I talk it up a lot around these parts, but the one thing that drew me in to horror in the first place was the afternoon Creature Double Feature on Boston’s WLVI, channel 56. This was pure old school UHF goodness. Crappy flicks meant to influence the easily corruptible minds of New England’s children. Among those influenced was me. Now look at me! I’m one of the barons of the horror blogosphere! Between heavily echoplexed station bumpers set to Emerson, Lake & Palmer I was exposed to the wonders of the genre and it left a huge impression on me. It’s a crying shame that these things don’t really exist anymore. Creature features in the days of yore had long shelf lives and you were extra lucky if your local creature feature came with someone like Zacherley or Svengoolie. Every now and then my Creature Double Feature pops up on the radar thanks to local car dealership emperor, Ernie Boch Jr. but they never stick around. If you’ve never seen a Creature Feature like the one I’m describing, you don’t know what you’re missing. If you have, then I’ve probably inspired great tears of nostalgia. Go ahead. It’s okay to cry.
This coming Saturday, that’s Halloween, folks, you people with cable hookups to do so will be able to tune into New York’s WPIX for a taste of the good life, when the Uncany X-Men cost thirty five cents per issue and Tom Carvel assaulted your ears with his heavily accented New York drawl by way of ten cartons of cigarettes. Yes, Chiller Theater is coming back and if you have the means to do so, I strongly advise you to tune in. If you don’t, you’re not a troo horror fan. They’ll be running Hammer’s The Evil Of Frankenstein from 1964, starring Peter Cushing and the show will be hosted by none other than Elvira, Mistress of the fucking Dark! The show will feature the original opening, too, which is a staple of the program similar to the Creature Double Feature that I described above. The show starts at 8, so have your popcorn popped or you’ll miss it!