Tonight classic horror host Elvira returned to television with a new incarnation of “Movie Macabre”. The film was the original “Night of the Living Dead”, a classic of course, unfortunately I’ve seen it more times than I’d like to count, but it still made for fun late night viewing. I’m looking forward to seeing what other films they’ll be playing. Considering the current crop on Chiller and SyFy though, I’m hoping MM will showcase some of the older B horror flicks that haven’t gotten much airtime in recent years. Elvira hasn’t seemed to miss a beat, and is at home as ever with hosting duties and the occasional pop-up quip at the films expense. I think the show could even stand to include more of that sort of thing, I mean at this point I think people will be tuning in more for Movie Macabre than for whatever movie it’s framed around that week.
It was nice to see my favorite horror host on the tube again. I’ve been an Elvira fan all my life, indeed some of my earliest horror movie memories were of schlocky b-films hosted by this vampiric valley girl. The show had been off the air since sometime in the 90s I believe, and since then the sort of public access/local television craziness I used to love seems to have dwindled. YouTube has a similar flavor, but there’s something much much stranger and more charming about this sort of lunacy being broadcast INTO your home. A fleeting transmission to you in the middle of the night, leaving your poor, substance addled brain to make sense of Wally George or some strange movie hosting ghoul – it seems less sterile than the endlessly tagged, linked and commented video sites on the web. Don’t get me wrong, I love my social media – but i like the idea of someone presenting a show to you, somewhere between the homemade web video and overproduced mainstream media.
Anyway, I enjoyed the show and I’m looking forward to next week’s. If you find yourself at home at midnight on Saturday night – give it a look, I think you’ll enjoy it.
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