13 episodes

Hysteria or Haunting? Madness or Murder? Each episode, the haunted spouses explore a haunted house film or tale through literature and psychology.

They discuss macabre tropes, intersectionality and power dynamics, and trace the genealogy of the haunted house, all while trying not to get too spooked.

Haunted Spouse Ben & Laura Kacey

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Hysteria or Haunting? Madness or Murder? Each episode, the haunted spouses explore a haunted house film or tale through literature and psychology.

They discuss macabre tropes, intersectionality and power dynamics, and trace the genealogy of the haunted house, all while trying not to get too spooked.

    The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020) - Part 1

    The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020) - Part 1

    The Haunted Spouses give the screw another turn with Mike Flanagan’s THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR. They discuss the ways the series builds upon its source material as well as its use of both literal and metaphorical ghosts to illustrate characters’ traumas and grief. They also place their picks for what stories they would love to see get the ”The Haunting” treatment.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Shining (1977)

    The Shining (1977)

    The Haunted Spouses check in to Stephen King’s 1977 novel, The Shining. They discuss the story’s place on the cusp between the old dark house and suburban horror, intersecting power structures, and, for some reason, VFX.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    The Amityville Horror (1977)

    The Amityville Horror (1977)

    The Haunted Spouses throw several more logs on the fire and settle in with Jay Anson’s 1977 book, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR. They discuss themes of suburban horror, play a new game, and go over some of the reasons why this book may not, in fact, be a true story.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Things Heard & Seen (2021)

    Things Heard & Seen (2021)

    The Haunted Spouses set sail for Netflix’s THINGS HEARD AND SEEN, discussing how the film serves as both an homage and a subversion of 70’s and 80’s horror. They also cover poetic justice and the ways in which haunted houses can be metaphors for abusive relationships.

    • 57 min
    Benighted (1927)

    Benighted (1927)

    The Haunted Spouses take shelter in J. B. Priestley’s 1927 novel, BENIGHTED. They discuss its foundational contributions to the ”old dark house” genre, the idea of houses as metaphors for the human mind, and themes of the living vs. the dead.

    • 57 min
    The Cat and the Canary (1927)

    The Cat and the Canary (1927)

    The Haunted Spouses pounce on the 1927 silent film adaptation of THE CAT AND THE CANARY, discussing its place in the ”old dark house” genre, as well as how that genre gives rise to the tropes seen in haunted house stories. They also discuss heeled slippers, potential influences on Scooby Doo, and Laura La Plante’s fantastic eyebrow acting.

    • 56 min

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