"In the dead of night, when the moon is high, and the ill winds blow, and the banshees cry, and the moonlight casts an unearthly glow, arise my love with tales of woe!"
That intro was what I looked most forward to back in my early childhood and teen years. Sammy Terry was a staple on WTTV-4 growing up and I remember being scared, but not wanting to take my eyes off the screen. The ghoul presided over Friday nights and one thing was for sure week in and week out -- Sammy Terry was sure to be a good time.
Sammy and his pet spider George thrilled and chilled audiences since the 1960s, showcasing some of the best horror films the industry had to offer, interjecting some wit and humor. When "Nightmare Theater" ended its run in 1989, a huge void was created for generations of Central Indiana viewers.
Now the beloved ghoul is making his way back from the crypt with appearances around the state and mini-episodes on the WTTV-4 website. But just like the "ghoul" ol' days, Sammy Terry will present "Primeval" Saturday on WTTV-4 at midnight. It's sure to be a "terrible" time.
Sammy Terry was the creation of Bob Carter, but Mr. Carter has decided that instead of hanging up the cowl, it would be better to continue to legacy of Sammy Terry. Stepping into the role made famous by his father is Mark Carter.
When I heard a "new" Sammy Terry would begin making the rounds, I was skeptical. Having grown up with the character, I couldn't imagine someone being able to convey the kindness, wit and love of entertaining Bob Carter did. After watching a few mini-episodes on WTTV-4, I can say with confidence -- Sammy Terry is back. Check it out for yourself.
If you're like me, I want my children to experience the same joys I had watching "Nightmare Theater" and as of now, Sammy Terry doesn't have a permanent home at WTTV-4. As it sounds, if things go well Saturday and viewers turn out for "Primeval", our beloved ghoul has a chance to grace the small screen on a more regular basis.
So if you're a fan of Sammy Terry, here's what you need to do. First and foremost, tune in Saturday. Also visit Sammy Terry and WTTV-4 on Facebook and share the love. Tell the network how much you love Sammy and how you want him back on the air.
I'll be watching tomorrow, so come back and share your thoughts on the rebirth of Sammy Terry. Do yourself a favor a check out the mini-episodes to get yourself in the mood. Also visit the official Sammy Terry website for updates.
So tomorrow night, pop some popcorn, pour yourself a Type O cocktail and sit back and join Sammy Terry for a night full of frights.
"I hope you have... many pleasant nightmares"