256 episodes

Derek & Laurel dish on myths, history, pop culture and more as they explore universal themes in storytelling. From Game of Thrones and Harry Potter to the Marvel Universe and Star Wars, we've been making pop culture sound smart since 2017. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/midnightmyth/support

The Midnight Myth Podcast Derek Jones and Laurel Hostak

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 62 Ratings

Derek & Laurel dish on myths, history, pop culture and more as they explore universal themes in storytelling. From Game of Thrones and Harry Potter to the Marvel Universe and Star Wars, we've been making pop culture sound smart since 2017. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/midnightmyth/support

    Episode 206: Absentee Landlord | Devil's Advocate (1997), Theology & Paradise Lost

    Episode 206: Absentee Landlord | Devil's Advocate (1997), Theology & Paradise Lost

    #SatanicSummer sends you out as sheep among the wolves, to the heart of Babylon! This week, we’re discussing the sinful delight that is 1997’s Devil’s Advocate. We’ll talk about the religious origin of Satan and theological efforts to explain free will (it’s a bitch!) Then, we’ll dive deep into Devil’s Advocate’s  greatest literary origins: Faust and Paradise Lost. At once a legal thriller, a gothic horror, and a domestic epic, Devil’s Advocate plays in murky moral waters that are a treasure trove of philosophy, history, and mythology.



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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 205: The Most Metal Ever | Stranger Things 4, Satanic Panic, Dungeons & Dragons

    Episode 205: The Most Metal Ever | Stranger Things 4, Satanic Panic, Dungeons & Dragons

    #SatanicSummer continues with our roundup and discussion of Stranger Things Season 4. In this season, Netflix’s runaway hit introduced a monstrous new villain and lovable new side characters, and found interesting ways to reshape their formula. Meanwhile, it takes inspiration from the very real, very disturbing moral panic, known as the Satanic Panic, of 1980s America. We discuss the complexities of American social and political change that led to mass persecution of outsiders, as well as the psychiatric “innovation” that laid the groundwork for it. Additionally, we’ll discuss the Dungeons & Dragons villain Vecna, who lends his name to this series’ Big Bad. Who is Vecna the Archlich? Where did he come from? Is he anything more than a namesake for the Stranger Things character?

    WARNING: Major spoilers for Stranger Things Season 4! Mild content warning for some of the Satanic Panic details discussed.



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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 204: Live Deliciously | The Witch (2015), Esotericism & Medieval Constructs

    Episode 204: Live Deliciously | The Witch (2015), Esotericism & Medieval Constructs

    Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?

    Join us – and special guest Jeff Lippman of Garden of Doom – for a special episode on Robert Eggers’ feature-length directorial debut, The Witch: A New England Folk Tale (2015). It’s the  story of a 17th century Puritan family cast to the edges of the wilderness, where they’re met with misery and ordeals at the hands of an evil presence in the wood. Turning against their eldest daughter Thomasin, the family succumbs to doubt, pride, and envy as their worst nightmares unfold.

    This episode brings delights more sumptuous than the taste of butter, or a pretty dress. We discuss how witch persecution was legally codified in the early modern world, the development of the figure of Baphomet or the Sabbatic Goat, and the ancient and medieval mythologies that connect the threads.



    Special thanks to Jeff Lippman of Garden of Doom! Find Garden of Doom and Garden Views on:

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    Big shout-out to Black Mass Appeal: Modern Satanism for the Masses for their wonderful History of Baphomet.



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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Episode 203: Mummy Dearest (feat. Verbal Diorama!) | The Mummy (1999), Egyptology & Cinema History

    Episode 203: Mummy Dearest (feat. Verbal Diorama!) | The Mummy (1999), Egyptology & Cinema History

    Death is only the beginning…

    Dear listeners, we have a treat for you today! An epic centuries in the making - we’re thrilled to join forces once again with an adventurer, scholar, podcaster extraordinaire: Em from Verbal Diorama! Even better, we’re teaming up to cover the 1999 action adventure blockbuster The Mummy. One part ancient love story, one part classic monster flick, one part Indiana Jones-style adventure, The Mummy walks genre lines with elegance and humor to create one-of-a-kind cinematic experience. We’ll dive into the history and legacy of the film with Em (wait till you hear who was supposed to direct this one!), learn about the Imperial ironies that dictate historical study of Ancient Egypt with Derek, and explore surprising literary connections to another classic monster with Laurel.

    You can check out more of the history and legacy of movies you know (and movies you don’t!) at Verbal Diorama, available wherever you get your podcasts!

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    And catch up with Em on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.



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    • 1 hr 27 min
    Episode 202: Waffle Party | Severance, Lockean Philosophy & the Oneida Community

    Episode 202: Waffle Party | Severance, Lockean Philosophy & the Oneida Community

    We bring you this episode for the glory of our beloved company, in deference to Kier.

    We’re back! With a breakdown of one of the year’s most puzzling, thrilling, and mind-boggling new shows, Severance. This show has everything: Kafkaesque bureaucratic nightmare; Humorist drama inspired by Hippocratic medicine; late capitalism; academic buffoonery; wellness horror; and ritualistic workplace waffle parties. As we try to unravel the mysteries of Lumon, the controversial Severance procedure, and the rather hollow notion of “work life balance,” a couple of key themes necessitate further exploration. We’ll look to philosopher John Locke for the emergence of modern conceptions of the self and human consciousness as they relate to memory. Plus, we’ll jump in the time machine to explore a lesser-known moment in American history with strange parallels to the cult-like corporate labyrinth of Lumon: John Humphrey Noyes’s 19th century free-love commune, the Oneida Community.



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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 201 : Rosebud | Citizen Kane, American History & Epistemology

    Episode 201 : Rosebud | Citizen Kane, American History & Epistemology

    From the Godfather to the grandfather of modern cinema… This week, we’re taking on another epic American classic, considering one of—if not the finest film ever made: Citizen Kane. From the technical cinematic innovations of young director Orson Welles to the timeless tale of a media magnate turned political hopeful, Citizen Kane proves painfully resonant with the world of today. We explore the twists and turns of this slanted biography, one haunted by the figure of Kane, who, himself, remains voiceless. We track the historical evolution of mass communication and media that gave rise to Kane’s real-world analog, William Randolph Hearst—and the Yellow Journalism wars that precipitated a real-life international conflict. Ultimately, in the search for truth, we are always missing a piece of the puzzle—whether we’re looking for the truth about a man’s life, a nation’s foundational myth, or human nature itself.



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    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

Ambs513 ,

Intelligent, entertaining, thoughtful, brilliant

I’ve been teaching high school English for almost 18 years now, and I was researching the Arthurian Legends when I stumbled upon this podcast. This mashup of history, literature, philosophy, storytelling, and film is so compelling and so fascinating that I haven’t stopped listening. It doesn’t hurt that I love “nerd culture,” and a lot of my favorites are discussed here! I recommend anyone who is looking for an intelligent, thoughtful, and entertaining listen check this podcast out. Definitely my new favorite.

aldesisto ,

A unique twist on the movie lover's podcast

The Midnight Myth is possibly the most unique movie podcast I've ever listened to...the deep, educated dive into the history and mythology of the focused film adds a new layer of appreciation and complexity that will now have me rethinking some of my favorite films!

PurpleFaerie15 ,

Interesting takes

Great insight. Interesting takes. Have only listened to a few, like it a lot except for the “ums” and “ahs” which drive me crazy (makes it sound unprofessional) and keep it from being a 5 rating for me.

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