Category: Episodes

Episode 006- The Shock! Heard ‘Round the World: Shock Theater and Horror Hosts


A lot of us were introduced to classic horror films through midnight showings on local TV on Saturday nights. 

Many of us knew of our “local horror host.” 

The horror host was (and still is) a great American phenomenon full of crazy costumes, clever names, and a lot of charisma.

The greats are still legendary, and horror hosts continue entertaining us on the internet and streaming video outlets. Continue reading “Episode 006- The Shock! Heard ‘Round the World: Shock Theater and Horror Hosts”

Episode 005: What Are Your Limits? The Dark Waters of Exploitation and Extreme Cinema

What are your limits? 

Surely there are some types of horror movies that you will not watch.

Or are there? 

There has always been an audience for the disturbing and unsettling image. And there’s an intimate relationship between the violence and sensationalism shown in Underground Movies and the anxieties of our culture. Continue reading “Episode 005: What Are Your Limits? The Dark Waters of Exploitation and Extreme Cinema”

Episode 004.3: Interviews from the Abyss- with Dave Kosanke

“I put in what I love. If someone else likes it, fine. No expectations.”-Dave Kosanke

This episode is a companion piece to Episode 4, “Blood Oaths and Bar Tabs: Horror Conventions and Cinema Wasteland.”

In this episode we interview Dave Kosanke, the creator of the long-running and legendary underground fanzine “Liquid Cheese.” It is an exhaustive love letter to everything from horror to heavy metal to XXX films. Continue reading “Episode 004.3: Interviews from the Abyss- with Dave Kosanke”

Episode 004.2: Interviews from the Abyss- with Bryan Martinez

“Horror is a beautiful art form.” -Bryan Martinez

This episode is a companion piece to Episode 4, “Blood Oaths and Bar Tabs: Horror Conventions and Cinema Wasteland”

In this episode we interview Bryan Martinez, who is the creator and producer of the popular webcast, “The Giallo Room” (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLXTTivU_q3vlbPbABloKbA) Continue reading “Episode 004.2: Interviews from the Abyss- with Bryan Martinez”

Episode 004.1: Interviews from the Abyss- with Jon Kitley

“Well, if I could discover just one of these things, what eternity is, for example, I wouldn’t care if they did think I was crazy.” -Henry Frankenstein (Frankenstein-1931)

It’s the quest of every ultra-fan: finding fellow obsessives to share in the collective joy.

Fan conventions provide a meeting place and an outlet for like-minded folk.  What’s it like to really find your tribe?  Continue reading “Episode 004.1: Interviews from the Abyss- with Jon Kitley”

Episode 004: Blood Oaths and Bar Tabs: Horror Conventions and Cinema Wasteland

It’s the quest of every ultra-fan: finding fellow obsessives to share in the collective joy.

Fan conventions provide a meeting place and an outlet for like-minded folk.

What’s it like to really find your tribe? 

In this episode I talk about horror conventions, my pilgrimage to the “Anti-Convention” known as “Cinema Wasteland” and meeting a group of fellow obsessives I call “the Algonquin Round Table of Horror.” Continue reading “Episode 004: Blood Oaths and Bar Tabs: Horror Conventions and Cinema Wasteland”

Episode 003- Religious (and Sacrilegious) Experiences

Sharing the movie experience with a theater full of people can be exhilarating or frightening—sometimes both.  You put yourself in the hands of the filmmaker to take that ride, not knowing where or how it’s going to end. 

In rare cases a movie can provide an audience with an ecstatic, transcendent experience, almost religious in its power that leaves you walking on air afterward and running back to grasp that experience again. Continue reading “Episode 003- Religious (and Sacrilegious) Experiences”

Episode 002.5: “Addendum of Doom: The Folk Horror Edition”

We aren’t out of the woods yet…

This is a companion piece to Episode Two, “If You Aren’t Afraid in The Woods, You Haven’t Gone Deep Enough”, which delved into the world of Folk Horror.

Here we’ll discuss movies and books I’d loved to have talked about in the episode, but they just didn’t fit into “the story” completely, or there just wasn’t enough time. Continue reading “Episode 002.5: “Addendum of Doom: The Folk Horror Edition””