Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) dir. Joseph Zito,  Paramount Pictures/Georgetown Productions Inc./Sean S. Cunningham Films

You'd think they would know better than to call something 'final' at this point, but I suppose that's why I'm not a producer.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Horror Host 2015 Retrospective: Mr. Lobo

Real name: Erik Lobo
Years active: 2001-present

And now we come to the final horror host of the Golden State. We've had zombies, demons, ghouls, luchadors, but this is out first saint. Yup, Mr. Lobo is the patron saint of horror hosts as deemed by the Church of Ed Wood.

Starting back KXTV Channel 10 in Sacramento, the show was re-titled Cinema Insomnia the following year. Since then he's been broadcast coast to coast from California to Virginia. The character has been described as Rod Serling as being played by an idiot.

Had a chance to interview him, but it seems our schedules never could match. He's one of the longer hosts who's still on the air, so I kudos to him.

Cinema Insomnia

Horror Countdown 2015: Night of the Ghouls (1959)

Night of the Ghouls (1959) dir. Ed Wood, Wade Williams Presentation

And now we bring down the curtain on Edward D. Wood Jr.'s last horror film before he began his slow descent into skin flicks and juvenile delinquency scare films.

Horror Host 2015 Retrospective: Balrok and No Name/Miss Misery

Real names: Unknown
Years active: 2012-present

Miss Misery, No Name, and Balrok

And here we have the latest hosts to debut in the Bay Area. Creepy Kofy Movie Time, airing on KOFY Channel 20 in San Fransisco. the cast is certainly one of the larger groups, including the aforementioned Miss Misery. She has has own segment on the show, focusing on shorts, but if Internet scuttlebutt is to believed there are also rumblings of her getting her own separate show. 

Movies, guests, and even some educational content. The show has even inspired some comics and some animated shorts. So far it looks like the next generation of horror hosts is in good hands. 


Miss Misery

Friday, October 30, 2015

Horror Host Retrospective 2015: Spookman Dan

Real name: Dan Turner
Years active: 1982-1985

Funny enough I wasn't even aware of this host until I found an old episode of TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes. Elvira was the guest and they showed a slew of horror hosts who were active around 1982. Spookman Dan made the cut.

Hosting Late Night Fright Theater on KVIQ Channel 6 in Eureka, Spookman managed to be low key in appearance and over the top in manner. He did a brief go as a speakeasy owner a few years ago, but that business seems to have closed. As of 2011 he's back and on Youtube.

Horror Countdown 2015: The Crazies (1973)

The Crazies (1973) dir. George Romero, Pittsburgh Films

George Romero was never one for subtlety. After having zombies and witches with a dose of social commentary, what was next?

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Horror Host 2015 Retrospective: Dita Dirt Nap

Real name: Buried with her
Years active: 1999-present

As we wind down the hosts of the Golden State we find one who lived, died, and lived again in a new market. Dita Dirt Nap, the undead ghoul with the heart of ice played in West Hollywood for a bit before ending the show and moving into the world of the Internet, focusing on horror reviews with none other than Count Gore De Vol. The online world seems to be brewing more hosts that I can track, but with the likes of Dita and the rest, the tradition is in good hands...or bones at least.

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