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Jan 10, 2020

"-- Zuni doll gibberish --" You might not know what he’s saying, but you’re definitely not hanging around to find out! Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they relive the impact they experienced when they first watched Trilogy of Terror (1975) from Dan Curtis.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 108 – Trilogy of Terror (1975)

Three bizarre horror stories all of which star Karen Black in four different roles playing tormented women.

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  • Director: Dan Curtis
  • Writers: William F. Nolan, Richard Matheson
  • Music: Bob Cobert
  • Film Editing: Les Green
  • Special Effects:
  • Segments
    • "Julie" - Julie Eldridge is a sexually-repressed college teacher who is blackmailed by one of her students for a past indiscretion in which she played an unwilling part.
      • Teleplay by William F. Nolan, based on a Richard Matheson story, “The Likeness of Julie.” as by Logan Swanson in the anthology Alone by Night (1962) ed. Don Congdon, Michael Congdon, Ballantine Books; then in Shock II (1964), Dell.
      • Karen Black as Julie
      • Robert Burton as Chad Rogers
      • Jim Storm as Eddie Nells
      • Gregory Harrison as the New Student
      • Kathryn Reynolds as Anne Richards
      • Orin Cannon as Motel Clerk
    • "Millicent and Therese" - Millicent Larimore is a plain-looking, almost reclusive woman who lives with her amoral twin sister Therese who delights in tormenting her.
      • Teleplay by William F. Nolan from the Richard Matheson story “Therese” (aka “Needle in the Heart”) (1969), Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, October 1969, Shock Waves - Oct 1970
      • Karen Black as Millicent / Therese
      • John Karlen as Thomas Amman
      • George Gaynes as Dr. Chester Ramsey
      • Tracy Curtis as Tracy
    • "Amelia"  - Amelia, in a solo horror story monologue, is a mother-dominated woman who buys a Zuni fetish doll for her latest boyfriend.
      • Written by Richard Matheson based on his own story, "Prey" (1969), Playboy, April 1969, Shock Waves - Oct 1970
      • Karen Black as Amelia
      • Frank Welker and Walker Edmiston (uncredited) as the voice of the Zuni doll

Each of the members of the Grue-Crew for this episode viewed Trilogy of Terror during its television premiere in 1975 and it made an indelible mark on each of their psyches. Of course, that mark, the one that created nightmares and lost sleep, is left by the final segment in which the Zuni doll runs amok. The Grue-Crew also has a heightened appreciation for Karen Black’s acting abilities after rewatching the film and her four performances therein. They also all agree that the terror in the final segment is just as strong and effective as it was in 1975. If you haven’t seen Dan Curtis’ Trilogy of Terror recently, you owe yourself a rewatch. It’s that good. At least, the Zuni-warrior doll piece is that good!

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In three weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be Frankenstein: The True Story (1973). 

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Dec 5, 2019

"The saliva is very contagious. It dribbles into open wounds and cuts, and causes immediate infection. So don’t let anybody bite you." That sounds like universally good advice! Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they try to figure out the nature of the body horror David Cronenberg dreamt up in Rabid (1977)!

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 107 – Rabid (1977)

A young woman develops a taste for human blood after experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into blood-thirsty zombies, leading into a city-wide epidemic.

- IMDb

 

As the entire Gruesome Nation already knows, the Soska sisters’ version of Rabid is scheduled for release on December 13, 2019. With that in mind, your Decades of Horror 1970s Grue-Crew decided the time was right for them to cover Cronenberg’s original version of Rabid, released in 1977. 

Jeff is completely unaware that he manages to confuse Ivory Soap (9944/100% pure) with Ivory Snow, “the safest possible soap for diapers and baby clothes” that featured Marilyn Chambers on the box just prior to her career as a pornographic film actress. In his defense, they are both made by Proctor and Gamble and come from the same “Ivory” line of products. Besides that, he loves Cronenberg’s second feature film and finds the “science” behind Rose’s condition fascinating.

The entire Grue-Crew first caught Rabid (1977) on an early-80s video store rental, ... except for Doc. He broke his Rabid cherry with a big-screen viewing, is thrilled with the results, and is impressed by Chambers’ acting in the film. Bill identifies Rabid, the second of Cronenberg’s films, as a sign of obvious growth and of bigger things to come. Chad talks about some of Cronenberg’s later films and the entire Grue-Crew review Ivan Reitman’s body of work as a producer. 

Rabid (1977) receives a unanimous recommendation from the 70s Grue-Crew and each of them is also looking forward to the release of the Soska sisters’ remake! At this writing, Rabid (1977) is available for streaming on Shudder and on Blu ray from Scream Factory. So listen to the podcast, watch Cronenberg’s original, then go see the Soska sisters’ remake. It’ll be fun. You know it will! 

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In three weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be Dan Curtis’ Trilogy of Terror (1975) starring Karen Black. 

For more on Rabid (1977), check out Paul Cardullo's review in Gruesome Magazine: https://gruesomemagazine.com/2016/11/20/rabid-1977-early-david-cronenberg-shows-hints-body-horrors-come/

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Nov 14, 2019

"When the heliotrope starts growing among rough rocks and the full moon shines at night, in a certain area of the Earth, a man turns into a wolf." How could they forget the part where the man is bitten by a Yeti? Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they do their best to make sense of the mess known as Fury of the Wolfman (1972).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 106 – Fury of the Wolfman (1972)

Waldemar Daninsky, a lone survivor of a Tibetan expedition, returns home to find his wife has been unfaithful to him. Carrying the curse of the pentagram (or pentagon, as stated by the monk who nursed him back to health), the fury of the wolfman is unleashed! After disposing of his cheating spouse, he finds himself captive in a castle by a female mad scientist conducting mind control experiments. In a vain attempt at escape, he discovers the freaks leftover from past experiments dwelling in the dungeons.

- IMDb (Written by Humberto Amador)

 

Your loyal Grue-Crew thought it was high time to include a Paul Naschy film in the canon of 1970s icons they’ve discussed. Unfortunately, they chose Fury of the Wolfman, quite possibly the worst of Naschy’s films, even by his own account. Chad and Jeff are Naschy virgins and could not believe what they were seeing and hearing. The dubbed dialogue made so little sense, Jeff felt like he was watching something produced by the folks from the Bad Lip Reading website. Chad thought it might have been the longest 83 minutes of his life and admitted to being completely flummoxed. Doc and Bill spent much of the time discussing Naschy films they should have watched instead of Fury of the Wolfman. Understandably, the lot of them get sidetracked a few times in their discussion. In the end, they enjoying many of the practical effects including Naschy’s version of the wolfman makeup.

As tough as it was to watch, the 70s Grue-Crew had a great time discussing it and vow to cover another Naschy film within six months. If you are so inclined, a poor version of Fury of the Wolfman is currently available on Amazon Prime.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In three weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be David Cronenberg’s Rabid (1977) starring Marilyn Chambers. 

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.

Oct 23, 2019

"Yuko, I am your... [father]." No, this line is not from a Japanese foretelling of Return of the Jedi, but to quote Norman Bates, “Oh God, mother! Blood! Blood!” We’re talking a garden hose with a spray nozzle. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they check out The Vampire Doll (1970), yet another vampire film (sort of), this time from Japan and Toho.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 105 – The Vampire Doll (1970

Keiko and her friend are trying to find her missing brother after he disappeared visiting his girlfriend Yuko.

- IMDb

 

The Vampire Doll, aka Legacy of Dracula, aka The Night of the Vampire, aka Bloodsucking Doll, aka Yûrei yashiki no kyôfu: Chi wo sû ningyô, aka ,,, well, you get the picture ... was the first of three Japanese vampire films released by Toho, the follow-ups being Lake of Dracula (1971) and Evil of Dracula (1974). The three films were packaged as The Bloodthirsty Trilogy in a 2018 Blu-ray release from Arrow Films.

Bill loves the beauty-mixed-with-evil exuding from the film’s “vampire” and points out the prevalence of deflating hands found in vampire “deaths” of the era. Chad wonders what disease makes Yûko’s fiance’s face look so nasty and is touched by Genzô’s loyalty and caring for Yûko and her mother. The relationships between the film’s characters aren’t clear to Doc, but it turns out his Grue-mates aren’t completely clear about them either. Jeff thinks highly of The Vampire Doll but still likes Lake of Dracula a little better. Of course, each of them got all glassy-eyed over the bloody finale. Who wouldn’t?

Check out Decades of Horror 1970s - Episode 86 - Lake of Dracula (1971) for more Gruesome Magazine content on The Bloodthirsty Trilogy. At this writing, the three films included in The Bloodthirsty Trilogy are all available to stream on Amazon Prime. Japanese vampires and Toho! If you haven’t seen them, what are you waiting for?

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In three weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be Fury of the Wolfman (1972) with Paul Naschy. 

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

Oct 5, 2019

"Death is not the worst. There are things more horrible than death." Was Count Dracula talking about working with Mr. Kinski? Oh, wait. He was Mr. Kinski! Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they check out yet another 1979 film telling the story of the undead count, Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre starring Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, and Bruno Ganz.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 104 – Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

Count Dracula moves from Transylvania to Wismar, spreading the Black Plague across the land. Only a woman pure of heart can bring an end to his reign of horror.

- IMDb

 

What do you know? The Decades of Horror 1970s Grue-Crew takes on another vampire film from 1979. Doc thinks Kinski’s Nosferatu is lacking a certain force of personality. (Pssst! He actually uses a couple of very different words.) Roland Topor’s portrayal of Renfield trips Chad’s trigger, especially with his laugh. Jeff is impressed with Herzog’s cinematic eye and compares some of the scenes in Nosferatu the Vampyre with those of Nosferatu (1922). Bill gives his views on Kinski the man and Kinski the actor - hint: they are not the same - and discusses the differences in the story as told in Nosferatu the Vampyre and in the story as told in other Dracula films. Of course, their appreciation of Isabelle Adjani goes without saying, but don’t get them started on Herzog’s version of Van Helsing!

All-in-all, the 70s Grue-Crew thinks Nosferatu the Vampyre is a must-watch for most horror fans. Listeners might also want to check out Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Episode 21 - Nosferatu (1922).

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In three weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be - yes, it’s another vampire film - The Vampire Doll (1970), the first film in Toho’s Bloodthirsty Trilogy

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Sep 11, 2019

"In the past 500 years, Professor, those who have crossed my path have all died, and some not pleasantly." Then again, some who have crossed his path have watched him turn into a cloak-kite and flap away. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they check out the 1979 version of Dracula, featuring Frank Langella, Kate Nelligan, Laurence Olivier, and Donald Pleasence, four decades after its release.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 103 – Dracula (1979)

In 1913, the charming, seductive and sinister vampire Count Dracula travels to England in search of an immortal bride.

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1979 saw the release of a veritable colony of vampire movies. John Badham’s Dracula most certainly comes in as number one in terms of budget though maybe not in terms of a timeless treasure. This one holds a special place for Doc as does Frank Langella’s portrayal of the legendary count. Jeff labored to stay focused during the first half of the film but gives high marks to the final half. As a youngster watching this, Chad was duly frightened but admits parts of it do not hold up forty years later. Bill is irritated Dracula omits nearly everything taking place prior to the Demeter landing in England and bemoans the very weird, “vampire kite” conclusion. 

Where does Dracula (1979) fit amongst other films based on Bram Stoker’s novel or even amongst vampire films in general? The 1970s Grue Crew is just foolhardy enough to take a shot at a general ranking. At any rate, they all recommend Dracula as a worthwhile watch and Doc is considering acquiring the Scream Factory Blu-ray due out in November 2019.

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Aug 21, 2019

"My brother always makes me wear this stupid mask. Do you know why? Because I'm prettier than him." There is no doubt, he is far prettier than his brother! Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they visit Mr. Slausen’s Lost Oasis in Tourist Trap, the film which Stephen King says, “wields an eerie, spooky power.”

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 102 – Tourist Trap (1979)

Teenagers come across a shut-in psychopath with telekinetic powers. He proceeds to use these powers to slay them one by one as well as animate the various mannequins he uses to keep himself company.

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Your Decades of Horror 1970s Grue Crew all agree Tourist Trap is an underrated film. In fact, they all admit to paying it little heed in passing until they took a closer look for this podcast. Bill brings up Pino Donaggio’s quirky score and Robert Burns’ art direction and mask designs as contributing factors to the film’s creepiness. The first kill scene really got to Chad as Woody meets his demise in a seemingly abandoned gas station and don’t even mention the hands! Jeff gives some background on Chuck Connors’ athletic exploits prior to becoming an actor and points out an early uncredited role for scream queen Linnea Quigly.

The Grue Crew give Tourist Trap a solid recommendation with the following caveat: be prepared to watch a very odd film. Despite its oddness, you will be watching a very creepy and powerful take on slasher films in this hidden gem from 1979.

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Jul 23, 2019

"Let it be known, sons and daughters, that Satan was an acid-head. Drink from his cup. Pledge yourselves. And together, we'll aaaalll freak out!" And indeed, your Grue-Crew did freak out. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they kick off their next one-hundred episodes with this truly wondrous, groovy, and gory film from 1970, I Drink Your Blood!

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 101 – I Drink Your Blood (1970)

A band of satanist hippies roll into a town and begin terrorizing the local folk. They rape a local girl and her grandpa goes after them. He fails and is given LSD. This bothers his grandson and he gets back at the hippies by feeding them meat pies infected with blood from a rabid dog. They turn into crazed lunatics and begin killing and/or infecting everything in their path.

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Not surprisingly, there is a lot to say about I Drink Your Blood and the 70s Grue-Crew is up to the task. Bill proclaims that with the right distribution and marketing, this film might have been as influential as Night of the Living Dead. The memory of The Black Saint is invoked by Chad as he recounts how Santos talked of the giant syringe that came with a special edition of I Drink Your Blood, just in case you needed to inject someone’s food (meat pies work the best) with the blood of some rabid animal. Doc has an unusual interpretation of the “foaming-at-the-mouth” effect used by the filmmakers but the rest of the Grue-Crew really don’t want to go there. The opening scene, including the strategically placed sword hilt, was all Jeff needed to see to go all-in on I Drink Your Blood. They universally proclaim the boy as the best character in the film as he unintentionally wreaks havoc on the local citizenry while seeking revenge on the satanist hippies.

Your Grue-Crew highly recommends I Drink Your Blood, but cautions that there are a lot of different versions out there. Even the version on Shudder is missing a couple of key scenes. Doc and Chad viewed a version on Youtube that seems to be the most complete and includes a final scene that is much truer to the decade’s vibe.

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Jul 2, 2019

"In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream." You can, however, usually hear space ships blowing up. Go figure. On this, their 100th episode, join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they spend the night on the Nostromo, the science fiction version of an old dark house, with Ripley and the gang on the 40th anniversary of Alien (1979).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 100 – Alien (1979)

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

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As of June 22, 2019, it has been forty years since the release of Alien, so the Grue Crew thought it would be the perfect choice for the 100th episode of DoH 1970s. The film had a profound impact on each member of the Grue Crew, as it did on society as a whole. Over the course of this extended episode, it’s hard to tell what Doc, Chad, Bill, and Jeff like the most about the film. They unanimously trumpet nearly all aspects of the film: Ridley Scott’s direction, Dan O’Bannon’s script, each of the 9-member cast, H. R. Giger’s designs, and the practical effects.  

Doc also tells a story about the first two times - well, maybe it was 1.5 times - he saw Alien.  The craft of setting up a jump scare, even when the audience is expecting it, is discussed by Bill. Let’s face it. Everyone knew something was coming out of that egg, but everyone still jumped! Chad and Jeff first saw the film on HBO. Chad then took note of all future showings and took in as many as he could. Each of them had been lulled into a false sense of security by the films leisurely and uneventful pace, at least until the infamous face-hugger and chest-burster scenes maxed out their anxiety, tension, and fear. Your faithful Grue Crew trust that all of their listeners have seen Alien multiple times, but in this case, excess is never enough. Pull it up and watch it again, and again, and again.

To end the podcast, the Grue Crew look forward to the next 100 episodes and give a special thanks to The Black Saint. “Guard well the pips, and the fruit shall grow without let.”

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Jun 25, 2019

"Last day. Capricorn 15's. Year of the city - 2274. Carousel begins." Normally, everyone loves a carousel, but you definitely don’t want a ride on this one. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they try to evade renewal (they’re all over 30, you know) while searching for Sanctuary in Logan’s Run.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 99 – Logan’s Run (1976)

An idyllic science fiction future has one major drawback: life must end at the age of thirty

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Logan’s Run is one of Doc’s favorites from his youth. Admitting it can be a bit silly, he still thinks the themes the film deals with make it worth your time. Chad is a lover of Logan’s Run too and just can’t get over the disposal method used for terminated runners. Jenny Agutter is the big draw for Bill (as it is for his crewmates). He also remarks how Star Wars (1977) forever lowered where Logan’s Run fit in the hierarchy of science fiction-fantasy films. Having grown up with the mantra, “Never trust anyone over 30,” it makes sense that Jeff is attracted to the film’s premise and even though he’s not a big Michael York fan, he loved the supporting cast, especially Peter Ustinov and Roscoe Lee Browne. Your Grue Crew recommend Logan’s Run as a must-watch science fiction/fantasy film of the 1970s. Besides, who doesn’t love vine-covered monuments in Washington, D.C. and a whimsical Peter Ustinov on the floor of Congress surrounded by cats?

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Jun 10, 2019

"Come on, you filthy pig. Lick the vile whore's vomit!" Thanks, but no thanks. Not hungry. (Sheesh!) Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they bravely, but maybe foolishly, take a look Beyond the Door!

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 98 – Beyond the Door (1974)

Juliet Mills plays a young pregnant woman in San Francisco who is going to have the devil's baby during her strange possession. Richard Johnson shows up to help her... but what does he really want?

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Beyond the Door is one of those films that tripped Doc’s trigger at a young age and he tells a fun story about his first viewing. He admites it’s a bad movie but several of the movie’s scenes still give him nightmares. The rest of the Grue Crew’s opinions aren’t so favorable. In fact, Chad and Jeff wish they’d watched Godmonster of Indian Flats again and Jeff begin thinking about buying the Godmonster Blu-ray. Chad also comments on the son’s addiction to eating Campbell’s Pea Soup through a straw from the can while Jeff obsesses over the nose flute. Bill professes a fondness for Juliet Mills and is very impressed with the trailer. Even though Beyond the Door wasn’t a favorite, Bill, Chad, and Jeff agree there are some pretty scary scenes in the film, possibly agreeing with Roger Ebert’s review calling it “scary trash.”

Doc gives Beyond the Door a hearty recommendation, cautioning listeners not to confuse it with Behind the Green Door. The balance of the Grue Crew is a bit more reserved in their recommendation. If you are so inclined, at the time of this writing, Beyond the Door is streaming on Amazon Prime.

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Jun 4, 2019

"If you're going to race with the devil, you've got to be as fast as Hell!" An RV might not be the best way to go “fast as hell,” but hey, it is the 70s. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they “speed” across Texas in an RV with Loretta Swit, Lara Parker, Warren Oates, and Peter Fonda in a desperate attempt to escape a Satanic cult in Race with the Devil.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 97 – Race with the Devil (1975)

Two couples vacationing together in an R.V. from Texas to Colorado are terrorized after they witness a murder during a Satanic ritual.

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  • Director: Jack Starrett
  • Writers: Lee Frost, Wes Bishop
  • Featured Cast:
    • Peter Fonda as Roger Marsh
    • Warren Oates as Frank Stewart
    • Loretta Swit as Alice
    • Lara Parker as Kelly
    • R.G. Armstrong as Sheriff Taylor
    • Jack Starrett as Gas station attendant
    • Wes Bishop as Deputy Dave

Race with the Devil is a paranoia-drenched race through Texas in a quintessential 70s RV complete with an explosion; two rattlesnakes; a gun battle; devil worshippers; a nekkid sacrifice; and some 4-vehicle smash-and-crash action between an RV, a straight truck, a wrecker, and a pickup! Bill is lukewarm about the film but has high praise for Peter Fonda’s acting ability, just not necessarily in this film. Bleak endings are one of Chad’s things and Race with the Devil’s conclusion measures right up there with the bleakest of the bleak. He also points out how Kelly’s importance grows as the story progresses, giving Lara Parker a role into which to sink her teeth. Doc has a love of movies that include a figurative race, ala Vanishing Point (1971), and considers Race with the Devil to be a classic. Considering his love of The Car (1977), he is also very happy to see R. G. Armstrong in this film. The cast members are all it took to get Jeff on board but he also discovered some information of interest to him about the director, Jack Starrett.

So if you feel the need to experience an RV drive across Texas with some classic 70s actors experiencing significant Satanic panic, Ride with the Devil is just the ticket. And if you’re really psyched about catching this film, you can even find it on a double feature Blu-ray from Shout Factory paired with Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974).

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May 17, 2019

"Don't ask who I am or how I know, but there's going to be another of those killings today." Yes, another of those killings. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they pay tribute to the late Larry Cohen and discuss what is possibly his most underrated film, God Told Me To.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 96 – God Told Me To (1976)

A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that "God told them to."

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Larry Cohen, a legitimate genre legend, passed away on March 23, 2019. With Decades of Horror having already covered three Larry Cohen films - It’s Alive, The Stuff, and Q: The Winged Serpent -  the 1970s’ Grue Crew decided to remember him by delving into God Told Me To (1976).

Bill calls God Told Me To the “Larry Cohen-est” of all the Larry Cohen films and commends Cohen’s all-or-nothing philosophy of filmmaking while tackling the ideas included in this film on a low budget. To Doc, God Told Me To delivers Cohen’s best representation of the New York of the 1970s and delights in his use of stock footage from Space 1999. Andy Kaufman’s role in the film. Jeff reminds everyone of another Mike Kellen role in a legendary 1980s horror film and is again stunned by the “vagina-thing” that makes multiple appearances. Chad’s history with God Told Me To began with a lot of false starts until he eventually discovered the twist within the story and how it parallelled the public interest in Erich Von Daniken’s Chariots of the God.

As you’ve probably noticed, the Grue Crew loves Larry Cohen and loves God Told Me To more every time they watch it. God Told Me To is currently available on Shudder so check it out!

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May 9, 2019

"There's something in the water at Lost River Lake. Something you can't see...something you can't feel...until it's too late!" Hey! That sounds like a great place to put a kids’ camp and an Aquarena vacation resort! Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they maneuver their log raft through the perilous waters inhabited by Piranha!

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 95 – Piranha (1978)

When flesh-eating piranhas are accidentally released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.


IMDb

 

Piranha sailed unabashedly in the wake of the success of Jaws (1975), mimicking its story structure and several of its scenes. Joe Dante was glad to have the chance to direct his first feature and did his best to satisfy producer Rober Corman's repeated demands for, “More blood! More blood!”

It’s no surprise that Bill brings up the stop motion animated critter, assuming any coherent plot involvement and follow through was lost in budget cuts. Doc digs the after kill practical effects created by Rob Bottin in his first credited effort and recounts the two scenes that scared him the most in his youth. Chad professes his infatuation for water-creature-based horror movies and relates an experience from his youth that might explain his feelings.  He also loves Dick Miller’s portrayal of a Texan shouting, “Schmuck!” Jeff points out the score by Pino Donaggio, whose first film credit is for Don’t Look Now (1973) and who later became a favorite of Brian de Palma. He also extolls the virtues of the Scream Factory Blu-ray and its extras. In case you’re interested, Scream Factory is releasing a Limited Edition Steelbook with new content on June 11, 2019.

Your Grue Crew highly recommend this Roger Corman - Joe Dante collaboration. Though it's relatively low budget, Piranha is a funfilled gorefest. If for no other reason, tune in to hear Doc practice his piranha sound effect throughout the podcast.

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May 6, 2019

“Why does the doctor always come at night?” It’s just a guess, but maybe he’s one of the children of the night? Join this episode’s Grue Crew - Whitney Collazo, Joseph Perry, Chad Hunt, and Jeff Mohr - as they visit the somnambulistic world of Carl Theodor Dreyer in his underrated classic, Vampyr (1932).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 55 – Vampyr(1932)

A mysterious, somnambulistic young man wanders into a village where a castle owner's daughters are endangered by an elderly vampire and her associates.

- TCM.com

 

  • Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer (as Carl Th. Dreyer)
  • Writers: Sheridan Le Fanu (based on a book by) (as J. Sheridan Le Fanu), Christen Jul (screenplay), Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • Featured Cast:
    • Julian West (Nicolas de Gunzburg) as Allan Grey
    • Maurice Schutz as Der Schlossherr (The Lord of the Manor)
    • Rena Mandel as Gisèle
    • Sybille Schmitz as Léone
    • Jan Hieronimko as Der Dorfartz (The Village Doctor)
    • Henriette Gérard as Die alte Frau von Friedhof (The Old Woman from the Cemetery, Marguerite Chopin)
    • Albert Bras as Der alte Diener (The Old Servant)
    • N. Babanini as Seine Frau (His Wife)
    • Jane Mora as Die Krankenschwester (The Nurse)
    • Georges Boidin as Limping Man

Vampyr is as enigmatic a film as Dreyer is a filmmaker and despite the negative reviews at its release, has become somewhat of an underrated classic. Dreyer expects a lot from the audience so the plot is not an easy story to follow.

Whitney loves the visuals and wants to see it again to gain a better understanding. A film class was Joseph’s first experience with Vampyr and the most memorable scene for him is the death of the village doctor under an ever-growing mound of milled flour. Chad is seriously creeped out by the shadow people along with many other scenes and believes Vampyr is a bonafide horror classic. The extras included on the Criterion Blu-ray of the film gave Jeff a better understanding and Vampyr has rapidly become one of his favorite films. The Grue Crew gives Vampyr an enthusiastic recommendation! Be ready for a relatively opaque story accompanied by a visual feast!

The Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Grue Crew plan to release a new episode every other week. Hey, where else will you hear podcasts on films ranging from Nosferatu (1922) to Psycho (1960) to Strangler of the Swamp (1946)? The next episode in our very flexible schedule will be Nightmare (1964), a journey into mystery and psychological horror from Hammer Films.

Please send us feedback on the films we cover, ideas for future films, or the podcast itself. After all, without you, we’re just four somnambulistic horror freaks 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!

Apr 24, 2019

"Are you telling me that an ape that lived two million years ago got out of that crate, killed the baggage man and put him in there, then locked everything up neat and tidy, and got away?"  Damn straight! Better bring in Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee to save the planet! Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they take a ride on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, better known to those who ride it as the Horror Express.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 94 – Horror Express (1972)

In 1906, in China, a British anthropologist discovers a frozen prehistoric creature and must transport it to Europe by train.

IMDb

  • Director: Eugenio Martín (as Gene Martin)
  • Writers: Arnaud d'Usseau, Julian Zimet
  • Producer: Bernard Gordon
  • Music: John Cacavas
  • Featured Cast:
    • Christopher Lee as Professor Sir Alexander Saxton
    • Peter Cushing as Dr. Wells
    • Silvia Tortosa as Countess Irina Petrovski (dubbed by Olive Gregg)
    • Telly Savalas as Captain Kazan
    • Alberto de Mendoza as Father Pujardov (dubbed by Robert Rietti)
    • Helga Liné as Natasha (dubbed by Olive Gregg)
    • Alice Reinheart as Miss Jones (dubbed by Olive Gregg)
    • Julio Peña as Inspector Mirov (dubbed by Roger Delgado)
    • Ángel del Pozo as Yevtushenko
    • José Jaspe as Conductor Konev
    • George Rigaud as Count Marion Petrovski

Does it need to be said how much Doc loves Horror Express? Peter Cushing! ‘Nuff said? Bill points out this is one of the few films in which Peter Cushing’s and Christopher Lee’s characters are working together and are both card-carrying members of the “good guys club.” The resemblance of Horror Express to John W. Campbell’s “Who Goes There?” was immediately obvious to Chad and made it a film he loves to love. Jeff digs Telly Savalas’ bigger-than-life performance and discusses producer Bernard Gordon’s writing career and time on the blacklist. The Grue Crew unanimously thought the “dinosaur-on-the-inside-back-of-the-eyeball” gimmick was pretty ridiculous but still cool as hell.

Basically, your faithful Grue Crew could not heap enough praise on Horror Express. Doc and Jeff pretty much geeked out on the quality and all the extras on the recent Arrow Blu-ray release and think everyone in the universe should own it!

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Apr 10, 2019

"I don’t mind making it on the lawn. You wanna make it on the lawn?" Sure sounds like a line of dialogue from a movie from the 1970s, but a horror movie? Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they follow the sound of Donovan’s voice and end up somewhere between night and dawn with George Romero’s Season of the Witch.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 93 – Season of the Witch (1972)

Synopsis:

A bored, unhappy suburban housewife gets mixed up in witchcraft and murder.


- IMDb

 

  • Writer/Director: George A. Romero
  • Featured Cast:
    • Jan White as Joan Mitchell
    • Raymond Laine as Gregg Williamson
    • Ann Muffly as Shirley Randolph
    • Joedda McClain as Nikki Mitchell
    • Bill Thunhurst as Jack Mitchell
    • Esther Lapidus as Sylvia
    • Neil Fisher as Doctor Miller
    • Virginia Greenwald as Marion Hamilton
    • Bill Hinzman as The Intruder

Season of the Witch, aka Jack’s Wife, aka Hungry Wives, is one of Romero’s lesser known works but it still packs enough content to make it worth the watch. This one was Chad’s pick and he managed to find a film by the legendary director that none of the Grue Crew had seen! Bill discusses how the story’s premise is grounded in the women’s liberation movement of the ‘70s and makes sure to point out that Bill Hinzman, who plays The Intruder in this film, also played the ghoul that killed Barbara’s brother in Night of the Living Dead. The more Doc talks about the film, the more he finds to like, especially Raymond Laine’s performance as Gregg, the hip, philandering college professor. Jeff, on the other hand, takes a liking to Ann Muffly’s portrayal of Joan’s friend Shirley and doesn’t take kindly to the fake-pot-prank Gregg plays on her at a party. The entire Grue Crew commended Jan White for her lead performance and agree that true horror fans, especially Romero completists, should see Season of the Witch.

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Mar 20, 2019

"If it were in your power, would you sacrifice your wife, your children for immortality? This is the story of a man who did!" The lesson? You have to keep your priorities straight. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they dive into the deep, dark hole where dwells The Asphyx.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 92 – The Asphyx (1972)

Synopsis:
English country squire Sir Hugo Cunningham searches for immortality by literally 'bottling up' the Spirit of the Dead, or Asphyx.

- IMDb

 

  • Director: Peter Newbrook
  • Writers:
    • Brian Comport
    • (story by) Christina Beers, Laurence Beers
  • Cinematographer: Freddie Young
  • Featured Cast:

The Decades of Horror 1970s Grue Crew unanimously expressed the following opinions regarding The Asphyx: 1) It’s based on a great premise; 2) Its reach exceeds its grasp; 3) The Asphyx is ripe … for a remake; 4) There has to be a better title! They had a bit of juvenile fun with that title. Chad couldn’t stop giggling while watching the movie and Jeff got caught up by it during the podcast.

The Asphyx is Peter Newbrook’s sole output as a director but Bill points out Newbrook’s experience as a camera operator on renowned films such as The Bridge On the River Kwai (1957) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962). In recalling the story, Jeff and Bill trade ridiculously complex and failure-prone methods devised to expose the Asphyx and Doc and Chad join in.

Your Grue Crew gives The Asphyx an enthusiastic recommendation. Despite some of the ridiculous and laughable choices made by the filmmakers, The Asphyx is an entertaining film with good acting from the four leads - Robert Stephens, Robert Powell, Jane Lapotaire, and the guinea pig - as well as excellent cinematography by Freddie Young. The Asphyx was available on Shudder when this episode was recorded but has since been taken down. It is currently available VOD on Amazon and as a Kino Lorber Blu ray.

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Feb 21, 2019

"Nothing is what it seems." You can say that again, especially when Nicolas Roeg is the director of the film. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they don their red raincoats in the rainy, English countryside and make a trip to Venice, Italy as depicted by Nicolas Roeg in his 1973 classic, Don’t Look Now.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 91 – Don’t Look Now (1973)

Synopsis: A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.

The Decades of Horror 1970s Grue Crew is in universal awe of director Nicolas Roeg’s work in this film. Bill professes his undying love for Julie Christie’s mind and thinks Don’t Look Now is so well done, it would make an ideal subject for a film school project. It’s the legendary sex scene that Chad first heard about, but he now appreciates the movie for the complete cinematic experience it delivers. Doc is a fan of Donald Sutherland’s work and his performance in Don’t Look Now and reveals another set of leads that might have replaced Christie and Sutherland. Roeg’s penchant for depicting time as fluid rather than linear impressed Jeff as did all of the recurring motifs he uses in the film.

Don’t Look Now receives an enthusiastic thumbs-up from all of the members of the Grue Crew! It is currently available to stream on SHUDDER and Jeff also highly recommends the Criterion Blu-ray edition.

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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.

IMDb

  • 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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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.

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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.

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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 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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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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