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We compare the Book to the Screen and Everything Inbetween

We compare the Book to the Screen and Everything Inbetween


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We compare the Book to the Screen and Everything Inbetween








Season 3: Episode 116 - Dark Shadows - eps 286 - 309

Dark Shadows - August 1967 Episode 287 - 309 ​ The mystery of Sarah becomes revealed. Dr Hoffman discovers Barnabas' secret and offers to find a cure. Burke and Victoria become engaged. Barnabas is seeking Sarah's ghost and Dr Hoffman's cure is not going well. Dark Shadows goes to colour. We are joined by special guest co-host Patrick McRae. He is a professional stage director of eighty productions, a voice actor, professional comic book author, and winner of the 2017 Rondo Award for...


Season 3: Episode 115 - Dark Shadows - Adam Karlen Interview

We have a special interview with Adam Karlen, actor and producer and the son of the Emmy Award winning star of John Karlen. We discuss with Adam his father's career in Dark Shadows, classic 70's films and television series and his Emmy award winning role in Cagney and Lacey. We also learn about the man behind the actor and thanks to Adam who gives a stellar interview. We apologise for some of the sound qualities in the beginning of the interview as the hamster wheel is definitely spinning...


Season 3: Episodes 114 - Dark Shadows - Episodes 266 - 286

Dark Shadows - July 1967 Episode 266 - 286 ​ Widow's Hill starts calling to Elizabeth to end it all. Elizabeth recalls what happened to Carolyn's father. Jason leaves Collingswood but finds himself embroiled in what is going on at the old house. Barnabas holds a party where the Collin's will dress as their ancestors. Josette's music box holds clues for Dr Hoffman about Maggie's condition. Dr Hoffman goes to Collingswood under cover. We urge all our listeners to listen to this fantastic...


Season 3: Episode 113 - Les Yeux Sans Visage aka Eyes Without A Face (1960)

Les Yeux Sans Visage aka Eyes Without A Face (1960) Directed by Georges Franju, based on a book by Jean Redon. It tells the tale of a plastic surgeon who is determined to perform a face transplant on his daughter, who is disfigured after an auto crash. The film stars Pierre Brasseur and Alida Valli. The film is known for being about anguish... it is quieter mood than horror... more internal, more penetrating. It is horror in homeopathic doses. ​ The film is now considered a...


Season 3: Episode 112 - Dark Shadows - Kathryn Leigh Scott Interview

Kathryn Leigh Scott is a writer, producer and author who is remembered for her television, film and theatre credits. She is also an acclaim writer of novels from fiction to memoires. She is top of her game and we are so pleased to have this chance to talk to Kathryn about her career.


Season 3: Episode 111 - Dark Shadows Michael Hadge Interview

Michael Hadge, played Buzz on Dark Shadows. Although his part appeared briefly, he has become an integral part of the show with just the mention of his character bringing a smile to everyone’s lips. Michael Hadge, is not only an actor but also a producer known for Carlito’s Way (1993), The Shadow (1994) amongst many others. One of his most prestigious documentary Looking for Richard (1996) with Al Pacino is a seminal piece of film making about Shakespeare’s Richard III and how it fits into...


Season 3: Episode 110 - Hereditary (2018) / Midsommar (2019)

Hereditary (2018) ​ The American horror film directed by Ari Aster tells the story about a family haunted after the death of their secretive grandmother. ​ The films stars Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff and Milly Shapiro. ​ The film is controversial as it left audiences members either confused and scratching their heads or at the other end of the spectrum, loving it and realising every nuiance. ​ The film is a instant classic and gave us a director that we will hear many...


Season 3: Episode 109 - Edgar Allen Poe - Tales of Terror (1962)

Short Stories: The Black Cat (1843) Morella (1835) The Cask of Amontillado (1846) The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar (1845) Film: Tale of Terror (1962) With a screenplay by Richard Matheson, it is the fourth film in the eight films of the Corman-Poe Cycle. The film is an anthology format with three short films connected by a narration by Vincent Price who appears in all three stories. ​ The film stars Peter Lorre, Debra Paget and Peter Lorre. The film took three weeks to film...


Season 3: Episode 107 - Dark Shadows - Episodes 244 - 265

Dark Shadows - June 1967 Episode 244 - 265 ​ Elizabeth is blackmailed by Jason whilst Willie is controlled by Barnabas. Carolyn begins a relationship with hippie motorcyclist Buzz. Maggie is locked up whilst a mysterious girl in 1700's clothing starts making an appearance. Julia Hoffman becomes involved in the happenings at Collinwood. We urge all our listeners to listen to this fantastic podcast – The Story Geeks available by clicking on this link:...


Season 3: Episode 108 - Dark Shadows - Sharon Smyth aka Sarah Collins Interview

One of the stars of Dark Shadows Sharon Smyth aka Sarah Collins gives the Literary License Podcast. We would like to take this time to thank this incredible person who has given us one of our most favourite interviews.


Season 3: Episode 106 - Dario Argento's Profondo Rosso aka Deep Red (1975)

Prodondo Rosso aka Deep Red (1975) Released in 1975 and directed by Dario Argento the film would offer a soundtrack by Goblin. The film stars David Hemingway and Daria Nicolodi The story centers around a pianist who starts to investigate a series of murders performed by a mysterious figure wearing black gloves. ​ Originally cut upon its original release to the States and UK, mostly scenes involving talking scenes between Hemingway and Nicolodi as they were not dubbed into English....


Season 3: Episode 105 - The Lodger (1944) / Time After Time (1979)

The Lodger (1944) ​ Directed by John Brahm and screenplay written by Barre Lyndon based on the novel of the same name by Marie Belloc Lowndes. The book was filmed once before as a silent film by Alfred Hitchcock. ​ The film stars Merle Oberon, George Sanders and Laird Cregar. The film revolves around the story of Jack the Ripper. ​ The film is highly regarded as a classic film noir. ​ ​Time After Time (1979) This Metrocolor Science Fiction film is written and directed by Nicholas...


Season 3: Episode 104 - Murders in the Rue Morgue

Short Story: Murders in the Rue Morgue (1841) Film: Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) The 1932 pre-Hays film and second film to star Bela Lugosi was originally cut due to violent themes upon its initial release. The film is directed by Robert Florey. The expressionistic style of the film would give a nod to the German expressionistic style made famous in Germany. The director wanted to keep as close to Edgar Allan Poes story as possible in keeping with the 1840's setting of Paris...


Season 3: Episode 103 - Dark Shadows Episodes 222 - 243

Dark Shadows - May 1967 Episode 220 - 243 ​ Willie is under the watchful eye of Barnabas Collins. Maggie starts to believe that she is Josette. Barnbas shares the story of Josette while Joe Haskell becomes worried about Maggie. Jason informs Elizabeth that they are to be married. We urge all our listeners to listen to this fantastic podcast – The Story Geeks available by clicking on this link: or...


Season 3: Episodes 102 - Les Diaboliques (1955)

Les Diaboliques (1955) The French classic directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot and starring Simone Signoret, Vera Clouzet and Paul Meurisse is based on a novel by Pierre Bouleua (Planet of the Apes) and Thomas Narcejac (Vertigo). ​ The film blends elements of thriller and horror, with the plot focusing on a woman and the mistress of her husband who conspire to murder the man. The body disappears and a number of strange incidents start to occur. ​ The film would be the tenth largest box...


Season 3: Episode 101 - The Night of the Hunter - Looper

The Night of the Hunter (1955) ​ This one and only film masterpiece directed by Charles Laughton and starring Shelly Winters, Lillian Gish and Robert Mitchum is considered the second best American film. The film tells the story of a corrupt minister turned serial killer who attempts to charm an unsuspected widow and steal $10,000 dollars hidden by her executed husband. ​ Based on the true story of Harry Powers who was hanged in 1932 for the murder of two widows and three children in West...


Season 3: Episode 100 - The Black Cat

Short Story: The Black Cat (1843) Film: The Black Cat (1934) Directed by Edga G Ulmer (set designer for Metropolis) would direct this pre-Hayes film based on the Edgar Allen Poe film of the same name. It would be the biggest Universal box office smash of that year. ​ This would be the first of eight films to pair up Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. ​ The film is very loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe's classic short story. In fact, it is so loosely based that the Poe story is almost...


Season 3: Episode 99 - Dark Shadows - Episodes 201 - 219

Dark Shadows - April 1967 Episodes 201 - 219 ​ Caroline is having a difficult time with why Jason and Willie are hanging around Collingswood. David tells Willie about hidden treasures found in the hidden room of the family tomb. A family member that resembles a family member from 200 years ago makes an appearance where legends are born. We have been shortlisted for a Rondo award. You can vote via their website: Or you can vote via e-mail:...


Season 3: Episode 98 - Dark Shadows Eps 178 - 200

Dark Shadows - March 1967 Episode 178 - 200 ​ A seance in the old house reviews some hidden secrets from the past that has consequences in the present. Laura's past is revealed as the Phoenix storyline comes to an end. Willie Loomis and Jason MacGuire makes a visit to Collinsport to confront Elizabeth about her missing husband. We have been shortlisted for a Rondo award. You can vote via their website: Or you can vote via e-mail:...


Season 3: Episode 97 - Verhoven's The Fourth Man

The Fourth Man (1983) The Dutch suspense film directed by Paul Verhoeven and based on the novel of the same name by Gerard Reve, was selected as the Dutch entree for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars but wasn't nominated. ​ The film stars Jeron Krabbe, and Renee Soutendijk and would be the last film that Verhoeven would direct in the Netherlands. ​ The film is known for its sexual explicitness and violence which is a stable in Verhoeven films. The film would be considered by Verhoeven...