Television Horror Movie Hosts: 68 Vampires, Mad Scientists and Other Denizens of the Late-Night Airwaves Examined and Interviewed

Television Horror Movie Hosts: 68 Vampires, Mad Scientists and Other Denizens of the Late-Night Airwaves Examined and Interviewed

by Elena M. Watson

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ISBN-13: 9780786409402
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 11/01/2000
Edition description: ALTERNATE
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 952,772
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

The late Elena M. Watson was an editor for the National Capital Area Skeptical Eye.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsviii
Introductionxi
1Television Terror Begins with Vampira1
2Shock! or Horror Is Universal12
3Invasion of the Ghost Hosts22
4Warning: Zacherley at Large!31
5Gorgon, a Gothic Nightmare43
6Into the Realm of Science with Morgus the Magnificent48
7To Ghoulardi, "All the world's a purple knif"57
8Chilly Billy; or, Night of the Living Horror Host65
9It's Dr. Cadaverino, Stupid!70
10Sir Graves Ghastly Presents73
11Life after Ghoulardi: Big Chuck and Little John77
12Dr. Paul Bearer: "Welcome, fright fans!"84
13Dr. Shock: The Mad Magician of Fright88
14The Bowman Body92
15Seymour: "Good evening, Fringies!"97
16The Phantom of the Opry: Sir Cecil Creape106
17Direct from Parma: The Ghoul111
18Professor Cerberus and the Museum of Horrors118
19Count Gore Devol: A Vampire Goes to Washington128
20Doctor Madblood's Movie138
21Son of Svengoolie; or, "The Return of Sven-TV"146
22John Stanley: Man, Not Monster152
23"Rock Shock": Toulouse-NoNeck158
24Elvira, Mistress of the Dark; or, Viva Las Cleavage162
25Son of Invasion of the Ghost Hosts174
26Son of Invasion of the Ghost Hosts, Part II: The Return183
27Crematia Mortem, the Ghostess with the Mostess192
28Stella!198
29Holy Cats, It's Commander USA's Groovie Movies!206
30Frank and Drac Were Back...213
31Grampa's Revenge217
Filmography-Discography227
Selected Bibliography231
Index233

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During the late 1950¿s, and early 1960¿s, television was still in it¿s infancy. (Some people still think that it still hasn¿t grown up!) Through the magic of television, the major movie studios particularly Universal Studios, found a new life for their old movies, and a way to recycle them to the new generations that never had the opportunity to see them. Universal Studios packaged a large percentage of their pre-1948 horror films, and distributed this bundle as Shock Theatre. Along with this package, they encouraged the local television stations to have a macabre host in hopes that they would expand viewership, and increase their ratings. Movie hosting, which was once popular on radio, initially crossed over to television, (Remember 'The Twilight Zone', and 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents?' You do? Then you¿re old!) Some of these movies were good, some were bad, some were just plain awful, but they were very inexpensive, and they made for great padding on those hard to fill time slots particularly, late Friday and Saturday nights. The mating of movie, and host proved to be a huge success, with the host achieving local star status. This was all long before video games, VCR¿s, and all of the things we have clamoring for our attention span today. As a kid growing up in Los Angeles, I lived for those Friday, and Saturday evenings when the likes of 'Jeepers Creepers', 'Seymour,' and later 'Elvira,' creeped me out, as they cracked me up. This same thing was happening all over the country to the local television stations that had this horror movie package, and the ones that didn¿t, soon did, when they saw the popularity that their rivals were achieving. Often imitated, always unique, and different, these local weird hosts provided a special place for many of us growing up in that era. Elena M. Watson, in her book, ¿Television Horror Movie Hosts,¿ has chronicled a piece of television history, that may seem trivial on the surface, but has proven itself unforgettable to those of us who were a witness to it, and in thinking about it, you realize the long term influence that these hosts has had on television, and it's generations of viewers since then.