September 2021

A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste

Book To Screen
Kings of Horror

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Book: 

The Dead Zone

By Stephen King

Film:

The Dead Zone (1983)

 

Released in 1979, this was Stephen King’s first smash hit which was also the first of his books to kit the top ten best sellers.  This was also the first novel to feature the fictional town in Maine called Castle Rock.  This science fiction thriller would spawn a critically acclaim film directed by David Cronenberg and a six season television series which aired on the USA Network. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dead Zone (1983)

 

The film was directed by David Cronenberg with screenplay written by Jeffrey Boam.   The film started shooting in January 1983 in the the Niagra Falls region.  The cold and brutal winds were sometimes unbearable for cast and crew.  Interestingly enough, Bill Murray was first choice but producers felt that he was not dramatic enough and Christopher Walken was cast instead.  The film is considered one of the best Stephen King adaptions.

We are joined by Barbara Venkataraman, author of the Jaimie Quinn Mystery series. You can follow her at the following link:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5779805.Barbara_Venkataraman   Her Jaime Quinn Mystery series is currently available free on Amazon Kindle.

 

We are also joined by James Wosochlo, author of Appalachian:  Schaumboch's Tavern.   You can follow him at his website:  https://wosochlobooks.com/

Opening Credits; Introduction (1.38); Stephen King Novel (24.07); Plot Synopsis (36.32); Forming the Plot (42.12); Book Thoughts (1:25.58); Introducing a Film (1:38.18); Film Trailer (1:39.20);  Lights, Camera, Action (1:40.59); Epilogue (2:18.52); End Credits (2:36.51); Closing Credits (2:38.58)

Opening Credits– Epidemic Sound – copyright 2021. All rights reserved

 

Closing Credits:  If You Could Read My Mind by Stars of 54, taken from the album 54.  Copyright 1998 Tommy Boy Music (UK)

 

Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast. 

 

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All songs available through Amazon Music.

BEWITCHED

Season 2 – Episodes 13 - 20

 

Endora gives a teddy bear to Darrin who thinks it maybe Larry.  Endora gives Darrin a statue that makes people tell the truth.  Samantha and Darrin receive a card from the boy they celebrated Christmas with and reminisce about that Christmas.  Samantha and Darrin go to a rundown cabin which she twitches a makeover on.  Samantha gives birth to Tabitha and Serena makes an appearance. The Kratvitz’s buy stock for Tabitha which increase in value.  Tabitha receives a letter from her paternal grandparents causing Samantha and Darrin to reminisce. 

Opening Credits; Introduction (.35); Bewitching Going Ons; Season 2: Episode 13: My Boss The Teddy Bear (10.34); Episode 14: Speak the Truth (16.34); Episode 15: Visions of Sugar Plum  (24.39); Episode 16: The Magic Cabin  (27.20); Episode 17: Maid To Order (32.55); Episode 18: And Then There Are Three (41.27); Episode 19: My Baby The Tycoon (54.27); Episode 20: Samantha Meets the Folks (1:04.44); Witch or Mortal (1:07.35); The Bewitching Hour (1:12.40); End Credits (1:18.13); Closing Credits (1:19.06)

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Opening Credits– Theme Song from Bewitched Television Show by Jack Keller.  Copyright owned by Screen Gems.

 

Closing Credits – Baby Mine by Arcade Fire – from the motion picture soundtrack Dumbo.  2019 Buenos Vista Records – Courtesy of Disney. 

 

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Two For 1
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Scanners (1981)

 

Directed by David Cronenberg and one of the first films made in Canada to compete in the international and American market.  It would bring Cronenberg and his use of controversial body horror to a mainstream audience.  The film deals with scanners who have psychokinetic abilities and how the government wants to use them as weapons and one man’s fight against the government.  The film although filmed in Canada would have an American feel.  Dick Smith (The Exorcist, Amadeus) would provide the special effects and make up.  The film would lead to two sequels, two spin off films and a proposed television series currently in predevelopment.

 

Videodrome (1983)

 

This science fiction body horror film directed by David Cronenberg would be his first film with Hollywood backing and finance.  Set in Toronto during the early 1980s, it follows the CEO of a small UHF television station who stumbles upon a broadcast signal featuring violence and torture. The layers of deception and mind-control conspiracy unfold as he uncovers the signal's source, and loses touch with reality in a series of increasingly bizarre hallucinations.  Rick Baker (American Werewolf in London) would handle the special effects.  James Woods was a big fan of Cronenberg and met with him in Beverley Hills which would lead to him being cast.

We are also joined by James Wosochlo, author of Appalachian:  Schaumboch's Tavern.   You can follow him at his website:  https://wosochlobooks.com/

 

We are also joined by Craig Johnson, Craig’s World and Dayvid Grant coming over from our Book to Screen: Kings of Horror Episodes

Opening Credits/Introduction (1.51); Oh My GOD!!! (17.57); Scanners Trailer (19.26); That Is Like So Tubular (21.31); It Is Totally Rad (51.15);  Videodrome Trailer (52.55); Bodacious Talk (54.50); Such A Wastoid (1:39.06); End Credits (2:00.07); Closing Theme (2:02.07)

Opening Credits – by Epidemic Sound

 

Closing Credits – Sex (I’m A…) by Berlin.  Taken from the album Pleasure Victim.  Copyright 1982 – Enigma Records, M.A.O. Records   

 

Original Music copyrighted 2021 Epidemic Sound and the Literary License Podcast. 

 

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Opening Credits – Dark Shadows Theme – by Robert Cobert

 

Music Cues by Robert Cobert from Dark Shadows Catalogue

 

Closing Credits – Night Moves by Marilyn Martin – Self titled album.  Copyright 1986 Atlantic Records

 

All Rights Reserved.

 

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December 1968

Episodes 636 – 657

 

January 1969

Episodes 658 - 680

 

Jeff marries Vickie and then disappears.  Amy breaks out of Asylum and ends up at the big house.  Chris is a werewolf.  Vickie communes with the dead to find her husband.  The ghost of Quentin Collins appears.  Joe goes off to Windcliff.  Chris moves to the cottage and becomes poisoned.  Barnabas and Julia begin their detective agency.

We are joined by Mary O’Leary, Producer of the Jonathan Frid documentary, Dark Shadows and Beyond, The Jonathan Frid Documentary. 

 

The documentary is available on Apple TV in UK, USA, Ireland and Canada for 5 October 2021 release. It will also be available through Microsoft, Google Play, Vimeo on Demand through these territories which will include New Zealand and Australia.

 

You can buy the DVD or BluRay at Info about preorder for DVD and Blu-ray on Amazon
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Opening Credits; Introduction (1.08); Out of the Shadows (22.15); Into The Shadows:  Scene One (59.15); Scene Two (1:22.17); Scene Three (1:49.07); Scene Four (2:16.34); Scene Five (2:28.39); Shedding Some Light (2:47.09);  Tune In Next Time (2:52.55); Closing Credits (2:55.00)

October 2021

Darkness Ventures Into The Darkness

Book To Screen
Kings of Horror

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Book:

Cabal

By Clive Barker

Film:

Nightbreed (1990)

 

Published in 1988, this horror novel would be also include in the US publication several short stories which would form Books of Blood part VI.  Set in Calgary, Alberta CANADA, the story revolves around a serial killer and the man who he tries to frame.  Boone, the main characters finds himself in Midian,  a city below the ground with the nightbreed dwell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The film was written and directed by Clive Barker based on his 1988 novella Cabal.  At the time of its release, the film was a commercial and critical failure. In several interviews, Barker protested that the film company tried to sell it as a standard slasher film and that the powers-that-be had no real working knowledge of Nightbreed's story.  In 2014, a director’s cut was released.  The film and book spawned a limited comic book series, computer games, two part graphic novel and in 2018, it was announced a proposed television series currently in preproduction.  The Literary License Podcast will be reviewing the Director’s Cut.

Opening Credits; Introduction (1:38); Forming the Plot (5.28); Book Synopsis (6.32); Book Thoughts (11.34); Scoring (48.35); Introducing a Film (53.07); Film Trailer (55.01);  Lights, Camera, Action (56.23); Epilogue (1:33.53); End Credits (1:36.03); Closing Credits (1:37.23)

Opening Credits– Epidermal Sounds

 

Closing Credits – Beautiful Monster by Ne-Yo, taken from the album Libra Scale.  Copyright 2010; Def Jam Records

 

Original Music copyrighted 2021 the Literary License Podcast. 

 

Music available through Amazon.

 

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BEWITCHED

Season 2 Episodes 21 -28

 

Darrin knocks out a heavy weight champ.  Endora gives Tabitha a teddy bear that magically dances.  Endora gives Darrin three wishes without him knowing.  Samantha uses her magic to design a Paris original.  Samantha turns a horse into an attractive woman.  Endora gives Tabitha the power of speech.  A leprechaun visits Samantha and Darrin looking for his pot of gold.  Sam uses her magic to get even with a snobbish girl who happens to be Larry’s niece. 

Opening Credits; Introduction (.38); Bewitching Going Ons; Season 2: Episode 21 – Fastest Gun on Madison Avenue (11.49); Episode 22 – The Dancing Bear (17.30); Episode 23 – Double Tate (23.43); Episode 24 – Samantha, The Dressmaker (28.31); Episode 25 – The Horse’s Mouth (36.07); Episode 26 – Baby’s First Paragraph (40.48); Episode 27 – The Leprechaun (47.11); Episode 28 – Double Split (53.17); Witch or Mortal (1:00.36); The Bewitching Hour (1:06.52); End Credits (1:13.15); Closing Credits (1:14.18)

Opening Credits– Theme Song from Bewitched Television Show by Jack Keller.  Copyright owned by Screen Gems.

 

Closing Credits – My Strongest Suit – by Sheree Rene Scott taken from the Original Broadway Recording Disney’s Aida.  Copyright 2000 Disney Records. 

 

All rights reserved.

 

All songs available through Amazon.

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Two For 1
The 80's

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Opening Credits/Introduction (1.51); Oh My GOD!!! (29.37); Killer Party (1986) Trailer (30.37); That Is Like So Tubular (32.15); It Is Totally Rad (53.19);  Night of the Demons (1988) Trailer (54.44); Bodacious Talk (56.35); Such A Wastoid (1:20.25);  End Credits (1:42.56); Closing Theme (1:44.03)

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Opening Credits– Epidemic Sounds

 

Closing Credits – Demons Are A Girl’s Best Friend by Powerwolf taken from the album The Sacrament of Sin.  Copyright 2018 Napalm Records

 

Original Music copyrighted 2021 Epidemic Sounds and the Literary License Podcast. 

 

All rights reserved.

Killer Party (1986)

 

This comedic supernatural slasher film from Canada follows a trio of female sorority pledges who unleash a demonic force after participating in an initiation ritual in an abandoned house on their university's campus. The screenplay was written by Barney Cohen who also wrote Friday the 13th:  The Final Chapter.  The film stars Martin Hewlett and Paul Bartel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Night of the Demon (1988)

 

This American supernatural film stars scream queen Linnea Quigley.  he plot follows a group of high school students who throw a party inside an isolated funeral parlor. While attempting a séance, they accidentally release a demon locked in the crematorium that begins to possess them one by one.  The film would spawn two sequels and a remake coming out in 2009.    Both films now have cult classic status.

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February 1969

Episodes 681 - 700

March 1969

Episodes 701 - 723

 

Maggie steps into Vickie's shoes.  Maggie falls in love with Barnabas.  David and Amy are possessed by demons.  Professor Stokes holds an exorcism.  We go back in time to the 1800s.  Barnabas goes back to 1897 to meet relatives that he missed whilst locked in the coffin.  We are introduced to Collins, gypsies, tramps and thieves.  It all becomes about the money, money, money.

Opening Credits; Introduction (1.01); Out of the Shadows (29.20); Into The Shadows: Scene One (50.05); Scene Two (1:13.32); Scene Three (1:34.25); Scene Four (1:53.59); Scene Five (2:13.22); Scene Six (2:26.15); Shedding Some Light (2:44.44); Character Breaks (2:50.01); Tom’s Song (2:55.09); Tune In Next Time (2:59.55); Closing Credits (3:00.01)

Opening Credits – Dark Shadows Theme – by Robert Cobert

 

Closing Credits – Russian Style – by The Hatters taken from the Album Полная шляпа.  Copyright 2017 LB Family

 

Music Cues by Robert Cobert from Dark Shadows Catalogue

 

All Rights Reserved.

 

All Songs Available on Amazon

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SOAP

Episodes 34 - 49

 

Mary and Burt’s marriage is in tethers over secrets and lies.  Danny loses his beloved Elaine.  Jody loses custody of his child.  Corrine’s baby is possessed.  Burt gets abducted by aliens.  Billy gets involved with a cult.  Dutch and Eunice go on the lam.  Chester is dead and Jessica starts a new relationship. 

Opening Credits/Introduction (1.14); Out of the Shower:  Chester (09.07); Jodie (15.13); Dutch and Eunice (29.26); Corrine and Tim (35.40); Mary and Burt (47.16); Danny and Elaine (53.36); Jessica (1:01.36); Billy (1:12.37); Burt (1:25.01); Into The Tub (1:37.51); Washing the Dirt Away (1:39.57); Closing Credits (1:49.59); Closing Theme (1:51.02)

Opening Credits:  Soap Theme by George  Aliceson Tipton

 

Closing Credits:    Alien Abduction Probe by Hayseed Dixie taken from the album Killer Grass.  Copyrighted 2010 Cooking Vinyl

 

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All original incidental music opened and copyrighted by the LLPodcast Productions.

 

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November 2021

The Past Is Going To Get You

Book To Screen
Kings of Horror

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Book:

Ghost Story

By Peter Straub

Film:

Ghost Story (1981)

 

The book was released on 01 January 1979 and would be the watershed moment of Peter Straub career and become a bestselling smash.  His earlier work had great critical acclaim but this would be the book that made him a household name.  The story would involve five elderly gentleman in which  the book explores their five narratives into a chilling story.  This is considered one of the greatest horror novels of the 20th Century .  Some of the characters and location would pop up in other books by Straub such as the novels Koko and Floating Dragon.

 

 

This 1981 film would bring together some of the greatest actors from the golden age which would include Fred Astair, Melvyn Douglas, Douglas Fairbanks Jr and John Houseman and would make Alice Krige an actress to look out for.   It follows a group of elderly businessmen in New England who gather to recount their involvement in a woman's death decades prior when one of them suspects her ghost has been haunting him. The film differs from the book as it removes a fifth characters story within the framework of the film.  the filming process was emotionally turbulent for star Fred Astaire, who confided in Irvin that he felt he was going to die or be murdered while shooting the film, and at one point considered dropping out of the production.

Opening Credits; Introduction (1.38); Plot Synopsis (7.30); Forming the Plot (8.21); Book Thoughts (16.21); Rating Ghost Story (45.09); Introducing a Film (48.04); Ghost Story Film Trailer (49.23);  Film Synopsis (51.41); Lights, Camera, Action (57.17); Epilogue (1:29.57); End Credits (1:36.30); Closing Credits (1:37.21)

Opening Credits– Epidermol Sounds

Closing Credits – Haunted by The Pogues taken from the original soundtrack album Sid and Nancy.  Copyright 1986 Epic Records

 

Original Music copyrighted 2020 the Literary License Podcast. 

 

All rights reserved.

 

All songs available on Amazon.

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Season 2:  Episodes 29 – 37

 

Samantha disappears intermittently.   Samantha gets blackmailed by a private detective for using her powers.  Samantha mistakes a hobo to be Darrin’s Uncle Albert.  Endora gives the world two Darrins – a serious one and a fun side one.  A teenage warlock falls in love with Samantha.  The private detective arrives again to blackmail Samantha and Darrin.  Endora sends Samantha and Darrin back in time to see if Darrin would have married Samantha if he knew ahead of time if she was a witch.  Darren thinks Samantha’s magic got him the perfume account.

Opening Credits; Introduction (.35); Bewitching Going Ons; Season 2: Episode 29: Disappearing Samantha (12:57); Episode 30: Follow That Witch (Part 1) (19.44); Episode 31: Follow That Witch (Part 2) (27.40); Episode 32: A Bum Raps  (31.35); Episode 33: Divided He Falls (38.48); Episode 34: Man’s Best Friend (49.01); Episode 35: The Catnapper (57.54); Episode 36: What Every Young Man Should Know (1:05.56); Episode 27:  The Girl With The Golden Nose (1:14.35); Witch or Mortal (1:30.09); The Bewitching Hour (1:37.31); End Credits (1:42.21); Closing Credits (1:42.52)

Opening Credits– Theme Song from Bewitched Television Show by Jack Keller.  Copyright owned by Screen Gems.

 

Closing Credits – Everybody Wants To Be A Cat by The Stretchy Legs Big Band– from the motion picture Aristocats.  2019 Sketchy Leg Big Band Productions.   http://www.sebskelly.com/contact 

 

All rights reserved.

 

All Songs available through Amazon.

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The 80's

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Opening Credits/Introduction (1.51); Oh My GOD!!! (14.01); The Changeling Trailer (15.37); That Is Like So Tubular (18.02); Joseph Spirit Score (52.57); It Is Totally Rad (1:03.26);  The Fog Trailer (1:04.51); Bodacious Talk (1:07.37); Such A Wastoid (1:28.41); End Credits (1:43.37); Closing Theme (1:46.15)

Opening Credits– Epidermal Sounds

 

Closing Credits – Ghost by Ella Henderson, taken from the album Chapter One.  Copyright 2014 Syco/Columbia Records

 

Original Music copyrighted 2021 Epidermal Sounds. 

 

All rights reserved.

 

All songs available on Amazon.

We are joined by author Jim Wosochlo (Unexhumed, Appalachian Schaumboch’s Tavern).  You can follow him via Twitter:  https://twitter.com/wosochlo

 

We are also joined by author Matthew Brockmeyer (Nest of Salt, Under Rotting Sky).  You can follow him via Twitter:  https://twitter.com/humboldtlycan

Dark Shadows

The Changeling  (1980)

 

The Canadian supernatural horror film from 1980; its plot follows an esteemed New York City composer who relocates to Seattle, where he moves into a mansion he comes to believe is haunted. The screenplay is based upon events that writer Russell Hunter claimed he experienced while he was living in the Henry Treat Rogers mansion in the Cheesman Park neighborhood of Denver, Colorado, in the late 1960s.  The film also features Melyvn Douglas also in our book to screen episode Ghost Story.  The film won eight inaugural Genie Awards, including Best Motion Picture, and was nominated for two Saturn Awards. It is considered one of the best horror films of all time, and one of the most influential Canadian films of all time.

 

The Fog (1980)

 

The John Carpenter’s supernatural horror film would put mother and daughter scream queens in a film together in the form of Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis.   It tells the story of a strange, glowing fog that sweeps over a small coastal town in California, bringing with it the vengeful ghosts of mariners who were killed in a shipwreck there 100 years before.  A novelization of the movie, written by Dennis Etchison, was published by Bantam Books in January 1980. The novel clarifies the implication in the film that the six who must die were not random but in fact descendants of the six original conspirators.  The film has a guest star appearance by John Houseman who also features in our book to screen film this month Ghost Story.

Opening and Closing Credits – Dark Shadows Theme – by Robert Cobert

 

Music Cues by Robert Cobert from Dark Shadows Catalogue

 

Closing Credits:  Different by Cass Elliott taken from the album Pufnstuf original film soundtrack.  Copyright 1969 Ringosoundtrack

 

All Rights Reserved.

 

All Songs Available on Amazon

April 1969

Episodes 723 - 743

May 1969

Episodes 744 - 765

 

Zombie Quentin passes out.  Reverend Trask makes a comeback.  Laura Collins comes back to do her storyline in colour.  Angelique comes back to wreak havok. Laura wants to burn up her kids.  Werewolf is running amok.  Barnabas and Magda need to stop the werewolf.   

Opening Credits; Introduction (1.06); Out of the Shadows (10.52); Into The Shadows Pt 1: (36.17); Into the Shadows Pt 2 (41.42); Into the Shadows Pt 3 (51.15); Into the Shadows Pt 4 (1`:08.36); Into the Shadows Pt 5 (1:15.46); Into the Shadows Pt 6 (1:26.55); Into the Shadows Pt 7 (1:33.05); Shedding Some Light (1:37.07); Character Breaks (1:49.08); Morning Has Broken (1:55.34); Closing Credits (1:56.52)

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December 2021

Like Oh My God!!! It's Totally Bitching

Book To Screen
Kings of Horror

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Book:

Green Thoughts

By John Collier

Film:

Little Shop Of Horrors (1986)

 

This short story written by John Collier was the basis of the Roger Corman cult classic Little Shop of Horrors which would later become a Broadway musical and a hit film of the same name.  John Collier is an award winning writer who has written short stories, novels and some of the great screenplays of our time to include The African Queen and  I Am A Camera.  Many of his short stories would be used for episodes of the Twilight Zone, Outer Limits and Alfred Hitchcock Presents and turned into hit Hollywood film.

 

 

 

 

1960 Original film was directed by Roger Corman who was dared to shoot a film over two days.  Quickly putting a script together with an idea based on John Collier’s short story which he read and loved and adding elements from his other two favourite authors Arthur C Clark and HG Wells.  Corman took inspiration from the orchid bulb which grows quite large but when splits and buds has a tongue like pistil which would enable the plant to speak.  Later they gave it a Venus fly trap look but leaves of the orchid and inner colourings of the orchid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Directed by Frank Oz and based on the hit off Broadway musical of the same name.  Little Shop of Horrors was filmed on the Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage at the Pinewood Studios in England, where a "downtown" set, complete with overhead train track, was constructed. Produced on a budget of $25 million, in contrast to the original 1960 film, which, according to Corman, only cost $30,000, it was well received by critics and audiences alike, eventually developing a cult following. The film's original 23-minute finale, based on the musical's ending, was rewritten and reshot after test audiences did not react positively to it.] For years only available as black-and-white workprint footage, the original ending was fully restored in 2012 by Warner Home Video.

Opening Credits; Introduction (2.44); Forming the Plot (9.35); Introducing a Film:  Little Shop of Horrors (1960) (24.12); Film Trailer (27.11);  Lights, Camera, Action (28.37); Introducing a Film: Little Shop of Horrors (1986) (44.15); Film Trailer (50.04) Lights Camera, Action (52.08); End Credits (1:21.36); Closing Credits (1:27.36)

Opening Credits - It’s Christmas Eve – taken from the album A Christmas Horror Story by Alex Kashkin– Classical Jingle by Dan Hughes

 

Music Interludes and Closing Credits – Prologue: Little Shop of Horrors, Da Doo, Skid Row (Downtown), Don’t Feed the Plants – from Little Shop of Horrors Original Broadway Production. Copyright `1982 – Geffen Company courtesy of Menken and Ashman.

 

Suddenly Seymour – taken from the original Motion Picture Soundtrack. Copyright `1986 Geffen Records – courtesy of Menken and Ashman

 

Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast. 

 

All rights reserved.

 

All songs used with permission

 

All songs available to buy from Amazon.

BEWITCHED

Season 2 Episode 28

Season 3 Episode 1 – 7

 

Tabitha uses her magic for the first time.  Aunt Clara comes to babysit unaware that Tabitha is using her magic.  Tabitha is discovered to be a powerful witch and Aunt Hagatha and Enchantra along with Endora wish her to go to private witch school.  Aunt Clara accidentally turns Larry’s son into twins.  Darrin’s supposed long term friend comes to visit and gets turned into a wood nymph.  Endora becomes annoyed by Uncle Arthur.  Endora zaps a house into the vacant lot to throw a Halloween party. 

We are joined by Jim Nemeth.

Opening Credits– Theme Song from Bewitched Television Show by Jack Keller.

 

Incidental Music – by Jack Keller.  Copyright owned by Screen Gems.

 

 

Closing Credits – Jingle Bells by Andrew Sisters and Bing Crosby.  Taken from the album Christmas with the Andrew Sisters and Bing Crosby.  Copyright 1943 Decca Records.

 

 

All rights reserved.

 

All songs available through Amazon

Opening Credits; Introduction (.38); Bewitching Going Ons (8.39); Season 2: Episode 38:  Prodigy (8.39); Season 3: Episode 1:  Nobody’s Perfect (18.52); Episode 2: The Moment of Truth (35.22); Episode 3: Witches and Warlocks are my Favourite Things:  (44.48 ); Episode 4: Accidental Twins: (56.12); Episode 5: A Most Unusual Wood Nymph (1:05.20); Episode  6: Endora Moves In For a Spell (Part 1) (1:17.07); Episode 7: Twitch or Treat (Part 2) (1:34.14 ); Witch or Mortal (1:43.49); The Bewitching Hour (1:47.37); End Credits (1:51.05); Closing Credits (1:52.44)

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Two For 1
The 80's

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Shock Treatment (1981)

 

The follow-up to Rocky Horror Picture show is a sequel to the cult classic but not a direct sequel.  Many Rocky Horror cast members returned for the film, but only Jeremy Newson reprised his role as Ralph Hapschatt. However, due to his title of "Judge", some fans have speculated that Gray is also reprising his role of the unnamed Criminologist. In addition to actors from Rocky Horror, other alums filled out the cast. Many of the original film's Transylvanians appeared as audience members, while Imogen Claire was given the slightly-larger part of the Wardrobe Mistress. Raynor Bourton, who originated the titular role of Rocky in the stage production, portrayed one of the singing soldiers in "Thank God I'm a Man", and Chris Malcolm, who originated the role of Brad Majors, was cast as Vance Parker, a local police officer. Founder and long-time president of Rocky Horror fan club, Sal Piro, also has a silent cameo appearance as the man using the payphone during the opening sequence.  The film would later be turned into a stage musical in 2017 in London, England

 

Streets of Fire (1984)

 

A 1984 American neo-noir rock musical film directed by Walter Hill and co-written by Hill and Larry Gross. The film is described in its opening credits and posters as "A Rock & Roll Fable"] and is a mix of various movie genres with elements of retro-1950s woven into then-current 1980s themes.  According to Hill, the film's origins came out of a desire to make what he thought was a perfect film when he was a teenager, and put in all of the things that he thought were "great then and which I still have great affection for: custom cars, kissing in the rain, neon, trains in the night, high-speed pursuit, rumbles, rock stars, motorcycles, jokes in tough situations, leather jackets and questions of honor"  It would inspire Capcom’s video game Final Fight.

Opening Credits/Introduction (1.54); Oh My GOD!!! (9.25); Shock Treatment 1981 Trailer (14.19); That Is Like So Tubular (19.10); Rate It (49.15); It Is Totally Rad (55.41);  Streets of Fire 1984 Trailer (1:02.32); Bodacious Talk (1:04.54); Such A Wastoid (1:37.38); End Credits (1:44.56); Closing Theme (1:50.25)

Opening Credits– Epidermol Sounds

 

Songs within the Show:  Denton, Shock Treatment and Bitchin in the Kitchen taken from the Shock Treatment Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.  Copyright 1981 Twentieth Century Fox Music.

 

Nowhere Fast, Never Be You and  Can Dream About You Taken from Streets of Fire Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.  Copyright 1984 MCA Records.

 

Closing Credits:  Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young performed by Fire Inc. Taken from the Streets of Fire Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.  Copyright 1984 MCA Records.

 

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All Songs used by kind permission.

 

All songs available through Amazon.

Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows

June 1969

Episodes 766 - 786

July 1969

Episodes 787 - 809

 

Dirk turns into a vampire.  Magda goes a field trip to the king of the gypsies.  A severed hand gets a storyline.  Aristede enters the grounds.  Count Petofi comes to call.  Quentin has a werewolf picture done.  Poe and Wilde get plagiarised 

Opening Credits; Introduction (1.05); Out of the Shadows (17.36); Lara Segment Recollection (43.07 ); INTO THE SHADOWS - Scene One (52.06); Scene Two (1:06.57); Scene Three (1:34.17); Scene Four (1:56.27); Scene Five (2:02.27); Morning Has Broken (2:31.21); Character Breaks (2:40.54); Tune In Next Time (2:50.52); Closing Credits (2:52.24)

Opening Credits – Dark Shadows Theme – by Robert Cobert

 

Closing Credits  - Put Your Hand In The Hand – by Ocean from the album Put Your Hand In The Hand.  Copyright 1971 Kama Sutra Records

 

Music Cues by Robert Cobert from Dark Shadows Catalogue

 

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January 2022

Something Isn't Right

Book To Screen
Kings of Horror

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Book:

Odd Thomas

By Dean Koontz

Film:

Odd Thomas (2013)

 

Published in 2003, Odd Thomas is about a short order cook who is visited by a ghost of a young girl who has been brutally raped and murdered.  The novel would kick off a series of six novels based on the chronicles of Odd Thomas and would lead to a film and graphic novel.  Odd Thomas would be one of Dean Koontz most loved and critically acclaimed character and series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Odd Thomas (2013)

 

Odd Thomas is a supernatural mystery thriller directed by Stephen Somner who also wrote the screenplay and co-produced.  It stars that late Anton Yelchin.  This would Stephen Somner’s last film to direct to date with his next project caught in production hell since  2005. The film was a box office bomb due to law suits and mismanagement of release.  The film would find its audience on streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu.  The film has also been reassessed by critics who consider this as one of the better Koontz adaptions.

We are joined by Barry Waldo, novelist, writer and scriptwriter.

Opening Credits; Introduction (1.39); Plot Synopsis (9.13); Forming the Plot (17.15); Book Thoughts (51.07); Introducing a Film (52.11); Film Trailer (53.14);  Lights, Camera, Action (55.41); Epilogue (1:34.38); End Credits (1:38.31); Closing Credits (1:40.03)

Opening Credits– Classical Jingle by Dan Hughes

 

Closing Credits – Ghost In My Life by Wolf Gang from the album Alveron.  Copyright 2014 Cherry Tree, Interscope and Polydor records

 

Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast. 

 

All rights reserved.

All songs available through Amazon.

BEWITCHED

BEWITCHED

Season 3 – Episodes 8 – 15

 

Diaper Dan is an undercover spy.  Aunt Clara causes a blackout.  Samantha and Darrin bicker over a sports jacket.  Endora hexes a bowl of popcorn.  Samantha purchases a possessed chair.  Aunt Clara zaps up Benjamin Franklin.  Benjamin Franklin stands on trial as a fraud.  Aunt Clara zaps up a real pink polka dotted elephant. 

Opening Credits– Theme Song from Bewitched Television Show by Jack Keller

 

Closing Credits –  Pink Elephants on Parade Remix DJ Jack – by Disney Chorus from the Dumbo soundtrack.  Versione italiana: http://soundcloud.com/iamjackg/pink-e...  Copyright 1941 Disney Records

 

Copyright owned by Screen Gems.

 

All rights reserved.

 

All songs available through Amazon. 

Opening Credits; Introduction (.39); Bewitching Going Ons / Season 3: Episode 8 – Dangerous Diper Dan(9.02); Episode 9 – The Short, Happy Circuit of Aunt Clara (16.10); Episode 10 – I’d Rather Twitch than Fight (23.24); Episode 11 – Oedipus Hex (30.47); Episode 12 – Sam’s Spooky Chair (35.11); Episode 13 – My Friend Ben (Part 1) (38.51); Episode 14 – Samantha For the Defence (Part 2)  (42.41); Episode 15 – A Gazebo Never Forgets (45.25); Episode 16 – Soap Box Derby (58.25); Witch or Mortal (55.49); The Bewitching Hour (58.21); End Credits (1:01.13); Closing Credits (1:01.49)

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Two For 1
The 80's

Opening Credits/Introduction (1.51); Oh My GOD!!! (17.46); Dead and Buried Trailer (21.12); That Is Like So Tubular (23.01); Let’s Score this Bitch (58.57);  It Is Totally (1:07.54); The Univited Trailer (1:09.09); Bodacious Talk (1:10.04); Such A Wastoid (1:44.47); End Credits (1:52.23); Closing Theme (1:53.26)

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Opening Credits– Planet Synth by Dan Hughes

 

Closing Credits – The Pussy Cat Song by Connie Vannett from the album For Adults Only.  Copyright 1976, Fireball Records.

 

Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast. 

 

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All songs available on Amazon.

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Dead and Buried (1981)

 

Directed by Gary Sherman and Jack Albertson’s last film, this mystery slasher set in a Maine coastal town where people disappear and come back as reanimated corpses.  The film bombed upon its initial release but loved by critics especially concerning its atmosphere and performances.  The film would later receive a cult following that multiplies every year.  The poster itself would become an iconic film poster.  Dan O’Bannon, one of the screenwriters would write scripts for Alien, Return of the Living Dead and Total Recall.

 

 

 

 

The Uninvited (1987)

The film primarily takes place aboard a luxury yacht owned by a criminal multimillionaire and bound for the Cayman Islands, whose passengers and crew are terrorized by a mutant cat. The film stars George Kennedy and cult classic actor Clu Gulagar.  The film would be a critic favourite and loved by all who see it or on the other side where they hated it and called it the worse film with no middle ground covered. 

Dark Shadows

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August 1969

Episodes 810 - 830

September 1969

Episodes 831 - 855

 

Tim Shaw appears with a show girl.  The hand finds a home back to its owner.  Count Petofi is the harbinger of death.  We go back to the present.  Lady Kitty comes to call and live with the family.  Barnabas is in peril.

Opening Credits; Introduction (1.08); Out of the Shadows (23.11); Into The Shadows:  Scene 1: Quentin’s Story (1:07.09); Scene 2: Count Petofi’s Story (1;24.02); Scene 3: Magda’s Story(1:39.07); Scene 4: Amanda’s Story (1:47.50); Scene 5: Barnabas and Julia’s Story (2:02.26); Shedding Some Light (2:21.03); Character Breaks (2:33.13); Tune In Next Time (2:42.20); Closing Credits (2:43.48)

Opening Credits – Dark Shadows Theme – by Robert Cobert
 
Closing Credits – Pie di Te (I Won’t Tell) by Mina from the album Studio Uno.  Copyright 1965 PSP Italy
 
Music Cues by Robert Cobert from Dark Shadows Catalogue
 
All Rights Reserved.
 
All Songs Available on Amazon

SOAP

Episode 50 - 65

 

Burt is abducted and trying to find his way home.  Elaine is having an affair on Dutch and he is suspicious.  Corrine and Tim break up.  Jessica makes a decision.  Jody fights for custody of his daughter.  Billy has an affair with his teacher and Benson takes another job.

Opening Credits/Introduction (1.14); Out of the Shower (15.45); Into The Tub (19.53); Washing the Dirt Away (1:03.31); Closing Credits (1:08.58); Closing Theme (1:09.41)

Opening Credits:  Soap Theme by George  Aliceson Tipton

 

Closing Credits:    Mirrors by Justin Timberlake.  Taken from the album 20/20 Experience.  Copyrighted 2012 RCA Records

 

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All original incidental music opened and copyrighted by the LLPodcast Productions.

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February 2022

Gag Me With A Spoon

Book To Screen
Kings of Horror

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Opening Credits; Introduction (1.39); Forming the Plot (14.39); Plot Synopsis (15.50); Book Thoughts (20.25); Rating a Book (1:07.44); Introducing a Film (1:17.20); Film Trailer (1:19.14);  Lights, Camera, Action (1:21.19); Epilogue (2:19.54); End Credits (2:34.24); Closing Credits (2:36.27)

Opening Credits– Classical Jingle by Dan Hughes

 

Closing Credits – That’s Just What You Are – Aimee Mann.  Taken from the album I’m With Stupid.  Copyright 1994 Geffen Records

 

Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast. 

 

All rights reserved

All songs available through Amazon.

Book:

American Psycho

By Brett Easton Ellis

Film:

American Psycho (2003)

 

A novel by Bret Easton Ellis, published in 1991. The story is told in the first person by Patrick Bateman, a serial killer and Manhattan investment banker. Alison Kelly of The Observer notes that while "some countries [deem it] so potentially disturbing that it can only be sold shrink-wrapped", "critics rave about it" and "academics revel in its transgressive and postmodern qualities"  The book would epitomise the 80’s in every sense of the word and would be one of the most controversial during that time.

Directed by Mary Harron and starting Christian Bale, the film would give a satirical look at the novel. 

 

Set in the 1980s, the film focuses on the actions of Patrick Bateman, the self-proclaimed "American psycho" of the title. While at first glance Bateman is a yuppie New York City investment banker, he is gradually revealed to be living a gruesome second life as a serial killer preying on prostitutes, work colleagues, and finally random members of the public.

Producer Edward R. Pressman purchased the film rights to the novel in 1992. After discussions with David Cronenberg fell through, Harron was brought on to direct and cast Bale in the lead role. Lionsgate acquired worldwide distribution in 1997 and temporarily replaced Harron and Bale with Oliver Stone as director and Leonardo DiCaprio portraying Patrick Bateman. DiCaprio left in favor of The Beach and Harron and Bale were brought back.

We are joined by Simon Templeman and Matthew Brockmeyer, writer and novelist.

MAKE/REMAKE

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Imitation of Life (1934)

Imitation of Life (1959)

 

The original film was directed by John Stahl and was a box office success where it was released in 1934 and again in 1936.  It is as in the Film National Registry.  The film stars Claudette Colbert and Louise Beavers.  The film deals with miscegenation and is considered one of the top films dealing with race issues.

The 1959 film, starring Lana Turner, Juanita Moore and John Gavin.  The film was another box office smash and received two Oscar nominations for Juanita Moore and Susan Kohner.  This film is also in the Film National Registry as being important to preserve.  The film was also part of the Douglas Sirk films that would garnish the tag soap opera melodramas.

Dealing with race issues during their respective time periods, it is interesting how each film handles the central themes.

Mahalia Jackson appears as a gospel singer.  

Opening Credits; Introduction (2.02); It’s A True Original (17.06); Imitation of Life (1934) Trailer (18.44); Let’s Start At The Beginning (21.23); Let’s Do A Remake (57.07); Imitation of Life (1959) Trailer (52.15); Let’s Give It Another Go (54.35); Did We Need Two? (1:21.57); End Credits (1:36.18); Closing Credits (1:37.47)

Opening Credits– Used with permission by Epidermic Sounds

 

Closing Credits – I’m Living in Shame by Diana Ross and the Supremes. Taken from the album Let the Sunshine In.  Copyright 1969 Motown Records. Used by kind permission.

 

All rights reserved.

 

All songs available through Amazon.

Two For 1
The 80's

Opening Credits/Introduction (1.52); Oh My GOD!!! (19.05); Killer Klowns From Outer Space Trailer (21.07); That Is Like So Tubular (23.13); It Is Totally Rad (1.00.11);  The Double Bill (1:05.55); Bad Taste Trailer (1:07.09)); Bodacious Talk (1:09.11); Such A Wastoid (2:08.12); End Credits (2:13.36); Closing Theme (2:15.56)

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Opening Credits– Planet Synth by Dan Hughes

 

Closing Credits – I Eat Cannibals by Toto Coelo.  Taken from the album Man o’ War.  Copyright 1983 Radiachoice Records

 

Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast. 

 

All rights reserved.

 

All Songs Available Through Amazon.

Dark Shadows

Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)

 

The film is about a clan of evil aliens from an unknown region, who all resemble circus clowns. They arrive on Earth and invade a small town in order to capture, kill, and harvest the human inhabitants to use as sustenance.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space was filmed in Watsonville, California, and at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The film utilizes practical effects, including rubber suits. The score was composed by John Massari. The film received generally positive reviews and has been considered a cult classic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bad Taste (1987)

 

This New Zealand science-fiction comedy horror film directed, produced and photographed by Peter Jackson, who also stars and co-wrote the screenplay, along with Tony Hiles and Ken Hammon. Independently produced on a low budget, it is Jackson's first feature film. Jackson and friends take on most of the key roles, both on and off-screen. The plotline sees aliens invade the fictional New Zealand village of Kaihoro to harvest humans for their intergalactic fast food franchise, where they face off against a four-man paramilitary force. It was a film that provided Jackson with the necessary leverage needed to advance in the industry.

 

Much of the film was shot in and around Jackson's hometown of Pukerua Bay, north of Wellington, New Zealand using a 25-year-old 16mm Bolex camera.[4] Originally begun as a 20-minute short film called Roast of the Day.   Bad Taste was shot primarily on weekends over the course of four years, at an initial cost of around $25,000. Toward the end of the shoot the New Zealand Film Commission invested around NZ$235,000 into the film to ensure its completion. Heavily influenced by special effects pioneer Tom Savini, Jackson incorporated many absurdly gory special effects

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October 1969

Episodes 856 - 875

November 1969

Episodes 876 - 893

 

Petofi and Quentin switch bodies.  Aristede gets his, Petofi gets just desserts, Barnabas and Angelique become allies.  Barnabas moves back from 1897 to 1796.  Josette takes a powder.  Barnabas meets a cult.  The Leviathan push Barnabas back to 1969 modern day Collinwood.  Carolyn gets a part time job and a new shop opens in Collinport.  Antiques will never be the same again. 

Opening Credits; Introduction (.59); Out of the Shadows (26.26); Into The Shadows – Scene One: Petofi’s Story (48.48); Scene Two:  Quentin’s Story (1:12.19); Scene Three:  1897 Collinwood (1:27.15); Scene Four:  Kitty’s Story/1796 Collinwood (1:40.06); Scene Five – Collinwood 1969 (1:54.51);  Shedding Some Light (2:19.15); Character Breaks (2:32.37); Tune In Next Time (2:42.20); Closing Credits (2:42.30)

Opening Credits – Dark Shadows Theme – by Robert Cobert

 

Closing Credits – Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime by Nena. Taken from the album  It’s All In The Game.  Copyright 1985 BMG-EPIC

 

Music Cues by Robert Cobert from Dark Shadows Catalogue

 

All Rights Reserved.

 

All songs used by kind permission from copyright holder.

 

All songs available through Amazon.

March 2022

Strange Relationships

Book To Screen
Kings of Horror

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Book:

Let the Right One In

By John Ajvide Lindqvist

Film:

Let the Right One In (2008)

 

The story centers on the relationship between a 12-year-old boy, Oskar, and a centuries-old vampire child, Eli. It takes placein Blackeberg, a working-class suburb of Stockholm, in the early 1980s. The book focuses on the darker side of humanity, dealing with thematically heavy issues such as existential anxiety, social isolation, fatherlessness, divorce, alcoholism, school bullying, paedophilia, genital mutilation, self-mutilation, and murder.

 

 

 

 

 

Swedish romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson, based on the 2004 novel of the same title by John Ajvide Lindqvist, who also wrote the screenplay.  film adaptation of Lindqvist's novel began development in 2004 when John Nordling acquired the rights to produce the project. Alfredson, unconcerned with the horror and vampire conventions, decided to tone down many elements of the novel and focus primarily on the relationship between the two main characters and explore the darker side of humanity.

We are joined by novelist Matthew Brockmeyer and writer, director, producer and novelist C. Derick Miller.

Opening Credits; Introduction (1.44); Plot Synopsis (15.44); Forming the Plot (17.53); Book Thoughts (23.39); Scoring The Book (1:26.19 ); Introducing a Film (1:36.10); Film Trailer (1:37.52);  Lights, Camera, Action (1:39.35); Epilogue (2:50.56); End Credits (2:54.17); Closing Credits (2:57.09)

Opening Credits– Classical Jingle by Dan Hughes

 

Closing Credits – Let Me In by Laura Branigan.  Taken from the album Laura Branigan. Copyright 1990 Atlantic Records

 

Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast. 

 

All songs used by kind permission.

 

All rights reserved.

 

All songs available through Amazon.

MAKE/REMAKE

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The Shining (1980)

 

The Shining (1997)

 

The Shining by Stanley Kubrick is considered one of the greatest psychological horror films of our time.  Combining isolation with madness, Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall give outstanding performances.   Stephen King was excited at the prospect of Kubrick adapting his work but once the film came out, the excitement was very short lived.

 

In 2005, Stephen King thought he would adapt his own book into a miniseries for television.  The film does stick to the book and includes many of the elements that made the book a hit but fans of Kubrick’s  film were less than enthralled wild King purist to the source material are huge fans. 

We are joined by Matthew Brockmeyer, Novelist of the excellent Kind Nepenthe, out now from all good bookstores.

Opening Credits; Introduction (2.02); It’s A True Original (29.55); The Shining (1980) Trailer (31.50); Let’s Start At The Beginning (33.17); Final Take (1:41.52); Let’s Do A Remake (1:52.35); The Shining (1997) Trailer (1:54.31); Let’s Give It Another Go (1:56.49); Did We Need Two? (2:55.20); End Credits (3:27.51); Closing Credits (3:29.15)

Opening Credits– Used with permission by Epidermic Sounds

 

Closing Credits – Get Out Of My House by Kate Bush.  Taken from the album The Dreaming.  Copyright 1981 EMI International. Used by kind permission.

 

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Nekromantik (1987)

 

West German horror exploitation film co-written and directed by Jörg Buttgereit. It is known to be frequently controversial, banned in a number of countries, and has become a cult film over the years due to its transgressive subject matter (including necrophilia) and audacious imagery.

 

The film is currently banned outright in Iceland, Norway, Malaysia, Singapore, and the provinces of Nova Scotia and Ontario in Canada. In 1992, the Australian Classification Board banned the film outright in Australia due to "graphic necrophilia content". In 1993, the film was banned in Finland. The film was banned outright by the New Zealand Office of Film and Literature Classification in 1999 due to "revolting, objectionable content (necrophilia, high impact violence, animal cruelty and abhorrent behavior)". The film is banned in a number of other countries as well. 

 

Basket Case (1982)

 

This American horror film written and directed by Frank Henenlotter, and produced by Edgar Ievins. Kevin Van Hentenryck stars as a normal-looking person who seeks vengeance for the unwanted surgery that separated him from his deformed conjoined twin brother.

 

The movie was shot on 16 mm film. Basket Case had a budget of only about $35,000, financed by a small production team largely with its own rental money to enable the film to be realized. Director Henenlotter did not have control over the post-production, and the result was dark, murky, and converted to a different aspect ratio. The film was shot in part on Manhattan's 42nd Street. Henenlotter wrote the film as he walked around Times Square, which he called a "seedy, wonderful atmosphere."

The special effects for Belial consist largely of a puppet in some scenes and stop motion in others. When Belial's hand is seen attacking his victims, it is really a glove worn by Henenlotter. The puppet is used in scenes with an actor and where the eyes glow red. The sequence for Belial's rampage used stop motion animation.

Two For 1
The 80's

Opening Credits/Introduction (1.51); Oh My GOD!!! (51.13); Nekromantik Trailer (52.11); That Is Like So Tubular (53.06); What’s The Word (1:35.42); It Is Totally Rad (1:40.066);  Basket Case Trailer (1:41.00); Bodacious Talk (1:41.54); Such A Wastoid (2:20.32);; End Credits (2:29.36)); Closing Theme (2:30.37)

Opening Credits– Planet Synth by Dan Hughes

 

Closing Credits – Wild Sex (In The Working Class) by Oingo Boingo.  Taken from the album Nothing To Fear.  Copyright 1982 A&M Records

 

Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast.   

All rights reserved.

 

All songs used by Permission.

 

All Songs Available on Amazon. 

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December 1969 

Episodes 894 - 917

January 1970

Episodes 918 - 940

Philip and Megan are at odds about child rearing.  Michael ages to Jeb.  Quentin forgets who he is and then remembers.  Amanda becomes a woman of the 1960’s.  Julia is suspicious of Barnabas’ behaviour.  David breaks a leg.  Carolyn gets closer to her father.  Paul Stoddard makes a dramatic return and exit.  Elizabeth looks good in black.  The Leviathan storyline takes over.

Opening Credits; Introduction (1.07); Out of the Shadows (17.17); Into The Shadows (18.23); Shedding Some Light – Scene 1: Leviathan Storyline (1:04.10); Scene 2: The Tate Portraits (1:42.29); Scene 3 – Quentin’s Storyline (1:59.28); Scene 4 – The Paul Stoddard Story (2:23.05); Morning Has Broken (2:39.51); Character Breaks (2:50.43);Tune In Next Time (3:06.29); Closing Credits (3:09.13)

Opening Credits – Dark Shadows Theme – by Robert Cobert

 

Closing Credits:  Join Us For A Bite – by FNAF Sister Location, Song by JT Music.  Copyright 2016 JT Music.  Available on Spotify or purchase via Amazon Music.  http://jtmch.co/2DkRNyV

 

Music Cues by Robert Cobert from Dark Shadows Catalogue

 

All Rights Reserved.

 

All songs used by kind permission

 

All Songs Available on Amazon

April 2022

Horror Is An Art

Book To Screen
Kings of Horror

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Book:

Interview With A Vampire

By Anne Rice

Film:

Interview With A Vampire (1994)

 

Anne Rice’s debut novel from 1976 is a gothic vampire novel which initially was released with mixed reviews.  It is based on a short story by Anne Rice following the life and after life of Louis de Pont du Lac.  Anne Rice’s daughter died shortly before writing and her daughter became the inspiration for Claudia.   The book series would spawn eleven sequels and share the same universe as the Mayfair Witches and the Mummy.  The book has been published a graphic novel on three different occasions.

 

 

 

 

Directed by Neil Jordan and starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Christian Slater, Antonio Banderas and a young Kristen Dunst, the film would be a critical and commercial success.  Originally there was trepidation on the part of Anne Rice on the casting of Tom Cruise but she would come around after seeing the finished product.  Due to homophobia at the time of making, Louis was going to be changed to a female and star Cher who wrote the song Lover’s Forever for the film.  The song was rejected once Brad Pitt was secure in the role and the song would be released on her album Closer to the Truth as a pop dance mix.

Opening Credits; Introduction (.58); Plot Synopsis (13.45); Forming the Plot (14.45); Book Thoughts (20.21); Rating a Book (1:00.55); Introducing a Film (1:04.35); Film Trailer (1:05.59);  Lights, Camera, Action (1:08.29); Epilogue (1:31.15); End Credits (1:39.10); Closing Credits (1:41.30)

Opening Credits– Classical Jingle by Dan Hughes

 

Closing Credits – Symphony For the Devil by The Rolling Stones.  Taken from the album Beggars Banquet.  Copyright 1968 Decca Records

 

Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast. 

 

All rights reserved.

 

All songs used by Kind Permission.

 

All songs available on Amazon.

March 2022

Strange Relationships

Book To Screen
Kings of Horror

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Book:

Let the Right One In

By John Ajvide Lindqvist

Film:

Let the Right One In (2008)

 

The story centers on the relationship between a 12-year-old boy, Oskar, and a centuries-old vampire child, Eli. It takes placein Blackeberg, a working-class suburb of Stockholm, in the early 1980s. The book focuses on the darker side of humanity, dealing with thematically heavy issues such as existential anxiety, social isolation, fatherlessness, divorce, alcoholism, school bullying, paedophilia, genital mutilation, self-mutilation, and murder.

 

 

 

 

 

Swedish romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson, based on the 2004 novel of the same title by John Ajvide Lindqvist, who also wrote the screenplay.  film adaptation of Lindqvist's novel began development in 2004 when John Nordling acquired the rights to produce the project. Alfredson, unconcerned with the horror and vampire conventions, decided to tone down many elements of the novel and focus primarily on the relationship between the two main characters and explore the darker side of humanity.

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Plot Synopsis (); Forming the Plot (); Book Thoughts (); Introducing a Film (); Film Trailer ();  Lights, Camera, Action (); Epilogue (); End Credits (); Closing Credits ()

Opening and Closing Credits– Classical Jingle by Dan Hughes

 

Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast. 

 

All rights reserved.

BEWITCHED

Make/Remake

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The Fly (1958)

The Fly (1986)

The 1958 film is considered a sci-fi classic which stars Vincent Price and Patricia Owens.  Dealing with a scientist experimenting with molecular transportation machine that has a fly going for a ride causing a human/fly hybrid.  The original has a great iconic ending with a small fly with a human head that will never be forgotten once seen.

The 1986 David Cronenberg remake was a critical and financial success and although the camp factor is not as high as in the original, body horror moves forward with practical effects leaving a lasting effect on the audience.  The film would win an Oscar for best make-up design and effects.

Opening Credits; Introduction (2.02); Firebreathing Kitten Trailer (14.40); It’s A True Original (15.14); The Fly (1958) Trailer (16.28); Let’s Start At The Beginning (18.32); Final Take (45.02); Let’s Do A Remake (53.01); The Fly (1986)  Trailer (54.55); Let’s Give It Another Go (56.58); Did We Need Two? (1:57.30); With Nothing To Say Trailer (2:05.31); End Credits (2:06.02); Closing Credits (2:06.42)

Opening Credits– Used with permission by Epidermic Sounds

 

Closing Credits – The Fly by Chubby Checker.  Taken from the album For Teen Twisters Only.  Copyright 1961 Parkway Records. Used by kind permission.

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Two For 1
The 80's

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The Hunger (1983)

 

This 1983 erotic horror films stars Susan Sarandon, Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie.  The plot revolving around a love triangle between a doctor dealing with sleep and aging research and a vampire novel is loosely based on a novel by Whitley Streiber.  Though releases to mixed review, the film has a growing cult following with the goth subculture of society.  The band Bauhaus appear playing their single Bela Lugosi’s dead whilst silent film legend Bessie Smith makes her final film appearance as the elderly woman at a book signing. 

 

 

 

 

 

Liquid Sky (1982)

 

Produced on a budget of £500,000 dollars, the film would reflect on the Elecroclash club scene that was emerging in NYC, Paris, Berlin and London.    Anne Carlisle plays the part of Margaret and Jimmy and helped produce the film.  The film would be the highest income earner for an independent film that year making in excess of $1.7million.  The film’s cult status grows year on year and has earned its placed in the subculture of electroclash punk.

Opening Credits/Introduction (1.51); Firey Kitten Podcast (10:30); Oh My GOD!!! (11.06); The Hunger (1983) Trailer (12.05); That Is Like So Tubular (14.00); Rate It (41.56); It Is Totally Rad (45.56);  Liquid Sky (1982) Trailer (47.04); Bodacious Talk (48.47); Such A Wastoid (1:12.22); Nothing To Say Podcast (1:16.48); End Credits (1:17.49); Closing Theme (1:18.30)

Opening Credits– Planet Synth by Dan Hughes

 

Closing Credits – Kick It by Peaches featuring Iggy Pop.  From the album Fatherfucker.  Copyright 2004 XL Records

 

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Dark Shadows

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February 1970

Episodes 941 - 960

March 1970

Episodes 961 - 982

The Leviathan storyline comes to the close as Barnabas comes to term with his vampirism.  Carolyn and Jeb get married and have the honeymoon from hell.  Bruno has a hair helmet.  Peter Bradford makes an appearance.  Shadow puppets give Jeb the willies.  Julia’s medicine can’t fix Barnabas.  Dark Shadows goes to parallel lines with Daphne DuMainer with a Rebecca storyline.  Barnabas uses the parallel room as his own personal theatre going experience.  Barnabas finally becomes part of parallel time.  Willy chains Barnabas back to the coffin. 

Opening Credits; Introduction (1.07); Fiery Kitten Podcast Trailer (15.31); Out of the Shadows:   Scene One: The Leviathan Storyline (16.06); Scene Two:  Carolyn and Jeb (47.03); Scene Three:  Barnabas Vampire Curse (1:03.56); Scene Four: From Lovecraft to Du Mainer (1:08.40); Into The Shadows (1:19.05); Character Breaks (1:36.06); With Nothing To Say Podcast Trailer (1:41.46); Tune In Next Time (1:42.16); Closing Credits (1:44.39)

Opening Credits – Dark Shadows Theme – by Robert Cobert

 

Closing Credits – The Woman Before Me by Trisha Yearwood.  Taken from the album Trisha Yearwood.  Copyright 1992 MCA Records.

 

Music Cues by Robert Cobert from Dark Shadows Catalogue

 

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May 2022

Ghosts Don't Sleep

Book To Screen
Kings of Horror

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Book:

Ringu

By Koji Suzuki

Film:

Ring (1998)

 

A Japanese mystery horror novel by Koji Suzuki first published in 1991, and set in modern-day Japan. The novel was the first in the Ring novel series, and the first of a trilogy, along with two sequels: Spiral (1995) and Loop (1998). The original Ring novel sold 500,000 copies by January 1998, and 1.5 million copies by July 2000.[1] Ring was the basis for the Ring franchise, including a 1995 television film (Ring: Kanzenban), a 1998 theatrical film of the same name (Ring), a television series (Ring: The Final Chapter), and two international film remakes of the 1998 film: a South Korean version (The Ring Virus) and an English-language version (The Ring).

 

This Japanese horror film directed by Hideo Nakata and based on the 1991 novel by Koji Suzuki stars stars Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani and Hiroyuki Sanada, and follows a reporter who is racing to investigate the mystery behind a cursed videotape that kills the viewer seven days after watching it. It is titled The Ring (stylized as the Ring) in English in Japan and released as Ringu in North America.

Production took approximately nine months. Ring and its sequel Spiral were released in Japan at the same time. After its release, Ring was a huge box office success in Japan and was acclaimed by critics. It inspired numerous follow-ups in the Ring franchise, popularized J-horror internationally, and triggered a trend of Western remakes, starting with the 2002 American film The Ring.

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Plot Synopsis (); Forming the Plot (); Book Thoughts (); Introducing a Film (); Film Trailer ();  Lights, Camera, Action (); Epilogue (); End Credits (); Closing Credits ()

Opening Credits– Classical Jingle by Dan Hughes

 

Closing Credits – Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash. Taken from the album Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash. Copyright 1963 Columbia Nashville Records

 

Original Music copyrighted 2022 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast. 

 

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BEWITCHED

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Season 4:  Episodes  7 – 14

 

Darrin becomes a top golfer with the help of Endora and Samantha.  Samantha reads Tabitha a Halloween story which Tabitha brings to life.  Aunt Clara tries to fix a home movie that is out of sync whilst making Samantha out of sync.  Louise thinks Darrin is having an affair in Chicago.  Endora’s magic is transferred to Aunt Clara.  Aunt Clara zaps the Stephen’s and Gladys Kravitz back to the original Thanksgiving.  After Darrin and Endora have a fight, Endora puts an indestructible picture of herself on Darrin’s desk. Endora places a spell on Darrin that makes his ears grow whenever he tells a lie.

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Bewitching Going Ons/(); Episode (); Episode (); Episode  (); Episode (); Episode (); Episode (); Episode (); Witch or Mortal (); The Bewitching Hour (); The Midnight Hour (); End Credits (); Closing Credits ()

Opening Credits– Theme Song from Bewitched Television Show by Jack Keller

 

Closing Credits – Closing Credits from Bewitched Television Show by Jack Keller

 

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Make/Remake

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Opening Credits; Introduction (2.02); Nothing To Say Podcast (23.02); Introduction to Pulse/(24.01); Pulse 2001 Trailer (24.20); The Original (25.25); Introduction to Pulse 2006 (56.10); Pulse 2006 Trailer (57.09); The Remake (59.32); Final Thoughts (2:04.53): Fiery Kitten Podcast (2:11.04); End Credits (2:11.51); Closing Credits (2:13.02)

Pulse (2001)

 

Pulse (2006)

The 2001 Japanese techno-horror film is directed by Kyoshi Kurosawa and is not considered a cult classic.  The film is told in two parts with the first part considering one of the most unnerving scenes committed to celluloid.

The American remake would spawn two sequels and woudl carry the story in a slightly different direction.  The original script for the remake was written by Wes Craven but was pulled at the last minute with a new scriptwriter and director being attached at a later date.    Starring Kristen Bell, Ian Somerhelder and Octavia Spencer.

Opening Credits– Used by kind permission through Epidermic Sounds

 

Closing Credits – The Dead Don’t Sleep On Me by Nightcore – from the soundtrack Back4Blood Computer Game.  Copyright owned by Nightcore 2021.

 

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Two For 1
The 80's

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Lady in White (1988)

 

An American supernatural mystery film directed, produced, written and scored by Frank LaLoggia, and starring Lukas Haas, Len Cariou, Alex Rocco and Katherine Helmond. The plot follows a schoolboy in 1962 upstate New York who becomes embroiled in the mystery surrounding a series of child murders after he witnesses the ghost of a young girl who was murdered in his school's coat closet.

 

Much of filming took place in Lyons, New York, which took advantage of the appropriate local lore and scenery. The story is based on a version of The Lady in White legend, concerning a woman who supposedly searches for her daughter in Durand-Eastman Park in Rochester, New York, where the director hails from.

 

One Dark Night (1983)

 

An American supernatural horror film directed by Tom McLoughlin and starring Meg Tilly, E. G. Daily, and Adam West. The film follows three teenagers sent to a mausoleum for the night as part of a high school initiation rite. A dead, telekinetic occultist returns from the dead and haunts them, forcing the three to survive the night inside the crypt.

The film was conceived and filmed under the title Rest in Peace before Poltergeist, but due to post-production problems, the film was delayed and was released in theatres in 1983.  After a period of four years failing to sell the script to various studios McLoughlin and Hawes found a group of Mormon investors who were willing to finance the film for one million dollars on the condition that they started filming in three weeks.

Opening Credits/Introduction (01.52); With Nothing To Say Kitten Podcast (19.08); Oh My GOD!!! (19.39; One Dark Night Trailer (19.49); What’s the Gag (22.21); That Is Like So Tubular (22.57); It Is Totally Rad (1:04.14);  Lady In White Trailer (1:04.48); Bodacious Talk (1:06.42); Firey Kitten Podcast (2:09.29); End Credits (2:10.04); Closing Theme (2:11.35)

Opening Credits– Planet Synth by Dan Hughes

 

Closing Credits – Did You Ever See A Dream Walking by Bing Crosby.  Taken from the album The Very Best of Bing Crosby.  Copyright 1933. Universal Classics.

 

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Dark Shadows

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April 1970

Episodes 983 - 1005

May 1970

Episodes 1006 - 1025

As we enter Parallel time, we find our selves in Rebecca storylines as Dark Shadows tries to emanate the Hitchcock classic with Maggie trying to fill the shoes of the dead wife.  Alexis/Angelique rework Edgar Allen Poe’s Tomb of Ligeia as Robert Louis Stephenson’s Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde storyline gets its own Dark Shadows twist.  We have a ghost of Dameon Edwards which no one knows the reasoning behind this odd twist and Barnabas gets involved and screws up everyone’s storylines as he can’t seem to get over Josette again.  All this and more from Dark Shadows. 

 

We are joined by Patrick McCray. 

Opening Credits; Introduction (01.08); Firey Kitten Podcast (17.13);  Into The Shadows:  Scene One  Curtis Does Hitchcock’s Rebecca (17.46); Scene Two – AngeliqueAlexis – Which Witch Is Which (35.08); Scene Three – Curtis does Robert Louis Stephenson (57.49); Scene Four – And Then There Is This (1:25.24); Scene Five – Barnabas is Stuck on Repeat (1:43.01); (); Morning Has Broken (1:55.25); Character Breaks Tune In Next Time (2:10.41); Nothing To Say Podcast (2:44.42) Closing Credits (2:25.12); End Credits (2:26.06)

Opening Credits – Dark Shadows Theme – by Robert Cobert

 

Closing Credits – Monsters and Angels by Voice of the Beehive.  Taken from the album Honey Lingers.  Copyright 1991, London Records.

 

Music Cues by Robert Cobert from Dark Shadows Catalogue

 

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June 2022

Remember to Double Tap

Book To Screen
Kings of Horror

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Book:

From Beyond

HP Lovecraft

Film: 

From Beyond (1986)

 

Written in 1920 and first published in 1934, Lovecraft’s short story.  The story is told from the first-person perspective of an unnamed narrator and details his experiences with a scientist named Crawford Tillinghast. Tillinghast creates an electronic device that emits a resonance wave, which stimulates an affected person's pineal gland, thereby allowing them to perceive planes of existence outside the scope of accepted reality.  These characters would be minor characters in Lovecraft’s The Case of Charles Dexter Ward or aka Reanimator.

 

 

Stuart Gordon’s body horror film is loosely based on the short story by Lovecraft and stars Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Ken Foree and Ted Sorel.  From Beyond centers on a pair of scientists attempting to stimulate the pineal gland with a device called the Resonator. An unforeseen result of their experiments is the ability to perceive creatures from another dimension that proceed to drag the head scientist into their world, returning him as a grotesque shape-shifting monster that preys upon the others at the laboratory.  Gordon made use of medical advisors to be sure that the actions taken by the doctors and nurses of the film followed proper medical procedures.

Opening Credits; Introduction (1.01);Firey Kitten Podcast (25.31); Plot Synopsis (26.01); From Beyond Synopsis (26.24); Forming the Plot (28.03); Book Thoughts (54.03); Introducing a Film (1:01.02); From Beyond Film Trailer (1:02.42);  Lights, Camera, Action (1:03.42); Epilogue (1:51.58); Nothing To Say Podcast (1:56.36); End Credits (1:57.05); Closing Credits (1:58.28)

Opening Credits– Classical Jingle by Dan Hughes

 

Closing Credits – (This Will Be) An Everlasting Love by Natalie Cole. Taken from the album Inseparable.  Copyright 1975 Capitol Records

 

Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music and the Literary License Podcast. 

 

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MAKE/REMAKE

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Dawn of the Dead (1978)

 

Dawn of the Dead (2004)

 

In 1978, George Romero decided that he was going to make a sequel to his seminal Night of the Living Dead and looked at American consumerism.  Dario and Claudio Argento  help to co-finance with European distribution rights and using music by Goblin.  The film would be a huge hit in Europe but would suffer at the hands of American censors.  The remake, directed by Zack Snyder would become a box office success and surprisingly a success with critics.  Snyder used the millennial fast moving zombies which was cleverly used in the UK film 28 Days Later and changed some aspects of the main story. 

Opening Credits; Introduction (2.02); Introduction to Dawn of the Dead (1978) (24.54); Dawn of the Dead (1978) (27.31); The Original (30.10); Let’s Rate an Original (139.53); Introduction to Dawn of the Dead (2004) (1:54.02); Dawn of the Dead (2004) Trailer (1:57.01); The Remake (1:59.29); Final Thoughts (2:55.06): End Credits (2:59.30); Closing Credits (3:00.44)

Opening Credits– Used by kind permission through Epidermic Sounds

 

Closing Credits – Down With The Sickness by Disturbed – Taken from the album The Sickness.  Copyright 2000 Giant and Reprise Records

 

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Two For 1
The 80's

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Night of the Creeps (1986)

 

An American science fiction horror comedy film written and directed by Fred Dekker in his feature directorial debut, starring Jason Lively, Jill Whitlow and Tom Atkins. The film is an earnest attempt at a B movie and homage to the genre. While the main plot of the film is related to zombies, the film also mixes in takes on slashers and alien invasion films.  Director Fred Dekker originally wanted to shoot the film in black and white. He included every B movie cliche he could think of and insisted on directing the script himself. Most of the main characters (Romero, Carpenter, Raimi, Cameron, Hooper, Cronenberg, Cameron) are named after horror movie makers. The script was written in a week.