Shock Theatre’s baaaack…are you scared yet?
October may be the time of year when television stations screen late-night marathons of all films spooky, scary, and scream-worthy, but chilly weather isn’t mandated for those after-hours programs presented by our favorite horror hosts.
On Saturday July 5, when the clock strikes midnight, WDEF-TV12 will air the sixth episode of Shock Theatre, hosted by the infamous ghoul Dr. Shock (Jack Gray) and his equally spooky sidekick Nurse Goodbody.
In addition to featuring the 1962 horror film “Carnival of Souls”, the two-hour program includes skits, original music, movie facts and horror news. The episode, presented in the same style as classic, campy horror shows, centers around a “zombie flea-pocalypse” backstory that is described as “a world under siege as zombie fleas escape and devour a city.”
The zombie fleas also moonlight as circus performers in “Dr. Shock’s Zombie Flea Circus.”
Alongside Dr. Shock and Nurse Goodbody are Dingbat, a mischievous puppet, and “Dirge,” a “dream reaper” and puppet master. Husky Burnette will take the stage as the musical guest, performing a song from his new album, “Tales from East End Boulevard.”
But the spooky fun doesn’t end on July 5! A regular rotation of Shock Theatre episodes is scheduled to air on WDEF-TV12 the first Saturday of every month.
— Madeline Chambliss