Monday, January 19, 2009

What The Hell Am I Gonna Watch Now?!

I've just learned of the incredibly sad news that my favorite channel, Monsters HD, has gone belly up (it was just pulled today). Pause for moment of silence please ...


2003 - 2009

If you head on over to the channel, you will see the words "This channel has ceased operations and will no longer be available. Please check your local listings for similar programming." Only problem is, there is no similar programming! What other channel plays nothing but uncut horror movies in HD all day and night long?! Cablevision has taken our one sanctuary away from us horror fans and there's really nothing we can do about it. This is truly a sad day for the horror community.

I used to pretty much have the channel on all night in the background as I sat around on the computer going about my nightly business. I could always count on something interesting being on there, even if they mostly played the same movies over and over again and played way too much stuff from the 50's and 60's, which is probably why the channel failed. Granted, they didn't really have the budget to score newer and more varied material, so ya can't really blame them. They did everything in their power to present the best horror they could each and every day, and for that reason they will forever be appreciated and missed. Monsters HD not only carried movies, but also incredibly informative little segments called "Monsterama", where host Elvira would talk about the history of the genre's special effects, masks, action figures, and things of that sort. Now where am I gonna get my daily Elvira fix!?

Here's the official statement from the website :

"TV's first and longest-running hi-def horror and creature feature channel will cease operations and mad experiments this month. Thanks for all the screams and support over the years. Fear not - monsters never die ... they always come back! Pleasant dreams, fiends."

Lets hope Monsters HD does come back someday, bigger and badder than ever! For now, may it Rest In Pieces!


Sauceman said...

Jesus christ where the hell am i going to watch Pirhana 3 and Phantasm 5 NOW?! Sad sad news.

Jason Takes Portland said...

That is sad to see. Do you get FearNet? It does not cover the classics but it should give you a good fix.

Johnny said...

Sauce - One of the best things about that channel is that you'd get to see movies like those that you'd otherwise probably never watch. And for that, we must grieve.

Jason - I do not :(

thebonebreaker said...

I had heard this. . .
Sad Indeed.

When DISH 1st acquired Voom, I switched from DirecTV to DISH specifically for Monsters HD (for the reasons that you & sauceman stated, amongst others)

However, since I've been traveling the states, the places where we've been set up have actually had FearNet, the last couple of times, which is pretty cool if you ask me (mainly for the On Demand)
It may be worth your time to check it out. . .