Insane For The Strain

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-adyz5-111023e After being introduced to the show via Stella’s American TV horror two-parter last year, Dan is now a huge fan of Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan and Carlton Cuse’s FX series The Strain (2014-17).  In this episode, Stella joins Dan for a spoilery chat about the whole series.  Elsewhere, a pre-recorded Howard is presentContinue reading “Insane For The Strain”

Halloween Retrospective #11: Halloween (2018)

FINALLY it’s here, only three years after being recorded!  Join Howard, Dan and Spider-Dan (known on this recording as Dan B), in the pub with Ian Winterton (in chronologically his first appearance on this podcast) discuss their first impressions, in both spoiler-free and spoilery fashion, of David Gordon Green’s 2018 Halloween film – just inContinue reading “Halloween Retrospective #11: Halloween (2018)”

(Virtual) Grimmfest Preview #3: Aaron Bartuska on For Roger

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-4htxx-11039e9 This weekend (14-17 October) it’s the virtual version of Grimmfest, giving all of us lounge-lizards who missed the live festival the opportunity to catch many of its filmic highlights from the comfort of our homes.  In this mini-episode, Dan talks to Aaron Bartuska, debut director and co-writer, about his found footage/slasher/character study hybrid ForContinue reading “(Virtual) Grimmfest Preview #3: Aaron Bartuska on For Roger”

Grimmfest 2021 Preview #2

The date this episode drops (7th October 2021) is the first day of Grimmfest, Manchester’s festival of fantastic film, returning as a live event for the first time since 2019.  And here is the second of our preview episodes, in which you can learn some details about two of the films screening there – TarumamaContinue reading “Grimmfest 2021 Preview #2”

The Final Girls and Boys: Series Finale, Part Two

Kirsty, Stella, Ian and Dan gather for the last time this series, to cast their minds back over the podcast so far and discuss whatever comes to mind.  Meanwhile, Howard (who has now recovered from his COVID-19 jab) phones in for another delve into the Bag of Death. The show will now go on aContinue reading “The Final Girls and Boys: Series Finale, Part Two”

Things We Forgot To Say: Series Finale, Part One

It’s time to wrap up the first series of –And Now The Podcast Starts! with a general chat between Kirsty, Stella, Ian and Dan as they reflect on producing 60-odd episodes of horror discussions during a global pandemic, pick out some favourite moments, and add in some bits they meant to say about earlier topics. Continue reading “Things We Forgot To Say: Series Finale, Part One”

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)”

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”

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