We think you’ll dig how our “big bad” this week on MeTV uses his head- as a menace that has survived for centuries is unearthed, and uses amazing mental powers to control others, in a quest to conqueror the modern world- meet " The Thing That Couldn’t Die”!
Talk about amazing powers- young Jessica ,a resident of her aunt Flavia's ranch, is using a divining rod in an effort to locate some much-needed water for the spread. Rumor has it that she can find much more than water, and use her psychic gifts to find other things. On the scene we have vacationing ranch visitors Gordon, Linda, and her artist boyfriend Hank, who stand as skeptical observers. Jessica abruptly finds herself drawn to a location that has nothing to do with water- a place where she senses “something evil” is buried in the ground. In spite of her warning, Flavia wants the ranch hands to dig there and see what her niece is talking about. (Jessica also proves her ability by sending Linda to the exact location of a watch she lost- where they also find a strange ancient necklace that Gordon thinks Jessica should have.)
The ranch hands keep digging on into the night , and finally uncover something! It appears to be a centuries-old chest, and Flavia is beside herself, hoping it contains vast riches. However, Gordon , remembering what Jessica had said about “something evil”,cautions her NOT to open the chest until further research can be done. He heads out to bring back an archaeologist who might help to determine the chest's worth- and ascertain if it can be opened without diminishing its value. Flavia enlists her ranch hands, shifty Boyd and slow-witted Big Mike, to stand guard over the chest in her house-not the best move, since Boyd has his own agenda. Without Flavia’s knowledge, he sets Big Mike to the task of using his strength to open the chest-then, possibly skim off whatever of value might be inside- and finally, seal the chest back up, so no one knows it was opened- or that there originally WAS anything of value inside!
Boyd heads out for a nice evening of peeping in Jessica's windows ( yes, he’s a major creep)- as Mike continues the job Boyd has assigned him- opening the chest. He discovers- a severed head inside the chest! It is not only still alive, but has its strong mental powers, which It immediately uses to easily take control of the muscular meathead!
The head is actually that of an evil sailor who was beheaded for sorcery 400 years ago- and, having not changed over all that time, begins using his mental grip to bring on trouble and terror. He recognizes Jessica's own formidable mental skills as possibly the only way for him to find the body his head was once attached to- and, should he find it and be made whole again- he'd be so dangerously powerful that he could not be stopped! There is, however, one thing stopping him from taking power over the girl- that necklace that Gordon gave to Jessica , which turns out to actually be protection against his evil! The dastardly living head must mind-control additional victims to help him handle Jessica, and make her his pawn- in his quest for power over this new world of which he hopes to become master!
This is yet another of the Saturday afternoon matinee / drive-in type movies many viewers have been asking for- and we are happy to bring it back, since we have not run it for several years. You’ll see our old set, and some dated references, as we give some background on the cast, and add to the entertainment with our own encounter with the severed head, some MeTV western spin-offs it could inspire, and more- plus –he’s back! Though you’ve seen him recently, this is one of our earlier visits with a good friend who has made his mark as an author, philanthropist, superstar of the pro wrestling ring, and Hall of Famer- the one and only Mick Foley! At a time when we have production restraints limiting us, we thought you would enjoy seeing this vintage show, in SD with an un-remastered print, almost entirely intact- although Kerwyn made sure he could appear in an updated segment!
"The Thing That Couldn't Die" is our MeTV feature tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, or please check for the time we run in your area in your local listings or at www.metv.com Live-Tweeting during the show will again take place on Twitter, and MeTV reminds you to use the hashtag #svengoolie on all your Tweets! This morning, Chicago area viewers get the encore run of the vile ventriloquist/horrible hypnotist/dangerous dummy chiller “ Devil Doll" at 11 am on our main local station, CW26!
We're happy to give you a "head's-up" for a great time tonight on MeTV!!!