We’re back, Well, not we exactly… it’s a one-off show this week spotlighting an up and coming figure in the world of horror genre – Adam Wingard. Having seen his recent wide release You’re Next and taking a little more from it than the generally dismissive reviews, prompted a trip through a quite interesting filmography from this new voice. From his $2,000 debut film Pop Skull, to the insane, violent Home Sick through A Horrible Way To Die, it was fascinating to witness Wingard expand, evolve and mature as a director.
It’s not wall to wall praise to be sure, there are some cloying cliches and choices which get brought up but overall there is a sense of earnest glee in the violent decadence, and most importantly honest tribute to the horror genre roots that formed the filmmaker. Along the way the topic of “mumblegore” is discussed with tip of the iceberg coverage of the web of names and faces that are behind the movement.
Finally, a three pack of voicemails get covered catching up on some excellent discussion topics from the past few months and allows for the sharing of great title recommendations and show topic suggestions. Thanks in advance for putting up with your host this week, solo-casting is a tough gig. Thanks as well for those who have been shopping through our Amazon affiliate widget – every little bit helps. We’ll be back in the saddle again next week.
The (arguably) most iconic of all movie monsters goes under the hammer this week, as we take a look at the Hammer Frankenstein franchise… Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and David Prowse – all your favorite Brit horror stalwarts are here, and your humble hosts are simply dripping in Kensington gore eager to their subject with life! It’s classic horror… and classic Horror Etc.
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
The Revenge of Frankenstein (1959)
The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)
Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)
The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)
Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell (1974)
6-6-6: The Non-Anniversary Anniversary Show
Wow, can you believe that it has now been SIX years since the Horror Etc podcast starting broadcasting? Neither can Tony and Ted, so they promptly decided to forget all about it…
Actually, it has been a while since your two hosts have been able to sit down and record an episode together what with recent travels and such, and in the interim our sixth anniversary came and went without fanfare. It’s a From The Hip of sorts with a fair amount of horror-related recent watches including: the remake of Carrie, revisits of Stoker, The Purge, Attack the Block and Grabbers, some festival watches such as Animals and Omnivores, recent box office fare like Escape Plan and Bad Grandpa (?). There are totally random inclusions like The Hunter (2011) and Killing Them Softly (2012), the recent criterion release of The Uninvited (1944) all culminating in the surreal experiment film Escape From Tomorrow!
Throw in a visit with Christopher Walken (well, kinda), some Doctor Who indulgence and the consumption of a fiendish concoction brewed in the despicable depths of hell! …And of course what would an anniversary episode be without a visit to Schlock Corner featuring stalwart anniversary favorite, William Shatner?
…This is why we’re still here, 6 years and counting. Enjoy!
We’re fresh out of tricks here so we offer you this small treat.
As Anthony shakes off the lingering jet lag Ted sat down to put together a short Halloween inspired episode to fill the gap. With the holiday season came the annual urge to dig out a few classic horror films, and this time decided to make some introductions to a first time viewer. Previous guest host Alexis joined in to watch the original 1968 Night of the Living Dead and share some impressions. How does it hold up a few generations removed from its midnight screening era? Do the zombies inspire any sort of fear to the jaded and cynical youth of 2013? Listen in as we chat about an old favourite… from a new point of view.
And that’s not all. Subsequent to screening Romero’s classic, the zombie filmfest was bookended by one of the most recent outings – World War Z. So once again we hear some comments about whether the PG-13 mega-budget approach was effective for the younger market, and of course what Alexis thought of Brad Pitt’s hair.It’s just a fun and light episode meant to serve as a reminder that amongst all the vitriol and complaining that goes on, there is an inner-genre fan that just wants to have fun on the edge of their seat.
John in Ireland adds the final portion of the show with his review of Ender’s Game. This voicemail was received two weeks ago coinciding with the early release ahead of North America but as listeners know, the past few weeks have been rather unusual so apologies for the delay. Hope you enjoy this additional off the main path show – we’ll be back on course next outing.
It’s a trip across the pond to Cardiff (Wales) in this very special instalment of the Horror Etc podcast, as Anthony attends his first-ever UK convention appearance. Throughout the course of an amazing weekend Tony gets to meet several HETC listeners, host a panel on classic monsters (featuring Emmerdale star Dominic Brunt), enjoy a friendly conversation with new pals Bobby Rhodes (Demons) and Alex Levi (filmmaker) and screen his film “Terror of Dracula” before an appreciative audience… and the mic was rolling all the while. It’s a special one-off program filled with travel – adventure – intrigue… and Ken Dodd?!
Welcome to a bonus episode featuring an interview with none other than our very own… Anthony.
Listeners may know that Anthony has been working on his independent version of Phantom of the Opera this year and word reached the Phantom Reviewer – who set up the interview we are sharing in this episode. Phantom Reviews is a one-stop resource offering reviews of virtually every Phantom movie and spinoff ever made. Anthony and TPR chatted about the production, the decision making process behind this adaptation, favourite film versions, performances and much more. It was a great discussion on a subject of obvious interest to both parties.
Whether the Phantom is for you or not, this episode offers a unique peek at what Anthony has been up to when not hosting the horroretc podcast.
Welcome all to a special episode celebrating all things Quatermass. Why so special? The Quatermass spotlight was delivered by our good friend and newly minted correspondent John in Ireland. Through the course of 4 segments, John recounts the series in whole including discussions and diversions detailing its history and impact upon the BBC, Doctor Who, Hammer studios and the horror genre in whole. All this and an additional segment prepared by Anthony and friends discussing Hammer’s 1971 classic Hands of the Ripper in a movie club format.
We hope you enoy this original presentation of a subject deserving the attention we have denied it until now. The episode time markers are as follows:
The Quatermass Experiment 5:00 – 22:46
Quatermass II 22:46 – 37:35
Quatermass and the Pit 37:35 – 56:53
The Quatermass Conclusion 56:53 – 1:18:14
Hands of the Ripper 1:22:56 – 1:48:56
Special thanks to John for the excellent subject specific contributions. More special one-off material to come this week, stay tuned.
Is there something pulling us down? It certainly isn’t Alfonzo Cauron’s latest feature Gravity which we caught up with and give our thoughts on. No, the problem is scheduling. With your hosts travelling out of town to a variety of destinations (including a bucket list item for Ted), we had trouble getting a themed episode together this week… and it shows. We had an idea to tackle ‘stranded’ as a subject including scenarios and strategies but things came up woefully short. At least we had some great laughs and got to discuss at least one spectacular film.
In true From The Hip fashion we were all over the map this episode but ended up with some interesting talking points. Anthony gives us a status report on The Walking Dead having made it through the first few episodes of season 2 – his conclusion may surprise you. Ted provides a final verdict on The Walking Dead point and click game, we discuss the brand new Machete Kills, the few weeks old Insidious Chapter 2 and… oh man – the brand new William Shatner album Ponder the Mystery! Throw in some unearthed “lost” episodes of Doctor Who and a Simpsons couch gag directed by Guillermo del Toro and packed with genre homages as schlock corner and we’ve got ourselves a show.
Our eight year journey with the Dark Passenger has reached its conclusion, and longtime viewers of television’s “Dexter” have lit up the internet and social media this past week extolling their thoughts and disappointments with the series finale of this beloved series. Your hosts and many listeners of this podcast have also been along for that journey, and this week we are presenting to you what will be the final in our annual series of retrospectives of the seasons of Dexter. Although we can all agree that it would be difficult to top the high that was season four, it’s unfortunate that this series came to an end with such a whimper – a pale shadow of the show that was. Where did the season go wrong?
Was there possibly a better way to wrap up the tale of TV’s favorite serial killer? Join Tony and Ted as they rant and rave and wax melancholically over the 8 year run of this groundbreaking (and sometimes infuriating) cable phenomenon… Remember the Monster? Oh Dexter, where did you go?
Fear is defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. Well, we’re here to discuss whether fear is really so unpleasant after all. It’s an old school episode of the podcast where we simply sat down and conversed over the subject of what draws us as genre fans to be confronted with uncomfortable, frightful material. What elements of the horror genre are most effective and why.
The distinction is made between terror, horror and revulsion – the three stages of the scare experience. Stephen King considers terror to be the “finest emotion” of the three and we tend to agree. Calling all the way back to episode 2 of the podcast, we remain proponents of suspense and atmosphere. It was a really engaging session throwing out thoughts and ideas about the use of horror as a coping mechanism to escape the ever-present fear of death and the unknown, and how scare tactics have evolved in recent years and why. This is what Horroretc was meant to be about.
We do have a few random topics to toss in as well including Anthony’s recent dabbling in X-Files, discussion of The Frozen Ground, Kon-Tiki(?), Coraline and the Nicolas Winding Refn’s follow up to the superb Drive, Only God Forgives.
Quick heads up – it took us a little while to get rolling on the main subject as we pondered the direction of the show in recent months, so things don’t really get started until the 19:00 mark.