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32 Days of Halloween XVI, Day 20

Godzilla: The Original Animated Series
Suspense: The Hands of Mr. Ottermole
Willard (1971)

Bruce Davison as Willard along with his rodent friend.

So as the world prepares itself for Godzilla Minus One (which looks freaking amazing and a bit bleak), might as well lighten things up in advance by revisiting the silly Hanna-Barbera show from 1978. It ran for two seasons, found itself bundled with everybody from Hong Kong Phoeey to the Harlem Globetrotters, and the title character vocalizations were performed by Ted Cassidy. Wild stuff. Oh, and there was Godzooky. But every Hanna-Barbera show had a Godzooky. It was like a law or something.

This episode of Suspense seems pretty standard: there’s a killer on the loose in London. Could it be the reporter who always seems to be at the right place at the right time? Could it be the policeman who is investigating? Considering they’re played by Claude Rains and Vincent Price…anything is possible.

For tonight’s feature, we go to the rats and the original Willard from 1971. It stars a baby-faced Bruce Davison, with Elsa Lanchester playing his mom and Ernest Borgnine as his despicable boss. Of course, his friends are rats…and his friends, as you might imagine, have plenty of other rat friends. And things get…gnawed on. A bit. Enjoy.