Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Creature Double Feature

I saw some very exciting news on the WB56 10 O'Clock News last week. Well, not actually on the news, but on one of the commercials during the news. Creature Double Feature is returning. True, it looks like its only a one-time deal for now, but there's still the possibility that it could be returning on a semi-regular basis.

For people of a certain age (roughly, my age) and possessed of a certain taste (roughly, my taste), Creature Double Feature is a cultural touchstone chock full of Godzilla battling various multi-headed space creatures, giant flying turtles carrying small Japanese children, and kind of creepy, kind of boring British vampire films. Many was the sunny and beautiful Saturday afternoon I spent glued in front of the television, coming down from the sugary high of breakfast cereals and Saturday morning cartoons, only to be lifted up again by War of the Gargantuans or Return of the Super Colossal Man.

Creature Double Feature comes from the tale end of an era when there were no VCRs, no Internet, and there were still large pockets of the world (well, my neighborhood, anyway) that didn't have cable television. Finding something entertaining to watch was the result of either a crapshoot or careful analysis of the TV Guide. But every Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., there was a virtual guarantee of television goodness, complete with men in rubber monster suits, to please the 10-year-old boy in everyone.

This Saturday, Channel 56 is showing Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster and The Giant Gila Monster. Hopefully, there will be 10-year-old boys out there who will realize that there is more to life than gameboys, Ipods, and instant messaging. Yes indeed, there is a whole other world of men in giant rubber monster suits and giant radioactive lizards. Thank you, Creature Double Feature.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

THAT is awesome!
It's funny because I don't know how long the Creature Double Feature phenomenon lasted, but whenever I mention it to people just either side of our age I usually get a blank stare.

I'll have to set the DVR to record...

Dave W.

11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ahh the good old days... i actually looked forward to rainy saturdays so i had an excuse for staying inside and watching creatur double feature...i knew the monsters were actors in rubber suits but it didnt matter....i knew the acting was bad but i didnt care... i knew the cars and such the monsters stepped on were just matchbox cars but it did not matter...i guess the "hokeiness" of it is what mad them soooooo good.

10:40 AM  

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