Sunday, August 31, 2008
Masks have always been a popular collectible, especially in the horror world. Back during Zacherley's height of popularity, Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine ran an ad for a Zacherley mask, seen above.
A few years ago, mask maker David Lady made the mask/bust of Zacherley below:
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
Count Gore gives background information of what was going on in the show and the world at the time the segments aired, to help the viewer understand the skits better. His stories are very enjoyable and make the discs even more entertaining, They also provide a little peek inside the making of his show.
We are fortunate that the Count has saved so many hours of his shows, when some hosts do not have even one example of their work remaining. The four DVDs show the changes and the progress of Gore's hosting career and makes a good primer for his current Weekly Web Program.You can order them from his website store here: http://countgore.com/gore/video.htm
Thursday, August 28, 2008
To find out more about The Ghastly Ones and their music visit their site: http://www.ghastlyones.com/
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Some horror hosts are not born of the television set, they emerge from the internet. One of these is Miko Macabre who hosts Cryptique. The show features an extremely shortened version of a horror movie with Miko breaking in to offer her comments and comedy skits. Although very low budget, it has just the right blend of corniness and self-awareness.
All of this makes a very funny show which pulls from many different influences and makes it fun on repeat viewings. Although she doesn't have many episodes made, she is currently working on new ones. All of the episodes so far can be seen on her YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/MikoMacabre
Here is part 1 of episode 2 featuring the movie Burial Ground:
For more information and news, visit her MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/mikomacabre
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Click below to download an MP3 of the opening:
WUHF Creature Feature
Here is the opening from 1980:
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Monster Madhouse is the wackiest horror host show currently on the air. This Virgina based show is hosted by Karlos Borloff, who is joined by a rotating, and ever increasing, group of co-hosts. Together they are the Monsterminators, whose job is to rid the world of monsters.
Borloff and his regulars, who include Pumpkin Punk, Countess Contessa Vanessa, Spooky Demenseia, and some of the monsters they have captured, like Zillagod, run around the studio wildy, like the demons they are. Borloff desperately tries to keep the peace and reign in the group, while making the proceedings fun for everyone, especially the audience.
Borloff can be seen at conventions all over the country and has appeared on the Tonight Show. Monster Madhouse is expanding into merchandising with items like makeup kits and comic books.
Highlights of the goings on at the Madhouse can be seen here:
The Monsterminators are also a band led by Borloff and his bandmates are some of the characters from the show. Here is a video of one of their songs:
Check out their website at: http://monstermadhouse.com/
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Some shows didn't feature an on-air host, some were just voices over pictures of monsters or footage from horror movies. One of these was Haunted Hollywood in which the voice-over work was done by the veteran actor John Carradine. It was a syndicated package of horror movies in the 1980s to the early 1990s. Each episode started the same but over the beginning of the movie John would give a quick summary of the movie that was about to be shown.
This is the opening to the movie One Body Too Many:
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
In 1963, Syracuse, New York horror host Baron Daemon recorded a 45 rpm record. Released as Baron Daemon and The Vampires the record was called The Transylvania Twist with Ghost Guitars on the flipside.
Listen to the full version of Ghost Guitars here:
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Ohio's Dr. Lady & Laura Lady released a DVD of the best parts of their show The Late Dr. Lady Show. Called The Late Dr. Lady Show Volume 1: The Presequel, it is filled with great sketches with all sorts of monsters and sci-fi & horror jokes. The sketches come and go quickly, like a macabre version of Laugh-In or MADtv. Different characters join Dr. Lady in various rooms in the Horror Hotel and sometimes help him with his experiments.
They have included a couple of things just for DVD that are just as funny as the rest of the disc. The best part of the DVD is that lots of Dr. Lady's collection of masks, props, and sets are on display in every scene. If you want to sit back and enjoy a live action version of a 1001 Monster Jokes book, then this is the DVD for you.
If you are looking for full episodes of The Late Dr. Lady Show on DVD, they are occasionally offered for sale on Dr. Lady's eBay store at: http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/maskwizard_W0QQ_in_kwZ1
You can order the DVD or find out more about the show from their site: http://groups.msn.com/TheLateDRLADYSHOW/homepage1.msnw
Monday, August 18, 2008
To see more go to: http://www.gogreencrusade.com/
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
In 1962, New Orleans horror host Dr. Momus Alexander Morgus starred in the movie The Wacky World of Dr. Morgus. In it, Dr. Morgus invents an Instant People Machine that can transform people into sand and back to their original form. Morgus and his assistant, Chopsley, have to stop a plot by Microvanian spies to take over America.
Here is the trailer, courtesy of Meet Cleaver Theatre:
Though hard to come by, the movie was released on VHS on November 6, 1996 by Ivy Classics Video. So far it has not been released on DVD.
Here is a scene from the movie:
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Although it was thought that Plan 9 was all the world could see of Vampira, in the 1990s a promotional reel was found at Vampria's old TV station and included in it was a few minutes of her show, including the entire opening, as seen below:
In 2006, director Kevin Sean Michaels made a feature length documentary about Vampira and her alter ego Maila Nurmi. Vampira the Movie discussed Maila's life and her creation of Vampira, including interviews with fans, contemporaries, and horror hosts that were inspired by her. For more information see: http://vampirathemovie.com/
Unfortunately, on January 10, 2008 Maila passed away. Even gone from her earthly existence, her presence will always be felt by anyone who puts on a long black dress, a black wig, and gets ready to pick up a bubbling glass of poison.
To learn more about Vampira and pick up her only existing show on DVD visit: http://www.vampirasattic.com/
Monday, August 11, 2008
The first few seasons were made in black & white, in homage to the classic hosts, but soon Penny found a spell to make her show in color. Every six months a new season of seven episodes is released and is soon followed by a full season boxed DVD set.
During her fourth season, Penny had a special called Horror Hosts of New England where she gave a history of hosts in that area, showing rare clips and interviews.
A clip from season 4:
Join her coven at: http://www.shillingshockers.com/