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Episode 59: Know Your Roots! The 1960s Pt.2

In this episode, we return to the 1960s to discuss the history of horror and the influential films of the decade but this time we have broadened our scope to include international films - hence the part 2.  We will do a mini recap of major historical events of the 1960s and where horror was at with experimental films like Psycho (1960), Peeping Tom (1960) and Blood Feast (1963) shocking audiences leading to the rebirth of zombies with Night of the Living Dead (1968). Then we will leave North America to talk about what horror was doing in countries like Japan, France and Great Britain with the films Kuroneko (1968), Eyes Without a Face (1962) and Horror of Dracula (1958).

Enjoy and welcome to our dark side…

Note: We are aware that Horror of Dracula was released in 1958, however, we have included this film in the 1960s as it was a film that signaled the rise of Hammer Horror in the UK in the 1960s leading into the 1970s

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

Artwork by: Jess Hrycyk

Editing work by: Jessica



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Chappell, Caitlin. “From the Psychological to the Supernatural: Horror in the 1960s”

Towlson, Jon. Subversive Horror Cinema: Countercultural Messages of Films from Frankenstein to the Present. McFarland & Company: Illustrated edition (April 3 2014)

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Maydon, Katy. “10 Key Cultural Changes in 1960s Britain”

Zarracina, Javier and Crockett, Zachary. “How the zombie represents America’s deepest fears”

Klawans, Steve. “Night of the Living Dead: Mere Anarchy is Loosed”

“Hammer: The Legacy”

Williams, Tony. “Horror of Dracula/Dracula” Sense of Cinema

“Horror Histories: Hammer Horror Britain’s Gothic Legacy”. The Nottingham Horror Collective.

Hernon, Matthew. “Japan Back Then: The Stories That Gripped the Nation in the 1960s”.

“Japan: International Relations”

Kotzathanasis, Panos. “The 20 Best Japanese Films of the 1960s”. Taste of

“Timeline of Japanese Cinema History” Japanese Cinema Resource Guide.

Richie, Donald. “Tokyo Rising: How Japan’s New Wave rose and broke”

Buscher, Rob. “A Brief History of Japanese Horror” Rikumo Journal.

Restall, Johnny. “Analysis: Phantom Felines - The Revenge of the Oppressed in Kuroneko (1968)” Moving Pictures Films

Mellen, Joan. “My Mind Was Always on The Commoners”: Shindo on Kuroneko in his Body of Work”

McDonagh, Maitland. “Kuroneko: The Mark of The Cat”

“France: The Fifth Republic”

Beardsley, Eleanor. “In France, The Protests of May 1986 Reverberate Today - And Still Divide The French”

“Best French Films of the 1960s”

“An Introduction to The French New Wave”

Kalat, David. “Eyes Without a Face: The Unreal Reality”

Scovell, Adam. “The deathly hinterlands of Eyes Without A Face - 60th Anniversary”


In May we are returning to Original Vs. The Remake with not one by three films! We are talking about one of Jessica’s favorite series - The Evil DEAD! We will talk about the original cult classic from 1981, the blood soaked 2013 remake as well as the severely underrated Bloody Muscle Builder in Hell - The Japanese Evil Dead from 1995!




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