HALLOW! WEENIE! GOODNESS!
Tonight we bring you one of the lost treasures of Horror Hosting:
|Pardon the lady's crease... and click to embiggen|
|Though one wonders if perhaps he didn't sometimes confuse his two careers...|
|...in which she apparently carried Screamin' Jay Hawkin's walking stick...|
That's not why we remember Tarantula Ghoul so fondly, however. We remember her because in her year of fame, she also cut a record. And what a record! Dig the hep sounds of Tarantula Ghoul and the Gravediggers, with their one and only single, "Graveyard Rock."
(Not the original video... obviously, I guess...)
Hot damn! That's one of our all-time favorite Halloween songs here on the Dork Forty, and it's not even the A side! No, that honor goes to the bossa-nova-flavored "King Kong," which you can also hear below:
Yeah, I know. It's not nearly as good...
No footage of Tarantula's actual show has survived, unfortunately. All we have are a few publicity shots to get a feel for what it looked like, but those suggest a fantastic air of ultra-cheap weirdness that I like quite a bit:
|Yes, the monkey was a regular.|
So there you have it. A lost gem of the horror hosting world, and one hell of a great horror record to boot. If you wanna read more about Tarantula Ghoul, you can check out this piece from Our Favorite Horror Hosts, or a profile from her original station, Portland's KPTV. And, just 'cause we found it, here's one last picture from the show, a special set done for when Tarantula showed The Mummy: