FULL DISCLOSURE: I originally purchased Horrible Horror on a “tape” for the VHS machine about twenty-five years ago. I watched it over and over again because I had no friends and an odor that tended to drive people away. We can now see how much has changed in twenty-five years! F This Movie! was born, so now you can hear what I have to say without smelling me, my babies, which is the true miracle of the Internet.
Original horror host Zacherley is our master of ceremonies and during the course of the program he recreates many of his famous bits from the late 1950s. He “electrocutes” toys with the glowing arc of electricity visible between two induction coils, he eats cauliflower “brains,” and, in my favorite scene, he treats a woman’s nylon stocking full of green Jello as a space alien, stabbing it repeatedly and letting the green goo run out. This is the kind of thing I really “dug” as a twelve year old and still “dig” today because I have never matured mentally past age twelve. Ask my doctor! Or my wife.
ANNOYING AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL PAUSE: I once met John Zacherle at a Famous Monsters horror con in Alexandria, Virginia. He was charming and delightful, and at age 97 he is still alive!
AN INCOMPLETE LIST OF THE TRAILERS AND FILM CLIPS ON THIS DISC: 13 Ghosts, The Alligator People, The Ape Man, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Attack of the Puppet People, Beginning of the End, Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla, The Blob, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die, Carnival of Souls, Devil Bat, The Giant Behemoth, The Giant Claw, The Giant Gila Monster (a personal favorite), Glen or Glenda, The Hideous Sun Demon, House on Haunted Hill, The Indestructible Man, Invaders from Mars, Invasion of the Star Creatures, I Was a Teenage Werewolf, The Killer Shrews, King of the Zombies, Little Shop of Horrors, Macabre, Missile to the Moon, Night of the Living Dead, Plan 9 From Outer Space, Robot Monster, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, The Screaming Skull, The Snow Creature, The Spider, Spider Baby, Spooks Run Wild, Teenagers From Outer Space, Tobor the Great, Valley of the Dragons, War of the Colossal Beast, and Zombies on Broadway, plus outtakes from Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, a 1933 interview with Bela Lugosi, and Bela himself performing a cool magic trick on the old You Asked For It television program.
I wish more of my students could enjoy entertainment that was produced before their births instead of being such miserable nostalgia-phobes. Horrible Horror is available on DVD from Amazon.com and comes highly recommended.