This episode is a little different because it’s our first attempt at tackling a book. Horrorstör is a 2014 horror comedy novel that was written by Grady Hendrix and illustrated by Michael Rogalski. Unlike our usual show, there are only mild spoilers (so you can enjoy the book). We get into horror adaptations, representation in genre and the ever present specter of Capitalism.
The Babadook came out in 2014, but 2017 has been an exciting year for the titular monster of Jennifer Kent’s Australian horror masterpiece. Mr. Babadook is now officially an LGBT icon and we brought in a special guest, Andrew Sheets AKA Meredeath, to discuss what this all memes.
Fright Friends, this is a delightfully dark discussion drilling deep down into the films The Conjuring & The Conjuring 2: Judgement Da..er..,The Enfield…Case? Anyway, we discuss Ed & Lorraine Warren, cinematography, franchise juggernauts, and extended universes and overextended universities.
Our extra special guest for this abjectively (no, not a typo) excellent episode is Monique Jenkinson, AKA Fauxnique. She is a multi-genre performing artist and choreographer whose work uses drag to consider the performance of femininity as a powerfui, vulnerable and subversive act. She has a background in ballet and does an incredible Slavoj Zizek impression, both of which we make a lot of use of in this conversation about Darren Aronofsky’s 2010 film, Black Swan.
With so many excellent horror movies to cover, Boo! A Madea Halloween is a bit of a strange choice for an episode. Fear not fright fiends, it’s a better film than you might imagine. Even if it sort of sucks. We cover the Illuminati’s desire to see male black actors wear dresses, what it means to be outside of Hollywood, and the future of YouTube stardom.
Eugene S. Robinson, writer and dapper tough guy, joins the show for a discussion of the 2016 punk rock thriller, Green Room. The conversation covers neo-Nazis in the early punk scene, what it means to be ready for violence, what is and isn’t authentic, and the best choice for desert island albums. Eugene is a great storyteller and shares great tales from his time in the art rock band Oxbow.
Is Forrest Gump a pathological liar with an unhealthy obsession with a lost soul or a sweet and heroic man gifted with an absence of ennui? We go deep into the psychology of Robert Zemeckis’ enduring Vietnam War epic to find out what horror makes a man give up everything and travel America as a derelict. We also try to answer the enduring existential question, “is life really like a box of chocolates?”
Fair warning, this episode is thick with weirdness. Marc and Chad discuss the 2008 Canadian film Pontypool. It’s about a language virus, which invites us to infect the discussion with William S. Burroughs, semiotics, pataphysics, Quebecoise separatism, and altered states. Strap your headphones on and get ready to look for Honey the Cat.
In this highly requested Phantasm episode Marc Kate and Chad Lott explore the boundaries of low-budget dreams, sci-fi horror, and follicle normativity. This is a well-loved movie with lots of original ideas, but it has some real issues, too. All this makes for a great episode for girls and BOOOOOOYYYYYYYYYYYS alike.
In this episode Marc and Chad answer the question posed by 1985’s punk rock horror comedy masterpiece Return of the Living Dead: Why Bother? The dynamics of slow vs fast zombies, great soundtracks, amazing character actors, and more are on the autopsy table this time around.