Saturday, June 06, 2020

The Bloody Pit #106 - THE KID BROTHER (1927)

The film under discussion in this episode is a silent movie and a comedy meaning that it represents two cinema topics that this show rarely touches on. In fact, this is the very first time that we’ve ever covered either of those types of movies on The Bloody Pit so, it’s long overdue! 

Usually when John Hudson guests on the show we discuss Antonio Margheriti films but after years of this we thought it would be a good idea to switch things up for a change of pace. Mr. Hudson suggested we look at one of his favorite funny movies THE KID BROTHER (1927) and since I knew nothing about it, I said yes. The film stars comedy genius Harold Lloyd who, by this time in his career, was one of the most popular filmmakers in the world and the highest paid film star of the 1920’s. He was in complete control of his movies usually generating the story ideas and co-directing them in a hands-on producer role.  His films are always energetic affairs filled with amusing chase scenes and daredevil action sequences as his central character struggles to overcome adversity and win the affections of his female co-stars. You might think it pretty standard stuff until you actually watch one of his movies and get caught up laughing and gasping in surprise at the inventiveness on display. Lloyd was an amazing performer and this film is a perfect example of his abilities. 

After Hudson and I catch up with each other’s recent viewing lists we dive into a discussion of THE KID BROTHER (1927) and do our best to find ways to remark on this crowd-pleasing tale when we can’t use sound clips to detail our points. John relates his history with Mr. Lloyd’s movies and his love of silent comedy in general. A good time is had by both of us and we hope that you enjoy listening to our discussion of this great film. 

Any comments or questions can be sent to or posted on the show’s FaceBook page. John and I will be returning to our usual subject matter the next time he visits but I suspect there will be more oddball choices for us down the road. Thanks for listening! 

Friday, June 05, 2020

Dell Comics' Universal Monsters

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

HAUNTED HONEYMOON (1940) and Dorothy L. Sayers

I have to admit that I've never read one of Dorothy L. Sayers detective novels. She's one of those well-regarded mystery writers from the early 20th century that I've just not gotten around to yet. Every now and then I'm reminded that she's someone whose work I should examine more closely and then it slips away and I forget. But having now re-watched a film adaptation of one of her stories I have to say that I'm really going to have to bear down and find some of her work. 

There's a short film entitled THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF AGATHA CHRISTIE (2019) that popped up on the Flix network that I found incredibly amusing. It recounts the 1926 disappearance of Agatha Christie and recounts the details of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Dorothy Sayers becoming involved in the hunt to find the missing mystery novelist. It was quite amusing, painting the various men attempting to locate Miss Christie as oblivious dolts trying bizarre methods to solve the case. Dorothy Sayers comes off as the most level-headed investigator of the bunch and, indeed, is the one who manages to locate Miss Christie. This short has a touching scene between the two characters as Christie explains exactly why she would want to be missing and how they're going to fix the situation as it stands. I recommend checking this fun 24 minute film out if you can find it.

Having been reminded of Miss Sayer's work I decided it was time to re-watch HAUNTED HONEYMOON (1940) a film that I remembered enjoying quite a bit. The credits tell me that it's not only based on one of her novels but that she and a co-writer had actually turned this into a stage play (called Busman’s Holiday) at some point. The sharpness of the dialogue and the speed of the plot certainly give that credence as the entire movie plays like one of the best Thin Man movies never made. Robert Montgomery is smooth charm personified as Lord Peter Whimsy giving every line a just enough ‘english’ to have it bounce perfectly to his co-stars. Constance Cummings is excellent as his fiance/wife capable of more than holding her own in the verbal thrust and parry. I am informed that this film has little resemblance to the play as Miss Sayers wrote it and that, sadly, Mr. Montgomery never again played the character. That’s a shame.

I really much read some of these stories!

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery - Cover Gallery

I really wish I had grabbed a few of those hardcover reprints of these a few years back. 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Trailers From Hell - THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN (1942)

I return to this one over and over again. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Poster Art - ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. (1966)

Saturday, May 23, 2020

The Bloody Pit #105 - Sam Irvin Visits!

Every now and then you meet a true raconteur. Someone who not only has the ability to tell tales in an amusing way but who has enough life experiences accumulated to have stories that seem to be inexhaustible. Sam Irvin is such a person!

Sam is a filmmaker who got his start in the industry working with Brian De Palma in the 1970’s on THE FURY (1978), HOME MOVIES (1979) and DRESSED TO KILL (1980) but his journey began as a movie obsessed Monster Kid in North Carolina. While just a grade school kid, he started his own movie fanzine in which he reviewed horror, science fiction and fantasy films as well as conducting interviews with his horror film idols. Over his high school years he interviewed Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Vincent Price, Freddie Francis, Terence Fisher and even managed to travel to England to speak with them in person. The story of his visit to the set of THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974) is incredible and one of the funniest celebrity tales I've ever heard.

In the 1980’s he shifted to being a producer, directed his first short film and worked as the Vice President of Marketing for several film distribution companies before finally getting to fulfill his dream of becoming a feature director. And then there’s the little story of making the amazing ELVIRA’S HAUNTED HILLS (2001) with the great Cassandra Peterson. But I should just let Sam tell you his story since he does a much better job than I ever could.

Among all his other projects Sam is also an author and our current pandemic Hell has fueled his creativity in an odd way. Along with artist Dan Gallagher he has produced the book Sam’s Toilet Paper Caper! Styled as a parody of the classic children’s series of Little Golden Books it relates the mostly true adventures of Sam as he attempts to replenish his supply of white gold – rolls of TP. It’s available in both ebook and print editions with links done below. All profits from the sales of this book go to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. To learn more and to donate, you can visit this website: LINK

So, sit back and enjoy this couple of hours with Sam Irvin as he lets us in on some of the more incredible parts of his wild life. If you have any questions or comments the email address is or you can join us over on the show’s FaceBook page. Thanks for listening and we’ll be back soon.

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