8mm and Super 8mm Horror – flicks on film

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The ‘clicking’ of the projector, the strobe-like flashing on the parallel walls, a rectangle of pure white in the dark, and presto! there’s monsters in my bedroom…

8mm and Super 8mm Horror – flicks on film

When I was a youngster, we didn’t have VHS, DVDs, or On-demand movies. We had to watch and wait, for the 6 or 7 television channels available, to air our favorite films. They would show up maybe once or twice a year. (Sometimes never.) However, that didn’t stop some of us, especially us monster fans, from wanting to take our favorite monsters home with us.8mm projector

When I was about 13, I had saved up enough money from shoveling snow and handing out flyers for businesses to send away for a Super 8mm projector. I had seen the ad in the back of Famous Monsters of Filmland and got a money order made out to Captain Company. It was about $24 which would probably be like $100 today. The big brown truck delivered the projector and it came with one complimentary film reel.

The films were only 15 minutes in length each, like highlight reels, touching on the main points and action scenes of the movies they were edited from. Some films were even edited into a new simpler story line, rearranged in sequence to support the edited plot. I didn’t care; I was in it for the monster scenes, not the stories.

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One of my fave things to do with this new projector…8mm ghidorah

My neighbor’s house was very close to ours and the side that faced us had only one small bathroom window. The house was all white. I used to aim the projector out the window so it could shine a giant image of Ghidorah onto the house. For some reason that was the only film it would work for, I guess because of the strong contrast of the scene itself. The image was very light, ghost-like, but I thought it was cool and me and my friends would laugh, trying to scare people walking down the street.

Here’s a look at some of the 8mm and Super 8mm films of the time (1960’s – 1970’s). Mine are long gone, but luckily some people had saved these and shared the box covers on the internet. I just collected the images here, so thanks to all you collectors for sharing. Some of these I owned and others I would have eventually purchased if VHS and Cable TV didn’t make their debut in the early 1980’s.


Model Kits – AMT Gigantics (1975 – 1979)

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Model Kits – AMT Gigantics (1975 – 1979)

These are my AMT Gigantics kits, giant insects attacking cities in some really nice dioramas:

Colossal Mantis — Rampaging Scorpion — Huge Tarantula

There was a 4th in the series, a Wasp in a scene at an amusement park, but it is impossible to find. I had bought these in the early 90’s, long after they were discontinued, at a close-out warehouse. I held on to them until now.

In June, 2013, I built and painted them. I set them up together to make one huge scene.

Back in the late 1970’s I had won 3rd place in a model building contest at a local hobby shop using the Scorpion and the Tarantula. It was fun to rebuild these kits after all these years.

They were originally released by Fundimensions in 1975 but by 1978 they were taken over by AMT/Ertl.




Naturally, I liked these because they compared to the giant insect films of the 1950’s. Film Reviews here: Creature Features – Giant Bugs

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