Sunday, October 13, 2013

THE COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN: DAY 13

(BOOB-TUBE BLOOD-SUCKERS: PART 3)

Wilma Deering, in the thrall of the Vorvon, the Space Vampire, had a voice that was at once freaky and weird and yet mesmerizing and sultry as hell.  A small sample of it can be found at the other end of this link:





Perhaps the craziest appearance of “Dracula” to ever occur was in the show McCLOUD.  Now I was never a viewer of this show during any of it’s seven seasons, but what i know of it is that it’s about a “cowboy” detective on special assignment in New York City.


The episode in question, the series’ 46th and final episode, features McCloud coming across a series of murders in which the victims have been drained of blood via bite marks on their necks.  This leads our detective to a retired horror-film actor by the name of Loren Belasco who seems to live as Dracula.  The actor in question is played by John Carradine!


Also, it’s worth noting that Reggie Nalder, who went on to star in Zoltan, Hound of Dracula AND Salem’s Lot as THE MASTER, plays Belasco’s creepy butler, Morris.

A fine and more in-depth review of this episode can be found here and they even give away the ending:




And then there’s STARSKY AND HUTCH: THE VAMPIRE!

In their seventh episode of their second season, which aired on October 30, 1976, Starsky and Hutch must deal with a series of murders resembling the work of a vampire.



John Saxon playes Rene Nedasy, a crippled ballet teacher by day--bad-ass bloodsucker by night!  But screw my description when you can watch the whole dang episode in FUNKO-VISION right here:






And then there was “Bart Simpson’s Dracula” from THE SIMPSONS’ TREEHOUSE OF HORROR IV, in which Coppola’s version of the Dracula story was parodied.



It involved Mr. Burns being a suspected vampire by Lisa and Bart and the story that follows.


But The Simpsons have enough fun that vampires and even different versions of Dracula sometimes show up, even if only in the tiniest of cameos:



Man, this vampires on TV thing could go on forever if I let it... speaking of which:




But that’s a story for another day... if I decide to do another part in this series entitled:
BOOB-TUBE BLOOD-SUCKERS!

4 comments:

Caffeinated Joe said...

Cool! I love when seemingly normal television shows delve into the supernatural, even if it turns out to be perfectly explainable.

Gary Lee said...

It's always interesting, I agree.

Joshua Raymond said...

In the clip you linked to, I liked that Wilma's eyes glowed red, and Buck still didn't catch on that she was a vampire. And her voice really was great. This was a fun post.

Gary Lee said...

Joshua, thanks for the feedback! I agree--it's weird that Buck didn't catch on, and yet it works for the episode.