Professor Eisengel’s Tomb
An introductory note …
It was blessed enough to be friends with Mark Barragar, whom I’ve mentioned in previous posts here, and here.
At one point Mark hoped to have his own horror-host show, and I was going to write him some scripts. Mark wanted his character to be a Cyclopean type -- that is, only one eye (don’t ask me why). So after a little banter we came up with the name Professor Eisengel -- get it? “Single eye”?
These are the opening and scripts I came up with. Mark liked them, but was never able to convince his bosses at Channel 25 to give him a late-night movie gig.
Here is my proposed opening sequence for each show, ending with the title card shown above:
"PROFESSOR EISENGEL'S TOMB"
[OPENING TITLES SEQUENCE, THE SAME FOR EACH SHOW]
[We FADE IN to a night sky. There's a full moon. We PAN DOWN to wind-tossed treetops; on the soundtrack we hear wind howling, leaves rustling, chains clanking, wolf howls, and creepy public-domain music.
[We continue to PAN DOWN and, if necessary to blend the two shots, FADE INTO a cemetery at night. We see old tombstones, rotting trees, leaning fences, whatever can suggest abandonment and delicious creepiness.
[We TRACK DOWN a path, past crypts and mausoleums. We come up to one that has an open door and center onto that empty blackness, ZOOM IN and FADE TO BLACK.
[We FADE IN as the camera is traveling down some dim corridors. Dragging footsteps and heavy breathing are heard on the soundtrack. We finally reach a door that is ajar, with light coming out from behind it. There's a light switch on the wall next to the door. A handlike claw -- or is it a clawlike hand? -- reaches from off-camera to switch the light on.
[Now illuminated on the side of the door facing us is our show logo:
[The door knob is grasped by the same hand and yanked open. Spilled light and white fog wash out the screen to fill it with white as we take this opportunity to FADE TO WHITE, concluding the opening title sequence.]