The Classic Horror Cast (horror)
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

Ringu (1998) - Video Age, Telephone Game, and Casual Psychics

This month, Erik, Kyle, and Sean discuss Hideo Nakata's 1998 J-Horror classic, Ringu, which was remade in America as The Ring. The fellows discuss Asian horror sensibilities, creepy girls with stringy hair, how to immediately date a movie, and why it's apparently no big deal for people to be psychic.

Next month: Dario Argento's Suspiria

Direct download: Ring_CHC.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 1:34pm EDT

Episode 4 - John Carpenter's Halloween (1978); the boogeyman

This month, we take a look at our first film in color, believe it or not. It's a movie that made a star out of its director, lead actor, and white-masked murderer and finally brought fear to the scariest day of the year. Of course, we're talking about John Carpenter's 1978 masterpiece Halloween. Is it as scary as people say? Does it scare Erik, Kyle, and Sean? Or is it, like Night of the Living Dead, more important than good. Listen to find out.

Direct download: Episode_4_Halloween.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 12:04am EDT

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Before "walkers," "undead," or even "zombies," there were the ghouls of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead. On the surface, the 1968 film is just an independent horror picture with uneven pacing and more realisitic gore, but in the 45 years since its release, it's become everything from a political and social allegory to the beginning of a cultural phenomenon. This month (Happy New Year!), Erik, Sean, and Kyle sink their teeth into a modern horror icon.

Direct download: Episode_3_-_Night_of_the_Living_Dead.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 9:44pm EDT

Psycho (1960) Hitchcock, and Little Stuffed Birds

On this month's Classic Horror Cast, Sean, Erik, and Kyle discuss Alfred Hitchock's 1960 masterpiece of suspense, Psycho, which was one of the precursors to the modern slasher movie. It also happened to be one of several classic horror films to be at least partially based on the life of famous murderer/mother lover Ed Gein. Look him up; he's gross.

Direct download: CJC_2_--_Psycho.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 9:04pm EDT

Nosferatu (1922): German Expressionism, Silent Horror, and Creepy Vampyres

For their inaugural episde, Erik, Kyle, and Sean tackle one of the oldest and most influential horror classics: F.W. Murnau's 1922 film Nosferatu

Direct download: CHC_1--Nosferatu.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 10:37am EDT