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Since 2001, Mike Ensley, Chip Chism and Lemmie Crews have been presenting B-movie horror films in character as the endearing horror hosts Baron Mondo Von Doren, El Sapo de Tempesto and Mittens the Werewolf.
WSRE began producing their NIGHTMARE THEATRE television show for local broadcast in 2018. Today, the series is airing and live streaming on PBS stations in seven Southeast markets.
In the series plot, the Baron is a minor demon assigned to the physical plane to inflict misery upon mankind by way of “bad” movies. Each film is introduced in a humorous manner with little respect and a side of intriguing film history.
Ensley, Chism and Crews are part of the Horror Host Underground Network and were inducted into the Horror Host Hall of Fame in 2018.
A genetic experiment gone awry creates a race of giant carnivorous rodents that threaten a group of castaways trapped on a remote island in a hurricane in this 1959 low-budget bomb.
Inspired by this week's film, Roger Corman's 1960 tale of a busboy-turned-murderous-sculptor, "A Bucket of Blood," The Baron opens up a coffee shop and El Sapo tries his hand at beat poetry.
In yet another genetic experiment gone awry, a mad scientist attempts to create a race of superwomen in the Mexican desert, but ends up with giant spiders instead in this confusing film from 1953. The NMT crew try in vain to make sense of it all.
This week's movie, William Castle's 1959 creepfest "The House On Haunted Hill", wherein Vincent Price's character throws a haunted house party with deadly results, inspires El Sapo to organize his own party for the Baron and Mittens.
El Sapo discovers evidence that he wasn't the Baron's first choice as manservant, as they join Boris Karloff and Jack Nicholson in the poorly-named "The Terror", from Roger Corman in 1963.
After a horrific auto accident, a brilliant surgeon attempts to keep his fiancé’s head alive while searching for a replacement body in this 1962 drive-in disaster, as the Baron offers helpful driving safety tips.
It's panic on the bayou as the gang screens the 1972 TV movie "Moon Of The Wolf," set amidst the class-divided Louisiana swampland. El Sapo and Mittens lament the discrimination against werewolves in media.
A cosmetic company executive seeks the secret of eternal youth through injections of wasp venom, with predictably horrific results in "The Wasp Woman", a 1959 Roger Corman chiller. Meanwhile, the Baron explores the downside of scientific experimentation in cinema.