Horrifying and Hilarious Horror Hosts

October 30, 2009 at 12:03 am (Episode, Halloween, Holiday, Podcast) (, , , , , )

Before there were 2,500 channels and nothing on, we thrilled to late night hosts of horror movies on television. A quick overview, as suggested by Nathan on the Halloween Haunt Facebook page. Also at Twitter @HalloweenHaunt and HalloweenHaunt.wordpress.com.

Wikipedia has a lot of information on horror hosts, including Vampira and Elvira, and all of the others mentioned on the episode.


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  1. Patrick McNamara said,

    I seem to recall a security guard acting as a late night host decades ago for some Toronto station. I think his show was called The Night Owl. But I better recall a TV newsman for a Buffalo station who use to do afternoon monster movies which were mostly Godzilla movies. This was before stations ran cartoons in the afternoon. There was another reporter for the same station that did a children’s program weekday afternoons and Sunday mornings.

    Nowadays one is less likely to find such hosts since late night dead space where these shows use to reside is now filled with infomercials.

    My Podcast Ping’s 13 Days of Halloween has it’s own similar host, but since it’s audio it’s more a play on 50s radio DJs. But I do have something similar to Zacherley’s Dinner With Drac on the last show.

    • The Halloween Haunter said,

      Thank you for your contribution, Patrick…. There were many, many horror hosts back in the day…. I miss them….

      Thank you for letting us know about your podcast….


  2. Kuzibah said,

    There is a very active on-line community of Horror Hosts (current and retired.) I am a member of two active yahoo groups for hosts and their fans, and have become friends with a good number of them. They often appear at horror and film conventions.

    Here is the official horror Host Underground website: http://www.horrorhosts.com/

    And thank you, Halloween Haunter, for another wonderful season of podcasts!

    • The Halloween Haunter said,

      Thank you, Kuzibah, for your contribution and information. I will have to wander over to the site.

      And thank you for your kind words.


    • uncle lar said,

      sadly the horrorhosts.com is “not in service” at this time while decisions of its re-construction are being discussed. However you can check out latest news, information & even watch horror hosts’ online videos (both ‘retired’ old favorites & current hosts) on Corpse S Chris’ online web video (tv) guide at http://www.horrorhostgraveyard.com

      the Horror Host underground is very much active

      • The Halloween Haunter said,

        The horror host really is active, isn’t it Uncle Lar? Thank you for the update.


  3. drgangrene said,

    Thanks for this podcast and horror host tribute show. Very fun and informative!

    • The Halloween Haunter said,

      Thank you Dr. Gangrene…. I am honored by your presence…. If you are not Dr. Gangrene and are just observing the comments, you can find out more and see some video at http://drgangrene.com ….

      Thank you again, Doctor….


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