Can you sympathize with a monster?
In some cases I think you can. It depends on the story and how well the story is told and acted.
In this episode J. Blake Fichera (author of the Rondo-nominated book, “Scored To Death: Conversations with Some of Horror’s Greatest Composers”) returns to the show to discuss the sympathetic monster in horror movies. Continue reading “Episode 043- Sympathetic Monsters: with Guest J. Blake Fichera”
Who says they don’t make good horror movies anymore?
I think we’re in a good time for creative, creepy horror movies, you just need to know where to look (hint: it’s usually not from the major studios).
I made a list of movies released within the last four years that I liked, and there were too many to put into one episode! Continue reading “Episode 042- Shut Up and Watch the Movie (Part One)”
Religion is a comfort to some, and a horror to others.
Some very good horror movies focus on deeds done in the name of the Almighty.
The characters in these movies hear voices, or have dreams, and they’re compelled to act in strange and horrible ways. Continue reading “Episode 041- Fear of God: Faith-Based Horror”
For some of us, just being a passive viewer isn’t enough.
Some of us are compelled to create and share the love for other artists.
Writer, filmmaker, journalist, and actress Heidi Honeycutt comes to Hellbent For Horror to talk about the Etheria Film Night (http://www.etheriafilmnight.com), what it’s like to act in Troma horror movies, the state of film journalism, and all things in horror fandom. Continue reading “Episode 040- The Horrible-Beautiful World According to Heidi Honeycutt”
Remakes? Sequels? Are they good? Can they be good?
I prefer a remake to a sequel for a bunch of reasons. But that doesn’t mean all remakes are good movies. It depends on how the movie is remade. Continue reading “Episode 039- Repeat Offenders: A Look at Horror Remakes”
A “Double Feature” that’s so big, we needed TWO PODCASTS to tell it!
James Hancock (host of The Wrong Reel podcast) returns for Part 2 of our collaboration between our two podcasts, where we discuss the “monsters” at the heart of the movies of Roman Polanski. Continue reading “Episode 038 – Enfant Terrible: Roman Polanski’s Monsters”
(This episode contains Explicit language and themes)
We all have our guilty pleasures.
I have admired John Waters as a filmmaker since I first read about him in the pages of Fangoria magazine back in 1982.
I love a maverick filmmaker who can manage to make movies outside of the system on a shoestring budget that are original, unique, and fun. The early films of John Waters fit all of those descriptions. Continue reading “Episode 037- Gag Reflex: The Cinema Crimes of John Waters”
Notorious scares delivered on TV!
Back in the early 1970’s, Network TV executives started to make original movies to compete against Hollywood. They were fast, cheap and, occasionally, great!
Many of these telefilms were horror movies. Some of those network TV-produced movies generated some genuine scares, and sent kids to bed to have nightmares. Continue reading “Episode 036- The Monsters that Invaded Primetime: Made-for-Television Horror”
I’ve said before that horror is supposed to upset the apple cart.
It lets us confront fears we can’t confront in any other genre. I like when good stories challenge me, and that includes a challenge to my perspective.
In the last decade or so I’ve noticed many films directed and/or written by women that have shown me horror stories from different perspectives. Continue reading “Episode 035- Welcome to the New Tension: Women Horror Directors”
What does a shark sound like as it gets closer to you?
What does October 31st sound like?
Or Marion Crane’s last thought?
When you look up a long flight of stairs in Georgetown, what do you hear?
Horror Fans know.
Continue reading “Episode 034- Scored to Death: An Interview with J. Blake Fichera”