American Scary

Overview

Take a trip back to a time when late night creature features were all the rage, and the personalities that presented them were nearly as popular as the movies, in this documentary about the uniquely American phenomenon of television horror hosting. Beginning in the 1950s, the horror host was a staple of regional television. From ghouls to vampires, to werewolves and crypt keepers, every host had a persona to suit their unique personalities. But their days were numbered, because as the local television business ...
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Overview

Take a trip back to a time when late night creature features were all the rage, and the personalities that presented them were nearly as popular as the movies, in this documentary about the uniquely American phenomenon of television horror hosting. Beginning in the 1950s, the horror host was a staple of regional television. From ghouls to vampires, to werewolves and crypt keepers, every host had a persona to suit their unique personalities. But their days were numbered, because as the local television business model began to shift thanks to production demands and the availability of cheaper syndicated material, Zacherley, Vampira, Ghoulardi, and the rest of these fiends began steadily disappearing from the small screen. Interviews with the hosts themselves, and the fans that elevated them to superstar status offer a chance to reflect on a bygone era of television that now appears poised for a comeback thanks to the internet and cable access.
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Special Features

Audio commentary; Original pitch reel; Bonus interviews; Trailers
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/2009
  • UPC: 881394106925
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Source: Cinema Libre
  • Region Code: 0
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 34,909

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Zacherley Participant
Svengoolie Participant
Maila "Vampira" Nurmi Participant
Sir Cecil Creepe Participant
Technical Credits
Sandy Clark Director, Producer, Screenwriter
John E. Hudgens Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter, Sound Editor
Michael Monahan Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- American Scary
1. Intro [2:10]
2. Horror Hosts [7:51]
3. Vampira [4:43]
4. Zacherley [7:36]
5. What Is a Horror Host? [2:18]
6. When it Began [5:01]
7. Influences [2:26]
8. Crematia Mortem [6:13]
9. Horror Host's Family [8:26]
10. Chilly Billy [6:43]
11. It Works [:43]
12. Cleveland [6:58]
13. Big Chuck & Lil John [9:23]
14. When Networks Go Big [5:07]
15. Watching With the Host [2:48]
16. Mystery Science Theater [4:54]
17. What Would You Do? [1:25]
18. I Love My Work [6:26]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- American Scary
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      Audio Commentary
         Audio Commentary With Directors John Hudgens & Sandy Clark: On
         Audio Commentary With Directors John Hudgens & Sandy Clark: Off
      Additional Interviews
         Texas Horror Hosting
         Legacy
         Zacherle Fans
         The Origin of Vampira
         Tim Conway
      Nashville Horror Hosting
      Horror Host Wedding
      Original Test Reel
      Trailer 1
      Trailer 2
   Also From Cinema Libre Studio
      American Zombie
      American Shopper
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