Tuesday, March 3

13th Annual Rondo Awards now open!

Voting has begun for the 13th annual Rondo Awards, an annual award recognizing horror excellence, and I'm proud to announce I've been nominated for five awards this year, in the following categories:

-- The Doctor Is In-Sane, by Dr. Gangrene, SCARY MONSTERS

-- Dr. Gangrene's Mad Blog Musings from Nashville's maddest horror host.

-- FANTASTIC FILMS OF VINCENT PRICE A film-by-film video review of Vincent's output by Dr. Gangrene

-- DR. GANGRENE (Nashville)

-- BLOOD WATERS OF DR. G  - A collection of bands from Dr. Gangrene's Horror Hootenanny.

You can check out the full ballot at http://www.rondoaward.com

to vote, you simply email your selections to taraco@aol.com

Thanks, and good luck to all the nominees!


Thursday, February 26

The Fantastic Films of Vincent Price #25 - Curtain Call at Cactus Creek

In this episode Dr. Gangrene takes a look at the 1950 comedy/western/musical, CURTAIN CALL AT CACTUS CREEK, starring Vincent Price, Donald O'Connor, and Walter Brennan. In it Price plays hammy stage actor Tracy Holland, on tour through the old West with his fellow actors when they run afoul of the infamous bank robber Rimrock Thomas (Walter Brennan) and crew. Hijinks ensue.

About this series:
Dr. Gangrene, Physician of Fright and Award-winning Nashville-based TV Horror Host (aka writer/film historian Larry Underwood) explores the films of the merchant of menace, Vincent Price, in chronological order from first to last, approaching them from a scholarly perspective, offering commentary, review and criticism.

Saturday, February 21

Monster Kid Radio House of Wax Special

Back in August 2014 I made an appearance on the MONSTER KID RADIO podcast, speaking with host Derek Koch, and we discussed the film HOUSE OF WAX. I put together a video version of the podcast. Check it out here and if you haven't subscribed to the Monster Kid Radio podcast yet, definitely check it out -  host Derek Koch does a great job on it! http://www.monsterkidradio.net

Thursday, February 19

The Fantastic Films of Vincent Price #24 - Champagne for Caesar

In this episode of The Fantastic Films of Vincent Price Dr. Gangrene takes a look at the quirky comedy CHAMPAGNE FOR CAESAR, 1950, starring Ronald Colman, Celeste Holm, and Vincent Price. It was directed by Richard Whorf. Price plays the Burnbridge Waters, the owner of the Milady Soap company and sponsor of the popular Quiz show Masquerade for Money. An eccentric genius named Beauregard Bottemley appears on the show and begins cleaning up, answering question after question correctly until he threatens to bankrupt the company. Throw in a couple of quirky romances, an alcoholic parrot and Art Linkletter as TV host Happy Hogan, and you have all the ingredients of a classic screwball comedy.

About this series:
Dr. Gangrene, Physician of Fright and Award-winning Nashville-based TV Horror Host (aka writer/film historian Larry Underwood) explores the films of the merchant of menace, Vincent Price, in chronological order from first to last, approaching them from a scholarly perspective, offering commentary, review and criticism.

Thursday, February 12

Episode #23 of the Fantastic Films of Vincent Price - The Baron of Arizona

In the latest episode of The Fantastic Films of Vincent Price, Dr. Gangrene dives into Price's films of the 1950s, taking a look at his first film to be released in 1950, The Baron of Arizona, starring Vincent Price, Ellen Drew, and Reed Hadley. It is based on the real-life story of James Addison Revis, who - in one of the stranger chapters in American history - attempted and almost succeeded in swindling the US Government of the entire territory of Arizona.

About this series:
Dr. Gangrene, Physician of Fright and Award-winning Nashville-based TV Horror Host (aka writer/film historian Larry Underwood) explores the films of the merchant of menace, Vincent Price, in chronological order from first to last, approaching them from a scholarly perspective, offering commentary, review and criticism.

Wednesday, February 11

Dr. Gangrene Portrait by Roger Koch

It seems that lately the Doc G illustrations have been appearing left and right, and that was the case again this past weekend as my good friend Roger Koch surprised me tonight with this amazing illustration  - For those who haven't had the pleasure of meeting him yet, Roger is a super-talented artist who posts artwork daily on Facebook. Check out his profile and look through the treasure trove of fine art there, you'll quickly see why he was awarded a Rondo Award a couple of years ago. This was a great surprise, and made my night - Roger, I love it my friend - great work! You're the best!

Thursday, January 22

Horror Host Portraits by Artist Bradley Beard

I wanted to introduce you viewers to an artist named Bradley Beard, who is doing something pretty neat - a drawing a day, posted on Facebook. He began his series on October 1st, 2014, doing character portraits from Horror and Sci-fi movies...


Originally scheduled as a 30-Day challenge, he decided to continue the experiment, and eventually switched the focus of his series to featuring horror hosts each day, with spectacular results...

I was honored to be his most recent test subject, for day 113 of his art challenge. Thanks so much, Bradley - these are fantastic!! Keep up the great work!

Stop by Bradley's Facebook page and check out all his work, and be sure to tell him Dr. Gangrene sent ya!! https://www.facebook.com/bb2design

Friday, January 16

Dr. Gangrene inducted into the Horror Host Hall of Fame

 It is my great pleasure to announce that yours ghouly has been inducted into the HORROR HOST HALL OF FAME.

 This year was the first that they added a new category, New school ghoul, and I'm honored to win. thanks so much to everyone who voted for me.

This is also doubly-sweet because this year the host I grew up watching, Sir Cecil Creape, is also being inducted, so I'll be giving the speech for HIS induction while I'm there, too!

 Here's the full list of the 2015 inductees:

Ok folks...here it (finally) is. The inductees for the 2015 Horror Host Hall of Fame! Congratulations to everyone!

Baron Von Wolfstein
Bob Hoolihan Wells
Count Frightenstein
Gilbert Gottfired
Rhonda Shear
Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Josh "J Elvis" Weinstein (MSTK)
Misty Brew
Sir Cecil Creape
Super Host

New School Ghoul:  Dr. Gangrene

Behind the Screams:
American Scary
The Horror Host Underground

Thursday, January 15

Interview with Mani Yack Artist Jeff Carlson

Greetings Fright Fans! Recently it was my pleasure to make the acquaintance of artist and monster movie lover extraordinaire Jeff Carlson. He has been doing a series of monster-themed merchandise based on the old 70s Mani Yack style designs, and they’re really awesome. I thought I’d invite him into the lab here for a chat…

Dr. Gangrene - Hi Jeff, thanks for joining me here on Shackle Island for this interview. Hope the zombies in the graveyard didn't give you too much trouble...

Jeff - Zombies are driven by a craving for brains, right? Then I've got nothing to worry about.

Doc G - So tell me about Mani Yack artwork. I understand it is something that originated in the 60s, classic iron-on decals and monster designs, if I'm not mistaken? Where did the name Mani-Yack come from?

Jeff - Honestly, there's not a lot to be said about the origins of the vintage "Mani-Yack" stuff. The old company was based on the East Coast and put out a lot of these iron-on transfer designs . . . mostly sports related stuff. They only did six Universal monster ones.

Many years ago, I had a set of the original transfers. I used to be a big collector. Anyway, the vintage pieces were too valuable to actually put on a shirt but, being in the graphic design business, I had them professionally scanned and offered them as new heat transfers.

Jeff - People went crazy for them. I couldn't keep them in stock. At about the same time, several people mentioned how cool it would have been if they'd originally done more monster designs besides just the first. Being a commercial illustrator by profession, I took the idea and ran with it. The first new "tribute" designs I did were of Dr. Phibes and Vincent Price. The rest, as they say, is history. Now my library of new "Mani-Yack" monster images is over 40!

Doc G – That’s fantastic – I noticed you have a Zacherley one – are you a big horror host fan, and did you have one in your area growing up?

Jeff - Yes, I've been a life-long fan of horror-hosted movies. I grew up in Central Illinois in the 1970's . . . where we were treated to several different programs, Svengoolie being the best one.

Doc G - You talking the original Sven, Jerry G. Bishop, or Son of (later to become just Svengoolie) Rich Coz? Both really are top notch, honestly.

Jeff - Jerry G. was before my time. Many years later, I'd have the pleasure of meeting Rich (Svengoolie) Koz. For a while, I was the unofficial cartoonist for a Yahoo group dedicated to the him! I still occasionally submit drawings to his FB page. It's great to see him nationally syndicated now.
We had a couple other "Creature Feature" types shows . . . . the only one worth mentioning would be the Chuck Acri hosted one. He didn't dress up or anything but he did run pre-recorded monster skits by some other characters.

Doc G - Tell me about your art background. What were some of your early influences?

Jeff - Early influence . . . comics. Specifically, the early Swamp Thing and the work of Berni Wrightson. TV shows like Kolchak and Night Gallery made a huge impact on me as well. So much great stuff growing up in the 1970's! I also do some prop making. Quite proud of my "Medallion of Dracula" and "Amulet of Kharis".

Doc G - Very cool! Have you done any work in films?

Jeff - Not exactly . . . but one of my Dracula medallions did get used recently in the Amy Heckerling film VAMPS. Malcolm MacDowell wears my piece throughout the entire film.

Doc G - How cool is that?! So are there any actors or monsters you’ve been wanting to do a mani Yak of but haven’t gotten around to yet?

Jeff - Oh, yeah . . . I've got a growing list of Mani-Yack candidates. I've had a few private commissions of these recently too. I like to do the more obscure B-movie characters. Right now, I'm knocking around a Thriller/Michael Jackson sketch as well as Lurch from the classic TV series.
Thanks for having me, Doc.

Doc G - Absolutely, thanks for stopping in. Feel free to grab a spare brain off the shelf there to toss to the zombies on your way out.

Jeff - Much appreciated! You've got quite a selection to choose from.

Doc G - They seem to like the bad brains the best… don’t we all? And keep me posted on all your future endeavors!

Jeff - Will do. There's always something cool being cooked-up over at Mani-Yack Headquarters.

Speaking of which, let me give you guys some links to where you can check out all the awesome work from Jeff, and pick up some cool Mani Yak goodies for yourself.

Firstoff is the Facebook group, always a good place to connect with jeff directly as well as other Mani Yak fans:

Next is Red Bubble, which features some cool products, such as pillows and wallets:


And lastly is Ebay, where he has a horde of goodies just waiting for a home:


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