Back in October of 2007, I saw the premiere of a great documentary at the Coney Island Film Festival called American Scary. It was about all the wonderful local TV horror hosts from around the country, stretching all the way back to Vampira in the 1950s, and somehow it managed to land interviews with just about all of them. I loved every moment of it, but I especially loved when director John E. Hudgens and writer Sandy Clark caught up with Commander USA. He was my horror host! (Of course, he didn't only show horror movies. If I recall, he went on a kung fu kick for a while there. But yeah, it was mostly horror movies, and gloriously bad ones at that!) Celebrities like Neil Gaiman, Leonard Maltin, Tom Savini, the late Forrest J. Ackerman, and even my friend P.D. Cacek show up to offer their opinions and insights about horror hosts, too. Seriously, the movie is like crack for horror nerds like me! I even did an interview with Sandy Clark for Fear Zone.
The good news is that American Scary has finally found distribution! You can rent it through Netflix, or, for you hardcore collectors, it's also available for sale through Amazon and the other usual suspects, or directly from the distributor, Cinema Libre.
If you loved TV horror hosts the way I did as a kid, check it out. It's a lot of fun, and maybe you'll spot your horror host in the lineup!