Episode 037- Gag Reflex: The Cinema Crimes of John Waters

(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”

Episode 036- The Monsters that Invaded Primetime: Made-for-Television Horror

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”

Episode 035- Welcome to the New Tension: Women Horror Directors

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”

Episode 033- Killed by Death

Death comes for us all. 

Our love of horror makes us confront death.  Me?  I’m not so much afraid of death as the act of dying.  The fear of the pain that comes with it.

In this episode, I talk about that human fear of death and dying.  I talk about my own experiences with people dying, and our culture’s attitudes about death.

And, of course, a couple of scary movies that help reinforce my attitudes. Continue reading “Episode 033- Killed by Death”

Episode 032- You Will be Assimilated: Science Fiction and Horror

Horror and Science Fiction share space on my book and movie shelves.

When done right they mix together to achieve scary, imaginative results.  Who can deny the power of Alien, The Terminator, or The Thing? 

But there are many, lesser-known films that mix sci-fi and horror.  In this episode I’ll talk about some movies I like that mix the two sensibilities.  What about you? Continue reading “Episode 032- You Will be Assimilated: Science Fiction and Horror”

Episode 031- A Good Cast Is Worth Repeating, Part Two: Tod Browning

Episode 1 on James Whale is on the Wrong Reel Podcast here

A “Creature 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 two early giants of the horror genre, James Whale and Tod Browning. Continue reading “Episode 031- A Good Cast Is Worth Repeating, Part Two: Tod Browning”

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