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We compare the Book to the Screen and Everything Inbetween

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We compare the Book to the Screen and Everything Inbetween

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Rank #1: Season 2: Episode 61 - Bram Stoker's Dracula / Love at First Bite

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

This time around James V Hart would write the screenplay and director duties would be Francis Ford Coppola.  The film would come to Coppola after Ryder presented it to him after feeling guilty for dropping out of Godfather Part III.

Filmed entirely on sound stages and using practical effects over digital effects, Coppola would rely on giving the film an erotic dream feel throughout the film.  The film would get good notices for most of the cast though Keanu Reeves would be the brunt of bad reviews.

The film starred Wynonna Ryder, Keanu Reeves, Gary Oldman, Anthony Hopkins and Sadie Frost.  The film would go on to win Academy Awards for makeup design and costume ignoring the acting categories all together. 

Love At First Bite (1979)

Written by Robert Kaufman and directed by Stan Dragoti and a spoof of Dracula, the film would become a box office success.  It would transport Dracula to New York City after being evicted from his Castle by the Romanian government as they needed his castle to be the new sports center. 

The film would start George Hamilton, Susan St James, Richard Benjamin, Arte Johnson and Dick Shawn.  They would showcase their comedy talent by looking at love and lust in 1970’s New York City.  A sequel has been in planning stages since 1980 with no luck as of date.

Opening Credits (.20); Introduction (3.50); Forming the Plot (15.35); Film Trailer (21.31); Lights, Camera, Action (25.08); Forming the Plot (57.06); Film Trailer (1:04.59); Lights, Camera, Action (1:09.31); Final Thoughts (1:42.15); End Credits (1:46.34); Closing Credits (1:48.04)

Opening Credit – Vampire Hunters - by Wojciech Kilar – taken from the album Bram Stoker’s Dracula Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Closing Credits – I Love the Nightlife (Disco ‘Round) – by Alicia Bridges – taken from the album The Collection

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Jun 08 2019

1hr 53mins

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Rank #2: Season 2: Episode 50 - Rope

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Rope (1948)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, screenplay by Arthur Laurents which is based on the true crime story of Loeb and Leobald who killed 14 year old Bobby Franks in 1924.  Before being a film, it was a successful play by Patrick Hamilton.

This is the first technicolour film of Hitchcocks and is known for being filmed in real time and edited to look as it is one continuous shot from beginning to end.  It is the second film that Hitchcock would film in a limited setting.  The film was shot using ten minute takes due to the size of the film canisters at that time and the set was the largest ever built for a film.  The set also encompasses a cyclorama which was in the background with lights coming on in the New York City background, the sun setting and clouds made from spun glass moving across the sky.

The film starred James Stewart and Farley Granger and is truly memorable for its one shot momentum.  Hitchcock makes two appearance in this film, see if you can spot them.

We are joined by special guest co-host Josh Monroe from the sensational The City Within the Walls.  You can follow him by clicking on the following links:  Website, iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Podbean or via is RSS Feed.

Opening Credits (.20); Introduction (6.04); Forming the Plot (19.22); Commercial Break (30.14); Film Trailer (33.01); Lights, Camera, Action (36.36); Epilogue (1:08.15); End Credits (1:14.31); Closing Credits (1:17.42)

Opening Credits:  Friendship Train by Gladys Knight and the Pips from the album The Best of Gladys Knight and the Pips

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Closing Credits: Ball of Confusion – by Leon Bridges – Taken from the album The Get Down – Original Soundtrack from Netflix Series

Literary License Podcast would like to thank Netflix for the use of Ball of Confusion.

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Mar 17 2019

1hr 24mins

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Rank #3: Season 3: Episodes 102 - Les Diaboliques (1955)

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Les Diaboliques (1955)

The French classic directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot and starring Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzet and Paul Meurisse is based on a novel by Pierre Bouleua (Planet of the Apes) and Thomas Narcejac (Vertigo).

The film blends elements of thriller and horror, with the plot focusing on a woman and the mistress of her husband who conspire to murder the man.  The body disappears and a number of strange incidents start to occur.

The film would be the tenth largest box office success of that year.  Considered by many as the closest thing to an Alfred Hitchcock film without being a Hitchcock film.  Interestingly enough, Hitchcock himself missed owning the rights of the book minutes before it was purchased.

Opening Credits; Introduction – Rose and Thorn of the Week (.49); Forming the Plot (10.29); Film Trailer (11.58);  Lights, Camera, Action (14.48); Epilogue (55.49); End Credits (1:08.53); Closing Credits (1:01.22)

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Mar 22 2020

1hr 2mins

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Rank #4: Season 3: Episode 88 - Repo! The Genetic Opera / The Devil's Carnival

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Repo!  The Genetic Opera (2008)

This 2008 science fiction, gothic rock musical horror comedy film directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw franchise), tells the tale of a world in 2056, a corporation funds transplants through a payment plan.  If the patient is late with their payment, the repo man comes and takes back their organs.  

The film has a cult status that now equals the Rocky Horror Picture Show.  The film stars Alexa Vega, Paul Sorvino, Anthony Stewart Head, Sarah Brightman, Paris Hilton, Joan Jett and Bill Moseley. 

​The Devil's Carnival (2012)

2012 follow-up to Repo! The Genetic Opera brought back Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich.  The musical horror film tells the tale of the main characters who find themselves  caught in fables based on Aesop Fables.  This is the first of a trilogy of films with part two and three waiting to be filmed.  As it is self-funded, filming for part two started in 2014 being released as Alleluia:  The Devil’s Carnival.

The film stars Emilie Autumn, Sean Patrick Flannery, Briana Evigan, Paul Sorvino and Bill Moseley.  The stories included are Grief and Its Dues, The Dog and Its Reflection and The Scorpion and the Frog – an animal fable originated from Russia.

Opening Credits (.20); Introduction (08.02); Forming the Plot (17.01); Film Trailer (20.11); Page to Page (22.14); Outlining the Script (54.10); Film Trailer (55.30); Lights, Camera, Action (57.24); Epilogue (1:19.19); End Credits (1:26.56); Closing Theme (1:27.55)

Opening Credits – Chase The Morning/Everyone’s A Composer/Come Back! – by Alexa Vega/Sarah Brightman/Anthony Stewart Head/Nancy Long from the album  Repo:  The Genetic Opera

It’s Christmas Eve – by Alex Jaraway – from the album A Christmas Horror Story Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Closing Credits:  Epitaph – Terrance Zdunich from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Repo:  Genetic Opera

Do You Hear What I Hear/You Really Got Me – Bobby Lloyd and the Skeletons from the album A Christmas Party with Eddie G

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Dec 14 2019

1hr 31mins

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Rank #5: Season 3: Episode 99 - Dark Shadows - Episodes 201 - 219

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Dark Shadows - April 1967

Episodes 201 - 219

Caroline is having a difficult time with why Jason and Willie are hanging around Collingswood.  David tells Willie about hidden treasures found in the hidden room of the family tomb.  A family member that resembles a family member from 200 years ago makes an appearance where legends are born.

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Opening Credits; Introduction (4.21); Out of the Shadows (19.34); Into The Shadows (53.32); Shedding Some Light (1:00.31); Morning Has Broken (1:43.37); Tune In Next Time (2:00.27); Closing Credits (2:03.59)

Opening and Closing Credits – Dark Shadows Theme – by Robert Cobert

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Feb 29 2020

2hr 4mins

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Rank #6: Season 3: The Dark Shadows Fan Club - Christmas Episode

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Dark Shadows Fan Club Discussion

The Christmas Episode

 

The Literary License Podcast is proud to present Dee Kearney, Cathe Tourkodimitris and Rod Labbe, Fan Club Presidents of the original Dark Shadows from 1966- 1971.  Dee, Cathe and Rod give an insightful information of what it took and the fantastic experiences they had being Fan Club Presidents to Marie Wallace, Louis Edmonds and Dennis Patricks.  They visited the sets and had personal correspondence and relationships with these remarkable people.  Three remarkable people join us for which we are truly blessed as they speak about a magical time that occurred during turbulent times.   
 
A very special thank you to all our listeners and have a safe and happiest of holidays.  May your New Year ring bright.
 
Opening Credits – Welcome Christmas from the original motional picture soundtrack The Grinch
 
Closing Credits – Christmas Chimes Are Ringing Santa – from the television soundtrack Twas The Night Before Christmas
 
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Dec 24 2019

1hr 44mins

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Rank #7: Season 2: Episode 71 - North By Northwest

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North by Northwest (1959)

Screenplay by Earnest Lehman who wanted to write the Hitchcock picture to end all Hitchcock pictures provided this gem of a film that lives on in the halls of one of the best motion pictures ever made. 

Hitchcock wanted to something fun and light with a murder mystery and a man mistaken.  He has been running with the idea for a number of years until he decided to go forth and hiring Lehman to write a script. 

The film stars Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, Martin Landau, James Mason and Leo G Carroll.  The film is a box office smash and still breaks records on reissues.  This is one of the films that reminds us why we love Hitch.

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Opening Credits (.20); Introduction (4.23); PSA (17.30); Forming the Plot (18.31); Commercial Break (29.18); Lights, Camera, Action (34.24); Epilogue (1:18.39); End Credits (1:23.33); Closing Credits (1:24.58)

Opening Credits:  Overture by Bernard Herrman from the album North by Northwest – The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Closing Credits: Running For My Life – by Luciano – Taken from the album Reggae Gospel

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Aug 17 2019

1hr 28mins

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Rank #8: Season 2: Episode 65 - Burnt Offerings

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Burnt Offerings (1976)

Screenplay by William F Nolan (The Thing, Logan’s Run) and directed by Dan Curtis, this mystery horror film is based on the best selling book of the same name by Robert Marasco. 

The film would become a horror classic and dealing with a house that uses a life force to rebuild itself.  Bette Davis had difficulties on set with Karen Black due to her showing no respect and Oliver Reed for his drunken escapades. 

The film stars Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Bette Davis, Eileen Heckart, Burgess Meredith and Anthony James.  The film would go on to win numerous horror awards and the soundtrack composed by Robert Cobert (Dark Shadows). 

Opening Credits (.20); Introduction (4.35); Forming the Plot (6.55); Film Trailer (35.57);  Lights, Camera, Action (40.41); Epilogue (1:04.34); End Credits (1:10.47); Closing Credits (1:11.35)

Opening Credits – Obsession by Army of Lovers from the album Massive Luxury Overload

Closing Credits – House Is Not A Home by Rumer from the album This Girl Is In Love

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Jul 06 2019

1hr 15mins

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Rank #9: Season 3: Episode 74 - The Masque of the Red Death

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September 2019 - It Might Be Catching

Short Story

Masque of the Red Death  (1842)

Hop Frog (1849)

Film:

Masque of the Red Death 1964

The 1842 short story is an allegory about the inevitability of death.  The Gothic short story is has risen to controversy with what is the titular disease which scholars continue to debate today.  The original earned Poe $12.00 and would be published in Graham’s Lady’s and Gentleman’s Monthly.

In 1964, Roger Corman would bring the tale to the screen in all of its widescreen Technicolor splendor which would be part of the Corman Poe films starring Vincent Price in the lead role. Two sub plots are used in the classic screenplay written by Charles Beaumont and R Wright Campbell which incorporated Leap Frog, short by Poe himself and Torture of Hope by Augste Villiers de l’isle-Adam. 

Interesting fact is award winning director Nicholas Roeg (Don’t Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth).

We are joined by Rod Labbe, esteemed film historian and journalist of classic films and one of our favourite guest co-host. 

Opening Credits (.25); Introduction (3.22); Forming the Plot (12.39); Film Trailer (1:05.53);  Lights, Camera, Action (1:10.26); Epilogue (2:21.33); End Credits (2:24.10); Closing Credits (2:26.19)

Opening Credits – Prelude/The Old Woman and the Red Death by David Lee from the soundtrack album The Masque of the Red Death

Closing Credits – Our Perfect Disease by The Wombats from the album The Wombats Proudly Present…The Modern Glitch

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Sep 08 2019

2hr 31mins

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Rank #10: Season 3: Episode 101 - The Night of the Hunter - Looper

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The Night of the Hunter (1955)

This one and only film masterpiece directed by Charles Laughton and starring Shelly Winters, Lillian Gish and Robert Mitchum is considered the second best American film.  The film tells the story of a corrupt minister turned serial killer who attempts to charm an unsuspected widow and steal $10,000 dollars hidden by her executed husband.

Based on the true story of Harry Powers who was hanged in 1932 for the murder of two widows and three children in West Virginia.  The film has a lyrical and expressionistic style that is influenced by films of the silent era.  

The love/hate tattoos across Mitchum's fingers would become an iconic image in itself.

Looper (2014)

Written and directed by Rian Johnson and starring Emily Blunt, Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt would gross 170million against its 30million budget.

The story revolves around Loopers, hired by criminal syndicates from the future to terminate victims that they send through time.

Some of the film takes place in Shanghai to appeal to a Chinese audience. 

The film would make several top ten lists for that year. 

Opening Credits; Introduction – Rose and Thorn of the Week (1.32); Forming the Plot (12.37); Lights, Camera, Action (13.49); Film Trailer (53.01);   Forming The Plot (Take 2) (54.35); Trailer (Take 2) (55.29); Lights, Camera, Action (Take 2) (57.54); Epilogue (1:50.37); End Credits (1:55.44); Closing Credits (1:57.07)

Opening and Closing Credits – thanking BenSounds for our fantastic Opening and Closing Credits.

Mar 20 2020

1hr 59mins

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Rank #11: Season 2: Episode 66 - House of Dark Shadows/Trilogy of Terror

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House of Dark Shadows (1970)

Written by Sam Hall and Gordon Russell and directed by Dan Curtis.  This is a film of the classic soap opera Dark Shadows.  In this film expansion, vampire Barnabas Collins looks for a cure for his vampirism.  He used the basic Barnabas story line but with a modified ending.

After the huge success of this daytime serial, Curtis decided to expand this into a feature film.  The film is more violent that its daytime counterpart and was given a R rating upon its release.  It would cast the television stars to reprise their roles.

The film stars Kathryn Leigh Scott, Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Roger Davis, Nancy Barrett, John Karlen and Louis Edmonson.  During the time of filming, some of the stars were written out of the day time serial and returned back once their time on the film was done.

​Trilogy of Terror (1975)

Written by William F Nolan and Richard Matheson and directed by Dan Curtis this three story anthology film all starring Karen Black.

The film starred Karen Black, John Karlen and Gregory Harrison.  The film was a network smash in the ratings and has since become a horror classic.  Karen Black blames the popularity of this film from only being cast in B Horror films.

Our special guest co-host is Tom Diamon (The Literary License Podcast Dark Shadows co-host) and Rod Labbe, journalist and novelist.  We also have a special interview by Tom Diamon with the one and only Roger Davis, who gives us a special insight into the making of House of Dark Shadows.  

A very special thank you to Don Capone who helped with a very difficult audio with the Roger Davis.  Check out his website by clicking here.  HERE

Opening Credits (.20); Introduction (3.50); Forming the Plot (14.34); Film Trailer (24.01); Lights, Camera, Action (27.44); Interview with Roger Davis (1:17.32); Forming the Plot (1:56.40); Lights, Camera, Action (2:06.02); Final Thoughts (2:30.33); End Credits (2:47.37); Closing Credits (2:49.11)

Opening Credit – Barnabas - by Vampire State Building – taken from the album Dark Shadows 30th Anniversary

Closing Credits – I Was Jesus In Your Veins – by Amy Studt  - single out now

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Jul 13 2019

2hr 53mins

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Rank #12: Season 3: Episode 110 - Hereditary (2018) / Midsommar (2019)

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Hereditary (2018)

The American horror film directed by Ari Aster tells the story about a family haunted after the death of their secretive grandmother.

The films stars Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff and Milly Shapiro.

The film is controversial as it left audiences members either confused and scratching their heads or at the other end of the spectrum, loving it and realising every nuiance.

The film is a instant classic and gave us a director that we will hear many great things from.

Midsommar (2019)

Ari Aster's second motion picture is a folk horror tale that follows a group of friens as they go to Sweden for a festival that occurs once every ninety years, only to find themselves in the clutch of a pagan cult.

This Swedish/American production received heavy praise from critics and audience members alike proving Aster is a director to look out for.  He combines visual style, unique storytelling techniques and his own unique spin on proceedings.

The film stars Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper and Will Poulter.

We are joined by C Derrick Miller, Author of the Taste of Home series and you can find him at the following links:  Websites:   http://cderickmiller.com; American Justice Podcast website is http://www.americanjusticepodcast.com and check out what is happening on his new film via http://www.warningsignsfilm.com

We are also pleased to introduce our new co-host Jesse Faultz.  He comes with a wealth of knowledge and we are so pleased to have him on board.  Everyone welcome Jesse to the Literary License Podcast.  He will be a regular on Dark Shadow episodes and many more.

Opening Credits; Introduction – Rose and Thorn of the Week (1.32); Story Geeks (19.40); Forming the Plot (22.53); Film Trailer (23.42); Lights, Camera, Action (25.51); DAB Book Release (1:06.22); Forming The Plot (Take 2) (1:08.44); Trailer (Take 2) (1:10.05); Lights, Camera, Action (Take 2) (1:12.34); Epilogue (2:00.32); End Credits (2:11.37); Closing Credits (2:12.15)

Opening and Closing Credits – thanking BenSounds for our fantastic Opening and Closing Credits.

May 07 2020

2hr 14mins

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Rank #13: Season 3: Episode 96 - Westworld (1973) / Shawshank Redemption (1994)

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Westworld (1973)

1973, Michael Crichton would write and direct Westworld which would start the rise of his writing career.  The American Science Fiction Western film would be about an amusement park of androids that would malfunction and start to kill the visitors. 

The film stars James Brolin, Dick Van Patten, Richard Benjamin and the fantastically cast Yul Brynner.  The film would set box offices alit and create one sequel called Futureworld and a 1980’s short lived television series Beyond Westworld.  The film would come to modern audiences again in the new HBO series which is considered one of the icons of modern television. 

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Released in 1994 to critical acclaimed and based on a short novella by Stephen King and directed by Frank Darabont, tells the tale of a prisoner sent to Shawshank for the murder of his wife and her lover although he claims his innocence.  Over the next two decades he would befriend a fellow prisoner, Ellis "Red" Redding and becomes instrumental in a money laundering scheme set up by the prison warden.

The film stars Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, William Sandler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows and James Whitmore.

Initially released as a box office failure, the film would go on to gain a cult following and would end up becoming the number one VHS rental film after award nominations and word of mouth.  It is now considered one of the best films of the 1990's.

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Opening Credits; Introduction – Rose and Thorn of the Week (1.32); Forming the Plot (08.33); Film Trailer (10.52);  Lights, Camera, Action (13.34); Forming The Plot (Take 2) (46.37); Trailer (Take 2) (49.32); Lights, Camera, Action (Take 2) (51.40); Epilogue (1:28.37); End Credits (1:32.44); Closing Credits (1:34.47)

Opening and Closing Credits – thanking BenSounds for our fantastic Opening and Closing Credits.

Feb 09 2020

1hr 36mins

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Rank #14: Season 3: Episode 77 - Dark Shadows Episodes 49 - 71

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Dark Shadows - September 1966

Episodes 49 - 71

Bill Malloy has still disappeared and Victoria Winters finds a body below the cliffs.  The Sheriff starts to investigate everyone which includes Sam and Maggie.  Burke Devlin thinks Roger has something to do with Bill disappearance and aims to prove his theory. Old secrets come out and a portrait of Josette is found in the old house. 

We have Part One of our special interview with the writer, producer and director, Ansel Faraj who has a remarkable career.  Make sure you following Ansel via the following sites:

Website:  https://www.hollinsworthproductions.com/

YouTube:   https://www.youtube.com/user/HollinsworthProd1

IMDB:  https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4043796/?ref_=tt_ov_wr

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/hollinsworthproductions

Make sure you order his films with his fantastic cast including a lot of Dark Shadows alumni.  You can order these at:   https://www.oldies.com/performer-view/Ansel-Faraj.html

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Opening Credits (.27); Introduction (5.33); Out of the Shadows (13.20); Into The Shadows (29.41); Shedding Some Light (30.58); Part One - Interview With Ansel Faraj (1:40.18); Morning Has Broken (2:31.57); Tune In Next Time (2:55.17); Closing Credits (2:57.45)

Opening Credit – Tragedy - by Steps – taken from the album Steptacular

Closing Credits – Bury A Friend– by Billie Eilish – Taken from the album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go

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Sep 28 2019

3hr 1min

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Rank #15: Season 2: Episode 49 - The Girl Next Door/An American Crime

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The Girl Next Door (2007)

Based on a book by Jack Ketchum with a screenplay by newcomers Daniel Farrands and Phillip Nutman and directed by Gregory M Wilson, is a film that is very hard to watch but notable as it is loosely based on a true story.  Ketchum was so haunted about the story of Sylvia Likens whose aunt and neighbourhood children would torture, rape, beat and eventually kill her over the summer. 

The Girl Next Door is a hard hitting story that does not shy away from the situation that presents itself with an excellent performance by Blanche (Sixteen Candles) Baker as the diabolical Aunt Ruth.  The film does have its own retribution level that doesn’t happen in the real story with one of the children trying to save Meg from her Aunt. 

The film is very brutal and although this is a fictionalized account of the Sylvia Likens murder, it still gives a very strong punch.

An American Crime (2008)

One year after The Girl Next Door, Showtime produced and aired ‘An American Crime’ which tells the true story of Sylvia Likens murder.  Script by Tommy O’Havers and Irene Turner and directed by Tommy O’Havers.

This true story is the shocking tale of Sylvia Likens who was beat, raped, branded and killed by her aunt, cousins and neighbourhood children in 1965.  The film would have difficulty finding a distributor due to the subject matter but Showtime would show the film in 2008. 

The film would star an up and coming cast which included Ellen Page, James Franco, Evan Peters, Scout Taylor-Compton and an award winning performance by Catherine Keener. 

Opening Credits (.20); Introduction (4.49); Forming the Plot (29.11); Commercial Break (34.02); Film Trailer (34.32); Scene by Scene (36.52); Forming the Plot (1:20.39); Commercial Break (1:22.01); Film Trailer (1:22.50); Lights, Camera, Action (1:24.49); Epilogue (2:20.27); End Credits (2:25.12); Closing Theme (2:26.26)

Opening Credits – The Kids Aren’t Alright – by The Offspring from the album Americana

Closing Credits – Gone Too Soon – by Rachel Tucker from the album The Reason

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Mar 10 2019

2hr 31mins

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Rank #16: Season 3: Episode 104 - Murders in the Rue Morgue

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Short Story:

Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841)

Film:

Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)

The 1932 pre-Hays film and second film to star Bela Lugosi was originally cut due to violent themes upon its initial release. The film is directed by Robert Florey.

The expressionistic style of the film would give a nod to the German expressionistic style made famous in Germany.  

The director wanted to keep as close to Edgar Allan Poes story as possible in keeping with the 1840's setting of Paris but Universal would not agree so the film was given an update to reflect the time.  Universal would push for more romance and sex appeal as subplots. 

We are joined by Rod Labbe and special guest co-host Angela Dyson, author of the Love Detective series.  You can follow Angela Dyson via her Website:  or via her Facebook:  or via Twitter:

We urge all our listeners to listen to this fantastic podcast – The Story Geeks available by clicking on this link: Apple iTunes  or Website: or  TuneIn Radio. 

Opening Credits; Introduction (1.35); Story Geeks – What to Watch This Week (15.44); Forming the Plot (19.24); Film Trailer (58.20);  Lights, Camera, Action (59.51); Epilogue (1:26.08); End Credits (1:40.11); Closing Credits (1:44.04)

Opening and Closing Credits – thanking Purple Planet Music for our fantastic Opening and Closing Credits.

Apr 04 2020

1hr 45mins

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Rank #17: Season 3; Episode 91 - Ligeia / Tomb of Ligeia

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Short Story:  

Ligeia (1838)

Film:

Tomb of Ligeia (1964)

Published in 1838, this short story by Poe would be rewritten many times.  Telling the story of Ligeia, a woman who beautiful with odd features who dies with the narrator being obsessed.  He remarries the complete opposite of Ligeia named Rowena.  When Rowena dies, Ligeia may be reborn within Rowena’s body.   There has been debate through the years of whether the story is a satire of Gothic fiction.

In 1964, Roger Corman would finish his series of Poe films with The Tomb of Ligeia with screenplay by Robert Towne (Chinatown).  Vincent Price was cast in the film as he had a contract with AIP who was financing the film.  Towne though Price to be too old and wanted Richard Chamberlain.  When Corman told Towne about Price being cast, Corman added that he shouldn’t worry as they hired Marlene Dietrich make-up artist for Price. 

Opening Credits; Introduction (1.32); Forming the Plot (13,59); Film Trailer (47.55);  Lights, Camera, Action (50.30); Epilogue (1:18.22); End Credits (1:21.51); Closing Credits (1:24.11)

Opening and Closing Credits – thanking Purple Planet Music for our fantastic Opening and Closing Credits.

Jan 03 2020

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Rank #18: Season 3: Episode 98 - Dark Shadows Eps 178 - 200

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Dark Shadows - March 1967

Episode 178 - 200

A seance in the old house reviews some hidden secrets from the past that has consequences in the present.  Laura's past is revealed as the Phoenix storyline comes to an end.  Willie Loomis and Jason MacGuire makes a visit to Collinsport to confront Elizabeth about her missing husband.  

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Opening Credits; Introduction (2.19); Out of the Shadows (13.58); Into The Shadows (31.12); Shedding Some Light (39.31); Morning Has Broken (1:34.22); Tune In Next Time (1:50.59); Closing Credits (1:54.17)

Opening and Closing Credits – Dark Shadows Theme – by Robert Cobert

Special Thank You to Don Capone – who cleaned up the backstage chatter from the set of Dark Shadows – Burning of the Phoenix episode.  Thank you so much, you are the best!!!!!

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Feb 22 2020

1hr 57mins

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Rank #19: Season 3: Episode 108 - Dark Shadows - Sharon Smyth aka Sarah Collins Interview

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One of the stars of Dark Shadows Sharon Smyth aka Sarah Collins gives the Literary License Podcast.  

We would like to take this time to thank this incredible person who has given us one of our most favourite interviews.  

Apr 24 2020

1hr 34mins

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Rank #20: Season 2: Episode 48 - Helter Skelter

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Helter Skelter (1976)

Based on the book written by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry, they would come together with JP Miller to write the screenplay about the Manson Murders.  The crime that shook the country and is known for killing the hippy movement in two nights.

Tom Gries would direct this two part television film that would shock and stun American audiences for upping the violence and sex on primetime television.  This was also broadcast seven years after the initial crimes which was a gamble CBS was willing to take.  It was a hit in the ratings and would be released outside America with extra violence and nudity to theatres to become a theatrical blockbuster. 

The film shocked and stunned audience with its excellent star turns from Steve Railsback as Charles Manson and Marilyn (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) Burns portraying Linda Kasabian.  The film would be nominated for numerous awards and win the Edgar Allen Poe for best miniseries.

Opening Credits (.20); Introduction (6.43); Forming the Plot (17.44); Page to Page (18.33); Film Trailer (1:26.05); Lights, Camera, Action (1:31.28); Epilogue (2:25.04); End Credits (2:26.52); Closing Credits (2:28.18)

Opening Credit – Cease to Exist – by Charles Manson – taken from the album Lie:  The Love and Terror Cult

Closing Credits – Unworthy of Your Love – by Greg Germann as John Hinckley Jr and Annie Golden as Squeaky Fromme – taken from the original Broadway cast recording of Steven Sondheim’s Assassins.

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Mar 03 2019

2hr 32mins

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