Interview with Horror-Host Professor Griffin

Professor Griffin’s Midnight Shadow Show was broadcast in Central Texas on Friday nights for six years from 2000-2006. His sidekicks Dan-Dan and Usher helped him host monster movies and put on carnivalesque scenarios during the breaks. The good Professor still experiments on the hearts and minds of young and old alike hosting specials, appearing at conventions, and misleading students at a University of Texas class on monsters.

Mystic Skull: For people who have not yet seen your show, how would you describe a typical broadcast?

Professor Griffin: Typical? Hmmmm. Actually, very little about the broadcast each week is typical. Hehehehe. Here’s the gist of what I do each and every week. I HOST horror…I exhibit terror, and I display the greatest shockers and chillers ever preserved to film. (Or digital, or whatever media the kids are using these days!) I do NOT mock these films…(well, very seldom). I honor them. Horror entertainment is not something that is reserved for the month of October (despite what some television station managers think); it is as common in our everyday as breathing. Most of the time, we just don’t realize it.

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The Sound of Dark Shadows
by David Alex Nahmod

The UK based Big Finish Productions has successfully done what many thought impossible: they revived Dark Shadows, with original cast members reprising their legendary 1960s roles.

As with all things, Dark Shadows should be viewed in the context of the time and place in which it was produced. Today, the daytime soap opera's under rehearsed-cast and primitive special effects are easy to laugh at. But when Dark Shadows first aired during the late 1960s, it was a groundbreaking sensation.

Dark Shadows redefined the boundaries of daytime drama. Beyond the fact the fact that other soaps would never have considered doing storylines about vampires, werewolves, witches and time travel, Dark Shadows was the first of these shows which offered lavish, elegantly appointed sets, and a full orchestral score.

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