From the team that brought you the Webby award-winning Let's Make A Sci-Fi, a New Yorker Best Podcast of 2022, and the hilariously heartfelt Let's Make A Rom-Com, comes season three: Let's Make A Horror. This time, comedians Mark Chavez, Maddy Kelly, and Ryan Beil will make you laugh while they try to make you scream. Over 10 episodes, Mark, Maddy, and Ryan will learn what it takes to make truly frightening horror, interviewing Hollywood writers, directors, and enthusiasts; probing their deepest fears; and eventually taking a stab at writing and directing their own shocking short film.
Horror 101 (feat. Eduardo Sánchez)
Mark, Maddy, and Ryan learn the basics of horror movie making from legend, The Blair Witch Project director Eduardo Sánchez. The comedians also discuss their own love/hate relationship with the genre, their biggest fears, and establish the rules for this season’s spooky project.
The Idea (feat. Gillian Flynn)
Mark, Maddy, and Ryan hold an Ouija seance in the graveyard before calling up Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn, who advises the hosts on how to recognize a great idea and coaches them on two tenants of great horror: suspense and twists. Back in the writers’ room, Mark, Maddy, and Ryan pitch each other their horror movie concepts and pick their winning idea.
How to Scare an Audience (feat. Matt Gourley)
Film idea in hand, it’s time for the hosts to study the art of scares—with a horror film fest sleepover! Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend co-host Matt Gourley gives Mark, Maddy, and Ryan’s sleepover its spine-tingling syllabus. After exploring the genre, indie horror director Gary Michael Schultz prepares the hosts for the realities of DIY filmmaking.
Comedy and Horror (feat. Ronny Chieng)
After spooky stories disintegrate into laughs, the hosts explore the thin boundary between horror and hilarity with Daily Show correspondent and comedian Ronny Chieng, who also shares what it was like to be murdered by AI doll M3GAN. Mark, Maddy, and Ryan also put on their producer hats and start planning their short film.
Horror Directing (feat. Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein)
Mark, Maddy, and Ryan have their idea, but who’s going to helm it? Director duo Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky talk about directing as a team—and the big stunt they pulled to land directing Final Destination 6. The hosts debate whether they’ll direct together or appoint one director.
Horror Acting (feat. Rose McIver)
Doubting their horror acting abilities, the comedians write and practice reading horror dialogue with actor Rose McIver (Ghosts, iZombie, The Lovely Bones), who leads a crash course in horror performances. With unexpected help from rom-coms, Rose teaches the hosts how to go from gushy to gory.
This interview was recorded before the SAG-AFTRA strike.
So fun and entertaining!
I LOVE the 3rd season where they make a short horror film! I appreciate that they’re not huge horror fans because they truly come at it like a newbie and try to understand what makes a good horror movie. The finished product is pretty good as well! I wouldn’t second guess seeing it at film festivals. The hosts are also very entertaining and funny, poking fun while also respecting the genre and taking the task seriously.
A wonderfully entertaining tour through the creative process of writing and creating a thing! I discovered season three which was a happy surprise and went on to binge the first two seasons and I am super impressed with the results as well as entertained and a bit educated to the process too. I would love more seasons!!
I love this podcast!
On my top 5 podcasts! :3 Totally going to be a fan for yrs after just discovering it today. Thank you for cre8ing this!