After reading an article in the HorrorHound magazine, I'm feeling a bit nostalgic. They ran a short bit on the TV horror hosts of years past. I remember the days long gone when I used to wait anxiously for late Saturday night to flip on Channel 3 in Philadelphia to watch "Saturday Night Dead" hosted by Stella, the giant cleavage femme fatal whose campiness and low cut, skin tight black gowns got all teenage boys cranked up and then she hosted some of the best B films ever made. And before her time, of course, was Dr. Shock. Back in the day when I watched these demented creatures on a console TV which pulled in about 10 or 12 channels from the antenna on the roof.
The video age slowly killed these icons. The early mom and pop video stores of the '80s had great selections of genere film and B films, which were killed by the big box rental places, which are now all closing due to the internet. And I do find the internet to be a great source to find rare gems, but the net can never replace the iconic horror host. Even now, with 200+ channels from my satellite TV and a horror channel (Chiller), none of them have a decent Friday or Saturday night line up of great B horror/SF films with a schlock host. Damn wished they did. I'd put down the computer to watch it.
All that being said, the above link is the first of 4 or 5 places I've found on the web that pay homage to the great TV Horror Hosts of days past.