It was a gloomy day in Chicago when I picked up the “other Dave” at Midway Airport. Despite a delay in getting our rental car and a GPS system intent on sending us on a scenic tour of Ohio, we arrived at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Columbus soon after HORRORHOUND WEEKEND began. The accommodations were nice and we were fortunate to have gotten our room there as the demand for the event was such that many guests had no choice but to stay at neighboring hotels.
When Cinema Insomnia launched its ambitious holiday telethon during the holiday season of 2010, we Daves wanted to contribute. I, however, was less interested in the various perks & gifts Mr. Lobo was offering in favor of something a bit more unique. I contacted Lobo and asked that if we sent (an amount we agreed to) would he be willing to add to the booty, something a little different. I was delighted when he agreed!
The 2010 Indianapolis Horrorhound Weekend was a plethora of hosts and one of the ones I looked most forward to meeting was New England’s Penny Dreadful! David had already been a fan ever since he saw her show which featured a visit to the grave of Mercy Brown (you can see information on Brown by clicking HERE). He was absent for this event but Penny gladly gave him a shout out (seen in the clip below).
I had seen many of her shows prior to my arrival and new that she was a fan of the art of horror hosting as well as Svengoolie (both Svens). I decided to break the ice of our meeting by creating a gift basket suitable for a witch. My kids helped me put together a collection of potions and rubber insects as well as tossing in some Svengoolie clips for her enjoyment (this was back during the time when Svengoolie only appeared on Chicago TV). She seemed to enjoy it and it would be the first of several meetings and blogs (the Horrorhound meeting can be read along with an overview of her show (that would later lead to an article in Scary Monsters Magazine) HERE).
All in all it was a lot of fun and Garou, as always, was a hoot!
We were honored last week when Jason Hignite from HORRORHOUND WEEKEND asked us to induct The Universal Shock Theater Package into the Hall of Fame this coming weekend at the big event! This historic collection of 52 films (one for each week of the year) given to commercial TV stations in 1957 featured Universal’s classic collection of monsters and led to both the proliferation of horror hosts as well as monster fans across the country!
My friend (and later co-blogger), David Albaugh, and I were anxious for me to attend the 2010 Indianapolis Horrorhound Weekend. We’d both grown up with a love for Svengoolie and had decided just a couple months prior to this event that we’d like to see what other hosts were operating around the country. I was already slated to attend this convention along with my friend, Jason Lucas, due to our mutual love of zombies and the appearance of their god-father, George Romero.
Horror hosts come from all walks of life and from all corners of the United States (and beyond). America’s heartland is no exception and it is here, tucked down in his basement, where Gunther Dedmund lurks. Gunther has been entertaining folks in his native Kansas for ten years now and, if you’ve never heard of him, consider this an introduction of sorts. The Daves met Gunther at Horrorhound Weekend Indianapolis last March. The quiet and assuming host would later prove to be quite versatile – even creating a host group photo of those present at the event in lieu of one not actually being taken. He honored us by giving our site the honor of distributing the photo and even further by including The Daves in his special Horror Host collector card set!
Gre-Gory, the Big Bad Vampire Bat, by Mattel, is a toy that though I never owned personally, is one I always remembered! Being a monster fan as a child meant monster toys that for the most part were few and far between. I remember when I first saw the commercials for this toy it was something I wanted immediately (though to be honest, I don’t remember why I never got one)! This toy came out in 1978 and to this day I am surprised that it never made it to my Christmas list!
TERROR FROM BEYOND THE DAVES is pleased to welcome Sean Kotz as a guest blogger! Sean is co-founder of Horse Archer Productions. He and his partner, Chris Valluzzo, produced, directed and released their second horror host documentary in 2011 called HI THERE HORROR MOVIE FANS about legendary host, The Bowman Body. The film has been nominated for Rondo Award for Best Documentary of 2011.
Back in 2008, I had an idea for a documentary about Virginia‘s rich horror host tradition which eventually became the 2009 release, VIRGINIA CREEPERS: THE HORROR HOST TRADITION OF THE OLD DOMINION and covered the D.C. airwaves as well.