Found Footage… FOR REAL: Zacherley, The Cool Ghoul on The Mike Douglas Show!


In the world of horror hosts, there have been many who made a career of their sharp wits and love for the horror audience, including Vampira, Svengoolie, Joe Bob Briggs, Elvira and many, many more. However, Eastbound fright fans should undoubtedly be familiar with the grandaddy of horror hosts, Zacherley (a/k/a John Zacherle), a seminal horror personality unlike any other. While Zacherley, “The Cool Ghoul,” has made a name for himself as a multifaceted talent in the horror community, he was equally as charming even outside the genre, as one can see in this rare clip of Zacherley in on the Cleveland-based MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW!

Shot in 1975 (and uploaded by user David Herring), Philadelphia pop culture icon Mike Douglas invited fellow Phildelphian Zacherle (in full ‘Zacherley’ make-up) alongside William “Blacula” Marshall, actor Frank Gorshin and more to talk about his time and tenure as a “Monster of Ceremonies.” The clip, which is not commercially available anywhere else, shows exactly why Zacherley was the “Cool Ghoul,” as his quick wit, wicked rapport and genre know-how reigns infectiously among Douglas and the rest. You can check out this Zachereley rarity below!

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Ken W. Hanley

Ken W. Hanley is the Managing Web Editor for FANGORIA and STARLOG, as well as the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a contributing writer to YouWonCannes.com. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on screenplays, his debut novel “THE I IN EVIL”, and various other projects, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.

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