhine before it set for the day. All in all a nice day.

    We used to have scifi Fridays on channel six here but for some reason I don’t know they changed that and now they tend to show those films and programs all over the week just around the time I need to go to bed if I will have any energy at all at work the day after 🙂

    But our PBS, the biggest broadcasting company here, used to show those oldies every summer. I especially liked the Japanese Godzilla movies but also the 50’s American scifi movies like Them, Invasion of the body snatchers which almostcscared me to death 🙂 and The thing from another world which was even more scary 🙂 🙂 but all those oldies are great to be honest!

    Tonight they’ll show the second Jurassic world film on channel six. I’m not sure I’ll see it but the acting from Jeff Goldblum is so incredible bad that it is fun just to watch him 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      We still have sunshine, but it is windy and cold. It is colder than it was earlier.

      I really miss those old movies. They show them here but it is just luck in finding them. I have some of my own which I watch now and then. I really enjoy them.

      They did all that without computers and special effects. The Japanese movies are such fun to watch. I love it when Godzilla steps on buildings and picks up trains.

      I’m with you. I haven’t ever been a Jeff Goldblum fan.

      Enjoy your evening!

    • katry Says:

      This is just so true. We ate turkey until you’d think none was left then my mother made turkey soup.

      It was so good at Thanksgiving and for a day or two then it lost its luster.

  2. Richard Says:

    “And nowhere is heard / A discouraging word / And the skies / Are not cloudy all day” … and that’s the way it is for November 14, 2015. Bright cobalt skies with nary a cloud to be seen. It’s perfect weather for joining my daughter and her family to see MythBusters tonight at the Orpheum. It’ll be in the mid-to-low 30s, which means it’s officially sweater weather now.

    You had ‘Creature Feature’ – we had ‘Morgus the Magnificent’ broadcasting from atop the Old City Ice House. Each week, he and his assistant ‘Chopsley’ would perform science ‘experiments’ which we knew were foregone conclusions of failure. Our first viewings of his Scientific Prowess came via the magic of black ‘n white TV, but later we got to see him in full color – and he was a pasty grey with black eye sockets.

    With every new ‘horror movie’ release, my brother, first cousin, and I would trek to the National Theater to pay our 50¢ or whatever the ticket price was then. Every movie we saw there was schlock, but it was terrific schlock. ‘Plan Nine from Outer Space’ probably wins the award for Lack of Continuity Awareness. The graveyard scene that shifts from day to night in the blink of an eye with no change in plot to cause it is still a favorite.

    We took our more-distant cousins with us one evening to watch ‘Them!’ The youngest asked us to tell him when the ‘scary’ parts were over so he could uncover his eyes. We said we would. We lied. When the giant ant appeared astride the sand dune, he covered up. Later, he asked if it was safe to look. We said yes. We lied again. Eyes went dark again real fast. Later during the movie, we noticed that when he had his eyes covered, his fingers were wide apart so he could watch. I guess we cured him of his fear – and it was cheaper than a visit to the shrink, right?

    The 50-Foot Woman was a hottie – but she was too tall for me. She should have known better than to drink and drive in the desert, but if she hadn’t, there wouldn’t have been a plot line, so … The ‘Help me!’ scene from ‘The Fly’ was absolutely riveting, and the remake with Jeff Goldblum was in no way equal to the original. More gross in the details, yes – better, no.

    Later, there was MST3K … Mystery Science Theater 3000, with Joel and his ‘bots. Every week’s Mystery Movie Misery was pure gold, but the absolute best of the worst was ‘Manos, The Hands of Fate’ … or ‘Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.’ I can never decide between those two. MST3K was – as always happens in The Best of All Possible Worlds – preceded by ‘BattleBots,’ where one Grant Imahara (later of Keri, Grant, and Tori fame on ‘MB’) first entered The Ring Of Doom with his very own ‘bot, MechaCatBot. Yeah, good times …

    • katry Says:

      We still have a bit of sun and blue sky, but it is getting cold. My heat just kicked on for the first time since morning. Though I have a winter coat I tend to wear sweatshirts as I’m usually going from one place to another not staying long outside.

      Them is one of my all time favorites. The, “Make me a sergeant in charge of the booze,” guy gives me a chuckle then there’s young Fess Parker. They did a great job with those ants. In the old tunnel under part of Boston there were openings between the tunnels, and the sound was exactly like the ants. I always lowered my window to hear it.

      I do not like Jeff Goldbloom at all so I never saw the remake. Besides, mot remakes are never as good as the originals even with fancy special effects.

      I loved Mystery Science Theater 3000. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is one of my Christmas favorites. Then there’s Jack Frost the Killer Snowman, one of the goriest and worst Christmas movies ever. I have a copy!

  3. im6 Says:

    I suppose there will be no better time to share this song by one of rock’s strangest cult figures, Roky Erickson. He was a founding member of the 60’s group, The 13th Floor Elevators, who had a hit with “You’re Gonna Miss Me” (“jug band” music was never the same). Then (from the Wiki entry), “In 1968, while performing at HemisFair, Erickson began speaking gibberish. He was soon diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and sent to a Houston psychiatric hospital, where he involuntarily received electroconvulsive therapy.” It’s been a wild ride since then. You can read more about him here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roky_Erickson

    But let’s listen to this song which fits with today’s discussion:

    • im6 Says:

      Oops, I mixed up my links: Here’s the song that goes with today’s coffee:

    • katry Says:

      I’m amazed he was able to fight through everything which happened to him and start music again. He had one awful life for so long. There was also the mail obsession and the Martian. It was a good thing his brother was around and able to help him.

      I’m glad you posted the wrong song so I could hear his early music. He reminds me a bit of Mick Jagger.

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I remember Creature Feature but I don’t remember watching it. The one I remember is Fantasmic Features with Feep. It was on at 11:30 PM and played really awful movies. The 50 Ft. Woman was one. The rest were forgettable. Feep was a favorite. He was played by the same man that was Major Mud. The costume was bizarre. Really baggy sweat pants that were so huge the crotches were down by the knees were known to my brothers and me as Feep Pants.

    It started out sunny this morning but then the wind came up very strongly. Clouds moved in and out and back in again. It was a changeable day. And the wind chill was decidedly uncomfortable. The dogs did their outside business very quickly today.

    Enjoy the evening.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I didn’t know Feep, but I know Dale Dorman who did it for a while on channel 56. A couple of other guys I don’t remember proceeded him. I saw all the worst movies and loved them all. Godzilla showed up on several different Saturdays attacking a variety of creatures.

      Right now I’m watching Svengooli on MeTV. He is showing the Creature from the Back Lagoon. No real special effects. You see a horrible hand and then a tent moving back and forth and your imagination sees the creature attacking the man.

      It did the same here. Gracie state out for about 15 minutes and when she came in, her ears were freezing. She is now releasing her stress by sleeping on the couch.

      Have a great rest of the evening!

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