Do you hear that strange scratching noise coming from under the bed?
Is it a mouse, or something more insidious…?
Furthermore, the slightly open closet looks ever so darker tonight —
…and what about that creepy clown from the travelling circus with the evil grin and the cold eyes?
You could have sworn you saw a strange silhouette holding a bushel of balloons just dart behind that tree that looks across from your bedroom window…
It’s not easy being a kid with an active imagination, and we all seem to have childhood fears that never seem to really let go of our psyches as we get older. Is this why we love horror films? Are we actually facing the demons of our childhoods – our phobias and night terrors – when we sit down to watch a slasher flick or a chilling ghost story?
It’s an intriguing and revealing chat with Ted and Tony on the program today, along with some random material including Mockingjay, Christopher Walken, Darth Vader vs Batman and some constructive (?) criticism thrown in for good measure. Grab your safety blankie and flashlight and curl up in bed for another solid instalment of the Horror Etc Podcast. Just keep an eye on that closet door.
It was almost a theme which emerged from some recent watches. Despite the various descriptive terms that could be applied to two of the films discussed this week (southern gothic, retro homage, etc), the truth is the latest from director Adam Wingard in The Guest made a decent pairing with Jim Mickle’s Cold In July. We have found ourselves following the filmography of each filmmaker and their new offerings did not disappoint. Whether its a debate over what Don Johnson brings to a film, what lies ahead for Michael C Hall post-Dexter, or our amazement at Dan Stevens’ hidden accent, we had plenty to say about each before tackling Kevin Smith’s new genre outing Tusk. Lots to say about that one…
Heavy duty Tusk spoilers…. 55:50 to 59:42
A longer than expected discussion on season 5 of The Walking Dead broke out amidst some random takes on The Stand, Rosemary’s Baby, 80’s action movie stars, and a schlock corner featuring the Star Wars teaser trailer (of course). Thanks again to our loyal listeners for tuning in – plenty more fun coming in the weeks ahead.
“TERROR FROM LOUISVILLE!”
This week’s episode heralds from America’s Bible-belt as celebrated horror writer (and long-time HETC listener) Nicole Cushing becomes our correspondent live from the floor of the 2014 Fright Night Film Festival in Louisville, Kentucky. Thanks very much to Nicole, who has generously contributed some fine interviews with Eric Preston (young Michael Meyers in Halloween 4), Jeffrey Landman (Billy Hill in Halloween 5), the folks behind the chilling and unique Slenderman haunted attraction, and the voice of Tales From the Crypt’s The Cryptkeeper himself, John Kassir!
It’s a fine roster of guest appearances on the show this week, and a great conversation with Ms. Cushing to boot! Make sure to visit her website:
Welcome to a mid-week minisode. As the week has slipped by us, we had to forego our planned episode in favour of a brief chat to cover some random topics and share a little listener feedback. We open the episode with our final callout for orders of the Horroretc calendar before covering a few of Anthony’s recent escapades and some thoughts on current trailers. There are a few titles to share along the way including Neverlake (2013), The Occupants (2014) and Adam Wingard’s latest The Guest (2014).
As we were a little short on time to spend with you this week, it was the perfect opportunity to share a few of the voicemails we have received (in advance of a proper full feedback show). The time marker for the calls runs from 32:37 to 49:38. Please join us next week for a feature-length discussion of genre related goodness (keeping with this week’s promise to ‘just lighten up’).
To prove we didn’t get too hung up on the pessimism of last week’s discussion, we celebrate the power of the genre we love this week. We revisit the potential of horror to make the hairs on our neck stand on edge and send rippling chills through our souls.
Following a request we received from members of the facebook group community to integrate discussions into the podcast, we found a wonderful synergy with our topic of films that had the power to truly scare us. We kick things off with a lengthy discussion of the recent Aussie release The Babadook which captured the ambiguous terror of psychological turmoil reminiscent of Polanski’s Repulsion. We then took to the facebook discussion of fill in the blank films that are regarded as personal scariest picks.
The Babadook spoilers run from 32:02 to 40:41
Along the way we get into Mike Tyson’s Mysteries, Bill Cosby (Tony has a new impression…), the Universal reboot strategy, Birdman, Dumb and Dumber To (?), some rewatches, Nosferatu remake, Kickstarter, X-mas musings, and much more. It’s great to be back on schedule (stay tuned to the end of the show for a sneak preview at the upcoming roster of subjects).
The Horroretc 2015 Calendar is now available – please check out the link on our website to support this cool community-driven project.
It’s a welcome return to the Horror Etc Podcast for our perennial hosts from the NEW studio Tony! (that makes studio #6 in 7 years). After several weeks of individually running madly off in all directions, Ted and Tony finally get together to catch-up on recent watches (including a lengthy conversation on Chris Nolan`s latest offering “Interstellar”, “Ouija” and “Soulmate” and Ted’s completion of the LOST rewatch), before moving on to a more important and interesting discourse on the state of the horror film, inspired by a fascinating online video-essay we came across. This was a fun discussion which harkens all the way back to the second episode of the podcast.
Interstellar spoiler guide:
Light spoilers begin 12:10
Heavy spoilers begin 24:17
Interstellar discussion ends 33:26
Also, we at HETC are proud to finally announce the first-ever Horror Etc calendar – 12 months of terror! A true community effort, this wall calendar features 14 original pieces by listeners of the show, with all sorts of horror factoids for each day of the year, as well as a sneak peek at upcoming releases so you can organize your horror consumption in 2015! This calendar is a fundraising endeavor for the program, and only a limited run are being produced. The cost is only $15, including shipping anywhere in the world. It makes a great gift for the true horror fan, and an early order will guarantee delivery in time for the holiday season. Purchasing a calendar (click on the image on our website) is a great way to assist with the program, and your support is (as always) greatly appreciated.
It’s the King of the Vampires, English-style this week on the Horror Etc Podcast!
In their second instalment looking back at the defining franchises of the Hammer era, Tony and Doug discuss the 8 (7.5?) Dracula films produced by the iconic studio between 1958 and 1974, titles which made international stars of Peter Cushing and the reluctant Christopher Lee. But all vampires are not made equal, and the Dracula series is perhaps hammer’s most uneven franchise. Continuity aside, this is loving look back at a celebrated cycle of films that remind why we all love horror films like we do.
(Oh, and they also discuss both Universal’s new offering “Dracula Untold”, and David Fincher’s latest masterwork “Gone Girl —- spoilerphobes beware!)
Welcome to our long overdue spotlight on the career of genre icon Christopher Lee. We have long praised the filmography of Lee spanning an amazing 68 years to date, so it was high time we sat down and talked about why. Although a very different persona from his much warner contemporary Peter Cushing, there is no denying he is a true talent and a scholar of his craft.
From the early (and iconic) Hammer roles where he presented Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula and Kharas the Mummy in successive years, through to the modern era of appearances in blockbuster films such as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, Christopher Lee with his distinct voice and physical presence has always demanded our attention. Of course what spotlight on Lee would be complete without paying proper respects to his musical outings – namely his operatic metal albums.
We transition straight into a catch-up session where we explain what we have been up to, the status of the Horroretc calendar (thanks to all the talented contributors), recent watches including Annabelle and the home video documentary Rewind This, Anthony’s latest film project, and more. It’s nice to be back and hope you stay tuned for another new episode next week.
The NBC television series Hannibal, inspired by the writings and characters created by Thomas Harris and immortalized on the screen in the persona of Anthony Hopkins, is without a doubt the most boundary challenging and artistically gruesome show on network television. The show has achieved the impossible, creating a riveting new characterization of an iconic bogeyman, and a suspense-filled plot that leaves the viewer on the edge of their seats, even though we all know the eventual outcome of the series… It also makes cannibalism look tasty as hell
Join Tony and Doug on the program this week as they eat up the first two seasons of this delectable new incarnation of Hannibal Lecter (and his charges), and wet your whistle for what lies ahead…
Well we’re back. Following an extended absence which included a trip to Fan Expo 2014, we return to share our impressions of Canada’s largest convention for a 7th year. Whether there will be an eighth trip is still up in the air. Apologies up front for the delay in releasing the show as well as the general negative vibe that was in the air, but there is a highlight. The panel dedicated to low-budget independent filmaking “Blood on a Budget” featuring our very own Anthony Mann was a success and is included here in whole. Other than a few comments regarding One Hour Photo (2002) and the launching of a re-watch of Lost, this episode is simply a combination of inhale (pre-con) and exhale (post-con), and our honest comments on the state of Fan Expo.