TNT’s MonsterVision (History/ TV Listings)

James / March 15th, 2013

MonsterVision was a series of horror/sci-fi movie marathons on the cable channel TNT. Today, most people remember it for it’s later era with Joe Bob Briggs as the host (1995-2000), for good reasons. He had a hilarious personality and is the hero of all movie lovers, like I’ve said in my tribute to MonsterVision video. Still, I am most nostalgic for the early MonsterVision days (1992-1994) because that’s when I was just starting to become obsessed with monster movies. They usually didn’t have a host, just an overenthusiastic mysterious voice over that always got me psyched to see the movies! I remember laying on the couch, in the glow of the TV, up all night, alone, with a pile of blank VHS tapes, trying to record as many of these movies as possible.

 

20 years later, I’ve realized the full extent of what I was doing. By taping those marathons, I would eventually be helping to preserve TV history. Many of those TV bumpers and commercials are lost in time. No one will ever see them again, unless someone recorded them when they aired, and saved the tapes. Unfortunately, when I was a kid, I couldn’t afford fresh new tapes all the time, so I had to record over lots of them.

 

I’ll be listing every known vintage MonsterVision broadcast I can, and try to reconstruct the history of the pre-Joe Bob days, since most people don’t remember this early period of MonsterVision history.

 

 

The classic MonsterVision intro

Circa 1993-1994. This was the classic opening that played before every marathon. I love the weird colorization and that creepy finger-snapping tune. As soon as you heard that, you knew your night was about to get started.

 

 

The awesome MonsterVision montage!


This montage would usually play during the breaks between the movies. I’d always get excited when this was on.

 

 

100% Weird

Very late into the night, they would play a movie that was supposed to be 100% weird. I don’t know if it was technically part of MonsterVision or not. I remember it would usually come on at the end of a marathon. That weird face at the end is very memorable. The bumper lives up to the name, it’s weird, but I don’t understand what made the movie any more weird than the rest.

 

Now, onto the broadcasts. In chronological order.

 

 

1991-1992 Marathons

June 29, 1991:
(Possibly First MonsterVision)
“The Reptile” – 8:00pm
“Gorgo” – 10:00pm
“The Mummy’s Shroud” – 12:45am
“The Day of the Triffids” – 2:45am
“It!” 4:45am

October 26, 1991:
“The Lost Continent” – 8:00pm
“Mysterious Island” – 10:00pm
“The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad” – 12:15am
“The Time Machine” 1:15am

February 8, 1992
“King Kong Lives” – 9:00pm
“Caveman” 11:00pm
“Trog” 1:15am
“Logan’s Run” episode – 3:15am

February 29, 1992
Outer Limits Marathon
“Specimen: Unknown” – 8:00pm
“Fun and Games” – 9:00pm
“Corpus Earthling” – 10:00pm
“The Invisible Enemy” 11:00pm
“Z-Z-Z-Z” 12:30am
“Second Chance” 1:30am
(Unknown Episode)

March 28, 1992
“Brainstorm” 8:00pm
“Clash of the Titans” 10:15pm
“Westworld” 12:45am
“The Time Machine” 2:45am

April 25, 1992
The Beast of Hollow Mountain” 8:30pm
“The Giant Behemoth” 10:00pm
“The Monster That Challenged the World” 12:00am
“The Giant Claw” – 2:00am

May 9, 1992
Mummy Marathon
“Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb” 11:00pm
“The Mummy’s Shroud” 1:15am
“The Pharoah’s Curse” 3:15am

May 23, 1992
“Treasure Island” – 8:00pm
“Prophecy” 10:00pm
“The Reptile” 12:00am
“The Snake Woman” 2:00am

May 30, 1992
Vincent Price Marathon
“Diary of a Madman” 8:00pm
“Theatre of Blood” – 10:00pm
“Twice Told Tales” – 12:00am
“The Mad Magician” – 2:30am

June 27, 1992
Space marathon
“Robinson Caruso on Mars” – 8:00pm
“First Men in the Moon” – 11:30pm
“Queen of Outer Space” – 1:30am
“Wild Planet” – 3:30am

July 25, 1992
Outer Limits Marathon
“The Man With the Power” – 8:00pm
“The Borderland” – 9:00pm
“The Premonition” – 10:00pm
“Wolf 359” – 11:00pm
“The Galaxy Being” 12:00am
(Other Episodes Unknown)

August 29, 1992
“When Worlds Collide” – 8:00pm
“Crack in the Wind” – 10:30pm
“The Night the World Exploded” – 12:30am
“The 27th Day” – 2:30

September 26, 1992
“Clash of the Titans” – 8:00pm
“Golden Vogage of Sinbad” – 10:30pm
“The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” – 12:30am
“The 3 Worlds of Gulliver” – 2:30am

 

 

Halloween Horror (1992)

Possibly the first MonsterVision ever and very appropriate that it would start on Halloween. I remember thinking the moon face was real creepy.

 

Date aired: 10/31/1992

 

Known lineup:

Mad Monster Party

Little Shop of Horrors

The Wasp Woman

I Married a Monster From Outer Space (3:00 am)

 

 

Dracula Weekend

There was a whole weekend of Dracula movies, promoting the new Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

 

Date aired: 11/13 – 11/15/1992

 

Known lineup:

We can assume lots of Hammer Dracula films were played, judging from their later “should you be afraid of the dark” montage.

 

 

Out of this World

Date aired: November 28, 1992:

Known lineup:
“Mothra” – 8:00pm
“Day of the Triffids” – 10:00pm
“The Thing” (1951) – 12:00am
“The Green Slime” – 2:30am
“The Creeping Unknown” (a.k.a “The Quatermass Experiment”) – 3:45am

 

Mad Scientist marathon

Again, not much evidence except for a short clip.

Date aired: unknown

 

Known lineup:

Revenge of Frankenstein

Frankenstein Created Woman

Judging from later montages, we can guess that Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed could have also been played.

 

 

Made in Japan

A marathon of Japanese monster/sci-fi films.

Date aired: unknown

Known lineup:

Mothra

Message from Space

 

Attack of the Sea Monsters

A marathon loosely themed around monsters from the ocean.

Date aired: April 24, 1993

Known lineup:

Captain Sindbad (1963) 9:00 pm

The Lost Continent (1968) 11:00 pm

It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955) 12:50 am

The Giant Behemoth (1959) 2:35 am

 

 

 

Very Special Special Effects

Special-Effects
TV Guide ad (above)

First of four Saturdays, hosted by comedians and magicians Penn & Teller. This was when I first started watching MonsterVision regularly. Penn & Teller gave some thoughtful insight into the films, but also goofed around a lot. It was great!

Date aired: 6/5/1993

 

Lineup: (Confirmed by TV Guide)

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (8:00 pm)

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (10:15 pm)

Mysterious Island (12:45 am)

Clash of the Titans (3:15 am)

 

 

The Best of the Outer Limits

Outer-Limits

TV Guide ad (above)

A whole night of Outer Limits episodes. This is the only one where I’m lucky enough to have a recording of most of the entire marathon, except for the last episode. Anyone remember what it was?

Date aired: 6/12/1993

 

Known lineup:

1. The Zanti Misfits (8:00 pm)

2. Cold Hands, Warm Heart

3. The Man Who Was Never Born

4. The Architects of Fear

5. The Sixth Finger

6. The Galaxy Being

7. Demon With a Glass Hand

8. I, Robot

9. ?

 

Also in the previous Outer Limits clip video, notice the commercial for the premiere of TNT’s Frankenstein remake. It followed the Mary Shelley novel very closely. It was overshadowed by the bigger budget Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein the following year (1994) with Robert Deniro. Nobody remembers the 1993 version.

Frankenstein_1993

It aired 6/13/1993.

Also notice in the same Outer Limits video, the ad for Shriek Week. Every weekday at 4:00pm, they’d play a horror movie. The only two I remember were SuperBeast and The Mummy (1959).

 

 

 

The Best of the Worst

Best-of-the-Worst
TV Guide ad (above)

It’s funny when a television announcer says things like “You think THIS movie’s bad? Wait til you see The Manster!” They were deliberately promoting a marathon of terrible movies. Notice Penn’s rant defending Plan 9 from Outer Space in favor of other movies that are far less interesting. I totally agree! The funniest thing I remember when watching this marathon was during Night of the Lepus when Penn was describing how the giant rabbit effects were done. They used real life rabbits and set them loose in a miniature town. He demonstrated this, by doing his own version of Night of Lepus, screaming and overreacting to this cute little innocent bunnies. It was hilarious! I wish I had that on tape. Now, it’s lost in time. Unless somebody out there has a recording. Anybody??? It’s 20 years later and I’m still looking.

Date aired: 6/19/1993

 

Lineup: (confirmed by TV Guide)

Night of the Lepus (8:00 pm)

Queen of Outer Space (10:00 pm)

Attack of the 50 Ft Woman (11:45 pm)

Plan 9 from Outer Space (1:15 am)

The Manster (2:50 am)

Billy the Kid Vs. Dracula (4:20 am)

 

 

Monsterama

Monsterama
Tv Guide ad (above)

A generic monster marathon, with some of the greatest all time classics like The Thing and King Kong. Both the colorized versions. Also an encore showing of Frankenstein 1993.

 

Date aired: 6/26/1993

 

Lineup: (Confirmed by TV Guide)

Frankenstein 1993 – (8:00 pm)

The Howling (10:30 pm)

Them (12:30 am)

The Thing 1951, IN COLOR – (2:30 am)

King Kong 1933, IN COLOR – (4:00 am)

 

 

 

Clash of the Monsters

A mixed bag of classics and stinkers.

Date aired: 7/31/1993

 

Lineup: (Confirmed by TV Guide)

Clash of the Titans

King Kong Lives

Mothra

The Giant Claw (2:45 am)

The Cyclops

 

 

Harryhausen Havoc

A marathon of films featuring special effects by Ray Harryhausen.

Date aired: unknown

 

Known lineup:

Mysterious Island

Jason and the Argonauts

It Came from Beneath the Sea

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (12:30 am)

Valley of Gwangi (2:40 am)

 

 

Small Titles, Big Screams

The title says it all.

Date aired: unknown

 

Known lineup:

Them (8 pm)

The Blob 1958 – (10 pm)

The Thing 1951 – (Midnight)

Trog

Gog

 

 

A Christmas Nightmare

After a short absence, MonsterVision returned on Christmas with probably the worst lineup of films ever shown in a single night! See more details on this marathon here.

 

Date aired: 12/25/1993

 

Lineup: (Confirmed by TV Guide)

The Giant Claw (8:00pm)

The Cyclops (9:30pm)

The Wasp Woman (11:00pm)

Creature with the Atom Brain (12:30am)

From Hell It Came (2am)

Valley of the Dragons (3am)

The Werewolf (5:15am)

 

 

Oscar Winning Special Effects

“Oscar Winning” and “MonsterVision” are two things I never imagined going together.

Date aired: 3/26/1994

Known lineup:

“Logans Run” – 8:00pm

“The Time Machine” – 10:30pm
“2001: A Space Odyssey” – 12:30am
“Marooned” – 3:30am

 

“Back to B.C.” Prehistoric marathon

Date aired:  4/23/1994

Known lineup:

“She” – 8:00pm
“Creatures the World Forgot” – 10:00pm
“Dinosaurs!” – 12:00am
“The Lost Continent” – 2:00am
“Atlantis, The Lost Continent” 4:00am 

 

Possession marathon

(No video clip)

Date aired: 6/11/1994

Known lineup:

“Poltergeist III” – 8:00pm
“Audrey Rose” – 10:00pm
“The House Where Evil Dwells” – 12:00am
“This House Possessed” – 2:00am

 

Bird marathon

(No video clip)

Date aired: 6/18/1994

Known lineup:

“Nightwing” – 8:00pm
“Shadow of the Hawk” 10:00pm
“The Vulture” 12:00am
“Rodan” 2:00am
“Brewster McCloud” 4:00am

 

MonsterVision with Bob Denver

Part of a special edition, hosted by Gilligan himself!

Date aired: 6/25/1994 (Possibly)

Known lineup:

“Creatures the World Forgot” 8:00pm
“Mysterious Island” 
10:00pm
“Jason and the Argonauts” 
12:00am
“The Valley of Gwangi” 
-2:00am

There is a TV Guide listing with this lineup, but it is unknown if it was the one hosted by Bob Denver.

 

 

MOONsterVision

A marathon of “moon” themed sci-fi films.

Date aired: Possibly July 1994 according to the narrator voice who says “25 years after man first landed on the moon.”

 

Known lineup:

First Men in the Moon

Invisible Invaders

 

Sword and Scorcery marathon

(No video clip)

Date aired: 8/20/1994

Known lineup:

“Beastmaster 2” 8:00pm
“Clash of the Titans” 10:00pm
“Caveman” – 12:00am
“Hercules, Samson and Ulysses” – 2:00am

 

Monster marathon

(No video clip)

Date aired: 8/27/1994

Known lineup:

“The Thing” (1951) – 8:00pm
“The Monster that Challenged the World” 10:00pm
“The Blob” 12:00am
“It Came from Beneath the Sea” – 2:00am

 

MOONstervision 2?

(No video clip)

Date aired: 9/17/1994

Known lineup:

“Mysterious Island” – 8:00pm
“2010” – 10:00pm
“First Men in the Moon” – 12:30am
“The Three Stooges in Orbit” – 3:00am

 

Godzilla marathons


I was the only person I knew who was into Godzilla at the time, so it was very exciting for me whenever these aired. The last saturday of every month, they’d have a Godzilla marathon.  I quickly got disappointed once I realized they were playing the same movies over and over again, just in a different order. The best thing TNT’s Godzilla marathon brought us was the music video montage! (See clip) It was my first time hearing the Godzilla song by Blue Oyster Cult!

Date aired: 1994. Several nights. “Last Saturday of every month”. Timespan and number of months, unknown.

 

Known lineup:

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (1956 US version)

Godzilla Vs. Mothra

Godzilla Vs. Monster Zero

Godzilla Vs. the Sea Monster

Son of Godzilla

Godzilla’s Revenge

Terror of MechaGodzilla

War of the Gargantuas (Not Godzilla, but I know I remember seeing it on TNT. It might have been part of a different marathon)

 

KNOWN GODZILLA MARATHONS:

January 29, 1994:
Godzilla-Thon
“Godzilla, King of the Monsters” – 9:30pm
“Godzilla vs. Mothra” – 11:00pm
“Godzilla vs. Monster Zero” – 1:00am
“Godzilla’s Revenge” – 3:00am
“Terror of MechaGodzilla” – 4:30am
June 4, 1994
(Not sure if this is one, but the horror/sci-fi marathon seems to confirm it. Unable to find the complete schedule)
“Godzilla vs Mothra” – 8:00pm
“Godzilla vs Monster Zero” – 10:00pm
“The Outer Limits: The Invisible Enemy” – 12:00am
“The Outer Limits: Tourist Attraction” 1:00am
“The Outer Limits: Soldier” – 2:00am

 

 

The Joe Bob era

Joe Bob Briggs breathed new life into MonsterVision. Unfortunately, because they were showing more contemporary horror films, most of them were censored, literally slashed and butchered for TV. This made it even funnier, because Joe Bob would openly complain about it. Joe Bob was my favorite horror host ever. He seemed very spontaneous and unpredictable, but also gave you great insight into the films. He coined the drive-in totals and random expressions like “Free your mind and your butt will follow.” This is the most well documented period of MonsterVision. Unlike the older broadcasts, many clips of Joe Bob exist. Just watch the song or see my video tribute to MonsterVision. That tells you everything you need to know.

Date aired: 1995-2000

 

Known lineup: (There were so many, it’s overwhelming. The funny thing, lots of them weren’t even monster movies at all.)

The Hand

The Creeping Unknown

The Fog

Superbeast

Night of the Living Dead 1990

Motel Hell

Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn

Logan’s Run

Strays

The Beast from Within

The People Under the Stairs

Swamp Thing

She

Deathstalker

Valley of Gwanji

Them

Deadly Friend

Midnight Offerings

Soylent Green

The Legend of Boggy Creek

Project Shadowchaser

Zone Troopers

Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th, Part 2

Friday the 13th, Part 3

Friday the 13th, Part 5 (Joe Bob was especially disgruntled when TNT didn’t have the rights to show Part 4.)

Friday the 13th, Part 6

Salem’s Lot

Salem’s Lot, Part 2

Time After Time

Timestalkers

The Beastmaster

Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Horror at 37,000 Feet

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Halloween 2

Halloween 3: Season of the Witch

Burnt Offerings

Poltergeist

Poltergeist 2

Poltergeist 3

King Kong 1976

Logan’s Run

Night of the Lepus

Firstborn

Endgame

Tiger Claws

The Unameable 2: The Statement of Randolph Carter

Warriors of the Lost World

Gremlins

Billy Jack

Red Sonja

Overlords of the U.F.O.

The Lost Boys

Little Shop of Horrors

Smokey and the Bandit 2

The Monster Club

The Fearless Vampire Killers

The Fly

The Swarm

Child’s Play

Death Valley

Carrie

Theatre of Blood

The Neptune Factor

When Time Ran Out

The Omen

Village of the Giants

Dragonslayer

The Master Gunfighter

Saturn 3

Chained Heat 2

From Beyond

Shaft

Cyber Tracker

Tribes

Back to the Future (Yes, you read that correctly)

The Legend of the Boggy Creek

The Exorcist

The Exorcist 2: The Heretic

Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman

Donovan’s Brain

Predator

Slaughter High

Man’s Best Friend

China Girl

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior

The Doberman Gang

The Elephant Man

Sleepstalker

The Philadelphia Experiment 2

Alien 3

Barbarella

Steel Dawn

The Serpent and the Rainbow

Ghoulies

The Birds

Troll

Trancers

Child’s Play

Phantasm 2

Big Trouble in Little China

Theodore Rex

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare

Conan the Destroyer

Hercules in New York

Twilight Zone: The Movie

They Live

Capricorn One

Leviathan

Communion

Clash of the Titans

The Neverending Story

Cocoon

Seconds

Friday the 13th Part 4 (apparently they did play it eventually after all)

Batteries Not Included

Strays

The Warriors

The Wraith

Galaxis

Black Sunday

Teen Wolf

The Fly 1986

Excalibur

Maximum Overdrive

Creepshow

Immortal Combat

The Seventh Sign

Look Who’s Talking Too (What?!)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Hammer

It’s Alive

It Lives Again

It’s Alive 3: Island of the Alive

The Goonies

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story

Prelude to a Kiss

Rosemary’s Baby

Genesis 2

The Dead Zone

Warlock

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Godzilla Vs. Mothra

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

Prehistoric Women

The Fury

Parents

Mannequin 2

Orca

Beastmaster 3: The Eye of Braxus

Surviving the Game

Cleopatra Jones

Duel

They Live

Immortal Combat

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy 2

Red Dawn

War Games

Return of the Living Dead 2

Embrace of the Vampire

The Last Starfighter

Peacemaker

Coma

Waxwork

Big Trouble in Little China

One Million Years B.C.

King Kong Lives

The Gate

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Play Misty for Me

Stephen King’s Needful Things

Jaws

Four Days in November

Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead

The Fog

Joe’s Apartment

Nightbreed

Pet Shop

Raising Cain

Highlander

Xtro 2: The Second Encounter

The Silencers

Dolores Claiborne

The Kiss

Phantasm 2

The Fury

House 4

The Hidden 2

The Howling 3

The Howling 7

Ghoulies 2

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

The Guyver

Time Runner

The Deliberate Stranger

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

Clash of the Titans

Funhouse

Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn

Outer Limits: Cold Hands, Warm Heart

Outer Limits: I, Robot

2020 Texas Gladiators

The Ultimate Warrior

Damnation Alley

Return of the Living Dead

Jaws 2

Love Potion No. 9

The Time Machine

Time After Time

Point of No Return

The Hand

Malice

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

The Surgeon

The Blues Brothers

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

Conan: The Barbarian

Conan: The Destroyer

Hot Shots!

Acres: Iron Eagle 3

Planet of the Apes 1968

Hairspray

American Graffiti

Mars Attacks!

Forbidden Planet

Ice Cream Man

National Lampoon’s European Vacation

The Great Outdoors

Dragnet

The Devil’s Rain

Fargo

To the Limit

Somewhere in Time

The Fear

Adventures in Babysitting

Grim

The Birds

Robin Hood: Men In Tights

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad

Child’s Play

Child’s Play 2

Phantasm

Heaven’s Prisoners

The Sitter

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Dracula: Dead and Loving it

Top Gun

The Shawshank Redemption (On MonsterVision? Really?)

Trading Places

The American President

Look Who’s Talking Now

A League of Their Own

Tootsie

Dirty Dancing

Twins

Rocky 4

Spaceballs

Future Hunters

Critters

Breeders

Project Metalbeast

Skeeter

Company of Wolves

Voodoo

The Stepfather

My Boyfriend’s Back

Body Armor

Beetlejuice

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

Hercules and the Amazon Women

Christine

Within the Rock

Virtual Assassin AKA Cyberjack

Replikator

Children of the Corn 2: The Final Sacrifice

The Black Hole

Tron

C.H.U.D. 2

Arena

Battle of the Planet of the Apes

Comments

  • Allen Lucas

    March 15, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I don’t think Frankenstein 1993 is on DVD. I would like to see you review that if you still have it recorded on VHS, compare and contrast that version with other Frankenstein films including the 1994 version, and tell us whether or not it should be on DVD. Thanks!

  • stoney_1

    March 15, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I used to watch TNT, I remember the Monster movies they’d show. Occasionally you can still see Joe Bob at conventions on Monster Channel (100ymm.com)

  • March 15, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Wow! Thank you, James, for this. Did you see all those movies?

  • FilmMaker99

    March 15, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I would do anything to be raised in the 80’s and 90’s. Sadly I’m the only one in school that actually likes classic black and white movies.

  • March 15, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Nice, I enjoyed looking at all those old clips, especially Penn and Teller and that awesome Godzilla promo. I think I would’ve shit my pants if I saw that as a kid too!

  • diegowar

    March 15, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    This is amazing, thanks !

  • Jimmy Reed

    March 15, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    First of all, thank you for the flashbacks. I loved Monster Vision on TNT (I think this was when TNN was also a channel). Anyway, my favorite was Penn & Teller (who are just awesome, by the way). When they were doing the best of the worst, I actually liked about half of “Reds” (1981). But other than that, the movies he hand-picked would’ve been the ones I picked too. They are are overrated, pretentious pieces of shit.

    • January 18, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      Dd you record any of USA’s Up All Night? Yeah the hosts were obnoxious bit I fell in love with B-Cinema because of it. Many of them horror movies. My introduction to the TROMA Universe is because of Up All Night. I would love to see a feature on that.

  • March 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    I miss Monster-Vision. I was there at the beginning and came armed with VHS tapes, as well.

  • March 15, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    hey james or mike the 93 frankenstein movie poster is excatly like resident evil 2’s logo just fliped….its my fav game!!

    • March 15, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      Very interesting. Good find! It sure does look a lot like it. Hard to imagine them looking to Frankenstein 1993 for inspiration or homage. It must be a coincidence.

      • March 15, 2013 at 10:19 pm

        yeah probably…hey i love that fake E.T. poster i tried a slogan on page 8 of the comments…what u think…im also the guy at the too many games at the end of one of ur signin lines in 2012 with that weird game on turbo grafix..SIDEARMS and i had u write what the f*&# was that?! on the front!! Thanks for all the laughs…You are more awesome than a girl with 3 boobs that owns her own brewery!!!

  • Redeemer

    March 15, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    I LOVE Joe Bob era Monstervision, but I definitely remember watching all those clips late night on TNT. Good stuff, great memories.

    -Eric

  • Old Hay

    March 15, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Though I don’t think I ever got TNT, I know I’d probably have appreciated it as a kid since I tried to soak up as many kaiju and other monster movies as I could as a kid. That’s a big part of why I think the work done here at Cinemassacre is important, and beyond a mere entertaining distraction – it preserves a time that some of us grew up in that was full of imaginative and wondrous film, tv, and games, yes, but we were also being regularly exposed to the entire collected works of previous generations going right back to the beginning, thanks to television programming like this. The whole breadth and span of imaginative film belonged to us, in that time. I don’t know if kids today really get exposed to anything that isn’t more than a few years old, and most of that seems increasingly calculated, monetized and cynical. Thanks again for reminding me to count my blessings, James.

  • culwin

    March 16, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Top Gun was on MonsterVision?
    LOL WUT

  • March 16, 2013 at 3:28 am

    Like you, James, I clearly remember the good ol’ early days of MonsterVision. MonsterVision and MST3K both were a great part of my childhood, because like you, they turned me on to a lot of monster/sci fi/horror/fantasy films I hadn’t seen before. I clearly remember MonsterVision being my first exposure to most of Harryhausen’s films. I had seen (and it’s still my fav.) 7th Voyage of Sinbad before, as well as the unrelated “Captain Sindbad”, also a good movie (though without stop-motion effects). But MV was my first exposure to Golden Voyage and Tiger’s Eye for certain, as well as probably Clash of the Titans, all three of which I absolutely loved. It was also my first exposure to Earth vs. The Flying Saucers, Mysterious Island, First Men in the Moon, and 20,000 Million Miles to Earth. I can’t remember whether or not they ever played It Came From Beneath the Sea, but they may have and I just don’t remember it. I’m also 90% certain they played Valley of Gwangi and One Million Years BC as well.

    MonsterVision was also my first exposure to such greats as The Thing From Another World, It Terror From Beyond Space, This Island Earth, and probably Them as well. Possibly even The Blob, though I know we had that on tape too. Not to mention not-so-greats like Plan 9 From Outer Space, From Hell It Came, The Cyclops and The Monster That Challenged the World. I also clearly remember seeing movies like The Land Unknown, Journey to the Center of the Earth (1951), Dinosaurus, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Day the Earth Stood Still around that same period (1992-1993), but can’t remember whether or not they were played on MV at all, or if I saw them on TV elsewhere.

    Regardless, it was a great time. At that age (10-12), I didn’t pay any attention to how “campy” or cheesy some effects or acting or plotline would be. I even took something like Plan 9 From Outer Space at total face value, and just watched and enjoyed it, just took it in. I kind of miss being that open and uncritical, to be honest.

    I’m sure I saw some of the other Godzilla marathons they did, though I don’t remember there being THAT many of them, personally. The main one that stands out in my memory, was the one they did for New Year’s Eve weekend, must’ve been when it was turning 1993, but it could have been 1994? That was one of the happiest weekends of my childhood, because I was allowed to stay up and watch them all, and my grandmother even stayed up to help me record them, because she knew I loved Godzilla so much.

    Good times. I like Joe Bob well enough, he was indeed funny and charming. I just didn’t like the kinds of movies MV usually showed once he took over. I missed the old classics, and even not-so-classics. I guess it’s like I tell my friends, I’d rather see (and sometimes even enjoy) an OLD shitty movie anyday, than to have to sit and watch a single MODERN shitty movie. Don’t know why, they’re just more palatable and likeable. Cheers!

    P.S. For anyone interested, I actually wrote a blog last year celebrating that early period of MonsterVision. Hope you enjoy! http://www.retrorevelations.com/2012/10/monster-madness-memories-of.html

    • March 16, 2013 at 11:14 am

      Very cool, thanks! Funny to think we were both watching those broadcasts at the exact same moment in time.

  • March 17, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Fuck, I watched every video on the page.

  • taykel

    March 17, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I am not into horror, but it looked like a fun movie marathon.

  • March 18, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I can see your Monster Maddness intros drew some inspiration from here.

  • March 28, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Anyone else notice the Plan 9 clip during one of the 100% Weird fillers?

    • March 28, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      Can someone delete this comment? I didn’t want it to display my name. o.0

  • March 28, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Anyone notice the Plan 9 clip during one of the 100% Weird fillers?

  • mike keith

    April 2, 2013 at 12:15 am

    I remember monster madness, but it was It played after I was grown. I remember Joe Bob from The Movie Channels Friday Drive-In Theater.he could show R Rated movies of that channel, so it was probably a big change to go to TNT. When I was a kid, I remember Night Flight of USA channel. Also we had a local channel that turned into a Fox channel that used to play scary movies all night during the weekend.

  • April 2, 2013 at 1:21 am

    The last episode on the Outer Limits marathon was called “Nightmare.” Thank you so much, James, for putting this together. My dad stayed up all night and recorded the Outer Limits marathon for me when I was small. This brought back MANY memories of childhood of my fun with Monster Vision!

  • April 12, 2013 at 4:16 am

    This is a wonderful resource! All the different movies got me thinking about my childhood. Maybe I’m wrong but didn’t you guys review “Demon Seed” and “Electric Dream” or was that someone else? The reason I ask is I seem to remember seeing them both on Monstervision.

  • April 13, 2013 at 12:14 am

    For someone who claims to be a tnt monster vision guy you totally get it wrong . The show aired Friday nights ! Not Saturday night dummy .We meaning my wife and kids stayed up all night , recorded most (Godzillas) and enjoyed them all . Thanks for posting though .

  • April 16, 2013 at 2:52 am

    I’m wondering, does anyone know what movie the gorgon from about 1:10 in the montage(right after Extra Scary) is from>

  • May 15, 2013 at 8:51 am

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! Thank you for posting all these great TNT memories. I’ve always regretted not recording these when I had the chance. I can’t thank you enough.

  • May 20, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Thank you so much for posting this great collection of MonsterVision material! I was head of Programming at TNT during those years — very soon after I was “removed” (shall we say) the franchise was killed. My Programming colleague and I created the MonsterVision and 100% Weird franchises and campaigned hard to get Joe Bob onboard. We loved the franchise and were always happy when it would actually get promoted! Not everybody – read mostly nobody – at TNT was a fan of these films, but we knew the appeal and loved them ourselves all our lives. I was a particular fan of “Outer Limits” and when we acquired that series in an MGM movie package it was one of the most exciting days ever for me! Glad to see all this material and wish there were more. I didn’t tape everything for myself, unfortunately. MonsterVision is one of the things I am most proud of during all my TV career! Thanks again for remembering!!

  • Ganjiek

    June 13, 2014 at 5:56 am

    hey james. i have prolly 90% of the monstervision broadcasts if you ever want copies of them just let me know.

  • August 18, 2015 at 9:20 am

    Wonderful stuff! I was lucky enough to meet Joe Bob this year, as nice as I had envisioned! One minor correction…” Free your mind and your butt will follow” is originally “free your mind and your ass will follow” by seminal band, funkadelic. Classic funk rock, classic Joe Bob Briggs!

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