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Re: Monster Memories
« Reply #30 on: May 10, 2012, 03:29:35 AM »
So many monster memories....  Every time my monster world grew bigger, it added another to the vault.  One I've always tried to recapture whenever I watch a good ol' spooky movie was when I used to watch Science Fiction Theater as a kid.  Every Thursday night they would show an old black and white movie with enough commercials to bump it up to 2 hours.  That was where I discovered all the old 50s and earlier movies for the first time.  Strange, I was never scared by them.  They were neat little windows into a fantastic realm that I wish I could visit.  Even then I loved Halloween more than Christmas.  Each monster was a bigger movie star to me than John Wayne or Cary Grant.

It's funny I felt the same way as a kid. When I saw my movie monsters on I felt like i was seeing old friends. Even later when there were the movie host like Elvira and Joe Bob Briggs I loved watching that stuff as well. Most kids were out getting drunk and parting. Me i was home watching Monstervision with snacks. Man i really miss stuff like that. It really takes me back.
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« Reply #31 on: May 10, 2012, 12:53:23 PM »
Hepcat - my pal had the Mad Scientist Lab when we were kids.  He was the scientist & I was his created "monster".  He would "command" me to break stuff, jump off stuff, chase other kids, etc.  What fun!!
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« Reply #32 on: May 10, 2012, 01:33:44 PM »
Most kids were out getting drunk and parting. Me i was home watching Monstervision with snacks. Man i really miss stuff like that. It really takes me back.

Yep, we used to have something called Sinister Cinema that came on at 11:30 pm on Saturday.  All the kids would be home from cruising or whatever to watch it.  I think it was an evil plan by all the parents to keep kids off the street ;D

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« Reply #33 on: May 10, 2012, 01:51:12 PM »
Yep, we used to have something called Sinister Cinema that came on at 11:30 pm on Saturday.  All the kids would be home from cruising or whatever to watch it.  I think it was an evil plan by all the parents to keep kids off the street ;D

That's a great plan. I would totally go home to watch that.lol
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Re: Monster Memories
« Reply #34 on: May 10, 2012, 02:11:01 PM »
...my pal had the Mad Scientist Lab when we were kids.  He was the scientist & I was his created "monster".  He would "command" me to break stuff, jump off stuff, chase other kids, etc.

Good to know his mad experiments had such a long lasting affect!

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« Reply #35 on: May 10, 2012, 03:42:04 PM »
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Re: Monster Memories
« Reply #36 on: May 10, 2012, 10:36:18 PM »
Ahhhh. Too many to list them all.  First memories that came to mind reading this thread: Creature Features. and Dark Shadows. Curse of the Werewolf with Oliver Reed. Staying up late enough to see Gerry G. Bishop as Svengoolie.

My cousin taking me to the theatre downtown to see King Kong vs Godzilla on the big screen.  Watching War of the Gargantuas on Saturday afternoon TV with my big brother. My first Godzilla model (it had glow in the dark fins!!) Building the Giant Mantis model (Gigantix?) I from my Easter basket (my brother got the Scorpion).

Buying Dick Smith's monster makeup book at a garage sale for $1.00, and repeatedly asking my mom to buy me some Leggs pantyhose so I could use the eggshell for zombie eyes...which she never did.

Years later, when VHS was fighting Beta, seeing The 7th Voyage of Sinbad at a 10:30am special "Kid Flicks Saturday" matinee at the local theatre- and being the only one over 15 who didn't have 2 or 3 younger siblings in tow.
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Re: Monster Memories
« Reply #37 on: May 11, 2012, 12:17:44 AM »
Buying Dick Smith's monster makeup book at a garage sale for $1.00, and repeatedly asking my mom to buy me some Leggs pantyhose so I could use the eggshell for zombie eyes...which she never did.
 
  What about those candy filled plastic Easter egg shells from the 70's painted white ?  Same size and shape.
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Re: Monster Memories
« Reply #38 on: May 11, 2012, 09:04:39 AM »
First memories that came to mind reading this thread: Creature Features. and Dark Shadows.

Are you talking about the Topps Creature Feature gum cards or something else?

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« Reply #39 on: May 14, 2012, 04:04:21 PM »
It must have been sometime in late 1962 or early 1963. My mother had taken me along on one of her shopping expeditions to the Kresge store in downtown London. While she was examining whatever, I of course gravitated to the toy department, and there on an island mixed in with other model kits and sundry stuff were a whole bunch of Aurora monster model kits! They were just too awesome! Wolfman was the one I wanted the most, but for whatever reason I cannot recall begging my mother for one. Perhaps I was making the shrewd calculation that if I asked for too much, I'd get nothing and I could kiss the bowl of ice cream she'd often buy me at the lunch counter goodbye. Or else I did ask and she said no.

Then on a subsequent visit in 1963 I saw that the Creature had joined Aurora's kit line:



Man oh man, that was the one that became my favourite! Not that I got that one either. Curiously enough the first Aurora kit that I ended up buying and building a year or so later was the Bride of Frankenstein:



I guess I had enough of my own money from my paper route that day and the Bride was the kit staring me in the eye on the trip to the hobby shop. No harm done though. I have all the Aurora monster model kits in my collection today with the exception of Mummy's Chariot and the King Kong and Godzilla ones:







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Re: Monster Memories
« Reply #40 on: March 05, 2013, 12:41:39 PM »
Gosh this is  great topic!


It sure is! The Topps You'll Die Laughing cards are my earliest monster related memory. I recall marvelling at these in the schoolyard in the fall of 1959 when I was in second grade. The Jack Davis artwork gracing the cards was just so right! 







I didn't have any of these You'll Die Laughing myself though because I can't recall seeing any for sale at the half dozen or so variety stores in my general neighbourhood I frequented in those days. It could have been that the controversial subject matter for the time caused most store owners to pass up on them, but any store owner who agreed to take on a box quickly sold every pack so they weren't there on display for long. Nonetheless, it was these You'll Die Laughing cards that put me firmly on the path to becoming a monster kid.

As a result, when the Leaf Spook Stories cards hit store shelves late in 1961 or early in 1962, I was primed and ready! I collected them energetically and within a matter of weeks put together a set:







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« Reply #41 on: March 06, 2013, 10:18:37 AM »
Marvelous thread and some incredible stories!

Of course TV is condemned for having the kind of influence that it does, particularly on kids, who seem drawn to the flickering images.

It took almost 40 years before I was able to identify (and finally re-watch!) "Monster from the Ocean Floor" as the movie that I had vivid, horrifying memories of when I saw part of it long ago on TV.  To a teenager or an adult, I figure, this movie is merely passingly interesting or maybe mildly scary.  To a really small kid in the early 70's, the image of the cyclopean tentacled creature rising out of the ocean was unbelievably freaky and frightening!  I remember I had to turn the movie off after that.

Back then in Los Angeles, I think it was on Channel 9, KHJ, they would run a horror program fairly early, like around 11:00 in the morning, which I have always thought was an odd time-slot for horror.  I'm pretty sure it was called "Creature Features" (and if so it was one of the many shows all over the country that had that name).  If I remember correctly this would be on a Saturday.  Their intro was a long panning shot of a miniature torture dungeon with rubber wiggly toys chained to the walls (!) and being shaken by little sticks or rods (not visible) coming through holes in the miniature dungeon wall.  This weird image was accompanied by Disney's "Chilling Thrilling Sounds" sound effects record to provide thunderstorn and horrible shrieks.  I could tell I was looking at a bunch of toys so this was not frightening at all, just cool!  Only one person I've ever talked to remembers ever seeing this intro.  Do any of YOU remember seeing this intro?

At about the same time this was on TV, I remember because the memories are linked, I had a rubber jiggly toy from the supermarket and it looked like a skinny, goofy freak with pointy ears wearing tattered clothing.  I loved the rubber jiggly toy because I recognized that he was one of the shaking figures chained to the dungeon wall in the "Creature Features" intro! 

Around that same time, my awesome mom had sent the boxtop and coins to get the H. R. Pufnstuf "Fweddy the Flute" cereal toy, and it arrived one day and I remember spending the day trying to figure out just what the heck I was supposed to do with it!  It didn't talk like in the show, you know, it just kind of sat there.
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« Reply #42 on: March 06, 2013, 02:04:21 PM »
I think that Creature Features was on channel 11-KTTV.  The rubber toys were gnomes, I had both of them at the time.  It was Saturday and around noon.  I remember seeing tuning in after I had moved from Chicago area and seeing that Creature Features was on in LA as well and a bit bummed that the beginning for the two shows were different.
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« Reply #43 on: March 06, 2013, 03:28:59 PM »
Some of my earliest Monster memories...

Out to eat with my parents at the Ferndale Dairy Ice Cream Bar in Berlin Ct. - must have been close to Halloween because who should walk in but Frankenstein's Monster himself! Must have been about ten feet tall! This wasn't a kid in a costume! This was him & he was beautiful!  ;D

*The $1 MONSTER-Size Frankenstein poster hung on my closet door-
*Drooling over the Don Post masks...with hands & feet! But damn, look at that price tag!
*A haircut meant a new issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland-
*My (Palmer) Gorgo went everywhere with me-
*I'll always remember the day I got my Pop-Top Horrors (all on one card) at the GEM department store-
*& my dad would always bring me home the latest Aurora Monster model (from Amato's of New Britain - which is still there)-
*Collecting Munsters & Addams Family cards bought at Jake's (which is just a vacant lot now)-

There's a vague memory of some great monster art in a Cracked magazine that I'd copy over & over...
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« Reply #44 on: March 06, 2013, 05:18:49 PM »
Some of my earliest Monster memories...

Out to eat with my parents at the Ferndale Dairy Ice Cream Bar in Berlin Ct. - must have been close to Halloween because who should walk in but Frankenstein's Monster himself! Must have been about ten feet tall! This wasn't a kid in a costume! This was him & he was beautiful!  ;D

*The $1 MONSTER-Size Frankenstein poster hung on my closet door-
*Drooling over the Don Post masks...with hands & feet! But damn, look at that price tag!
*A haircut meant a new issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland-
*My (Palmer) Gorgo went everywhere with me-
*I'll always remember the day I got my Pop-Top Horrors (all on one card) at the GEM department store-
*& my dad would always bring me home the latest Aurora Monster model (from Amato's of New Britain - which is still there)-
*Collecting Munsters & Addams Family cards bought at Jake's (which is just a vacant lot now)-

There's a vague memory of some great monster art in a Cracked magazine that I'd copy over & over...
I've really got to fine this again-

those are great memories. I wish monster stuff was more popular when i was a kid. Almost every thing i got was used but man did i love it. Still do.
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