Remember that universe-ending finale from our last episode? Well, our resident "favorite human" released a new Netflix series, so we need to set that cliffhanger aside for a bit. Mike Flanagan is the first filmmaker we ever covered for a podcast spotlight episode, and we've covered all of his horror features at various points. While we were planning on doing an eventual episode on his Netflix shows, after seeing the newly-released Midnight Mass series, we knew we had to do a reaction episode as soon as possible.
This is a creator we love doing a project he clearly loves, and we hope you enjoy listening to this rather effusive chat. And as always, thanks for listening!!
This episode has been a long time in the making. Even aside from the hiatus we took after Episode 17, this topic is one we had originally planned to do for Episode 5, however covid lockdown kept us from doing the episode as we'd originally intended, But it's finally here: our episode on horror comic adaptations!
As longtime comic book fans, this is a topic we've been eager to do since the earliest days of our podcast. And we honestly couldn't be happier with how this episode turned out, particularly thanks to our wonderful guests. For the first movie in the episode, Nick chose Wes Craven's adaptation of Swamp Thing, and we were lucky enough to have comic writer Ram V (These Savage Shores, The Many Deaths of Laila Starr and current writer of Swamp Thing) join us to talk about it! For the second movie, Jake chose the first installment of the Blade series from 1998, where we were joined by the fabulous writer Danny Lore (Champions, Queen of Bad Dreams, Lunar Room and an upcoming Blade one-shot)! The third movie in the lineup is Brian Yuzna's adaptation of the rather notorious horror comic Faust: Love of the Damned. And lastly, we were joined by our longtime friend and fellow comic lover Bil White, who chose Guillermo Del Toro's adaptation of Hellboy as the fourth and final movie.
We truly hope you enjoy the episode, and we cannot thank our special guests enough for their time and the wonderful conversations. After you've listened to the episode, please check out their work and websites listed below:
And as always, thanks so much for listening!
CW: the movie and source material for Faust: Love of the Damned contain plot points involving sexual assault, which are discussed in the review.
Swamp Thing = 00:08:41
Blade = 01:30:59
Faust: Love of the Damned = 03:29:00
Hellboy = 05:24:41
We're back!! After a bit of time off, we were all set to come back with a topic we've been wanting to do since before the pandemic (that episode's coming next week!), but along came a movie that needed to be discussed first. After all three of our hosts watched Malignant from director James Wan, we agreed it was perfect material for a "welcome back" minisode.
Episode 18 is coming next week, and we hope you enjoy it as well! Thanks so much for being patient with us while we took a breather. And as always, thank you so much for listening!
Happy Doug Jones Day! We're releasing a special Doug Jones Day minisode for the second year in a row, and this year we're celebrating by reviewing Legion (2010). Although Doug Jones' role in the movie might be very, very brief, it's also very, very memorable, and we had a great time discussing the movie! This is our first episode back in studio since March of 2020, and although we ran into some audio issues, we hope you enjoy the discussion!
In addition to Doug Jones Day, we're also celebrating the release of our new coffee!! Launching the same day as this episode, we've partnered with Rootless Coffee for a special branded coffee roast! This will only be available for a limited time, so order today at:
And as always, thanks so much for listening!!
After sixteen episodes, Nick decided it was time for a little order on this podcast. So he picked the Stepfather franchise for our topic for Episode 17! In this episode, we're reviewing all three movies of the original series as well as the 2009 remake. And we're joined by two very special guests! For the original Stepfather, we had a fantastic time talking to Preston Fassel (managing editor of the Daily Grindhouse and author of Our Lady of the Inferno). Then for the 2009 remake of The Stepfather, we're joined by actor/musician/podcaster Seth Adam Kallick, who starred in a movie we reviewed on our previous episode: Butterfly Kisses.
You can order Preston's new novella The Despicable Fantasies of Quentin Sergenov wherever you get your books, and you can find Seth's music at sethadamkallick.bandcamp.com.
And as always, thanks for listening!!
The Stepfather = 00:02:43
The Stepfather 2 = 01:56:27
The Stepfather 3 = 03:20:36
The Stepfather (2009) = 04:23:32
To follow-up our latest episode, and just in time for the limited edition blu-ray release from Second Sight, for our found footage bonus episode we're reviewing Lake Mungo! This is a movie has been a favorite of all three of our hosts for many years, and we're thrilled to finally discuss it on our podcast. And best of all, we're joined by special guest (who becomes a special MUSICAL guest before the episode is over): David Lawson Jr! We couldn't be more thrilled that Dave took some time to review a movie with us, and we hope you have as much fun listening as we did recording. And as always, thanks so much for listening!
Jake's time has finally come! As Scary Stuff's resident fan of found footage horror, Jake has put together a special quartet of movies for an episode dedicated entirely to that subgenre. It might have been a long wait to get here, but we couldn't be happier with the results. This is some of the most fun we've had recording an episode thus far. The first movie up is Devil's Pass (2013) from director Renny Harlin, the movie that gave birth to the "Too Stupid To Live" moment Jake discussed all the way back in Episode Two. Next up is Savageland (2015), a "mockumentary" style movie that all three of our hosts feel deserves much more attention. And to help spotlight it, author Gabino Iglesias (who's currently accepting submissions for an anthology of found-footage horror stories) was kind enough to come onto our pod to discuss it with us! We also have a special guest for our next movie: Butterfly Kisses (2018). For this one, we're joined by Trevor Henderson, a fabulous artist whose work decidedly reflects the influence of found footage horror. Lastly we review Found Footage 3D (2016), which is currently available on Shudder and makes for an interesting meta companion piece to Butterfly Kisses.
We hope you have as much fun listening to this episode as we did recording it. We also hope you support our special guests: Gabino Iglesias has multiple works available on Amazon (our host Eric particularly recommends the novel Zero Saints), and Trevor Henderson offers prints of some of his works at https://trevorhenderson.format.com/
And as always, thanks so much for listening!!
CW: some of the movies in the episode include references to self-harm and/or suicide, which are likewise mentioned in our discussions.
Devil's Pass = 00:12:14
Savageland (with Gabino Iglesias) = 01:39:14
Butterfly Kisses (with Trevor Henderson) = 03:09:57
Found Footage 3D = 04:34:49
Since we first started compiling potential topics for "if we ever start a podcast," one of the earliest entries was an episode based around interdimensional horror movies, which Nick dubbed "Piercing the Veil." With the release of the Scream Factory special edition of Event Horizon, this seemed like a perfect time for that theme! Our four movies are Event Horizon (which we hope you've seen before you hit "play," or the episode intro will be extra perplexing), Banshee Chapter, Mr. Jones (with special guest Justin Dow from Eerie Earfuls!) and The Void. What ensues is a lengthy chat about the original script for Event Horizon, some found-footage-ish horror, cinematic swiss cheese, the Jack Kirby Sandman and much much more. And you get to meet our new sponsor! We hope you enjoy the episode, and please also check out Eerie Earfuls which is a fabulous podcast. And as always, thanks so much for listening!!
CW: both Event Horizon and Banshee Chapter have plot points involving suicide, which are discussed in the review.
Event Horizon = 00:05:51
Banshee Chapter = 02:00:23
Mr. Jones = 03:02:48
The Void = 04:21:12
Welcome to "Season Two" of the Scary Stuff Podcast! It's just over one year since we first launched our pod, so we're celebrating by going back to our zombie beginnings. For our very first episode, we reviewed the entire Return of the Living Dead franchise. So we're kicking off this next series of episodes with a zombie world tour, with each of our hosts picking one movie to review and then a twitter poll determined the fourth. Jake chose The Battery (2012, United States) from pod-favorite creator Jeremy Gardner (and if you haven't checked out After Midnight, his collaboration with Christian Stella, please please do!). Eric's pick is The Girl With All the Gifts (2016, United Kingdom), the adaptation of the novel from writer Mike Carey. Nick's selection is Little Monsters (2019, Australia), from director Abe Forsythe and starring the fabulous Lupita Nyong'o (and decidedly NOT Howie Mandel). For the fourth and final movie, the winner of the twitter poll was #Alive (2020, South Korea) which is currently available on Netflix. And Jake talks a bit about #Alive's parallel movie Alone as well! Frogsie didn't survive long enough to see this episode's release, but we hope YOU enjoy it. And as always, thanks for listening!
The Battery = 00:04:31
The Girl With All the Gifts = 01:31:27
Little Monsters = 03:00:30
#Alive = 04:04:52
This episode has been a long time coming. Then again, time is a frozen river (and also a lie) so maybe it hasn't been? Either way, if you heard our eighth episode, you know how much we adore the works of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. Now that their latest feature Synchronic is widely available, we are thrilled to make it the subject of its own bonus episode. And even better, the fabulous David Lawson Jr. of Rustic Films came back on the pod to chat with us!!! This episode was a delight to record from front to back, and we hope you enjoy listening to it. And as always, thanks so much for listening!!
**The interview portion with David Lawson Jr. begins at the 02:20:00 mark
Welcome to a very special bonus episode of the Scary Stuff Podcast! While we were researching Dragon Blue (starring The Great Muta) for Episode 13, we came across an old NJPW promotional video titled "The Great Muta: Origin of the Demon. It was a fascinating short film that we were thrilled to see was conceived by the director of Dragon Blue (Takuya Wada) and shared the same creature designer (the amazing Steve Wang). We were then even more thrilled to discover the man inside the monster suit battling Muta was Evil Ted Smith, a longtime makeup and fx worker in Hollywood who recently began doing fabulous foam cosplay instructional videos via Twitch and Youtube. We're so grateful Ted gave us a bit of his time, as we had a fabulous chat about his early days in the industry, tussling with Keiji Mutoh himself, building robots for Rob Zombie, miniature model work on The Fifth Element and MUCH more. After you listen to this interview, be sure to check out Ted's pages at the link below!
Our favorite human is back!! Way back in Episode 4, we covered all of Mike Flanagan's horror feature films except one. Knowing that Episode 13 would cover pro-wrestling related horror, Eric asked that Oculus be held off so it could be the Episode 13 bonus episode. Since the movie's co-produced by WWE Studios, so it kind of counts (hence the wrestling-themed art for this episode). And also because Eric is mean. This is our longest bonus episode yet, but we had an absolute blast discussing a horror movie we love. And we have a special guest with us this time, and another founding member of Oddity Prodigy Productions: Shasta Schatz! So after you've listened to us chat about the movie, check our her amazing cosplay work on Instagram (@scificheergirl). And as always, thanks for listening!!
Doom is here! Back in Episode Two, Eric laid claim to Episode Thirteen as the day he would subject Jake and Nick to a topic of his choosing, and that day has finally arrived. And being the lone pro-wrestling fan on the pod, the topic Eric chose was "horror movies featuring professional wrestlers." We start with the horror cornerstone of WWE Studios: See No Evil (2006) starring Kane / Glenn Jacobs. Next is Dragon Blue (1996), featuring wrestling legend The Great Muta / Keiji Mutoh. After that we review Fallen Angels (2006) featuring Christy Hemme as the demonic "Lust." And lastly, after teasing "Doom is coming" for months, we make that decidedly literal by reviewing Doom (2005) starring The Rock / Dwayne Johnson. In true wrestling fashion, the episode also features "run-ins" by our previous pod guests Fred Schatz and Jeremiah Jones-Goldstein, so this episode also serves as an oversized finale to our first year (we released two episodes back in our first month). So fix yourself an oversized side of potato salad and settle in for a fun chat spanning wrestling memories of our youth, a lot of laughter, and lot of whimpering, several references to Silk Stalkings and finally four horror movies that are fascinating distillations of their sub-genres. We really hope you enjoy this episode, and thanks so much for listening!!
*See No Evil = 00:15:04
*Dragon Blue = 01:28:49
*Fallen Angels = 02:48:15
Happy Holidays! It's December 2020, so we're celebrating the holidays with an episode all about Christmas horror movies. Each of our three hosts picked one movie, and then a twitter poll decided the fourth, all following a "killer Santa" motif. So for Episode 12, we're reviewing Silent Night Deadly Night (1984), Santa's Slay (2005), Rare Exports (2010) and Krampus (2015). We hope you enjoy this chat about a really fun quartet of movies, including some analysis of crazy background details, some nostalgia for childhood toys and also nostalgia for childhood brawls. 2020 has been a doozy to say the least, so we hope this episode helps folks close it out in an entertaining way. Fix yourself a couple scoops of fudge ripple and enjoy the "Warm Side of the Door" of podcasts. Merry Christmas, and thanks so much for listening!!
*Silent Night Deadly Night = 00:05:22
*Santa's Slay = 01:17:35
*Rare Exports = 02:12:07
*Krampus = 02:55:40
New Castle Freak? New bonus episode! We covered Stuart Gordon's original Castle Freak back in Episode Six, so we were very excited to check out the 2020 re-imagining just released on Shudder. And as you can see from the runtime, we had a lot to say about it! We hope you enjoy this surprise episode, and thanks for listening!!
In June of this year, we released a special bonus episode on Bandcamp where we reviewed Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs (1991). All proceeds from that episode were donated to the Bread & Roses Community Fund of Philadelphia. Six months later, we're releasing that charity episode as a bonus episode on our main podcast feed. We hope you enjoy it! Although the Bandcamp page is no longer active, you can read more on the Bread & Roses Community Fund at https://breadrosesfund.org/
You voted! We listened! Nick cheered! Jake grumbled! Eric flipped a table!
For our eleventh episode, each of our hosts picked a movie franchise for contention and let twitter decide the winner. Nick's candidate was Phantasm, Jake's pick was Final Destination and Eric's was Species. Phantasm won by a wide margin, so in this episode we cover all five movies in the franchise. And appropriately enough for a series that often focuses on the relationship between two brothers, Jacob's brother Jeremiah (of ComicsComicsComics.blog) came along for the ride on the first two movies! Topics range from the inspiration for the original movie, tales of sibling trauma including piledrivers and lost shoes, the Tall Man's potential sports prowess, proper leg positioning and much much more. This series was a blast to watch and we hope you enjoy the episode! Thanks for listening!
*Phantasm = 00:30:12
*Phantasm II = 01:56:49
*Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead = 03:15:39
*Phantasm IV: Oblivion = 04:26:54
*Phantasm Ravager = 05:14:35
We went full sleaze for our Frank Henenlotter spotlight in Episode 10, so now we're going to the other end of the spectrum for our bonus episode. Hot on the heels of the release of The Haunting of Bly Manor on Netflix, we're reviewing an earlier adaptation of The Turn of the Screw by Henry James: 1961's The Innocents. This movie is a true horror classic and a favorite of one of our hosts. We hope you enjoy the episode, and thanks for listening!
Appropriately enough for the episode with a roman numeral "X," the Scary Stuff podcast is going full schlock and sleaze for Episode 10! This time our spotlight falls on exploitation master Frank Henenlotter, and we review four works from his filmography: Basket Case (1982), Brain Damage (1988), Frankenhooker (1990) and Bad Biology (2008). Our opinions vary pretty significantly throughout this episode, so we hope you enjoy this discussion filled with some script-to-screen notes, some fascinating history on Henenlotter's NYC shooting locations, a lot of laughter and even more random yelling. And as always, thanks for listening!!
*Basket Case = 00:20:00
*Brain Damage = 01:17:19
*Frankenhooker = 02:10:29
*Bad Biology = 03:19:46
Just in-time for this month's release of The Craft: Legacy (which we didn't realize when we recorded it), we're covering 1996's The Craft for a special bonus episode! For Episode 9 we talked about four horror movies that were all released after Scream came out in December 1996. The Craft was released a little earlier that year, so it gets its own minisode! This movie has developed quite a following in the years since its release, so we hope you enjoy our review as we delve into the soundtrack, the changes from the shooting draft of the script, and also the movie's relationship with actual wiccan practices. We had a great time discussing this movie, and thanks for listening!!