The B-Movie Gimmick From The '60s (That We Want Back)

We’ve discussed William Castle here at Cracked, the all-time king of horror movie gimmicks. And among all his contrivances to get butts in theater seats to watch B-grade schlock, there's a particularly clever one used in one of his ‘best’ movies, Homicidal.

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We're fresh off 'Green Book' achieving its dream Oscar night (CONGRATULATIONS you made-up Hero Dad Story you!!!). But this week's episode is about EVERY Oscars ceremony. Why? Because the Oscars dictate most of your movie-watching year: October-December = "good movies", January-February = "failed attempts at good movies", summertime = "movies seeking the big green Oscar better known as MONEY." So we asked ourselves a question. We asked what might happen if the Oscars stopped dictating that schedule? And what if they stopped dictating it because the Oscars stopped happening at all, freeing up all of pop culture to function differently (and maybe function better)?

On this week's episode of The Cracked Podcast, please enjoy the oracular brilliance and Hollywood wisdom of comedians/podcasters Caitlin Gill, Dan Hopper, Amy Nicholson, and Danielle Radford, who joined Alex Schmidt for this LIVE episode from the UCB Sunset Theatre in Los Angeles. They'll dig into the biggest possible pop culture thought experiment: what would happen if the Oscars went away.

Footnotes:

'Unspooled' podcast (Earwolf)

'Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters' (featuring writing by Caitlin Gill)

'Tights and Fights' podcast (Maximum Fun)

4 Reasons The Razzies Suck (And Should Be Abolished Forever) (Cracked)

Climate change officially claims its first mammal: The Bramble Cay melomys is declared extinct (The Washington Post)

Now That's What I Call Music! 69

Rob Lowe Knows His Cringeworthy Snow White Oscar Bit Was "a Huge Mistake" (Vanity Fair)

lyrics to Seth MacFarlane's "We Saw Your Boobs" (Genius.com)

How Alcatraz Linked Marlon Brando and Sacheen Littlefeather, Who Refused His 'Godfather' Oscar (The Wrap)

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean (Amazon)

Rex (horse) -- Wikipedia article

'Blindspotting' (IMDb)

How the Oscars' shocking best picture envelope mistake happened (Entertainment Weekly)

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