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The Hilarious House of Frightenstein

(ended 1971)



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The Hilarious House of Frightenstein

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"Another lovely day begins for ghosts and ghouls with greenish skin; So close your eyes and you will find that you've arrived in Frightenstein…" - Host Vincent Price, from the opening of the show. The Hilarious House of Frightenstein was a Canadian children's show that combined campy horror with humour and educational segments. The show was filmed at CHCH-TV, Hamilton, Ontario in 1971. The main characters were all played by super talented acted Billy Van: Bwana Clyde Batty, The Gorilla, Grizelda, The Ghastly Gourmet, The Librarian, The Maharishi, The Oracle, Dr. Pet Vet, The Singing Soldier and the best character in the show, The Wolfman. Other actors in the series were Fishka Rais, who played the loveable Igor. Julius Sumner Miller who played a zany Professor who liked to teach the kids about science; in real life he worked with Albert Einstein! Guy Big played the Midget Count. The show also featured horror master Vincent Price, who hosted as himself.

Vincent Price

Vincent Price


Billy Van

Billy Van

Count Frightenstein, Bwana Clyde, Gorilla, Grizelda, Librarian, Maharishi, Oracle, Pet Vet, Wolfman

Julius Sumner Miller

Julius Sumner Miller

The Professor

Fishka Rais

Fishka Rais


Guy Big

Guy Big

Midget Count

Joe Torbay

Joe Torbay

Gronk, Harvey Wallbanger, Grammer Slammer Bammer

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  • A Blast from the past

    I grew up watching this show in the 70's on Chch

    Hamilton. Billy Van was the funniest Canadian

    alive. He was able to play a wide variety of characters. I loved Vincent Price and his little

    snippets in each show.

    I will always remember how much fun I had watching

    the show.

    The 70's did not suck because of shows like

    this. Thank you to everyone who participated.

  • Billy Van's psychedelic, sometimes irreverent situation comedy (of sorts) featured Van in a number of roles. Very low production values. Shot in Toronto, ON, Canada. Great opening and closing music. Each episode opened and closed with Vincent Price.moreless

    It was a classic! I used to watch it as a kid at around 6:30am before catching the bus to school. The show's various segments were: The Storyteller (who never told a scary story, but tried tirelessly); The Witch--who's name I've forgotten--who simply made a God-awful mess with ingredients, leading to an explosion and obligatory taste--allowing Van to mug at the camera; The Vet (Van again) who introduces some animal to Igor, and talks briefly about it's habits and food requirements (Igor always ended the segment in tears after asking for permission to keep the animal); Harvey Wallbanger (a puppet who told riddles and read 'letters'--each segment ended with Van getting his hand cancelled by the puppet); The Wolfman (the most psychodelic segment on the show, where a Wolfman Jack cum Wolfman would spin old stoner-rock while Igor danced in front of a tie-dyed bluescreen--very trippy).moreless
  • This show was a classic Saturday morning show for kids.

    During the 1970's, I clearly remember watching this show on Saturday mornings as a kid growing up in Manitoba, Canada. For anyone who has an interest in castles, bats, and things that go bump in the night, you will enjoy watching this hour long show. It's enjoyable entertainment, and it was funny. I think that even young kids today would enjoy watching this show as much as I did, and their parents who grew up watching it can enjoy it with their own children and have a good laugh at this hippy era 70's show!moreless
  • Vincent Price in a purely Canadian show?? What's not to love?

    How can you not love Vincent Price in this role? I watched this show when I was growing up in the 80s, and I'm thankful it's becoming available on DVD! What's not to love? The campy 70s production value or the gorilla that always got knocked out by ping pong balls?:P
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Comedy, Fantasy, Kids


Tweens, Family Comedies, Pre-Teens, Grade Schoolers