MeTV viewers know that, among our classic TV shows, we have a great many Westerns- especially on Saturdays- and tonight, you can find that genre has moseyed on into our program as well- as we head west to witness the eerie tale of a gunslinger who’s as quick with his fangs as he is with his shooting iron-with the frontier about to experience the "Curse of the Undead"!
The wild west seems to be getting strangely wilder, with the numerous deaths of young women wasting away at the hands of some mysterious unknown illness. Old Doc Carter is puzzled ,never having seen such an odd malady or knowing what causes it. He and his daughter Delores do their best to help save their lives, but- to no avail. It falls to handsome young preacher Dan to console the grieving families the best he can. While mourning one victim, he notices some strange puncture wounds on her neck, and wonders how this relates to the unknown illness.
Our kindly old medical man Doc, meanwhile, has even more trouble plaguing him- he has a no-good rattlesnake of a neighbor named Buffer, who is angling to procure the doctor’s land, legally or...in whatever way he can. Fed up with Buffer’s schemes, the doc's hot-tempered young son Tim wants to defend his family's land and their honor by standing up to the brutish thug. His dad would rather have cooler heads prevail, and tries to get him to cool down. He implores the local lawman to talk to the treacherous bully in an attempt to keep Tim safe by keeping Buffer at bay.
Unfortunately, this accomplishes nothing- and when more tragedy befalls the Carter family- Tim can take no more. In the tradition of the old west ( at least, movie-wise) he decides to challenge Buffer- with additional sad results-resulting in his sister Delores getting her turn to have had enough. She makes it known to the entire town that she intends to recruit a gunslinger to solve the problem of Buffer- once and for all.
Before long, a mysterious gunman in black answers the call- and drops by the Carter ranch while preacher Dan is visiting. He seems to have a bad reaction to the cross pin the preacher wears… a not-so-subtle hint for most horror movie fans. The gunman, one Drake Robey, lets Delores know that he'll take the job she offers- and it don't take him long to put enough of a fright into Buffer that, amazingly, the bully actually petitions the sheriff to protect HIM!
Meanwhile, Robey has developed an interest in Delores- and, in order to stay near her, takes a job working for her-at night. The reason he states for preferring the night shift is that the sunlight hurts his eyes (and most likely doesn't do much for his skin either...) Meanwhile, Preacher Dan stumbles on some interesting history of the Carter land- including a stunning connection to Robey in the history that defies logic- but ends up confirmed by a visit to the family crypt! It’s up to Dan to convince the dubious Delores of the truth about the gunman- and confront Robey, who's still intent on facing off with Buffer - and even Dan, if he must! The question is- can anyone defeat a gunslinger -who is already dead?!
This unusual vampire film from 1959 takes advantage of the popularity in that era of both westerns AND vampire stories ,in a unique hybrid. We'll introduce you to a cast that includes “Rawhide’s” Eric Fleming, horror veteran John Hoyt, and Michael Pate as the mysterious man in black. Plus- we've filled the corral with Sven shtick that'll keep you laughing until at least High Noon tomorrow!
"Curse of the Undead" rides again on MeTV tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central- if you’re not sure if the time and channel in your area, check your local listings, or get the info at www.metv.com Sven viewers will again be live- Tweeting during the show on Twitter, so feel free to join in, using the hashtag #svengoolie .Chicago area viewers get a second look at "How to Make a Monster" at 11 am today on our main local station, CW26. Too bad Paul Brinegar from that movie couldn’t have stayed over for this week’s film and been reunited with his “Rawhide” co-star Fleming!
Let me thank everyone who was kind enough to extend their good wishes on the anniversary of me beginning my Sven career! I’m happy to have such longevity and the support of so many great viewers. And- we wish all the fathers among you a happy Father’s Day tomorrow!
But, tonight- I'm callin' you out- to face me on MeTV- and make sure you're packing plenty of garlic!