Today on “The Freak Power Ticket” (Monday, October 13th), producer/host Ted Coe kicks off a new season on KCSB-FM by detailing the on-screen story of vampires.

Nosferatu (F.W. Murnau 1922: Public Domain) - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Nosferatu (F.W. Murnau 1922: Public Domain) – CLICK TO ENLARGE

Just in time for Halloween, the music-and-cultural art program returns to the 11am-12noon time-slot with the first of a planned exploration of the multi-faceted, century-plus relationship between movies (and television) and the legendary undead figures who drain the blood of the living. This modern appropriation of folkloric tales popularized by gothic romance literature of the 19th century is almost as old as the cinematic medium itself.

We’ll begin with the silent-era classic Nosferatu, by director F.W. Murnau in 1922, and then the first official 1931 adaptation of Bram Stoker’s turn-of-the-20th Century best-selling novel, Dracula, which starred Bela Lugosi, in a film by Todd Browning. Next we’ll wind our way through the entire Universal Studios horror tradition, celebrate the more colorful and edgy Hammer Studios films of the 1950s through the 1970s (including their iconic leading men Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing), and close out our first hour of programming with nods to a few of the most memorable vampiric tales of the 1960s and early 1970s.

Sink your teeth into an hour of (digital) music, trailers, and expert commentary detailing the best and most fascinating aspects of these works!

“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the fall from 11am-12noon PDT.