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I remember Gore De Vol!

I remember Gore De Vol!

I must admit I was not familiar of Count Gore De Vol. Growing up I LOVE watching the kooky horror hosts who have the cheesy set, the interesting outfit, dad jokes but with a PHD in horror trivia, so I stumbled upon his Facebook page thinking, oh cool a horror host showing movies either at con’s, theater shows or what not. Friends were like “ARE YOU KIDDING?! DO YOU KNOW WHO THIS IS?!” Count Gore De Vol is a living breathing legend of not just the Washington D.C., Virginia are he’s a legend through out the world. This is discussed in the most recent documentary “Every other day is Halloween” right now you can watch it on Amazon Prime if you haven’t please watch this!

Growing up I would watch cartoons full blast, but then the cartoons would end sometimes you would see the old westerns, old Italian action movies poorly dubbed to the Godzilla movies. Except my biggest thrill was watching the old Saturday afternoon or evening horror shows. Watching them quietly up to the screen so my folks wouldn’t see or tried not to get scared growing up these hosts shaped me into who I am. Then after a while the horror hosts went away. Given there was Svenghoulie then I stumbled upon Count Gore De Vol I added him on Facebook checking out his posts never really realizing who was on my friends list. After seeing the trailer running home from my day job watching the movie was my main priority. Within a few minutes tears ran down my face seeing The Count be The Count my childhood was relieved watching old clips hearing fans alike praise him. Count Gore De Vol began his career as Bozo the Clown doing a kid’s game show to Captain 20 other kids host he soon realized that he wanted to do an adult show showing classic horror movies on a Saturday night. The first season blew up in a big way on this small show it was beating the first season of Saturday Night Live. Time progressed, and times were changing The Count didn’t give up he didn’t say well the fun is over. For the Count he learned a newer audience the internet. Given this was a time where we had Dial up. You want to talk about first world problems? Try dealing with Dial up. Time changed but Count Gore De Vol never changed this wasn’t a job this wasn’t a gimmick just for a guy given a cape.

This was a way of life that he has forever left a mark on this world. Thanks to him there’s even a society of horror hosts who he’s helped being on there shows or inspiring. Seeing this movie, it’s warmed my heart knowing he’s the real deal. A genuine good guy who’ll listen to the horror fans, smile for the kids. I can honestly after seeing this I am now a fan of his work and hope that if he’s reading this he has inspired me more for the art of horror. Count Gore De Vol thank you for giving me something to believe in and know I’ll never be alone in a  world of monsters, creatures, the living dead and my favorite vampire.

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THE VORTEXX: COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN

THE VORTEXX: COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN

2. Vortexx Halloween theme (1) / The VortexxObviously, Halloween is a special time of the year for the denizens of The Vortexx, your home away from home for horror hosts, B-movies, and cult flicks. In celebration of the Season of the Witch, we've put together a great line-up of Halloween-themed shows starting on October 20 and continuing through All Hallows' Eve itself. Unless otherwise indicated, each show begins at 9 (ET). Please come on by, enjoy our shows, and if you are so inclined, join our friendly chatters in The Vortexx chat room. You can find us at horrorhost.net.
4. Oct 20. Night Chills Theatre / The VortexxOur Countdown to Halloween kicks off on Friday, October 20, with THE NIGHT CHILLS THEATRE HALLOWEEN SPECIAL. Host Vincent Grimmly and special guest Vlad give the deliciously cheesy Spanish horror thriller VENGEANCE OF THE ZOMBIES (1973) the MST3K treatment. Horror great Paul Naschy stars in a triple role. Some gratuitous nudity, a little gore, and an undeniably groovy free-form jazz and progressive-rock score add to the fun.
5. Oct 21. Sicko Psychotic / The VortexxThe Countdown continues on Saturday, October 21, with SICKO-PSYCHOTIC'S TWISTED HALLOWEEN SPECIAL! In a tribute to the Silent Screams of yesteryear, Sicko is presenting two rare and seldom-seen classics -- Georges Méliè’s THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL (1896) and the earliest surviving version of DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1912) -- followed by Sicko's twisted and tasteless alteration of THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1920).
6. Oct 22. Sir Graveson Show / The VortexxThen come back on Sunday, October 22, at approx. 10:30 (ET) as THE SIR GRAVESON SHOW presents a SPECIAL HALLOWE'EN SPECIAL. Sir Graveson and his friends attempt to have a knock-out Halloween show, but a pesky casket salesman keeps interfering! In addition to some delightful host bits, this one-hour show will include movie trailers and clips, cartoons, vintage TV commercials, and musical guests The Petty Ghouls.
7. Oct 24. Vortexx Halloween Show 2016 / The VortexxThe Countdown continues on Tuesday, October 24, with a VORTEXX HALLOWEEN PARTY from 2016. Our Monster of Ceremonies will be Mortimer Van Creep, host of SKUNKY CINEMA, who will be presenting CARRY ON SCREAMING (1966), the twelfth installment of the long-running British "Carry On" series. It's a hilarious parody of the Hammer horror films of the 1960s starring Kenneth Williams and Fennella Fielding.
8. Oct 25. Mummy TV Halloween Show / The VortexxOn Wednesday, October 25, our ancient host Mr. Mummy continues our Halloween celebration with MUMMY TV HALLOWEEN TRICKS & TREATS. Mr. Mummy likes to keep the details of his upcoming shows under wraps (so to speak), but based on his previous holiday specials we're guessing that Mr. Mummy will be entertaining us with a plethora of Halloween-themed cartoons, trailers, retro TV commercials, and original song parodies -- some of which may well feature members of The Vortexx staff! There will be a spotlighted Vortexxian who will be revealed at the start of the show. Last time 'round it was The Crimson Executioner; who will it be tonight?
9. Oct 29. Vortexx Halloween Show 2015 / The VortexxThe Countdown swings into high gear on Sunday, October 29, with A VORTEXX HALLOWEEN, a re-broadcast of our 2015 Halloween show. Mortimer Van Creep will once again be our Monster of Ceremonies, and he has a couple of very creepy movies lined up for us tonight -- BLACK SABBATH (1964), a trilogy of terror from Mario Bava starring Boris Karloff, and Mary Roberts Rinehart's THE BAT (1959) starring Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead. In addition, there will be special appearances by some of your favorite horror hosts and Vortexx denizens, along with numerous other extras and special features.
10. Oct 30-31. Morty's Monster Party (1) / The VortexxWe conclude our Halloween festivities with MORTY'S MONSTER PARTY! This brand-new Halloween show featuring a collection of Mort's Monster Shorts is so overwhelming that we're airing it in two parts on two successive nights -- Monday, October 30, and Tuesday, October 31. If you're not familiar with Mort's "shorts," they're 9-10 minute versions of classic horror movies from the '30s, '40s, and '50s originally released on 8mm and 16mm film by Castle Films. Although the originals are under copyright, these abbreviated home movies are not!
11. Oct 30-31. Morty's Monster Party (2) Movies / The VortexxAmong the "treats" in store for you are the Universal's original Frankenstein (1931), Dracula (1931), and The Mummy (1932), along with Universal classics from the 1940s such as The Wolf Man" (1941) and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) and classic sci-fi thrillers from the 1950s such as Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) and The Deadly Mantis (1957).
12. Oct 30-31. Morty's Monster Party (3) Hosts / The VortexxAnd if that isn't awesome enough, each movie will be presented by one of our horror hosts. The hosts who have signed up so far include Arachna of the Spider People, Bobby Gammonster, Charley Macorn, Master Vyle, PumpkinMan, Sicko-Psychotic, Uncle Edward, and Wolfie from the Late Dr Lady Show, as well as several hosts on the Vortexx staff -- Dr. Sigmund Zoid, Sluggo, Cerberus, and Destroyah.
3. Vortexx Halloween theme (2) / The VortexxWhether it be Halloween or any other day or night of the year, if you're in the mood for entertainment -- or just want to relax and unwind -- the Vortexx is here for you. Our movies run 24/7, our chat room is open day and night, and we have a featured movie and a moderated chat at 9 (ET) every night of the week. We’ve been around for seven years, and we'll keep the doors open as long as you keep coming around. Happy Halloween!
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In Memoriam: Jason “Egg” Brown

In Memoriam: Jason “Egg” Brown

Jason "Egg" Brown
Gone, But Never Forgotten


By The Crimson Executioner

Egg with Mod Ghoul, who left us in July of 2015.

Egg with Mod Ghoul, who left us in July of 2015

It is with the heaviest of hearts that I announce the passing of my good friend and fellow Vortexx staff member Jason "Egg" Brown, who died Monday morning just a few weeks short of his fortieth birthday. According to his Facebook page, Jason was born in Hell, Michigan, and was living in Hell, Norway at the time of his passing. Of course, his friends all know that was just a manifestation of Jason's unique sense of humor. In actuality, he grew up in the town of Anderson, Indiana, graduating from Madison Heights High School in 1995. A year earlier he met Erin Cross, the love of his life. They were married in 2001 and had two beautiful and charming children, Noah and Abbie. I had the pleasure of meeting Jason and his family for the first time at the Cincinnati HorrorHound Convention in March 2013. Jason was a devoted father, and it was obvious to me that his children (including his daughter Savannah from a previous relationship) were a major part of his life.

I had known Jason for about two years before we finally met face-to-face in Cincinnati. As with many of my friends, we met for the first time in the Vortexx chat room. As best I can remember, he began coming around in 2011 and soon became a "Vortexx regular." On February 15, 2012, he formerly joined the Vortexx staff as a chat host. In addition to his hosting duties, Jason was an all-around utility man for The Vortexx. Among other things, he was actively involved in the set-up and the manning of The Vortexx table at numerous HHW conventions. Although our backgrounds could not have been more different, I immediately "hit it off" with Jason when I finally met him in Cincinnati. In fact, I don't remember ever feeling so comfortable around someone I had never met in my life.

Jason lived life in the fast lane. He was a hard-drinking, hard-smoking kind of guy, and he had a reputation for being something of a "party animal" at conventions. Undoubtedly his finest moment was at the 2014 HHW convention in Cincinnati when he got drunk and did a striptease and dance to a video of Rod Stewart's "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" Vortexxans still talk about it to this very day, and even now as I write, someone is furiously digging up a clip of Jason's "finest moment" to air as part of our tribute show.

Jason enjoyed a variety of music, especially heavy metal, with Black Sabbath and Megadeth probably being his favorite groups. Rumor has it that he once threw a drink at Glenn Danzig. In politics he was a staunch Libertarian, and he lost a number of Facebook friends because of his outspoken political views. As far as I'm concerned, it was their loss to let politics get in the way of friendship. Life dealt Jason some hard cards. He never had much money, he ran through a succession of jobs, he lost his house, and his marriage ultimately failed. But he never complained or asked anyone for sympathy. And he never pretended to be someone he wasn't. As he liked to say, "I am who I am, I don't know how to be anyone else."

We in The Vortexx will all miss Jason not only because he was a good friend, but also because he was part of our family. He was a good man. He was a kind man. He was a decent man. And he will be missed. We will be airing tributes to Jason in The Vortexx each night this week, so feel free to come by and pay your respects. You can find us at horrorhost.net and livestream.com/allhorrorhosts. Rest in peace, Jason "Egg" Brown.
inmemoriam

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The Vortexx: Schedule for June 6 – 12, 2016

The Vortexx: Schedule for June 6 – 12, 2016

Welcome to The Vortexx - A Special Friend of House of Tortured Souls

By Woofer McWooferson

The Vortexx 5 years header

House of Tortured Souls would like to welcome The Vortexx as a friend of the House. Please give a warm welcome to those crazy horror hosts at The Vortexx and check out their shows this week.

The Vortexx Hosts

Welcome to THE VORTEXX where it's ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME! We've got another great line-up of hosts, shows, and movies for your viewing and chatting pleasure this week, with two movies making their Vortexx debut along with some cool indie films and several returning favorites. Our hosts are Doctor Mortose, Freakshow & the Bordello gang, Edgar von Ghoul, The Reaper, Dr. Lady & the Usual Suspects, Rizzle MaNizzle the Clown, Lord Blood-Rah, and Bobby Gammonster & Boris the Buzzard. Please note that during the month of June, we will be adding a Sunday show to our weekly line-up, so there will be a featured movie and moderated chat every night of the week. Enjoy the shows and thanks for hanging out!

20150606-12_The Vortexx - Doctor Mortose

DOCTOR MORTOSE COMMANDS
presents
SCARED TO DEATH (1980)

Monday (6/6). 9:00 P.M. (ET). DOCTOR MORTOSE COMMANDS presents The Vortexx premiere of SCARED TO DEATH (1980). No, folks, this is not the Bela Lugosi movie from the 1940s that we've aired a few times before. This film by Bill Malone, who was the chief designer at the Don Post mask studios, is about a genetic experiment gone horribly wrong. The result is an Alien-like creature with an appetite for spinal fluid called Syngenor (Synthesized Genetic Organism).

20150606-12_The Vortexx - Bordello of Horror

BORDELLO OF HORROR
presents
MONSTER OF GOLDEN GATE (2013)

Tuesday (6/7). 9:00 P.M. (ET). BORDELLO OF HORROR with Freakshow, Mistress Malicious, Sgt. Drizzlepuss, and Ali Katt presents MONSTER OF GOLDEN GATE (2013). This throwback to those awesome black-and-white cheesy monster movies of the ‘50s and ‘60s was directed by Renya Young better known to horror fans as Miss Misery, the host of Movie Massacre. Freaky will kick off the show with two short indie horror films -- Hi Neighbor directed by Chad Halvorsen and Frigid Night directed by Robby McBride. There will also be interviews from the Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival with Christopher Kai House, Michael Viers, Alice Wilson, Hart Fisher, James Bett Jr and Kevin Jamison, as well as musical guests Kitty in a Casket.

20150606-12_The Vortexx - Your Final Answer & Midnight Chillers

WEDNESDAY DOUBLE FEATURE:
YOUR FINAL ANSWER and MIDNIGHT CHILLERS
present
GURU: THE MAD MONK (1971)

Wednesday (6/8). 9:00 P.M. (ET). Join us tonight for a WEDNESDAY DOUBLE FEATURE! We kick off the evening with a generous serving of YOUR FINAL ANSWER -- a weekly comedy series (2-3 minutes per episode) hosted by The Reaper who answers Q&As from his viewers. He's bumbling, idiotic, has a habit of never getting around to an answer -- and is absolutely hilarious. Next up is MIDNIGHT CHILLERS with Edgar von Ghoul, who will be presenting The Vortexx premiere of Andy Milligan's GURU: THE MAD MONK (1971). It's about a deranged chaplain at a 15th-century prison colony, who's got a vampire mistress and a one-eyed hunchback servant named (of course) Igor. Edgar's special guest tonight is former disc jockey Ray Green, whose main claim to fame is being one of the first to interview Elvis Presley (on his radio show in May 1956) -- and the first to record an Elvis concert in its entirety.

20150606-12_The Vortexx - Late Dr. Lady

THE LATE DR LADY SHOW
presents
CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS (1972)

Thursday (6/9). 9:00 P.M. (ET). THE LATE DR LADY SHOW with Dr. Lady and the Usual Suspects presents a Vortexx favorite -- CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS (1972). Although dismissed at the time of its release as just "another zombie movie," this film has since been recognized as being years ahead of its time in its frank depiction of same-sex undead marriage. It's about a group of friends who go to an island to act out a satanic rite involving a corpse they name Orville. Needless to say, it all goes horribly awry. Director Bob Clark would go on to bigger and better things with Porky's and A Christmas Story.

20150606-12_The Vortexx - Rizzle MaNizzle
RIZZLE'S FUNHOUSE OF LUNACY DOUBLE FEATURE!
GLEN OR GLENDA? (1953)
and
BLOODY PIT OF HORROR (1965)

Friday (6/10). 9:00 P.M. (ET). Join us tonight for a RIZZLE'S FUNHOUSE OF LUNACY DOUBLE FEATURE! First up is Ed Wood's GLEN OR GLENDA (1953) starring Ed himself as Glen, a tortured soul who is afraid to tell his wife (real-life girlfriend Dolores Fuller) that he enjoys putting on Angora sweaters and going out at night as Glenda. Bela Lugosi is also on hand, sitting in an easy chair in a room full of skulls, shrunken heads, and voodoo dolls, and uttering non sequiturs such as "pull ze string!" Then be sure stick around as Rizzle and co-hosts Midnight Murray and The Crimson Executioner present BLOODY PIT OF HORROR (1965) like you've never seen it before. There will be plenty of voiceovers, cartoons, accordion music and other audio goodies, and CE will be trying his hand as Uncle Crimmie, host of a children's show at the Crazy Castle of Lunacy, and as an anchor man on Crimson Action News. We guarantee you'll all be scratching your heads in total amazement! [CE artwork courtesy of Doc Mortose.]

20150606-12_The Vortexx - Lord Blood-Rah

LORD BLOOD-RAH'S NERVE WRACKIN' THEATRE
presents
TRACK OF THE MOON BEAST (1976)

Saturday (6/11). 9:00 P.M. (ET). LORD BLOOD-RAH'S NERVE WRACKIN' THEATRE presents TRACK OF THE MOON BEAST (1976). After a beefy young mineralogist (Chase Cordell) gets boinked in the head by a meteor fragment, he is transformed into a hideous lizard-like monster whenever the moon comes out. Badly paced and badly shot, with a badly constructed story and a mostly talentless cast playing cardboard characters, its one saving feature is that soon-to-be-famous Rick Baker designed the beast. As always, Lord Blood-Rah will be spicing up the mix with some cool trailers and a Cranial Cavity Search.

20150606-12_The Vortexx - Bobby Gammonster

MONSTER MOVIE NIGHT
presents
EMBRYO (1976)

Sunday (6/12). MONSTER MOVIE NIGHT with Bobby Gammonster and Boris The Buzzard presents EMBRYO (1976). You don't have a lot of opportunities to see Rock Hudson in The Vortexx, let alone Rock Hudson playing a mad scientist, so come on by tonight and enjoy! In tonight's movie Doc Rock figures out a way to grow a fetus into adulthood within a matter of weeks, and, of course, things soon go horribly wrong. Sultry Barbara Carrera co-stars, with guest appearances by Roddy McDowall and Dr. Joyce Brothers.

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