Week 47: In the Shadow of Giants: the Weird World of Amicus films

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In the wake of the surprising runaway success of the Hammer Horrors, any number of budget conscious producers suddenly saw gold in them thar hills, ranging as far distant as Roger Corman’s California production house (with the much lauded Hammer-derived “Poe cycle”) and as close to home as Kevin Francis’ short lived Tyburn, Tony Tenser’s far more credible Tigon…and a Shepperton Studios based, yet American founded company with an obsession for EC Comics and the portmanteau format, namely Amicus films.

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Week 46: The Icy Eyes of Death – the films of Barbara Steele

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How does a nice British girl out of Liverpool wind up as the figurehead of Italian horror cinema?

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Week 45: Embracing Mania – Ken Russell in the 80’s

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We’d previously discussed the life and career of one of his most famed (and controversial) collaborators, Oliver Reed…and now we go whole hog and dive in for the full monte.  Just pardon us if we don’t wrestle in the buff…

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Week 44: The First Gay Action Hero? George Nader and the films of Jerry Cotton

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Groomed as a potential leading man and heartthrob for the Hollywood studio system of the 1950s, George Nader went from a debut in an acknowledged camp classic (Robot Monster) through roles alongside the likes of Tony Curtis, Maureen O’Hara, Esther Williams, Hedy Lamarr and John Saxon, eventually winding up in the career-defining role of FBI G-man Jerry Cotton in an unforgettable series of two fisted German action films that drew equally from the Bondian excess of the Eurospy craze and the wild and wooly vibe of the Edgar Wallace krimi.

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you probably won’t believe this, but…

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Never Say Never Again!

After 15 months of inactivity and darkness across the podcast landscape (with a few sporadic breaks of light courtesy of Third Eye Cinema),

with At Eye Level‘s 6 or 7 years worth of material migrated over to Archive.org and Weird Scenes, the Third Eye Cinema podcast (for the most part) and a certain other podcast yours truly has been involved with having all gone dark for the nonce, things were looking a bit grim on the airtime front.

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Those who appreciated some of our more off the cuff banter…

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…and some of the humor and politicosocial sentiments expressed therein may enjoy At Eye Level, our longest running podcast (since Summer of 2011, in fact!), where standup comic Matt G and “Doc” Savage (Third Eye Cinema, Weird Scenes) discuss current events from our own down to Earth, tongue in cheek absurdist and decidedly blunt perspective.

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Week 42b: Revisiting Bond: the Finale

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And here you thought you heard it all the first time around

The long awaited finale to Week 42’s incomplete revisitation of Bond covering everything from Never Say Never Again through Spectre…and even a little more!

The last gasps of Connery and Moore! Dalton! Brosnan! Craig!

Hell, there’s even a nod to both versions of Casino Royale…

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Week 43: Into the Mouth of Madness with Klaus Kinski

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“There is no great genius without some touch of madness,” Aristotle once penned, as quoted by Seneca.

And in no case does this aphorism greater apply than with respect to the inimitable Klaus Kinski.

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Week 42: Revisiting Bond

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We’d previously addressed the cinema of Ian Fleming’s favorite son, a gritty MI6 man turned urbane jet setter and lounge lizard cum male fantasy figure (come on, who out there didn’t want to be Bond…or bag the plethora of global lovelies he made his way through in one epic adventure after another?) in our second season.

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