Washington Post Express: “Down With the Count: Dick Dyszel”

Count Gore De Vol
AS “TRUE BLOOD” demonstrates, being an old vampire doesn’t mean you can’t be modern. Consider Count Gore De Vol, the first TV horror host to move his show online. On Saturday, the AFI celebrates Dick Dyszel‘s 1972-1987 tenure as the Count and kiddie emcee “Captain 20” with the premiere of the documentary “Every Other Day Is Halloween,” hosted by “Heavy Metal Parking Lot” co-director Jeff Krulik.

» EXPRESS: How did you get involved?
» DYSZEL: Curtis [Prather] would show up with cameras at events, and ask for clippings and footage. About a year ago, he said he would put it together as a film. Speaking as someone who grew up with hosted kids’ shows, if you grew up here and watched Channel 20, you owe it to yourself to see this film.

» EXPRESS: What horror hosts did you watch growing up in Chicago?
» DYSZEL: There was “Shock Theater” with “Marvin,” a beatnik with Coke-bottle glasses. After Universal released their classic films for TV, almost every station that bought the package put on some kind of hosted showcase around these movies.

 

» EXPRESS: Could you relate to Count Floyd on “Second City Television“?
» DYSZEL: I never saw it, but I had people continually telling me “Hey, Count Floyd ripped you off!” I replied that I ripped off Bela Lugosi, so what’s the big deal?

» EXPRESS: Being on the Web rather than TV, are you free to choose movies regardless of content?
» DYSZEL: We are limited to public domain, or new movies that people give us. And I think you’ll see more of that: With the advent of digital recording, everyone thinks they’re Cecil B. DeMille. Or J.J. Abrams, as the case may be.

» AFI Silver, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, Sat., June 27, 8:20 p.m.; 301-495-6700. (Silver Spring)

Written by Express contributor Paul Stelter
Photo by Dan Zak/The Washington Post

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