2017 was a very good year for horror, and in this episode I talk about some of my favorite horror films of the year.
They run the gamut from slow burns to monsters to ghosts to bloody terrifying.
There were so many first-time directors who made amazing films that I’m hopeful that this may be the start of a new horror era. Continue reading “Episode 064- 2017: A Good Year for Fear”
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is possibly the most popular ghost story in the English language.
It may seem weird that Christmas has a famous ghost story, but the reality is that Christmas ghost stories were a tradition in Victorian England. Continue reading “Episode 063- Christmas Ghost Stories”
Some horror movies don’t play fair.
We go to horror movies to feel the exhilaration of being scared, and to experience our fears from a safe distance. Continue reading “Episode 062- Gut Punch Horror”
How does it make you feel when somebody stares at you?
An unflinching stare. Angry? Scared? Anxious? All of the above? How about when said eyes belong to a doll? Depends on the doll, really. If it’s obviously fake, then it’s not a problem, but what if it’s really life-like? Continue reading “Episode 061- ACGT/0101: AI and the Uncanny Valley”
Oh, to have been there in the heyday of Grindhouse Cinema!
Rows of theaters on New York’s 42nd Street playing classics such as I Drink Your Blood, Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things, Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS, Three on a Meathook, The Corpse Grinders, and more. Continue reading “Episode 060- Slave to the Grindhouse with 42nd Street Pete Chiarella”
I love the spirit of Independent Horror filmmakers, especially fans who are compelled to create, no matter what the odds.
In today’s episode I interview Nick Hunt, the director/producer/creator of SAFE PLACE. Continue reading “Episode 059- Unsafe Practices: Nick Hunt and the Indie Horror of “Safe Place””
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”