Throwback Thursday: Chiller Theatre is back!
Click here to be terrified by the Six-Fingered Hand!
WPIX-TV Channel 11 may be home to the CW network and "Gossip Girl," but it has not lost sight of its roots as an independent station born in television's golden days. We love that a major market station devoted a full day of programming earlier this year to celebrating its 60th anniversary, trotting out old favorites like "Abbott and Costello" and "The Little Rascals." We love that they've promoting DVDs of "The Magic Garden" on their Web site. We love that they've brought back "The Yule Log" on Christmas Day, and that late at night, we can still catch up with the adventures of Oscar and Felix and George and Weezie.
But now, PIX has really done fans of classic TV proud. This Saturday, they will bring back for a single night one of the greatest horror movie shows in local TV history, "Chiller Theatre." And the great Zacherle, the "Cool Ghoul" who hosted Chiller Theatre in the 1960s, will be back!
Chiller has not been seen on PIX since the early 1980s, and its original run spanned 1961 to 1978. For one night, New Yorkers will be able to relive how generations of Americans came to know about horror movies, both the classic and the campy. In the era of rabbit-eared TVs, local TV hosts would dress up as monsters and introduce horror movies, provide schtick during commercial breaks, and otherwise keep audiences terrified (well, certainly amused).
That era pretty much faded by the 1980s, but this Saturday at 8 p.m., with Zach coming back to host "Tarantula," you'll be transported to another time. And, in case you're wondering, Chiller's 1970s "Six-Fingered Hand" will emerge from the swamp once more. This will be the best Halloween in years.