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Child's Play - A Look Back at Long Lost Kid Friendly Horror TV Shows!





"The Hilarious House of Frightenstein" (1971)
This Canadian import is the creme de la creme of bizarro children's programming. A friendly acid trip of obscurity which features an opening and closing by the great Vincent Price, who also pops up in several episodes along the way. The man behind all of this madness is one-man comic genius Billy Van, who plays several characters in the show including Count Frightenstein, The Librarian, a DJ named The Wolfman (no relation to Jack), Grizelda - the Ghastly Gourmet, and tons more! The show follows Count Frightenstein - the thirteenth son of Count Dracula who was exiled to Castle Frightenstein in Frankenstone, Canada for failing to revive Brucie J. Monster, a Frankenstein-like monster. Assisted by Igor (an unforgettable Fishka Rais), an overweight incompetent, and a three-foot-tall mini-Count (Guy Big), each episode followed the Count’s efforts to revive Brucie and featured comedy sketches, wacky music, dancing, a flying hippie dressed like Superman, a constantly under attack gorilla, and more psycho fever-dream stuff than you can handle in large doses. Simply put, it RULES. The show ran a whopping 131 episodes, several of which are available on DVD in Canada. Thank god for importing!

Child's Play - A Look Back at Long Lost Kid Friendly Horror TV Shows!

There you have it, kids. A good portion of how and why I grew up loving the macabre and loony side of life. There were dozens of other shows out there that even I'm not aware of! Maybe you can share what frights raised you right in the comments section below!

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Vlad's picture

Lots of great memories here, thanks for sharing (I also grew up in the 70s!). The vampire stuff is, of course, more near and dear to my heart. If anyone's interested in more vampire TV, check out my book! (shameless plug...)


Submitted by Vlad on Fri, 04/12/2013 - 5:25pm.
Terminal's picture

Fantastic list.


Submitted by Terminal on Fri, 04/05/2013 - 1:51am.
PrairieGhost's picture

That's one hell of a look Back in time! Makes you feel sorry for all the kids growing up now. Every parent should feed their kids minds with these shows.


Submitted by PrairieGhost on Thu, 04/04/2013 - 9:20pm.
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Debi Moore's picture

How well I remember some of these shows - especially Groovie Goolies. Such a blast from the past this story is!


Submitted by Debi Moore on Thu, 04/04/2013 - 4:58pm.

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