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Long before the Creature was even a single mad thought in Dr. Frankenstein's mind, the golem stalked the earth. Formed from clay and bereft of a soul, the golem is a man-made beast; a being born from man's desire to play God. The golem is also the ancestor to many of our greatest creatures. It was an artificial man before the aforementioned Frankenstein or the robot, a lumbering brute/supernatural servant that predates the living mummy of cinema, and the progenitor of the franchise movie monster. For some unfathomable reason, this great beast of clay is often overlooked in discussions of admirable abominations and magnificent monsters. With this article, we hope to do our part in spreading golem awareness and ho-nor our favorite clay-faced fiend.
Unusual for a monster featured on this site, the origin of the golem dates back to early Judaism. According to the Talmud, Adam (yes, THAT Adam) started the first 12 hours of his eXXXistence as a golem, having been created from mud and possessing no soul. In the medieval period, passages from Sefer Yetzirah (Book of Creation) were studied with the intent of animating golems, most of which are in the shape of a human. There are a few ways to give life to your newly-sculpted friend, the most popular methods being writing the name of God on a piece of paper and sticking it in its mouth/forehead, or inscribing certain Hebrew words on its forehead.
The most famous golem tale centers around Judah Loew ben Bezelel, the late 16th century rabbi of Prague. To protect the Jewish community from anti-Semitic attacks, the rabbi animated a golem through rituals and Hebrew incantations. While the creature initially fulfilled its purpose, it eventually ran amok and threatened the innocent in a way that anticipates the now-clASSick monster movie formula. To stop the rampaging golem, Rabbi Loew removed the name of God from the beast, turning it back into a harmless statue.
German actor, writer, and director Paul Wegener brought the golem to cinema and inadvertently created the monster movie franchise. Wegener did three films about the monster: The Golem (1915), The Golem and the Dancing Girl (1917) and The Golem: How He Came into the World (1920). The Golem and the Dancing Girl was the first ho-rror movie spoof/comedic ho-rror sequel and The Golem: How He Came into the World is the first horror prequel. Unfortunately, only The Golem: How He Came into the Worldsurvives, but it is a wholly remarkable film. Its eXXXpressionistic sets, eerie atmosphere, and hulking monstrosity laid the groundwork for future creature features.
Though not as well-known as the Wegener films, golems have appeared in other cinematic efforts. In 1936, a French film entitled Le Golem was released and was a sequel of sorts to the Wegener Golem movies. A two-part Czechoslovakian film called The Emperor and the Golem was produced in 1951. It!, a 1966 British horror film starring Roddy McDowall, combined the legend of the golem with a wonderfully blatant Psycho knockoff.
We simply cannot get enough of fantastical monsters on the loose, and many of those likely wouldn't eXXXist without the mighty golem. It set the standard for future fictional fiends and gave birth to much of the imagery/ideas associated with ho-rror stories.To all you soulless clay-creeps out there... thank you!
If you're yearning for some red ho-t golem action (and ho-w could you not be???? ;)), check out The Golem: How He Came into the World by pressing the handy dandy button below.
Dudes! This is Mr. John Easdale and Ms. Tuesday Knight joining forces to sing Rick's Theme Song (actual tit-le ;) from Nightmare on Elm Street 4 at the NOES 4 cast/crew reunion on 2/20/18!
(Big thanks & hugs to all the awesome folks involved, and to everyone who tuned in to watch the live Q&A panel with me! xoxo :)
A wee sample of some of the High-lights from this year's Endless Night Vampire Ball (Hell-A Edition, held on 2/23/18), which is always a freakily fangt-ass-tic event. If you're feelin' a bit o'fomo, have no fear, my lil' Kinkbots! The fine folks behind this evil event are also planning a wicked weekend in Vampy Vegas cumming up in April. Deets here if you're interested in getting your festive freak on. :)
"Suck it!! " (aka High-light's from last year's Endless Night LA Vampire Ball)
"I'll Sleep When You're Dead: Part 1 of 64"
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My Interview with Clint Freakin' Howard!!!
(nude Clint Howard and snow globes...need I say more?)
High History: Why I love Scream so much!
(remember to finish him)