Horror Host Sammy Terry dies at 83

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - The legendary Bob Carter (Sammy Terry) passed away Monday at the age of 83.

Bob Carter, known to many as Sammy Terry, was a longtime fixture in Indianapolis TV.

From 1962 to 1989, Carter hosted “Shock Theater” and “Nightmare Theater” on WTTV-4. Sammy Terry became a Hoosier icon with his skull cap, heavy makeup and pet spider George, introducing horror movies to late-night audiences.

Carter is a native of Decatur, Ill. He graduated from Millikin University with a degree in radio communications. After earning a master’s degree from Syracuse University, Carter worked as a disc jockey in Fort Wayne before coming to Indianapolis.
According to sammyterrynightmares.com , an open visitation is scheduled from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Singleton Mortuary on Friday. A private burial is planned for Saturday.
Carter's son has carried on his father's tradition, making appearances as Sammy Terry.


  1. I just watched the video and then a few more. Wow. This guy was something different - a real cut above a lot of the Horror Hosts I've watched. That voice! That laugh! That lighting! He was like a wicked Harlequin. The things he was saying were almost poetic.

  2. I grew up in Indiana and as a child, Sammy Terry scared me to death. I would hide in the hallway leading to the living room and peak around the corner to catch a glimpse of Sammy on the TV.


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