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Progressively Horrified

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A podcast that holds horror to standards horror never agreed to. Hosts Jeremy Whitley, Ben Kahn, Emily Martin and guests watch, read, listen to, and check out movies, tv shows, comics, books, art and anything else from the horror genre and discuss it through a progressive lens. We'll talk feminism in horror, LGBTQ+ issues and representation in horror, racial and social justice in horror, disability and mental health/illness in horror, and the work of female and POC directors, writers, and creators in horror. We're the podcast horror never agreed to take part in.


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A podcast that holds horror to standards horror never agreed to. Hosts Jeremy Whitley, Ben Kahn, Emily Martin and guests watch, read, listen to, and check out movies, tv shows, comics, books, art and anything else from the horror genre and discuss it through a progressive lens. We'll talk feminism in horror, LGBTQ+ issues and representation in horror, racial and social justice in horror, disability and mental health/illness in horror, and the work of female and POC directors, writers, and creators in horror. We're the podcast horror never agreed to take part in.




Sorry to Bother You (aka Horsin Around) with Elana Levin and Amanda Meadows

We're back and if you don't think this Voots Riley satire is a horror movie, you just don't understand horror friend. Corporate America is the most terrifying horror of all! ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★


The Other Black Girl (aka It's Got Groove, It's Got Meaning) with Amanda Meadows, Emmanuel Lipscomb, and Alicia Whitley

We talk about the spooky race drama, mini-series "The Other Black Girl" all about Checkov's elevator ghost and how sometimes the real villain is the friends you braid along the way. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★


The Blackening (AKA This is a 'Living Single' Household!) w/ Aaron Amos and Alicia Whitley

Aaron and Alicia join The Horror Squad to talk about The Blackening (2022), which was directed by Tim Story and written by Tracy Oliver and Dewayne Perkins. The movie is a good ol' fashioned slasher whodunit parody, that asks a simple question: who dies first if the entire cast is Black? ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★


Angry Black Girl and Her Monster (AKA Double Bag Your Hands) w/ Aaron Amos and Emmanuel Lipscomb

Happy Black History Month! And, as such, Happy Black Director's Month here on Progressively Horrified. We're starting off hot with a new take on the Frankenstein story, "An Angry Black Girl and her Monster". In a way, it's a little bit of a "what if Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur was a horror story?" but it's also got a little bit of "The Wire" flavor to it. It's clearly made with not a lot of money, but some excellent casting choices. Some of the direction late in this one is a little puzzling, but we think it's still very much worth a watch! ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★


Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust w/ Amanda

The episode you’re about to listen to is about Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000) and some relevant trigger warnings for this discussion include allusion to drug overdose and animal death, and our hosts ranked this movie as spoopy, and totally metal. Also, big thanks to special guest Amanda Albrecht (@Robofeather) - who is totally metal as well. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★


Soft and Quiet (aka Nazi Pie) with Greg Silber and Joe Corallo

It's our first movie of the new year and we are starting out UPSETTING! "Soft and Quiet" is a movie that sneaks up on you and ruins your day. It is absolutely and completely without chill of any kind. It's about a group of white women who start out by attending a regular old Nazi bookclub and by the end of the night will have committed multiple felonies/hate crimes. It's a tight film. It's short. It's filmed in "one take" and follows these white women as things get wildly out of control. You're along for the whole ride AND WE DID NOT WANT TO BE... but... this movie does a few things really well. It's incredibly made, incredibly acted, brilliantly scripted. If it wasn't one of the single most traumatic watches we've had on this show, I'd say everybody should watch it. It is, however, incredibly traumatic and we are still talking about who we think the audience is for this and who should see it. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★


Rankings the Movies of 2023 Part 2

You thought we could wrap up a whole year worth of movies in one episode? Nah, son. We know how to talk and talk and talk. This time we're covering all our favorite new takes on old favorites, our Latin American History month films, and a mélange of other great stuff. After this, you will know what the best horror movies for you to go watch are. Whether you choose to do it, well, that's up to you. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★


Ranking the Movies of 2023 Part 1 (aka 4 Movies to Hate Anybody)

2023: that was a fucking yeah, huh? We discovered that watching their movies back to back four weeks in a row was enough to make us hate any director. My eye has only recently stopped twitching when people say the name Cronenberg. Would you believe I even got tired to Guillermo Del Toro? Whodathunk? We caught up with Scream just in time for it to implode very publicly. We fell in love with a goofy black lesbian and her softspoken brother as they fought a sky manta ray. We learned how to murder someone with a Menu, we learned that babies are made when a woman grows an external rage womb, and we learned perhaps the least effective way to stop an apocalypse by showing up at a gay couple's cabin. But perhaps most importantly, Hellbender taught us that the real magical powers were the friends we ate along the way ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★


Constantine (aka The Angel of Gender) w/ Jay Joseph Jr.

We've been talking about this movie since we started the podcast and now we finally did it! Unfortunately, this film's John Constantine is from LA. Mercifully, that means Keanu doesn't have to do a British accent. Not that he can't do it. I mean, forsooth, we all remember Bram Stoker's Dracula, do we not? Instead, this time we leave it to Rachel Weisz to do an accent which basically just equates to "Americans talk low and mumble, right?". Hey, did she teach Benedict Cumberbatch? That's definitely a Greenwich Village accent, right? But just like The Prophecy, nothing that happens in this movie really matters until Gabriel and Satan show up! Tilda Swinton's Gabriel is The Angel of Gender and Stormare's Satan is really just having the time of his life for the whole five minutes he's in the movie. This is how you become THE DEVIL. Oh and for some reason Shia LeBeouf is here. Why? Unclear. Ask again later. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★


Black Christmas (1974) w/ Matt Fraction

It's a very special episode of Progressively Horrified! Join the Horror Squad and guest Matt Fraction for a dynamic discussion about the 1970s proto-slasher film 'Black Christmas'! ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★


The Devil's Advocate (aka Accent Roulette) with Heath Corson

Come for the absolute masterpiece of scene chewing that is Al Pacino as The Devil, stay out of the morbid curiosity of hearing what accent is going to come out of Keanu's mouth next. His accent grows no moss, because it's a rolling stone. Don't try to pin him to any one place or syntax. Hey, guys, did you remember that Charlize Theron is in this movie. They don't give her a ton to work with, but she's playing Florida girl for wall she's worth! There so much going on and yet, somehow, not enough. See a man learn to run while on camera. Regret paint choices that aren't even yours. Learn about the evil titties of lawyers' wives. Downright demonic nips. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★


Angelheart (aka The Satan who Serves) w/ Joe Corallo and Greg Silber

In which the concept of voodoo has 1980s Hollywood absolutely by the balls. They can't get enough of it. Nevermind that the version of it that makes it into movies like this is absolute nonsense and a half-hearted excuse to get Lisa Bonet dancing topless. It's okay (it's not!) but you will get to see the devil who has spent the most time at the manicurist. Devil De Niro is the most surprisingly femme devil you're going to meet this month. He keeps his nails long and neat and he loves an accessory. He's got canes. He got rings. He will follow you across the country and pay private investigator to come have sex with you just so he can cut out your heart. The Angel Heart wants what the Angel Heart wants! ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★


The Witches of Eastwick (aka Singularly Horny) w/ Rachael Alexandra

Satan Month continues! In this episode, The Horror Squad is joined by Rachael Alexandra to talk about Jack Nicholson's portrayal of the Devil in The Witches of Eastwick (1987). It's a singularly horny movie Susan Sarandon fucks stringed instruments, the devil wants Cher to step on him, and Michelle Pfeiffer just wants sempai to notice her. there's more implied sex than you can shake a horny stick at. You may have to ask yourself the question "Is Jack Nicholson sexy," but you will never have to ask yourself "Does Jack Nicholson fuck?" Did you know George Miller directed this and there isn't a single desert car chase? Can you imagine? ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★


The Prophecy (AKA Baby War Criminal)

A movie which could only possibly be made by a writer/director because if another person had their hands on it, it would absolutely be a half hour shorter. The pacing is bad. The story is bonkers. The lead characters are boring. The film quality is poor. Their depiction of Native Americans is pretty racist. The politics are extremely suspect. BUT BOY DID THEY KNOW HOW TO CAST SOME MURDER ANGELS! Christopher Walken is Gabriel, a rogue angle on a mission to start a new war in heaven. Viggo Mortenson is Lucifer. You think you know what that looks like by reading that sentence? I promise you don't. Is he sexy? I guess that depends on your response to being threatened with eating your mother's feces. We've all got our things, right? Tom Ellis he ain't. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★


Don't Look Now with Paul Cornell (aka The Captivating Ass of Donald Sutherland)

Come with us and delight in the masterpiece of seventies cinema that is Don't Look Now! All about grief, madness, blind psychic English ladies, and a church that is being exhaustively restored yet no one seems to give a rat's ass about. Come for the half hour long sex scene featuring extensive on-screen cunnilingus, stay for the twist that will have you saying "What the fuck, rest of this movie?!!" Secure yourself to your swinging platform and get ready to chase the ghost of your dead daughter through the streets of Venice with our guest, the inimitable Paul Cornell. It's Don't Look Now! ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★


Hellbender (aka Having Friends for Dinner) w/ Casey Gilley

Casey Gilley joins us to talk about one of the most amazing and under the radar horror movies of 2022, Hellbender. You say you like horror movies about witchcraft? And horror movies about family? What about one about a family of witches who consume life to use magic? What was your COVID project, because this little family made one of the best horror movies of the decade so far. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★


Men (aka The Old Man's Junk Show) w/ Joe Corallo

Boy howdy, this one's got the outstanding SEO of a "Thing" or a "Fly" with none of the inherent charm of those nouns. Alex Garland is back and he's down to make you incredibly uncomfortable. Old man junk? Check! Rampant sexism? Check! Men giving birth to younger versions of themselves in a neverending cycle of goo? Well, have we got a treat for you! Jessie Buckley is doing some amazing work carrying this one. What does it all mean? Who knows! But we're gonna talk it in circles until we come to some sort of horrifying conclusion that none of us are comfortable with or happy about. That's the Progressively Horrified way, you cool babies! ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★


Rebroadcast - Five Nights at Freddy's - The Games and Lore

Hey horribles! The long awaited Five Nights at Freddy's movie hit this weekend in theaters and on Peacock. So, we wanted to share again our talk about the most popular series in video game horror. Join Emily and a panel of guests as we talk through what makes the series unique and all the mountains of lore that go with it. ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★


Evil Dead Rise (aka Chekov's Cheese Grater) w/ Lan, Adam, and Brent

Break out your antique evil vinyl collection and wake up your EDM DJ nephew, it's time to party Evil Dead Rise style! Come witness what is either the mostly wonderfully gruesome continuation of the Evil Dead legacy or the world's strangest most indirect anti-abortion argument! Maybe it's both! We haven't really figured that out yet. But really, honestly, if you average saving one out of every three of your niblings, you'll almost probably definitely be a good mom. Don't worry about it! So grab yourself a nice wine glass to eat, grab your best doll head on a broken mop handle friend, and settle in for a night with the evil dead! We promise you'll be fed by dawn! ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★


Scream VI (aka Premature Ghostface Unmasking) w/ TJ and Bronwyn

You've heard of 5 cream, but have you heard of Screal6? It's that time again boils and ghouls, Ol Ghostface is back to his/her/their tricks again and our Core 4 has returned with some special guests in tow! It's time to watch a movie that guest stars Samara Weaving's real accent! It's a tri-podcast crossover and it has MINOR TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES! Welcome Bronwyn, TJ, and Scream VI! ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★