A Tribute to TNT’s MonsterVision

James / September 5th, 2010

Here’s a tribute to TNT’s MonsterVision. One correction, the “Christmas Nightmare” was 1993. Not 1994.Β Also see my history of MonsterVision TV listings.


  • Acheron_iD

    September 5, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Cool video, it’s pretty impressive that MonsterVision lasted all the way up to 2000 really. Also neat to see the likely origin of the beloved MOOOOONSTER MADNESS!

    • Deathbringer

      November 5, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Check out the Crestwood House Monster Series video for the true origin. Those books plus the book James himself pieced together when he was a young teenager pretty much are the farthest back origin points, and James himself says in the video it’s probably where it came from.

  • Acheron_iD

    September 5, 2010 at 3:35 am

    Also, if you haven’t seen it yet, Wikipedia says ol’ Joe Bob is “planning on hosting a similar program on the yet-to-be-launched network HorrorNet.” We can only hope, I guess.

  • strint519

    September 5, 2010 at 3:45 am

    I’m jealous I didn’t have TNT as a kid(Canadian cable provider). Seeing this reminded me of the show “Hilarious House of Frightenstien”. Have you heard of it? Vincent Price was in it. Would be totally awesome to see some kind of Cinemassacre homage to Monster Mashups like that.

  • WillWill

    September 5, 2010 at 4:17 am

    Yup, I’m a Canuck, as well, and like strint519 above me, didn’t get TNT…

    Hilarious House of Frightenstein scared the living SHIT out of me when I was a wee lad. It had Dracula, Wolfman, Igor, Mummies, Frankenstein (well, sorta) and a potion-brewing witch.. — as well as MOTHER FUCKING VINCENT PRICE dropping us creepy poems betwixt segments!!! — It was insanely scary considering it’s target audience. Honestly..

    What a show, and it was on early, early Saturday/Sunday mornings (later syndicated daily) whilst the parents were still sleeping off a hangover.

    Wonderful show. Wish it had more of a following. It would have been right up your alley, James. I hope you’ve heard of it, or would research it, and will do a mashup on it, too. A gem waiting to be mined…

  • September 5, 2010 at 4:36 am

    Ahhh monster vision, when I was 5 I used to watch it alot with my dad whenever we foudn soemthign good on those nights when it was on, I remember every saturday would b Godzilla marathons with the theme song from Blue Oyster Cult lol, ahhh the good old days, when there were black an white moves on the ari more, Rudy An GoGo’s world famous cartoon show was on TNT, and when things were better on the air without as much Fcc rcap like nowadays.

  • CaptnHowdy

    September 5, 2010 at 5:21 am

    I dont remember the first monster vision that well.. but i do remember USAs “Up All Night” hosted by Rhanda sheer or gilbert godfrey. They would show 2 “boob” flicks (without the boobs ofcorse) and then one, maybe two REALLY bad horror movies. aah.. good times.

  • September 5, 2010 at 5:32 am

    I remember hearing about this, but at the time, I was a chicken sh*t with any horror movie except the much older ones. I does suck though, if it was on, sometimes I would even plan on watching that. Well, here is to Netflix though.

  • horrorfanboy

    September 5, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Hey James, This is awesome! Are you going to upload this to Youtube? Please?

  • September 5, 2010 at 6:46 am

    ahhhh monster vision, brings me right back to my 8th grade year…when life was simpler and much more fun. Long before the shitty fucking walmart job and all the drama of getting older. Just a dark room, a tv, a me hiding in the corner under a blanket like a bitch lol. Good times…good times.

  • Butch Bitch

    September 5, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Until this video, I didn’t know about MonsterVision, but I was already familiar with Penn and Teller and Joe Briggs. And Bob Denver, haha, my mom LOVES Gilligan’s Island.

    I find it stupid that MonsterVision had to censor those contemporary horror films. It’s not just that I don’t believe in censorship, but didn’t these movies air at 10 to midnight? Don’t channels usually stop censoring stuff at those hours? I know Comedy Central does, but then again I don’t think other channels do. Either way, it’s still fucking ridiculous.

    Plus, with the Internet and whatnot today, there doesn’t seem to be a real NEED for a new MonsterVision, but it sure would be hella nice.

  • WhiteLycan009

    September 5, 2010 at 8:07 am

    I grew up with Elvira’s Movie Macabre, because of my moms love for her, I live in Northern Ireland and we never got Monster Vision,I’m 16 and still love watching the VHS tapes my mom recorded of Elvira, been watching them since I was 3 or 4, can’t wait to see Movie Macabre get a re-release this fall!

    I really hope James reviews Elvira, Oh and the Rocky Horror Picture Show!

  • Myxomatosis

    September 5, 2010 at 8:18 am


  • flippythemaster

    September 5, 2010 at 8:40 am

    If Halloween starts early can MOOOOOONNNNNNNSTEERRR MAAAAAADDDNNEESSSSS start early too?

  • BigSab

    September 5, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I remember depending on TV to see all the movies I wanted to watch. I was only allowed one trip to the video store every week and I usually picked out an NES game instead of a movie cause it had to last me all weekend. If I got a movie I would watch it about 3 times and then be bored the rest of the weekend. I would do the very same thing you talked about in this video. Get the channel choices out of the sunday paper and see what movies were going to be on. I have to say my biggest source for movies was WPIX out of New York City. Thats where I saw Clash of the Titans, Godzilla, Jason and the Argonauts, etc. The day they aired King Kong Vs Godzilla was such a happy day. When I saw it in the paper I shit myself. You kids today have it so easy!

  • jasondixon360

    September 5, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Very Great, I love MonsterVision, i also loved USA Up All Night with there hosts Rhonda Shear and Gilbert Godfried, it was fun watching those b movies on the weekends with those hosts even though the movies were edited, but they still had certain type of appeal like hot babes in sexy lingerie, above all those were the glory days of TV, but sadly it all ended in 1999 and TV for every channel like USA, TNT, A&E AMC, SCi-FI and more channels went down the shitter i missed what they had on in the 80’s & 90’s, now days they are showing incoherent diarrhea brown stained underwear of life, The best source of entertainment today is internet (like AVGN Show), Video Games are still fun, mocking any stupid shit out there in Hollywood today and being creative of what you want to do!

  • asnaes1981

    September 5, 2010 at 9:11 am

    The best part about MOOOOONSTEERRRRRRRR MAAAAAAAAAAADNESSSSSSSS is that you don’t censor the gore, James.

  • Cal Bloomington

    September 5, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Ya know what would be cool? If James hosted his own Monstervision type thing. Where he would stream some old Horror movies on ustream. Ahhh that would be great.

    • February 7, 2013 at 6:46 pm

      That’s a great idea! You’ve just inspired me. Thanks man! Also, great video, James!

  • irishapple21

    September 5, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Great tribute! I didn’t specifically remember MonsterVision as a program, but I remember watching all those great old monster movies when I was a kid, especially on the independent UHF stations. Before my family got a VCR, I would go to the library and borrow the kids’ novelizations of classic horror films like “Frankenstein meets the Wolfman.” What a trip down memory lane!

  • gonzoneil

    September 5, 2010 at 10:15 am

    for some reason, I expected a break from Monster Madness this year. REALLY good to hear it’s still on!

  • PhantomSpaceman

    September 5, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Holy Shit! I remember MONSTER Vision! I loved that part of my Saturday nights growing up. I would never be able to stay up for all of it but I woke up early back then so I was always able to catch the tail end of the last movie. Those were some good times.

  • JayRam

    September 5, 2010 at 11:37 am

    James, that was cool. You said networks would never produce a MonsterVision-esque show again? I think you should host your own MonsterVision every Saturday for one month. That’d be awesome!

  • bick.benedict

    September 5, 2010 at 11:47 am

    awesome video. james pays homage and respect to all the best things in life

  • Billistic

    September 5, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Hey James,

    I emailed the link to this to Joe Bob Briggs, I’m sure he’ll appreciate your good taste.

  • bick.benedict

    September 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    October is the best month, and Halloween is the best holiday! πŸ™‚

  • CrazyA.M.

    September 5, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    I totally agree with JayRam!! It would be amazing if you did

  • September 5, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    James “There will be, Monster Madness.”

    First guy in 300 Trailer “This is madness!!!!”

    Me “…your….YOUR RIGHT!!!!!!!”

    Aw man, I do wish Monster Vision would be around for my generation.

  • September 5, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    C’mon, James. Do A BOY AND HIS BLOB.

  • Pixelfixation

    September 5, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    I owe all of my knowledge of horror films to James. i watched every single MONSSTERRRR MADNESSSSS film so far and can’t wait to see more.

  • September 5, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Your right, James I first heard about Monstervision when Joe Bob took ever. I remembred one night he bragged about being the best actor in The Stand even though he only had a cameo. I’ll also never forget his Married With Chilren episodes. I can’t wait for Monster Maddnes you always show that one movie I’ve never heard about. Also The Walking Dead show on AMC is in October. The frist zombie tv show I hope it opens the door for more horror movies shows.

  • russelld35

    September 5, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    That’s a classic, I forgotten about that, thanks for bringing back some good memories of good times. =)

  • KaineDamo

    September 5, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    James, YOU are our Monster Vision!

    You know, in the UK they used to have a really cool show called Vidz. It was a late night movie review show, where they would review all kinds of obscure films. That was before the boom of the Internet. Television just doesn’t do things like that anymore, and that’s one of the reasons why I love what you do.

    Maybe you can host movies on Justin.tv or something? You could tell us a time and we’d go to the site and you could give an introduction, then we’d watch the movie while you talk about the movie in the chat box. Or something.

    I think that would be very neat.

  • TehJedicake

    September 5, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    LOL That Joe Bob guy is fucking badass

  • deadmartian

    September 5, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I almost forgot about Monster Vision. The best was the end-Hooray for Monster Madness

  • September 5, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    I always liked how “Joe Bob’ was in The Stand miniseries, since the name of the cop in the actual novel was also named Joe Bob. I remember the Monster Vision caption contest, where they would show a photo, and whoever wrote the funniest caption won a prize.
    Maybe you could do that and give away a weekly t-shirt:)

  • Mage_Epic

    September 5, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    I only remember faintly Monstervision of the early 90’s but I wasn’t a fan of the old black and white then, but one thing I looked forward to every friday the 13th weekend was USA’s “Up All Night” when they did their horror special. Thats where I got my real taste of “Modern” horror slasher films like Jason, Chucky, and Nightmare on Elm Street.

  • September 5, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Even with the internet and all of its information, getting ideas for the next great flick to watch for me usually comes from something you’ve posted. Great to see you’re inspiration for Monster Madness, and hope to continue it in another form.

  • cloob1

    September 5, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    James, Mike, have you guys ever listened to “Spooky Sounds” from Hallmark? It was a cassette tape from 1989 and it was the cornest shit I’ve ever heard. But, the I’ve been thinking about it the past couple of years and I’ve been searching the web and found a digital version of it!! Best part of the tape was this fat ass sounding guy stuffing his face and a cliche dracula voice comes on and says “Would you like some finger sandwiches before you… RETIRE!!” lol

  • ObSoLeTe

    September 5, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    awesome, kinda wished i got something like that in australia back in 80’s and 90’s, horror movies were rarely shown late at night, like sometimes they would show each friday the 13th film every friday night.

    another awesome informative videos cheers mate


  • KingPiccoloDaimao

    September 5, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Monster Madness Godzilla marathon introduced me to Godzilla flicks. LOVE IT!

  • KingPiccoloDaimao

    September 5, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    *Monster VIsioin, not Monster Madness.
    Guess they go hand in hand now a days. XP

  • Doctor Cheesius

    September 5, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I didn’t have cable until after Joe-Bob Briggs was the host, so I never really was a big fan of it like you were… And the movies he showed were just butchered by the censors, I couldn’t stand watching them that way. there were times when I’d see what was on MonsterVision that night, and go “Ooh, that sounds good” and then I’d go rent those films so I could watch them properly. But yeah, I just never got into the show, so I never really got to know that Joe Bob was an entertaining host. Ah well. Thanks for this tribute, James.

  • Harshveer

    September 5, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    AVGN is the best in all bases

  • September 5, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    I can’t wait for MONSTER MADNESS, I look forward to it every year. James, you should take over Monster Vision and take that shit back! I used to stay up late and try to tape movie marathons, and would run into the same problem, falling asleep and waking up to discover the tape needed to be changed. Brought back some really cool memories, thanks man,

  • OdieMikes

    September 5, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Damn. I’m sorry I missed Joe Bob. That looked like a great series to witness. But Night Prowler mentioned AMC doing the Walking Dead show, and they do Horror marathons all the time. Halloween movies on Halloween, Friday the 13th on applicable friday the 13ths

  • John07

    September 5, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    hell, I was born too late for that, fortunately I have monster madness, thanks James

  • joliet_jane

    September 5, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    James, I love how you can take something I’ve never heard of before (no cable growing up, for me), and make me love it as much as you do. πŸ™‚

  • September 5, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Well though i was too young for Monstervision, i was saved by Monster Madness! Thanks James!

  • caseymike1

    September 5, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Good video james,like always.

    can’t wait for monster madness.

  • clashkid83

    September 5, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    good for you James! I as well grew up with MONSTER VISION and Joe Bob has always been a personal hero for me. I did the exact same thing as you, i would stay up all night and record the whole show. I remember when they did the fri. the 13th marathon that brought back some excellent memories. hell i recorded that too. thank you James.

  • TetrisMan91

    September 5, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I swear, if there is one channel that will have the balls to show all monster, slasher, Sci-Fi horror films late at night… it’s Spike TV.

    MonsterVision for Spike TV, or so help me, my name isn’t KyleGibbons91 (forget my password, so i made a new account).

    if they don’t, maybe i’ll be able to make my own monster marathon: Spike TV’s FRIDAY NIGHT Creature Feature. uncensored, friday nights at 10:00, starting Sep. 31- Nov. 2.

  • September 5, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    You know what. I’m now glad I never once heard of Joe Bob before this and knew Monster Vision back when it didn’t have that overly censored crap.

    I didn’t have access to cable at all from 1991-2001 No Joe Bob for me and really from what you had of him in this video I most likely would have been petitioning to get him taken off air had I known of him when he was around. That sort of calling out of BS and just the way his song sounded when he was singing about the virtues of Horror would have had me hunting out ways to try to get him off air.

    To each their own. I think the first time I remember seeing TNT Monstervision was back in 94 or 95 and back then it was amazing even before they started adding any hosts. Everyone will have their own perspective I guess.

    I’m glad Monstervision was there to inspire you James.

  • September 5, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Note typos are blatant in prior post not going to be able to correct them but the dates do make me look like an idiot. I wasn’t even living with my parents due to being taken by the state after 1991 and didn’t have consistent access to TV until 2001 But I did see MonsterVision a few times in psychiatric institutions. Wish I still had my copy of Clash of the Titans.

  • korpsegrynder

    September 5, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    If U did’nt know, Joe Bob hosted a similar show on “the movie Channel”, before he jumped to TNT. i used to watch both. Maybe thats why they had him host the TNT show, cuz once he went to TNT, the one on the movie channel disappeared.

  • korpsegrynder

    September 5, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    -update- the show on the movie channel was ” joe bob’s drive in theater”, and on there, there wasn’t any censorship. much better.

  • venom 51007

    September 5, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Why do they have to cancel every thing that used to be famous it’s just not right and it bothers me why i tell u WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • vasglorious

    September 5, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Hey this year for Monster Madness, could you do a tribute to Ray Harryhausen since he’s 90 this year.

  • SpecterM91

    September 5, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Man, I was a kid when I watched this stuff so I barely remember any of it. What I do remember, is that Monster Vision was the first place I saw The Thing, and to this day it’s one of my all time favorite movies. You deserve a medal for doing something similar with Monster Madness, James. Someday you should get a hold of a bunch of public domain monster movies and start something with a similar format.

  • sutekh22

    September 5, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    I too discovered most of these movies through monstervision James. I still have Fridays 1-3, 5-6 marathon on VHS somewhere.

    You think they were badly edited though. In the late 80’s the Disney Channel actually showed Halloween II at midnight on Halloween. A friend of mine who had cable had it taped and showed it to me. When Michael Myers as much as walked into the room the scene came to an end.

    Did you also catch the Sci-Fi Channel back then? At that time there were tons of Universals and Hammers being shown on that channel all the time.

  • MacGyver1138

    September 5, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Your own Monster Madness brings a bit of the nostalgia of this type of show to me. I didn’t have cable when I was growing up, so I only saw these channels when I was at a friend’s or relative’s house. I remember catching this show a couple of times, and I loved the marathon format. It let me watch a bunch of movies I never would have seen otherwise.

    I still like grabbing a couple of old horror movies on Netflix and having a bit of a marathon every once in a while. This time of year is when I always feel like doing it.

  • venom 51007

    September 5, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Dude which one do u like the most cause i love part 7 and don’t say part 5 cause that one really doesn’t count as a sequel more like a spoof or a different horror movie.

  • venom 51007

    September 5, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    James are u gonna review Day Of the Dead and Land Of The Dead cause u did NIGHT OF THE LIVIG DEAD and DAWN OF THE DEAD in season 1 of monster madness so can u do a review of DofT D and L of T D( which is short for Dawn of the dead and Land of the dead.)

  • Zildjian

    September 5, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    joe bob guess starred on a couple episodes of siskel and ebert, before siskel’s unfortunate passing, as well.

  • September 5, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    I’m surprised you haven’t sold Spike TV on the idea of Cinnemassacre’s Monster Madness as a actual show on air. I mean it’s the natural progression. I do miss Monstervision from the old days.

  • avgnfan96

    September 5, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    lol the monster vision announcer sounds so cheesy

  • zeromager

    September 5, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    ah, the days of monster vision and usa up all night. that pre internet shit

  • deraj86

    September 6, 2010 at 12:19 am

    This is creeepy. The other night a couple of friends and I were talking about what we would do if we had money (Like became billionares). I remember saying I would try to start a TV production company and one of my first shows would be ressurect MonsterVision with James as the host.

    I discovered MonsterVision in its later days and was very very sad to see it go.

  • volt28

    September 6, 2010 at 12:28 am

    I stayed up many nights as well to watch the old monster horror movies. Not a bhuge fan of the slasher films. But anyways I wish they would show old horror movies again. Its time to introduce the new gerneration

  • avenger1340

    September 6, 2010 at 1:21 am

    I loved Joe Bob. I also remember USA’s Saturday Nightmares. They definitely showed more of the contemporary movies.

    Here in Indianapolis, I grew up on Sammy Terry. Every Saturday night, there was a monster movie from the 30s through the early 60s to watch. Sammy Terry introduced the movies and was this ghoulish guy who slept in a coffin, had a pet bat, and had this other monster dude that went around and did his bidding. Damn it was awesome.

    I miss the themed weeks in October that Sci-Fi Channel once did. They mostly showed all the Universal Dracula movies in one week, then the next week it was Frankenstein and so on. But I guess when they decided to suck, they threw out the good ideas they once had.

    Oh well, anyway, great video and thanks for the walk down memory lane!

  • Swedish Video Game Nerd

    September 6, 2010 at 1:51 am

    I was born too fucking late…

  • September 6, 2010 at 1:52 am

    I registered just so I could leave a comment.

    You and I have a very similar taste in movies. When I was a kid, B-Sci Fi and Horror films are all I watched. I remember rushing home from school every day just so I could tune in to Monstervision on TNT.

    It fueled my love for Scifi/horror and introduced me to the might of Godzilla. I still watch all the same films today. Hell, I watched Gidorah: The 3- Headed Monster last week.
    Well done James.

  • TheEnigmaticRonin

    September 6, 2010 at 2:28 am

    I’ve been waiting for Monster Madness since last year’s Monster Madness, and its really neat that you make these, Thank you ma8 ^^

  • buckfutter

    September 6, 2010 at 3:06 am

    great video I remember Joe Bob Making fun of the howling franchise.
    Good times.

    Can’t wait for Monster Madness James!

  • September 6, 2010 at 3:45 am

    Dang, what a flashback, James! Joe Bob Briggs! I used to watch him on “The Movie Channel” (before they changed things around over there) and they showed it all! None of this TNT BS. Joe Bob’s Drive-In Theater, that’s what it was called. Use to watch it with my dad. Good times!

    You know, the only thing I ever liked about The Daily Show was “God stuff”.

  • Griff

    September 6, 2010 at 4:46 am

    hiya James, I’ve been a fan of you since September 2006 and this was the video that finally made me register so I could comment

    I was a huge of fan of MonsterVision with Joe Bob Briggs, yes the movies may have been edited, but keep in mind I was still a kid at the time and watching horror movies on tv was usually the best I could do, I’ll never forget watching Return of The Living Dead late at night at my grandma’s house all by myself, it made me the huge zombie fan I am today

    so thanks a lot for this tribute James

  • September 6, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Oh man, you should do a co-op with Joe Bob. He rocks!

  • zodiac13

    September 6, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Monster vision may be dead but we still have you and your Halloween special you do each year. It would be real cool if you could talk to the nice folks at Spike and get them to give you your own show. Even if it only showed once a year in Oct. I would watch it.

  • alex21

    September 6, 2010 at 9:07 am

    cool show.I try to found this tv series on the internet

  • September 6, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I <3 Monster Vision.

  • Gattler22

    September 6, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I caught up with “Monster Vision” during its later run, what with Joe Bobb, and I’ll never forget seeing “Big Trouble in Little China” for what would be the first of many times. It was awesome to see JB giving the opening run down for BTLC all over again after these many moons! Also, I remember he ran the Mad Max films, and seeing the Road Warrior was a revelation! Now there’s a series of films ripe for your thoughts, what with the supposed sequel hitting the ground. On another, woefully unrelated note, I recently saw “Lifeforce”, the 85′ Tobe Hopper film, and was amazed at its scope and the ideas it presented. Some incredible practical effects too! I’m rambling again.

  • Otaku4Life

    September 6, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Another way I found out about discovering new monster movies are at horror conventions.

  • September 6, 2010 at 11:23 am

    if that was on tv it would be great πŸ˜€
    cant wait for monstermaddness again ^^

    807, Holland

  • WatchmenFTW

    September 6, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    If Monstervision came back, it would probably just show horror films like Saw, Hostel or the Ring, none of the classics.

  • MrVercetti

    September 6, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Could someone tell me which movie that is shown at 1:03, which that monster coming out od the sea?
    Thx πŸ™‚

  • koel700

    September 6, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    well.we still have CINEMASSACRE’S MOOOOONSTER MAAAAADNEEES and we know who to thank for that xD

  • ChutzpahShiksa

    September 6, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Joe Bob is the greatest! Wonderful tribute video to Monstervision!

    BTW, what happened to Monstervision is that Ted Turner had sold off his interests in TBS and TNT to AOL/Time Warner, which eventually (within 2 years) killed off most original TNT programming (and why TNT stinks today) such as WCW Nitro and Thunder and Joe Bob’s Monstervision, which had been re-named “Joe Bob’s Hollywood Saturday Night”. They made him show mainstream Hollywood films at the end, completely not his interest, then finally cancellation.

    And don’t be too sure Monstervision won’t return, James. Even ELVIRA is returning to tv!

  • seniorgato

    September 6, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Oh wow. James, you rock! It all came flooding back. I watched MonsterVision with Joe Bob Briggs for years and years! It was great! Grr…. Now I miss it. Also, your new revisit video was probably the best in a year! That’s not knocking the others, it’s just that much better! Keep up the good work!

  • September 6, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Epic man, where the heck did you find all that pristine footage? All mine is terrible quality. Great Video

  • wartooth15

    September 6, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    its stuff like this that really makes me wish i was a bit older. or at least a bit more aware of things like that when i was younger. can’t wait for october and monster madness though

  • MarioIsWicked

    September 6, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    hey james i just signed up today, i wanted to say that you and your vids changed my life. i got into classic games and movies because of your vids and i got into playing music because of the “Halloween” vids you made. i was playing around and found that theme and i realised that i was good at playing music. thanks for all the great things you’ve done and thanks for the inspiration. btw i wish i would’ve got a chance to watch monstervision more. i think i might have watched it a bit when i was younger but i always had to go to bed at like 9 or 10 so i couldnt really watch it. plus those kinds of movies scared the shit outta me back then

  • September 6, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I see James like MonsterVision enough to make the MonsterMadness logo that same format. I think its a pimpin’ beast. Does anyone else think James should do a Friday the 13th-a-Thon? Or Halloween-a-Thon? Hell, even a Nightmare on Elm Street-a-Thon would be great. Hm, James could probably do all three of the Thons. If he did, that’d be awesome.

  • kriziz2k3

    September 6, 2010 at 8:32 pm

    muy buen video lastima que en mexico en esos tiempos no teniamos tnt o cable , espero monstermadness .


  • Reikitsune

    September 6, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    This makes me feel like doing a online horror movie marathon. Only problem is getting the rights to show them.

  • MegaDTSX

    September 6, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    I’ve been watching you for nearly five years and I’ve just now registered….yea I suck ass. But I had to comment finally: Both of you, James Rolfe and Mike Matei, both of you really brought out the inner horror movie and cartoon/Looney Tunes buff from within in the last few years.

    I know that most only comment on James on this website, but I have to say that the whole gang here kicks ass. James, Mike Matei (and your awesome title cards), Kyle Justin for the most memorable internet personality theme song, and Kevin Finn for some hilarious characters in the past few years (hell I can already declare that the more recent Game Glitches episode is my favorite of all of the AVGN works).

    I know there are a few others that I don’t know off hand who have helped you guys with camera work and various things, but I just wanted it to be known that you guys have helped make my random work days go by much faster by providing me much needed laughs when I was down and even helped me vent my anger when I was angry (who would’ve thought watching someone else play shitty games I played in the past would make me happy!?)

    Anyways…sorry for the rant. I just want it to be known that despite any criticisms you guys may get from time to time that there are some of us out here that absolutely love every second of every video you guys make.


  • September 6, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Hmm, I have to be honest, I miss Monster Vision as well. Personally, I think it would be a great idea for you to pitch the idea to Spike TV and have you host it. Why not? You’re funny as shit and very knowledgeable about the subject. Spike TV reminds me of the old TNT, before they put Charmed on it and shit like Angel. Give me a break.

  • September 6, 2010 at 11:00 pm

    Great video James!
    Used to enjoy little Joe Bob every now and then.

    But being in my 30’s in my personal opinion no monster movie host will ever beat the Queen. Elvira!!!

    Here’s hoping you do an Elvira mistress of the dark video someday πŸ™‚

    She would host Elvira’s Movie Macabre and give her little trivia and funny one liners on various older movies such as ‘Dracula’, ‘Legacy of Blood’

    Anyhow thanks for video!

  • billvolk

    September 6, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Great video, James! I really identified with it. I love shows that have that same kind of vibe. The kind that are usually on late at night, that have a loose and unscripted feel, like somebody snuck into the TV studio and just started doing their own thing.

    I’m from the Pittsburgh area, and we’re lucky enough to have a show like that still on the air on a local network. It’s called the It’s Alive Show, and you can see some of it at http://www.theitsaliveshow.com/

    (By the way, when you went to the Monroeville Mall for your video, how did you miss the zombie museum on the lower level? True, I’m sure many shoppers go there without realizing what took place there years ago, but many of us are proud to be from zombie country.)

    Anyway, keep up the good work. I look forward to this year’s Monster Madness.

  • RyanRein

    September 7, 2010 at 12:53 am

    MonsterVision rocked! That show was part of my horror/cult film education including my first exposure to Ray Harryhausen classics like Clash of the Titans and Jason and the Argonauts. I’ve often found myself wishing for MonsterVision to return because existing horror/cult movie showcases like AMC’s Fear Friday (no host) or TCM Underground (no current host) are nowhere near the same as MonsterVision was.

    At least we still have Rifftrax from the MST3K crew to preserve some entertaining B-movie commentary—although MST3K is a different animal.

  • ravendogg

    September 7, 2010 at 1:12 am

    I miss these days like you would not believe. Ive never been a big monster or horror movie fan. But I use to see the promos for Joe Bob on Monster Vision on TNT after or before WCW Monday Nitro on Mondays. And I would record the wrestling shows that would air before the monster shows some times. 1997 – 1999 was an unforgettable time for television. Wish they would do some old school version of this. James your videos are becoming more and more entertaining. Wish that you could take the reigns from Joe Bob and start up a new show like Monster Vision…..Speaking of WCW wrestling…..have you ever considered doing a AVGN show on wrestling video games ranging from WWF/WWE and WCW games that started on the NES 8 bit as well as the games made by capcom, tecmo, etc…. This would be awesome. I own several games and would be willing to donate any you need to do a reveue.

  • RockX

    September 7, 2010 at 1:31 am


    It’s like Science Theater 3000, it died and even though we would love to have it back, we know its never gonna come back…

    Sigh, it sucks when they remove good tv shows, man, do I miss old tv…

  • RockX

    September 7, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Forgot to mention, I also miss sitting down in a friend’s house and watching old crappy/horror movies. =\

  • September 7, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Who needs “Monstervision” when we got you? James Rolfe is the new Jo Bob.

  • September 7, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Fantastic. Those were the days when Television was worth watching. The stars were aligned just right to have brought us Joe Bob, TNT’s vast library of films and cable TV to showcase them on and..as has been stated, no internet to distract anyone away from the tube. No checking email, no tweeting, no Facebooking, which we all do, constantly. Nope. Those days, Joe Bob had your undivided attention for the night. And boy, we couldn’t have been happier.

    Great times.
    – cinematedman

  • Gonzalo_vm

    September 7, 2010 at 11:35 am

    MOOOOOOOONSTERRRRRRRR MADDDDDDDDNESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cant wait for this year!!

  • Accomodator

    September 7, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Does anyone remember Commander USA ? or Rhonda Shear Up All Night?

  • ulmuchiha

    September 7, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    guys the thing is people say they love these shows and why did you cancel it? but they only liked it once it was cancel otherwise they would have watched it :S

  • patrick

    September 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    This is Another example of some program that actually gave Tv something special that the internet can’t replace.
    A show that Hosts movies/shows.
    Monstervision, Toonami, etc. There aren’t any of them anymore, nor will be ever. Tv got lazy & just say “watch….our Stuff!” the closest is “friday/saturday night line ups” which usually suck.
    Ehh whatever. Awesome vid.
    I think I only saw Monstervision like 3 times ever but cool anyway.

  • animalbrandino

    September 7, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Yeah Monstervision played a huge part in my childhood.. Why!? Why fix what isnt broken?! Now I gotta go out and buy box collections of shitty movies just so see some of the good ol black n whites. Thx for posting this video James. I still think about it every Saturday night. You da man.

  • September 7, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    i watched also great films(sort of) first time i saw phantasm 1,2,3 i just saw part 4 online this month ,Joe Bob was awesome i miss staying up late on the weekends just to hear undead-fu,big breast-fu and piranha-fu;four stars check it out …….”Hey did i ever tell you guys about the time” -RIP Joe Bob Briggs

  • EricDaNerd

    September 7, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    This was so hard to watch. I miss TNT’s old late night line-up so much. I remember also catching old episodes of Ultra 7 really early in the morning too after the movies. …..big big sigh…..

  • AddleGuru

    September 7, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    The closest thing I have seen for it in recent years, is a channel you can get for Netflix. It uses the Roku player which hooks up to your TV. It’s called Drive-In Classics and it’s only $3 a year! You can check it out http://www.flickstream.com/drivein/

  • venom 51007

    September 7, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Why couldn’t they show pt4 the final chapter i mean the movies got a little bit more violent but c’mon I saw part 6,8,7 ( I have part VII on dvd now.) I did see part 2 recentely and i saw part 1 on spike and i watched part 9,10,11 on youtube i know freddy vs jason was a movie on it’s own but i still think it’s another sequel but the only one i haven’t seen are both part 4 and 5 if someone knows a store where these are someone help me i can’t find them in any DVD store…WHERE ARE THEY!!!!

  • September 7, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Nice video James!

  • September 7, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    I too enjoy the late night double creature feature as it were. However there are several of the local channel horror show that happen from time to time. With in the Chicago land area we have a grandpa muster style character named Svengoolie. Every Saturday with in broadcast distances he’ll show the greatest worst movies of the past century. Though the station doesn’t grab many of the major names there is a couple treats to be had. I’m sure when you were around Doug ” the Critic” He might have mentioned ol’ Svengoolie of Berwyn IL. Check him out at some point . web information is as follows. http://www.wciu.com/svengoolie.php

    Enjoy and keep the trivia comming James.

  • nammm3

    September 8, 2010 at 12:47 am

    What a great monstervision video. I never grew up w/ cable but this short vid only made me regret it even more>_< Great video, good luck w/ Monster Madness this year!

  • Vicious

    September 8, 2010 at 12:50 am

    Dear james, you are my hero. I thought I was the only person remembered fondly Joe Bob/Monster Vision, first time I saw Clash of the Titans and most of the Godzilla movies was on monster vision. please never stop making awesomeness like this video.

  • September 8, 2010 at 2:45 am

    When Joe Bob became the host for the show, that’s when I took notice of it. It was certainly interesting, funny, random at times but I never new about the show until he hosted it. It sucks because I love horror and I missed out on the earlier seasons. I would have enjoyed Penn and Teller.

  • Monstermash

    September 8, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I remember watching monstervision during the later 80’s and early to mid 90’s.It was great, it was one of three ways of watching old or sometimes current horror flicks.Well…. its too bad they didn’t keep it on but with current technology you can watch on the internet. But they do have a network that is all and only horror , its called CHILLER . The thing is you have to pay for that station. TMC will play horror movies frequently for one day or two days a month .

  • September 8, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I never got to see this unfortunately and I really wish I would have had a chance to watch it. A show like this would have been something I would have loved

  • Justin88

    September 8, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    I had to watch this vid 3 times. It brought back some really strong memories of my childhood. Me a friend of mine would watch every monstervision in between all nighters with the snes. Just hearing the old theme and seeing J.B. talking about the movies opened the flood gates to things i haven’t thought about in over a decade. Love tribute to Monstervision, and I too wish it would come back in some form. Great VID as always you are a definite pipe line to this generations past.

  • murphy2112

    September 8, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Know who’d make a great host for MonsterVision? James fuckin’ Rolfe.

  • September 8, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    James you should interview Elvira mistress of the dark πŸ™‚

  • jack burton

    September 9, 2010 at 7:13 am

    How cool, I used to watch Monster Vision also. It introduced me to so many great movies. Around the same time frame is when the sci-fi channel first started and all they would show was old sci-fi and horror films. One of the best summers of my childhood was spent camped in front of the tv, laying on couch cushions watching monster movies.

  • Pago

    September 9, 2010 at 7:26 am

    I remember MonsterVision, USA Up All Night, and AMC’s Fear Fridays.

    Seems like there’s still horror movies on AMC on Fridays a lot, but I don’t know if it’s still Fear Friday. Even then, it’s not true classics like Dracula or Wolfman anymore; seems like it’s a bunch of bad, low-budget films from the 50s through the 70s.

  • Moeror

    September 9, 2010 at 11:41 am

    lol i’ve seen the mnovie with the giant rabbits runing around. Was so lame it was good.

  • s_w_sanders

    September 9, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I loved monster vision as a kid, and watched it all the time. There were alot of bad movies on it and alot of japanese monster movies near the end. It needs brought back with you hosting it James no one knows more about monster movies than you.

  • slagmire

    September 9, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Oh man, I loved MonsterVision and TBS’s Super Scary Saturday (hosted by Grandpa Munster). It is a shame you don’t get these marathons these days.

    AFC does around Halloween, but it’s always the same flicks (including the constant replacing of parts 4 and 5 for some damn reason). IFC does have occasional grindhouse movies, maybe a marathon here and there too. That would be the channel I’d want MonsterVision (or the like) back on – no censorship.

    Excellent tribute, James πŸ™‚

  • E Rivera117

    September 9, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I think I remember seing it.

  • Torgosbeard

    September 9, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    I can see it now: SpikeTV presents: MonsterMadness, hosted by James Rolfe, with a similar format to MonsterVision. That’d kick ass.

    I too loved MonsterVision for all the reasons James pointed out, as well as others. Specifically, I remember finding Joe Bob refreshing and different as a kid, because growing up in the south, most southerners with heavy accents in TV shows (that I watched) were portrayed as idiot rednecks. Here was an intelligent, articulate, funny southerner with a passion for movies and this struck me as a preteen kid. And his passion was infectious — much as James’ is. Also, for some reason, being near Atlanta, HQ for all things Turner (and so it’s where I believed they shot the show -maybe I was wrong), made me as a kid feel some sort of exclusive connection to it, like it was just being broadcast in our area – when of course it wasn’t.

    (Not saying him being southern was a main reason I liked it, I’m just trying to give a different perspective).

  • nowhere

    September 9, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    James, since we’re about the same age, do you remember USA Saturday Nightmares? Joe Bob Briggs was the main reason I watched monster vision and tbh I didn’t know it existed before him, thanks.

  • thesonicdude1234567

    September 9, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    james with dish network they have a channel called monsterHD and its horror movies all day all night and alot of them are fairly old

  • September 9, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    James, now that you mentioned Monster Vision and horror movies, I started thinking, are you a fan of the “The Omen” movies ?

    The first is a classic, but I think the following two are really good as well.
    Since you like reviewing trilogies, I thought I’d try to ask for one πŸ™‚

  • September 9, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    I believe MonsterVision also did a Logan’s Run marathon one night. It was my first (and only) exposure to the series, soon after watching the movie.

  • September 10, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Oh my god, I miss monstervision so much….I remember watching night of the lepus for the first time. When I tell people about it now they usually look at me in disbelief. One guy knew of the movie but kept telling me the title was wrong.

  • September 10, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    it was thanks to monster vision that i had a lot of the old godzilla movies. I had hoped you would mention it when you did your godzilla monster madness stuff. I thought i was the only remembered monster vision. Of course teller made me realize the sad fact that i’ve probably seen Plan 9 at least a dozen times!

  • Sean Woods

    September 10, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    If you can get Penn & Teller onto Monster Madness, I will change religion and worship you as a God, either that or get them to do an episode of P &T Bullshit on Monstervision.

  • AlexOfAnders

    September 10, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    I’m from Canada so we never got MonsterVision but I’ve always remember this one time we were in the states when I was 14 or something. My parents had something like River Dance so my brother and I were in the hotel room most of the night alone. A channel was showing Gremlins and this host came on with a tally of all the different gremlin deaths, gremlin juicing, gremlin microwaving, etc. It was hilarious and I’ve never forgotten it.

    It would be great to get some more of these hosted marathons back.

  • BLEEZY702

    September 11, 2010 at 1:59 am

    Oh shit!! is it that time of the year already?? damn james cnt wait to c wat great horror films you got cooking this year =D

  • AngrySock

    September 11, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    James you never seem to fail to keep hope alive for the return of old school movies, TV, and games.

  • Your Conscience

    September 11, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Here in Nevada, we kinda have our own little Monster Vision. It’s a show called Zomboo’s House of Horror Movies. It’s a local show that goes on every Saturday at midnight. He shows the most “scaaaaaary” movies ever made! Yeah, not really. But while the movies are playing, he’ll often edit himself in and add a joke. I love it! I always DVR the episodes. He has a website if you want to look him up.

  • September 12, 2010 at 2:51 am

    MonsterVision and Joe Bob were absolutely fantastic! MonsterMadness is as close as were ever going to get to those classics. Remember when Joe Bob hosted a late night show on I believe “Skinomax”? All sexy all the time.

  • Delta_85

    September 12, 2010 at 8:17 am

    What about Masters of Horror? James you should do rewiev about it!

  • DarkMagicianAVPFan

    September 12, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    When I read Frankenstein in 10th grade, my teacher had an old VHS tape of the Karloff film and it was from Monster Vision. The tape was in poor quality, so I volunteered my VHS of Frankenstein.

  • K-dub

    September 12, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Hey James, (nice vid btw) have you ever heard of Svengoolie? He shows old horror flicks too on the “U”. I’m from Illinios, so I’m not sure you get it but you should definitely check it out.

  • Xen11

    September 12, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    James, I had to create an account just to comment on this and the Monster books from the library. I’m a loyal, longtime viewer. Not that your past videos weren’t worth commenting on, I just commented on them in places you had the videos linked to.

    I am filled with so much joy and hope for the future. This video is like a clone of mine made this, saying everything I feel. TNT’s Monstervision, USA’s Up All Night, AMC, TBS. This is how I would view these classic movies. Later on, I got pissed, like Joe Bob because I realized how edited these movies were. There was a charm seeing them like this. Now, I know all too much and only watch widescreen DVDs/Blu-Rays of all movies. But if they reran these late night marathons, as broadcasted, then I would have it on in the background at the least. I grew up on this, these late night marathons ignited my imagination and I also would drift in and out of sleep, wondering if what I saw was real.

    After all of that went away, my mother had a new long-term boyfriend. I felt like John Connor, being just me and my mother, and this guy (instead of teaching me about weapons or survival tactics), taught me about film, the different formats, behind the scenes anecdotes, and stories about actors/filmmakers he personally knew, such as Gary Busey (they were both pilots).

    Now, I’m grown up and getting into acting in films. In an astonishing stroke of irony, I didn’t have to move to Hollywood, Hollywood moved to me, Louisiana is the new Hollywood South.

    It would be amazing if our professional futures intersect someday. I feel so much like you when it comes to our collection of games, our appreciation for the numerous ongoing “horror’ films. I think we both thought we were alone in our adoration obsession, but thanks to the internet, the love for these things is out there.

    Thank you for making these pieces of art.

  • September 13, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Im also a long time watcher of cinemassacre and the angry video game nerd, I stumbled upon the angry nintendo nerd’s review of simons quest on youtube one day and ever since then I’ve been hooked on it, I love james movie reviews, especially the horror reviews as when I was all I used to watch is classic horror films , I’ve watched every episode of the nerd at least 10 times each, and one day I myself would like to start my own website and videos as ive been collecting horror movies, older video games , and nintendo power almost all my life and it still doesnt compare to how many games and systems the nerd has, anyways thats what i would liked you to know, my love for the Cinemassacre has driven me to be as much as you as possible, thanks

  • red-letter.day

    September 13, 2010 at 9:56 am

    James if anyone could bring back late night horror movie hosting it would be you. Maybe you could do something like that on the internet, do your own commentary throughout the movie. Start with your favorites and go down the list.

  • September 14, 2010 at 8:38 am

    I agree with red-letter. I’d watch you do your own version of Joe Bob, if the opportunity ever presented itself for you.

  • xdeathknightx

    September 14, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I do believe there is still a need for monstervision (or monstermadness) with the trivia items I learned there were a load of movies out there I never saw. I would love to see em but most of the time they are a bastard to find over here, let alone on dvd.
    So if anyone could get the rights to that and get them on a dvd with say, optional commentary, I would go out and get them.
    A lot of hammer studio film boxes contain the same movies and never the really good ones.

  • zeogeox

    September 14, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Oh man do I remember this! I use to wtach this myself with my bro. If we weren’t playin a rented game that nite. We would actually stop just to watch monstervision even Streets of rage could not stop us! I also recall TBS havin a chan marathon NOW THAT WAS MY SHIT!

  • Guy Incognito

    September 15, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Wow. It never occurred to me before but now that you describe all the things that made Joe Bob Briggs great at hosting a show about bad movies (sense of humor, intense attention to detail, strongly opinionated, full of obscure facts) are the same things that make me a fan of Cinemassacre. It’s awesome that you made this tribute. I can really see what an influence this had on the work you do now.

  • skrokorn

    September 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I grew up watching such shows on t.v. I watched monster vision, but mostly u.s.a up all night with Ronda Sheer or Gilbert Godfrey. I am a total horror movie fan. In fact it is my wife’s and my dream to run a monster horror show on t.v. on internet or what ever.
    Ya thats right I said my wife. She’s just as big of a fan of horror movies as I am. Also video games.
    So when we get that glorious day when we air our first monster movie I will let you know. And I’m not going to do any of that bull crap cut’n out the best parts

  • Ben_from_G-town

    September 17, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Wow James, thanks so much for doing this tribute to MonsterVision. It was a feature so many of us horror movie buffs know and love. I remember watching this all the time back then, and man… I sure do miss Joe Bob. πŸ™

    You are right that it will probably never come back, but we will always have Monster Madness! *sniffle*

  • nolanmoravec

    September 18, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Definetly brings a tear to my eye watching this video. Stuff like this is never on anymore. Since the emergence of DVD and Blu-ray and the over-abundance of channels, monster shows like this are a thing of the past. Not only with monstervision, but with other monster shows. During the seventies and eighties, shows like this dominated the weekend. Makes me sad.

  • CSMovieDude

    September 18, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    I never heard of MonsterVision before. Oh well… at least I can watch Monster Madness instead.

  • john moffat

    September 21, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I wish is grew up with this.

  • B. C. Masters

    September 21, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Wow, Monster vision. I forgot all about this, I looked forward to this every week. Thanks for posting it. It sort of reminds me of the days of movie magic on Discovery channel.

  • tdb41

    September 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    And all these years I thought Joe Bob was played by Norm MacDonald!

  • darkknightdetec

    September 23, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I’m a bit too young to remember this (I was only ten when the series got cancelled), but I definitely enjoyed the video as an awesome look back to 90s television.

    And don’t be so sure that MonsterVision is gone for good. Check out what I just dug up on Wikipedia:
    “Since the cancellation, Briggs has remained an active speaker and writer, and has contributed commentary tracks to several DVDs.[9] Briggs is planning on hosting a similar program on the yet-to-be-launched network HorrorNet.[10][11]”

  • Darth Jono

    September 30, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    wow its a crying shame I missed this as a kid. WTF. I coulda stopped playing Friday the 13th on my NES and watched creepy old horror and sci fi flicks and I even woulda watched with that joe bob character. He coulda been a role model for me with how hes so outspoken towards networks and censor boards. Damn I missed out.

  • Schloss Ritter

    October 2, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Wasn’t Joe Bob another in a long line of hosted late night video? The first one I remember is Elvira from the 80s, but there were likely earlier examples. By the way, Elvira has recently made a return to TV.

  • Space Cowboy

    October 8, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    i salute You Monster Madness
    and you to James the Nintendo Nerd

  • adecourv

    October 8, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    While I never watched Monstervision while it was on, I have to say I’ve become quite fond of Joe Bob Briggs. I have his book “Profoundly Disturbing”, a book about shocking movies and it just shows how insightful he is. It’s interesting contrasting that with his brilliantly tongue-in-cheek humor. I saw one video where he spuriously compared the Mona Lisa to the Dogs Playing Poker painting and thought it was hilarious.

  • Zeeboe

    October 12, 2010 at 9:07 am

    I grew up on this show as well. It was great. I first discovered the greatness that is the horror genre through this program. I was just a kid when it first came on. The movies Joe Bob Briggs would show would sometimes scared me. lol. However, it was great having Joe Bob there to help take the edge off and not make the movies seem as scary by being funny and making fun of the movies.

    As I got older and became a teen I discovered yet another great thing about the show and that was Joe Bob could make you feel less like a loser for staying home on a Saturday night watching movies. It was like Joe Bob was there with you, watching the movies with you and making you laugh.

  • Darthmunky

    October 16, 2010 at 2:02 am

    I just love your personal nostalgic reviews. It’s like I feel nostalgic towards whatever it is your talking about even if I have never experienced it.

  • October 17, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Its some thing that was lost and will be missed alot. I would love to see them bring it back to cable. Now that cable networkd have been doing UNCUT movies on even basic. So it be nice to let them do it to B Horror movies and all the blood cheesey gore

  • Jeremy E

    October 19, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Joe Bob was the best. I used to watch Monstervision w/ my grandmother and she would nag about his racy comments.

  • October 19, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    silly james. “i dream that in some form or another, monstervision will come back” It already has, its called MOONSTER MAADDNNEESS !

  • ZeroVX

    October 26, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    I don’t really know what kind of a working relationship you have with Spike, but you are affiliated with them in some way, right? So, maybe you could ask them if you’d be able to do your own version of MonsterVision on their channel? Like a lot of people have said on here, if anyone can bring back the horror movie marathons, it’s definitely you. Plus, Spike is much more lenient when it comes to censorship, so it wouldn’t have the same problems the original show did. You could even call it Monster Madness.

    Obviously this is just wishful thinking on my part, but it’d be very nice if this happened, don’t you think?

  • lilchitchit

    October 28, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I loved Monstervision. Long live Joe Bob.

  • LeyLey

    October 31, 2010 at 4:20 am

    Oh man, I used to love staying up on the weekend to watch Monster Vision. I never got to experience the pre-Joe Bob Briggs era, however.
    But for me, on the weekend nights after school was done for the week, it was either I was watching MV, or Up All Night on the USA network with Rhonda Shearer, I think was her name? Obviously she didn’t leave as big of an impression to the viewer as Joe did, but it was still fun times.

    One thing that I had not forgotten Joe Bob commenting on during one of the movies on Monster Vision was when he talked about a certain scene in “The Serpent and the Rainbow” movie’s airing. Entaling the main character’s private parts being whacked with a hammer and how he was shocked that no one was bursting into the scene to save the guy, much like you would expect in some other movie where this situation might occur. Yah, sure, it was kind of a horror movie, but it had the feeling of a mystery drama as well, so the scene felt so surreal to see and to have been described in the way that he had done it. I was literally cringing in pain at his description, it was great.

  • nomad175

    November 23, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Basically I missed all this, so my Joe Bob has been Rich Koz as Svengoolie. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, talk to anyone from the Chicago area.

  • randomail43

    January 23, 2011 at 9:44 am

    aww man, 1st i was born too late to play NES, now i was born too lt to watch monstervision? i wish i was born in the 80’s =(

  • Tito

    January 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    This leaves one option: James must bring back monster vision and host it.

  • January 26, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    monster vision was the best, i remember when it was just called “100% Weird”. when i was a teenager and they put Joe Bob as host i have to say i lost interest in the show.

  • February 28, 2011 at 8:43 am


    That is the best idea anyone has ever come up with…..ever…

  • March 13, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    One of my Favorite videos on Cinemassacre. I loved Monstervision. God I miss the 90’s.

    @nomad175: Berwyn!!! lol Rich Koz is the best. Chicago Best!

  • Murdock129

    April 24, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I make this promise.

    If I ever get high up in the television industry I’ll be sure to bring back MonsterVision, heck I’ll try and get you on as a guest host James

  • bigbuck64

    May 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    those were the good ol days. its too bad there gone.

  • fcabanski

    May 20, 2011 at 3:46 am

    I remember Joe Bob, but Svengoolie was and is better.

  • June 4, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I definitely remember watching Monstervision when i was a child with my best friend every weekend. It’s one of the things that got me into monster movies and now into my current burgeoning career as an artist. (well, Monstervision and the great old cartoons and comics of the 80’s and early 90’s) This was definitely a welcome walk down memory lane. Thanks for posting!

  • jonathanportm

    June 10, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Man Monstervision was one of my favorite programs on TNT when I was a kid! Loved it! Godzilla, Rodan, The Mysterians, Battle In Outer Space, The H-Man, the list goes on! Loved the 90s..

  • jonathanportm

    June 10, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    …I remember my first introduction to Monstervision. It was 1989 and I woke up in the middle of the night. Couldn’t sleep. I turned on the tv and the first station that was on happened to be TNT and the Monstervision bumper came up. Then Battle In Outer Space came on. I was hooked instantly. Thanks for posting! Great times.

  • jonathanportm

    June 10, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    ..actually it was Spring, 1993 lol Getting my dates all screwed up!

  • andrew23

    June 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm


  • Hajeil Sounak

    August 2, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Monster Vision was sweet, James. But what about USA UP All Night. I know you’ve got to remember that one. It was on the USA Network on Friday and Saturday nights with Rhonda Shear and Gilbert Gottfried hosting on those respective nights. I saw so many classic B horror movies on there that I still love today like Slugs, Killer Klowns From Outer Space and They Live.

    Of course a little nod to Elvira: Mistress of the Dark doesn’t hurt either.

  • haildarklord

    August 15, 2011 at 3:04 am

    I remember Svengoolie from the 80’s in Philadelphia and later in the 90’s Comcast Cable showed “Trailer Park” on the Sci-Fi Channel. I used to watch Trailer Park every night it came on. Around 1996 or 97, it disappeared and never returned. It showed all the monster movie trailers from all the years past. It was a great way to find cheap old movies and commentary about them with clips. Does anyone else remember this series and what happened to it?

  • Emptytproll

    August 17, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Joe Bob is actually bringing back MonsterVision, not under the same name of course but making a show of the same format and setting. Hes planning on debuting it on the HorrorNet Channel once the channel begins airing.

  • Quickflick

    August 24, 2011 at 12:29 am

    in the month of godzillathon did they run the same series of movies over and over. because i have two home vhs tapes of godzillathon. Can you still watch old reruns of monster vision anywhere?

  • DonSkiver

    September 19, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Oh the drive-in totals… How I miss Joe Bob πŸ™

  • svengoolie

    October 14, 2011 at 1:01 am

    I miss Monstervision. It was the best, yes, better than Svengoolie. Wait…

  • Tekkenfan

    December 17, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    man bet there was elm street fu man it would be cool if there was an episode where Joe bob meets the crypt keeper

  • IbanezJFS

    May 18, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Isn’t there some new horror movie network?

  • Vontux

    May 22, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Is this video hosted somewhere other than blip? Whenever I try to play it I’m told that the episode isn’t available.

  • AcTNBumpChannel

    August 5, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Does anybody happen to know what movie is playing at the very end of this video? the one with the alien-looking guy watching the explosion on screen and laughing?

    • jeff harrop

      March 8, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      hi the movie is called frankenstien meets the spacemonster, its on youtube cheers!!

  • Griff

    September 15, 2012 at 3:42 am

    late night TV in the 90’s was the greatest, Monster Vision, Mystery Science Theater 3000 and USA Up All Night

  • EvilDead159

    September 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    makes me wish i grew up in the 80s instead of the 90s dont get me wrong the 90s was awesome, the cartoons, the movies, the games, fuckin pokemon phenomina when it first came out watched the show religiously, fricken wb saturdays mornings nick and cartoon network…where was i? oh yea but this show i just know i would have loved shows liek these died off after the new millenium 80s and 90s had to have been the best years ever lol

  • September 23, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I remember sitting with my little brother with excitement every time this came on. I, however, only knew about this with Job Bob, and I do miss him. I hope they bring it back with him as the host. They can get away with a lot more on TV these days!

  • Nova1979

    October 18, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Back in 1998 while I was in college MonsterVision was still on. They had a segment where they would give you Joe Bobs email address and you could send him an email. I emailed him and told him he should be my Psychology teacher. I received a funny response back. Then a while later he appeared on a radio program called “Bob and Tom” and he mentioned a fan telling him once that he should become a psychology teacher. That was awesome to me a young adult geek. I too miss MonsterVision and Joe Bob. One of my favorite Joe Bob lines is when he called Jason Voorhees a “Melted Milk Dud”.

  • July 16, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    My rating for this video: “Four stars, check it out!”

  • Virtual Vernon

    September 24, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I use to love watching Monster Vision I was 8 years old in 1993, but remember the 1995 comeback more. AT that time I was 10 years old, and what kid in the 90s didn’t love video games, and horror movies. I lived in a 2 story duplex, and my grandma, and my uncle lived downstairs. So every weekend I would always go downstairs to watch Monster Vision with my Uncle. I lived on the boarder of Detroit, in Hamtramck. Its a little polish city in the center of detroit.

  • Calavera

    September 26, 2013 at 6:11 am

    James why are you so obsessed with horror movies? This is fine if you like it but it gives me a feeling the AVGN movie will turn out to have a bunch of “parodies” of horror movie. I can so see him having a frankenstein scene in the movie. It worries me, maybe I’m wrong and the movie will be awesome, but with no release date and still wanting more money.

  • September 27, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    I swear this guy hijacked my childhood. My life is like rolfes except the poor mans version lol.

  • October 8, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Loved monster vision , I always use to stay up and watch it with my grandfather and my dad πŸ™‚

  • Brett Halley

    October 13, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    On TCM they have horror movie marathons sometimes starting at 8:00. Best part is, no commercials during the movies!

  • Robert McNutt

    October 17, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I wish i knew about monster vision…

  • phoenix252005

    November 17, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    OMG I used to love watching Monstersvision every weekend when it was on!! I had no idea it was on before Joe Bob too! Its like we had the same teenage life! Im so glad you put up these Monster Madness vids,I loyally watch them every year since 2008 and still going strong! Thanks James for showing me all these awesome classics!

  • April 16, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    man kids these days don’t know how good they have it, just a button press away on netflix or amazon prime, man.

  • September 6, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Not sure if you knew or not James , but Joe Bob Briggs has website where he has movie reviews, a blog, answers questions and does other stuff.. it’s at http://www.joebobbriggs.com

  • fcabanski

    October 29, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Ir’s a poor man’s, national Svengoolie.

  • March 4, 2015 at 5:27 am

    lol i never thought about this but monster vision has come back a tiny bit on amc they used to air a special marathon called monster fest and has now been changed to fear fest on each october only they tend to play allot of the same movies and theyve been edited down like monster vision was but still good for a watch lol monster madness tops it for me tho

  • City Sleeps

    April 3, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    James rules

  • Rob Turner

    June 12, 2016 at 5:08 am

    Ah geez, that takes me back. TNT’s “MonsterVision” and “100 % Weird” were my drugs of choice as far as binge watching movies went for me as kid, and were usually the driving influence when it came to picking my movie(sometimes movies) at the video store, be it Blockbuster, Movie Stop, Movie Gallery, or Hollywood Video. There was me and 3 of my siblings at the time, so my mom would usually only let us pick one movie a piece. It seems we had very similar experiences; from the waiting all week for Saturday, right down to the drifting in and out during the marathons, mixing my nightmares/dreams with the movies. So many VHS tapes used. It’s sad thinking back on it sometimes, because the majority of my collection was ruined. I had fell on some hard times and had to use a friends unfinished basement as a free storage facility. After having been down there for almost a year, they had a water line burst down there and a lot of my VHS and the majority of my book collection was ruined. So many great memories, though. Usually alone(none of my friends were into those kinds of movies, so sleep overs would mainly consist of video games, cartoons, or more recent films of the time), or sometimes I could convince my older brother to stay up for a while and join me. I remember my mom getting super pissed at me for recording over her recordings of Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, and a few others I can’t remember right off hand. Looking back on it, it was pretty selfish of me, although I was only a kid. I didn’t really dig “her” movies, so I didn’t feel that bad about recording over them at the time. She would also get pissed at me for staying up through the night watching movies anyways(probably because I was around 6 when I started), kind of adding a real life element of suspense; would I make it through the night and be in the clear(albeit tired from so little sleep for the rest of the day) or would I get caught, then scolded and grounded? Most of my sessions consisted of me laying on my stomach not far from the tv with my blanket, pillows, snacks, and the tv turned down pretty low as not to wake anyone. They introduced me to a lot of great movies like Night of the Creeps, the Hammer Horror films(up until that point, I had only seen and known about Universal’s classics), The 3 Stooges Meet Hercules, The 3 Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze, THEM, Vincent Price movies, The Twilight Zone Movie(at that point I had only seen the show), The Night Gallery(up until that point, my only experience with Rod Serling’s work was The Twilight Zone), Abbot and Costello Meet the Wolfman, and all other manner of great entertaining movies. Definitely one of my favorite things from my childhood. In my top 5, that’s for sure. Other channels since have had their marathons, most of them only during October leading up to Halloween(there was the occasional oddly placed Christmas or summer marathons), but none ever pulled me in and kept me there like TNT’s. Also, Joe Bob is the man!

    • Rob Turner

      June 12, 2016 at 5:53 am

      *Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, not the Wolfman

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