Host of Toxic Schlock horror podcast
The 1980s was an era defined by fear of Satan and the Occult, with a prevailing sentiment that we were all surrounded by an evil cabal of devil worshippers. Regardless of the fact that this was fiction, it shaped culture for years to come. In 2009, Ti West released the film THE HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, where we see what it would like if these evil cults were real. In today's episode of Toxic Schlock we explore what led to the Satanic Panic, and how it shaped an era. We're then joined by Scott Hicks of NC punk band Totally Slow to discuss Ti West's film, and its approach to 1980s aesthetics, nostalgia, and cinema.   Join our Patreon! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter , Facebook  
Michael is joined by former guests Erik Button and Dylan Wachman of Dollar Signs to watch John Carpenter's 1982 all time classic, THE THING! The Thing recently won our March Madness bracket as the best horror film of all time, so it was a real treat to sit down with two friends and former guests to talk about the film, John Carpenter, body horror, the wettest and slimiest horror film imaginable, Zack Snyder, David Cronenberg, modern horror, Kurt Russell, Day of the Dead, Lovecraftian horror films, movie remakes, and so much more! Join our Patreon page at to hear the full episode in its entirety
Raise those horns and invert those crosses, because we're kicking off our series on SATAN in Horror with an exploration of the 1968 all-time classic film ROSEMARY'S BABY. We dig into the early history of the devil in pop culture, the original novel's author Ira Levin, b-movie director William Castle's bid to make an adaptation, and director Roman Polanski's traumatic early life experiences. After that, we're joined by Ivotres Littles to discuss the film, it's incredible performances, it's place as the origin of high brow horror, its impact on the wave of blasphemous horror films to follow and much more! Join our Patreon! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter , Facebook
We bring our slasher series to a close with a deep dive into the film that redefined and resurrected the genre, Wes Craven's 1996 blockbuster "SCREAM". We explore the career of Craven, his continuous impact on the genre for 3 decades in a row, and the path to his 90s masterpiece . We're then joined by Tom Breihan (Stereogum, Av Club) to discuss the film's stacked cast, the John Hughes-esque writing of Kevin Williamson, the sad state of slasher cinema in the early 1990s, and how SCREAM's meta horror approach redefined the genre for a new generation. Stick around after the interview, where we'll reveal our new mini season!   Join our Patreon! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter , Facebook
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Jul 3rd, 1992
Richmond, VA, USA
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3 days, 4 hours
Podchaser Creator ID logo 816760