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Shadows: Blood On The Water
It is a time of change at RKO. Val Lewton's horror movie unit is being widely imitated by Hollywood at large, all hoping to attract the kinds of audiences flocking to Lewton's modern brand of horror. But Lewton himself is facing an insurmountable problem: how to create RKO's first "Monster Rally". The answer will come from the most unlikely of places: the Lewton family's private collection of letters... At the same time, RKO boss Charles Koerner is demanding an interim movie, a horror...
Meet Up Event - November 21st
The BFI Southbank in London is showing a double-bill of Val Lewton movies on November 21st, 2017: 'Cat People' followed by its sequel, 'Curse Of The Cat People', and seeing as how this year is all about Val Lewton on the podcast, it’s far too good an opportunity to waste, so I’m going, and I’d love it if you could come too. Come and say hi, and we’ll watch some of Lewton’s genius together in the same room. Tickets have been flying out, so if you want to come to the screening, which starts...
Shadows: The Devil In The Village
Val Lewton's wildly ambitious plan for his fourth film, 'The Seventh Victim', is to create a New York fairytale; a fractured picture of his beloved Greenwich Village distorted by underlying evil and populated by an eclectic assortment of bruised characters. But in order to find the right story, Lewton will have to send his writer, DeWitt Bodeen, into uncharted, and somewhat Satanic territory... Featuring Mark Gatiss To become a Co-Producer of The Secret History Of Hollywood CLICK...
Shadows: The Black Hearted
'The Leopard Man', Val Lewton's third horror film for RKO Studios, is to be an adaptation of Cornell Woolrich's shocking murder mystery novel, Black Alibi. But in Lewton's hands, the project has become an opportunity to not only express his dark creativity, but also to tap into the childhood fears of its director, Jacques Tourneur, and to introduce the serial killer into American cinema. But Lewton's team has more at stake than a simple movie. Should the film become a success, then the...
Shadows: Song Of The Dead
Following the success of 'Cat People', Val Lewton has been assigned to create a film entitled 'I Walked With A Zombie'. RKO's B-movie boss, Lew Ostrow, is insistent that the film should follow the formula being employed by the horror department at Universal Pictures. But Lewton's plans for the film are far more ambitious... Featuring Mark Gatiss To listen to Part 1 of 'Shadows' CLICK HERE If you would like early access to new episodes of 'The Secret History Of Hollywood', and other...
Shadows: The Cat Strikes
Part 2 Val Lewton has been hired by RKO Studios to oversee the creation of their new horror division. However, the job has come with a set of curious conditions... Having had the name of his first movie, 'Cat People' decided for him in advance, Lewton must assemble a story that fits the title. But perhaps the solution to the problem lies in an almost forgotten story from Lewton's past. As well as adhering to RKO's peculiar directives, Lewton must also contend with the demands of his new...
Shadows: The Boy From The Black Sea
Once upon a time, horror cinema was changed forever by the fiercely inventive imagination of a remarkable man... In Part One of 'Shadows: The Val Lewton Story', hear the curious beginnings of a cinematic legend, whose uniquely terrifying creations were influenced by the dark brand of folklore upon which he was raised... Featuring Mark Gatiss To become a patron click here Credits
Bullets And Blood - Part 3
James Cagney is in exile. The lives of Harry Warner's children have been threatened. Jack Warner's megalomania is spiralling dangerously out of control. Life in general is about to change forever, as Adolf Hitler begins his horrifying assault on humanity. But the greatest threat to the Warner family's empire will come from within... To become a patron of 'The Secret History Of Hollywood' click here To join the Facebook page click here Follow 'The Secret History Of Hollywood' on...
Bullets And Blood - Part 1
The story of the Warner Brothers studio is the story of the American dream - an immigrant family who escaped a violent beginning, and arrived penniless in America, only to conquer its newest and most lucrative art form. The Warner formula was simple - to thrill audiences with stories torn straight from the headlines, and as such, Warner Studios became the home of the crime film... In Part One of 'Bullets And Blood', hear the incredible story of the Warner family, and of the iron-willed...