My fondness for bad movies is no secret and what would bad movies be without America’s movie hosts, those men and women who adopted funny/spooky personas to introduce them to us and make wry, sarcastic remarks about the schlockier ones, especially those superannuated flicks that were all some local channels could afford decades ago. My favorite has always been Chicago’s Rich Koz, better known as Son of Svengoolie and later, just plain Svengoolie. This blog is loaded with references to Rich Koz, the man I consider to be the Aristophanes (just to get pretentious for a moment) of movie hosts. Here are links to some bits about a man who deserves to be known by all bad movie lovers, if only because his influence has been the most extensive and his style the most imitated. Comedy was the key to Koz’s appeal. Here are links to two of his song parodies, to my tribute article about Son of Svengoolie, and to the PM Magazine television feature on Koz and his famous alter ego. Anyone who likes my bad movie reviews should love Sven!
First – Sven’s song parody – Godzilla’s Back (Sung to the tune of “my Boyfriend’s Back. The occassion was the 1985 release of the Godzilla remake, with Sven showing an old Godzilla flick and giving away tickets to the remake. http://www.fuzzymemories.tv/index.php?c=196&m=
Second – Another song parody – Blob of Red (Sung to the tune of the Beach Boys song “Barbara Ann”. The occassion was a showing of Son of Blob. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKJBeBOo_TE
My tribute article – http://glitternight.com/2010/10/21/halloween-diversion-son-of-svengoolie/
The PM Magazine feature – just about 8 minutes, but the shortest 8 minutes of your life! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZY4RL6i27s