About This Show
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).
Most Recent Episode
Episode 35: Censorship in Horror - The Hays Code, the Demise of Horror Comics, and Video Nasties
5 days ago
We examine censorship in horror with a detailed look at the Hays Code, the demise of horror comics, and the video nasties era! Sources for this episode: The Hays Code "The History of Hollywood Censorship and the the Ratings System" - Filmmaker IQ Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality, and Insurrection in American Cinema 1930-1934 by Thomas Doherty Hollywood's Censor: Joseph I. Breen and the Production Code Administration by Thomas Doherty The Celluloid Closet, directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman “Morals, Markets, and ‘Horror Pictures’: The Rise of Universal Pictures and the Hollywood Production Code.” by Kyle Edwards, Oakland University The Demise of Horror Comics Tales From the Crypt: From Comic Books to Television The Horror! The Horror!: Comic Books the Government Didn’t Want You To Read by Jim Trombetta “Censors and Sensibility: RIP, Comics Code Seal of Approval, 1954-2011” by Glen Weldon, NPR “RIP The Comics Code Authority” by Douglas Wolk, Time. Video Nasties