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Horror Business is an ongoing conversation about Horror Films. Lifelong horror fans Justin Lore and Liam O’Donnell gather monthly to discuss and dissect horror films in a sophisticated yet accessible manner. Academic yet easily digestible. High art washed down with a healthy dose of camp. Pinkies in the air whilst sipping our root beer. You get the picture. On Horror Business Justin and Liam will watch a double feature and go in depth about the films, and each show they will invite you, the listener, to be a part of the conversation.
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Greetings, goofs, weirdos and creepy crawlers, and welcome back to Horror Business, the podcast that will not be threatened by a walking meatloaf. We have got an amazing episode for you this time, and not only because we’re now in double digits, but because this episode we have our first guest, Lehigh Valley horror aficionado and all around great guy Albert Martin! How awesome is that?! Don’t answer that please. We KNOW how awesome it is.
This episode, we tackle the concept of religious horror, but not the classical idea of “religious” horror. Instead of the classics like The Exorcist, The Omen, and Rosemary’s Baby, we chose to deal with two films that instead tackle evil as an objective and abstract concept: 2015’s Baskin and 1987’s Prince Of Darkness.
We start by talking with Albert about his personal background in the horror genre, some of his favorite films, and his personal hobby of collecting horror and other genre merchandise. The appeal of horror films, specifically the sense of comfort and safety, is discussed. We have a side discussion on the value of collecting merchandise, the virtue of being able to find collectible items, and Liam’s woefully small comic book collection. We give a less than enthusiastic review of Lights Out and the Mansfield Cinepolis, and discuss the unique nature of 1997’s Event Horizon as it relates to the topic of this episode of religious horror. We give the Netflix original series Stranger Things a glowing and stellar review. Justin briefly talks about his inability to really invest in the classic religious horror movies due to their using God as a protagonist and his childhood upbringing in a religion that portrayed God as ultimately good and ultimately powerful versus a fallible and not ultimately powerful devil.
Our discussion of Prince Of Darkness begins with talking about how it is one of the lesser known John Carpenter films. Carpenter’s attempt at taking metaphysical concepts and making them physical concepts by explaining them away with quantum physics as a possible shortcoming is discussed, as is Carpenter’s stereotypical characterization of the protagonists as far too arrogant and faithful to science being a possible shortcoming of the film. Albert points out that a possible failure of the film on an initial viewing is that it lacks a central antagonist, as many great horror movies do, and