Episode 25 – Herbert West: Reanimator, Part 2

This week, it’s part two of two with special guest host – Stuart Gordon, director of  ‘Reanimator.’
  • We again have the vocal stylings of Andrew Leman to take you to the battlefields of WWI and creepy basements of New England.
  • Wanna read about real and crazy experiments?  Check out  Elephants on Acid!
  • That town in Illinois Chad was talking about?  Delavan!
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Next week: Hypnos!

Post Comment 9 comments on “Episode 25 – Herbert West: Reanimator, Part 2

  • Joe on

    I heard the mention of zombies, as if attributing the phenomenon directly to Lovecraft. Cannibal zombies go back, WAY back, in mythology. The earliest aggravation I know of is in the Epic of Gilgamesh (approx. 2000 BCE) On tablet 6, line 93-96 details how the Goddess Ishtar speaks to her father for revenge against Gilgamesh’s slander on her, threatening that if her father does not help, she would: “…I will knock down the Gates of the Netherworld… …and the dead will go up to eat the living!”

    However, she said nothing attesting to their speed, so Lovecraft may still have the claim on the first FAST zombies.

    I really appreciate the podcast, and have had to clear other podcasts off my phone to make room for it all. Best podcast I’ve heard! Keep up the great work, and don’t change a thing.

  • Adrian on

    Perhaps this is the origin of Major Sir Eric Moreland Clapham-Lee’s fake head: Maimed soldiers returning from the trenches of WWI were sometimes given masks or fake noses etc. to help them re-enter civilian life.

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/mask.html#

  • Christine on

    Guys! I love the show, and I’m so glad I discovered it, but something you said in this episode is driving me crazy! You said that in the Milgram experiment, women complied with instructions to administer dangerous shocks much more often than men. On behalf of my sex, I call shenanigans. “Who are more obedient -men or women? Milgram found an identical rate of obedience in both groups-65%–although obedient women consistently reported more stress than men. There are about a dozen replications of the obedience experiment world-wide which had male and female subjects. All of them, with one exception, also found no male-female differences.” – http://www.stanleymilgram.com/facts.php

    Maybe you need a woman on the podcast. 😉

  • Darius Whiteplume on

    Just listened to this today. A friend mentioned something I had not noticed. Lee’s head was more successful with reanimation than West was. At least he could exert some control and it helps that he was not after perfection. 🙂

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  • Chadd on

    “timbre” = [TAM-ber] !

  • Jason on

    I am coming in WAY late to this podcast, but I wanted to leave a comment. Two in fact. The first simply is that I love this show and think it’s great 🙂

    The second is that Mr. Gordon references cells from tumor taken from a woman that scientists have been able to keep alive and reproducing since the 50s. This is true! They are called HeLa cells, taken from a woman named Henrietta Lax. There was a rather interesting book about this published in the last few years.

  • Brainfisch on

    The HeLa cells are used in many experiments today and every student of Biology or Medicine hears about them at least once.
    The book is called:The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot ( http://rebeccaskloot.com/the-immortal-life/ )

    a really nice interview with the author can be found at: http://podtail.com/podcast/little-atoms/rebecca-skloot-the-immortal-life-of-henrietta/

  • DerSpeigel on

    I don’t feel Moore’s head was in the box that would have been suicidal. Not sure what was in it other than some reanimated appendage.

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