Many cities throughout the span of decades from the 50s to the 80s had “horror hosts” on a local TV station. Pittsburgh, of course, had Channel 11 and “Chilly Billy Cardille”. A new DVD documentary has been released called “American Scary”. The video celebrates the hey day of this type of programming – one which lives on via low-power stations and the Internet. Although not clear whether Cardille shows up – although we suspect that he might – local makeup artist and special effects guru Tom Savini makes an appearance. Savini currently runs a school for special effects makeup in Monessen. The documentary – featuring interviews and historical content – can be purchased at