There are a lot of Horror Hosts out there. I want to know what the Criteria for being a Horror Host is, anyway? It’s getting harder and harder to tell...
– Johnny Fakename
It’s easy to be confused or frustrated as we’re dealing with something that didn’t need to be specifically defined before. Local TV vs. Regional vs. Syndicated vs. National vs. Cable vs. Access vs. Satellite vs. Home Video vs. Internet vs. Anthologies vs. Spook Shows vs. Movies vs. Radio vs. Comic Books. Like many activities it’s a hobby and a profession. A guy who plays Tennis in his backyard is playing the same game as John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, or Venus Williams but he’s not automatically entitled to respect among fans and historians. Writers Write, Singers Sing, Hosts Host…hosting alone does not make you notable but it does make you a host.
Fans have voiced their opinions on what it takes to be a Horror Host!
“You as a host need to be as good or better than the movie”
-Rob McCarthy (Comedy Writer)
“I think the secret to hosting, to ALL hosting of any subject matter, is that the host makes a connection with the viewer. You are not just watching a re-run or old crappy movie, we are watching it WITH you and we’re having fun together.”
“Sense of humor and ability to laugh at yourself, know pop culture and not just horror flicks, no politics or religion as you’ll lose viewers no matter which way
you go, create an original character and not one modeled on someone else,
you don’t even need makeup, Cool music never hurt either. Reminds me of
MST3K. They were asked “What if people don’t get it?”
They said, “The right people will get it.”“
“Being a Horror Host is good for those who want to entertain others either thru
fear, laughter or both. They should study the old films and books of both fiction
and non, be a folklorist, story teller and lover of the ways of monsters and you too will find who you are and wear the “hat” and “cape” or whatever makes you–YOU, and then just BE. Sometimes a good catch phrase helps, so
-Bobby Gammonster (Internet Horror Host)
“The sure fire way to tell if YOU are A REAL “Horror Host” …. You have a FAN that at one time “loved” and “idolized” you who later decides THEY TOO want to be a Horror Host, and believe that somehow somewhere along the way YOU have forgotten the TRUE meaning of what it is to be A “Horror Host”. And so, then THEY decide that THEY will ascend to YOUR “high lofty position” and inherit all the “acclaim”, “wealth”, and “recognition” due THEM. THEN, THEY turn around and attack YOU (mostly online).
-Dug Graves (Radio Horror Host)