Welcome to my “Creature Double Feature” website. I have lived my whole life in the Boston area and like most people my age “Creature Double Feature” was a big part of my childhood. My intent for this section of my web site is to clear up some of the “myths” or incorrect information floating around elsewhere on line.
All the information contained here has been obtained directly from television listings from various newspapers and TV Guide issues. I have included some general information about the specific movies to help clear up confusion about titles, release dates and actors. Obviously, if the information WLVI56 sent to the press outlets was incorrect, I have no way of knowing. I did do a great deal of cross-referencing with different sources when I found listings that where incomplete or “questionable”.
I must admit that my memories are not exactly “on-point” with some of these listings, however the one thing I did notice is that other Boston area channels during this period did run their own “monster movie” film blocks. It is not out of the question that my memories may be mixing up “Creature Double Feature” with these. The bottom line is that I started compiling this list out of my own curiosity and I am satisfied with the results. I hope people have fun checking it out and feel free to contact me on Facebook if you want to share any feedback.
“Creature Double Feature” started at 1:00PM on September 6, 1975 on WLVI56 Boston with the film “Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet”, followed by “Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women” at 2:30PM. It was part of a new Saturday line-up that replaced “Movie at Noon” and “Adventure Theater”, two slots that aired syndicated films for several years, including many that would become “Creature Double Feature” staples. “Creature Feature” also debuted at 8:00PM on September 6, 1975 with an airing of the original 1951 version of “The Thing”.
A majority of the films on “Creature Double Feature” where edited down from the original theatrical versions. That way they would fit into a 90 minute (plus commercials) time-slot. Unlike “Creature Feature” which in the beginning had a full 2 hour (plus commercials) time-slot. It is interesting to note that some of the same films aired on both programs, making me now wonder what was being cut-out and who was making that determination. Most likely American International Pictures Television who owned the TV rights to a majority of the films show during the first couple of years.
In general “Creature Double Feature” aired black and white science fiction and horror films from the 50s and 60s and color Japanese “Kaiju” (giant monster) movie from the 60s and 70s. “Creature Feature” mainly showcased color horror films from the 60s and 70s including ones from the UK and Italy. Obviously there were exceptions and most of the films aired on both programs.
“Creature Feature” ended Saturday September 6 1980 with the Italian science fiction film “Attack of the Robots”. It ran for five seasons and changed time slots a couple of times, 8:00Pm from 1975 to 1976, 10:00PM from 1976-1978, and 11:30PM from 1978-1980.
“Creature Double Feature” “officially” ended January 15 1983 with “Terror of Mechagodzilla” at 1:00PM and “Curse of the Swamp Creature” at 2:30PM. However beginning the following week WLVI56 did pair Kung Fu movies with former “Creature Double Feature” films but without the classic opening title sequence(?).
This continued until June 1983, then they started airing pairs of Universal Horror movies at 1:00PM and 2:30PM. Soon they brought back many of the films that once ran as “Creature Double Feature”, again without the opening sequence. These non-titled “double features” ran up to September 1983. Then another Saturday line up change and a single science fiction/horror film at noon until September 1984.