Happy Halloween!!!

May all your Halloween dreams take flight
and make this next year one in which to delight!

Emerian Rich
HorrorAddicts.net Hostess

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Happy Halloween, Horror Addicts!

From Laurel Anne Hill (Most Wicked 2011),
David (Laurel’s wonderfully wicked husband) and “snakey.”

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Have a spleen’did Halloween Horror Addicts. I will be making some bloody scones in your honor. “JoJo” from GothHaus – Ariel DaWintre

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Hello Darlings!

It’s me, that piece that everyone’s dying to rest in! Elvira… okay well not really. Just dropping all you Horror Addicts a seasonal message! Yep, it’s that time of year where the ghouls are out in force, the monsters are turning up everywhere and the angry mobs are looking for blood…. No, not election season! HALLOWEEN! It’s my favorite time of year! You can wear costumes and make a complete ass- er I mean… uh… FOOL out of yourselves and you don’t have to give anyone any gifts! But don’t let that stop you from sending yours cruelly a little something! After all, all you weirdo’s and weirdettes always try to sit on my lap and tell me what you want for Halloween!
(Most of you all want the same darn thing!)

Anyway darlings, I’m haulin’ my pumpkins on outta here! Make sure you have a safe INSANE Halloween and as always,

Unpleasant Dreams!

Patterson Lundquist

World Famous Elvira Impersonator

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They come to the door and a pitter patter, doorbell, or knock is heard. You open the door to find a monster, ghost, super hero, or more waiting for you. A yell of “Trick or Treat” is heard and a smile comes to the face. Meanwhile adults gather to party the night away and have some fun. It’s a night all can enjoy Happy Halloween. – Knightmist

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Since Halloween in Germany is about as exciting as laundry day, I encourage all my friends in the US to enjoy this wonderful holiday to its fullest (before the Christian fundamentalists take control of the country and outlaw it)!

~Shaunessy Ashdown

Upcoming Events

September 7th-9th / Horrorhound Weekend / Indianapolis, Indiana / This festival includes a Terminator reunion, an Aliens reunion  and 150 vendors. There will also be a costume contest, an HMA.net mask fest which will showcase hundreds of realistic looking horror masks, a film festival and appearances by Elvira and Jamie Lee Curtis. For more information go to: http://www.horrorhoundweekend.com/

September 7th-8th / Drive-In Super Monster Rama / Vandergrift, Pennsylvania / Two nights of classic horror and sci fi films in an authentic drive in on route 66. Some of the movies being shown include: Countess Dracula, Son of the Blob, Psychomania, Horror House, Theatre Of Blood and Twins of Evil. For more information go to: http://www.dvddrive-in.com/driveinsupermonsterrama12.htm

September 13-16th / Scare-A-Cuse / Syracuse, New York / This is a horror, fantasy and Science Fiction convention that includes a zombie costume party and appearances by P.J. Soles from Halloween, Kane Hodder from Friday The 13th, Judith O’Dey from Night Of The Living Dead and Michael Berryman from The Hills Have Eyes. Also included is a film festival and a vendor room. For more information go to: http://scare-a-cuse.net/

September 14-16th / Con X / Kansas City, Missouri / A Horror and pop culture convention that includes screanings of D4, The Afflicted, InAlienable and The Hazing. There will also be appearances by Tiffany Shelps, Walter Koening and Jay Avovone and a live performance from Kyle Elliot and Voodoo Soul. For more information go to: http://www.conxkc.com/

September 20th-23rd / Killercon / Las Vegas, Nevada / This is a writers convention with writing workshops, author readings and a gross out contest. Some of the guests include: Brian Keene, Jack Ketchum, William F. Nolan, F. Paul Wilson For more information go to: http://www.killercon.com/

August Events

August 5th / EKLECTIK / New York NY / Lady Nyx and Lady Zombie throw down the red carpet for the premiere of EKLECTIK which is a fusion of Rock and Roll, performance art and the underground cultures. Goth/fetish/Vamp attire is encouraged and there will be a costume contest with the winner getting a custom pair of fangs. For more information go to http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=103946999701174.

August 20th / Unnameable Blood Bath Film Festival /Dallas Texas / Featuring independent short and feature films based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft. This is taking place on Lovecraft’s birthday at the historic  Texas theater in Dallas. For more information go to doabloodbath.com.

August 25-28th / Rue Morgue Festival of Fear / Toronto Canada / Special guests at this convention include John Waters, Robert Englund, Elvira, Doug Bradley and many more.  Some of the activities include a masquerade ball, a costume show, Q and A’s, movie screenings and special effect and make up seminars. For more information go to http://rue-morgue.com/rmp_fof.php

August 25th-28th / Horrific Film Fest / San Antonio Texas / This is an independent horror film festival which will include such movies as An Evening With My Comatose Mother, Psycho Killer Blood Bath, Get Off My Porch and others. There will also be a zombie walk and a goth queen beauty contest. For more information go to http://www.horrificfilmfest.com/

August 25th – 28th / Crypticon / Overland Park Kansas / This is Kansas City’s premier horror convention including appearances from Bill Mosley, P.J. Soles and makeup artist Tom Sullivan. There will also be a costume contest, movie showings and concerts from Hate Incorporated and Wrecking Day. For more information go to http://crypticonkansascity.com/

Horror Hosts Trivia

Hey horror addicts, the first person to get all the answers correct wins a prize, good luck:

Question 1: What horror hostess once sued Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) for stealing her act?

Question 2: What famous actor did a short stint horror host on the SyFy Channel in 2002?

Question 3: What was the name of the two comic books that Mr. Lobo wrote and illustrated  in the 1990’s?

Question 4: What horror hostess was named in Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest showgirl in Las Vegas history?

Question 5: Who is considered to be the first horror host?

Question 6: What horror host had a top 10 hit record in 1958 and what was the name of it?

Question 7: In the movie Fright Night, Roddy McDowall played a horror host named Peter Vincent. What two actors is his name based on?

Question 8: What actor in Elvira Mistress of the Dark may be best known for his role as Kenickie in Grease?

Horror Host Books

Horror hosts, this is a topic I love to talk about. I’ve always loved to watch bad movies and horror hosts just make the experience that much better. It’s a horror host’s job to make bad cheesy movies more fun to watch. Just to illustrate how much I like bad movies lets say that Knightmist writes a review for two horror movies. One movie he calls the best movie he has ever seen and one movie he says is the worst movie he has ever seen. I’m going to look at the movie he says is the best and say “I’ll have to see that at some point.” I’m going to look at the movie he says is the worst and say: “I must see this movie right now.”

Horror hosts have a long history, the first TV horror host is to believed to be Vampira back in 1954. My first experience with watching a horror host is trying to stay up late on Friday nights as a kid to watch Acri Creature Features staring a vampire named Vincent Hedges and a werewolf named Beauregard.

A book that gives a good history of horror hosts is Television Horror Movie Hosts: 68 Vampires, Mad Scientists and other Denizens of the Late Night Airwaves Examined and Interviewed by Elena M. Watson. This book takes 68 hosts and talks about the show they worked on, including a list of movies they showed, interviews, publicity photos, show themes, merchandise tie ins and fan reactions.

Another book is I Was a TV Horror Host by John Stanley. This is an autobiography of John Stanley and talks about his years of hosting Creature Features in the San Francisco area from 1979 to 84. It’s also a history of horror hosts going back to the golden age of radio and includes interviews with actors and directors of some of  the movies that were featured on Creature Features.  He also gives profiles of hosts such as Zacherley, Joe Bob Briggs, Ghoulardi and many more.

I also found two horror host biographies. One was: The Frightful Doctor Shock by John Skerchock which looks at the career of a host from Philadelphia. In reading the description for this book, I thought it was interesting to hear that Doctor Shock also worked as a magician and performed for children in hospitals. The other biography was  Ghoulardi: Inside Cleveland TV’s Wildest Ride by Tom Feran. Police said that when Ghouladi’s show was on in the Cleveland area, crime would drop because all the criminals stayed home to watch.

Another history book of horror hosts is Creatures of the Night That We Loved So Well by James Fetters which includes trivia questions, interviews with hosts and photos. The last book I wanted to talk about was Chicago TV Horror Movie Shows: From Shock Theatre to Svengoolie by Ted Okuda and Mark Yurkiw. Growing up not to far from the Chicago area I’ve been watching Svengoolie since I was a kid and still watch him along with Elvira on Saturday nights. The thing I always liked about Svengoolie is that even though he is making fun of the movies he shows, he also gives lots of trivia on the movie and tells you what the filmmakers are up to now. You can tell he loves what he does and loves the movies he shows no matter how bad they are.

All of the horror host books that I found are made up of interviews, photos and trivia. If you are looking to learn more about horror hosts without reading then give the movie American Scary a look. It includes hosts talking about their history along with clips from their shows. You can see this movie for free on hulu. At an hour and a half the movie does seem a little long. When I watched it I found myself wondering how much longer this is going to be and I did get tired of the background music. It was very informative though and I did like all of the clips they showed and the history of local television programming that was included. So if you do want to see different horror hosts talk about why they do what they do and get a couple of laughs, then you may want to check it out.

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (1988)

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is not just a name heard on television but is the title of film that was released to unwitting horror fans in 1988.  The film stars William Morgan Sheppard, Jeff Conaway, Edie McClurg, and most notably one Cassandra Peterson.  What makes Cassandra Peterson so unique is that she is the woman behind the dark haired mistress, that many know simply as Elvira.

We open the film finding Elvira doing the one thing most of will know her best for and that is behind a television camera introducing her fans to another film.  As the taping of her show is wrapping up we get a look at the “fast” paced action that goes on in the television studio.  Shortly after the taping of her program ends, Elvira has a run in with the stations new owner who sadly only one thought on his mind regarding Elvira.  She promptly uses her sharp tongued razor wit to tell him off and promptly quits to follow her dream job in Las Vegas.

There just happens to be one problem with her plan as her agent informs her that the show requires her to come up with some money to help produce the show.  The amount she will need to produce is a small pittance of change, as it’s only FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS.  Elvira is of course upset about this but then there is a ray of hope a letter informing her that her Aunt Morgana Talbot has passed away.

The film helps to show us the humor that many have been laughing at and enjoying for years through Elvira’s long television presence.  The key difference is, in this movie, Elvira has a cast of characters that helped to expand on this humor as there are townspeople setup to be the foil for many of the jokes. The key protagonist is one Chastity Pariah played beautifully by McClurg.  As the head of the towns morality group, Pariah has done her best to keep unwholesome influences from entering the town.  On top of this Elvira must deal with her Uncle Vincent Talbot (Sheppard) who is after one of the items Elvira receives in the will.

What is all given to Elvira in the will reading? Well she gets her aunt’s old house, her pet poodle and a cookbook.  It’s the cookbook that Vincent wants and as we find out is more than willing to do anything to get his hands on this book.

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark brings us a unique story line, a punk rock poodle, and plenty of strange antics by those in the town.  We get to see the teenagers in town do just about anything to help Elvira after they get to know her.  The kids become some of the only people that accept our heroine in town other then the town’s movie theater operator.

This is not the scariest film many will see but, if anything, what it lacks in scares it makes up in laughs.  The movie is full of one liner jokes, sight gags and just simple set pieces that will leave a person laughing.  If you take time to watch the names of the businesses that run throughout the town of Falwell. One of the funniest scenes in the film is when Elvira tries to get back at the town’s morality people by trying to shock them with a creature in a pot.  However, the creature is gone and what is left is a delicious pot of food that does have quite the side affect on those who eat the dish.

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark is a film that Elvira herself could show on one of her many programs through the year.  The film has enough campy humor that many should love it.  Of course it’s hard to miss Elvira in anything she does due to her many “assets” and of course that biting humor.  This is a movie that anyone could enjoy and come to love.  Now, if you need one more reason to watch then stick around and enjoy Elvira’s performance at the end of the film.