Aside from Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, this was my first real glimpse of a real horror host. Released on Goodtimes Home Video back in the day, I picked this up at Wal-Mart for about 3 bucks. Probably some of the best money I ever spent.
Zacherley, for those not in the know of these things, began life as Roland at WCAU in Philadelphia, and is played by John Zacherle. He moved to the New York market in the late ’50s, added the “y” to his last name, and became one of the most popular horror hosts of all time. Several collections of ghost stories were published under his name, he famously ran for President in 1960, and is probably best known today for the single “Dinner with Drac” (originally released in 1958) and the numerous LPs he recorded and released. He remains active today, at 94 (!!!) years old just this past September 26.
Kick back for a couple hours and enjoy this collection of classic trailers, outtakes/bloopers and public domain movie clips interspersed with Zacherley, the Cool Ghoul, doing his typical schtick.