Episode 38 – Italian Horror with Troy Howarth

There are plenty of ways to help you on your way to discovering more about the films you love, as well as ones you might not know too much about. There’s always books on different filmmakers, or sort of the audio form of that, the audio commentaries that are usually found on most of our favorite films. The more insight you have, the more you will know, and maybe even enjoy it more. One of those that is helping fans learn just that is Troy Howarth. He’s written over a dozen books on a variety of subjects, usually in the Italian film genre, covering directors like Argento, Bava, Fulci, and more recently, Umberto Lenzi. He’s also published a 3-volume set on the giallo film. Plus, he has done a ton of different commentaries, giving fans even more info!

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Episode 37 – Universal’s Dracula Films

Dracula (1931), Dracula’s Daughter (1936), & Son of Dracula (1943). This is the series of films that really created and started what is now known as the Universal Classic Monster films. Dracula came out in Feb. in 1931 and did such business, the studio followed suit with another film. And another. And another.

But are these classics remembered just because of nostalgia, or are they really well-made films that are still effective today and rightly deserve the monster of “classic”? In this episode, we delve into the first three Dracula films and take a closer look at these titles to see if they hold up to us, and even more so, maybe getting you, the listener, interested enough to revisit them along with us!

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Episode 36 – Talking Movies with Jesse Nelson

Obviously, anybody listening to this podcast is a huge fan of horror movies. There is no better time to be a movie fan because of all the incredible releases that keep coming out, not just here in the states, but around the world. From movies that we grew up loving, to the more obscure and unseen titles, it is a never-ending journey to discover or re-discover these titles. And one of the men responsible for helping us fans is Jesse Nelson from Diabolik DVD, as well as Exhumed Films, and more recently Cauldron Films.

So, sit down and listen to some great stories, and maybe even learn some etiquette when it comes to collecting, customer service, and what fans should expect from shops like Diabolik DVD, and the other boutique labels, and realize the hard work they are all doing to bring us fans some great viewing experiences.

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Episode 35 – The Devil

The Evil (1978), Angel Heart (1987), and Mr. Frost (1990).

From the very first horror film, Georges Méliès’ The House of the Devil from 1896, the Devil started his film career and has been going strong ever since! Appearing in a variety of roles, from bit parts to main characters, from comedies to dramas, from the campy to straight up terrifying, Satan has made his appearance numerus times over the last century. But it is his appearance in the horror genre, of course, where we are focusing.

In this episode, we discuss three different titles, with three very difference actors, playing different characterizations of Satan, but all of them entertaining and well worth seeking out. Or at least we think so.

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Episode 34 – Makeup Effects with Gino Crognale

Throughout movie history, makeup artists have helped create new faces for the silver screen, whether they were just changing their look to creating a new monster never before seen. As the years progressed, what used to only be images we could dream of, these makeup artists help bring them to life, giving generations and generations both a sense of wonder, and nightmares!

We decided to go through the cinematic history and discuss different monsters and makeup creations that have amazed and astonished us. And to help us, we figured why not have a guest that has been in the trenches for over three decades, Mr. Gino Crognale!

So hit play, sit back and enjoy this trip down memory lane.

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Episode 33 – 2022 Wrap-Up

Last year, in Episode 7, we went over our favorite films that we watched for the first time in 2021. Now remember that we consider it a new movie if you’re watching for the first time, whether it came out this year, or 50 years ago. To you, it is still a new movie. In this episode, we take a look at our top 3 pics of our Best Viewed films that we watched in 2022. Plus, we also go through some of the films that actually did come out in 2022.

We also want to say thanks to everyone that continues to support Discover the Horror, listening to each show, and any and all feedback that we get. Please keep it coming, whether it’s on social media, comments here on the site, we want to hear what you think. It means the world to us knowing that we’re helping fans, both old and new, from the novice to the more weathered viewer, learn and seek out some titles to watch, or maybe even think about ones that you do know a little differently. That has always been our goal, and so far, we think it’s working.

Before you hit play, make sure you get a pen and notebook, because I think you’re going to want to write down some of these titles mentioned here to seek out for yourself. Ready? See you on the other side!

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Episode 32 – Conventions: The Promoters!

In our final episode in our Convention Trilogy, where we’ve covered the fans and the dealers, but now take a step back even further to the ones that put on the show in the first place, the promoters. These are the people that rent the hotels and convention centers, get the guests, round the vendors, do the advertising, promotions, all in the hopes that fans show up and have a good time. When things go wrong, they take the heat for it, but seldom get the credit when things go right. To get insight into that side of the conventions, we’ve invited Nathan Hanneman, editor in chief of HorrorHound Magazine and the main man behind the Horrorhound Weekend conventions.

Episode 31: Unearthed Zombie Films

Sugar Hill (1974), Wild Zero (1999), Juan of the Dead (2011). Everyone loves zombie films. Ever since Romero brought them to the screen in 1968 with Night of the Living Dead, they have become one of the horror genre’s favorite and most used monster. With this sub-genre flooding the market over the last 2 decades, there are a lot of good films that get buried or forgotten. Because of that, we decided to dig up three titles that we feel need more time in the spotlight. They are all three uniquely different, with more than a little social commentary in there, but all damn entertaining.

So, sit back, take some notes, and then seek these films out! Even a genre as “dead” as zombies, there are still plenty of them to see that you’ll still find damn entertaining and well worth your time.

Movies mentioned in this episode:

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), Blacula (1972), Castle of the Living Dead (1964), Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things (1972), Dawn of the Dead (1978), The Dead (2010), Death Line (1972), Juan of the Dead (2011), Night of the Living Dead (1968), Poltergeist (1982), Race with the Devil (1975), Salem’s Lot (1979), Scream Blacula Scream (1973), Serpent and the Rainbow (1988), She-Beast (1966), Six-String Samurai (1998), Sugar Hill (1974), Under the Shadow (2016), White Zombie (1932), Wild Zero (1999)

Episode 30 – Turkey Day Part 2

Zontar: The Thing from Venus (1967), The Chooper (1971), and Lady Terminator (1989).

Last November, in Episode 4, we discussed the Turkey. Not what some would call a “bad” film but would probably not be on anybody’s Oscar’s list. These are the cinematic shipwrecks, where the filmmakers tried their best to make a good film, but just missed the mark. But if they are still entertaining, then they can’t be bad, right? We’ll we’re back again this year to cover three more of these epic miss-adventures of cinema from directors Larry Buchanan, Ray Dennis Steckler, and H. Tjut Djalil. And boy, are you in for a treat with these!

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So, sit back, and enjoy a nice second helping of some Turkey!

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Episode 29 – Conventions: The Dealers

We’ve already discussed conventions from a fan’s perspective, so now we’re going to go to the other side of the table and discuss what goes into becoming a dealer, what that means, what it costs, and all the other fun stuff that comes with the territory, that maybe most fans might not be aware of!

Hopefully you’ll find this episode insightful, informative, and even entertaining as you hear stories about what it takes to being a dealer. With two of your three hosts being dealers for over two decades, we’ve seen a lot and hopefully can shed some light on all the pros and cons of being on that side of the table at conventions.

You can always let us know your thoughts about conventions, dealers, or just being a fan by posting comments here, or through our Facebook page or Instagram.