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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


THE SPINSTER’S LIBRARY Editors “The 1960s History” 26 July 2020

PBS “PopCulture: The Way We Were” 2005

“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”, 2 May 2020

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

Mikulev, Sven “Psycho: The Proto-Slasher that brought on a Revolution in Cinema” Cinephilia &

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

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

Dollar, Steve. “Psycho’s Shower Scene: How Hitchcock Upped the Terror - and fooled the Censors” 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 7 May 2023

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

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 20 Jan 2023

Vierra, Erin “A Look into the Gore Horror Genre” 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” 23 February 2023


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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