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Your Gateway to the Trends and Tropes of the Horror Genre






The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 151: Francophonic Horror

Bon Jour! If you like your horror with a bit of an esprit de viscéral, then this will be the episode for you! The French language horror films bring a bit of the nasty, the savage, and also at times, the absurd. There is a tradition of breaking conventions with much of French art, and that includes their cinema tastes. And, this extends naturally to their willingness for their horror movies going to extremes. So join us in extracting out what makes French Language Horror so potent in Episode...


The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: An interview with Stag director Alexandra Spieth

Alexandra Spieth's debut horror-comedy feature Stag was the revelation of the Portland Horror Film Festival 2022. Spieth is an enthusiastic interview and a total blast to talk to. Check out our exclusive discussion with the emerging horror writer-director right here!


The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: An Interview with It Hatched director Elvar Gunnarsson

In this interview with It Hatched director, Elvar Gunnarsson, you will get a full upload of Icelandic folklore and history. So, not only will you be entertained, you're going to learn something! It Hatched has been getting rave reviews in its run through the festival circuit, and Elvar was generous enough to spend his time discussing how he made this remarkable film, an artistic and narrative showcase for the first-time director.


The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 150: The Mayor’s Choice! (And a Portland Horror FF Recap)

The Mayor of Trope Town has spoken! As the current serving mayor, three thrilling Euro-Horror selections were made to discuss, with a deeper dive than the typical Podcast discussion. Raw, The Ringmaster, and Tailgate are being served up for discussion this week. Also, a Portland Horror Film Festival recap. Does the mayor know how to please his constituents, or what? YES! Long may the mayor reign!


The Scariest Things Episode 149: Queer Horror!

Horror movies can be a curious little corner of the media universe where you can track where society stands on social issues. This is clearly reflected in Queer Horror, a continually evolving reflection of the closeting, outing, and normalization of LGBT relationships and how they are perceived over time.


The Scariest Things Episode 148: The Thingy Awards 2022!

Roll out the red carpet! Break out your best Versace and Vera Wang outfits. It's time to hand out some Thingy hardware! The best in horror movies from 2021. It may have taken us a while to get here, but we've got some winners to announce.!


The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: An Interview with Swallowed Director Carter Smith

Carter Smith joins the Scariest Things to talk about his new film, Swallowed, a thrilling body horror shocker with queer themes that took the Overlook Film Festival by storm. Get the behind-the-scenes input on this independently filmed labor of love.


The Scariest Things Interview: The Summoned Cast and Crew

Consider creating your first feature-length movie. With a first-time feature director. In a global pandemic. During the middle of the ice storm of the century. And then debuting it in one of the premiere horror festivals in the world! Happy to say, you nailed it! Listen in to our interview with the cast and crew of The Summoned for their take on the great adventure that is movie-making.


The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 147: The Overlook Film Festival Recap

After a two-year span in which we had to attend the Overlook Film Festival remotely, the standout New Orleans-based industry insider festival was back screening the festival live and in person. Twenty-Four feature films showed along with three short film blocks, which amounted to a whole lot of movies for four days of viewing! Eric, Liz, and Mike break down our impressions of the recently completed festival.


The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 146: Frankenstein Movies

It's Alive. It's ALIVE! IT's ALIIIIIVE! At long last, The Scariest Things goes to the bedrock of horror movies. Frankenstein. So important, and yet, much like the Monster himself, much-maligned. Though new versions of the Mad Scientist messing with life and death have been produced, the central idea has been passed by other, more immediately terrifying themes. How does the story of Frankenstein stay relevant? Listen to the Scariest Things Episode 146 and find out!


The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: An Interview with “Dexter: New Blood” Composer Pat Irwin

The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: An Interview with "Dexter: New Blood" Composer Pat Irwin


The Scariest Thing Podcast Episode 145: Tropetown Showdown!

Remember who we are: Your Gateway to the Trends and Tropes of the Horror Genre. That means we had better know our tropes... like REALLY know our tropes. And as such, welcome to Tropetown! This is a speed round session where we try and come up with the best and most original example of the trope. It's a game of can-you-top this? The winner gets to be named Mayor of Tropetown!


The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: An Interview with Dashcam Director Rob Savage (Panic Fest 2022)

The Pandemic fueled dread of Dashcam is showing at Panic Fest in Kansas City on May 1 and May 4. TST had the great opportunity to interview the director Rob Savage to discuss his latest creation.


The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: An Interview With the Cast and Crew of When the Screaming Starts (Panic Fest 2022)

At Panic Fest in Kansas City, a wicked slice of horror-comedy has been ordered up in the form of an indie UK feature, When the Screaming Starts. The Scariest Things podcast crew immediately fell for this mockumentary about a Manson Family-style murder cult setting its roots in London. We were joined by the Director and Actor/Producers of the film to discuss the story of the "family" that slays together and doesn't stay together (ahem!).


The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 144: The SXSW 2022 Recap

SXSW made its return to live audiences in Austin in March of 2022, and The Scariest Things was present for the event. Liz Williams took in as much as she could at the festival, and the rest of TST's staff followed by streaming for one of the world's great film festivals.


The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 143: A Horror Director Sampler Platter

For Episode 143, The Scariest Things examines the works of three directors that we think you should know more about. Under the radar? Maybe. Horror masters? Definitely.


The Scariest Things Episode 142: Our Favorite Horror Couples

Couples. Partners. Lovers. Siblings. Spouses. Besties. Some of the most fascinating horror characters come in pairs. Whether they team up for good or evil, these characters are inextricably linked together to their fates. In Episode 142 we explore some of our favorite horror duets.


The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 141: Police Procedural Horror

Detective, you are a loose cannon! Turn in your piece, your shield, and make sure to turn that ancient evil tome into evidence. Now get out of my office! The cop cliches are layered on top of a genre with plenty of our favorite tried and true horror tropes. This is the world of the thriller and the hunt of serial killers. It is time for Episode 142 and we're talking police procedural horror.


The Scariest Things Episode 140: Horror Movies We are Looking Forward to in 2022

Call it a hunch. Or perhaps morbid curiosity. We think these upcoming films could be pretty cool. As we transition from what was to what could be, The Scariest Things team casts its gaze forward to what horrors might entertain us the most! Listen in to Episode 140 and find out what you can look forward to with us in 2022!


The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 139: The Worst Horror Films of 2021

This is the annual ritual of summarizing the year that was. We first celebrate the best of the year, and then we have to get real. Not everything was worth your time when it comes to scary movies last year. We don't enjoy doing this, but we have to name names. Welcome to Episode 139 where we dish out what wasn't good in 2021.