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You can't keep a good zombie down. MonsterVision offers skeptical viewers clear proof in the form of Return of the Living Dead, a film that manages the tricky task of being both funny and scary. That's "living dead" as in Night of the Living Dead (NOTLD if you please) and "return" as in "not much to do with the first but it's a catchy title." We'll draw the connections between the two films after catching our collective breaths a bit

Until then how about a plot synopsis? We heard you all panting and pleading, "Please please fill us in." So here ya go: It seems that a big shark, no wait. There's a second-rate boxer who wants a shot at the top -- darn, that's not it either. Ok, zombies. They return. Basically, we've got a couple of working class stiffs (haha, we made a pun) employed at a Kentucky medical supply house. Unknown to them, there are canisters of a toxic chemical stored nearby after a disastrous spill in Pittsburgh in the late 60s (remember NOTLD?). The canisters break open, causing some formerly deceased citizens to prowl around hissing, "More brains," like they own the darn place. Oh, did we mention the punks? Well, there are some, and punks being punks they thought a cemetery was a nice place to party. Perhaps, but not tonight

Return of the Living Dead has one of those twisted, headache-inducing histories. NOTLD's director George Romero and co-writer John Russo were two of the people who owned rights to that film. They ended up settling a very confusing legal mess by giving Romero rights to the word "dead" (as in his two sequels Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead) while Russo got the phrase "living dead" and the right to make his own sequel. Russo then wrote the story for that sequel, titled it Return of the Living Dead and promptly didn't make it. Fast forward a bit until another producer bought the story and sequel rights, enlisting Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Tobe Hooper to direct (in 3-D, according to one rumor). Hooper dropped out so in comes Dan O'Bannon, a former screenwriter (Alien, Dark Star) making his directorial debut. The final turn of the screw is that O'Bannon would later write two of Hooper's films, Lifeforce and Invaders from Mars

Which shouldn't distract us from the essentially sublime spectacle of the dead who, living, have returned. There do have to be a few non-dead actors which is why Return of the Living Dead highlights a stream of people you can almost name. Like Clu Gulager (Burt), a some-time TV actor who's graced Tapeheads and The Last Picture Show. Or James Karen (Frank) who seems to have made his debut in Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster before heading on to work with Robert Redford, Marlon Brando and Oliver Stone. We'll bet most MonsterVision viewers are more interested in cult fave Linnea Quigley (Trash -- that's the character name not some libelous opinion) who generally inhabits films like Robot Ninja, Night of the Demons and Assault of the Party Nerds. And Joe Bob will never let us skip Jewel Shepard (Casey), the perky adornment to Hollywood Hot Tubs and Caged Heat II

Despite Return of the Living Dead's ho-hum-a-sequel title, this is one almost-lost gem which has never ceased to make the MonsterVision staff glad we're alive. Just observe Joe Bob wiping away a sentimental tear as he gives us the drive-in totals:


Now that I'm a country music singin celebrity, I thought it was about time to install a modern stereo system in my metallic-blue 73 Toronado, and so I went to Radio Shack and bought four of the biggest Tune Master speakers they had. The only thing I don't like about 'em is how nobody can get in the car except me cause they take up the whole back seat and part of the front one, but I swear if I ever total that sucker, God's gonna hear some Chuck Berry while he's hauling me up to Heaven.

Joe Bob Briggs, and tonight we got one of the greatest face-eating gut-spewers of all time, one of the top-ten cult hits of the eighties, "Return of the Living Dead." And joining us to discuss her role as the punk rocker who dances nekkid in the graveyard is the Scream Queen herself, Linnea Quigley. [hoots, whistles] You guys be good. And we'll top THAT off with the teen slasher of shark movies, Jaws 2.

You know, I had to pay for my stereo on the seven-year installment plan, but listen here what I got: Tweeters. Woofers. Sub-woofers. Reverse Tweeters. Bleeders. Screamers. Moaners. And here's the best part: Optional Permanent Eardrum Damage Knob. I told em to stick everything on there, including a bunch of knobs and lights that I could play around with like I know what they're for. I had to get a new hydraulic suspension system just to get the Toronado moving, but the first day of my new stereo I hauled it down to the main street of Grapevine, pulled up at a stop light where there was seven other cars waiting, and hit the "Interplanetary Metal" button, and I'm sorry, I didn't really mean for anything to happen, but three people got Van Halened to death. Then I kinda moseyed on down the avenue and I pulled up next to a couple goat ranchers from over in Decatur, and I rolled up the windows so we wouldn't have any more meaningless death, and I pressed the button marked Madonna Fu, and later on I interviewed those guys in the hospital, and they said it was a feeling exactly like being kicked in the throat with a set of cheerleader booties.

Next thing, I figured what the hey, I might as well give it a try, and so I headed down to Houston Inter-continental Airport and I parked the Toronado out on the tarmac so there'd be plenty of 747 Jumbo Jet noise, and then I set the automatic Dolby Wah-Wah Fader Defeat Device to go off in exactly six minutes, and then I started running cause I knew as soon as it got down to zero, the pin would give out and the thing would automatically depress "Nuclear Wayne Newton." I guess yall heard what happened. The only thing that bothers me about it is when three terrorist groups in Beirut, Lebanon, called up claiming responsibility.

Speaking of singing zombies, "Return of the Living Dead" deserves serious consideration as one of the finest zombie exploding-head comedies of all time. What we got here is a bunch of corpses that the U.S. Army decides to stick in pressurized Spam cannisters, perfectly preserving them like giant Starkist Tunas on Quaaludes. But a bunch of guys in the mailroom get the cadavers confused with some C-Rations and ship the human Spam specimens off to a medical supply warehouse in Louisville, Kentucky. Before you know it, the cannisters spring a leak, and what've we got? If you've ever been to Louisville, Kentucky, you KNOW what we got--brain-eating zombies walking around downtown going "You got 20 cents for a blood transfusion?" Let's do those drive-in totals.
We have:
Nineteen dead bodies (plus fragments).
Ten breasts (shame on you, TNT censors).
Two zombie breasts.
One-hundred twenty-five zombies.
Mummy dogs.
One-half zombie dog.
Ten gallons blood.
Gratuitous embalming.
Nekkid punk-rocker fondue.
Gratuitous midget zombie.
Torso S&M.
One motor vehicle chase (totalled by zombies).
Heads roll.
Brains roll.
Arms roll. twitching zombie arm
Hands roll.
We're talking four stars. Check it out, and don't forget, Linnea Quigley is coming by to chat with us.

[fading] The best stereo system I ever saw, it had MhZ's, KhZ's, VD's, and AUX's. But mine's got somethin I never even saw on a stereo before: the habanero pepper knob. You don't wanna use that knob too much, but, hey, if you ever need it, it's there.

"RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD" Commercial Break #1

All RIGHT, only 19 minutes into this baby, and I'm already in a better mood than I've been in in months. I love this movie. I think it's got the perfect mixture of comedy and reality. This was written and directed by Dan O'Bannon, the guy who wrote Alien, and was originally supposed to be directed by Tobe Hooper, who is best known, of course, for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist. Actually, I'll back up and tell you a little more about it. Night of the Living Dead came out in 1968, and it was made by a couple of guys in the advertising business in Pittsburgh--George Romero, the director, and his writing partner John Russo. So after it became THE most successful independent horror film in history, Romero and Russo started fussing with each other over who had the rights. And you know what they settled on? Russo got the rights to the script and to the words "Living Dead," but Romero got the rights to the word "Dead" by itself. Are you following this? That's why George Romero's sequels are not "Living Dead" movies, they're "Dead" movies--Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead. Not to be confused with Sam Raimi's Evil Dead series. I wonder if Sam owns the rights to the words "evil dead." He's busy making the Spider-Man movie now. So anyway, Russo, the forgotten partner in the series, ends up owning "living dead." He writes up this story, the one we're watching, in the early seventies. Then in the late seventies he sells the story to a Chicago stockbroker. The Chicago stockbroker hires Dan O'Bannon to write a NEW script, and Tobe Hooper to direct it. Tobe drops out. Dan takes over as director. They make the movie. The people who own Romero's "dead" movies SUE 'EM to prevent its release, saying it'll be confused with Romero's films. They fight about it. They settle it. It comes out a year late. End of story. I'll shut up now, cause we got the scene that almost single-handedly MADE Linnea Quigley, and seriously contributed to her being the scream queen she is today. Linnea, are you here?

[quick shot of Linnea]
Does this scene embarrass you?
Okay, go.

[fading] And, you know, when Day of the Dead did finally come out, the third in Romero's series, some people said the reason it flopped at the box office is that THIS movie came out first, ruining zombie movies forever. After you've seen these cadavers, it's hard to take the original ones seriously anymore. Somehow, in the early eighties, Zombie America had changed. As you'll see, right now, when our guest Linnea Quigley, as the punk rocker Trash, writhes bodaciously on a tombstone.

"RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD" Commercial Break #2

That was the lovely Linnea Quigley, rising to scream queen immortality by dancing nekkid on a tombstone. Or as nekkid as we're allowed to show you here on TNT. And here with us tonight is the number one scream queen in the world, a gal who's made almost sixty movies, and the star of that scene, Linnea Quigley herself. A lot of people remember that scene, don't they?
[Linnea answers]
You know, TNT may have excised a little breastage there, but I gotta give credit where it's due--EXCELLENT pickaxe to the twitching brain, followed by one of my OTHER favorite scenes, the "rabid weasels" scene, in which the disembodied cadaver arm attacks the mortician played by Don Calfa. He's such the voice of reason, isn't he? "You can't burn the weasels alive, it's too cruel. Let's take em out into the parking lot and shoot em." I don't know when the last time you saw this movie was, but did you catch the allusion to Ernie and Burt?
You seem so demure, and every time I see you in the movies, you're some kind of man-killing demon-possessed punk goddess.
For the people that aren't familiar with your career . . . your first film is one of my favorites. It's another one where you're topless. You know what I'm talking about?
[Linnea--talks about "Fairy Tales"]
That was in your pre-victim days. It wasn't long before you were getting decapitated, stabbed, prodded, and, of course, attacked by a demon-possessed shower head. What movie was that?
What have they asked you to do that you WON'T do?
Okay, before we get too sidetracked, we better get back to the flick.

[fading] See, I noticed the Ernie and Burt references because I study these movies carefully for literary allusions. Some filmmakers make allusions to Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Jane Austin, Shakespeare. Not Dan O'Bannon. Dan alludes to "Sesame Street." Man knows his audience. I didn't just offend you, did I?

"RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD" Commercial Break #3

"Frankly, Burt, I think you acted precipitously in cutting up the corpse." Ernie has all the best lines in the movie. But we've got the gal with the best something else here with us, Linnea Quigley. And there's another B-movie star in the cast, Jewel Shepard. Jewel's the one with the bad pompadour, which does NOT do her justice. She wrote a book where she interviewed you, right?
[Linnea--talks about "Invasion of the B-Girls"]
You guys are dressed kinda like punk rockers in this flick--and in several of your movies, they cast you that way--but what some people don't know is that you WERE a punk rocker, right? With a band in El Lay?
[Linnea talks about The Skirts]
But that was before you became the Scream Queen. When people hire you to be a Scream Queen, what is it they're looking for? Obviously, you're beautiful. But what's the secret to being a good victim-hero. Because you're a victim AND a hero, right? You get picked on, and then you pick back.
You ever get tired of being a Scream Queen?
Well, I think this flick is one of your best. And why don't we get back to it.

[fading] You know, Jewel wrote another book, too. Her memoirs. It's called "If I'm So Famous, How Come Nobody's Ever Heard of Me?" Great title. I can relate. "You're that guy." You know what I say when I say that? "Yes I AM that guy." I think of it as a compliment. Better to be "that guy" than to be what they used to call me. "You LOOK LIKE that guy."

"RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD" Commercial Break #4

And so Linnea Quigley realizes her fantasy of sex and death, as she is devoured by old-man zombies. Linnea, thank you so much for stopping by. I never did ask you to scream for us.
Thanks again. [Linnea exits] I should point out that that's Thom Mathews as Freddy, who's now very upset that he's turnin into the living dead. You may remember him as Tommy from Friday the 13th Part VI." He was also in Return of the Living Dead, Part 2 as a DIFFERENT character, which is a whole other story. This movie here is definitely his tour de force, though. And while the zombies party down, it might be a good time to open up some viewer mail, in what we call "Joe Bob's Advice to the Hopeless," [enters] and here to help us out is the lively TNT Mail Girl, Rusty. Linnea is lookin GOOD, isn't she?

MAIL GIRL: She's okay.
Do I detect a little jealousy?
MAIL GIRL: Please. I'm just a little thrown, cause I was gonna do that crazy zombie walk, but this movie doesn't have those kinds of zombies in it, does it?
No, the ones that lurch around are the George Romero zombies. Why don't you do it anyway, though?
C'mon, it'll be cute.
MAIL GIRL: No . . .

Why not?
MAIL GIRL: The moment has passed.
You should have done it when you came out.
MAIL GIRL: I know.
Now you're self-conscious.
Does the wardrobe department ever make you self-conscious?
MAIL GIRL: Here, why don't you read a letter. It's from Jonathan B. Thornton of Montgomery, Alabama.

"Dear Mr. Briggs,
"I really enjoy watching your show and catch it every chance I get. I especially like it when you show movies such as 'Night of the Living Dead,' and any other 'Living Dead' movie. Which brings me to my next point. I am an aspiring make-up artist trying to get as much experience and exposure as possible. Enclosed are some photos of my work. What you see is just a small sample of what I am capable of. If it wouldn't be too much of an inconvenience, the next time you show one of those movies while hosting 'MonsterVision' I would like to make you up as a 'Living Dead' Zombie. If this idea sounds like something you and/or your Producer would be interested in, please contact me. Thank you for your time and keep running those 'Living Dead' movies.
"Jonathan B. Thornton,
Montgomery, Alabama."

Okay, Jonathan, I LOVE to see people with a goal in life. A lot of great artists have come out of Montgomery. Can we get a shot of these? [shows pics] One of em I don't think I can show on basic cable.
MAIL GIRL: It looks like a dismembered, um . . .
Member. Its membership was severed. I hope this is fake. Very cool work, man, but I'll pass on the makeup job. I can't stand icky stuff on my face. They had me in makeup six hours for The Stand, just so I could die realistically.
MAIL GIRL: You were in "The Stand"?
MAIL GIRL: You had the full killer-flu makeup?
MAIL GIRL: Why don't I remember that?
I don't know.
MAIL GIRL: I've watched "The Stand" twice. I don't remember you in it.
Thank you very much. I'm in it.
MAIL GIRL: Huh. I'll have to watch it again. [leaves]
Well, don't do me any favors. . . . Did you see "The Stand"? Notice anybody? [no reaction from crew]

"RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD" Commercial Break #5

Well, it's pretty much Zombierama now, isn't it? "Send . . . more . . . paramedics!" How bout the blood pooling up in Freddy's back--nice touch, huh? The special effects on this were done by Fantasy II Film Effects, same company that did both Terminator movies, "Boxing Helena," which is pretty sick in the F/X department, Dracula--some pretty big movies. This flick was made for only four million bucks, most of it spent on special zombie effects. Another excellent example comin up right now, so let's roll it.

[fading] "Boxing Helena," where Julian Sands surgically removes all of Sherilyn Fenn's limbs one at a time. Written and directed by Jennifer Lynch, the off-spring of David Lynch. Of course. Can you imagine growin up in that household? "Happy seventh birthday, Jenny! Here's an Easy-Bake Oven and a dead bird! Let's see what you can make!"

"RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD" Commercial Break #6

So here we have that classic dilemma of all great zombie films. What do you do when your boyfriend wants to eat your brain so that the two of you can be together for eternity? Sam Raimi did a little bit of a gender reversal on it in "Evil Dead" when it's the GIRLFRIEND who goes zombie on us. But we're dealing with the same basic philosophical dilemma. And as far as I know, it's always resolved the same way: you ram a steel spike through your significant other's skull. I should also mention James Karen as Frank, the guy who's fighting off rigor mortis along with Thom Mathews as Freddy. You probably remember him from "Poltergeist." He's Craig T. Nelson's boss, the dimwit who builds the tract homes on top of the corpses. You may've seen him in a LOT of things, come to think of it. Works all the time. Okay, you know what, I'm gonna shut up, cause this movie's too good to hold up. In fact, let's run the rest of it. Sizzling conclusion to "Return of the Living Dead."

[fading] Why did that blonde zombie say that eating brains stops the pain, but they're not really EATING the brains? They're chomping INTO the brains, but they're not really INGESTING the brains. Is that more editing by TNT? They're a little uptight about excessive organ-consumption. But it's organ-consumption that IS integral to the plot.


Goodbye, Louisville, Kentucky. As far as I know, that's one of the few films in history to use Louisville, Kentucky, as an integral part of its plot, and mainly it's to blow it up at the end. Actually, Louisville, Kentucky, is an integral part of the plot of The Hustler. Anyway, here's my interpretation of the end of that movie: EYE think they're saying that when the army nukes the place, and the acid rain starts again, it's like the nuclear version of burning the zombie in the incinerator. Now every dead thing within a hundred miles is gonna be hopping around like a chicken with its head cut off. Including chickens with their heads cut off. I'd hate to be in the frozen food section right now. But the guys who made the sequel didn't latch onto that idea--part two's just pretty much the same story, where they find more of the zombies in the tuna cans.

Okay, next week we only have time for one movie cause it's one of those NBA Big Hoohaw Slam Dunk Nights. But after the game, we're showing The Gate, the kiddie demon flick that stars the young Steven Dorff as the yard monster who opens a gate to Hell in his back yard.

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Ministers of Parliament engage in a spirited debate over the country's preparedness for the Zombie Apocalypse

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Next week's MonsterVision movie The Gate

Joe Bob also has reviewed Day Of The Dead
Night Of The Living Dead
And of course
Return Of The Living Dead 2

Not to be confused with his Night Of The Comet review

According to Ripley's Believe It Or Not, some types of cancer stay alive after their victim has died!

Host segment transcript of 5-1-99 broadcast
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Weekly World MonsterVision ... Week of May 1, 1999

Saturday, May 1
Feature: Return of the Living Dead (1975) at 10:35 pm
Two workers in a military warehouse inadvertently open a top secret cannister containing a plague-infected corpse. A toxic gas escapes creating a wicked acid rain which has a powerful effect on the local graveyard. Pretty soon, a mob of organ-eating zombies are screaming for "Brains! More Brains!" One of the few films to effectively mix horror and comedy, this morbid spoof has you laughing one minute, cringing the next. This was the directorial debut of Dan O'Bannon, the screenwriter of Alien and Dead and Buried. Rating: TV-14-LV
Second Feature: Jaws 2 (1978) at 12:50 am
Chief Brody (Roy Schieder) once again battles a marauding Great White as it chomps away at the vacationing population of Amity Island. Only problem is, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw aren't around this time to help the chief out, only a bunch of horny teenagers with the collective IQ of a fencepost. You'll be rooting for Bruce the mechanical shark before it's all over. Rating: TV-14-LV
100% Weird: Overlords of the UFO (1978) at 3:45 am
WE ARE NOT ALONE but after you see this "documentary" about our little friends from outer space, you'll sure wish we were. You'll hear tales about alien abductions and unwanted physical examinations. (What are they looking for? Crackerjack prizes?) You'll see some of the cheesiest looking flying saucers ever foisted on an unsuspecting public. And, as a bonus, Uri Geller bends spoons. We're not sure what the connection is between Uri and UFOs but just go with the flow in this one. Somehow this movie led to the Leonard Nimoy TV-series In Search Of... Rating: TV-PG
100% Weird Featurette
Bigfoot - Man or Beast? (1975) at 5:45 am
The mythical beast of rural America rears her hairy butt and pendulous breasts in this seldom-seen documentary (for reasons which are self-evident). It also includes footage from the infamous home movie made by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin which is almost as well known as the Zapruder JFK assassination footage. Rating: TV-G
Saturday, May 8
Feature: The Gate (1987) at 1am
Killer imps from another dimension pour out of a big hole in Stephen Dorff's backyard and generally make life pretty miserable for him and his pals in this special-effects schlockfest which doesn't make a whole hell of a lot of sense but who's complaining since this is one MonsterVision flick which actually has monsters! Rating: TV-PG-V
Second Feature: The Last Days of Planet Earth (1973) at 3:10 am
Granted, this Japanese import doesn't have any big stars. But it does have motorcycle gangs committing mass suicide, atomic mutants, vampire bats, and some other pretty nasty critters. And all of it is predicted to happen in the year 1999 by Nostradamus! Rating: TV-14-V
Saturday, May 15
MonsterVision will be pre-empted this week due to the NBA playoffs
Saturday, May 22
Feature: Love Potion No. 9 (1972) at 10:30 pm
Films have been based on old TV sitcoms so why not a movie based on a classic rock 'n roll song by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller? Two high school science nerds (Tate Donovan and Sandra Bullock) let down their hair after contact with an aphrodisiac brewed up by gypsy Anne Bancroft. Rating: TV-14-L
Second Feature: The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) at 12:45 am
Rumors of a powerful drug in Haiti that turns people into zombies compels a Harvard anthropologist (Bill Pullman) to visit the Caribbean island and conduct further research with the assistance of psychiatrist Cathy Tyson. Based on Wade Davis' non-fiction account of the voodoo netherworld in Haiti, this Wes "Scream" Craven thriller tosses in plenty of nightmare-inducing surprises like the scene where Bill Pullman is buried alive with a giant tarantula. Enjoy! Rating: TV-14-V
100% Weird: Twice Told Tales (1963) at 3:05 am
Vincent Price is in rare form in this trilogy of terror based on three stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The stories include "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment" about a formula that retards aging, "Rappaccini's Daughter" in which the title character has a poisonous touch, and "The House of Seven Gables" featuring a haunted house bearing a family curse. Rating: TV-PG-V
Saturday, May 29
Feature: The Time Machine (1960) at 11:30 am An inventor (Rod Taylor) at the turn-of-the-century discovers the key to time travel and journeys through the future, witnessing two world wars and a nuclear holocaust, before arriving in the year 802, 701. What he finds there are two races: the Eloi, a passive race of blonde vegetarians, and the Morlocks, an underground race of mutant cannibals who feast on the latter. An Oscar winning fantasy from producer/director George Pal, based on the novel by H. G. Wells. Rating: TV-G
Second Feature: Time After Time (1979) at 2:05 am
What do novelist H. G. Wells and Jack the Ripper have in common? Would you believe they used to be colleagues until they had a nasty falling out over a time machine? Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenburgen, and David Warner star in a time-tripping fantasy that opens in Victorian London and winds up in present day San Francisco. Rating: TV-14
Saturday, June 5
Feature: The Hand (1981) at 1am
Michael Caine plays a cartoonist who has a real nasty accident and loses one of his favorite body parts. Well, actually he doesn't exactly lose it! Let's just say that breaking up is hard to do! Rating: TV-14-V
Second Feature: Beyond Belief (1979) at 3:30 am
Host Richard Mathews takes you on a guided tour through an alternate universe featuring faith healers, reincarnation, and ESP in this pseudodocumentary directed by Alan Baker. Rating: TV-PG
Saturday, June 12
Feature: Malice (1993) at 10:25 pm
A College dean, his ambitious wife, and a new boarder in their house make a strange and deadly threesome in this twisted melodrama which also features a subplot involving a serial rapist who is stalking campus coeds. Alec Baldwin, Nicole Kidman, Bill Pullman, George C. Scott, Anne Bancroft, and Bebe Neuwirth are featured. Rating: TV-14-V
Second Feature: Sleepstalker (1995) at 12:45 am
Oh, Mister Sandman, make me a dream....uh, make that a nightmare. Inspired by a mythical character in children's books, this wicked black comedy stars Michael Harris as The Sandman, a demonic creature who sings lullabies to his victims before putting them to sleep FOREVER! Kathryn Morris is the constantly screaming heroine and the clever special effects are by Chris Walker. Rating: TV-14
100% Weird: Mysteries From Beyond Earth (1977) at 3:15 am
From UFOs through witchcraft, from psychic healing to a stop at the Bermuda Triangle - all this and more is covered in one of the more obscure "Mondo movies" from the mid-seventies. Rating: TV-PG
100% Weird Featurette: Bigfoot - Man or Beast? (1975) at 5:15 am
See description above. Rating: TV-G
Saturday, June 19
Feature: Back to the Future (1985) at 10:30 pm
We know what you're thinking. What's scary about this flick? Well, if Crispin Glover doesn't make your skin crawl, then nothing will. But, seriously folks, what could be creepier than to jump in a time machine and return to the fifties to spy on your own parents as horny teenagers? That's what Michael J. Fox does in this Robert Zemeckis sci-fi comedy. Rating: TV-14
Second Feature: Maximum Overdrive (1986) at 1:15 am
Life at a small-town truck stop gets very hazardous when shock waves from a passing comet transforms a parking lot full of machines and vehicles into mobile man-crushers. This horror fantasy starring Emilio Estevez and Pat Hingle marks the directorial debut of Stephen King (he also wrote the screenplay). Rating: TV-14-LV
100% Weird
The Crippled Masters (1984) at 3:30 am
A one-of-a-kind martial arts action thriller set in Medieval China and starring genuine amputee actors. The plot is pretty basic. An evil tyrant orders the mutilation of two subjects. One has his arms cut off, the other loses his legs. Together they become a one-man fighting machine seeking revenge for the crimes against them. Rating: TV-14-V
Saturday, June 26
Feature: Look Who's Talking (1989) at 10:30 pm ET/PT How's this for a cute concept? An ambitious sperm (voice of Bruce Willis) wins a race up the fallopian tube, fertilizes an egg, becomes a fetus, and eventually comes into the world as a wise-cracking baby who helps his single mom pick the perfect mate. Guess who is the lucky fellow? Yes, it's John Travolta as an easy-going taxi driver in his first successful film after a decade of bombs including unwatchable duds like Shout and Eyes of an Angel. The scariest part is that this one-joke romantic comedy inspired two sequels. Rating: TV-14
Second Feature: Highlander (1986) at 12:15 am
What do the Scottish Highlands, the first and foremost James Bond of the Silver Screen, and the music of Queen have in common? They were all an intregal part of this cult science fiction/fantasy adventure about a race of immortals who can only be killed by decapitation. Jumping from 16th century Scotland to modern day America, Highlander details the exploits of two immortals (Christopher Lambert, Clancy Brown) who battle to the death for "The Prize." Rating: TV-14-LV
100% Weird
Overlords of the UFO (1978) at 3am
WE ARE NOT ALONE but after you see this "documentary" about our little friends from outer space, you'll sure wish we were. You'll hear tales about alien abductions and unwanted physical examinations. (What are they looking for? Crackerjack prizes?) You'll see some of the cheesiest looking flying saucers ever foisted on an unsuspecting public. And, as a bonus, Uri Geller bends spoons. We're not sure what the connection is between Uri and UFOs but just go with the flow in this one. Rating: TV-PG
Watch for these great titles on MonsterVision in the upcoming months:
The Surgeon
The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake
Superman II
Pee Wee's Big Adventure
Big Top Pee-Wee
Conan the Barbarian
Conan the Destroyer
Prehistoric Women
Look Who's Talking Too and Look Who's Talking Now