71 episodes

Three guys with virtually no credentials talking to you about movies and more-er for those who love horror.

Each week we provide a movie review, history report, biography, or something entirely bizarre! With episodes ranging from slasher classics like Friday the 13th to harrowing accounts of paranormal cryptids, with event coverage and creepypasta in between, we pride ourselves on having something for every gore-loving goon.

If you are a horror creator, please reach out, as we also do interviews with filmmakers in the genre.
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Three guys with virtually no credentials talking to you about movies and more-er for those who love horror.

Each week we provide a movie review, history report, biography, or something entirely bizarre! With episodes ranging from slasher classics like Friday the 13th to harrowing accounts of paranormal cryptids, with event coverage and creepypasta in between, we pride ourselves on having something for every gore-loving goon.

If you are a horror creator, please reach out, as we also do interviews with filmmakers in the genre.
Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/slasherspod/support

    The Fly (1986)

    The Fly (1986)

    Imagine you're reading a Playboy magazine in 1957, y'know-- for the articles. Then you stumble onto a little short story by a fella named George Langelaan. It's a little ditty called The Fly, about some lady who crushes her husband's dome in a machine hammer. You're like, "whoa! where did my erection go!" But then you find out he accidentally mutated into a fly/ human hybrid in a teleporting accident and that erection comes right back!

    Now, there was an adaptation with Vincent Price, which was very competent. Sure, the effects are somewhat hokey, but the story is very accurate and it's ambitious. Let's fast forward like a betamax cassette tape into the rockin' 80s, nearly 30 years later. Some pencil neck gets the idea to remake this film and it seems cursed from the outset. 

    The first draft of the script was written by Charles Edward Pogue. Despite having an in with Twentieth Century Fox, and them paying for the script, they pass. Oh, and they won't sell the rights to make the film. With the help of Kip Ohman, they con some schmuck at Fox to be the distributor if they can get the film made elsewhere. 

    Where do they go? Into the loving, muscular arms of Mel Brooks! One of the conditions of them making the film is a little rewrite of the scriptola. Walon Green wrote a script, but it was awful- so they rehired Pogue. But then, they hire a director who insists on rewriting the script, so Pogue is fired yet again. 

    Now, they first went to David Cronenberg (Rabid, Shivers, Videodrome) to direct, but he was busy working on an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, aka Total Recall. They move on to Robert Bierman, but while he is working on the film his daughter dies. After halting production, he bows out and they go back to Cronenberg, who agrees to take over. The negotiations seemed super tense, given that Cronenberg asked for $750,000 and somehow got paid $1,000,000 instead. 

    The film stars Jeff Goldblum, who uh... finds a way to fuse with a fly. He was actually dating Geena Davis at the time, which is how she ended up auditioning for the role, which she like totes nailed by the way. There are a few other actors, but who cares?

    The makeup and creature effects were done by Chris Walas (Gremlins, Scanners, Raiders of the Lost Ark), who won an academy award for his work. Walas would later serve as director for The Fly II. 

    Howard Shore (The Brood, The Silence of the Lambs, Se7en), winner of three Academy Awards, three Golden Globes, and four Grammy Awards did the music. 

    We talk about tons more trivia, comic book adaptations, and nonsense that will make you wonder why you subject yourselves to this show each and every week. 

    This week's "Hidden Track" is Putrid Fairytale by Slugdge. https://slugdge.bandcamp.com/ ; https://www.facebook.com/Slugdge/

    If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast

    Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/


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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Valentine (2001)

    Valentine (2001)

    Suffering from withdrawals from candy hearts and someone whispering sweet nothings into your crusty ears? Well, let us cure what ails you with a review of Valentine from 2001. That's right, the movie that launched David Boreanaz's film career to... what... oh, I am thinking of The Rock. Which one is David Boreanaz then? Why am I typing my stream of consciousness?

    The film is a very loose adaptation of the novel of the same name by Tom Savage. Both works center around a revenge plot by a nerd, who has been cruelly ridiculed. In the film, the young welp was accused of sexually assaulting a girl, who withdrew her consent for a clandestine smooch session after a group of boys found them and she became ashamed. Years later, the nerd, who's got a great parlor trick of making his nose bleed virtually whenever, goes on a killing spree against that girl and her friends. Interestingly, he does not beat up the boys who tear his pants off and beat him up in the middle of a school dance, but maybe they will be in the sequel... that they are DEFINITELY making... after almost 20 years. 

    The serial killer gives threatening valentine cards to each of the victims. We talk about why that was a bad idea and how he should have diverted the arts and crafts time to better plotting out his murder spree. 

    Aside from Boreanaz and Denise Richards, there are no real big time actors in the film. Now, we can have a chicken/ egg debate if they did not have worthwhile careers, which is why they accepted a part in this film, or if appearing in this film all but ensured that they would not get work elsewhere, but this is the description of a podcast, and there is no moderator, so let's bookmark that idea for later. 

    The film has not aged very well in certain ways, but showing how obtuse and arguably toxic men could be 20 years ago, through the #metoo lens of today, adds a layer to what would otherwise be an underwhelming movie. 

    We also talk about the connections between this film and the Urban Legends franchise. This is actually how director, Jamie Blanks, got his gig on Valentine. 

    What do you think of the Cherub getup? Is the statuesque mask creepy or hoaky? How does the costume compare to the legendary slashers of the Halloween, Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street franchises? Let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com.

    This week's "Hidden Track" is The Hathors by Tsunami Bomb. We are huge fans of this band and have been for decades by this point. Please support them and let them know how you found them! https://tsunamibomb.bandcamp.com/album/the-spine-that-binds ; https://tsunamibomb.net/ ; https://www.facebook.com/tsunamibombofficial/

    You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast

    Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/


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    • 1 hr 48 min
    My Bloody Valentine (1981 & 2009)

    My Bloody Valentine (1981 & 2009)

    There are not many films that we feel are MANDATORY to be a "true horror fan." Generally, we avoid gatekeeping, but the original My Bloody Valentine is essential. Written by John Beaird based on a story by Stephen Miller, the film fell into undeserved obscurity and suffered due to repeated editing. Director, George Mihalka, has assured that the remastered version released on blu ray is 85% of the original film. 

    The soundtrack was (mostly) written and performed by by Paul Zaza and Marie Bottrell. For some inexcusable reason, despite having the original tracks, Zaza has never formally released the  Ballad of Harry Warden by John McDermott. Be sure to treat yourself to googling that jammer of a track once this succulent episode is over. 

    The film was somewhat unnecessarily remade in 2009. The film stars longstanding Supernatural lead, Jensen Ackles. Of note, the show even featured an episode by the name of "My Bloody Valentine."

    Perhaps the best part of this film is the bit part by the prolific Tom Atkins. He chews the scenery a bit, but his death scene is surprisingly radical. 

    Many of the actors from the original fell into obscurity, though some would grace your screens in such films as Robocop, First Blood, Star Trek: Voyager, and Meatballs. 

    Despite making some serious money, being generally positively reviewed, and setting up a sequel in the final minutes of the film, there has been no remake to the 2009 version. We discuss why. 

    The "Hidden Track" is by our friends at Buzzard Cult. Please show them support as they head into the studio to record some new music: https://buzzardcult.bandcamp.com/ ; https://www.facebook.com/buzzardcult/ ; https://www.instagram.com/buzzard_cult/

    If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast

    Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/


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    • 1 hr 43 min
    Candyman (1992)

    Candyman (1992)

    Based on "The Forbidden" by Clive Barker, Candyman is a game-changing horror film, that deserves more celebration. Of Barker's adaptations, Candyman does deviate from its source material on a base level, but even the author conceded it did so in furthering the main message of the original novella. 

    While the book is set in Ye Olde England, the film changes the setting to Cabrini Green in Chicago. This area was portrayed in the media as an irreparable hellscape with gang violence, drugs, and the dregs of society. In actuality, it was a housing project where its tenants were basically abandoned as it fell into disrepair. The situation was so bad that the first female mayor, Jane Margaret Byrne, moved there to make a political stance... only to leave three weeks later. 

    Most of the changes from The Forbidden were conceived by writer/ director Bernard Rose (who actually makes a cameo in the film!). In subsequent interviews Barker has talked about those deviations and counseling Rose through the conception of the film. Barker gave Rose full confidence after being a fan of the director's earlier film, Paperhouse. 

    The film stars Virginia Madsen as Helen Lyle, a graduate student desperate to cut her teeth and win the approval of her husband and his peers. Though Madsen appeared in other films like Dune and The Haunting, she has since said that she is most recognized for this film, and rightfully so. Lyle is accompanied by her colleague, Bernadette Walsh, played by Kasi Lemmons. Lemmons had a nice stint playing the sidekick to compulsively investigating white women, as she also appeared beside Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs. 

    The titular Candyman is played by the towering Tony Todd. While Eddie Murphy was strongly considered for the role, the fact that he came with a trillion-dollar price tag and that he would need to borrow Gene Simmons' platform shoes gave Todd the edge in casting. Todd was an accomplished stage actor who was dedicated to adding to the backstory of his character, which is virtually nonexistent in the source material. In fact, the Candyman from the novella is described as having skim that is an unnatural/ jaundiced shade of yellow, an unruly red beard, rouged cheeks, blue lips, eyes like rubies, and a patchwork coat. 

    We discuss the formation of the character and the somewhat unbelievable backstory of Candyman's iconic hook. We also discuss the racial themes in the film, which are still problematically topical in 2020! Lastly, we discuss what we hope for in the coming reboot/ remake/ spiritual successor, which is being produced by Jordan Peele. 

    Where do you rank this film among the horror classics? What about Barker's adaptations like Hellraiser, Nightbreed, Rawhead Rex, Lords of Illusions, and The Midnight Meat Train? Be sure to let us know!

    The "Hidden Track" this week is Candyman by Blitzkid. Check them out on their reunion shows, appropriately dubbed the Escape the Grave Tour! https://www.facebook.com/BlitzkidOfficial/ ; https://open.spotify.com/artist/1u8qqOF2w0kgbg1QLXEXSJ

    If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast

    Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/


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    • 1 hr 41 min
    Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)

    Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)

    This cult classic, written and directed by Eli Craig, took me by surprise. I remember seeing the trailer and thinking, "okay, all of the best parts surely had to be in the trailer." Then I saw the film and saw that it was more than a simple spoof, offering some legitimate laughs and a solid understanding of horror tropes. 

    The film stars both Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine as the titular Tucker and Dale. You might remember Tudyk from his work as Wash in Firefly or the plethora of characters he has voiced for DC Comics including: Green Arrow, Superman, Clayface, and The Flash. He was also the only redeeming part of Rogue One, according to Jake, in his portrayal of sassy robot: K-2SO. Labine is no stranger to horror comedies, given that he has starred in Reaper, Deadbeat, and Dead Last. Both men went on to appear in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. 

    The "College Kids" that litter the film are played by various actors I am too lazy to look up, even to add metadata to this stupid description for the sake of SEO content. They encapsulate all of the awful tropes about coeds that make you root for slashers to slay them indiscriminately. 

    Through a series of misunderstandings, that are directly addressed within the film, the kids mistake the good-natured rednecks for mutant inbred deviant murderers. There is even a twist! Oh-- BUT EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY THERE IS A CUTE DOG!

    The "Hidden Track" this week is Gyrojets with their song "Pieces. https://gyrojets.bandcamp.com/

    If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast

    Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/


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    • 1 hr 26 min
    What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

    What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

    On this week's episode we talk about some nonindigenous vampire roommates, living it up in the New Zealand undead underbelly. Originally a short film entitled, What We Do in the Shadows: Interviews with Some Vampires in 2005, over the next nine years the idea developed into a full-length film, spawning two spinoff TV shows. 

    By the end of filming in 2012, the team has over 125 hours of footage. There are rumored to be three different cuts of the film, each highlighting a different narrative element. Editing ultimately took over a year to complete. The film was written and directed by Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Men in Black 3, Moana) Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor Ragnarok, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople).

    Clement's character was originally Vulvus the Abhorrent, before the feature film presented us with Vladislov, "The Poker." Vlad is a once-great lover and shapeshifter, who has been in something of a rut after losing a duel with his nefarious nemesis... The Beast.

    Waititi's character, initially Count Viago, before become much less formal with simply, "Viago," is something of a neat freak dandy. While the film could have simply languished as a rehash and repackaging of The Odd Couple, the film adds new characters and events to give a change of pace and scenery. 

    Ben Fransham plays their 8,000 year old Nosferatu/ Count Orlock-looking flatmate: Petyr. Jonny Brugh plays their youngest friend and cohabitant, Deacon, at least until newcomer, Nick, enters the gang. Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) is impetuous, braggadocios, and finds himself drawing the ire of the other vampires when he leads a vampire hunter to their door. Luckily, the other vampires' fondness of Nick's human friend, Stu, brings him back into their good graces. 

    Comedy legend, Rhys Darby, plays Anton, the leader of a local pack of werewolves. Much is made of the werewolves and their self-help approach to their lycanthropy, leading to such iconic turns of phrase as, "We're werewolves, not swearwolves!" The werewolf culture established is so gutbustingly funny that it has made its way into both Wellington Paranormal and the FX series What We Do in the Shadows, which returns this April. 

    The "Hidden Track" this week is Graveview with their jammer, No Hope. You can find them here: https://graveview.bandcamp.com/releases ; https://www.facebook.com/Graveview/

    If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast

    Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/


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    • 1 hr 30 min

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