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11.10.17

PODCAST 277: The Old Dark House & The Bat Whispers [Pre-Code Edition]


This week the Horror Duo discuss a pair of interesting pre-code films that both fall into the horror "old dark house" sub-genre. Forest shares his thoughts on James Whale's The Old Dark House - from which the sub-genre's name is derived. Cory covers The Bat Whispers, which is an early talkie re-make with an interesting widescreen history. The discussion of these films also branches off into a one about the pre-code era, and what filmmakers could and couldn't get away with once the Hays Code was instituted.

They also chat about the sleazy business of Harvey Weinstein, the devil that is "motion smoothing", and Cory asks the important question; "are 3D blu-rays still a thing?". All this and Forest sets a new record for most times "whatever like that" is said in one podcast...*sigh*

"THE OLD DARK HOUSE"

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"THE BAT WHISPERS"

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TIME CODE

  • 00:00 - Introduction & News
  • 29:54 - "The Old Dark House"
  • 51:02 - Know Your Horror Trivia
  • 52:20 - "The Bat Whispers"
  • 72:15 - Comments & Conclusion

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3 comments:

Anomalous Host said...

The Old Dark House. That film took me by surprise when I first saw it. In all honesty, I think this film was way ahead of its time. I'm not talking about the characters and content pre-Hay's Code (fuck the Hay's Code by the way), I'm talking about the plot structure and just how unconventional it all is. It's as if this is a comedy/drama disguised as a horror film as opposed to being a horror film with comedy/drama elements in it. It's like this film is meant to be a satire of haunted house flicks before haunted house flicks became a major thing (like with Amityville Horror or Poltergeist). The film fascinates me for that reason. I am considering picking up the blu-ray release when it eventually comes out (would be nice to see it in decent quality).

Anyway, here's hoping you like what's in the package. Here's another hint if you haven't gotten it yet: Werewolves shall celebrate our Independence Day!

Anomalous Host said...

Oh right, one other thing, how long did it take for you to recognize Boris Karloff in that Old Dark House film?

Blake said...

So some pre-Code films that really pushed the envelope for content that I'm aware of:

INGAGI - a lost film that apparently depicted black women having sex with men in gorilla costumes;

TARZAN AND HIS MATE - featured a nude swimming sequence from Maureen O'Sullivan as Jane;

ECSTASY - I think this was European, but it has actress Hedy Lamarr swimming in the nude and showing her face in the throes of passion;

SHE DONE HIM WRONG - A comedy starring Mae West and Cary Grant