Halloween Retrospective #10: Halloween II (2009)

A return to 2018 (oh, those carefree, carefree days) this episode, as we release the second-to-last of our series of Halloween franchise reviews recorded in that year, with our look at Rob Zombie’s sequel to his own remake.  Usual suspects Dan and Howard are joined by regular Halloween guests Spider-Dan (who at the time ofContinue reading “Halloween Retrospective #10: Halloween II (2009)”

Big Finish’s Survivors, Series Nine: the legacy of an apocalyptic TV classic

Please note: this piece was originally written in 2019, but it was never published (mainly because it was too bloomin’ long). Our chat about Survivors in the most recent episode of the podcast inspired Dan to put it on the blog… Most important points first: Survivors is the best series of audio dramas that BigContinue reading “Big Finish’s Survivors, Series Nine: the legacy of an apocalyptic TV classic”

Pandemic Horror: Contagion (2011) and Survivors (1975)

Dan used to love post-apocalypse horror, especially the BBC’s ‘humanity-destroying plague’ classic, Survivors (1975-77).  But he hasn’t re-watched it since COVID-19 hit, as he feared it would be too much like real life; for the same reason he hasn’t seen Steven Soderbergh’s eerily prophetic film Contagion (2011), which has had a new lease of lifeContinue reading “Pandemic Horror: Contagion (2011) and Survivors (1975)”

Danny Robins on The Battersea Poltergeist

The brilliant drama/documentary podcast The Battersea Poltergeist has just completed its eight-part run on BBC Radio 4 (although a bonus ninth episode is due to be released in a couple of weeks), and it’s also available on BBC Sounds and all the podcatchers.  Kirsty and Ian have been raving about it for weeks, and finallyContinue reading “Danny Robins on The Battersea Poltergeist”

Feasting on Hannibal #1: Season One (2013) with Dr Rebecca Williams & Dr Lori Hitchcock Morimoto

NBC’s Hannibal (2013-15) brought to the small screen, and re-imagined, the world of FBI profiler Will Graham and his colleague/nemesis, cannibalistic psychiatrist Dr Hannibal Lecter, after their introduction in Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon (1981) and its subsequent sequels and film adaptations.  Kirsty and (to a lesser extent) Dan have been talking about devoting episodesContinue reading “Feasting on Hannibal #1: Season One (2013) with Dr Rebecca Williams & Dr Lori Hitchcock Morimoto”

Writer Stephen Volk on Under A Raven’s Wing and a lifetime in the horror business

Stephen Volk wrote Ghostwatch, the 1992 TV play which rated so highly on Kirsty, Stella and Dan’s list of Movies That Scared Us The Most last year.  And Ghostwatch is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Stephen’s diverse array of horror output in a variety of media, including prose fiction: hisContinue reading “Writer Stephen Volk on Under A Raven’s Wing and a lifetime in the horror business”

Halloween Retrospective #9: Halloween (2007)

It’s time to return to our series of Halloween franchise reviews, recorded back in 2018.  Dan and Howard are joined by returning guests Luke Richards (actor and writer-star of the upcoming Halloween fan film, One Night in Haddonfield) and Spider-Dan (host of the podcast Spider-Dan and the Secret Bores) for a spoiler-filled discussion of RobContinue reading “Halloween Retrospective #9: Halloween (2007)”

Writer Gemma Hurley on Host, genre on TV and loving folk horror

Kirsty, Stella, Dan and Ian have been raving about Host, last year’s ‘Zoom seance’ movie from Shudder, almost since before it was released, and now they are blessed to be joined for a freewheeling chat by one of its writers, Gemma Hurley.  Gemma talks about the experience of writing that film, her rollercoaster 2020, theContinue reading “Writer Gemma Hurley on Host, genre on TV and loving folk horror”

Missed Classics (?) #8: The Exorcist III (1990)

Ian and Stella are both big fans of 1973’s The Exorcist (it’s Ian’s favourite film), but neither have ever seen the occasionally-feted-in-cult-film-circles standalone sequel written and directed by original Exorcist author and producer William Peter Blatty, 1990’s The Exorcist III.  Dan has seen it before, and read Blatty’s novel Legion, from which it was adapted,Continue reading “Missed Classics (?) #8: The Exorcist III (1990)”

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