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Larry Underwood as Dr. Gangrene.
Larry W. Underwood
September 9, 1966
|Show||Dr. Gangrene Presents|
|Time slot||Saturday @ 1am (Sun morn)|
|Previous show(s)||Dr. Gangrene's Creature Feature|
Underwood was inspired to create the character as an homage to Sir Cecil Creape, a former Nashville horror host. Created in 1999, the show was originally a half hour Public-access television cable TV program called Chiller Cinema in Hendersonville, Tennessee. The first episode aired July 1, 1999 on the Hendersonville, TN Public-access television station. The show quickly expanded into Nashville, Tennessee where it aired on Community Access Channel 19. Chiller Cinema was the first program to broadcast live out of the new Public, educational, and government access television building where CH 19 broadcast from. Chiller Cinema was soon seen on other Public-access television stations across the country, making Underwood one of the first horror hosts to self-syndicate his program.
Creature Feature on Nashville's CW58
The show moved to Nashville's WB affiliate WNAB in 2005, and was renamed The WB58 Creature Feature, expanding to a two-hour format showing horror and Sci-Fi movies. Underwood later changed the name slightly to The CW58 Creature Feature to match WNAB's switchover from The WB to The CW in September 2006.
Below is a partial list of films hosted by Dr. Gangrene while on the air on WNAB, Nashville's CW58. First airing only listed:
|Bruiser||October 22, 2005|
|Dreamscape||October 29, 2005|
|Sometimes They Come Back... for More||November 5, 2005|
|Piranha||November 12, 2005|
|Specimen||November 19, 2005|
|Total Recall1||November 26, 2005|
|DNA||December 3, 2005|
|The Devil Bat||December 10, 2005|
|Beyond Tomorrow||December 24, 2005|
|Nosferatu||December 31, 2005|
|The Descendant||January 7, 2006|
|Aerobicide||January 29, 2006|
|The Giant Gila Monster||February 5, 2006|
|The Ex||February 12, 2006|
|Phoenix The Warrior||February 19, 2006|
|Little Shop of Horrors||March 11, 2006|
|Space Mutiny||March 18, 2006|
|The Screaming Skull||March 25, 2006|
|The Brain That Wouldn't Die||April 8, 2006|
|Future Force||April 15, 2006|
|Future Zone||April 22, 2006|
|Total Recall1||April 29, 2006|
|Piranha||May 6, 2006|
|The Wraith||May 13, 2006|
|The House That Dripped Blood||May 26, 2007|
|Night of the Living Dead||October 13, 2007|
|The Last Man On Earth||December 29, 2007|
|Five Deadly Venoms||February 2, 2008|
|The Little Shop of Horrors||September 13, 2008|
|The Phantom Planet||September 27, 2008|
|White Zombie||October 11, 2008|
|Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde2||November 1, 2008|
|Night Tide||October 17, 2009|
|They Crawl||October 30, 2009|
|The Hollow||October 30, 2009|
|A Christmas Carol3||December 25, 2009|
|Deep Shock||July 10, 2010|
|The Cave||July 17, 2010|
|Black Cadillac||July 24, 2010|
|Absolon||July 31, 2010|
|Dark Waters4||August 7, 2010|
|Glass Trap||August 14, 2010|
|Dark Descent||August 21, 2010|
|The Untold||September 4, 2010|
|The Sadist||September 18, 2010|
|Eegah||September 25, 2010|
|The Dreadful Hallowgreen Special||October 31, 2010|
Awards and Media
- Gear Magazine named Dr. Gangrene's Chiller Cinema the 11th best cable access show in the country in the October 2000 issue.
- Dr. Gangrene has won 7 Rondo Classic Horror Awards to date.
- 2005 for BEST WEBSITE
- 2008 for his "Go Green with Dr. Gangrene" PSA Campaign (see below)
- 2014 for BEST HORROR BLOG.
- 2016 for BEST SHORT FILM for "H.P. Lovecraft's The Beast in the Cave" (script by Underwood based on the H.P. Lovecraft story)
- 2016 for BEST COLUMNIST (for his Scary Monsters Magazine column)
- 2017 for BEST COLUMNIST (for his Scary Monsters Magazine column)
- 2018 for BEST COLUMNIST (for his Scary Monsters Magazine column)
- On October 30, 2007 a photo of Dr. Gangrene alongside legendary horror host Zacherley appeared in USA Today along with a mention in an article about horror hosts.
- Dr. Gangrene appeared on Spike TV along with several other horror hosts introducing the film SANTA'S SLAY.
- In April 2010 Dr. Gangrene was featured in Rue Morgue Magazine #103 in an article spotlighting the top horror hosts from across the country.
- Doctor Gangrene has appeared in a number of other magazines including Rue Morgue, Horrorhound, Scary Monsters, Dark Realms, Mondo Cult, Outre, and many others.
- Larry has appeared in a number of movies as both himself and Dr. Gangrene, including the 2006 horror host documentary American Scary.
- In November 2011 Dr. Gangrene appeared in the nationally syndicated DICK TRACY comic strip over a 3-day period (although he was listed as Dr. Mean Green for copyright reasons). Day one he was mentioned, day two he appeared in a 3 panel strip, and day 3 was a 3-tier Sunday strip.
- On March 21, 2015 Dr. Gangrene was inducted into the Horror Host Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held at the Horrorhound Weekend Convention in Cincinnati, OH. Dr. Gangrene also gave the induction speech for Sir Cecil Creape.
Dr. Gangrene continues to stay busy, airing reruns of Dr. Gangrene Presents on Nashville's Education Channel as well as his current project, "The Fantastic Films of Vincent Price", a YouTube series with Dr. Gangrene exploring the filmography of Vincent Price, first to last. He is a regular guest at the Wonderfest convention in Louisville, Kentucky, where he hosts live movies every year. He also writes a regular column for Scary Monsters Magazine featuring interviews, reviews and essays on horror movies and creators.
Go Green With Dr. Gangrene Campaign
In 2008, Dr. Gangrene appeared in a series of Public Service Announcements entitled Go Green With Dr. Gangrene. The initial three shorts were entitled "Bonehead", "Two Lane Trash Stop", and "Trash Day Of The Dead". The shorts were written by Cameron McCasland and Larry Underwood and directed by Cameron McCasland. The series went on to win several local and national awards, including an Emmy Nomination for McCasland, and citations from the Governor of Tennessee Phil Bredesen, and the Nashville City Council. In the 2008 Rondo Awards the PSAs were awarded a special Rondo Award in The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards called "The Vasaria Public Service Rondo Award" http://www.rondoaward.com/rondo/RondoVIIwinners.htm
Larry Underwood has appeared in a number of independent films, as well as the documentary American Scary. However his best known work is as the Horror Host Dr. Gangrene on the long running WNAB television programs Dr. Gangrene's Creature Feature, and Dr. Gangrene Presents, as well as his earlier cable-access program Chiller Cinema.
Comics and Writing
In 1994 Underwood co-founded OUT OF THE CELLAR COMICS (later changed to VOLUNTEER COMICS) with his longtime creative partner, Chuck Angell. Among the books they published was BEST CELLARS #1 in 1995, which featured the first-published work of Eric Powell, a story called MONSTER BOY, a precursor to The Goon. It was during this period he first started writing, first scripts for comics, then scripts for the television shows, and finally short stories. To date he has had a number of short stories published in various anthologies and magazines. In 2016 he published a collection of short stories called "Dr. Gangrene's Tales from Parts Unknown". He is a columnist for Scary Monsters Magazine where he researches and writes about horror and sci-fi cinema. In addition, he won a Rondo Award in 2014 for BEST HORROR BLOG.
- In 2005 Underwood performed a spoken intro on the Creeping Cruds CD, "The Incredibly Strange People Who Stopped Living and Became the Creeping Cruds." He also appeared on the CD in a spoken word bit in the middle of the song "All Hail the Horror Host" on that album. That CD was nominated for a 2005 Rondo Award for BEST CD.
- Dr Gangrene also provided the spoken intro and outro for the horror rock compilation CD "T-Boner's Rot-N-Roll Compilation from Hell," released in 2006.
- In 2009 Dr. Gangrene recreated a faux horror host episode at the start of the song "I Kicked Dracula's Ass" on the Creeping Cruds CD, "Tennessee Bloodbath." The bit spoofed tales of long lost Hollywood horror films and poked fun at ridiculous "Americanized" titles of imported Spanish horror films. A classic horror film that was lost in a fabled Hollywood fire is recovered from Dr. Gangrene's dungeon in Tennessee nearly 75 years later. Before Dr. Gangrene is able to screen the newfound film for his horror host audiences the film catches fire in the projector and is again lost for the ages.
- In 2009 Underwood formed a horror punk band called Spookhand. Underwood fronted the band, appearing in a number of outlandish costumes and masks. The band broke up in 2011.
- Underwood provides the voice of a deranged killer truck driver on the 2010 CD Mark of the Psycho by the band Psychocharger. That CD was nominated for a 2010 Rondo Award for BEST CD.
- Dr. Gangrene produced a 10th anniversary compilation CD called THE BLOODWATERS OF DR. G (He also voiced the intro for it), featuring a compilation of bands from the Horror Hootenanny rock concert held annually in Nashville, TN during the Halloween season and hosted by Dr. Gangrene. This CD was nominated for a Rondo Award in 2014.
- In Fall, 2014 Dr. Gangrene voiced the intro for ATTACK OF THE MUTANTS, a tribute CD for the band Impaler. Underwood also wrote the liner notes for the Cd.
Larry Underwood was born in Nashville, TN, and currently lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
- ^ Total Recall may refer to the 1990 film or the 2012 film. A citation is needed to know which film was broadcast.
- ^ Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde may refer to the 1931 film or the 1941 film. A citation is needed to know which film was broadcast.
- ^ A Christmas Carol may refer to the 1938 film or the 2009 film. A citation is needed to know which film was broadcast.
- ^ Dark Waters may refer to the 1944 film or the 1994 film. A citation is needed to know which film was broadcast.
- FilmFax: Outre Magazine #21 - Dr Gangrene wrote article about his hero, Sir Cecil Creape, previous Nashville Horror Host.
- Scary Monster Magazine #36: Dr. Gangrene" Featured article. Dr. Gangrene appears on cover, painted by Terry Beatty. Limited edition numbered Dr. Gangrene special version also offered which included Dr. Gangrene postcard.
- The Horror Host Underground: "Dr. Gangrene's Chiller Cinema"
- USA Today Horror Host Article[permanent dead link] USA Today, October 30, 2007 - Horror hosts article ran in print version with photo of Dr. Gangrene alongside legendary horror host Zacherley