A spirted gathering: Fright flicks fans descend on Worth
BY ALISON NICOL Correspondent October 30, 2013 7:04AM
The Beverley family — Rudy, Noah, Cindy, Terry, Avelyn and Shannon — are horror film fans. | Alison Nicol~For Sun-Times Media
It was a gathering of kindred spirits. Emphasis on “spirits.”
It also was an evening full of laughs and for the sharing of childhood memories for fans of vintage Chicago television shows and horror film buffs.
The Worth Park District’s Christensen Terrace Centre, 11500 S. Beloit Ave., was the setting Oct. 16 for a discussion of “Chicago’s Horror Film Scene From 1957 to Present,” hosted by Ted Okuda and Mark Yurkiw.
Okuda and Yurkiw are the authors of “Chicago TV Horror Movie Shows: From Shock Theatre to Svengoolie.”
According to Okuda, the two authors met when “Mark came in as a customer to my former shop, Metro Golden Memories, on the Northwest Side,” he said. “Mark had a great knowledge of the corporate history of the film and TV shows, while I was blissfully happy just to watch for fun. We had different perspectives, and it made for a good partnership.”
Yurkiw said his favorite horror flick is “The Creeping Terror.”
“It’s a low-budget film with a guy wrapped in a carpet as the monster. It takes place in a trailer park, but the audio didn’t turn out, so the filmmaker does the narration,” he said. “It’s so bad that it’s good.”
The pair showed clips that included Jerry G. Bishop, the original Svengoolie; and the original “Creature Features” show that aired on Saturday nights on WGN-TV about 40 years ago.
Attendee Jim Werner, of Worth, said, “I go to all the horror conventions. I’m a fan of Universal Pictures horror films, like ‘The Mummy’ with Boris Karloff, and ‘Dracula,’ with Bela Lugosi.”
Terry and Cindy Beverley, of Worth, came with their children Rudy, Noah, Avelyn and Shannon. Terry described a typical family movie night.
“We like horror classics,” he said. “We watch two movies. One is a classic and one is a schlock movie.”
At the end of the evening, the authors treated the group to a sampling of shows such as “Garfield Goose and Friends,” the cartoon “The Funny Company,” and “The Ray Rayner Show.”
The authors are planning a future Chicago-themed project but aren’t yet ready to divulge the details.