Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Horror Host Profile #4: Count Gore De Vol

Meet Count Gore De Vol: Legendary Creature Feature Host

Count Gore De Vol is a horror host legend having been on the air nearly 50 years. Not only being one of the longest running active host, he is also the first to take his Creature Feature show to the internet. He is a member of the Horror Host Hall of Fame, Rondo Award winner, and even has an awesome documentary about him called Every Other Day Is Halloween, which you can find on Amazon.

Count Gore De Vol took time for our Q&A. Enjoy this look into an icon of horror!

TheSteveStrout: What inspired you to become a horror host and what were the biggest inspirations to your character?

Count Gore De Vol: Without being flip, it was beer and pizza. I was sitting in the conference room at WDXR-TV in Paducah, Kentucky along with our general manager and a couple of other employees watching some movie open packages. It was very late at night and there was plenty of pizza and beer to keep us occupied. After probably one too many beers, a film package was playing the open for a hosted horror movie. It was “Night of Terror” hosted by M.T. Graves.  I chuckled and in my best Romanian accent blurted out, “That’s what we need a hosted horror movie!”

The GM. turned to me and said, “You’re hired!”

He wasn’t kidding. So, we copied the showcase title and the name of the host and I was told to develop a character that would host movies, LIVE” on Saturday night. This wasn’t too hard in that I had a tux left over from my HS prom, I also had a cape (after all it was the ‘70’s) and I knew a little about make-up. The only problem was that I was also the 10 O’Clock news anchor. So I through it to the sports guy and had less than 10 minutes to get into make-up, costume and be on the set for the show. It was always tight.

TheSteveStrout: What or how were you introduced to the art of the horror host world? (Yes I consider it an art form) What's your earliest memory of horror hosts? (Personally Elvira was EVERYWHERE when I was a kid, and there was stuff like the Cryptkeeper and late night horror flicks for example...I'm too young to have seen the legends besides through research)

Count Gore De Vol: I was introduced to horror movie hosting by Marvin, the host of Shock Theater on WBKB in Chicago in 1957. He was a beatnik with a blond wife called “Dear” whose face we never saw. This was also my introduction into the Universal Horror Classics, since the release of those films as part of the “Shock” Movie Package that spawned a large number of horror hosts around the nation. Like so many other kids, I would sneak down to the TV after my folks went to bed and quietly watched the show.

TheSteveStrout: When did you debut your character?

Count Gore De Vol: Well, I brought M.T. Graves to Paducah TV in 1971, but most people in horror know me as Count Gore De Vol, who first went on the air on WDCA-TV in Washington, DC on Feb. 3, 1973.

After way too many 100 hour work weeks in Kentucky, I quit and very quickly got a job in DC. Now, let me be clear, horror hosting was not in the cards when I changed stations. You see, in Paducah, I also produced and hosted “The Bozo Circus!” I made it a very successful program and just as I left, WDCA was looking for, a New Bozo! After rebooting their show and taking on the role of another kid’s character, Captain 20, I fought very hard to also do a hosted horror movie showcase. The GM. didn’t want it, but I persisted in being a pain until he relented. We gave the character a new name and the rest is history.  It was at that point that the stationed signed over the rights to the character, his name and the work product to me.

TheSteveStrout: What have been some of your career highlights to date?

Count Gore De Vol: There are so many, but surviving in a major market like Washington for 15 years was not easy given the station changed hands twice. It was the third owner that closed the production facility, killing off the show. One of my proudest and smartest moments was July 11, 1998 when I took Count Gore De Vol to the Internet, becoming the first Horror Host of the Internet at www.countgore.com. This of course opened the character up to an International Audience. Then in October of 2018, I brought “Count Gore De Vol Presents” to Roku as a free channel that changes programming at the beginning of each month.

Needless to say, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and get to know many horror movie actors and fellow horror hosts and on March 25, 2011, I was in the first group inducted into the Horror Host Hall of Fame! How can you top that?  It was my honor and privileged to induct Elvira in the Hall the following year!

TheSteveStrout: What is your personal favorite horror or sci-fi movie, and favorite that you've had the opportunity to host on your show?

Count Gore De Vol: I love the old Universal Classics. Yes, they aren’t very scary, but they set the foundation that everything else is built upon. My favorite scary movie is the original “Alien.”  My favorite horror/comedy is “Young Frankenstein.” It’s a loving work of genius.”

Since 2013 I’ve had the opportunity to select my favorite films and live host them at the American Film Institute Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland. Three times a year I get to bring such films as “Phantasm,” “Them!,” “The Bride of Frankenstein,” “King Kong,” the double feature “Thing From Another World” and John Carpenter’s “The Thing” and lots of others back to the big screen! On Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, I’ll be live hosting probably one of the scariest of the bunch, “The Exorcist!”

TheSteveStrout: Where can people view your program?

Count Gore De Vol: People can get a weekly dose of hosted horror at www.countgore.com.  It changes every Saturday night and I show both feature public domain films as well as exciting and scary shorts films from around the world. We also have contests, reviews and other things of interest for the horror fan. Then, if you have a Roku Box or a Roku TV, you can add my FREE Channel by going to ‘search’ typing in Count Gore De Vol Presents and then click on the add button. Each month I host 4 films, bring the audience 4 classic interviews with horror stars along with two outstanding short films.

TheSteveStrout: Since it's the Halloween season, what is your favorite thing about Halloween?

Count Gore De Vol: Since I get to enjoy Halloween all year long, I really enjoy watching the mere mortals living out their horror fantasies along with their endless desire for sugar!

Find Count Gore De Vol on social media at the following:

Twitter: www.twitter.com/countgore

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/countgoredevol/

Instagram: https://instagram.com/goredevol?igshid=1atcl86syzm9o

Roku users, make.sure to add his channel: COUNT GORE PRESENTS

Here's a older clip and some photos I found of the Count Gore De Vol:








Stay tuned all month long to meet some more great Horror Hosts, ranging from up and comers to legendary characters, sharing their love for horror, B movies, creature features, sci fi, and the best (or worst) in film. Also, be on the lookout on our social media for an awesome themed giveaway!

Personally, I'd like to thank you all for reading and enjoying this series of Horror Host profiles im putting together for Halloween, and many thanks to the hosts for taking their time to participate.

It's my honor and pleasure to share my love of the art of the Horror Host, and to share and promote these great performers with you. Stay spooky, my friends!... Steve aka TheSteveStrout
Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

          

Friday, October 11, 2019

Horror Host Profile #3: Dr. Gangrene

 
Meet Dr. Gangrene, host of DR. GANGRENE'S CINETARIUM

Dr. Gangrene is a multiple time Rondo Award winning horror host celebrating his 20th year hosting spooky and kooky movies, by making his return to Nashville's CW58 all throughout the month of October, and appealing to fans of all ages!

Dr. Gangrene did our Q&A, so read on and learned more about this mad scientist's career and his television return with DR. GANGRENE'S CINETARIUM!

TheSteveStrout: What inspired you to become a horror host and what were the biggest inspirations to your character?

Dr. Gangrene: I was inspired by Nashville’s 70s and 80s host, Sir Cecil Creape, played by the late great Russ McCown. I wanted to create the type show that used to be on the air back then. No one else was doing it around here, so I decided to go for it.

TheSteveStrout: What or how were you introduced to the art of the horror host world? (Yes I consider it an art form) What's your earliest memory of horror hosts? (Personally Elvira was EVERYWHERE when I was a kid, and there was stuff like the Cryptkeeper and late night horror flicks for example...I'm too young to have seen the legends besides through research)

Dr. Gangrene: I saw Sir Cecil Creape a very little as a kid, mostly through commercials and ads in the 70s (his show aired from 70-73). I did meet him at a Boy Scout event once though, where I earned my Sir Cecil’s Ghoul Patrol patch that I proudly still wear on my labcoat today. Other than him the only hosts I had seen when I started were national hosts like Elvira and Joe Bob Briggs, Rhonda Sheer, etc.

TheSteveStrout: When did you debut your character?

Dr. Gangrene: The first episode debuted July 1, 1999 on Hendersonville cable access. I moved the show to Nashville cable access shortly after, then eventually to Nashville broadcast TV.

TheSteveStrout: What have been some of your career highlights to date?

Dr. Gangrene: So many over the years… Appearing in USA Today in a photo with Zacherley, alongside an article about horror hosts (where they talked about my show, too); Appearing in the Dick Tracy comic strip; Appearing on Spike TV; Winning multiple Rondo Awards; Appearing on the cover of the Nashville Scene newspaper with a great article inside; Appearing in the horror host documentary American Scary? That was a pretty cool moment too. There's just so many, it’s been an amazing ride and I feel fortunate that folks like what I do. 

Probably one of the greatest honors was when my son dressed as Dr. Gangrene for Halloween one year. How many people can say their son dressed as them for Halloween?

I’m also pretty proud of the PSA campaigns we did, using classic monsters. 



TheSteveStrout: What is your personal favorite horror or sci fi movie, and favorite that you've had the opportunity to host on your show?

Dr. Gangrene: Well it’s hard to pick just one. I love so many types of films, honestly. Some favorites are Creepshow, Curse of the Demon, Fulci’s Zombi, Tales from the Crypt, pretty much anything starring Vincent Price (especially the Corman and Castle films).

Of the films I’ve hosted, when I was on WNAB in the 2000s they provided me a great package of both good and terrible films to host. Some standouts were The House that Dripped Blood, Total Recall, Aerobicide, Piranha, Space Mutiny, Phoenix the Warrior, etc.

TheSteveStrout: Where can people view your program?

Dr. Gangrene: It’s my 20th anniversary as a horror host this year, and to commemorate the event the station has put my show back on the air all October, on Nashville’s CW58 WNAB, this time around called Dr. Gangrene’s Cinetarium. I will also be posting the episodes on Youtube, so out of town fans can catch them there, along with all of the content I post weekly on there year round. Be sure to subscribe and click the notification bell so you’ll get notified when a new video goes up (every Saturday morning). I’m doing a Halloween countdown on there this year too that starts Oct. 19 and goes through the end of October. youtube.com/drgangrene

TheSteveStrout: Since it's the Halloween season, what is your favorite thing about Halloween?

Dr. Gangrene: I love everything about it. Probably my favorite things are the massive amount of horror movies on TV and spooky things in stores, pumpkin spice EVERYTHING, and kids trick or treating. I’m a traditionalist, and stay home to hand out candy every October 31st. It’s the one day of the year I have never done anything Dr. Gangrene-wise. That’s my day off!

Follow Dr. Gangrene on social media at the following:






Enjoy some more photos from Dr. Gangrene




Stay tuned all month long to meet some more great Horror Hosts, ranging from up and comers to legendary characters, sharing their love for horror, B movies, creature features, sci fi, and the best (or worst) in film. Also, be on the lookout on our social media for an awesome themed giveaway!

Personally, I'd like to thank you all for reading and enjoying this series of Horror Host profiles im putting together for Halloween, and many thanks to the hosts for taking their time to participate.

It's my honor and pleasure to share my love of the art of the Horror Host, and to share and promote these great performers with you. Stay spooky, my friends!... Steve aka TheSteveStrout
Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

          

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Horror Host Profile #2: Lilith Von Bloodworth

 
Meet Lilith Von Bloodworth, Host Of MONDO CREEPY!


Lilith Von Bloodworth is one of the newest scary movie hosts on the scene. She going to bring us the best and worst in movies from the comfort of her haunted video store with her show, MONDO CREEPY. They aired their first episode recently, featuring one of the most important horror films of all time, Romero's Night Of The Living Dead, with a broadcast full of campy humor and film knowledge reminiscent of horror host legends like The Ghoul and Elvira. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Cool Projects #29

I missed posting a "Cool Projects" last week, due to being very busy setting things up for my horror host profile series, which we just posted the first article today. It's a fun way to celebrate the Halloween season!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Horror Host Profile #1: Malvolia: The Queen Of Screams

Meet Malvolia: The Queen Of Screams

Malvolia, an award winning horror host and actress known as The Queen Of Screams, hosts her own web series, along with an epic Halloween Special she releases each October. You might have seen our mini review of last years Halloween special (if not its available HERE).

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Thestevestrout.com's Halloween Horror Host Profile Series!

I've been teasing a special Halloween themed post on social media, and now I'm finally ready to fill you in on what I've had up my sleeve, though I did tease it in a prior Cool Projects post.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Port Townsend Film Festival

I wanted to post a quick shout out to the Port Townsend Film Festival, and share some of my highlights with you fine folks.

First off, with all the events, conventions and festivals I've attended over the years, I like to think that I have a pretty good knowledge of what does or doesn't work, and whether or not there's a lack of organization to the event. In the case of the Port Townsend Film Festival, they bring a level of excellence that exceeds a good majority of "shows" I have been too.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Cool Projects #28

This Cool Projects edition features a crowdfunded trivia game, an awesome DVD set and mention of a few of this weeks intriguing comic book releases.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Cool Projects #27


COOL PROJECTS #27
Time for another Cool Projects article, but first we wanna congratulate our friends at Zaid Comics on their successful crowdfunding effort for their Magic Cop graphic novel. They surpassed their goals Great job guys. Its gonna be a fun comic. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Q&A With Film Maker, Gary Lundgren

The Port Townsend Film Festival is right around the corner, and I normally do, I go through their screening list to see what looks interesting to me. I've stumbled across some gems over the few years I've attended PTFF including last year's Bathtubs Over Broadway and the superhero farce from a few years back, Electric Man.

In this years search for movies I may view, a film from northwest film maker Gary Lundgren called Phoenix, Oregon caught my eye.

Friday, August 30, 2019

The Thing Music and Art Festival Recap

The Thing music and arts festival had its inaugural event over this past weekend, August 24th and 25th right here in my neck of the woods at Fort Worden, a former early 1900s military base in Port Townsend, Washington. Sadly, due to family emergency I was only free to cover Sunday at THING, but I managed to pack a lot into my abbreviated visit.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Cool Projects #26

Due to some scheduling restraints, in this latest Cool Projects, I'd like to share a few of this weeks comics hitting shelves on August 21st...

Jim Cornette Presents: Behind the Curtain is a collection of pro wrestling stories from one of the greatest minds in sports entertainment history, Jim Cornette. If you know Cornette, you know he is as honest and outspoken as they come. This oughtta be a great no holds barred graphic novel from IDW.

I'm a little behind on my own comic subscriptions, but you better believe I have the House of X and Powers of X comics on my pull list! 

I'm hearing nothing but great reviews on Johnathan Hickmans work in reshaping and setting up the future of the X Men and mutants on these books. These two mini series intertwine, setting the X Men relaunch this fall.

Powers of X issue 3 dropped this week on new comic Book day! Who's been reading it so far? I need to hurry and catch up.

Another book I havent read yet that I need to check out is Superman Year One. 

This reimagining of Superman's story chronicles Clark's growth into the Man of Steel, written by the legendary Frank Miller with John Romita Jr on art duties. What a team up, right?

Honestly I'm disappointed as to how far behind I am on reading.


One comic I have managed to keep up on is the new Vampirella series from Dynamite. Issue was was a great start and left me wanting more, and I get it this week with the issue 2 release...Vampi's definitely been getting some love on her 50th anniversary with these great comics and collectibles featuring the iconic character. I'm sure we'll discuss this series more in the future.

What comics did you all pick up on this new comic book day? What series' are you looking forward to? Let's discuss.

Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

          









Thursday, August 15, 2019

Cool Projects #25


First off I want to give a shoutout to this great artist, Antony Hare, that has a very unique delivery style for collectors of his work.
Antony is a digital illustrator bring a really cool style in his art. He does portraits of celebrities and pop culture icons, comics, and has done commissioned word for many companies and publications.

A lot of artists will sell you actual prints, which is really cool, but in this case you get a high resolution file of the piece at a really affordable price through his online store. This allows you to use the illustration indefinitely at your discretion. You could use as screen savers, print it yourself or whatever.

Even Kevin Smith is a fan of Antony Hare's work, which is how I discovered. Check out his site and store for the digital downloads at www.ahpi.ca and www.tonicville.com respectively. Thanks to Antony for the art samples to share with you guys.

Boom Studios brings us a new horror adventure in Something Is Killing The Children.

This thriller brings us to a small town being terrorized by a series of murders, when a mysterious character, Erica Slaughter, shows up claiming to have the ability to stop the string of crimes.
Authorities become leery of her when she believes children's claim of monsters in the woods. Is Erica Slaughter a legit monster hunter, or just a crazy the police should worry more for the tight knit communities safety?

James Tynion spins this tale as the writer, with Werther Dell'Edera providing brilliant, dark visuals only fitting for this book. Boom Studios releases Something Is Killing The Children # 1 on September 4th. More info at boom-studios.com

Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

          



Sunday, August 11, 2019

We Visited Page Turner Books in Kent, WA


I'm assuming you saw our recent post about our visit to the Retro Emporium in Kent, Washington. If not, check it out HERE.

While we were in the neighborhood, we stumbled across another great hidden gem of a shop that I felt needed to be mentioned, Page Turner Books. This place was definitely an unexpected surprise. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Cool Projects #24

Were back with another Cool Projects article, featuring another great book from Valiant Comics and a crowdfunded comic that will have you feeling nostalgic for the books from the 80s and 90s!

This past week (July 31st) Valiant Comics released the first issues of Killers. Killers #1 is action packed right from the get go.

A series of retired ninja assassins are summoned by their mysterious sensei, Jonin back into the ninja operative life...but why? We will most definitely find out in the coming issues of this 5 book mini series, based on Valiants Ninjak comics. This looks like it's going to be a fun one.

The creative team of writer B. Clay Moore, with Fernando Dagnino doing the art, really tell this tale of this secret ninja organization perfectly. Check out Killers #1 from Valiant Comics.

And while on the topic of fun comics...I really think you guys will dig this indie comic in the crowdfunding stage.

Knuckle Supper Studios brings us Tales From Neroesville. Tales From Neroesville or TFN, brings us a universe full of superheroes, but issue one focuses on a pair of underdog heroes (Maybe less underdog, than underperformers), Airball and Lightning Doug featuring the creative team of D Jason Meadows, Andi Kurniawan, and Randy Sargent.

The two bumbling heroes start TFN issue 1 being outsmarted by a petty criminal, to be saved by a real superhero...who tips them off to a secret shindig for heros, which they weren't invited leading them to sneaking in to the party.

Tales From Neroesville is a very well put together comic, with some great art and straightforward dialogue. It reminds me of comics right our of the earlier days of Image Comics, with an abundance of over the top characters, put together with some great classic comic book art. This is really funny stuff, but really made me want to get to the next issue.

I think TFN would be a good project to support, especially if you love superheroes and have a sense of humor. It really brought to mind a 90s film called The Specials (from James Gunn). I'm definitely enjoying what I've seen.
Check out the Indiegogo campaign at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tales-from-neroesville-issues-1-2-and-3?fbclid=IwAR19izj_wFvtojZ6-tnQ_bB01PsZSxIVcNTEQeEeR72I06e1MEt70XtOsQ0

Steve Strout is the media mastermind (haha) behind this site, host of the Comic Book Swap Meet, nerd, terrible artist, gamer, convention goer and comic book reader who spends more time rescuing toys from thrift shops than a normal adult should. He is also known around the northwest for his promotion of live music and stand-up comedy events and is the creator/producer of the Comic Book Swap Meet mini convention, and Olympic Peninsula Comedy Competition (which will make it's big return soon!). Follow him on Instagram at http://instagram.com/thestevestrout, and  He can be reached for comments at ptcomedy@yahoo.com on twitter at @thestevestrout

          

Guest Post: Jesse Daniel's SDCC experience

Our buddy Jesse Daniel sent us in a summary of his San Diego Comic Con experience this year including some great con going pointers. He a veteran so he knows what's up...check out and share Jesse's recap, and give him a follow on Instagram... www.instagram.com/the7thcandidate

The Return of the King: Attending the 50th San Diego Comic-Con
There's a certain sense of anticipation one feels when approaching the San Diego Convention Center from across Harbor Drive; seeing the infamous San Diego Comic-Con eye logo staring down at you from the many banners surrounding the venue, witnessing as the giant posters begin to decorate the many hotels that are adjacent, watching crews assembling offsite events that will be alive with patrons in only a few short days.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

We Visited The Retro Emporium in Kent, WA.

Regular followers of thestevestrout.com have probably caught wind of my push to promote great comic shops, gaming shops, arcades, anime stores, and other awesome nerd and pop culture establishments. We recently visited one of the coolest shops around, the Retro Emporium in Kent, WA. 

The shop is PACKED wall to wall with everything from vintage Garbage Pail Kids and A-Team trading cards, retro gaming gear and wear, to comics, toys and pop culture memorabilia. That's just the tip of the iceberg. They even have a mini arcade  set up with quarter-op machines!