A few years back, I had the pleasure of interview another horror host from the swamp land of Florida.. His name is Professor Gillman! Click on his picture to see our interview!



He’s big, scarey and not even hairy, angry like a fish out of the water….. He is THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON! by Gene Stevens, MONSTERS AFTER MIDNIGHT


Photo courtesy of freelance Artist Steven Morris

It would be easy to write  another internet article in which the writer just quotes dates, times and star names from the  filmography of various horror movies. But in the case of Universals most famous and last classic movie monster, its  almost a waste of time.  The name of the “Creature From The Black Lagoon needs no real introduction in the halls of monster fame. The Creature series, particularly the very first Creature From The Black Lagoon possess’s all the elements of sci-fi and creepy swamp monsters to stand alone in its own category.

The Creature from The Black Lagoon was released in 1953 by Universal International Studios. And is for all the Universal Monsters turned out by Universal, the Creature was most popular of all of the Universal Monster’s franchise.

The movie was produced as the cold war was heating up and sci-fi was taking hold of its lion’s share of movie profitability. But aside from that, the Creature presented a whole different “Non-classic” approach to how movie producers created scary creatures and monsters of the cinema. Staring Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, and Richard Denning. The creature suit(s)  itself was occupied by Ricou Browning who played the creature when it was in the water and wore a lighter suit and Ben Chapman who played the creature when it was out of the water with a darker suit. It was apparent that filming the various underwater scenes of the movie presented some technical challenges, as SCUBA diving was fairly new and only in its very early stages of development and presented it’s own inherent risks.The movie was well shot and maintained a 9455a68ac544d52b51f29515456afa60

good story line as it mixed science, evolution, newer technologies and the possibility of a man-fish evolutionary hybrid who stalked human prey in the jungles of the amazon. The musical score and the creatures deep guttural growl also served to add to the creatures ferocious entry onto the screen when he appeared. The creature mean spirited attitude was very much like Lon Chaney Jr’s portrayal of the wolfman, though the creatures screen presence was much stronger than the short glimpses and softer delivery than that of the wolfman. 

The creature of course had to have an octopus’s grip upon the leading lady Julie Adams. The swimming scene from the Creature of the Black Lagoon were also recreated in Steven Spielberg’s JAWS, as his very first victim, an unsuspecting female ventures into the sea to her demise, we get a classic glimpse of her feminine shape on the top of the surf before the Great White shark takes her to her death. And both of those scenes remind us that there are things in the sea (and lagoon) that can get us if we aren’t careful.


I am including a link in this blogpost to IMDB so people can study the Creatures filmography. But if you have not seen the Creature on the screen, it is well woorth renting it or getting a copy to watch.


Well it sure came up quick, its time for the Rondo awards again. Named after the famed Rondo Hatton who appeared in many monster movies;


RONDO HATTON ; Filmography (credited roles)


For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Rondo’s. Every year, monsters kids and monsters fans get a chance to vote for their favorite monster related “Thing” …No pun intended. There are many different categories that Rondo’s award genre, this year this twenty nine separate categories. Ranging from your favorite monsters magazines to the years best monster kid.




Once a Monster Kid Always a Monster Kid By; Gene Stevens, Monsters after Midnight.

The Chicago area in the 1960’s and 1970’s was a ripe market for many different types of television programming formats. The early mornings and early afternoon was for the viewing pleasure of young stay at home housewives, and the format consisted of game shows and soap opera’s ( I hated soap opera’s YUK!). The evening programming was formatted for our Dad’s who came home after a hard day at work, so they could kick back, suck down a bottle of suds and watch the evening news and an episode of the Fugitive, Voyage to the Bottom of The Sea or Combat.But early afternoon between the news and the soap opera’s and late night programming were prime territory for the a Monster Kid.

By the mid 1960’s the television market was flooded with the monster films that originally appeared in the matinee’s in theaters all over the country. Movies such as the the Amazing Colossal Man, The Day the earth stood still, THEM, Godzilla and many more black and white horror movies showed up on local TV stations. For a Monster kid like myself this was heaven on earth.

In addition to the normal programming of movies two special programs dedicated to the “monster genre” became Chicago area icons. My favorite was “Creature Features” on WGN TV. The other was Svengoolie, with the original host Jerry G Bishop and 0jerryg

Jerry G Bishop as “Svengoolie”

Later “Son of Svengollie” Host Rich Koz, who’s show is still on TV and a vibrant part of the Chicago Horror host scene. I still watch Svengoolie and collect Monster Kid toys!


Son of Svengoolie, Rich Koz now “Svengoolie” or as his fans call him “Goolie”

A few years ago I happened to run into the movie “Ed Wood” which was directed by Tim Burton. The story was about an eccentric guy (Ed Wood) , a wanna-be (and almost successful at) horror movie producer. The movie reignited my love of the ancient black and white monster movie fun club. It was around that time that I tried starting up my very own monster magazine called “Monsters after Midnight”.





The magazine had a very limited life and I only produced three or four issues. A lot of good people supported me in the endeavor, with the exception of my Ex-wife. I will always consider Monsters after Midnight my own personal Ed Wood tragedy opera, as I found myself out of a job, dead broke and eventually divorced after my ex decided to have an affair with my kids little league baseball coach (you just cannot make this stuff up) and my magazine and my life became something that was the epitome of something that Ed Wood could have produced. The magazine and I both shuttered, made strange creaking noises and suffered from minor errors in grammar, minor errors in content and minor errors in judgement. But I digress… and take full accountability of myself.. because Monsters After Midnight will always be mine….. My creation, my own personal Frankenstein’s monster. …. Karloff is rolling over in his grave.

Despite the demise of Monsters After Midnight (and its still breathing a little.. just like Frankenstein’s monster). I still could not lose my love of the monster genre. So like any hobby, (or some monsters we know) it morphed into more of a voyeuristic endeavor (OH trust me my fellow dirty minded friends.. I know what your thinking… but put down that those smart phone cameras.. its not like that). As I simply went back to my own monster kid roots and became a spectator, collector of monster movie memorabilia and a not-for-profit monster movie critic /  blogger.

One of the awesome aspects of being a passive monster kid not hell bent on being a millionaire gave me the opportunity to really have some fun with the hobby. I am an avid collector of monster figures and thanks to companies like Diamond Select, Jakks Pacific and Funko and many other resources (gotta love ebay) it relatively easy to find monster collectibles by the truck loads.


Some of my own collection14611127_10209235797630518_4702276204834983015_n14656389_10209235794270434_3176114718536669292_n14650769_10209235793470414_2428680792937458772_n14718668_10209235800790597_5307022502380737786_n




Introducing Internet Horror host Bobby Gammonster

Pull your mauve colored easy chairs and pop some warm and buttery popcorn because the TV (internet) has a new Horror…. Host Bobby Gammonster. I asked Bobby to write his own story for the Monsters After Midnight Blog. You can find Bobby on facebook and at his website Bobby also is now feaured on ROKU.

Bobby Gammonster Host of Monster Movie Night
My name is Bobby Gammonster, I am now a Internet Horror Host of a show called Monster Movie NIght. The show is filmed in my very real home ,Gargoyle Manor-The Monster Museum, which I opened in 1988 to the public as a monster museum showcasing my now over 50 year collection of artifacts and memorabilia of monster,Halloween,Sci-Fi, Fanntasy and magick of fiction,fact and folklore genres. Our home has 10 rooms. Our bedroom consists of two large coffins for our beds. We drive for our family car a 1996 Caddy Hearse. My wife and I married on Oct 31 2003. We own and operate a small store called Gothic Charms that is next to our home /museum where we sell Halloween and Magickal items. I use my collection as “props” on my shows to accent the films I use from Public Domain files. I love monsters and live the lifestyle of the Munster and Addams family style monster. Yes our real and legal name is Gammonster. My side kick is Boris T . Buzzard (dont tell him ,but he is a puppet) that is mostly a silent partner with big attitude. I am also a ventriloquist, monster make-up artist and mask maker. I was once a party clown. My show can be seen on my website, http://www.monstermovienight, which my wife Melissa made and maintains for me, as she does computer website designs. My show is now in it’s 8th season and has over 150 episodes. I have had many guest horror hosts both new and older generations, such as Danvers of Demented Features , Vincent Grimmly of Night Chills theater to A.Ghastlee Ghoul,Dr. Paul BearerII and the famous Count Gore DeVol, just to name a few. I love being a Horror Host, the internet has made a child hood monster dream come true for me.