Doc Shocker’s Vault of Horror…

Photo c. 2010 Doctor Shocker

Is a Stocking Stuffer must for the Horror FAN on your Christmas Gift list~

Consummate actor, Daniel Roebuck who is also an obsessive monster collector and connoisseur of the Macabre is the brainchild behind Dr. Shocker’s Vault of Horror, along with colleague and friend, Chuck Williams, Actor/Producer. Roebuck is among a small group of celebrities who have embraced the fandom surrounding Monster collecting and the fandom of Horror; and this documentary leaves impression of his desire to support and perpetuate the fan base in the Horror genre. I first met Daniel Roebuck this year at an event mildly related to what I would learn was his obsession with Monsters, Horror, the Macabre and collectibles. He thrust a card in my hand as we greeted one another, and at first glance I was nonplussed as I read it.

Over the next six months, I would learn more of monsters, monster conventions and the allure of all things Monsters, and even attend a local convention in Burbank, CA, called Monsterpalooza. At Monsterpalooza I was amazed and delighted with all the Horror there and the anticipation surrounding this DVD was made all the greater. However, mostly the knowledge and insight I gained regarding the effort of mask-making, make-up application and the discussions regarding the giants of Horror, such as Vincent Price, Lon Chaney and Bela Lugosi who brought Monster’s alive in the 1950’s to the 1970‘s. Now, I consider myself a fan of Popular culture, media and for the most, my collection spans that of Star Trek, but as Daniel expressed so eloquently, in a candid conversation, “Star Trek has Monsters, too…” It certainly does, and I also grew up marveling and trembling in fear watching Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man; not to mention enjoying the campiness of the Horror Hosts, who spun the classic reels on our local networks~however I never considered the possibility of a cult fandom for them, and now I know better. I embraced the idea of Dr. Shocker’s Vault of Horror as a vehicle to learn even more and was certainly not disappointed.

Another perspective to all of this is my LOVE of Halloween, something I introduced my son to rather young and the concept nearly backfired and I feared lost on the lad. I took my son to a mildly scary haunted house venue (he was five years old) and it scared the daylights out of him. I was fearful he would never understand the simplicity and joy of the holiday; and that traumatized me as a parent. However, as he matured and by age fifteen he would embrace the macabre and world of Horror, and willingly submit to the desire of scaring the daylights out of ‘others’ every Halloween by volunteering to be ‘made up’ as a creepy clown for a local haunted house, and he continues this today. That coupled with the respect and admiration I have of Mr. Roebuck and my own love of popular culture inspired me to venture into this world of Horror and all I can say is no one loves this genre better…

When I heard about Dr. Shocker’s Vault of Horror and the previous endeavor done also by Dr. Shocker aka Daniel Roebuck and his trusted sidekick, Igor aka Chuck Williams “Halloween: The Happy Haunting of America”, I couldn’t wait to share them with my son, and why I believe so strongly that if anyone knows or IS themselves a fan of Horror, the Macabre and Halloween then the hallmark of fandom is in the fact that YOU have this documentary in your collection.

The documentary discusses and tributes the infamous horror hosts most of us grew up with as we sat in front of the television on Friday and Saturday nights. The campiness of these host is embodied in Dr. Shocker himself; and we all know of Elvira. Other aspects of the documentary include discussion amongst other prominent collectors such as Rob Zombie, Bob Burns and Guillermo del Toro to name a few; and of course, Daniel Roebuck discusses his own ascension into Monster collection, beginning at an early age. The documentary features discussion of mask collection, magazine and model collecting related to the Famous Monsters of Filmland and Universal Studio’s involvement in perpetuating these endearing masters of Horror, just to name drop a few. The documentary also features an Indie short film called “How My Dad Killed Dracula”, live coverage film of a campy debate featuring Frankenstein and Wolf Man entitled “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man” Presidential Debate, and the pièce de résistance~ a 3D photo gallery of Daniel Roebuck’s private monster museum (yes, you get 3D glasses in order to view it, too), which is no longer available to the public. I’m not going to give away all the surprises, just get the DVD and enjoy it, treasure it…

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I can certainly support and say with all sincerity that you will not be disappointed in learning more of why Monster’s inhabit your mind and heart the way they do from someone who understands and feels as strongly about this than Daniel Roebuck, who is more than a celebrity, but a FAN, just like you. Do it today, don’t wait…



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