Monday, January 27, 2020
As "Universal Monsters" season continues we're opening the tomb of THE MUMMY (1932) starring Boris Karloff and Zita Johann. We'll discuss how the Howard Carter dig and Tut-mania lead to the first Universal Horror property not specifically based off a literary work, how this is the film that cements Karloff's legacy as the new "man of 1000 faces" as he endures another torturous yet masterful makeup design from Jack Pierce, we'll discuss the contentious relationship between Johann and director Karl Freund, and the vast legacy this film has left behind. Also, for a film as famous as this one is, we talk about how it is kind of surprising that it is often not the one people remember when discussing what they think is the original "mummy".
Monday, January 20, 2020
"It's Alive! It's allliiiiiiveee!!!" - Ok, so we've been waiting to do that since the season was announced. Season 5 continues our look at Universal Monsters with FRANKENSTEIN (1931). We'll look at how Universal found even greater success with another literary adaptation, compare the differences from the source material, find out what the film added to the Frankenstein lore that most people know today (Spoiler. Almost everything.) The punishment Karloff endured for the makeup. The launch of Jack Pierce as an icon himself and much, much more.
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Tomorrow we release episode 2 of our journey into the story of Universal Monsters. I've been a fan of these movies since I was an adolescent, and I had a greater than average knowledge of the players involved thanks to some popular library books in the late 80's that talked about the early horror films and monsters in an encyclopedic format. I'd read Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, I've even combed through all of the various horror artifacts at the Universal Orlando Horror Makeup show display, sat through that show several times, gotten photo ops with the characters. I saw The Beetlejuice Graveyard Review on my honeymoon, I've ridden Revenge Of The Mummy about 500 times, and I've taken a picture of literally every single prop in the Monster Cafe. So I was a big fan, but even with all of that knowledge and familiarity I've been flabbergasted at what truly fascinating stories went into the making of these movies, the lives of the people who did, and just how important these films were to inserting horror into the mainstream consciousness and ensuring that the genre lived on forever. Frankenstein may be my favorite of all of the monsters and a lot of time and care went into accurately telling the story of it's creation, reception and legacy. Please check it out when tomorrow's episode drops!
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Monday, January 13, 2020
Saturday, January 11, 2020
You can also head over to Patreon.com/OGScare for some cool bonus content we're supplementing this season with. Currently available on the $1 a month tier, you can listen to the Dracula episode NOW, nearly 2 days early.
On the $5 a month tier we just uploaded an unboxing video for the Universal Monsters - Essential Collection Blu Ray set. Each week we'll have something new.
Monday, January 6, 2020
In this special episode zero, a prelude to Universal Monsters, we'll trace the roots of horror from the silent era, how Carl Laemmle built Universal Pictures and literally created the movie studio system in the process, and the rise of Lon Chaney and how the man of 1000 faces was the first true horror icon. We'll also talk about how the financial woes of the great depression set the company up for an unlikely savior as the new wave of horror films ushered in by Carl Laemmle, Jr, would help keep the studio afloat during the worst financial crisis in U.S. history.
Saturday, January 4, 2020
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