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  •  I Was a Pre-Teen Frankenstein (6+ / 0-)

    Humbly submitted: "I Was a Pre-Teen Frankenstein," published in the gone-but-not-forgotten Internet Review of Science Fiction.  This is my love letter -- just one of my love letters, actually -- to Boris Karloff, monster movies, and old black 'n' white flicks in general.  Hope you'll like it.

    "One of the queer things about us human beings is the way the obvious consequences of our actions take us by surprise." -- H. G. Wells

    by Steven Utley on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 01:17:04 PM PDT

    •  This is a great essay. (4+ / 0-)
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      I can relate to it completely (except for the fact that I watched those movies on TV in the 70's instead of the 50's).

      As hugely grateful as I am for DVDs, I have to admit that there was something special about trying to catch those movie on TV, back in the day when you had to take them as they came, or not at all.  

      Somehow that made the movies even more special ... even when the lousy prints were butchered by local stations and packed with irritating commercials.  I remember once setting my clock for 2 AM because that was the only way I could see Nosferatu, a classic I had only read about and been dying to see.  I wouldn't want to go back to that;  but in these days when almost anything is available at any time, I so think some feeling of a "special EVENT" is lost.

      I also have fond memories of watching Saturday Nightmare with Dr. Morbius in Iowa City in the late 80's.  He actually added to the experience, for unlike many local station horror hosts, he was -- while funny -- also very respectful of the old movies.

      •  More love letters to creepy crawlies (6+ / 0-)

        Thank you.  And I know exactly what you're talking about regarding those catch-as-catch-can days of yore.  In Topeka, Kansas, during the 1960s I scrupulously structured my Saturday evenings around one local TV station's Chiller (hosted by a lady done up sorta like the Wicked Queen in Disney's Snow White), which was eventually supplemented with Son of Chiller, so that I might be enthralled by, say, The Invisible Man and The Invisible Man Returns almost back to back.

        If you're interested, here are some of my other love letters to horror and science-fiction films both good and bad:

        Confessions of a Cinemasochist

        Grade Z

        Alien Inamorato

        "One of the queer things about us human beings is the way the obvious consequences of our actions take us by surprise." -- H. G. Wells

        by Steven Utley on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 04:15:07 PM PDT

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      •  Philly and NYC had the same type of show... (3+ / 0-)
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        Fondly remember enjoying the campy treatment of the films with my friends.

        As the host, Zacherle appeared wearing a long black undertaker's coat as the character "Roland," pronounced "Ro-land", who lived in a crypt with his wife "My Dear" and his lab assistant, Gasport.

        The hosting of the black-and-white show involved numerous stylized horror-comedy gags that have become standard on television.

        In the opening sequence, Zacherle as Roland would descend a long round staircase to the crypt. The producers erred on the side of goriness, showing fake severed heads with blood simulated with Hershey's chocolate syrup.

        The show sometimes featured live "cut-ins" during the movie in which the soundtrack continued to play on the air, while the visual feed switched briefly to a shot of Zacherle as Roland in the middle of a humorous stunt, such as riding a tombstone.

        The show ran for 92 broadcasts through 1958.

        It’s the Supreme Court, stupid! Followed by: It's always the Supreme Court! Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

        by auapplemac on Mon Oct 15, 2012 at 08:43:18 PM PDT

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        •  Remembered fondly (2+ / 0-)
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          though as I recall his assistant was named Igor, not Gasport. Small matter. My cousins and i stayed up late every Friday (or Saturday?) night to watch Shock Theater. Good times.

          ...and who, disguised as rambler american, mild mannered commenter for a great Democratic web blog, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.

          by rambler american on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 03:47:51 AM PDT

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      •  In Chicago... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...we has "Son of Svengoolie".  I can't tell you how many of these classic movies that show introduced me to.  Good times!

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