Wandering through the Shelves is ending the spooky month with TV Horror and, let’s face it there is a lot of horror on tv from all the fish lips on the Housewives of who cares to the T & A of the Bachelor crap. Oh...not that type of horror...ok, well, there are quite a few series out there but I have not seen them. I am finding many of these seem to be so negative and without much hope which I just don’t like, never mind if it has a lot of gore. Well, I was able to choose 3 and here they are...
1. THE HILARIOUS HOUSE OF FRIGHTENSTEIN-1971
I grew up watching this with the zany Billy Van playing many roles including the star which was Dracula who loved pizza more than blood. There was Igor and the Wolfman who played some great songs often dancing to some psychedelic background. You had a vet talking about pets and a Mad scientist who was an actual professor who studied under Albert Einstein. The biggest coup for this humble Hamilton, Ontario station was getting Vincent Price to introduce the show because he loved kids and thought it was unique. Apparently, Price was a true gentleman who bought beer for the cast and crew and got pictures done with everyone involved and wrote a special message for each person.
2. FOREVER KNIGHT-1992-1996
This is another Canadian TV Show about a vampire from the 12th century who decides to change his bloody ways and becomes a cop, befriending the morgue doctor who provides him with animal blood plus tries to change him back to a human. She is the only one who knows who he is and also has feelings for him as he does her. The cop also has a female vampire friend who runs a Local nightclub and a frenemy who tries to bring him back to the dark side of his nature. The current case he is working on, with his goofy partner, brings back memories of years or centuries earlier and the philosophical similarities it has with him today. It is well done and more intelligent than regular vampire shows.
3. THE DEAD ZONE-2002-2007
Ha! Thought I was going the vampire route but nope, I went the Canadian route because this is a U.S show but it was filmed in Vancouver and the last season was done in Montreal. This is based on a Stephen King novel and earlier film( done in Niagara On The Lake) about a man who was in a car crash and was in a coma for 5 years. When he awakes, life has certainly changed. His mom has died, his fiancée has married and he finds out he has a son. He also can see what will happen when he touches a person and warns them about what he sees. His caretaker is one who knows about his gift and often helps him. Anthony Michael Hall( the nerdy kid from the 80s John Hughes films). Is really quite good in the lead role and David Ogden Stiers brings panache as a somewhat diabolical character that was his mom’s new husband. I have not yet seen all the episodes but I am getting through them.
Which 3 would you choose? Oh and a Bugs Bunny Bonus.