TNT’s MonsterVision TV Listings – Updated 2/19/2018

James / February 19th, 2018

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. This is my best attempt at logging the definitive TV listings of early MonsterVision. Special thanks to Julian and so many others, for helping gather this information.




(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



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



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


2/29/1992 – 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)



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



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


5/9/1992 – Mummy marathon

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



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


5/30/1992 – Vincent Price Marathon

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


6/27/1992 – 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


7/25/1992 – 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)



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


9/26/1992 – Fantasy marathon

“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


10/31/1992 – Halloween night

“Mad Monster Party?” – 8:00pm
“Phantom of the Opera” (1943) – 10:00pm
“The Little Shop of Horrors” – 12:00am
“The Wasp Woman” – 1:30am
“I Married a Monster from Outer Space” -3:00am
“Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (1931)  – 4:45am



11/13-15/1992 – Dracula Weekend

Lineup unknown, but probably a lot of Hammer films, judging from the promo.




11/28/1992 – “Out of this World”

“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



(Date unknown) – Mad Scientist marathon

Revenge of Frankenstein”
“Frankenstein Created Woman”

Possibly “Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed”.



“Prehistoric Women” – 8:00pm
“The Reptile” – 10:00pm
“The Vengence of She” – 12:00am
“The Gorgon” – 2:00am
“The Devil’s Bride” – 4:00am


(Date unknown) – “Made in Japan”

A marathon of Japanese monster/sci-fi films.

“Message from Space”


1/30/1993 – Mutant Marathon

The Manitou (1978)11:30pm
Dogs (1976) (a.k.a. Slaughter) – 1:45am
The Beast Within (1982)3:45am


2/27/1993 – “Outer Limits marathon”

“Moonstone” – 8:00pm
“The Special One” – 9:00pm
“The Human Factor” – 10:00pm
“The Duplicate Man” 11:30pm
“The Forms of Things Unknown” – 12:30am
“The Invisibles” – 1:30
“O.B.I.T.” – 2:30
“The Guests” – 3:30
“Behold, Eck!” – 4:30


4/24/1993 – “Attack of the Sea Monsters”

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


6/5/1993 – “Very Special Special Effects”

PENN & TELLER hosted.

“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

TV Guide ad (above)




6/12/1993 – “Best of Outer Limits”

PENN & TELLER hosted.

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. ?



TV Guide ad (above)


6/13/1993 – Frankenstein remake

NOT part of MonsterVision originally. In the previous Outer Limits clip video, also notice the commercial for the premiere of TNT’s direct-to-TV Frankenstein remake which first aired on 6/13/1993. 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.



(Recurring) – “Shriek Week”

NOT MonsterVision. 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).



6/19/1993 – “Best of the Worst”

PENN & TELLER hosted.

“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

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.




6/26/1993 – “Monsterama”

“Frankenstein” (1993) ENCORE BROADCAST – 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

Tv Guide ad (above)





7/31/1993 – “Clash of the Monsters”

“Clash of the Titans”
“King Kong Lives”
“The Giant Claw” – 2:45 am
“The Cyclops”




(Date unknown) – “Harryhausen Havoc”

“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




8/28/1993 – Post apocalyptic

“Soylent Green” – 8:00
“Ravagers” – 10:00pm
“The 27th Day” – 12:00am
“The Night The World Exploded” – 2:30am


9/25/1993 – Outer space

“Forbidden Planet” – 8:00pm
“Destination Moon” – 10:00pm
“First Men In The Moon” – 12:00am
“It! The Terror from Beyond Space” – 2:20am
“Man From Planet X” – 3:30am
“Queen of Outer Space” – 5:20am


10/30/1993 – Pre-Halloween Fright Fest

“Prophecy” – 8:00pm
“Nightwing” – 10:05pm
“Maximum Overdrive” – 12:10am
“Village of the Damned” – 2:10am
“Children of the Damned” – 3:55am


12/25/1993 – “A Christmas Nightmare”

“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
Probably the worst lineup of films ever shown in a single night!
See more details on this marathon here.



1/29/1994 – Godzilla marathon

“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

The Godzilla marathons were a recurring thing. 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!

They typically played
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)


2/24/1994 – “Small Titles, Big Screams”

“Them” – 8 pm
“The Blob” (1958) – 10 pm
“The Thing (1951) – Midnight
“Trog” – 1:45am
“Gog” – 3:45am



3/26/1994 – “Oscar Winning Effects”

“Logans Run” – 8:00pm
“The Time Machine” – 10:30pm
“2001: A Space Odyssey” – 12:30am
“Marooned” – 3:30am



4/23/1994 – “Back to B.C.”

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



“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


6/11/1994 – Possession

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


6/18/1994 – “Wing Thing”

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


6/25/1994 – Fantasy

“Creatures the World Forgot” 8:00pm
“Mysterious Island” 
“Jason and the Argonauts” 
“The Valley of Gwangi” 

The TV Guide listing is confirmed, but it’s unknown if this is the same night Bob Denver (Gilligan) hosted Mysterious Island. Was most likely a separate occasion (See clip below).




7/30/1994 – “MOONsterVision”

“First Men in the Moon” – 8:00pm
“From the Earth to the Moon” (1958) – 10:00pm
“Destination Moon” – 12:30am
“Outer Limits: Moonstone” – 2:30am
“Earth vs. The Flying Saucers” – 3:30am
My memory insists they also played Invisible Invaders, but that may have been a different night.
“25 years after man first landed on the moon.”


8/20/1994 – Sword and Scorcery

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


8/27/1994 – “Famous Last Words”

“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




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



“House of Wax” (1953) – 7:30pm
“Audrey Rose” – 9:30pm
“Child’s Play” – 12:00am
“Motel Hell” – 1:50am


1995-2000 – 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.


The Hand
The Creeping Unknown
The Fog
Night of the Living Dead (1990)
Motel Hell
Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn
Logan’s Run
The Beast from Within
The People Under the Stairs
Swamp Thing
Valley of Gwanji
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 4
(At first, they didn’t have the rights.)
Friday the 13th, Part 5 
Friday the 13th, Part 6
Salem’s Lot
Salem’s Lot, Part 2
Time After Time
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 2
Poltergeist 3
King Kong (1976)
Logan’s Run
Night of the Lepus
Tiger Claws
The Unameable 2: The Statement of Randolph Carter
Warriors of the Lost World
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
Theatre of Blood
The Neptune Factor
When Time Ran Out
The Omen
Village of the Giants
The Master Gunfighter
Saturn 3
Chained Heat 2
From Beyond
Cyber Tracker
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
Slaughter High
Man’s Best Friend
China Girl
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
The Doberman Gang
The Elephant Man
The Philadelphia Experiment 2
Alien 3
Steel Dawn
The Serpent and the Rainbow
The Birds
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
Clash of the Titans
The Neverending Story
Batteries Not Included
The Warriors
The Wraith
Black Sunday
Teen Wolf
The Fly 1986
Maximum Overdrive
Immortal Combat
The Seventh Sign
Look Who’s Talking Too (What?!)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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
Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Godzilla Vs. Mothra
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth
Prehistoric Women
The Fury
Mannequin 2
Beastmaster 3: The Eye of Braxus
Surviving the Game
Cleopatra Jones
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
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
Four Days in November
Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead
The Fog
Joe’s Apartment
Pet Shop
Raising Cain
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
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
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
American Graffiti
Mars Attacks!
Forbidden Planet
Ice Cream Man
National Lampoon’s European Vacation
The Great Outdoors
The Devil’s Rain
To the Limit
Somewhere in Time
The Fear
Adventures in Babysitting
The Birds
Robin Hood: Men In Tights
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
Child’s Play
Child’s Play 2
Heaven’s Prisoners
The Sitter
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Dracula: Dead and Loving it
Top Gun
The Shawshank Redemption (Really?)
Trading Places
The American President
Look Who’s Talking Now (?!)
A League of Their Own
Dirty Dancing
Rocky 4
Future Hunters
Project Metalbeast
Company of Wolves
The Stepfather
My Boyfriend’s Back
Body Armor
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Hercules and the Amazon Women
Within the Rock
Virtual Assassin AKA Cyberjack
Children of the Corn 2: The Final Sacrifice
The Black Hole
C.H.U.D. 2
Battle of the Planet of the Apes



  • 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 (

  • 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.


  • 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?

  • 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!

    • 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.

    • JD13

      January 17, 2017 at 6:58 pm

      I would be very interested in copies! Are you still active here??

  • 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!

  • Uncle Sporkums

    March 1, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    Nice job! Glad I could help you out on these, James!

  • Conrad kwiatkowski

    March 10, 2018 at 12:59 am

    I uploaded a collection of joe bob briggs monster madness a while back. heres a link if anyone wants to watch it

    • Robert McLeod

      April 17, 2018 at 11:31 am

      You rule. Thank you so much for this

Leave a Reply

Latest Videos

Angry Video Game Nerd

James & Mike Mondays