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For Those Who Asked for a Hammer (and a Stake)- It's "Horror of Dracula"- Tonight!

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Tonight on MeTV- you’ve been asking for some movies from England’s Hammer Studios- and we are happy to bring you one of the cornerstones that established Hammer’s reputation as a noted producer of horror films! It’s their version of the origin story of the king of the vampires- portrayed for the first (and certainly not last) time by the great Christopher Lee- facing off against his archenemy Van Helsing ( played by the other half of Hammer’s dynamic duo- Peter Cushing!) in the full-color tale of the “Horror of Dracula”!

The story opens much like Bram Stoker’s novel- with one Jonathan Harker arriving at the castle of Count Dracula- but, in this story, he’s arriving to take the job of –librarian! He encounters a young woman who claims to be held prisoner there- but she disappears before the Count comes to greet his new employee. When Harker is alone, he reveals his real purpose in coming to the castle-but he then is again asked for help by the frantic woman- who is not just the damsel in distress that she seems! The Count reveals his true nature, with bared fangs- and, after collapsing, Harker awakens in daylight- and realizes what must be done. Unfortunately, upon heading down to the castle’s basement crypt- he discovers Dracula’s  coffin is empty- and the Count is right behind him!

We jump to the arrival of Dr. Van Helsing in the area, in search of Harker. With the help of the locals, he learns Harker’s fate- and returns home to give the sad information to Harker’s fiancée and her brother and sister-in-law. Unknown to them- Dracula, having spotted fiancée Lucy’s photo among Harker’s belongings, is already in the area- and making nocturnal visits to the young woman!

When Lucy’s health deteriorates, sister-in-law Mina asks Van Helsing to examine her- and he immediately knows what the cause is! He prescribes the use of bouquets of garlic all around her sealed room- but Lucy thwarts this preventative- and is found dead! Before long, it becomes apparent that Lucy is now among the undead- and Van Helsing must stop her- as well as the vampire count-before Dracula can increase the number of his brood- and add Mina as yet another bride!

This 1958 film does- and doesn’t- follow parts of the Stoker novel, and even goes against some of the traditional vampire lore- but it’s a terrific film that brought Christopher Lee undying fame as the undying Count. We’ll discuss the cast and the production, and present some aid for those requiring dental help- as well as a new song.

“Horror of Dracula” begins tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central- and , as always, MeTV invites you to live-Tweet during the show on Twitter- using the hashtag # svengoolie .Chances are that live-tweeting will again land us in the top trending subjects! In Chicago, viewers can look for “4-D Man” on the U, scheduled currently for the 9 am time, whether there are sports or not.

You still have about a week to vote in the Rondo Awards for horror and science fiction! You’ll find all the information and the ballot at www.rondoaward.com . We’ll also talk about it in tonight’s show- please take advantage of this opportunity to have your vice, as a fan, heard- and vote for your favorites in as many, or as few categories as you wish.

Come get a taste of a true horror classic tonight- and please do your best to stay safe! Follow all the rules and protect you and yours- we can make it through this together!

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NocteLibri 5 days ago
Was so glad to finally see Christopher Lee again as Dracula. He is the King of Vampires. Thank you Svengoolie for listening to our tweets and bringing this legend back to us.
MADave 9 days ago
Almost 2500 comments this week let’s try for 3000 next week
MADave 9 days ago
Ooooh nice bell bottoms Carol?
Has she worn that yet?
Obviously, that's just a Clone of Carol.
- Steph :-)
deadringer42 9 days ago
Is it Saturday night yet?
Stay healthy all.
Friday where I am!
- Steph :-)
PatS 9 days ago
A verbal 'Too Drawn Out' --

Apple almost completely eaten
Light switch with switch turned up
Light switch with switch turned down
Showy purple flower with large hanging petals

1MikeM PatS 9 days ago
Coronavirus
Jack PatS 9 days ago
It could make a good Japanese poem...
That's lovely, quite poetic.
- Steph :-)
MADave PatS 9 days ago
I've got it's easy
Hoe+guns+here+ o's
MADave MADave 9 days ago
Administrator hope this isn't too mean?
Dave, I "here" what you did here.
- Steph :-)
MADave 9 days ago
Today I took a ride to a friend's to deliver his birthday present, I was going to send it but it would've cost $10.00 so my brother offered to drive to his house we stayed at least 6 ft away then I went back home
PatS MADave 9 days ago
I hope six months from now someone reads this and says "Huhhhhh?"
Jack PatS 9 days ago
Just as long as that someone isn't a beagle-sized intelligent cockroach.
1MikeM 9 days ago
I'm a hoping that next week's movie is a Godzilla movie. Gotta wind up the toy tanks. The one with Nick Adams would be good to see.
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Islander PatS 9 days ago
Agreed, one of them is coming if schedule stays true.
1MikeM Islander 9 days ago
London After Midnight? No, that's not the title...it's She-Wolf of London.
Carl_N_Brown Islander 9 days ago
SHE-WOLF OF LONDON?
MADave Islander 9 days ago
How about BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET THE KILLER and DRACULA'S DAUGHTER
Geo 9 days ago
I want to take a moment to thank MEtv for helping me pass the time while on my homestay. I hope this doesn't violate a administrator rule. It felt it necessary to say thanks.
Geo Jack 9 days ago
Thanks Jack
StephanieStepStone Geo 9 days ago
No, it's ok to compliment MeTV forever. Just don't talk kindly about other channels, especially those in direct competition.
I found that out the hard way!
- Steph :-)
There's other channels?!
Well, I used to have other channels.
- Steph :-)
Geo StephanieStepStone 9 days ago
Thanks for the heads up.
StephanieStepStone 9 days ago
Welcome, RethaJuanitaGreen!
Bienvenue! Today, and all week.
You're welcome to come read, post, listen to the You tubes any time at all.
You can go back and read older stuff, whether a day or a year.
(In DuckDuckGo Search, I input "Svengoolie plus a movie or a date, and I'll get links to some of his good old stuff.)
- Steph :-)
StephanieStepStone 10 days ago
Welcome, 314rjm!
Bienvenue! Today, and all week.
You're welcome to come read, post, listen to the Youtubes any time at all.
You can go back and read older stuff, whether a day or a year.
(In DuckDuckGo Search, I input "Svengoolie plus a movie or a date, and I'll get links to some of his good old stuff.)
- Steph :-)
StephanieStepStone 10 days ago
Jack,
I hope you don't mind if I copy-pasted your
ethno-linguistic-geographical history of Dracula. Excellent, inspiring info. Thanks!
- Steph :-)
You too, Lucyc. Your essay was pretty good.
- Steph :-)
StephanieStepStone 10 days ago
JournalJeff,
How'd your blood work go? Is it difficult to get a non-Corona appointment where you are?
(Lucky Dale had his procedure already, lol.)
Bloodwork turned out just fine, thanks for asking. My doc will see me even during this Corona mess, must keep tabs on some medical problems. My Neurologist thinks I should not be able to function with the amount of brain damage I have from a stroke I suffered in 2007. My cardiologist gave me 4 years to live in August of 2014. So, I am kind of a walking miracle. All of the medication they are giving me, to keep me alive, is causing damage to my liver and kidneys. So that is what they are keeping an Eagle eye on. Other than that, I am fine!
Yeah, my Dad's COPD was kept at bay by several meds, including one which required him to have a weekly liver function test. Fun stuff, but yes, you are a walking miracle, and that's fantastic!
- Steph :-)
StephanieStepStone 10 days ago
Kodak Kid and all,
Globe Trotters Theme , "Sweet Georgia Brown"

This ties in to my Friday night / Saturday morning satire, as you'll see later. Is this in remembrance of Curly?

Glad to see you here. You wrote "here, alive, normal." Here and alive -- but "normal"? Awww, I hope not! Actually, if your normal is to stay in almost all the time, maybe you have some advice for those of us chafing under Stay At Home?
JournalJeff,
You're Welcome! Bienvenue!
Well, it takes time to get used to it. It helps to feel just a little bit sorry for yourself. Develop patience. Zen breathing helps with that.
I mainly meant my normal kooky verbosity, but whatever.
- Steph :-)
Yes, for Curly. I loved 'The Harlem Globetrotters' animated cartoon that aired on Sunday mornings for a year or two. Right after 'The Osmonds' and 'The Jackson 5' cartoons.
I love the big brothers on all these kids shows. They were my Heroes.
- Steph :-)
MADave 10 days ago
I need that rich, wholesome Sven goodness
Jack MADave 10 days ago
"Rich." Heh!
Carl_N_Brown MADave 10 days ago
And why? Koz it's the weekend!!
Geo MADave 9 days ago
Saturdays are even more special now. Thank you Sven and MEtv.
Klaatu 10 days ago
On my stay-at-home 2 week period, my son and I watched Andromeda Strain last night. Eerily similar to our current situation. It would be nice if Corona would mutate itself away like Andromeda did.
Jack Klaatu 10 days ago
It may eventually mutate to a less lethal form: parasites and microbes are generally at adaptive equilibrium if they don't kill their host.
Klaatu Jack 10 days ago
Hmmm, where’s Fox Mulder when we need him?
The1Butler 10 days ago
I wore my sven shirt to the grocery store today , just to take pic in front of empty TP shelf, and forgot . It was M t for sure . Sat sifi is much needed .
Carl_N_Brown The1Butler 10 days ago
I scored two rolls of TP today. Cudda got four but what they wanted me to do was beyond the pail. Or outside the bucket. I have soom standards left.
Spelling is gone.
The1Butler Carl_N_Brown 10 days ago
Dont try stealing any from your neighbors, everyone stocked up on ammo !
CarrieLynnCastro 10 days ago
My son Chris says
thank you for the Birthday wishes ...
🎉🎂🎉 40th is a big
one 😉
scottieO scottieO 10 days ago
As Pat says, everyone deserves great sax on their birthday!
Grooooannnn....!
- Steph :-)
Carl_N_Brown scottieO 10 days ago
Without violins. No grades of shay.
Thank you Scottie so cool Birthday message 🎉
I will show it to
Chris🎂
StephanieStepStone 10 days ago
Here, alive, normal. Guess some of you will come later for Friday afternooning.
- Steph :-)
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Hi, MadameYes!
- Steph :-)
National Guard ??? Hope they don't shoot first and ask questions later.
Jack Islander 9 days ago
Cripes! What state are you in, again, Islander? Is this a national thing or is it state-by-state?
Just now, Louisiana has the fastest rising Caronavirus rate in the entire world, so Gov is stomping on it as fast as possible.
Although the Walmarts are still crammed with people, according to my Medicaid Assistant.
So far, it depends on your state, city, or county, tho.
My spell check turned "Caronavirus" into "Carnivorous."
- Steph :-)
CarrieLynnCastro 10 days ago
Good morning🌷🐝
Hope your all doing
well blog friends❣

🤖...
Happy Friday have a great day 🎩👀 we are almost there... here we come Sven😱

👦👧👩‍⚕️...
We had movie night
at home 🎬 with the grandkids lots of popcorn🍿and fun😃
They also danced for
us so funny🕺💃

🎉🎁🎉...Today is my sons Birthday 🎂 his 40th❣
I don't think he likes
it very much🎉
😉 ha ha he will get
used to it 💙
Our only child wow
were did the time go
🍰👨🍰

👻...🌞
See you later take
care it will pass and
we will be free again
🏤🏦🏣🚗...🏡



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CarrieLynnCastro Oscar 9 days ago
Thank you 🎂
Yes it does fly by
thank you 🍰
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