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Sep 24, 2022

“New sensation! Woman’s head cut off! Read all about it! New sensation!” And don’t forget… Hypno-Vista! Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr, along with guest host Steven Turek – as they discuss the quirky Horrors of the Black Museum (1959).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 134 – Horrors of the Black Museum (1959)

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Synopsois: A frustrated crime columnist and thriller writer wants accurate crimes for his next book so he hypnotizes his assistant to make him commit the required crimes

 

Steven Turek of the DieCast Movie Podcast joins the Decades of Horror Classic Era Grue Crew for this episode and, in fact, picked the topic of discussion, Horrors of the Black Museum, an American-British production distributed by American International Pictures and Anglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors. As Steven points out, even though the film is blatantly billed in the U.S. as containing Hypno-Vista, there is nary an example of hypnosis in the story. For Steven, this Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde mashup is all about inventive kills with a few gadgets thrown in for good measure.

Daphne points out that Horrors of the Black Museum is part of what has been called Anglo-Amalgamated’s Sadian trilogy along with Circus of Horrors (1960) and Peeping Tom (1960). From her point of view, it’s a fun film and she most enjoys Michael Gough’s arrogant character and the incredible kills.

Michael Gough’s scenery-chewing performance is what stands out for Chad in Horrors of the Black Museum. It’s an example of good acting coupled with a zany story with seemingly arbitrary twists and insane kills. Jeff agrees with Chad’s appraisal of Gough’s performance. For him, Horrors of the Black Museum is not a great movie, but it sure is fun watching Michael Gough chewing accompanied by the unique kills, the first of which takes place within the first three minutes of the movie.

Now, about that HypnoVista thing. A thirteen-minute prologue was added to the U.S. release by the folks at AIP as a Castle-esque gimmick. It featured hypnotist Emile Franchele and obliquely introduces the HypnoVista concept. Most streaming sources do not include this prologue, but it can be viewed here: Hypno-Vista intro of Horrors of the Black Museum  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWgU1lJHB4k 

At the time of this writing, Horrors of the Black Museum is available to stream from the Classic Horror Movie Channel, Wicked Horror TV, and Tubi.

Be sure to check out our very own Whitney Collazo and Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff as they join Steven and Alistair Hughes for a discussion of Hammer’s Vampire Lovers (1970) on Diecast Movie Podcast episode 125/Hammerama 7. Steve also conducts a very interesting interview of Whitney on episode 118.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by guest host and special effects artist Dirk Rogers: Matango (Attack of the Mushroom People, 1963). Get ready for some body horror from Toho and Ishirô Honda!

Please let them know how they’re doing! They want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans: leave them a message or leave a comment on the Gruesome Magazine YouTube channel, the site, or email the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era podcast hosts at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com

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

Sep 10, 2022

“Help me! Please, help meeeeeee! No! Go away! No! Please! Help me! Please, go away! Go away! No! No! No! No!” …said the fly to the spider …and his brother. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they discuss a movie that contains some of the most shocking scenes of the 1950s and which became a milepost in Vincent Price’s career in horror films, The Fly(1958).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 133 – The Fly (1958)

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A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device.

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The first of five “Fly” movies, The Fly is Jeff’s pick for this episode. It’s one of those movies from his childhood that indelibly printed its horrific scenes in his memory. Watching now, he is still impressed with the movie, especially in the way the story is told and with the Ben Nye-created makeup effects.

Chad agrees that The Fly is a fantastic horror film. It feels more real to him than a lot of science fiction-horror movies of the 50s adding that it is the characters that help make it so. The reveal of Andre’s (David Hedison) fly head feels almost like the face reveal in The Phantom of the Opera (1925). The Fly was nightmare fuel for Whitney when she first saw it as a child on Halloween night, complete with a candy bag that included fake spiders. Daphne fell in love with The Fly during the first few minutes when blood drips down the side of an hydraulic press and the night watchman’s scream morphs into a telephone ringing in Francois’s (Vincent Price) office. 

It’s probably not surprising that the Classic Era Grue Crew thinks The Fly is a true classic of the horror genre. If you’re ready to refresh your memory, as of this writing, The Fly can be streamed from HBO max as well as several PPV sources. It is also available on physical media as a 20th Century Fox Blu-ray and as one of five Blu-ray discs included in Scream Factory’s The Fly Collection. Also included in The Fly Collection are Return of the Fly (1959), Curse of the Fly (1965), The Fly (1986), and The Fly II (1989).

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by next episode’s guest host, Steven Turek: Horrors of the Black Museum (1959) starring Michael Gough.

Please let them know how they’re doing! They want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans: leave them a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era podcast hosts at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com

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

Aug 27, 2022

“The Angel of Death hovers over a great house. I see it in ruins. Weeds, vines growing over it, bats flying in and out the broken windows.” Do you see anyone marrying a corpse or living in a grave, too? Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they discuss Son of Dracula (1943), the third entry in the series of Universal Dracula films.

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 132 – Son of Dracula (1943)

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When Katherine, a beautiful Southern girl obsessed with thoughts of eternal life, invites Count Alucard to come to her mansion in the U.S., she unleashes a Pandora’s box of horror on unsuspecting relatives and neighbors.

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Son of Dracula is Chad’s pick and he’s surprised at how much he likes it! For him, Lon Chaney Jr. has an imposing presence as Count Alucard/Dracula even though he is sans accent and doesn’t feel as dignified as Lugosi’s version. Overall he thinks it’s a cool story and the effects were better than he expected; especially the smoke/vapor transformations.

For Daphne, Son of Dracula feels more like Kay’s (Louis Allbritton) story than Dracula’s. Although Lon Chaney Jr. is physically imposing as Dracula, she is a little let down by his performance. She is, however, impressed with some of the actors and Robert Paige’s performance as Frank reminds her a little of some of George Bailey’s (James Stewart) frantic dashes to come in It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). 

On the surface, Son of Dracula felt a little lame to Jeff but once he got into it, it was better than he remembered. He also loves the smoke effects and the bat transformations and really appreciates the character of Queen Zimba, as short as her appearance is. The Classic Era Grue-Crew universally lament the plight of poor, poor, pitiful Frank.

As of this writing, Son of Dracula is currently available to stream from the Classic Horror Movie Channel, Wicked Horror TV, Tubi, Plex, and various PPV options. Of course, the Blu-ray is available in Dracula: Complete Legacy Collection [Blu-ray] and Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection [Blu-ray].

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Jeff: The Fly (1958).

Please let them know how they’re doing! They want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans: leave them a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era podcast hosts at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com

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

Aug 13, 2022

“What did I ask from you? A little affection, and mostly peace. And see what you made me do?” Wait. Who is the victim here? Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they make the Decades of Horror’s eighth trip south of the border with The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales(El esqueleto de la señora Morales,1960).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 131 – The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales (1960)

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A taxidermist decides to murder his wife after having to put up with her after twenty years of hellish marriage.

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The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales is Whitney’s pick and is, as she describes it, a black comedy complete with los tóxicas y chismosas (the toxic and the gossipy). The unhealthy relationships in the film lead to murder with a dose of humor. Daphne loves The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales, lauding its atmosphere, its beautiful cinematography, and its winning combination of the grim and the playful. The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales got funnier each time Jeff watched it, even though there are some very disturbing events in the film. Its award-winning cast and crew, including the director of Ship of Monsters (La nave de los monstruos, 1960), have created a tour de force in The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales.

Your Classic Era Grue Crew highly recommends The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales. At the time of this writing, it can be streamed from the Classic Horror Movie Channel, Tubi, and YouTube. There is also a Blu-ray available from VCI.

If you’re interested in Mexican cinema, check out these other episodes of Decades of Horror:

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Chad: Son of Dracula (1943).

Please let them know how they’re doing! They want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans: leave them a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era podcast hosts at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com

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

Jul 30, 2022

“I can tell you of my own fear, of what I might be risking here since I revealed to you the secret of Villa Graps.” Do tell, do tell. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they make the Decades of Horror’s ninth journey with the genius of Mario Bava with Kill, Baby… Kill! (1966).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 130 – Kill, Baby… Kill! (1966)

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Decades of Horror The Classic Era is partnering with THE CLASSIC SCI-FI MOVIE CHANNEL, THE CLASSIC HORROR MOVIE CHANNEL, and WICKED HORROR TV CHANNEL
Which all now include video episodes of The Classic Era!
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A Carpathian village is haunted by the ghost of a murderous little girl, prompting a coroner and a medical student to uncover her secrets while a witch attempts to protect the villagers.

 

Daphne picked this Bava classic and she loves Kill, Baby… Kill! right from the opening scene in which a distraught woman impales herself on wrought iron fence spikes. From the costumes to the atmospheric village, she’s all in. Chad was never drawn in by the title or the poster, but now that he’s seen Kill, Baby… Kill!, he thinks it’s a beautiful movie. It has that Bava look and feel with almost a Hammer, gothic sensibility. Jeff’s first thought is, “Not another Italian horror movie with a creepy kid,” but now, Kill, Baby… Kill! is one of his favorite horror movies. He loves everything about it – story, cinematography, acting, set design – and it’s scary as well.

In a strange marketing ploy, Kill, Baby… Kill! was given a new title, paired with two other films, and the resulting retitled trio was billed as Orgy of the Living Dead.” As promised on the podcast, here is a link to the “Orgy of the Living Dead” Trailer. 

The Classic Era Grue Crew strongly recommends Kill, Baby… Kill! At the time of this writing, the film is available to stream on the Classic Horror Movie Channel, Wicked Horror TV, Shudder, and Kanopy, and on physical media as a Kino Classics Blu-ray.

This is the ninth Mario Bava film covered by Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror Grue Crews. You can check them out here:

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Whitney: The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales (El esqueleto de la señora Morales, 1960).

Please let them know how they’re doing! They want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans: leave them a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era podcast hosts at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com

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

Jul 16, 2022

“Alan, we’re in big trouble. The cloud is splitting up!” The cloud is splitting? Run for your lives! Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they make a trip to Trollenberg for an eyewitness account of the terror known as Tempean’s The Crawling Eye (1958)aka The Trollenberg Terror.

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 129 – The Crawling Eye (1958)

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Decades of Horror The Classic Era is partnering with THE CLASSIC SCI-FI MOVIE CHANNEL, THE CLASSIC HORROR MOVIE CHANNEL, and WICKED HORROR TV CHANNEL
Which all now include video episodes of The Classic Era!
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A series of decapitations on a Swiss mountainside appear to be connected to a mysterious, radioactive cloud. The cloud turns out to be inhabited by horrible alien creatures who like to decapitate humans and are also in telepathic communication with certain people.

 

Jeff chose this one and he loves it! Even though the effects may be a bit cheesy, he stares agog at the title characters. Janet Munro, Forrest Tucker, the terribly but awesomely acted professor, and a well-paced script make The Crawling Eye a fun watch.

The Crawling Eye is a pleasant sight to behold for Daphne, who shows up for the podcast as Daph-eye-ne, complete with costume. She likes how it starts off with a bang, (actually a decapitation) and she loves the “leg-a-cles.” Whitney also describes the effects as wild and cheesy but then reminds Grue-believers how much she loves cheese. The Crawling Eye is a fun, crazy film, what with all the ocular shenanigans. Chad is reminded of a Quatermass film with a tinge of film-noir with some of its dark shots and characters knowingly walking into danger. He lauds the well-thought-out, Jimmy Sangster-penned script.

Your Classic Era Grue Crew unanimously labels The Crawling Eye a fun movie that includes its share of tension. At the time of this writing, the film can be streamed from the Classic Horror Movie Channel and the Classic Sci-Fi Movie Channel.

Jeff shows off his fresh copy of Little Shoppe of Horrors, issue 48, featuring Robert S. Baker, Monty Berman, and the films of Tempean. Of particular use to the Classic Era Grue Crew is “The Trollenberg Terror” by Clive Dawson. New and back issues of Little Shoppe of Horrors (The Journal of Classic British Horror Films), are available at https://www.littleshoppeofhorrors.com/ 

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Daphne: Mario Bava’s Kill, Baby… Kill! (1966).

Please let them know how they’re doing! They want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans: leave them a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era podcast hosts at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com

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

Jul 2, 2022

‘I’m a man of all works, sir. When my Master says, “Krull, do this thing,” I do the thing, whatever it may be.’ And then there are the things Krull does that his master doesn’t tell him to do. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they experience the Punishment Poll (or is it “Pole?”) in William Castle’s Mr. Sardonicus (1961).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 128 – Mr. Sardonicus (1961)

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Synopsis: A search for a winning lottery ticket in his dead father’s grave causes Sardonicus’ face to freeze in a horrible grimace until he forces a doctor to treat his affliction–with even more grotesque results!

 

Mr. Sardonicus, an underrated William Castle film, is Chad’s pick; he had not seen the movie all the way through until now. He doesn’t appreciate Castle interrupting the buildup to the climax by delivering his Punishment Poll gimmick, but Chad still thinks this is one of the Castle’s best movies. For him, Mr. Sardonicus has a different feel from Castle’s earlier films and he loves the makeup.

Daphne agrees with Chad regarding the break right before the climax and she also observes that Mr. Sardonicus deals with some sensitive subjects, making it more mature than much of Castle’s work. She loves the mask Sardonicus wears and finds his character to be really evil – a proper bad guy. The story is a bit confusing to Whitney even though she finds the movie to be well-paced. The use of light and shadow also draws her attention in several scenes. Jeff is impressed with Ray Russell’s screenplay, the cast, the cinematography, and both the mask and the makeup.

Check out these other Decades of Horror podcasts on William Castle’s work:

Also, if you’re so inclined, check out Grue-Believer Scot’s “erratically published” blog,  Saturday Mad Theater

If you’ve never viewed Mr. Sardonicus, or haven’t seen it for a while, the Classic Era Grue-Crew recommends you remedy that situation. At the time of this writing, Mr. Sardonicus is available to stream from the Classic Horror Movie Channel. As physical media, the film is available as a bare-bones Blu-ray in William Castle Double Feature – Homicidal & Mr. Sardonicus from Sony Pictures Home.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Jeff: The Crawling Eye (1958, original title: The Trollenberg Terror).

Please let them know how they’re doing! They want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans: leave them a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era podcast hosts at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com

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

Jun 18, 2022

“I just would like to warn you. My daughter sometimes acts in… an abnormal way.” Here we go again. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they make another trip south of the border for a horror film from Mexican masters, El libro de piedra (1969, The Book of Stone).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 127 – El libro de piedra (1969, The Book of Stone)

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Which all now include video episodes of The Classic Era!
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A governess Julia comes to work in a bourgeois family that lives in an afforested property that they have recently bought. Julia is to take care of a little girl named Silvia, whose unusual demeanor may find its roots in the family garden.

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Once again, Whitney treats her fellow Grue-Crew members to a gem from Mexico. This time, her pick is El libro de piedra (1969, The Book of Stone), a supernatural ghost story made by an award-winning crew and cast. It’s another winning choice suggested to Whitney by her dad. She is intrigued by this gothic horror story that is also a bit of a mystery with a supernatural element. This offering has a fantasy feel and creepy kids to make it even eerier, leading her to question the characters and their surroundings.

Daphne loves creepy kid movies so she’s all about El libro de piedra. She loves the characters in the atmospheric telling of this story, augmented by the music and the colors used. Jeff loves El libro de piedra as well. To him, its haunting feel is reminiscent of an episode of Night Gallery (1969-1973). He’s impressed with the meticulous, well-laid-out story and the actors’ performances. That creepy kid and her “imaginary” friend make everyone uncomfortable.

You won’t want to miss a certain scene that’s a precursor to a legendary shot in Halloween (1978). At the time of this writing, El libro de piedra is available to stream with subtitles on YouTube at EL LIBRO DE PIEDRA PELICULA COMPLETA English subtitles. It’s not a great copy, but it is adequate. Unfortunately, physical media is scarce and pricey. El libro de piedra deserves a quality Blu-ray, as do many good Mexican horror movies.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Chad: William Castle’s Mr. Sardonicus (1961). Who’s up for some risus sardonicus? Or is it hysterical rictus? Either way, it should put a big grin on your face.

Please let them know how they’re doing! They want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans: leave them a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era podcast hosts at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com

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

Jun 4, 2022
“Such a deep wound and no bloodstains. I have a bad feeling about this.” And well you should! The insanity has just begun. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they each express their “what-the-hell-am-I-watching” reactions to Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 126 – Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968)

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Decades of Horror The Classic Era is partnering with THE CLASSIC SCI-FI MOVIE CHANNEL, THE CLASSIC HORROR MOVIE CHANNEL, and WICKED HORROR TV CHANNEL
Which all now include video episodes of The Classic Era!
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The survivors of a plane crash in a remote area are attacked by blob-like alien creatures that turn their victims into blood-thirsty vampires

Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (aka, Kyuketsuki Gokemidoro) is Daphne’s pick and she loves the cool visuals and crazy colors and has fun with the film’s all-out wackiness. The look of Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell reminded Whitney of Planet of the Vampires, identifying director Hajime Satô as a fan of Mario Bava’s work. This movie has everything according to Chad. Birds committing suicide, vampires, aliens, blobs, space ships, and an end-of-the-world scenario, to name just a few of the insane plot points in Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell that keep you guessing. Jeff is so gobsmacked once the first vampire shows up that he completely loses track of the story. He loves everything about Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell, including the music.

If you haven’t seen Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell, it’s time you did! As of this writing, the movie is available to stream from the Classic Sci-Fi Movie Channel, The Criterion Channel, and Flix Fling. In terms of physical media, Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell is available on a Criterion DVD as part of its When Horror Came to Shochiku collection along with The X from Outer Space (1967), The Living Skeleton (1968), and Genocide (1968).

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Whitney: El libro de piedra (1969, The Book of Stone), another fine entry to the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era files from Mexico.

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Apr 8, 2022
“I’m not a gentleman, no, but I have money.” Not a gentleman, indeed! Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they discuss the first horror film to win an Academy Award (for Fredric March’s performance), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931).

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Episode 122 – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

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Synopsis: Dr. Jekyll faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild with a potion that transforms him into the animalistic Mr. Hyde.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is Daphne’s pick and she is stunned by how scintillating and violent this pre-code classic is. The cast and crew created a film that really packs a punch! Whitney is impressed by many aspects of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The Jekyll-to-Hyde transformations are fun to watch while at the same time, this historic horror piece is provocative for its time. In Chad’s view, the other movie versions of Robert Louis Stevenson’s source novel don’t hold a candle to this one, describing March’s performance as genius. He is fascinated by the dichotomy of good and evil in the same person, the two sides of human beings depicted in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde while keeping him on the edge of his seat. Jeff is as impressed with the performance of Miriam Hopkins as he is with Fredric March. He also describes Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as very intense and maybe the most pre-code of the pre-code movies the Classic Era has covered.

The 1931 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has thoroughly impressed the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Grue Crew. It might be time for another viewing for our Grue Believers. At the time of this writing, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is available to stream from multiple PPV streaming services and on physical media as a DVD from the Warner Archive Collection.

For other Classic Era excursions with Robert Louis Stevenson, check out these episodes:

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Mar 26, 2022

“They die? Dead. I die? Live!” Okay. Die-dead and die-live. What about live-live? Wouldn’t that be better? Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they play a fun-filled game of darts with the cast and crew of the third Universal Pictures Frankenstein movie, Son of Frankenstein (1939)!

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Episode 121 – Son of Frankenstein (1939)

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Returning to the ancestral castle long after the death of the monster, the son of Dr. Frankenstein meets a mad shepherd who is hiding the comatose creature. To clear the family name, he revives the creature and tries to rehabilitate him.

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Son of Frankenstein is Jeff’s pick. It’s always been one of his favorites, but even more so since the release of the Mel Brooks film, Young Frankenstein (1974). He also loves the expressionism and the humor evident in this entry to the Frankenstein canon and has a special fondness for Bela Lugosi’s performance, which to his mind steals the film from Boris Karloff’s monster. He’s also a little embarrassed that he didn’t mention Ward Bond or Harry Cording, two of his favorite character actors, in their bit parts as gendarmes.

Daphne absolutely loves Son of Frankenstein and vows to watch it more often, along with Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). She describes it as being so much fun, giving her an even greater appreciation of the Mel Brooks film. Whitney also chimes in with her appreciation for what was done with this film in Young Frankenstein. For her, Son of Frankenstein is a top-notch, fun film to watch with a classic look that has been inspirational to so many people. Chad saw Son of Frankenstein as a youngster and immediately wanted a wooden arm. He describes it as a good successor to the first two Universal Frankenstein films that has always been a favorite of his with its winning mix of monster mayhem and humor. And, of course, Baron Wolf von Frankenstein is the best name for a Frankenstein ever. On the other hand, he can’t get behind the monster’s sheep’s wool vest.

You know you need to watch this again… and again and again! As of this writing, Son of Frankenstein is available to stream from various PPV sources and on physical media as a Blu-ray disc included in a multitude of Universal Horror collections.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Daphne: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), starring Fredric March!

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Mar 12, 2022

"Janice, listen carefully. I've got to break away from the brain. I may have to do something desperate." Desperate is as desperate does. Watch your back, Janice. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr - as they pick each others’ brains over Donovan’s Brain (1953).

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Episode 120 – Donovan’s Brain (1953)

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Three scientists attempt to keep alive the brain of millionaire megalomaniac W.H. Donovan after an otherwise fatal plane crash. The brain has other ideas and begins to possess people.

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Chad chose Donovan’s Brain because when he saw it as a kid, he wasn’t scared by it at all. Wait, what? True, but being a Curt Siodmak fan and someone who always appreciates John Hamilton (Perry White in Adventures of Superman, 1952-1958), he decided to give it another go.  He appreciates Donovan’s Brain more this time, describing it as a good, solid, Sci-Fi B-movie with good performances all around, most especially, that of the brain.

Donovan’s Brain is also a lot of fun for Daphne. She just loves a growing, pulsating brain in a fish tank. Whitney thinks it is pretty neat knowing that Donovan’s Brain is based on a book by the author who wrote Universal’s The Wolf Man (1941). Jeff describes Donovan’s Brain as a science fiction picture with no science, just a lot of fiction and magical thinking. He’s particularly impressed with Lew Ayre’s performance as the doctor possessed by Donovan’s brain, and always loves Gene Evans and Steve Brodie.

If you’re in the mood for some 50s Sci-Fi B-move goodness, Donovan’s Brain is available to stream (at the time of this writing) from the Classic Horror Movie Channel and as PPV on Amazon. The movie is also currently available on physical media as a Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Jeff: Son of Frankenstein (1939), featuring Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone, and Lionel Atwill.

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Feb 26, 2022

"Hear me out and perhaps you'll understand the madness that drove me to harm him." Because, of course, self-justified madness makes it all okay. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr - as they take a trip south of the border to experience Dos Monjes (1934), Mexico’s second horror film.

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Episode 119 – Dos Monjes (1934, Two Monks)

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In a monastery, a monk named Javier sees the face of another monk, Juan, and suddenly attempts to bludgeon him to death with a heavy crucifix. Both men then relate their own versions of a story of their romantic rivalry for Anita, and the two versions of the story differ significantly. Both men later became monks, leading to their latest encounter. As Juan begins to recover from the blow, Javier is subjected to horrific hallucinations.

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Dos Monjes, Mexico’s second horror film after El fantasma del convento (1934), is Whitney’s pick and the Classic Era Grue-Crew find it fascinating. Whitney is interested in the two-points-of-view retelling of the conflict fueled by a love triangle. She loves the gothic atmosphere and discovers the horror of the film in the moralities of the characters. Daphne loves the expressionistic beauty of the film and is impressed with the acting. After seeing Dos Monjes, she plans to check out El misterio del rostro pálido (1935, Mystery of the Ghastly Face), another horror film written and directed by Juan Bustillo Oro. It is a very cool, beautifully shot movie in Chad’s opinion and he really likes the two-points-of-view kind of storytelling. To him, Dos Monjes looks just like a Universal horror film with its gothic feel and air of mystery and creepiness. He also finds a stylistic connection to Batman (TV series, 1966-1968). It’s the kind of movie Jeff likes to watch more than once in order to wallow in the expressionism and take in the brilliance of Agustín Jiménez’s cinematography. He also found the opposing, subjective points of view used in Dos Monjes to be fascinating.

If the Grue-Crew’s discussion piques your interest (and it should), Dos Monjes is available to stream from The Criterion Channel and YouTube, and is available on physical media as Blu-ray from Criterion in the collection Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3, which includes: Pixote (1980, Brazil); Lucía (1968, Brazil); After the Curfew (1954, Indonesia); Downpour (1972, Iran), Soleil Ô (1970, Mauritania), and Dos monjes (1934, Mexico).

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Chad: Donovan’s Brain (1953) a science fiction/horror B-movie classic!

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Jan 15, 2022

"It is as I foretold. Gwangi has killed Carlos, just as he killed his brother Miguel. In a dream, I saw it...the great jaws snapping, the riderless horse. He was doomed and so will you be doomed, ALL OF YOU, unless the evil one is set free!"  Yup. There are definitely great jaws snapping. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr, along with a return visit from Joseph Perry - as they revel in the wonders found in Ray Harryhausen’s The Valley of Gwangi (1969)!

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Episode 116 – The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

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A cowboy named Tuck Kirby seeks fame and fortune by capturing an Allosaurus living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus. His victim, called the Gwangi, turns out to have an aversion to being shown in public.

 

The Valley of Gwangi is Chad’s pick. He has a special love for the film, having watched it with his dad, and it’s still one of his favorite monster movies. For him, the stop motion animation sells the whole film and he has a special fondness for the eohippus. Despite the lack of Mexican representation in a film that is supposed to take place in Mexico, Whitney loved the characters of T.J. and Lope, adding that Ray Harryhausen’s work is always fun. Despite having a strong aversion to cowboy movies, The Valley of Gwangi scores on all counts for Joseph. The Valley of Gwangi reminded Daphne of how her Opa got her into watching westerns with him. She loved watching cowboys and cowgirls lassoing dinosaurs and is very impressed with Harryhausen’s work in this movie. Jeff chimes in with the rest, lauding Ray Harryhausen’s stop motion animation, and enjoys seeing some familiar faces in Richard Carlson and James Franciscus.

You know you want to see The Valley of Gwangi again! Cowboys and dinosaurs and Ray Harry hausen! What’s not to like? At the time of this writing, The Valley of Gwangi is available to stream from various PPV services, and on physical media as a Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next on their very flexible schedule is one chosen by an upcoming guest host: Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare (1968), aka The Great Yokai War. It’s time for some tokusatsu!

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Jan 1, 2022

"When we’re born, we’re carrying our death hidden in the liver… or in the stomach… or in the heart, that will one day beat no more." Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr - as they learn about dia de muertas in Macario (1960), a wonderful fable from Roberto Gavaldón, starring Ignacio López Tarso, Pina Pellicer, and Enrique Lucero.

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Episode 115 – Macario (1960)

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Poor, hungry peasant Macario longs for just one good meal on the Day of the Dead. After his wife cooks a turkey for him, he meets three apparitions, the Devil, God, and Death. Each asks him to share his turkey, but he refuses all except Death. In return, Death gives him a bottle of water which will heal any illness. Soon, Macario is more wealthy than the village doctor, which draws the attention of the feared Inquisition.

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Whitney gives a special treat to the Classic Era Grue-Crew with Macario as her pick for this episode. She tells of watching Macario with her father and her emotional response to the film. For her, it’s a beautiful movie about a character taking care of people, who must decide who to trust, and the consequences his choice brings. Chad identifies Macario as a fable, one of his favorite types of movie. In the case of Macario, the story of a good and honest man who is trying to care for his family but still desires something just for himself captures his heart. The importance of celebrating death in this culture appeals to Daphne. She loves the openness and honesty of the title character and his intriguing interactions with death as a character. Jeff also loves Macario. In particular, he is fascinated with the constant presence of hunger, Macario’s relationship with his wife, his interactions with Dios, el Diablo, and la Muerte. 

The Decades of Horror Classic Era Grue-Crew highly recommends Macario, a film with a great look and visuals in the telling of an emotional, supernatural fable. As of this writing, the only streaming available can be found on YouTube: Macario (1960) Roberto Gavaldón - English subtitles.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next on their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Chad: The Valley of Gwangi (1968). Ray Harryhausen, James Franciscus, Richard Carlson, Gustavo Rojo, Freda Jackson, and Gila Golan for the win! You will not want to miss that one!

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Dec 18, 2021

"Ah, little lad, you're staring at my fingers. Would you like me to tell you the little story of right-hand/left-hand? The story of good and evil?" Do tell! Do tell! Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr, along with guest host Bill Gabriel - as they geek out on Lillian Gish’s, Shelley Winters’s, and Robert Mitchum’s performances in the only film directed by Charles Laughton, The Night of the Hunter (1955).

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Episode 114 – The Night of the Hunter (1955)

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A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid the $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

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You’ll find no hate for The Night of the Hunter from the Classic Era Grue-Crew except on Chad’s fingers. This is Daphne’s pick and she loves The Night of the Hunter, calling it a beautiful piece of art. For Bill, the film has been in his DNA as far back as he can remember. He was scared out of his wits by Mitchum’s performance while other scenes were tear-inducing. Whitney sees the bond of siblings amidst the trauma the two children are dealing with in the real-life horror of The Night of the Hunter. This is one of Chad’s favorite films, referring to it as a beautiful, fairy tale of a movie with a dreamlike quality. He also tells a heartfelt story about watching The Night of the Hunter for the first time with his dad. Jeff found The Night of the Hunter to be a bit strange until he learned to view the exaggerations and eccentricities as seen through the eyes of young John. He now believes he must watch the movie much more often.

During the podcast, the Grue-Crew members refer several times to two videos. The first one is a 159-minute documentary, Charles Laughton Directs “The Night of the Hunter.” In the manner of silent film directors, Laughton almost never called “cut” to a scene, filming continuously through an entire reel while giving repeated direction to the actors to get the performance for which he was looking. IMDb describes the documentary as “an assembled compilation of footage from rushes, outtakes, and behind-the-scenes moments featuring Charles Laughton directing 'The Night of the Hunter.' The second video is a 5-minute video of Guillermo del Toro commenting on the importance to him of The Night of the Hunter. Links to the two videos are included below.

  1. Charles Laughton Directs “The Night of the Hunter” (2002)
  2. Guillermo del Toro on The Night of the Hunter:

At the time of this writing, The Night of the Hunter is available to stream from The Criterion Channel and various PPV services, and on physical media as a Criterion Blu-ray.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next on their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Whitney: Macario (1960), an acclaimed, Mexican, supernatural drama directed by Roberto Gavaldón. You will not want to miss that one!

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Dec 4, 2021

"That is a nice ball you have." Creepy? Yes! Very creepy. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr - as they take in what might well be the prototype serial killer film, Fritz Lang’s M (1931), starring Peter Lorre.

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Episode 113 – M (1931)

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When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

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Daphne is taken in by Fritz Arno Wagner’s beautiful cinematography and Peter Lorre’s mind-blowing performance. She is also intrigued with how Lang uses sound, emphasizing silence as much as sound. Certain elements of M, for instance, the pacing, make it hard for Whitney to get into the film. On the other hand, she enjoys Peter Lorre’s performance and is definitely creeped out by some scenes. M seems almost like two different movies to Chad. The pacing during the first half is not to his liking, but once everyone is on the trail of Peter Lorre’s character, he really got into it. And, of course, Peter Lorre for the win! Jeff loves M and could watch it just for the cinematography and Peter Lorre’s acting.

You know you want to check out or revisit M, right? At the time of this writing, it is available to stream from HBO max, the Criterion Channel, and Kanopy. M is also available on physical media as a Criterion Collection Blu-ray.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next on their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Daphne: Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter (1955), starring Robert Mitchum, Lillian Gish, and Shelley Winters. You will not want to miss that one!

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Nov 20, 2021

"We got us some good 'uns! Dogged if we don't!" And whatever you do, don’t yuck on Sammie’s yum! Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Jeff Mohr, and guest host Sammie Cassell - as they take in one of the "Godfather-of-Gore’s" early horror efforts, Herschell Gordon Lewis’s Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964).

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Episode 112 – Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)

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Six people are lured into a small Deep South town for a Centennial celebration where the residents proceed to kill them one by one as revenge for the town's destruction during the Civil War.

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Two Thousand Maniacs is our guest Sammie’s pick and he describes it as delightfully cheesy and gory. The film also carries an air of nostalgia for him. When Sammie first brought it home from the video store, he discovered that Two Thousand Maniacs was one of the few horror movies his dad had seen and he appreciates having shared that experience with him. When he was a young boy, Chad also had a familial experience with Two Thousand Maniacs. His mother came home after seeing it at a drive-in, ranting about how the townspeople were cutting up and eating people. Although now, he agrees it has good gore for the time in which it was made, all he could think the first time he saw it was, “What the hell?” Daphne had very low expectations prior to viewing Two Thousand Maniacs but the reality turned out to be better than she anticipated. She enjoyed it as an exploitation movie and recommends the documentary, Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (2010). Jeff will never say he liked Two Thousand Maniacs, but he will admit, any gorefest somehow based on Brigadoon has got to be checked out.

At the time of this writing, Two Thousand Maniacs is available for streaming on the Classic Horror Movie Channel, tubi, Arrow, and various PPV sources. The film is also available as a Blu-ray disc from Arrow Video, both as a stand-alone and as part of The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast, a fourteen film boxed set. You know you want it.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next on their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Jeff: Fritz Lang’s M (1931), starring Peter Lorre.

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Nov 6, 2021

"Emilio! He killed his wife, his mother-in-law and his sister-in-law with a meat cleaver. Whack! Whack! Whack! You'd better stand over there. ...He doesn't mess up the kitchen often, but when he does, WOW!" No brag, just fact. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Chad Hunt, Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr - as they have fun with Margaret Hamilton and another set of William Castle gimmicks in 13 Ghosts (1960).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 111 – 13 Ghosts (1960)

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A family inherits what proves to be a haunted house, but a special pair of goggles allows them to see their ghostly tormentors.

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Whitney has seen Thir13en Ghosts (2001) and wanted to check out the original so she chose 13 Ghosts (1960) for this episode. She loves the family’s chemistry, how nonchalant the family is about the ghosts in their new house, and the inclusion of Margaret Hamilton in the cast. For Daphne, 13 Ghosts was like a 1950s sitcom in a haunted house, adding that Margaret Hamilton is an awesome surprise. She also loves seeing Martin Milner from Adam-12 (1968-1975). Chad is a dyed-in-the-wool fan of William Castle and his marketing gimmicks and loves how fun and even scary 13 Ghosts is. He is not, however, a fan of Ouija boards and seances, which are included in the film, adding to the creep factor for him. Jeff agrees with Daphne on her comparison to a 1950s sitcom family and loves the wonderful cast, especially Margaret Hamilton and Rosemary DeCamp.

“Fun” is the operative word for the Classic Era Grue-Crew when it comes to describing 13 Ghosts but viewers can also expect a spattering of frights. As of this writing, 13 Ghosts is available to stream from the Classic Horror Movie Channel and various other subscription and VOD streaming services. It is also currently available on physical media as a double feature Blu-ray from Sony paired with another William Castle feature, 13 Frightened Girls (1963).

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next on their very flexible schedule is one chosen by guest host Sammie Cassell: Herschel Gordon Lewis’s Two Thousand Maniacs (1964).

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Oct 23, 2021

"Humboldt, you will pay for this with your life. I curse you, Humboldt! And I curse your descendants. I will hunt you to your grave!" No brag, just fact. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Chad Hunt, Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr - as they hang out in an Italian castle with Barbara Steele and the gang in Antonio Margheriti’s The Long Hair of Death (1965).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 110 – The Long Hair of Death (1965)

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A woman under suspicion of witchcraft is burned alive. Her curse brings her back from the dead for revenge.

 

The Long Hair of Death, aka I lunghi capelli della morte (original title), is Daphne’s choice and the rest of the Classic Era Grue Crew are very pleased with it. The gothic atmosphere with a theme of women seeking revenge made it a fun movie for her.  Chad was looking forward to seeing Barbara Steele and was pleasantly surprised to find an engaging story and a new character he most loves to hate. Even Whitney thinks the title should be Everybody Hates Kurt. She also describes The Long Hair of Death as full of drama and questions and revenge amidst a beautiful, dark, and angry atmosphere. The atmosphere is amplified with an emotional score from Carlo Rustichelli (as Evirust), giving Jeff goosebumps during the finale.

Your Classic Era Grue Crew really enjoyed The Long Hair of Death and if you haven’t already seen it, they recommend that you make the effort to seek it out. It is currently available to stream on YouTube, Kanopy, and as PPV on Amazon Prime. There is also a Blu-ray disc from Raro Video which includes a better translation for the subtitles so be forewarned, the English dubbing and the subtitles do not match 100%.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next on their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Whitney, William Castle’s 13 Ghosts (1960)!

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Oct 9, 2021

"I am Dracula and I welcome you to my house." Are you falling for that old trick? Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Chad Hunt, Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr along with special guest Dick Klemensen (since 1972, the editor and publisher of Little Shoppe of Horrors Magazine - The Journal of Classic British Horror Films) - as they enter the House of Hammer once again with one of the company’s best, (Horror of) Dracula (1958).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 109 – (Horror of) Dracula (1958)

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Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses, forcing his colleague Dr. Van Helsing to hunt the predatory villain when he targets Harker's loved ones.

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Whitney had a “reel” treat when she first saw (Horror of) Dracula at Geoffrey Rayles’s Rayle Archives in Lenoir, NC where she was able to view the 1958, 35mm, Technicolor print along with a couple reels of the early 1960s re-release. Of course, she loved the movie. What’s not to like with Cushing, Lee, and Gough? For Chad, (Horror of) Dracula changed the way he looked at the Count and, along with The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), this one is his favorite Hammer film. Chad also has a heck of a story about the first time he saw the film at his grandparent’s house. Daphne had great fun watching Cushing and Lee, especially in the few scenes they had together in (Horror of) Dracula. Jeff is a big fan of Dracula (1931) but also loves Lee’s more feral, animalistic interpretation in (Horror of) Dracula

You might say Dick Klemensen gives truth to the statement, “If you show it, he will come,” when he drove over two hours across the state to catch a showing of (Horror of) Dracula at a drive-in theater in Des Moines. According to Dick, if you want to show someone a Hammer film who has never seen one, this is it. The film has everything: action, blood, fights, and pacing.

Incidentally, if you haven’t read an issue of The Little Shoppe of Horrors Magazine, edited and published by Dick Klemensen since 1972, head on over to their website and order yourself an issue (or two or three). They’re stock full (at about 100 pages of 8-point font) of interesting articles and art about classic British horror films.

Also be sure to check out The Men Who Made Hammer shorts (running between 15 and 60 minutes each) featuring Dick and produced by Constantine Nasr on the Scream Factory Blu-ray releases of the following Hammer films: X the Unkown (1956, Jimmy Sangster), The Brides of Dracula (1960, Jack Asher and Terence Fisher), The Curse of the Werewolf (1961, Roy Ashton), The Phantom of the Opera (1962, Anthony Hinds), The Kiss of the Vampire (1963, James Bernard and Bernard Robinson), The Lost Continent (1968, Michael Carreras & film commentary), and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974, Roy Skeggs). The other entry in The Men Who Made Hammer series features Tony Dalton (author of Terence Fisher: Master of Gothic Cinema, 2021) discussing Freddie Francis on The Evil of Frankenstein (1964).

October is a great month to revisit this Hammer gem! As of this writing, (Horror of) Dracula is available for streaming on HBOmax.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next on their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Daphne, Antonio Margheriti’s The Long Hair of Death (1964) starring Barbara Steele!

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Sep 25, 2021

"No one can love you as much as we do. You know that." That’s what Mom always said, but when Boris Karloff says it, somehow, it carries more weight. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr along with special guest Bill Mulligan - as they journey through the decades depicted in the three stories included in Mario Bava’s Black Sabbath (1963).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 108 – Black Sabbath (1963)

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Boris Karloff hosts a trio of horror stories concerning a stalked call girl, a vampire-like monster who preys on his family, and a nurse who is haunted by her ring's rightful owner.

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Black Sabbath is a big hit with Whitney and her nephew, who realizes immediately that the woman getting the threatening telephone calls in “The Telephone” needed to get the heck out of there! Daphne had always watched the Italian version of Black Sabbath in the past so she loved hearing Karloff’s voice in the US release, and the more she learns about Bava, the more she appreciates the film. When Bill, DoH’s resident Bava-head, first saw Black Sabbath’s trick ending, it made him wonder what else wasn’t what he thought he was seeing. Jeff wishes that all the things he loves about Black Sabbath were combined in one version instead of being split between the Italian and US versions. Even so, he describes it as an amazing and beautiful film.

If you haven’t seen Black Sabbath in a while, the Classic Era Grue Crew thinks you owe it to yourself to catch it again. The film is currently available to stream on Shudder and on physical media as separate Blu-rays for the Italian or US versions from Kino Lorber.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next on their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Jeff, Hammer’s Horror of Dracula (1958), starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee! The Classic Era Grue Crew will be joined by special guest Dick Klemensen, who since 1972 has been the editor and publisher of LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS Magazine - The Journal of Classic British Horror Films. We can’t wait!!

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Sep 11, 2021

"Do you still believe it impossible we exist? You didn't actually think you were the only inhabited planet in the universe. How can any race be so stupid?" Stupid is as stupid does? Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr - as they fall in love with the audacity of Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space (1957).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 107 – Plan 9 from Outer Space (1957)

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Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible "Plan 9" into action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth, the lives of the living are in danger.

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In case you didn’t guess, Plan 9 from Outer Space is Whitney’s pick. (Remember, her first pick was The Killer Shrews (1959) for episode 45.) She watched this as a teenager and was rendered speechless by how many things Wood did that are filmmaker no-nos. Even though she was astounded in a bad way, she still thinks the film is a riot. Plan 9 from Outer Space was recommended to Chad by friends. He was originally dumbfounded wondering how the film got made and with Bela Lugosi, no less. Now he has fun watching its magic. Daphne encountered Plan 9 from Outer Space in the 99-cent VHS bin at her local thrift store and immediately loved it for its unintentional camp. Jeff doesn’t get the film’s “the worst movie ever made” label because he’s seen a lot of movies that were worse than Plan 9 from Outer Space. He was amazed by the persistence and the audacity (or was it cluelessness?) of those involved in making a film that in spite of its many faults, or maybe because of them, is so much fun.

The Classic Era Grue Crew highly recommends Plan 9 from Outer Space. Seriously! It is currently available to stream on the Classic Sci-Fi Movie Channel and a variety of other streaming services.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next on their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Chad, Mario Bava’s classic anthology, Black Sabbath (1963), starring Boris Karloff!

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Aug 29, 2021

"When I go to confession I don't offer God small sins, petty squabbles, jealousies... I offer him sins worth forgiving!" Sin big to make your confessions worthwhile. It’s a thing. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr - as they journey back to the world of early 20th-century Russia in Hammer’s Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966), featuring the incomparable Christopher Lee in the title role.

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 106 – Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966)

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Thrown out of his monastery for licentious and drunken behavior, Rasputin travels to St Petersburg to try his luck. Through a dalliance with one of the czarina's ladies in waiting he soon gains influence at court with his powers of healing and of hypnotism. But he also makes enemies who wish to see him dead.

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Rasputin: The Mad Monk is Daphne’s pick; it seems she wanted more Barbara Shelley after the Classic Era Grue Crew discussed Quatermass and the Pit (1965) in episode 93. She loves Shelley’s and Lee’s performances and she revels in the total “Hammer-ness” of the film which showcases Bernard Robinson’s production design and Rosemary Burrows’ costumes. Chad points out some of the historical discrepancies between Rasputin: The Mad Monk and the actual life of Grigori Rasputin. He also describes Lee’s performance as commanding the movie with a power that draws you in, labeling Rasputin one of his favorite Lee characters. Lee’s performance is also what captures Whitney’s attention. She’s especially impressed with his versatility in playing this hypnotic and malevolent character. Jeff’s on board with the Lee fanatics saying he can’t take his eyes off Lee’s forceful, hypnotic portrayal and adding that he loved the rest of the cast, the sets, and the wardrobe.

As of this writing, Rasputin: The Mad Monk is available to stream on the Classic Horror Movie Channel and as physical media on a Blu-ray disc from Shout! Factory.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next on their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Whitney, Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space (1957). Oh yeah!

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Aug 14, 2021

"Is it just something in your head? Will you believe it when you’re dead? Green sli-ii-ime!" Oh, it’s something in your head alright. It’s something known as an earworm. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Jeff Mohr, and special guest Doc Rotten - as they savor the cheesy goodness known as The Green Slime(1968).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 105 – The Green Slime (1968)

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After destroying a giant asteroid heading towards Earth, a group of scientists unknowingly bring back a strange green substance that soon mutates into a monster.

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Special guest Doc Rotten instantly fell in love with The Green Slime the first time he heard the theme song, so much so that he yearns for a remake. He’s also a big fan of Richard Jaeckel’s work, pointing to his performances in William Girdler’s Grizzly (1976) and Day of the Animals (1977), and of director Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale, 2000). For Whitney, doing the podcast is like treasure hunting and this episode’s treasure is the cheesy fun of The Green Slime. She also singles out the work of special effects artists Yukio Monoda and Yokura Watanabe. Loving it from the first time he saw it, Chad still finds something new each time he watches The Green Slime. He also appreciates the cool science concepts and how much fun the monsters are. Jeff joins the lovefest, commenting on his affection for the terrible dialogue and admitting to a boyhood bromance with Robert Horton’s portrayal of Flint McCullough in Wagon Train (1957-1962).

Regular followers of Decades of Horror: The Classic Era know the Grue-Crew are always looking for a Batman connection and for The Green Slime, Chad and Doc point out maybe the biggest Batman connection possible. Screenplay co-writer Bill Finger was officially and legally recognized as the co-creator of Batman in 2015, the righting of a wrong that was long overdue. In the conversation, Chad also recommends Batman and Bill (2017), a documentary about Bill Finger and the fight to gain him the recognition he was due, currently streaming on Hulu.

Lastly, as promised by Doc, here are links to the theme song of The Green Slime as heard in the trailer and a longer version with a kickass guitar solo released as a single from MGM Records.

Currently, The Green Slime is still available on Blu-ray from Warner Brothers and can be streamed from a variety of VOD sources.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next on their very flexible schedule chosen by Daphne, is Hammer’s Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966) starring Christopher Lee.

Please let them know how they’re doing! They want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans: leave them a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era podcast hosts at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com

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