Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween 2017!

I have to say, I'm particularly proud of our Halloween episode of The Bob Crane Show: Reloaded, which is the sequel to our Friday the 13th episode. First, we cover some of Bob Crane's suspenseful acting roles, including his role in the film Arsenic and Old Lace, and in Rod Serling's Night Gallery and The Zero Hour. A lot of people don't know much about his acting roles outside of Hogan's Heroes, and they are worth checking out.

But our Halloween and Friday the 13th episodes are so much more than just information sharing. We provide some campy entertainment for you, and we don't hold back!

Somewhere along the way, when I was writing the Friday the 13th episode, I decided to introduce a little storyline. I didn't plan it. The script just morphed into it. As part of the episode, host Eric Senich interviews various spooky "guests"—Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees (neither of whom talk very much, if at all), Carrie, Dracula, and the Wicked Witch. They all ask Eric questions about Hogan's Heroes and behind-the-scenes trivia about the show. The end leaves the listener with a cliffhanger: Dracula has "kidnapped" me and sends Eric a note not to bother trying to find me or it would mean instant death for us both.

"Oh, well, if that's all. I guess I gotta go get her," Eric decides with a shrug, as if fighting Dracula is just another part of an ordinary day in his life.

And that leads right into our Halloween episode. Eric ventures to Romania, risking life and limb, to find me. Along the way, he meets a cast of ghoulish characters—Aunt Abby's ghost from Arsenic and Old Lace, Frankenstein's monster, and wolves and zombies. He gets transported inside an episode of The Zero Hour, and finally, with the help of a descendent of Van Helsing (played by my 13-year-old nephew Adam), he confronts Dracula and "rescues" me. And I use the word rescue loosely!

Now, I have always been a fan of Dracula, from Bela Lugosi to Geordie Johnson (in Dracula: The Series). There's just something about that sharp-dressed/sharp-fanged fellow and his suave demeanor that grabs my attention. In 2010, I even wrote a two-part teleplay sequel to Dracula: The Series (aptly named Dracula: The Sequel), with the hopes of launching a series reboot. Never happened (not yet, anyway!), but the dream lives on. The character my nephew plays in our Halloween episode—Nick—is one of the characters I created in the teleplay. And Eric and Adam did something that I never thought I'd experience. For a brief moment, they brought a part of my Dracula: The Sequel script to life. (By the way, Eric's Dracula impersonation is frightfully fantastic!) And that is pretty darn cool, not to mention special.

Below are both the Friday the 13th and Halloween episodes of our podcast. Get a bowl of popcorn and a handful of candy, and check out these two episodes, which are throwbacks to the campy horror radio dramas of yesteryear. Stay as long as you'd like. Longer, even. And Happy Halloween!