Geekery in General 253: The Elder Movie

April 18, 2020 @ 12:42 pm

Back in 1981 rock band KISS released an ambitious album called Music from the Elder. It was intended to serve as the soundtrack for a movie. According to Gene Simmons several actors had already been cast and a script was in the works. All that came to a screeching halt after the album was released. Music from the Elder was panned by many fans and critics alike. Later reviewers have been kinder to Music from the Elder, but it is still considered one of KISS' least successful albums.

In this episode Al discusses the original script for the movie, Seb Hunter's attempt to make an adaptation in 2012, and his ideas for how he would write a movie that would more closely follow the music on the album. A lot of the information for this episode comes from Odyssey: The definitive examination of "Music From The Elder," KISS' cult-classic concept album by Tim McPhate and Julian Gill. Its an interesting book, and if you are a fan of this album I highly recommend it.

This episode is a companion piece to Episode 129 of Musically Challenged. In that episode Al and Chad discuss the story behind the album as well as the music itself. You might want to listen to that episode first. You can listen to this episode here:

Want to learn more about The Hero's Journey? Al covered it in episode 97 of Geekery in General. You can listen to it here:

If Gene Simmons or any movie company would like to contact me to write a script for a movie based on The Elder they (and anyone else) can contact me at


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