Back in the day, when “monster movies” were the hot thing among my junior high school crowd, everyone knew that no monster worth his fangs or bolts could ever be dispatched forever in a single film. In fact, it was a given that the more popular the fiend, the longer it would take before he finally “met his end” (or the screenwriters ran out of ideas for ways to bring him back to life).

As a result, every good monster film was inevitably followed by the revenge, return, rerun or revivification of the title creature. It was great fun, and, to their credit, filmmakers of that era knew a moneymaker when they saw one.

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