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BLUEBEARD (1944) – Episode 179 – Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

“I don’t smoke. But I always have matches with me. I find they frequently come in handy.” You never know when you or someone you’re with might want to signal someone by lighting a match. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff and Jeff Mohr with guests Michael Zatz and Gregory Crosby – as they discuss Bluebeard (1944), a film far exceeding its poverty-row origin.

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 179 – Bluebeard (1944)

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In Paris, an artist hires portrait models, and after he finishes their portraits, he strangles them.

Jeff and Daphne are joined by guest hosts Gregory Crosby and Michael Zatz, for a John Carradine extravaganza. Director Edgar G. Ulmer, along with Carradine, an accomplished cast, and a ringer for a cinematographer spin an effective and atmospheric tale about the serial killer known as “Bluebeard” with style, class, and unexpected charm. While on the fringes of horror, Bluebeard should not be missed. Check out what the Grue-Crew has to say if you need more convincing.

At the time of this writing, Bluebeard is available to stream from the Classic Horror Movie Channel, Wicked Horror TV, Amazon Prime, MGM+, Screambox, Tubi, and PlutoTV. It is also available on physical media as the standard Blu-ray format 80th Anniversary Edition from Kino Lorber.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule, as chosen by Doc, is The Lost Continent (1968), the Hammer film that features blood beasts, torture pits, giant jaw-snapping mollusks, a floating death ship, crazed kelp monsters, and fiery destruction … at least, according to the poster. A couple of familiar faces will join the Classic Era Grue Crew: Bill Mulligan (Decades of Horror 1970s and 1980s) and Richard Klemensen, the publisher of The Little Shoppe of Horrors: The Journal of Classic British Horror Films and the voice you hear on the commentary for the Scream Factory Blu-ray of The Lost Continent.

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.