We’re dialing up some retro phone fun that leads to fear tonight on MeTV- with a vintage Sven show featuring a fan favorite we haven’t shown in a while. You’ll meet a couple of wacky teen phone pranksters, a murderous stranger, and, yes, Miss Joan Crawford -plus encounterthe WORST cheery 60s music score ever to grace a scary movie! It’s the William Castle chiller- '"I Saw What You Did"!
Though devoid of Castle’s usual on-screen gimmickry (and cameo appearance), this 1965 film is a pretty solid creepy story- with mom and dad off visiting friends, gal pals Libby and Kit stay at the remote family home, babysitting Libby's goofy little sister. To amuse themselves, they start doing a series of crank calls (no caller ID then, kids) – most of them funny only to them! They then decide it'd be big fun to call random strangers and say "I saw what you did- and know who you are!"-figuring a lot of people are guilty about something, and isn’t it funny that they will now be worrying? It is to the girls, anyway. They have some riotous phone fun- until they unknowingly dial Mr. Steve Marak- who's fed up with his wife, and plots to get rid of her in the worst way! Add to the turmoil his neighbor, the masterfully eyebrowed Amy (Joan Crawford) -who wants Steve for herself!
After hearing Marak’s voice, Libby gets a teenage crush on him- sight unseen- and decides they should actually try to see what he looks like! Using his address from the phone book they were choosing their prank victims’ numbers from, they head out to his house- leading to an nasty encounter that will lead to dire consequences of a creepy coincidence -combined with cold-blooded cunning -that puts the teens and little sister in mortal danger!
As I said, if you discount the strange peppy music that pops up a few times- and just enjoy the story- you're in for a scary thrill ride. We'll tell you about the teen stars and the cast- and, of course, spotlight the haughty Miss Crawford as well. We'll provide some classic Sven segments, including a bit featuring some clones of a couple legendary actresses, and give you a popular segment after the movie with some scenes in "Svensurround". Since much of this show is not updated, you will obviously see our old coffin and set, some dated references- and see how, before we merely got interrupted by the doorbell before we could tell what our next feature would be- we covered my promoting a past film when we’d rerun a show, by inserting Tombstone doing a recap of THIS show over my original plug! This was part of the transition to having a separate tease for next week’s movie inserted each week before the last movie segment.
"I Saw What You Did" comes calling on MeTV tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, or you can check for time and channel where you are in your local listings or at www.metv.com . A lot of viewers will be using their phones (or iPads or computers) not to make prank calls, but to live-Tweet during the show on Twitter- using the hashtag #svengoolie . Last week, we again were among the top ten trending topics. This morning in the Chicago viewing area, our main local station CW26 will be providing an encore of “She Wolf of London”- with lots of bonus Sven shtick- at 11 am.
Well, if you hadn’t ordered your Svengoolie “At Home” box- or the Svengoolie Studio Set- we regret to inform you that both have officially sold out, and will not be restocked. Be watching for some new merchandise that is being planned right now! Also, our first public appearance since before the pandemic began is now set- we will be appearing at one of our old haunts- the Flashback Weekend Horror Convention- at the end of this month! Be aware that special precautions will be in effect for everyone’s protection- but it will be so great to be back on the road meeting everybody! You can check out the full information under the “appearances” tab here on our website- and please know that we will be limiting our appearances for the rest of this year.
Join us tonight for a story where even a robo-call would be preferable to a connection with a killer! ( And- it’s toll-free- unless you are the one for whom the bell tolls!)