Haunted Thrills is a documentary about those gruesome, violent, and sexy pre-code horror and science fiction comic books of the early 1950's. Featuring three exclusive interviews with the original pre-code horror comic artists Everett Raymond Kintsler, Joe Sinnott, and Victor Carrabotta, this documentary is a love letter to those comics that were ultimately doomed by Dr. Fredric Wertham and the Comics Code Authority in the mid 1950's.

  • Mike Lyddon
  • Mike Lyddon
  • Mike Lyddon
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    documentary, horror, science fiction, crime, comic books, pre-code
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 25, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    1,800 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Mike Lyddon

Mike T. Lyddon is a writer, producer, director and special makeup effects artist known for the films Cut Up (1994), Zombie! vs. Mardi Gras (1999), Horror Anthology Movie Vol. 1 (2013) and Vol. 2 (2014) and First Man on Mars (2016). Short films include The Cordyceps Principle (2013), Thing in the Shed (2013), Footage Found Arabi (2013) and By the Hair of the Head (2014). He also filmed over 100 live indigenous and traditional music videos in South America for HowlingEarth.Com. His latest feature film is a horror anthology called Witch Tales aka Cuentos de la Bruja (2020). Lyddon recently finished his documentary about 1950s pre-code comic books called "Haunted Thrills."

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Director Statement

I am a huge fan of pre-code sci-fi and horror comic books so after I made my last feature "Witch Tales," I knew I had to do a documentary on them. I was fortunate enough to interview three artists who worked in pre-code comics in the 1950s: Joe Sinnott, Everett Raymond Kintsler, and Victor Carrabotta.
I hope you enjoy this love letter to 50s pre-code!