Please indulge me for a moment and take a trip down memory lane…….to a wondrous place called the Son Of Svengoolie show from the 80’s! What??? You don’t know what the Son Of Svengoolie show was??? Well….if you didn’t live near Chicago and if you don’t peruse around Youtube a lot looking up old clips of 80’s horror movie shows, then you probably are clueless. Let’s just say that the show was a HUGE part of my childhood and Sven is still on the air today on MeTV ( he’s now known as just Svengoolie though).
The point of this particular post is to spotlight a parody that was done on the Son Of Svengoolie show a loooooong time ago, which clearly was poking fun at David Naughton from An American Werewolf In London. You see, before David was turning all fangy and hairy courtesy of make-up effects master Rick Baker in that classic 1981 movie…..he was peddling Dr. Pepper to the masses!
Amazing. And I am curious how many of you out there wanted to be a Pepper too. But anyway, Son Of Svengoolie periodically would do song parodies on his show and yes, he parodied the Dr. Pepper commercial. Only instead of Dr. Pepper, it was called Dr. Rābbees! Get it? Because of the werewolf thing?? And werewolves might have rabies???? Anyway, here’s the clip and hopefully you enjoy it as much as I do for the ridiculousness that it is. And make sure and watch Svengoolie on MeTV every Saturday!
Booooooo!!! (and not boo as in the ghostly good kind) Halloween is over. Christmas is coming. And like most of you, I am having Halloween withdrawals. So, what to do?? Well, watch an old parody song clip from the Son Of Svengoolie TV show of course!
Now, before I get into the clip – if you don’t know who or what the Son Of Svengoolie is, it was a horror-themed variety TV show that was based in the Chicago area with the character being played by Rich Koz. Originally started in the early 70’s under the name Svengoolie (played then by Jerry G. Bishop), Son Of Svengoolie was a HUGE part of my childhood. Fun fact: The show is still currently on with new episodes (as Svengoolie again) on MeTV!
But anyway – I was scrolling around Youtube and found this old clip from the 80’s show parodying trick-or-treating with the aptly titled song ‘Trick Or Treat Blues’. So enjoy the campy 80’s Son Of Svengoolie vibe and don’t fret…..Halloween will be here again before we know it!
I was sitting here thinking about how I got introduced to the world of horror and it finally came to me…..my Dad woke me up one day and scared the shit out of me with a Gene Simmons Kiss mask on when I was 5 years old – no wait, I’m thinking of Happy Gilmore’s grandma from that movie – although my Dad would end up creeping me out later in life with a cheaply made Santa Clause beard and mask that still haunts me to this day.
*photo not completely accurate*
But no, my first real introduction to horror was watching Night Of The Living Dead on my Grandma’s rabbit-eared TV in her kitchen after eating some chicken and polenta. It frightened me, to the point where I constantly looked out of my front window across the street of my house to the cornfield to see if any zombies were coming to eat me or some bugs off of our trees (sidenote: that cornfield has now been turned into a lovely row of houses). And from that point on, I was fully immersed into the world of horror. Continue reading →