Thursdays this June, the cable station Turner Classic Movies will be airing a series of “Drive-In Double Features” of monster movies from the 1950s and 60s such as THEM!, THE VALLEY OF GWANGI, THE BLOB, TARANTULA, THE BEAST FROM 20000 FATHOMS, and THE THING. The lineup features fifteen movies never before aired on TCM, including four favorites from the Golden Age of Japanese movie monsters… GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS, RODAN, GHIDORAH THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER, and GODZILLA VS MONSTER ZERO. Also on the schedule are Toho’s THE H-MAN and the Japanese/American co-production THE MANSTER. All will be shown in their English language, US release versions.
Check the TCM website for the complete list of “Drive-In Double Features”.
TCM Japanese Monster Movie Schedule for June, 2011
Thursday, June 2
8:00 PM EST- GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS (1954/1956)
Nuclear tests awaken a prehistoric monster. Director: Ishiro Honda. Cast: Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Momoko Kochi, Akira Takarada, Akihiko Hirata.
9:45 PM EST- RODAN (1956/1957)
Miners uncover the nest of a giant pterodactyl. Director: Ishiro Honda. Cast: Kenji Sahara, Yumi Shirakawa, Akihiko Hirata.
11:15 PM EST- GHIDORAH, THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER (1964/1965)
Mothra, Godzilla and Rodan join forces to take on a space monster. Director: Ishiro Honda. Cast: Yosuke Natsuki, Yuriko Hoshi, Hiroshi Koizumi, Akiko Wakabayashi.
1:00 AM EST- GODZILLA VS MONSTER ZERO (1965/1970)
Aliens try to use Godzilla, King Ghidorah and Rodan to take over the Earth. Director: Ishiro Honda. Cast: Nick Adams, Akira Takarada, Kumi Mizuno, Akira Kubo.
Thursday, June 16
3:30 AM EST- THE MANSTER (1958/1962)
A mad scientist turns a reporter into a two-headed killer. Director: George P. Breakston. Cast: Peter Dyneley, Jane Hylton, Satoshi Nakamura, Jerry Ito.
Thursday, June 30
9:30 PM EST- THE H-MAN (1958/1959)
Nuclear tests create a radioactive man who can turn people into slime. Director: Ishiro Honda. Cast: Yumi Shirakawa, Kenji Sahara, Akihiko Hirata.