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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

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 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...

Duration:00:45:57

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

Episode 052- Mr. Bad Example: The Legend of Tobe Hooper

9/5/2017
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We lost another horror master in August 2017 when Tobe Hooper left this mortal coil. Hooper was a complicated artist, and in this episode, I talk about my appreciation of the man who gave us the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist. There were varied opinions of the contributions of Tobe Hooper, but I think he was an inspired, surreal filmmaker whose contributions to horror can never be underestimated. I hope you enjoy the episode. Join the Hellbent for Horror Horde on Patreon!...

Duration:00:37:51

Episode 051- Day Trippers: Horror Films of Acclaimed Directors

8/23/2017
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There's a select group of directors who hold the title, "Masters of Horror" for bringing their distinctive styles to the horror film. But, they aren't the only ones who made an impact on horror cinema. There are several acclaimed directors with illustrious careers who took a "Day Trip" into horror. And their entries into the horror movie defied conventions and, on occasion, influenced horror as much as any of the Masters. James Hancock (host of The Wrong Reel podcast) returns to H4H to...

Duration:01:58:22

Episode 050- Diamonds and Rust and Modern Horror

8/14/2017
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Whenever you hit a milestone it’s time to celebrate. This is the 50 episode of Hellbent for Horror, and I could think of no better way to celebrate that than to gather a Wretched Roundtable of listeners to talk about the state of the 50-year-old phenomena known as "modern horror." Joining me on the show are Zena Sade Dixon (the Real Queen of Horror), John Arminio, and Kevin Maher (Kevin Geeks Out), and we discuss the relevance of classic horror movies to different generations. There’s a...

Duration:03:03:55

Episode 049- A Completely Reliable Bad Influence: Fangoria Magazine

8/7/2017
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Fangoria magazine had been a mainstay of horror fandom for 38 years, but this year they shut their doors. I remember when Fangoria started, and how fun it was to have a magazine dedicated to horror in all its facets. In this episode, I talk about Fangoria, how it came to be, and what it meant to the fans and artists in modern horror. The magazine not only had articles that are still worth looking back to, but the letters to the editor section are a lot of fun to revisit too. Join me in...

Duration:00:35:18

Episode 048- My Ride's Here: Remembering George A. Romero

7/27/2017
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George Romero (1940-2017) has always held a special place in my heart, so it was very saddening to hear of his passing on July 16. It is hard to say goodbye, and in this episode I talk about George and his career. It’s a eulogy, of sorts, to a maverick filmmaker out of Pittsburgh who never wavered on his vision - from Night of the Living Dead to Survival of the Dead. RIP, George. Thanks for listening. Join the Hellbent for Horror Horde on Patreon! Click here:...

Duration:00:37:53

Episode 047- Horror Movies at Used Car Prices

7/14/2017
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You don’t need Hollywood to make a movie when you can make one in your own backyard! Who needs a big budget when you’ve got a big imagination and some friends who are willing (or crazy enough) to get doused in fake blood? In this episode, I honor the micro-budget horror movie – the movies made with tiny amounts of funds, and huge amounts of passion. I speak from experience when I say they’re a huge amount of work. I’ll talk about some that really stand out among the pack, and you should...

Duration:00:37:45

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