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Dr. Gangrene

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Larry Underwood as Dr. Gangrene.
Born (1966-09-09) September 9, 1966 (age 47)
Nashville, Tennessee
Show Dr. Gangrene Presents
Station(s) Nashville's CW58 WNAB
Time slot Saturday @ 1am (Sun morn)
Country USA
Previous show(s) Dr. Gangrene's Creature Feature
Website http://www.drgangrene.com

Dr. Gangrene is an award winning television horror host based in the Middle Tennessee area, portrayed by writer/artist Larry Underwood.

History

Underwood was inspired to create the character as an homage to Sir Cecil Creape, a former Nashville horror host. Created in 1999, the show was originally a half hour Public-access television cable TV program called Chiller Cinema in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The first episode aired July 1, 1999 on the Hendersonville, TN Public-access television station. The show quickly expanded into Nashville, Tennessee where it aired on Community Access Channel 19. Chiller Cinema was the first program to broadcast live out of the new Public, educational, and government access television building where CH 19 broadcast from. Chiller Cinema was soon seen on other Public-access television stations across the country, making Underwood one of the first horror hosts to self syndicate his program.

Creature Feature on Nashville's CW58

The show moved to Nashville's WB affiliate WNAB in 2005, and was renamed The WB58 Creature Feature, expanding to a two-hour format showing horror and Sci-Fi movies. It later changed its name slightly to The CW58 Creature Feature to match WNAB's switchover from The WB to The CW in September 2006.

Below is a partial list of films hosted by Dr. Gangrene while on the air on WNAB, Nashville's CW58. First airing only listed:

The Dreadful Hallowgreen Special - 10-31-10
Eegah - 9-25-10
The Sadist - 9-18-10
The Untold - 9-4-10
Dark Descent - 8-21-10
Glass Trap - 8-14-10
Dark Waters - 8-7-10
Absolon - 7-31-10
Black Cadillac - 7-24-10
The Cave - 7-17-10
Deep Shock - 7-10-10
A Christmas Carol – 12-25-09
The Hollow - 10/30/09
They Crawl - 10/30/09
Night Tide – 10-17-09
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - 11-01-08
White Zombie - 10-11-08
Phantom Planet - 09-27-08
Little Shop of Horrors - 09-13-08
Five Deadly Venoms - 02-02-08
The Last Man On Earth - 12-29-07
Night of the Living Dead - 10-13-07
The House That Dripped Blood - 05-26-07
The Wraith - 05-13-06
Piranha - 05-06-06
Total Recall - 04-29-06
Future Zone - 04-22-06
Future Force - 04-15-06
The Brain That Wouldn't Die - 04-08-06
The Screaming Skull - 03-25-06
Space Mutiny - 03-18-06
Little Shop of Horrors - 03-11-06
Phoenix The Warrior - 02-19-06
The Ex - 02-12-06
The Giant Gila Monster - 02-05-06
Aerobicide - 01-29-06
The Descendant - 01-07-06
Nosferatu - 12-31-05
Beyond Tomorrow - 12-24-05
The Devil Bat - 12-10-05
DNA - 12-03-05
Total Recall - 11-26-05
Specimen - 11-19-05
Piranha - 11-12-05
Sometimes They Come Back For More - 11-05-05
Dreamscape - 10-29-05
Bruiser - 10-22-05

Awards

In 2005 Dr. Gangrene won a Rondo Award for Best Website at the The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. He won a second Rondo in 2008 for his "Go Green with Dr. Gangrene" PSA Campaign (see below).

On October 30, 2007 a photo of Dr. Gangrene alongside legendary horror host Zacherley appeared in USA Today along with a mention in an article about horror hosts.

In April 2010 Dr. Gangrene appeared alongside several other horror hosts in Rue Morgue Magazine #103 in an article featuring top horror hosts from across the country. He has also appeared in many other magazines including Gear Magazine, Horrorhound, Scary Monsters, Dark Realms, Mondo Cult, Outre, and many others. Larry has appeared in several movies as both himself and Dr. Gangrene, including the 2006 horror host documentary American Scary.[1]

In November 2011 Dr. Gangrene appeared in the nationally syndicated DICK TRACY comic strip over a 3-day period (although he was listed as Dr. Mean Green for copyright reasons). Day one he was mentioned, day two he appeared in a 3 panel strip, and day 3 was a 3-tier Sunday strip.

Dr. Gangrene continues to stay busy, with his current program, Dr. Gangrene Presents, airing weekly on WNAB, Nashville's CW 58. He is a regular guest at the Wonderfest convention in Louisville, Kentucky where he hosts live movies every year. He also writes a regular column for Scary Monsters Magazine featuring interviews, reviews and essays on horror movies and creators.

Go Green With Dr. Gangrene Campaign

In 2008, Dr. Gangrene appeared in a series of Public Service Announcements entitled Go Green With Dr. Gangrene. The initial three shorts were entitled "Bonehead", "Two Lane Trash Stop", and "Trash Day Of The Dead". The shorts were written by Cameron McCasland and Larry Underwood and directed by Cameron McCasland. The series went on to win several local and national awards, including an Emmy Nomination for McCasland,[2] and citations from the Governor of Tennessee Phil Bredesen, and the Nashville City Council.[3] In the 2008 Rondo Awards the PSAs were awarded a special Rondo Award in The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards called "The Vasaria Public Service Rondo Award" http://www.rondoaward.com/rondo/RondoVIIwinners.htm

Musical Endeavors

In 2009 Larry Underwood formed a horror punk band called Spookhand. Underwood fronted the band, appearing in a number of outlandish costumes and masks. The band utilized a variety of shock rock gimmicks live including dismemberment, blood drinking, and brain eating. The songs were all horror themed and based on many sci-fi and horror movies. They performed annually at Dr. Gangrene's Horror Hootenanny show as well as in Nashville and surrounding areas. The band broke up in 2011.

  • In 2005 Dr. Gangrene provided a spoken intro on the Creeping Cruds CD, "The Incredibly Strange People Who Stopped Living and Became the Creeping Cruds." He also provided a spoken word bit in the middle of the song "All Hail the Horror Host" on that album. That CD was nominated for a 2005 Rondo Award for BEST CD.
  • Dr Gangrene also provided the spoken intro and outro for the horror rock compilation CD "T-Boner's Rot-N-Roll Compilation from Hell," released in 2006.
  • In 2009 Dr. Gangrene recreated a faux horror host episode at the start of the song "I Kicked Dracula's Ass" on the Creeping Cruds CD, "Tennessee Bloodbath." The bit spoofed tales of long lost Hollywood horror films and poked fun at ridiculous "Americanized" titles of imported Spanish horror films. A classic horror film that was lost in a fabled Hollywood fire is recovered from Dr. Gangrene's dungeon in Tennessee nearly 75 years later. Before Dr. Gangrene is able to screen the newfound film for his horror host audiences the film catches fire in the projector and is again lost for the ages.
  • Larry provides the voice of a deranged killer truck driver on the 2010 CD Mark of the Psycho by the band Psychocharger. That CD was nominated for a 2010 Rondo Award for BEST CD.

Notes

References

  • - Dr Gangrene wrote article about his hero, Sir Cecil Creape, previous Nashville Horror Host.
  • Dr. Gangrene" Featured article. Dr. Gangrene appears on cover, painted by Terry Beatty. Limited edition numbered Dr. Gangrene special version also offered which included Dr. Gangrene postcard.
  • USA Today, October 30, 2007. - Horror hosts article with photo of Dr. Gangrene alongside legendary horror host Zacherley

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • YouTube
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