I have always attempted to include as many guest hosts on The Bloody Pit as possible and this time I'm finally joined by a friend with whom I've planned to record for over a year. It shouldn't have taken so long but we only see each other every May so a missed opportunity means a full twelve months slip by before we can make another try. Luckily this year we made the time and ended up talking about FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD at length. Of course, talking monster movies is second nature for Mark and myself so the subject matter isn't all that odd but let me introduce my esteemed co-host for Bloody Pit #24.
Mark Maddox is a fantastic painter and illustrator whose work has appeared on the covers of most of my favorite monster magazines. Chances are good that if you read Little Shop of Horrors, Screem, Mad Scientist, HorrorHound or Monsters From Hell you have seen his artwork and been impressed by it. If you doubt his skills just look at that image at the top of the page! It's an action shot ripped straight from the film perfectly summing up the pure fun of the final act. Besides being an award winning creator of visual excellence he shares a love for classic horror movies that rivals my own and he is more than willing to debate, discuss and argue over the merits of his favorites. (And, if I'm lucky, one day I'll get him on the record about our mutual love of Spaghetti Westerns as well!) If you haven't seen his work you are in for a real treat and I suggest a quick trip over to his website HERE for a peek. I'm thrilled to have a print of his beautiful piece inspired by John Carpenter's THE THING hanging in my bedroom, creeping me out each night before I go to sleep.
Since it's in each of our natures to start talking about horror films and never shut up we tried to limit the scope of our conversation to the film at hand but we do start off establishing a baseline. By that I mean that we talk about Lugosi in THE BLACK CAT and MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE and then about Cushing in BRIDES OF DRACULA before we finally get to Toho's brilliant riff on The Frankenstein Monster. We spared you our hour long discussion of the James Bond films! If you wish to comment on the show or any previous episode you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org where I am sure to reply.
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