Re-posted From The Constant Monster Blog
When I was a kid, between the years of 1971 and 1975, WAPT-TV, the ABC affiliate in Jackson Mississippi had their own horror movie series called Horrible Movie.
Horrible Movie was broadcast on Saturday nights after the news. It featured mostly old Universal Monster movies. Movies both from the classic 30's era, like Dracula and Frankenstein, but also the revival in the 40's like The Wolfman and even Universal's Sci-fi Era films from the 50's like The Creature From The Black Lagoon and The Monolith Monsters.
The host of the show was an unpleasant woman named SCARTICIA, who wore a slinky black dress similar to the Addams Family's Morticia, who she was clearly named for. Unlike Morticia or Vampyra, who wore similar outfits, Scarticia had a painted-on extreme old-age makeup, and her black wig was more matted than luxurious.
I haven't been able to find out a whole lot about Scarticia, except that her real name was Annette and she was fairly young at the time. Her day job was working as that secretary to the station's general manager.
Scarticia called her loyal viewers (like me!) "animals" and generally acted like they were monsters themselves, which was a lot of fun.
Usually, Horrible Movie was broadcast from the studio with only a chair or a sofa as set pieces. I can remember at least one occasion though, when the show was broadcast from a wrestling ring in the old Armory on the fairgrounds where WAPT also occasionally broadcast Mid-South Wrestling.
Scarticia's guests included characters like "Thing" which was a guy covered in fabric looking like a cross between the blob and McDonald's Grimace, The Black Genie, and Dr. Choke Throttle. Her regular co-host was Scoop Gravely, played by local radio and TV personality Ed Hobgood.
Horrible Movie was a big hit among a certain age group in Jackson. On one episode, Scarticia showed a stack of letters she received from a local junior high school. She acted like she was going to read them, but instead threw them up in the air saying "who has time?"
The early seventies was also the era of "Streaking" where people ran naked in public places for no particular reason. One Saturday night, Scoop Gravely said Scarticia was caught streaking and he'd show us video tape after the next commercial segment. When Scoop returned, the video tape he promised showed a naked doll with black hair "running" in front of a still photograph of downtown Jackson.
When Horrible Movie ran the 1933 classic King Kong, Scoop said he also had video tape of a real, live dinosaur in Jackson. The tape showed a yellow Marx Toy Brontosaurus in front of the same photograph of downtown Jackson.
I only have this one photograph of Scarticia. (click to enlarge)
If you have any more, please send it in and I'll post it. If you have any information about Horrible Movie or memories about this classic show, please share those too and I'll post it here.