Calling all stations! Clear the air-lanes!Clear all air-lanes for the big broadcast.. Svengoolie is at the Volo Auto Museum!

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Svengoolie (Rich Koz) Paid Monsters After Midnight a huge tribute by autographing a card addressed to both myself and Monsters After Midnight!
On the 28th of October, Myself and a faithful follower Auntie -V, attended a special visit from Me-Tv’s one and only Chicago Horror host, Svengoolie. (Mr. Rich Koz). The weather was clear, though very chilly for this later part of October. A couple of hundred weather tough Chicago area residents braved the cold in a long line just to spend a few brief moments with Sven.
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Many brave fans waited for up to three hours in line to see Svengoolie at the Volo Auto Museum.
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Svengoolie has been the top Chicago Horror host since about 1979 and he was preceded by Chicago celebrity Jerry G Bishop who hosted the “Screaming Yellow Theater” prior to 1973. According to online “official” sources;
The show airs both low-budget and classic horror and science-fiction movies, with host “Svengoolie” – a telescoping of the words Svengali and ghoul – played by Rich Koz (pronounced “Koze”), who wears thick skull-like makeup around his eyes, a moustache and goatee, a fright wig, all black, and a black top hat, along with a tuxedo jacket over a bright red, open-collared, button-down shirt.
Just before and after commercial breaks, Svengoolie presents sketches, tells corny jokes, and performs song parody spoofs of the film being aired. Some shows were presented in what was later dubbed “Sven-surround” – a pun on “Sensurround”, a brand name theater audio system – in which Svengoolie would joke as the film aired, similar to Mystery Science Theatre 3000, but with sound effects as well. This stunt was discontinued for a short time, then brought back due to viewer request, although as a clip segment aired outside the film.One relatively recent addition to the show is the simultaneous use of twitter with the hashtag #svengoolie, allowing those watching to comment on the show.
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But as a huge fan of Sven. I must confess, it’s much bigger than any wikipedia page can describe. The Svengoolie show as entertained classic horror fans, their children and their grand children for generations. His on air work is a breath of fresh air that is all-inclusive for all ages in a time when many television programs have taken on an air of “adults only” in their presentation of adult subjects and adult content. In a time when TV and movies have become agenda driven platforms. Svengoolie alongside METV have managed to maintain an open nostalgic format where family can turn to when they grow weary of Modern TV and its heavy handed attributes.
Rich Koz was very gracious to all of those who waited to see him. He took plenty of time with each of his fans, signed autographed pictures and items that fans had brought to him to be signed. One thing is for sure, there were plenty of rubber chickens in the building!

Gene Stevens

(Son-Of Forry-A)

 

 

Horror on the Orient Express.. Well kinda By, Gene Stevens aka Son of Forry-A

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I have been to my share of horror conventions, comic-cons and haunted house (some real and some for fun). But I never took a train ride dedicated to horror until I rode the Haunted Train in Edgerton Wisconsin.

Nestled in the hills around Edgerton Wisconsin is a small and fascinating narrow gauge railroad which occupies a rather big piece of farm property. The train covers what seems to be a couple hundred of acres of farm land. The train route was filled with gory scenes, zombies, monster legends, vampires and classic horror monsters.

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According to the engineer, The engine is a converted  Henkel from Germany. Photo by the author.

It was a gloomy and rainy evening when we started our journey across the fall like Wisconsin terrain.  We started out in the their horror house which was filled with zombies and a bunch of  monster babies… Very creepy stuff indeed.

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Monsters babies .. part of Horror train experience

The train had two types of cars, one enclosed and one which was open for any brave souls who might have wanted to mix it up with the monsters and zombies. There were many displays along the train tracks.

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The entire train lasted about twenty minutes but I am glad we didn’t do it in the dark as certain wooded areas were very creepy in the evening gloom. Many of the urban legends were also present including bigfoot an my all time favorite “MOTH MAN”