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Monday, January 19, 2015

Collection of Rare Bootleg Ghoulardi Video Clips Released Online

Posted By on Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 10:15 AM

Hollywood-based 'multimediatician' Josh Roush dropped some pleasing video news last week: He's posted his first edition of Video Archives, revolving around old Ghoulardi clips (see embed below). The video clips come from Roush's own collection of bootleg VHS, DVD and digital recordings. Much of his stash is super-rare stuff. 

Here's Roush with some background info for the uninitiated:
Cleveland's Horror Host (or at least the first of them) was a character named Ghoulardi and was played by the notorious Ernie Anderson. Ernie had somewhat of a disdain for authority and brought a touch of that young rebellion to the beatnik inspired and beloved character. Every late Friday night for damn near 3 years WJW's Shock Theater aired the crappiest of Horror Movies which were openly scoffed at by Ghoulardi (Plot holes so big only the Swiss could love it!). But the movies weren't the only thing he mocked... he also openly made fun of the management for being cheap, neighboring conservative communities for being uptight (Parma!) and even the Mayor of Cleveland himself. Ernie lambasted anyone and everyone he chose to in the guise of Ghoulardi and it frightened the shit out of "the powers that be."

And some tech background:
As to this video, over the years I have purchased numerous Ghoulardi bootlegs and have a treasure-trove of digital bits. This is my attempt to take the best source of every nugget I have and put them end to end in one complete video for you to enjoy... and I hope you do. I imported all of my DVD's and VHS's into 1080p (overkill I know) then desaturated the black and white footage to remove annoying VHS color artifacts, added a slight sharpening filter, adjusted the white/black levels, and outputted it via h264.

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