In central Indiana, we had Nightmare Theater hosted by Sammy Terry, who identified as a ghoul. Every Friday night, Sammy would rise from his coffin in his mountain castle and host a double feature. During commercial breaks he would drink a Type O cocktail and chat with George the Spider.
Sammy was on for years - starting out in the early '60s - and I watched from the time I was a tyke in the mid-'70s and into my college years in the late '80s. It was where I first saw black and white classics like Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Creature From The Black Lagoon. I also remember seeing The Horror Of Party Beach
Joe Bob Briggs did a fantastic tribute to Zacherle on “The Last Drive In”.
Predating him, of course, was Vampira.
Then we had Sinister Seymour in the '70s, who hosted some of the first movies I ever watched on TV. (Little Shop of Horrors stands out.) But he died young, sadly. Then, of course, we got Elvira, and the rest is history.
I regret to say, I do not remember Count Scary or Dr Shock… looks like the Count came along after Buckeye Cable dropped 50, and I have no excuse for missing Dr Shock. I did find this… The Ghoul vs Count Scary!
Channel 50 occupies a warm fuzzy spot in my heart for the late, great Bill Kennedy. Not a horror movie host, but one of the great movie hosts of all time, and capable of great snark when the movie he was showing was not a particularly great one.
I admit that I didn’t remember Bill Kennedy’s name, but I just did a quick search, and I absolutely remember watching him on Channel 50. I remember that my biggest takeaway was that he wore a hat like the Skipper, so that says something about my sophisticated viewing habits.
My most vivid memory of Channel 50 was the opening to the Saturday afternoon Creature Feature…
I don’t remember ever being old enough to watch public access television or spooky movies when they were around, but I thought it would be worth mentioning that SCTV has a great reoccurring bit called Monster Chiller Horror Theater hosted by “Count Floyd”. I’d definitely recommend looking it up on youtube, it’s very silly.
He wasn’t a horror movie host, but anyone who grew up in the early 1970s through the mid-1980s in Southwestern Ohio knows of Bob Shreve. He hosted an all-night movie show on a couple of different Cincinnati television channels and for a time on Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio.
The show featured Bob with a variety of puppets (and usually the sponsor of a local brewery, which led to the shows getting more “relaxed” as the night went on) doing bits inbetween segments of the movies. Many fans watched just of Bob. The cast of puppets weren’t really much in the way of puppets actually (besides a second-hand Grover Muppet that appeared often and could have easily led to some cease-and-desist action). The Kid was a small kewpie doll that constantly got her head knocked off, while Gororo was a scary mask on a manequin head that was so popular he had his own horror-hosted movie show for a time (imagine Cambot having her own show, to give you an idea of how bizarre that concept was).
Because it was done live for 4-5 hours every Saturday night back in the 1970s, there isn’t much footage available, but some clips by fans with early access to recording equipment has turned up over time. Here’s an ad with Bob and The Kid for one offering.
Ultimately it was a show that if you know it, you understand, and if you never lived through it, you probably can never understand the magic of the show.