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It's Big and Furry- Across the Desert It'll Scurry- You'd Best Worry - It's "Tarantula"-Tonight!

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Tonight on MeTV- we continue our month of Halloween horrors with a creature that could help you add decorative spider webbing to your property as part of your seasonal display- the only problem being, it may also make a treat out of any trick-or-treaters! It turns a small desert town into a monstrous mélange of deformed mutants and mutilated cattle, courtesy of the giant-sized hairy horror of the -"Tarantula"!

We drop in on the small Arizona town of Desert Rock (no, that's not a music channel on Sirius XM) where local medical man Dr. Matt Hastings is called to the town morgue to view a dead body found in the desert. Not that unusual an occurrence- except for the fact that this unfortunate fellow is strangely  disfigured! Dr. Matt surmises that he was suffering from acromegaly ( the very real syndrome- that famed wrestler Andre the Giant  and actor Rondo Hatton suffered from). The victim is identified as an assistant to esteemed local scientist Dr. Deemer- but the fact of his identity is tough to swallow, since acromegaly develops very slowly-yet this assistant was fine literally days ago! Matt heads out to speak with Deemer at his laboratory home in the desert, and gets a tour of Deemer's place and his current research project - a super atomic-isotope fueled nutrient that can make animals grow to a larger size, creating more food for the world's ever-increasing population. We see he has already treated several animals with the nutrient and they have responded as he had hoped, growing into over-sized versions of their species. Deemer assumes that his dead assistant had injected himself with the serum as a test, though it was not yet fully perfected ( a cautionary lesson for all, with what’s going on in the world). Deemer thinks the rapid advancement of the acromegaly was just a singular freak occurrence. With that information, Matt bids Deemer farewell, and heads back to his practice in town.

Shortly after his departure- the serum leads to more turmoil, with disastrous results- including some destruction –and the escape of an oversized tarantula! The very next day, Matt wants to head back to the lab to ask more questions, and just happens to run into Steve-a new assistant sent for by Deemer. Steve is actually a lovely young woman- who Matt is more than happy to accompany over to the laboratory! She is welcomed by Deemer, and takes up residence at his place, so she can be close to her work.

Meanwhile, more mysteries surface- including the discovery of bones of formerly living cattle, some strange puddles of an odd liquid, and reports of missing ranchers- while Steve notices some odd physical changes in Deemer. And did I mention there's this big fuzzy thing sneaking across the desert?! Before long, it's up to Matt to try to save the townspeople from an ever-growing menace that  seems unstoppable ( aren’t they all)!

Jack Arnold wrote and directed this 1955 chiller, yet another example of the 1950s obsession with giant, radiation- spawned creatures. We'll introduce you to the cast, including Leo G. Carroll, leading man John Agar, stunning 50s Playboy Playmate Mara Corday, and a few cameos, including a facially-obscured Clint Eastwood-as well as talking about certain techniques used in this film. We'll have a traditional song about the title creature, plus other Sven fun- including a vintage convention visit with an old friend, actor William Forsythe!

“Tarantula” crawls onto your screen on Me-TV tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific,      7 pm central, and, if you are unsure of what time or station we run on in your area, check your local listings , or at www.metv.com . Don't forget, MeTV invites you to live-Tweet along during the show on Twitter- use the hashtag  #svengoolie.  Chicago area viewers can experience a return trip to the “Island of Terror” with Peter Cushing this morning at 11 am on our main local station, CW26.

Have you checked out the store on our website for our latest items- Svengoolie phone cases? There are 4 different designs, and they are available for many types of phones. Just click on the store tab on our website or at www.metv.com .

Again, we are sorry that the current COVID situation has prevented us from doing our usual Halloween season appearances this month. We miss being able to meet with you- and hope we will be back on the road soon.

But, tonight- join us for oversized arachnid anarchy on MeTV!

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The1Butler 8 days ago
Telly Salavas and Harvey Korman on carol burnett show ! Funny
Aceman2 8 days ago
T minus 60 minutes and counting to Sventurday
Aceman2 8 days ago
I will be enjoying an Italian Hoagie during The Devil Doll movie. Find out why on the Blog after midnight. Hoagie is the preferred name in Philadelphia and surrounding areas instead of submarine sandwich, sub, hero, or grinder.

PatS Aceman2 8 days ago
Great, all important food groups in one, and you can hold it in one hand!
Jack Aceman2 8 days ago
_Hoagie_ was also the preferred term 9n Letterman, so mebbe there's an Indianapolis connection, or mebbe it's just a funny word.
MADave 8 days ago
Almost 1 hour until first blogger good luck everyone for some odd reason my bet is on Bill K
The1Butler MADave 8 days ago
I heard he has a hangnail.
Carl_N_Brown 8 days ago
I picked a DVD to fall asleep by. A bargain bin copy of THE LOST WORLD. They transferred the music track OK, but bollixed the vocal, but at least the closed captioning works. Volume at a low drone, fall asleep soon ... see you all tomorrow night.
Islander 8 days ago
Well I've been bludgeoned, decapitated, possessed, stalked, tormented and terrorized from all the movie's I've watched today. Now it's time for a nice peaceful night of sleep.
Devil Dolls will be a new movie for me tomorrow night. Getting kind of stoked.
Klaatu Islander 8 days ago
If you hear the pitter-patter of tiny feet while you sleep, look out, Devil Dolls!
MadRich 8 days ago
Devil Dolls?? Pshht... Child's Play
1MikeM MadRich 8 days ago
"Friends 'til the end."
The1Butler 1MikeM 8 days ago
What's up chuck
MadRich 8 days ago
Looks like Devil Dolls will be a good show. And, ummm, yeah....what IS the deal with Lionel Barrymore dressed up in drag?
SOBX MadRich 8 days ago
Old man Potter!
PatS MadRich 8 days ago
Hiding from the cops. That's all I'll say.
Catbat 8 days ago
Snack for tommorow!
Before picture then I fixed it. After picture
Jack Catbat 8 days ago
White Cat is really good popcorn! They might to offer the Black Cat Bat in your market, tho'.
Tygercat Catbat 8 days ago
Purrfect!
MADave Catbat 8 days ago
I never heard of white cat popcorn is locally or everywhere?
Mikeyyy Catbat 8 days ago
Da Best!!
Klaatu Catbat 8 days ago
Ahh...corn. Do you have time to mash and ferment it into corn whiskey? Mmm, now that would be some good corn.
Islander Mikeyyy 8 days ago
Produced with the finest kernels available from the Administrator's cornfield.
JournalJeff2 8 days ago
Happy Day Before Svengoolie!
Have a Great Day & Take Care!!
Catbat JournalJeff2 8 days ago
There you are. Happy Svengoolie Eve! Work is done until 11am Sunday 😁
Aceman2 8 days ago
daDoctah Aceman2 8 days ago
But Seinfeld was never on Fridays. Not like Perfect Strangers:

Klaatu 8 days ago
So...is this what we’re in for tomorrow? Maybe they’ll dance to to popular song by the Village Dolls🤣
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Carl_N_Brown Klaatu 8 days ago
Are those the Village of the Damned Dolls?
Do their eyes glow white if you displease them?
The1Butler Catbat 8 days ago
I laughed Hard when I pictured that!😂🤣
The1Butler Jack 8 days ago
Conquer and divide the bushes and the flowers.
Jack The1Butler 8 days ago
Lebensraum!
abc123 8 days ago
Good Morning. I decided to go super obvious or my snack tomorrow. Devils Food Cake. But to be different, I am going with a Strawberry frosting.
Katink Catbat 8 days ago
I agree! (Please bring enough to share 😋)
Catbat 8 days ago
Good Svengoolie Saturday Eve Morning All!
Lynn Catbat 8 days ago
And also to you, Catbat!
Aceman2 Lynn 8 days ago
And to both of youse
Katink Catbat 8 days ago
Back at you, Catbat 🐱🦇
Jack 8 days ago
Brenda Starr is confused by the Stokes/Stoker connection. Let's hope that Tracy doesn't make the same mistake!
Jack 8 days ago
Only two more months until Beethoven's birthday!
abc123 Jack 8 days ago
I heard he is going to celebrate it like he always does - lying down, with an occasional roll over...
Jack abc123 8 days ago
No joke about decomposing?!
Katink Jack 8 days ago
Or his last movement?
Jack Katink 8 days ago
Da-da-da dah!
MadRich Jack 8 days ago
Ritchie Blackmore's famous guitar riff on Smoke on the Water is a reversal of Beethoven's famous Da-da-da dah!
The1Butler 8 days ago
Its Friday! The happy glow of Svengoolie and wisdom is just around the corner! 🎩🎃
Tygercat The1Butler 8 days ago
We always look forward to the wisdom of Svengoolie.
deadringer42 9 days ago
Almost Friday, which is one day before creepy doll day. Can not wait, looking forward to creepy dolls. I will share grandamas creepy doll pic when the time is right.
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