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The Time Travelers – Chiller Theater – Childhood Memories

I was brought up on horror and sci-fi movies. As a kid, Channel 11 had a great show called Chiller Theater on Saturday nights. If I was lucky, my sister was babysittin’ ‘n she’d let me stay up and watch. Besides the creepy claymation hand emergin’ from the bloody pond, the image of the androids in The Time Travelers is burned into the folds of my gray matter, they look like those squeezy head toys where the eyes pop out mixed with cyber ant.

Here’s the Openin’ and the movie:

“A time travel experiment that was supposed to produce a window into time turns out to be a portal instead. One of the experimenters steps through into a not-too-distant-future world that has been destroyed by nuclear war. Some of the others follow, but then the portal phases out and they can’t get back. Things just get worse after that. They run across a rocket that has landed to escape pursuing enemies, bearing scientists who survived the war, and many android “slaves.” The time travellers are invited to escape when the ship is again ready to blast off – but just before that happens, the scientits’ enemy returns and fires on the sitting-duck ship. A very bad day for the scientists turns terminal at that point, and the 20th-century Earthlings barely escape with their skins.”

Found this on wiki, a funny description of the opening of Chiller Theater:

“By 1971, the painted title card sequence was gone and replaced by the popular claymation six-fingered hand introduction. This is the famous intro that most viewers remember: A solitary swamp sporting a pool of blood in the foreground, a dead tree in the background, and suddenly a six-fingered humanoid hand rises from the froth while it moans, “Hoo …” As the hand rises, the word “Chiller” simultaneously grows from the mud as if weeds and the hand passes over each growing letter approvingly, then snatches them one by one before returning to the swamp, groaning “Chillllller …” deeply in a very creepy voice, all while a reverb-heavy electronic track plays, presumably created with synthesizers. The combination of the surreal imagery and early electronica was unusual enough to cause a fright greater than the movies WPiX chose to air. This opening was used throughout the remainder of the show’s run. This was an equally memorable opening as the mid-1960s montage among various “Chiller Theatre” fans. The creators of this introduction remain anonymous and it is hoped more information on the creation of this animation is forthcoming.”

So weird, I also found a schedle of when it showed:
Saturday, February 15, 1975 (12:00 a.m.) THE TIME TRAVELERS


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RIP Forrest J Ackerman

Forrest J Ackerman

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The founder of the magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland and avid collector of Hollywood horror memorabilia died December 4th.

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As a kid I was greatly influenced by this magazine. The cover illustrations were enough to burn an evil image into my impressionable grey matter. The creature features helped twist my developin’ mind, hippin’ me to a whole history of cult movies that I had a undyin’ hunger to consume.

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The typography of the mag alone was somethin’ else. Hand drawn horror fonts galore! The headline copy read like the way old radio DJ’s , like Wolfman Jack, talked, jokey puns and alliteration, creatin’ an hip insiders vibe that no other mag could copy.

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The Misfits logo is a direct bite offa the magazine logo.

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I’m sure FM was Glenn Danzig‘s bible as a ‘monster kid’

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The Ackermonster popularized Monster culture and Horror/Sci-Fi fandom, layin’ the groundwork for better or worse, for today’s nerd hyper-collectors, Trekkies, and convention fanboy types, by creating a worldwide network of horror/fantasy/science fiction fans, this was in the pre-internet, pre-video store, pre-digital era.

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The term ‘Sci-Fi’ was supposedly coined by him, goddamnit! Dr. Ack-Ack helped Ray Bradbury and L. Ron Hubbard (Dianetics, Scientology) jump-off by gettin’ ’em published early in their careers.

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Uncle Forry kept his Ackermansion in Karloffornia as a shrine, filled with an insane collection of Horror memorabilia. It was open on the weekends to any fan willin’ to make the pilgrimage.

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He also had an obvious Frankenstein Monster fetish!

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