Sunday, October 1, 2023

Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast: Headspinner Productions on adapting Hilarious House of Frightenstein as the cult kids’ series turns 50

In the three-channel universe most Canadian kids in the 1970s grew up in, Hilarious House of Frightenstein was a weekend morning staple. From its wacky pacing to the lyrical monologues of legend Vincent Price, and memorable characters like The Count, Igor, and Grizelda The Ghastly Gourmet, the CHCH Hamilton series – shot over just nine months in 1971 – has established a cult following.

This week, the show celebrated its 50th anniversary, marked by the debut of new pre-school adaptation Happy House of Frightenstein, the first of a series of spin-offs in the works from Headspinner Productions. On this episode of Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast, we talk to Headspinner’s Michelle Melanson and Ken Cuperus on the responsibility of caretaking a Canadian pop culture institution.


Hilarious House of Frightenstein Live Action demo

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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