Chris Nashawaty
July 02, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Megapiranha. Mansquito. Mongolian death worm. Of all the monster names the Syfy channel has trotted out for its Saturday Original Movies, its latest may set a new standard for cinematic cheese: Tiffany and Debbie Gibson will costar in next year’s Mega Python vs. Gatoroid. That’s right, the once-feuding ’80s mall divas will share the screen in an original film from the network, as part of its signature Saturday-night monster series that has seen stars like David Hasselhoff and Eric Roberts battle anacondas and sharktopuses (sharktopi?). Launched in 2002, Syfy’s schlockfests have lately become must-see TV for shut-ins with a soft spot for bloodthirsty beasts, babes, and body counts, averaging just under 2 million viewers a week. ”Saturday night is when you want to eat pizza, pop open a beverage, and watch escapist entertainment,” says Thomas Vitale, Syfy’s executive VP of programming and original movies. The network currently has 50 more creature features in development and just kicked off an online contest where fans can vote on the next opus to get a green light: Bermuda Triangle, Roswell, or 2012. Can we place a write-in vote for Mega Benatar vs. Lauperoid?

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