- I. ZOMBI
- (Hayden Milligan; died of cancer in November, 2007: see obituary notice)
- See I. Zombi's profile page at
HORRORHOSTS.com, the official site for the Horror Host Underground.
- The Witching Hour
- Every other week
- Insight public access cable Channel 14 (Lexington, Kentucky)
- July 18, 2002 - ?
- Hayden Milligan was severely burned in a house fire as a child, heavily scarring his face and entire body.
With the help of his friends and family, he overcame his hardships to achieve his lifelong ambitions and seek out new ones.
A moving documentary film about his life and the world of horror hosts, I. Zombi, was made in 2003.
Read a review of I. Zombi
- Adapted from a very sad announcement originally posted on November 20, 2007, by Shane M. Dallman (aka horror host
to the members of the
Fans of Horrorhosts Yahoo group:
I am so sorry to be the one to break the news to the group.
Our dear friend Hayden "I Zombi" Milligan is at peace.
Here's the bulletin from his sister.
He passed away Monday night around 730, he was in immense pain, now he no longer is.
He is in Heaven with a new healthy body, pain and sickness free.
I loved him so much and His wife and I were with him when he died.
.... I am so sorry that you had to find out this way, and I thank each and every one of you for being his friend.
Always remember him, and when you think you can't do something,
think of him and I bet you will think again!!!
- Soon after, with the help of some of Hayden's friends, Shane Dallman organized a testimonial show as:
.... a reluctant farewell tribute ....
to the late, great Hayden "I. ZOMBI" Milligan .... the best friend a horror host ever had --
to a wonderful human being and the most REAL person I've ever known.
The tribute show aired on Monterey cable channel 24 (AMP)
and was also shown on-line at www.ampmedia.org.
Dallman posted this advance announcement to the Fans of Horrorhosts group:
We will be running Hayden's personal favorite episode of THE WITCHING HOUR ---
his heartfelt, outspoken Christmas special (chock full of his unique personality AND plenty of grisly Yuletide-themed horror clips!)
in its entirety...
...and I'll be joining THE BONE JANGLER and Nocturna, as well as Ghastlee and The American
(comin' at ya as good old Bob and Jeff) as we share our memories, pay our respects and unreel some vintage
Cinema Wasteland clips of I. ZOMBI rocking out with the HHU ....
If one must say goodbye, I believe this is the way to do it.
"Departed" will never mean "forgotten."
Please join us for a celebration of an incredible life!
- From a moving memorial tribute posted by another horror host,
DR. GANGRENE, on his
Tales from the Lab blogspot on November 21, 2007:
It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Lexington KY horror host I. Zombie ....
I. Zombie was played by Hayden Milligan, one of the genuinely nicest people you could ever hope to meet.
Virtually everyone who knew Hayden was touched by his gentleness and courage.
He overcame tremendous odds by creating and performing despite horrible burns over the
majority of his body at the age of two.
He underwent years of physical therapy growing up.
He never let his affliction hold him back, despite the odds being stacked against him.
He worked out, played guitar, dressed as an Elvis Impersonator, ran his own video company,
and hosted movies on The Witching Hour.
Hayden was a friend and a true inspiration.
He found out earlier this year he had inoperable cancer,
a final unfair blow to one who had suffered so much in this life.
Farewell Hayden, you will be missed.
- I, E-gor, had the great privilege of meeting and talking to Hayden Milligan at Monster Bash in 2007,
and I was tremendously impressed by him.
He was kind enough to give me a copy of the I. Zombi documentary (which I highly recommend!)
and to add his inscription and signature to many other treasured autographs in my copy of Elena Watson's book on horror hosts.
He was completely sincere, utterly unique, and totally amazing,
and his passing was a great loss to fans of horror hosts.
- Excerpts from I. Zombi's Horror Host Underground website profile:
A witchingly good hour of Zombi-delight, The Witching Hour, with I. Zombi,
is a humourous smorgasbord of video clips, music, trailers, interviews, scenes from oddball and obscure movies,
and nightmare-inducing madness, all brilliantly brought together by the one and only, I.Zombi.
In 2003 he was featured in a moving documentary about his life and the world of horror hosts titled I. Zombi.
Favorite Horror Film: If he had to choose ONE it would probably be Dawn of the Dead.
His musical influences range from old KISS and 70's rock to Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Ozzy,
The Misfits, Bush, Van Halen, Nirvana, AC/DC and many MANY other groups including
Steve Vai, Michael Angelo and Nitro to the blues and classical music.
Also shrimp, Mexican, Chinese, Thai and other yummy stuff.
His favorite treat has got to be chocolate chip cookies and Reeses Cups!
- Adapted from the autobiographical info on I. Zombi's original website:
Ever since that magical moment when I heard my first scary story from my father I have been fascinated by ghosts,
ghouls and anything associated with horror.
I toured Disney World's THE HAUNTED MANSION at age 5 and have been hooked on spooky stuff ever since!
I can vividly remember watching CHILLER with my parents and loved every single scary moment of it...
That is, until the lights went out at bedtime!
I would see spiders crawling on my bed and red eyes in my window.
These traumatic events have molded me into the morbid man I am today.
As a teen I sort of repressed my need for horror but replaced it with a lot of weird and often occult heavy metal music.
By the time I reached my early twenties, I had grown weary of all of "mainstream" horror and began to search for other sources.
What I found was a TON of world-wide rarities and oddities.
I quickly snatched up every film I could find or afford to buy and quickly grew a HUGE collection!
I started Witching Hour Video in May 1995 [evolving into Nostalgiac in November, 2005 -- E-gor]
With WHV's success came a lot of new opportunites such as horror conventions and many new friends...
all of which opened even more doors of opportunities.
I was blessed in September of 2001 when I met the one and only
Dr. Creep at Cinema Wasteland in Cleveland, Ohio
and soon I also met A. Ghastlee Ghoul.
I felt like a kid all over again!
These guys brought out things in me I have not felt in years...
I started remembering all of the old classic TV shows and all of the hundreds of horror films I have watched over the years.
By May of 2002 I decided to resurrect horror in Lexington, and so I launched THE WITCHING HOUR on public access.
My first episode aired on July 18, 2002 on channel 14 here in Lexington and nothing has been the same since!
I am very happy to be among the UNdead legends of the The Horror Host Underground.
I am also the lead singer and guitarist in my current band TIN MAN....
I have been asked to perform at Cinema Wasteland (Oct.4-6, 2002 in Strongsville, Ohio)
and will be joining the HORROR HOST INVASION as well as out ALL-STAR jam
Saturday night in which I will get to play and sing along with some of the best out there!
- I. Zombi's cable markets included Lexington public access channel 14 and Horror Host Underground Network airings in Dayton OH,
Jackson NJ, North Carolina, parts of Illinois, and Modesto and Monterey CA. It was slowly making its way into other states across
- Notable quote: "Seek Truth and you shall Find it... Be true to yourself and you shall see truth. Believe in yourself also and others will believe in you."
The late great Hayden Milligan
as I. Zombi,
host of The Witching Hour,
seen on Insight public access cable
in Lexington KY, and in many other
places thanks to the
Horror Host Underground,
a great documentary about him,
and the World Wide Web!