100 episodes

Hosts Marc Kate and Chad Lott discuss horror films, television, literature and philosophy.

Scary Thoughts (Chad Lott & Marc Kate)

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 127 Ratings

Hosts Marc Kate and Chad Lott discuss horror films, television, literature and philosophy.

    Scary Thoughts #116 - Clueless (1995)

    Scary Thoughts #116 - Clueless (1995)

    Clueless (1995) is one of those films that almost everyone has a soft spot for. It defined a time and place, riffed on a classic, upholds pretty good values, is extremely quotable, and makes you feel happy when you watch it (unless you are truly dead inside).


    So why are we covering it on a horror podcast? Well, it’s Marc’s favorite movie, and Chad prefers it to all horror movies. It’s an episode we’ve joked about doing forever.


    Recently, we both read “As If!: The Oral History of Clueless, as Told by Amy Heckerling, the Cast, and the Crew” by Jen Chaney, so what better time than now? (It’s a fun book that goes deep into everything we missed in our episode, so if you’re a Clueless fanatic, it’s essential reading.)


    We also chat about whether or not the elevated horror wave has crested. And we sneak in some Barbie vs Oppenheimer talk near the end. It’s a real rambler.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Scary Thoughts #115 - Rick and Morty, Season 7, Episode 10, Fear No Mort (2023)

    Scary Thoughts #115 - Rick and Morty, Season 7, Episode 10, Fear No Mort (2023)

    When faced with the recent dreary Christmas horror offerings of the past year or two, we felt nothing but apathy. Which is a terrible position to be in when you’re looking for a holiday episode idea.


    But fear not! Or rather—Fear No Mort—the season seven finale of Rick and Morty is pretty great.


    It sticks the landing on an overall decent season that could’ve been much worse. But it’s smart, funny and brings up a lot of themes that we’ve spent years covering: the nature of fear, creativity in mass entertainment, hypersanity, really all of the hits.


    So sit back, and enjoy the last few days of 2023 with your favorite parasocial conversationalists.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Scary Thoughts #114 - Top Ten Tropes and Grievances of 2023

    Scary Thoughts #114 - Top Ten Tropes and Grievances of 2023

    It’s been a while—but fear not—we have returned, just in time for Halloween!


    This episode covers 10 loosey-goosey horror themes that we’ve been pondering as of late. We praise stuff we love and do quite a bit of bitching about the state of the world.


    There’s a little bit of optimism and a lot of that old time hate. Something for everyone!


    We don’t focus on any particular films. However, fans of Alien, Barbie, and Jack Ryan are in for a treat. Or maybe a trick.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Scary Thoughts #113 - The Martian

    Scary Thoughts #113 - The Martian

    Andy Weir’s novel The Martian (2011) is top-shelf hard sci-fi for nerds who love space and MacGyver situations.
    Just four years after (official) publication, Ridley Scott made a film version starring (South Park voice) Matt Dayyyyyymon.
    Both versions of the story are fast paced and fun. They aren’t exactly horror, but survival stories are often horrific. And this one has a touch of terror and a dash of body horror to make it on the show.
    We get into how artists and engineers see the world differently, the promises and pitfalls of space travel, and wave our fists at the state of science.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Scary Thoughts #112 - The Craft

    Scary Thoughts #112 - The Craft

    The Craft (1996) is a beloved teen witch movie that helped define the 90s mall goth experience. It also made supporting actress Fairuza Balk a bit of an icon for the heavy eyeshadow crowd.


    Does this movie still hold up? Blessed be, yes! Other than a lame soundtrack, this is a fun movie with memorable scenes and decent actors. 


    We talk about what it was like to be a neophyte goth in New Orleans during the late 1900s, witchcraft as a thing that’s cool and corny, and the role of life coaches/therapists/Tarot readers in the modern world.


    Veteran listeners may notice a slight uptick in incoherence from one of the hosts as the episode unfurls its dark wings. It’s the curse of edibles. If it all made sense, good job opening your third eye.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Scary Thoughts #111 - Soviet Horror with Alexander Herbert

    Scary Thoughts #111 - Soviet Horror with Alexander Herbert

    This episode we talk with our comrade Alexander Herbert about his great new book, Fear Before the Fall: Horror Films in the Late Soviet Union.
    Alexander is a PhD candidate in Soviet History at Brandeis University, specializing in environmental activism and the history of technology leading up to collapse.
    He gives us the scoop on Soviet horror films, the punk scene in Moscow, and a behind the scenes look into how the Zero Books sausage is made.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
127 Ratings

127 Ratings

Altonspeed ,

Great Podcast

I stumbled on this show looking for thoughtful discussions on films and culture. Glad I found it!

seanthomas74 ,

Roll the credits and fade to black

Thank you Marc and Chad for helping me get through the first 9 months of covid pandemic, quarantine, etc. I lived in SF for 15 years and Oakland for 2, so hearing Bay Area types talking about local stuff and movies/music/tv/culture has been very comforting now that I left that all behind and moved to North Carolina. I am super stoked that you’re back at it after some time away, and you didn’t just can it and move on. I was getting worried there for a minute! Peace, y’all.

The real Ceacy ,

I'm hooked!

I've never been a fan of horror films and yet I could listen to these two (Marc and Chad) go on about anything. Their smart, funny, and thought provoking conversations are really a breath of fresh air in the podcast space right now. They have turned me on to so many great films (which I will only watch during the daytime). Bonus!!!
Thanks guys! Keep it up!

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