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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #162: Remembering Zacherley the Cool Ghoul this Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone! I have a bittersweet episode to celebrate our favorite holiday. As you all probably know, John Zacherle, aka Zacherley The Cool Ghoul, departed this mortal dimension late last week. He lived to the rich old age of 98, and for monster kids of all ages, Zacherley has long been an important part of our horror community. I got to meet him twice at Chiller Conventions, and his physical presence on this planet will be missed.

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As one of the ultimate horror hosts, Zacherley was one of the first wave of personalities to introduce a new generation to the classic horror films of the 30s and 40s on the then-new medium of television. Because of the efforts of hosts like Zacherley, these films came back from the dead and continue to thrill us today. Because so much of Zacherley's legacy is about keeping classic films alive and helping horror fans get to know the roots of the genre they love, I decided to ask semi-regular podcast guest and #oldmovieweirdo Will McKinley to join me in this tribute.

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Will McKinley with John Zacherle at Chiller

Will has joined me on this podcast many times to espouse the importance of preserving classic film. He is a writer for various books and radio shows, including "Monster Serial," "Bride of Monster Serial," and "Bride of Monster Serial." He also used to work with the legendary Jonathan "Barnabas Collins" Frid, and contributed to the book "Remembering Jonathan Frid. Follow him on Twitter @WillMcKinley.

Join us in remembering the legendary Zacherley!

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RIP Germán Robles, Mexico's Master of Gothic Terror!

elvampiroWe are very sad today to learn of the passing of Germán Robles, an actor who began a lengthy career in Mexico with 1957's "El Vampiro" as the debonair Count Karol de Lavud. Like Todd Browning did with Bela Lugosi 26 years earlier, director Fernando Méndez took full advantage of Robles's European mystique to bring his Gothic vampire to life in Mexican cinemas. A series of monster and thriller films starring Robles would follow, including "El Castillo de los Monstruos," "La maldición de Nostradamus," "El Baron del Terror," and more in that glory age of 1960s Mexican horror cinema. To hear more about Mexican cinema, you can listen to my conversation with Mexican director Aaron Soto here.

Although not Mexican by birth (Robles emigrated from Spain to escape fascism in Spain), he nonetheless provided a magnetic and memorable face for the pop culture of Mexico. This is a sad day and a real loss to film fans everywhere. What a year to lose both Christopher Lee and Germán Robles. I hope people will seek out these films and make Robles more familiar to US movie aficionado. His name certainly deserves a place next to Lugosi and Lee as a truly great Gothic vampire!