News Channel 8: “Every Other Day is Halloween – World Premiere”

Posted in 1 on July 5, 2009 by everyotherdayishalloween

For anyone that grew up around here and is old enough to remember Channel 20 in the 70s and 80s, this documentary chronicles the career and legacy of Dick Dyszel, whose television alter-egos, “Count Gore De Vol,” “Captain 20” and “Bozo the Clown” helped raise generations of Washingtonians. 

The world premiere is on Saturday, June 27 at the Silver Theatre in Silver Spring and the Count himself will be making an appearence.  Tickets are $10. 
More about the movie:

“Great film. Great, great film.”

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From the Blog “Chandler’s Bar & Grill“:

Fast forward just shy of two years. I get an update email from Gore’s site about some little doc being screened at the AFI Theater in Silver Springs, Maryland on the 27th of June. The subject of the doc was one Dick Dyszel and his long career as Washington, DC’s Bozo the Clown, Captain 20 and, most important of all to me, Count Gore de Vol. The tickets were $10.00 a pop and, on top of the movie, there would be a chance to chat with the man of the hour and see some memorabilia from good old days of DC’s then locally programmed Channel 20.

My wife took one look at it and said “NO” in a very firm voice that made it clear that no argument would be allowed on the matter.

“No,” she said’ “I am not putting up with 25 plus years of you complaining about that like you did with your parents. Buy the tickets right now and we’ll stay the weekend with my sister up there. But I plan to be married to you for at least 25 years and I am not putting up with 25 years of complaining about not getting to go and see Gore de Vol in person and how it was all my fault like you’ve done to your parents since you were a teenager.”

So, despite a bout with poison ivy (that actually worked in my favor) early in the week and more road construction than I thought you could drive through in one trip that short, I found myself here on the evening of the 27th.

Every Other Day is Halloween

Great film. Great, great film. As much as I loved American Scary I found this one to be better by far in every way. I don’t know if that’s just because it was so much better or because I have been a fan of the subject of the film for so long, but it was just a great way to spend the evening in a theater and, from what was said, will be an even better filled out DVD later this year. Even the “poor” wives and friends that we of the Gore fandom dragged to the show were laughing out loud and loving it. Plus the Q&A was great (did learn something a bit odd and very funny about my favorite Forrest J. Ackerman interview) and I finally got to thank the man for how much entertainment and joy he’s given me for all these years. So, yeah, 25 years is way to long too wait for some things, but it was worth it.

“It is about 3 am and I am still awake…”

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Sean Kotz is a documentary filmmaker currently finishing his documentary on Virginia based television horror hosts, Virginia Creepers:

I was at the premiere of EVERY OTHER DAY IS HALLOWEEN tonight and I found my anticipation rewarded … greatly rewarded. Nicely cut and very well researched. 

A film like this could easily slip into stumbling disarray, blind hero worship, or solipsism. The fact that it does not . . . and that it is very conscious of the legacy factor of Dyszel’s influence on other hosts and DC aboriginals . . . is a mark of genuinely invested filmmaking.

I think the first question in the Q&A said a lot . . . “when will it be on DVD?” People were asking it before they had seen the movie, of course; but they did not HAVE to ask it afterward.

It is about 3 am and I am still awake, and I think it is because I got a nice, sweet blast out of the movie.

“Popcorn & Candy: Creature Teacher”

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DCist’s highly subjective and hardly comprehensive guide to the most interesting movies playing around town in the coming week.

2009_06_25_goredevol.jpgEvery Other Day is Halloween

SILVERDOCS is over, but the AFI just can’t quit the documentaries. While they’re returning to the retrospectives that were running before the festival interrupted, they’re featuring limited runs of three documentaries as their prime offerings over the next week. Included among those is the fantastic 1984 documentary, The Times of Harvey Milk, a film that formed the basis of much of last year’s excellent biopic Milk, and is even more moving than Van Sant’s narrative version. And on Saturday, the theater is hosting the world premiere of a documentary on a local legend: Dick Dyszel, (aka Bozo the Clown, aka Captain 20, aka Count Gore De Vol).

If you grew up in the D.C. area in the 70s or the 80s, chances are you’re familiar with at least one of those aliases. Dyszel got his start on local television on WDCA 20 as one of the many Bozos across the country, before moving on to long stints as children’s programming host Captain 20 and, perhaps most famously, asCreature Feature host Count Gore De Vol (a subject DCist has looked into before). It was in this last incarnation that he had the most impact, serving as the gatekeeper to classic horror movies for a generation of Washingtonians, and becoming one of the most well-known horror hosts in the country short of Elvira. Always one to push boundaries and stay close to the cutting edge, Dyszel resurrected the Count a decade after his television run had ended to become the first host of a streaming web program, an online show that continues to this day. Director C.W. Prather’s documentary charts Dyszel’s career, from clown to count, and features interviews with other famous horror hosts, and commentary from local fixtures like Arch Campbell and Jeff Krulik (director of the iconic Heavy Metal Parking Lot). Krulik will also be on hand at Saturday’s premiere to moderate a Q&A with Prather and Dyszel after the screening.

View the trailer.
Saturday at 8:20 p.m. at the AFI.


“It’s a fantastic and inspiring documentary!”

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June 27
8:20 p.m.
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Silver Spring, MD

Hosted by: Midsummer Night’s Scream II

Every Other Day Is Halloween is director C.W. Prather’s documentary about Count Gore De Vol, the beloved Washington, D.C. TV horror movie host. Portrayed by Dick Dyszel, De Vol was a major cult celebrity in the nation’s capital during the ’70s who fell victim to ’80s media consolidation. After being tossed off the air, De Vol turned to the Internet where he has led a renaissance of horror movie hosting. Also, the “Other” of the title refers to other characters Dyszel portrayed on TV, including Bozo the Clown and the sci-fi themed kids show host Captain 20.

You can read Bad Lit’s review of Every Other Day Is Halloween here. It’s a fantastic and inspiring documentary.

The screening will feature director Prather and Count Gore De Vol in person. The post-screening Q&A will be moderated by D.C.’s own documentary filmmaking legend Jeff Krulik.

C.W. Prather is also the founder and director of Washington D.C.’s Spooky Movie Film Festival.

For more info, please visit the AFI website.

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

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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 The theater is at 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring (Metro: Silver Spring).

–Michael O’Sullivan, Weekend section