11 episodes

The Violet Hour presents - THE ELMWOOD STRAIN.
A traumatized woman reluctantly returns to her dying hometown to find the stoner friends she abandoned are hooked on a strange new drug — with bizarre, seemingly supernatural qualities.
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The Elmwood Strain Realm

    • Fiction
    • 4.4 • 115 Ratings

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The Violet Hour presents - THE ELMWOOD STRAIN.
A traumatized woman reluctantly returns to her dying hometown to find the stoner friends she abandoned are hooked on a strange new drug — with bizarre, seemingly supernatural qualities.
Learn more at www.VioletHourMedia.com

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Mighty Sabertooths

    Mighty Sabertooths

    The Violet Hour presents - THE ELMWOOD STRAIN
    Episode 01 - Mighty Sabertooths
    Paige is a popular senior at Elmwood High until a violent tragedy forces her family to flee the town. A decade after abandoning her three best friends, Paige gets word that one of them has died under mysterious circumstances, forcing her to face the past.
    A Violet Hour Media Production.
    LISTENER WARNING: This program includes depictions of gun violence and other subject matter that may be upsetting for listeners. Please proceed with caution. If you would prefer a version of this episode that has gun-related triggers removed, please visit our website at www.violethourmedia.com/elmwood-strain
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    • 27 min
    ElmRot

    ElmRot

    The Violet Hour presents - THE ELMWOOD STRAIN
    Episode 02 - ElmRot
    Paige arrives to find her hometown is literally being swallowed by nature, with its few remaining inhabitants unhinged and in the grip of a strange psychosis.
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    LISTENER WARNING: This program includes depictions of violence and other subject matter that may be upsetting for listeners. Please proceed with caution.
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    • 26 min
    Dope and Drive

    Dope and Drive

    The Violet Hour presents - THE ELMWOOD STRAIN
    Episode 03 - Dope and Drive
    Paige discovers her friends are using – and dealing – the strange new drug responsible for the town's mania. Did they manipulate her into coming home? And could they be thwarting her attempts to leave?
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    • 21 min
    Triple Fudge Slumber Party Style

    Triple Fudge Slumber Party Style

    The Violet Hour presents - THE ELMWOOD STRAIN
    Episode 04 - Triple Fudge Slumber Party Style
    In an effort to piece together what happened while she was away, Paige agrees to a hangout session that turns sinister when her friends force open the door to her higher consciousness.
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    LISTENER WARNING: This program includes depictions of violence and other subject matter that may be upsetting for listeners. Please proceed with caution.
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    • 27 min
    Johnny F*cking Appleseed

    Johnny F*cking Appleseed

    The Violet Hour presents - THE ELMWOOD STRAIN
    Episode 05 - Johnny F*cking Appleseed
    The group makes a pilgrimage to the abandoned high school where nature has recycled the violence of the past into a living nightmare. The true motive behind engineering Paige's homecoming is revealed.
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    LISTENER WARNING: This program includes depictions of violence and other subject matter that may be upsetting for listeners. Please proceed with caution.
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    • 35 min
    Little Shop

    Little Shop

    The Violet Hour presents - THE ELMWOOD STRAIN
    Episode 06 - Little Shop
    Paige goes on the offensive in a bid to stop her friends and save what's left of the town. All while battling her own demons and dangerous hallucinations.
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    LISTENER WARNING: This program includes depictions of violence and other subject matter that may be upsetting for listeners. Please proceed with caution.
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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

Ashley_551 ,

Wow

Amazing. The last episode had me in tears.

Akila77 ,

Potential

I wanted to like this podcast based off the premise but it was a definite miss.
Starting with the good:
The voice actors and sound effects were great.
The bad:
The plot. Made it to episode 5 of 8 before I called it quits. You have no investment in the main characters. Between the friends who are just bullies/sadistic to the FMC who just goes along with all of it even when she is the target just because. For her to have been such an integral part of the group she definitely just lets everyone lead her around like a dog.
The superpowers don’t get brought up until the 5th episode at this point you lose interest in what’s going on. The FMC is portrayed as this damsel in distress at the benefit of her sadistic friends.
Overall I liked the idea but it fell flat, one dimensional characters and slow story line even though the podcast is short.

internets ,

Another Excellent Violet Media Production

The writing, the acting, the sound, the effects, and OH THE TRAUMA, *chef's kiss*.

The story is intense, fast, and disturbing. Episode 1 presents a high casualty mass shooting. From there, the story leads into darker levels of discomfort. Heed the show's trigger warnings.

Some other reviews state that the main character Paige is "unlikeable." Here's another take. She's debilitated by PTSD and by guilt she doesn't deserve. The cruelty she endures is unsettling (and hard to listen to). Under the scars and callouses of trauma, Paige has a heart. She cares. Well-developed and well done, she's alright in my book. I likely will listen to this series again.

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