Tonight on MeTV- after surviving the “House on Haunted Hill” last week, we move on to another house- one containing an art studio, an under-appreciated artist- and a bizarre murderer! The artist is driven to desperate acts in hopes of achieving artistic acclaim by using that frightening and powerful figure as his pawn to take revenge! Learn the actual story of the actor who became known as the "Monster Without Make-Up"-in his most famous role as the terrifying “Creeper”- when we enter the "House of Horrors"!
The story opens when a nearly destitute artist sees his luck taking a turn for the better, when he finally has a customer ready to buy one of his latest – shall we say “unusual”-works of art! Unfortunately, his would-be patron brings along an acerbic art critic, whose disparaging remarks about the artist’s “masterpiece” changes the prospective buyer's mind – and he cancels his purchase right on the spot! The dejected artist,Marcel, then wanders the streets and contemplates doing himself in at the river- only to spot a half-drowned stranger in the waters! Still having a sense of decency in spite of his depression, he takes this odd individual back to his home to recover. This misshapen man with unusual frightening looks feels gratitude towards the artist, who is inspired, thinking this man with the bizarre features could be the subject of a new and amazing artistic creation! As things go along, Marcel discovers that his new "friend" has a questionable past- he just happens to be the sadistic serial killer known as “The Creeper”! However, knowing that the hulking brute feels he owes Marcel, the artist has no sense of fear, and conjures up a plan to use his new-found model as an instrument of revenge- setting him on the trail of those who he feels have made it their mission to stifle his career and made the artist’s life miserable!
Marcel works on a huge realistic depiction of his grateful model, and keeps him a secret from the world. One day, he is visited by a pretty newspaper reporter, who happens to have an artist boyfriend who shares his distaste for the nasty critic who cost Marcel his sale and has printed derisive comments about him as well. There are worse things than the sting of bad reviews in store for the critic –and soon, one by one, art critics start turning up dead. The reporter's boyfriend suddenly heads the list of possible suspects. Even more bad luck-when the reporter finally sees what Marcel's latest project is- and starts doing her homework like any good reporter would- what she finds leads to HER heading to the top of a different list- Marcel’s hit list! Will the massive murdering model remove any threat of exposure by eliminating one more victim?
This 1946 film was actually the return of the "Creeper" character that Rondo first portrayed in the Sherlock Holmes film “Pearl of Death”. Universal had high hopes for the character, and planned to have him the star in a series of films, but Rondo passed away before that could happen. We’ll give you an in-depth look at Rondo's real life story, thanks to research done by film-maker Fred Olen Ray- we’ll introduce you to familiar faces in the cast- including one you've seen in the company of a certain caped crusader. There's a lot of Sven segment fun, including an early version of our drawing game, and speaking of works of art- we repeat the special feature showing how our striking Sven dungeon set was created and constructed by our own artistic genius friends from the Acme Design Inc. company of Elgin, Il.
Also, after we originally recorded the biographical info about Rondo, we learned I was mispronouncing the disease that caused his disfigurement- acromegaly. Constraints on our production prevented us from correcting that mistake- my apologies. And, yes, Rondo is the namesake of the national horror genre awards, in his image- of which I’ve been the proud recipient of several, thanks to the votes of our kind fans.
Enter the “House of Horrors” on METV tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central, or check for time and channel in your local listings- or at www.metv.com. As always, MeTV hopes you’ll join the scores of Sven fans who will be live-Tweeting during the show on Twitter- using the hashtag #svengoolie. Our Chicago area viewers get to visit that other house we mentioned one more time- the “House on Haunted Hill ”- on CW26 at 11 am.
Tonight- join our art appreciation group –where anyone who DOESN’T appreciate the artist might find their quality of life depreciated!