Horror's Golden Age 1930-1939 and Beyond

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Episode 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 golden age horror vincent price barbara steele

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Episode 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!

The Fly 1986

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Episode 26 – Videodrome

GoldenAgeHorror Episode 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!

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Episode 25 – Suspiria

Suspiria Podcast

This week, Andrew and Matt talk about Suspiria – WITCCCCCCCCHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

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Episode 24 – The Wicker Man (1973)

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 the chronology of Iron Maiden’s Brave New World record.

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Episode 23 – The Phantom of the Paradise

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.

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Episode 22 – Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Fredric March 1931

We finally talk about Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, lurid Victorian thriller with landmark special effects.

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Jack Pierce

Jack Pierce with Bela Lugosi for Son of Frankenstein

Jack Pierce is hardly an unsung hero of thirties horror, but he’s certainly not as well known as someone like Bela Lugosi or Boris Karloff. He is, however, perhaps as responsible as anyone else for the genre’s success in the thirties. The imagery of movies like Frankenstein and Dracula is so enduring as to be representative of the novel’s characters and Pierce’s touch can be found all over those movies.

He is probably best known for his work designing the make up for Frankenstein – the iconic, square headed, scarred, electrode-bolted monster is so iconic as to become the look for Frankenstein’s creation. Even today, whether the illustrators are  representing Karloff, Lugosi, or Strange,  it is Pierce’s makeup that has remained the iconic image of the Monster.

Although both Karloff and director James Whale apparently contributed somewhat to Pierce’s design, the credit has always rested largely with Jack Pierce.

Pierce also designed the Dracula costume both for Lugosi and the later design of Son of Dracula and all of the John Carradine Dracula films. Another notable collaboration with Lugosi is the tropical gothic White Zombie. Murder Legendre’s iconic look is certainly a very important part of that film.

bela lugosi as murder legendre

Although Pierce continued to work on Universal pictures throughout the forties, notably designing the Wolfman makeup and feuding with that picture’s star, Lon Chaney Jr, he was gradually edged out of the business due to the changing nature of makeup application.

He is regarded with reverence by the generation of makeup artists that emerged later, names like Rick Baker and Tom Savini acknowledge a supreme debt to the mastery of Jack Pierce.

It is important not to forget those like Pierce who made huge contributions to the field of thirties horror, even though they did not command the crowds like the on screen stars.

Amazon has a variety of books and movies about Jack Pierce

Episode 21 – Son of Frankenstein

Bela and Boris in The 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!

Rich Kelly draws the Son of Frankenstein for Mondo

Rich Kelly draws the Son of Frankenstein for Mondo

New York Times Review of the Film
TCM’s page on the film
A video review
Buy on Amazon

Episode 20: Freaks

This week, Andrew and Matt discuss the ableist classic, Freaks.


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