Monday, October 12, 2015

Happy 97th birthday to Zacherley. Part 3

Zacherley and without the make up John Zacherle 

This part of story will bring us to the what zacherley is currently doing. In the previous part, we left Zacherley in November 4, 1967. "Disc-O-Teen" had ended to due to the quality of UHF TV at the time. The reception was horrible for the show and the fans got tired of trying to watch it every week. . Zacherley would leave New Jersey in order to find another opportunity. And he would find that in New York again in the fall of 1967. He would try to conquer the airwaves by radio. He started by doing a morning guest spot appearance on a progressive radio station called, WNEW-FM. The listener of the show enjoyed it so much that the station offered Zachereley a daily radio show. Also, while working with the station he would still get out and put the make-up and costume on to host Horror movie premiers such as "Green Slime" as Zacherley.

He would continue with WNEW-FM  until the 1970's. Where he would switch to a popular progressive  radio station in New York called, "WPLJ- FM". He would continue his show as a regular show until the Fall of 1970 when he would change it to being a regular radio show to Halloween horror rock show.  He also made some rare guest appearances on some TV shows.  Those shows were "The Mike Douglas Show" (1976) and the "Tom Snyder show" (1978). He would continue his radio show through the 70's until the the beginning of the 80's when he would retired from FM radio. He retired from radio due to the restrictions that came with show. He would continue to do more TV appearance in the 1980's.

It wouldn't be until 1985 that Zacherley would come back to Philadelphia to shoot a one shot special. In the Special he would reprise his Role as Roland on WCAU-TV channel 10. The Special was done with the original set and on the original stage. He would again appear on WCAU-TV channel 10 for a special to celebrate Roland's 30th Anniversary in 1987. He would continue his time in Philadelphia, he would join a fellow horror host in 1988. He would be a guest host on Stella the Maneater from Manyunk's Show "Saturday Night Dead". It was a double feature event. I was able to talk to Stella about the show and her experience working with Zacherley. She had this to say, "Zacherley is a charming, sexy, funny man!! The entire station was excited he was there and my cast was in awe. He was an amazing guest." It was nice to hear from a person that was there and worked with him as another Horror host.

Now lets shift this article to the present. In the 1990's is  where Zacherley would sign with the people at the Chiller production to be the host of their Expo. The convention happens twice a year in New Jersey. At his appearances he does varies of things such as live musical performances, live shows, or screening of his old shows. He also does meet and greets with his fans. He has done every show appearance since he was asked. What he is currently doing is appearing on radio station WXRK. The show he hosts is a Saturday morning nostalgic 1960 show. He is also  will be doing another appearance at the chiller Theater Expo later this month. 

I have left out some out details about Zacherley such as his campaign for president, his record career, and a failed show. All this information will be revealed at another time. 

Roland and Stella on Saturday Night Dead.

Part one from the show when Stella met Roland. Its a fun show to watch.

A special called Zacherley Archive that came out in 1998, which covered some of his career.

Zacherley as a guest on what's My Line? in October 30, 1960.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Count Gore De Vol Halloween Twin Double Feature

Count Gore De Vol

On October 31, 2015, Count Gore De Vol will be hosting twin double features at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, MD.  On Halloween we will be hosting the first double features in the afternoon starting at 3:30 P.M. The first double features shown at "Abbott and Costello meets Frankenstein" and "The Wolfman". The second double feature will be shown at 7:30 PM. The second double feature is "Frankenstein" and "Dracula". There will be clips, audience participation, and prizes. Costumes are welcomed during both double features. Should be a great event to watch the classic Universal monster movies and a see the  legendary Horror host Count Gore De Vol host the events. If you like to buy tickets for the afternoon show you can go to this link Afternoon show. And to buy the tickets for the evening you can click this link Evening show. Also if you want more information about the show all together you can click this link Count Gore De Vol site

First Double Feature in Afternoon:

First Feature
Second Feature

Double Feature in the evening:

First Feature
Second Feature

Below is a video preview of the event done By Count Gore De Vol:


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Throwback Thursday clip and trailer of the week.

Every week on a Thursday this blog will have a Throwback Thursday clip of the week. It will feature a Horror host clip or full show. There will also be a old horror or Sci-fi movie trailer too each week as part of Throwback Thursday.

The Horror Host clip of the week is 
Dr. Shock The Rope Trick:

Let me give you a brief overview of Dr. Shock:

Dr. Shock ( Real name: Joseph Zawislak) 
Shows: Scream-in (1969 - 1972), Mad Theater and Horror Theater (1969 - 1979)
Format of the show:
There would either be one or a double features of films. And in between movie breaks Dr. Shock would do skits and magic trips to entertain the viewers.  
  • The make-up that he wore was modeled after Zacherley. He even asked Zacharley's permission.
  • He filled the spot for Philadelphia Horror Host when Roland left aka Zacharley.
  • He had a character on the show called "Bubbles", which he claimed to be his granddaughter but it was actually his real daughter. He would use family to play different characters on the shows run. 
This Horror Host will look at more in-depth at a later time.

The old movie trailer of the week is
Godzilla 1985

When I was a kid this was one of my favorite Godzilla movies. At first it scared me but then I got over it and I was amazed by effects of the film. It was a great return for Godzilla and in my top ten for Godzilla movies.

Brief overview of Godzilla 1985:

Release date: December 15, 1984 (Japan) August 23, 1985 (USA)
Budget: $ 2,000,000
Production Company: Toho Company
Run time: 1.85
A reporter comes across a ship out on that was believed to be lost at sea. He learns from the only survivor of the boat that Godzilla has returned. The government takes the survivor in custody to hide the truth that Godzilla is back. The reporter continues his investigation to prove Godzilla is back. Well long story short the secret is left out when Godzilla starts to wreck havoc on Japan. But the government was ready for his return ans has a secret weapon and other ways to stop Big G. I'll leave the rest of the story for your viewing pleasure.
Special Affects:
When bring Gidzilla to life they used multiple ways. One of those ways was by the old tradition of suit work but also a 20 ft. computer operated animatronic cybot Godzilla.

Godzilla Cybot being worked on.

Full shot of 20ft. Cybot.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Dr. Lucifer (A possible Future Project.)

A Nashville Gentleman Dr. Lucifer

I believe it was two years ago, I bought the "American Scary" documentary that came out in 2006. The documentary was an in-depth look at horror hosts across the United States. The documentary created a simple time line mapping out each horror host historic runs. 

On this documentary they showed a clip that really stood out to me. He was the first Horror Host of Nashville. The name of the host was Dr. Lucifer. He was just a suave Transylvania gentleman that would host a weekly show at night. What information I have gather so far. Dr. Lucifer was a suave Transylvanian gentleman with a deep baritone voice, an extravagant tuxedo with tails, a beguiling eye patch, and a long cigarette holder that he would puff on during his monologues and the movie breaks.

I am hoping I will be able to learn more about him. I've been putting this project off for a while because I want to make sure I get every detail about him and respect his legacy. So far in my research, the only footage I've been able to find is from the documentary. The clip is only a couple minutes long, but it makes you wish for more. 

Check out the clip below and tell me what you think of this mystery man. Also, tell me if you would like to read more about him and the "American Scary" documentary. Stay spooky everyone.

 The clip from "American Scary" about Dr. Lucifer and other Nashville's horror hosts:

 “Good night…and pleasant dreams!” was Dr. Lucifer's closing of his show

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Happy 97th birthday to Zacherley. Part 2

The cool Ghoul

Let’s pick up the Zacherley’s story after Shock Theater signed off for the last time in Philadelphia. A lot of Changes would happen before Zacherley would reappear on TV. He had to change his name from Roland to Zacherley move the show to a new station, and also a new city. There are different stories why Zachary left creative differences with the station and who own the rights of the character (rumored). Zacherley would move from the city of Brotherly Love to the Big Apple. 

The Show would have a lot of changes, but it kept the same name, "Shock Theater". The show Premiered on WABC-TV channel 7 on September 22, 1958. The show would continue on until March 27, 1959. After it went off the air again, the show would be changed even more. It would go to a live show format instead of being taped.  Another change would be the name of  the show. The new series was called "Zacherley at Large". The show premiered on WABC-TV Channel 7 on April 3, 1959. The show would continue on until June 20, 1959. A common theme in this phase of  Zacherley's career is change. And as it goes, his show was changed again. The name of the show became "The Zacherley Show". The show went back to being taped and it changed stations to WOR-TV channel 9. The show premiered on October 9, 1959 and would continue until December 19, 1960.

Once the Zacherley Show ended, Zacherley would shift gears from hosting horror movies to hosting
a child’s programming. The shows names were "The Mighty Hercules Cartoon Show" and "The Three Stooges Show” .The shows premiered in 1963 and 1964.After the switch to cartoon sand Three Stooges shorts, he would ultimately return to horror hosting. The new show he hosted would be called, "Chiller Theater". It would premiere on WPIX-TV channel 11 on February 1, 1964. The show would end somewhere in spring of 1965. Again, Zacherley would take a break from horror hosting and join the fad of hosting a live dance show for teens. This was the first show he would host in New Jersey, thus ending his era in New York. The show was called, "Disc-O-Teens", and it aired on UHF WNJU-TV channel 27. The show premiered in May of 1965 and ended on November 4, 1967. This is the last time he would be seen on TV hosting wise.

Check back later this week for the final part of Zacherley's career so far. The final part will take us back to Philadelphia where he would celebrate an anniversary, meet a Man-Eater, and become a special guest at a large convention. Check back soon and stay spooky everyone.

Advertisements of his shows:

An advertisement for Shock Theater around 1957 or 1958

An advertisement for Chiller theater either from 1964 or 1965. 
An advertisement for Zacherley Show from 1959 possibly

A DVD cover for Disco-O-Teen TV show.

Clips and full shows:

Chiller Theater Opening from either 1964 or 1965

Disco-O-Teen Halloween Special 1967

Monday, September 28, 2015

Happy 97th birthday to Zacherley. Part 1

Zacherley caged (credit goes to photographer.)

Zacherley has just turned 97 years over the weekend. I hope he had a spooktacular birthday. And I am looking forward to see what he will do next in his career.

Zacherley aka Roland, whose real name is John Zacherle was born on September 27, 1918 in Philadelphia, PA. He grew up in Philadelphia and spent his early life there throughout his school years. He would move on after graduating from Germantown High School to the University of Pennsylvania. At the University he received a Bachelor degree in English Literature. But his future plans after graduation would have to be put on hold due to the start of World War II. He would enlist and do some tours of duties in North Africa and Europe. During his time in the military he would be award the rank of major. After his tours of duties ended, he came home to Philadelphia looking to continue his life. When he returned, he was pushed by friends to try out acting.

He auditioned and was able to join an acting group called the Stagecrafters. While working with the Stagecrafters and doing performances, he would finally get his big break. He started to play on weekly serial type western show called, "Action in the Afternoon". He played many characters on the show including an undertaker. The role of the undertaker would lead him to the role he is most famous Roland/Zacherley. An executive at WCAU-TV Channel ten in Philadelphia enjoyed the part he played as the undertaker. He was offered to host the show called Shock Theater. It premiered on October 7, 1957. The show would go on until September 13, 1958. After the show ended, it also ended his time in Philadelphia for this part of his life.

Check back tomorrow for the continuation of Zacherley's life story in New York and his ultimate return to Philadelphia. Stay spooky everyone.

Credit goes to photographer

Sunday, September 27, 2015

September Netflix Monthly Horror Pick: Monster Squad

As everyone else in the world, I have also  fallen in love with Netflix's monthly content and selections. I have seen some great and some horrible horror movies through Netflix. I decided why not share my monthly picks of some of the great horror movies on Netflix  here. 

The first Horror movie pick for September is Monster Squad (1987).  

Monster Squad
The Original Movie Poster.

Monster Squad was a go to movie for my childhood around Halloween. It was a mix of two of my favorite type of movie character the Goonies and the Universal Movie Monsters. Monster Squad may have not been the Goonies but they still kind of had the same group dynamic of a bunch of kids that are seen as outcasts at their school band together to form a group to talk about their common interest monsters. Along the way they gain a rebellious teen  and a virgin to round out their squad. When monsters try to take over their town it is up to Sean and his squad to save their town and the world.

The Monster line up is the mummy, Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, Wolfman, and the Gillman. This movie basically got monster mayhem, quotable lines, crossbows, shot guns, and Nards. A classic movie that was directed by Fred Dekker, who also directed Night of the Creeps and Robocop 3.

The monster line-up.

Check out the trailer below: 

This movie was recently added this month on Netflix. Hopefully you enjoy it as much as I do. Comment below with your own review. Check back next month for Octobers Netflix Horror pick and stay spooky.