Tired of lonely quarantine within the same four walls? Thinking it’s time for a vacation? MeTV can help, putting you up tonight in a secluded manor deep in the swamplands-with mystic medicine and blood stains included in your stay, which might only be marred by the latest murder caused by a terrible monster- in the 1942 chiller “Night Monster”!
Be our guest at Ingston Towers- where our host is the reclusive invalid Curt Ingston. Among the eccentric guests are Ingston's troubled sister Margaret, an Indian mystic named Singh, and staff members: mysterious butler Rolf, the sleazy chauffeur Laurie, and the overly-stern housekeeper Miss Judd. It appears one staff member has had enough- young housemaid Milly , who finds recent developments, like blood stains appearing in places around the house, the reports of a death near the property, and the legend of a lurking monster so frightening even the frogs in the area stop croaking when it approaches- are reason enough to tender her resignation. Her leaving brings on the severance gift of having to fight off the lecherous Laurie. Milly wants the local authority- a small-town and small-minded constable- to check things out.
Meanwhile, back at the mansion, Ingston, confined to a wheelchair, has an amazing discovery that he wants to reveal- and chooses three renowned doctors who had once attempted unsuccessfully to cure his paralysis to come to his remote home to witness this astounding discovery (made by the mystic Singh) that he feels will change medical history. The doctors arrive, as well as another doctor Ingston had not invited. His sister Margaret, considered insane by her brother and the housekeeper, has summoned a psychiatrist- the lovely Dr. Lynn Harper- to help confirm that she is quite sane, no matter what others say. On her way to the mansion, Dr. Lynn has car trouble, and, getting spooked while walking alone on the fog-shrouded lonely road through the swamps, is fortunate to be picked up by a mystery writer, Dick Baldwin, who somehow seems to be the one person who is always welcome to visit with Ingston.
Lynn, however, is NOT so welcome- most of the Ingston staff, along with the old man himself, are not happy to have her present. They do relent, though, and allow her to join the parties staying overnight ( there’s a great offer!).Even so, Ingston seems reluctant to let his sister speak with the psychiatrist.
After the guests suffer through an uneasy dinner, Ingston prepares to reveal his incredible mystical breakthrough- though the doctors weigh in as either skeptical or outraged at the idea. The mysterious Singh gives a demonstration, resulting in a frightening materialization and- more blood! As the group tries to make sense of this frightening presentation, the night progresses with a systematic series of murders - and the existence of the legendary monster proves to be more than folklore!
Bela Lugosi and Lionel Atwill getting top billing in this film- and their presence seems to promise a scary good time- yet, both of these actors are far from the stars of this "old dark house" horror film. That doesn’t keep this movie from being a really creepy chiller! We’ll introduce you to the various cast members, while scaring up the usual Sven shtick- including an ad for an exceptional household cleaning product, yet another crack at the "Too Drawn Out" game, and another entry from the Svengoolie songbook- sure to also stop the frogs from croaking- as well as those viewers who hear it.
“Night Monster” brings a chill to your night tonight on MeTV at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, or check your local listings ( or www.metv.com) for time and channel where you are. Once again, you can live-Tweet during the show with the scores of fans who keep our program trending among the most talked about topics on Twitter every Saturday night- just be sure to use the hashtag #svengoolie. Our Chicago area viewers get another look at the atomic zombie jamboree "Creature with the Atom Brain" this morning on the U, at 11 am.
Supplies are limited for both the Svengoolie At Home box, with an array of items to keep you entertained, and the Svengoolie Studio Set with a Sven action figure, a to-scale rubber chicken, and his own coffin- check them out in the store on our site or at www.metv.com - and order while they are still in stock. Once they are gone- they are gone!
Join us tonight to meet the "Night Monster"- and don't you dare croak!