The Hilarious House of Frightenstein spawned some memorable characters that have become Canadian entertainment icons. Igor, the Count, The Librarian, Bwana Clyde Batty, Dr Pet Vet, The Wolfman, Franky, and of course, the beloved, deranged Grizelda have taken up residence in our memories. As a young man, I remember watching the House of Frightenstein with my brother for many years. When it showed up again on cable, I was delighted, and my wife remembers Grizelda being her favourite.
Now, Anchor Bay and Critical Mass have assaulted our memories. With "Grizelda", our Canadian beauty Queen, stars in her own collection. Billy Van is probably the worst cross dresser ever, yet his off the wall approach turned this chef into a hit. From the dreadful recipes created with everyday Transylvanian ingredients such as buzzard beaks, sacred cow milk, a rubber chicken, eggshells, Wilt, and spiders, to the classy "RIngo Starr, eat your heart out", she/he was unstoppable. Never again did I view an old kitchen the same again. If I had hair, I would flip my hair back, and gaze lovingly at the camera...but I don't, Billy Van was the master of the hair flip. He was also the master of kitchen banter and Broadway tunes sung off tune in a dusty cookery. Whatever you do though, never use HIS beauty regimen.
On the DVD, Billy must have had an off day as a substitute Grizelda takes over with less spectacular results. Perahaps it's best to have this segment to show just how good he was. The DVD is packed with Cooking with Grizleda, the mail segment, and an occasional Groovy from the Wolfman. My question though, is where is the cookbook?
Folks, sit down with your kids, turn on the flat screen, pop up some Gizzard Corn, and enjoy a cooking show that left viewers wretching.
Billy Van, you were the best.