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American Scary (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Comedy, Horror | 21 October 2006 (USA)
American Scary is a look at the nation's tradition of horror hosting, from Ghoulardi to Ghoul-A-Go-Go. Follow this American folk art form from its glamorous beginnings, through repeated ... See full summary »

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Mike Price ...
Himself / 'Baron Daemon'
Joseph Fotinos ...
Himself / 'Professor Anton Griffin'
George 'E-Gor' Chastain ...
Himself - E-Gor's Chamber of TV Horror Hosts
James Morrow ...
Himself - Author
Bob Beidman ...
Himself / 'Carpathian'
Lowell Cunningham ...
Himself - Creator, Men in Black
P.D. Cacek ...
Herself / 'Moira the Banshee'
Michael Monahan ...
Himself / 'Doktor Goulfinger'
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Himself - Author
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Himself / 'Cryptkeeper'
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Himself / 'Mr. Lobo'
Bob Wilkins ...
Himself - Creature Features
Alan F. Milair ...
Himself / 'Dr. E. Nick Witty'
Barry Hobart ...
Himself / 'Dr. Creep'
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Himself - Film Critic & Historian
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American Scary is a look at the nation's tradition of horror hosting, from Ghoulardi to Ghoul-A-Go-Go. Follow this American folk art form from its glamorous beginnings, through repeated waves of popularity, to its scrappy resurgence and survival in the age of cable access and the Internet. Written by Anonymous

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I Bid You Good Evening
28 October 2012 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

For what this was and what this was trying to do - this production about the evolution and, unfortunately, demise of the horror host phenomena was first-rate! I was not around this for the most part due to age and location except for Elvira. More on her later. I did get a chance in the mid-eighties to catch Chilly Billy Cardille in Pittsburgh and absolutely loved him. I wished I had had a chance to see more of these - if not all. Some look like hosts that I would have loved to have watched. I was around for Chiller Theatre in New York in the 70's(loved, loved, loved it!). So what we basically get here is an introduction and survey course in Horror Hosts 101 - so to speak. It traces the first and then goes up to the present, where believe it or not, some areas are still fortunate to have these late-nite pioneers still gracing their screens. The documentary gets into many specific "giants" and has lots, lots, lots of interviews with the people that did this. Noticeably missing is Elvira though they do, for this documentary, a very stylish presentation of her importance(which cannot be underestimated). we see Vampira, Ghoulardi, Cardille, Zacherley, and many, many more. What we need to do it make these television shows of yesteryear available for those of us who saw them and want to see them again OR those, like me, who would like to explore this territory for the first time. Whatwe really need is a first-rate classic horror channel. They could get a real host I've and then on other nights show some of those classics that are still available. There is so much out there to be seen. Anyway, American Scary was a great documentary about a subject I would like to know more about.


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