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THE SNAKE GIRL AND THE SILVER-HAIRED WITCH (1968) – Episode 175 – Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

“She’s a snake! My sister’s a snake!” Hmmm, that makes for an interesting family tree. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr along with guest host Bryan Clark – as they discuss The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch (1968, Hebi musume to hakuhatsuma) from the studio (Daiei) and director (Noriaki Yuasa) that brought you the Gamera films.

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 175 – The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch (1968)

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After years in an orphanage, a young girl named Sayuri is reunited with her estranged family. Her new home includes an amnesiac mother, a sister confined to the attic, and an absent father who experiments with poisonous snakes. Sayuri receives a less than cordial reception from her sister, Tamami. Still, when a witch attacks Sayuri, the two sisters must overlook their differences and join forces to battle her.

Join the Grue Crew and guest host Bryan Clark to explore Daphne’s choice for this episode, The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch (1968). This Japanese release involves venomous snakes, creepy spiders, a hideous witch, detachable limbs, a snake girl, and atmospheric visuals in a creepy “Scooby-doo” mystery. What will the Grue Crew think?

At the time of this writing, The Snake Girl and the Silver-Haired Witch is available for streaming from the Shudder, AMC+, and Arrow. The film is also available on physical media in the Blu-ray format from Arrow Video.

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 Chad is At Midnight I’ll Take Your Soul (1964). Yup. They’re going to Brazil to meet up with Zé do Caixão, also known as Coffin Joe! 

[NOTE: The crew switched from Tonight I’ll Possess Your Corpse (1967) (as announced on the podcast) to At Midnight I’ll Take Your Corpse (1964).]

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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.