Movies last a couple of hours, but you spend significant time with a book.
Reading is a direct upload of words that transition into your own images that go right to your brain. It can be powerful.
And horror books let you live with the scare and the thrill for days! Continue reading “Episode 017- Taboo Texts: Horror in Print”
In this special edition of Hellbent for Horror I review the new movie Blair Witch 2016, directed by Alex Wingard.
This is a sequel to The Blair Witch Project, and I can’t help but think of this new movie in relation to the original. So, that’s what I do in this episode.
I recorded some of my thoughts about both movies. Continue reading “Episode 016: Are You the Good Blair Witch, or the Bad? My Review”
Coppola, Scorsese, Friedkin, Altman, Penn, Bogdanavitch, Spielberg…
You’re damn right.
All of these directors earned their place in Cinema History.
Each of them made at least one great movie that made an impact where the film changed the direction of how movies look and feel. Continue reading “Episode 015- You Can’t Argue With a Confident Man: John Carpenter”
You tell me:
Why is Silence of the Lambs billed as a “psychological thriller,” and not a horror film?
It looks and acts like a horror movie. Or is it that when movies hit it big with the general culture that we can’t label them horror movies? Continue reading “Episode 014- We’re Dealing With Volatile Substance”
Horror stories are supposed to upset the apple cart.
Great stories captivate us. Some narratives are timeless. Some comment on the times in which they’re born. And some stories are timeless because their meanings change with time.
Stories can be great in themselves, but sometimes they resonate with something we experienced, our times, our culture, our politics. Continue reading “Episode 013- Picking at the Scabs”
Recently I traveled to Iceland, and I spoke with and interviewed several Icelanders about their native horror folklore and legends.
This land is rich in stories of hidden people, elves, and trolls who interfere in the lives of humans.
In addition, the land has its own real bloody stories to tell. Continue reading “Episode 012- You Are Here at your Own Risk: Iceland’s Monsters and Men”
Continuing with the horror and music theme, I’m focusing this episode on Heavy Metal music.
This hugely popular music bears the brunt of accusations of satanic imagery and messages. Few actual crimes were influenced by heavy metal, but it became associated with satanic rituals and murders due to a “satanic panic” that gripped the nation in the 1980’s.
Did the furor over the music by a “moral majority” actually fuel crimes associated with it? Continue reading “Episode 011- Satan Laughing Spreads His Wings: More Horror in Music”
How would you like to make a “Cameo” on Hellbent for Horror?
I wanted to do something special to thank this community of hellbent listeners!
Interaction with others is where the real inspiration for imagination comes from, and I talk about how some listeners have been integral in sparking ideas.
Making this podcast has energized and rejuvenated me.
We all need a creative outlet, and a place to be heard.
I’d love to give my listeners that outlet as well! Continue reading “Episode 010.1: Bonus Episode- A Thank You and an “Illicit Proposition””
Music can be scary, even terrifying.
Certain combinations of notes induce nervousness and unease in the listener. Musicians have known about these intervals for centuries.
They can induce tension, character, and depth into a song, and have been used in music throughout the world since before music theory was even a thing.
In modern music these intervals are the roots of jazz, blues, and rock and roll. In the medieval European Christian church, however, religious leaders branded these intervals satanic – making them even more unsettling. Continue reading “Episode 010-The Restless Interval: Horror and Music”
Everywhere in the world has its own local ghost stories – scary places that have haunting reputations.
Then there are people who actually deal with these ghosts and demons.
You’ve heard the stories, and they’ve made movies “based on true events” of supposed real hauntings and possessions.
Two famous paranormal investigators were Ed and Lorraine Warren who have been the subject of several movies and books, including “The Conjuring 2.” Continue reading “Episode 009- Unreal Reality: Conjuring up the Supernatural”