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creature feature

A horror film in which the central focus is on one or more monsters. I miss the creature features of the '50s and '60s—they were so campy and fun, unlike the dull CGI films of today.
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feature someone as something

 
1. to imagine someone to be something or a particular type of person. I really can't feature you as a ship's captain. Alice had always featured Fred as a fairly even-tempered person.
2. to give special prominence to someone in a particular part in a play, film, opera, etc. They featured Laura as the lead singer in the group. The director refused to feature Roger as a lead.
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feature someone in something

 
1. to imagine someone wearing something. I can't feature you in that ridiculous dress, Can you feature Fran in that hat?
2. to imagine someone being in something or some place. I can't feature you in Paris. You are too rural to enjoy a place like Paris. Can you feature David in New York City?
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double feature

Also, double bill. A program consisting of two full-length films shown for the price of a single ticket. For example, It was a double feature and lasted five hours, or The women's conference had a double bill, first speakers from China and then visiting guests from the rest of the world . This expression is occasionally loosely used for other paired events (as in the second example). [c. 1930]
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redeeming feature

A good quality or aspect that makes up for other drawbacks, as in The house isn't very attractive, but the garden is the redeeming feature. This idiom, first recorded in 1827, uses redeem in the sense of "compensate."
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double feature

Two movies for the price of one. Movie theater owners during the Great Depression of the 1930s hit on the idea of attracting more business during those troubled times by offering not one but two feature-length films. That was in addition to the newsreels, cartoons, serial episodes, coming-attraction trailers, and short subjects that moviegoers had grown accustomed to seeing. The two films were not of equal quality. One was the feature, the star-studded movie that people wanted to see. The second feature was a B movie. Double features lasted through World War II up to the 1960s, when the studios insisting that theaters rent two films at a time was declared illegal.
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References in classic literature ?
Its principal feature seemed to be that of an excessive antiquity.
I learned, moreover, at intervals, and through broken and equivocal hints, another singular feature of his mental condition.
So, by uttering a few potent words and making a peculiar gesture, she quickly transformed the girl into her proper shape, while at the same time old Mombi, far away in Jinjur's palace, suddenly resumed her own crooked form and evil features.
In the darkness of the night she had not yet had an opportunity to see the features of the man, but after a glimpse at those of his two companions she trembled to think of the hideous thing that might be revealed to her.
But the feature of them that made the most startling impression upon their prisoner was their white skins--neither in color nor feature was there a trace of the negroid about them.
Jimmie wiped his blood-wet features with his sleeve.
Eliza's figure was at once slight and plump, her face small, and nearly as round as my sister's, - complexion, something similar to hers, but more delicate and less decidedly blooming, - nose, retrousse, - features, generally irregular; and, altogether, she was rather charming than pretty.
At times her fingers played in the matted hair of the dead, and at others they lightly attempted to smooth the painfully expressive muscles of its ghastly visage, as the hand of the mother is seen lingering fondly about the features of her sleeping child.
In the description of the principal outrages, reference has been had to the best authorities of that time, such as they are; the account given in this Tale, of all the main features of the Riots, is substantially correct.
Sam was taken with a troublesome cough, at once, for the purpose of attracting the gentleman's attention; the gentleman starting at the sound, raised his head and his eyeglass, and disclosed to view the profound and thoughtful features of Mr.
But the chief feature, all around this house, was the big heaps of manure.
The prime feature of the evening was in order, now -- original "compositions" by the young ladies.
Every outline is harsh, every feature is distinct, there is no perspective--distance works no enchantment here.
A conspicuous, and it is hope not unpleasant, feature of the book
The most valuable feature of the lecture was the disclosure of the methods of the Hindu jugglers in their famous performances, familiar in the mouths of travelers.