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.
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…
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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?