Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The “Blow up the Castle” Switch

On Halloween weekend 2005, Showtime was showing various episodes of the old television series The Outer Limits. Between some of the episodes a group of modern day film directors sat around and chatted about the old horror films of the 1930s and 1940s.

One of them (John Landis?) commented that many of the movies had a castle -- with a laboratory -- where they made the monster. And each laboratory invariably had a switch on the wall. The doctor, before going out, always told his assistant “Whatever you do, don’t let the monster throw that switch – it will blow up the castle”.

The "Blow up the Castle" switch.

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