Greetings, groovy ghoulies! On this edition of Geek Tawk, JB and I get caught you caught up on all that’s been happening in our lil’ world. We talk Halloween Hoedown, The Walking Dead, and Halloween Horror Nights…along with some less important stuff. 😉 Thanks for listening!
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Ho-wdy Ho-mies! In this ep JB and I wrap up the first annual Joe Bob’s Drive-In Jamboree and Season 3 of The Last Drive-In. Forgive our voices as we are both a lil under the weather. Thanks for listening, and extra huge thanks to everyone who spent time with us at the Mahoning last weekend!
Dracula cannot die. Everyone knows that. Stake through the heart? Ha! A mild setback. Sunlight? Bad for his complexion... but nothing that a few drops of the red stuff won't clear up. You can maim and maul him, but the Count never stays down for the count! Of course, we are talking about fantasy; a product of the macabre imagination of Bram Stoker. But, if you will pardon the cliché, life imitates art. Through films, cartoons, videogames, and cereal boxes, Dracula has been granted immortality in our realm as well as his. And while many factors can be attributed to the Count's enduring popularity, a single man stands above all in Dracula's legacy: Bela Lugosi
Now, that's not to say that Dracula wouldn't have done fine without Lugosi, but it's his iconic performance that created Dracula as we know him today: urbane, aristocratic, and exotic. When one is asked to do a "Dracula" impression, it's almost always some variation of Lugosi's Hungarian accent. His mellifluous voice is as synonymous with Dracula as coffins and bats. Many have illustrated Dracula, and they usually depict him as a stately, clean-shaven figure in formal wear and a cape, an image that resembles Lugosi more than Bram Stoker's description. To a good many, Lugosi is Dracula.
The man who would be Bela Lugosi came into the world as Bela Ferenc Dezso Blasko. He was born in Lugos, Hungary and would borrow the name of his birth city for his now-famous moniker. Lugosi's acting career began in 1902, and he made his film debut in 1917. Despite being something of a leading man onstage, Bela was a supporting player in films for most of his early career. He continued his theater work, landing the titular role in a 1927 Broadway play that would be the source of his batty reputation: "Dracula."
A unmitigated graveyard smash, Dracula remained on Broadway for a full year; he then toured the country for another two. Surprisingly, Lugosi was not Universal's first choice for their adaptation of the play. Instead, they wanted Lon "Phantom of the Opera" Chaney to don the cape. Chaney was indeed a logical choice for the role, but he unfortunately passed away before filming began. After considering many, many actors for the part, Universal eventually settled with Lugosi. So desperate to bring his Dracula to film, Lugosi accepted a meager salary for his work.
Lugosi may not have been the first choice, but he was unequivocally the right one. In no time at all, Dracula became a monumental success for Universal. In the wake of Dracula's triumph, Lugosi gave cinema a parade of petrifying pursuers: the zombie master in "White Zombie," the broken-necked Ygor in "Son of Frankenstein" and "Ghost of Frankenstein," the monster himself in "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man," several vampires, many insane doctors, and plenty of madmen. Through these macabre characters, Lugosi became a legend of fright and remains a king to lovers of the bizarre. Yet, as beloved as these beasts and baddies may be, it is still Dracula whom the fans associate with Lugosi.
Thousands of skilled actors have tackled Dracula, but few resonate with horror fans the way Lugosi has. He is to Dracula what Sean Connery is to James Bond or Basil Rathbone is to Sherlock Holmes. As long as folks are still doing their impressions and giving us elegantly-dressed bloodsuckers, Bela Lugosi----like Dracula-----cannot die.
In honor of Lugosi's birthday, we present Lugosi's Dracula in one of the great scenes in horror. Enjoy!
A lot of my writing has to be delegated to that right now, but I’ll still be posting KH exxxclusives here as often as I’m able. I’ll also be posting links to my online articles so you can check ‘em out of you like!!
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This is part 1 of a vid I wanted to post on Patreon, but-t I think it might be too hot for the fuddy duddies over there. It's PERFECT for KH, though!!
Not only is it full of naughty 90s nostalgia, but-t it features the late Julie Strain as one of the contestants. which to me makes it PRICELESS!!!
Enjoy...and I'll hunt around for part 2 and get that posted for you ASAP. We've GOT to know who won!!
(I know who won...But-t I want it to be a happy surprise for you when I find the next tape. ;)
Here’s a lil’ vid of my The Last Drive-In boss, legendary Horror Icon Mr. Joe Bob Briggs, and I on the hunt for the equally legendary Fouke Monster. When we filmed our “The Legend of Boggy Creek” episode, JB mentioned that it was on his bucket list to get out to Fouke, AK to visit the Monster Mart and see if we could find any signs of the monster himself. My reaction was, “HECK YES! LET’S DO THAT!!” and our adventure was afoot! (A BIG foot, if you will... 😉) Thanks for checking it out! 🖤
This is the vid I put together of a bunch of the Mutant Fam singing The Last Drive-In theme together from quarantine...Thank you so much to everyone who participated!! (And apologies, again, for not being able to fit everyone in...Look out for the exxxtended remixxx coming soon(ish ;)!! xoxo
Our live stream of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter from March 13,2020...Joe Bob does the Dead Fuck Dance!! :)
Big thanks to the fine folks at MasiMedia who got this shindig together, and also to Mr. Roger Jackson (pictured intro-ing a screening of the film in Stu's backyard!! :) who not only came out to party with us, but-t also left me this terrifying vm that I will treasure for the neXXXt billion centuries!! :) xoxo
My Interview with Clint Freakin' Howard!!!
(nude Clint Howard and snow globes...need I say more?)
High History: Why I love Scream so much!
Starring Diana Prince/Darcy the Mail Girl