Episodes

Transcripts of each Horrid episode are be found on the pages linked below. These transcripts include citations to the sources of the information presented in each episode. Transcripts also have videos or links to trailers and/or full films in the public domain. If you find an error, send a message to [email protected]. Please be sure to include a citation for any corrections or new information that you send in. Transcripts will be updated when necessary.

S1E8: Lengthening Shadows

In the early 1910s, the film medium began its expansion into feature length films. Doc Manson explores this transition by comparing the 1912 adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (first discussed on episode seven of Horrid) to a version from the following year that is twice as long in runtime. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1913) was directed by Herbert Brenon and starred King Baggot. Also discussed is luminary film producer Carl Laemmle.

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S1E7: Hiding Within

William Brodie was a cabinetmaker and the deacon of the wrights in Edinburgh during the later 18th century. He is also the real life inspiration for one of horror’s all-time great villains, first brought to life in Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Doc Manson recounts the history of the first movie adaptation, which is a lost film from 1908. Also presented here is the the first surviving adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from 1912.

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S1E6: A Living Terror – Part 2

The first film adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was produced by Edison Studios and released in 1910. Doc Manson provides background on the director and actors, and narrates a scene by scene summary of the movie. Although the film is widely known to alter the original story, Doc gives his own interpretation of the final scenes of the film, and comments on the methods by which Frankenstein gives life to his creation.

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S1E5: A Living Terror – Part 1

The career of Georges Melies comes to an end, as new terrors begin to arise in the world of film. In this first part of a two part episode, Doc Manson delves into the life and history of Mary Wollstonecroft Godwin, or Mary Shelley as she would come to be known. Also discussed is the German ghost story The Family Portraits, by Johann August Apel. Is this the story which prompted the writing of Frankenstein?

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S1E4: The Usual Haunts

This episode explores the history of horror movies with an overview of the first collection of films about haunted houses. Or, more specifically, haunted hotels. Doc Manson covers some of the real world inspiration for films of this type, namely the spiritualism movement of the late 19th century. A deep dive is performed of James Stuart Blackton’s special effects masterpiece, The Haunted Hotel. Other filmmakers mentioned include Edwin S. Porter and Segundo de Chomon.

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S1E3: Devilish Dealings

The first trend in horror cinema emerged in the late 19th century. The Faustian tale was a long celebrated staple of literature and theater, so it is of little surprise that it translated so quickly to the medium of film. Doc Manson researches the historical origins of the German legend of Faustus, reviews scholarly interpretations of records from the 16th century, and investigates some of the earliest lost Faustian films, including The Laboratory of Mephistopheles by the french illusionist and filmmaker Georges Méliès.

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