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Horror Movie Maniacs
117 minutes | 2 days ago
Episode 15: The Thing (1982) - Dirty Drawers and Icy Paws
Peter and Phil take a deep dive into John Carpenter's classic sci-fi horror The Thing. There's a lot to unpack here - who is The Thing? How does someone become The Thing? Would you know if you were The Thing? There are a lot of different theories about this movie, and we talk about most of them. We also go into the story, characters, and the phenomenal special effects that make this a stunning watch. Join us on Twitter @ManiacsHorror For extra bonus weekly content join us on Patreon here
57 minutes | a month ago
End of Year 1 Special!
We have a geekout chat about the first year of our podcast with some listener feedback from you lovely folk. We discuss favourite horror films, favourite non-horror films, what we're going to do in the future and answer some of your questions. How far is too far? When was the last time a movie genuinely scared us? Just why do we like to be frightened in the first place? Topics range far in a fun sprawling way - John Carpenter, Peter Jackson, the Terminator and Alien franchises, Stephen King's IT (all versions of IT), favourite kills and much much more. Join us! Join us on Twitter @ManiacsHorror For extra weekly bonus content join us on Patreon here
107 minutes | a month ago
Episode 14: It Follows (2014) - Sex Terminator
We discuss the 2014 supernatural horror movie It Follows, written and directed by David Robert Mitchell. Due to the deliberate ambiguity of the film we have a lot to unpack - all the ins and outs and various possibilities that the story throws up. What is It? Why is It following? How do you get rid of it? What would you do if it was passed on to you? We also go through a few clever intricate things sprinkled throughout that you may not have noticed on your first watch. What did you think of It Follows? Let us know. Join us on Twitter @ManiacsHorror For extra weekly bonus content join us on Patreon here.
75 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 13: Black Christmas (1974) - Billy No Mates
Hey Agnes! It's me, Billy. To get you all in the festive mood Peter & Phil discuss the classic 1974 slasher movie Black Christmas. Just who is Billy? Why is that guy from 2001: A Space Odyssey smashing up a piano? Why is everyone drinking so much? Is that Lois Lane?!? We talk through the movie, characters, behind the scenes stories and the film's place as possibly the very first slasher movie. Also Peter really loves it and gets quite defensive at times. Join us on Twitter @ManiacsHorror For extra weekly bonus content join us on Patreon here
86 minutes | 3 months ago
Bonus Episode: Ghostwatch (1992) - The BBC's Scary Glory Hole
Our first listener request episode - we discuss the infamous BBC TV movie Ghostwatch from Halloween night 1992, which was presented as a live broadcast from a haunted house. Join Peter, Phil and Pipes the ghost at 41 Foxhill Drive, Northolt as we talk through just why the film was so effective, terrifying a nation and resulting in 30,000 complaints to the BBC resulting in it never being repeated and not even being available for home viewing for 20 years. We discuss the story, presenters, the many sightings of Pipes throughout and our own personal experiences and feelings about it - having finally seen the whole thing! And now, back to you in the studio ... Join us on Twitter @ManiacsHorror or on Facebook here. For extra weekly bonus content (or to commission your very own episode!) join us on Patreon here.
116 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 12: The Fly (1986) - Pretty Spry for a Fly Guy
We discuss the wonderful David Cronenberg sci-fi body horror The Fly from 1986. We go through behind the scenes stories, differences between the movie and the original short story from 1957 (and the original movie from 1958), and the story, actors, music, makeup, special effects and anything else we can think of to gush about. (We like this film very much) Grab your favourite baboon and jump in a telepod with us and Brundlefly as we discuss insect politics. Join us on Twitter @ManiacsHorror For extra weekly bonus content join us on Patreon here
92 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 11: Halloween (1978) - Dog Leg Buffet
Happy Halloween! We discuss John Carpenter's classic Halloween, the movie that catapulted the slasher genre into the mainstream. Join Peter, Phil, Laurie, Dr Loomis and Michael Myers as we go through the film, including behind the scenes stories, the cast, characters, story and we go on a couple of unplanned tangents (as usual!). We also randomly reference Stephen King's IT 3 times for some reason. Pop on a Captain Kirk mask, pull up a dog leg to chew on and join us. Join us on Twitter @ManiacsHorror For extra weekly bonus content join us on Patreon here
101 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 10: Paranormal Activity (2007) - Pavlov's Rumble
We discuss the found footage box office smash Paranormal Activity directed by Oren Peli. During the chat we talk about what makes the film so scary, how it was filmed, and the long road from shooting it to getting it released. Also Phil talks about his own real life (possibly) paranormal experiences and Peter makes a very bold statement about his personal feelings about this movie. Enjoy! Join us on Twitter @ManiacsHorror For extra weekly bonus content join us on Patreon here
88 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 9: The Descent (2005) - Creepy Crawlers?
We discuss Neil Marshall's fantastic and very scary movie The Descent. Join us in a terrifying cave system as we go spelunking with six very tough ladies and possibly something else. Warning - if you've never seen the film we seriously recommend you watch it before listening to this - ideally knowing as little as you can about it. But then definitely listen to this after that. Join us on Twitter @ManiacsHorror For extra weekly bonus content become a patron on Patreon here
83 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 8: Child's Play (1988) - Good Guys Finish Last
Hi! We're Peter & Phil - and we're your friends to the end. We talk through Tom Holland's Child's Play from 1988, created from a story and screenplay by Don Mancini. We discuss the story, the actors, and of course the amazing Chucky puppet (or to be precise, the many Chucky puppets) created by Kevin Yagher. Wanna play? Join us on Twitter @ManiacsHorror For extra weekly bonus content become a patron on Patreon here
120 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 7: Jaws (1975) - Jumping the Shark
We discuss the magnificent Steven Spielberg movie Jaws from 1975. From the beginnings of the story, John Williams' iconic score, through the terrifying shark attacks to the famously difficult ocean shoot. And of course the age old question - is Jaws a horror movie? Join us on Twitter @ManiacsHorror For extra weekly bonus content become a patron on Patreon here
98 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 6: Day of the Dead (1985) - Say Hello to your Aunt Alicia!
Peter & Phil geek out about George A Romero's zombie movie Day of the Dead from 1985. We discuss the story, the themes of the film, the absolutely stunning special effects, plenty of behind the scenes facts and the greatest single zombie in movie history. Join us on Twitter @ManiacsHorror For extra weekly bonus content become a patron on Patreon here
112 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 5: Saw (2004) - Gordon's Alive?
We discuss the first movie in the Saw franchise - directed by James Wan and written by and starring Leigh Whannell. We go through the low budget restraints the film-makers had, the intricate screenplay, great iconic villain, fantastic cast and of course that music. Hello Zepp! Join us on Twitter @ManiacsHorror For extra weekly bonus content become a patron on Patreon here
8 minutes | 10 months ago
Hey there fellow Horror Movie Maniacs, this is a little bonus episode to announce that we now have a Patreon page - for a little bit of money every month you can access exclusive bonus content from us. In this mini episode we go through what we are offering in each tier for our Patreon patrons. Find our Patreon page here Also follow us on Twitter @ManiacsHorror
117 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 4: The Exorcist (1973) - Captain Howdy's Pea Soup Party
We discuss one of the most talked about movies in horror history - William Friedkin's The Exorcist. Did you know it was based on a true story? We go though the movie (both versions), talking about many behind the scenes stories, the cast, the themes and intricacies of the plot as well as our thoughts and feelings about the film. We also discuss Friedkin's filming methods, William Peter Blatty (who wrote the screenplay and the novel it was based on) and the fact that some people to this day believe the movie to be cursed. Join us on Twitter @ManiacsHorror For extra weekly bonus content become a patron on Patreon here A couple more links for your perusal: More info on the true story of Roland Doe Rene Magritte's painting Empire of Light (inspiration for the iconic shot of Merrin arriving at the MacNeil house)
85 minutes | a year ago
Episode 3: A Quiet Place (2018) - Self-isolation Dark Angels
Peter and Phil cannot get together due to the effects of COVID-19, but due to the power of technology, separate microphones and phones we still manage to record and release a podcast. Hopefully it sounds the same! We discuss the fantastic 2018 movie A Quiet Place directed by, starring and co-written by John Krasinski and also starring Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe. Who are the Dark Angels? Where did they come from? How come there are so many similarities to the world of this film and the current state of the world today? We are pleased to offer some entertainment for you all in your self-isolation quarantine. Stay safe. Join us on Twitter @ManiacsHorror For extra weekly bonus content become a patron on Patreon here
108 minutes | a year ago
Episode 2: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) - A Family of Ed Geins
We discuss Tobe Hooper's 1974 movie The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. We have an epic chat about the film, the characters, the actors, the cinematography and an awful lot of behind the scenes stories. Who hated who on set? Is it worth actually torturing actors to create immortal art? Who fancies some Head Cheese? Join us on Twitter @ManiacsHorror For extra weekly bonus content become a patron on Patreon here
76 minutes | a year ago
Episode 1: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) - Johnny Depp's Fountain of Blood
Welcome to our very first episode! Your hosts Peter and Phil discuss Wes Craven's masterpiece from 1984. Can you imagine a world before Freddy Krueger? We talk through the movie, giving behind the scenes trivia as well as our thoughts and feelings about the film. Spoiler alert - we like it. Join us on Twitter @ManiacsHorror For extra weekly bonus content become a patron on Patreon here
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