….but I’ve finally gotten around to adding Chilly Billy’s Chiller Theater TV Log to the blogroll. It is a crackerjack site, curated by George “E-Gor” Chastain, who also runs the delightful E-Gor’s Chamber of Horror Hosts page, which I’ve mentioned in the past, and which you will already find in our list of recommended sites.
I’ve only seen YouTube clips of Bill Cardille’s program, but it’s pretty clear why this show is one of the most fondly-remembered creature features ever. To put it simply, it’s tremendous fun. Cardille is a guy who seems to love what he’s doing and we can’t help but enjoy his company. And the movies, week in and week out, are a blast. As much as I love Horror Incorporated, I’ll admit it’s a bit stodgy when compared to Cardille’s show: Horror Incorporated is heavy on Universal horror (exclusively the Shock! package at first, expanding later to include 50’s sci-fi and horror offerings) and therefore without a great variation in style and tone.
But part of Chiller Theater’s charm was its zany mishmash of subgenres. Take the Shock! package, throw in some Hammer titles (The Creeping Unknown, Island of the Burning Doomed), add some Corman cheapies (War of the Satellites, Not of This Earth), a dash of Ed Wood (Bride of the Monster), some indie favorites (I Was a Teenage Werewolf, Invisible Invaders), a couple of made-for-TV oddities (The Questor Tapes, Gargoyles), spice it up with some weird Japanese titles (The H-Man, X From Outer Space), shake it up and see what happens. There’s a gleeful, slightly anarchic sensibility at work here, and little wonder the show has such a following even today.
E-Gor is clearly a smarter guy than I am, because he didn’t foolishly decide to write about every freakin’ movie that came up on the schedule; nor was he dim-witted enough to do all the research himself. He crowd-sourced the titles, calling on folks with collections of old TV Guides to suss out what was on for a particular week. As a result, his site is complete, and he is no doubt sipping mojitos on the beach, watching a Caribbean sunset and congratulating himself on a job well done. Meanwhile, the Horror Incorporated Project grinds on, year after year, and my only hope is that I complete my work before the icy hand of Death clamps down on my weary shoulder.
But you know, E-Gor had a great idea. If you’re a fan of the old Horror Incorporated show, and if you have anything that would add context to the project – an old advertisement, an autographed photo, a videotaped promotional spot — send it to me and I’ll post it on the site.