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”
So, what scares you? Really. What takes you out of your “horror comfort zone?”
In this episode I talk about my own horror triggers. I don’t rationally believe these things exist. But, somewhere deep inside me…
Triggers often come from events that happen to us as children, and my trigger is no exception. Continue reading “Episode 008- My Outer Demons”
You know those scary monsters that haunt your dreams? Make-up artists and actors make them come to life.
Make-up effects have evolved with film from the beginning of cinema.
Artists delve into the dark parts of themselves to make real horrors we may not have even imagined. Continue reading “Episode 007- The Gods of Monsters: The Men Who Mastered Makeup”
This is a companion piece to Episode 6, which was about the creation and history of Shock Theater and Horror Hosts.
Sometimes, though, there’s just more story to tell.
Join me as I dig a little deeper into the world of Modern Horror Hosts.
And… Continue reading “Episode 006.1- “Addendum of Doom: Close Encounters of the Horror Host Kind””
A lot of us were introduced to classic horror films through midnight showings on local TV on Saturday nights.
Many of us knew of our “local horror host.”
The horror host was (and still is) a great American phenomenon full of crazy costumes, clever names, and a lot of charisma.
The greats are still legendary, and horror hosts continue entertaining us on the internet and streaming video outlets. Continue reading “Episode 006- The Shock! Heard ‘Round the World: Shock Theater and Horror Hosts”
What are your limits?
Surely there are some types of horror movies that you will not watch.
Or are there?
There has always been an audience for the disturbing and unsettling image. And there’s an intimate relationship between the violence and sensationalism shown in Underground Movies and the anxieties of our culture. Continue reading “Episode 005: What Are Your Limits? The Dark Waters of Exploitation and Extreme Cinema”
“I put in what I love. If someone else likes it, fine. No expectations.”-Dave Kosanke
This episode is a companion piece to Episode 4, “Blood Oaths and Bar Tabs: Horror Conventions and Cinema Wasteland.”
In this episode we interview Dave Kosanke, the creator of the long-running and legendary underground fanzine “Liquid Cheese.” It is an exhaustive love letter to everything from horror to heavy metal to XXX films. Continue reading “Episode 004.3: Interviews from the Abyss- with Dave Kosanke”