The Wolf Man + Soylent Green

The Wolf Man + Soylent Green
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The last of the Year 6 Universal horror and classic science fiction pairs. The cautious release of The Wolf Man in a post-war cinema. What d...

Posted April 24, 2014
Hosted by Eric Thirteen & Michael Koester
Tags:All PodcastsUniversal Monsters + Classic Sci-FiYear 6

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The last of the Year 6 Universal horror and classic science fiction pairs. The cautious release of The Wolf Man in a post-war cinema. What did genre-horror look like the better part of 100 years ago? The metaphores of the Wolfman. An unlikely celebration of the inherit sexism in Universal monster films. Lon Chaney Jr, the lovable creep. Unintended meaning added over time. Today’s hippy fad-diets of California drive a culture to look more like the world of Soylent Green – no apocolyptic circumstances required. Human invention solves overpopulation. Nostalgia ruins human progress. Look forward. Things did not used to be better. Was the 70s better than today? No. No, it wasn’t. Celebrating cheery-picked memories. Modern cynacism is still cynacism.

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The Wolf Man

The Wolf Man


Released: December 12, 1941
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Director: George Waggner
Writer: Curt Siodmak
Starring: Claude Rains, Warren William, Ralph Bellamy

A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist.

Soylent Green

Soylent Green


Released: May 9, 1973
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Director: Richard Fleischer
Writer: Stanley R. Greenberg, Harry Harrison
Starring: Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors

In the world ravaged by the greenhouse effect and overpopulation, an NYPD detective investigates the murder of a big company CEO.

 
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