14 episodes

Halloween Unmasked is an eight-part podcast series from The Ringer celebrating the remarkable and terrifying phenomenon of America’s most revolutionary horror film, Halloween. Hosted by film critic Amy Nicholson, the show dives deep into the Halloween franchise, unpacking John Carpenter’s accidental classic, Jamie Lee Curtis’s legacy as the ultimate scream queen, and psychoanalyzing the film’s iconic masked killer, Michael Myers.

Halloween Unmasked The Ringer

    • TV & Film
    • 4.6 • 1.2K Ratings

Halloween Unmasked is an eight-part podcast series from The Ringer celebrating the remarkable and terrifying phenomenon of America’s most revolutionary horror film, Halloween. Hosted by film critic Amy Nicholson, the show dives deep into the Halloween franchise, unpacking John Carpenter’s accidental classic, Jamie Lee Curtis’s legacy as the ultimate scream queen, and psychoanalyzing the film’s iconic masked killer, Michael Myers.

    Young Quentin Goes to the Movies

    Young Quentin Goes to the Movies

    In the late ’60s, young Quentin Tarantino saw the surrealistic revenge thriller ‘Point Blank.’ This pioneering genre-buster shares Quentin's ambitions and anxieties, leading to connections that can be drawn straight to his directorial debut, ‘Reservoir Dogs.’ It also reminds him of the film he considers his own undiscovered classic.
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    • 27 min
    Quentin Tunes in, Drops Out

    Quentin Tunes in, Drops Out

    Quentin Tarantino sees everything these days—even the occasional Marvel movie. But in 1973, the year everyone was flocking to see 'Enter the Dragon,' a 10-year-old Tarantino spent most of his time in Knoxville, Tennessee, wishing he could click his heels and go back home to California. By the time 'Valley Girl' opened, he was dialed into mass culture but not yet able to create it. Join us for Episode 2 as we follow Quentin through the '70s and into the '80s.
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    • 42 min
    Quentin, You'll Be a Director Soon

    Quentin, You'll Be a Director Soon

    In our third and final episode, Quentin the video store clerk transforms into Quentin the big-shot filmmaker. It sounds like another L.A. fairy tale, but here's a fuller version of the story with 'Hollywood Shuffle' and 'Boogie Nights' as Quentin's inspiration and competition—including a fist pump from Dolph Lundgren and a phone call from Paul Thomas Anderson.
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    • 42 min
    Introducing 'Quentin Tarantino's Feature Presentation'

    Introducing 'Quentin Tarantino's Feature Presentation'

    Introducing a special three-part podcast miniseries with the director himself that will explore his career, life, and movie obsessions.
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    • 1 min
    Horror in the Suburbs | Halloween Unmasked

    Horror in the Suburbs | Halloween Unmasked

    Meet young John Carpenter. Popular but strange, this intensely creative kid grows up surrounded by horrors that will inspire him to make 'Halloween'—and change film history.
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    • 32 min
    John Carpenter Calls Action | Halloween Unmasked

    John Carpenter Calls Action | Halloween Unmasked

    How did four friends make a slasher classic? By accident. Join Carpenter and Co. on their stumbling path to the 'Halloween' set, where these goofy kids inadvertently became horror legends.

    Credits:
    Halloween Unmasked is a co-production of The Ringer and Neon Hum Media, it was written and hosted by Amy Nicholson
    Our Producers are Jonathan Hirsch, Zach Mack and Greta Weber
    Production assistance from Kaya McMullen and Karan Nevatia
    Additional support and a special thanks to Bill Simmons, Sean Fennessey, and Juliet Litman
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    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

JTWNSC ,

Great movie podcast

Great retrospective of the classic “Halloween” movie along with a fantastic interview of the legendary Quentin Tarantino. One slight complaint is a lack of acknowledging the inspiration of “Black Christmas” but outside of that, a great listen.

CaptainChaz ,

It’s ok

Halloween unmasked is ok. I’m not a huge fan of these overly scripted pods. Also think it misses the mark on a lot of the Jamie Lee talk…a lot of Halloween fans are sick to F’n death of her for many reasons

CastDisRiteHere ,

Leftist tripe

I know you'll find this hard to believe but this podcast series about an iconic horror film turns into a libfreak "white people bad" diatribe within the first ten minutes. You get to hear Jamie Lee Curtis bring up the "metoo" scam, hear about how Carpenter first discovered evil (hint: it's white people), and learn about how those unhip southerners were cruel to those innocent black people during the time when they were being forced to integrate. How has that worked out today, by the way? If this podcast had been made a few years later, we'd be hearing about that now canonized junkie who died and all the other false gods these degenerates have foisted upon us.

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