Hosts Red and Puffer have created an elaborate lottery as a way to discuss horror movies. We've tossed 100 tiles into a bag, each representing a horror movie—from the obscure to the classics—that we've watched together. Then every episode we take 2 of these movies, randomly chosen, and force ourselves to figure out what they have in common. Watching the movies this way entices us to compare and contrast in a manner that reveals interesting, often hidden, meanings and subtext, and shapes our discussion in unexpected ways. It's not about reviewing these movies; we're interested in how they speak to us, and the truths they reveal about each other and the world. Come. Join us.
The Dread Lottery 2020 Halloween Special
In which hosts Red & Puffer take a break from the rigors of the Lottery to celebrate Samhain by watching all of 9 of the Halloween movies. (We did not watch the Rob Zombie reboot.) Pitting each against the next at random, the final of which will be the ultimate Halloween movie that represents the franchise in the Lottery. Honestly, this is just more off the cuff then usual but we had some fun with this.
Halloween Theme arranged and performed by Occidental Dirt Farmers.
Alice Sweet Alice - Sinister
In which your hosts spend some time with creepy kids, in the homicidal coming of age period piece ALICE SWEET ALICE (1972) and the supernatural creepiness of SINISTER (2012). Red and Puffer dig deep into the burdens of the structures that bind us, family, religion, and things kept hidden. Two terrific, scary movies and a good discussion.
Episode music and theme by Ulrike Mod. Sound design by Dread Lottery.
C.H.U.D - Impossible Horror
In which your hosts explore a couple of neighborhoods to chase down that which is hidden: lower Manhattan in the mid-80s in C.H.U.D (1984), and a Toronto apartment complex after dark in IMPOSSIBLE HORROR (2017). Red & Puffer join in a search for mysterious screams and subterranean monsters, and hunt for meaning in the dark.
Episode music by Emily Milling from the Impossible Horror soundtrack (available at https://emilymilling.bandcamp.com/album/impossible-horror-ost).
Sound design by Dread Lottery.
Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed - The Witch
In which your hosts unpack two horror movies about young women in bad situations facing no good options, GINGER SNAPS 2: UNLEASHED (2004) and THE WITCH (2015). Red & Puffer try to see what a couple of teenage girls, one fated to become a werewolf and the other a witch, have in common. These are both terrific movies so this was a fun discussion.
Show music and theme by Ulrike Mod. Sound design by Dread Lottery.
Q-The Winged Serpent - Re-Animator
In which your hosts Red & Puffer remember the 80s from two very different perspectives, Q - THE WINGED SERPENT (1982) & RE-ANIMATOR (1985). Two visionary directors, two tales of sacrificing and resurrecting the dead, multiple decapitations, but remarkably dissimilar movies. These movies are each a blast in their own unique ways and we had a lot of fun taking them apart.
Episode music Ulrike Mod "les échos dans le puits" from the new album Les Maison Sombre.
A Dark Song - Housebound
In which Red & Puffer dust off a recording from a few months prior, that concerns, weirdly enough, two movies about being confined to the house, A DARK SONG (2016) & HOUSEBOUND (2014). Life got in the way of releasing it until now but, wow, how fitting. Anyway, they're both terrific movies and it was a fun conversation.
Episode music from the new Ulrike Mod record Les Maison Sombre.
An Undiscovered Gem
This podcast is a uniquely moody but relaxing trip into horror films. If you love horror movies but also want to listen to a horror podcast that chills you out, you really won’t find a better option than The Dread Lottery. I highly recommend it