Hilarious House of Frightenstein (1971)

Mike Matei / October 4th, 2014

Vincent Price hosts this bizarre sketch comedy show from the 70’s, starring various lovable monster personalities.


  • October 4, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I know it may be a little late to ask but what is the name of the movie in the intro of halloween curse of michael myers on 2011 sequel a thon at 00:03 where the guy’s eyeballs explode? btw, great review

  • October 4, 2014 at 8:07 am

    The biggest Cinemassacre fan from GREECE is probably first! Thank you James for the great reviews. Greetings to all you Cinemassacre junkies!

    • maikii

      October 4, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      Are you aware that you’re an idiot?

      • eva001

        October 4, 2014 at 2:13 pm

        What’s wrong with you? The person you replied to said absolutely nothing to deserve that.

      • October 4, 2014 at 5:31 pm

        eva001 hey failed to say first. lol!

      • October 4, 2014 at 8:18 pm

        oh look, an asshole. hi, asshole!

    • assjack

      October 4, 2014 at 7:16 pm


  • Anthony McCarthy

    October 4, 2014 at 8:11 am

    I loved this show when I was a kid.It was pretty well known up here in Canada.It’s actually one of the first shows I ever remember watching.

    • October 4, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Yeah, and it had a pretty big revival a few years back. I believe it was 2006 that it was being played again on several channels and almost every night.

    • October 4, 2014 at 6:23 pm

      Without question, fellow Canadian. I am depressed about this review though, because Rolfe failed to go into lauding Billy Van, the man who played virtually everyone in that show, and there was no mention of the Professor, the guy who I say is on par with Nye and Beakman!

      • meamironman

        December 16, 2014 at 12:41 am

        julius sumner miller!I love that guy, but im kinda glad he didnt mention him, i love the guy so much i dont want a bunch of bandwagoners looking him up, hes like my own personal teacher.

    • Hypoxic

      October 5, 2014 at 9:55 am

      Yeah, some of my favourite TV memories as a kid was The Hilarious House of Frightenstein and Hinterland’s Who’s Who. Great times.

  • FullMetalHobbit

    October 4, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Hey guys please review Bad Taste its one of my favourites

    • Weldin Dunn

      October 4, 2014 at 11:20 am

      I’d like to see it too, but he mostly records these the month before. Who knows though.

  • October 4, 2014 at 8:31 am

    James, how the hell do you forget to mention that the wolfman, grizelda, the librarian, count frightenstein and most of the characters on the show were played BY THE SAME GUY, Billy Van? *shakes head slowly*

  • October 4, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Talking of warewolves Radio host, there is a novels serie, who follow a warewolf woman who host a late show radio show named Kittie.
    here the first book, trought i never have read, it but have read some work of the autors and enjoyed i,S on my wish list


  • y2j420

    October 4, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I’m hoping the Friday the 13th films finally get their loooooonnnggggg overdue Monster Madness love…the fact that they have been ignored all these years is mind boggling…
    Keep up the good work!

    • October 4, 2014 at 10:59 am

      you’ve been posting this same comment on every video

      • Weldin Dunn

        October 4, 2014 at 11:22 am

        Because it’s a good one.

    • Weldin Dunn

      October 4, 2014 at 11:21 am

      I totally agree!

    • maikii

      October 4, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      It’d be tough to dedicate 31 reviews to a series that has 11 entries (12 if you include the wretched remake) that are all more or less the same exact thing. I love the movies for the most part, but there’s really not much to say about them.

      • y2j420

        October 4, 2014 at 1:22 pm

        But he did the entire Halloween series during the Sequel-a-Thon and some of those sequels are utter garbage compared to Friday the 13th…

        Here’s hoping for Friday the 13th to finally get some love!

    • October 4, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      We did a Top 10 video that covered a lot of our thoughts on the series. Maybe someday they’ll each get full reviews. But that’s a lot of the reason why.


  • October 4, 2014 at 8:59 am

    This was awesome! Thanks for bringing back great memories James!

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 4, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Vincent Price was phenomenal

  • diddymuck

    October 4, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I remember this 70’s Sat-AM artifact which resembled the Krofts various tv pgms. Thought it a bit inappropriate for such a classic actor (as was his varied game-show appearances). A big impression you couldn’t help gaining was that Vincent, perhaps, may have been in a hard place financially and needed the work…it brings memories of Lon Chaney, Jr. and John Carradine both working for peanuts in dogs during the 60’s. Unlike these two, Vinnie returned to prosperity via British works, such as Theater of Blood and Manhouse plus his superb villain performance in the ’75 Journey into Fear remake. His final works were prestigious, with The Whales of August and Edward Scissorhands topping the quality list.

  • October 4, 2014 at 9:48 am

    seriously this time I had never heard of the show but now I’m like fuck I wish I had seen this. i’ll check ioffer see if Its available. I loved weird corny shit like this if it involved the monsters, ie groovy ghoulies and moranis’ gravedale high

  • Big McLargehuge

    October 4, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I’m so glad you included this in Monster Madness. I grew up watching this show. Harvey WALL-BANGER!!

  • Don Skiver

    October 4, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Man… you weren’t kidding when you said “anything goes” this year. What a bizarre little TV show.

  • October 4, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I grew up with this show. My local stations used it as filler, so it was always on at odd times and tended to move around. I didn’t see it regularly, but I certainly remember it. The never-ending psychedelic music segments, with the dancing silhouette if Igor, are burned into my brain.

  • October 4, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I remember watching this back in the 80’s, probably on CTV, YTV, CBC, etc…

  • Chendzeea

    October 4, 2014 at 11:27 am

    🙂 Ah a good meaty review I was somewhat worried by the two minute ones. Thank you for all the hard work kind sir!

  • aidan752

    October 4, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I think Horrible Histories ripped off the Librarian part.

  • MayorMcCheese

    October 4, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I used to watch this as a kid. One actor, Billy Van, played most of the main characters. He was The Count, The Librarian, Wolfman, Grizelda, Dr. Petvet, The Oracle, and The Swami. I’m sure he did others but that’s all I remember.

  • aidan752

    October 4, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Vincent Price also appeared as a guest star on the Tommy Cooper show.

  • skinnyluigi

    October 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    I totally watched this when I was little. Maybe being from Canada helped me find it 🙂

  • Alex Row

    October 4, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Used to watch this as a kid. The wolf man dj was always my favourite.

  • October 4, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    The green vampire actually has an explanation. In black and white movies green make-up showed on camera as pale white so it was applied to give characters a pasty or corpse-like look. That’s why many depictions of the Frankenstein monster are green and why sometimes you see green vampires.

    • Claude Lilford

      October 4, 2014 at 12:50 pm

      Wow, I never heard that before, That’s interesting.

  • Claude Lilford

    October 4, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Great review Cinemassacre, RIP Vicnent Price, you’ll always be one of my heroes.
    By the by CM are you taking requests for this ‘Anything-goes-a-thon?’ if you are then could you please do some obscure Hammer later this month? you know like Captain Kronos Vampire Hunter, The Gorgon, The Curse of the Werewolf? Paranoiac? or The Reptile? Just to name a few.

  • October 4, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Andy Samberg as Superman! He’s obviously a vampire.

  • October 4, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    He liked being popular with young audiences because they would grow up and remember him, yes. If you recall he was narrator in MJ’s Thriller and many 80’s kids grew up knowing him from that music video. Then in the 90’s he was in Edward Scissor hands. I believe his final role and many 90’s kids grew up knowing him from that. Genius indeed!

  • PresidentJenkins

    October 4, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Wow, this is amazing. I just gotta see it, thanks again for these great movie reviews!

  • Movespark

    October 4, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    You should do the Max Headroom Incident. Might be interesting for the theme of this one.

  • RandyPan

    October 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    So, the Librarian is basically Count Floyd?

  • korahn

    October 4, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I’m a little surprised you didn’t mention that Billy van (the show’s creator) played many of the characters including The Count, Bwana Clyde, The Gorilla, Grizelda, The Librarian, The Maharishi, and The Oracle. But yes, as a kid, this show was awesome. I would wake up early so I could catch it (reruns in the 80’s obviously) before school.

    Dr. Pet Vet

    The Singing Soldier

    The Wolfman

    • greedo

      October 4, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      Ah, you beat me to it! 🙂

  • October 4, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Did a 30 second ad blcok the beginning of the video for anyone else?

  • greedo

    October 4, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Wow, James! I can’t believe you did a segment on this! I was just talking to someone last night about this show, and now here you did a segment on it! 🙂 I LOVED this show growing up. It had a kind of chilling, and kinda kooky feel to it. The count and the Wolfman characters were my favorite. I was always a fan of Wolfman Jack, so it was nice that they included his character. And like you, I was- and am- surprised at the inclusion of Vincent Price in this show, albeit for somewhat different reasons than you. How did a small Canadian TV studio manage to get Vincent Price to do this show? It boggles my mind. It couldn’t have been for the money, because I’m not sure what kind of money they could have paid him. (Although the show was a cult hit in Canada, the money would be peanuts compared the the States). Whatever the reason, I’m glad that he was involved.

    Oh, and one more thing- Billy Van(the star of the show)did most of the characters. He was such a talented actor. He actually made a few appearances on the Sonny and Cher show, and probably could have been big in the States, but it didn’t work out for him. RIP, Billy, you were the best!

  • October 4, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Wow 2 extra long minutes!? Be still my already beating dead heart!

  • October 4, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    cool video james

  • LindyBum1147

    October 4, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I watched this as a kid and remember loving every episode. We had some weird stuff back in the day here in Canada. You Can’t Do That On Television which eventually made it onto Nickelodeon. Movie like The Peanut Butter Solution, Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller, The Great Land of Small. These movies and t.v shows became classics and it seems like writers/Directors of that time had a lot more creative freedom to take risks and make original, albeit weird programming.

  • Sam Hain

    October 4, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks for reviewing this. On one of my many youtube/monster/horror host nights of exploration I came across reference to this and never found much about it.

    It was a very helpful and informative review, and I would be likely to watch this if and when I can. As a big fan of small time local horror hosts of the past, this smacks of everything I love about old small studio produced shows.

  • October 4, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I loved this show as a kid, it was in repeats in the early 80’s up here in Canada. I would get up real early in the morning on Saturdays to watch it.

  • matt mott

    October 4, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    they definitely had a lot of something making the show.

  • daniel olson

    October 4, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    James have you ever herd of mad frank presents ? he was a local hor show host here I’m in northen mn and I think the show was based out of Fargo nd .if you haven’t herd of him there’s clips on YouTube its campy and right up your ally

  • daniel olson

    October 4, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    have you herd of (mad frank presents) he was a local campy horror movie host here I’m in northren mn and it was based out of Fargo nd .theres clips on YouTube you should check out I loved it as a kid it was on Saturday nights past my bed time lol

  • donovan wood

    October 4, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    I’m glad he’s doing a free-for-all this year so hopefully he’ll finally review “The Thing” movies. It surprises and disappoints me that he hasn’t already reviewed those films yet.

    • Satnav

      October 4, 2014 at 7:35 pm

      He did, in his Alien Invaders films I think.

  • Sandeval

    October 4, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    Three cheers for Canadian television. 🙂 I remember catching broadcasts of this show recently. I started watching, think, “What the hell is this?” (While loving every minute of it.) And, it took a while, but I suddenly remembered watching this as a very little kid. I mean VERY little. I was only 1 when the show came out, but I caught re-runs of it around Halloween every year for a couple of years. I’m not sure if it was this or classic horror movies that got me onto Vincent Price. Either way, a great show! Still weirdly hilarious after all these years.

  • October 4, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Vincent Price is great! Another great introdurction, well done. 🙂

  • Satnav

    October 4, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Looks really silly and corny, as you would expect from something from the early seventies, but eh, could well be fun. 😉

  • October 4, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    hey james, you should review svengoolie, it’s a weekly show featuring a horror movie. it’s still on so please look it up

  • October 4, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    I’m Canadian and while I wouldn’t call this well known up here it was an early morning staple (like 4-6am) on local access channels when I was a kid. Heck I caught this on local cable in Thunder Bay, Ontario less then a decade ago. For something made way back in the early 70’s it’s kind of amazing something this niche and weird still got air time up until just a few years ago. For all I know It might still be airing on some local channel, at the crack of dawn, somewhere in the great white north.

  • October 5, 2014 at 12:24 am

    Although monster madness would be a weird time to do it, you should review Slumdog Millionaire sometime. Very good film. Very unique.

  • October 5, 2014 at 1:12 am

    Never heard of this show before now, but anything with Vincent Price in it is fine with me.

  • Tyler Zimmerman

    October 5, 2014 at 3:11 am

    Monster madness is beast james is a video master mind.

  • Hypoxic

    October 5, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Was this not broadcast in the US? I guess I was a lucky little Canuck. I loved this show as a kid!

  • Cilliandrew

    October 5, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Billy Van definitely should be mentioned. While Vincent Price is the ‘known’ name tied to this, Billy Van played practically every character! Anothe Canadian here, and I have to confirm that a couple years back one of the channels on my satellite was airing this show at all hours of the day. It really was quality stuff.

    • Chewieshmoo

      October 6, 2014 at 4:29 am

      lol I just posted something similar before seeing your comment. Yes Vincent was awesome as always but Billy Van carried this show and was so amazing as the majority of the cast, also use to watch him co-hosting the Canadian Computer beginners show BYTES & BITS with Luba Goy.

  • October 5, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Vincent Price’s career has existed long after his death. Think about that for a minute. I’d love it if I could resurrect Mr. Price just to show him all the love he still receives from his movies to this day.

  • Mega-Gojira

    October 5, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    This looks AWESOME!!!!!

  • handsome pete

    October 6, 2014 at 2:13 am

    That librarian took Count Floyd’s joke!

  • Chewieshmoo

    October 6, 2014 at 4:26 am

    While the amazing Vincent Price made appearances and brought attention to this Canadian production it was Canad’s own Billy Van who played pretty much every other character wonderfully!

  • October 6, 2014 at 8:37 am

    OMG i’m sooooo glad you made a video of this !!
    I used to watch this when i was kid and could not remember the name of it and haven’t seen it since. I cant wait to go back and watch it again !
    I can’t believe you never knew this existed up until now !!

  • Big McLargehuge

    October 6, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    The show never originally had a laugh-track. I thought it seemed weird when I saw this review. I did a little research and the laugh-track seems to have been added to either the U.S. syndicated episodes or the first DVD release. The episodes were also originally an hour long as opposed to a half hour. Anyway, just thought it was some interesting trivia.

  • Squall85

    October 6, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I know Vincent Price from The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo. I really liked his voice.

  • rockabore

    October 7, 2014 at 6:10 am

    DUDE! Why didn’t you say where this can be found? Vincent Price is my idol and I need this in my life!!! Where can I own it?

  • October 7, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    OMG, I used to see episodes of this on TV here in Canada when I was a little younger. Had no clue what it was, but as soon as I saw clips of the green colored guy and count frightenstein memories instantly raced back to my mind.. Hilarious.

  • TagaZok

    October 7, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Didn’t know now I wanna see it ! great review!

  • October 8, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    I watched this show in the late 80’s. I recall my dad thinking it was terrible, an opinion he still holds strongly to this day. The show is as original as it is cheesy, to be fair…

  • October 9, 2014 at 2:52 am

    My brother and i used to watch this show as kids, but i had forgotten what it was called. James thank you for this video!

  • dansims

    October 9, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Ouch, that makes me feel very old, but i remember that i saw a few episode of this show on tv.

  • skwij

    October 10, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Vincent Price stuck to his horror guns! This is another one I’ve never seen. Thanks for introducing it to me.

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  • October 15, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Does anyone from the UK remember Monster Cafe (90s)?

  • Kent Gissing

    October 19, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    The only thing I really have any experience of that includes Vincent Price from when I grew up is his voice acting in The 13 Ghosts of Scooby Doo; that show was awesome and Vincent Van Ghoul was even made to look like Price. 😀 A testament to the respect his relationship with the horror-genre instilled in people. ^^

  • Pablo Martinez

    October 21, 2014 at 10:30 am

    I got to know this show thanks to an indie game called “Heroine’s Quest”, the Librarian makes an appareance as one of the townsfolk, is anybody is a fan of the Librarian, they should check the game.

  • clawgrip

    October 23, 2014 at 9:09 am

    I used to watch this show quite often as a child in the 80s.

  • menacexp

    October 27, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    I live in Canada and use to love this show when I was a kid…the intro use to scare the crap out of me tho, lol….another tidbit James left out…the guy who played Dracula played many different roles in the show, he also played the witch.

  • Jacob LeBlanc

    November 5, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I live in Canada and I actually remember seeing this on TV when I was a young kid in the 80’s. I had forgotten this even existed, but seeing this video made my memories come back. Awesome one, thanks James!

  • M. Ryan

    August 27, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Pretty spastic choice to review.

  • January 3, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    If it wasn’t for this show, I probably wouldn’t have known exactly who Vincent Price is, or rather was. You’re right, that’s one of the reasons he did the show, my uncle told me that one, but no one better make fun of the “Wolfman” infront of me, I’ll jam their toes into their eyeballs. His goal was more to make kids fans of that classic music…

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