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TV Series
    (1971- )
    Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
    Originally aired on CHCH, an independent station in Hamilton, Ontario
    Later aired on CBC and Drive-in Classics
    Billy Van as Count Frightenstein, Griselda, the Librarian, the Wolfman, the Maharishi, the Pet Vet and Bwana Clyde Batty
    Vincent Price as the Narrator
    Fishka Rais as Igor
    Guy Big as the Midget Count
    Julius Sumner Miller as the Professor
    Mitch Markowitz as Super Hippy and the Mosquito
    Joe Torbay as the voice of puppets Gronk and the Grammar Slammer
    Premise: Children’s sketch comedy spoofing old horror movies, set in a haunted castle
    The original opening was dropped as it terrified children.
    Many characters had the same heavy green makeup.
    All episodes were filmed out of sequence in nine consecutive months in 1971.
    In every single episode, the Count tried and failed to revive a Frankenstein monster wearing a peace medallion.
    An unnecessary laugh track was added when it was syndicated in the US.
    The Wolfman’s musical sequences cannot be shown in reruns owing to copyright rules.
    It developed a cult following with adults.
    It spoofed counter culture icons such as Wolfman Jack and the Maharishi.
    It included educational skits about grammar and science.
    The producers persuaded Hollywood legend Vincent Price to participate.
    The actor who played the Professor was a former student of Albert Einstein.
    It may have influenced later Canadian sketch comedy series, SCTV.

Credit: Georgina

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