A roundup of what I’ve watched, read or listened to lately:
- Projection Booth #144 on “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” (1962). I loved the part of the episode that one commenter dismissed as “psychobabble” about this film being a reflection of the male Id of that era, how the legacy of Nazi physician Joseph Mengele is portrayed on film, the subgenre of “disembodied head/brain/brain-in-a-pan” films, etc.
- Even better was the discussion of the high points of guest Kevin Heffernan’s book Ghouls, Gimmicks, and Gold: Horror Films and the American Movie Business, 1953-1968 about the economic and technological niche horror films served in the economy of the US film industry between the first 3D film boom of 1953-54 and the release of Rosemary’s Baby in 1968. Fascinating stuff.
- Also from the episode we learn that both Brain and Debbie Does Dallas both have musical theater adaptations!
- Here’s an interesting piece on what happened the first time Shaw Brothers films met home video (H/T Cultural Gutter)
- Lastly, here are the trailers for the best films I saw in September, in no particular order:
Covered on episode 6 of 1951 Down Place.
Will be covered on a future episode of Badasses, Boobs, and Body Counts–I suggested it as part of “listener appreciation month,” and Mike and Iris took the suggestion. However, Mike says its the one film for the BB&BC listener appreciation month he’s not looking forward to… I suspect we’ll be agreeing to disagree about this classic.