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Aug 29, 2015

"She's sweet as sugar... with a voodoo army of the undead!" - the tag line for Sugar Hill (1974) sets up the premise pretty quickly as Marki Bey teams up with Baron Samedi to go up against the under-appreciated Robert Quarry with her Zombie Hit Men. Black-spoitation never had it so good as is does with Sugar Hill.  The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

 

Decades of Horror 1970s 
Episode 23 – Sugar Hill (1974) 

 

Sugar Hill (1974) is one of the few films that holds its cult following so closely to its chest. It was only recently that the film finally received proper DVD and Blu-Ray release,  many of the Decades of Horror listeners probably have not even heard of this groovy little monster film. In the time between the voodoo zombies of I Walk with a Zombie and White Zombie and the ghoul zombies from Romero's Dawn of the Dead and Fulci's Zombi, as Night of the Living Dead continued to define what a zombie is, this little gem takes one last stab as a great voodoo zombie tale. And it succeeds marvelously. Check out The Black Saint and Doc Rotten's review of Sugar Hill.

 

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Aug 20, 2015

"A tidal wave of slithering, slimy horror devouring, destroying all in its path!" - the tag line for FROGS (1972) promises the first eco-horror experience while the poster displays a giant frog with a human hand hanging from its mouth. While there are no giants in Frogs, there are plenty of killer critters involved from snakes, spiders, alligators and snapping turtles. And, of course, plenty of Frogs! The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

 

Decades of Horror 1970s 
Episode 22 – Frogs (1972) 

 

Frogs is one of the first eco-horror films from the Seventies - could be the first depending on how Willard (1971) is categorized. The film also features a young, buff Sam Elliot - without his signature mustache! Ray Milland, Joan Van Ark and Adam Roarke head up the rest of the cast. The George McCowan directed film provides plenty of thrills and excitement - sort of - as an evil gang of frogs and toads leads an island full of creepy critters on a murderous rampage: snakes, spiders, lizards, alligators and snapping turtles take out the cast one-by-one. The Black Saint and Doc Rotten share their thoughts on the film, how it holds up and debate if it is truly an overlooked classic or a glorious groovy crap-fest.

 

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Aug 1, 2015

"And now with the fights, the Fuzz, the chicks and the choppers...Man, they're really in deeeeep trouble!" - the poster for THE THING WITH TWO HEADS (1972) embellishes its plot with Seventies florish. The second of two films featuring creatures with two heads, this Lee Frost / AIP cult classic features Ray Milland and Rosie Grier as the two-headed monster. The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

 

Decades of Horror 1970s 
Episode 21 – The Thing with Two Heads (1972) 

 

The Thing with Two Heads begins by featuring marvelous gorilla costume (yes, with two heads) created by and worn by a young Rick Baker. Great stuff. The film gets increasingly nutty as Ray Milland's characters nears death forcing his assistant Roger Perry to graft his head onto the body of Rosie Grier. Rosie plays a convict on death row who wants the 30 more days afforded him by offering his body to science to prove his innocence. This leads to an elaborate and long car chase throughout the second act as the escaped Rosie with Ray's head evades police capture. Hilarious. A film from the Seventies well deserving its status as a cult classic. 

 

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Jul 12, 2015

"I'm not afraid of the dark, I'm afraid of what's in it." - trailer for THE DARK (1979). This is one of those head-scratching genre films that littered the Seventies. Originally a straight up monster movie, the film was re-written as a sci-fi flick at the last minute replacing director Tobe Hooper with John "Bud" Cardos. How does that happen? The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

 

Decades of Horror 1970s 
Episode 20 – The Dark (1979) 

 

The Dark has an extraordinary cast with everyone wondering just WTF is going on. The film features William Devane, Cathy Lee Crosby, Richard Jaeckel & Keenan Wynn in the headlining roles with Biff Eliot, Casey Kasem, John Bloom (as The Dark), Jacqueline Hydem, Vivian Blaine & Philip Michael Thomas (Miami Vice) as Corn Rows in supporting roles. The script has cop Jaeckel and writer Devane, the father of the first victim, bickering back and forth as they chase down the creature they call The Dark, a monstrous beast that shoots death rays from his eyes. Yup.

 

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Jun 16, 2015

"It is as if God created the Devil and gave him… Jaws." - trailer for JAWS (1975). Steven Spielberg's classic Universal horror film is considered one of Hollywood's finest achievements in terror. The cast is phenomenal, a trio of actors that will never be equaled: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss. The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

 

Decades of Horror 1970s 
Episode 19 – Jaws (1975) 
Part 2 w/ Bill Mulligan, Christopher G. Moore & Alan G. Kelly. 

 

Doc Rotten is joined by three film makers to discuss the making, the challenges and the achievements of the timeless classic, JAWS. Join Doc and his friends Bill Mulligan, Christopher G. Moore and Alan G. Kelly as they relive the film recounting some of the best scenes in the film - some of the best scenes in cinema history. They discuss how the tension is built with camera angles, cinematography, composition and music. The scary scenes are dissected, Quint's demise and Ben Gardner's jump scare. Alan and Chris reveal how the "Vertigo" dolly shot was done to accent Sheriff Brody's witnessing the death of the Kintner boy. And of course, no discussion of JAWS can go without mentioning the Indianapolis speech.

 

Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into her side, Chief. We was comin’ back from the island of Tinian to Leyte. We’d just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes.

 

Didn’t see the first shark for about a half-hour. Tiger. 13-footer. You know how you know that in the water, Chief? You can tell by lookin’ from the dorsal to the tail. What we didn’t know, was that our bomb mission was so secret, no distress signal had been sent. They didn’t even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin’ by, so we formed ourselves into tight groups. It was sorta like you see in the calendars, you know the infantry squares in the old calendars like the Battle of Waterloo and the idea was the shark come to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin’ and hollerin’ and sometimes that shark he go away… but sometimes he wouldn’t go away.

 

Sometimes that shark looks right at ya. Right into your eyes. And the thing about a shark is he’s got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll’s eyes. When he comes at ya, he doesn’t even seem to be livin’… ’til he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then… ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin’. The ocean turns red, and despite all your poundin’ and your hollerin’ those sharks come in and… they rip you to pieces.

 

You know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men. I don’t know how many sharks there were, maybe a thousand. I do know how many men, they averaged six an hour. Thursday mornin’, Chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player. Boson’s mate. I thought he was asleep. I reached over to wake him up. He bobbed up, down in the water, he was like a kinda top. Upended. Well, he’d been bitten in half below the waist.

 

At noon on the fifth day, a Lockheed Ventura swung in low and he spotted us, a young pilot, lot younger than Mr. Hooper here, anyway he spotted us and a few hours later a big ol’ fat PBY come down and started to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened. Waitin’ for my turn. I’ll never put on a lifejacket again. So, eleven hundred men went into the water. 316 men come out, the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945.

 

Anyway, we delivered the bomb.

 

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Jun 3, 2015

"Anti-shark cage. You go inside the cage? Cage goes in the water, you go in the water. Shark's in the water. Our shark." - Quint to Hooper in JAWS (1975). Steven Spielberg's classic Universal horror film is considered one of Hollywood's finest achievements in terror. The cast is phenomenal, a trio of actors that will never be equaled: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss. The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

 

Decades of Horror 1970s 
Episode 18 – Jaws (1975) 
Part 1 w/ The Black Saint, Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher and Thomas Mariani 
with Special Guest-Host Bill Oberst, Jr. 

 

Joining The Black Saint and Doc Rotten are joined by their Horror News Radio colleagues, Thomas Mariani and Dave Dreher, to dive into the waters off of Amity Island as Sheriff Martin Brody, Bartholomew M. Quint and Matt Hooper battle a 25 tons of man-eating machine, a great white shark named "Bruce." Just to make sure the shark does not swim up and bite us in the ass, we have a very special guest-host joining us to discuss seeing JAWS for the first time back in 1975, the extraordinary and prolific actor Bill Oberst, Jr.

 

There is a creature alive today that has survived millions of years of evolution without change, without passion and without logic. It lives to kill; a mindless eating machine. It will attack and devour anything. It is as if God created the Devil and gave him… Jaws.

 

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Be sure to catch Bill Oberst, Jr. on stage performing a one-man show of Ray Bradbury’s 1948 novella Pillar Of Fire described as "50 minutes of pure prose magic from the Master Of Imagination" by Hollywood Fringe.

 
http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/2496

May 24, 2015

Airport from 1970 was not the first "disaster film" but it was a monster box office hit that ignited a series of disaster films throughout the Seventies until the spoof Airplane (1980) would put it all to rest 10 years later. With the release of San Andreas (2015), Decades of Horror '70 takes a look at four of the major shakers and movers in this star studded sub-genre: Airport (1970), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), Earthquake (1974) and The Towering Inferno (1974). The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

 

Decades of Horror 1970s 
Episode 17 – Disaster Films 
Airport – The Poseidon Adventure – Earthquake – The Towering Inferno 

 

The Black Saint and Doc Rotten celebrate the decade of disaster by looking at the big four. Starting with Airport, the take a quick look as the box office, the filming and the cast all the way to The Towering Inferno. The films remain influential and are remarkable in how they hold up after all these years. What makes them so incredible? Is it the nature of the sub-genre? Is it the incredible cast that include a string of Hollywood greats from their time? Check out the famous faces these films include, Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Helen Hayes, Gene Hackman, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons, Ernest Borgnine, Charleton Heston, George Kennedy, Faye Dunaway, Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. Big special effects, sprawling soap opera conflicts and sensurround. Hold tight, The Black Saint and Doc Rotten are here to rescue you. "Linda! My Linda!" - Ernest Borgnine, The Poseidon Adventure.

 

AIRPORT (1970)

 

Based on the novel by Arthur Hailey and directed by George Seaton, Airport stars Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jean Seberg, Jacqueline Bisset, George Kennedy, Helen Hayes, Van Heflin, Maureen Stapleton, Lloyd Nolan, Barbara Hale, Gary Collins. The film earns Helen Hayes an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Released on March 5, 1970 with a budget of $10 million, it grosses over $100 million.

 

THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (1972)

 

Irwin Allen steps into the disaster film ring with The Poseidon Adventure in 1972 with perhaps the best of all disaster films. The film is based on the novel Paul Gallico and is directed by Ronald Neame. The cast is phenomenal staring Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters, Jack Albertson, Pamela Sue Martin, Arthur O'Connell, Eric Shea and Leslie Nielsen. The film would earn the Best Original Song Academy Award for  "The Morning After" and the Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects. Released on December 13, 1972 with a budget of $5 million, it grosses over $90 million.

 

EARTHQUAKE (1974)

 

Mark Robson directs the original screenplay from George Fox and Mario Puzo presenting what would be advertised as "An Event..." film. Known for being presented in sensurround, Earthquake stars harlton Heston, Ava Gardner, George Kennedy, Lorne Green, Genevieve Bujold, Richard Roundtree, Marjoe Gortner, Barry Sullivan, Lloyd Nolan, Victoria Principal and Walter Matthau (as Walter Matuschanskayasky). It wins the Academy Award for Best Sound and the Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects. Released on November 15, 1974 with a budget of $7 million, it grosses over $75 million.

 

THE TOWERING INFERNO (1974)

 

Irwin Allen is back again using two books as inspiration - the novel The Tower by Richard Martin Stern and the novel The Glass Inferno by Thomas N. Scortia & Frank M. Robinson - for the block buster of all disaster films, the Towering Inferno. The film stars Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astair, Susan Blakely, Richard Chamberlain, Jennifer Jones, O.J. Simson, Robert Vaughn, Robert Wagner and Mike Lookingland. The films wins Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Music, Original Song: "We May Never Love Like This Again." Released on December 16, 1974 with a budget of $14 million, it grosses over $116 million.

 

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May 3, 2015

William Marshall returns as Prince Mamuwalde in SCREAM, BLACULA, SCREAM (1973). Decades of Horror return to early Blacksploitation horror with the AIP sequel to their hit vampire flick Blacula (1972). Along for the ride are Richard Lawson and Pam Grier. The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

 

Decades of Horror 1970s 
Episode 15 – Scream Blacula Scream (1973) 

 

The director of Count Yorga, Vampire and The Return of Count Yorga, Bob Kelljan , resurrects Dracula' Soul Brother for Scream, Blacula, Scream. "The Black Prince of Shadows Stalks the Earth Again!" promises the tag line while The Black Saint argues the title suggests a far different film. Doc defends the movie enjoying the inclusion of voodoo and more vampirism while the Black Saint insists it is as slow as molasses. Regardless William Marshall owns the roles and keeps the film alive with another wonderful performance.

 

Some fun dialog: 
Pimp, "Your bread, man, all of it! Or are we gonna have to become anti-social and kick your ass?" 
Blacula, "I'm sorry, I don't have any 'bread' on me, and as for 'kicking my ass' I'd strongly suggest you give it careful consideration before trying"

 

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Apr 26, 2015

Nazi Zombies, Alan Ormsby makeup design, Peter Cushing and John Caradine: it is a recipe for greatness. This episode Decades of Horror dives into the bloody waters of SHOCK WAVES from director Ken Wiederhorn. The tagline says it all, "Once They Were Almost Human! Beneath the living... Beyond the dead... From the depths of Hell's Ocean! The Deep End of Horror!" The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

 

Decades of Horror 1970s 
Episode 16 – Shock Waves (1977) 

 

North Carolina film maker Bill Mulligan returns DoH to discuss Shock Waves along with horror fan Paul Cardullo who along with Doc Rotten recently caught the film on the big screen at the Retrofantasma film series at the Carolina Theater in Durham, NC. Along with the aforementioned Cushing and Carradine, Shock Waves stars Brook Adams and Don Stout. The film is fondly remembered for its atmospheric imagery of water logged Nazi Zombies rising from the depths. The Black Saint, Doc, Bill and Paul spend an hour looking back at the polarizing but influential cult classic, Shock Waves.

 

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Apr 4, 2015

The first and best of all "blaxploitation" horror films, BLACULA, takes a bite out of The Black Saint and Doc Rotten on episode 14 of Decades of Horror. "Are you ILL, sir?!" belts William Marshall as Prince Mamawalde as Count Dracula crosses "Dracula's Soul Brother" in the opening of William Crain's Seventies classic. The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

 

Decades of Horror 1970s 
Episode 14 – Blacula (1972) 

 

As Blacula and its sequel, Scream Blacula Scream are released on Blu-Ray by Scream Factory (March 2015), The Black Saint and Doc Rotten dive into the film discussing William Marshall, Blaxploitation horror and the Hues Corporation. More than many of the films of the decade, Blacula is steeped in the vibe of the times from the dialog to the costumes. The film owes a lot to the imposing and dynamic presence of William Marshall as Mamuwalde and Blacula. The make up effect are decent for the time and the slow motion vampire attack still leaves a lasting impression on The Black Saint.

 

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Mar 8, 2015

Novelist, screen writer, director Michael Crichton brings the iconic Westworld to cinema screens in 1973 set in an Disneyland-inspired amusement park where robots interact with guests enabling them to live out fantasy environments long gone, Medieval World, Roman World and West World. A computer virus sends the robots on an uncontrolled path of death, destruction and mayhem. The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

 

Decades of Horror 1970s 
Episode 13 – Westworld (1973) 

 

For Westworld, and in preparation for the forthcoming HBO series coming spring/summer 2015, The Black Saint and Doc Rotten revisit the classic science goes wrong cautionary tale that has since inspired HalloweenTerminator and Crichton's own Jurassic Park. While Richard Benjamin and James Brolin are the leads in the film, Yul Brynner steals the entire film as the rogue robot "The Gunslinger" - which is a homage to his classic "Chris" character in The Magnificent Seven.

 

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Feb 20, 2015

From the director of PORKY'SMURDER BY DECREE and A CHRISTMAS STORY comes a tale so terrifying, to frightening, you will "piss your pants." CHILDREN SHOULDN'T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS is Bob Clark's under-appreciated zombie cult classic from 1973. Not widely seen, but loved by most all who have seen it, the film bridges the gap between NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and EVIL DEAD.  The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

  

Decades of Horror 1970s 
Episode 12 – Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1973) 

 

For Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things, Doc Rotten and The Black Saint are joined by Ormon Grimsby and Joseph Fittos to discuss Bob Clark's oddball zombie flick from 1973. Ormon, the animated horror host from North Carolina, claims the film as one of his favorites, influential to both his love of horror films and his horror hosting personality. The Black Saint is not far behind him in his high praise and appreciation for this low budget must-see-film.

 

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Feb 1, 2015

"Who calls me from out of the Pit?" The tag line exclaims one Ernest Borgnine's best lines as Jonathan Corbis in The Devil's Rain (1975) where he transforms into a goat faced pagan demon. Director Robert Fuest's campy horror flick not only has William Shatner, Tom Skerritt, Keenan Wynn, Ida Lupino and Eddie Albert in its all star cast, the film also presents the first screen appearance of John Travolta.  The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

 

Decades of Horror 1970s 
Episode 11 – The Devil's Rain (1975) 

 

For The Devil's Rain, Doc Rotten and The Black Saint step back into 1975 to recap, review and remember a campy devil classic where the entire cast melts during the finale. The ending contains spectacular special effects, the movie contains the iconic Corbis make up on Ernest Borgnine and stands in a long line of 70's films with a terrific, powerful downer ending. The Black Saint spotlights the fun encounter between Shatner and Borgnine near the middle of the film while Doc points out how the film is basically broken into two films, Shatner's story followed by Skerritt's tale.

 

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Jan 12, 2015

"Evil Does Not Die...It Waits...to be Re-Born." The tag line for The Manitou (1978) promises the birth of a modern horror classic monster. The re-release of William Girdler's film reveals a number of its more prominent influences, "Possession marked The Exorcist. Demonaic Pregenacy arupted Rosemary's Baby. Warnings followed The Omen. And The Manitou has it all combined!" The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s. 

 

Decades of Horror 1970s 
Episode 10 – The Manitou (1978) 

 

For The Manitou, Doc Rotten and The Black Saint are joined by North Carolina writer/director/fxartist Bill (400 Ways to Kill a Vampire, A Few Brains More) Mulligan to discuss THE FILM at the top of The Black Saint's all-time favorite films. The man adores this movie. Tony Curtis, Michael Ansara, Susan Stragberg, Stella Stevens, Jon Cedar and Burgess Meredith top line the film that pits Curtis' Harry Erskine and Michael Ansara's John Singing Rock against the 200 year old Medicine Man, Misquemacus.

 

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Dec 23, 2014

"Below the crypt lies death's waiting room...the Vault of Horror." Milton Subotsky and Amicus return with another horror anthology The Vault of Horror, a direct follow up to Tales from the Crypt (1972). Roy Ward Baker steps in to take the director reigns from Freddie Francis bringing his own distinct but similar style with improved angles and composition with a more humorous tint. The blu ray also brings the film to the States for the first time uncut.  The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

 

Decades of Horror 1970s 
Episode 9 – Vault of Horror (1973) 

 

The Vault of Horror brings five new tales to the big screen inspired by and adapted from the EC horror comics from the 50's, four from Tales from the Crypt and one from Shock SuspenStories. The stories include "Midnight Mess," "The Neat Job," "This Trick'll Kill You," "Bargain in Death" and "Drawn & Quartered" with a collection of character actors from the 70s: Terry-Thomas, Daniel Massey, Anna Massey, Curd Jurgans, Michael Craig, Glynis Johns and Tom Baker. This release marks the first time the film is presented uncut where at least four scenes are restored. While the film does not feature a Crypt Keeper nor Amicus anthology mainstay Peter Cushing, the film does continue the revenge themed terror and horror that makes these films so special. "Everything that makes life worth leaving!"

 

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Dec 15, 2014

"You were cruel and mean right from the start, now you can truly say you have no heart." Peter Cushing as Arthur Grimsdyke leaves a horrifying Valentines card for his murderers in Poetic Justice, one of the fantastic stories in the classic Amicus Anthology film Tales from the Crypt (20172). Inspired by the EC Comics in the fifties, Milton Subotsky pens a memorable, creepy tome featuring a deadly Santa, an antique with a deadly touch, a maze of death and more.  The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

 

Decades of Horror 1970s 
Episode 8 – Tales from the Crypt (1972) 

 

Tales from the Crypt is not the first horror anthology, it is not even the first from the British film company Amicus, but it may be the best remembered - if not, it should be. Drawing inspiration directly from the horror comics two decades earlier, the film ties together five short tales with a wrap around story featuring the Crypt Keeper. The Black Saint and Doc recap and review each story praising Peter Cushing in Poetic Justice and the creative revenge found in Blind Alleys. The film is responsible for inspiring two sequels, Vault of Horror and From Beyond the Grave, a loving tribute from Stephen King and George Romero with Creepshow and an HBO television that elevated the Crypt Keeper to a modern horror icon.

 

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Nov 29, 2014

"She Is Young, She Is Beautiful, She is Next...She's Living in the Gateway to Hell" The tag line for The Sentinel (1977) gives away the darkest secret of the big budgeted, big release horror film from Michael Winner based on the hit novel from Jeffrey Konvitz. The cast is insane and the effects are from the legendary Dick Smith.  The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

 

Decades of Horror 1970s 
Episode 6 – Squirm (1976) 

 

For The Sentinel, Doc Rotten and The Black Saint are joined by North Carolina writer/directory/fxartist Bill (400 Ways to Kill a Vampire, A Few Brains More) Mulligan to discuss the overlooked classic from 1977. If nothing else, the cast itself in impressive: Chris Sarandon, Cristina Raines, Ava Gardner & Burgess Meredith, with Martin Balsam, John Carradine, Jose Ferrer, Arthur Kennedy, Sylvia Miles, Deborah Raffin, Eli Wallach, Christopher Walken, Jerry Orbach, Beverly D'Angelo, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Berenger, William Hickey. A who's who of Hollywood then and now. The film is also notorious for the controversy surrounding the use of real "freaks" for the finale that spawned protests and discouraging reviews upon its release. Still the film has a horrific and genuinely frightening scene that places it at number 46 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments (2004).

 

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Nov 7, 2014

"...by the billions they came, swarming over the land, sucking the life from anything in their path." The tag line promises Squirm (1979) will horrify and disgust you with the killer swarm of...worms. Wait? What? Worms? Yeah, worms! Director Jeff Lieberman delivers cinemas singular horror film featuring killer Glycera worms.  The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

 

Decades of Horror 1970s 
Episode 6 – Squirm (1976) 

 

Both Doc Rotten and The Black Saint fondly recall the impression the promotion stills from Famous Monsters of Filmland left upon even before they were able to catch the film: The Black Saint in the theater upon its original release and Doc with its television premiere. Now as they re-watch the film once again in celebration of its latest Blu-Ray release from Scream Factory, Doc and Saint revel in the gruesome worm closeups as the pour out of closets and drains and burrow their way into the face of Roger Grimes. Somehow, director Jeff Lieberman manages to exploit the squeamish, slimy attributes of the titular creatures attacking a southern household in rural Georgia. Creepy drive-in madness in only the way Seventies horror can provide.

 

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Sep 21, 2014

"She Lives. Don't Move. Don't Breathe. She Will Find You." The tag line promises Prophecy (1979) to be the next big "Monster Movie" with director John Frankenheimer behind the camera and David (The Omen) Selzer behind the pen. The film never lives up to that lofty goal but gives it everything it has. The film stars Robert Foxworth, Talia Shire, Armand Assante and Richard Dysart. The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

 

Decades of Horror 1970s 
Episode 5 – Prophecy (1979) 

 

Joining The Black Saint and Doc Rotten once again is North Carolina film maker, Bill Mulligan, who lends his thespian, effects making, screen writing talents to the duo's take on Prophecy. The biggest problem with the film is the mutant bear itself, awkward and a little goofy, it draws more laughs that screams. Isely (Richard Dysart) describes the Katahdin monster was "larger than a dragon with the eyes of a cat" but it is often called the salami bear. Stephen King is known to have referenced the film as one of his favorites, Doc Rotten, The Black Saint and Bill Mulligan re-examine the film to roaring delight and cheep 70s thrills.

 

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Sep 6, 2014

Considered a horror classic by many genre historians, The Wicker Man (1973) is the film for this episode. Featuring Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Britt Eckland and Ingrid Pitt, the film from director Robin Hardy leads its audience on a leisurely paced path to one of the more iconic endings in horror. The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

 

Decades of Horror 1970s 
Episode 4 – The Wicker Man (1973) 

 

Joining The Black Saint and Doc Rotten is North Carolina film maker, Bill Mulligan, who lends his thespian, effects making, screen writing talents to the duo's take on The Wicker Man. The show explores the various cuts of the film; the efforts it took to make the film from screenwriter Anthony Shaffer and headliner Christopher Lee; and, all crazy songs scattered throughout the film. Bill, The Black Saint and Doc discuss the horror - or lack of it, the iconic ending and all the...um...forward thinking ways of the pagan Island of Summerisle. Good times!

 

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Aug 25, 2014

Haunted Houses are a tough genre to film. They can easily come off hokey or silly. There are some classics though, Haunting, The Amityville Horror and Poltergeist. But many are overlooked and forgotten. One such film is The Legend of Hell House from director John Hough featuring Pamela Franklin, Roddy McDowall, Clive Revill and Gayle Hunnicutt. The Black Saint and Doc Rotten are joined by award winning director Christopher G. Moore to discuss the British classic horror film. 

 

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 3 – The Legend of Hell House (1973)

 

Eventhough The Legend of Hell House springs from the mind of Richard Matheson, it lives in the shadows of The Exorcist and The Haunting. One film changed the face of horror overnight while the other is often seen to have done it better years before. This is a shame as The Legend of Hell House in an intelligent and often creepily effective haunted house film taking both a scientific and supernatural look at the forces behind the haunting. Christopher steps in this week to address the differences between the book, Hell House, and the John Hough directed film while Doc shares his love for the acting chops of Roddy McDowell. Santos fondly remembers seeing the film - in the theaters - when it was released. In the end, The Legend of Hell House is a film worth revisiting and reliving.

 

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Mar 30, 2014

Doc Rotten and The Black Saint continue their examination of the horror films of the Seventies with David Cronenberg's The Brood featuring Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar and Art Hindle. The director injects a ton of personal subtext into the script causing The Black Saint to believe Cronenberg may be exorcising some personal demons with The Brood. The film, while containing its signature shock ending, is a sign of the kind of films Cronenberg would dive into in the Eighties with Scanners, Videodrome and The Fly. Doc and The Black Saint take a look at an early entry into the body horror subgenre.

 

Decades of Horror 1970s 
Episode 2 – The Brood (1979) 

 

Decades of Horror 1970s is a monthly podcast taking a look back at the genre films that shaped the co-hosts' love for horror films at an early age. The Black Saint and Doc Rotten re-examine films from the most diverse and bizarre decade of horror in the genre's history, from the decline of Hammer Horror films to the rise of summer blockbusters to exploitations films and grindhouse. Carpenter, Cronenberg, Landis, Hooper, Scott, Coscarelli, Romero, Fulci and Argento are only a few of the great directors that would rise to fame from 1970 to 1979.

 

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Feb 14, 2014

Welcome to the first episode of the Decades of Horror 1970s podcast with your hosts The Black Saint and Doc Rotten. Each month, the show will revisit one of the classic - or not so classic - horror films from the Seventies: b-movies, blockbusters, grindhouse gems and z-grade dreck. It's all about the films that shaped a generation of horror fans and the future of horror films as well.

 

For the first episode, The Black Saint has chosen the Rick Baker effects spectacle, The Incredible Melting Man from 1977. The movie was billed as "The First New Horror Creature," whatever that means. While Doc admits he walked out of the film back in 1977, The Black Saint loves the film, loves the cheese and all the zany nonsense. 

 

Decades of Horror 1970s 
Episode 1 – The Incredible Melting Man (1977) 

 

The Incredible Melting Man is a grand example of horror from the 1970s, ambitious, practical effects and out there - striving to reach new ground and make a lasting impression, regardless of how successful it may be at any of those goals. On the special features of the terrific Shout Factory Blu-Ray edition, director William Sachs sighs that most audiences didn't "get" the movie and its message; surprisingly, The Black Saint freely admits he too has no idea what Sachs is talking about with the film, but he still loves all the goofy plot holes and the terrific, gooey effects from legendary artists Rick Baker. 

 

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