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:
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.