Tuesday, January 24, 2012

HAVOC #3: From a Whisper to a Stream

Welcome Cellmates. I know it's been a while since I did one of these HAVOC posts, so I'll give you the rundown again for the benefit of those who are new around here. HAVOC is the world's worst acronym. It stands for Horror AVailable for free On your Computer. When I find good stuff that you can watch for nothing, I share it with you. For this third installment, I've got something really good. You may or may not be aware of this, but I am a huge fan of Joe Bob Briggs. Oh, who the hell am I kidding? If you read this blog then you're painfully aware of my love for the world's greatest drive-in critic. I consider him my horror mentor. After his stint hosting movies on The Movie Channel. he went on to take over Monstervision on TNT. It was only the greatest TV show of all time. Joe Bob would show movies ranging from classic to craptastic, giving each the benefit of his wit and wisdom. I personally think his "Drive In Totals" should appear on the back cover of EVERY horror DVD. I'm gonna stop gushing about Monstervision now, mainly because I've already done that HERE. Go read it.
What I have here are four movies as they appeared on Monstervision. This means that the gore and nudity are cut out, but the presence of Joe Bob at the beginning, end, and wherever the commercials were more than makes up for that. I also like the fact that these are all one link flicks. Nothing drives me crazier than movies that are cut into parts. Sure, you can watch it on youtube, but you'll have to wait while 73 different files buffer. Screw that. I promise never to do that to you fine folks. All of these are in one piece. I would tell you the original air dates, but that's damn near impossible. I can't find a definitive list anywhere online. Plus, sometimes they reused movies, so it gets a little confusing.
Anyway, I do know when this first one aired. It was Halloween night, 1998. I was 18, and they were doing a Friday the 13th marathon from dusk 'til dawn. There was a running joke throughout the marathon that strange things were going on in the studio. People were disappearing. It was eventually revealed that Ted Turner himself was bumping off the crew members, working his way to Joe Bob. This was the last flick in that marathon, and it's what I watched as I passed out after a long night of debauchery. Good Times...



I'm not entirely sure when these next three were, but it was during the first few years since they still had the trailer set. Ghoulies 1 and 2 were shown together, so this represents an entire episode of Monstervision...





The Howling 3 was shown...um, I have no idea. Who cares, it's Monstervision...



There you go ladies, gentlemen, and whatever else may be lurking around. For those who never got to see the show during its run, you're welcome. Now you know why it's the greatest show of all time. For those who grew up on it like I did, I hope you enjoyed this little trip down a dark, deserted, spooky memory lane. Nathan says hurry up and check these out before someone decides to go all SOPA on us and take them down.

1 comment:

Dr. Jimmy Terror said...

Man did I love Ghoulies. When I was a kid it was taped from TV just after Mary Poppins. I'd watch Mary Poppins (because Julie Andrews was hot) and then let the tape run through. Never caught the MonsterVision version which is a serious oversight on my part.

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