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Episode 42.5: Alternative 1970s American Horror – THE SEQUEL, feat. Bill Ackerman of Supporting Characters (2 of 2)

THE GREATEST HITS OF A DECADE: VIETNAM, WATERGATE, ATTICA, MAN-EATING PIGS, SEEDY HOLLYWOOD, KILLER BRIDES, HOME INVASION, GANGSTERS, AXE MURDERERS, AND DEADLY GAMES…



After Night of the Living Dead (1968) and before the slasher boom of the early ‘80s, American horror went through one of its most creative and influential eras. But, for every Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Carrie (1976), and Halloween (1978), there were dozens of under-the-radar oddities that took years – sometimes decades – to be recognized by cult audiences for their unique contributions to American horror. Join Gabe and special guest Bill Ackerman of the Supporting Characters podcast and numerous Blu-ray commentary tracks look at six more underseen classics of the era.


Part 2 includes Marc Lawrence Pigs (aka: Daddy’s Deadly Darling, 1973), Christina Hornisher’s Hollywood 90028 (aka: Insanity and Twisted Throats, 1973), Jean-Marie Pélissié’s The Bride (aka: The House That Cried Murder and Last House on Massacre Street, 1973), Frederick R. Friedel's Axe (aka: Lisa, Lisa and California Axe Massacre, 1974), Peter S. Traynor Death Game (aka: The Seducers, 1977), and Karen Arthur’s The Mafu Cage (1978).


Check out episode one here, and the original 2 part series here and  here.


00:00 – Pigs

19:20 – Hollywood 90028

40:39– The Bride

58:21 – Axe (plus Video Nasties and Kidnapped Coed)

1:16:55 – Death Game (and Knock, Knock and Little Miss Innocence)

1:37:19 – Mafu Cage

1:57:39 – Outro



Stream or download from the Genre Grinder website

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And check out Christina Hornisher: Alone with that Obscene Image of Yourself by Marc Edward Heuck (The Projector Has Been Drinking blog), which Bill references during our discussion of Hollywood 90028


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