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”
Fangoria magazine had been a mainstay of horror fandom for 38 years, but this year they shut their doors.
I remember when Fangoria started, and how fun it was to have a magazine dedicated to horror in all its facets.
In this episode, I talk about Fangoria, how it came to be, and what it meant to the fans and artists in modern horror. The magazine not only had articles that are still worth looking back to, but the letters to the editor section are a lot of fun to revisit too. Continue reading “Episode 049- A Completely Reliable Bad Influence: Fangoria Magazine”
George Romero (1940-2017) has always held a special place in my heart, so it was very saddening to hear of his passing on July 16.
It is hard to say goodbye, and in this episode I talk about George and his career.
It’s a eulogy, of sorts, to a maverick filmmaker out of Pittsburgh who never wavered on his vision – from Night of the Living Dead to Survival of the Dead. RIP, George. Continue reading “Episode 048- My Ride’s Here: Remembering George A. Romero”
You don’t need Hollywood to make a movie when you can make one in your own backyard!
Who needs a big budget when you’ve got a big imagination and some friends who are willing (or crazy enough) to get doused in fake blood?
In this episode, I honor the micro-budget horror movie – the movies made for tiny amounts of funds, and huge amounts of passion. Continue reading “Episode 047- Horror Movies at Used Car Prices”