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31 Days of Horror: 78/52


The new documentary 78/52 dives deep into the technical aspects, meanings, anecdotes, and impact of Alfred Hitchcock’s notorious shower scene from his landmark 1960 film Psycho. (The film’s title refers to the 78 camera set ups and the 52 cuts in that scene.) Many industry luminaries lend their opinions and insights  in the film, like Peter Bogdanovich, Elijah Wood, Guillermo del Toro, Jamie Lee Curtis, Danny Elfman, Bret Easton Ellis, Mick Garris, Richard Stanley, and even Janet Leigh’s body double Marli Renfro.
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Now Streaming On Shudder: Peeping Tom

It seems unbelievable that a masterpiece like Peeping Tom seriously derailed Michael Powell’s career, but that is just what happened. Peeping Tom was a departure for the director, known for his collaborations with Emeric Pressburger (Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes) over the course of three decades. Thankfully, thanks to critics like Raymond Durgnant and filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, there was a backlash to the backlash, and Peeping Tom is now considered not only a classic of British cinema, but also of the often-derided slasher subgenre in horror.
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True Crime Corner: Joel Rifkin

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Part of the fascinating A&E show The Killing Season focuses on unsolved murders attributed to the still unknown Long Island Serial Killer, referred to as LISK. Did you know that years before this there was another Long Island serial killer? This week on True Crime Corner—who is Joel Rifkin?

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31 Days of Horror 2016: The Spawn of Jaws

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Monsters like Dracula, Frankenstein, and Godzilla have had dozens of movies made about them, some good and some bad, but why is it that Jaws, a monster all too real, who chased folks out of the water for years, and made his debut in a near-perfect film, can’t get a decent sequel made? We’ll try to find out after the jump, when I look at the spawn of Jaws…

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31 Days of Horror 2016: Tobe Hooper Puts the Fun in “The Funhouse”

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There’s something alluring, yet forbidden and scary about closed carnivals and amusement parks. Who hasn’t thought about what it would be like to spend the night in a closed funhouse? That’s the premise behind Tobe Hooper’s underrated 1981 film The Funhouse.

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Gobbledygeek: Falling…in Love

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The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents Gobbledygeek featuring hosts Paul Smith and AJ Wiley and focusing on a variety of entertainment subjects, with our hosts and special guests frequently discussing films, comics, and television.

This week, Hitchcock Month concludes with a look at Spellbound and Vertigo with author Eric Sipple. See and hear more after the jump.

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Gobbledygeek: Nazis and Nightcaps

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The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents Gobbledygeek featuring hosts Paul Smith and AJ Wiley and focusing on a variety of entertainment subjects, with our hosts and special guests frequently discussing films, comics, and television.

This week, Hitchcock Month continues with a look at Lifeboat and Dial M for Murder, with special guest, Biff Bam Pop’s own Ensley F. Guffey. See and hear more after the jump.

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Gobbledygeek: Now the Fun Begins

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The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents Gobbledygeek featuring hosts Paul Smith and AJ Wiley and focusing on a variety of entertainment subjects, with our hosts and special guests frequently discussing films, comics, and television.

This week, Hitchcock Month continues as the Gobbledygeeks, along with special guest Joseph Lewis, take on the films Rope and Rear Window. See and hear more after the jump.

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Gobbledygeek: Two Is the Magic Number

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The Biff Bam Pop! Podcast Network presents Gobbledygeek featuring hosts Paul Smith and AJ Wiley and focusing on a variety of entertainment subjects, with our hosts and special guests frequently discussing films, comics, and television.

This week, the Gobbledygeeks, along with Aja Romano, begin Hitchcock Month, celebrating the works of the master filmmaker – Alfred Hitchcock. See and hear more after the jump.

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31 Days of Horror 2015 – The Ten Percent: Richard Matheson

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“Ninety percent of everything is crud.” – Theodore Sturgeon

It’s October, and here at Biff Bam Pop! that means a month-long celebration of the macabre in pop-culture. Last time, Dale sweet-talked the incomparable Kris Woofter into guest-writing, and if you missed his look into why we love the horror genre so much – and his incredible list of must-see horror films – you should go check it out. Having to follow that is enough to spark dark visions of authorial revenge on those who put me in this position… but I diegress (yes, even when I’m not writing about comic books, I wind up channeling EC Comics!). So I thought that this week I would focus on a man who is one of the most influential creators in American horror, yet who is sometimes not quite as well-known as he should be. He’s one of my absolute favorites, and likely one of yours too, though you may not know it:

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