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Episode 195: All Its Guns in Norman Rockwell

June 17th, 2016 | Robin

Patreon backer Trung Bui asks us to assemble in the Gaming Hut to tell him who the murderer is, and also to discuss the challenges of investigative scenario construction.

The gore runs thick but the design sense runs high as the Cinema Hut answers a Marc Kevin Hall request for an introduction to Italian horror films.

In the Culture Hut backer and Parisian dreamhound Josh Rose wants to know what the Communist Party would have looked like if it had embraced surrealism.

And hey, it’s another all request episode, as backer James Griffin quizes the Consulting Occultist on past life regression. Why isn’t it a thing any more?

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4 Responses to “Episode 195: All Its Guns in Norman Rockwell”

  1. Sheila says:

    For fans of John Carpenter’s Halloween, I would also recommend Argento’s Deep Red, parts of which are directly referenced in Carpenter’s film. Though it’s not the very first use of the killer’s-eye-view in a serial killer film, it is the one that influenced Carpenter and hence the American slasher pic genre. Argento’s use of it significantly complicates the feminist critique of the camera as male gaze implicating the viewer etc. in the standard slasher pic, I think.

  2. Grant says:

    I would think the biggest source for past life regression today is Scientology’s auditing process.

  3. mrm1138 says:

    I think it’s kind of criminal that you didn’t mention what is, in my opinion, Bava’s best film, Kill, Baby…Kill! Like Black Sunday, it feels Hammer-esque, but it’s like Hammer turned up to eleven!

    For those unfamiliar with the Italian horror scene, however, I think it’s worth pointing out that neither Demons nor Zombi were directed by Dario Argento, only produced by him. Demons was directed by Mario Bava’s son Lamberto, while Zombi is actually the European title of George Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.

  4. Roger McCarthy says:

    Re Communists and Dreams there is a truly bizarre 1980s Thatcherite novel called The Dream Wall by Graham Dunstan Martin in which a dastardly alt-future Communist state has not only renamed British cities Leninpool and Marxchester but is building a diabolical machine to invade the dreams of its serfs.

    Not recommending it (even the author appears to have since disowned it) – just putting it out there that it exists.

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