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.

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. 

 

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

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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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Two For 1
The 80's

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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.

Opening Credits/Introduction (); Oh My GOD!!! (13.46); Trailer (15.07); That Is Like So Tubular (18.17); It Is Totally Rad ();  Trailer (); Bodacious Talk (); Such A Wastoid (); Take A Chill Pill (); End Credits (1:33.20); Closing Theme (1:34.09)

Opening and Closing Credits– Planet Synth by Dan Hughes

 

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

 

All rights reserved.

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Dark Shadows

April 1969

Episodes 722 – 743

 

May 1969

Episodes 744 – 765

 

EPISODE INFORMATION

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Out of the Shadows (); Into The Shadows (); Shedding Some Light (); Character Breaks (); Morning Has Broken (); Tune In Next Time (); Closing Credits (2:23.03)

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

 

Music Cues by Robert Cobert from Dark Shadows Catalogue

 

All Rights Reserved.

 

All Songs Available on Amazon

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 (); 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. 

 

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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 (); 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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Two For 1
The 80's

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Opening Credits/Introduction (); Oh My GOD!!! (13.46); Trailer (15.07); That Is Like So Tubular (18.17); It Is Totally Rad ();  Trailer (); Bodacious Talk (); Such A Wastoid (); Take A Chill Pill (); End Credits (1:33.20); Closing Theme (1:34.09)

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Opening and Closing Credits– Planet Synth by Dan Hughes

 

Original Music copyrighted 2020 Dan Hughes Music 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.

Dark Shadows

June 1969

Episodes 766 – 787

 

July 1969

Episodes 788 – 808

 

EPISODE INFORMATION

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Out of the Shadows (); Into The Shadows (); Shedding Some Light (); Character Breaks (); Morning Has Broken (); Tune In Next Time (); Closing Credits (2:23.03)

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

 

Music Cues by Robert Cobert from Dark Shadows Catalogue

 

All Rights Reserved.

 

All Songs Available on Amazon

SOAP

Episode 34 - 49

 

EPISODE INFORMATION

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:    Copyrighted 2019 Lakeshore Records

 

All Rights Reserved. 

 

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

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 (); 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. 

 

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BEWITCHED

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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 (); 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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Two For 1
The 80's

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Opening Credits/Introduction (); Oh My GOD!!! (13.46); Trailer (15.07); That Is Like So Tubular (18.17); It Is Totally Rad ();  Trailer (); Bodacious Talk (); Such A Wastoid (); Take A Chill Pill (); End Credits (1:33.20); Closing Theme (1:34.09)

Opening and Closing Credits– Planet Synth by Dan Hughes

 

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

 

All rights reserved.

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

 

All Rights Reserved.

 

All Songs Available on Amazon

August 1969

Episodes 810 – 830

 

September 1969

Episodes 831 – 852

 

EPISODE INFORMATION

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Out of the Shadows (); Into The Shadows (); Shedding Some Light (); Character Breaks (); Morning Has Broken (); Tune In Next Time (); Closing Credits (2:23.03)

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.

 

 

 

 

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 (); 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

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. 

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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Two For 1
The 80's

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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 (); Oh My GOD!!! (13.46); Trailer (15.07); That Is Like So Tubular (18.17); It Is Totally Rad ();  Trailer (); Bodacious Talk (); Such A Wastoid (); Take A Chill Pill (); End Credits (1:33.20); Closing Theme (1:34.09)

Opening and Closing Credits– Planet Synth by Dan Hughes

 

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

 

All rights reserved.

Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows

Dark Shadows

October 1969

Episodes 853 – 875

 

November 1969

Episodes 876 – 893

 

EPISODE INFORMATION

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Out of the Shadows (); Into The Shadows (); Shedding Some Light (); Character Breaks (); Morning Has Broken (); Tune In Next Time (); Closing Credits (2:23.03)

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

 

Music Cues by Robert Cobert from Dark Shadows Catalogue

 

All Rights Reserved.

 

All Songs Available on Amazon

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.

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

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; 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

 

Copyright owned by Screen Gems.

 

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Two For 1
The 80's

Opening Credits/Introduction (); Oh My GOD!!! (13.46); Trailer (15.07); That Is Like So Tubular (18.17); It Is Totally Rad ();  Trailer (); Bodacious Talk (); Such A Wastoid (); Take A Chill Pill (); End Credits (1:33.20); Closing Theme (1:34.09)

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Opening and Closing Credits– Planet Synth by Dan Hughes

 

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

 

All rights reserved.

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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

December 1969

Episodes 894 – 917

 

January 1970

Episodes 918 – 940

 

EPISODE INFORMATION

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Out of the Shadows (); Into The Shadows (); Shedding Some Light (); Character Breaks (); Morning Has Broken (); Tune In Next Time (); Closing Credits (2:23.03)

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

 

Music Cues by Robert Cobert from Dark Shadows Catalogue

 

All Rights Reserved.

 

All Songs Available on Amazon

SOAP

Episode 50 - 65

 

EPISODE INFORMATION

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:    Copyrighted 2019 Lakeshore Records

 

All Rights Reserved. 

 

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

February 2022

Gag Me With A Spoon

Book To Screen
Kings of Horror

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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.

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.

BEWITCHED

Season 3 – Episodes 16 – 23

 

Samantha helps a boy competing in a soap derby.  Sam and Endora go to Tokyo for tea.  Endora and Samantha take Tabitha to a clown show.  Endora zaps a futuristic car to the Steven’s.  Samantha thinks Aunt Clara turned herself into a cow.  Aunt Clara is in court for incompetency. Endora grants Darrin three wishes.  Endora gives Darrin perfect memory.

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

 

Copyright owned by Screen Gems.

 

All rights reserved.

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Two For 1
The 80's

Opening Credits/Introduction (); Oh My GOD!!! (13.46); Trailer (15.07); That Is Like So Tubular (18.17); It Is Totally Rad ();  Trailer (); Bodacious Talk (); Such A Wastoid (); Take A Chill Pill (); End Credits (1:33.20); Closing Theme (1:34.09)

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Opening and Closing Credits– Planet Synth by Dan Hughes

 

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

 

All rights reserved.

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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Dark Shadows

February 1970

Episodes 941 – 960

 

March 1970

Episodes 961 – 982

 

EPISODE INFORMATION

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Out of the Shadows (); Into The Shadows (); Shedding Some Light (); Character Breaks (); Morning Has Broken (); Tune In Next Time (); Closing Credits (2:23.03)

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

 

Music Cues by Robert Cobert from Dark Shadows Catalogue

 

All Rights Reserved.

 

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

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Season 3 Episodes 24 – 31

 

 

Endora tries to improve Samantha’s art work.  Samantha and Darrin go to a dinner party.  Queen Victoria comes to the Stephen’s household.  The Crone of Crowdar pays a call.  Endora places a spell on Darrin to make him disliked.  Darrin is afraid that his parents will find out about Tabitha.  Darrin and Samantha go to Bermuda.  Aunt Clara finds out about tomorrows horse racing scores. 

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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Two For 1
The 80's

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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.

Opening Credits/Introduction (); Oh My GOD!!! (13.46); Trailer (15.07); That Is Like So Tubular (18.17); It Is Totally Rad ();  Trailer (); Bodacious Talk (); Such A Wastoid (); Take A Chill Pill (); End Credits (1:33.20); Closing Theme (1:34.09)

Opening and Closing Credits– Planet Synth by Dan Hughes

 

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

 

All rights reserved.

Dark Shadows

April 1970

Episodes 983 – 1004

 

May 1970

Episodes 1005 – 1025

 

EPISODE INFORMATION

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Out of the Shadows (); Into The Shadows (); Shedding Some Light (); Character Breaks (); Morning Has Broken (); Tune In Next Time (); Closing Credits (2:23.03)

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

 

Music Cues by Robert Cobert from Dark Shadows Catalogue

 

All Rights Reserved.

 

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 (); 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.

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

BEWITCHED

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Season 3 – Episode 32 – 33

Season 4 – Episodes 1 – 6

A frog, in human form, pesters Samantha about turning him back into a frog so he can be with his girlfriend.  Dr Bombay cures Darrin of the common cold.  Samantha becomes Queen of the Witches.  Tabitha brings all her toys to life.  Endora gives Darrin the power of speaking Italian while losing the ability to understand and speak English.  Darrin is upset that Samantha Queen of the Witches duties are taking too much of her time.  Endora turns Darrin into a miserly fellow.  Samantha loses her powers.

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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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 (); Oh My GOD!!! (13.46); Trailer (15.07); That Is Like So Tubular (18.17); It Is Totally Rad ();  Trailer (); Bodacious Talk (); Such A Wastoid (); Take A Chill Pill (); End Credits (1:33.20); Closing Theme (1:34.09)

Opening and Closing Credits– Planet Synth by Dan Hughes

 

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

 

All rights reserved.

Dark Shadows

June 1970

Episodes 1026 – 1047

 

July 1970

Episodes 1048 -1070

 

EPISODE INFORMATION

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Out of the Shadows (); Into The Shadows (); Shedding Some Light (); Character Breaks (); Morning Has Broken (); Tune In Next Time (); Closing Credits (2:23.03)

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

 

Music Cues by Robert Cobert from Dark Shadows Catalogue

 

All Rights Reserved.

 

All Songs Available on Amazon

SOAP

Episode 66 - 70

 

EPISODE INFORMATION

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:    Copyrighted 2019 Lakeshore Records

 

All Rights Reserved. 

 

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

April 2022

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 and Closing Credits– Classical Jingle by Dan Hughes

 

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

 

All rights reserved.

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

 

Copyright owned by Screen Gems.

 

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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 (); Oh My GOD!!! (13.46); Trailer (15.07); That Is Like So Tubular (18.17); It Is Totally Rad ();  Trailer (); Bodacious Talk (); Such A Wastoid (); Take A Chill Pill (); End Credits (1:33.20); Closing Theme (1:34.09)

Opening and Closing Credits– Planet Synth by Dan Hughes

 

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

 

All rights reserved.

Dark Shadows

August 1970 

Episodes 1071 – 1091

 

September 1970 

Episodes 1092 – 1113

 

EPISODE INFORMATION

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Out of the Shadows (); Into The Shadows (); Shedding Some Light (); Character Breaks (); Morning Has Broken (); Tune In Next Time (); Closing Credits (2:23.03)

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

 

Music Cues by Robert Cobert from Dark Shadows Catalogue

 

All Rights Reserved.

 

All Songs Available on Amazon

June 2022

Call Of Another World

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 (); 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

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Season 4:  Episodes 15 – 22

 

Samantha’s old nanny comes to take care of Tabitha.  Samantha takes a scrooge-like client of Darrin’s to the North Pole.  Aunt Clara zaps Leonardo di Vinci to come paint the house.  Endora summons an old flame of Samantha’s.  Larry wants Darrin to meet up with Sheila to get an account.  Endora shows Samantha what Darrin’s life would be like without her.  Serena gets arrested for being in a love-in.  Tabitha brings Prince Charming to life. 

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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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.

 

Night of the Comet (1984)

 

An American science fiction comedy horror film written and directed by Thom Eberhardt It stars Catherine Mary Stewart, Robert Beltran, and Kelli Maroney as survivors of a comet that has turned most people into either dust or zombies.  The film would gain a cult following and influence the character of Buffy Sommers.  inspiration came from real-life teenage girls whom he met while filming PBS specials. Without telling the girls details about the script's premise, he asked them to describe how they would react to an apocalyptic event. The girls saw the scenario as an exciting adventure and only saw a downside to the experience when Eberhardt brought up the subject of dating. Using their answers, Eberhardt wrote the script to be lighthearted and adventuresome.

Opening Credits/Introduction (); Oh My GOD!!! (13.46); Trailer (15.07); That Is Like So Tubular (18.17); It Is Totally Rad ();  Trailer (); Bodacious Talk (); Such A Wastoid (); Take A Chill Pill (); End Credits (1:33.20); Closing Theme (1:34.09)

Opening and Closing Credits– Planet Synth by Dan Hughes

 

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

 

All rights reserved.

Dark Shadows

October 1970

Episodes 1114 – 11135

 

November 1970

Episodes 1136 – 1156

 

EPISODE INFORMATION

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Out of the Shadows (); Into The Shadows (); Shedding Some Light (); Character Breaks (); Morning Has Broken (); Tune In Next Time (); Closing Credits (2:23.03)

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

 

Music Cues by Robert Cobert from Dark Shadows Catalogue

 

All Rights Reserved.

 

All Songs Available on Amazon

July 2022

A Little Parental Guidance

Book To Screen
Kings of Horror

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Book

Battle Royale

By Koushun Takami

Film:

Battle Royale (1999)

 

Originally completed in 1996, it was not published until 1999. The story tells of junior high school students who are forced to fight each other to the death in a program run by a fictional authoritarian Japanese government known as the Republic of Greater East Asia.

The dystopian novel was previously entered into the 1997 Japan Horror Fiction Awards but was eventually rejected in the final round due to concerns over its depictions of students killing each other. Upon publication in 1999, the novel became a surprise bestseller.

 

In 2000, one year after publication, Battle Royale was adapted into a manga series, written by Takami himself, and a feature film. The film was both controversial and successful, becoming one of the year's highest-grossing films as well as prompting condemnation by Japan's National Diet. The film spawned a sequel, and two more brief manga adaptations were also created.  Suzanne Collins author of The Hunger Games would be accused of ripping off the plot of Battle Royale.

 

 

The Japanese action-thriller film directed by Kinji Fukasaku, with a screenplay written by Kenta Fukasaku, Starring Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarō Yamamoto, and Takeshi Kitano, the film follows a group of junior high-school students that are forced to fight to the death by the Japanese totalitarian government. The film drew controversy, and was banned or excluded from distribution in several countries; Toei Company refused to sell the film to any United States distributor for over a decade due to concerns about potential controversy and lawsuits, until Anchor Bay Entertainment eventually acquired the film in 2010 for a direct-to-video release. 

 

Battle Royale became a cultural phenomenon, and is considered one of the most influential films in recent decades, having been highly influential in global popular culture. Since the film's release, the term "battle royale" has been redefined to refer to a fictional narrative genre and/or mode of entertainment inspired by the film, where a select group of people are instructed to kill each other off until there is a triumphant survivor. It has inspired numerous media, including films, books, animation, comics, visual novels, and video games; the battle royale game genre, for example, is based on the film.

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

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Season 4:  Episodes 23 – 30

 

A ghost is haunting Aunt Clara’s old boyfriend’s castle.  An artificial lawn appears in the Stephen’s garden.  Darrin and Samantha get a flat.  Darrin’s mother accuses Samantha of being over protective.  The Tates organise their own babysitter to sit for Tabitha.  Darrin thinks Samantha should tell everyone about her witchcraft.  Aunt Clara brings flying saucers and aliens into the Stephen’s household. 

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

 

Copyright owned by Screen Gems.

 

All rights reserved.

Two For 1
The 80's

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Society (1989)

 

American body horror film directed by Brian Yuzna, and starring Billy Warlock, Devin DeVasquez, Evan Richards, and Ben Meyerson. Its plot follows a Beverly Hills teenager who finds his wealthy parents are part of a gruesome cult for the social elite.

Though the film was completed in 1989, it was not released until 1992. It was Yuzna's directorial debut and was written by Rick Fry and Woody Keith. Screaming Mad George was responsible for the special effects.  For the film's most surreal and gory sequence, the "shunting," Yuzna based it on his nightmares. The sequence was further inspired by The Great Masturbator, a Dali painting.

 

Parents (1989)

 

An American black comedy horror film directed by Bob Balaban and written by Christopher Hawthorne.  It stars Randy Quaid, Mary Beth Hurt, Sandy Dennis and Bryan Madorsky.   The New York Times wrote "The satire of the 50s is more bland than biting, dependent on authentically garish costumes and sets. And when the horror-film scenes begin to intrude on normal life (what is hanging from the cellar ceiling, anyway?) Mr. Balaban can't make the dark elements seem comic enough to mesh with the rest of this nightmarish joke."

Opening Credits/Introduction (); Oh My GOD!!! (13.46); Trailer (15.07); That Is Like So Tubular (18.17); It Is Totally Rad ();  Trailer (); Bodacious Talk (); Such A Wastoid (); Take A Chill Pill (); End Credits (1:33.20); Closing Theme (1:34.09)

Opening and Closing Credits– Planet Synth by Dan Hughes

 

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Dark Shadows

December 1970

Episodes 1157 – 1180

 

January 1971

Episodes 1181 – 1200

 

EPISODE INFORMATION

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Out of the Shadows (); Into The Shadows (); Shedding Some Light (); Character Breaks (); Morning Has Broken (); Tune In Next Time (); Closing Credits (2:23.03)

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

 

Music Cues by Robert Cobert from Dark Shadows Catalogue

 

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All Songs Available on Amazon

SOAP

Episode 71 - 94

 

EPISODE INFORMATION

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:    Copyrighted 2019 Lakeshore Records

 

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August 2022

City Slicker Nightmares

Book To Screen
Kings of Horror

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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. 

 

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Book:

The Rats

By James Herbert

Film:

Deadly Eyes (1982)

 

A horror novel by British writer James Herbert. This was Herbert's first novel and included graphic depictions of death and mutilation.  Herbert became inspired to write The Rats in early 1972, whilst watching Tod Browning's Dracula; specifically, after seeing the scene where Renfield describes a nightmare he had involving hordes of rats. Linking the film to childhood memories he had of rats in the London suburbs, Herbert stated in later interviews that he wrote the book primarily as a pastime; "It seemed like a good idea at the time, I was as naive as that."  The manuscript was typed by Herbert's wife Eileen, who sent it off after nine months to nine different publishers

 

 

The Canadian horror film directed by Robert Clouse, very loosely based on the 1974 horror novel The Rats by James Herbert. The story revolves around giant black rats who begin eating the residents of Toronto after ingesting contaminated grain.  Dachshunds wearing rat suits were used in the filming of Deadly Eyes to achieve the effect of super-sized rodents.  James Herbert, who wrote the novel upon which the film was based, was displeased with what the filmmakers did to his story, and described it as "terrible ... absolute rubbish.

BEWITCHED

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Season 4:  Episodes 31 – 33

Season 5:  Episodes 1 – 5

 

Uncle Arthur gives Darrin a good luck charm.  Endora casts a persuasive charm on Darrin.  Gladys goes on a health food kick.  Endora casts a shrinking spell on Darrin.  Samantha gets sent back to New Orleans in 1868.  Endora makes Tabitha a piano virtuoso.  Carlotta holds Darrin hostage.  Darrin objects to Samantha appearing before the Witch’s council. 

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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Two For 1
The 80's

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Motel Hell (1980)

 

An American comedy horror film directed by Kevin Connor[2] and starring Rory Calhoun, Nancy Parsons, and Nina Axelrod. The plot follows farmer, butcher, motel manager, and meat entrepreneur Vincent Smith, who traps travelers and harvests them for his human sausages.

Because of its low budget, the original intent was to make a serious horror film, with moments of disturbing wit and irony. It is often seen as a satire of modern horror films such as Psycho and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

 

American Gothic (1988)

 

This American slasher film is directed by John Hough and starring Rod Steiger, Yvonne DeCarlo and Michael J Pollard.  You either love this or you hate it.  Critics were mixed with one critic stating…. the film "comes through with an impressive array of truly sicko surprises...  Rod Steiger and Yvonne DeCarlo are consistently entertaining in what may be the most humiliating roles of their already checkered careers.

Opening Credits/Introduction (); Oh My GOD!!! (13.46); Trailer (15.07); That Is Like So Tubular (18.17); It Is Totally Rad ();  Trailer (); Bodacious Talk (); Such A Wastoid (); Take A Chill Pill (); End Credits (1:33.20); Closing Theme (1:34.09)

Opening and Closing Credits– Planet Synth by Dan Hughes

 

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

 

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Dark Shadows

February 1971

Episodes 1201 – 1220

 

March/April 1971

Episodes 1221 – 1245

 

EPISODE INFORMATION

Opening Credits; Introduction (); Out of the Shadows (); Into The Shadows (); Shedding Some Light (); Character Breaks (); Morning Has Broken (); Tune In Next Time (); Closing Credits (2:23.03)

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

 

Music Cues by Robert Cobert from Dark Shadows Catalogue

 

All Rights Reserved.

 

All Songs Available on Amazon