Horror host Svengoolie is featuring the Universal Monster sequel Revenge of the Creature this week, and we reeled in the scaley details. For the young boils and ghouls, a horror host is like a spooktacular tour guide to horror flicks and cheesy B movies. Back in the 1950s and 60s, when vintage horror films haunted the TV screens, these hosts swooped in to save the day. They made airtime a scream and effortlessly slotted the films into programming blocks.
Sven (aka Rich Koz) keeps the tradition alive over at MeTV every Saturday night. This Saturday, Svengoole will be featuring a real classic, 1955’s Revenge of the Creature. As Sven says in the promo, “Revenge is a dish best served cold… blooded!”
Universal has a long history of horror films, starting with Lon Chaney’s Phantom of the Opera during the silent period. As time passed, their horror characters evolved to reflect the changing times. In the 1930s, audiences embraced gothic characters like Dracula and Frankenstein.
However, in the 1950s, the atomic age brought science-fiction monsters to the forefront of movies. One such film, 1954’s The Creature from the Black Lagoon, captured the imagination of audiences. It followed heroic scientists on the quest to capture a missing link between land and sea: the amphibious Gill-man. Designed by Millicent Patrick, Gill-man’s iconic costume, complete with scales and menacing, webbed claws, remains impressive to this day. Director Jack Arnold even filmed the project in 3-D, solidifying its 50s legacy.
Svengoolie’s Next Fright Flick, ‘Revenge of the Creature’ Has a Special Cameo
Revenge of the Creature was the 1955 follow-up, also directed by Arnold. The plot plays something like King Kong, with the Gill-man getting captured and brought to civilization. Of course, he breaks loose and runs amok in the city, just like Kong back in 1931.
While not as highly regarded as its predecessor, this film marks Clint Eastwood’s screen debut, where he breaks away from his usual tough guy persona. He portrays Jennings, a nerdy lab assistant, who hilariously complains to the lead character (John Agar) about their cat eating a lab rat. However, the scene takes a comical turn when it is revealed that Jennings had forgotten the rat was in his coat pocket.
Of course, Svengoolie will likely have the Eastwood fact along with many others for his screening of Revenge of the Creature. Join Sven for the amphibious fright flick this Saturday night on MeTV.
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