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Meet-Up! August 2019

Come along to the Anchor Bankside pub in Southwark, London from 5pm onwards on Friday 9th August, 2019! Come along, say hi, and talk about movies with us! For info on how to get there see the link below:


Shadows: The Resurrection Men

RKO's latest horror movie, 'The Body Snatcher', based upon a dark legacy of crimes from another time, is proving to be Val Lewton's most challenging project yet. Seemingly determined to have his way, Lewton's boss, Jack Gross has agreed to finally give Lewton and his team an "A-List" budget. But this promise comes with a set of conditions... It isn't long before Gross's demands are dragging Lewton's possible masterpiece into exploitation territory. With the budget as a bargaining chip,...


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March 2019 London Meet-Up!

Hi there! On March 5th, I’ll be dropping into London to attend a film screening with my good friend, BBC Producer Dominic Delargy, at The Barbican, and we thought it’d be an awfully good opportunity to hang out with you guys for a few hours, and so if you are anywhere near the capital on March 5th, or if you can make it here for the evening, then I’d love to meet you, reunite with you, have a few drinks with you, chat about movies with you, and maybe, just maybe, even buy you that...


Shadows: The Silent Land

Val Lewton’s salvation has arrived in the form of Universal Horror star, Boris Karloff, a long-time admirer of Lewton’s new brand of horror cinema. For their first project together, Lewton must draw upon the darkest piece of his childhood; the place where his imagination grew up. And so begins a journey into the past, and to a place where dreams go to die… Featuring Mark Gatiss To become a Co-Producer and Patron of the show CLICK HERE To become a Co-Producer of The Secret History Of...


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Shadows: The Rebellious Ones

Val Lewton's chance to prove himself outside the horror genre has arrived. If he and his team can turn the nationwide problem of juvenile delinquency into a dramatic hit, then it may mean his graduation from the "B-Division", and his escape from the oppressive executive producer who seems intent on thwarting his creative freedom. But as the pressure begins to mount, Lewton will find himself facing a new threat; one that may put an end to not just his career, but his life... To become a...


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Shadows: The Lost Child

Val Lewton has finally agreed to create a sequel to his biggest hit, 'Cat People'. But rather than produce a conventional continuation, Lewton has decided to delve into his own past, and to tell his most personal story yet, that of a childhood cut short by an over-zealous guardian. But in doing so, will he repeat the mistakes of his own past? Aiding him in his quest is a new director, whose meticulous plans for the film may be at odds with his own... Featuring Mark Gatiss To become a...


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 set...


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 and Patron of the show CLICK HERE To become a...


Shadows: The Black Hearted

WARNING: This episode contains stories, descriptions and details that some listeners may find upsetting or disturbing. If you would like further details about the subjects discussed in this episode, please refer to the guide at the bottom of these show notes. These subjects are discussed between and 0:31:10 and 1:19:07. Please proceed carefully. '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,...


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 become a Co-Producer and Patron of the show CLICK HERE To listen to Part 1 of 'Shadows' CLICK HERE If you would like early access to new...


Shadows: The Cat Strikes

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 boss, Lew...


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 Co-Producer and Patron of the show 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...