The lesson plan for the WKNO horror movie series, Professor Ghoul's Horror School, is set for Friday nights at 10:00 PM. Professor Ghoul (Michael Degnan), and his student, Shotzi the cat (puppeteered and voiced by Bard Cole), have returned and here is the lineup!

August 28, 2015
Professor Ghoul's Horror School

Two eager students arrive to take Professor Ghoul's Horror 102, only to find an unexpected substitute and a mysterious crate. Featuring the 1972 film “Horror Express,” starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

Horror Express (1972): An English anthropologist has discovered a frozen monster in the frozen wastes of Manchuria which he believes may be the Missing Link. He brings the creature back to Europe aboard a trans-Siberian express, but during the trip the monster thaws out and starts to butcher the passengers one by one. (Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee)

September 4, 2015
Professor Ghoul’s Horror School

The professor's old friend TJ Kapowsky stops by the Horror School with an important personal announcement. Featuring the 1963 thriller “Dementia 13”.

Dementia 13 (1963): When her husband John has a heart attack while out in a rowboat on the lake, Louise Haloran throws his body overboard and later tells the family that he has left on an urgent business trip. Her main concern is that she can only inherit a part of the family fortune if if her husband is alive. The Halorans are a strange family, still grieving over the death of the youngest daughter Kathleen who drowned in a pond when she was just a child. They hold an annual ceremony of remembrance every year on the anniversary of her death. This year however, someone is wielding an ax intent on murder.

September 11, 2015
Professor Ghoul’s Horror School

Shotzi subjects the Professor and others to his vision for an original musical based on the Roger Corman horror-comedy. Featuring “Little Shop of Horrors” (1960), with Jack Nicholson.

Little Shop of Horrors (1960): A clumsy young man nurtures a plant and discovers that it's carnivorous, forcing him to kill to feed it.

September 18, 2015
Professor Ghoul’s Horror School

On a dark and stormy night, the School is visited by a mysterious figure with chilling plans for the Professor. Featuring the 1963 Spanish chiller “The Invasion of the Vampires”.

The Invasion of the Vampires (1963): A doctor and his assistant hunt down a vampire named Count Frankenhausen, who is terrorizing the populace.

September 25, 2015
Professor Ghoul’s Horror School

A frightening nightmare leads a pair of young newlyweds to Professor Ghoul's classroom, and a shocking secret. Featuring the 1958 creepy flick “Terror in the Haunted House”.

Terror in the Haunted House (1958): A newlywed is terrified when her husband brings her to live in the old house that figures in her recurring nightmare.

October 2, 2015
Professor Ghoul’s Horror School

Student Patrick Looney discovers his guardian angel is a whiz with commercial jingles, while presenting the 1940 Bela Lugosi flick “The Devil Bat”.

The Devil Bat (1940): A mad scientist develops an aftershave lotion that causes his gigantic bats to kill anyone who wears it.

Host, Professor Ghoul (Michael Degnan), and his student, Shotzi the cat (puppeteered and voiced by Bard Cole), introduce viewers to classic – and not-so-classic – horror fare in Professor Ghoul’s Horror School.
Production Specialist Bard Cole (Shotzi) has been on staff at WKNO since 2006.  He is a graduate of the University of Alabama's MFA in Creative Writing Program and the author of two books of fiction. In addition to bringing Shotzi to life (he also designed and created the puppet), Bard serves as co-producer and co-writer for the series.
“I wanted to make something that was fun and silly but was aimed at an intelligent audience — people who really enjoy movies and like thinking about them,” said Cole. “I’ve been a public television watcher since I was a little kid, and I learned a lot about American popular culture by watching TV. Why shouldn’t young people today learn about Roger Corman or Ed Wood or Vincent Price by watching WKNO?”
Michael Degnan (Professor Ghoul) is a longtime fixture of the Memphis Comedy scene and a veteran of Memphis television. He has been a student ambassador, a five-time finalist in the Funniest Person in Memphis Contest, and is currently a member of The Wiseguys Improv Comedy Troupe.
“WKNO and PBS in general are the stewards of cultural history on television, and I strongly believe that the horror film and the horror host as a format have been an important part of our cultural identity as Americans,” said Degnan. “WKNO is also a natural fit for a show that is seeking to educate as well as entertain its audience. This is a project which has generated a lot of excitement from WKNO staff and their support lets me know that this is the perfect (or as Shotzi may say – ‘Purrrfect’) place for this show.”
Professor Ghoul’s Horror School is produced and written by Bard Cole and Michael Degnan and directed by Peter Richards. Russ Abernathy is the Executive Producer. The series airs Fridays at 10:00 p.m. on WKNO.

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