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(Ed and Peg Scott)

See Ed and Peg Scott's horror movie show discussed in The Scary Tale of Shock Theatre on Big 13, a historical TV web site dedicated to WTVT, Channel 13 in Tampa.

See Ed Scott's kid's show discussed in 3-D Danny ... Channel 13's Own Spaceman on the Big 13 website.

See Ed and Peg's friend Jackie Walker's memories of them in Ed & Peg Scott ... Before, During and After 3-D Danny on the Big 13 website.

The Witching Hour (and Shock Theatre?)
Day? Time?
WTVT, Channel 13 (now Fox 13) (Tampa, Florida)
? 1959 - ? 1961

  • Ed and Peg Scott preceded the famous SHOCK ARMSTRONG as horror hosts on WTVT, Channel 13 in Tampa, Florida. There's a great photo of Ed and Peg Scott from their horror show on both of the "Big 13" webpages cited in the next two list items.

  • According to Jackie Walker's Ed & Peg Scott article cited above:
    Years before the premiere of Shock Theatre, Scott and his wife Peg served as co-hosts of Channel 13's weekly horror movie package called The Witching Hour. They played an eccentric, spooky couple who live in a haunted house. Like Shock Armstrong, they would introduce the scary movies and appear during the commercial breaks.

    Their haunted house was fairly elaborate at that time and a chore for the crew to put up each week. Realistic cobwebs were created by diluting rubber cement and applying the webs out of a makeshift paint sprayer powered by a vacuum cleaner. It was a technique similar to that used by "The Munsters" a few years later.
  • The Scary Tale of Shock Theatre web article remembers Ed and Peg Scott's show title differently:
    A late-night horror package had been tried before on WTVT. Shock Theatre was originally seen in 1959. The program was hosted by Ed and Peg Scott as a creepy duo living in a spooky mansion.... The show's title was based on a 1957 horror movie package sold by Screen Gems, a subsidiary of Columbia Pictures. The package was called "Shock," and offered a plethora of titles from the classic Universal Studios library. The package was so successful another one called "Son of Shock" was introduced a year later. The name Shock Theater was already in use by several markets around the country by the time Channel 13 got in the game .... WTVT's original Shock Theatre ended around 1961, leaving a vacuum in local horror programming.
  • Ed Scott also played Channel 13's late-50's kid's show host "3-D Danny" — "champion and defender of all that's good...but a relentless foe of all that's bad and evil." With his towering robot Ruffnik, 3-D Danny showed cartoons and had enough thrilling adventures to fill a daily half-hour time slot. He traveled through space in the Galactic Cruiser from Forbidden Planet, courtesy of film clips purchased from the MGM library! For more details and great photos, see 3-D Danny ... Channel 13's Own Spaceman.

Ed and Peg Scott, 50's  horror hosts in Tampa, Florida

Ed and Peg Scott were the original horror hosts on WTVT, Channel 13 in Tampa, Florida.
The images above were taken from a scene from their show reproduced on several pages on the Big 13 website. See the links to these pages in the data at left.

(Eddie Driscoll; died September 23, 2006)

See the Remembering Eddie tribute on the WLBZ-2 website, with lots of pictures and streaming video clips!

Read The Genius of Eddie Driscoll in the archives of aroundmaine.com — more pictures and streaming video!

Shock Theatre as "Moldy"
Saturday at Midnight
WLBZ-TV, Channel 2 (Bangor, Maine)
Fall 1962 - ? 196?
Weird as "Uncle Gory" (or "Uncle Gorey"?) the hunchback and "Krandel" the Martian
Saturday at Midnight
WLBZ-TV, Channel 2 (Bangor, Maine)
? 196? - ? 1967
Weird II (as ??)
Sunday at Midnight
WLBZ-TV, Channel 2 (Bangor, Maine)
c. 1982
Outer Limits (as ??)
Day? Time?
WLBZ-TV, Channel 2 (Bangor, Maine)
c. ???

Magazine reference:
  • Feature article by ??, "A Lifetime of Horror," in ??, 200? issue of Scary Monsters "Monster Memories Yearbook," pp. ?-??.

  • A great NEW horror host, PENNY DREADFUL, was the first to bring this great CLASSIC horror host to our attention via her delightful E-gorespondence:
    I may have a "scoop" of sorts. Someone over at the Dark Shadows forums posted a message about a 50's Maine horror-host named "Crandall" played by Eddie Driscoll:
  • Here's the pertinent portion of the Dark Shadows forum post that Penny Dreadful mentioned:
    Way up in Bangor, Maine, we had Eddie Driscoll on WLBZ-TV, who, for thirty-five years, was a one-man gang of local programming, from kid's shows, local commercial content and hosting Dialing for Dollars to Hosting "Weird," a fantastic late-night horror movie show. He played a variety of characters on this and other late programs, but basically, as the torch bearers of today's late night movie shows do, he enlivened a lot of marginal horror movies with his fifteen-to-twenty minutes of horror humor and incredibly inventive (on a low budget) skits. This man once not only held his own with a visiting Milton Berle, but blew his doors off in an impromptu "laugh-off." His "Crandall," a kind of Zacherly-cum-martian character, was priceless. If you want to know or see more about this local legend, just find the WLBZ website, they are currently carrying several clips featuring Eddie who, sadly, is now an Alzheimer's sufferer.
  • Starting with the lead from Penny D. and Petofi, I found more info about Eddie Driscoll and his alter ego(s) online. Television horror hosts are sometimes discussed, along with hundreds of other topics, in the discussion forums of the Classic Horror Film Board at ezboard.com. The following big and little bits of information were extracted from comments about Eddie Driscoll in these forums. Note the variant spellings of Driscoll's character names!

    CHFB member Monsterpal remembered:
    On Bangor, Maine's Channel 2 (WLBZ) there was an early sixties horror host named Eddie Driscoll, who had a Saturday night show called Weird. Eddie had done kiddie shows and game shows, but when he emerged as "Uncle Gory" on his Weird dungeon set, he won over a whole new generation of young Mainers and Canadians.

    Uncle Gory was a one-eyed hunchback who hosted horror movies from his dank, underground crypt. Science fiction movies, on the other hand, were hosted by Uncle Gory's alter ego, "Krandel," from his alien spacecraft. Eddie played both characters.

    Krandel was a bulbous-headed alien with three eyes and antennae, carrying a toy ray-gun, sartorially resplendent in a black body leotard. His guests included the honeymooning couple from Venus, who were extraordinarily funny-looking, and a small creature called the "Re-creation" that lived in a box and escaped in one episode via the miracle of chroma-key, cutting its way out of its miniature prison with a tiny saw and scampering away.

    Eddie was an innovative late night horror show host back in the day, and everyone who saw Weird loved it. I understand that he designed and built all the sets, props and costumes himself, with the help of his wife and a few other people.
    Board member yendor1152 provided additional details:
    As a kid, I used to watch "Weird," a locally-produced (in Bangor, Maine) horror show, broadcast every Saturday at midnight. The host was Eddie Driscoll, a fixture at WLBZ for years, and I was totally swept up by him. Eddie was somewhat rotund, wild and crazy, and he could do just about everything. He also hosted "Dialing for Dollars" (mentioned several times in King's "Salem's Lot"), as well as a kiddie program called "The Suppertime Supershow."

    "Weird" ran the old Universal horror films, as well as a spate of sci-fi and Mexican horrors. Eddie would host, either as "Krandall the Martian," or "Uncle Gorey," who was my favorite. The Gorey set was a dungeon, and Eddie would really let loose during the commercial breaks. One minute, he'd be "cooking" a meal that would explode, or trying to suck the brain out of a skull (when he ran Not of this Earth, the only time I've ever seen that movie). "Weird" lasted for years and finally was knocked off the air by SNL.

    Flash forward to 1982. I was in grad school, and WLBZ decided to revive "Weird" as "Weird II," broadcast on Sundays at midnight. Eddie was once again the host, albeit way older. He'd lost none of his craziness, however! .... Eddie eventually retired, I grew even older, and then Scary Monsters (magazine) entered my life. I was finally able to use some of the interview for an article in a "Monster Memories Yearbook" ("A Lifetime of Horror").
    The same board poster, yendor1152, later sent a follow-up with some great new info about an earlier Driscoll hosting gig:
    I first saw Eddie on "Shock Theatre," a precursor to "Weird" that ran in the fall of 1962. He played a character named "Moldy," and believe me, managing to convince my parents to let me stay up past midnight (I was all of 9 then) took some major give and take! But it was all so worth it. Eddie entertained with all the verve and energy of a dervish! I absolutely adored him. And, of course, the birth of "Weird," with all his many guises, endeared him to me even further. It was a sad day indeed when Channel 2 cancelled the show .... From 1962-1967, he hosted "Shock Theatre" and "Weird," which ran every Saturday night at 12 midnight. The movies I got to see because of him were all the Universal horrors, as well as many other classics. Alas, Eddie recently passed away at 81, and with him went an era from my childhood that can never be replicated. But thankfully, I have my memories.
  • Selected comments from "The Genius of Eddie Driscoll" tribute cited at the top of this entry (click the link there to read the entire article) —
    Television personality Bill Green calls Eddie Driscoll "The most brilliant TV person I ever worked with by a mile."
    Generations of Maine TV viewers have fond memories of Eddie Driscoll, a broadcasting pioneer whose best work will never be seen again, vanished forever into the air, simply because it wasn’t economically possible to retain the hours and hours of live TV he created in his career. While memories of his work may be burnished by nostalgia, the high regard of both colleagues and fans are testament to Eddie Driscoll's particular genius.
    Eddie Driscoll’s television career began, in 1954, the day they turned the tranmitter on for Bangor’s Channel 2 WLBZ.
    Television was a new medium in those days and like any new medium it was completely open to experimentation. Local programming ruled the day in TV in general, and particularly at WLBZ, which couldn’t rely on available network programming that had been monopolized by the cross-town competition. Videotape didn’t become widely available until the mid 60’s, and producing TV on film was both time-consuming and costly, so the staff of WLBZ had to create hours and hours of live programming, particularly in the first year. "It was pretty rough," says Margo Cobb, who also started that first day at WLBZ. "Television was rough back then, but I think I never had as much fun in television as I did in those early days. It was like putting on a play in your father’s garage."
    It was a medium perfectly designed for Eddie Driscoll’s madcap imagination. He created characters, wore costumes. One of his earliest children’s shows used puppet characters like Captain Salty and Mason Mutt, which Eddie would design and wife Ruby would assemble.
    Bill Green got his start in TV as Eddie’s cameraman for two and a half years. He once accompanied Eddie to the Lakewood Theater near Skowhegan to visit Milton Berle, the "King of TV," who was performing there one summer. Berle and Driscoll were trading one-liners for the camera, "Eddie was more than twice as funny as Milton Berle. Here’s the ‘King of TV’ and he’s getting his butt kicked by Eddie Driscoll. It wasn’t a competition, but of those two men Eddie was the funnier by far."
    (RE: "Weird."):
    Late night on Saturday, Channel 2 would show some typically awful, lousy, horrible movie with live commercial breaks featuring Eddie. These breaks could be up to fifteen minutes long and were usually more entertaining than the movies. Members of the Air National Guard from nearby Dow Field joined Eddie for one "Weird" stunt. In the field behind the station, with volunteer service people, US government equipment, and fake ammo, Eddie created a live World War Two scene . Neighbors came out to see what all the commotion was about at eleven o’clock on a Saturday night. It was just Eddie Driscoll and his co-conspirators, making TV history.
    Everyone knew who Eddie was, and everyone thought they knew Eddie, but meeting Eddie in person wasn’t like meeting the Eddie on TV. Green says "Eddie was a very private person. The persona you saw on TV was something that he put on for television." Margo Cobb says "You’d think he’d be the last person in the world to be a performer if you just met him off stage."
    Despite that, Eddie Driscoll was an ambassador for WLBZ and appeared regularly in parades throughout Eastern Maine. Eddie retired in 1987 after a thirty-three year career in television in Bangor. Like everything else, television had changed in those thirty-three years. Live local programming, with the exception of news broadcasts, was largely a quaint memory of the past. Nearly everything was now recorded on videotape or supplied by the network.
    Bill Green says, "TV was kind of moving by him." Eddie’s role at WLBZ had diminished as well.
    Most of Eddie Driscoll’s live broadcasts were never captured. What tape remains is mostly of the later years, when Eddie’s shtick was well-developed and familiar. There’s no great record of Eddie’s body of work for scholars to reevaluate years from now, Some scraps are preserved at Northeast Historic Film, but the vast majority was transmitted into space — live, enjoyed and appreciated by his audience, and then gone.
    Eddie’s personal legacy will be his two daughters, but Eddie Driscoll has left his fans with a lifetime of memories and laughter, and the genius of his talent has created a common appreciation, a bond of community that all of us who fell under his spell, especially those of us who were children at the time, can share and cherish for years to come.
    by Chad Gilley
    June 24, 2004
  • Eddie Driscoll succombed to Alzheimer's disease on September 23, 2006. The following are highlights from two of Eddie Driscoll's online obituaries:

    • Associated Press, September 25, 2006 —
      Eddie Driscoll, Longtime TV Personality in Maine
      PORTLAND, Maine -- Eddie Driscoll, a longtime television personality who entertained Maine viewers with a madcap assortment of characters for more than 30 years, died Saturday. He was 81.
      Mr. Driscoll was a broadcasting pioneer who began his television career in 1954 at WTWO-TV in Bangor the day the station went on the air. The station later became WLBZ-TV.
      During the next three decades, Mr. Driscoll hosted numerous shows on live TV, using slapstick humor in the vaudeville tradition.
      His shows included "Dialing for Dollars," where he called people randomly at home and asked them questions for paltry cash prizes. .... The show had a strong following and is mentioned in author Stephen King's books. Mr. Driscoll's other shows included "Weird," "My Backyard," "The Great Money Movie," "Mason Mutt," and "The Supper-Time Super Show."
      The characters he played included Lance Fleazy, Chef Eduardo, Zog the Robot, Hadley the Horrible, Bruce Budworm, and Aunt Margaret. For his show "Weird," Mr. Driscoll played a space alien named Krandel.
      A fan of vaudeville and film, he got his first job after responding to an ad for an announcer for WTWO. From the 1950s through the 1970s, Mr. Driscoll was a mainstay of the station. Much of his work, however, is lost because stations at the time didn't retain the hours of live TV because of economic constraints ....
    • Bangor Daily News, Sunday, September 24, 2006 —
      TV pioneer Eddie Driscoll dies at 81
      By Doug Kesseli
      Eddie Driscoll brought so many people so much laughter.
      The unpredictable, nutty entertainer, whose puppetry and tomfoolery as well as more serious broadcasting spanned more than three decades on Maine television, died Saturday. He was 81.
      Quiet and more reserved when not on camera, Driscoll morphed into another personality, dozens of personalities over the years, once he hit the sound stage. .... Through his slapstick, visual comedy style and quirky characters such as the baggy-dressed Margaret, the dim-witted Bruce Budworm and the lovable Mason Mutt, Driscoll became a household name in Maine and the Maritime Provinces.
      "It was an important part of growing up; you watched him every day," said Bill Green, who grew up in Bangor watching Driscoll from afar and for 2 1/2 years in the early 1970s was a cameraman for Driscoll and his antics. Green, host of "Bill Green's Maine," still can recite the introduction to Driscoll's "Supper Time Super-Show" and he still has the code card used to send and receive coded messages from Driscoll's show "Weird."
      The shows had lasting impact, even though many of them weren?t taped and are gone except for pictures and memories. During the 33 years Driscoll had been on the air, he was in 26 series and amassed quite a following. .... Author Stephen King told Driscoll upon the broadcaster's retirement in 1987 that his shows had warped King's childhood.
      Driscoll retired from TV in 1987 when he began suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
      In recent years, Driscoll lived at a nursing home in Portland. He was inducted into the Maine Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1996.

Eddie Driscoll, resident genius at WLBZ, Bangor Maine height=

Eddie Driscoll hosted horror movies as several different characters over his long career at WLBZ2 in Bangor, Maine.

(Frank Kane)

Read the interview with show director Doug Miles (quoted below) on the Eat My Brains website.

Horrible Night at the Movies
Friday late late night? (around 4 am?)
WBXZ-TV, Channel 4 (Boston, Massachusetts)
Station?, Channel? (Cleveland, Ohio)
Syndicated on other unidentified stations
Late 1980's - ?


  • This host and his show were brought to my attention in February 2008 by three good fiends in monster fandom. Bobbie Culbertson is an avid movie fan who is deeply involved with the Commander USA's Groovie Movies fan club on Yahoo; she has furnished me with DVDs of lots of great cult movies and TV shows (including horror host stuff) from her extensive Junkyard Film catalog. The other two are horror hosts listed on this site -- PENNY DREADFUL THE 13TH and LON MADNIGHT -- and both of them posted their comments, which follow, to the Commander USA Yahoo group.

  • Penny Dreadful's post:
    Hello hello! Horror hostess Penny Dreadful here. Say. I found out about a syndicated show recently which aired in the late 80s/early 90s. It was called Horrible Night at the Movies and was hosted by a 1950s biker/greaser guy who showed 40s and 50s drive-in fare. It was a fun show. Interestingly, the episode I saw listed the writer as "Jim Hendricks." The humor in the show definitely had a Commander USA flavor to it and the mailing address was in NY. I have to wonder if the Commander was involved in this show in a behind-the-scenes capacity. Does anyone know about this?
    Penny Dreadful
  • Lon Madnight's reply to Penny's post:
    I saw a few Horrible Nights, The premise is sketchy in my memory (It came on late, LATE in Cleveland.) But I do specifically recall seeing Jim Hendricks on camera. His character wore a suit and tie, and I have no clue what he was supposed to be doing. But he definitely was on the show. I recall that each episode ended with a voice-over saying "If you've watched this show, you deserve a medal. So write to us and we'll send you-a medal. Along with a catalog of other great stuff." (That's as near as I remember it.)
  • I, E-gor, didn't know about the posts from Penny and Lon until Bobbie sent me e-mail asking about the show:
    This question came up over at the Commander USA group. Was Jim Hendricks ever in a show called Horrible Night At the Movies? His IMDb entry doesn't list this under his credits .... My first throught was to check with you. Congratulations on the Rondo Award nomination! Good luck! (I voted for you.)
    [E-gor-gratifying footnote: "E-gor's Chamber of TV Horror Hosts" has been one of several dozen "Best Website" nominees in the annual classic horror fan-based Rondo Awards for the last few years! I honestly don't expect to win against such a strong, popular, deserving field of competitors, but it is a genuine honor to be nominated. Someday I hope this website may truly be worthy of capturing one of the grotesquely beautiful statuettes given to the winners -- an awesome bust of Rondo Hatton!
    Any true-grue classic horror fan can vote in the Rondos: go to the official website at the link above to read more about the awards and their history, get your ballot during the voting period (early each year), follow the rules and submit your votes as directed. The Rondo Awards are discussed and debated all year long in a dedicated forum of the great and wonderful Classic Horror Film Board -- register for free and join the fun!]

    I drew a blank on Bobbie's question, but I found a little bit of useful info about it:
    Horrible Night at the Movies is a new one on me but I'll try to find out more about it. On short notice the best I could do with Google was this page...
    ...where the credits for an actress named Joni Fritz include writing comedy material for both Horrible Night at the Movies and Commander USA -- so it does seem pretty likely that Jim Hendricks was involved in HNatM too.
    Postscript: the Internet Movie Database entry for Commander USA's Groovie Movies credits Joni Fritz as a regular cast member on the show, playing various roles -- in fact, she's the only one listed besides Jim Hendricks!

  • The hex-citing Ms. Dreadful also sent me a note that mentioned this show along with other news:
    I believe Bobbie from the Commander USA list passed along some info regarding a show called Horrible Night at the Movies from the late 80s. It looks like the show was syndicated out of New York and was written by Jim Hendricks (probably the same Jim Hendricks who portrayed Commander USA). The show was hosted by a 50s greaser/biker fellow named Eddie Frame. I can send you a DVD copy if you'd like one....
    I voted for you in the Rondos and so did Rebecca and Garou! I don't think Von Bulow has voted at all yet so I'm gonna have to give him a kick in the pants. ;)
  • I was dead grateful to accept Penny's generous offer of a copy of her Horrible Night at the Movies DVD; Here are some notes I took while I watched it --

    Extra details captured in the broadcast that help to date and place the show:

    • Station breaks show that this particular episode aired on WBZ-TV, Channel 4 in Boston, Massachusetts.

    • A "24 Hour News Source Update" featuring a "5 Day Outlook" weather report occurs about an hour into the movie; the forecast starts with Saturday and includes comments about changes coming later "today." The time (4.54) and current temperature (77 degrees) are shown in a bottom corner of the screen. Taking the show's title and these details at face value, it appears that this show originally aired VERY late on Friday night (actually very early on Saturday morning) on WBZ-TV, which jibes with Lon Madnight's memory of the syndicated show coming on "late, LATE" in Cleveland. The temperatures reported (up to 90 degrees later that day) place the broadcast well into the summer.

    • Sandwiched among ads for local and regional businesses and endless repeats of Hair Club for Men commercials are a couple of public service announcements that help to approximate the period this episode was taped: a Project Earth "Save the Harbor, Save the Bay" ad (campaign started in 1986), and an AIDS Memorial Quilt promo (movement initiated in 1987). But an ad for the American Gladiators TV series, which the IMDb says ran from 1989 to 1997, ups the dating of this particular broadcast by a couple of years.

    Eddie Frame appears to be a stereotypical cleancut high school teenager from the 50s, despite his D.A. haircut and ever-present motorcycle. He wears a red & white high school letterman's jacket with "Eddie" on the front and the show title large on the back. Under the jacket he wears a white sweat shirt; the back, seen during one break when he works on his bike, reads "Tappa Kegga Spinal Fluid" (probably specific to the movie shown this time). Gray slacks and a pair of red & white vintage tennis shoes complete the outfit. His Harley is the love of his life -- next to bad movies.
    Eddie acts very much like an adolescent version of Commander USA, Jersey accent, mannerisms, gestures, and all -- not surprising since Jim Hendricks, the Commander himself, put the words in Eddie's mouth and scripted his actions!

    Some of the background images, such as the drive-in movie screen in the opening, are simple computer-generated graphics. The standing set in this episode includes a fabulous vintage Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the foreground, a 50s Rock-ola style juke box and a large barber pole in the left and right background, a back wall adorned with two large silver silhouettes of film reels, and a large lab table loaded with chemistry equipment at center stage. A big furry mechanical cat sits and flicks his tail on this table with its back to the audience.

    Aside from the cat and a closeup of Eddie's girlfriend's face in the opening (Joni Fritz?), his only co-stars in this episode are a young woman (Joni Fritz?!) dressed up like Joel Grey's master of ceremonies in Cabaret who dances with someone costumed as a female gorilla (skirt and bow on head), while Eddie plays a concertina competently. The punchline, "If you could only she her through MY eyes!" is also from Cabaret.

    Show opening:
    Jersey-accent voiceover, with loud 50s doowop in the background: "Once upon a time, late in the Eisenhower administration, smack dab in the middle of America, a broken-hearted boy named EDDIE FRAME pondered his fate..."

    His girlfriend (a closeup of her angry face onscreen beside Eddie's) scolds him: "Eddie, you got no taste -- you take me to horrible movies on a lousy motorcycle!"

    Eddie: "I LOVE those movies, Brenda -- they're part of me! You just gotta look at the possibilities..."

    Brenda, angrily: "Okay, Eddie, that's IT -- GOODBYE! I hope you, your movies, and your bike will be very happy together!"

    Eddie thinks: ".... Ya gotta understand -- these movies are my WORLD!"

    Eddie's final words are lost under jacked-up doowop as he revs his bike and roars off toward the big, silver, computer-generated screen of "Olsen's Starlite Drive-In," which he plunges into and disappears through, screaming "WHOOOAAH!"

    Voiceover: "Has Eddie's dream come TRUE?! Hang in there to see what's on the other side of that screen as we join Eddie Frame for another madcap, fun-filled HORRIBLE NIGHT AT THE MOVIES!"
    Credits listed during the opening:
    A Liberty Television Program
    Series Developed by JOHN V. WEAVER
    Creative Development and Art Direction DENNIS SHEHEEN
    Creative Consultant SANDY OLIVERI
    Written by JIM HENDRICKS
    Produced and Directed by DOUG MILES
    This episode's movie is The Ape Man, starring Bela Lugosi, Wallace Ford, Louise Currie, Minerva Urecal, and Emil Van Horn (the gorilla). Eddie Frame's comments about the film and the actors, though comical, show that he knows a lot about the subjects and genuinely appreciates them. As Eddie rides away at the end of the show we glimpse a poster for another low-budget horror, The Indestructible Man starring Lon Chaney Jr. -- apparently part of the series and probably next week's movie. The note below from the show's director, Doug Miles, mentions another film Eddie hosted, Killers from Space starring Peter Graves.

    As Lon Madnight mentioned above, the show ended with the narrator telling viewers: "If you watched this show, you deserve a medal. Send $3.00 plus $2.00 shipping and handling to this address and we will send you... a medal, plus our catalog of horrible gifts like Eddie's sunglasses!"
    The "Horrible Gifts" catalog ($5 check or money order) came from an address in North White Plains, New York.

    A late credit at the end of the show: "Motocycle provided by Rolling Thunder Cycles, Inc." in Hampstead, New York.

  • Doug Miles, who directed Horrible Night at the Movies, went on to other directing projects including episodes of Commander USA's Groovie Movies and a prize-winning spoof of horror films called Don't Ask Don't Tell (2002), an overdubbed revamp of the 50s Z-film Killers from Space with bits of new footage, female nudity, and lots of raucous humor. DADT was written by Tex Hauser, who was also an uncredited writer on Eddie Frame's show. In the "Don't Ask Don't Tell Interview" conducted in June 2004 for the Eat My Brains website, Miles talked briefly about Horrible Night at the Movies:
    He [Tex Hauser] was the one who came up with this demented idea. Actually about ten years ago I was directing a syndicated TV series here in the U.S. called Horrible Night at the Movies. It was sketch comedy wrap-arounds for a bunch of really atrocious old public domain movies. Tex was one of the writers.... and Killers from Space was one of the movies.

    About three years ago he said to me "do you still have those old movies laying around?" Unfortunately they were all still in my basement. He said "let's take it one step further and really shamelessly adulterate some of them with all new dialog, new stories, inserted absurdities, etc." At the time it sounded like a terrific idea… And so began our long decline into the depths of refried flicks depravity.
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Elvira's Thriller Theatre (20 episodes)
Network 10 (Australia)

Halloween Havoc (one-shot specials)
Turner Television (Pay Per View)
October 1989 / October 1990 / October 28, 1991

Heavy Metal Heaven (6-episode special)
BBC (England)
November 1989

Joe Bob Briggs Drive in Theatre (co-host with Joe Bob, Zacherley, Ghoulardi and John Stanley!)
Showtime series (one-time guest appearance)
October 31, 1991

Halloween Movie Schlock-a- thon
TBS 12-hour movie marathon (2 days)
October 30-31, 1993

Halloween Bash
Fox Broadcasting Network
November 17, 1994

Attack of the Killer "B" Movies
NBC 2-hour special
September 14, 1995

Elvira's Movie Macabre Halloween Special (4-hour one-shot)
KCAL-TV (Los Angeles, California)
October, 1997

Monstermania, Bride of Monstermania, Attack of the Fifty Foot Monstermania
AMC Network; series of three 1-hour specials
Produced in 1999

Elena Watson's Television Horror Movie Hosts references:
Elvira is frequently mentioned throughout the book (pp. 10, 98, 174, 179, 213, 215); and is the subject of an entire chapter with five pictures -- Ch. 24, "Elvira, Mistress of the Dark; or, Viva Las Cleavage," pp. 162-173.

Magazine references:

  • Feature with three pictures, "Introducing Elvira!", in issue #22 (October 1982) of Fangoria, pp. 52-55.

  • Elvira appears with group of other horror hosts in cover painting by Terry Beatty ] on issue #8 (September 1993) of Scary Monsters.


  • Cassandra Peterson was born in Kansas, raised in Colorado, and wanted to be a dancer after seeing Ann-Margret in Viva Las Vegas. After graduating from high school in 1967, she became the youngest showgirl in Las Vegas history at 17.

  • Encouraged to pursue a singing career by Elvis Presley, she toured Europe as lead singer for an Italian rock band and settled in Rome, where she met director Federico Fellini, who cast her in Roma. She speaks fluent Italian.

  • In the late 70s, Cassandra sharpened her comedy writing and performing skills with The Groundlings improvisational troupe, which also produced Phil Hartman, Paul "Pee Wee Herman" Reubens, Jon Lovitz, Conan O'Brien, Lisa Kudrow and Julia Sweeney.

  • She was a struggling actress in films and television for many years, but finally got her big break in 1981, when she was hired over 200 other applicants as the female replacement for KHJ's late great horror host SEYMOUR. The producers allowed her to come up with her own host persona, and she she developed her ditzy goth/punk/valley-girl/sexpot "Elvira" character with the help of her late friend, make-up artist/costume designer Robert Redding.

  • "Elvira" made history and blazed trails in countless ways, and is undoubtedly the most famous and the most highly-publicized TV horror host ever, both nationally and internationally.

  • Elvira has been wildly successful as a marketing character for countless products including videos and DVDs, TV programs, films, records and CDs, calendars, video games, computer games, pinball machines, Halloween costumes, toys, model kits, action figures, beer, soft drinks, comic books, paperbacks, children's books, make-up accessories, guitars, slot machines, haunted attractions, and dozens of other commercial items.

  • Cassandra Peterson's movie credits, playing Elvira and other characters, include Fellini's Roma, Cheech & Chong's Next Movie, Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again, The Sting II, Stroker Ace, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, Echo Park, Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold, Pledge Night, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark (star), Ring of the Musketeers, Elvira's Haunted Hills (star), Red Riding Hood and others.

  • Cassandra Peterson has made more than 1000 television appearances on American and international programs, including supporting parts and guest shots on US series, talks shows and specials including Happy Days, CHiPs, Alice, St. Elsewhere, Fantasy Island, The Richard Simmons Show, Bob Hope Lampoons TV, Bob Hope Buys NBC, The Fall Guy, Saturday Night Live (guest host), TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes, Just Say Julie, The Magical World of Disney, Totally Hidden Video, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Thirtysomething, The Arsenio Hall Show, The Newlywed Game, NFL Monday Night Football, The Elvira Show (pilot), Strange Universe, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Nash Bridges, The RuPaul Show, The Martin Short Show, The Howard Stern Radio Show, Hollywood Squares, Scares & Dares, The Girls Next Door and many others.

  • According to her official website, Elvira was (among many other things) the first nationally syndicated TV horror host, the first person in America to be broadcast in 3-D (1982), the first female celebrity to do a national beer campaign. the first celebrity to market their own beer, the first person to produce a music video in large format 3-D, and the first female to twirl tassels on a national network!

  • Elvira has been very successful as a recording artist, with releases including Elvira and the Vitones - 3-D TV (1982), Vinyl Macabre (1983), Elvira Presents Haunted Hits (1987) Elvira Presents Monster Hits (1994) and Elvira Presents Revenge of the Monster Hits (1995), all from Rhino Records.
  • In 1989, Cassandra was sued by actress Maila Nurmi for alleged infringement of her pioneering original VAMPIRA TV horror hostess persona. The case was thrown out when Ms. Nurmi failed to appear in court.

  • Cassandra Peterson says Ann-Margret and Mae West are her favorite influences.

  • In April, 2006, Peterson announced she would be seeking a few good "Elviras" via a reality TV program so that other people could make personal appearances in the role (like Bozo and other licensed characters). The Search for the Next Elvira is in production at this writing (June 2007).

Cassandra Peterson as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

The stunning Cassandra Peterson as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
Click image for a better view of Elvira's awesome features.

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