Welcome all to our Summer of Horror spectacular! In truth, we really just took the opportunity to talk at length about the terrific It Follows from promising new director David Robert Mitchell. A visual feast that harkens to material we have praised in the past including Stoker, Drag Me To Hell, The Guest, Only God Forgives and more – the positive comments are somewhat backed up by a surface analysis that demonstrates the amount of audience investment this film calls for.
There are 2 separate spoiler segments for It Follows (split by a state of the industry address from Anthony):
25:19 – 30:05 – spoiler discussion part 1
33:34 – 45:22 – spoiler discussion part 2
Why is this a ‘summer of horror’ episode? Simply to offer a chance to talk about a few other horror offerings in the recent months including the Poltergeist remake, The Gallows, Irrational Man, Mad Max, etc. Finally, we return to schlock corner to check out the Suspiria read-along book, an American Guinea Pig film and more. Thanks again for listening, more to come even quicker than this episode.
Last month we lost the elder statesman of horror films following a prolific career as an actor, singer, and all-around renaissance man, but the screen legend’s personal life before his ascent to celluloid icon may perhaps be the most fascinating of all chapters of his life. Please join us in a brief celebration of the life and legacy of a great figure of classic horror. It’s been a lengthy hiatus so we appreciate all of you who have remained subscribed to the podcast and all of the kind words sent our way. More to come very soon!
….and we’re back.
After doing the show as long as we have, there were bound to be occasions where we called foul and made negative opinions known. This week Tony and Ted took the opportunity to challenge each other to several re-watches to give our original thoughts another evaluation… and the results were surprising. Beginning with the Nightmare on Elm Street remake through Rob Zombie’s Halloween to The Day the Earth Stood Still, and everything in-between, we took a deep breath and kept an open mind. The highlight challenges for your hosts were the Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit saga for Anthony and infamously The Happening for Ted. We hope you enjoy this unusual retrospective as much as we enjoyed recording it.
Schlock corner offers another visit with friend of the show William Shatner and his latest demonstration that he does not suffer fools easily. Finally, we do a little catching up in our final segment before offering up a small tribute to Leonard Nimoy. Thanks for downloading and listening – more to come soon.
With her mysterious smoky eyes, aquiline features and distinct diction, Barbara Steele was the reigning first woman of gothic horror cinema throughout the 1960s. From her first outing on the subject – Mario Bava’s definitive Black Sunday – to her most recent headlining triumph in The Butterfly Room, Barbara Steele brings a timeless (and sinister) combination of beauty, elegance and intelligence to her portrayals of witches, vixens, demented murderesses and damsels in distress… Barry Yuen joins Tony for this retrospective of true genre legend.
This week we ring in 2015 with a catch up from the holidays, including an update on Anthony’s various projects, and share some of the various genre related things we’ve been checking out. The main event though is a lengthy discourse on (new) Hammer’s sequel The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death. It is a January release in every sense but we tried to offer up a few positives to the return of Eel Marsh House – nevertheless, anger and frustration led to us giving our honest opinions (Ted draws a line on jump scares).
A few more odds and ends round things out including a brief rundown on Predestination and some teases for upcoming show topics. Short and to the point this episode – please stay tuned for some terrific subjects lined up in the weeks ahead.
On the heels of our recent Serial Killers episode we chose to revisit the subject by drilling down to one specific aspect of the big picture – the most deadly Canadian serial killers. As a means of demonstrating the universal existence of the serial killer regardless of nationality, ethnicity, race or creed, we compiled a list of 10 (or 11) of the most heinous villians our country has produced.
From the clean-cut Ken and Barbie killers, to the top ranking military official, to the sadistic pig farmer, we use the list construct as a mechanism to drive home the ominous ubiquity of the serial murderer. As before, this episode offers up a difficult discussion on a sensitive topic which we hope helps us all be just a little more aware of our surroundings and always remain cognizant of the threats around us. Fair warning to listeners: as always with real-life horror, the subject matter can be quite unsettling.
Welcome to another installment of our annual Christmas themed episode of the podcast, as in previous years your festive hosts have chosen a yuletide film or two to kick off the celebrations… This year, a dear listener of the podcast sent us a film that has developed its own cult following since it was made almost 2 decades ago – ever seen Vendetta: A Christmas Story? You probably haven’t, and we think you should! Meanwhile, Ted checked out Krampus – The Christmas Devil, and proceeded to give his burtally honest take. Anthony drinks a little too much scotch and got into a heated rant about the latest and last installment in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy.
Throw in some Shatner, a gift exchange, a bunch of impressions and a Black Friday stampede video – and its a holiday special like no other! Most importantly, we send all of our listeners the very best from our studio to your home and your loved ones… Merry Christmas from the Horror Etc Podcast!
Note: A last minute technical guffaw prevented the sharing of Shatner Live. In its place, we’ll enjoy Shatner spreading some holiday spirit instead.
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: