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Randy (right) and Richard way down on Level 31 hosting The Texas 27 Film Vault

Balladeer’s Blog’s fondness for the old Movie Host Shows of long ago has been well established. Today is the 33rd Anniversary of the very first episode of The Texas 27 Film Vault from Saturday, February 9th of 1985. My psychotically obsessive research on the show has yielded a lot of info over the years but I have now worn out every source I could find.

Even the show’s co-host and co-creator Randy Clower has been bled dry of information on the show by me. Over the years other fans of the show – and a special shout-out goes to “the Cap’n” – have provided info here and there that often led me to concrete source material.

Anyway, here are some movies that we have general, varied reason to believe were shown on The Texas 27 Film Vault but I need original broadcast dates, info on comedy sketches or movie ticket give-aways, etc. Episodes aired for 2 and a half hours Saturday nights from 10:30pm to 1:00am in Texas and Oklahoma.

Fiend without a faceFIEND WITHOUT A FACE (1958)

The Film: “Thought Monsters” leech into atomic energy, then extract human brains and spinal columns to use as their corporeal forms. This is a Bad Movie Classic remembered largely because of the scenes where the flying brains, sporting antennae, attack their prey, with their spinal cord “tails” streaming along behind them.     

Serial Episode: No idea, for now.

Reason for believing it was shown: Some of the Flying Brain Creatures are on the 1987 Texas 27 Film Vault poster.

Earth vs the Flying saucersEARTH VS THE FLYING SAUCERS (1956)

The Film: The title says it all for this fun but weird black & white time-waster.

Serial Episode: Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe.

Reason for believing it was shown: Tex (Ken Miller) announced it was to be the movie “Next time on The Texas 27 Film Vault” on one of the surviving episodes that I have. 

They saved hitler's brainTHEY SAVED HITLER’S BRAIN (1963/ 1968)

The Film: This movie is so infamous surely nobody needs any information from me at this late date.

Serial Episode: No idea, for now.

Reason for believing it was shown: It is mentioned by the hosts in some episodes AND appears on the 1987 T27FV poster.

maskTHE MASK (1961)

The Film: Blame Canada for this trippy, 3-D horror oddity. One of the patients of a bland white psychiatrist commits suicide after repeated wearings of an odd tribal mask. The doctor foolishly begins trying the mask himself and is subjected to weirder and weirder surreal visions and interactions with dark entities.

Serial Episode: No idea, for now.

Reason for believing it was shown: The distinctive tribal mask is on the 1987 poster.

Attack of the Crab MonstersATTACK OF THE CRAB MONSTERS (1957)

The Film:  A Roger Corman product with the Professor from Gilligan’s Island as part of the expedition to an island where crabs have been mutated to giant-size by – what else – radiation. The crabs devour humans and then have the memories and voices of the people they ate.

Serial Episode: Mysterious Doctor Satan.

Reason for believing it was shown: At the end of the Gorilla At Large episode Tex mentions it as the movie to be shown “Next time on The Texas 27 Film Vault.”

ZardozZARDOZ (1974)

The Film: This is director John Boorman’s utterly ridiculous sci-fi flop set in a post-apocalypse future. Sean Connery wears a pseudo-wrestling outfit and humiliatingly has to appear in A WEDDING GOWN at one point in the film.

A giant stone head is revered as a god and is always spouting lines like “The gun is good … the penis is evil.” Boorman seems to think he’s being deep but Zardoz embodies all the worst elements of 1970s sci-fi films and is good only for ridicule.

Serial Episode: None, due to the length of the movie.

Reason for believing it was shown: I have this hilarious episode on a VHS tape from e-bay, but I need an exact date. The commercials seem to be for items around May or early summer.  

EquinoxEQUINOX (1970) 

The Film: The infamous cult horror movie which was filmed over the course of so many years (due to shortages of funds) that the age and weight of the characters noticeably fluctuate in certain scenes. The lame claymation monsters unleashed by a Necronomicon-style tome have made this a fan favorite for decades.

Serial Episode: No idea, for now.

Reason for believing it was shown: Randy and Richard mention it a few times in surviving episodes, and it WAS a staple on many Movie Host Shows of the 70s and 80s.

Flying SerpentTHE FLYING SERPENT (1946)

The Film: George Zucco plays a mad archaeologist who discovers the last living specimen of the winged serpent that he says inspired Aztec myths about Quetzalcoatl. He periodically sics the blood-thirsty monster on innocent victims to keep them away from a secret Aztec treasure that he covets.

Serial Episode: No idea, for now, but given how short The Flying Serpent is they may have shown two serial episodes or a serial and an educational short.

Reason for believing it was shown: The lame winged serpent prop appears on the 1987 poster.  

Be here to share the Film Vault Corp’s mission of “safeguarding America’s schlock-culture heritage”. 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFO ON THIS SHOW –https://glitternight.com/texas-27-film-vault/

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Filed under Bad and weird movies, Forgotten Television, Movie Hosts


  1. Hollis Morrow

    Awesome episodes listed! Equinox is a fave of mine! Sad story here, which I might have relayed previously. I had most of the Texas 27 Film Vault on tape. However, the tapes didn’t survive my divorce in 2004. 😦 To this day I go through my collection of tapes and hope I stumble across a few of the Texas 27 Film Vault tapes! Alas, the quest always fails! On a side note, I had a Kaiju Filmfest yesterday. 5 of my favorite giant monster films! Anyway, always good to read about Texas 27 Film Vault and movies in general! Have a good one and see you around the great river Internet!

    • Thanks very much! I can’t imagine how frustrating that must feel about all those Texas 27 Film Vault episodes! Good to hear about the Kaiju Filmfest! Which movies if you don’t mind me asking.

      • Hollis Morrow

        1. Godzilla VS King Kong (American ending). 2. King Kong Escapes. 3. War of the Gargantuas. 4. Return of Daimajin. 5. Destroy All Monsters. Not necessarily my all-time top five, rather 5 of my faves that I have been wanting to watch recently.

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  3. Shira

    I thought I dreamt this show! Thanks for showing me it really existed!

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