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Stop-Motion Magic Brings Harryhausen's Creature "20 million Miles to Earth"-Tonight!

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Tonight on MeTV- we kick off our December schedule with the excitement and artistry of Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion magic- when a spaceship returns from Venus with injured astronauts and a strange menace that gets bigger and more destructive after making the voyage of -           “20 Million Miles to Earth”!

The story begins off the coast of the Italian island of Sicily, where the daily trawling for fish becomes anything but normal for the local fishermen when a sleek silver spacecraft splashes down in the water near them! The craft appears to be sinking, so the fishermen head out and board it in hopes of rescuing anyone inside it. They find two spacemen, and manage to get them out of the ship before it sinks below the surface.

Of the two astronauts, only one survives- Col. Robert Calder . The other man rescued from the ship was afflicted with a mysterious –and fatal- disease that had already claimed the rest of the ship’s crew. Calder is distraught over the loss of all his crew- and sadly begins to rehab from the accident, under the care of medical student Marisa, whose grand-father is an eminent zoologist, Dr. Leonardo, who is doing research nearby.

Authorities from Washington DC, upon news of the return of their spacecraft, plan to head to Italy to learn more about learn of the ship’s crew and fate. Meanwhile, Pepe, a boy who helps out the fishermen, discovers a metal cylinder that must have washed ashore from the sunken ship. Inside is a blob of some gelatinous substance he cannot identify- but the boy, knowing that zoologist Dr. Leonardo might find it intriguing enough to purchase from him, brings the odd specimen to the doctor. Pepe has called this one right, because the doc is amazed and confounded by whatever this thing is- and contributes to Pepe’s fund to buy American cowboy gear!

When granddaughter Marisa arrives at her grandfather’s trailer – she and the doctor are astounded to find that something has actually hatched from the odd mass of jelly- a small, reptilian-looking creature! Dr. Leonardo, unable to identify it, cages the specimen with the intention of taking it to Rome for further study. At the same time, the US military party has finally arrived in Italy, and, after a reunion with the recovered Calder, they head to brief the Italian authorities. They reveal to the skeptical senors that the spaceship actually had returned from Venus- and had on board some vital scientific cargo- a metal capsule with an unborn specimen of a Venusian creature! Divers are sent to locate the capsule, with no success- so  Calder approaches the fishermen, offering a reward for the capsule. The fishermen have no information, but eavesdropping entrepreneur Pepe, now the proud owner of some cowboy gear from his previous score, springs into action upon hearing the word “reward”! He leads the group to the empty container, and reveals that the contents have been sold to Dr. Leonardo.

Calder and the authorities set out to find the doctor and retrieve the specimen, unaware that the creature has indeed hatched .Before long, they discover not only that, but that the creature has continued to grow and get stronger- and  is now human-sized! It has escaped the doctor’s cage, and is now terrorizing the countryside! The fearful Italians want the rampaging creature destroyed, but Calder convinces them that they should attempt to capture it for scientific study. They manage to do so, as the creature continues to grow- but the Venusian monster escapes, and goes on a rampage of destruction through Rome- with the famed landmark of the Coliseum becoming the site of a raging battle between mankind and this giant alien gladiator!

This 1957 Harryhausen classic was the last of his films shot in black and white- though he had hoped to do it in color, but was thwarted by a tight budget. The monster - known as the Ymir      ( but never referred to by that name in the film) is favorite among Harryhausen’s characters- with its movements and expressions showing the incredible techniques of the man. We’ll have lots of cast and background info, as well as a rough demonstration of how stop-motion animation is done- plus- a very special visit with the voice of Spongebob Squarepants ( and many other animated characters) –the great Tom Kenny!

“20 Million Miles to Earth” starts tonight on MeTV at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central- and, you can check for time and/or channel in your area in your local listings, or at www.metv.com . Our Chicago viewers can get one more look at William Castle’s frightening “Mr. Sardonicus” at 11 am on WCIU, the U.

If you’re in the area, Sventa Claus makes his first appearance of the holiday season this afternoon at the Christmas Mystic Market at the Elmhurst Animal Care Center in Elmhurst, IL. The appearance is a fundraiser and animal adoption event, with a portion of the proceeds from our sale of t shirts and posters going towards the cause. You can make some new animal friends, do some holiday shopping for the Sven fans on your list, and take a photo and get an autograph with Sventa! More info is on our site under “appearances”- and, next Friday night, it’s Sventa’s annual appearance at the Comic Collector on Harlem Ave. in Riverside, IL- right across the street from BERWYN ( really! It is!) Sven posters will be available there.

But-tonight-  join us for a stop-motion feature that brings to life an extraterrestrial creature!

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Jerry 1 day ago
Hey!! It's the Surfer Dude from Gilligan
Jerry 1 day ago
All the posts I have are from 6 days ago, is this the cornfield????
Jerry 1 day ago
Circus of Terror, is there any other kind??
Carl_N_Brown 7 days ago
I texted my son asking if he remembered "Creature From the Black Lagoon" and he answered "Yes I do!"

Decades ago I dragged the boy off to the Fine Arts Center when movie of the week was critter from the muddy pond.

I don't care I've seen it B4. It is well worth seeing again. Especially with the Sven bits.
MADave 7 days ago
Yesterday jay asked what your favorite rendition of A CHRISTMAS CAROL is tonight I ask who is your favorite character in THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS mine happen to be The Miser Brothers I just love they sing their signature songs haha
Matt 7 days ago
HAPPY Sci-fi Friday everyone !!!
Catbat Matt 7 days ago
Svengoolie Saturday sounds a bit fishy to me. Haha
Catbat 7 days ago
The Angels are Hilarious tonight and Bosley
daleuhlmann 7 days ago
Hey, I betlieve That's William Marshall (BLACULA) on THE JEFFERSON'S tonight.
Jay daleuhlmann 7 days ago
Yes Dale. Being a Star Trek fan, I remember him as Dr. Richard Daystrom, creator of the M5, in the episode The Ultimate Computer. He was also the Cartoon King on Pee Wee"s Playhouse.
Jack Jay 7 days ago
That’s the King of Cartoons to you.
Jay Jack 7 days ago
Yes sir
daleuhlmann 7 days ago
Happy birthday wishes to Rox, one of our original bloggers. She hasn't been able to blog for quite some time, due to technical issues, but a very happy birthday to the blog's biggest CLOCKWORK ORANGE and MOMMY DEAREST fan, nevertheless.
Jack daleuhlmann 7 days ago
There are other horrorshow bolshy fans of the glorious Clockwork Orange in this gruppa? Welly-well-well!
daleuhlmann Jack 7 days ago
Yes, Jack, more droogies!
Tygercat 7 days ago
Just got a "Svengoolie Special Announcement" in my email. The Svengoolie Store (you know, the thing he's surprised to have) has anew Sven action figure wearing the t-shirt! Going there now....
Catbat Tygercat 7 days ago
Thanks Tygercat. Ordered mine! For some reason all my things from MeTV go to promotions since I got my new phone. I keep moving them but it ain't working.
MADave 7 days ago
Hey gang sorry I’m late my ride never shows an$ tried to call got the voicemail so mom called an$ told me my brother will be picking up than’ god I’m taking Monday off I received a beautiful bday card from Pat S and Larry The Train guy I appreciated your kindness not just from Larry and Pat but each and every one of you thank you thank you thank you 1000 X’S thank you
daleuhlmann 7 days ago
For some reason, the blog keeps removing my earlier reply to Kodak's post about the Cape Canaveral launch in 1972. This is a clip from 1960's THE CAPE CANAVERAL MONSTERS. It was directed by Phil Tucker, the man who brought you ROBOT MONSTER!
1MikeM 8 days ago
"Six o'clock in Berlin. They were having lunch in Cleveland."
RickGrymes 1MikeM 8 days ago
its always 8:16 in the japanese homeland.......
daleuhlmann 1MikeM 7 days ago
Great line from director Billy Wilder's classic STALAG 17!
Catbat 8 days ago
This is my go to Christmas Carol version
1MikeM Catbat 8 days ago
Thanks Catbat for posting this video. I've seen this trailer before on some cable movie channel. This one is definitely my number one favorite version of A Christmas Carol. Entertaining. A young June Lockhart plays one of Bob Cratchit's daughters.
daleuhlmann Catbat 8 days ago
Good one, dear! That's MGM's sturdy 1938 version, with Reginald Owen as Scrooge. Leo G. Carroll played Marley's ghost, and a young Patrick Macnee played Scrooge's nephew, Fred.
Catback this is one of my favorites🎄hope they show it soon 🌿🎩🌿
LarryTheTrainGuy 8 days ago
One of my all time favorite Christmas movies is Donovans Reef with John Wayne Lee Marvin Jack Warden Caesar Romero . Just a great Christmas story about family and different customs and ways of celebrating the Holiday. John Ford didn't know what a great Christmas movie he was making when he made this film
Lynn LarryTheTrainGuy 8 days ago
Thanks for mentioning this one. I may need to see it again. I do remember liking it.
CarrieLynnCastro 8 days ago
It has not been a good week for me 🙁 Happy this week is moving on and Sven is on and blogging with friends😍

Happy Friday 😱
CarrieLynnCastro 8 days ago
Had no coffee this morning 🤤but it was either going to be hot tea or hot coco...so hot coco it was ☕ kind of plain so I added a few drops of vanilla creamer and a dash of cinnamon and whipped cream!
That turned out so😋
good no Starbucks fee of $5 a bit much for me 😉 Will go and get some coffee this today 🤗

Foggy weather today🌫
and 58* during the day.
No rain until next week
my garden loves it ☔

Be safe Lynn and Oscar
wow you got heavy rain yesterday 🌧

Lynn CarrieLynnCastro 8 days ago
Your hot coco sounds great!

We have another beautiful day to dry out in.
CarrieLynnCastro 8 days ago
Good morning 🤓
Wow it's Friday oh thank goodness!
"Creature from the Black
Lagoon"sounds great for Saturday night🍿📺🍭

Have a great day🎅
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