Loving The Changeling

After yet another delay (look, our rhythms haven’t adjusted to the craziness of 2021 yet, okay), we’re finally going in-depth on 1980’s The Changeling.  Ian, Stella and Dan talk about how the discovered this oft-overlooked gem of haunted house cinema, and what’s great about it.

Check out Spider-Dan & the Secret Bores’ podcast episode about the film here.

Deadly delay…


Hey folks!  Just to let you know, sadly, you’re going to have to wait 24 hours longer than usual for our new episode (in which Stella, Ian and Dan discuss 1980’s haunted house sleeper classic, The Changeling).  But keep an eye on your feeds, it will be with you soon…

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Halloween Retrospective #8: Halloween Resurrection (2002)

We’re returning to the Halloween franchise this episode, and one of its least-loved films, the Busta Rhymes-starring final instalment of the ‘original Laurie Strode timeline’.  Dan and Howard are joined by longtime Halloween pundits Spider-Dan and Luke Richards.

Relevant Links and Availability

Halloween Resurrection is available on DVD and Blu-Ray and for rental streaming via Amazon and YouTube in the UK

Katee Sackhoff’s reaction as she watches her performance Halloween Resurrection can be seen on YouTube

Rampage is currently available to stream in the UK via Netflix

The Meg is currently available to stream in the UK via Amazon Prime

Spider-Dan’s podcast is Spider Dan & The Secret Bores.  Find him on Twitter @dan_bores

Find details about Luke’s Halloween fan film, One Night in Haddonfield, on his Twitter feed @Luke_Richards1992 

All soundtrack clips are used for the purposes of criticism, in the spirit of Fair Dealing (UK law) and Fair Use (US law).  No copyright infringement is intended.

Nineties Gothic #1: Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

Happy New Year!  We begin the (tentatively hopeful) 2021 by starting a new strand: Nineties Gothic, examining each film in the flow of big-budget, ‘respectable’ spins on the classic horror texts and archetypes, mostly produced by Columbia TriStar and/or American Zoetrope.

The first of these was Bram Stoker’s Dracula, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and released globally during 1992-93.  Kirsty, Stella and Dan all saw during their teenage years and had their worlds rocked.  Ian was a more cynical university student in 1992 and reacted… differently.  But how do they all feel about the film on re-watching it now?

Related Links and Availability

Bram Stoker’s Dracula is out on DVD and Blu-Ray and can currently be streamed via Netflix in the UK

Patrick (H) Willems’ video essay The 90s Dark Universe can be streamed via YouTube

Diamanda Galas’ This is the Law of the Plague can be purchased for download from Diamanda Galas’ Bandcamp page

The Bill and Ted Test can be read on Twitter

Host (2020) can now be purchased or rented for streaming from Amazon and similar outlets, and will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray in February

Black Narcissus (2020) is available for streaming on BBC iPlayer while the 1947 film can be streamed via BritBox in the UK

All Creatures Great and Small (2020) is available for streaming via My5 in the UK

Have Yourself A Merry Little Quiz-mas

In lieu of a proper episode, here’s our (delayed) Christmas knees-up and horror trivia quiz episode, presided over by Ian, with Kirsty, Stella, Dan and special guests Kelly, Sven and Elliott.

To send in an answer to our listener questions, and stand a chance of winning one of our excellent prizes, email Dan at ambisolsltd@gmail.com.

Ghost Stories (2018) and Mark Gatiss’ The Tractate Midddoth, The Dead Room, Martin’s Close and MR James documentary The Lost Ghost Story are currently available for streaming on BBC iPlayer.

Missed Classics #7: The Legend of Hell House (1973)

Ian and Dan are joined by a special guest returning from our Horror Express episode, writer and podcaster Tim Shaw, to discuss another favourite from Tim’s childhood, and a supernatural spine-chiller that Ian’s never seen before, 1973’s The Legend of Hell House. 

Four psychic investigators – played by powerhouse actors Pamela Franklyn, Roddy McDowall, Clive Revill and Gayle Hunnicutt – have one week to solve the mystery of “the Mount Everest of haunted houses”, but how does this overlooked thriller stand up today, and how does it compare to the 1970 Richard Matheson novel from which it’s adapted? 

Listen on to hear our panel’s thoughts – joined for ten minutes by Howard, phoning in his first new podcast recording for over a year, so determined was he to comment on this film.

Relevant Links and Availability

The Legend of Hell House is available on DVD (and on Region 1 Blu-Ray) and is often shown on Talking Pictures TV in the UK

Raised By Wolves is currently available to stream via Now TV in the UK

The Creepy Christmas Collection is currently available to stream on Britbox UK and includes director John Hough’s Twins of Evil (1971), writer Richard Matheson’s The Devil Rides Out (1968) and many others

Hear Tim’s podcast Pod Radio Music exclusively on MixCloud

Death: Bags Of It

Circumstances have prompted that this week’s recorded episode – a discussion of Bram Stoker’s Dracula – has been postponed.  In its place, Dan bids a sad farewell to a much-mentioned friend of the show, and introduces a collection of ‘The Bag of Death’, a segment from The Lee/Cushing Podcast from 2016-17, featuring Howard and Dan.

Quatermass 2 (1957) is currently free to stream for subscribers to Amazon PrimeIsland of Terror (1966) and Lust for a Vampire (1971) are available on DVD and Blu-Ray and frequently seen on the UK Horror Channel.

More short discussions between Dan and Howard can be found at the Ambidextrous Solutions Limited YouTube channel, about Dead of Night (1945) and The Quatermass Experiment (1955).

Missed Classics #6: The Haunting of Hill House (and a bit of Bly Manor)

Does the Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House (2018) count as a Missed Classic just because it’s two years old and Dan hasn’t seen it before?  Short answer: yes.  Longer answer: yes, especially in the light of its poorly-received 2020 follow-up, The Haunting of Bly Manor (which Kirsty, Stella and Ian can’t resist talking about even though this episode isn’t supposed to be about that and Dan hasn’t seen it).  If you haven’t yet seen Hill House, go and watch it, because everyone agrees it’s good and this episode is mostly spoilers.

Relevant Links and Availability:

The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor are both available to stream on Netflix

The Sink: A Sleep Aid podcast is currently available on BBC Sounds

You’re Next is available for rental streaming on Amazon

Interview With The Vampire and Color Out of Space are currently available to stream free for subscribers to Amazon Prime

Episodes of The Lovecraft Investigations are currently available on BBC iPlayer

Questions of Horror #2: Why Are Ghosts Frightening?

Stella, Ian and Dan all agree that their scariest horror moments involve ghosts, but they aren’t sure what it exactly is that makes a spectral visitor from beyond the grave so frightening.  Listen to them ponder out loud.

Related Links and Availability

The Possession of Hannah Grace and His House are currently available to stream on Netflix UK

His Dark Materials and Westworld (1973) are currently available to stream on BBC iPlayer

Revisitations #1: Alien3 (1992)

Today’s panel of hosts have all seen controversial science-fiction horror and follow-up to 1979’s Alien and 1986’s Aliens, Alien3, before.  Ian saw it at the cinema in 1992 and was disgusted.  Kirsty caught it on video as a young adult and didn’t think much of it, but went on to become a huge fan of its director, David Fincher.  And Dan is a full-on Alien fan who’s seen it multiple times in both released versions and knows it inside out. 

But Ian has recently discovered the wonders of its soundtrack music and that’s inspired him to revisit the film and want to talk about it.  After all, this film, after an initial critical lambasting, has gone on to be reappraised multiple times; Empire magazine later wrote that, of the original Alien trilogy, the third film “is seen as the least scary but may be the most daring, shot through with a beautiful bleakness.”  What will our hosts make of it in 2020?

Relevant Links and Availability

Alien3 (theatrical version) is available to buy on DVD and Blu-Ray and to rent or buy from YouTube and Amazon (as is Terminator: Dark Fate). The ‘assembly cut’ version is available (with the other three Ripley/Alien films) on the Alien Quadrilogy DVD box-set and the Alien Anthology Blu-Ray Box Set.

The audio dramatisation of William Gibson’s Alien III is available now exclusively from Audible

Episode 2 of Cornwall with Simon Reeve is currently streaming on BBC iPlayer and features the introduction of a rather well-named beaver to the British Isles…

His House is currently available to stream on Netflix and you can watch an interview with the writers on Val Verde Broadcasting’s YouTube channel

Cadabra Records is Ian’s current audio drama provider of choice

Timelines: The Pendle Witch Child is currently free to watch for Amazon Prime members

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