It’s a month into 2020 and the “terrible teens” are due for a post-mortem! There were huge changes in the world of entertainment in the years 2010 to 2019 and the horror genre was right in the middle of it all.Continue reading “Episode 091-Death by Convenience: Part One”
With their new film, Rabid, the Soska Sisters take on Cronenberg, Haute Couture, and “Schadenfreude Culture”
Schadenfreude (ˈshä-dᵊn-ˌfrȯi-də) noun: enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others.
It might be said that in the horror film industry, nothing puts you at risk of being the object of Schadenfreude more than doing a remake of a classic horror film.
An endless cycle of uninspired remakes has made ridiculing them into something of a glib parlor game. They are gleefully derided as either soulless money grabs or blasphemous and unfaithful train wrecks.Continue reading “Movie Review: Rabid (2019)”
Hellbent for Horror is nominated for a Rondo Award for BEST MULTI-MEDIA HORROR SITE!
I’d like to ask you a favor, if I may, regarding the Oscars and the snubbing of using the word “horror.”
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”
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”
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”