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Before MST3K there was … The Texas 27 Film Vault!
Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of this neglected cult show from the mid-1980s. Thanks to my research through VERY old newspapers, interviews with Randy Clower and emails from fellow fans of T27FV here is another in a series where original broadcast dates of episodes can be determined.
Episode originally aired: Saturday April 6th, 1985 from 10:30pm to 1:00am.
Serial: Before the movie our machine-gun toting “Film Vault Technicians First Class” Randy Clower and Richard Malmos showed an episode of The Lost City, the legendarily campy and bizarre sci-fi serial from 1935.
Film Vault Lore: Thank you to my fellow T27FV fan Dolores for this episode’s date, the serial and for this quote about Ken Miller, who played “Tex” on the show: “I loved the random bits of madness added by the gung ho Tex each episode! He always reminded me of Robert Duvall’s character Kilgore from Apocalypse Now. My favorite catch-phrase from Tex was when he would say “Commies don’t watch bad movies!” the way Duvall said “Charley don’t surf!” in Apocalypse Now.”
The Movie: The Giant Claw is another of those staples of bad movie shows. It’s been presented by just about every Movie Host program at one time or another. Because of the film’s familiarity I will keep this review short. Continue reading
In this corner … the 6o ft tall Glenn Manning aka The Amazing Colossal Man!
Glitternight Productions strikes again with a very entertaining new cable television series! Cult film and television director Eddie Wozniak has put together a show called American Kaiju. The brilliant premise of the show: Wozniak will be pitting “big” creatures from 1950s American schlock films against each other in the style of 1960s and 1970s Japanese Kaiju movies.
Instead of battles like Godzilla vs Mothra or Gamera vs Barugon, American Kaiju will feature 66 minute episodes like tonight’s The Amazing Colossal Man vs the Giant Claw. The premise the show proceeds from is that Glenn Manning, the 60 feet tall Colossal Man in question, neither died nor became the deformed monster from Attack of the Colossal Beast.
And in this corner … the 30 story tall buzzard from outer space aka The Giant Claw!
Instead Manning was kept alive and well in Area 51 as a specialized operative against the proliferation of gigantic bugs and monsters from outer space that plagued the U.S. in the 1950s. American Kaiju has a lot of fun with how odd the mindset and attitudes of that era seem compared with today without getting overly political.
It’s all good fun as the Colossal Man will battle another brobdignagian beast every week, just like Ultra Man from Japanese television. The special effects are marvelous for the destruction of U.S. cities like Las Vegas, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and others. Continue reading