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Feb 14, 2019

"Relax! I just wanna look good for the boys. You did remember to invite some cute boys to the party I hope." scream queen Linnea Quigley's Suzanne berates Amelia Kinkade's Angela in the classic Eighties B-movie NIGHT OF THE DEMONS. Christopher G. Moore is joined by co-host, international cosplay queen Vanessa Thomas, to discuss one of the better entries to the genre in the later half of the decade.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 144 – (1988)

"Angela is having a party, Jason and Freddy are too scared to come. But You'll have a hell of a time." rings the tagline for director Kevin S. Tenney's classic Eighties gorefest, introducing "Angela" to genre fans in October of 1988. Amelia "Mimi" Kinkade stars as Angela who, along with her partner in crime Suzanne (playing by the wonderful Linnea Quigley), invites a number of her high school classmates to a Halloween party in an abandoned, notorious funeral parlor called "Hull House." One seance in and the partiers awaken a demon out to consume their souls, providing gorehounds with a series of memorable late-Eighties kills: eye-gouges, head-spins, impalements, tongue biting, and introducing a little game of "hide the lipstick."

Christopher and Vanessa revisit Night of the Demons discussing the direction, the cast, and the effects by Steve Johnson. With this episode, Christopher introduces a new set of segments to spotlight the decade in which it was made, the 1980s. Relive the fashion, the dialog, the products, the attitudes that made the Eighties one of the most energetic, fun, and often campy decades ever. Enjoy!

Ten teenagers party at an abandoned funeral parlor on Halloween night. When an evil force awakens, demonic spirits keep them from leaving and turn their gathering into a living Hell. ling spree.

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Feb 12, 2019

“My father had become a very strange man!” That’s not something anyone wants to hear from their daughter, but nevertheless, it’s what Boris Karloff’s character’s daughter says of him in The Devil Commands (1941). Join this episode’s Grue Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, and Jeff Mohr - as they lock themselves in the laboratory with the best of Columbia’s Boris Karloff “Mad Doctor” series of films.

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 51 – The Devil Commands (1941)

Synopsis: A scientist becomes obsessed with the idea of communicating with his dead wife.

Jeff picked this movie when he discovered it was: 1. based on William Sloane’s novel The Edge of Running Water; and 2. directed by Edward Dmytryk, one of his favorite noir film directors. He was not disappointed! Though they hadn’t seen The Devil Commands before, Chad and Whitney were pleasantly surprised as well. Whitney finds the relationship between Karloff’s Dr. Blair and Anne Revere’s Mrs. Walters, a medium turned Svengali, to be disturbing yet realistic, considering Dr. Blair’s devastation at his wife’s death. Chad comments on the arc Dr. Blair follows from principled scientist and happy family man to a physically deteriorated, obsessed scientist who has lost almost all connection to his humanity.

The Devil Commands receives a unanimous recommendation from your Grue Crew as an undiscovered gem from the 1940s. Don’t waste any time checking it out! For that matter, dig into William Sloane’s novel as well!

The Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Grue Crew plan to release a new episode every other week. The next episode in our very flexible schedule will be Ingmar Bergman’s Hour of the Wolf (1968).

Please let us know what you think of Decades of Horror: The Classic Era! After all, without you, we’re just four mad doctors talking about the films we love. Send us an email at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com or leave us a message, a review, or a comment at GruesomeMagazine.com, iTunes, the Gruesome Magazine Horror News Radio Facebook group or your friendly neighborhood podcast aggregator.

To each of you from each of us, “Thank you so much for listening!”

Feb 11, 2019

Stephen King and Jordan Peele head to CBS All Access to craft THE STAND and THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Genre fans bid a fond farewell to two legendary actors: Dick Miller and Julie Adams. The Grue-Crew also review VELVET BUZZSAW which is streaming on NETFLIX and features Jake Gyllenhaal as an art critic facing a series of events that challenge his sanity. Join Dave Dreher, Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, and Vanessa Thompson as we discuss Horror News of the Week and review the latest horror offerings.

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Episode 310 - Vevlet Buzzsaw
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FEATURE TOPIC: Velvet Buzzsaw

After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.

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Director: Dan Gilroy

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Zawe Ashton

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Feb 4, 2019

"Mind the doors!" is the haunting words uttered from the cannibalistic beast that searches for food in the forgotten classic, Deathline (1972), which U.S. drive-ins projected as Raw Meat. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they travel to the abandoned "tubes" under London along with Donald Pleasence and Christopher Lee.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode90 – Deathline aka Raw Meat (1973)

Synopsis:
There's something pretty grisly going on under London in the Tube tunnels between Holborn and Russell Square. When a top civil servant becomes the latest to disappear down there Scotland Yard start to take the matter seriously. Helping them are a young couple who get nearer to the horrors underground than they would wish.

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  • Writer/Director: Gary Sherman
  • Featured Cast:
    • Donald Pleasence as Inspector Calhoun
    • Norman Rossington as Detective Sergeant Rogers
    • David Ladd as Alex Campbell
    • Sharon Gurney as Patricia Wilson
    • Hugh Armstrong as The 'Man'
    • June Turner as The 'Woman'
    • Clive Swift as Inspector Richardson
    • James Cossins as James Manfred, OBE
    • Christopher Lee as Stratton-Villiers, MI5

Despite the misleading U.S. poster for "Raw Meat," the film, under its original title of DEATHLINE, is a curious and fascinating gem. Many horror fans know of the film, but not everyone has seen it. The under-appreciated classic has a lot going for it: a skilled direction from Gary Sherman (Dead & Buried); a delightfully funny performance from Donald Pleasence; a cameo from the legendary Christopher Lee; and, a creepy underground dwelling cannibal family known only as "him" and "her." The Grue-Crew dive into the movie's tone, effects, and cast as they discover many of the crew are catching it for the very first time. It may be time for you to do so as well...

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Feb 2, 2019

Universal Monsters madman THE INVISIBLE MAN will return to the big screen thanks to Blumhouse and director Leigh Whannell. Nicolas Cage and Richard Stanley team up to bring COLOR OUT OF SPACE to theaters near you. The Grue-Crew also review POLAR which is streaming on NETFLIX and features Mad Mikkelsen in a John Wick type role. Join Dave Dreher, Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, and Vanessa Thompson as we discuss Horror News of the Week and review the latest horror offerings.

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Episode 308 - Glass
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FEATURE TOPIC: Polar

The world's top assassin, Duncan Vizla, is settling into retirement when his former employer marks him as a liability to the firm. Against his will, he finds himself back in the game going head to head with an army of younger killers.

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Director: Jonas Åkerlund

Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick

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Jan 27, 2019

“He's invisible, that's what's the matter with him. If he gets the rest of them clothes off, we'll never catch him in a thousand years.” They’re not talking about Jeff Mohr because if he got his clothes off, no one would want to catch him. Of course, the speaker is talking about the title character in Universal’s Horror Classic, The Invisible Man (1933). Join this episode’s Grue Crew - Whitney Collazo, Joseph Perry, Chad Hunt, and Jeff Mohr - as they take a deep dive into James Whale’s version of the H.G. Wells novel and make plans to go gathering nuts in May.

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 50 – The Invisible Man (1933)

Synopsis: A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane.

This is the 6th Universal Horror Classic covered by the DoH Classic Era Grue Crew. Their previous “Universal Horror Classic” episodes are The Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) - episode 3, The Mummy (1933) - episode 11, Bride of Frankenstein (1935) - episode 14, Dracula (1931) - episode 20, and The Wolf Man (1941) - episode 39. Don’t forget Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) – episode 44 and Phantom of the Opera (1925) - episode 42 (both Universal productions).

Your Grue Crew got a kick out of James Whale’s signature black humor although Joseph felt it didn’t work as well this time around and admits he might not have been in the right mood when he viewed it. Jeff was excited about the high body count in The Invisible Man and the bit parts given to John Carradine, Walter Brennan, and Dwight Frye. The special effects are what caught Whitney’s eye and she expressed gratitude for the painstaking, long hours put in by the pioneers in the pre-digital era. Claude Rains is what tripped Chad’s trigger as he points out The Invisible Man was Rains’ first American film and served as his breakout role. All-in-all, The Invisible Man is a must see movie if you consider yourself a fan of the classic era of horror.

The Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Grue Crew plan to release a new episode every other week. The next episode in our very flexible schedule will be Columbia’s The Devil Commands (1941), starring Boris Karloff.

Please let us know what you think of Decades of Horror: The Classic Era! After all, without you, we’re just four monomaniacal fanatics talking about the films we love. Send us an email at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com or leave us a message, a review, or a comment at GruesomeMagazine.com, iTunes, the Gruesome Magazine Horror News Radio Facebook group or your friendly neighborhood podcast aggregator.

To each of you from each of us, “Thank you so much for listening!

Jan 27, 2019

Ghostheads, including but not limited to cohost Vanessa Thompson, was thrilled to discover that a new GHOSTBUSTERS film is in the works, more about that in the Horror News of the Week segment. Christopher is equally excited about the news of an upcoming Edgar Wright horror thriller filming this Summer. The Grue-Crew also review GLASS the sequel to both Unbreakable and Split. Join Dave Dreher, Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, and Vanessa Thompson as we discuss Horror News of the Week and review the latest horror offerings.

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Episode 308 - Glass
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FEATURE TOPIC: Glass

Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.

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Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Cast: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson

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Jan 20, 2019

It is here, the episode the Grue-Believers wait all year to hear: The Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2019! Dave, Doc, Christopher, and Vanessa count down the list generated from a survey of the Grue-Crew, Patreon patrons, and Grue-Believers. Who will take the crown? The Grue-Crew also review GODZILLA: PLANET EATER the Toho anime film currently streaming on Netflix. Join Dave Dreher, Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, and Vanessa Thompson as we discuss Horror News of the Week and review the latest horror offerings.

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Episode 307 - Godzilla: Planet Eater
TheMost Anticipated Horror Movies of 2019
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FEATURE TOPIC: Godzilla: Planet Eater

Humanity, their alien allies, and Godzilla all enter their endgame as the powerful destructive entity known as Ghidorah arrives on Earth.

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Director: Hiroyuki Seshita, Kôbun Shizuno

Cast: Mamoru Miyano, Takahiro Sakurai, Kana Hanazawa

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YEAR IN REVIEW: The Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2019

  1. It: Chapter 2 (d. Andy Muschietti)
  2. Us (d. Jordan Peele)
  3. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (d. Michael Dougherty)
  4. Glass (d. M. Night Shyamalan)
  5. Pet Sematary (d. Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer)
  6. Brightburn (d. David Yarovesky)
  7. Zombieland 2 (d. Ruben Fleischer)
  8. Nightmare Cinema (d. Joe Dante, Mick Garris)
  9. Rabid (d. Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska)
  10. The Curse of La Llorona (d. Michael Chaves)

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Jan 17, 2019

"Scream…So They Can Find You!" … because they’re dead … and they’re blind, don’t ‘cha know? Gruesome Magazine Patreon members have spoken in the latest poll to choose the film for this episode of Decades of Horror 1970s! Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they take their second trip to Amando de Ossorio’s land of the Blind Dead in the curiously titled second film in the series, Return of the Evil Dead (1973).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 89 – Return of the Evil Dead (1973)

Synopsis: 500 years after they were blinded and executed for committing human sacrifices, a band of Templar knights returns from the grave to terrorize a rural Portuguese village during its centennial celebration. Taking refuge in a deserted cathedral, a small group of people must find a way to escape from the creatures.

The Decades of Horror 1970s Grue Crew covered Tombs of the Blind Dead, the first film of Ossorio’s 4-film Blind Dead series, back in February 2016 on Episode 30. It beat out Texas Chainsaw Massacre (just to name one) in our first Patreon Poll! It took three years and another Patreon Poll for us to get around to the second movie in the series, Return of the Evil Dead, aka Return of the Blind Dead, and El ataque de los muertos sin ojos (original title). We promise it probably won’t take that long to get to the next one!

Chad and Jeff had never seen Return of the Evil Dead before and were delighted with what they saw. Chad thought the Mayor might be one of the most despicable characters he’d seen in a horror film. The humor in this movie caught Jeff’s attention as he noticed there is quite a bit more than is found in Tombs of the Blind Dead. Doc was tickled with the set up to a one-against-four embroglio between the protagonist and the Mayor’s gang of thugs. Once again, Bill’s encyclopedic knowledge of 1970s horror films comes in handy as the Grue Crew’s discussion branches into other films and he laments Ossorio’s never having a budget large enough to realize his full vision. Return of the Evil Dead receives the Grue Crew’s unanimous recommendation to lovers of 70s horror films. It is currently streaming on SHUDDER so if you haven’t seen it, what are you waiting for?

Rounding out the episode, Doc reads some listener feedback from Andy and saltyessentials on Episode 85 - Infra-Man, Episode 86 - Lake of Dracula, and Episode 87 - The Night Strangler.

We want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans: leave us a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror 1970s podcast hosts at docrotten@decadesofhorror.com.

Jan 17, 2019

"Scream…So They Can Find You!" … because they’re dead … and they’re blind, don’t ‘cha know? Gruesome Magazine Patreon members have spoken in the latest poll to choose the film for this episode of Decades of Horror 1970s! Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they take their second trip to Amando de Ossorio’s land of the Blind Dead in the curiously titled second film in the series, Return of the Evil Dead (1973).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 89 – Return of the Evil Dead (1973)

Synopsis: 500 years after they were blinded and executed for committing human sacrifices, a band of Templar knights returns from the grave to terrorize a rural Portuguese village during its centennial celebration. Taking refuge in a deserted cathedral, a small group of people must find a way to escape from the creatures.

The Decades of Horror 1970s Grue Crew covered Tombs of the Blind Dead, the first film of Ossorio’s 4-film Blind Dead series, back in February 2016 on Episode 30. It beat out Texas Chainsaw Massacre (just to name one) in our first Patreon Poll! It took three years and another Patreon Poll for us to get around to the second movie in the series, Return of the Evil Dead, aka Return of the Blind Dead, and El ataque de los muertos sin ojos (original title). We promise it probably won’t take that long to get to the next one!

Chad and Jeff had never seen Return of the Evil Dead before and were delighted with what they saw. Chad thought the Mayor might be one of the most despicable characters he’d seen in a horror film. The humor in this movie caught Jeff’s attention as he noticed there is quite a bit more than is found in Tombs of the Blind Dead. Doc was tickled with the set up to a one-against-four embroglio between the protagonist and the Mayor’s gang of thugs. Once again, Bill’s encyclopedic knowledge of 1970s horror films comes in handy as the Grue Crew’s discussion branches into other films and he laments Ossorio’s never having a budget large enough to realize his full vision. Return of the Evil Dead receives the Grue Crew’s unanimous recommendation to lovers of 70s horror films. It is currently streaming on SHUDDER so if you haven’t seen it, what are you waiting for?

Rounding out the episode, Doc reads some listener feedback from Andy and saltyessentials on Episode 85 - Infra-Man, Episode 86 - Lake of Dracula, and Episode 87 - The Night Strangler.

We want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans: leave us a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror 1970s podcast hosts at docrotten@decadesofhorror.com.

Jan 12, 2019

It is here, the episode the Grue-Believers wait all year to hear: The Top 10 Horror Movies of the Year! Dave, Doc, Christopher, and Vanessa each run down their top 10 list and Jeff provides some killer stats to surprise us all. The Grue-Crew also review the first release of 2019, ESCAPE ROOM. Join Dave Dreher, Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, and Vanessa Thompson and special guest-host Jeff Mohr as we discuss Horror News of the Week and review the latest horror offerings.

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Episode 306 - Escape Room
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FEATURE TOPIC: Escape Room

Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to survive.

Director: Adam Robitel

Cast: Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell, Tyler Labine

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YEAR IN REVIEW: Top 10 Horror Films of 2019

Dave Dreher

  1. The Haunting of Hill House
  2. Halloween
  3. Terrifier
  4. Leprechaun Returns
  5. A Quiet Place
  6. Summer of ‘84
  7. Overlord
  8. Bonehill Road
  9. Revenge
  10. You Might Be The Killer

Christopher G. Moore

  1. Mandy
  2. Hereditary
  3. Book of Monsters
  4. Revenge
  5. Anna & the Apocalypse
  6. Overlord
  7. May the Devil Take You
  8. Nightmare Cinema
  9. Leprechaun Returns
  10. Livescream

Doc Rotten

  1. Hereditary
  2. A Quiet Place
  3. Revenge
  4. Overlord
  5. Halloween
  6. Anna and the Apocalypse
  7. Terrified
  8. Leprechaun Returns
  9. Terrifier
  10. The Ranger

Vanessa Thompson

  1. Mandy
  2. Revenge
  3. The Endless
  4. The Ritual
  5. Terrified
  6. Overlord
  7. Halloween
  8. Suspiria
  9. Leprechaun Returns
  10. The House With A Clock in its Walls

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Jan 10, 2019

“Dear Lord, I pray that I am insane, that all that happened is only in my mind. I pray that tomorrow the sun will shine again on living things, not on a world where only the dead walk the Earth.” Isn’t this the daily prayer we all use? Join this episode’s Grue Crew - Chad Hunt, Whitney Collazo, and Jeff Mohr - as they go for an Edward Cahn hat trick with Invisible Invaders (1959). Yes, “Spaceships from another planet are here … only we can’t see ‘em!” Has your intrepid Grue Crew gone a Cahn too far?

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 49 – Invisible Invaders (1959)

Yes, Invisible Invaders is the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era’s third dip into the pool of Edward Cahn’s extensive B-movie repertoire. First up was It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958) in episode 36. The second Cahn extravaganza was just last episode with Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957) in episode 48. So why tackle the third Edward Cahn directed film so quickly? You’d have to ask Chad Hunt, who chose this episode’s topic, but his answer would most likely be, “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”

What do you do when the producer puts a choke hold on a Sci-Fi, horror, creature feature’s budget? The obvious answer is you make invisible creatures. As the film’s title explicitly states, Invisible Invaders is the story of invisible space aliens - even their spaceships are invisible - who have occupied the Moon for 20,000 years and have finally decided to conquer Earth as well. No one can quite figure out why or how, but the space aliens occupy and animate dead humans as a means to that end. A group of scientists of varying courage and a Major in the military are secured in a bunker while they experiment with ways to beat the invisible invaders. Directed by Edward L. Cahn and written by Samuel Newman, Invisible Invaders features a very experienced cast including John Carradine, Jean Byron, John Agar, Philip Tonge, Robert Hutton, and Paul Langton.

Invisible Invaders is a mixed bag with too much stock footage and minimal special effects countered somewhat by its third act. Chad was disappointed when John Carradine’s character is vaporized in an atomic blast after only a few seconds of screentime, but was then both happy and shocked to see him return, body intact, as one of the walking dead. It drags a little, according to Whitney (and Chad and Jeff!) but she is impressed with how John Carradine can add gravitas and reasonability to anything, no matter how ridiculous it is. Jeff notices this 1959 film uses “walking dead” and “living dead” to refer to the human bodies occupied by the aliens and compares the Karl/Karol confusion with Carradine’s character's name to the pronunciation of “Carl” in TV’s The Walking Dead.

If you can make it through the parts that drag, Invisible Invaders is worth a watch. Who doesn’t love invader shuffling “footprints” in the sand, aliens coated in plastic by spray guns, or sonic rifles that shoot concentric circles at the invaders?

The Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Grue Crew plan to release a new episode every other week. In celebration of reaching our 50th episode and our 2nd anniversary, the next episode in our very flexible schedule will be the Universal Horror Classic, The Invisible Man (1933), directed by the legendary James Whale!

Please let us know what you think of Decades of Horror: The Classic Era! After all, without you, we’re just some whack-a-doodles talking about the films we love. Send us an email at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com, leave a review on iTunes, or comment at either GruesomeMagazine.com or the Gruesome Magazine Horror News Radio Facebook group.

To each of you from each of us, “Thank you so much for listening!”

Jan 3, 2019

"It's the year 2022… People are still the same. They'll do anything to get what they need. And they need SOYLENT GREEN." It kind of makes you hungry, doesn’t it? Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they tag along with Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson while they try to solve a murder case and partake of some delectable treats along the way in the world of Soylent Green.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 88 – Soylent Green (1973)

In 1966, Harry Harrison wrote a science fiction novel titled Make Room! Make Room! about the effects of rampant population growth on society and the planet. In 1973, the movie loosely based on Harrison’s book and titled Soylent Green was released. Soylent Green differed from Harrison’s novel in a lot of ways, but one, the addition of a form of cannibalism, has garnered the film a position in the cultural zeitgeist of the 45 years since its release.

Soylent Green is directed by Richard Fleischer from a script adapted from the novel and written by Stanley R. Greenberg with an extraordinary cast of stars, former stars, and character actors including Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Joseph Cotton, Chuck Connors, Leigh Taylor-Young, Brock Peters, Whit Bissell, Dick Van Patten, Mike Henry, Leonard Stone, Roy Jenson, and many more. The filmmakers do an impressive job of creating a dark, even depressing, world fifty years in their future where systemic corruption is the order of the day.

The Grue Crew is universal in their admiration of this film. Soylent Green was another checkmark on Doc's bucket list and he was surprised at how the story and the characters pulled him in even though he had known the punchline for years. Bill was surprised at how much the filmmakers got right in their predictions of the future and points out what a solid, journeyman director Richard Fleischer was. Edward G. Robinson’s performance in the face of his failing health made a lasting impression on Jeff as did the place held by women in the nihilistic future depicted in Soylent Green. Chad relates how unnerved he was by the future life depicted in Soylent Green and how the possibility of it coming true seemed so real.

Soylent Green is a dark, dark movie with a powerful message delivered by equally powerful performances, especially that delivered by Edward G. Robinson in what turned out to be his last role. The film receives the highest recommendation from your Grue Crew.

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Jan 3, 2019

"It's the year 2022… People are still the same. They'll do anything to get what they need. And they need SOYLENT GREEN." It kind of makes you hungry, doesn’t it? Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they tag along with Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson while they try to solve a murder case and partake of some delectable treats along the way in the world of Soylent Green.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 88 – Soylent Green (1973)

In 1966, Harry Harrison wrote a science fiction novel titled Make Room! Make Room! about the effects of rampant population growth on society and the planet. In 1973, the movie loosely based on Harrison’s book and titled Soylent Green was released. Soylent Green differed from Harrison’s novel in a lot of ways, but one, the addition of a form of cannibalism, has garnered the film a position in the cultural zeitgeist of the 45 years since its release.

Soylent Green is directed by Richard Fleischer from a script adapted from the novel and written by Stanley R. Greenberg with an extraordinary cast of stars, former stars, and character actors including Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Joseph Cotton, Chuck Connors, Leigh Taylor-Young, Brock Peters, Whit Bissell, Dick Van Patten, Mike Henry, Leonard Stone, Roy Jenson, and many more. The filmmakers do an impressive job of creating a dark, even depressing, world fifty years in their future where systemic corruption is the order of the day.

The Grue Crew is universal in their admiration of this film. Soylent Green was another checkmark on Doc's bucket list and he was surprised at how the story and the characters pulled him in even though he had known the punchline for years. Bill was surprised at how much the filmmakers got right in their predictions of the future and points out what a solid, journeyman director Richard Fleischer was. Edward G. Robinson’s performance in the face of his failing health made a lasting impression on Jeff as did the place held by women in the nihilistic future depicted in Soylent Green. Chad relates how unnerved he was by the future life depicted in Soylent Green and how the possibility of it coming true seemed so real.

Soylent Green is a dark, dark movie with a powerful message delivered by equally powerful performances, especially that delivered by Edward G. Robinson in what turned out to be his last role. The film receives the highest recommendation from your Grue Crew.

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Jan 1, 2019

Christopher and Doc weigh in on the final horror movie reviews of 2018 with a look at ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE and BLACK MIRROR: BANDERSNATCH. We also share the TOP 10 HORROR FILMS from our fellow Grue-Crew Members Joseph Perry and Jeff Mohr in preparation for the full "best of 2018" episode next week. Join Dave Dreher, Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, and Vanessa Thompson and special guest-host Jeff Mohr as we discuss Horror News of the Week and review the latest horror offerings.

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Episode 305 - Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
Anna and the Apocalypse
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A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven - at Christmas - forcing Anna and her friends to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones. But they soon discover that no one is safe in this new world, and with civilization falling apart around them, the only people they can truly rely on are each other.

Director: John McPhail

Cast: Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Sarah Swire, Ben Wiggins

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WORTH WATCHING: Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Christopher and Doc take a look at a film that is one of the first of its kind, an interactive streaming sci-fi/horror film on NETFLIX. Launched as part of the Black Mirror series, Bandersnatch follows the choose-your-adventure style of narrative as you, the viewer, can decide what the character listens to, what actions to take, whether he should bury the body or cut it up. A bold new direction.

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Dec 30, 2018

“I expected to be frightened on my wedding night, but nothing like this!” With a quote like that, you might be expecting a body-horror film. Come to think of it, with retractable needles in fingers and eyeballs on hands, you might be right. Join this episode’s Grue Crew - Joseph Perry, Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, and Jeff Mohr - as they sing a chorus of “Old Man Larkin had a Phone” and laugh until the cows come home in Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 48 – Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957)

Directed by B-movie legend Edward Cahn and written by Al Martin and Robert J. Gurney Jr., Invasion of the Saucer Men is all about some Brussels sprout-headed aliens with eyeballs in their hands and hypodermic needles filled with 100%-pure alcohol, which extend from and retract into their fingers. The Saucer Men use their finger needles to inebriate a couple young hoodlums and Farmer Larkin’s bull, Walt. They also manage to kill Joe-the-alcoholic by increasing his already high blood-alcohol-content to a lethal level. Between these injection events, there's a lot of driving back and forth by young “hoodlums” while encountering Farmer Larkin (Raymond Hatton) repeatedly uttering “consarn,” a pair of small-minded opportunists (Frank Gorshin and Lyn Osborn), an amazing collection of incompetent military and law enforcement personnel, and an assortment of clueless, adult townspeople. There's even a couple (Gloria Castillo and Steven Terrell) whose plan is to elope amidst all this chaos. Now that’s what you call fun!

Invasion of the Saucer Men is as much a comedy as it is science fiction/horror and the Grue Crew had a lot of fun with it. Though the laughs are plentiful, they all agree there are some genuine scenes of horror. Whitney gets a kick out of Farmer Larkin’s dialect and wonders about the construction of Paul Blaisdell’s alien design, all the while cringing at Walt-the-bull’s injection event. Chad loved the creature design and has his own theory of why the Saucer Men landed. A lifelong fear of disembodied hands was the film’s gift to Joseph, but he’s glad the alien hand had an eyeball so it could see where it was going. Jeff takes a short jaunt into Raymond Hatton's filmography and thinks he might have figured out the significance of the title of the short story that served as the screenplay source material.

If you want a fun time combined with a few icky parts and innovative creature design, the Grue Crew recommends Invasion of the Saucer Men. It’s a hoot!

The Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Grue Crew plan to release a new episode every other week. The next episode in our very flexible schedule will be another Edward Cahn extravaganza, Invisible Invaders (1959)!

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Dec 29, 2018

It's that time of year again where the Grue-Crew take a look back at the Year in Review. For the segment this week, we take a look at the TOP 5 HORROR TV SHOWS OF 2018. The Grue-Crew also review AQUAMAN (2018) from director James Wan. While it may be a superhero film, you can count on James Wan to include a creepy, scary scene as Arthur and Mera face The Trench. Join Dave Dreher, Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, and Vanessa Thompson and special guest-host Jeff Mohr as we discuss Horror News of the Week and review the latest horror offerings.

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Episode 304 - Aquaman (2018)
The Top 5 Horror TV Shows of 2018
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FEATURE TOPIC: Aquaman

Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and be a hero to the world.

Director: James Wan

Cast: Jason Mamoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison

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  • The Haunting of Hill House
  • Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3
  • Castlevania Season 2
  • The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  • The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell

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Dec 24, 2018

"But I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight, 'Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.'" a demented Santa Claus merrily cheers as he drives his sleigh covered van into the X-Mas night sky for the forgotten Yuletide classic, CHRISTMAS EVIL. Christopher G. Moore is joined by co-host, Doc Rotten, and special guest-host, Chad Lab, to discuss a holiday horror film that tackles the slaughtering Santa less like a slasher and more like a tragic character study. I guess it's coal for everyone!

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 143 – Christmas Evil (1980)

What better way to celebrate the holiday season than to consume the season psychotic slasher film of festive fear and crimson cheer. What's surprising is how Christmas Evil treats its lead villain, Brandon Maggart as Harry, a demented, blood-thirsty Santa. The film examines the motivation behind Harry's fall into uncontrollable and deadly fantasy with purpose and care, wrapping his demise in a bow of horror and spurts of splatter.

Perhaps the best way to enjoy Christmas Evil is to consider the film as being told by Harry, who is an unreliable narrator. How else to explain some of the bizarre experiences in the film, including but not limited to a mob of torch-wielding villagers and a skyward flight toward the Christmas sky. Christopher, Doc, and Chad take a long look at a forgotten and often overlooked entry into X-Mas horror films.

A toy factory worker, mentally scarred as a child upon learning Santa Claus is not real, suffers a nervous breakdown after being belittled at work, and embarks on a Yuletide killing spree.

Dec 22, 2018

It's that time of year again where the Grue-Crew takes a look back at the horror films from the past twelve months. And for the Year in Review segment this week, we take a look at the WORST HORROR FILMS OF 2018. The Grue-Crew also review YOU MIGHT BE THE KILLER (2018) from director Brett Simmons who takes a meta-fueled look at the slasher subgenre with a heavy injection of humor and gore. Join Dave Dreher, Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, and Vanessa Thompson as we discuss Horror News of the Week and review the latest horror offerings.

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Episode 303 - You Might Be The Killer (2018)
The Worst Horror Films of 2018
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FEATURE TOPIC: You Might Be The Killer

A camp counselor suffering from blackouts finds himself surrounded by murder victims. He turns to his horror movie enthusiast friend for advice, and to contend with the idea he may be the killer.

Director: Brett Simmons

Cast: Fran Krans, Alyson Hannigan, Brittany S. Hall

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Christopher G. Moore

  • Slice
  • Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich
  • Unsane
  • The Devil and Father Amorth
  • Hellraiser: Judgement
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
  • Unfriended: Dark Web
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising
  • The Nun
  • Hellfest

Doc Rotten

  • Slice
  • Hell's Kitty
  • Bad Apples
  • The Open House
  • Curse of the Witch's Doll
  • Truth or Dare
  • Christmas Presence
  • Slender Man
  • The Possession of Hannah Grace
  • Winchester

Vanessa Thompson

  • Hell's Kitty
  • Day of the Dead: Bloodline
  • The Face of Evil
  • The Dead House
  • Bonehilll Road
  • The Toy Box
  • 7 Witches
  • Ouija Seance
  • Jurassic Dead
  • Herschel Gordon Lewis's Bloodmania

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Dec 20, 2018

"This is the story behind the most incredible series of murders to ever occur in the city of Seattle, Washington. You never read about them in your local newspapers or heard about them on your local radio or television station. Why? Because the facts were watered down, torn apart, and reassembled… in a word, falsified." Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - while they once again hangout with Carl Kolchak, this time in Seattle, as he solves the case of The Night Strangler (1973).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 87 – The Night Strangler (1973)

After the success of The Night Stalker in 1972, Dan Curtis gathered the gang back together and the result was The Night Strangler. The gang, of course, included Richard Matheson to write the screenplay, and Darren McGavin and Simon Oakland to reprise their roles as Carl Kolchak and Tony Vincenzo. This time, producer Curtis would also direct and Bob Cobert would again provide the music. In his second appearance, Kolchak is after a killer that inhabits the Seattle Underground. His investigation discovers that six women have been murdered every 21 years since 1868, and guess what? Nobody believes Kolchak.

The crew of The Night Strangler is rounded out by seasoned veterans: cinematographer Robert B. Hauser and editor Folmar Blangsted. Curtis then gathered up some of the best character actors in the business to support McGavin and Oakland, including Jo Ann Pflug, Scott Brady, Wally Cox, Margaret Hamilton, John Carradine, Al Lewis, and last, but not least, Richard Anderson.

The Grue Crew loves The Night Strangler, almost without exception. Bill is not quite as enthusiastic as the rest but proclaims, “There is no bad Kolchak. There’s only great Kolchak and good Kolchak.” He also points out that Mathison’s script included one of the earliest depictions of a lesbian relationship on network TV, presenting Virginia Peters and Nina Wayne as husband and wife in a fairly matter-of-fact, sympathetic way. Chad once again voices his love, love, love for all things Kolchak with particular emphasis on the extra dose of humor in this outing. Doc is the Johnny-come-lately of the group as this was his first viewing of The Night Strangler, but that didn’t diminish his love for the film. In his view, this is when the relationship between Kolchak and Vincenzo depicted in the TV-series begins to take shape. Jeff also loves The Night Strangler despite its flaws, and provides a sampling of some of the extras included on the new Kino Lorber Blu-ray and pronounces it well worth the purchase price. As for as Richard Anderson? Long live Oscar Goldman!

If it’s been a bit since you’ve seen The Night Strangler, give yourself a treat. McGavin’s and Oakland’s energetic performances are a joy to watch and the constant stream of legendary supporting actors are the frosting on this Kolchak cake. 

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Dec 15, 2018

It's crazy trailer week with the second trailer for GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS impressing with its stunning visuals and Kaiju aplenty. The rumored James Gunn produced horror film lands with a title and a kick-ass trailer - check out BRIGHTBURN. Another hot film gets a teaser and a title with AVENGERS: END GAME. the end is near. The Grue-Crew review LEPRECHAUN RETURNS (2018) from director Steven Kostanski; who would have thought that the response to a Leprechaun sequel would garner such a positive response - list to find out. Join Dave Dreher, Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, and Vanessa Thompson as we discuss Horror News of the Week and review the latest horror offerings.

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Episode 302 - Leprechaun Returns (2018)
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FEATURE TOPIC: Leprechaun Returns

The Leprechaun returns once again when a group of girls unwillingly awaken him when they tear down a cabin so that they can build a new sorority house.

Director: Steven Kostanski (The Void)

Cast:

Taylor Spreitler…Lila
Pepi Sonuga…Katie
Sai Bennett…Rose
Linden Porco…The Leprechaun
Mark Holton…Ozzie

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Dec 13, 2018

“You can take all the baths you want. I’m not one to make a fuss about a thing like that.” Sounds like a great landlady, right? Join this episode’s Grue Crew - Joseph Perry, Chad Hunt, and Jeff Mohr - as they take as many baths as they want and go dancing at the Carnival of Souls (1962)! After all, who would make a fuss about that?

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 47 – Carnival of Souls (1962)

Sprouting from the imagination of director Herk Harvey and writer John Clifford, Carnival of Souls didn’t exactly take Hollywood by storm and, in fact, almost faded into oblivion. In the fifty-plus years since its original release, however, the film has gone from hard-to-get mythical status to legitimate legend with a coveted Criterion Blu-ray edition. As their only fictional film, Carnival of Souls is quite a legacy for Harvey and Clifford, a pair of co-workers at Centron Corporation, the maker of industrial and educational films.

Carnival of Souls tells the tale of May Henry (Candace Hilligoss) who narrowly escapes death as the car in which she is a passenger crashes through bridge guardrails and plunges into the river. As Mary’s life moves forward after the accident, she encounters the landlady (Frances Feist) at her new apartment, her new neighbor (Sidney Berger), the minister (Art Ellison) at the church where she plays the organ, and a doctor (Stan Levitt) who notices Candace is acting strangely. Throughout these encounters, Candace is haunted by the recurring vision of a ghoulish man (Herk Harvey). What does the ghoul want and who is he? What’s wrong with Candace? How will this all end?

Joseph saw Carnival of Souls in a theater during its official re-release in 1989-1990 and dug the film’s dreamlike surrealism. Chad and Jeff saw the film much later and were not quite as impressed but agree that decades of viewing Twilight Zone-type fare may have jaded them. The winning interpretation of the story comes from Chad while Jeff seems more interested in Herk Harvey’s background. The Grue Crew is unanimous in calling Carnival of Souls a must see for all horror fans.

The Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Grue Crew plan to release a new episode every other week. The next episode in our very flexible schedule will be Invasion of the Saucer-Men (1957)! Whitney Collazo is on a film shoot and couldn’t be with us for this episode but she should be back for this one.

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Dec 12, 2018

"It's too bad we had to kill her. I really liked the outfit she had on." 80s scream queen Linnea Quigley as Spider delivers her lines in SORORITY BABES IN THE SLIMEBALL BOWL-O-RAMA as only she can - classic. This week brings a campy cult classic to the podcast from director David DeCoteau. Christopher G. Moore is joined by co-host, Doc Rotten, and special guest-host, Vanessa Thompson, to discuss the first film to pair up Linnea Quigley, Michelle Bauer, and Brinke Stevens. Suddenly, all was right in the horror world, but watch out for that Imp!

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 142 – Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1988)

Christopher has been clamoring for this film to be included on the podcast since long before he joined the show. It's been mentioned in passing and has been included on Patreon polls again and again, but it never seems to quite land in the right spot at the right time. Well, that all changed when HNR co-host, podcasting rockstar, and international cosplay queen, Vanessa Thompson,  mentioned watching the film on the Joe Bob Briggs' Last Drive-In Special which played on Shudder. And...that's all it took. Finally, the Grue-crew tackle a schlocky genre film with one of the best titles ever to grace a VHS cover, Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama. Hold on to your Imps.

This film feels very much like a "Charles Band" film, director David DeCoteau brings an innocent but dirty charm to the film with his direction, shot choices, and cast. Linnea Quigley, Michelle Bauer, and Brinke Stevens elevate the moniker of Scream Queen with their delightfully deadpan but incredibly humorous turns as Spider, Lisa, and Taffy. The Imp paves the way for future "Band" creations such as the Puppets in Puppet Master, Gingerdead Man, and other campy creatures. There are 80s cinematic classics that push the envelope, then there are films like Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama - and, sometimes, that's all you need. Enjoy!

As part of a sorority ritual, pledges and their male companions steal a trophy from a bowling alley; unbeknownst to them, it contains a devilish imp who makes their lives a living Hell.

Dec 7, 2018

Christopher returns from the Big Apple to discuss the 2018 New York City Horror Film Festival. The trailer for HAPPY DEATHDAY 2U (2019) and the director of the CANDYMAN (2020) remake top the Horror News of the Week. The Grue-Crew review THE POSSESSION OF HANNAH GRACE (2018) from director Diederik Van Rooijen, featuring Shay Mitchell as a cop-turned-morgue-assistant encountering the dead body of a once possessed Hannah Grace. Join Dave Dreher, Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, and Vanessa Thompson as we discuss Horror News of the Week and review the latest horror offerings.

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Episode 301 - The Possession of Hannah Grace (2018)
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FILM FESTIVAL REPORT: New York City Horror Film Festival

  • Christopher G. Moore shares his adventures in New York City attending the NYCHFF: a screening of his film GUT PUNCHED; meeting Mick Garris and Tony Todd; and much more.

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

FEATURE TOPIC: The Possession of Hannah Grace

When a cop who is just out of rehab takes the graveyard shift in a city hospital morgue, she faces a series of bizarre, violent events caused by an evil entity in one of the corpses.

Director: Diederik Van Rooijen
Cast: Shay Mitchell, Grey Damon, Kirby Johnson

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Dec 6, 2018

Who knew Dracula had a lake? Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they go for a swim in Lake of Dracula (1971) volume two in Toho’s legendary vampire trilogy.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 86 – Lake of Dracula (1971)

At one time, because it was so hard to get, Toho’s Legacy of Dracula trilogy was thought of as a holy grail by fans of Toho and vampire movies. Through the wonders of the world in which we live, all three films are available via streaming sources and as Arrow Video Blu-rays, repackaged as The Bloodthirsty Trilogy: Vampire Doll (1970), Lake of Dracula (1971), and Evil of Dracula (1974).

Written by Ei Ogawa and Masaru Takesue, Lake of Dracula (the middle volume in the trilogy directed by Michio Yamamoto), tells the story of a Japanese descendant of Dracula in search of women to serve as his “brides.” Owing to the film’s title, it comes as no surprise that he hunts these women on the shores of a lake. The action soon moves to the vampire’s secluded home, a castle that looks curiously European, and an all-out battle ensues between one of the women’s boyfriends and Dracula’s descendant.

Of course, the Grue Crew was excited to see Lake of Dracula and, it should again be no surprise, Bill is the only one to have previously viewed Lake of Dracula. Even so, he was excited to see a visually improved version. Everyone thought the film looked very much like what you would expect a Japanese version of a Hammer Film to look like. Bill surfaced several logic flaws in the story and the lack-of-depth of the characters but loved the look of the film. The somewhat plodding and visually muted early portions of the film were a distraction to Doc and Chad. However, Doc thought the final fight sequence was one of the better vampire battles he’d seen, and Chad thought the vampire himself (Shin Kishida) was the best part of Lake of Dracula. Jeff probably liked the film the most but couldn’t argue against the existence of the plot flaws and the generally lackluster early portion of the film. His judgment was understandably clouded by his infatuation with the porcelain-faced vampire bride. The entire crew agrees, whatever you do, don’t miss the scene with the crescent wrench-wielding Kyûsaku (Kaku Takashina). It defies … logic? Or physics? Or surely, something?

Even though Lake of Dracula is not the best vampire movie you will ever see, it is definitely worth watching for the place it holds in horror history as Toho’s contribution to vampire film canon and its unique take on vampire lore.

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