Turner Classic Movies
Assuming you have a humongous front door or outstanding insurance, Thursdays in June will be good night to pull your car into the living room, park it in front of your flatscreen, turn the channel to TCM, and try to relive the golden age of drive-in monster movies as TCM is loading its schedule this month with nothing but classic old school monster movies.
As if Turner Classic Movies wasn’t already a fantastic channel as is (they’re airing the 1977 Jaws with claws cult classic Grizzly this Friday at 2:00 AM ET), every Thursday in June they’ll be running all-night Atomic Age monster movie marathons. From Godzilla to Harryhausen, from classics like The Thing from Another World to not-so-classics like Creature from the Haunted Sea to bad movie greatness like The Giant Claw… Here’s TCM’s own press release:
It came from the drive-in! The al fresco movie theater, a rage of the 1950s and ’60s, spawned a new type of film — the creature feature aimed at Atomic Age teenagers. These youngsters found their own parked car a perfect place to fall into each other’s arms while being scared silly by B-movie monsters, often representing the anxieties of the age, such as threats of nuclear war or science run amok. What could be more nostalgic, or more fun, than reliving those warm summer nights of dreamy dates and dread-inducing double features?
TCM presents a summertime festival spotlighting some of the most sensational monsters to have graced those drive-in movie screens that once dotted the American landscape. No less than 15 of the films are TCM premieres, including four examples of the Golden Age of Japanese movie monsters. Godzilla, King of the Monsters (1956) is the Americanized version of the 1954 Japanese film Gojira, introducing the giant monster to U.S. audiences with re-dubbing and inserted scenes featuring Raymond Burr as a reporter who helps fight the menace. Also screening: Rodan (1957), Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster (1965), and Godzilla vs. Monster Zero (1970).
Other campy creatures making their TCM debuts include Tarantula (1955), a spider that grows to the size of large buildings; The Cyclops (1957), a one-eyed terror who’s 25 feet tall; The Giant Behemoth (1959), a once-dormant dinosaur that rises from a polluted ocean emitting deadly radiation; and The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (1955), another radioactive monster from the deep.
On the distaff side, we have Susan Cabot as The Wasp Woman (1959); Attack of the 50-Foot Woman (1958), starring Allison Hayes; and Queen of Outer Space (1958), which includes the great Zsa Zsa Gabor!
Also in June TCM’s sister network, TNT, premieres the powerful new drama series “Falling Skies” from executive producer Steven Spielberg and starring Noah Wyle, which follows a group of survivors in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack. “Falling Skies” premieres Sunday, June 19, at 9:00 PM ET.
Below you’ll find the schedules for each Thursday’s line-up starting with tomorrow’s Godzilla-thon, and below that you’ll find the campy commercial TCM cooked up to promote it. All times are Eastern.
8:00 PM – Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)
9:45 PM – Rodan (1957)
11:15 PM – Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (1964)
1:00 AM – Godzilla Vs. Monster Zero (1970)
2:45 AM – Dinosaurus! (1960)
4:15 AM – The Valley of Gwangi (1969)
8:00 PM – Them! (1954)
9:45 PM – The Cosmic Monsters (1958)
11:15 PM – Tarantula (1955)
12:45 AM – The Black Scorpion (1957)
2:30 AM – The Giant Claw (1957)
3:00 AM – The Wasp Woman (1959)
8:00 PM – Attack of the 50-Foot Woman (1958)
9:30 PM – Village of the Giants (1965)
11:00 PM – Queen of Outer Space (1958)
12:30 AM – Mars Needs Women (1968)
2:00 AM – Cyclops (1957)
3:30 AM – The Manster (1962)
4:45 AM – The Killer Shrews (1959)
8:00 PM – It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955)
9:30 PM – The Monster that Challenged the World (1957)
11:00 PM – The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
12:30 AM – The Giant Behemoth (1959)
2:00 AM – The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1955)
3:30 AM – Creature From the Haunted Sea (1961)
8:00 PM – The Blob (1958)
9:30 PM – The H-Man (1958)
11:00 PM – The Magnetic Monster (1953)
12:30 AM – X The Unknown (1956)
2:00 AM – The Thing From Another World (1951)
3:30 AM – It! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958)
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