A bi-weekly look at the monster movies, TV shows, cult films, and horror stuff that keeps YOU up at night! In the days before syndicated stations and 24 hour programming, television stations often showed old monster movies hosted by local on-air talent. It is in this spirit that “Test Pattern” is made – a little bit spooky, a little bit silly, but always informative! Jacob and Tab have a new topic each week, with a focus on the macabre offerings shown on television starting in the mid 1950s, favorite creature features, and B-movies (with occasional forays into the outer realms of horror).
Episode 160: Ferocious Flora - Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and Swamp Thing
In the first of two episodes curated by Jacob for his birthday month, we investigate the growing tomato menace with Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and dream alone with the sensitive monster that is Swamp Thing!
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes (1978)
"Attack of the Killer Tomatoes: An Oral History of the 1978 Film" by Sam Dean, Bon Appetit
Swamp Thing (1982)
"23 Things We Learned From Wes Craven's Swamp Thing Commentary" by Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects
Episode 159: For Glory - The 13th Warrior & Beowulf
We yell our own names as a fierce battle cry as we seek glorious death with The 13th Warrior and Beowulf!
The 13th Warrior (1999)
"Why The 13th Warrior Didn't Work" by Tom Reimann, Collider
"What is a Mary Sue ... And What Exactly is Wrong with Them?", Jessie Gender
"Phone Call Lands Hollywood Director in Prison", CNN
"Beowulf (2007 film)", Wikipedia - sourced from various books, magazines, and academic journals
Episode 158: Gallery of Lost Souls - HG Wells, Island of Lost Souls, & The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
** This episode was recorded and released prior to Scarlett Amaris telling her story of abuse at the hands of her partner, Richard Stanley. We do briefly discuss Stanley's work on the early production of the film and his return to set.
We believe and support Ms. Amaris and will not cover Stanley's work moving forward. In addition, we have donated $200 to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence in honor of Ms. Amaris to ensure that Patreon funds received during the time of recording and release do not go to supporting Stanley's work. **
We've got an appointment with the doctor - Dr. Moreau, that is! We're discussing the H.G. Wells novella The Island of Dr. Moreau, the 1932 adaptation Island of Lost Souls, and the disaster-plagued 1996 remake!
The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells (pub. 1896)
"The Many Futuristic Predictions of H.G. Wells That Came True" by Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine
"H.G. Wells: A Visionary Who Should Be Remembered for His Social Predictions Not Just His Scientific Ones" by Simon John James, The Independent
"In the Name of Darwin" by Daniel Kevles, PBS
"America's First Climate Debate" by Gordon S. Wood, HistoryNet
Island of Lost Souls (1932)
Film historian commentary with Gregory Mank, Criterion
"A Conversation with John Landis, Rick Baker, and Bob Burns", Criterion featurette
"David J. Skal Interview", Criterion featurette
"Richard Stanley Interview", Criterion featurette
"Island of Lost Souls: The Beast Flesh Creeping Back" by Christine Smallwood, Criterion
"Charlie Gemora: Hollywood's Famous Gorilla Man" by Nick Thomas, The Spectrum
"Island of Lost Souls" by Jeff Stafford, TCM
Censoring Science in 1930s and 1940s Hollywood Cinema by David Kirby, et al. (pgs 235-236)
"Charles Laughton in the 1932 Horror Classic, Island of Lost Souls" by Glenn Erickson, TCM
The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley, documentary
Episode 157: Online Horror IRL - Strangeland & Hard Candy (with Brandon!)
In this episode, we're joined by Brandon to talk about online horrors brought IRL with Dee Snider's Strangeland and Hard Candy!
Writer/actor commentary with Dee Snider
"Strange Stories From Behind the Scenes of Dee Snider's Strangeland" by Jacob Shelton, Ranker
"Why Dee Snider's Strangeland Sequel Never Got Made" by Michael Kennedy, ScreenRant
We are Twisted F*****g Sister!, documentary
Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, documentary
"Rated R for the Naked Truth: How the MPAA Responds to Nudity", Michael Shelfer
Hard Candy (2005)
"37 Things Learned From the Hard Candy Commentary" by Kate Erbland, Film School Rejects
Episode 156: Bleeding Hearts - The Prowler & My Bloody Valentine (1981)
We cut right to the heart of slashers with My Bloody Valentine and The Prowler!
"Slasher Movies: The Complete History", Evolution of Horror
The Prowler (1981)
"Retrospective: The Prowler (1981 - 35 Years Later" by Dave J. Wilson, Dread Central
"Brutal Slasher The Prowler is a Showcase of Tom Savini's Best Work" by Meagan Navarro, Bloody Disgusting
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film, documentary
Smoke and Mirrors: The Story of Tom Savini, documentary
My Bloody Valentine (1981)
"My Bloody Valentine: An Interview with Director George Mihalka", The Terror Trap
"Classic Horror Film was Shot in Sydney Mines" by David Jala, Cape Breton Post
Episode 155: The Dregs - Cape Fear (1962 & 1991)
In this episode, we live in fear of Max Cady as we explore the original Cape Fear and the 1991 Martin Scorsese remake starring Robert De Niro!
Cape Fear (1962)
"Cape Fear" by Jim Stafford, TCM
"He's Out Now: Cape Fear (1962)" by Larry Wallace, Medium
Cape Fear (1991)
"Martin Scorsese Ventures Back to Cape Fear" by Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"The Making of Cape Fear", featurette
"Everything You Need to Know About the Bechdel Test", No Film School
Really enjoy this podcast. The hosts are informative and they both truly respect the movies they review even if they don’t like the film. I also like they talk facts and their opinions without interrupting each other. They do their research even on their favorite movies and give great insights. Highly recommend!!!
Horrorific and Wholesome
A joy to listen to. Listening to Jacob and Tab is simultaneously like listening to one of the most fascinating special features you could find about any horror movie and yet also like chatting with old friends and sharing your love for something. It’s a joy and a pleasure every time there’s a new episode and Test Pattern is a perfect way to discover hidden gems or reminisce about old classics.
A Wonderful Conversation
I’ve been binging Test Pattern at work, listening to every single episode from the beginning up to the current episode. They are always thoughtful and invested in the topic, and the conversations are always worth listening to even when I don’t agree. They’ve inspired me to do a podcast of my own!