Eric and Mike examine the late 60’s, getting beyond Night of the Living Dead and Rosemary’s Baby to recommend some classic films you may not have been aware of!
As we talked about in Episode 51, the 1960’s allowed the horror movie to return to adult fare. As the culture was rapidly changing around Hollywood, the appetite for blood and sex grew in film goers, and the horror movie really started to push some taboos. But before you think it went straight to sleaze, the
As the genre matured, it became the testing ground for up and coming directors and actors. Two names would set the trends for much of the genre scene in the
Roger Corman’s presence was not just that he was the Godfather of the B-Movie, having It Conquered the World, Not of This Earth, Wasp Women, and countless other fun, cheap, and independent films under his belt, but he managed to turn the corner and also lead the genre into a period piece Gothic era of Edgar Allen Poe. There he helped elevate the careers of Vincent Price, Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, and innumerable others through his mentorship at American International Pictures. Hollywood’s old studio system began to give ground in the sixties, and Corman’s can-do school of
With the stigma of horror as kid’s stuff rapidly fading into the background, many seasoned actors and actresses began to find their way into the horror genre. In this episode, some of Hollywood’s bluest
The foreign films that really emerged in the early part of the decade continued their prominence in the later years. And like their American counterparts, they too were diversifying. Equal measures of schlocky fun and arthouse seriousness.
We’ve already talked at length before about Night of the Living Dead, Black Sunday, Psycho, The Haunting, and Rosemary’s Baby, as they all were prominently featured in our Top 100 Selections. What really begins to stand out in the back half of the decade is how diverse horror has become. Psychological thrillers. Gore. Somber haunted houses. Devil cult worshipers. Art house foreign horror. Independent Gothic Noir. Sci-Fi horror meets the space race. There’s a different flavor for everyone! I’ll take two scoops of
This diversification trend will really blossom in the
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