The Classic Horror Cast (horror)
32 - Peeping Tom (1960)

Happy Halloween, everyone! It's another year into the podcast and another movie to discuss. This month, Kyle and Erik are without a Sean, but they still have plenty to say about Michael Powell's career-destroying treatise on childhood trauma manifesting as psychosexual compulsions. The Red Shoes.... Just kidding, it's Peeping Tom from 1960, a movie that got buried under the weight of Hitchcock's Psycho but that might actually be a richer, more disturbing, and possibly scarier flick. DISCUSS!

Direct download: Peeping_Tom_1960.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 11:40pm EDT

31 - The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) - Horror Wakes Up

This month, minus one Erik who's having to get a new laptop, Kyle and Sean are back to discuss one of the very pillars of the horror film: 1920's silent masterpiece of German Expressionism, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, directed by Robert Weine. Many point to this film as the very birth of horror in the movies, and nearly 100 years later, it's still incredibly effective. But is it scary? 

Direct download: The_Cabinet_of_Dr_Caligari_1920.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 7:40pm EDT

28 - John Carpenter's The Thing (1982)

This month, Kyle and Sean take a trip to the frigid south pole to hole up with a crew of guys (what do they DO?) and an alien that can look like anything. That's right, we're talking about the masterpiece that is John Carpenter's The Thing, made in 1982. Discussion of plot, pacing, performance, and p-creature design (couldn't continue the p trend). Enjoy!

Direct download: The_Thing_1982.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 9:08pm EDT

27 - M (1931)

This month, Kyle and Sean discuss Fritz Lang's 1931 sound film M which has a lot of the trappings of being a horror movie, but is it in fact a horror movie? We'll find out! Discussion topics include whistling creepy songs, balloons, kangaroo courts, real-life murderers, Peter Lorre's acting abilities, and shifting messages. It's a good ol' time.

Direct download: M_1931.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 3:06am EDT

26 - The Shining (1980): Is it scary or just weird?

This is a long-awaited episode, not just because it's about Stanley Kubrick's 1980 Stephen King "adaptation" The Shining, but because you thought you'd get it in December and now it's mid-January and it's finally in your earholes. After a busy holiday season, Erik, Kyle, and Sean finally reconvene their own auditory Midnight Society to discuss Jack Torrence, scary twins, hallways full of nothing, and whether or not this movie's actually any good at all. Get into it!

Next month: Fritz Lang's M!

Direct download: The_Shining.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 7:28pm EDT

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET - Bad Dreams from a Horror Maestro

This month, we put our initial plans on hold just for a moment in order to pay tribute to the passing of one of horror's undisputed kings, Mr. Wes Craven. Erik, Kyle, and Sean discuss his 1984 film A Nightmare on Elm Street, dream logic, the legacy of Freddy Krueger, and about Craven's films in general. Few were as innovative or as willing to reinvent themselves and the genre as Wes Craven. He leaves a massive whole in the world of cinema.

Direct download: A_Nightmare_on_Elm_Street.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 3:53pm EDT

Episode 22 - The Silence of the Lambs (1991) - Hannibal Lecter and Psychological Horror

This month, Kyle, Sean, and Erik try to psychoanalyze a psychopath while discussing Jonathan Demme's 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs, which is arguable to some whether or not it's even a horror film. We take that as read here and get into why this movie's so effective, especially in the performances of Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling and Anthony Hopkins as the world's most charming cannibal, Hannibal Lecter. There's also lots to talk about regarding the film's OTHER monster, Buffalo Bill. Is he much of a monster at all?

Next month - Charles Laughton's Night of the Hunter.

Direct download: The_Silence_of_the_Lambs.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 11:09am EDT

An American Werewolf in London (1981) - Beware the Moon

This month, Kyle, Sean, and Erik talk about what is the high water mark for a very low pool, the best werewolf movie ever made, An American Werewolf in London, written and directed by John Landis in 1981. Is it truly a good horror movie or is it just a good movie with horror in it? Or is it even a good movie? Your intrepid horror hosts get to the bottom of it, and think of how many different versions of "Blue Moon" they can think of.

Direct download: An_American_Werewolf_in_London.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 9:27pm EDT

Dracula (1931) - Two Films, One Plot

This month, it's a double-header, double-feature, or double-bladed lightsaber of a month because Erik, Kyle, and Sean are discussing two films with one script. First, the 1931 Tod Browning-directed Universal horror classic Dracula starring Bela Lugosi, and the 1931 Spanish-language version of the same movie being made on the same sets at night. We all know the Bram Stoker novel (or at least its million adaptations), but never before have two films been so similar and yet so incredibly different as these two are. Which is better? Is the Spanish one really the superior, or is that just the hipster mentality? And what exactly happens to Renfield when the Brides get him?

Direct download: Dracula.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 4:00am EDT

Ep 19 - JAWS (1975) Get out of the water!!

This month, Erik, Kyle, and Sean learn that Amity means "friendship" when they head into a boat to hunt a maneating Great White in the classic blockbuster 1975 film Jaws. They discuss a film of two halves, a puppet of minimal usage, a mission of three guys who don't really like each other, and the power of frame-stretching. But is it a horror movie at all? They don't necessarily agree.

Direct download: Jaws.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 8:38pm EDT