Christmas has gone and went, and while we recorded this special episode on boxing day, we were delighted to discuss the only virgin slasher 'Cherry Falls' and accompanying bizarre tongue terror, 'Killer Tongue'.
Sunday, December 29, 2019
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Episode 80 - Christmas Gifts: Devils and Faeries
Just shy of Christmas, our second gift of the holiday season - - Maddy and Corey ineptly bring you the beginning of their charming Christmas songwriting, and discuss the wonders and merriment of 'Mister Frost' as well as 'Thale'.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Episode 79 - Christmas Gifts: Are you a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?
Just click your heels together, my dear, and say 'there's not podcast like this' three times, and you'll find your way home. In the first of our 'Christmas gift exchange' episodes, Corey reviews girl power witch epic 'Practical Magic', while Maddy explores the demented psyche of an evil ancient coven in 'Lords of Salem'.
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Sunday, December 1, 2019
Episode 78 - Bad Pets
It isn't easy house-training a house-pet; especially when you know they're smarter than you. In this episode we tackle the challenges of caring for monkeys and dogs, whilst simultaneously dodging evil government projects and Michael Ironsides. With a quick chat about November's 'Horror Pack', we also explore the enigma of 'Monkey Shines' and 'Watchers'.
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Sunday, November 24, 2019
Episode 77 - In Like Jaramusch
A cup of coffee, a pack of stale cigarettes, and a run-down diner. That's all you need when you're hanging out with Corey and Maddy tonight as they discuss some of Jim Jaramusch's latest classics, including 'Only Lovers Left Alive' and 'The Dead Don't Die'. Maybe when it's all over Tom Waits will finally know the answer to the question--what's he building in there?
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Episode 76 - Poppin' and Warlockin'
Grab your rune stones, hide the satanic grimoire pages from Satan, it's time for a Warlock retrospective! In this episode, we discuss the brilliance that is Julian Sands, alongside Warlock 1 and 2 - - and yes, even part 3.
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Episode 75 - The Babysitters Club
Kids. Can't live with them. Can't--I don't know, perform some weird satanic ritual without getting an HOA complaint these days. Thank god for babysitters, right? The good. The bad. It doesn't really matter as long as you have one this Saturday night. Join Maddy and Corey this week as we discuss the creepy tension and loving 80s send-up of 'The House of the Devil', and a somehow more light-hearted murderous adventure in 'The Babysitter'.
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Thursday, November 7, 2019
Episode 74 - Breaking Up is Hard to Do
They say that breaking up is hard to do. Who says it? I don't know, people in the 60s, Neil Sadaka, The Carpenters. The point is, this episode is all about the inevitable heartbreak and murder that happens every time a relationship ends. We discuss the pitfalls of allowing Glenn Close to be sexy in 'Fatal Attraction' and the unfortunate love of a girl and some hands in 'May'.
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Book of the Week: Strangely Enough by C. B. Colby / Happy Halloween
First of all, happy Halloween! Second, the book of the week is once more brought to you by nostalgia. One of my fondest memories as a kid was going to places like Goodwill or huge library book sales where you could pay 5-10 bucks for a large brown bag to fill with books to your heart's content. This was one of many finds I had that was decommissioned after a long and honorable service (1959 actually). With most of the stories being fairly easy to read, generally no more than 2-3 pages, it's such a great book to burn through and read to kids. Not to mention, it's not so morbid or dark that you'd have to deal with too many nightmares afterwards.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
My Halloween Costume 2019 : Super Maria/Mario
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Drive-In Trailers: Cracker Jacks
Monday, October 28, 2019
Horror Flick of the Week: Snow White (1987)
Before I saw Sarah Patterson in the brilliantly lush 'Company of Wolves', which will always be one of the most fantastic dark fairytale films, Snow White gave me nightmares. No, not the Disney one (though you can't tell me it's not seriously disturbing when she's stumbling through those woods), but a lesser known 1980s version that also happens to feature Sarah. I'm not going to say it's a big budget masterpiece, because it's not, but it's good. Even more surprising, it comes from Cannon pictures. You see, they had this series of kids films called 'Cannon Movie Tales' that I'm not ashamed to say I've devoured, despite the fact that one or two of them are painfully awkward and over the top. Snow White, however, is the best of the bunch.
But why am I featuring this in a horror blog? Because there is no mask or mirror that has ever been more traumatizing, and for that scene alone you absolutely need to see this movie.
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Monstrous Post Cards
Saturday, October 26, 2019
Episode 73 - Rocktober IV: One Book to Rule Them All
The month is winding down, Rocktober's candle in the wind is fading in its rotten Jack-o-Lantern, and we've got one last guitar solo - - Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, the series, and the movie, 'The End of the End'. Happy Halloween, kids.
Friday, October 25, 2019
Vintage Magazine: Famous Monsters of Filmland, Vol. 1, No. 1 (64 - End)
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Featured Phobia: Ichthyophobia (Fear of Fish)
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Book of the Week: Who's Been Sleeping in my Grave? (Ghosts of Fear Street #2) by R. L. Stine
Fueled by fond library memories of my childhood perusing the shelves and grabbing the most intensely-shaded books with the brightest titles, I was thinking about the Ghosts of Fear Street series this morning. I read all of R. L. Stine's stuff throughout my childhood, stopping with a Nightmare Room book before I finally felt I'd outgrown his stuff. Goosebumps, Fear Street, Ghosts of Fear Street - - I loved them all. Why? Because they were mostly kids books that rarely had a happy ending, and it just felt scarier that way.
Some day I might revisit all of his books, though it'd be a monumental task. Whether they're easy 1-day reads or not, there are a lot of them. However, this one was one of my favorites. A kid has a creepy substitute teacher who has a particular fondness for him. Nostalgia is the main operator here, because I don't remember much. Except the chills that ran down my spine whenever the substitute teacher was described, and when her true identity was revealed in all it's - - gory. (Get it? Gory? Glory?)
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Vintage Magazine: Famous Monsters of Filmland, Vol. 1, No. 1 (50 - 63)
Monday, October 21, 2019
Movie Monster Cocktails
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Horror Flick of the Week: The Stranger Beside Me (2003)
Many of us in the last year are so have found ourselves gruesomely fascinated with serial killers. Just look at how many podcasts are thriving out there based solely on the subject. This isn't a new phenomenon. It comes and goes from time to time, but 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile' seemed to revive interest in not only Ted Bundy, but serious concern with the celebrity of murderers. Frankly, I found the film a bit disappointing. I'd been incredibly excited to see it, but the structure just didn't work for me. Anyone who thinks it sensationalized and idolized Bundy just because Zac Efron is pretty probably didn't see it.
But I'm not here to tear apart a Netflix film that just didn't work for me, I'm here to actually recommend another Bundy film based on a book by Ann Rule, who one might say was almost a friend of Ted's. The Stranger Beside me is two stories, the side of Ann as she learns and comes to terms of Bundy's monstrosity, and a montage of Ted's more infamous killings that eventually led to his capture and ultimate demise. I really loved Billy Campbell's performance in this, because he straddled the line of Bundy's personality so well. On one side, this polished performer who could charm just about anyone with only a few words, and on the other side a seriously disturbed person compelled to commit horrible acts with overwhelming arrogance and belief that no matter what he'll always get away with it.
It's a tv movie that doesn't really need the big budget flair you'd expect from such a 'celebrity' in the world of serial killers, and somehow it just really worked as a solid film despite this, or maybe even because of it.
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Episode 72 - Rocktober III: The Quickening
This week we're bringing you three metal horror movies and featuring a special guest, James from the Popcultnet podcast! Will Corey and Maddy finally escape the clutches of Coyote Guy Jake? No! But they will talk about 'Zombie Nightmare', 'Rocktober Blood' and 'Slaughterhouse Rock'! It's a week of zombies, slashers, and ghosts with sweet dance moves this week on Hallow-Holics Anonymous!
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Friday, October 18, 2019
A Tribute to Vincent Price
I legitimately tried to think of one role he was lackluster in, one part Mister Price was just obviously in need of a paycheck. Even the many many advertisements he sponsored later in his life. Nothing came to mind. He was just that good. What's more, half of his villains I couldn't help but love. Except, of course, for the rare few he played an absolute bastard. Don't let that fool you though, he was very good at that too.
Born in 1911 in St. Louis to a pretty well-off family, he had the good fortune to begin life with a good education, unsurprisingly getting a bachelors in history and language at Yale. This was also where he began to act, and later in life he would return to a production he likely knew very well, playing Sir Despard Murgatroyd in Ruddigore which I can't recommend enough if you're fond of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. Expanding his education at the University of London, studying art and even more history, his acting career began. In fact, he worked with Orson Welles's Mercurey Theatre. It wasn't long before he moved on to Broadway, and in 1938 his film acting career began. Dragonwyck (1946) is probably one of my absolute favorite early pictures of his before he truly blossomed as a well-known horror actor in particular. His roles were so varied that it would be impossible to list them all here without turning this short tribute into a lengthy biography, but suffice it to say House of Wax (1953) really marks when the horror element of his career took off.
He did fantastic voice-work in radio, and if you ever get the chance you absolutely have to dig up some episodes of The Saint, wherein he played a sort of detective crime-fighter with a Robin Hood flair.
Vincent was also a bit of an art philanthropist, donating 2000+ works from his collection over the years to the LA College and helping create the country's first teaching art collection. He wrote many wonderful cookbooks (one of which I've had my eye on for several years, A Treasury of Great Recipes). If the world had a dozen more people like Vincent Price, I can't imagine we wouldn't have a modern renaissance. Sadly, however, there was only one. A legend in his or anyone else's time. All that being said, here is a wonderful tribute by LordStoneRaven.