had a good time anyway.
fortunately, there was a small black and white tv that we brought with us or was at the cabin. I set the alarm (no vcrs yet) for something 1 or 2 AM, and went to bed. it was the local NBC affiliate (channel 4 at the time) and that was THE ONLY channel that came through in the mountains.
when it went off, I thought I had missed the movie. I'm not sure why, but being woken up suddenly can be disorientating. luckily I set the clock just right, and then got to see the entire movie. it was really cool. an octopus makes a great monster.