Last quick reminder- I’ll be appearing at PCW Wrestling’s “Dream Night X” tonight at the Oak Lawn Pavilion, along with Bret Hart and Mick Foley-it could well be a sell-out, so get there early! I’ll be signing autographs, posing for pictures, and serving as a guest ring announcer. Also appearing is TNA Impact’s Rosita who’ll be challenging for the PCW Women’s title. The Sun Times’ Elliot Harris- proprietor of the “Quick Hits” sports column will also be there, no doubt hoping to get a gratuitous photo of Rosita for his column. Tickets are still available, but space is limited. Details are available at www.pcwwrestling.net …
If you come out to see me- make SURE that you set your recorder for tonight’s Me-TV broadcast- as we bring back a milestone monster flick- with Boris Karloff playing the Frankenstein Monster for a second time, as the story of the original movie is picked up right where it ended- and leads to the creation of the most famous “better half” in horror history- the “Bride of Frankenstein”!
We see the smoldering remains of the windmill where the Monster and his creator, Victor Frankenstein, had their epic battle at the end of “Frankenstein”- as the battered body of Victor is brought back to his home and his grieving wife- but, as nosy peasants search the ruins, they get an unpleasant surprise- the Monster, slightly singed, still lives! He drags himself out of the wreckage and roams the countryside, while the recovering Victor gets a visit from a mysterious quest- Dr. Pretorius- whose knowledge of Victor’s experimentation leads him to believe that he’d make an excellent co-worker, as Pretorius reveals his own bizarre experiments in creating life! Victor wants nothing to do with it- but, in the meantime, his dangerous creation is still at large, and mistakenly accused of attacks. He takes shelter in the welcoming hut of a blind hermit in one of the most famous scenes in the Frankenstein legacy (and most remembered parody in “Young Frankenstein”)-but is again driven away…only to have a graveyard meeting with- Dr. Pretorius!
The scheming doctor plays on the Monster’s loneliness to plant the idea of creating a mate for him- and using him as leverage to get Victor (who is shocked to see his creation back again) to join him in his experimentation- along with threatening harm to Victor’s young wife…and soon…a female creation is prepared and-”she’s alive!” Yet- is she really a willing mate for the Monster?
This is truly an outstanding and stylized movie- with Karloff brilliant in showing the humanity still intact in the Monster, the over-the-top scenery-chewing of Ernest Thesiger as Pretorius, and the final reveal of Elsa Lanchester as the quirky “bride”. We’ll give you plenty of info about the film and the actors- and- bring you one of our most requested song parodies, taking the song indirections the lovely Gwen Stefani never would have imagined!
“Bride of Frankenstein” hits the airwaves across the country- including in Los Angeles for the first time-tonight, at 9 pm central time. Here in Chicago, you can get another look at “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf” at noon on WCIU- and, since this week marks 32 years since I first appeared on Chicago television as the “Son of Svengoolie”-and, since we have NOT done an anniversary show this year- we’ve decided to rerun the show commemorating the 30th anniversary of me picking up the hosting torch of the original Sven with a highlight-filled presentation of “Attack of the Puppet People” from two years ago!
Think of it- an “anniversary”- and a “bride” all in the same weekend, and…ahem…where did the “Boy” crying werewolf come from? Hmmm…