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Tomb of the Unknown / Unseen Horror Hosts

This section is dedicated to the flagging memory of TV horror shows without hosts, or shows whose hosts are unseen, unnamed, unknown or forgotten. If you can help to identify any of these sadly-neglected remains, or provide more information of any sort to help us pay proper tribute to their efforts, please e-mail E-gor! We'd love to be able to give them a proper burial on the main lists among their better-remembered fellow hosts, and your memories may make it possible!

6-fingered animated hand
(Announced by?)
Chiller Theatre
Day? Time?
WPIX-TV, Channel 11 (New York City, New York)
Very early '70's
  • Saul Fischer provides details:
    This was on every Saturday night in the very early seventies in New York City on WPIX/Channel 11. They ran non-Universal horror films like the Al Adamson Dracula Vs. Frankenstein (repeatedly), Black Sabbath, Return from the Past (AKA the stinkeroo Dr. Terror's Gallery of Horrors) and, if I recall correctly, the Barbara Steele shocker, Nightmare Castle (Orgasmo). Entire schoolyards of kids could be creeped out by doing that voice... "ChiiiIIILLLeeerrr!"
  • Horrorhost fan Eerie Evan recalls: "Chiller Theatre showed the American International "B" movies of the 50's. This show had a great opening montage in the 60's and then in the 70's switched to animation of an eerie six-fingered hand that would sink into quicksand as a deep voice would intone: 'Chiiiiiiiiiilleeeeeeeeeer!!'"

Death-like figure with eyeball (see also BARON DAEMON)
(Voiced by Mike Price; did he play the robed figure too?)
Saturday Shock Theater
Saturday night from 11:30 - 1:00 a.m.
WNYS (now WIXT), Channel 9 (Syracuse, New York)
c. 1971-1973
  • New York state fan Scott Walker remembers this show:
    Around 1971-1973 on channel 9, WNYS (now WIXT-9) there was Saturday Shock Theater. This was voiced by Mike Price who also did Baron Daemon in the 60's on WNYS. The show ran Saturday evenings from 11:30-1am. It opened with a figure in black robes like death (with no face showing under the hood), holding an eyeball in his fingers and kind of waving it in front of the camera saying "Welcome to Saturday Shock Theater." It ended with eerie harpsichord-like music and the figure squishing the eye in his hand.

(Real name = ?)
Friday at 11:20 (double-feature, sometimes triple)
WPRO, Channel 12 (?, Rhode Island)
Early '60's - 19??
Magazine reference:
  • Mentioned in "Monster Memories" article by Bob Knight in issue #5 of Scary Monsters (December 1992), p. 11.

??, "eerie voice over cheap lava-lampesque effect"
(voice only; real name=?)
Dimension 13
Friday night
??, Channel 13 (Rockford, Illinois)
19?? - 19??
  • Reported by Brad Ringlien (74642.3170@Compuserve.com).

(Real name = ?)
Saturday at 11:30 p.m., then Saturday late-night following Fantasmic Features (see NOTE below)
WNAC, Channel 7 (Boston, Massachusetts)
Early '60's - 19??
Magazine reference:
  • Mentioned in "Monster Memories" article by Bob Knight in issue #5 of Scary Monsters (December 1992), p. 11.
  • When Monday night show Fantasmic Features (see FEEP) was moved to this show's 11:30 p.m. timeslot on Saturday, it continued to run as a late-night second feature.

??, a "disembodied voice"
(voice only; WISN-TV staffer Charlie La Force)
Visit Milwaukee Hosts of Horror, horror hostorian Dick (Nitelinger) Golembiewski's GREAT web tribute to Movies from Tomorrow and all the other TV horror shows and hosts of that area, for incredible information and lots of audio-visual treats.
Movies from Tomorrow
Friday at 10:30 p.m.
WISN-TV, Channel 12 (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
October 2, 1964 - September 10, 1965
Magazine reference:
  • Mentioned in article by Larry Widen, "Late Night Horror in Milwaukee," in issue #8 (September 1993) of Scary Monsters, pp. 14-15.
  • Show discussed in "Milwaukee Horror Errata," by Dick (Nitelinger) Golembiewski ( nitelinger_1@hotmail.com) in the Scary Monsters' Monster Memories 1999 Yearbook, pp. 124-125.
  • Description from article above: "The show opened with a clock that turned backward, slowly at first, and then gaining speed until it began to overheat. While this image was playing, a disembodied voice intoned the title."
  • Milwaukee horror hostorian/webmonster Dick (Nitelinger) Golembiewski (see THE ADVISOR, DR. CADAVERINO, and TOULOUS NONECK entries) writes of this show:
    "WISN (Channel 12) had been showing such films on its Friday night Big Movie for some time. With the second horror boom of 1964, it switched to the Movies From Tomorrow double bill, probably to jump on the bandwagon.

?? (pre-dating SIR GRAVES GHASTLY)
(Real name = ?)
Name of show?
Following the Saturday night late movie
WTOP-TV, Channel 9 (Washington, D.C.)
early '60's - early '70's? (for a decade)
Magazine reference:
  • Mentioned in feature by Gregory William Mank, "Remembering Baltimore's Shock! Theater," in issue #46 of Midnight Marquee (Winter 1994), p. 55.

(Real name = ?)
Tales of Terror
Saturday night
KRCG, Channel 13 (Jefferson City, Missouri)
Late '60's - early '70's?
Magazine reference:
  • Mentioned in letters column in issue #9 (December 1993) of Scary Monsters, pp. 7 and 37.
  • Host was dressed like Dracula and had an assistant named assistant Ygor.

(Real name = ?)
Saturday night around 10:00 p.m.
STATION ?, Channel 5 (NBC) (Chicago, Illinois)
Early '60's - 19??
Magazine reference:
  • Mentioned, and TV Guide ad for show reproduced, in "Monster Memories" article (by editor Dennis Druktenis?) in Scary Monsters Presents Monster Memories #1, 1993 Yearbook (January 1993), pp. 24-25.

(No host; voiceover=?)
Strange Tales of Science Fiction
Either Friday or Saturday evening, starting around 6:30-7:30
KHJ-TV (now KCAL), Channel 9 (Los Angeles, California)
c. 1961- 1977
  • West coast host fan Mike Shawn initiated this entry:
    Another show on Channel 9 was 'Strange Tales of Science Fiction.' There was no on camera host, only a voiceover. Some poor tech would make smartass remarks as it went late into the night.
  • Nick Campbell originally composed this more detailed notice for a discussion forum, and was kind enough to share it here:
    In the early 60s on either Friday or Saturday evening.... and between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., there was once a hostless Science Fiction venue called "Strange Tales of Science Fiction" which I first remember watching in 1962 when I lived in Sunland and attended Sunland schools, before moving to Burbank. This show was hosted by an unseen host: we didn't see the horror host but rather heard him, an echo of a voice that, after this eerie music started to play, would say something like, "Hello Dere!" and with some humor would then introduce the film to be seen, you know, films like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," or "Creature from the Black Lagoon," or "The H-Man, " or "Caltiki, the Immortal Monster." That eerie music, which was performed by Kenyon Hopkins and the Creed Taylor Orchestra and was by title the great Harold Arlen tune "Out of This World," came to mind for ages afterward but I only had a title, "Out of This World," and only because I called channel nine and asked when I was very young.... This theme was part of series of commisioned LPs. The editor of "Famous Monsters of Filmland," [the great Forrest J Ackerman -- ed.] was talking with Kenyon Hopkins, probably after he recorded the album, "Lonelyville," which was an album of standard jazz tunes that had sound effects, etc., and were a lot of fun: hip, but made into novelty songs. He thought it would be fun to take a song like "Out of This World" and other jazz standards, and add sound effects, etc., to them, creating a horror extension of the novelty genre. I don't know how this really came about but the albums were made and there were three:
    1. Shock, Music in Hi-Fi;
    2. Panic, Son of Shock, which included "Out of This World," which became the theme of "Strange Tales of Science Fiction," and which I believe was selected by a woman and not a man (I talked to her back in the early 70s); and
    3. Nightmare.
    Kenyon Hopkins was in the tradition of great musicians who were not snobs and knew how to have fun and gave us some great novelty recordings (the world's too sophisticated now and takes itself too seriously). Hopkins wrote a lot of his own music for the three albums commissioned by Forrest Ackerman and "Famous Monsters of Filmland" magazine. And what a treasure they are! And available, if you are dying to hear this eerie music again, at www.Jackdiamond.com. Jack Diamond has a lot of other cool stuff at that site, which takes a little time to download but is worth the wait (not much really). These albums used to be listed under the title, Monster Music, but can now be found easily enough by entering "Shock, Music in Hi-Fi," in the search engine at Jack Diamond's site.

    I am writing about this because just recently I visited "E-Gor's" site where he discusses "Horror Show Hosts" and at this site someone who no doubt remembers only the 70s replacement of the original 60s unseen host, who was not so obnoxious and only a little bit of a joker, wrote that the show's host throughout the night would make bad jokes about the films on the show. My memory of watching "Strange Tales of Science Fiction" are of a disembodied voice that says with a heck of a lot of echo, "Hello Dere!" all of a sudden but only after that great eerie musical theme, "Out of This World," would begin and those great clarinets and alto and tenor saxes would begin their wavey interpretation of this great old love song. It made me watch the show! The music is why I watched that show as much as the science fiction films! The host talking about that night's film, and he was mostly serious about it, while in the background and foreground, you saw a misty castle (background) and the title of the Show, "Strange Tales of Science Fiction," floating, dancing, waving, and all at the same time dragged so that the title was like smoke or ghostly more than anything, and that great "original" host's voice as he malevolently, but with "some" humor, introduced that night's Sci-Fi classic. Now he did make some fun of this or that, but never would he break into the movie when it was running and say anything; it was always when the station broke away for sponsorship, way back before Mr. Reagan deregulated Television standards and now instead of three commercials per half hour we get seven minutes of them at each commercial break! Thanks Ronny!

    "Strange Tales of Science Fiction" aired from about 1961-1977, I think was the year it went off tv forever, though it came and went as a Sci-Fi venue, disappearing sometimes for a while, as it is now listed among shows airing on channel 9 in Los Angeles in 1967: "Groovy" and "F Troop" replaced it in that Friday night time slot, unless it was on Saturday night?

Mute albino gorilla
(Real name = ?)
Name of show?
Saturday afternoon
STATION ?, Channel 11 (San Francisco, California)
Early '70's
Magazine reference:
  • Mentioned in article about San Francisco Bay Area hosts, "Monster Memories of Bob Wilkins" by John Clemons, in issue #14 (March 1995) of Scary Monsters, p. 52.
  • Host in gorilla suit danced to a record player during each commercial break.

?? (no visual host, just an announcer)
(Announcer's name = ?)
Creature Feature (single or double features)
Saturday night
WSJV, Channel 28 (Elkhart, Indiana)
Magazine reference:
  • Mentioned in letter from Joseph Meeks in issue #10 (March 1994) of Scary Monsters, p. 7.
  • Show featured artwork of 4-6 monster heads on a blue background used during announcements, or other another watercolor of a black castle on a long winding road in the moonlight.

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