11 episodes

The podcast dedicated to understanding 1980s pop culture, Beyond the Neon looks past the nostalgia to get beneath the skin of the decade of excess. Each documentary show looks at a different aspect of the era and examines the social, political and economic climate behind it.

Beyond the Neon Noel Mellor

    • Arts
    • 5.0, 19 Ratings

The podcast dedicated to understanding 1980s pop culture, Beyond the Neon looks past the nostalgia to get beneath the skin of the decade of excess. Each documentary show looks at a different aspect of the era and examines the social, political and economic climate behind it.

    Satanic Panic Part Two: Panicky in the U.K.

    Satanic Panic Part Two: Panicky in the U.K.

    In the second part of this special, Beyond the Neon explores how the Satanic Panic in the US spread to Great Britain in the 1980s. The show looks into how fears about music, board games, films and TV shows, were used to build support for religious crusaders looking to weaponise morality against everything from homosexuality and home video horror movies to suicide.

    • 57 min
    Satanic Panic Part One: Storm in the U.S.A.

    Satanic Panic Part One: Storm in the U.S.A.

    The first of a two-part special exploring the history and explosion of Satanic Panic that spread across America in the 1980s. Real-life criminal cases, dubious media reports, exploitative TV shows, foaming religious fanaticism, and outrageous claims... its all covered here.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    80s villains: The death and rebirth of mythical evil

    80s villains: The death and rebirth of mythical evil

    Villainy in 1980s popular culture and how the politics and social trends of the decade gave us a wealth of iconic bad guys. The corporate characters and entities that loomed large, the rock star vampires that replaced the traditional gothic monsters and the slasher megastars who crossed over into everything from TV and music to toys and video games. It's all here!

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Occult perceptions in the home video era

    Occult perceptions in the home video era

    In a special bonus episode, I present my academic paper created for the Gothic 1980s Symposium that took place in June 2019.

    Re-recorded and re-edited with illustrative clips, I explore how the aesthetic 'gothic' of 1980s cinema is less active than some of the other, more interesting gothic characters of the era.

    • 35 min
    Late 80s Movie Branding and Advertising Perceptions

    Late 80s Movie Branding and Advertising Perceptions

    The final part of the Beyond the Neon film marketing trilogy looks at the end of the 1980s and how popular culture was reacting to the advertising explosion of the decade.

    • 39 min
    Superheroes and Heroism in the Reagan Era

    Superheroes and Heroism in the Reagan Era

    Exploring the superhero landscape of  the 1970s, how this translated to decade that followed, and how a new president changed the way Hollywood looked at heroism in comics, tv and film.

    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

James Emery ,

A long time fan

Been a fan of Noel since his Adventures in VHS podcast and was so happy to see his return with Beyond the Neon, the latest series on the satanic panic is incredibly informative

Pinje ,

Great podcast to remember the 80s

Really enjoyable and well put together podcast. Can recommend to all film fans, especially those who want to remember the 80s

Jordan Mc ,

Entertaining and Informative

I learn something different every episode.

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