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Marathon Oct. 1st Thru Nov 30th

Giant Monsters
 
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.

Thanksgiving Day Monster Marathon

Every Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving on WWOR-TV New York Channel 9 featured the Giant Monster Marathon.  This was a tradition that ran from the 70's through the early '80s.  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.  Now on Chiller Thriller TV you can enjoy these great monster classics for two colossal months beginning October 1st thru November 30th.

Thanksgiving Holiday Monster Marathon
WWOR TV New York 1980's Promo Spot

8th Wonder of The World

King Kong

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