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Episode 54: Know Your Roots! The Origins of Horror 1960s Pt.1


In this episode, we are going back to our roots with a continuation of exploring the Origins of Horror. This episode will be Part 1 on the history of horror in the 1960s with Part 2 to come in a few months. But to kick us off we will be looking at the drastic change the horror genre underwent with the rise of proto-slashers in the films Peeping Tom (1960) and Psycho (1960) and the birth of the gore and splatter with Blood Feast (1963).


Enjoy and welcome to our dark side…


Intro/Outro Music: Kiss of the Creature by Dance with the Dead

Artwork by: Jess Hrycyk

Editing work by: Jessica


LINKS TO PODCAST APPS/WHERE CAN LISTEN:



THE SPINSTER’S LIBRARY


History.com Editors “The 1960s History” 26 July 2020 https://www.history.com/topics/1960s/1960s-history


PBS “PopCulture: The Way We Were” 2005 https://www.pbs.org/opb/thesixties/topics/culture/index.html


“List of 1960s Major News Events in History” The People History Home. 2022


Wilson, Karina “1960s Horror Movies” Horror Film History. 2022


Callahan, Corey “The 1960s: The Horror Film in Flux” Horror Obsessive. 2020


Chappell, Caitlin “From the Psychological to the Supernatural: Horror in the 1960s” CBR.com, 2 May 2020


Powers, Gabe “Proto-Slashers: A Brief History” Genre Grinder.com. 8 April 2019


Mikulev, Sven “Psycho: The Proto-Slasher that brought on a Revolution in Cinema” Cinephilia & Beyond.org https://cinephiliabeyond.org/psycho-proto-slasher-brought-revolution-cinema/


Furzan, Federico “Why Is Psycho So Famous, and Is it That Great?” Movie Web.com 22 January 2023


Tobias, Scott “Psycho at 60: the enduring power of Hitchcock’s shocking game-changer” The Guardian.com. 16 June 2020


Dollar, Steve. “Psycho’s Shower Scene: How Hitchcock Upped the Terror - and fooled the Censors” History.com. 1 June 2023


Scott, Jessica “Cameras & Culpability: Peering Tom as Found Footage Indictment” GRIM Magazine Issue 11. September 2022


The Haught Culturist “Peeping Tom (1960): Sex, Death and Sinister Cinema” The Haughty Culturist.com. 7 May 2023


Starling, Hollie “He Has His Father’s Eyes’ The Specter of Freud in Peeping Tom” Horrified Magazine.co.uk


Mikelec, Sven “‘Peeping Tom’ : The Road from Disgust to Recognition from Michael Powell’s Brilliant Take on Filmmaking” Cinephilia & Beyond


“Splatter Horror” TVTropes.Org


Cusson, Katie “These Movies Created Gore and Influenced Horror Forever” Movie Web.com 20 Jan 2023


Vierra, Erin “A Look into the Gore Horror Genre” Videomaker.com 26 October 2022


“Splatter Film” Wikipedia, 2023.


Koven, Mikel, “Herschel Gordon Lewis Interview” Abertoir Horror Festival ) UK: 8 November 2009)


Abrams, Simon “Happy Birthday, ‘Blood Feast’: Digging into the guts of the very first Splatter Film” Roger Ebert. Com 3 July 2013


Presnell, Riley “How Herschel Gordon Lewis Became the Godfather of Gore” Collider.com 23 February 2023


NEXT MONTH’S EPISODE ANNOUNCEMENT:


June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada, a time to recognize the rich history, heritage, resilience, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. We will be covering two similar zombie horror movies with very different budgets, BLOOD QUANTUM (2019) and THE DEAD CAN'T DANCE (2010). "The first ones here will be the last to leave"



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