Sunday, December 19, 2010

Virginia Creepers

It's been a busy month for me, so busy that I've had little chance to watch much outside of the endless episodes of Max and Ruby that my daughter inflicts on me. However, I did get to a little gem of a documentary that I'm finally writing up called Virginia Creepers.

Made by one of my old professors from Virginia Tech, the film is a look back at horror hosts in the Old Dominion, which is one of Virginia's nicknames and not to be confused with King's Dominion, which was a fun theme park when I was little. Honestly, I'm not familiar with most of the hosts as none of them were really airing in my area when I was there. I think I caught one or two in my late night ramblings, but I can't remember much about them. Several I recognized the names of, like Mr. Lobo, who hosts segments, and Sir Graves Ghastly, who is probably the biggest name to come out of there.

There's no real hook or story to the documentary. It's just a loving look back at something that the filmmakers loved and wanted to share with us. Even though it clocks in at two hours long, it feels like it could have been much, much longer as just as we get familiar with a face, we're on to the next one. I wouldn't mind seeing another installment with more on each or maybe an in-depth look at several that were already covered.

It's fun to watch the various production levels of the shows fluctuate from one to the next. Some are pretty slick productions that look to be up to Elvira standards. Others are cobbled together affairs that still have a better value than the movies they show. Some look like they were shot on handycam and you wonder how exactly the host qualifies as a host.

It's well worth checking out if you're a fan of horror hosts at all and to see what lengths they went to to show us the movies that we grew up with.

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