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Creature Features Bob Wilkins – “Interview From Beyond The Grave”

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If you don’t know who Bob Wilkins is . . .  you’re WRONG! He was a Writer, Advertising Professional, TV Producer, Captain Cosmic!, and Host of “Creature Features”, a classic show in the San Francisco Bay Area many years ago. In the Pre-Internet, Pre-Cable days, he was the “Brains” (Bwahahaha) behind a couple of shows that ran for many, many years. These TV Shows featured very BAD (good) genre films like “Plan 9 from Outer Space” and “Attack of the Mushroom People”, along with classics like “Night Of The Living Dead”, “Dracula Has Risen From The Grave”, “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, and “Golden Voyage Of Sinbad”.

The best part of his show was the very GOOD interviews he did of the likes of  Bela Lugosi, Leonard Nimoy, Ray Harryhausen, Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Gene Roddenberry, Harrison Ford, and so many more. It was also a great place to hear about upcoming Comic Book and Trek conventions. He accomplished this from a rocking chair, wielding a cigar and a dry acerbic, deadpan, wit. “Our second film is “Monster From the Ocean Floor,” . . .  “This movie is so bad that it was delivered to Channel 2 in a brown paper bag. When we’re through showing it tonight, it will be part of a garage sale in Alameda tomorrow.”

In later years he ran his own Advertising Agency, doing work for many of the big casinos in Reno, Nevada. He still popped up at conventions, and even acted in several films, as well as producing the documentary “Watch Horror Films, Keep America Strong!”. Film critic Bob Shaw and Host John Stanley (remember them?) got their start via the Wilkins-sphere. So did I, in a manner of speaking. Read the end of this blog-entry for an interview I did of Mr. Wilkins, many years ago for my Fanzine.

Visit his Official Website to buy GREAT DVDs! of his material. WELL WORTH IT! Bob Wilkins .net

The Complete Bob Wilkins Creature Features DVD (2012) at Amazon

 

Bob Wilkins on Wikipedia      Imdb      Facebook
Obituary SFGate      Obituary Mercury News

 

I D E A T I O N    

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When I was very young, my friends Steve Levine, Brian Levine, and I, created a fanzine called “I D E A T I O N” about all things Comics, Science Fiction, Horror, Fantasy, and Star Trek. It contained our original Artwork and Writing. Read all about it in my Blog Entry “I D E A T I O N — Fanzine Memories”. I interviewed Bob Wilkins, and it has not seen the light of day since it was originally published. Mr. Wilkins was cordial, and patient, and spent a long time answering my questions (for FREE!) . . .  he treated me like an adult, and I will never forget that experience.

I credit his show, along with our family “Movie Night” — where my Dad projected 16mm films of the likes of “Citizen Kane”, “The Red Balloon”, “Laurel & Hardy” shorts, and even my FIRST Corporate/Industrial video “Kikkoman Soy Sauce”! — as being important Sparks, which Ignited my love of film. Bob Wilkins was one of my seminal influences for Things Fantastic… and a great source of information and entertainment. Bob Wilkins passed on in 2009. He is missed.

 

Bob Wilkins

Bob Wilkins

 

BOB WILKINS “The Interview

From Beyond The Grave!”

(I think he would approve)
* No disrespect intended to his Family.

Click the Thumbnails below to read the interview.

 

Bob Wilkins Interview PART 1

Bob Wilkins Interview PART 1

 

Bob Wilkins Interview PART 2

Bob Wilkins Interview PART 2

Read all about the magazine in my Blog Entry “I D E A T I O N — Fanzine Memories”. Sample pages below are from the fanzine. Apologies for the quality.. Think of it as “Primitive Art”, as we created it when we were only twelve and thirteen years old!

IDEATION fanzine & Creature Features Bob Wilkins

IDEATION fanzine & Creature Features Bob Wilkins

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