TO ALL CREATURE FEATURES FANS: A letter from John Stanley

**Update: As of April 16th “Creature Features” with host Al Omega was discontinued on KOFY TV and subsequently replaced with Vincent Van Dahl’s sanctioned “Creature Features” show.

“TO ALL CREATURE FEATURES FANS:

I have been very disturbed by what is happening on KOFY’s
new Saturday midnight series, “CREATURE FEATURES.” **

Its host Jim Currie, who uses the name Al Omega to
describe the TV horror host character he is portraying, is
reportedly trying to trademark the title “CREATURE
FEATURES,” which has been a generic title in use since the
era of the horror host dating back to the 1960s and 1970s.
(It was also the name of a board game that dates back to
1975.) This is extremely disturbing, given that, for one
thing, “CREATURE FEATURES” was the title of Bob Wilkins’
long-running series on Channel 2 in Oakland, CA.

Bob enjoyed eight successful years in the ratings,
building a huge audience that today still fondly remembers
him and his humorous and warm style of introducing horror,
fantasy and science-fiction movies. Bob was usually seated
in a yellow rocking chair, clutching a cigar in one hand.
Next to him was a small table atop which rested a human
skull with a candle inserted into the top. Behind him, on
the wall, was a sign reading “WATCH HORROR FILMS, KEEP
AMERICA STRONG!”

When Bob decided to retire in 1978, I was chosen as his
replacement and continued the series for an additional six
years. Thus did “CREATURE FEATURES” enjoy continued
success for a 14-year period, making it one of the
longest-running shows in the San Francisco Bay Area TV
market.

Bob was a close and personal friend, and to see “Al Omega”
using Bob’s visuals, slogan and format as part of his own
show does not set well with me. Especially since Currie
never even bothered to ask for permission to use these
identifiable objects entirely related to Bob Wilkins. What
gives him the right to use them without at least asking
for permission? It also disturbs me that he addresses the
skull on his mediocre set as “Bob.”

Tom Wyrsch, producer of the 2008 Bob Wilkins documentary
“WATCH HORROR FILMS, KEEP AMERICA STRONG!” and the
individual responsible for bringing Bob and myself back in
2000 to make personal appearances at special shows and
conventions, first notified me about Currie’s attempts to
trademark the title.

Tom also informed me that Mr. Currie sent a
cease-and-desist letter to the management of Silicon
Valley Comic Com demanding that they remove Vincent Van
Dahl from the guest slot at their upcoming convention.
Vincent is the host of Northbay TV’s variant of Creature
Features, a show on which both Tom and I have been guests.
The producers of that program requested (and received)
both mine and Tom’s endorsement to do an alternate version
of the show before they ever began any filming, unlike Mr.
Currie who simply decided to blatantly abscond with all of
the elements that made the Bay Area Creature Features
unique and to call it his own. Northbay TV told us that
Currie even went so far as to send a similar letter to
both YouTube and Vimeo in an effort to close down their
online channels.

This is demeaning behavior that utterly sickens me.

Tom described it well when he wrote me: “Currie is
attempting to use squatting rights to claim he somehow
owns the show’s title. He has applied for trademarks for
both the ‘CREATURE FEATURES’ title and for Bob’s
much-remembered slogan ‘Watch Horror Films – Keep America
Strong.’ As you know, there have been many horror host
programs titled ‘CREATURE FEATURES’ for the past fifty
years. And as far as we know, no one has ever tried to
monopolize the title in all of that time nor in the manner
that Mr. Currie is attempting. The Creature Features
community has always practiced a civil camaraderie. Mr.
Currie’s efforts to gain dominance over the name will no
doubt have a chilling effect on this community. But even
more concerning is that he also applied for a trademark
for ‘Watch Horror Films, Keep America Strong!’, Bob
Wilkins’ signature catchphrase and slogan which he coined
in 1966 and used his entire career. If approved, it would
be, in my opinion, outright theft.”

Tom Wyrsch also informed me that the Wilkins family is not
pleased with this situation. Tom spoke with Bob’s wife
Sally Wilkins recently and she told him she is quite
saddened that somebody would be trying to monopolize and
monetize her late husband’s most famous works.

Nor am I, who is still indebted to Bob Wilkins for what he
did to advance my career, pleased about anything Currie
is trying to pull off. If he wants to be a TV horror host
he can do it without stealing outright all those things
which identified Bob Wilkins to his ever-loving audience
of dedicated fans. You fans live on, and I hope you too
will rise up in protest against this outright thievery.”

– JOHN STANLEY

bob and johnDespite being cancelled from KOFY TV Mr. Currie is still in the process of trademarking the term “Creature Feature” and the phrase “Watch Horror Films — Keep America Strong”.

Look Out! It’s The Ghouligans! Misunderstood Monsters Looking for a Place in This World!

IMG_5185(1) THE GHOULIGANS! MINI-SERIES (2xDVD’s, 3 half hour episodes per disc, 2013)

by MR. LOBO

This is a critical review as well as a general article about these “cool” creeps and the challenges they obviously face. With decline of broadcast and DVD, the stranglehold of corporate media, the glut of amateurish horror content on the internet, and the attention span of the average monster kid diminishing to about 4 seconds…a lot of you reading this may have yet not taken the time to actually watch THE GHOULIGANS!

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We’ve had the DVDs in our possession for some time. Why did it take us so long to check it out? Mr. Lobo saw some of their old black and white stuff, with the now absent Count Farnham, years ago and liked it. That was THE GHOULIGANS!(2006) B&W DVD, 60min. As an independent producer myself, I often deal with the reality of my peers and potential fans–who really love the idea of my show–putting off actually watching it for months or many years. Is it fear of disappointment? Is it ADD? Is it Jealousy? It’s understandable–Who doesn’t secretly want to do their own comedy-horror show? Is it “not wanting to have to look the creators of the show in the eye” at conventions or shows and tell them the truthfully how they feel about what is obviously a back breaking labor of love. Many fawn all over the plight of the independent film director but few share that same support for independent TV producers. It’s not as simple as that old saw,

“SyFy Channel should pick them up…”

The technical and legal hoops one must jump through to get on network cable are discouraging to say the least.

Let Mister Lobo end the suspense for you right now. They’re good.

Here’s the trailer…

DIXIE DELLAMORTO, MISS MITTENS, and MR. LOBO sat down and watched both DVDs straight through–that’s 6 total episodes–and two bonus cuts.

http://www.philebrity.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/6a010534ca5d8b970b010535ae6ed9970c-800wi.jpgEven with the potential “Bro” vibe, it’s balanced with some heart…and it’s very often smart in it’s knowledge of the genre and in it’s satire. Mr. Lobo had grown up watching Filmation’s THE GROOVY GOOLIES–a spin off of SABRINA and ARCHIE from the comics, Hanna-Barbara’s THE DRAK PACK and both the Saturday morning version of MONSTER SQUAD from the 70’s and the Fred Dekker film of the 80’s…
ALL featuring good guy versions of classic monsters. The SLACK PACK, the team behind THE GHOULIGANS!, had a lot of burned in memories to compete with! To make this review process even more complicated, we’re also big fans of our long time friends and colleagues from GHOUL-A-GO GO, also from New York, who have a long running black-and-white show featuring monhttp://1.bp.blogspot.com/_oXsV5Js58Dg/SP_4_dNSAYI/AAAAAAAAAi4/NyLoqfU1-hw/s320/82788201_l.jpgsters hosting a kiddie show. In the interest of full disclosure, you must also consider the bias that Mr. Lobo produces and hosts his own show CINEMA INSOMNIA. However, it was fun, over the course of all the THE GHOULIGANS! episodes in this mini-series, to see them find their own thing and set themselves apart from the influences we all share.

 

This show is incredibly ambitious and kudos to everyone involved in this homegrown Independent series. IMG_5107These guys are horror heroes. When you watch you sometimes forget that they are up against a lot and this is an amazing undertaking for such a low budget show! Everyone must be doing the work of 10 people and you can sometimes see the seams as they lose focus. The make up effects range from brilliant to barely passable. Sometimes it’s unclear–Who is their audience? The humor is often too adult for kids and too kid-like for many adults. Is it a struggle to find their audience? A struggle to find their own voice? Or just a reflection of the many different personalities involved?

On the plus side–there is something for everyone.

Whatever the case may be, as a viewer, you are always rooting for these guys and you always want to “Be True to Your Ghoul” even at times when the DVD feels like a sampler.

Let’s talk about the name for a second. For those of you who lost your slang thesaurus, “Ghouligan!” is a compound word made up from the word “Ghhttp://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070115044937/mst3k/images/8/8b/Joel_3-5_cast.jpgoul” and the derogatory remark “Hooligan!” Hooligan is a dated insult meaning “Thug!”  or “Troublemaker”– mainly used by old people and square adults in old movies and TV shows. However, there doesn’t seem to be many “adult” characters in their world. You get the sense that they are roommates entering middle age and their days hanging out at the malt shop or giving the crusty principal at the high school a “hot foot” are behind them. They are still binge-drinking and still trying to get girlfriends as well trying to  fit in with their monster peers.  Like in the opening of MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000–repeat to yourself, “It’s just a show, I should really just relax.”

http://reelybored.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/wolf.jpgWOLFGANG W. WOLGANG–seems the most confident and is a natural performer and as such is often doing the heavy lifting in scenes. A biker clad werewolf and selfish party animal who often gets the other two main GHOULIGANS in trouble.

BORIS STEIN–a man made monster, is established as the smartest and most responsible…but his better qualities are not always present depending on the skit. His make up also seems the most complicated and unfortunately, the most volatile.We love Werewolves and “Frankensteins”–but for us, VOID seems to be the most consistent, most original looking, and most dimensional character…a lonely, shy, blue zombie, with a knit hat a la Mike Nesmith of the Monkees .

http://pthumb.lisimg.com/image/5371898/250full.jpgWith the first episode MR. LOBO was immediately hit with bright colors, toe-taping music, and the broad comic vibe of THE KROFT SUPERSHOW–complete with laugh track–which would seem to disappear as the shows went on. Showing their influences, second series was called THE GHOULIGANS! SUPER SHOW(Color, 42min. 2008) and seemed to have had wall-to-wall canned laughter.
This series features some very funny pop-culture references to unlikely 80’s fare like NEVERENDING STORY and black and white parodies of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD(1969) and REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE(1955).
The Second Episode, the MOMMY’S CURSE, had a very well done spoof of SCARFACE(1983)– Something for the stoner crowd, I expect. They introduced BOB TUTANKHAMEN–who in a later episode does a great fake local ad for his own Pyramid building business.


Seems like by the end of episode 2 they lost the laugh track.
There is even a spoof of masked Mexican wrestling movies in here for all you SANTO and BLUE DEMON fans.
KRILL GRILL–is another favorite character. At one point he drops his beach bum monster from the surf persona and imitates angry smoking comedian DENNIS LEARY from the 90’s. A highlight for anyone who actually remembers Dennis Leary.
Much of the writing is farcical and I found myself looking for more of a plot than the writers seem to allow. These are self aware characters doing “a show” and they seem to bounce from situation to situation like Warner Bros. cartoon characters.

The Jackass type “reality TV” spoofs of pranks played on VOID by WOLFGANG and BORIS are all funny and well done…even though it seems out-of-character for usually-square BORIS to pull such shenanigans. Like I said, there is a lot of bouncing as far as tone, style, and story. No laugh track at all in the 3rd episode but on the Second Disk in the 4th Episode the canned applause is back briefly and BORIS is suddenly shiny again like he was in the first episode. There are some Inconsistencies in the make up here and there–especially with BORIS STEIN and make up coming off hands and around the neck–But ALL are Very loveable though-out and all the quirks give it it’s charm.

Slimy Disco vampire COUNT FLEMING is introduced as well as some more adult humor–Less KROFT SUPER SHOW–More MAD TV. There are a few unexpected edgy Moments –like a Mexican Stand off with pistols in the bathroom with VOID putting a gun to HIS OWN head at one point. There is another bit where he actually shot himself through the head–very upsetting but somehow funny and in character.
In one episode they are leaping from world to world with a magic TV remote and my wife Dixie leaned over an said http://images2.makefive.com/images/entertainment/television/tv-shows-that-should-be-made-into-feature-films/quantum-leap-7.jpg“QUANTUM LEAP references will get you everywhere!” Well, it does with Dixie and Mr. Lobo caught himself giggling, too.

Erik, THE PHANTOM who appeared in the first episode comes back…you’re not supposed to like him and you don’t. He represents the worst of the more hammy humor. On the second DVD there are more well done movie spoofs like KRILL GILL as “Bruce Gillis” in FRY HARD a parody of DIE HARD(1988).http://i.ytimg.com/vi/y3bzrzkA2UQ/maxresdefault.jpgSome of the bits are a little thin and run a bit long. As much as we love WOLFGANG W. WOLFGANG–there is a George Michael music video parody that got a big laugh at first–but then overstayed it’s welcome. Their Corny humor–is self aware and addressed in one of the better fake ads from Ulcer Corp. for THE GHOULIGANS! ACTION FIGURES. It shows children doing dangerous things with the figures and gleefully watching ahttps://i.ytimg.com/vi/ch6dF69DBcE/mqdefault.jpgs their dad is eaten by the real THE GHOULIGANS! Perhaps they made that commercial just to make it painfully clear that the shows are not intended for younger audiences.  The second disk has more gross-out humor–there is a belly busting bit with a proper English butler who throws up everywhere in a fake sit-com pilot called “HEAVESWORTH”.

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indexTHE GHOULIGANS! MINI-SERIES(2013) is full of variety, surprises, memorable humor, and remarkable production value considering it’s budget. They obviously have a lot of great people who believe in them and are helping them in their unholy quest to save comedy-horror from itself! One gets the feeling that these mad scientists are tooling and re-tooling themselves for Prime Time. Overall, THE GHOULIGANS! shows are creative, colorful, and infectious. In a perfect world, they would have a blank check and world wide distribution. For now, it is your duty to purchase your own copies of their fine work and load up on their merchandise. Look out puny humans! Here comeTHE GHOULIGANS! Go get ’em, lads!

IMG_9896All The Ghouligans! full episodes will be released on DVD/VOD/Streaming next summer through Wild Eye Releasing and it’s available streaming now on ROK TV’s The Monster Channel, as well as some goodies on Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Marlena and “Midnite Mausoleum” Rise Again! – Now on Local Broadcast TV in October!

https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpf1/v/t34.0-12/10716047_10152297699172027_961828407_n.jpg?oh=5616d812aaa1b044c324a21f38ae75df&oe=542D6B29&__gda__=1412270301_93181eb371736d159035d28f92c91bd4On June 5th, HORROR HOSTS AND CREATURE FEATUES reported–in an article called DOORS SHUT AT MIDNITE MAUSOLEUM–that our favorite cuddly cadaver, Marlena Midnite, had ceased production on her show Midnite Mausoleum. The last episode of Mausoleum was shot in January and the sets were destroyed to make way for their movie project, DAWN OF DRACULA.

Well, many months have passed and HALLOWEEN miracles do happen! The Mausoleum is open for business once again — We’re just giddy excitement  as we share their exciting news!

MIDNITE MAUSOLEUM returns with ALL NEW episodes via WQAD MyTV 8-3 (Davenport – Moline – Quad Cities).

After shooting their “last episode” in January of 2013, Marlena Midnite along with Robyn Graves , Wolfred, Franklin, Bones Are shooting new episodes of the show that premieres on Friday October 3rd.

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It’s a very exciting time for all of us here at the mausoleum , we honestly did not plan on coming back to doing the show anytime soon (if at all) but we got a call back in June and …well… “They made us an offer we couldn’t refuse” and about a month later we had a deal.

We feel very honored to join the ranks of the commercial broadcast television horror hosts and now we have an all new added dimension of local involvement which is something we never had before (in spite of the fact that our old show ran on over 50 public access stations around the country – it NEVER ran within 80 miles of here).https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/v/t34.0-12/10681604_10152285014877027_748732005_n.jpg?oh=16d8c438068087eb0af314bbc7d7f9ed&oe=542DC48B&__gda__=1412274074_0e1410afaa3b3850437fdf817cfa0145

We are still looking into the possibility of the station (or someone else) streaming the show online for viewers in other areas… sadly we don’t have an answer yet… but We will keep you posted.

Prepare the way for the return of Midnite Mausoleum !

Marlena – Robyn – BlakeWE

We at Horror Host Magazine wish you Success! Viva Marlena! THIS BIG NEWS!

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Madd love for Madd Frank

It’s all about life, laughs, and Madd Madd love!

maddfrankMidwest Monster, Madd Frank is unearthed in this documentary which blends original footage and modern day interviews. From 1985 to 1995, a horror host show took the airwaves. Madd Frank Presents, like many horror host programs introduced their viewers to the world of horror movies. “Call them outcasts, mavericks, comedians or oddballs – but, on top of that, they are legends who haven’t had the chance to tell their story…until now!”

Madd Frank and crew are ready to tell their story. Help them reach their goal and find yourself the proud owner of some Madd cool collector’s items. They only have 9 hours to make the goal.
Please donate, share, and share some more!

A Witch’s Best Friend Is a Werewolf – Rest In Peace Magoo Gelehrter

GarouthinkerWe express our deepest condolences to the friends, family and fans of our beloved colleague Magoo Gelehrter–the smiling face behind the beloved werewolf Garou from the cult TV program PENNY DREADFUL’S SHILLING SHOCKERS.

Dixie and Mr. Lobo, here on our Horror Host and Creature Features website, did an article a while back about the fund raiser to help pay their enormous medical expenses.
With wolf-man like strength this man has been fighting for his life. He had been unable to work due to the pain and the strength it took to fight and cope with chemotherapy and the side effects. They were struggling to make ends meet as their insurance did not cover all of their medical expenses. This may come as a big surprise to fans but most Horror Hosts do not make a lot of money–Elvira is the 1%.
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We have recently got word that Magoo’s fight is over and we already miss him.
For those of you who haven’t seen Penny Dreadful’s Shilling Shockers. It’s a truely great piece of horror hosting and Mr. Lobo and Dixie are fans. Garou is the werewolf husband, henchbeast and “snarling darling” of Penny Dreadful. He is the very embodiment of feral, unbridled energy and enthusiasm.
As the story goes, One night, Garou discovered the mysterious portrait of Penny Dreadful. The werewolf fell madly in love with the witch’s painting, and howled mournfully at the moon every night after finding it. After much searching, Garou learned of a forbidden rite. He proceeded to initiate the strange ritual and his actions resulted in Dreadful’s return from the beyond. It was love at first fright.

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Sammy Terry Lives

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Yesterday there was An Open to the  Public Visitation at Singleton Mortuary in Indianapolis. As we could not be there, we thought we might have a memorial of sorts right here at HORROR HOSTS AND CREATURE FEATURES. Take a moment. Turn off your phone. Sit in a dark quiet place and read along. Continue reading

Alright Midnite! Our Featured She-Creature Pin-Up for October!


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SAY HELLO TO THE GHOUL NEXT DOOR, MARLENA MIDNITE!
Your HHCF publisher Mr. Lobo is here with that darling of darkness Marlena Midnite, hostess of a hot horror host show called MIDNITE MAUSOLEUM that is blowing up cable TV boxes all over America…After a car wreck “Ms. Midnite” came back from the grave as a horror hostess with her adoring servants Wolfred and Franklin, and is visited often by a host of other friends who are always creeping around the boneyard. Robyn Graves is the show’s Midnite Mail Girl and Marlena’s best friend. Robyn and Marlena are always getting into mischief on Iowa Public Access stations and almost a hundred other stations across the country.

MIDNIGHT MONSTER HOP NONSTOP

MR. LOBO INTERVIEWS GRAVELY MACABRE
COVER ART BY JIM KAVANAUGH

PART I: CASTLE BLOOD AND FRIGHT NIGHT FRIDAYS

The unsinkable Ricky Dick is known to Horror Host fans like MR. LOBO only as GRAVELY MacCABRE, the host of MIDNIGHT MONSTER HOP.
The characters from CASTLE BLOOD also populated another Horror Host Show from the 90’s called FRIGHT NIGHT FRIDAY. His company(with his Ex-Wife Karen) made clothes and props for FRIGHT NIGHT FRIDAY as well as for THE BONE JANGLER, NOCTURNA, THE LATE DR. LADY, and PENNY DREADFUL and he even showed GARU the werewolf how to do his make-up.
Years before his national stint on RTV, he owned a costume shop/makeup studio, was a professional clown, made clown costumes for other performers, and worked haunts. Halloween parties with his fellow costume makers and performers grew into the real CASTLE BLOOD, a first class haunt in South West Pennsylvania.
And it was regular parties with other haunters at Gravely’s house that also spawned THE NATIONAL HAUNTERS CONVENTION near Philadelphia where MR. LOBO met him this year at his booth. This man obviously knows how to throw a party!

Missing Saturday Afternoons with Dr. E. Nick Witty

WELCOME DEAR GUEST TO THE DEN OF E. NICK WITTY

ALAN MILAIR 1931 – 2012

By Jerome A. Dolan
Art By Mr. Lobo

"Mr. Milair does his tademark laugh for the crew of Monster Mansion Memories..."

Baby Boomers and Monster Kids of Syracuse are mourning the passing of veteran TV personality Alan Milair who died peacefully on April 22, 2012. He was 81. Born in Charleston, WV, He moved to Syracuse to further his career. Mr. Milair had a 30 year career with WSYR in their Radio and television departments. He was a newsman, weatherman, and host of talk shows. On the radio he hosted MUSIC JUST FOR YOU. He also presented many classical music programs. He retired as AM/FM Program Manager for WSYR Radio. He will be remembered fondly as a local broadcasting legend. Continue reading