Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla

Weekly Alibi

DIRECTED BY: Kenshou Yamashita

REVIEWED: 02-09-98

I doubt I have to tell anyone that the high point of my week when I was a tyke was getting to stay up late on weekend nights to watch the "Creepy Creature Feature" and see stuff like Night of the Living Dead, The Monster that Challenged the World and of course, Godzilla movies. And while we're on the subject--does anyone remember KOAT's late-night movie host "Captain Space?" He came to Earth inside a giant egg (pre-"Mork & Mindy") and tried to sell watches or something, then ended up with a TV show. His co-host was a big computer labeled "Input" and "Outpup." Yeah, "pup." I was so obsessed with this show that I actually did a drawing of the Captain and sent it in, along with a request that he show Destroy All Monsters. I almost peed in my young pants when he read the letter on the air and held my drawing up to the camera, lemme tell ya. He even wrote me a short letter telling me how they couldn't run Destroy All Monsters because KOB bought it out from under them, and I held onto that letter for many years. Jeez, was I crushed when I anxiously flipped over to Channel 7 one night only to discover the Captain's show was history. There were a few half-assed attempts at local movie-host shows afterwards: "Darcinia, the Duchess of Darkness," Dickie Bowles and "The Bedtime Bombs," some big-boobed gal named "Feverita," but none of them had the same magic (although "The Bedtime Bombs" was pretty cool at first, when it was done live and viewers could call in to have Dickie deliver stupid messages to their pals). Captain, if you're out there, thanks for all the thrills--I've got some real fond memories of that show of yours.

--Scott Phillips

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