Chicago TV Horror Movie Shows: From Shock Theatre to Svengoolie

Chicago TV Horror Movie Shows From Shock Theatre to Svengoolie The first comprehensive look at the horror movie programs that found their way to local TV stations in the s this book discusses how the motion picture industry initially disparaged and feared te

Chicago TV Horror Movie Shows From Shock Theatre to Chicago TV Horror Movie Shows From Shock Theatre to Svengoolie Ted Okuda, Mark Yurkiw on FREE shipping on qualifying offers Although the motion picture industry initially disparaged and feared television, by the late s Shock Theatre, Chicago Style WBKB TV s Late Night Horror From December through October , Chicago TV viewers were held in thrall by Marvin, the ghoulishly hilarious host of WBKB TV s late night horror film series Shock Theatre. Celebrity Guests at Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror STEVE PROKOPY Flashback Weekend Co Host Steve Prokopy is the chief film critic for the Chicago based arts outlet Third Coast Review.He is also a regular contributor to SlashFilm, Backstory magazine, and the Music Box Theatre s website. Chicago Fire TV Series Created by Michael Brandt, Derek Haas With Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Yuri Sardarov, Christian Stolte The story of firefighters in Chicago, both on a personal and professional level. Chicago Cubs MLB Game Schedule TV Guide View the Chicago Cubs MLB game schedule on TVGuide which includes all home and away games. American Horror Story Season Premiere Date TV Guide You won t have to wait too much longer to catch new episodes of American Horror Story Season of the FX anthology series will premiere Wednesday, Sept at Svengoolie Bibliography Okuda, Ted Yurkiw, Mark December , Chicago TV Horror Movie Shows From Shock Theatre to Svengoolie illustrated ed Chicago, Illinois, USA Chicago Hope TV Series Chicago Hope is full of good actors and dialogue, Hector Elizondo is a notable example And is fresh in the fact that it has wonderfully light hearted moments which intense programs such as ER lack. WCIU TV WCIU TV, virtual channel UHF digital channel , is an independent television station licensed to Chicago, Illinois, United States.It serves as the flagship television property of locally based Weigel Broadcasting, and is sister to MeTV flagship WWME CD channel and fellow independent outlet WMEU CD channel , both fellow Weigel properties that are respectively relayed on WCIU s American Horror Story TV Episode Recaps News American Horror Story episode recaps, news, and videos get the latest updates The FX show stars Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Denis O Hare, Taissa Farmiga, Evan Peters

  • Title: Chicago TV Horror Movie Shows: From Shock Theatre to Svengoolie
  • Author: Ted Okuda Mark Yurkiw
  • ISBN: 9781893121133
  • Page: 249
  • Format: Paperback
  • The first comprehensive look at the horror movie programs that found their way to local TV stations in the 1950s, this book discusses how the motion picture industry initially disparaged and feared television but eventually began to embrace it, and it focuses on films grouped into the horror genre Thousands of films that had long been gathering dust in film studio vaultsThe first comprehensive look at the horror movie programs that found their way to local TV stations in the 1950s, this book discusses how the motion picture industry initially disparaged and feared television but eventually began to embrace it, and it focuses on films grouped into the horror genre Thousands of films that had long been gathering dust in film studio vaults gained new life with TV genre programming, and Chicago s tradition of TV horror movie shows was born in 1957.During my generally misspent youth, I devoted an inordinate amount of time watching the most preposterous movies ever made I use the word preposterous advisedly, because that s the precise term to describe films involving giant scorpions, teenage werewolves, little green Martians, big alien brains, fire breathing space turtles, 50 foot women, puppet people, humongous leeches, killer shrews, and grasshoppers as big as the Shedd Aquarium Not that I have any regrets Author Ted Okuda, from the IntroductionAlthough the motion picture industry initially disparaged and feared television, by the late 1950s, studios saw the medium as a convenient dumping ground for thousands of films that had long been gathering dust in their vaults As these films found their way to local TV stations, enterprising distributors grouped the titles by genre so programmers could showcase them accordingly It was in this spirit that Chicago s tradition of horror TV movie shows was born TV viewers couldn t get enough of the old monster movies everything from glossy Frankenstein and Dracula epics to low budget cheapies featuring giant grasshoppers and teenage werewolves Here in Chicago, these films were broadcast on such horror movie shows as Shock Theatre, Thrillerama, Creature Features, and Screaming Yellow Theater.Chicago TV Horror Movie Shows From Shock Theatre to Svengoolie is the first comprehensive look at Chicago s horror movie programs, from their inception in 1957 to the present Through career profiles of the Horror Hosts who provided comedic interludes between commercial breaks, discover which creepy presenter was one of the 12 reporters to travel around the country with the Beatles during their 1965 66 U.S tour, and learn about the politics behind Channel 32 s sudden and outrageous switch from Svengoolie to the Ghoul Also included are broadcast histories of such hostless programs as Creature Features, Thrillerama The Big Show, The Early Show, The Science Fiction Theater, and Monster Rally, along with a guide to 100 fright films broadcast on Chicago television and a look at the Shock horror library that started a TV craze Filled with rare photographs and ever before published data, Chicago TV Horror Movie Shows celebrates a grand tradition in local television.

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    1. Exceptionally well-researched and informative. I was born after Shock Theatre and the original Svengoolie ended their runs, but I--and, as I'm sure, other classic horror fans of my generation-- thoroughly enjoy the current Svengoolie on Me-TV. The Horror Movie Host has become a rarity, and it's fascinating to learn how it all began.

    2. I inter-library loaned this book because used copies are expensive - in a sense, I'm glad I did. It's a solid attempt to record a history of the presentation of horror films in the Chicago TV Market. I worded it like that because the book is not simply about Chicago horror hosts, but also about famous and memorable shows that featured no host (like the "Experiment In Terror" intro-ed CREATURE FEATURE).This is a good-natured and informative book that has a few things going for it. The authors gre [...]

    3. Such a big part of my childhood- I love Svengoolie! The best part was, even at a young age, us kids we allowed to stay up late, eat junk food, and wear all the spooky makeup we wanted:)Can't wait to read thisI live in Austin now and am going through Sven withdrawal:(

    4. I didn't read it cover to cover, but got a big kick out of the chapters I did skim through. Yes, the Son of Svengoolie I remember as a kid is the same ageless guy (Rich Koz) that's back on the air now. Love him. An interesting little factoid is that Cleveland horror host Ghoulardi, played by Ernie Anderson (predecessor to Detroit's "The Ghoul"), is the father of director P.T. Anderson. Perhaps father and son hunted quail together. hee heeIf, like me, you have fond memories of staying up late to [...]

    5. As the title may show, this book's content will primarily appeal to a couple select groups of people -- fans of classic local Chicago television and "creature feature" horror movie fans. I'm only at the fringes of those groups, having grown up after most of WGN and WFLD's classic TV era took place but still in time to catch the last of it and have an appreciation. I never even heard of Svengoolie until encountering the show on ME-TV (along with many others) in the past few years, but that was en [...]

    6. Anecdotes and interviews highlight this history of the horror-movie-show tradition in the Chicago area. I didn't expect to be blown away by amazing writing here, and I wasn't. But it was informative, interesting and once again made me wish I had grown up in the heyday of this kind of programming. Is there a better form of cultural education than watching a late-night B&W Universal monster classic in the basement with your friends while a local television personality performs bizarre skits at [...]

    7. bought this on a whim when perusing the bookshop inside the Heartland Cafe up in Roger's Park, Chicagoreading a book like this makes me wish i'd had a WGN affiliate or something like it when i was a kid. and that maybe i was a kid 30 years ago!there's also a decent set of appendicies, including a list on monster movies.

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