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The scary and silly goings-on at a mad scientist vampire's home/lab.
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 (Series Cast [4])
Billy Van ... Bwanna Clyde Batty / ... (131 episodes, 1971)
Julius Sumner Miller ... The Professor (131 episodes, 1971)

Vincent Price ... The Narrator (131 episodes, 1971)
Fishka Rais ... Igor (131 episodes, 1971)

Series Directed by
Riff Markowitz (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Riff Markowitz (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Mitch Markowitz .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Riff Markowitz .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Van Fike .... wigs (unknown episodes)
Hilda Healey .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Robert Laden .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Borecki .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Larry DeNardis .... lighting director (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Jerry Appleton .... floor director (unknown episodes)
Nancy Pruss .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
June Tyack .... educational consultant (unknown episodes)
Brooke Weslak .... production assistant (unknown episodes)

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60 min (130 episodes)
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Vincent Price's monologues were done over the course of a few days, and the producers were dissatisfied with them being insufficiently scary. Price complained there was nothing he could do with his lines being so badly written. As a result of the producers conceding the point, the writers had to pull all-nighters rewriting the material to suit Price's needs.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: In a cooking segment Grizelda tosses an orange into the cauldron and misses but there's still an accompanying splash sound as the orange bounces off the floor.See more »
The Mosquito:[Ne ne ne ne ne ne] You know I knew a mosquito who was so afraid of heights that he was afraid to land on a shag rug. Ha ha! Uh-oh! LUNCH TIME!
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
My Saturday morning staple!, 5 November 2005
Author: T.Paul from Canada

How to best describe this unique Canadian children's show... hmmm....

Well, it's kind of a children's educational haunted house, horror movie satire show chock full 'o great adult gags. It's all about bein' "groovy", hangin' with the "Pet Vet" and learning about animals, dancing to the Wolfman's groovy wax, laughing at Paul the gorilla's slapstick humor, reciting poems with Vincent, and all that year-'round Hallowe'enie goodness! I imagine mostly Canadians will remember this Saturday morning classic, whether when it originally aired in the 70's or in its ongoing reruns.

This was one of my fave staple Saturday morning shows in the early 70's that I watched right after the really bad animated "Spiderman" cartoon that came on at 9:30 AM! I loved the many characters that the incredibly (and unfortunately largely unrecognized) talented Billy Van created. It was off-beat, bizarre as all heck, and a great parody of horror films.

Well, I hadn't thought of this groovy lil' show in ages, so when I did (near Hallowe'en, naturally) I ventured into a google search, and I found a tribute site dedicated to the show! The site has images, wav files with all the characters being kooky, video and more! This weird and wacky show always began with Vincent Price's on screen intro monologue with the castle in the background and super-low-tech lightning superimposed over the image, then jumped into the castle with the Count, Igor, Paul the Gorilla, the Wolfman (a DJ), Super Hippie, the Oracle, the Librarian (one of my faves!, the Wolfman Jack inspired DJ the Wolfman who played psychedelic music as Igor & the Grammar Slammer dancer before a swirling psychotropic backdrop, and more freaky characters.

Most of the characters were played by Canadian actor Billy Van (also seen on "The Sonny and Cher Show", "The Bobby Vinton Show", "Bizarre" , "The Party Game", "The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show" and more!). The show was shot in Hamilton, Ontario at CHCH TV back in 1971. It has since gained cult status as it's been translated into many languages and re-broadcast in different parts of the world.

I truly hope that the series comes to DVD, as I'll be first in line for the release! ~ T.Paul

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