The Classic Horror Cast

This month, Classic Horror Cast takes a look at Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1932 semi-silent German Expressionist masterpiece Vampyr.

Direct download: Vampyr_1932.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 12:14pm EDT

This month, we're hobbled--err, humbled--to join you to talk about a Stephen King movie, and you won't even have to get out of the cock-a-doodie car to listen! Kyle, Sean, and later Erik gather in the snowy mountains to discuss Rob Reiner's 1990 King adaptation Misery, a movie with a huge reputation, and an Oscar-winning lead performance from Kathy Bates. Are they worth the hype, Mister Man?

Direct download: Misery_1990.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 12:27pm EDT

This month, it must be a full moon, because Kyle, Erik, and Sean are talking about one of a very small list of good werewolf movies, Joe Dante's 1981 classic The Howling. However, in a film written by John Sayles and featuring dazzlingly grotty effects by the legendary Rob Bottin, is there a lot to be desired? Is self-help and new-age medicine really the right setting for a werewolf movie?

Direct download: The_Howling_1981.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 1:39am EDT

This month, the fellas discuss the first major film by horror legend Stuart Gordon, as well as the first major work adapted from a story by H.P. Lovecraft, 1985's Re-Animator. There's much talk of bridging horror and comedy, whether horror can be funny at all, Herbert West as an anti-hero, and Lovecraft as a creator of stories. Also, there's lots of talk of heads and head. 

Direct download: Re-Animator_1985.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 11:35am EDT

This month, Sean and Kyle discuss Roman Polanski's classic of paranoia, female suppression, and Satanism, Rosemary's Baby. Is the movie out of date now, or does its terrors seem all the more potent in today's climate?

Direct download: Rosemarys_Baby_1968.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 1:04pm EDT

This month, to celebrate Hanukkah and to celebrate Erik living in Prague, the fellas discuss the 1920 German expressionist horror movie, The Golem: How He Came into the World, one of the earliest monster movies ever made. Director-star Paul Wegener's movie is a lyrical, moving film that has shadows of movies to come, like Frankenstein. Have YOU seen it? Well here's the one we watched


Direct download: The_Golem_1920.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 5:52pm EDT

Sorry for the delay, horror friends, but we're making it up to you with an episode chalk full of horror. Not one story, but five! We're diving into Amicus Productions and their brand of anthology horror flicks by starting with 1965's Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, directed by British great Freddie Francis and starring both Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Does the movie work? Not necessarily, but these are the kinds of movies where if one bit doesn't work, just wait a few minutes.

Direct download: Dr_Terrors_House_of_Horrors.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 3:29pm EDT

It's October, the spookiest month of the year, and hence you'd expect us to watch and discuss one of the scariest movies ever made. It's a month that ends in Halloween AND contains a Friday the 13th, so you'd be right in assuming we'd be talking about a slasher movie...but there's no Jason or Michael Myers here...just a little movie called Sleepaway Camp. Whyyyyyyyyyy?

Also, if you enjoy the show and want to help out one of us, Erik is moving to Prague (will still be on the show, don't worry), but if you'd like to support him on Patreon, please do so here!

Direct download: Sleepaway_Camp_1983.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 1:43pm EDT

This month, we're not talking about vampires or werewolves or ghosts, but we're instead looking at the horror of fascism, libertinism, and depravity. It's Pier Paolo Passolini's shocking final film, 1975's Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom. We get all up in the poop when it comes to thematic elements and graphic content here, so if that kind of thing upsets you, be warned.

We also take a moment to briefly discuss the passing of Tobe Hooper, one of horror's true mavericks. We've talked about Hooper's films previously, in our 9th episode (Texas Chain Saw Massacre), and our 33rd episode (Poltergeist). 

Direct download: Salo_or_120_Days_of_Sodom_1975.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 10:59pm EDT

This month, Scaredy Friends, Kyle, Erik, and Sean discuss a movie that launched a whole subgenre: giallo, or the Italian pulp-crime-horror film, which was a direct precursor to the slasher movie of the '80s. While not the first, the one that ushered in the trend was Dario Argento's first film, 1970's The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, a movie that isn't quite as gory or as salacious as the films would become, but has nevertheless been the most influential of the bunch.

History of Giallo comin' at ya! And more Italian stuff next month, which decidedly more coprophelia. 

Direct download: The_Bird_with_the_Crystal_Plumage_1970.mp3
Category:Horror -- posted at: 2:25pm EDT