20 February 2011
Monday/February/21 2011 Filed in: Entertainment / Media
Being Human is our favorite TV series about all things unhuman
The series -- a kind of Three's Company for the supernatural underworld -- examines the joys and trepidations of a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost sharing a flat in England. It answers the age-old question, can't we all just get along?
Being Human (the BBC original not the SyFy clone) is smart, witty and intriguing. And Ghost Annie can haunt us anytime.
But the series got us thinking about Creepy TV back in television's more Golden Days.
Creepy TV Hosts
Rod Serling was the best known but there were a slew of program hosts who introduced programs with a chilling and enigmatic monologue.
Alfred Hitchcock: Alfred Hitchcock Theatre
John Newland: One Step Beyond
Roald Dahl: Way Out
Boris Karloff: Thriller
Comedy of Terrors
Before Cable TV and Netflix the only way to see classic scary movies was on some local TV station late on a Saturday night.
These movie nights were often hosted Halloween-style by someone with a way-over-the-top tongue-in-cheek approach to terror.
The talented Elvira. Mistress of the Dark, arguably the most successful of these hosts, went on to national fame and, we hope, fortune.
Here in the Midwest we had Svengoolie and Son of Svengoolie.
When a local Chicago station came up with the idea for Screaming Yellow Theatre, they hired local disk jockey Jerry G. Bishop to host the show.
Jerry concocted the part-beatnik, part-hippie character Svengoolie to do comic bits and sketches during the scary movie breaks.
Enter the Son of Svengoolie
When Jerry G. left the show in the late 1970s, he handed over the reins to one of his young writers, the brilliant and hilarious Rich Koz. He's kept the franchise going, one way or another ever since.
Rich was originally billed as the Son of Svengoolie until a number of years later he was bequeathed, by Jerry G., the full Svengoolie monicker. Now we know him as Sven.
If we were asked to name the funniest five people on television, Rich would be at the top of our list. The man is a genius.
Putting on the Boot
Boogie-Woogie Bogeyman of Berwyn