Monster Fest was an annual special program aired on American Movie Classic (AMC) during the last week of Halloween. The week-long program featured monster and creature cult classic movies from the great universal studio monsters such as (Dracula, Wolfman, Frankenstein) and others. Additionally, the program aired the Kaiju giant monsters (Godzilla, Gamera etc) plus Non-Kaiju monsters like King Kong, The Blob, Creature From The Black Lagoon and much more.
Sadly, this program was terminated sometime in the mid 2000s and replaced with a program called "Fear Fest" that was mainly a more contemporary horror show that included films like Friday the 13th, Halloween, Jaws and others.
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Films involving giant monsters probably began with the 1925 film The Lost World, as developments in cinema and animation enabled the creation of realistic giant creatures. This was followed by the 1933 classic King Kong. These early films had themes of adventure and exploration of unknown regions and incorporated fights with giant monsters as a climactic element.
The development of atomic weaponry in the 1940s gave rise to its involvement in popular themes. Japanese cinema began its foray into giant monster films with the 1954 film Godzilla, a giant reptile created by nuclear radiation. The Americans brought out their own film along similar themes with 1953's The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, featuring an Arctic hibernating dinosaur, and 1954's Them!, which involved giant irradiated ants. The British followed with Gorgo in 1961, and 1955's Tarantula had a spider rather than an insect.
Japanese cinema continued with a giant moth called Mothra, and turtle in Gamera. Dinosaur-themed films experienced a revival in the 1960s with a 1960 remake of The Lost World, 1966's One Million Years B.C., and 1969's The Valley of Gwangi. Movies featuring Godzilla and Gamera were made into the 1970s, and 1976 saw a high-profile remake of King Kong. Awareness of toxic waste in the 1970s may have inspired 1979's Prophecy, which featured a giant mutant bear in the woods in Maine.
Holiday Film Festival
Every Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving on WWOR-TV New York Channel 9 featured the Giant Monster Marathon. It was called "The Holiday Film Festival." This was a tradition that ran from 1976 through 1985. Generally, on Thanksgiving Day, WWOR-TV presented the Giant Gorilla Marathon that featured great classic movies like Mighty Joe Young, King Kong (1933) and Son of Kong. The marathon continued on Friday with The Godzilla Showdown featuring "Godzilla vs. The Cosmic Monster and other classic Kaiju giant monster movies. Although the tradition is no longer broadcasted, Chiller Thriller TV gives you unlimited access to your favorite monster films. Watch them any time on Chiller Thriller TV.
Thanksgiving Holiday Film Festival
WWOR TV New York 1980's Promo Spot
1980 Vintage TV Guide AD Promoting
The 5th Annual The Holiday Film Festival.
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