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(Jim Carlisle; died August 14, 1988)

Blast Off
Daily, late afternoon
WRBL-TV, Channel 3 (Columbus, Georgia)
?? 196? - ?? 196?

  • E-gorespondent James W. Harris initiated this entry, and provided the following details:
    I checked your list.... and I did not see a reference to "V-Man".... who hosted a daily late-afternoon horror / s-f show in Columbus, Georgia in the mid-60's.
    V-Man's schtick was that he was an alien, and the movies were REAL -- he was showing things from earth's past, present and future on his monitor. He also showed old serials, chapter by chapter.
    He ended daily as I recall, by facing the camera, making the "V" peace sign, and saying "Peace -- to the Universe!"
    He was a local celebrity of sorts -- I remember him visiting junior high when I was a student, in full alien costume and mask.
  • Important details were added by two E-gorespondents —

    Frank Ferrell provided specifics:
    Your list includes an entry for V-MAN. I can give you extra details.
    V-MAN's show aired during late afternoons on WRBL TV-3 (originally TV-4) in Columbus, GA. V-MAN was portrayed by one Jim Carlisle, whose other local claim to fame was as host of Columbus-based Pro Wrestling Bouts every Saturday Afternoon on WRBL.
    You can contact WRBL @ http://www.wrbl.com/ and see if they can locate some V-MAN memorabilia. More info on WRBL itself is on a site of mine at http://fgf2001.100megsfree3.com/tower/
    Thanx-A-Lot and Enjoy,
    Larry Waldrup also sent details with his memories of watching the show:
    V-Man was portrayed by WRBL TV-3's Jim Carlisle who also did Fred Ward's Live Wrestling from the Arena on Saturday afternoons. V-Man during the week and wrestling broadcaster on Saturday.
    I have managed to locate a photo card of the V-Man character which I am forwarding to you. I didn't remember but I guess by the card that the name of his show was "Blast Off." The ad was emailed to me by a friend and I'm not sure which galaxy, I mean, source it came from. Glad you were able to use it and post it for all to enjoy!
    The show appeared during the mid 60's and ran from 4:30-6:30 p.m. which kept all of us kids glued to the TV from the time we got home from school until dinner time. His show was completely centered around the old B Horror Movies such as The Crawling Eye, House of Wax etc. Gosh, how I loved and now miss those old cornball movies.
    V-Man sat at a mock spacecraft cockpit control panel and would greet his viewers, then introduce the movie and close each show by holding up two fingers as pictured and say, "Peace to the Universe." I do not recall him having a sidekick, not even a robot.
    As for Jim Carlisle, he passed away a number of years ago. I worked for a short time with his brother several years ago.
    Until next time...Peace, to the Universe.

V-Man, mid-60s horror host on WRBL-TV, in Columbus, GA

Ad for Blast Off show hosted by V-Man on WRBL-TV, Columbus GA (courtesy of Larry Waldrup).
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(Maila Nurmi, born Maila Elizabeth Syrjäniemi; died January 10, 2008: see obituary)

See all Vampira products for sale at Amazon.com.

Visit Vampira's Attic, Maila Nurmi's official website.

See Maila Nurmi and The Vampira Show entries in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia online.

See bio and dozens of images of Vampira / Maila Nurmi — and hundreds of images of a host of other horrors — at the incredible Horror Host Gallery website, courtesy of video archaeologist Thomas Rudé!

Visit the fabulous Vampira tribute at the Real Little PartiGirl's "Local Legends" website -- a moving personal tribute and a link to a lot of cool pics!

See a complete list of movies shown on The Vampira Show at KABC-TV , painstakingly dug out of old newspaper archives by the incomparable horror hostorian Dick (Nitelinger) Golembiewski, and posted on his magnificent Milwaukee Hosts of Horror website. The dates I used below for Vampira's first and last shows at KABC-TV came from this great work of research!

See Vampira's Internet Movie Database entry.

Dig Me Later Vampira (Preview Show)
Friday Night at 11:00 pm
KABC-TV, Channel 7 (Los Angeles, California)
April 30, 1954

The Vampira Show
Saturday night at Midnight, then 11:00 pm, then 10:30 pm
KABC-TV, Channel 7 (Los Angeles, California)
May 1, 1954 - April 2, 1955

Name of show?
Day? Time?
KHJ-TV (previously KFI-TV, now KCAL-TV), Channel 9 (Los Angeles, California)
?? - ?? 1956 ("for a short time" according to Wikipedia)

Elena Watson's Television Horror Movie Hosts reference:
whole chapter and five pictures -- Ch. 1, "Television Terror Begins with Vampira," pp. 1-11.

Magazine references:

  • Feature "Vampire" (sic) in May 24, 1954 issue of Newsweek, p. 84.

  • Photo-feature "Good Evening, I Am Vampira" in June 14, 1954 issue of Life, pp. 107-110. Eight photos included, featuring five taken during the show (two of her misty entrance past the candelabra, one of her letting out her "blood curdling scream" with a portion of a TV camera shown, one of her seated on her death's head sofa, and one of her searching for her spider Rollo via candle light) and three of her being chauffered around Los Angeles in an old Packard. Her real name is given in the article as Maila Syrjaniemi. [Details provided by Dick (Nitelinger) Golembiewski.]

  • Fabulous 2-color (red and blue) Channel 7 show ad on back cover of TV-Radio Life (June 19-24, 1954). (Spotted in eBay auction; details provided by Mark Evans.)

  • Feature "Local Ghoul Makes Good" with color photo in July 17-23, 1954 issue of TV Guide, pp. 10-11. One photograph, plus a discussion of Maila Nurmi and her character. [Details provided by Dick (Nitelinger) Golembiewski.]

  • Discussed in "V is For Voluptua (and Vampira Too)" in the February 5-11, 1955 issue of TV GUIDE (p. 13).

  • Autobiographical feature "The One--The Only Vampira" ("The Pioneering Hollywood Horror Hostess Speaks Out on her Wild Career, her TV Shows, and Elvira") by Vampira, aka Maila Nurmi, in issue #30 (October 1983) of Fangoria, pp. 26-29.

  • Feature "The Horror of Them All!" with nine pictures of Vampira, one of Maila Nurmi, and more photos of other horror hosts, in issue #13 (December 1988) of Filmfax, pp. 28-32.

  • Discussed, with picture out of costume, in feature "Monster Mania '57" by Greg Theakston in issue #3 (March-April 1991) of Pure Images, pp. 2-11, 25-28.

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

  • Illustrated interview article "First Lady of the Silver Screem" by Al Ryan in Chiller Theatre Magazine Vol. 1, No. 1 (Winter 1994), pp. 21-26 (3 photos, cartoon, handwritten cocktail poem).

  • Two-page photo feature, "Vampira's Kiss," showing Maila Nurmi before and after turning into a hideous hag in the (unidentified) film The Magic Sword, in Chiller Theatre Vol. 1, No. 2 (1995), pp. 82-83 (3 photos).

  • Feature "Scary Monsters Honors Vampira," by Charles Mitchell and Paul Parla, in Scary Monsters magazine #26 (March 1998), pp. 28-31.


  • In the Chiller Theatre Magazine interview noted above, Maila Nurmi told Al Ryan that Vampira is 50% "Dragon Lady" from "Terry and the Pirates" — the gorgeous, seductive Chinese bandit queen in Milton Caniff's great (pre-"Steve Canyon") newspaper adventure strip — and 50% Norma Desmond — the crazed, faded silent-era glamour queen played by Gloria Swanson in Billy Wilder's classic Hollywood Gothic film Sunset Boulevard.

Autographed photo from the Vampira TV show

Autographed photo from The Vampira Show, KABC-TV, Los Angeles CA.
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See another autographed photo of Vampira.

Vampira (II)

Vampire, The Vegas

Van (Pyre), Billy *

(Jim Parker)

Visit The Vegas Vampire fanpage on Myspace.com for great pictures, memories and more!

Shock Theater
Saturday night
KHBV (later KVVU), Channel 5 (Henderson, Nevada)
Mid-60's to early 70's


  • Jeff Jessings inquired about this host before I had an entry for him:
    When I was a little one I lived in Las Vegas for about 10 years. This time span was from 1970-80. In the early 1970's, I use to stay up and watch late night horror films. The movies were cool, but what made the experience most enjoyable was the horror hosts. They were kind of creepy for a little tike, but they were also pretty comical, especially when they would make fun of the movie they were showing. Anyway, since you have so many listings for horror hosts, I wanted to see if you could find out any info on "the" horror host of Las Vegas. The host went by the name of "THE VEGAS VAMPIRE", and I believe his show came on Saturday Night around 11 or 12. I also believe the show aired on channel 5 KVVU (?)
    Any info on him would be terrific.
  • E-gorespondent Randy Michael provided lots of great information about this host:
    The Vegas Vampire (Jim Parker) hosted Shock Theater on KHBV which later turned into KVVU in Henderson Nevada. It broadcast all over Las Vegas In the mid 60's to the early 70's.
    He had a great show where he critiqued horror movies and even had some guests. He occasionally would poke fun at local Las Vegas politicians (which they did not like). He would always announce where he would be appearing in Vegas during the week.
    This was a time when Vegas was booming and he was always cutting the ribbon for supermarkets and such. He often was the local host for the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. He drove around Vegas in a hearse all the time.
    We used to live in a trailer park right behind the station and he was a very nice person who always had time to sign autographs or just say hello.
    His theme song ("The Vegas Vampire") is on a 45rpm record that he produced with Bruce Popka (I have been looking for this records for 20 years). It's on Elvira, Mistress of the Dark's "Vinyl Macabre" album.
  • Paula (P.J.) Housman knew the Vegas Vampire Very well (!), and she sent e-mail about him in July, 2007:
    Hi, my name is P.J., used to be P.J. Parker, I was married to Jim Parker at the time the show ended. I played "Satana" on the show at that time. We also had several chihuhuas, we called them our bat dogs. which we held on the show. After our divorce he moved to California and I have not heard anything about him since. Just thought you might find this interesting.... I still live in Vegas.
    P.J. Housman
  • Randy Michael also wrote in July 2007 with this great news:
    I Just wanted to let all the Vegas Vampire fans out there know that I have a Vegas Vampire fanpage with lot's of good photos and a few of my recollections. I would love to have people visit and post their good memories of The Vegas Vampire. I have heard from him and he is happy that people still remember him. Stop by and leave him a message, I will see that he gets it.

    If anyone has a copy of his record (The Vegas Vampire) I would love to get it so I can add the music to the web site.

    Long Live the Vegas Vampire!
  • Pat Lucero is another old fan with very happy memories of this host:
    I used to watch him all the time. When I was about 13 years old I sent him a skull candle and a letter letting him know how much of a fan I was, and he used to have this ritual of burning your letter if he liked you, so there I was watching the show one night alone at my home, and he starts to read my letter! I could not believe it, I stated jumping up and down screaming that's my letter......... and I was waiting to see if he was going to burn it, and then it happened! Man I was so happy that day. I remember meeting him at the Autorama one year. I did not have a camera with me at that time, but I will never forget him. I also once ran into him at a place called Vegas Village. It was an old department store.

    Hope that will make the board.

(Victor Ives and Jimmy Hollister (Hollister died December 14, 2005)

Check out "Hello Jimmy Hollister," Victor Ives' heartfelt web tribute to his longtime co-worker, with transcripts of comedy skits, audio and video clips, and lots of photos!

Tune in to Radio Legends, Victor Ives' "Golden Age of Radio" show on the Talkstar Radio Network. This show is broadcast at 4:00 – 5:00 pm and 9:00 – 10:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with a repeat broadcast weekend evenings, and can be heard live via streaming audio on the website. Radio Legends is broadcast 4:00 – 5:00 pm and 9:00 – 10:00 pm Monday through Friday with a repeat broadcast weekend evenings.

Sinister Cinema
Late Saturday nights (double feature starting at 11:30 p.m.)
KATU-TV, Channel 2 (Portland, Oregon)
1973 - 1974
Sinister Cinema Halloween Reunion special
October, 1987

  • Initial details contributed by Anne, a fan of the show, who noted that it usually featured vintage films from the 1930's to 1950's, and recalled:
    Victor Ives was dressed as Count Dracula and Jimmy Hollister played a couple of sidekicks....Ravenscroft, a very quiet Igor character, and "Head," a bluescreen special effect of his head on a silver platter. Very campy but effective in the early seventies! Sometimes staff from the news channel would visit. Mary Sterrat from channel 2 news came by dressed as the Bride Of Frankenstein. I was in high school when it first aired, so I usually stayed up on Saturday nights to watch it. I did some drawings of Vic and his friends, including the mummy, Dracula, The Wolfman and Frankenstein. I sent them to the station and they used them on the Sinister Cinema show during station breaks.
  • Show fans take note! Victor Ives himself sent the following e-mail:
    See www.jimmyhollister.com

    Victor M. Ives
    TalkStar Radio Network

    email: victor@talkstarradio.com
  • Description of Victor Ives' current radio show from the Talkstar Radio Network website:
    This nostalgia fest brings to the air a combination of old time radio programs from the 30’ 40’s and 50’s ... including comedy, drama and mystery favorites … AS WELL as some of the top radio stars of the 60's 70’s and 80’s in a unique blend of captivating examples of broadcast entertainment and information at its best. Each broadcast includes an episode of the hilarious series “Lum N’ Abner.” This daily serial chronicles the happenings at the mythical Jot ‘Em Down Store in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. The bucolic humor of Chet Lauck and Norris Goff was legend in the annals of American radio for decades. Radio Legends is hosted by Victor Ives, creator of "Golden Age of Radio," which was the ORIGINAL vintage radio retrospective, will present a wide variety of entertainment legends ranging from Fibber McGee and Molly and Fred Allen to Arthur Godfrey, Jean Shepherd and Gary Owens. Along with Golden Age favorites you'll hear Bill Cosby, Bob Newhart, Bob and Ray, Mike Nichols and Elaine May and other top stars. Ives's earlier series, "the Golden Age of Radio," set the record for the longest-running daily syndication in radio history. Contrary to what many might have thought, the biggest percentage of the listening audience were too young to have heard the shows in their original release. No similar old radio retrospective ever produced higher ratings or broader listener demographics. Period!

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(Robert C. Moseley Jr.)
Visit Videobob's Stupid Movie of the Week, the show's official Website.
Check out Robert C. Moseley Jr.'s personal Website!
See Videobob's profile page at HORRORHOSTS.com, the official site for the Horror Host Underground.
Videobob's Stupid Movie Of The Week
Friday night at 6 pm PST, 8 pmCST, 9 pm EST; Saturday late night at 1 am PST, 3 am CST, 4 am EST
Urban America TV affiliates network (UATV)
2002 - Present
  • Information adapted from the official Website:
    "Lizards and snakes, goblins and ghouls, monsters from space......They're coming after you! We're proud to present to you the worst movies ever made! " Videobob's Stupid Movies include old favorites like House On Haunted Hill, Last Man On Earth, Carnival Of Souls, The Phantom Planet, The Devil Bat, Unknown World, The Corpse Vanishes, Killers From Space, The Snow Creature, The Ape Man and The Day Of The Triffids.
    Videobob hosts and produces the show, which is available to more than 40 markets nationwide through the UATV network.
Vincent Hedges

Vincent, Peter *

(Vincent Price)

See E-gor's Vincent Price tribute page in another of my Web sites, BOOS WHO: A Classic Horror Player's Directory.

Visit George Long's Vincent Price Tribute page, with links to many other related pages!

Visit David Strutt's Hilarious House of Frightenstein Tribute Page — truly magnificent!

See Vincent Price's Internet Movie Database entry.

The Hilarious House of Frightenstein
Saturday mornings
CHCH TV (Hamilton, Ontario) and syndicated elsewhere?
Showcase (Canadian cable network)
Currently running 96 episodes on Saturday mornings.

  • Vincent Price played a continuing comic narrator on this show, providing humorous poems that served as bridges between segments. Though he didn't interact with any of the other characters, he seemed to live in Castle Frightenstein too.

(Kevin Novotny, Kevin Rice, and ?)
Visit Ghoul A Go-Go, official Website for "The Underworld's Hippest Show."
See these ghouls' profile page at HORRORHOSTS.com, the official site for the Horror Host Underground (HHU).
Read fellow horror host A. Ghastlee Ghoul's rave rant about Ghoul a Go-Go from the HHU archives.
Read "Monster Mash: Behind the scenes of TV's weirdest half hour, Ghoul A Go Go" Kenny Herzog's feature about the show from Summer 2002, on "The New Island Ear" Website, or reprinted in Adobe Acrobat format on the Horror Host Underground Website.
Visit the official site of It's a Haunted Happenin'!, Pat Bristow's no-budget blockbuster comedy from Amusement Films, with an integral cameo appearance by Vlad and Creighton! A DVD is now available that includes deleted scenes.
Buy cool Merchandise of the Damned at the Ghoul A Go-Go: T-shirts, buttons, show tapes and DVDs, fan club info, Cafe Press and sponsor links, and other junk!

Ghoul A Go-Go
Shifting schedule of days and times; check listings
LTV, Channel 70 (East Hampton, New York)
October 20, 2001 - Present

Thursday at 6:30 pm
WVVH-TV, Channel 78 (Hamptons, New York)
October 2001 - Present

Sunday at 7:30 pm
Hauppauge/Brookhaven Cablevision, Channel 20 (Hauppauge/Brookhaven, New York)
? 200? - Present

Monday at 3:30 pm
Riverhead Cablevision, Channel 20, (Riverhead, New York)
? 200? - Present

Third Thursday of every month at 9:00 pm
Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN), Channel 56/108 (New York City, New York)
? 200? - Present

Saturday at Noon
BCAT (Brooklyn Community Access Television), Channel 34/67 (Brooklyn, New York)
? 200? - Present

Saturday at Noon
MTN (Minneapolis Television Network), Channel 17 (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
? 200? - Present

Magazine references:

  • Information adapted from the Ghoul A Go-Go Website:
    Hey, what’s that cheer echoing throughout the marble orchard? "Put a head on a pole and have a party!" squeal the little boys and ghouls — here comes Vlad and Creighton, direct from the old country, swinging the shovels from their part-time jobs high in the air as they gallump their way to the TV studios and bring us another episode of Ghoul A Go-Go! It’s not always pleasant to go to TV land; but let Vlad and Creighton take you to that part of TV land where the ground under your feet all of a sudden gets really soft.
    Ghoul A Go-Go meets K. Gordon Murray!
    Ghoul A Go-Go shows are included as a special feature on DVDs of Mexican horror movies released by Something Weird Video in 2003. The DVDs are all double features of Mexi-horrors dubbed into English and distributed in the U.S. in the 1960s by K. Gordon Murray, later to become familiar fare on late night horror shows. The first two DVD releases were The Braniac / The Witch's Mirror and Doctor of Doom / The Wrestling Women vs the Aztec Mummy. Other films in the series include Sampson vs the Vampire Women, The Vampire, The Living Head, The Curse of Nostradamus, The Curse of the Aztec Mummy and The Curse of the Doll People.
  • Adapted from a publicity blurb on the Website for I-CON 23, one of many shows where Ghoul A Go-Go appeared as guest stars in 2004:
    Ghoul A Go-Go is a 30-minute, early 60s-style kiddie dance party show filmed in black and white, and hosted by a glib, elegant vampire, Vlad Tsepis, and a very funny Tor-Johnsonesque hunchback named Creighton. With their friend and co-host The Invisible Man, Vlad and Creighton play ghoulden-oldie rock n' roll novelty records for the kids to frug and boogaloo along with. They welcome live bands on every show; show vintage industrial films, commercials, and music shorts; and promote products for their sponsor, Hickleberry's Meat Products.
    Ghoul A Go Go's growing legion of admirers includes celebrities like Lux Interior and Poison Ivy of The Cramps, Eddie Angel of Los Straitjackets and The Neanderthals, the cinemaniacs at Something Weird Video (see note above), and the organizers of horror conventions like the Chiller Theatre Expo, Monster-Mania, and Monster Bash — not to mention the thousands of fans who attend these shows.
    Ghoul A Go Go has received rave writeups in Fangoria, Psychotronic Video, Shock Cinema, and on various video review Websites and cult movie message boards. Interviews with Vlad and Creighton have appeared in Carbon 14, Fancy, 1313 Magazine and Horror Biz, and they were also interviewed in character for the forthcoming documentary on TV horror hosts, American Scary.
    Ghoul A Go-Go is a member of The Horror Host Underground, a very active group of current TV horror hosts around the country who network to self-syndicate their shows. Through exposure on the HHU network, Ghoul A Go Go has aired in many more markets and different states than their normal broadcast channels currently reach, though these markets are also rapidly expanding.

Vlad, Creighton and The Invisible Man, hosts of Ghoul a Go-Go

Vlad, Creighton, and the Invisible Man — fun-loving hosts of Ghoul A Go-Go!
Click image to see an autographed promotional flyer from the show.

Vlad, Vlad Tsepis

Volapuk, Dr.

Von Doren, Baron Mondo

Von Shtick, Dr.

Von Wolfstein or Von Wolfenstein, Baron or Count

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