The Classic Horror Cast
30 - Scream (1996) - What's Your Favorite Scary Movie?

This month, it's just Kyle and Erik, but we're hitting a big one: Wes Craven's 1996 comeback film (he had several comeback films), Scream, which revived the flagging horror film industry, introduced the idea of postmodernism and cinephilia into the genre, and is a pretty damn scary movie in and of itself!

Direct download: Scream_1997.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 6:55pm EDT

29 - The Exorcist (1973) and Throwing Up in the Aisles

This month, it's another heavy hitter in the realm of classic horror as Kyle, Erik, and Sean discuss what many (at the time) consider(ed) the scariest movie ever made, William Friedkin's 1973 film, The Exorcist. Is it actually the scariest movie ever, or is it just a movie with a lot of swearing and a little girl made to blaspheme. What scares us about "The power of Christ compels you!"?? Does anything? We get to the bottom of it here.

Direct download: The_Exorcist_1973.mp3
Category:Movies -- posted at: 2:56am 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

Episode 25 - Black Sunday (1960) - Italian Gothic This month, Erik, Kyle, and Sean dive into a Spaghetti Gothic... a term Kyle just made up. This is Mario Bava's first major work in the horror genre, 1960's BLACK SUNDAY, a film which arrived at the same time as a number of other groundbreaking horror films. They discuss what makes an Italian horror movie distinctly Italian, and whether Bava is a true auteur or not. Next month: We close out the year with all work and no play...
Direct download: Black_Sunday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:27pm EDT

Episode 24 -- The Night of the Hunter (1955)

This month, Erik, Kyle, and Sean return to the black and white era to discuss Charles Laughton's sole directorial effort, the thriller/noir/horror morality fable The Night of the Hunter. If a review of a classic movie about an evil preacher chasing two kids for $10,000 isn't enough, the boys also have some spooky recommendations for your Halloween enjoyment! Next month--Mario Bava!

Direct download: The_Night_of_the_Hunter.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:39pm 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