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Disasterpiece Theatre

Below is a list of 38 films—plus one that never aired, and an anniversary special—that were shown on Disasterpiece Theatre, a weekly broadcast on San Diego’s local XETV 6 that screened—and poked fun at—bad movies on weekend nights between 1980 and 1981. The show was hosted by Sal U. Lloyd (as played by XETV employee Jay Curtis), who’d offer up skits, sight gags, and humorous subtitled comments throughout the less-than-stellar films he presented.

Though the 1981 listing is complete, thanks to a journal I kept that year, the list for 1980 is not; I’ll include more entries for that section whenever I can track them down.

1980

# Date Title Year Reviewed?
01 06/13/80 The Thing That Couldn’t Die 1958 No
02 06/20/80 Eighteen and Anxious 1957 No
03 06/27/80 Curucu, Beast of the Amazoni 1956 No
04 07/04/80 The Unearthly 1957 No
05 07/11/80 Atom Age Vampire 1960 No
06 07/25/80 Scandal, Inc. 1957 No
07 08/01/80 Rocket to the Moon 1967 No
08 08/22/80 Son of Godzilla 1967 No
09 08/29/80 Beginning of the End 1957 No
10 09/05/80 Shriek of the Mutilated 1974 No
11 09/12/80 Kung Fu Gold 1974 No
12 09/19/80 No Survivors Please 1964 No
13 10/10/80 Invisible Ghost 1941 No
14 10/24/80 Monster Zero 1965 No
15 10/31/80 Dracula 1931 No
16 11/28/80 Shriek of the Mutilated 1974 No
17 12/26/80 Curse of the Undead 1959 No
18 ??/??/80 Track of the Moon Beast 1976 No
19 ??/??/80 Captive Wild Woman 1943 No

Disasterpiece Theatre - clipping 1 final b

1981

# Date Title Year Reviewed?
01 01/02/81 Godzilla’s Revenge 1969 No
02 01/09/81 The Spider Woman Strikes Back 1947 No
03 01/17/81 The Mummy’s Hand 1940 No
04 01/24/81 The Unearthly 1957 No
05 01/31/81 The Creeper 1948 No
06 02/07/81 The Leech Woman 1960 No
07 02/14/81 The Mole People 1956 Yes
08 02/21/81 Trog 1970 No
09 02/28/81 First Spaceship on Venus 1962 No
10 03/07/81 Panama Sal 1957 No
11 03/14/81 Big Boy Rides Again 1935 No
12 03/21/81 Revenge of the Creature 1955 No
13 03/28/81 Beginning of the End 1957 No
14 04/04/81 Daughter of the Jungle 1949 No
15 04/11/81 The Monolith Monsters 1957 No
16 04/18/81 Jungle Woman 1944 No
17 04/25/81 Godzilla vs The Cosmic Monster 1974 No
18 05/02/81 Born to Speed 1947 No
19 05/09/81 Tobor the Great 1954 No
20 05/15/81 Shriek of the Mutilated 1974 No
21 05/23/81 Monster on the Campus 1958 Yes
22 05/30/81 The Mummy’s Ghost 1944 No
23 06/06/81 War of the Gargantuas 1966 No
24 06/13/81 1st Anniversary Special
25 06/20/81 Monster Zero 1965 No
26 06/27/81 House of Horrors (never aired) 1946 No

Disasterpiece Theatre - Sal U. Lloyd waving

14 comments on “Disasterpiece Theatre

  1. Terry
    6/19/18

    Is it possible to get copies of the Disasterpiece Theater shows you have?

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    • Todd B
      6/20/18

      Hi Terry! Wish I had better news for you, but I own NONE of the Disasterpiece Theatre episodes, and I wish I did. Our family didn’t own a VCR back in the early-80s, so I never had the chance to tape any of them, and so far I’ve found nothing on-line, save for a handful of clips on YouTube (which are definitely worth watching if you’re a fan…not much, but it’s all we’ve got). I’d read somewhere that the people who made the show would re-use their video tapes, and record over the previous week’s episode. If that’s the case, it appears we may never see a full DT episode again.

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      • Terry
        6/20/18

        Todd, your Disasterpiece Theater listing say that you own copies of The Mummy’s Hand, Leech Woman and a few others. Is that just the movie, not the Disasterpiece Theatre episode?

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      • Todd B
        6/20/18

        Yes, it’s supposed to mean I own the movie itself, not the DT episode…it was for my own reference. I see now where it could be a bit misleading, so I think I’ll just remove the entire column. Sorry for the confusion.

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  2. Patrick Alford
    5/2/19

    I have different recollections on a few films/dates: Rocket to the Moon on 08/01/80, Son of Godzilla on 08/22/80, The Beginning of the End on 08/29/80, Shriek of the Mutilated on 09/05/80, Kung Fu Gold on 09/12/80, No Survivors Please on 09/19/80 and Curse of the Undead on 12/26/80.

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    • Todd B
      5/2/19

      Thanks for that valuable info, Patrick! A couple years ago I went to into the newspaper archives at my local library and looked up the actual TV listings for Disasterpiece Theatre in 1980, figuring it would be a cinch to complete the list…nope! Nearly all of the listings showed ‘To be announced’!

      Anyway, I’ll add those seven to my list…and again, I appreciate the help!

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  3. Mike
    1/31/20

    Aren’t you missing Teenage Cat Girls In Heat?

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    • Todd B
      2/2/20

      I had to look that one up, to make sure it wasn’t real…and good lord, it was! Sadly, it was never shown on Disasterpiece Theatre…mainly because it was released about thirteen years too late.

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  4. Rush Glick
    3/19/20

    Oh, how I loved staying up and watching these delightfully horrible (for the most part) films. Of course, I mainly hung around for the antics of the great Sal U. Lloyd, the Other Guy, and the guest bands (Claude Coma & the IVs!).

    I got to see Sal at the Ken Cinema one night when he co-hosted the Golden Turkey Award film festival with Michael Medved…yes, the Edsel was parked right out in front. As I recall, two of the movies shown were Glen or Glenda and Plan 9 From Outer Space.

    Fun times which helped soften the sadness of John Lennon’s death, and got the ’80s going for some of us…

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    • Todd B
      3/21/20

      Hey, a Disasterpiece fan! Not many of us out there…cool that you used to watch, and especially cool that you saw Sal live at the Ken. I never knew they held the Golden Turkey Awards there…would’ve loved to have seen it (I did get to see a Mad Movies screening there, though). I wish there were still some full DT episodes out there…I’ve only been able to find clips on YouTube. Oh well…at least we have the memories.

      And I don’t remember Claude Coma and the IVs, but I do remember ‘The Words Get Stuck in My Throat’ from when DT showed War of the Gargantuas!

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  5. David Vaughn
    9/27/22

    I loved Disasterpiece Theatre! I grew up in San Diego and was in highschool when they were aired. My friend at the time had an “in” at XETV as his father was the station manager. Jay sort of became a local hero to our little clique.

    We actually had Disasterpiece Parties on Saturday nights at our respective houses and would look forward to and watch the latest antics of Sal while pigging out on junk food!

    Nice to see that there are others out there that remember this campy little show that brought back so many great memories during my highschool days!

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    • Todd B
      10/4/22

      Hey David, that’s cool you used to watch Disasterpiece! There aren’t many people who know the name Sal U. Lloyd outside of San Diego, and even then, not many people inside San Diego knew about him, either. My brother and I would watch together on Saturday nights, but I love the idea that you and your friends had Disasterpiece parties.

      And to have the ‘in’ at XETV…just icing on the cake. I have yet to find any full-length episodes anywhere (apparently every show was taped over for the following week’s show), but there are some clips I found on YouTube, in case you weren’t aware. One of them is 20 minutes long, and is probably the closest we’ll ever get to an actual DT experience (check it out here). And surprisingly, a lot of the jokes still hold up!

      Hard to believe it’s been four decades since it last aired…great memories indeed.

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      • David A. Vaughn
        10/6/22

        Thank you Todd, for the reply and link. I’ll DEFINITLEY check it out. Too bad so much has been lost. It certainly was a significant part of local/privately owned network history. BTW, the transmitter in Mexico allowed greater power ouput since it was an RF Analogue signal and didn’t have to subscribe to FCC mandates – remember those old rotating Yagi Antennas on top of the house?!! A different time for sure. Anyhow, I had to chuckle when you referenced the very narrow band-width audience even within San Diego!!! We felt ourselves quite an exclusive bunch, alright. Thank you for keeping the memories alive with all the info. (I do miss anticipating those wise-ass tickertape comments between bites of pizza and gulps of Dr. Pepper!) – Best Wishes and Thanks Again, DAV

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      • Todd B
        10/22/22

        Hey David, sorry about the delayed response…I just found your comment in my spam folder (where I find many others for some reason). Yeah, it’s quite disappointing to know those shows are all lost to the ages…if only some fan would come forward with his Beta-taped collection and put them up on YouTube, with commercials!

        And I remember a couple of San Diego radio stations I liked back in the late-70s and early-80s (91X and Z-90) that did that same thing with their stations: they broadcast out of Mexico, and avoided certain FCC regulations. They’d play 90 minutes of music with no commercials, then play one or two ads, then go back to 90 minutes commercial-free. It was great!

        And yeah, we were quite the exclusive bunch…and I liked it like that. I wonder if 100 San Diego residents were polled today, and asked if they’d ever heard of the show, if any of them would say ‘yes’. I’d be surprised if more than five did!

        Hope you enjoyed the link, and the trip down memory lane…and thanks again for stopping by!

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