This episode I’m joined by Meg from the fabulous pop-culture podcast Indoorswomen. We talked about the 2014 vampire spoof What we do in the Shadows. I love this movie and Meg took part in the Kickstarter to get a US theatrical release of this distinctly New Zealand gothic parody. We completely spoil this movie so if you haven’t seen it before and you plan on watching it, watch it before you listen.
Every few years a secret society in New Zealand gathers for a special event: The Unholy Masquerade.
In the months leading up to the ball a documentary crew was granted full access to a small group of this society.
Each crew member wore a crucifix and was granted protection by the subjects of the film.
The Conversation Review: http://theconversation.com/what-we-do-in-the-shadows-the-nz-gothic-with-sharp-comic-chops-30764
Some History of Gothic Parody: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198119920.001.0001/acprof-9780198119920-chapter-5
This article accompanies Frilled Neck Lucy by The FrankenPod
For this episode, I talked to Erin who is the host of SubverCity Transmit and voice actor on No Sleep Podcast and Congeria Podcast. She also runs an awesome, spooky online store called Never Not Clever. So I’m incredibly grateful to Erin for making the time to talk to us.
The film we are chatting about is Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) also known as Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula. Erin knows so much more about the movie than I could possibly hope to learn and among the many insights she has to give, she touches on the influence of Winona Ryder in the production, the Academy Award-winning costume design by Eiko Ishioka and the very deliberately rudimentary special effect that can be such an obstacle to new audiences discovering and engaging with the film.
Other subjects we touched upon include:
- Lord Byron, because he always pops up
- The Symbolist Movement
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
- Ghost Hunting
- Urban exploration
- The 1991 movie Hook
- and armadillos… because I just cannot get over this
Again apologies for my brevity!
So this week’s episode of The FrankenPod, features an interview that I (Morgan) recorded with Alix Roberts who has written an amazing thesis on Vampiric women, which I had not read at the time of recording but that I have since read and it is goddamn amazing. Unfortunately, the audio is pretty shoddy. Totally my fault and I’m going to extend the invitation to Alix for her to come on the show again so you can hear how wonderful she is without the clicks and hisses of an angry National Broadband Network.
I have changed the way I do interviews now so hopefully, this will
NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN
Alix’s Podcasts: Chasing Tale and Bloody Ripper
She by H. Rider Haggard can be found on the book depository
Ligeia by Edgar Allan Poe can be found on Project Gutenberg in Volume 3 of the works of Poe
Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu can be found on Project Gutenberg
The Blood of The Vampire by Florence Marryat can be found on book depository
No big long blog posts for me at the moment because between my literature and communications courses uni is really kicking my butt right now. I will write more when I get the chance.
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Image By No 1 Army Film & Photographic Unit, Chetwyn (Sgt) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons