Hellbent For Horror

Paranormal Podcasts

This is S.A. Bradley, and I’m a life-long horror lover. This podcast combines horror history, personal observations, common themes, and cultural trends to tell a story with each episode. Here we talk about all things horror. Horror movies, books, comics, hosts, conventions. The door swings wide here, and all types of horror are welcome. Each episode covers some aspect of horror with lots of viewing or reading suggestions for you to check out. I want to start conversations with people about all types of horror. I’ve been a fan all my life, and I love all the different styles: Classic Universal Monsters, Slasher Films, Found Footage, French Extreme, Asian Extreme, Korean Ghost Stories, J-Horror, Hammer Horror Films, Amicus Films, Glass Eye Pix, EC Horror Comics, Creature Features, Horror Hosts, Italian Zombie movies, Spanish Zombie movies, George Romero Zombie movies, Giallo, Silent Horror Films, Nature Run Amok, Atomic Age Horror, Roughies, Exploitation, Horror Literature, Serial Killer, Halloween, B-Movie, Splatter films, ghost stories, Folk Horror, supernatural, body horror, torture porn, VHS, Psycho.

Location:

United States

Description:

This is S.A. Bradley, and I’m a life-long horror lover. This podcast combines horror history, personal observations, common themes, and cultural trends to tell a story with each episode. Here we talk about all things horror. Horror movies, books, comics, hosts, conventions. The door swings wide here, and all types of horror are welcome. Each episode covers some aspect of horror with lots of viewing or reading suggestions for you to check out. I want to start conversations with people about all types of horror. I’ve been a fan all my life, and I love all the different styles: Classic Universal Monsters, Slasher Films, Found Footage, French Extreme, Asian Extreme, Korean Ghost Stories, J-Horror, Hammer Horror Films, Amicus Films, Glass Eye Pix, EC Horror Comics, Creature Features, Horror Hosts, Italian Zombie movies, Spanish Zombie movies, George Romero Zombie movies, Giallo, Silent Horror Films, Nature Run Amok, Atomic Age Horror, Roughies, Exploitation, Horror Literature, Serial Killer, Halloween, B-Movie, Splatter films, ghost stories, Folk Horror, supernatural, body horror, torture porn, VHS, Psycho.

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 115- Seasons in the Abyss- Part One

1/30/2023
Three years of the pandemic is enough. We stared into the abyss, and it changed us. And horror movies got us through. Horror movies also told us the scary and ugly truth about how monstrous we were. As we spent our Seasons in the Abyss, here are some trends I noticed... and NO ZOMBIE MOVIES INCLUDED! PART ONE OF TWO. Movies Discussed: SYNCHRONIC (2020) ST. MAUD (2021) DEMENTER (2021) THE VIGIL (2021) RELIC (2022) HIS HOUSE (2020) HOST (2020) DASHCAM (2022)

Duration:00:53:56

Episode 114- The Grinch Who Ate Christmas

12/31/2022
Here's my Postmortem on the 2022 Christmas Holiday Season, where I discuss Killer Santas, Trolls, Yule Logs, and the death of "The War on Christmas!" Movies Discussed: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983) TROLL (2022) CHRISTMAS, BLOODY CHRISTMAS (2022) THE MEAN ONE (2022) VIOLENT NIGHT (2022) ADULT SWIM'S YULE LOG (2022)

Duration:00:26:53

Episode 113: A Christmas Ghost Story- Casting the Runes

12/24/2022
Happiest of Holidays to you! Just in time for Christmas Eve is the Hellbent for Horror Annual Christmas Ghost Story! Keeping the old British tradition going, I've been reading ghost stories for Christmas over the last few years. Because Christmas and horror go together like cookies and milk and Santa! This year's story is M.R. James' "Casting the Runes," which is the story that was adapted into the excellent 1957 film directed by Jacques Tournier, Night of the Demon, released as Curse of...

Duration:00:55:22

Episode 112: Does Humor Belong in Horror? Guest Vincent V. Cava

11/30/2022
Join acclaimed horror author Vince V. Cava (CREEPYPASTA, JUST A LITTLE TERRIBLE) as we look at how comedy and horror work together (or not). We discuss Bizarro horror, Creepypasta, crazy Anime, and "the Amazon Smut Illuminati." This is a pre-recorded live podcast from the FAN EXPO-SAN FRANCISCO performed on Black Friday (11/25/2022). I hope you enjoy the show! MOVIES: SCANNERS (1981) CREEPSHOW (1982) RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (1985) SAINT MAUD (2019) THE RITUAL (2017) RELIC...

Duration:00:46:34

Episode 111- I Remember Halloween

10/31/2022
It's no surprise that I love Halloween and that I love decorating my place into a haunted House for Trick-or-Treaters to enjoy. But there is a specific history behind my love of Halloween, and in this episode, I'm going to "open a vein" and give you more insight into what makes me believe that horror brings people together and, for some of us, frees us and gives us purpose. Special Edition: I read my short story, THE RELEQUARIANS. I hope you like the show!

Duration:01:02:15

Episode 110- The Director That Ate Pittsburgh- A Visit to the George A. Romero Archives

8/18/2022
Every town has ghosts and the late George Romero is Pittsburgh's beloved boogeyman! Romero still looms large there, and I was honored to visit the George A. Romero Archival Collection (1962-2017) at the Hillman Library at the University of Pittsburgh. Horror Studies Collection Coordinator Ben Rubin sat for an interview and gave me a tour of the vast collection that documents his career through the ups and downs and how Pittsburgh became "the Zombie Capitol of the World." I hope you like...

Duration:01:38:56

Episode 109- Ernesto and James: Portrait of a Killer Collection

5/25/2022
Freddy's glove! Jason's machete! Jigsaw's mask! Leatherface's Chainsaw! Like any religion, horror and sci-fi movies can be such a spiritual experience for fans that props and costumes can become holy relics. Join my guests, James Azrael and Ernesto Avina, partners, and curators of The Horror & SciFi Prop Preservation Association (HSPPA), as they discuss passion, obsession, and how art is in the eye of the beholder. What is the "Holy Grail" of movie props? Might it be...the Holy Grail...

Duration:01:20:35

Episode 108- He Was a TV Horror Host- Creature Features Legend John Stanley

4/6/2022
Before the MCU became mainstream and before horror films won Oscars, Horror Hosts helped create the Monster Kid Culture and legitimize fandom and genre conventions. My guest, John Stanley, was not only the legendary host of Creature Features on KTVU-2 from 1979-1984, but also a novelist, film critic, and horror film director (NIGHTMARE IN BLOOD). Join us as we talk horror host history straight from the source, what it was like to be there when ALIEN, PHANTASM, and even STAR TREK first...

Duration:01:03:03

Episode 107- Monstrous Music and Battle Hymns

2/11/2022
Music and Horror are kindred spirits. And many of us love it when music and horror meet in the shadows of our imaginations. Join my guests, the hosts of the excellent DISCOVER THE HORROR PODCAST as we look at how we were attracted to the dark side of music, our influences, and how many different ways music express that darkness. This is a joint podcast with my good friends from Discover the Horror and the music conversation, focusing on horror movie soundtracks, continues on their podcast....

Duration:01:43:03

Episode 106- Christmas Ghost Stories- 2021

12/27/2021
Just when you thought all the festivities were over... There's one more gift under the horror tree for you! Keeping the old British tradition going, I've been reading ghost stories for Christmas over the last few years. Because Christmas and horror go together like cookies and milk and Santa! So, here are two stories for 2021! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Blessed Yule to all of you! I hope you enjoy the show! Stories Performed: "The Kit Bag" by Algernon Blackwood First published...

Duration:00:46:48

Episode 105- Esprit de Obstacle Corpse with Hope Madden and George Wolf

12/2/2021
Passion makes us do crazy things. For many lifelong horror fans, the love of the genre is so intense that being a spectator is no longer enough. These fans are compelled to have their creative voices heard. Some paint, others start podcasts, or they write articles and books. And then there are the really crazy ones who decide they want to make their own full-length horror movies! In this episode, we speak to Hope Madden and George Wolf, the creative team behind the Fright Club Podcast as...

Duration:00:58:17

Episode 104- Uncanny Traveler: Algernon Blackwood's Weird Fiction-with Scarlett Amaris

10/29/2021
Skinwalkers! Psychic Vampires! Desert Gods! Cat People! Pagan Sex Beasts! Sentient Forests! Witchcraft! Ancient lands that Feed on humans! Mountain and Snow Goddesses! The Weird Fiction of the 19th and 20th Centuries paved the way for modern horror and science fiction, and one of the greatest voices was Algernon Blackwood, whose work inspired none other than H.P. Lovecraft. Join my guest, Scarlett Amaris (H.P. Lovecraft's Color out of Space, The Theatre Bizarre, and the Saurimonde book...

Duration:01:26:29

Episode 103- The Mad Love of Jay Michaels and Phoenix FearCon

10/6/2021
For some of us, going a little crazy is just the time when life starts getting fun. Madness? Mania? Fanaticism? Call it what you like. I call it passion, and I am drawn to people who need to create something out of their mad love. The creation might seem crazy to the average person, but to those it speaks to, it is a beautiful gift. My guest is Jay Michaels, independent stage and film producer, director, and actor, who is also the host and executive producer of Phoenix FearCon, Arizona's...

Duration:01:16:48

Episode 102- Kat Ellinger & The Deep Woods of Folk Horror

9/24/2021
The woods are nature at its most feral. The deep, dark forest is the original home of the boogeyman, long before there were dark closets and basements and that space under your bed. The Folk Horror subgenre has gained a new audience as more young filmmakers exploit the fine line between the natural and the supernatural...and openly ask if there's a line at all. In honor of Kier-La Janisse's fantastic and masterful documentary, "WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED: A HISTORY OF FOLK HORROR",...

Duration:01:00:52

Episode 101- The Devil Made Them Do It- Hot Summer Nights at the Skyline Drive-In

8/27/2021
Summer isn't over yet! And neither is my discussion of the passion of fandom and how it makes us do crazy things for what we love! In this episode, I talk with Joe Gaudin and Matt Masters, the owners of the Skyline Drive-in in Shelbyville, Indiana about how they took a dying drive-in and turned it into a movie-lovers paradise! They specialize in a two-day Dusk-To-Dawn Show of horror movies, and gourmet food to die for! I hope you enjoy the show!

Duration:01:23:33

Episode 100- Summer Nights and Dark Delights, Or, How Fandom Saved Your Soul

8/27/2021
This is the "official" 100th episode of Hellbent for Horror! In this episode, I want to discuss PASSION, the driving force behind creativity, and the mad devotion to movies, art, and pop culture we call fandom. Fandom can make us seem crazy, but that mad passion can change lives, and I discuss the amazing story of the resurrection of The Mahoning Drive-In and the way their passion for movies enchanted a worldwide community. I hope you enjoy the show!

Duration:00:55:40

Episode 099- Season of the Witches- The Spinsters of Horror

7/7/2021
Bela Lugosi got it right all those years ago when he said that it was women who truly love horror. My guests, The Spinsters of Horror, prove it with every episode of I Spit on Your Podcast, one of the sharpest, passionate, and fun shows around. Join us in a deep-dive geek conversation as we discuss dozens of topics including horror in pop culture, heavy metal, folk horror, taboo terrors, paganism, feminism, fetishes, "comfort horror movies", and why horror does not deserve your shame! I...

Duration:01:33:33

Episode 098- Travel Prepared to Survive

3/25/2021
Deserts are the natural world at its most supernatural. They are dangerous and merciless reminders that everything, including civilization, is temporary. Deserts remind us that we are one worldwide crisis away from entropy. A perfect location for horror movies! Join me as I discuss desert horror movies, the way they speak to our social anxieties, and I recount my own drive through the Mojave Desert to visit Death Valley! I hope you enjoy the show! Movies: The Hills Have Eyes (1977) The...

Duration:01:24:06

Episode 097- Christmas Ghost Story 2020: The Derelict

1/12/2021
Just when you thought all the celebration is over, H4H finds one last present hidden under the sofa! The Annual (although late) Christmas Ghost Story! Actually, it's more like it got kicked under the sofa by the amazing amount of chaos that this past year brought. This year we are offering you William Hope Hodgson's THE DERELICT to chill your bones! It's a creepy story about the unknown dangers of the open sea and I think you'll realize how this story might have influenced the works of...

Duration:01:12:12

Episode 096- Horror Double Feature- Part Two: Filmmakers Mike Watt and Amy Lynn Best

11/6/2020
Halloween is NEVER over! H4H decided to keep the bone dance going for a few more days to raise our spirits! We survived the weirdness of Halloween 2020 and now we're in the final stretches of the Year the Wouldn't Die. H4H is doing a Horror Double Feature with two podcasts of extended conversations with horror enthusiasts and creators! Part Two is a stream-of-consciousness conversation with the filmmaking team of Amy Lynn Best and Mike Watt (The Resurrection Game, ...

Duration:01:51:33