December 2, 2021
Get your test tubes, beakers, and radioactive chemicals ready, because this week we’re talking about ‘30s and ‘50s science-fiction! Einstein had only just published his theory of relativity, the atom was in the process of being split, and outer space had yet to be explored. Science was scary then, for it was unknown what dangers we’d uncover. Even looking back now, the question remains: Did we make a mistake? Should we continue to venture into infinity, or else when does science go too far?
In Vincent Price-starring THE TINGLER (1959), directed by the master of gimmicks William Castle, a coroner dares to push ethical boundaries as he uncovers a spine-crushing bug that lives inside all of us and feeds on our fear. Then the Dogs jumps back to Frankenstein director James Whale’s THE INVISIBLE MAN (1933) -- the one with Claude Rains (no offense to Elisabeth Moss) -- where an insane physicist wields his newfound superpower to terrorize humanity in a maddening crime spree of havoc.
Up Next: AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000) / BETTER WATCH OUT (2016)
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“Newly Discovered Organ May Be Lurking Under Your Skin,” by Catherine Zuckerman (National Geographic)
“My Queer Eduction: James Whale,” by Vincent Bec
“Scientists May Have Found the Secret to Invisibility,” by Teresa Carey
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Cover art by Omri Kadim. Theme by Adaam James Levin Areddy. Music featured in this episode: Beautiful and Mysterious by Ross Bugen, Come Play With Me by Kevin McLeod, Dr Octopus by Vivek Abishek.