Still Watching the Skies: 2016 Halloween Bonus Podcast “Paranormal Investigations”
Happy Halloween! To celebrate the holiday, Robert, Nat, and Cody are joined by the fabulous Angela Fabbrini to discuss a trio of films where scientists take on the supernatural. And the scientific method vs the supernatural comes out the worse for wear. I think it’s fair to say that there’s a lot of spirited discussion, if you can excuse the Jim Laczkowski level pun.
First up is Robert Wise’s 1963 classic THE HAUNTING based on the classic novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Like Dr. Markway’s experiment in the film, things didn’t totally go to plan for one of our participants. Fortunately, it wasn’t watching the nineties remake by mistake. The Haunting has been well discussed, but we look into the science of the experiment, discuss Eleanor Lance’s repressed character, coded lesbianism, voice over narration, Russ Tamblyn, and Robert Wise’s directing.
Next up is a jump ahead to 1972 and a special BBC Christmas Day ghost story in the tradition of M.R. James, THE STONE TAPE by Nigel Kneale. Stone tape theory was once a hot idea in parapsychology, does it hold water? This is easily the most science based of the three movies watched, but is results oriented corporate science sound science? And what do we make of stars Michael Bryant and Jane Asher and their characters?
Last, but not least, we turn our attention to 1973’s THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE, based on Hell House by Richard Matheson and adapted to screen by the author. Belasco House is described as the Mount Everest of haunted houses in the film, does it live up to the hype? We discuss psychic disclaimers, confident title cards, angry cats, ghost sex, timestamps, and a whole lot more, including Science! as Richard Matheson makes sure that the film is packed with events and set pieces.
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Next month, we journey to the former Soviet Union with Tarkovsky protege’ Konstantin Lopushansky and experience nuclear holocaust through DEAD MAN’S LETTERS. It’s sure to put us all through the wringer. We may be a little later than normal with that episode, but we can only hope that this bonus episode tides you over.