The Classic Horror Cast (horror)
Island of Lost Souls (1932) - Are we not men?!

This month, Kyle, Erik, and Sean talk about an underappreciated gem, Erle C. Kenton's 1932 film Island of Lost Souls, adapted from the landmark H.G. Wells novel, The Island of Doctor Moreau. The fellas discuss Charles Laughton's amazing performance, the very idea of turning animals into men and playing god, and whether shocking things from the '30s still shock today. Devo also gets mentioned.

Direct download: Island_of_Lost_Souls.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 11:02pm EDT

Repulsion (1965) - Terror, Hatred, and Feminism

This month, Erik, Kyle, and Sean are shutting the blinds, not answering the phone, and ignoring the rotting rabbit corpse in the kitchen as they discuss Roman Polanski's 1965 film Repulsion, starring the brilliant Catherine Denueve. The movie brings up topics such as the male gaze, the subjective camera, and the idea of Pure Cinema. It also happens to be one of the most disturbing glimpses into a human psyche ever committed to celluloid. So, enjoy that, horror hounds.

Direct download: Repulsion.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 11:24am EDT

The Haunting (1963) - Some Houses Are Born Bad

This month, the fellows discuss Robert Wise's 1963 understated yet unimaginably effective The Haunting, based on Shirley Jackson's novel The Haunting of Hill House. Topics include the cinematography, the use of sound effects, the psychosexual terror of the main character, paternal and vindictive ghosts, and Julie Harris' layered central performance. 

Direct download: The_Haunting.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 3:32pm EDT

Alien (1979) - A Haunted House in Space

Greetings, boils and ghouls! Erik, Kyle, and Sean are back from their various holiday excursions to talk about an honest to goodness horror blockbuster, which is often (we think erroneously) lumped in with science fiction simply because of its setting, that of course being Ridley Scott's 1979 film Alien, which was initially developed under the title Star Beast. Wonder why that one didn't stick. Points of contention for this episode include whether the dystopian future elements, plus the actual sci-fi stuff, get in the way of the scares, not to mention the overall H.R. Giger-ness of everything.

Direct download: Alien.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 11:15am EDT

Videodrome (1983) - Long Live the New Flesh

This month, your intrepid horror hosts take a hard look at television and its effects on people's brains, bodies, and chest cavities when they dive into David Cronenberg's 1983 film Videodrome, which many consider to be one of the Canadian filmmaker's crowning achievements. Is Cronenberg holding up a mirror to the Cathode Ray-obsessed populace, or to himself for making gory, sexy films that might be corrupting someone's head? Or maybe it's both. But the line between what's real and what's just an image are more blurred than ever before.

Direct download: Videodrome.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 10:25am EDT

Eyes Without a Face (1960) - Clinical Gore and French Lyricism

In French, the title of this month's movie is Les yeux sans visage, but we hear in the English-speaking world call it Rebel Yell. Sorry, wrong Billy Idol song. It's actually Eyes Without a Face, the moody and creepy 1960 film by Georges Franju, concerning a surgeon who will go to any lengths to replace his disfigured daughter's face, however until he does, the daughter is stuck at home wearing a form-fitting featureless mask. Did we mention it's creepy? Erik, Kyle, and Sean delve into the film's German expressionist and Italian Neo-Realist tendencies as well as its incredibly graphic surgical scenes. And caliope music, too.

Direct download: Eyes_Without_a_Face.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 4:03pm EDT

Carrie (1976) - They're All Going to Laugh at You!

This month, Sean, Erik, and Kyle head to the prom to dance, drink punch, and run in horror from a girl with pig's blood on her face and telekenetic powers in her brain. That's right, we're talking about Brian De Palma's 1976 adaptation of Stephen King's first published novel. Discussion topics include girls coming of age, locker room antics, religious zealotry, acting virtuosity, how terrible people are, and whether or not split screen adds anything at all.

Direct download: Carrie.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 8:58pm EDT

The Evil Dead (1981) - Misogyny and Patience-Testing

This month, Erik, Kyle, and Sean travel into a cabin in the woods for one of the first films to use that familiar location, Sam Raimi's 1981 feature debut, the immortal The Evil Dead, starring Bruce Campbell. Topics of discussion include the inherent misogyny of being violated by a tree, the relative realism of the Ash character, and a whether testing the stamina of the audience works in the film's favor or not.

Direct download: The_Evil_Dead.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 11:10pm EDT

The Wicker Man (1973) - The Terror of Belief

This month, Erik, Kyle and Sean take a pleasant journey to Summerisle to sample some of the fine cuisine, native culture, and ritual sacrifice. That's right, the film in question this time around is Robin Hardy's 1973 paranoid pagan masterpiece, The Wicker Man, and the discussion delves into questions of false piety, open copulation, and whether or not it matters if the founder of a religion actually believes in it. 

Direct download: The_Wicker_Man.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 12:29pm EDT

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) - It's Not Alive

In an extension of our episode last month, we (that is Erik, Kyle, and Sean) take a look at what is arguably the first Hammer horror film: 1957's The Curse of Frankenstein starring Peter Cushing and (kind of) Christopher Lee. We discuss what it means to be a "Hammer" movie, the nature of having a villain for a protagonist, and whether a movie about Frankenstein really needs the Creature.

Direct download: The_Curse_of_Frankenstein.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 4:26am EDT