Movie Meltdown: Frankenstein Pride
For this special bonus Horror Club episode, we return to WonderFest to talk with Sam Irvin. Sam is a director, producer, screenwriter, author and the film historian who recently provided the audio commentary for Frankenstein: The True Story. This 1973 film was directed by Jack Smight and written by Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy and contains a very interesting subplot that was slyly snuck past the censors at the time. Featuring a stellar cast including James Mason, Leonard Whiting, David McCallum, Jane Seymour, Michael Sarrazin, Sir John Gielgud, Agnes Moorehead, Sir Ralph Richardson and Tom Baker – listen as we delve into this impressive and often overlooked horror classic.
And as we deal with our own monstrous issues of abandonment and rejection, we also cover… Growing Fangs, Boris Karloff, Universal Studios, Dr. Polidori, magnum opus, Ben-Hur, the Grandfather of every horror host, Peter Lorre, the great wisdom of the executives, Elsa Lanchester, Anne Rice, talking about decapitation at school the next day, 25 boxes of papers, Launchpad McQuack, Richard O’Brien, My Fair Lady, crucified on the mast, Mark Maddox, Hammer horror, Yvonne De Carlo, Frank Langella’s Dracula, Rick Baker, solar-powered, Young Frankenstein, Hunt Stromberg Jr., Interview with a Vampire, designing your hospital, the most expensive horror film, Gore Vidal, the White Cliffs of Dover, Lon Chaney Jr., The Vampyre, Maila Nurmi and a giant leap of dramatic license.
“We are doing a magnum opus of the James Whale movies, but… we don’t want to just do a remake. We want to make it different… how can we do this differently?!”
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