Avoid the Sea or You'll See "The Monster That Challenged the World" -Tonight!

Posted on February 10, 2024

We’ve shown you various watery threats like the Creature from the Black Lagoon, giant octopi, and a piranha or fifty- but tonight on MeTV, it’s a unique sort of subsea prehistoric menace that emerges from the deep to find food- and you can probably guess what item is at the top of its menu- as mankind faces “The Monster That Challenged the World”!

A parachute jump takes place over California’s inland Salton Sea as part of a training exercise, but when a patrol boat is sent to the area where the jumper should be to pick him up, there is no sign of him- only his parachute, floating in the water. One sailor dives in to look for him-but also disappears! The other sailor aboard suddenly sees something rising out of the water, and reacts in fear!

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Back at headquarters on land, Lt. Cmdr. John "Twill" Twillinger suspects something s wrong when the patrol boat does not answer radio calls, and takes a rescue party out to investigate. All they find at first is the deserted patrol boat, with some weird slime on part of it. Suddenly, a body floats to the surface- it’s the missing jumper, his face blackened and his body drained of fluids!

Twill takes a sample of the slime back to the base lab, and gives it to Dr. Jess Rogers for analysis. He has some conversation with the recently widowed Gail MacKenzie and her young daughter Sandy, during which his hard-edged persona softens a little.

Another odd event occurs-a young woman disappears after heading out on a swim date with a sailor. Her mother is worried, and the Navy men hit the beach, where they find evidence that the young couple was there- and more of the odd slime like they saw on the boat.

They head out into the sea and divers make some shocking discoveries-including what may be a giant egg near a previously uncharted rift on the ocean floor. Suddenly, the divers are attacked by some kind of giant mollusk (which looks more like a caterpillar, but whatever)! More tragedy strikes, Twill manages to drive off the mollusk, and the so-called egg is taken to the U.S. Navy lab for study. It will be kept under constant temperature control, so that it does not get warm enough to hatch. It is realized that there was an undersea earthquake which opened a chasm in the sea bed, from which emerged these strange prehistoric mollusks, and the authorities plan a way to close up the rift.

Unfortunately, more attacks occur to livestock and humans, indicating that the mollusks have found an escape route further inland. and others. The Navy goes on an inland search-and-destroy mission to eliminate the mollusk menace before there are more deaths- but- what of the mollusk egg back in the laboratory?!

This 1957 film definitely has an odd choice for its monsters, but the creature effects are impressive. We’ll run down the movie cast, which includes some familiar faces like Audrey Dalton, Max Showalter, our old “Dr. T” favorite ( minus the 5000 fingers) Hans Conried, and more- as well as longtime cowboy star Tim Holt as the tough but tender Lt. Commander Twillinger. We’ll also get visits from a couple Sven Squad members, see what appears to be a lost (maybe on purpose) BBC nature documentary, and listen to a new song. As a special bonus- see if I take a test drive in the deadly movie car Christine!

“The Monster That Challenged the World” delivers its challenge tonight on MeTV at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central time. MeTV challenges YOU to join in the live-Tweeting ( or X-ing) during the show on Twitter ( or X)-please make sure to include the important hashtag #svengoolie to what you post. Our local Chicago area viewers get another look at a different underwater menace in “Revenge of the Creature” this morning at 11 am on CW26.

Have you seen the new Sven merchandise in our store (yeah, I have one, all right?!) The new Sven Valentine’s Day “Love Sven” shirts are making a big splash (more favorable than one made by mollusks) and the new Sven collectible lunchbox is turning out to be a real favorite. Check those out at the MeTV Mall here on our website- and check back often, there is more on the way!.

Join us tonight to face the challenge of sinister sea-slugs in the Salton Sea ( try saying that five times fast)on METV!

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abc123 7 days ago
this past week had almost 1000 more posts than the week prior. Awesome.
Mikeyyy 7 days ago
Ya know I get a lil worried when KK is quiet. It makes me think he's up to no good or something...and now that drang is visiting his parent they mike be combining there efforts against me.
Mikeyyy Mikeyyy 7 days ago
might not mike
Katink Mikeyyy 7 days ago
Hmmmmmm. . . Could be, Mikeyyy!
Drang Mikeyyy 7 days ago
As slow as the WiFi is in this place you have nothing to worry about here.
Svenboy 7 days ago
Finally am all caught up.finally got around to watching Sven’s presentation of the monster that challenged the world. I guess I have seen that movie before on another network.
Katink Svenboy 7 days ago
Glad. You are all caught up, Svenboy! I had not seen The Monster that Challenged the World before, and I thought it was good!
Svenboy Katink 7 days ago
It was a good movie! I have seen so many classic horror movies that I don’t always remember until I see one again.
abc123 7 days ago
"Main" snack ready. Have a piece of fried chicken in the fridge too.
Katink abc123 7 days ago
What a cute couple, abc!
Cartoondave 7 days ago
All this talk about charging phones and it's time for me to charge mine see ya all for cartoons in the east tomorrow morning
Drang 7 days ago
Man, it is raining buckets in Tennessee!
Delayed getting on the road to Dad's place in Crossville, baggage wasn't unloaded for an hour, the ramp was shut down for almost an hour due to lightning.
Mikeyyy Drang 7 days ago
Welcome to Tennessee! Sorry about the rain, tomorrow will be much cooler
Drang Mikeyyy 7 days ago
I noticed, 65° when we landed, high tomorrow more like 35°.
Klaatu 7 days ago
Here’s a real work of art…perfect for Saturday hilarity on Sven. C’mon MeTV, get some new movies!!!
RobBarnes Klaatu 7 days ago
I'm down for some Zontar!
DrSerizawa Klaatu 7 days ago
Zontar spelled backwards is Ratnoz!
Klaatu 7 days ago
I caught Sven making a deal with his agent:
Cessna1960 7 days ago
Well my battery is getting low and all this talk of food has me in a hunt a snack mode....see yall a bit later....
HoneyBee456 Cessna1960 7 days ago
I need to charge my phone too. I think I’m going to lay down and watch Andy Griffith. Good chatting with you. Have a good night
HoneyBee456 7 days ago
Cessna they call the episode green fingers because everything Elsa Lanchester plants grows. I won’t give any more details. You’re going to have to watch it
Cessna1960 HoneyBee456 7 days ago
Lol....it sounds interesting
HoneyBee456 Cessna1960 7 days ago
It is and shocking too.
PatS HoneyBee456 7 days ago
Did she bury her pets? I imagine a dog growing into a dogwood, a cat into catnip or pussy willows...
Cessna1960 7 days ago
Bee , I almost moved to Texas in 1979....I was going to enroll in a Crop Dusting school in Slayton Texas....but sadly my funding didn't cone thru
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HoneyBee456 Cessna1960 7 days ago
Oh my goodness
Cessna1960 HoneyBee456 7 days ago
Plus you have to get special certificates from the FAA and have more intense training than regular pilots
Jack Cessna1960 7 days ago
Slayton is in the Llano Estacado, about one county south of the Panhandle. Altho’ it’s population in 2020 was 5,858 (down 4.3% from 2010) it is part of the Lubbock metropolitan area. Slayton was a town in Harris County.
Cessna1960 7 days ago
There was an episode of Night Gallery called "The Tune in Dan's Cafe " that featured a country song by the singer Jerry Wallace..the song was real catchy and was an actual charted hit on radio....look it up on YouTube I think the song was called "IF you leave me tonite"....
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Cessna1960 HoneyBee456 7 days ago
Ohh yes !!....times were much different back then...
HoneyBee456 Cessna1960 7 days ago
Wish we could go back
daDoctah Cessna1960 7 days ago
What's funny is that they didn't write an entire song before filming the episode, only the part up to where the haunted jukebox interrupts it. The next morning, country stations all over the place were getting calls requesting the record. Someone let the producers know and they quickly went out and got the rest of the song written and recorded to meet the demand.
HoneyBee456 7 days ago
Mikeyyy must be resting up for the competition later on
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HoneyBee456 Cessna1960 7 days ago
I like the old movies I don’t really care about the new ones
Cessna1960 HoneyBee456 7 days ago
"The Philadelphia Story" with Cary Grant , Katherine Hepburn , and Jimmy Stewart was on the other night from the 1940s...Stewart won Best Actor
HoneyBee456 Cessna1960 7 days ago
That’s a good one
Cessna1960 7 days ago
Bee , 2 weeks ago I did cook my Sea Shell Goulash...it's the one with Sea Shell pasta , cream of Mushroom and tomato soup and chili powder....it is great with crackers
HoneyBee456 Cessna1960 7 days ago
It sounds good
Cessna1960 7 days ago
I mentioned the other day that the new movie "Godzilla Minus One" has been nominated for an Oscar !!...it is in the category of
Best Visual Effects....
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Cessna1960 HoneyBee456 7 days ago
It's been about that long for me too
abc123 Cessna1960 7 days ago
saw it twice. love it.
From Forbes:
"Godzilla Minus One has already performed far beyond expectations, as the highest grossing Japanese live-action film of all time in North America, the biggest Godzilla film from Toho in franchise history, and with the strongest second-weekend hold of any wide release feature in 2023."
abc123 abc123 7 days ago
Plus they are doing another release in Black and White. Sounds awesome!
abc123 abc123 7 days ago
named Godzilla -1/C (as in minus one minus color)
HoneyBee456 7 days ago
The night gallery episode is called Green Fingers and Cameron Mitchell is also in it
Cessna1960 HoneyBee456 7 days ago
Green Fingers...good deal
HoneyBee456 Cessna1960 7 days ago
It’s my favorite episode of night gallery
VanGooliac HoneyBee456 7 days ago
I’ve seen the Green Fingers episode but at the time I didn’t realize it was Elsa Lanchester. MeTV used to show Night Gallery on Sunday night a few years ago.
The whole series was weird but in a good way. Unfortunately, many episodes were heavily edited for syndication.
Cessna1960 VanGooliac 7 days ago
I used to watch Night Gallery too....
HoneyBee456 VanGooliac 7 days ago
I wish that metv would bring it back
HoneyBee456 7 days ago
Cessna I think eating cereal has made my stomach better
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HoneyBee456 LmerFudd 7 days ago
That would be fun
Get the Dr. Pepper Float Ice cream
Lol....that was the last flavor I bought !!!!
Jack Engineer_Poelzig 7 days ago
If you’re in Texas, get the Dr. Pepper shake at Whataburger.
1MikeM 7 days ago
"Have a potato...it's my only weakness!"
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HoneyBee456 Cessna1960 7 days ago
Amazon sells them
We had them here in Tx for awhile, I liked the Sweet Heat Golden flake chips
And the "Hot" flavor are good too
I thought they'd come back post plague, but so far no dice.
HoneyBee456 7 days ago
I’m looking forward to The Bride of Frankenstein. It’s my favorite horror movie
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Cessna1960 HoneyBee456 7 days ago
I will do my best to look for it
Cessna1960 VanGooliac 7 days ago
Hiya Vangooliac
VanGooliac Cessna1960 7 days ago
Hey Cessna!
You’re gonna have to face it
You’re addicted to spuds
https://youtu.be/eVCaT6FvI_8?si=BTPVQDj_kQOxd_Ge
Cessna1960 VanGooliac 7 days ago
Hahahahaha !!!
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