Trigger warning: This episode contains discussions of sexual assault. Get ready for some down-home deep fried horror as we talk Hixploitation. Hicks, hillbillies, yokels, bumpkins. Whatever you want to call them, we try to figure out what role they play in horror and what hixploitation can tell us about ourselves. Featuring special guest Crystal’s dad! […]
Episode Description We talk about horror that’s all too human – the conniving, malicious and murderous personalities that make psychological horror so terrifying! Episode Trailer: Nekromantic (1987) Movies Discussed 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019), Blood and Black Lace (1964), The Invisible Man (2020), Gaslight (1944), Black Swan (2010), American Psycho (2000), The Shining (1980), Repulsion […]
We talk about the much-anticipated and hugely lauded The Lighthouse and investigate the power and the failings of jump scares. Poor film making, or a tool for good? How does our recognition and expectation of tropes play into our experience of genre films? Episode Trailer: Santa’s Slay (2005) Movies Discussed Pumpkinhead (1988), Bliss (2019), Tetsuo: […]
So we missed Christmas, but like our sad-looking Christmas tree, we’re carrying the festive cheer into the new decade. Join ‘Spooky Buzz Gang’ as we count down our favourite horror movies of the year, and get ready for a few surprises! Jordan Peele’s Spotify Playlist Crystal’s List The Wind Greta Bliss Us School’s Out Vivarium […]
We try to unpack the deeply coded, hidden presence of queer and trans people throughout the history of horror movies. From unseen menace to beleaguered horror heroes, queerness has been an element of horror since the beginning and in some of its most recognised works. Includes discussions of Psycho (1960), Rope (1948), Sleepaway Camp (1983), […]
Following Fangoria x Monster Fest hitting Sydney on the weekend, we wrap up the good, the bad and the ugly of Australia’s premiere genre film festival. Includes discussions of 3 from Hell (2019), Porno (2019), Vivarium (2019), Deerskin (2019), The Wretched (2019), Devil Woman (2018), Satanic Panic (2019), Color out of Space (2019).
Ahead of Monster Fest’s Sydney Debut, we chat with the director of the Sydney leg, Simon Foster, a 30 year veteran of genre cinema. Check out Monster Fest at http://monsterfest.com.au and read Simon’s reviews at Screen Space. Follow us all on Letterboxd! Simon, Crystal, Scott, Jesse.
We talk about everything wrong with IT: Chapter Two and discuss all the horror movie clowns that came before. Why is the killer clown trope so pervasive? Is it just a convenient shortcut to scary? Why does the killer clown trope seem to be most effective in horror’s grittiest, low-budget works? Death Bed: The Bed […]
What makes a movie folk horror? Is Midsommar all style and no substance? Why do folk horror classics like The Wicker Man still chill us? Includes discussions of Midsommar (2019), The Witch (2015), Kill List (2011), The Virgin Spring (1960), The Wicker Man (1973), The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971), Witchfinder General (1968), The Blair […]
Don’t. Fall. Asleep. We spent a night watching every single A Nightmare on Elm Street movie* so you don’t have to. *Minus the remake and Freddy vs Jason, with Kelly Rowland’s homophobic mome A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985), A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream […]