The Classic Horror Cast
Suspiria (1977) Murder as High Art

This month, we tackle the divisive Italian horror masterpiece Suspiria by maestro Dario Argento. The film was a departure at the time for Argento, being his first to deal with the supernatural and not strictly a knife-wielding murderer. There's still plenty of knife murders, of course. We discuss the film's visuals, the director's penchant for cinematic logic versus narrative logic, and whether or not we can truly be driven mad by the music of Goblin.

Direct download: Suspiria.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:47pm EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

Episode 0--A Teaser of What's to Come

Or is it a prequel? No, it's definitely a teaser. Or a trailer? Hmm...in any case, here's a quick taste of CHC to hopefully whet your appetite for the release of our first full-length episode on October 31. That's Halloween, in case you didn't know.

Direct download: CHC_Episode_0--Teaser.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm EST