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Revisitations #11: The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920)

Cesare (Conrad Veidt) carrries Jane (Lil Dagover) across the town’s rooftops in the chase sequence

Kirsty wanted to talk about one of her true loves, Robert Wiene’s 1920 Expressionist masterpiece, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, and Dan was only too happy to indulge.  Although he drew the line at pronouncing the film’s German title (‘Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari’) because he was chicken about pronouncing two syllables wrong.

The restored Blu-Ray version of The Cabinet of Dr Caligari to which Dan and Kirsty frequently refer is this release.

Kirsty’s essay about Caligari and Hannbal is here.

Revisitations #10: Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

We’re fishing some unreleased content from the vault this week, to present a 2021 discussion between Stella, Ian and Dan about Rosemary’s Baby, Roman Polanski’s still-powerful 1968 tale of inner-city Satanism, from the novel by Ira Levin. 

We discuss how the film draws satirical parallels between fears of Satanism and anti-Semitism, how its meaning has changed for us since we first watched it 20-some years ago, and a little about the stigma of its criminally-convicted director.  (Unfortunately the recording was interrupted at this point – that’s why we never released it before – but for a discussion between Dan and Ian about problematic creators, listen to our episode on Alien Resurrection.)

Warning: spoilers from the start, so if you’ve never seen the film, make sure you watch it before listening to this.


Rosemary’s Baby is available for rental streaming via YouTube and Amazon.


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Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022): the Academy’s Favourite Cult Film

Not horror, but in many ways horror-adjacent, 2022’s extremely quirky sci-fi comedy-drama Everything Everywhere All At Once was announced this week to be the unlikely recipient of 11 Oscar nominations: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actress (twice), Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Score, Best Song, Best Film Editing and Best Costume Design.  Kirsty and Dan wanted to talk about it.  And they don’t mention Short Round once.  Although I just did, typing this.



Everything Everywhere All At Once is available for rental streaming on YouTube and is free with Amazon Prime

The video essay Kirsty references is The Terror of Everything Everywhere All At Once

The Daniels’ podcast interview is with Scriptnotes on Spotify


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Revisitations #9: Duel (1971) (or: Second-Guessing Spielberg)

Stella and Dan have wanted for some time to discuss their love of Steven Spielberg’s 1971 cinematic debut, Duel, written by Richard Matheson.  However, they’d never seen the shorter, original intended-for-television version of the film before recording this episode, and therefore spend a lot of it speculating about what that version was like and how Spielberg might have made changes to Matheson’s story to expand it for the cinema screen.

Then, after the recording, Dan did something he really should’ve done earlier – checked YouTube.  For there, the (commercially unreleased) TV version is readily available.  Therefore Dan had to watch it and insert additional comments into the original discussion to correct anything he and Stella had earlier guessed wrong.  We hope you enjoy the result.


The cinema version of Duel is available on DVD, Blu-Ray, YouTube and Amazon

The TV version of Duel (and the 1974 TV movie Killdozer and 1977 short film Panic, both referred to by Dan) are available on YouTube

Josh Olson on Duel for Trailers from Hell

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Star Wars movies post-2017, with Sean Mason and Spider-Dan

Following up (after a few delays) on our recent Lee/Cushing episode on the Star Wars franchise, the wonderful Sean Mason returns to the podcast to discuss the more recent instalments of George Lucas’ cinematic legacy.  He is joined by another favourite returning guest, Spider-Dan of the Spider-Dan & The Secret Bores podcast.

Relevant links

All films discussed are available for streaming via Disney+

The Star Wars: Force Commander cut scenes are on YouTube

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More Horror Music: Kirsty, Ian and Dan’s Choice Tracks

Happy New Year!

As a counterpoint to the previous episode featuring Howard and Dan’s archival music chats, here, as a final flourish of Christmassyness, is a more contemporary selection from Kirsty, Ian and Dan (again).  Each of them has chosen three music tracks to talk about, which are excerpted in the episode, but you can find the full tracks at the YouTube links below:

The Woods

Bela Lugosi’s Dead (plus Ian’s ‘definitive’ Trent Reznor version – and also Lakme)

The Lightning Tree

Theme from Children of the Stones

That Funny Feeling (from Inside, available to watch on Netflix)

The Dogs Attack from The Omen (available to watch on Disney+)

Willow’s Song (though possibly not the original Annie Ross version but a very close cover)

Main Title from Jaws the Revenge (as recently discussed on Spider-Dan & The Secret Bores)

Goodbye from Dark (available on Netflix)

The promised Star Wars update episode is still on its way!

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Howard and Dan on the Music of British Horror

The killer piano in Torture Garden (1967), a key image of music and British horror. Howard and Dan don’t discuss that specific film in this episode, but you can hear them talk about it here

In our last ep of 2022 Dan & Howard unearth musical gems from the @LeeCushingPod archive – with never-before-heard material. Here’s to 2023, folks!

Fiendish failure… (or, at least, postponement)

Sadly, a double misfortune has prevented us from putting out an episode this week.

Dan’s illness (as heard in the last episode) has not yet gone away, so he was still too croaky to record a new episode this week. The plan was then to move an already-recorded future episode forward instead, but sudden equipment failure scotched the edit. So this week there won’t be any episode, alas. 

The upside is, though, that the already-recorded episode will come out as a bonus podcast over Christmas.

So, apologies, and we promise new content soon!

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