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In today's fear-stive special, Jon and Liam tackle the 1974 movie sometimes described as the grandfather of the slasher genre... and its surprising 2019 remake!
Liam and Jon are happy to welcome this delightful, friendly little fellow to the show... wait, what's he doing with those stinging nettles!?Tune in to find out whether David Firth's most famous creation is worthy of a place in the Hall Of Pain... after we've hidden all the rusty spoons.Just don't expect us to explain what the hell is going on...
Liam's been in hibernation over Christmas, so for today's episode Jon is joined by pal Haydn Kilyan, who brings a wealth of Mortal Kombat knowledge to this in-depth discussion!  Will the long-running franchise's uppercuts, roundhouse kicks, fatalities, babalities, multi-coloured ninjas and kommendable kommitment to putting the letter 'K' at the start of everything be enough to secure its place in the Hall of Pain?
Jon and Liam get their claws into this decade's favourite cross-media internet meme horror sensation... or whatever he is.  Find out whether there's anything behind the faceless stare, or if the Slenderman is all suit and no substance... and whether the long-limbed creep can secure a berth in the illustrious Hall of Pain!
In this episode, Liam and Jon squeeze every drop of plasma out of Bloodborne, From Software's gore-drenched gothic horror video game classic... find out whether the tale of the Hunters of Yharnam can find a place in the Hall Of Pain!Our thanks as always to Ross Budgen for our theme music, and huge apologies to Vaatividya for mangling his name - here's the link to his fantastic Souls, Bloodborne and Sekiro analysis videos:https://www.youtube.com/user/VaatiVidya/featured
Join Liam and Jon as they examine this deeply disturbing 'children's' movie from the 80s, and find out how a talking chicken and the severed head of a moose helped Dorothy to survive a slightly less well-known visit to the kingdom of Oz...
Jon and Liam venture to a submerged city in the depths of the darkest ocean... but is the famed Bioshock series worthy of a place in the Hall Of Pain, or is it looking a little rusty?
A bonus upload this week!  Jon's new cyberpunk thriller, London 2039: Auxiliary, is released on 1st May 2020, so here's a short extract from the novel read by the sinister storysmith himself... is there an untapped market for dystopian science fiction read in a Wigan accent?  YOU DECIDE...
Today's Hall Of Pain wannabe is the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks... to help them make their decision, Jon and Liam are playing through Jon's favourite childhood adventure, Master Of Chaos.  Expect mutants, mercenaries, mongooses (mongeese?) and some decidedly dodgy dice rolls.
In today's episode Jon and Liam are putting the controversial one-off BBC Halloween special Ghostwatch through its paces... tune in to find out whether it packs enough punch to secure a place in the Hall Of Pain!  Highlights include Jon reliving at least two childhood experiences that possibly explain why he's ended up this way.Huge thanks as always to Ross Budgen for our opening theme music, and also to The Real Cheesemakers, whose cataclysmic homage to Mr Pipes closes out the show!
It's the episode we were born to record!  Liam's been a fan of this series since its first entry, while Jon has more recently climbed about the cursed, rot-infested bandwagon... tune in to find out why we both love From Software's masterpiece and its sequels so much!Link to Jon (aka Dave)'s Justgiving page for London Marathon charity run for St John Ambulance:  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-darbyshire-london-2020
Resident Evil is to Liam as Silent Hill is to Jon, so expect a lot of enthusiasm for today's subject!  We scrutinise every aspect of the long-running franchise, including zombies, grotesque eyeball-arms, dodgy voice acting and Mr X's fedora.
In today's episode Liam and Jon are subjecting the soulless husks they call bodies to the Voigt-Kampff test - find out which one is a replicant as they talk cyberpunk and dissect the Blade Runner movies!
In today's episode, Jon and Liam are drenching themselves in the horrifying works of visionary manga artist and writer, Junji Ito.  Ito-san was famously scheduled to be involved in creating the art assets for the cancelled Silent Hills project, but perhaps his most beloved work is the deeply disturbing and utterly unique horror epic Uzumaki... find out if our intrepid hosts enjoyed spiralling into this gruesome creation enough to grant him a place in the (ahem) illustrious Hall Of Pain!
In today's show, Liam and Jon meet a particularly unpleasant individual... but will the brilliant performance of Mark Duplass in this underrated Netflix psychological horror movie gem be enough to secure him a place in the (ahem) world-renowned Hall Of Pain?
The Hall Of Pain already contains writers, artists, movies, TV shows, video games, internet celebrities and even a Disneyland ride... but this episode might just welcome its first ever musical spectacular!  Join Jon and Liam as they analyse the Jeff Wayne retelling of HG Wells' classic novel.
Jon and Liam travel back (and forward, and back again) in time to do battle with the Terminator franchise, which seemingly will not stop... ever... until we are dead.Tune in to find out whether Arnie's blockbusting robot thrillers have what it takes to make it into the Hall Of Pain, or whether this series is getting rusty...
Liam and Jon journey to Royston Vasey to establish whether this sinister British sitcom is worthy of a place in the Hall Of Pain... but did they survive the cannibals, gun-toting lunatics, evil children and escaped zoo animals?
Liam and Jon squeeze every last drop of dread, horror and acid blood out of the Alien franchise - tune in to find out whether the xenomorphs and their creepy android pals can make it into the Hall Of Pain...Huge thanks as always to Ross Budgen for our theme music, and to Ian Holm for being the creepiest android of all time.
Jon and Liam are delighted to welcome Ryan Hamann of the Cane & Rinse podcast stable as the show's first ever special guest!  Together we investigate his favourite theme park ride, as well as learning the inspiration for his Halloween alter-ego 'ghost host'... find out whether his enthusiasm, wit, celebrity status, and generous bribes are enough to secure the alarming attraction a place in the Hall Of Pain...Huge thanks as always to Ross Budgen for our deliciously dark theme music, and now some links for you!Experience the ride itself if you're too scared to visit in person...  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7VIn1EAS80Sound Of Play is the weekly video game music podcast, hosted by Ryan every alternate week.  I've listened to every single episode, because it's ace, but the Halloween specials come particularly highly recommended...2019:  https://caneandrinse.com/sound-of-play-222/2018:  https://caneandrinse.com/sound-of-play-170/2017:  https://caneandrinse.com/sound-of-play-118/2016:  https://caneandrinse.com/sop-65/2015:  https://caneandrinse.com/sound-of-play-27-the-videogame-music-podcast/
Coming soon!!  Dark Natter is the podcast where your favourite works of dark fiction are sliced, diced and dissected for forensic analysis.  Enter the Hall Of Pain, whose creepy custodians Jon Richter (dark fiction writer) and Liam Martin (dark fiction connoisseur) will guide you through a nostalgic, light-hearted examination of your favourite sinister creations.With thanks to Robert Austin, whose ace and creepy tune we have utilised to spine-chilling effect!
Jon and Liam are bringing you a Halloween special episode about... the Halloween franchise!  They've ploughed through all ELEVEN Halloween movies (so you don't have to), and will slash, hack and carve them up to find out whether Michael Myers' long career of carnage is enough to cement his place in the Hall Of Pain... or whether he's just a mouldy old pumpkin.Jon is also shamelessly plugging his new book release, so follow this link if you like collections of short horror stories with shocking twists... https://amzn.to/2PB9yTA
In this debut episode, Jon and Liam discuss the complete works of Stephen King, and decide whether the famed horror writer deserves a place as the inaugural inductee into the Hall Of Pain.  Expect bad jokes, tomfoolery, and bucketloads of spine-chilling terror...Our huge thanks go to Ross Budgen for Something Wicked, his excellent synth tune that we've used as our sinister theme music!
In this episode, Jon and Liam delve into the inner workings of the Silent Hill franchise, examining everything from the original cult classic games to the recently-cancelled Hideo Kojima mega-project, 'Silent Hills'... tune in to find out whether the ailing series can claw its way into the Hall Of Pain!As always, huge thanks to Ross Budgen for the show's brill theme music.
Liam and Jon put The Blair Witch Project - and its sequels - through the Dark Natter wringer to decide whether they're worthy of a place in the hallowed Hall of Pain.  Expect mirth, merriment, monsters and... mucus?Our thanks as always to Ross Budgen for the show's theme tune, and to Rustin Parr for making this all possible.
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Aug 2nd, 2019
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Mar 27th, 2020
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