The Hideous Tooth Will Out- William Castle Presents "Mr. Sardonicus" Tonight!

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Tonight, we augment your 4th of July extended weekend with a chorus of “hooray for the dead, fright and boo!” as we bring back a creepy tale from the resume of movie gimmick-master  William Castle! It’s a film that gave many a movie-goer nightmares, most of them provoked by the countenance of the title baron - the mysterious and shocking “Mr. Sardonicus”!

This 1961 horror story begins with the introduction of the noble  Dr. Robert Cargrave, a medical practitioner  using unique breakthrough treatments for paralysis in 1800s London, After receiving a troubling letter from his long lost love, the now Baroness Sardonicus- asking him to come immediately to her husband’s home in order to insure her well- being, the doctor, concerned  by her sense of urgency, heads to Gorslava, a central European country, to see what is plaguing his former beloved Maude. Arriving at the Sardonicus castle- he is shocked to find a scarred man-servant torturing one of the maids as part of a “therapeutic experiment” prescribed by the mysterious Baron. He puts a stop to the so-called therapy , and is finally reunited with Maude, a fragile beauty who is in full fright mode, begging him to follow through on whatever Sardonicus might ask him to do- for the good of both of them

Finally, the baron himself appears- wearing a full face mask, his actual visage hidden from sight. As dinner is served, he joins his wife and their visitor, but does not partake of the meal, stating that he has already eaten. Later, Sardonicus deems to explain the mask to the doctor, and recounts his life story – with his beginnings as a poor farmer, living with his pretty wife and his father. Sadly, his father passes away- but one of the locals reveals the fact that the old man had won a rich lottery prize. It dawns on his son and daughter-in-law that the winning ticket was buried with the old man!  The beautiful but demanding wife goads the poor fellow into committing an unspeakable act- digging up his father’s grave to retrieve the ticket, and make them wealthy.  He heads out to the graveyard to carry out the awful deed- but,while succeeding makes him a rich man, it also make him pay a hideous  price!

Sardonicus reveals to the doctor the results of his vile act-including the reason he must cover his true face. It is the reason that Cargrave was summoned- to use his expertise and experimental treatments to restore the baron’s face to its normal form. Should he fail, the Baron threatens to bring unspeakable horrors to both Maude and her former lover- awful enough to rival what has happened to the heartless Sardonicus!

Besides some truly shocking scenes- this film features Castle’s gimmick of the  “Punishment Poll” by which the audience would supposedly determine the film’s outcome. We’ll tell you all  about that, as well as providing facts about Castle and our cast. We’ll serenade you with a song a little later than usual in the program, and bring you a new lottery with its basic face value . As always, since we always have some viewers who have not experienced the film, we ask that our blog commenters please refrain from posting pictures from the film, or information that would include spoilers until the show concludes – in all time zones, please. Your extra information that we didn’t cover is always welcome- but only AFTER the show has aired everywhere. Don’t risk being banned!                                                                                                                                         “Mr. Sardonicus” brings his grim visage to MeTV tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, or, if you’re not sure of the time and channel in your area, go to your local listings or MeTV invites our viewers to live- Tweet during the show on Twitter, using the hashtag #svengoolie  - and join the many fans who keep us trending among the most-talked about Twitter  topics nationally each week! Chicago area viewers can do a double-take at Hammer Studios’ “Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll”   at 11 am on WCIU, the U.

We hope you’ve taken advantage of the limited anniversary edition of the beloved “It Came from Berwyn” Sven t shirt that went on sale on July1st- there are still some left, though  not all sizes are still available. More anniversary shirts will be coming up in the next few months- with other special anniversary items to come- so keep checking back in our store.

Next week Friday evening, July 12th, I’ll be at the Schererville Indiana “Hocus Pocus Party in the Park”! I’ll sign autographs and introduce a showing of the bewitching film “Hocus Pocus”. You’ll find information under the “appearances” tab here on our site.

Take a break from your holiday grilling for a grill that is thrilling-tonight on MeTV !

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daleuhlmann 10 months ago
George Hamilton, along with his great tan, is on tonight's COLUMBO.
JournalJeff2 10 months ago
Happy Svengoolie Eve!
I have a song to get us ready for tomorrows movie.
MADave 10 months ago
Goodnight all I’m watching GONE WITH THE WIND hope to check in the new blog in a few hours!
Klaatu 10 months ago
Any chance of airing “The Crawling Eye”? Now THAT would be good for a few silly comments!🤪
Islander Klaatu 10 months ago
Love the crawling eye. Sven showed it one time. Dale can probably tell us when. I've been hoping it would come around again but it must be a one and done..
I'm ready for The Mole People also.
Carl_N_Brown Klaatu 10 months ago
Sven getting movies depends a lot on who is holding the release rights. Svengoolie featured THE CRAWLING EYE on 10 Jul 2004. Maybe an encore is overdue.
I saw it as a kid when it first came out and was impressed.
It built up suspense, and the clairvoyant chick was a spooky angle. When the monster appeared, most of the matinee audience were so keyed up they over-looked the clumsiness of the monster itself.
Carl_N_Brown Islander 10 months ago
Let me do a personal check.
Spare batteries √, spare bulbs √, spare maglites √.
Reporting ready for THE MOLE PEOPLE!
Islander Carl_N_Brown 10 months ago
Carl, you sure about that ? I'm pretty sure I saw The Crawling Eye on Sven and I only started watching svengoolie around 2008.
Klaatu Islander 10 months ago
Islander, I’m a newbie. I only discovered Svengoolie a few months ago, so I’m out of touch with what movies Sven has aired. I’m just happy to watch any movie he airs as they are all new to me (well, new in the Sven sense).
MADave 10 months ago
WILLOUGHBY I saw that Geico commercial with the gecko flying an airplane I think you should give him a few lessons I’ve seen you fly and your way better!
MADave 10 months ago
Happy sci fi Friday everyone!
CarrieLynnCastro 10 months ago
Happy Friday 😎
Hope all is well one
blog 😉

Well 3more days of vacation 🎏 hopefully
this part is more
restful🏖 I'm tired!

There is 6 of us and Tiny
🐩 not easy has to be like Military Style to get together everyday ha ha
😉 Just call me Sergeant
Grandma 👩‍✈️I do it well!

I will be missing
Sven 🎩📺👀 no Metv
On Hotel on base CP
Oceanside 🤖 for tomorrow!
Have a great weekend

1MikeM 10 months ago
Possible sequels:
Mr. Sardonicus Meets Mr. Rogers
Mr. Sardonicus Meets Mr. Ed
Mr. Sardonicus Meets Mister Roberts
Mr. Sardonicus Meets Mrs. Doubtfire
Mr. Sardonicus Meets Billy the Kid
Mr. Sardonicus Meets Bonzo
Mr. Sardonicus Goes to Washington
Mr. Sardonicus Goes West
Mr. Sardonicus Rides Again
Mr. Sardonicus Takes a Vacation
Weekend at Mr. Sardonicus's
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Klaatu 1MikeM 10 months ago
Good stuff. And don’t forget Mr. Sardonicus Builds His Dream House.
Klaatu 1MikeM 10 months ago
My wife is visiting her mom this weekend. Guess who gets to watch Svengoolie with no interruptions?? Me!!
Jack Klaatu 10 months ago
I didn’t forget.
Carl_N_Brown 1MikeM 10 months ago
Mr. Sardonicus Came From Outer Space
Mr. Sardonicus Came From Beneath the Sea
Mr. Sardonicus Came From Berwyn
Mr. Sardonicus Conquered the World
The Sardonicus That Challenged the World
The Sardonicus with 1,000,000 Teeth

(Uncle! I've been outclassed by all these inventive posters.)
daleuhlmann 10 months ago
Guy Rolfe was also in Hammer's exotic historical melodrama THE STRANGLERS OF BOMBAY, whose content I would still consider borderline horror because of some genuinely gruesome scenes. The film was in color, but I've only been able to find black and white trailers online.
DavidH 10 months ago
1556 comments? Wow! You guys have certainly been chatty.
Catbat DavidH 10 months ago
Hey there you are! Welcome back! Hope everything is alright with you. You have been missed. I'm glad you're back.
daleuhlmann DavidH 10 months ago
Welcome back, David H!
Lynn DavidH 10 months ago
Greetings, DavidH!
1MikeM DavidH 10 months ago
Welcome back David!
MADave DavidH 10 months ago
Hey DavidH
TheKodakKid 10 months ago
Had a strange experience last night when I got off work. As I was walking to my truck, I noticed something on the edge of my hood, along the grill. As I got closer, it looked like a leaf. Then it looked like a couple of leaves with something else attached.

Got to my truck, and started pulling on one of the “leaves”. That’s when I realize the “leaf” was a wing. It was a bat. And he was dead. Apparently, I had hit him in flight.
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Lynn TheKodakKid 10 months ago
That kind of hood ornament would scare me, but I can't see anyone accusing you of assault and battery on a bat.
TheKodakKid WILLOUGHBY 10 months ago
Well, it didn’t bite me, so no danger of me turning into a bat on the next full moon.
MADave TheKodakKid 10 months ago
Hopefully it wasn’t Count Dracula or Alucard?
daleuhlmann TheKodakKid 10 months ago
Speaking of harm to bats ....
The1Butler 10 months ago
Mummy, Mummy, Mummy , oh ...
Catbat The1Butler 10 months ago
Mummy Dearest
The1Butler Catbat 10 months ago
Stewie !
daleuhlmann 10 months ago
Good Svengoolie Saturday Eve, group! Tomorrow, Sven will once again lay the Hammer down! Even though neither Peter Cushing nor Christopher Lee is in this film, there's no gauze to worry: It's a good one. However, parents, beware: some scenes include a lot of heavy breathing (you'll see what I mean), so viewer discretion is advised (LOL).
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daleuhlmann Carl_N_Brown 10 months ago
I have to admit that this one of Forest J. Ackerman's puns from FAMOUS MONSTERS OF FILMLAND. Others were "Horrorwood, Karloffornia," "Fred Ascare," "Blacky Lagoon" (his name for the Gill-Man"), "On the other claw," and "Hey, mouse, are you ratty for this?"
Carl_N_Brown daleuhlmann 10 months ago
4SJ commenting on the sequel to double feature BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE / 12 TO THE MOON, being Bottle in Outer Space and 7 Up to the Stars.
daleuhlmann Carl_N_Brown 10 months ago
Ha-ha, Carl!😅
Carl_N_Brown daleuhlmann 10 months ago
Read that pun sixty years ago. That was a groaner.
JournalJeff2 10 months ago
Good Morning & Happy Friday!
Another new movie for Sven and for me. I have not seen this one.
Say, it`s not the story of Billy Mummy`s life is it?
I think I will make some Tana leaf tea for breakfast. See you later.
Have a Great Day & Take Care!
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Carl_N_Brown JournalJeff2 10 months ago
Fish heads. Why did it hafta be fish heads.
The horror. The horror The year before 1st grade Mom and Dad took me to the Smoky Mountains. At the diner I ordered trout. It was served with the head attached. Its eye stared up at me accusingly. The old horror .... Still haunting me ...
Jack Catbat 10 months ago
The playlist in my head!
Jack roypwebber 10 months ago
There’s a lot encoded in that video—it’ll give future archaeologists a real workout.
daDoctah Lynn 10 months ago
Did you know that since 1982, Bill Mumy and Robert Haimer (Barnes & Barnes) have collaborated with Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley, trying to make America great again?
roypwebber 10 months ago
Speaking of mummies: I always loved the Jonny Quest episode "Curse of Anubis". The beginning is so cool - after Anubis is stolen the mummy comes to life: the coffin lid pops open, its arms drop down to the side and the somnambulistic walk in pursuit of the relic.
JournalJeff2 roypwebber 10 months ago
That brings back some memories.
daleuhlmann roypwebber 10 months ago
Great memories!
Catbat 10 months ago
Good Svengoolie Saturday Eve Morning All! Are you ready to get all wrapped up in a new to Sven movie?
Islander Catbat 10 months ago
Oh yes !
daleuhlmann Catbat 10 months ago
Definitely, especially since we haven't seen a mummy movie in a long time. The fact that it's a new one makes it an extra- special present that Sven has wrapped for us (see what I did there?).
The1Butler Catbat 10 months ago
Guess who's coming to town ?
Catbat The1Butler 10 months ago
A very ghoul act
The1Butler Catbat 10 months ago
I got tickets ! Just alittle north of Detroit! 200mi from Dale?
Catbat The1Butler 10 months ago
Well swing by on your way back. I'll make breakfast. I want a full report. Pics if you get any. I'm jealous. Haha You will have a Blast!
TheKodakKid 10 months ago
Something I’ve wondered about, that I don’t remember seeing discussed here, is why he kept his father’s body in the locked room?
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daleuhlmann Jack 10 months ago
Did the Baron turn his castle into Gorslavia's Playboy Mansion?
TheKodakKid Carl_N_Brown 10 months ago
You’d think he would have had held more ill will and feeling of blame towards the first wife. She was definitely a “B” before she became a Baroness. She is the one who made him dig up dear old Dad so that she could have the lifestyle she wanted.

As cold and materialistic as she came across, I wonder why she married someone as poor and simple-living as Sardonicus was at that time?
daleuhlmann TheKodakKid 10 months ago
Good question, Kodak.
daleuhlmann 10 months ago
Grant Williams, The incredible Shrinking Man himself, is on tonight's PERRY MASON, along with another genre favorite, Les Tremayne (his co-star in THE MONOLITH MONSTERS). Another familiar face in that same epidode is former Warner Brothers tough guy Barton MacLaine, who was in two Sven favorites, THE MUMMY'S GHOST and CRY OF THE WEREWOLF, as well as the 1948 Cinecolor prehistoric monster saga, UNKNOWN ISLAND.
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daleuhlmann Carl_N_Brown 10 months ago
Yes, indeed, it was. I believe this is the shot in question.
Jack roypwebber 10 months ago
Mebbe the Raptors could run races like the sausage races with the Brewers? 🇨🇦🦖🦖🦖🧀🍻🌭🌭🌭🌽
Jack daleuhlmann 10 months ago
_Gigantopithecus_ mebbe, but that’s no sloth! Sloths are xenarthrans and have stumpy, peglike teeth!
Carl_N_Brown roypwebber 10 months ago
Uh, some of those T-Rexes .... wrist watches? Really?
Islander 10 months ago
Well , that post didn't last long ??
daleuhlmann Islander 10 months ago
Which one was that?
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