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Monday, January 14, 2008

Vampira 1921 - 2008

One of TV pioneers past this past week with little notice. Her real name was Maila Nurmi. In 1954 she became Vampira, television’s first horror movie show host. Vampira was the first of a sadly dying breed of TV broadcaster. TV stations use several excuses as to why they won’t create shows like this, which flourished from 1957 until 1975. The main reason for their disappearance has to do with more network programming during the late night hours. The lamest of excuses is the old "our sales people can’t sell it to advertisers" or "advertisers won’t buy ads on those shows." BULL$H!#!

Vampira fans included Orson Wells, James Dean and Ed Wood Junior. Wood cast her in his epic Plan 9 From Outer Space. Here is her page on IMDB.

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