It's 1975. I am sitting down to a night of hopefully watching a monster movie on KPLR-TV out of St. Louis. Our baby-sitter for me and my younger sister is my older sister Terri and my older brother Pat*. (It could have been my other older brother Mike.)
Anyway this movie had been advertised all week and I wanted to see it. I was already watching Dark Shadows at this point and had seen a Godzilla movie. Saturday came around and I got to watch a little bit of it; till my older sibs turned it off. I remembered bits and pieces of it for years, but never knew the title.
A couple years back I asked people on Facebook. All I could really remember was a giant octopus/squid, tentacles that reached out an grabbed people, and it all took place on an island in the South Pacific. No luck. I tried searching in back issues of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. No luck. The biggest problem was I didn't remember enough of the movie to give people enough clues to work on.
Well thanks to my friend Dr. Theda at his eponymous Crypt I was able to piece the last bits of it all together.
The movie that has been bugging me for nearly 40 years is "Yog Monster From Space"!
I bought from a less than reputable website which I have to admit I feel a little bad about.
I got it in the mail last night and popped it in to make sure it worked. It did. It is the movie I remembered. The music and the sound effects were the clincher. The DVD looks like a VHS transfer (complete with "tracking" issues!). The cover was run off on someone's ink jet.
But sure enough this was the movie in question.
Yeah. I paid real money for this.
The way I see it I now have piece of mind. I know what the movie was and now I can finish watching it.
I am like Odysseus at the gates of Ithaca. My long search is over.
So of course what do I actually do last night? Stayed up and watched Pacific Rim again!
Now I need to add more Kaiju to my games.