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A podcast dedicated to turning people on to obscure/forgotten Horror/Sci-fi/Gore/Cult/Bizarre Films, and to taking a deeper look at the stuff we all know.

A podcast dedicated to turning people on to obscure/forgotten Horror/Sci-fi/Gore/Cult/Bizarre Films, and to taking a deeper look at the stuff we all know.
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A podcast dedicated to turning people on to obscure/forgotten Horror/Sci-fi/Gore/Cult/Bizarre Films, and to taking a deeper look at the stuff we all know.




Horror Explorer Flashback #6: Killer Klowns From Outer Space (1988)

Long ago Dave, Erik, Nat, and Aly recorded an episode revisiting Killer Klowns From Outer Space. Plagued with technical and audio issues, this episode remained in the can for months because the hours of repair required to make it publishable was just more work than I wanted to do. Thankfully, occasional co-host Tim decided to take a swing at editing it... and a couple of months later, I decided to finish it up and publish it. There are still a couple of issues with the editing, but we did...


#63: Hairy Balls (Critters, 1986)

We're back! This week Dave, Erik, Liam, and Tim take a bite out of the 1986 creature feature "Critters". Perhaps boosted by the success of "Gremlins", this moderately successful movie is perhaps the most memorable Small Creature Feature out of a small field of similar movies such as "Ghoulies" and "Munchies". Fuzzy little balls of hunger and destruction escape an space prison and land on planet Earth for a bite to eat but bite off more than they can chew in a midwestern town as...


Horror Explorer Flashback #5: JOHN CARPENTER IS GAY (Night of the Creeps, 1986)

On this episode of the Horror Explorer Flashback, Dave, Erik, Tim and Liam take longing, awkward look at forgotten director Fred Decker's 1986 coming-of-age-and-kinda-gay-even-though-it's-the-80s sci-fi/horror homage "Night of the Creeps". Liam lusts for John Carpenter while Tim's eyes linger on an alien's groin as the gang all takes in this undeniable and obviously inspirational cult classic.


Horror Explorer Flashback #4: Two Girls One Comet (Night of the Comet, 1984)

This week Dave, Liam, Erik, and Shaun look back on 1984's "Night of the Comet", a tale of two sisters trying to get laid (and survive) in the aftermath of a comet-spawned apocalypse that has left the world almost completely wiped clean of human life. They also spend a surprising amount of time discovering and discussing the career and achievements of Tami Holbrook.


Horror Explorer Flashback #3: Girl On Girl Action! (The Slumber Party Massacre, 1982)

This week Dave is living out his podcasting fantasies as he gets to discuss the feminist slasher parody "The Slumber Party Massacre" again, but this time with 3 young women as Lauren, Aly, and Nat join him to talk about things like male gaze, voyeurism in horror, impotence, and phallic symbols. I'm sure he'll mention Carol Clover at least once.


Horror Explorer Flashback #2: Cry Like a Butthole (Terrorvision, 1986)

This episode of the Horror Explorer Flashback revisits an uncommonly good offering from producer Charles Band, 1986's "Terrorvision". A gluttonous monster from another planet is beamed away for disposal only to end up arriving in the television set of an outrageous mid 80s family of archetypes, setting off a scathing indictment of 1980s society and culture as well as commentary on the impact the availability of a wider range of TV entertainment had on the American family.


#62: My Mother Told Me Never To Do This (The Hitcher, 1986)

This week Mike, Lauren, Dave, and Liam take a look at one of Mike's favorite movies of all time, "The Hitcher"(1986). This is the story of a young man driving a car across the desert who makes the mistake of picking up a hitchhiker who is unfortunately also an unstoppable killing machine. The young man escapes, but The Hitcher follows him across the desert leaving a path of death and destruction. If you thought that "Mad Max: Fury Road" was wonderfully shot, you'll be amazed by what it's...


#61: Near Death Experience (Jacob's Ladder, 1990)

This week Mike introduces Lauren and Tim to "Jacob's Ladder"(1990). A Vietnam veteran traumatized by the death of his young son struggles to maintain his grip on sanity as the line between horrific reality and horrific delusion is blurred not only for himself, but for us as well.


#60: Five MILLION Units! (Silent Rage, 1982)

This week Mike, Erik, Liam and MHMM Dave check out the one and only Chuck Norris horror movie, "Silent Rage". Obviously seizing upon the early 80s success of the Halloween franchise and the slasher craze in general, this movie features upcoming action star Chuck Norris going against a scientifically resurrected psychopathic Michael Myers clone whose only apparent vulnerability just happens to be roundhouse kicks. Do action and slasher go together like chocolate and peanut butter, or like...


#58: That Boy Ain't Right (The Pit, 1981)

This week Lauren, Liam, MHMM Dave, and Mike explore "The Pit", the story of a 12 year old boy who has more than one hole on his mind. Walking a fine line between childhood innocence and full blown sexual assault, Jamie creeps out his entire community and has no friends besides a talking teddy bear who encourages his worst urges. The horny, warped child struggles to feed both of his obsessions - a young woman his distant parents have hired to care for him, and a pit hidden deep in the woods...


#57: Crouchazoids (Creepozoids, 1987)

This week Mike, Dave, Liam and Lauren learn that duck and cover might help you survive the initial blasts of a nuclear war but the only way to survive the ensuing apocalypse is to crouch and walk cautiously. We follow 5 army deserters as they do just that in an abandoned government research lab that isn't completely abandoned because the experiment hasn't left yet... and neither will they!


#55: Cabin in the Weeds (There's Nothing Out There, 1991)

This week we welcome TJ back to the show and take a look at the meta-horror/comedy "There's Nothing Out There". Predating other self-aware, fan servicing horrors such as Scream and Cabin in the Woods, this movie follows a group of friends out for some vacation debauchery as3 cliche couples endure one annoying loser who's obsessed with horror movies and uses his knowledge to try to warn them of the impending doom that they are sure to face.


#54: The Mutant Ate My Homework (Class of Nuke 'Em High, 1986)

Since everyone loved The Toxic Avenger, Mike picked another original Troma movie for this episode, "Class of Nuke 'Em High". Once again we visit Tromaville, this time turning our attention to the local high school right next to a nuclear power plant that happens to spring a leak, changing some of the students into outlandish gang members that sell radioactive marijuana that causes birth defects.


#53: MASTURBATING TO DEAD CHILDREN! (The Toxic Avenger, 1984)

Mike decided to change the schedule around a bit after last week's movie and string together a couple of Troma movies. This week we look at the the seminal Troma creation "The Toxic Avenger"(1984), a wildly transgressive movie for the times that would end up putting Troma on the map and lead to a spinoff cartoon and many sequels and crossovers in the Troma universe. Another 80s ode to the dangers of pollution, this movie dunks a dorky janitor into a drum of toxic waste and turns him into...


#52: Say NO To Hugs (The Children, 1980)

Mike, Alicia, and Dave are just completely and utterly rekt by a 1-star iTunes review of the podcast from some mysterious person who claims to have listened to FIVE 1-hour episodes of a podcast they really hate. Dave has to be airlifted to the burn unit after experiencing multiple SICK burns at the hands of the world's most astute and witty podcast reviewer who is also chameleon-like in his ability to conceal his identity. After everyone recovers from being criticized by someone whose name...


#51: Counterfeit Holocaust (Cannibal Ferox, 1981)

This week Mike has the gang take a bite out of "Cannibal Ferox", Umberto Lenzi's 1981 attempt to replicate the infamous Italian cannibal movie "Cannibal Holocaust", and gets some surprising reactions. If you check out the movie because of this episode (and we hope you do) please be aware that there is a lot of animal cruelty in it.


#50: Cinema's Homeless Usually Dirty (C.H.U.D., 1984)

This week we introduce a short new segment in which Critical Dave gets to review a screener that has been submitted to us. After that we discuss "C.H.U.D.", a movie in which corrupt government officials try to stop too many characters from spilling the beans on a missing persons epidemic that can be traced back to man eating monsters living in NYC's vast underground tunnels.


#49: Workplace Safety Video: The Alien Factor (Metamorphosis: The Alien Factor, 1990)

This week Mike suggests a movie that he's never actually watched through before. Metamorphosis: The Alien Factor was intended to be a sequel to The Deadly Spawn, but the filmmakers were afraid that associating it with such a low budget movie would reduce interest in it... but nobody ever heard of it anyways.


#48: Children make terrible neighbors (Troll, 1986)

This week Critical Dave gets something to sink his teeth into when Mike makes the gang watch the 1986 movie "Troll", perhaps best know for being the movie before "Troll 2". A new family moves into an apartment building and brings along the worst nuisance imaginable - children. The youngest daughter almost immediately unleashes an ancient evil that possesses her body and begins going door to door in the building, turning the residents into other trolls and their apartments into habitats. As...


#47: Urine The Wrong Neighborhood (The 'Burbs, 1989)

Shocked that they had never seen the movie, Mike makes the crew watch "The 'Burbs" even though it's just a comedy with some horror elements. Really how does a movie as great as this get lost in the annals of film history so quickly? A group of neighbors in a quiet but quirky suburb become suspicious of a new creepy family on the block and begin investigating after the mysterious disappearance of one of their own. Are these people paranoid or has evil really found a new home next door?