As a long-time horror fan, some of my best memories are growing up watching cheesy movies being hosted by Elvira and even Svengoolie, a Chicago horror host hero. So I was more than a little excited when I heard that the horror host retrospective American Scary was coming out on DVD February 17th, 2009.
American Scary is an independent documentary that takes a look at the nation’s tradition of horror hosting with interviews and footage from major hosts and enthusiasts from the last 50 years such as Forrest Ackerman, John Kassir (The Crypt Keeper), Vampira, Joe Bob Briggs, and others.
There are also a slew of fan interviews featured on the doc of people who were influenced by these hosts, and fans will get to follow along to see how the idea of horror hosts came to be from its glamorous beginnings through repeated waves of popularity in the 1960s and 1970s to its scrappy resurgence and survival in the current modern television world.
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