The Project is Complete

The evening of Saturday, November 11, 1978 was the final broadcast of Horror Incorporated. As was often the case in those days, there was no message of farewell to the viewers. After the final program featuring Son of Dracula and The Mad Ghoul — something of a table wine for the horror connoisseur — the show simply dropped off the schedule.

But Horror Incorporated had a good run. It broadcast a total of 478 shows spanning nine years. 429 of those shows were double features, and most were broadcast in its traditional time slot of Saturdays at midnight. There were 54 noontime Saturday installments. If that doesn’t sound like many, remember that the Saturday shows were broadcast only seasonally, in the late winter between the end of football season and the beginning of baseball season. There were also 26 episodes broadcast on Friday nights in the early 1970s, when the show was at the zenith of its popularity.

This project has taken somewhat longer than I originally anticipated, and the world has changed since I began. When I started in the spring of 2010, there was still a Blockbuster Video in my neighborhood. Many of the early movies I obtained were available only on VHS tape, as they had never gotten a DVD release, and I often ordered them through Ebay. Streaming existed, but was still relatively new (Netflix streaming numbers had only caught up to DVD mailings that year) and it took me several years to find a reliable gray-market distributor for titles that had never been released on home video. I am happy to say that while there were titles that were difficult for me to obtain, I was able to find every movie in some format. Before the internet era that would have been an unlikely outcome.

Many of the films broadcast on the show were familiar to me, but many were not. I’ve now seen all of the golden age Universal monster titles, even the most obscure ones, along with most everything in the original Shock! and Son of Shock! TV package. And I’ve seen a number of very good movies I’d never even heard of, such as Isle of the Dead, Return of the Vampire, The Death Kiss, The Devil Commands, The Maniac, Dead Men Walk and The Scarlet Claw.

At the beginning I accessed the old Minneapolis Tribune TV listings through the Hubbs Microfilm Library at the Minnesota History Center in Saint Paul, a great resource with an extremely helpful staff, and I whiled away many a happy hour in that space, shuttling through reels and reels of microfilm. Later I subscribed to, a subscription-based service that lets you access archived newspapers online. Much more convenient, but a good deal more expensive.

I’ve met some great people through this project, in particular the great Jake Esau, who hosted the first reboot of Horror Incorporated ca. 2000. I was privileged to get to know Jake and to count him among my friends; he died in 2018, and you can find my posts about him here.

I’ve also connected with some great people in the Twin Cities horror, collector, and vintage TV community. Please check out their websites on the blogroll to the right.

While the headline on this post says the project is complete, that isn’t quite true; I have never compiled a proper database of the show, and I’m belatedly working on that now. And I expect I will post some follow ups in the coming weeks and months. But I think it’s safe to say that our journey through the graveyard is, finally, at an end.

Thank you for walking with me through the haunted spaces of classic cinema all these years, and sitting up with me in the flickering light of late-night broadcast television. It’s been a pleasure, and I have really enjoyed your company.



  1. Impressive achievement! I loved the old Horror, Incorporated shows, along with the Sherlock Holmes movies KSTP would show on Friday nights.

    Regarding that Horror, Incorporated, closing segment: You see a title card that gives the recording date (11/13/69) and lists the Director as “CGK.” I remember reading a post by someone who identified CGK, but I forget who that was. Would you happen to know?


    • Hi Tim! Glad to hear your memories about the show. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed this website.

      I don’t know the identity of “CGK” but would love to hear from anyone who knows. The director of KSTP studios at the time was Steve Hammergren. In an interview, he gave the following info about the opening / closing titles:

      “Horror Incorporated probably started in 1969. The first incarnation didn’t have a host, but it featured the great voice-over talent of Mr. Jim Wise, who worked at KSTP radio. The person exiting the coffin at the beginning and returning to the grave at the end, was my late friend Warner Smithers, who was then a floor director. Other crew members included Forrest Stanford, who ran the fog machine.”


  2. Hi Uncle Mike! I just discovered this project by accident, when I was explaining HI to my Oklahoma-raised husband. I showed him the show’s opening on YouTube, then went down the rabbit hole. And there you were!

    I have a question, though. I watched HI faithfully for many years, and remember that both The Monolith Monsters (boring!) and War of the Gargantuas were shown A LOT. Like, a lot a lot. Your list shows quite a few airings of MM, but WOTG is only listed…twice?

    Any thoughts on this?

    Thanks for doing this project. It’s good to know that I’m not the only one who geeks out on this stuff.

    Oh, and my husband wanted to share this info about a cool local program that was shown in Tulsa back in the day. Ever hear of it?


  3. Hi Kristine! Thanks for checking out the site. I love to hear from viewers who watched the show way back when.

    I also remember THE MONOLITH MONSTERS and WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS playing a lot back then (WOTG I particularly remember as a staple of the Saturday noontime show). There are a couple of reasons why I think the “official” record might differ from our memories.

    First, the newspaper listings were sometimes inaccurate. Last-minute substitutions were not uncommon, mainly (I think) because the film reels were often shipped from one station to another week-to-week (a process called “bicycling”) and if a film didn’t arrive in time, something else had to be subbed in. If the station owned a print of WOTG or MONOLITH MONSTERS — well, spool it up again, Tony, because this is what we’re giving ’em. Why weren’t these substitutions reflected on the Horror Incorporated Project? Because the newspaper listings are all we have to go on. The rest is guesswork.

    Another possible reason: our memories fray over the decades (mine certainly has) and sometimes we remember something from being on Horror Incorporated when it might have aired on another station. I do remember seeing WOTG as well as MONSTER ZERO on Mel’s Matinee a couple of times, for instance. And there might have been other movies that aired on competing channels that, over time, we’ve conflated with the spooky opening and closing of channel 5’s venerable show.

    As to the Mezeppa Show, I’ve never heard of it but I loved the article and the clip they had of it. Hosted horror shows are a great way to bond with the audience of (let’s face it) nerdy weirdos who like to stay up at night and watch monster movies. I’ll see if I can find more clips of the show on YouTube.

    Thanks again for reading the site and writing in!


  4. I’m interested to know if you’re aware of ANY print advertisements or paper promotional items of ANY kind. Newspaper ads or a window card anything. If you’re unaware of any such promotional items or ads, would KSTP have any kind of “archive” that you’re aware of?


    • Scott, you ask a good question. I’m not aware of any. Having had access to for a time, I did a lot of searches for “Horror Incorporated” in local papers which the OCR function was pretty good at catching. But I wasnt able to find any ads or articles about the show.

      That doesn’t mean that I haven’t missed something, so if any sharp-eyed readers are aware of any such ephemera, I’d be delighted to be proven wrong.

      As to KSTP, I had written to the curator of the collection at the History Center but never got a response. After seeing your comment, I wrote again in hopes of getting an answer. It seems like a slim chance to me, as most of what has been preserved is news-related. No one thought H.I. was worth preserving so a lot of stuff got thrown out. But I’ll post what response I get this time, if any.


      • Thanks! I’d be very interested in anything you might discover. Does KSTP not have a “archivist/librarian? You’d think so. But, I’ve no idea what a contemporary television station considers worthy preserving.


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