SEX and VIOLENCE.
That volatile combination is both provocative and controversial for most people.
It’s where we’re at our most vulnerable, and Horror gives us the opportunity to confront our darkest emotions in a safe environment. Continue reading “Episode 058- Things That Go Bump and Grind in the Night: Sex and Horror”
History is full of real-life horror stories.
In this episode I talk with Dr. Harold Aurand, a professor of History at Penn State University, Schuylkill Campus, about true horror stories of history. Continue reading “Episode 057- Horror in History”
Do you ever wonder how the legends of monsters are born?
What made people think werewolves and vampires were real? How did the ideas of silver to kill werewolves, and garlic to repel vampires get passed down from generation to generation? Continue reading “Episode 056- Medicine and Monsters”
The movie adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘It’ was hotly anticipated, and broke box office records.
I was curious about the fervent response to this movie, not just by horror fans, but also by mainstream outlets. After all, the novel came out in 1985, and there was already a miniseries created from it in 1990. Once I saw ‘It,’ and thought about the movie, I started thinking about movie adaptations of Stephen King’s books, in general. Continue reading “Episode 055- Stephen King and the IT in All of Us”
Sometimes, once just isn’t enough.
And, in the case of Tobe Hooper, it felt right to honor this quirky and often misunderstood artist with a second helping of praise.
On this episode, I talk with John Cribbs and Christopher Funderburg, the co-creators of “The Pink Smoke” film review website about the legacy of the late Tobe Hooper. Continue reading “Episode 054- Once More with Feeling: Tobe Hooper”
There are a few extreme films that use the violence, and obscenity, and nihilism to create something that defies expectations and becomes something horrible/beautiful.
For those who dare to watch.
Guest Derrick Carey, from the Astro Radio Z podcast (and a horror film director himself), joins us to discuss some Extreme Horror films that aren’t easy to dismiss…or forget. Continue reading “Episode 053- All the Sins of the World: Extreme Horror”
We lost another horror master in August 2017 when Tobe Hooper left this mortal coil.
Hooper was a complicated artist, and in this episode, I talk about my appreciation of the man who gave us the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist. Continue reading “Episode 052- Mr. Bad Example: The Legend of Tobe Hooper”
There’s a select group of directors who hold the title, “Masters of Horror” for bringing their distinctive styles to the horror film.
But, they aren’t the only ones who made an impact on horror cinema.
There are several acclaimed directors with illustrious careers who took a “Day Trip” into horror. Continue reading “Episode 051- Day Trippers: Horror Films of Acclaimed Directors”
Whenever you hit a milestone it’s time to celebrate.
This is the 50th episode of Hellbent for Horror, and I could think of no better way to celebrate that than to gather a Wretched Roundtable of listeners to talk about the state of the 50-year-old phenomena known as “modern horror.” Continue reading “Episode 050- Diamonds and Rust and Modern Horror”