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American Scary (2006)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Comedy, Horror | 21 October 2006 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


John E. Hudgens


Sandy Clark
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Price Mike Price ... Himself / 'Baron Daemon'
Joseph Fotinos Joseph Fotinos ... Himself / 'Professor Anton Griffin'
George 'E-Gor' Chastain George 'E-Gor' Chastain ... Himself - E-Gor's Chamber of TV Horror Hosts
James Morrow James Morrow ... Himself - Author
Bob Beidman Bob Beidman ... Himself / 'Carpathian'
Lowell Cunningham Lowell Cunningham ... Himself - Creator, Men in Black
P.D. Cacek P.D. Cacek ... Herself / 'Moira the Banshee'
Michael Monahan Michael Monahan ... Himself / 'Doktor Goulfinger'
Neil Gaiman ... Himself - Author
John Kassir ... Himself / 'Cryptkeeper'
Mister Lobo ... Himself / 'Mr. Lobo'
Bob Wilkins ... Himself - Creature Features
Alan F. Milair Alan F. Milair ... Himself / 'Dr. E. Nick Witty'
Barry Hobart Barry Hobart ... Himself / 'Dr. Creep'
Leonard Maltin ... Himself - Film Critic & Historian


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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Inspiration to a New Generation
14 November 2006 | by pastorZSee all my reviews

Many, many years later my childhood memories of Milwaukee horror movie hosts Dr. Cadaverino, Shirley the tarantula and Tolous NoNeck often rivals my memory of the movies themselves.

Though none of my childhood horror hosts were included in John Hudgens shockumentary (no surprise considering the hundreds of hours of footage squeezed into this precious 90-minute film), American Scary still brought back a cavalcade of warm memories from my childhood in Milwaukee to watching Son of Svengoolie with my wife and my own children in Chicago.

All-in-all, American Scary is a very entertaining and inspiring look at a uniquely American phenomenon: the late-night horror movie hosted by the big kid who never grew up and seems to have forgotten that Halloween only comes but once a year. The inspiration of my local horror hosts has never left me and apparently neither has it left all the others who, inspired by their own local childhood horror hosts, continue to host those same low-budget, z-grade sci-fi and horror movies on cable access TV and on the web; carrying the torch to a new generation.

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