“One of the things that made Sammy so unique was that when he was speaking, you felt as if he could be in the very same room or just outside your window,” said Indianapolis-area resident Melodie Donovan. “You almost wet your pants and you end up laughing. That is when horror is fun.”
After rising from his crypt following a long slumber, Sammy Terry seems energized by a fan base that won’t let his legacy die. Successful shows in the past couple of years at places like New Castle, Muncie and the Indiana State Fair have caused Sammy to get “dead serious” about reliving his past.
Sammy’s dungeon has been reconstructed inside the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. All of his artifacts and the coffin from his dungeon have been loaned for the exhibit, which will be on display through November. Sammy will tape his annual WTTV 4 Television Halloween show from inside the museum. He will host the horror classic “Night of the Living Dead.”
There is a display of Sammy Terry memorabilia in the Indianapolis Central Library downtown in anticipation of doing a book signing on the soon to be released “Sammy Terry 50th anniversary book” early in 2014.
The Rushville event is one of six planned in October.
Sunday, Oct. 13 -- Fountain Square Brewery, 1301 Barth Ave., Indianapolis, 7 to 11 p.m. autographs and season premier party for “The Walking Dead.” Info: (317) 493-1410
Friday, Oct. 18 -- Skyline Drive-In, 3986 E. Michigan Road, Shelbyville, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. featuring a modified stage show with a Sammy Terry movie on big screen followed with premier of “Carrie.” Info: (317) 398-6150
Saturday, Oct. 19 – Indiana Theater, Terre Haute, South 1st Street and Dresser Drive, featuring a modified stage show. Info: (812) 232-2727
Sunday, Oct. 20 – Panzarotti’s Restaurant, Shelbyville, 132 W. Washington St.; intimate dining and an “up close and personal” time with Sammy Terry. Info: (317) 392-7700
Saturday Oct. 26 – M.E.L.S. at the Starlite Drive-In Theatre, Thorntown, 8721 N. State Road 39; modified stage show.
It all culminates 10 p.m. Halloween night when Sammy hosts a television special on WTTV, Channel 4. Sammy will host the original “Night of the Living Dead.” That film is Volume 1 on the Sammy Terry Nightmare Theater DVD Library available for purchase at www.sammyterrynightmares.com