MonsterVision Intro RESTORED!

James / October 25th, 2015

First of all, thanks everybody for the help finding some of the missing clips. They’re all found now!

For everyone who remembers staying up late to watch horror movies on TV, this is a true re-creation of the classic TNT MonsterVision intro from 1993. Until now, the only videos of it on YouTube were of poor quality, from old VCR recordings. But now, Cinemassacre has gone through the effort of restoring the intro to its full glory.

All the film clips have been found, and re-edited, to match the original intro exactly. Compare it to the original, and see for yourself.

The colorization, lightning effects and animated graphics were recreated faithfully by Torey Haas.

Torey made a film called Invasion of the Undead, which is kind of like Ghostbusters, Suspiria, and Evil Dead. See it here!

The MonsterVision clips are from:

The Monster (1925) with Lon Chaney

Doctor X (1932)

The Devil Doll (1936)

The Walking Dead (1936) with Boris Karloff

Return of Doctor X (1939) with Humphrey Bogart

The Haunting (1963)


  • Mac Tonight

    October 25, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Cool 🙂 TNT in the 90’s was awesome, who else remembers WCW monday night nitro?

    • Rennie Page

      October 25, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      Best show in the world at the time never missed a single episode.

  • Larry Hood

    October 25, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    I still have a letter Joe Bob wrote back to me when I was a kid. Helluva guy.

  • October 25, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Watch the restored & original side by side…

  • JayRam

    October 25, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Damn, that looks good.

    RE lightning effects, does anybody know to how recreate them in a video editor or After Effects? Not talking about the bolt itself, but the flash.

  • Doctor What

    October 25, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    James or Mike, do you remember TNT 100% Weird as well? Great work on the Monstervision btw

  • October 25, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    thanks 😀

  • Joelski

    October 25, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    James, have you ever tried to joe bob briggs to join you in some of your Monster Madness series? I don’t know what he is up to these days but it would be great to see him again on film especially with a fan like you.

    • Ace

      October 26, 2015 at 7:36 am

      Agreed, for all of the love you’ve given Monstervision over the years, it would be great to see a Joe Bob segment in the tradition of Lloyd Kaufman’s legendary appearance.

  • October 25, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    This is so cool! Great job! 🙂

  • Uncle Sporkums

    October 25, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    WOW! Amazing! Kudos to all involved. I’ve been looking for old promos and checking the corresponding schedules, to match which movies aired that night.

  • bith the black

    October 25, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    That’s great. Brings back so many childhood memories

  • greedo

    October 25, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Looks quite good!

  • Jeff Parson

    October 25, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Yes I was a fan of joe bob briggs also.

  • October 25, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    There’s clips from Devil Doll in there? Got to be one of the house/castle shots, because I can’t think of what else it would be.

  • Kevin McLaughlin

    October 25, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Cool intro

  • October 26, 2015 at 12:34 am

    James Rolfe Please Please Please Please Please Please Bring back more & New AVGN Episodes it’s been so Long since you have made ANY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ace

      October 26, 2015 at 7:38 am

      Relax, Halloween always has a new AVGN.

  • October 26, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Great job. Now quick, somebody restore Joe Bob’s career so I’ll have something to watch on Saturday nights.

  • Tom Waits

    October 26, 2015 at 4:14 am

    Fuckin hell! Great job boys! You were talkin bout it for a while, and you really knocked it out of the park. It looks so strange in HD. I almost couldn’t believe it. I’m so used to seeing it 4:3 and fuzzy as CRTV’s get.
    Cinnemassacre, preserving history one piece of useless trivia at a time, and I fucking love you for it.

  • NEON_N64

    October 26, 2015 at 4:32 am

    Awesome job guys 🙂

  • Dylan Spallin

    October 26, 2015 at 8:04 am

    This is great, James! Thanks for the look back into your childhood.

  • culwin

    October 28, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Late-night cable was great in the late 80’s and 90’s.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    November 1, 2015 at 1:58 am

    That’s pretty cool. Very well done. I’m surprised you haven’t tried to work with Turner.

  • The_Gutter_Boy

    January 15, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Joe bob was my sage in the early days. I remember him from drive-in theater on TMC. A badass fringe movie reporter before there was such a thing. Thank you Joe Bob!

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