One of Detroit’s legendary late night horror hosts will pay a visit to the Redford Theatre this Saturday.
Ron Sweed, better known as “The Ghoul” has been entertaining Detroiters with his late night horror shows since 1971. Originally from Cleveland, he began his broadcasting career there as a tribute to Cleveland actor Ernie Anderson’s 1960’s character Ghoulardi. The show was picked up by the now defunct Kaiser Broadcasting Corporation and shown at their affiliates in Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Boston. The show featured zany, deliberately adolescent humor , especially surrounding his abuse of a rubber frog named “Froggy,” a penchant for blowing up things with firecrackers, and catch phrases like “zingy-zingy,” “Overdey!” and “Stay sick, turn blue”. The show was most popular in Cleveland and Detroit. Sweed has since been on and off the air in Cleveland and Detroit for over three decades, and has branched out into radio and the Internet.
The Ghoul will perform live skits, rare video clips, and plenty of Ghoul-worthy sound effects during two classic Godzilla films that will accompany the show.
At 2 P.M., “Son of Godzilla” will be shown. The eighth film in the Godzilla series is one of two Godzilla films that were island themed. In it, a group of scientists are conducting weather experiments on a tropical island. They encounter giant praying mantises that are 25 feet tall. A test of a weather control system goes awry when the remote control for a radioactive balloon is jammed by an unexplained signal coming from the center of the island. The balloon detonates prematurely, creating a radioactive storm that causes the giant mantises to grow to over 100 feet tall. The mantises, or Kamacuras, make their way to a giant egg which hatches. A baby Godzilla emerges from the egg. Godzilla himself eventually arrives, killing two Kamacuras and adopts the baby, named Minilla. The rest of the film shows Godzilla nurturing and teaching his young son the skills that will eventually help him to become the new “King of Monsters” as well as fighting the Kamakaras and a giant spider named Kumoga.
At 8 P.M. is “Godzilla vs. Monster Zero”. Originally called “Invasion of Astro-Monster” in Japan, it follows two astronauts, Fuji and Glenn, who are sent to investigate the surface of the mysterious “Planet X”. There they encounter advanced and seemingly benevolent human-like beings called the Xiliens and their leader The Controller. The aliens usher the astronauts into their underground base, and moments later the surface is attacked by a creature they called “Monster Zero”, but which the astronauts recognize as King Ghidorah, a planet-destroying monster that had attacked Earth once before. The monster eventually leaves, but the Controller states that Ghidorah has been attacking repeatedly, forcing them to live underground in constant fear. He requests to borrow the Earth monsters Godzilla and Rodan to act as sentries against Ghidorah’s attacks, and promises a cure for the many diseases that affect humans on Earth. But the Xiliens have other plans for Godzilla and Rodan…
Tickets are $7 for each screening, and may be purchased in advance at the theater’s website.