"The Master of the Macabre -- The Epitome of Evil --The Most Sinister Man to Crawl Across the Face of the Earth . . . Seeeeeeymour!"
And, with a fanfare of spooky music along with this chillingly goofy epithet appeared on the Saturday night TV screen the character who likely was the most popular of the Los Angeles Horror Hosts outside of Elvira. Seymour, played by Larry Vincent was different from a lot of other late-night TV monster movie hosts -- he was actually funny.
Another element of Seymour's show that contributed to his success was that he showed classic monster movies and not just B-movie dreck. The same couldn't be said about the latest Elvira revival. Despite her enduring cleavage and familiar shtick, no serious movie monster fan wants to watch lousy prints of public domain flicks that they could see anytime on You Tube.
In THE MONSTER TIMES #10 (May 31, 1972), pop culture, comics historian and Jack Kirby biographer Mark Evanier recounts the humble beginnings of the channel-hopping horror host.