Episode 26 – Conventions: The Fans!

Horror movie conventions are one of the best places to be at if you are a die-hard fan. There’s plenty to see, buy, and people to meet, both new and old friends, as well as celebrities. Horror conventions were a very important part of a lot of us horror fans “growing up” as we learned more and more about the genre, building our collections, or just meeting new people that have become lifelong friends, or even a wife!

This is our first part in a series of episodes on conventions, so we’re going to start out at the beginning for us, such as how they all started for us, and which ones did we go to, to the current shows that we still attend.

These are the different conventions that we mention during this episode:

Chiller Theatre, Cinema Wasteland, Cinevent, Crypticon, Famous Monsters, Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors, Fanex, Flashback Weekend, HorrorHound Weekend, Mid-Summer Scream, Monster Bash, Monsterpalooza, 25th Anniversary Night of the Living Dead Convention, Scarefest, Texas Frightmare

Episode 25: Freaky Frankensteins!

Lady Frankenstein (1971), Erotic Rites of Frankenstsein (1973), Flesh for Frankenstein (1973).

While Frankenstein is one of the oldest monsters in the genre and has been adapted multiple times by a variety of creators, some closer to the original source than others, there are other filmmakers that go far enough away from the original novel that they’re not even in same library! But it is always interesting to see where these creative filmmakers take that story, giving it their own twist, and putting it out there for the world to see!

Join us as we delve into 3 different variations on the Frankenstein theme, all that deal with sex, nudity, gore, and some of the strangest in Euro-Horror!

Titles mention in this episode:

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Episode 24: Posters

The importance of the movie poster is almost lost in this day and age. With the internet flooding social media with trailers, photos, and all sorts of advertisements, the poster art might get lost in the shuffle. But decades ago, it was the first thing used to promote an upcoming feature film. It had to reach out and grab hold of your eyes, telling your brain you need to see this film. Shortly after that, the poster collecting started.

Why do we collect posters? What kinds are there? What is it about it that still holds a spell over movie goers? Join us and our special guest, Alan Tromp, as we try to answer all of those questions and more, as we discuss our own obsessions with movie posters, from one-sheets to British Quads to the French Grande size!

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Episode 22: Sequels!

When a film is popular in the horror genre, most likely it will have a sequel. Or two. Or nine. When quality goes out the window to make a quick buck. Or is that completely true? Are there sequels out there that maybe not be as good as the original, but are still entertaining? Or, is there a sequel that actually surpasses the original? Before scoff, put some thought into that question. Or, listen to this episode first, then give it some thought.

Either way, come listen to us rant and ramble on some of the sequels that we think are pretty fun, well made, or just a complete waste of time!

Titles we discuss in this episode:

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Episode 21: Paul Naschy as Waldemar Daninsky

Night of the Howling Beast (1975), Night of the Werewolf (1981), and The Beast and the Magic Sword (1983). In the annals of the Spanish horror genre, you can’t go far without running into the name Paul Naschy, especially the werewolf films that he made, numbering over a dozen! In his 40+ year career, Naschy made over 100 films, many in the horror genre, even directing almost two dozen of them, and writing over fifty of them!

In this episode, we cover 3 of Naschy’s werewolf film, where he always re-invented the character of Waldemar Daninsky character, who always seems to be cursed to turn into a snarling beast. Tune in and take notes!

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Episode 20 – Remakes and Re-Imaginings

A single word that will bring a look of hatred, disgust, or simply end the conversation: remakes. When brought up, many fans will immediately say “they suck” and move on. But do they all suck? Sure, we can all point out an example or two that we think of as abominations, but you can’t lump all of them together. Because when you start to think about it, there are plenty of good remakes… and a few that we think are amazing! In this episode, we delve into this perennially controversial subject. We’ll cover some of our favorites as well as ones that we feel missed the mark, and even try to figure out what makes a remake successful or… well, not so successful.

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Episode 19: Cronenberg

The Brood (1979), Videodrome (1983), The Fly (1986). These are the three favorites of one of the most unique directors working today. If he didn’t create the term “body horror”, he sure did redefine it. Especially in those earlier films in his career, there was always something dwelling deep within the flesh, working its way out, through the blood and plus. Tune in and hear our thoughts on our three Cronenberg favorites and such fun topics like fly politics, literal handguns, and redefining what a messy divorce looks like.

Films mention in this episode:

Atrium (2018), Black Christmas (1974), The Brood (1979), Cigarette Burns (2005), Curtains (1983), The Dead are Alive! (1972), The Dead Zone (1983), The Exterminator (1980), The Fly (1986), Ghostbusters (1984), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Nightbreed (1990) Rabid (1977), Scanners (1981), Shivers (1975), Stripes (1982), The Thing (1982), Videodrome (1983), The Void (2016)

Episode 18: Horror Toys!

Toys. Not for just kids anymore, are they? Especially when you’re talking about toys created from our nightmares and the countless horror films that we have devoured in our lifetime. It is amazing the amount of horror toys that are out now, as well as the wide variety of them too! From our favorite monster characters, to the classics, to the obscure, they are out there. Listen in to hear about the ones we “grew up with” as well as a little history lesson, especially about the Living Dead Dolls!

After you listen, head back here and let us know what some of your favorite horror toys are!

Movies mentioned in this episode:

Alien, The Black Hole, Candyman, Clash of the Titans, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dune, Escape from L.A., Escape from New York, Erotic Rites of Frankenstein, Evil Dead, The Exorcist, The Fly, Friday the 13th, Forbidden Planet, Frankenstein, Groovie Goolies, Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Jaws, London After Midnight, Mad Doctor of Blood Island, Masters of the Universe, The Munsters, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Nekromantik, Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Shawn of the Dead, Sleepaway Camp, Star Wars, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Texas Chainsaw Massacre II, Tombs of the Blind Dead, Toxic Avengers, Transformers, Virus, Wishmaster, The Wolf Man

Episode 17: Hammer (Is It) Horror

Never Take Candy from a Stranger (1960), The Damned (1963), Plague of the Zombies (1966). These are the three titles covered in this episode, as well as a little discussing on what can be considered “horror” when talking about the famous Studio that Dripped Blood. While some of these titles don’t immediately come to mind when you think of Hammer Horror, digging a little deeper, you might discover it to be there after all. After all, isn’t the whole point of being a horror fan is to go beyond the borders? You never know what you might find and even might be surprised.

These are the titles mentioned in the episode:

Cross of the Devil (1975), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), The Damned (1963), The Ghost Breakers (1940), Horror of Dracula (1958), I Walked with a Zombie (1943), Never Take Candy from a Stranger (1960), Night of the Living Dead (1968), Plague of the Zombies (1966), Paranoiac (1963), The People Who Own the Dark (1976), The Quatermass Xperiment (1955), The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988), To the Devil a Daughter (1976), White Zombie (1932)

Episode 16: Moments of Gore with Special Guest Gore Artist Putrid!

When most horror fans they first get into the genre, they tend to look for the juicy, red, and meaty stuff . . . the gore. Okay maybe not all horror fans, but a lot of us. Always looking for the next over-the-top or extreme, or just being dazzled by the top-notch gory makeup effects that were bursting out from the screen, we ate that shit up! In this episode, we highlight some of our favorite moments of gore from our journey into dark recesses of the genre. Joining us on our journey through the gore-soaked trenches is the incredible artist Putrid!

Putrid has been consistently killing it when it comes to his incredible gore-filled artwork. Highly influenced by the late Bernie Wrightson, Putrid’s style continues to astound, disturb, and downright gross-out his fans. Enjoy!

These are the films mentioned and/or discussed during this episode:

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