Did you know there was a movie made in 1936 called The Walking Dead? Neither did Martin and Melinda. Much to our chagrin this movie has no relation to AMC's insanely popular show. Some people say its good, so we are gonna give it the old Frightfully Uninformed try. Starring the inimitable Karloff (no first name needed) as a wrongfully convicted pianist who gets resurrected by some (I'm guessing here) immoral scientist, The Walking Dead is guaranteed to deliver some...walking...and at least one dead guy. Tune in next time to hear what this movie is actually about and if Martin and Melinda liked it. #NoSpoilers
All the best movie sequels resurrect characters that were killed off in the first movie; Ripley in Alien: Resurrection, Letty in Fast & Furious 6, Chev in Crank: High Voltage and Curly in City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold. So when the Bride of Frankenstein begins with the monster literally clawing his way out of the fiery ruins of the windmill, you know that the stars have aligned and you are about to witness a true Hollywood sequel. According to Hollywood lore director James Whale initially refused to direct The Bride of Frankenstein because as he put it he felt he had already "squeezed the idea dry" with Frankenstein (1931). Now that’s a man with scruples! However, Universal Pictures eventually lured him in by (I’m guessing) telling him he could do whatever he wanted. Despite his misgivings, Whale does manage to squeeze some juice out of this shriveled idea...although the juice smelled oddly like embalming fluid and I suspect he drank some of it. Join Martin, Melinda and a special guest as they explore this iconic film that ventures into some truly bizarre territory...
You see kids, when a movie studio and actor and another actor love each other very much…they decide to make movie called The Black Cat (1934). Starring two of Universal Pictures biggest horror darlings, Béla Lugosi and Boris Karloff, The Black Cat is the "Brangelina" love child of the 1930s. Martin and Melinda can barely contain their excitement over this dynamic pairing, so tune in to listen as we uncover the dark mystery of The Black Cat. Also tune in to listen to us describe Borris Karloff's eyebrows in this movie because they are IN-SANE!
"Don't be alarmed, ladies and gentlemen. Those chains are made of chrome steel." - Carl Denham
We're all familiar with classic romantic comedy format, boy meets girl, boy verbally abuses girl, 50 foot ape God absconds with girl and the ape gets shot down by biplanes. Right? At any rate most people are familiar with the image of a giant gorilla climbing the Empire State Building with a blonde woman grasped in his fist like a rag doll. Up next, Martin and Melinda watch King Kong (1933) for the first time ever and marvel at the historical/technological advances made in what might be one of the first major blockbuster films reviewed on Frightfully Uninformed. This movie truly is tons of fun. Get it...because of the giant gorilla monster.
Do you remember the 90s? When the men wore beanies and oversized plaid shirts and the women wore Dr. Martens and sunflower print sundresses? When "120 Minutes" was the best show TV and Bill Clinton scarfed McDonalds while out jogging in booty shorts? Sigh. It was a simpler time when a fake documentary was aired on prime time TV and convinced the American public that three 20-somethings were lost in the woods and subsequently killed by the Blair Witch. Join Martin and Melinda for a walk down memory lane as they revisit the original Blair Witch Project, one of the first "found footage" horror films created.
"Witches in days gone by were roasted just like my Vienna sausage."
- Heather Donahue
Joined by a Leonardo, Martin and Melinda discuss The Invisible Man, an American Pre-Code science fiction/horror film based on H. G. Wells' famous novel. Some impressive (for their time) special effects and a sense of dark humor make this an entertaining romp of a film.
"An invisible man can rule the world. Nobody will see him come, nobody will see him go. He can hear every secret. He can rob, and rape, and kill!" - Dr. Jack Griffin aka The Invisible Man
No, not the heavy metal band, the horror movie starring Bela Lugosi from 1932. Martin and Melinda return to the pre-code Universal Horror era. You heard me right! White. Zombie. Uh...What the what?! Is this going to be another racist horror movie, did Universal just pull a complete Elvis and culturally appropriate an intriguing facet of African Culture. Tune in to find out. Until then enjoy this lovely skit by Key and Peele.
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In tribute to the release of the new The Purge: Election Year, Martin, Melinda and a special guest will watch The Purge (2013) in preparation to "release the beast"....no we aren't talking about Del Taco. Tune in for episode Episode 12 for a for nostalgic romp through streets of blood and guts.