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Svengoolie 

An anthology of horror movies, named for its host, who introduces each movie, provides background info on the movie, and performs skits and jokes during intermissions.
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Rich Koz ...  Svengoolie / ... 158 episodes, 1995-2019
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From the one episode that I watched the introduction of (on Retro TV, currently 10 pm Saturday evenings during their SciFi line-up), it appears that this show is like the oldie that Elvira used to host in another big TV market. Just like Elvira did, "Svengoolie" hosts, introduces, ridicules and otherwise shares movies with his viewing friends. In other words, "Son of Svengoolie" was the local movie show, which evolved into "Svengoolie," the FOX network version. Written by Hungry Byteman

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Look who the U dug up. Sven's back with scary movies and even scarier jokes!


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The Svengoolie Web | WCIU

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English

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7 January 1995 (USA) See more »

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Occasionally mentioned Berwyn, Illinois when reading fan mail or at other times during the breaks with the host, Svengoolie (before going to commercial, etc.). Doing the name of the Chicago suburb was a running joke for the show. See more »

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Follows Screaming Yellow Theatre (1970) See more »

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Chicago's horror host
6 September 2009 | by PytheSee all my reviews

I'm surprised there aren't more comments here, since probably every horror fan in the suburbs of Chicago grew up aware of Svengoolie. Host Richard Koz employs every trick in the horror host book (and invents a few along the way) to assault the viewer's comic sensibilities between commercial breaks. The humor is terrible and falls along the lines of bad puns, corny song parodies, and rubber chickens catapulted by mysterious off-screen forces. Like all horror hosts worth their salt, Svengoolie seems more satisfied to elicit groans than laughs, but if you're watching movies like Attack of the Puppet People or House of Dracula, you probably don't have enough discretion or self-respect to care anyway. By which I mean, it's all part of the campy charm.

I'm not much a fan of so-bad-they're-good movies, so I tend to watch Svengoolie in thirty-minute increments before losing patience and changing the channel, or leave it on as background ambiance while doing other things, but every so often I get caught up in a film and wind up watching the whole thing. You'd be surprised how good some bad movies actually are, and the movies chosen for the show tend to fall into the category of "misguided" rather than "incompetently made."

My only real complaint about Svengoolie's approach is his extensive use of sound effects (usually audio clips from shows like Animaniacs or The Simpsons) during the film. I find them distracting rather than funny, especially in cases where it takes a moment to determine that they aren't actually part of the film itself. Sometimes the sound effects are kept to a minimum (or not used at all) while in other episodes they splash across the audio landscape with irritating frequency.

But that's a minor complaint. Svengoolie is an interesting Chicagoland curio that keeps alive the schlocky spirit of TV hosts past. Fans of B-grade horror thrills will want to keep an eye on this one.


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