Hell's Belles is a high-octane, Beltane-celebrating, butane-lighting, streetfighting, and dynamite-exploding cultural podcast for open ears and minds! Hosted by the dynamic duo of Kat Ellinger and Heather Drain, Hell's Belles swerves into the roads less traveled in the worlds of film and music. From punk and metal to arthouse, horror, and erotica, Hell's Belles go where other podcasters fear to tread and bring a spicy combination of esoteric knowledge, keen observation, and enough piss and vinegar to set the world aflame to every episode.
We Love Lamberto!
The Hell’s Belles are finally back and this time, they are celebrating one of the genre’s best auteurs, Lamberto Bava. Necrophilia, Southern accents, vampires, blind albino witch hunters, Stanko Molnar and more are discussed & celebrated.
What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? On Writing About Genre Film as a Woman
Hell's Belles are back as Heather Drain and Kat Ellinger recognise International Women's Day with a raw and no holds barred insider perspective on writing about horror and exploitation film from a female perspective. The duo open up to discuss the willy waving, the sexism, the sleaze, as well as exploring what it feels like to be considered 'the wrong type of feminist'. They also discuss their feelings about tokenism, the current cultural climate, and why they feel women don't need a 'horror month'. The episode ends with a celebration of some of their favourite female icons in film.
The Fearless Vampire Lovers!
This time around, the Hell's Belles discuss some of their absolute favorite purveyors of sanguinary delights in film history. Among some of the glorious bloodsuckers discussed are Lugosi, Lee, Udo Kier, Fright Night, our man Radu and so much more! Sip from your favorite red and enjoy the show!
Ode to the King: Halloween with Tom Atkins
For this long awaited new episode Heather Drain and Kat Ellinger make a strong case for crowning Tom Atkins Halloween King of 2019, and in fact of all time, stripping down three of his spookiest films, The Fog (1980), Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), and Night of the Creeps (1986).
So get your Silver Shamrocks on and come join the Hell’s Belles for a Halloween extravaganza that celebrates the potent masculine energy, moustache-as-chat-up-line, jeep driving, beer chugging, hitchhiker seducing, zombie killing, crazy warlock fighting, thrilling and unique talent of Tom Atkins, in the perfect triple bill for this year’s seasonal watching.
How Much More Metal Can it Be? None; None more Metal
After much waiting Heather and Kat are back with another episode of Hell’s Belles where they turn it up to eleven in order to celebrate the golden era of heavy f*****g metal, focusing their attentions on two of the most loved, and most quoted, mockmentaries on the subject, Rob Reiner’s This is Spinal Tap (1984) and Comic Strip Presents: Bad News (1983). They also take a look at more serious films from the era such as The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years (1988).
Other topics include what it means to be a metalhead, why The Scorpions went shit. And, if you have been dying to know which Spinal Tap character Heather most identifies with, this is the place to find out.
So get your spandex on, wear your crab face proud, turn it up, play it loud.
Scores of Lickerish – Radley Metzger and the Art of Pornography, Pt. 2
The second episode of Hell’s Belles, hosted by Heather Drain and Kat Ellinger, concludes their two part conversation on the cinema of Radley Metzger.
Radley Metzger was unrivaled when it came to mixing erotica and porn with artistic flourish. Working in Europe during his early days he borrowed from Italian and Swedish cinema to create some of the most beautiful erotic film ever made. In this episode Heather and Kat take a look at Metzger’s later films with a focus on The Image (1975), The Opening of Misty Beethoven (1976) and Barbara Broadcast (1977) as well as unraveling some of the director’s key themes throughout his work in order to offer up a wide ranging appreciation of one of America’s most daring and artful independent filmmakers of all time.