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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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English


Episodes

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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

Episode 060- Slave to the Grindhouse with 42nd Street Pete Chiarella

11/19/2017
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Oh, to have been there in the heyday of Grindhouse Cinema! Rows of theaters on New York’s 42 Street playing classics such as I Drink Your Blood, Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things, Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS, Three on a Meathook, The Corpse Grinders, and more. These movies are the stuff of cinema legend, and late night video parties...and so are the theaters and audiences that experienced them! And our guest today, 42 Street Pete Chiarella, was there for the highs and lows (and...

Duration:01:24:25

Episode 059- Unsafe Practices: Nick Hunt and the Indie Horror of "Safe Place"

11/10/2017
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I love the spirit of Independent Horror filmmakers, especially fans who are compelled to create, no matter what the odds. In today’s episode I interview Nick Hunt, the director/producer/creator of SAFE PLACE. Nick is a true independent spirit, and we talk about the tremendous amount of legwork required to get his movie into production, how lack of experience didn't deter him, and an eye-opening peek into the power of social media as a marketing tool. We also talk about my favorite...

Duration:00:58:57

Episode 058- Things That Go Bump and Grind in the Night: Sex and Horror

11/1/2017
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SEX and VIOLENCE. That volatile combination is both provocative and controversial for most people. It's where we're at our most vulnerable, and Horror gives us the opportunity to confront our darkest emotions in a safe environment. But, only a few horror films dig deep enough to strike a nerve. They brashly go beyond titillation, and blur the line between sex and violence…to take us to dark, and uncomfortable places. Only a few horror films dare to get... Personal. Join me as we...

Duration:00:37:57

Episode 057- Horror in History

10/19/2017
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History is full of real-life horror stories. In this episode I talk with Dr. Harold Aurand, a professor of History at Penn State University, Schuylkill Campus, about true horror stories of history. We discuss the Great Molasses Flood in Boston, the Johnstown Flood of 1889 in Johnstown, PA, mine disasters, and some more little-known stories. Truth is often stranger than fiction. I hope you enjoy the episode. Join the Hellbent for Horror Horde on Patreon! Click here:...

Duration:01:13:22

Episode 056- Medicine and Monsters

10/8/2017
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Do you ever wonder how the legends of monsters are born? What made people think werewolves and vampires were real? How did the ideas of silver to kill werewolves, and garlic to repel vampires get passed down from generation to generation? People with mental illness were thought to be visited by ghosts. Throughout history, before the discovery of microscopic organisms that cause illness, curses and monsters were thought to be the causes of illness and disease. Interestingly, the weapons...

Duration:00:54:48

Episode 055- Stephen King and the IT in All of Us

10/1/2017
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The movie adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘It’ was hotly anticipated, and broke box office records. I was curious about the fervent response to this movie, not just by horror fans, but also by mainstream outlets. After all, the novel came out in 1985, and there was already a miniseries created from it in 1990. Once I saw ‘It,’ and thought about the movie, I started thinking about movie adaptations of Stephen King’s books, in general. King is a prolific, long-standing, best-selling author...

Duration:00:39:49

Episode 054- Once More with Feeling: Tobe Hooper

9/22/2017
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Sometimes, once just isn't enough. And, in the case of Tobe Hooper, it felt right to honor this quirky and often misunderstood artist with a second helping of praise. On this episode, I talk with John Cribbs and Christopher Funderburg, the co-creators of "The Pink Smoke" film review website (www.thepinksmoke.com) about the legacy of the late Tobe Hooper. He’s a filmmaker who induces strong opinions and debate. We talk about that debate today, and the contributions Hooper made to, not...

Duration:01:44:34

Episode 053- All the Sins of the World: Extreme Horror

9/14/2017
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Extreme Horror Films: they are the "Elephant in the Room" for horror fans. These films push the limits of the viewer to such the extent that they even divide the horror community on whether they go too far. A large majority of these films have little, or no, socially redeeming value. And yet... There are a few extreme films that use the violence, and obscenity, and nihilism to create something that defies expectations and becomes something horrible/beautiful. For those who dare to...

Duration:01:58:47