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    Default Old Halloween Movie shown in schools: The Creeps Machine. Does anyone recall?

    Hello All,

    Something popped into my head from many many moons ago when I was in grade school. Around Halloween the school would roll a reel (yes an actual film) called, "The Creeps Machine". It was a vignette based movie in which was centered around a hideous machine that when certain knobs and levers were moved a new vignette played. Basically it was the predecessor to Creepshow.

    I don't remember much from it, but one thing I remember clearly was that a hideous hand came out from a little door on the machine and turned a rather large knob. I remember the whole classroom (well mostly the girls) were screaming.

    I am going out on a limb now as this film was from the 70's. I am curious if anyone else has seen it.

    Edit. OK, we have a bingo. I was off on the title by one letter. I called it The Creep Machine when it is The Creeps Machine. Special thanx to Theundeadofnight And Nocturnaloner for figuring this out.

    Here is a clip from it:

    http://www.rifftrax.com/shorts/creeps-machine


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    Sooooo, no one else has seen this movie in thier school...or anywhere else? I am surprised. I figured I would have received on or two responses by now. But then again, I am going way back to the mid 70's. Also, I could be wrong on the actual title, but I don't think so. But if anyone remembers something like this, please chime in.

    Thanx,

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    Before my time... Sounds interesting, though

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    Unfortunately I am a child of the '90s and never had the pleasure of seeing this compilation film. Tried searching google for it, but didn't get any results that match what you've described. If you find any details about it online, let us know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kardec251985 View Post
    Unfortunately I am a child of the '90s and never had the pleasure of seeing this compilation film. Tried searching google for it, but didn't get any results that match what you've described. If you find any details about it online, let us know!
    Yes, I have tried to search for it as well. I MAY have the title incorrect though. But I have noticed a kind of 'brick wall' effect with the internet. Generally from the 90's to the present, there are tons things documented as this was the time the internet came into play. Some more popular items and topics of past are also found. It is just the more obscure items are difficult to find.

    After the 80's, I am sure many have forgotten this film. I never did forget it as I found it odd and unique that it was something they showed in school. But I do remember in my early grade school years of about the 1st through 4th grade, they showed this film around Halloween. But after that time period, I never saw the film again. Another thing I do remember that in subsequent years that even though it was creepy, all the kids in the class would cheer when we would hear that they were going to show the film again. I know I have seen it about 2 or 3 times, but it stuck in my head for all these years.

    One thing to add to the difficulty in tracking it down. That school I went to was closed down after I was in the 4th grade and I completed grade school in the newer grade school that was behind the old school. After I went to high school, the old grade school was torn down to make way for a senior citizen complex. It could have very well been that the film was not a rental, but owned by the school and more then likely was forever lost when the school was torn down. Hard to say though.

    Which is why I posted this here in the event someone somewhere else might have run across this film as I am sure there were multiple copies made. But in this modern age, it just may very well be that this was one of many films that never saw video tape, or digital storage mediums.

    It would be cool if something would turn up on it though.

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    Funny thing is, I am 90% sure I have seen at least one of the interstitials from the movie you are talking about, on Youtube. I vaguely remember a bunch of knobs and levers, a door in the middle, and a checkerboard background? I don't think you have the name quite right, but now of course, I can't come up with it either.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/Nocturnaloner

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    Was it the mangler?
    That's right. There's another tradition. A very important one...Always check your candy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nocturnaloner View Post
    Funny thing is, I am 90% sure I have seen at least one of the interstitials from the movie you are talking about, on Youtube. I vaguely remember a bunch of knobs and levers, a door in the middle, and a checkerboard background? I don't think you have the name quite right, but now of course, I can't come up with it either.
    Yes, yes. That is is. I remember an ugly hand came out of that door and would adjust a knob or lever and that would start another vignette. The strange thing is, I don't remember the actual vignettes, but I do remember that machine. It is possible that I don't have the name right. I do remember it was 'something' Machine. It could have been Monster Machine? I don't know, it was just so long ago.

    Quote Originally Posted by miles View Post
    Was it the mangler?
    No...but that might have been the name of one of vignettes. Like I said above, it was 'Something' Machine. Monster Machine, Horror Machine. Hopefully someone elses memory would be jarred on this. From what I gathered I only remember them showing it in school around Halloween. It was very popular around Halloween and classes had to draw strings to see who would get it first.
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    Hi ,

    I just did a search on IMDB for The Creep Machine , not there but Creeps Machine was there . It is on YouTube but RiffTrax talk over it . The clip looks like your description . Search YouTube for Rifftrax : The Creeps Machine .

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    Quote Originally Posted by theundeadofnight View Post
    Hi ,

    I just did a search on IMDB for The Creep Machine , not there but Creeps Machine was there . It is on YouTube but RiffTrax talk over it . The clip looks like your description . Search YouTube for Rifftrax : The Creeps Machine .
    Nailed it! At the very least, that is what I saw. I think you found it though.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/Nocturnaloner

 

 
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