2016’s Ouija: Origin of Evil made a boatload of money, but it’s terrible. It deals in nostalgia, weak jump scares and has a muddled plot. Why do people keep watching movies like this? Why aren’t they better? Will anything change, or is horror continuing to split and become a genre that produces a few auteur gems and a ton franchise style crap? We attempt to answer these questions and more, all without the help of a Ouija board of our own.
Scooby Doo has been on the air since 1969. Those meddling kids have been in a shocking number of series and movies since then. Is this horror? Is it worth watching? We land on a solid ‘maybe’ for those questions and more. Join us as we explore everything from the laugh-tracked early episodes to the surprisingly smart, and conspiracy riddled, Mystery Incorporated.
The 2015 New Zealand vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows is all about fangs and foppery. In this episode we uncover rare undead lore, our favorite vampires, and explore the eternal question: what does it mean to become old and uncool?
Since Michael Dougherty’s Krampus came out in 2015, the pagan hipster Christmas demon has only grown in popularity. We explore the ancient roots of the anti-Santa, discuss Dougherty’s extended universe, and make an unavoidable turn down the road of capitalist critiques of holiday favorites.
This episode is about the most evil genre of music: Black Metal. We are joined by extreme music authority, Andee Connors. He co-owned the notorious Aquarius Records, curates Pandora’s unholy Black Metal station and creates infernal music as a member of A Minor Forest and Common Eider, King Eider. We invoke blasphemous critical theory, the abysmal history of youth movements and the odorous politics of several necrotic musical personalities.
As a primer for our Black Metal episode, our glorious guest Andee Connors has created an epic, but impossible to complete mix for us on Spotify.
Listen in preparation for our episode 30 conversation, listen afterwards for further edification, or listen simultaneously for a Dark Side of the Rainbow effect:
A Scary Thoughts (Mostly) Black Metal Mix by Andee Connors
Brett Easton Ellis’ American Psycho came out to a flurry of controversy in 1991. Director Mary Harron brought it to the screen in 2000. This episode focuses on the film, but the book is brought up quite a few times. It’s a killer conversation that covers Moby Dick, political correctness in the 90s, yuppie culture, Christian Bale’s hotness, A Clockwork Orange, and whether or not Gordon Gekko is more evil than Patrick Bateman.
2007’s horror anthology Trick ‘r Treat is our official Halloween episode. You may notice it is a little late. Excuses? Marc was on tour promoting his new album Deface and Chad was shooting antique firearms in New Orleans. It’s still a good episode. We cover EC Comics’ influence on anthology films, the importance of heroic figures in horror, and whether or not being eaten by sexy werewolves is a good way to exit this mortal coil.
Julia Ducournau’s 2017 film Raw is French and it’s extreme, but is it French Extremity? We discuss this gnarliest of horror subgenres as well as American film in general. We both quite enjoyed this one, so get ready for a sprawling conversation about body horror, misogyny in interviews, and what foreign films get right about fear in the modern age.
The subject of our first live episode is the new version of Stephen King’s IT (2017). We are joined by Philip K. Dick Award-winning horror writer Meg Elison (The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, The Book of Etta) and editor and publisher Jeremey Lassen (Borderlands Books, Nightshade Books). Just like the film, this episode is fun and loud. In fact, if this is your first listen, don’t despair at the noisy café sounds, our audio quality is usually top-notch thanks to Marc’s chronic audiophilia.