Washington Post Tip of the Week: “Ghoulish Film Fun”

From the 1960s through the 1980s, almost any good-size American city had one: a cheesy local television host who would dress up in ghoul drag–“The Creep,” “Dr. Paul Bearer,” “Lucretia Mortem”–to present horror movie broadcasts. Washington’s version was Count Gore De Vol.

The AFI and Discovery Channel’s SilverDocs documentary festival may be over, but on Saturday, June 27, at 8:20 p.m., AFI’s Silver Theater will host the world premiere of “Every Other Day Is Halloween,” a documentary by local filmmaker Curtis Prather about our own Dick Dyszel, who played the Count. (Locals with deep roots may also remember Dyszel’s stints as Bozo the Clown and WDCA-Channel 20’s Spock-eared “Captain 20.”) Prather and Dyszel, in character, will be on hand for a post-screening Q&A moderated by legendary local filmmaker Jeff “Heavy Metal Parking Lot” Krulik.

Tickets are $10; $9 for seniors, students and military personnel; $8.50 for AFI members; and $6 for age 12 and younger. For information, call 301-495-6700 or visitwww.afi.com/silver. The theater is at 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring (Metro: Silver Spring).

–Michael O’Sullivan, Weekend section

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