Dear Final Girl

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#HorrorFam's beloved @beernut1 shares his Horrorigin Story, a tale of classic movies and classic horror from a classy guy who grew up normal except for his love of horror—and a rather traumatic history with the movie Gremlins.
"Then the virus wasn't on TV anymore. It was in the street." Sound familiar? 376 days after COVID lockdown, Lori and Tam watch 28 Days Later in response to a listener letter about losing time, finding perspective and understanding painful times
Am I already messing up this parenting thing before the baby sees the light of day? No Rachel, you're not. In response to this week's letter, Tam and Lori check out Prevenge, the 2016 horror comedy about a newly widowed and pregnant Ruth and he
This episode has everything! Lady Shasha talks growing up a fourth-generation horror fan in Connecticut on a steady diet of HBO, Gore Zone, Elvira, Dean Koontz, drive-ins, Blacula and Buster's Pub & Video. Plus what it's like being one of the f
Relating to others can be murder. Just ask Darling, the title character of Mickey Keating's phenomenal 2015 film. Or ask Janet, whose letter to Dear Final Girl inspired our movie choice for this episode. Tam and Lori talk how we connect, how we
Nothing like a little government insurrection to inspire a watch of They Live! Tam and Lori tackle the individual's role in society, media and messaging, what lies beneath, and what we can still count on when things fall apart. Tune in for the
Do things feel different but somehow still the same? A letter from Purgatory sparks questions about identity as Tam and Lori check out Possessor.
In this Horrorigin Story Episode, Van recalls his childhood as a "mature little person," his initial rejection of movies in the humorous-yet-violent genre, and his eventual introduction to Cronenberg's The Fly. Stay for the discussions of Kafka
A final girl in Nashville struggles with a job that's starting to feel like a trap. Sound familiar? Tam and Lori watch Saw while discussing how to get out, how to cope until you do, and how to find out what you really want so your next move is
There's only one thing wrong with the Davis baby... It's Alive! Lori and Tam take on Larry Cohen's 1974 classic, inspired by @Lando_Horror's Horrorigin Story. Lots of high-caliber acting in this low-budget production with explorations of how au
Check out our return episode and learn how Minnesota winters, watching late-night B-movies with a Pepsi-lovin' grandma, and those awesome 80s VHS covers created a lifelong horror compulsion for @Lando_Horror.
In the season closing episode, Frank (@NewHeyah) recounts the time he found horror with Jason Goes To Hell, rediscovering the genre in '96 with Scream, and re-rediscovering horror more recently with Leprechaun Origins. L&T talk horror as a soli
Dear Final Girl dances into the story of a girl, her mother, and the movie that shaped a lifelong love of horror. This week's origin story comes from writer Valerie Thompson (@ValMThompson).  
This week Tam and Laura reflect on the memorable Horror Origin story submitted by horrorfam favorite @NoKimOnlyZuul. Talking about her earliest experiences with horror gets our intrepid two pondering their own teenage perspectives. It's all in
Leigh Evans (Night of the Horrorphile) discusses how he identified with Leatherface's Texas Chainsaw Massacre, his parents' own devotion to horror films, the harsher realities of growing up in the South, and finding joy in real darkness through
  This week Laura and Tam look out for their friend TJ Denton, artist extraordinaire for Joe Bob's The Last Drive-In, as he helps his mother cope with a painful loss.The episode features the dark and magical film The Lovely Bones (2009), explo
It's all about staying in this week as Tamara and Laura catch a case of Cabin Fever. This time our intrepid hosts are on a quest to discover if the 2016 remake helps break those self isolation blues.
An unforeseen phenomenon pitting science against fear? Some things never change as Dear Final Girl rediscovers 1978's Invasion of the Body Snatchers. A young Donald Sutherland, a bagpipe screeched chorus of Amazing Grace, and a still surprising
On this installment of Horrorigin Stories, Jimmy Detroit talks Dracula, Milwaukee's classic Nightmare Theater with Dr. Cadaverino, finding horror magic at the public library, and how his mom helped him navigate fear. All this plus what it felt
Adapting to extreme conditions can require extreme measures. Laura and Tam find lessons in A Quiet Place for a Final Girl who knows what it's like to tiptoe through threatening situations. Building a life that works when chaos is swirling aroun
In this week's Horrorigin Story, Chris (@boobafett69) shares his memories of watching scary movies in a packed theatre. Chris and Laura share an early link to When A Stranger Calls, and Chris reminds us of the thrill of watching horror late at
On this episode of Dear Final Girl, Tamara and Laura deal with the serious topics surrounding addiction as well as the helplessness of watching someone go through its devastation. It's a chance for the pair to delve into Pet Sematary, a film th
Friends don't let friends watch Troll 2...ALONE. A letter from Justin inspires us to watch the best worst movie ever made and explore the topic of peer pressure. Plus the ill effects of meat eating as Laura orders a second steak.
Horrorgins returns with a new look at the people who love the genre. In honor of Valentine's Day, Martin Shelby (@Gemini_Nights) shares his own first forays into adoring genre fare and beyond.
Everyone has a story about their introduction into horror and Dear Final Girl is ready to listen. This week, artist TJ Denton (@TDenton_1138) reveals the importance of Halloween and Psycho 2 in his love of the genre. 
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