The party rescues Layla and examines just some of the moral dilemmas of dungeoneering.
The journey into the Circle of the Snake to find the missing Layla Stepford continues.
Three adventurers meet in a tavern and search the nearby woods for a missing girl.
"Finally! We get to do something other than sit around and learn about math! I can't wait to crush My First Supervillain. I hope they're tough."
I'm no puppet. You're the puppet.
They're coming to get you, Barbara
Andrew and Matt discuss the 1968 George Romero film Night of the Living Dead
Happy Halloween everyone! Andrew and I are getting together very soon to record some horror movie episodes but I wanted to have something out on Halloween, so this is something a little bit different.
This is an excerpt from a work in progress - a rough draft of a chapter from a new work.
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The skies are dim always since the Maker died. (Happy Halloween!
A bowl is broken and Char, Elena, and Chandler discover just how hard communication is.
A slug goes missing and Chandler, Elena, and Char are on the case.
Our team of intrepid occult investigators solve all the problems before them with the absolute minimum of casualties and complications.
There's a big f'ing spider, the players default to the perpetual plan A, and Ithaca. Always. Lies.
Events. Repeat. Events repeat. Emilyn talks to Barrymore, Rudy talks to Tom Finn, and Martin meets the love of his life.
Jenny, Rudy, and Martin (and Ithaca) attend a music festival on Summerisle, meet some old friends, and shoot a bear.
Jenny, Rudy, and Martin (and another old friend) meet up again in a tavern on Summerisle, on the evening of a very strange music festival.
Chris, Gino, and I got together last night to have a brief, awkward discussion of our FATE Accelerated game.
Like one of them Guernica horses
Horsewhistle versus Dopethrone
We meet Mr. Bones for the first time
Andrew and Matt discuss the 1964 Kaneto Shindo film Onibaba
The fairground operator smiles knowingly at us.
"Stare down your clowns!"
this is the last night of the fair and the grease in the hair of a speedway operator is all a tremulous heart requires (we're making anime, I guess)
Not Even a Spider Ring: Our intrepid students meet their new roommates and the Headmaster gives his grand speech.
A new series begins. The clowns are sent in.
The eternal question: can a squirrel wield a sword?
It's about time we got our fortunes told
The most private room in the nicest club in town.
"Before I tell you anymore, I need to know how far you're willing to go."
How does salmon feel in your mouth?
There's no substitute for investigation.
Stopping for Tikka Masala
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
A final showdown at Nokturnal, in the Jewelry District. Jake puts on his crown and we finally meet the true Prince of Providence.
Like an egg
The Horror Chamber of Doctor Faustus/the Manster double bill
Cheating at solitaire in Flavortown
Jake: First Blood
Think real hard about the last chowder you'll ever have.
This episode ended up being a real hammer to the balls.
Well I can't breathe, I can't swallow Take me down to the hospital
CUI BONO? [Latin] What good would that do me?
Truly a long shot
Did you know that Kuroneko means "Black Cat" in Japanese?
Our Halloween Dance of the Damned episode emerges, finally, wriggling like an angry graveworm from the depths of my computer.
Our first time covering Mario Bava on this show! Gothic chiller Black Sunday is this month's entry in our series on foreign horror films before 1979.
The Winds of Change vs. The Arrow That Pierces Your Heart
Also, episode 40.5 - Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
Squirrels, goblins, and getting railed by a truck.
Andrew and I are hard at work trying to find a time in which to get together and record our episode on Godzilla. If you are looking for a foreign horror movie fix, I might suggest some past episodes? Aside from our last two episodes on House and Nosferatu: the Vampyr, we also did episodes on M (episode 11), the Testament of Dr Mabuse (Episode 10), Vampyr (episode 17), and Suspiria (episode 25).
Diddly dun dun diddly dun dun diddly dun dun diddly dun dun
We're playing Stars Without Number. Hired to transport a box from one planet to another, Gino, Chris and I failed to do so.
What's in the box?
Andrew and Matt discuss the Herzog art house interpretation of both the Stoker tale and the Murnau film.
The final confrontation --- could this be the end of our heroes?
The pavement is pounded. What emerges may be more dead rats than anyone could handle.
Andrew and Matt discuss the nutty Japanese surrealist haunted house film House. (Andrew loves it) Seven Japanese schoolgirls travel to an aunt's house - the aunt, however, turns out to be an undead ghost. The movie's bizarre editing choices and camera tricks make it a real trip to observe. It has legitimately thematic depth that other movies like this sometimes lack, touching briefly on the effect of WWII on the Japanese. Somehow this turned into our longest episode ever. We talk about information found in The House wikipedia article) a lot. Be warned -- we also discuss comics for a good 15 minutes in the middle of this episode. We watched the fabulous Criterion Collection version of House. [poll id="2"] We'd like to start taking listener questions and comments on the show - if you have a message, you can leave a message for us by calling (508) 817-3408.
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In the final episode of our Vincent Price series, Andrew and Matt enjoy some paddleball theatrics.
The Pit and the Pendulum The Masque of the Red Death The Haunted Palace The Fall of the House of Usher Witchfinder General Abominable Dr Phibes Dr Phibes Rises Again The House on Haunted Hill Next Month: House (1977)
The campy, compact classic really rubbed Andrew the wrong way. Can't really say why.
This film was directed by William Castle, and stars Vincent Price as Frederick Loren and Carol Ohmart as Annabelle Loren The blind caretaker, one of a series of red herrings built into the plot of the House on Haunted Hill, was Andrew's favorite part. Andrew found the film's 96% on Rotten Tomatoes to be absurd. For more of Andrew's wildly unfounded opinions, please consult our podcast episode. The IMDB page for House on Haunted Hill The Wikipedia page for the House on Haunted Hill I found this GIF here, on this double feature comparison of House on Haunted Hill and it's 1999 remake.
Our next episode will be the final film of our Vincent Price series. I am debating whether or not to watch House of Wax or Tomb of Ligeia. We're also working on the next year or so of episode ideas right now. We are going to be exploring foreign horror movies from before the 1980's. Probably no Giallo or Zombie movies, because I think those deserve their own series. Got any suggestions? Reach out to us at the contact info below.
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Dr Phibes rises again -- into a film that is not quite as good as the first.
Vincent Price as Dr Anton Phibes Robery Quarry as Darius Biederbeck Valli Kemp as Vulnavia Peter Jeffrey as Inspector Trout
Never mind the yawns, Andrew and I agree - this film is a real barnstormer and a classic! Dr. Phibes has great vibes. Doctor Phibes brings the Plagues of Egypt on his victims. The Final Programme) Jerry Cornelius [caption id="attachment_498" align="aligncenter" width="756"] Here's an interesting article on Jack Kirby doing some Dr Phibes style art![/caption]
Vincent Price as Dr Anton Phibes Joseph Cotten as Dr. Vesalius Virginia North as Vulnavia Peter Jeffrey as Inspector Trout Buy Dr Phibes on Amazon!
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Halloween is over and the world has taken a dark, strange turn. In response, Andrew and Matt watch the dark, strange 1968 Vincent Price film The Witchfinder General. Matthew Hopkins was a real, terrible person. You can find out more about him on Wikipedia. You can also find out more information on witch trials in England. And more about the English Civil War. Everything I learned about the English Civil War, I learned from Luther Arkwright. Andrew and I get a little philosophical on this one. Hope that doesn't bother you too much. We also talk about Star Trek for awhile, and I also mention A Field in England and we talk briefly about Folk horror. I'd like to write more about that subject as time goes on - hopefully I can find the time to do so. [caption id="attachment_491" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Look at this shirt I found[/caption]
Vincent Price as Matthew Hopkins Ian Oglivy as Richard Marshall Hilary Dwyer as Sara Rupert Davies as John Lowes Robert Russell as John Stearne Patrick Wymark as Oliver Cromwell. Buy the Witchfinder General on Amazon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPYdUdp87GQ
It's our four plucky investigators and 1 untrustworthy ex-girlfriend versus the worldwide conspiracy of the outer Church and the demonic Daddy Lowkey.
Game Master – Matt Bevilacqua Rudy Clay – Chris Baillie Jenny Haversham – Andrew Baillie Martin Rothschild – Gino Vasconcelos Alphonse Callahan - Steven Riley If you’re interested in the creation of this series, please check out part 1 of our GM’s notes.
https://soundcloud.com/travistshuler/the-smithsfits-i-remember-what-difference-halloween-does-make?in=travistshuler/sets/the-smithsfits https://soundcloud.com/thisisamazona/amazona-angel-we-go-down-together-morrissey-cover https://soundcloud.com/iamstephenliu/running-up-that-hill _ Coming up next week - Vampire the Requiem _
As promised, everyone is cats.
Game Master – Matt Bevilacqua Rudy Clay – Chris Baillie Jenny Haversham – Andrew Baillie Martin Rothschild – Gino Vasconcelos Gino also did the title card for this weeks episode. Alphonse Callahan – Steven Riley If you’re interested in the creation of this series, please check out part 1 of our GM’s notes. _ Coming up next week, we have part 5 of the Headmaster Ritual, where everyone is cats for a little while longer. _
In this brief aside, our players discuss their happiest memories.
Game Master – Matt Bevilacqua Rudy Clay – Chris Baillie Jenny Haversham – Andrew Baillie Martin Rothschild – Gino Vasconcelos Gino also did the title card for this weeks episode. Alphonse Callahan – Steven Riley If you’re interested in the creation of this series, please check out part 1 of our GM’s notes. _ Coming up on Thursday, we have part 4 of the Headmaster Ritual, where everyone is cats a lot. _
One Legged Pete - our occult detectives investigate author Thomas Lavinius, meet some family, look into getting library cards, find out of watercumbers, and end the day slightly changed.
Game Master – Matt Bevilacqua Rudy Clay – Chris Baillie Jenny Haversham – Andrew Baillie Martin Rothschild – Gino Vasconcelos Alphonse Callahan - Steven Riley If you’re interested in the creation of this series, please check out part 1 of our GM’s notes. _ Coming up next week, we have part 4 of the Headmaster Ritual, where everyone is cats a lot. _
The Backseat is for Being Quiet - our occult detectives investigate Liliana Bunt, designer and occult advisor for Barrymore and the Misfortunes, and get more than they bargained for at the train station.
This episode saw the introduction of Steven Riley as Alphonse Callahan. Steven was a long time fixture of our gaming group and you may here his voice again in the future. I apologize - in episode 1, I named the Liliana Bunt character "Mina Westernra" but I must have decided that name was foolish for episode 2. I also apologize - my voice got a little garbled in this episode but I think you can still figure out what's going on. You can find me on twitter with any questions. After this seven part series, we recorded all our audio separately and you will definitely notice the difference.
Game Master – Matt Bevilacqua Rudy Clay – Chris Baillie Jenny Haversham – Andrew Baillie Martin Rothschild – Gino Vasconcelos Alphonse Callahan - Steven Riley If you’re interested in the creation of this series, please check out part 1 of our GM’s notes. _ Coming up next week, we have part 3 of the Headmaster Ritual, where plot defining character One Legged Pete is introduced and our investigators learn a little more about The Outer Church _
Timbral - The Speed of Time https://soundcloud.com/clynos/baroqueberserk https://soundcloud.com/gamechops/mega-flare-blood-demon https://soundcloud.com/nathan-rasbold/dont-stop-me-now-queen-cover https://soundcloud.com/fanis-lygeros/the-smiths-big-mouth-strikes
Happy Halloween Season! This week, Andrew and Matt discuss their first Hammer Horror film, The Horror of Dracula starring Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing
Peter Cushing as Doctor Van Helsing Christopher Lee as Dracula / Count Dracula Michael Gough as Arthur Melissa Stribling as Mina Carol Marsh as Lucy Olga Dickie as Gerda John Van Eyssen as Jonathan Buy the the Horror of Dracula on Amazon!
Our occult detectives are interviewed by police about their compatriots.
I assumed since there are multiple references to their original meeting (which we didn't record) it might benefit the listener to have a brief recounting of the time Rudy, Jenny, and Martin met and Jenny threw sand in Martin's eyes.
Rudy Clay - Chris Baillie Jenny Haversham - Andrew Baillie Martin Rothschild - Gino Vasconcelos If you're interested in the creation of this series, please check out part 1 of our GM's notes. _ Coming up on Thursday, we have part 2 of the Headmaster Ritual, as our characters investigate the priestess/album art designer of the Misfortunes and begin to see why exactly Barrymore is missing. _
A cast of four occult detectives drunkenly and ineffectively investigate a rock band that may or may not be committing magical/occult crimes, and who may or may not be missing a lead singer. Played using the FATE rules (loosely). Apologies for the inconsistent audio quality - this was recording around a table while music played in the other room to set the mood. As our podcast progresses, you will see definite improvements to the audio quality.
Game Master - Matt Bevilacqua Rudy Clay - Chris Baillie Jenny Haversham - Andrew Baillie Martin Rothschild - Gino Vasconcelos If you're interested in the creation of this series, please check out part 1 of our GM's notes. _ Coming up next week, we have part 2 of the Headmaster Ritual, as our characters investigate the priestess/album art designer of the Misfortunes and begin to see why exactly Barrymore is missing. _
This week, Andrew and Matt discuss the proto-AIP Poe flick "The Fall of the House of Usher" starring Vincent Price. We're both sleepy boys in this podcast, so give us a break
The Cast of Characters for this film Vincent Price as Roderick Usher Mark Damon as Philip Winthrop Myrna Fahey as Madeline Usher Harry Ellerbe as Bristol The full text of the Poe story Richard Matheson, who wrote this film, wrote I AM LEGEND, which was adapted into The Last Man on Earth (also starring Vincent Price) and The Omega Man, starring Charlton Heston. The Paintings of Burt Shonberg are my (Matt's) absolute favorite thing about this movie Even though this podcast was about The Fall of the House of Usher, there's some brief discussion of "The Raven," starring Price, Karloff, and Peter Lorre. Let us know on Twitter if you think we should cover this film. In the spirit of the Raven, here are the two wizard battles we referenced in the podcast Sandman's Wizard Battle (Lookit, it's an Angelfire page!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_VpkXd1TKA Bergman's the Seventh Seal [caption id="attachment_477" align="aligncenter" width="498"] Max Von Sydow as Ming the Merciless[/caption] Buy the Fall of the House of Usher on Amazon!
This month, Andrew and Matt discuss the Corman/Price Lovecraft/Poe mashup "The Haunted Palace". Matt struggles through his Massachusetts accent to pronounce "era"! Andrew revels in the ham faced babies!
The Haunted Palace was released in 1963 - it is an adaptation of the HP Lovecraft story "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" and the first feature film to include references to Lovecraftian touchstones like "The Necronomicon" and Cthulhu. AIP named it "The Haunted Palace" to create continuity with it and the other films in the Corman/Price series. It fits nicely in with the others - the story is gothic and lends itself nicely to the typical set work and Price scenery chewing that characterized the series. Despite some stylistic differences with the Lovecraft story, in the end, (I think) it turns out to be one of the better Lovecraft adaptations available. Note that the same story was also filmed in 1991 by Dan O'Bannon as The Resurrected, which is a worthy film bogged down by some unfortunate period touches. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YPz0unE4xo
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward The Haunted Palace (The Edgar Allan Poe poem) The Witchfinder General [caption id="attachment_463" align="alignnone" width="461"] The ham faced New Englanders cursed by Joseph Curwen[/caption] Lon Chaney Jr [caption id="attachment_467" align="alignright" width="658"] I believe this is the self portrait of Vincent Van Gogh that Andrew is referring to in the podcast[/caption] [caption id="attachment_464" align="alignleft" width="650"] THE painting of Charles Dexter Ward [/caption]
This week, on the 29th episode of the GoldenAgeHorror.com podcast, Andrew and Matt discuss The Masque of the Red Death. We also approach some insight about the merit of discussing movies and reviews in general. I think it's hilarious that at one point at the beginning of the episode, I give a nice speech about the pointlessness of ranking movies and then later in the episode, make a point to say that this movie is in my top 5. Well thought out viewpoints.
The film on Wikipedia) The original Edgar Allan Poe story, one of my favorite short stories ever Hop Frog gets his revenge Hopfrog by Edgar Allan Poe Hazel Court Samuel Z Arkoff Contact Matt: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org @thewatermethod on twitter Contact Andrew: @pizzapranks on twitter All Godless Here on Amazon - 99 cents! Theme is Swan Lake Dub by Dubology
For June, Andrew and Matt talk about the Vincent Price/Roger Corman jam The Pit and the Pendulum. Barbara Steele also stars.
The Pit and the Pendulum is notable for for being part of the classic Corman/Price series of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations that was kicked off by The Fall of the House of Usher.
The movies were characterized by strong performances by Price, in his classic scenery chewing manner and absolutely lavish set design. The violence and sex of these productions mirrored the Hammer movies coming out of England around the same time.
Do Whales Have Eyelashes?
The 50's Fly with Vincent Price
Return of the Fly
The Fly 2
Treehouse of Horror - The Fly
This week, Andrew and Matt talk about Dario Argento's Suspiria - WITCCCCCCCCHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
Matt and Andrew watch the delirous 1973 pagan fantasy/murder mystery/horror The Wicker Man, starring Christoper Lee and directed by Robin Hardy. There are no bees. Matt is way off, again misremembering the availabilty of the Wicker Man and probably the chronology of Iron Maiden's Brave New World record.
Andrew and Matt talk about DePalma's nightmare glam rock opera version of the Phantom of the Opera. Matt twice names Paul Williams as Andy Williams, which is terrible. A terrible mistake.
We finally talk about Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, lurid Victorian thriller with landmark special effects.
I was thinking of Doctor Jekyll and Sister Hyde, not Dr Jekyll and Ms Hyde. They are very different movies.
Andrew and Matt talk (for the second time) about middling Frankenstein picture SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, which features the impressive cast of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone, and Lionel Atwill. Sorry about the slight echo!
This week, Andrew and Matt discuss the ableist classic, Freaks. For more information and show notes, check out goldenagehorror.com
This week, Matt and Andrew cover the Island of Lost Souls starring Charles Laughton, and featuring Bela Lugosi as the Sayer of the Law. Are we not men?
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Matt and Andrew ponder the question - just what is the most dangerous game?
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This week, Andrew and Matt discuss the freaky surrealistic dreamscape Vampyr, directed by Carl Dryer.
This week, Andrew and Matt talk about the 1998 film GODS AND MONSTERS, the James Whalee biopic by Bill Condon starring Ian McKellen, which we decided would be an excellent conclusion to James Whale January.
This week, Andrew and Matt talk about the Old Dark House - week four of James Whale January.
Andrew and Matt talk about the 1933 James Whale directed horror film THE INVISIBLE MAN, which stars Claude Rains and the everpresent Una O'Connor.
Stay tuned next week for the Old Dark House!
Andrew and Matt discuss one of the single greatest horror films of all time, The Bride of Frankenstein, starring Boris Karloff, Elsa Lanchester, and Colin Clive and directed by James Whale. For more information and detailed show notes, visit www.goldenagehorror.com
Andew and Matt are Alive!!!!!!! Kicking off James Whale January with "Frankenstein" the 1931 film starring Boris Karloff. For more information, visit www.GoldenAgeHorror.com.
Andrew and Matt discuss the Fritz Lang thriller M, which stars Peter Lorre and still stands as one of the best movies of all time.
Andrew and Matt talk about the Boris Karloff classic THE MUMMY. For more information, visit GoldenAgeHorror.com!
Andrew, Matt, Chris, Gino, and Steven finish their live playthrough of Delta Green: Convergence, after finding out that two of their number had "the pink stuff." Thier investigation is not a smashing success.
This week, we talk about the 1932 horror classic, White Zombie, the first American movies to feature zombies.
Links and Notes
The piano scene that Andrew really liked happens at right around the 39 minute mark
This movie is in the public domain! This amazing print is on Youtube, way better than the versions on Amazon or Netflix.
Further reading on Voodoo in Haiti, if you're so inclined:
The Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis
Tell My Horse by Zora Neale Hurston
Voodoo in Haiti by Alfred Metreaux
The Black Cat is pretty much one of my personal favorite horror movies of all time. It was notable at the time of its release for featuring the two most famous horror stars working at the time, Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. The film’s director, Edgar G Ulmer, is famous mainly for this film, and it’s easy to see why. The style and Weirdness of the film are undeniable.
This week, Andrew and Matt discuss the mediocre (!!!) Bela Lugosi/Edgar Allan Poe/ Killer Ape picture Murders in the Rue Morgue.
In this week's episode, Andrew and Matt watch the 1935 horror film Mad Love starring Peter Lorre and directed by Karl Freund. A true horror classic, Mad Love mixes expressionism with Grand Guignol scares.
Matt Bevilacqua (a horror fan) and Andrew Baillie (a horror novice) talk about the 1936 film Dracula's Daughter starring Gloria Holden. Did we gasp? Giggle? THRILL? For more information about this classic Universal Monsters movie, just in time for Halloween, check out www.goldenagehorror.com.