24 * Hilarious House of Frightenstein

In 1971, Mitch Markowitz and his brother Rafael “Riff” Markowitz started filming their new children’s cult classic comedy horror sketch program The Hilarious House of Frightenstein! Back then, they had no idea just how popular it would become in Canada, the US and across the world.

The Hilarious House of Frightenstein was a Canadian children’s television series produced by Hamilton, Ontario’s independent station CHCH-TV in 1971. It was syndicated to television stations across Canada and the United States and occasionally still appears today in some television markets. In Canada, the series is currently airing on Space, TV Land Canada, and MTV2.

A quirky sketch comedy series that included some genuine educational content among the humor, the show’s cast included Billy Van, Fishka Rais, Guy Big, Mitch Markowitz, Vincent Price, and Julius Sumner Miller. Van played most of the characters on the show.

All 130 episodes were made in a single nine-month span starting in 1971; the scenes with Price and Miller were all filmed within one summer.

You can follow Mitch on Twitter at @ImTVsSuperHippy and you can visit his website at superhippy.com

Full episodes of the show are available on Youtube!

If you’re in Hamilton Ontario this weekend, you can catch Mitch at either of these events:

Dark Carnival poster

Hamilton Place gig poster

Intro music: Waysted by Kromatiks Music

Outro music: Old Habbits by Kromatiks Music

Mid-Show Ad was for Tell Me About Your Song

22 * 18 Wheels of Horror!

This week I’m happy to talk with Eric Miller who is editor of and contributor to 18 Wheels of Horrorwhich is a recently released horror story anthology in the small but growing genre of trucking fiction!

From Amazon:

Psychotic killers, devious ghosts, alien monsters, howling storms, undead creatures, and other dark forces haunt the highways and the truckers who drive them in these 18 chilling tales!

A ghostly voice on a trucker’s CB radio knows more about his life than it should… Two drivers find their cargo gives them inhuman appetites… A boy in a truck stop encounters a supernatural force that threatens to destroy the world… The hypnotic singing lulling a driver to sleep might not be coming from the tires… A fender-bender between a big rig and a four wheeler is not as accidental as it seems… The sinister cargo lurking in a rock and roll band’s fleet of trucks is unleashed at their final show…

Hit the road with this anthology of trucking horror fiction! Contains the Bram Stoker Award winning story “Happy Joe’s Rest Stop” by John Palisano.

Eric also edited Death Comes to Hollywood and Death Comes to Hollywood II!

In addition to writing, Eric has extensive experience in the Hollywood filmmaking industry – some of which brings him into direct contact with long haul truckers and their fascinating lore.

Since getting into the film biz a few years back, Eric Miller (BSMG) has done jobs as varied as Producer, Production Executive, Director of Development, Screenwriter, Line Producer, Production Manager, Transportation Coordinator, and Location Manager. In addition to these pencil-pushing chores, he also got his hands dirty as a video camera operator, grip/electrician, driver, set dresser, craft service person, production assistant, and has swept more floors than he can count.

Learn more about this excellent new book, what brought Eric into horror fiction as a child, some of his ideas about gore in horror, and his plans moving down the road!

Check out more at: bigtimebooks.com

Intro music: Waysted by Kromatiks Music

Outro music: Old Habbits by Kromatiks Music

Mid-show promos for: Cybertronological

15 * Comedy & Horror in the Nude with Tim Chizmar

Tim Chizmar is an actor, writer, comedian and avid nudist living and working in LA. I talk with him about nudism in America, nudist comedy in LA and his past naturalist-themed film project, Naked Alien Massacre! We also talk about his new project CHURCH:

STORY: Inspired by fiction set in religion/afterlife such as HELLBLAZER/CONSTANTINE, LUCIFER, THE CROW, PREACHER, GHOST RIDER, SPAWN, HELLBOY, etc “CHURCH” is the name of our title character, an unlikely hero in over his head and thrust in a situation beyond his comfort and his personal faith. Between battling demons, angels, hauntings, biker gangs, vampires, Lucifer, and even the possibility of the end of the world, CHURCH will find the true meaning of why we are here and whether anything we do matters. There’s a reason why if God does anything for you, its called a F*@!ing miracle.

With a cast of wrestling legends looking forward to showing the world that more performers than The Rock and Batista can cross over to the big screen. This film comes from the minds of 2-time Academy Award winner Jeryd Pojawa (Abyss & Terminator 2) and famed horror writer Tim Chizmar, whose work has appeared in Fangoria, icons of Fright and even had CLIVE BARKER saying of his work “Reaches past the conventions of the commonplace.”

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/TimChizmar/church

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Tim also has a story in the 18 Wheels of Horror anthology:

18 Wheels

So buckle up for this and much much much more!

12 * Modeling, Horror Films & Corpses

This week, I talk to LA actress and model Jin ‘n Tonic! We talk about the recent passing of her Honda Civic (Lil Geisha); a little of her filmography — which includes a film called Aliens vs Titanic; her controversial work with Girls & Corpses which allegedly involved posing naked with a corpse; and her plans to go to a yoga retreat in Spain — help her out below! … And a whole lot more!

Jin’s GoFundMe to get her to Spain: www.gofundme.com/rxwv2458

Jin’s official website: www.jinntonic.com