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


Subscribe Now – Free!

Broadcast Dialogue has been required reading in the Canadian broadcast media for 25 years. When you subscribe, you join a community of connected professionals from media and broadcast related sectors from across the country.

The Weekly Briefing from Broadcast Dialogue is delivered exclusively to subscribers by email every Thursday. It’s your link to critical industry news, timely people moves, and excellent career advancement opportunities.

Let’s get started right now.

* indicates required