Movie Retrospective: Witchfinder General (1968)

Tom and Jenny talk about the 1968 Vincent Price film, directed by Michael Reeves and known in the US as The Conqueror Worm, that tells a fictionalized tale of infamous British witch hunter Matthew Hopkins and his reign of terror during the English Civil War. Find this movie and more at the 13 O’Clock Amazon Storefront!

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Episode One Hundred Seventeen: Mass Hysteria!

AAAAARRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHH!!! Okay, okay, calm down, everybody, it’s only Tom and Jenny on the latest installment of the 13 O’Clock Podcast, discussing the bizarre phenomenon of mass hysteria. What causes a group of seemingly normal people in a town, school, or workplace to suddenly develop the same mystery illnesses, begin dancing until they drop dead of heart attacks, begin laughing hysterically without being able to stop, or see killer clowns on every street corner? We covered an infamous case of mass hysteria on our show about the Salem Witch Trials, but on this one we’re broadening the scope, discussing the possible causes behind the outbreaks, and getting into various specific examples, such as the dancing plagues of the Middle Ages, the Tanganyika Laughing Epidemic of 1962, the Halifax Slasher case, the Hollinwell Incident, flying saucers, the notorious War of the Worlds broadcast, the “vanishing genitalia” epidemics known as koro, and the mass clown sightings of the 2010s. Take a chill pill and settle in for a soothing and not at all hysterical episode 117.

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Episode One-Hundred-Five: The Salem Witch Trials, Wandering Wombs, and Clever Corvids

Tom and Jenny return to the American history well on this week’s installment, covering one of the darkest chapters of the colonial era: the Salem witch trials. During a brief, fifteen-month period in the 1690s, numerous people were accused and twenty were executed for witchcraft in and around Salem, Massachusetts. Why did it happen? Was it simply a case of mass hysteria, fueled by jealousy and religious hatred? Or was there some medical cause for the bizarre paroxysm? Listen in as we break down the event, as well as spend entirely too much time yapping about wandering wombs and really smart birds. Heat up the cauldron and ready the eye of newt, because episode 105 is about to cast its spell.

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Clip at the beginning taken from the 1996 film The Crucible.
Song at the end: “Witch Hunt” by MDFMK.

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Episode Seventy-Five: Video Nasties, Plus The Turpin Family

*Note: I know I said Tom would be back for this episode, but his dad’s recovery is going more slowly than expected; he might need another surgery on the day before this episode comes out. So Tom decided to stay in Mississippi with his dad for another week. He will return to Florida on January 26th, and will be returning to the show after that date. Thank you for all your kind words of support. You guys are the best.*

Ah, the late 70s and early 80s. A golden age in terrible exploitation flicks available for rent in sketchy VHS rental shops. Those of us who are of a certain age (ahem) can remember scouring the racks in the horror section of the video store, trying to decide whether to rent Night of the Bloody Apes, Killer Nun, The Gestapo’s Last Orgy, or Cannibal Apocalypse. But if you grew up in the UK, it was apparently a lot harder to get your grimy little mitts on uncut home videos of these exploitation classics, because a lot of them ended up on the infamous list of “video nasties” that could be legally seized under the auspices of the British Board of Film Censors, who thought the movies were contributing to the moral turpitude of the nation’s children. So join Jenny as she takes a fun, gory tour through the Video Nasty Era and discusses a few of the films that were on the list (as well as a few that were inexplicably left off). YES, WE’VE GOT A VIDEO!

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Song at the end: “Nasty” by The Damned. Clips at the beginning taken from the trailer for The Last House on the Left and the “Nasty” episode of The Young Ones.

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Episode Two: Satanic Panic!

In the 1980s, the moral scolds of America were suddenly whipped into a frenzy, convinced that everything from Dungeons and Dragons to heavy metal music to Saturday morning cartoons were irrefutable proof that an organized cabal of Satanists was roaming the land, kidnapping and molesting children, sacrificing puppies, and eating juicy babies with a side of devilled eggs. On this episode, Tom and Jenny break down (and make fun of) the tragicomic period of recent history known as the Satanic Panic.