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Horrible Imaginings Podcast #162: Remembering Zacherley the Cool Ghoul this Halloween


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Happy Halloween everyone! I have a bittersweet episode to celebrate our favorite holiday. As you all probably know, John Zacherle, aka Zacherley The Cool Ghoul, departed this mortal dimension late last week. He lived to the rich old age of 98, and for monster kids of all ages, Zacherley has long been an important part of our horror community. I got to meet him twice at Chiller Conventions, and his physical presence on this planet will be missed.

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As one of the ultimate horror hosts, Zacherley was one of the first wave of personalities to introduce a new generation to the classic horror films of the 30s and 40s on the then-new medium of television. Because of the efforts of hosts like Zacherley, these films came back from the dead and continue to thrill us today. Because so much of Zacherley's legacy is about keeping classic films alive and helping horror fans get to know the roots of the genre they love, I decided to ask semi-regular podcast guest and #oldmovieweirdo Will McKinley to join me in this tribute.

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Will has joined me on this podcast many times to espouse the importance of preserving classic film. He is a writer for various books and radio shows, including "Monster Serial," "Bride of Monster Serial," and "Bride of Monster Serial." He also used to work with the legendary Jonathan "Barnabas Collins" Frid, and contributed to the book "Remembering Jonathan Frid. Follow him on Twitter @WillMcKinley.

Join us in remembering the legendary Zacherley!

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May 5, 2016 Posted by admin in General

#154: Exploring the Hidden Gems of the TCM Classic Film Festival with Will McKinley

tcmff class pictureOnce again, it is that time of the year where we focus on classic film in honor of the TCM Classic Film Festival, which has been hitting Hollywood, California in a big way every Spring since 2010. (Incidentally, I'm proud to say that our own Horrible Imaginings Film Festival shares its birth year with TCM Classic Film Festival--what amazing company!) As a film fanatic with a keen interest in film history, the TCM Classic Film Festival is an almost religious experience, and every year I decide to give the pure horror aspects of the podcast a break in favor of reflecting on the unique experiences afforded at this festival. The beautiful thing is that the programming there is so varied that I do always get to praise some of their obscure or cult film choices.

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And speaking of obscure choices, that is what I decided my main focus would be--the hidden gems of the TCM Classic Film Festival, particularly the "Discovery" films and the little-known films that get shown in the smallest of the venues at the festival: the Chinese multiplex's House Four. Many of us at the festival call House Four our regular home, and I got another House Four regular to discuss this year's festival with me. He has been on the podcast many times, and he probably needs no introduction for many of you. His blog Cinematically Insane is a staple for #OldMovieWeirdos everywhere--I speak of course of Will McKinley. Together we discuss:

1. The role that traditional 35mm film formats play at the festival, and the role we would like it to keep playing
2. What is House Four, and what kinds of films show there
3. What are the "Discovery" films?
4. What films had the greatest impact on us
5. Why choose obscure films
6. The challenges and brilliance of creating the TCMFF program
7. The differences between preservation and restoration
8. What makes a good restoration
9. Film love vs. Film snobbery
10. What some people misunderstand about TCM, and how we set them straight
11. The Vitaphone 90th Anniversary presentation
12. The midnight movies (Roar and Gog in 3D with a new restoration)
13. What kinds of movies we hope to see in the future
14. The new TCM Backlot Fan Club

So much great content in this episode. I am extremely proud of it, but really how could we not have so much to talk about after TCM put on such a memorable event? Again? As an added bonus, here are pictures of the amazing projector rig especially built to project a rare 16mm print of a Taiwanese martial arts film during the San Diego Asian Film Fest's Spring Showcase, as discussed in the episode:

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Also, as promised in the episode, here is the Vitaphone short of Shaw and Lee's Vaudeville act "The Beau Brummels." Hilarious!

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