Frankenstein: National Theatre at Home (2011)


Frankenstein Month concludes here at Monster Movie Kid and we’re going out on top. In 2011, director Danny Boyle put together an amazing production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at the Royal National Theatre. From its world premiere on February 5 to its final performance on May 2, the unique play impressed audiences with not one but two creatures.

This version of the familiar tale features Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller playing both the roles of the creature and of Victor Frankenstein, alternating every other night. It’s an amazing vision that would have been fantastic to see live. However, it was also broadcast to world in 2011 as part of the National Theatre Live program and has been repeated almost every year since. Now, both versions will be broadcast through the National Theatre at Home YouTube series. Both versions will stream live and then be available for one week only beginning April 30 and May 1.

Danny Boyle has said this will never be available on home media, so this is an incredibly rare opportunity to see this fantastic production at home. Sit back, enjoy Frankenstein and tell ’em Monster Movie Kid sent you!

OTR – Frankenstein (1955)

This week on OTR Wednesday, we offer up another adaptation of the classic Frankenstein tale. This time, we journey back to June 7, 1955, for an episode of Suspense. This series was broadcast on the CBS Radio Network from June 17, 1942 until September 30, 1962. On that night, with the final broadcast of Suspense and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar, the Golden Age of Radio came to an end. This version of Frankenstein is short, just under 25 minutes, and moves the story to a then modern-day setting. I think you’ll enjoy this different take, so turn out the lights and let the theatre of the mind take you back to a simpler time.

Dread Media – WolfCop (2014)


It has been far too long since I’ve been on the Dread Media Podcast. So, it’s only fitting that I return in style with a look at a modern-day…classic??? WolfCop (2014) is loved by many and while I might not quite appreciate it as much as some monster kids do, it was certainly a journey. My experience was made all the better as I watched it with Joe Bob Briggs as it was the one episode of last season’s The Last Drive-In that I had missed. Every film is always made better with Joe Bob!

So, tune in to episode 661 of the Dread Media podcast and, as always, tell ’em Monster Movie Kid sent ya!

Classic Horrors Club – Sam Irvin Remastered


Frankenstein Month continues here at Monster Movie Kid as Jeff has dived into the archives to resurrect a “lost” episode. Originally posted on July 17, 2017, episode eight of the podcast featured our first live guest, Sam Irvin, author of The Epic Untold Saga Behind Frankenstein: The True Story in issue #38 of Little Shoppe of Horrors.

With a career spanning nearly 40 years, Sam is a veteran film and television director, producer, screenwriter, author, journalist and educator who’s worked with a long list of legendary Hollywood talent, including Brian DePalma, Rod Steiger, Billy Bob Thornton, and Cassandra Peterson.

To celebrate the Blu-ray release of Frankenstein: The True Story, we present a “remastered” version of the interview.

Please note, this episode was recorded before the Blu-ray release, which is now the recommended version to add to your film library. Sam has contributed some amazing extras while Rondo Award winning artist Mark Maddox created a fantastic cover.

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OTR – Frankenstein (1944)


“In this cave by the restless sea, we are met to call from out of the past, stories strange and weird. Bell keeper, toll the bell, so that all may know that we are gathered again in The Weird Circle.”

As Frankenstein Month continues here at Monster Movie Kid, it’s time to enter The Weird Circle. This syndicated series was heard on a variety of radio stations across the United States at various times from the summer of 1943 until the fall of 1947, lasting a total of 78 episodes.

While we don’t know the exact broadcast dates for all locations, we do know that this adaptation of Frankenstein aired on February 20, 1944, in New York City. So, turn out the lights and enter the theatre of your mind!

Mysteries Still Surround Green Hell from the Void (1968)


Whenever a rare or long-lost film is discovered, it’s like finding a treasure chest of gold for film lovers. Sure, every now and then you find the equivalent of Al Capone’s vault but most of the time, the film is a fun glimpse into a past long forgotten. Tom Leahy is best known for his television work in Wichita, Kansas as The Host and Major Astro, not to mention directing his 1965 horror flick The Beast from the Beginning of Time. However, Tom also worked on another film that was unearthed some five years ago…Green Hell from the Void (1968).

I first became aware of this film in the fall of 2014 when I met Joel Sanderson, better known to many as Gunther Dedmund on The Basement Sublet of Horror. Joel had acquired Tom’s first film years ago and unleashed it upon a hungry audience. It was at that time that he first heard about Green Hell from the Void. However, he lost contact with Tom before seeing the film or finding out if the film still existed. Tom had mentioned it once in a 1981 newspaper article written by Bob Curtright. Published in the Wichita Eagle-Beacon, the article was hyping the television debut of The Beast from the Beginning of Time. Tom mentioned it casually as being a pilot but nothing more. The question remained whether or not the film was still in one piece and, if so, who had it. With Tom passing away in 2010, the fear was that we might never know.


Enter writer and podcast legend Derek M. Koch. Derek is well-known for his love of the horror genre through his Rondo Award-winning podcast Monster Kid Radio. After hearing that another Tom Leahy film may exist, I reached out to Derek to tell him as I knew he would be as excited as I was. Joel knew that some of Tom Leahy’s estate material was given to the Kansas Historical Society, which I mentioned to Derek. Derek quickly went online and discovered that the film was listed as being in the possession of the Kansas Historical Society. I shared this news with Joel, who quickly contacted them and arranged for a meeting. Sure enough, they had the film and Joel was able to view it and obtain a copy of it. So, was this movie all we had hoped for?

First, let’s acknowledge that the film is incomplete and only runs about 12 minutes. It was intended as a “pilot” sample to raise funds for a full-length feature film. Why production stopped is just one of the mysteries still surrounding this previously lost gem. We do know that Tom was the mastermind, most likely writing, producing and directing. The lead character was played by Robert Carroll. Carroll was a news anchor at channel 3, KARD, which is most likely where he met Leahy. Dick Welsbacher (Professor Morey from The Beast from the Beginning of Time) also pops up briefly as a rather seedy hotel owner.

Green Hell from the Void was filmed in glorious color in 1968, based on a Sedgwick County car tag clearly visible at one moment at the hotel. Every color image comes across rather vividly thanks to the film being in really good condition. This is amazing considering that it most likely has been collecting dust in a film can for decades. While the story takes place in “Las Mesas”, the sign is obviously a fake and the scenery clearly looks like Kansas. There is a shot of a gas station and a Del Sueno Motel. It’s unclear whether this motel was real or simply staged.


The film starts with an image of a lizard-like monster head created by Leahy that seems to be at least partially inspired by King Kong. It also comes across as a precursor to the Sleestaks from the 1970s TV series Land of the Lost, complete with hissing sounds, claws and out-stretched arms as the film progresses.  We see a reference to Group 5 Productions, which may have been Tom’s production company. The story begins with a man around a campfire listening to a radio announcer talking about UFOs. A spacecraft flies overhead and crashes. The man goes to investigate and discovers it is a small craft releasing a mysterious fog. An explosion then knocks him unconscious. The next day, we see him driving on a highway, passing a sign for Las Mesas. He then checks into the Del Sueno Motel. He encounters a shady motel clerk (Dick Welsbacher) and identifies himself as Jim Smith, which is likely a fake name based on his mannerisms. The clerk sees the Sedgwick County car tag and makes a reference to him being from out of town. As Smith walks away, the clerk turns on a radio and we hear Spanish music, trying to add to the perception that we are possibly in New Mexico.

In the next scene, we see Smith racing to his car at night in a parking lot (which does not appear to be at the motel). He is breathing hard and looks down at his hands. They are changing into a reptilian-like texture. He begins driving on a highway and is clearly in distress. He is transforming and seems disoriented. His hands are turning into claws with scales on his face and he begins to hiss like a snake. He stops and picks up a hitchhiker (Ray Dryden, a Wichita State University film student). Once in the car, he turns to the hitchhiker and we see the reptilian face that we saw at the very beginning. He begins clawing at the hitchhiker and draws blood which is clearly visible on his arm. The hitchhiker tries to get away from the creature but is attacked and is apparently killed. And then, the screen fades out.

Where the story was going to go after that remains a mystery. Film director Lance D. Hayes (King Kung Fu) has helped fill in some of the gaps but with Tom Leahy, Robert Carroll and Dick Welsbacher all having passed away in recent years, acquiring additional information seems challenging now. Research continues, such as Joel Sanderson having vivid memories of his neighbor Ralph Seeley working on the spaceship effects in his garage. So, there is at least some hope that we might be able to discover more about Green Hell from the Void.


For now, the short film is available for everyone to see on and YouTube. Check it out and, while you’re there, you might also be interested in other rare treasures from Tom Leahy. Joel has uploaded a lot of the existing 1950s Nightmare material featuring Tom Leahy as The Host, including an unreleased marketing promo for an attempted syndicated revival of Nightmare.

Special thanks to Joel Sanderson and the Kansas Historical Society for making this film available and to Derek M. Koch for that late night conversation which led to its rediscovery. Lance D. Hayes and Tim McGill of Cine’ Specialists also provided additional information on the history of this film.

A version of this article originally appeared in issue 3 of The Basement Sublet of Horror magazine and in February 2015 on the Monster Movie Kid website.

Monster Kid Radio – The Beast from the Beginning of Time (1965)


This is the week that the world gets reintroduced to that lost classic, The Beast from the Beginning of Time (1965)! Okay, it’s not quite a classic and really hasn’t been lost for a long time, if it ever was. However, it is a film few have seen, and it’s been near and dear to my heart for quite a while now. After introducing it to my wife Karla a few weeks back, Derek M. Koch, the Rondo Award winning podcast legend, reached out and here we are.

This week on episode 467 of the Monster Kid Radio podcast, Derek and I sit down to talk about this fun flick featuring writer, producer, director and star, the late Mr. Tom Leahy. It’s always fun being on MKR and this time was no exception.

Now, if you want to see this rare movie, it is currently available on courtesy of Joel Sanderson and The Basement Sublet of Horror. That version is special in that it’s edited to make it look like an episode of Nightmare, Tom Leahy’s horror host program that ran on television from the late 50s to the early 90s. It’s a lot of fun and I highly recommend it as the best way to see The Beast from the Beginning of Time.

So, tune in and be sure to tell ’em Monster Movie Kid sent ya!

Diecast Movie Review Podcast – The Seventh Seal (1957)


Have you heard of the Diecast Movie Review Podcast? Are you listening to every new episode? If you answered no, today is the day to add it to your podcast queue. My good friend Steve Turek recently launched this new podcast with his children Ben and Mikaela. Every episode, they roll the die to determine the genre of movie they have to choose from for the next episode. They also do interviews with people involved in the movie industry, such as Victoria Price and Donnie Dunagan.

In episode 12, I join Steve for a great one-on-one conversation about The Seventh Seal (1957)! This is a classic film that deserves all of the love and praise it receives. It is indeed an incredible and unique journey. Please note, this was recorded in January before we lost the great Max Von Sydow on March 8.

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OTR – Frankenstein (1932)


April is Frankenstein Month here at Monster Movie Kid and this week, OTR Wednesday joins in on the celebration. There have been many radio adaptations of the classic tale over the years but the earliest and longest came in the 1930s.

Audiences had just been introduced to Boris Karloff’s interpretation on the big screen but the original novel plays out a little differently. This radio version from the George Edwards Players chooses to follow the novel a little more closely and is told through flashbacks. Over the course of 13 episodes, Victor Frankenstein tells his tale to Captain Walton, whose ship, the Voyager, is trapped in the polar ice cap. The monster is close by as well as he and his creator are fated for a final confrontation.

The date of this production seems to vary depending on the source of the material. Some say 1932 while others indicate 1938, which may have been a rebroadcast date. In any case, this is early radio, so the quality does vary at times. Nonetheless, it’s a great journey and well worth your time. So, turn out the lights and let the theatre of the mind take you away to the polar ice caps for the tale of Frankenstein!

Classic Horrors Club – Frankenstein: The Quarantine Story


Oh, the times they are a changing! This month, Jeff Owens and I had planned to talk about Sherlock Holmes on the Classic Horrors Club Podcast. However, with the world events changing our plans, we’re making lemonade out of lemons and the results are fantastic! From our own separate clubhouses, Jeff and I use the way back machine in episode 42 to revisit Frankenstein: The True Story (1973), which has just been released on Blu-ray from Shout! Factory.

We originally covered this classic back in August 2017 but that episode, being on our old feed, is now unavailable. So, Jeff took a trip into the dusty old archives and, through the magic of modern technology, we’ve taken that original review segment from episode 9 and mixed in a new intro and end segment with some timely and modern conversation to make a brand new episode to help you get through these uncertain times. We’re here to entertain you in our small way and hope that you enjoy it!

Plus, our interview with director and film historian Sam Irvin will be coming out later this month in a special remastered edition! Between his book length love for the film in issue 38 of Little Shoppe of Horrors magazine and all of the amazing extras on the new Blu-ray, it seems only fitting that April is Sam Irvin month at the Clubhouse! Plus, a special shout out to Rondo Award-winning artist Mark Maddox for his amazing work on both the magazine and new Blu-ray covers!


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We’d also appreciate if you’d give us an honest rating on Apple Podcasts or SoundCloud. Thank you!

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