Mainstream horror took a nosedive in the mid 90s until the popcorn-munching masses had their spines tingled and egos massaged by Kevin Williamson's knowing script for a little movie called SCREAM. Horror legend Wes Craven directed this self-referential juggernaut that breathed life back into the multiplex-friendly scary movie genre. Whilst poking fun at the tropes of classic slashers it also used them to its advantage, terrifying everyone with that first 10 minutes before giving them a laugh for the remainder of the film. Are you a fan of Scream? Are we?? Stephen definitely is, whereas I've got my reservations. Hear all about it in our new episode which comes with a healthy dose of bad taste and spoilers!
"Get that seagull some tofu!"
We're taking on the Hitchcock classic 'The Birds' which has gone down in history as one of the best nature vs humanity horrors, and also has a place in the hearts of anyone who likes their horror served up with a massive dollop of camp. Tippi Hedren is a legend - drag queens love her, gays love her, straights love her. But can she act? And most importantly just what do you call the shade of green she wears throughout the film? We look at the role of women in film in 1963 - and how revolutionary Tippi actually was. We also revel in the sheer brilliance of Hitchcock and his cast. Plug up your fireplace and turn all the lights out - you're gonna love this one!
Join us around the fire with a mince pie and a glass of sherry - we're telling Ghost Stories! Celebrating the creaky creepy old BBC Ghost Stories for Christmas, we take on everything from vengeful spirits to cruising round the signal box after dark. Poor Stephen is terrified by the thought of life when TV channels ended at midnight, not to mention the hurdy gurdy, whilst Martin is offering petit fores and Jonathan Butler keeps pulling the rug out from under us with revelatory plot twists! It's a fun bumper creepy episode of our horror podcast marking our 3rd birthday on air! God bless (help) us everyone!
If you're still gutted Halloween is over fear not - we saved our third Halloween special for when you'd need it most! Warm yourself by the fire with Jonathan Butler and Martin Fenerty's picks for Halloween viewing - from the sublime Nosferatu (1922) to the ridiculous The Manster (1959). The pinnacle of expressionist horror goes up against atomic monster drive-in trash - hear all about the darkly queer end to FW Murnau's life, the campness of Count Orlok, and shriek in horror at Martin's shoulder-eye.
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We're taking a queer-slanted look at the much-lauded first giallo from Dario Argento, the film that set in motion the tide of gialli to come out of Italy in the 70s. The Bird With The Crystal Plumage is a taut, stylish thriller with not one but TWO queer characters - but how did this product of its time aimed at a macho audience stand up to an LGBT grilling in 2017? Only one way to find out! See what gialli have in common with Scooby Doo and telenovelas, hear all about Turd Girl's First Date, not to mention Daddy Creamy, the Vagina Eye and the Screaming Mimi. We're on form in this very funny episode. Giallo fans will never look at an art gallery the same again...
Take the plunge this Halloween with our look at Neil Marshall's British horror 'The Descent'. Dubbed 'chicks with picks', this is Stephen's choice of Halloween viewing. Although, shockingly, not all the Screaming Queenz think this film is THAT amazing. Find out why. There are spoilers, a ton of bad language, and terrible jokes about lemons. Tool up. We're going down!
It's only right that our 50th episode should fall on Halloween - and what better excuse to look at my favourite horror movie of all time. 1978's seminal horror classic Halloween, directed by John Carpenter and starring the Queen of Horror Jamie Lee Curtis, still scares audience to this day. And no matter how many times Michael Myers is shot, stabbed or remade by Rob Zombie we still can't get enough of him - but why? What sets him apart as the ultimate slasher? Find out in our new episode. Spoilers ahoy!
In Part 2 of our trawl through the 'so bad it's good' canon, we come to the ultimate bad movie 'Plan 9 From Outer Space'... but is it as bad as people say? Yes. But we love it. Why did it cost me £70 though? Find out in this episode, before we take on the SyFy channel masterpiece 'Ghost Shark'. You'll laugh. You'll mainly cry. Bad movies never felt so good!
In our latest trawl through the camp end of horror we’re looking at The Bad Seed (1956). Patty McCormack plays pigtailed sociopath Rhoda Penmark, the perfect little girl who will do anything to get what she wants. Whilst showering her parents with a ‘basket of kisses’ she’s also murdering anyone who gets in her way. Almost impossibly camp and yet imbued with heart and terrific performances, The Bad Seed has to be seen to be believed, with a controversial ending that packs a mighty punch. Spoilers ahoy. If you haven’t seen The Bad Seed then you really need to question your life choices, then join us as three gay men aspire to be as fierce and fabulous as an 8 year old psychopath!
It takes a lot of effort to make as bad a movie as Troll 2, but thank God someone did! Known as the best worst movie ever made, it has to be seen to be believed. So visit the town of Nilbog with us but don't drink the free milk or get involved in a popcorn bukkake... After that we're running from nothing with Marky Mark in M Night Shyamalan's notorious crapfest, The Happening. Is it a misunderstood eco-horror throwback to the B-movies of yesteryear? Or is it just a pile of vomit? Only one way to find out. Tune in and laugh along with us in the first part of our epic trawl through the bargain bin of atrocious film-making...