David Del Valle

Since leaving San Francisco State University in 1974, David Del Valle has achieved national recognition as a journalist, columnist, film historian, radio & television commentator and is one of the leading authorities on the horror/science-fiction/cult & fantasy film genres. He has contributed to magazines internationally and has been interviewed by the BBC, A & E Network, Channel 4 (London) and The Sci-Fi Channel. He appeared prominently in American Movie Classics documentary entitled IT CONQUERED HOLLYWOOD!, the history of American-International Pictures. He is also the producer and on-camera host of Vincent Price's only interview regarding his career in horror. Del Valle oversees The Del Valle Archives, a collection in progress of thousands of still photographs, artwork and ephemera dealing with the horror/fantasy/sci-fi and cult genres. He produced and hosted a series of television interviews entitled "Sinister Image," featuring guests that ran the gamut from Cameron Mitchell to Russ Meyer. His print articles and interviews have appeared in such publications as Cinefantastique, Scarlet Street, Cult Movies, Fangoria, Films and Filming (Del Valle was Hollywood correspondent for this British magazine from 1983-1987), Video Watchdog, The Dark Side (UK), Fantastyka and L'Ecran Fantastique of France for which he was also West Coast correspondent. Del Valle recently completed a year as a radio host in Palm Springs, California in an entertainment-oriented program on AM as well as on the Internet around the world.

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2 responses to “Sinister Image: The Rocking Host Winner – Bob Wilkins 1932-2009”

  1. August_Ragone

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful stories about Bob Wilkins, as I have similar stories, having went from writing Bob (religiously), to being a frequent guest on his KTVU-2 shows in the San Francisco Bay Area. There are so many stories, from so many different people, dozens of whom went on to become professionals, all because of the same common denominator: Bob Wilkins.

    I wrote a brief recount of yesterday’s wonderful memorial service for Bob, which was held in the Oakland Hills at his family’s church (the one they attended during their years in the San Francisco Bay Area), which you may want to read. http://augustragone.blogspot.com

    And I’d also like to add that we are producing a big Bob Wilkins celebration show at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco this Spring, and would it would fantastic if you could attend this event and speak about your experiences with Bob. At the moment, we are awaiting the approval of dates from his widow, Sally, before we lock in the show (there are also plans afoot for a Sacramento show). We also dedicate our annual SHOCK IT TO ME! classic horror film festival at the Castro Theatre to Bob every October (he was a guest at our first in 2005).

    In the meantime, a recent documentary on CREATURE FEATURES, WATCH HORROR FILMS: KEEP AMERICA STRONG, will be screening at WonderCon in San Francisco on Friday evening, February 27, and there will also be a Bob Wilkins memorial panel taking place at the convention on Sunday afternoon, March 1. There will be more information on both http://www.comic-con.org and http://www.bobwilkins.net sites.

    I will be sure to share your story here on Cinefantastique with as many Wilkins fans as I can — thank you again!

    Best Wishes,
    August Ragone

  2. John T. Stanhope

    David, I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed your look at Bob Wilkins. When I was a kid I used to stay up late on Saturday nights and watch his CREATURE FEATURES program from San Francisco (I lived about 3 and 1/2 hours northeast from there – in a little country town called Oroville). We only had antenna reception, so it was always kinda snowy, but I loved it.

    Later, when I was even older, admittedly, I used to watch his “kiddie” weekday afternoon program called CAPTAIN COSMIC, in which he would play host to shows like ULTRAMAN, JOHNNY SAKO AND HIS FLYING ROBOT, SPECTREMAN, and CAPTAIN SCARLETT AND THE MYSTERONS (ah, those were the days).

    By the way, I’d love to attend the Bob Wilkins celebration show at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco this Spring if I get a chance. I remember him and his shows with much fondness.

    John Stanhope
    P.S. I too attended San Francisco State for a time.

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