Saturday, October 3, 2015

Horror Countdown 2015: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) dir. John S. Robertson, Famous Players Lasky/Artcraft Pictures

1920 was a big year for Robert Louis Stevenson's masterpiece, with no less than three versions being filmed.

Horror Countdown 2015: The Invisble Ray (1936)

The Invisible Ray (1936) dir. Lambert Hillyer, Universal Pictures

 An unusual film, and generally considered the last proper horror film of Universal's first wave. It was also one of the few times Bela Lugosi was allowed to play a hero. 

Horror Host 2015 Retrospective: John Barclay

Real name: John Barclay
Years active: 1958-1960's, San Fransisco
Yet another lost, although this one did manage to make it to some national prominence with a pictorial in Life magazine of all places. Hosting Nightmare Theater on KRON-TV, Channel 4 in San Fransisco, John Barclay had a brief run as a horror host, but he was one of the first hosts in City by the Bay, so there's that.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Horror Countdown 2015: The Raven (1935)

The Raven (1935), dir. Lew Landers, Universal Pictures.

The third and technically final Poe film (there would be another Black Cat film in the forties, but it had less to do with the short story than the previous version) managed to get horror films banned in England for a brief time. Combined with the two masters Lugosi and Karloff, this film manages to be closer to the spirit of Poe than most other versions.

Horror Host 2015 Retrospective: Dr. Acula

Real name: Jay Robert Jennings
Years active: 1989-1990

Moving into the 1980's, we have a short lived host, albeit longer lived than most. Dr. Acula ("Not Dracula...Dr. Acula!") hosted the titular show on Los Angeles's Public Access Channel 3 in 1989. The program was mostly 22 minutes of an edited black and white movie. Sadly the show was done in, not by moral guardians or ratings, but rather the station's bankruptcy. A year later the good doctor returned to host a Halloween special on the channel, but it was too late. The lack of funding drove a stake into the show's heart.

Dr. Acula did manage to start up a website and sold copies of his show directly to the public, but as it was hosted by Geocitites, I'm not entirely sure I should link to it.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Horror Host 2015 Retrospective: Arach and Nid

Real name: Wayne Thomas
Years active: 1973 (KHJ-TV, Los Angeles, CA)

Kicking off the 2015 season, we'll be focusing on the Golden State's hosts big and small, and fewer are smaller than Arach and his friend Nid.

Wayne Thomas, formerly the announcer for Fright Night, was given a shot at being in front of the camera. Dressed as a giant spider, he joked along with his off camera friend Nid, a fly. Sadly he joked too much, as two episodes in he made some off the cuff remarks about the station owners, who promptly cancelled the program the next day.

No episodes or stills survived, so this spider man will sadly roam the hallways of the lost hosts section of our site.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Beware the Batman: Nexus

"Nexus" Beware the Batman, Cartoon Network, 24 August 2014

So, we open 6 months after the blackout. Alfred is gone, Batman's back to being a jerk, and mayor Marion Grange (CCH Pounder) is having problems aplenty dealing with the city's various problems, DA Harvey Dent being one of them. More on that in a bit, but she's so distracted she fails to notice the package on her desk...which turns out to be a bomb. I'd say shocking, but in Gotham when isn't a strange bundle an explosive?