Tonight on MeTV- we visit a post- apocalyptic world where robots have been designed to resemble people (to a certain extent) and serve the real humans- some of whom are suspicious that the androids want to conquer mankind! We will witness the history- and consequences- of the “Creation of the Humanoids”!
In this 1962 feature, it is the time after a nuclear war that devastated over 90% of the human population. Due to the nuclear fallout from the war, there has been a decreasing birth rate- and more and more robots are being produced to supplement the labor force. We are given the history of the evolution of robots, from the metallic mechanical men to a much more human-like appearance- though with blue skin and silvery eyes. The robots must report to what they refer to as their “temple” every day for a few hours to be recharged.
Unfortunately, some humans find these automatons threatening- they feel humankind is becoming too dependent on these artificial humanoids, and suspect that they have evolved to a point where their ability to think on their own could be leading to the machines taking over and subjugating their human “masters”.
There is even an organization of humans – “The Order of Flesh and Blood”- that feels the humanoids, derisively referred to as “clickers” (though I don’t think you hear a single one of them click in the entire film) are using their advanced brains- created by men- to work against the human race. This organization is not afraid to use radical means to prevent that from happening, and hope to have the robots downgraded to a more machine-like form, which follow orders and cannot reason on their own.
Meanwhile, there is a scientist, one Dr. Raven, who is working to make the humanoids even more like humans- and not just in appearance. He has perfected a way to transfer the memories –and even the personality-of a deceased human into an artificial body that is a replica of its human form! Using this technique, he is replacing people who have died with new robotic clones.
The Order finds proof that this is happening- and one of its leaders, a man called Cragus, sets out to investigate- with things getting complicated by his own sister falling in love with the robot assigned to her- and Cragus himself meeting an attractive young woman who may not share his viewpoints. Will the new breed of “clickers” succeed in slipping into society unnoticed- and- are they indeed out to become the ruling class?
This movie brings up a lot of philosophical points – and mirrors some of the racial tensions of real-life. The make-up for the “clickers” was created by the man who created so many classic creatures for Universal- Jack Pierce ( and bring up the point that the “blue skin” on the androids doesn’t always look blue)! We’ll discuss the cast- including a well-known Ed Wood player- and give you some background on this low-budget science fiction offering, as well as doing a new song- and, make sure you watch for some cameos from a couple of MeTV characters!
“Creation of the Humanoids” occurs tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central time. That’s also when the live-Tweeting by Sven fans begins on Twitter- you can join in, and please make sure you use the hashtag #svengoolie in your posts. This morning, our main local station, CW26, brings Chicago area viewers an encore of the Bela Lugosi/Boris Karloff chiller “Black Cat” at 11 am.
And, if you’re in the area, remember that I am making my very first public appearance in about 17 months at the Flashback Weekend horror convention in Rosemont, IL, this afternoon! It will be great to be able to meet our viewers again in person! You’ll find the information about the event here on our website, under the “appearances” tab.
Tonight, tune in for the appearance of humanoid robots-who may just be superior to the real humans