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Virginia Creepers: The Horror Host Tradition of the Old Dominion 2011 NR

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Full length documentary profiling Virginia and DC horror hosts from 1958 to the present.

Starring:
Roger Barr, Anson Kessinger
Runtime:
1 hour, 59 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Documentary, Comedy, Horror
Director Sean Kotz, Christopher Valluzzo
Starring Roger Barr, Anson Kessinger
Supporting actors Mister Lobo, Scott McKnew, Jerry Moore
Studio Horse Archer Productions
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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"Virginia Creepers" is, in fact, really good. It covers the history of horror hosts in Virginia, and does it pretty thoroughly. These filmmakers have researched every Virginia horror host they can find a record of, and have located stills and/or video showing a lot of this history. Then they've located as many of the surviving actors and crewmembers as possible, and interviewed them, to provide stories from the real people who created these shows. And to round it all off, there are interviews and observations from various original fans, some of whom, inspired by their local horror host shows, have gone on to work in the media. See, horror hosts are positive role models! This documentary's real accomplishment is that it conveys, through the various stories and memories, how much fun it was watching this stuff, and how popular it was at that time. A sense of the audience's enjoyment is conveyed throughout, and as a result, this DVD is fun, throughout. Recommended to any fans of horror host shows, absolutely.
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The era of Horror Hosts is a lost tradition on television. You know must look for such things on the net. I wrote to the Producers of this film to tell the how much I enjoyed it and they promptly responded with some good suggestions for those who like such things.

Hi Terry,

. . . well, first of all, thanks. We had a blast doing this film and were very fortunate to be able to track everyone down and find the old photos, audio and video.

As for American Scary, they just had limitations and could not really get to the whole country . . . which fortunately left a gap for us to fill. It took us two hours to do the state of VA and we really could have done four. In fact, that is how we ended up doing the sequel on the Bowman Body ([...]).

But, I did want to let you know that there are still plenty of hosts practicing the craft, largely on the internet. If you get MeTV locally, you can catch Svengoolie who is showing Universal classics each weekend. There is also [...] (Count Gore De Vol) who shows old public domain films AND has a "new blood" segment each week as well.

Then there is [...] which shows horror hosts more or less around the clock.

Check those out an enjoy!

Sean
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From: Terry
Subject: Virginia Creeper

Dear Sirs:

I wrote to thank you for the DVD "Virginia Creepers". I am 60 now and I grew up with Horror Movie Hosts. They are now a forgotten breed, which I fine very sad. At least Elvira has DVD's and is on HULU.
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These folks did a great job of gathering interviews and clips of what was probably considered highly disposable local tv culture. My personal memories stretch back to Hazel Witch who introduced me to the Mummy and Frankenstein's Monster up to Dr. Madblood, who I could see from Norfolk when the moon was just right here in Richmond. It didn't matter how bad the movie was, they were there suffering through it with you.
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The director and producer really delved deep into the little seen vaults of the Virginia television studios. He must have used a bloodhound to track down some of the horror hosts from the 1950s and the 1960s who have long since retired from television. It's a great ride through the decades, covering every horror host known to have broadcast a hosted movie in the state (and in Washington, DC). Karlos Borloff is here, and Count Gore DeVol, and Sir Graves Ghastly, and Ronald the Ghoul, and Hazel Witch, and Doctor Madblood... and many more, including Mr. Lobo, who narrates the documentary.

There were hosts I never heard of before, such as Ghoulda, and Jonathan, who both broadcast their shows in the late 1950s. Did you know that the small state of Virginia can boast the first horror host? Yep, and his history is here in this documentary.
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If you grew up in Virginia in during the 1950's - 1990's this is a must have DVD. The disc covers essentially every local TV late night horror host frm the 1950's to the present.

It includes many interviews with the (in most cases) still living hosts including favorites of mine like Dr. Madbllod, Bowman Body and Count Gore DeVol. Also iterviewed are fans, stage crew, producers, other actors and many more. Quite a few humerous anecotes including the theft of a coffin prop in Hampton, VA in the 1960's that local teens "borrowed" and sold .50 chances to have your photo taken in the coffin.

The DVD includes many clips from these classic shows.

Brings back a lot of wonderful memories. My only regret is hat it's only two hours long! I hope they will make a Virignia Creepers Part 2 with more interviews clips.

You will enjoy this DVD and be nostalgic for the days when there was more local programing!
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