Creature Double Feature

When I was a child, I never got to go to the theater to watch horror movies. But, my friends and I got our horror fix every Saturday afternoon on television, with the great show – Creature Double Feature. I’m from Rhode Island, but the show was broadcast on a local Boston station – channel 56. This was before cable television came in our area, so the station would come in a with little static, but it was good enough for us. After all, we had to watch the Red Sox on channel 38, which also came in with some static, so we were used to it. By the way, congratulations to the WORLD CHAMPION Boston Red Sox!! Woot Woot!! Anyway, since it’s Halloween, back to Creature Double Feature.

The show would air back-to-back horror/monster movies. Usually, one of the movies would be a Godzilla movie. Most of these were when Godzilla was a “good guy” battling other monsters, such as Mothra and Mechagodzilla. But, there would be other movies as well. I do remember a movie about a hand that would crawl around and kill people, but I don’t remember the name of it (it was probably The Hand, duh). It was a fun time watching these movies. Unfortunately, Creature Double Feature would go away by the mid-’80s. However, it was replaced by badly dubbed martial arts movies – which was just as awesome and fun!
Did anybody else get to watch Creature Double Feature, or could it have been just local to the New England area?

Here is the opening of the show:

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Remember That Song – 10/31/13

Can you name the artist and song, and complete the lyrics:

And though you fight to stay alive
Your ____ ______ __ ______

And if you dare, feel free to finish the rest of this part of the song


Last Song: “Dream Warriors” by Dokken

Great job Cooly and Frida (@carrjam94)!!

I wonder if these heavy eyes
Can face the unknown
When I close my eyes I realize
You’ll come my way

Remember That Song – 10/30/13

Can you name the artist and song:

I wonder if these heavy eyes
Can face the unknown
When I close my eyes I realize
You’ll come my way


Last Song: “Devil Inside” by INXS

Great job Cooly, Robert (@mishouenglish) and John (@RipCurlRunner)!!

Words as weapons
Sharper than knives
Makes you wonder
How the other half die

Poltergeist

This was the first scary movie I ever saw in the theater. I don’t know if this was supposed to make us afraid of televisions or not. But since this came out around the same time that cable television arrived in our area, there was no chance of me being afraid of the television set!

What was your first scary/horror movie that you saw in the theater?

Remember That Song – 10/29/13

Can you name the artist and song:

Words as weapons
Sharper than knives
Makes you wonder
How the other half die


Last Song: “A Nightmare on My Street” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Great job Kickin’ It Old School (@oldschool80s)!!

I thought nothin of it as I grabbed the remote
I pushed the power button and then I almost choked
When I heard this awful voice coming from behind It said,”You turned off David Letterman…now you must die!!”

And be sure to check out my friend from Kickin’ It Old School’s article about the song

Remember That Song – 10/28/13

It’s Halloween Week! Can you name the artist and song:

I thought nothin of it as I grabbed the remote
I pushed the power button and then I almost choked
When I heard this awful voice coming from behind It said,”You turned off David Letterman…now you must die!!”


Last Song: “Rebel Yell” by Billy Idol

Great job Cooly, Scott (@sneely71) and Frida (@carrjam94)!!

Last night a little dancer
came dancing to my door
Last night my little angel
came pumping on the floor

The Cell Phone/Car Phone

Well, this week I finally took the plunge into the 21st century, and purchased a smart phone. This brought me back to the days when not too many people could afford a cell phone. When television shows or movies display something about the ’80s, the giant “brick” cell phone is usually one of the first stereotypical items shown (alongside big hair and bright clothes).

As clunky as these phones looked, they were extremely expensive. The only people who got them were top executives. When they started to become more affordable, they became a status symbol for the Yuppies (see the picture above).

Most times, the phones would be installed in the car. For the longest time, I called cell phones car phones – even when they became more portable.

I didn’t get my first car cell phone until the mid/late ’90s. They were a lot smaller by then.

And now look how far we’ve come. We used to play games on big arcade machines. Now you can play games on your phone! No more canisters of film to take to the Fotomat. You can just take great pictures with your phone and share them on the internet. Come to think of it, maybe this isn’t a good thing. Sure. Maybe you can play games against millions of people around the globe, who you would never had known. But, maybe it was better playing against somebody in person by slapping your quarter on the machine, and challenging the winner to the next game.

And maybe Anthony Weiner would have just exposed himself to a poor Fotomat worker instead of to the world. But, then again the pun writers at the New York Post would probably be out of work. As the newspaper industry is shrinking, they would have to face some stiff competition to find another job.

While I am going to miss using my flip-phone as a Star Trek communicator, it is great to catch up with the world. This will be really great if I can figure out how to work it.

Here’s an old commercial that may take you back:

Remember That Song – 10/24/13

Can you name the artist and song:

Last night a little dancer
came dancing to my door
Last night my little angel
came pumping on the floor


Last Song: “Jacob’s Ladder” by Huey Lewis and the News

Great job Cooly and Robert (@mishouenglish)!!

Now he’s trying to save me
When I’m doing all right
The best that I can

The song was written by Bruce Hornsby, and appeared on his 1988 album Scenes from the Southside.