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Nikolas Schreck Interviewed on His Adventures in Horrorwood by Parallax Views

Ep. 36: Nikolas Schreck on His Adventures in Horrorwood

September 26, 2018

Radio Werewolf in the 80’s black comedy Mortuary Academy

On this edition of Parallax Views we continue the conversation with Nikolas Schreck from Ep. 35. In this portion of the conversation we delve into Nikolas’ adventures in Hollywood, or perhaps more accurately his adventures in Horrorwood!

We begin by discussing Radio Werewolf, the infamous L.A. goth band that Nikolas spearheaded as a lead vocalist. Nikolas explains both the both the controversial and sardonic aspects of the band, the misconceptions around Radio Werewolf, and the band’s appearance in the 80’s cult black comedy Mortuary Academy starring Paul Bartel and Mary Woronov.

From there we delve into Nikolas’ many experiences with Hollywood’s horror icons including Barbara Steele, the Dracula Society’s Donald A. Reed, Bongo Wolf, Vincent Price, and others. We take special care to delve into Nikolas’ relationship with the underrated filmmaker Curtis Harrington, whose arthouse horror Night Tide starring Dennis Hopper comes highly recommended by both Nikolas and Parallax Views, and Sir Christopher Lee of Hammer’s Dracula franchise, both of whom Nikolas collaborated with professionally.

Sir Christopher Lee with Zeena and Nikolas Schreck

Mementos of Christopher Lee (1922-2015) From the Nikolas Schreck Archives

Christopher Lee and Nikolas Schreck during the recording of their album Christopher Lee Sings Devils, Rogues and Other Villains, 1996. (Nikolas Schreck Archives)

Nikolas Schreck conceived of and produced Sir Christopher Lee’s first musical album Christopher Lee Sings Devils, Rogues and Other Villains.  Lee narrated the audio tour for Nikolas and Zeena Schreck’s Hellhouse of Hollywood wax museum and also accepted the role of Sir Henry Irving in a proposed film about the life of Bram Stoker which Nikolas intended to direct from his own screenplay for the 100th anniversary of the novel Dracula in 1998.  Below, in honor of Sir Christopher’s passing, are some mementos of Sir Christopher’s collaboration and friendship with Nikolas from our archive.

Christopher Lee and Nikolas Schreck during the recording of their album Christopher Lee Sings Devils, Rogues and Other Villains
Letter to Nikolas Schreck from Christopher Lee, sent after the recording of their album in July 1996.
Christopher Lee’s formal letter of intent to Nikolas Schreck accepting the role of Sir Henry Irving in a proposed film about the life of Bram Stoker planned for the 100th anniversary of Stoker’s novel Dracula.
Christopher Lee’s 1995 notes for the album Christopher Lee Sings Devils. Rogues and Other Villains. (Nikolas Schreck Archives)

RIP SIR CHRISTOPHER LEE

Personal Message From Nikolas:
“If anyone has ever lived a rich, adventurous, daring and fulfilling life it was certainly the late Sir Christopher Lee. Possessed of a dark sense of humor, he often joked about his own impending mortality as he aged, so I am sure he would rather see his friends and admirers celebrate his life rather than mourn his passing. I will compose a proper obituary for my blog soon, but for now, I wish to express my condolences to his beloved wife Gitte. And to Christopher, as you approach the clear light of the next bardo, a private joke: ‘Only you could have done that!’ To remember him by, here’s Christopher singing “Epiphany” from our 1996 album. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oclUkI-wx20
Om Amideva Hrih!”

Christopher Lee, Zeena Schreck and Nikolas Schreck during the recording of their 1996 album "Christopher Lee Sings Devils, Rogues and Other Villains"
Christopher Lee, Zeena Schreck and Nikolas Schreck during the recording of their 1996 album “Christopher Lee Sings Devils, Rogues and Other Villains”