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The 1930’s were an interesting time for horror pictures. Other than perhaps the 1960’s, the 1930s were responsible for the greatest boom of talented creators and quality horror pictures that has and probably ever will exist. Nosferatu Golden Age Horror The advent of the “talkie” and the increasing scale and power of the Hollywood studio system created a unique synthesis of the German films of the previous decade and new, prevailing tastes and film techniques. The 1920s and the early 1930s culturally were in a period of reaction to the Victorian era – sex was a newly broachable subject, and institutions like church and state were increasingly open to interpretation. As is true throughout the 20th century, science began to advance at an incredible, exponential rate and although there is little actual science at work, the films in this volume are filled with buzzwords from psychology and physics. Dracula 1931 Bela Lugosi Golden Age Horror We Belong Dead The film DRACULA in 1931 started a new wave of horror movies – although it could hardly be called progressive, Bela Lugosi’s performance certainly had a distinctly sexual edge to it, and it built upon the imagery of both the Romantic/Gothics of the 19th century and the visual style of the German films of the 1920’s. FRANKENSTEIN, which followed closely behind, was a more memorable and powerful film. Universal’s success inspired many other films, including cheaper pictures intended to shock and titilate. Movies like DOCTOR X and THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME, as well as terrible grindhouse style cheapies like MANIAC deal with sexuality and other dark themes, like cannibalism. . There was already a production code in place, the Hays Code, but it was not enforced with any real enthusiasm until 1934, after the initial first wave of horror films had been released. Doctor X and the Raven - Golden Age Horror In 1934, when Joseph Breen took over enforcement of the Code, violence and sex were more rigorously kept from the screen. Sex is not a necessity for horror, but 12 of the 20 films reviewed in this volume use the threat of sexual violence against women as a primary plot element, and it seems that there were few who were willing to try and make a horror movie without the ease of the thrilling effect of the woman in danger element. Dr Pretorius Bride of Frankenstein Golden Age Horror The Hays Code was not entirely responsible for the dearth of good horror movies in the second half of the decade. It did, however, reflect the increasingly conservative values of the time and the changing tastes of the moviegoing public. Horror films had begin to fall out of favor, although Universal did have a hit with DRACULA’S DAUGHTER in 1936 (racy undertones and all). Dracula's Daughter Golden Age Horror At the end of the decade, the film SON OF FRANKENSTEIN emerged and prefigured the horror films of the next decade. Starring matinee idol Basil Rathbone as an (almost) heroic, swashbuckling DOCTOR FRANKENSTEIN (he swings in on a rope and kicks the monster into a sulfur pit in the films climax) instead of the crazy-eyed Colin Clive and sepulchral Ernest Thesiger, the movie does not much resemble the wit and weirdness of THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN. The Monster is no longer interesting – he is just a monster. Over the following decade, the Universal monsters would be trotted out in a variety of combinations, but the elements of True Horror and Weirdness present in these early flicks would mostly be gone. Instead, they become rote adventure films, without any real thematic undertones at all. The 1930’s are rightfully remembered as a peak period for horror films, because they represent a time in which cultural mores and technology managed to create something fresh, new and interesting.
||ExplicitEpisode 43 – Eyes Without a Face (1960)||The Horror Chamber of Doctor Faustus/the Manster double bill Topics Discussed Podcast and movie introductions Andrew does the plot recap The movie’s place in French cinema Critical reception of Eyes without a Face Blood of the Beasts A reaction to the||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 42 – Kuroneko (1968)||Did you know that Kuroneko means “Black Cat” in Japanese? I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays! We both really enjoyed Kuroneko. In the podcast, you can hear us discuss some of the interesting pieces of this film.||1/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 41 – Black Sunday (1960)||Our first time covering Mario Bava on this show! Gothic chiller Black Sunday is this month’s entry in our series on foreign horror films before 1979. This series has proven to be fairly popular with Andrew.||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 40 – Gojira/Godzilla||Also, episode 40.5 – Godzilla, King of the Monsters! Obligatory apology – sorry for being a low energy Jeb this episode. I was a tired guy this day. This episode has the greatest opening audio of literally any of our episodes thus far.||9/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUpdate – Necronomicon 2017||Andrew and I are hard at work trying to find a time in which to get together and record our episode on Godzilla. If you are looking for a foreign horror movie fix, I might suggest some past episodes? Aside from our last two episodes on House and Nosfer.||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 39 – Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)||Andrew and Matt discuss the Herzog art house interpretation of both the Stoker tale and the Murnau film. Jonathan Harker journeys to Transylvania in order to sell a house in bucolic Wismer to a mysterious noblemen. Nightmare after nightmare follows.||7/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 38 – House (1977)||Andrew and Matt discuss the nutty Japanese surrealist haunted house film House. (Andrew loves it) Seven Japanese schoolgirls travel to an aunt’s house – the aunt, however, turns out to be an undead ghost. The movie’s bizarre editing choices and ca||6/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 37 – House of Wax||In the final episode of our Vincent Price series, Andrew and Matt enjoy some paddleball theatrics. Check out the other episodes in our Vincent Price series: The Pit and the Pendulum The Masque of the Red Death The Haunted Palace The Fall of the House o.||5/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 36 – The House on Haunted Hill||The campy, compact classic really rubbed Andrew the wrong way. Can’t really say why. This film was directed by William Castle, and stars Vincent Price as Frederick Loren and Carol Ohmart as Annabelle Loren The blind caretaker,||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 35 – Dr Phibes Rises Again||Dr Phibes rises again — into a film that is not quite as good as the first. The Cast of Characters Vincent Price as Dr Anton Phibes Robery Quarry as Darius Biederbeck Valli Kemp as Vulnavia Peter Jeffrey as Inspector Trout Contact Matt: Email: matt@go||2/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 34 – The Abominable Dr Phibes||Never mind the yawns, Andrew and I agree – this film is a real barnstormer and a classic! Dr. Phibes has great vibes. Doctor Phibes brings the Plagues of Egypt on his victims. The Final Programme Jerry Cornelius The Cast of Characters Vincent Price as||1/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 33 – The Witchfinder General/The Conqueror Worm||Halloween is over and the world has taken a dark, strange turn. In response, Andrew and Matt watch the dark, strange 1968 Vincent Price film The Witchfinder General. Matthew Hopkins was a real, terrible person.||11/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 32 – The Horror of Dracula||Happy Halloween Season! This week, Andrew and Matt discuss their first Hammer Horror film, The Horror of Dracula starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing Show Notes for the Horror of Dracula The Full Text of Dracula Wolfsbane – for Werewolves and V||10/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 31 – The Fall of the House of Usher||This week, Andrew and Matt discuss the proto-AIP Poe flick “The Fall of the House of Usher” starring Vincent Price. We’re both sleepy boys in this podcast, so give us a break Show Notes for the Fall of the House of Usher podcast The Cast of Charac||9/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 30 – The Haunted Palace||This month, Andrew and Matt discuss the Corman/Price Lovecraft/Poe mashup “The Haunted Palace”. Matt struggles through his Massachusetts accent to pronounce “era”! Andrew revels in the ham faced babies! The Haunted Palace was released in 1963||8/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 29 – The Masque of the Red Death||This week, on the 29th episode of the GoldenAgeHorror.com podcast, Andrew and Matt discuss The Masque of the Red Death. We also approach some insight about the merit of discussing movies and reviews in general.||7/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 28 – The Pit and the Pendulum||For June, Andrew and Matt talk about the Vincent Price/Roger Corman jam The Pit and the Pendulum. Barbara Steele also stars. The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) The Pit and the Pendulum is notable for for being part of the classic Corman/Price series of E||6/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 27 – The Fly (1986)||Andrew and Matt talk about the 1986 Jeff David Cronenberg flick The Fly starring Jeff “Brundlefly” Goldblum and Geena Davis. Turns out Geena Davis went to the same high school as Andrew! Art found on this wonderful tumblr: http://mattrobot.tumblr.||4/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 26 – Videodrome||This episode, Andrew and Matt talk about the David Cronenberg body horror VHS shocker Videodrome. Death to Videodrome – Long Live the New Flesh! Debbie Harry is in Videodrome: Bonus:||2/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 25 – Suspiria||This week, Andrew and Matt talk about Suspiria – WITCCCCCCCCHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. Suspiria Dario Argento Technicolor The full text of De Quincey’s Suspiria De Profundis Anno Dracula: Dracula Cha Cha Cha Robert Graves||11/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 24 – The Wicker Man (1973)||Matt and Andrew watch the delirious 1973 pagan fantasy/murder mystery/horror The Wicker Man, starring Christoper Lee and directed by Robin Hardy. There are no bees. Matt is way off, again misremembering the availability of the Wicker Man and probably t.||10/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 23 – The Phantom of the Paradise||Andrew and Matt talk about DePalma’s nightmare glam rock opera version of the Phantom of the Opera. Matt twice names Paul Williams as Andy Williams, which is terrible. A terrible mistake. Wikipedia Links Phantom of the Paradise Brian De Palma Goethe||10/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 22 – Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde||We finally talk about Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, lurid Victorian thriller with landmark special effects. Dr Jeykll and Mr Hyde (1931 Wikipedia) Text of the novel on Project Gutenberg The film on Amazon I was thinking of Doctor Jekyll and Sister Hyde,||10/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 21 – Son of Frankenstein||Andrew and Matt talk (for the second time) about middling Frankenstein picture SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, which features the impressive cast of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone, and Lionel Atwill. Sorry about the slight echo!||7/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 20: Freaks||This week, Andrew and Matt discuss the ableist classic, Freaks. MGM 1932, Directed by Tod Browning Information on the making of Freaks http://www.horrorfilmhistory.com/index.php?pageID=freaks Spurs by Tod Robins http://ia600406.us.archive.||3/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 19 – The Island of Lost Souls||This week, Matt and Andrew cover the Island of Lost Souls starring Charles Laughton, and featuring Bela Lugosi as the Sayer of the Law. There’s a great documentary on the making of the 1996 remake: Are we not men? Tom Waits totally looks like Ron Perl||2/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 18 – The Most Dangerous Game/Dog King||Matt and Andrew ponder the question – just what is the most dangerous game? 1932 directed by Irving Pichel Ernest B. Schoedsack starring Fay Wray, Joel McCrea and Leslie Banks From the short story by Richard Connell https://archive.||2/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 17 – Vampyr (That Fugue State Masquerading as a Movie)||This week, Andrew and Matt discuss the freaky surrealistic dreamscape Vampyr, directed by Carl Dryer. Not much to tell this week: Carl Theodor Dryer Nicolas de Gunzburg A heated debate Fugue state Pizza Pranks Andrew on twitter Matt on Twitter NEXT WEE.||2/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 16: Gods and Monsters||This week, Andrew and Matt talk about the 1998 film GODS AND MONSTERS, the James Whale biopic by Bill Condon starring Ian McKellen, which we decided would be an excellent conclusion to James Whale January. 1998 film written and directed by Bill Condon .||2/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 15: The Old Dark House||Andrew and Matt talk about the 1932 old dark house film, THE OLD DARK HOUSE. Have a potato? Based on novel Benighted by JB Priestley Acting is very good in this movie (Ernest Thesiger, Charles Laughton, for example) The Old Dark House was actually a ge||1/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14: The Invisible Man||Andrew and Matt talk about the 1933 James Whale directed horror film THE INVISIBLE MAN, which stars Claude Rains and the everpresent Una O’Connor. Stay tuned next week for the Old Dark House! Invisible Man on Project Gutenberg Check out this cool post||1/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13: The Bride of Frankenstein||Andrew hates Una O’Connor. Matt doesn’t, but he thinks George Gordon Byron’s pants are too tight. This week we talk about on the greatest movies ever made, The Bride of Frankenstein, starring Boris Karloff, Colin Clive and Elsa Lanchester,||1/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 12: Frankenstein||Andew and Matt are Alive!!!!!!! Kicking off James Whale January with “Frankenstein” the 1931 film starring Boris Karloff. Note to RSS/iTunes/etc readers: visiting www.GoldenAgeHorror.com will yield you lots of pretty pictures missing from the RSS fe||1/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 11 – M||This week, Andrew and Matt discuss the Fritz Lang film M, starring Peter Lorre. M on Wikipedia The Quietus reviews M F**k Yeah Peter Lorre on Tumblr Watch M for Free at the Internet Archive Fritz Lang article on the Dissolve||1/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10: The Testament of Dr Mabuse||This week, Andrew and Matt talk about Fritz Lang’s classic German crime/horror film, The Testament of Dr Mabuse. RSS/iTunes/Whatever Readers – visit www.goldenagehorror.com for more information, or check out our Facebook page at facebook.||12/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9: The Mummy||This week, Andrew and Matt talk about the Boris Karloff 1932 horror classic The Mummy. Also starring Zita Johann, along with mainstays Edward Van Sloan and David Manners, The Mummy was directed by German director Karl Freund, he of Mad Love,||12/11/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 8: Dracula||This week, Andrew and I discuss the 1931 movie that started it all, Dracula starring Bela Lugosi, directed by Tod Browning. RSS/iTunes: Visit www.GoldenAgeHorror.com for more information about our show. Links/Info Get a free ebook of Dracula at Project.||12/4/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7: White Zombie||This week, we talk about the 1932 horror classic, White Zombie, the first American movies to feature zombies. Links and Notes You Call Yourself a Scientist?’s Review of the movie TCM Review of the movie Madge Bellamy The piano scene that Andrew really||11/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6: The Raven||(Note to iTunes and other RSS folks – visit goldenagehorror.com show notes complete with pretty, pretty, pictures.) Not a tremendous amount to say about this one – defined by the performances of Karloff and Lugosi. Poe’s original poem,||11/20/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5: The Black Cat||This movie is so good! I could watch The Black Cat every night. Notice for iTunes/RSS readers: visit www.goldenagehorror.com for show notes (they’re mostly pictures) My earlier essay on the Black Cat Lugosi vs Karloff Edgar Allan Poe’s Original Stor||11/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4: Murders in the Rue Morgue – Is not a Gorilla A Vaguely Foreign Gentleman?||This week, Andrew and I discussed the middling Edgar Allan Poe/Bela Lugosi/Killer Ape Movie “Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1932, Universal). Andrew has developed a theory about horror movies from the 1930’s. Here’s a link to Edgar Allan Poe’s Or||11/7/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPodcast Episode 3: Doctor X: Mash Up of Laughing and Murder||This week, Andrew and Matt discuss technicolor crazytown thriller Doctor X. More information is available on goldenagehorror.com. Show Notes Matt’s essay on Doctor X cannibal holocaust||10/30/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2: Don’t Be a Creep with Mad Love||In this week’s episode, Andrew and Matt watch the 1935 horror film Mad Love starring Peter Lorre and directed by Karl Freund. A true horror classic, Mad Love mixes expressionism with Grand Guignol scares. Show Notes GoldenAgeHorror.||10/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 1: Dracula’s Daughter “The Teeming Madness of a Sleepless City”||Myself and Andrew Baillie will be recording a series of podcasts talking about the films discussed in my book. What to Expect Well, we talk about the plot of the movie, but not in depth. We’re not trying to do a summary here.||10/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
Lot of fun, these movies are great.
Don't waste your time
'Amateurish' doesn't begin to cover it. Poorly done, clearly no focus, wit, or even charm. I listened to the Wicker Man episode, and they spent most of the time making awkward small talk and looking up obscure vocab words that they didn't even bother to pronounce properly or even define. It seemed too long at under 20 min.
I am a huge fan of the the Universal Horror cycles (both of them) and was looking for a fun show about it. The concept is here, but the execution is severely lacking. The presentation is dull and there is way too much dead space in between topics. There is no real format or theme, much less a closing statement.
If the shows were a bit more organized and planned out it would really elevate the podcast. Some of the facts that are put forth just address the top of the story, they do not go into the meat or heart of it.
After listening to five shows (I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt) the decision to move on was final.
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