Growing up as a kid, my some of my first TV horror experiences came from the likes of Tales from the likes of Tales from the Darkside, Outer Limits (OK, maybe more Dark Fantasy than Horror), and Tales from the Crypt. These shows were great offering exposure to different ideas behind horror. However, I’ve always had a special place for hosted horror movie marathons. There’s something personal and welcoming turning to a channel with a host that introduces you to the movie, maybe throws around some witty banter, and even better… gives you a tally of what to expect in the film. So here is my top three horror hosts. How they managed to get on my list was their populating and my own cherished memories of them in childhood.
Number Three – Elvira
Perhaps one of the most recognized horror hosts, Elvira is a pop culture icon. I admit I never saw her on TB, but she deserves a mentioning any time we ever discuss horror hosts.
Number Two – Joe Bob Briggs
Joe Bob Briggs is one of those hosts where as a kid I would stay up late to watch the movies he hosted. I liked his witty banter and ramblings about things I didn’t understand. There was a certain appeal of a camper, interesting lighting, and low hanging fog that drew me.
Number One – The Crypt Keeper
Out of the three of these horror hosts, no one managed to scare me like the Crypt Keeper. In the opening sequence, as the camera went through the old mansion, I felt as if I was exploring the place looking for something. After a few episodes I began to really like the guy, even if he was skin and bones. The Crypt Keeper was always full of puns and insightful horror. Later the show would produce the movie, Demon Knight. Demon Knight is one of my all time favorite horror movies. Perhaps one of the biggest differences between the other two mentioned horror hosts, was that the Crypt Keeper hosted “his” own hour long stories in an anthology of sorts. The other hosts introduced original movies. Never the less, the Crypt Keeper provided an anchor that made me feel welcomed.