Episode 026- More Volatile Substance: The Oscar Edition

It seems that when a movie with dark themes is marketed for mainstream appeal that the “horror” description goes out the window in favor of “suspense,” “mystery,” or “thriller.”

There are lots of movies that are billed as “thrillers,” which are, in my opinion, horror movies, telling horror stories at their cores.

This is even more the case with movies that get nominated for Best Picture. Continue reading “Episode 026- More Volatile Substance: The Oscar Edition”

Hard Light with No Filter: How Michael Powell’s Career was Ended by “Peeping Tom”


By S.A. Bradley

There’s a scene in Director Michael Powell’s notorious Peeping Tom (1960) where the main character, Mark Lewis (Carl Boehm), works his side job as a pinup photographer. He’s very good, but detached. There’s a “new girl” whom we first see only in profile. Mark is preoccupied and barely notices her until she turns and reveals a disfigured lip. Mark is awestruck. He’s compelled to pick up his movie camera and film her face. It’s awkwardly sexual. Another model protests, “but what about the customers”?

Continue reading “Hard Light with No Filter: How Michael Powell’s Career was Ended by “Peeping Tom””

Episode 023- What’s Eating You?

In this month of Thanksgiving when, in America, we feast…

I’m thinking about things that feast on us. 

The fear of being eaten is primal, and dates back to our caveman days when we were on the menu for all the big predators.

And it’s been a mainstay of horror for ages.  The Blob, The Fly (both the original and the David Cronenberg remake), and countless other movies and books deal with the primal fear of being eaten by an unknown monster. Continue reading “Episode 023- What’s Eating You?”


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