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

Posted in 1 on July 5, 2009 by everyotherdayishalloween

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

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

Posted in 1 on July 5, 2009 by everyotherdayishalloween

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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Posted in 1 on July 5, 2009 by everyotherdayishalloween

It’s late, your flipping the channels on the ol’ boob-tube…same stuff, different night…so you keep flipping…that’s when you find it…your local horror host show. For some of us it was Svengoolie, for some Elvira, for others it was Zacherly or Zamboo, but if you grew up in the Washington,DC area, then we all know who it was that brought you the ghoulish goodies on the scare-waves, none other than Count Gore De Vol and Creature Feature….or maybe you knew him as one of his other alter egos M.T Graves, Captain 20, or Bozo the Clown…. shoot, you may even still have your Channel 20 Club Card (over half a million were distributed during the 1970’s and 1980’s). He’s the one, the only, Dick Dyszel. Creture Feature ran on DC’s WDCA from 1973 to 1987. Mr. Dyszel also revolutionied the concept of “on demand entertainment” when he introduced the first-ever streaming horror host show in 1998, Creature Feature: The Weekly Web Program, predating Youtube, Hulu, and iPod.

From the director and founder of The Spooky Movie Film Festival, CW Prather, comes a comedic documentary on the career of Dick Dyszel, “Every Other Day is Halloween”, with rare footage andinterviews with Dick as well as with filmmaker Jeff Krulik (Heavy Metal Parking Lot), “scream queens” Eleanor Herman and Leanna Chamish, writer Steve Niles(30 Days of Night), critic Arch Campbell, and horror hosts John Dimes (Dr. Sarcofiguy of Spooky Movie) and Jerry Moore II (Karlos Borloff of Monster Madhouse).The doc premiered June 27, 2009 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, MD. CW Prather, as well as being the founder of the Spooky Movie Film Festival, which is based in Fairfax, VA, is also a Telly Award winning director and producer, who directed the documentaries, Public Witness, Sharlene’s House and the 1995 feature The Wave. For more info on the documentary you can contact Mr. Prather himself on the Spooky Movie site,http://www.thespookymovie.com. You can also check out Creature Feature: The Weekly Web Program first hand at http://countgore.com/gore/ and see Count Gore De Vol in action! Tell him Madame Mortem sent ya!

The Washington Post: “Creepy, Kooky, Mysterious in Summertime”

Posted in 1 on July 5, 2009 by everyotherdayishalloween

By Lavanya Ramanathan
Saturday, June 27, 2009

Halloween . . . in June? Well, for Washington TV personality Count Gore De Vol (real name: Dick Dyszel), it used to come in October, November, December and June — once a week actually, when he provided the comic relief for the “Creature Feature” on local television back in the ’70s and ’80s.

Tonight at the AFI Silver Theatre, the count and all of Dyszel’s other quirky personas are examined in the premiere of “Every Other Day Is Halloween.”Other horror hosts (including Countess von Stauffenberger and Dr. Sarcofiguy), Arch Campbell and “Heavy Metal Parking Lot” filmmaker Jeff Krulik turn up in this documentary to talk about Dyszel and his vision. The movie’s director, C.W. Prather is joined by the count and Krulik for a talk after the screening, which also kicks off the Spooky Movie Festival’s annual Midsummer Night’s Scream series.

$6-$10. Today at 8:20 p.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720 or http://www.afi.com/silver.

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