A horror, trash, sci-fi, action podcast. The Common Craig, his wife, Nicole, and other contributors, discuss genre movies with their own brand of whimsical wit. Join them as they withstand the lengthy horrors of segments like the FOCUS OF FEAR! They decide whether a movie survives to live on in their collection, or meets a grisly demise in AMASS OR MURDER! Their bloodlust demands that an anthology movie does battle with itself, in the ANTHOLOGY DEATHMATCH! Will these depraved despots ever release and discuss their captives from the DUNGEON OF DIRECTORS? Or are they too busy carving up someone's career in another ACTOR AUTOPSY? The only way to find out, is to listen! Allow this to be YOUR cure, as well.
Frankenstein (1931) 90th Anniversary
It's alive! We return from our two week slumber, following the A-Z of Horror Festival, to bring you a special episode. It's time for the 90th Anniversary of a Universal Monsters classic. Get ready for a Boris Karloff and Frankenstein lovefest, as we go into depth on the original 1931 classic! And then from there, a little tease of what's to come on the podcast in the coming months.
17th Annual A-Z of Horror Festival, The Final Chapter
If you've made it this far, you've arrived at the Final Chapter of the 17th Annual A-Z of Horror Festival. We're closing things out with a mainstream Hollywood hit, a 75-year-old chiller, a modern South Korean classic, incoherent anime, and exploitation trash that perhaps only the Common Craig could love. How about a nice, easy list of what movies we cover in the episode? Because I'm exhausted!
A Quiet Place Part II (2021)REC 2 (2009)The Spiral Staircase (1946)Trilogy of Terror (1975)Uncle Was a Vampire (1959)Varan (1958)The Wailing (2016)X (1996)YellowBrickRoad (2010)The Zodiac Killer (1971)And then from there, we look back at what we enjoyed and what we despised from the festival. Thanks for hanging out with us for another festival, listeners!
17th Annual A-Z of Horror Festival, Part 2
It's time to rejoin the October Halloween horror action, in progress, with part two of the 17th Annual A-Z of Horror Festival! If you could choose three people to hang out and have dinner with during the spooky season, Edgar Allan Poe, Roger Corman and Vincent Price would probably be ideal. Unless, of course, everything is literally crumbling down around you. Which certainly seems to be the case with the House of Usher (1960). Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi might take exception with not being invited, but they have their own problems to contend with in The Invisible Ray (1936). And it's sad, but Jennifer (1978) may not be an ideal guest for everyone, especially if she arrives with two handfuls of serpents. Or a giant snake emerges and bites someone's head off. That's probably going to ruin the evening. Poor Paul Bartel would enjoy a fine evening of dining, but he's obligated to attend the dreadful Killer Party (1986). Princess Lola, and her reluctant date, regret to inform you that they have a night of dancing and torture, which seems like a priority in The Loved Ones (2009). Should you invite Maddie? Well, it would probably be okay. Unless she starts having visions of death. And you see some creepy thing that seems to be running around backwards. If that happens, you may want to move to a different country, because things are about to get Malignant (2021)! You could invite Janet, but it's not her birthday. And let's be honest, she's not much fun unless someone is getting stabbed. Otherwise, her paranoia is kind of a Nightmare (1964). Holland and Niles probably wouldn't make the best guests. They won't wash their hands and wouldn't sit still long enough to actually eat or have a conversation. Plus, there seem to be a lot of unfortunate accidents while they're around, as evidenced in The Other (1972). And it's a good thing that it's not New Year's Eve. Not that you would necessarily anticipate anyone dying at the dinner party. But if it happens, I suppose that you could always summon The Phantom Carriage (1921).
17th Annual A-Z of Horror Festival, Part 1
It's the return of the October ritual. Time for the 17th Annual A-Z of Horror Festival. There's no time to waste, on to the movies! This episode, it's A-G! Moaning egg things burst and get green goo all over unsuspecting investigators, which causes them to explode from within, causing a grisly trail of human hamburger gore. Join the coffee cult or die, in Alien Contamination (1980)! More aliens, this time invading New Zealand! Where they hack up and box up small town residents for a new intergalactic fast food sensation. Only "The Boys" can stop, or more likely contribute to, the absurdity of Bad Taste (1987)! Imagine getting married, only to discover that if your spouse becomes aroused, they may rip you to shreds. Better keep some catnip on hand! It the classic Val Lewton production, Cat People (1942). Still shinin' after all these years (thanks, Miles)! Adult Dan Torrance, still tormented by the Overlook Hotel, uses its powers against a new threat, in Doctor Sleep (2019). Does anything else need to be said, other than the title? No. Earth vs. The Flying Saucers (1956)! Who's ready for a RV ride to Mexico? With a pair of criminals! To a bar called the Titty Twister! That happens to be a vampire lair! Oh, yeah. Probably not a good idea. But the bar is open, From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). And then from there, Peter Cushing joins the fray! But his gardner, John Hurt, is a gleeful villain that you should probably keep an eye on. In fact, can anyone be trusted? Who is The Ghoul (1975)?
APOCAVERSARY - 2nd Anniversary Episode (Raiders of Atlantis)
It has been two years of A Cure for the Common Craig. And it stands to reason that the show could eventually lead to an apocalypse of some sort. So we may as well begin to accept that responsibility, by kicking off year three with the APOCAVERSARY! Can you think of a better way to celebrate, than by featuring an apocalyptic mess of an 80s action trash movie? Futuristic punk gangs from 1994, decapitation, a crystal skull mask, a sunken nuclear sub, people being burned alive, lasers, a helicopter battles a bus, and Atlantis rises from the ocean depths! We put Severin's Blu-ray release of Ruggero Deodato's Raiders of Atlantis (1983) to the AMASS OR MURDER test. And then from there, Nicole's level of desensitization is put on display, as we have a little more fun with Fulci and IMDb's parents guide to violence and gore.
Lucio Fulci - Dungeon of Directors (City of the Living Dead, The Beyond & The House by the Cemetery)
Lucio Fulci is resurrected from our Dungeon of Directors! Can you ever have too much Italian horror or gore? I have a feeling that Lucio would say no. Especially in regards to eyeball violence. Get ready for Lucio's Gates of Hell trilogy! Or is that his Apocalypse Trilogy? Whatever it is, we begin within the limits of the City of the Living Dead (1980). A wonderful place to visit, where people are subjected to storms of maggots, being buried alive, brain squishing, head drilling and bouts of nausea resulting in puking out their intestines and internal organs. That's already too much, you say? Well, what if you inherit a hotel in Louisiana and decide to make a go at a new life? That sounds nice, until you discover that the hotel is haunted by an ungodly warlock and is built on one of the seven gateways to Hell. Welcome to The Beyond (1981). And then from there, we have Bob. This mysterious girl in a photograph warns you to stay away from the Freudstein house. But you really don't try too hard to convince your parents not to take up residence in The House by the Cemetery (1981). Poor Bob. She warned you not to come. Well listeners, even death cannot stop The Godfather of Gore. Fulci lives!
You Want to Spend Time With Craig!
Craig and Nicole are the best! Listen to them talk about these great (and/or ridiculous) movies and then go and watch them yourself!
Oh! The horror of it all!
So I don’t really watch much horror or trash movies and only a little action and sci-fi, but I’ve greatly enjoyed learning new things about these movie genres. Craig and Nicole (and cats!) are such a fun duo to listen to! And I’ve been inspired to watch a few classic horror movies because of this podcast.
Chock full of horror fun
Even more than I enjoy watching horror movies, I love watching/listening to/reading about when OTHER people watch horror movies. This podcast is totally charming and WAY informative about each topic. Very curious to see where it ends up going.