Count Gore De Vol - Transylvanian vampire with
mustache (born 1800/died 1847) who hosted the Saturday night horror show
Creature Feature on WDCA Channel 20 in Washington, DC from 1973-79 and then
again from 1984-87.
Dressed in a black tuxedo with cape and talking like Bela
Lugosi, Count Gore De Vol began each program rising from his
graveyard coffin and saying "Good evening. I am Count Gore DeVol,
and I bid you welcome to 'Cre-e-e-ture Feature'."
The program format was loose and changed week to week. Sometimes there was a
contest like "Name your favorite bad movie" and another time The Count inserted
himself into a movie, video or in between a commercial (he loved doing TV
commercial parodies) or maybe he just interviewed a celebrity.
Once Count Gore decided to investigate all the hub-bub about satanic messages
in rock and roll songs. When he played backwards any song that featured the word
"devil" in its lyrics, he heard church music...Eeeew! that's scary stuff, kids!
At the conclusion of each show, The Count looked into the camera and bid his
viewers Good-bye with the sanguine statement "May all your blood be warm."
Dick Dyszel (a.k.a. "Count Gore DeVol") originated his vampire character when
he first hosted Night of Terror on WDXR-TV in Paducah, Kentucky in 1971.
In 1979, Dick Dyszel appeared in the sci-fi film The Alien Factor in
the role of a small town mayor who gets killed by marauding aliens form outer
Count Gore De Vol became the first horror host with a weekly web program on
the Internet. Debuting July 11, 1998, the web program featured streaming video
of movies and shorts, and interviews with celebrities.
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