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04 September 2009 @ 09:38 pm
Hey all,

Just saying hello! Undead Johnny here, host of the World of the Weird Monster Show, which is a horror host show broadcasting to Northern Chicagoland. We've been on the air 5 years now and just passed our 60th episode.

You can check us out at http://www.wowmonstershow.com and see some of our episodes (sans films) at our youtubechannel: http://www.youtube.com/wowmonstershow

Glad to have found this community!
25 February 2009 @ 05:58 pm

7th Annual Rondo Hatton
Classic Horror Awards
Voting ends March 21, 2009




This year's awards are dedicated to the memory and
legacy of Forrest J Ackerman, the World's No. 1 Monster Fan

TO VOTE: Simply cut-and-paste, check or highlight your picks, or type out your
selections, with your name, to taraco@aol.com
You do not have to vote on everything. And one vote per monster. Thanks everyone!
(Please remember to include your name so your ballot can be counted)

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25 February 2009 @ 01:57 pm
The documentary on horror hosts has hit the streets! If you're into the history of this American phenomenon, it's a must-have. Broad overview of the scene with talking heads recounting their experiences.

It's Amazon page is here.
23 February 2009 @ 10:59 am
It was good to see Vampira included in the "In Memoriam" line-up at the Oscars last night.
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
17 January 2009 @ 12:31 pm
funny pictures
moar funny pictures

It's been kinda slow around here - what's everyone been up to?
Current Mood: amusedamused
19 June 2008 @ 07:04 pm
Congrats to our own missdeadly, featured in the latest issue of Bachelor Pad Magazine! (It's a beaut, too - my hubby byroncaloz just got a subscription!)

Current Mood: naughtynaughty
06 March 2008 @ 07:44 pm

59 (Minimal) Vampira Icons
43 Coloured Vampira Icons



Follow the Fake Cuts, to-

Part 1
Part 2 


21 January 2008 @ 02:56 pm

Many, if not all of us, have heard news of the death of Maila Nurmi, the magnificent woman who created and breathed exquisite life into the unforgettable character, Vampira.

She was a legend, an icon, a figure to be revered. And yet she was a woman, an old woman with a face that could turn tides and change history. I have never known someone so sharp, so biting and filled with so much to give that she simmered beneath her velvety paper-thin skin. Eyes the colour of frost, she had it within her to turn them to you and pour her stories into your soul until she expanded the parameters of who you were entirely. She could turn on you with the quickness and venom of a serpent and make you feel absolutely insignificant. Her warmth and fondness existed in nuance and compliments that required one to pay attention. Her humor, as with all things concerning this lady of vast spirit, was sophisticated and bitter and pointed.

She saw us, each of us that was invited into her controlled life. She viewed us with the eye of a skeptic. Not a victim but someone accustomed to being used and wrenched from all sides, and determined not to allow any such nonsense again. She would open slowly, delicately like the most precious of orchids, filling your senses with a perfume that lingered to haunt you long after your time with her had passed.

She knew the rules and didn't care to follow them. Her path, her expectations of others, her life, was her own. We should all be so fierce, so intelligent and so powerful, to own ourselves, our decisions and failures, and our minds.

She died with little as is usually the case for our dark legendary figures.

Thankfully her niece has given us permission to send her off beautifully.

As for what you can do...Collapse )

Every dollar counts. She deserves the dignity to lie beside the other stars of her era. Please help us in this effort. Thank You.
11 January 2008 @ 05:15 pm
I was surprised and saddened to find that Vampira, the very first television horror movie host(ess), passed away yesterday. I got to meet her once, at the Famous Monsters magazine convention in 1995, and spoke with her briefly as she signed the 8x10 I bought from her. She was down to earth, a little kooky, but that's how I like 'em. Rest In Peace, Maila.



A movie was recently made about her.
08 July 2007 @ 08:10 pm
After seeing the movie "American Scary" I thought I'd see if there was a user group which talked about such things. :) I am being facetious here: my wife informed me she is co-moderator of an existing group and encouraged me to join. I had no idea...but after seeing the movie was very interested in joining.

My interests tend to bend toward SciFi more than Horror, but there were SciFi hosts, too...and often horror hosts showed SciFi movies...so it is all very similar.

danceswithfish and I lamented the fact that local television (for that matter, local radio) is much more difficult to find...and about the only place for it is community television or public access. But I would be glad to know of the exceptions (news and news-related programming doesn't count--I am talking about live entertainment television).

My fave when I was growing up was Captain Satellite, which aired on KTVU, channel 2, in Oakland-San Francisco, California (http://www.tvparty.com/lostSF.html). It was a daytime show offered for the kids primarilly. Mixed in with cartoons the Captain, played by Bob March, also showed NASA films. His set was meant to evoke a circular bridge of a spaceship. To begin the show he drove up and was greeted by a robot which took him up an elevator to the bridge (film clip they used over and over again).

I understand Bob March is now a child psychologist of some sort.
more-- http://www.mikehumbert.com/Captain_Satellite_links.html

Another one was a short experiment by an ad salesman for a Medford, Oregon TV station who had DJ experience (and, in fact, was most familiar to me as the co-host of the Holman-Ward show on a local radio station which played big band music and featured a lot of funny banter). Phil Holman did little bits for the commercial breaks in a late night movie show called Phil's Philms...sometimes did commercials but also got you into the films. Not specifically horror and nothing campy that I remember...but it was done live and Phil definitely got to exercise his droll humor. Phil is no longer with us. (http://archive.mailtribune.com/archive/2001/july/073001n3.htm) His son, Marshall Holman, was a bowler on the pro circuit and later became a broadcaster.

BTW, Phil Holman actually appeared in a film: The Dream Chasers I suppose this could be any Phil Holman, but as it was filmed in Medford and Phil Holman was a legend in the Rogue Valley, who else could it be! He played the pivotal role of "man on a park bench." :)