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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.

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.
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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.

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Episodes

Double Your Thrills! SCREAMING FOR PLEASURE and ROAD KILLS!

11/19/2018
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SPECIAL OFFER: FREE GIFT FOR FIRST 100 BUYERS OF “SCREAMING FOR PLEASURE” The first 100 purchasers of Screaming for Pleasure can get a FREE eBook of Isaac Thorne’s Road Kills!! Here is how to claim your FREE eBook: Screaming for Pleasure: How Horror Makes You Happy and Healthy. (hereadmin@hellbentforhorror.comRoad Kills Note: This offer is limited to the first 100 emails with proof of purchase received. ROAD KILLS is a collection of short tales of dark comic horror from the mind of...

Duration:00:02:11

Episode 077- There is a Haunted House in Town

11/1/2018
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Just because things might seem normal and ordinary…doesn’t mean they really ARE. Some places, no matter what your eyes tell you, just feel…weird…creepy…uncanny. Every culture has a haunted place…a haunted house. And Halloween is the night many of us go out to seek these haunted places! In this episode I visit some haunts in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Into the Dark’s Terror Vault, Mr. Nobody’s Mystic Midway, and one of the 10 Most Haunted Places in the World, the Winchester...

Duration:00:56:56

Episode 076- We Lost It In the '80s: An Interview With the Creators of "In Search of Darkness"

10/16/2018
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The '80s were horror movie heaven. A wild mixture of new technology, misfit filmmakers, obscure distributors, rich dentists trying to find tax shelters, buckets of blood and latex, and home video rental helped usher in one of the most prolific and influential eras in horror film history. A new documentary in the works, IN SEARCH OF DARKNESS: A JOURNEY INTO ICONIC '80s HORROR, that has the potential to become the definitive look at this wild decade of horror. Join my guests, Director David...

Duration:01:06:20

EPISODE 075- B@T$H1T CR@ZY HORROR MOV1E$

10/6/2018
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Batshit Crazy horror movies are the messy upstarts that couldn’t blend into the crowd if they tried. They may not be for everyone, and they may be far from perfect, and they may never get critical praise, but they are not boring. They are so out of step with what is popular at the time that they have a timelessness to them. Because REAL CRAZY never ages. I hope you enjoy the show! My book, Screaming for Pleasure: How Horror Makes You Happy and Healthy will be on sale November 26th...

Duration:00:46:41

Hellbent for Horrible Questions 02: Kevin and Jennifer Sluder

9/28/2018
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Welcome to a new installment of HELLBENT FOR HORRIBLE QUESTIONS, a mini-digest of interviews and short discussions! In ISSUE #2, my guests are the creative team filmmaking team, KEVIN AND JENNIFER SLUDER. They have shepherded many independent horror and sci-fi films to completion and now Kevin has directed his first horror short, HEARTLESS, which is winning awards and rave reviews. Kevin and Jennifer discuss directing choices, the balance between horror and dark comedy, the philosophy of...

Duration:00:17:54

Episode 074- Bad Blood Relations

9/13/2018
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Madness! Murder! Possession! Vengeful Gods! With the Ancient Greeks, it was all in the family. Many Greek Tragedies dealt with anxiety around the fragility of families in a dangerous world. The most frightening theme was the families destroying themselves from the inside. What is it in our nature that drives some of us to madness, cruelty and self-destruction? Just like the Greek Tragedies, some modern horror films ask this question of the audience, and the results can be as upsetting...

Duration:00:49:18

Hellbent for Horrible Questions 01: Simone Kisiel

8/31/2018
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Welcome to a new installment of the "H4H Universe" we call HELLBENT FOR HORRIBLE QUESTIONS, a mini-digest of interviews and short discussions! In ISSUE #1, my guest is director SIMONE KISIEL, who has made two feature films, "HOUSED" and "BUGS: A TRILOGY." Simone talks about the joys of Indie Horror Filmmaking, her "First Kiss" with Horror, and her "guilty pleasures." "HOUSED" premieres on Amazon on August 31, 2018, and "BUGS: A TRILOGY" is having its world premiere at the Women in Horror...

Duration:00:15:43

Episode 073- The Woods Outside and the Woods Within

7/15/2018
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Back when the campfire was the center of the village, the woods were the dark home of dangerous creatures and magical beings. The woods were considered sinister places that epitomized the unknown. So, it's no surprise that horror films are right at home with the woods! My guests, Hope Madden and George Wolf from the Fright Club Podcast join me to talk about some of the most interesting horror films that use the woods to explore literal, symbolic and even psychological monsters! I hope you...

Duration:01:15:14

Episode 072- Skeptical Magic: Benson and Moorhead Interview

6/4/2018
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Is the supernatural an aspect of nature we haven't figured out yet? Is magic a concept we use to make sense out of the infinite? What if angels, aliens, and ghosts were all the same thing? Welcome to the cinematic universe of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. These two filmmakers who have been creating some of the most intriguing and thought-provoking horror films of the last decade. Their trilogy of low budget films, Resolution, Spring, and The Endless defy easy classification. Join me...

Duration:01:29:12

Episode 071- Defenders of the Faith

5/23/2018
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Horror movies have looked to peoples' faith and beliefs to create some of our scariest monsters. When a movie becomes so ingrained in the culture, does the culture mimic it? Fact and fiction can blur, and the apocryphal story can become truth if it is perceived to be true. Guest John Arminio joins me to talk about the different ways that belief and faith has been used in horror films, and how sometimes the fiction becomes fact. I hope you enjoy the show! Join the Hellbent for Horror...

Duration:01:20:45

Episode 070- Monsters and Misogyny

5/5/2018
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Being a horror fan comes with a stigma. Many groups from all sides of the social spectrum believe that horror movies are morally reprehensible and promote real-life violence. Because of that, the Horror Community is staunchly anti-censorship and broadly permissive around violent and disturbing content in horror movies. Sometimes, this allows real-life monsters to hide among our ranks, who promote real-life sadism and misogyny. In this episode, I want to talk about a disturbing trend...

Duration:00:52:21

Episode 069- The Old Gods of Springtime Horror

4/10/2018
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Things might look bright and warm during Springtime, but there's something sinister underneath the surface. The pastel colors of the flowers camouflage the blood and death in the soil that helped them grow. When the difference between life and death depended on a bountiful harvest, people made human sacrifices to appease the Old Gods of the earth. In this episode I talk about horror movies devoted to the Old Gods of Springtime, man's uneasy connection to the earth, and how groups of people...

Duration:01:11:30

Episode 068- Fighting Phobias with Phantasms

3/19/2018
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Can you use horror as a treatment for phobias? Some psychologists think so. In this episode I talk about some of the common phobias, and how horror movies might be a safe place to come to terms with some mild fears. If you have a phobia, chances are there’s a movie or book for you. I talk about how I used horror to help me cope with my own phobias. Also in this episode I read some listener mail and do the inaugural Hellbent for Horror episode movie review, with a rating system that will...

Duration:01:24:22

Episode 067- Troma in the Age of Snark: Interview with Lloyd Kaufman

3/8/2018
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A very NSFW episode! Lloyd Kaufman, the President of Troma Entertainment and the creator of "The Toxic Avenger" drops by to discuss his 50 years of independent filmmaking, his new movie, and the art of making obscenity fun again! I hope you enjoy the show! Join the Hellbent for Horror Horde! help support the show here! http://bit.ly/2G6CpIJ If you like the show, please consider writing a review on iTunes or Google Play. It really helps. You can keep up with Hellbent for Horror on iTunes...

Duration:01:12:47

Episode 066- My Horror Manifesto

2/9/2018
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In this episode, I outline my Horror Manifesto! I’m tired of excellent horror movies being relabeled as anything but horror. This podcast champions horror, and stands up for the horror movie as a beautiful story-telling style. #SayHorror I hope you enjoy the show! Join the Hellbent for Horror Horde on Patreon! Click here: http://bit.ly/2i3VLoe If you like the show, please consider writing a review on iTunes or Google Play. It really helps. You can keep up with Hellbent for Horror on...

Duration:00:33:29

Episode 065-Misunderstood Movies: Horror Host Mister Lobo

1/19/2018
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Television in the 1950's created a unique cultural phenomenon: a late-night show that played horror movies...aimed at kids! The Creature Feature show and the Horror Host tradition are kept alive by a new wave of horror hosts. They do their shows by any means necessary, even without any corporate backing. In this episode, I talk to Horror Host Mister Lobo, whose nationally syndicated show, "Cinema Insomnia" is entering its 16th season. Join us as we talk about how B-movies "aren't bad...

Duration:01:28:15

Episode 064- 2017: A Good Year for Fear

1/10/2018
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2017 was a very good year for horror, and in this episode I talk about some of my favorite horror films of the year. They run the gamut from slow burns to monsters to ghosts to bloody terrifying. There were so many first-time directors who made amazing films that I’m hopeful that this may be the start of a new horror era. Happy listening. Join the Hellbent for Horror Horde on Patreon! Click here: http://bit.ly/2i3VLoe If you like the show, please consider writing a review on iTunes...

Duration:00:45:52

Episode 063- Christmas Ghost Stories

12/24/2017
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Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is possibly the most popular ghost story in the English language. It may seem weird that Christmas has a famous ghost story, but the reality is that Christmas ghost stories were a tradition in Victorian England. I think the Christmas Ghost Story needs to make a comeback, and so I'm going to talk about the history, and modern examples, and top it off by telling a few stories myself! So, light a candle, get your favorite beverage... And turn out the...

Duration:00:42:58

Episode 062- Gut Punch Horror

12/15/2017
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Some horror movies don't play fair. We go to horror movies to feel the exhilaration of being scared, and to experience our fears from a safe distance. But, some horror movies aren't interested in sending you back into the world like nothing happened. Some movies want you to feel like you got punched in the gut after you watch them. And, like it or not, those movies stick in your memory for a long time. Join my guests Andy Ussery and Phantom Dark Dave, the co-hosts of The Black Cat's...

Duration:01:33:50

Episode 061- ACGT/0101: AI and the Uncanny Valley

12/3/2017
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How does it make you feel when somebody stares at you? An unflinching stare. Angry? Scared? Anxious? All of the above? How about when said eyes belong to a doll? Depends on the doll, really. If it’s obviously fake, then it’s not a problem, but what if it’s really life-like? The “uncanny valley” is a term that refers to a graphic representation of how comfortable we are with unreal faces. They can get closer and closer to human and we like them more until….they cross a threshold and...

Duration:00:34:54