Hard Light with No Filter: How Michael Powell’s Career was Ended by “Peeping Tom”

 

By S.A. Bradley

There’s a scene in Director Michael Powell’s notorious Peeping Tom (1960) where the main character, Mark Lewis (Carl Boehm), works his side job as a pinup photographer. He’s very good, but detached. There’s a “new girl” whom we first see only in profile. Mark is preoccupied and barely notices her until she turns and reveals a disfigured lip. Mark is awestruck. He’s compelled to pick up his movie camera and film her face. It’s awkwardly sexual. Another model protests, “but what about the customers”?

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Episode 023- What’s Eating You?

In this month of Thanksgiving when, in America, we feast…

I’m thinking about things that feast on us. 

The fear of being eaten is primal, and dates back to our caveman days when we were on the menu for all the big predators.

And it’s been a mainstay of horror for ages.  The Blob, The Fly (both the original and the David Cronenberg remake), and countless other movies and books deal with the primal fear of being eaten by an unknown monster. Continue reading “Episode 023- What’s Eating You?”

Episode 022- Never Underestimate the Power of the Microbe: Body Horror

Some horrors are all too real, and we’re powerless to stop them.

Being bested by a one-celled organism can really put a person in his or her place.

In this episode I talk about REAL body horror, specifically the horror of outbreaks of illness.

Epidemics.  Pandemics.  They’ve been the topic of good and bad horror alike.  I’m fascinated by the microscopic world, and that these tiny creatures outnumber me, you, all of us. Continue reading “Episode 022- Never Underestimate the Power of the Microbe: Body Horror”

Episode 021- Lessons In Latex and Cuisine For Corpses: The Artists of Sinister Creature Con

What are you dressing up as for Halloween? I have some ideas…

This month I went to the Sinister Creature Con in Sacramento, CA.

This convention focuses on the technicians behind the shock effects, and it’s filled with artists demonstrating their work and their passion for everyone to see. Continue reading “Episode 021- Lessons In Latex and Cuisine For Corpses: The Artists of Sinister Creature Con”

Episode 020- The Devil You Don’t Know: 20 Horror Movies You May Not Have Seen

 Have you gotten your Halloween scare yet?

In this episode, I give a selection of movies to watch for this Halloween season.

My list skips the “old reliables” in favor of some lesser known films you may not have seen before. 

It’s a mixture of old and new, American and foreign, monsters, ghosts, and some new disturbing characters. Continue reading “Episode 020- The Devil You Don’t Know: 20 Horror Movies You May Not Have Seen”

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