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A media-literacy podcast from a horror lens, exploring the unique and raw way society and culture influence film and media. We review media and discuss the history and psychology behind our fears. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-ghouls-next-door/support

Ghouls Next Door Gabe & Kat

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 70 Ratings

A media-literacy podcast from a horror lens, exploring the unique and raw way society and culture influence film and media. We review media and discuss the history and psychology behind our fears. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/the-ghouls-next-door/support

    Haunting of Bly Manor: Faulty Memory and the Need to be Remembered

    Haunting of Bly Manor: Faulty Memory and the Need to be Remembered

    The Haunting of Bly Manor is a slow-burn, creeping horror show that critiques classism, softly embraces queer love, and haunts its audience with tragedy. Gabe discusses the overall theme memory plays in the show and how this is a love story more than a ghost story. Kat talks about why people want to be remembered when they die and how to assure you will be.


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Haunting of Hill House: Grief and Hereditary Mental Illness

    Haunting of Hill House: Grief and Hereditary Mental Illness

    Haunting of Hill House is a supernatural horror series that explores the impact of grief and mental illness under the guise of a haunted house story. Gabe dives into the characters: how the Crain children represent a stage of grief, their experience with the magical realism of the haunted house, and events in their childhood shaped their lives. Kat discusses the impact of trauma and grief on young minds and how you can help a child dealing with such things.


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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Infinity Pool (2023): An Unhealthy Obsession with the Rich

    Infinity Pool (2023): An Unhealthy Obsession with the Rich

    Brandon Cronenberg's Infinity Pool is a compelling science fiction film that scrutinizes the opulent lifestyle of the 1%, delving into their sinister nature of overindulgence. Gabe discusses the lifestyles of the rich and the famous and more importantly, why this film leaves much to be desired. Kat shares tools so you can be a better human than James, the main character was.



    Sources in this Episode:

    James At The End Of Infinity Pool Wasn't The Real James | Screenrant

    Morality and Personal Identity in Brandon Cronenberg’s Infinity Pool | Horror Obsessive


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Possessor (2020): Labor Alienation & Data Mining Horrors

    Possessor (2020): Labor Alienation & Data Mining Horrors

    Possessor is a gripping sci-fi horror movie that intertwines an existential identity crisis with a chilling undertone of commentary on the issues of data mining, surveillance and labor alienation. gabe unpacks the film's themes by dabbling into a little Marxism and also highlights a very real issue within the first scene of the film. Kat explains data mining and other technological advances that raise alarms when it comes to ethical concerns.



    Sources in this Episode:

    Psychological Infections: Brandon Cronenberg on Possessor | Roger Ebert

    On Possessor, Data Mining, and Labor Alienation | Medium

    'Possessor' Review: Identity Theft as Nihilist Nightmare | Slant Magazine

    White Audiences Are Obsessed With Black Martyrdom | Electric Literature

    Neuralink brain chip's first human patient. How does it work? | About That

    20th WCP: Ethical Assessment of Implantable Brain Chips

    Researchers grapple with the ethics of testing brain implants | Science | AAAS

    What Is Data Mining? A Beginner’s Guide (2022)

    Amazon's empire of surveillance

    The Ethics of Data Mining


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    • 1 hr 15 min
    They Cloned Tyrone (2023): Subverting Stereotypes & Government Conspiracies

    They Cloned Tyrone (2023): Subverting Stereotypes & Government Conspiracies

    They Cloned Tyrone is a loud, absurd, and charming sci-fi film that's equal parts blaxploitation, social commentary, and confirmed conspiracy theories. Following three unlikely heroes as they uncover a government conspiracy that weaponizes cultural staples and stereotypes against them. Gabe unpacks the harmful stereotypes and the power of Blaxploitation films. Kat gives an in-depth history lesson about the government and CIA's role in the role of drug trafficking around the world and how they use their power to oppress.



    Sources in this Episode:

    They Cloned Tyrone Director Juel Taylor Uncovers the Easter Eggs in They Cloned Tyrone | Netflixed Tyrone’ Ending Explained: What Do the Clones Represent? - Decider

    What Is Blaxploitation: The Essential Guide To The Subgenre

    Food Deserts

    The INFAMOUS “Black” McDonald’s commercials

    Director Juel Taylor Uncovers the Easter Eggs in They Cloned Tyrone | Netflix

    The Truths and Symbolisms in “They Cloned Tyrone” | by ASUS BUTTERFLY

    They Cloned Tyrone' Director Juel Taylor on His Favorite Conspiracies and Winning Over Erykah Badu

    How ‘They Cloned Tyrone’ Transforms Racial Archetypes into Unlikely Heroes

    A Tangled Web: A History of CIA Complicity in Drug International Trafficking -- Institute for Policy Studies

    The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia

    What We Really Know About the CIA and Crack

    THE CIA-CONTRA-CRACK COCAINE CONTROVERSY: A REVIEW OF THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT'S INVESTIGATIONS AND PROSECUTIONS

    MANAGING A NIGHTMARE - How the CIA Watched Over the Destruction of Gary Webb | The Intercept | By Ryan Devereaux

    Reaganomics and Its Implications for African-American Family Life

    Reaganomics: The Impact On Black Economic Mobility






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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Get Out (2017): Black Horror and White Liberal Villains

    Get Out (2017): Black Horror and White Liberal Villains

    Get Out is a film that effectively blends horror, comedy, and social commentary into a genuinely brilliant horror film. Gabe discusses the way Peele showcases Black history and trauma without being traumatic. Kat unpacks the harm of white liberals and performative activism.

    Sources in this Episode:

    Get Out Explained: Symbols, Satire & Social Horror | The Take

    Get Out – MEDIA

    Get Out Fact Sheet

    Black Trauma vs. Black Horror

    Jordan Peele’s Get Out Political Horror By Dawn Keetley

    6 Ways I Have Faced Anti-Blackness By White Liberals in Organizing Spaces

    The Scariest Part of ‘Get Out’ Was The Trueness To Life by Jordie Davies

    Societal structures have historically prioritized race over gender, especially in the context of white supremacy

    When Feminism Is White Supremacy in Heels

    Get Out: Structural Racism and Academic Terror by Renee Nicole Allen



    Ways to Help:

    A Black Feminist Resource List (Fall 2023)

    the palestine academy

    #THESHOWMUSTBEPAUSED

    The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) Resources

    Stop Cop City

    Black Neurodiversity Resource List

    bit.ly/ANTIRACISMRESOURCES


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    • 1 hr 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

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Amazing

This show is amazing. The host are knowledgeable and hilarious. It’s like listening to your friends geek out about something they know so much about. Keep up the great work!

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Awesome show

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Ghouls Are Awesome

This show rocks! The convos are fun and informative and the works that they cover span from mainstream to indie and cult horror. Great show for the horror nerd.

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