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Posted at 3:04 PM ET, 09/13/2005

Count Me In

By Jen Chaney

If you miss the midnight movie series that ran this summer at Landmark's E Street Cinema, you'll be happy to know that the theater is launching a new version of the series this week.

In this incarnation, local celebrities will present cult films every Saturday at the witching hour for the next month. The extravaganza -- which will feature author George Pelecanos, the dudes from "Heavy Metal Parking Lot" and the Post's own Stephen Hunter -- kicks off this week with "Young Frankenstein," presented by Count Gore De Vol, former vampire host of WDCA's "Creature Feature."

Remember "Creature Feature"? It ran in the 1970s and '80s on Channel 20 in its pre-UPN days and showed various horror and sci-fi classics. The Count was the host -- sort of an Elvira, but with much less cleavage. You might also remember Count Gore from his other role as Captain 20 and producer of such kiddie fare as "W.O.W.!" and "Kids' Break."

If for some reason you can't make this Saturday's Landmark event, feel free to ask the Count a question or two in his online discussion, taking place here on washingtonpost.com this Friday at noon.

Personally, I don't remember "Creature Feature" quite as clearly as "Kids' Break." Seriously, does any television chef working today have the skills and charm of Chef Combo? That dude could put together a celery-and-peanut-butter snack faster than Emeril can say "Bam!" And Rachael Ray's "30-Minute Meals"? Nothing but a blatant ripoff of Chef Combo's routine. Someday I hope we'll live in a world where puppet culinary experts finally receive their due.

-- Jen

By Jen Chaney  | September 13, 2005; 3:04 PM ET
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