OOOooooOOOooo! Late-Night Horror Hosts!

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OOOooooOOOooo! Late-Night Horror Hosts!

Postby buster00 on Thu Aug 03, 2006 3:27 am

"OoOOOoooo! Scaaarrr-ee, eh, kids?" -- Joe Flaherty as Count Floyd, "SCTV"

I was checking out the main site's review of The Host (which sounds really cool, by the way), when stream of conciousness carried me back to the late night creature features we devoured when we were pups.

Growing up around Fort Wayne, Indiana, I got exposed to "Nightmare Theatre," hosted by a dude named The Shroud. He looked a lot like an overgrown Jawa in his hooded, brown robe with a pair of glowing eyes piercing out of his otherwise obscured face. He had a voice that might remind you of Inspector Gadget's enemy Dr. Claw -- a monotone as deep as Hell itself. Unlike "wacky" hosts like Indianapolis' Sammy Terry, The Shroud was all business. His rap would include a little info about each week's flick, but no silly puns -- just the Friday night fright, baby.

The Shroud is long retired now, but he's the guy who exposed me to the classics. From the Karloff/Lugosi/Chaney stuff to The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, we got a pretty decent bill of (then) duty-free UHF fare from ol' "Nightmare Theatre."

Who were the local late-night scaremongers in your part of the world?

I found this informative horror host website, which may help jog your memories...ooooOOOoooooOOOoooh!
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Postby Chilli on Thu Aug 03, 2006 3:30 am

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"Get the bloody message?"
The United Kingdom's Sci-Fi channel presents a double bill of films every Friday to chill the viewer to the marrow! Introduced by Nina, a true child of the television age, reared on a constant diet of blood-and-gore film fests, Nina's multiple personalities manifest themselves each week in a bewildering array of costumes as she introduces some awfully frightening (and often frighteningly awful) horror movies. Nina presents Sci-Fright from her home, No. 13 Thrillington Place, which she shares with her cat and dog. Visitors are always welcome...for dinner!


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She looks quasi-kinky... maybe I should watch Sci-Fi and have delusions of being bitten.
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Postby buster00 on Thu Aug 03, 2006 5:54 pm

My my...Nina is invited to a mutual tasting party at my flat any day she chooses!

Here's a good shot of what she looks like without the bloodsucker get-up.
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Postby Chairman Kaga on Thu Aug 03, 2006 6:06 pm

I love old horror hosts the likes of Zacharly or Vampira. Growing up near Tampa Florida our local one was Dr. Paul Bearer.
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Postby Shane on Thu Aug 03, 2006 6:49 pm

We had a guy with a midget, they were big chuck and little John. And there was also another guy who was a studly guy dressed like superman named Superhost.
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Postby The Vicar on Wed Aug 16, 2006 3:05 pm

There was a guy, out of Toledo Ohio, I think, called The Ghoul.
White lab coat, sunglasses with one lens, fright wig, pal named Froggy ( a rubber frog who constantly got hurt in nasty ways )
Would have been early 1970s.
He could be funny.

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Postby DennisMM on Wed Aug 16, 2006 3:19 pm

We didn't have a horror host I can remember when I was a kid, at least a local one. When I lived in Massachusetts I believe we got a syndicated version of Svengoolie. Shortly after I moved to New Mexico there was a ufo sighting over my town. A couple weeks later the Albuquerque Friday-night horror/sf show, which until then was just two movies, got a host.

Captain Space explained that his ship had crashed after being shot up over the Clovis area (which has a major Air Force base). His hair was thinning and longish, he had a bad mustache and he wore a jumpsuit with his logo: a bolt of lightning cracking an egg in half. They even had an opening credits sequence showing him kicking his way out of the egg (yeah, Mork and Mindy), with original theme music. The sketches were pretty bad and after a while Captain Space was replaced by something else. What, I can't remember.
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Postby TheBaxter on Wed Aug 16, 2006 3:20 pm

what would this thread be without a couple pics of Elvira, Mistress of the Dark?

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Postby buster00 on Wed Aug 16, 2006 4:54 pm

DennisMM wrote:Captain Space explained that his ship had crashed after being shot up over the Clovis area (which has a major Air Force base). His hair was thinning and longish, he had a bad mustache and he wore a jumpsuit with his logo: a bolt of lightning cracking an egg in half. They even had an opening credits sequence showing him kicking his way out of the egg (yeah, Morky and Mindy), with original theme music. The sketches were pretty bad and after a while Captain Space was replaced by something else. What, I can't remember.


That sounds AWESOME! Captain Space was surely everything a local schlock movie host is supposed to be.


And Baxter, thank you! I was wondering when someone would finally get around to posting some Elvira super-love. My hometown eventually syndicated her show on weekends...and just in time for my "formative years," if you catch my sticky white drift...

God knows enough sweat socks and paper towels did....
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Postby Tyrone_Shoelaces on Tue Aug 29, 2006 2:09 am

When I was in college there was a horror host on the channel from Green Bay, WI, that was nuttier than any fruitcake your aunt made. I can't remember the guy's name but my roommate, who was from the GB area, told me a few stories. Apparently at one time the guy took a break from hosting the show because he needed a "rest." You know, the kind of rest you take in a room with really, really soft walls. The set was apparently a black backdrop and two ladders with a 2x4 set across them. He would stand between the ladders and slap the 2x4 whenever he made one of his horrible, horrible puns. He was always in a close medium shot so all you ever saw was his face, which of course was rather garishly painted, but you could tell it was a rather inexpensive affair. He would talk and joke with the crew and slap that 2x4 with gusto. It was all goofy and of course we watched just for the offhand chance he would freak out and set something on fire and because there was the odd film we wanted to watch. And because we had nothing else to do with our weekends.

Edit: Ned The Dead. Watch him Saturday nights at 11 on WACY in Green Bay.
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Re: OOOooooOOOooo! Late-Night Horror Hosts!

Postby buster00 on Tue Jun 24, 2008 2:05 am

Bumped from Beyoooond the Graaaaave!! OOOOOooOOOoooooOOO!!

Just because we've got loads of new members to share their memories, and because I happened to stumble upon an online picture of The Shroud, about whom I gushed at the top of this thread:

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Re: OOOooooOOOooo! Late-Night Horror Hosts!

Postby bastard_robo on Wed Jun 25, 2008 12:05 am

I would like to point out local radio host

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Kevin and Bean!

Who hosted GODZILLA THEATER on local L.A. channel KCAL 9 back in the early 90's
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Re: OOOooooOOOooo! Late-Night Horror Hosts!

Postby buster00 on Wed Jun 25, 2008 5:00 am

I like Kevin and Bean! When I lived out there, I listened to them all the time. I had no idea that they ever hosted a dumbass afternoon movie show.
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Re: OOOooooOOOooo! Late-Night Horror Hosts!

Postby WilRadcliffe on Tue Jul 28, 2009 9:31 pm

Buster00, I remember the Shroud! In fact, that picture you posted is mine! I went by my first name of "Ernie" when I was a youngster. I wrote several letters to the Shroud, and he always sent a reply, along with a very nice framed autographed picture. I still have them. I even wrote an article about him for Scary Monsters Magazine. I forget which episode.

Anyway, nice to see another Shroud fanatic out there! I wish these old horror movie hosts would make a major comeback. I know a few pop up on the 'net and on cable access now and then, but a real resurrection on broadcast TV would be best. I actually pitched the idea to Channel 21 in Fort Wayne a few years back. No real interest, as they make more money with infomercials or pre-packaged crud.

But thanks for dredging up all of those "Pleasant Dreams!"
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Re: OOOooooOOOooo! Late-Night Horror Hosts!

Postby TheBaxter on Tue Jul 28, 2009 11:49 pm

WilRadcliffe wrote:Anyway, nice to see another Shroud fanatic out there! I wish these old horror movie hosts would make a major comeback. I know a few pop up on the 'net and on cable access now and then, but a real resurrection on broadcast TV would be best.


hmmmm.... i smell a reality tv series here!

The Shroud of Love, anyone?
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Re: OOOooooOOOooo! Late-Night Horror Hosts!

Postby buster00 on Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:48 am

WilRadcliffe wrote:Buster00, I remember the Shroud! In fact, that picture you posted is mine! I went by my first name of "Ernie" when I was a youngster. I wrote several letters to the Shroud, and he always sent a reply, along with a very nice framed autographed picture. I still have them. I even wrote an article about him for Scary Monsters Magazine. I forget which episode.

Anyway, nice to see another Shroud fanatic out there! I wish these old horror movie hosts would make a major comeback. I know a few pop up on the 'net and on cable access now and then, but a real resurrection on broadcast TV would be best. I actually pitched the idea to Channel 21 in Fort Wayne a few years back. No real interest, as they make more money with infomercials or pre-packaged crud.

But thanks for dredging up all of those "Pleasant Dreams!"



:shock: :o :D :lol:
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Re: OOOooooOOOooo! Late-Night Horror Hosts!

Postby DerLanghaarige on Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:51 am

Germany had only one Horror host, back in the end of the 80's. It was Wilde Hilde! Here she gives a promotion interview.
Another channel had way eariler every Friday a segment named "Der Phantastische Film", where they showed every kind of Horror, SciFi and whatever. There was no horror host, but instead some CRAZY ASS FUCKED UP INTRO!!!
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Re: OOOooooOOOooo! Late-Night Horror Hosts!

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Re: OOOooooOOOooo! Late-Night Horror Hosts!

Postby TheButcher on Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:21 am

Scary Saturdays with Grandpa
Grandpa Munster ruled Saturday morning in the 80's


USA Up All Night!
Hosted by Gilbert Gottfried & Rhonda Shear.
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Postby so sorry on Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:00 pm

TheButcher wrote:
Hosted by Gilbert Gottfried & Rhonda Shear.


I tell you what...back when porn was not something you could get at your fingertips at a moments notice...shows like this had a purpose.
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Re: OOOooooOOOooo! Late-Night Horror Hosts!

Postby Wolfpack on Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:38 pm

Boobarella!



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Re: OOOooooOOOooo! Late-Night Horror Hosts!

Postby TheButcher on Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:55 am

Wolfpack wrote:Boobarella!



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L.A. Times October 25, 1987:
Elvira Vs. Vampira: Tale From The Crypt
Christine Ziaya wrote:With Halloween looming, horror hostess Elvira (a.k.a. Cassandra Peterson) is profitably haunting the airwaves in a Coors commercial, TV appearances, radio specials, et al. Although her syndicated TV show, "Movie Macabre," is no longer aired on KHJ Channel 9, where it originated, it's in about 72 other cities and destined for Australia. And there are a glut of other Elvira enterprises in the works.

Meanwhile, former local TV personality Vampira (a.k.a. Maila Nurmi, now 65) is living on Social Security in a small Hollywood apartment--and claiming that Peterson and KHJ ripped off the character she created on KABC Channel 7 back in the '50s.

"The character she (Peterson) is playing is 75-80% Vampira--some parts are missing, some things have been added," said Nurmi. "They've taken a large part of Vampira and added these lowly commodities and given it a wider common denominator, but in so doing this, destroyed the character. I resent their taking my product and doing that to it."

As Vampira, Nurmi appeared live with fish-net stockings, six-inch fingernails and a daringly (for the time) low-cut black gown. After screaming into the camera, she'd introduce herself and the horror film of the eve. After two years at KABC, L.A.'s first lady of macabre was hired by KHJ.

She didn't last long and the character faded into obscurity. In 1980, she resurrected Vampira "from the cobwebs" to help raise money for organizations that aid stray animals. KHJ contacted her the next year, interested in doing a Vampira-type show and using the Vampira name. She told Outtakes that after three months of negotiations, the station offered a contract that would have forced her to give up all rights to the Vampira character. She declined; discussions ended.

At the time, Peterson was negotiating with KHJ to play the part of its new horror-hostess.

You'll see Peterson this Halloween hostessing "Friday Night Videos" (actually on NBC Saturday at 1:30 a.m.), haunting "Saturday Night Live" and spooking with a three-hour radio special on KMPC-FM from 9 to midnight. There are Elvira calendars, greeting cards, costumes, make-up, perfume, plastic model kit and porcelain collector's plates. She's landed a deal to be portrayed in a Marvel comic, her Coors contract is in its second year and she's co-producing a comedy feature, "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark," due to shoot in January.

Peterson is mystified by Nurmi's resentment: "I'd like her (Nurmi) to be friendly with me. I don't know why she has such hostility toward me."

Walter Baker, KHJ v.p.-program director, said, "We didn't rip this lady off. I guarantee it." He concedes that the station negotiated with Nurmi to use the name Vampira, and to have Nurmi make occasional appearances on the show. But: "When negotiations ceased at her doing, we changed the show--the whole concept."

Meanwhile, Nurmi's co-writing her bio--"Glamour Ghoul"--and, if she can sell it, says she may use the money for a lawsuit.
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