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76 minutes | Jul 25, 2021
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode CXXVII: Creepy Crawlies
Don’t look in the bathtub. Just don’t! From Itsy Bitsy (2018) Skittering. Scuttling. Swarming. And sometimes… crushing. For millions of people, their greatest fears come with six or eight legs. Yipes! Is something crawling up my leg? AAAAAIIIIEEEE! If finding a spider in your living room sends you screaming back into the kitchen, then you are keenly familiar with the fear of the creepy crawlies. Arachnophobia is a deep-seated primordial fear, something unshakable and unresolvable, and a great source of terror for a horror movie. If the mad science of Hollywood ever comes true those bugs have it in for us. Some of them threaten to cover you in masses in the millions. Other bugs are so toxic and venomous that they will kill you or worse… turn you into one of them. And don’t ignore the possibility of a giant radioactive mantis smushing you into a bloody pulp. And, unlike most horror movie monsters, these critters can get under your skin with scenes literally of flesh crawling epidermal invasions. The invertebrates were here first, and they will almost certainly be here when humans are history. And if we’re to believe Hollywood, those buggers are going to make sure that they do outlive us. The Scariest Things Dares to peek into the attack and brush those cobwebs aside to find some creepy crawly recommendations for our fans. Scratch. Scratch. SCRATCH SCRATCH SCRATCH! Bug! (1975) Bite (2015) Creepshow (1984) Empire of the Ants (1978) Bug (2006) Kingdom of the Spiders (1977) Mimic (1997) Mothra, Godilla KOTM (2019) Queen of Black Magic (2019) LOTR: The Two Towers (2002) Slither (2006) Arachnophobia (1988) Slugs (1988) Squirm (1976) Starship Troopers (1997) Tarantula! (1955) The Nest (1987) The Swarm (1978) The Bees (1978) Fortitude (2015) The Fly (1958) The Fly (1986) The Deadly Mantis (1957) Itsy Bitsy (2018) King Kong (2005) THEM! (1955) Love and Monsters (2020) The Black Scorpion (1957)
76 minutes | Jul 11, 2021
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode CXXVI: Giallo!
Buona sera! If you like your horror with a large slice of salacious, then look to the Italians and their bloody thriller tradition of Giallo. Where to start? Let the Scariest Things point you the way to a bloody good time. If you are a fan of Giallo, you already know. If you’re not familiar with the Giallo tropes, they have been hugely influential on the American slasher films of the 1980s. The Italians have a paperback thriller tradition involving convoluted plots, red herrings, tawdry sex, and brutal stabbings. These books were bound in yellow (giallo) covers and promised danger, sex, and murder most bloody. When Italian filmmakers starting movies that thematically picked up on the paperback craze, the results were game-changing. In 1962, Mario Bava directed Blood and Black Lace, a tale of a knife-wielding murderer loose in a fashion house, it ushered in a level of lurid violence that pushed the boundary of acceptable norms. In America Psycho had pushed the limits two years previously, and Hershel Gordon Lewis ignoring the rules altogether, and now the Italians, free of the MPAA were bringing something entirely more visceral to the cinema table. When the MPAA finally came up with a rating code, Giallo films still pushed the boundary. The amount of explicit sex and gore was still beyond what most in society were used to, and many of the titles never made it to the US, remaining un-rated, or occasionally rated X, before that label became owned by pornography. In the early 1970s, As horror started branching out into big-budget studio productions, the traditional role of low-budget and boundary-pushing films was taken up by the Europeans, through Hammer and Italy. From 1970 to 1975, the heyday of Giallo, dozens of titles were released out of Rome, and the Italians were shooting throughout Europe for these bloody thrillers, with crazy creative titles to entice you to the art-house theater. Eventually, American directors started picking up on the trend overseas, and there became a direct throughline from Giallo films like A Bay of Blood and Deep Red to the American films Friday the 13th, Maniac, and Haloween. The success of the American Slasher would have a significant impact on the Italian scene, as many of the directors would try to break into the lucrative market with films like Lucio Fulci’s The New York Ripper and Dario Argento’s Phenomena were attempts by major Giallo directors to break into the American market, with limited success. The modern American thrillers, like Cruising, Basic Instinct, Fatal Attraction, Dressed to Kill, and Se7en owe a huge debt to the Giallo films, for the advancement of sex-saturated and cutlery infused horror from Italy. Many of these have been considered to be American Giallo, and if you enjoy these films, you most likely will also like their Italian counterparts. Though largely replaced by the American slasher and sexy thrillers by the 1990s, there are still occasional Italian Giallo films released. Dario Argento still makes movies, but it is his artistic craftsmanship and vision that really live on and influence the most current generation of horror directors, particularly Europeans. You can see his influence on Can Evernol (Housewife), Marc Martinez Jordan (Framed), Yann Gonzales (Knife + Heart), Natasha Kermani (Lucky), Panos Cosmatos (Mandy), Hélène Cattet (The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears), and stay tuned for Edgar Wrights Last Night in Soho, which looks very Argento-esque. The primary saturated colors (The magenta and cyan combination is a dead giveaway). The flash of the knives. The sensuality. Fortunately, the newer filmmakers have eschewed the most egregious of the misogynistic ways of the sub-genre. Needless to say, the spirit of Giallo lives on, and The Scariest Things is ready to divulge our favorites for you. A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin (1972) Berberian Sound Studio (2012) Deep Red (1975) Dressed to Kill (1980) Stage Fright (1987) Torso (1973) Knife + Heart (2017) Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key (1972) Cruising (1980)
70 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode CXXV: Horror Documentaries
Rob Zombie, Greg Nicotero, and Eli Roth in Eli Roth’s History of Horror. The best way for you to learn about Horror Films is to read and listen to The Scariest Things. The next best thing to do is to watch a Horror Documentary. You will find a documentary that aligns with your favorite horror tropes. Giallo? Check! Grindhouse? Check! Classic Universal Monsters? That too. In Episode 125, the Scariest Things team reveals nine movies that will increase your knowledge and love of the genre. Donald Pleasance hosts Terror in the Aisles, a compilation of highlights from your favorite genre films. It’s time to get serious about movies with colons: The Horror Documentaries. Too dry you think? Not enough dramatic tension? Not enough character development? Nonsense! Documentaries are endlessly entertaining, and when it’s about what you love to watch, it’s a REALLY easy watch and deepens your love of the genre that much more. The Horror genre offers up a lot of wonderful behind-the-scenes stories. People have a fascination with the creation of the films, the insider Hollywood secrets that give you a peek behind the curtain. And with Horror films, because they are filled with such odd characters and have to operate on shoestring budgets, the stories of these films and the people who make them become compelling central figures for a documentary film. Alfred Hitchcock, George Romero, Roger Corman, William Friedkin, Stanley Kubrick, Larry Cohen, Al Adamson, Jack Pierce… these are all people worthy of extra analysis. But so are some of the forgotten cult films like Monster Squad (Wolfman’s got Nards) and Troll 2 (Best Worst Movie) both of which were initially considered box office and artistic failures, only to find their audiences as underdog cult films decades later. We mention this when we talk about horror film festivals, but the fan base that supports a horror film festival will also desire documentary information about the films they love. We’re wired differently. It is the genre that has legions of fans that will support and defend the outrageous, the daring, and the controversial. For additional Horror Documentary reference, please check out our 20 Great Horror Documentaries Dead List that describes some of the films in discussion in the Podcast Episode 125, but includes many others worth your attention.
68 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 124: I want my Mummies!
A good mummy movie is hard to find! Including Wrestling Women vs. The Aztec Mummy (1964) For a pantheon inhabiting monster, it is odd that a good Mummy movie a rarity. Unlike werewolves and vampires, Mummies got stuck in a familiar trope vortex of sameness. Fear not, though, The Scariest Things has found some buried treasures for you! Most people will agree that the classic Universal Horror Monsters are Count Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, The Wolf Man, The Gill Man, and The Mummy. Of all these legendary monsters, the mummy has probably suffered more than any of his brethren, though every generation will try and come out with a version for new audiences. The problem is that a proper mummy movie often falls precisely into regular tropes that rarely vary: Mummies are Egyptian. Usually. Sometimes they are from Texas. Or China. Or Mexico. But usually Egypt. The mummy is ancient. They are desiccated and usually wrapped in tattered ceremonial bandages. The mummy was a former priest or king who was buried for the sin of forbidden love. Often the lost love is reincarnated in the form of a young English woman. The mummy is discovered by ambitious archaeologists of varying degrees of scruples. The mummy is brought back to life by an ancient hieroglyphic written scroll, often read by a cultish priest. Mummies are stranglers, not flesh-eaters. Mummy movies are usually fairly bloodless as horror movies go. Mummies are slow. They amble. They shamble. Mummies have memories. They recall their previous positions of power and look to consolidate their power and find their minions. Rarely do mummies have mammaries. They are almost always men. Mummies, sadly, aren’t very scary. Sound Familiar? All these anchoring tropes were established in the 1932 Universal The Mummy, starring Boris Karloff. Since then, the vast majority of mummy-themed movies utilize the same script. With the plots of these movies as static as a sarcophagus, it’s not surprising that there hasn’t been a major push for more mummies. 1999’s The Mummy, starring Brendan Fraser and Arnold Vosloo breathed fresh life into a moribund mummyverse and managed to create a mini-trend, but that trend busted with the underwhelming 2017 Universal attempt to re-brand The Mummy with Tom Cruise and Sophia Boutella, which very well may set back our chance to see any new mummies for twenty years. So, team Scariest Things set out to find some quality mummy movie recommendations for you. We determined which of the movies are most emblematic of the tropes, and which mummy movies actually manage to escape the trope trap and give us something a little different in the world of mummies. You will note that two prominent mummy movies will not be on our list. Which ones? You’ll have to give the Podcast a listen! Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb (1971) The Mummy (1932) Bubba Ho-Tep (2002) The Pyramid (2014) Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) Tales from the Darkside (1990) The Mummy (1999) The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emporer (2008) Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955) The Mummy (1959) The Mummy’s Hand (1940) Hotel Transylvania (2012) The Mummy (2017) Wrestling Women vs. the Aztec Mummy (1964) The Monster Squad (1987)
67 minutes | May 29, 2021
A Podcast Extra: An Interview with Actor/Director Ryan Barton-Grimley
Actor-Director-Writer-Comedian Ryan Barton-Grimley The Scariest Things sat down for a fun and lively discussion with director Ryan Barton-Grimley to break down his raucous horror-comedy Hawk and Rev: Vampire Slayers, one of our favorite movies from 2020. One of the joys of doing a Podcast is that you get to interview the people who make the horror we love so much. What makes it even more fun is if you have an accomplished improv comedian as the interviewee. Ryan Barton-Grimley is the star and director of the gonzo silly and gory gem Hawk and Rev: Vampire Slayers. It makes an interview so much more entertaining when you’ve got a comedian storyteller who loves to talk movies, and that was exactly the experience we got for this episode. What follows is one of the most fun experiences we’ve had with a guest on our site, and we could have chatted for hours. Sometimes as an independent filmmaker you end up wearing many hats, and Ryan wrote, directed, and starred in this film. He shares how he approaches directing in front and behind the camera, and how he relies on the years of working with the improv timing with his co-star and long-time partner Ari Schneider to compose the comedic impact. In order to succeed with the classic dumb-buddy / odd-couple comedies, it’s important to have great chemistry between the leads. Barton-Grimley and Schneider have a particularly close relationship which allows them to play off each other extraordinarily well, and that bond comes through in the movie with great timing and goofy consistency. “No staking!” The unlikely duo of a homeless, awkward, and paranoid rent-a-cop and his best friend who is a burned-out beach hippie gardener was a stroke of genius. It’s an accentuation of characters through contrast at the extreme edges. Hawk and Rev has some serious ’80s essence to it, and Ryan talks about the influences from his youth and how he took his love from movies like Rambo, Westerns, and The Lost Boys and channeled that into his doofus-buddy vampire film. The Scariest Things has challenged Barton-Grimley to do a horror-western, so if it happens, you know how that seed got planted. Our listeners will appreciate how naturally gregarious this man is, and he will make you a fan. As a preview treat, he gives us some insight into his next project, the abduction thriller Listen Carefully, scheduled for release later this year, so you’ll get a chance to hear him describe this project and what else he would like to attempt next. This movie was one of Liz William’s favorite films of last year, and it ended up garnering nominations for our 2021 Thingy Awards, for The Abbott and Costello Award for Best Use of Humor in a Horror Picture, and a nod to Jana Savage for best-supporting actress in a horror film. You can stream Hawk and Rev through Amazon Prime. So, ya down with the RBG? We, at The Scariest Things, are. Give this a listen and I’m sure you will be too!
54 minutes | May 16, 2021
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode CXXIII: The 2021 Thingy Awards Show!
It’s time to celebrate the best of horror from 2020, with the third annual Thingy Awards! Once again, we summoned a jury of expert horror aficionados to determine the worthy winners from a pool of great (if perhaps under-seen) scary movies. Raise the curtain and let’s hand out some awards! 2020 was a strange year for everyone, and that includes how we got to watch movies. For most of the year, we couldn’t go to the theater, but that didn’t stop us from getting some awesome horror films. The trick was how to find them. In the end, there were several worthy films that would have shined in any year, we just had to catch them at the festivals or catch them streaming. The strength of the independent film in horror was never more evident than this year. The big studios managed to get a few movies out at the beginning of the year, before the pandemic, and then late in the year a few trial balloons were sent up as theaters began to open, but if you wanted to catch most of the best of the films you had to go to the festivals. Fortunately for many, the festivals came to us in streaming form. Certainly, our jury struggled this year a little more than in years past, as the ability to catch a lot of the films proved tricky. But have no doubt, there will be at least a few films that were awarded here that will live on in horror history lore. It was also a really good year for foreign films, and Indonesian films, in particular. If you haven’t gotten aboard that train, there’s still room on the platform. All of our nominees are available streaming now and we had links for all our jurors to catch any of the films they may have missed. If you are curious about any of the movies, please go back to our Nomination Page and click on the streaming links to watch the best of 2020’s horror offerings. Also, we have many of our horror shorts available for full viewing for free on our Best Horror Shorts of 2020 link. Without further ado…the envelope, please! 32 Malasana Street (2020) Anything for Jackson (2020) Attack of the Demons (2020) Blood Machines (2020) Blood Quantum (2020) Bloody Hell (2020) Breaking Surface (2020) Dark (2020) The Dark and the Wicked (2020) Freaky (2020) Gretel and Hansel (2020) Host (2020) The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020) Hawk and Rev: Vampire Slayers (2020) His House (2020) The Hunt (2020) Impetigore (2020) The Invisible Man (2020) Jumbo (2020) Lapsis (2020) La Llorona (2020) Love and Monsters (2020) Lovecraft Country (2020) Lucky (2020) Making Monster (2020) May the Devil Take You Too (2020) Murder Bury Win (2020) The Night (2020) The Platform (2020) Promising Young Woman (2020) Queen of Black Magic (2020) Relic (2020) The Rental (2020) Scare Me (2020) Sea Fever (2020) Shakespeare’s Shitstorm (2020) Sputnik (2020) Swallow (2020) Synchronic (2020) Uncle Peckerhead (2020) Underwater (2020) VFW (2020) The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs (2020) Vampires vs the Bronx (2020) What We Do in the Shadows (2020) The Witches (2020) Witness Infection (2020) Yummy (2020)
69 minutes | May 9, 2021
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode CXXII: The Best Horror Mothers
Lili Taylor in The Conjuring (2013) Happy Mothers Day! The archives of horror films are filled with great matriarchs. It’s the strongest, and often the most important relationship of our lives, and the horror genre takes full advantage of all the emotional triggers of all things mommy. So, tell me about your mother. In horror movies, the answer can be… complicated. You get your abusive moms. Your haunted moms. Your freaked out pregnant moms. Your mom is a monster. And you get your heroic protector moms. And sometimes you get the monster protector moms! Again, complicated. But that core relationship of the devoted, and sometimes TOO devoted mother has a proud tradition in the genre. The Freudian and Oedipal themes cut deep in horror. Where would the genre be without Jason Vorhees and Norman Bates? These weren’t the healthiest relationships. These villains would be nothing without their “special” relationships with their mothers. The same goes for the deviant clan in Mother’s Day. I love you so much mom! Let’s go kill some of the locals for you. Sound like a plan? Sometimes the love and devotion can be taken in completely the wrong way, and it doesn’t help when the mom in question is a psychopath, herself. Ah, mom issues. Often, horror mothers get subjected to being the role of the victim having to watch horrible things happen to their families. Think about poor Chris McNeil (Ellyn Burstyn), a professional mom seeing her child become possessed in front of her. It was no small thing that Chris was a single mother in the ’70s facing this terrifying situation largely by herself. Other notable single moms having to contend with raising children with “issues” include Amelia (Essie Davis) in The Babadook and Lynn Sear (Toni Collette) in The Sixth Sense, whose struggles with understanding their boys drive them to the emotional and mental precipice. In some cases the moms refuse to let the evil destroy their families. Think of Diane Freeling (Jo Beth Williams) who watches her children and her home get consumed by the evil Poltergeist. She takes an active rescue plan and goes full hero mode to great success. Annie Graham (Toni Collette) did not fare as well in Hereditary. Two devoted mothers struggling with madness and supernatural menace… and having two completely different results. It helps to have a family that when under siege is tightly knit and loving. Poor Annie was doomed, as the stresses were more internal than external and her family got syphoned into hell. That’s a rough go. Contemporary trends have moms taking a more assertive protective role with their kids. The dedicated efforts of Evelyn Abbot (Emily Blunt) to protect her kids, and her soon-to-be-born baby in A Quiet Place were superhero-worthy. In Us, Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) battles against vicious doppelgangers of her entire family and when pressed goes full alpha to defend her flock. It wasn’t that the respective dads were passive here either, but when momma needs to show her claws, there’s a ferocity and dedication that only a mother can bring. Moms. Essential horror elements. Here’s an image roster of some of the great moms in horror movie history. Many of these will be very familiar, but if you listen in to the Scariest Things Podcast Episode 122, we’ll bring up a few treasures that you may not have been aware of! Susan Tyrell in Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981) Susanne Wuest in Goodnight Mommy (2014) Catherine Walker in A Dark Song (2016) Kathleen Turner in Serial Mom (1994) Dee Wallace in Cujo (1983) Samantha Eggar in The Brood (1979) Malin Ackerman in The Final Girls (2015) Zoe Kazan in The Monster (2016) Godzilla vs. Mothra (1964) Lupita Nyong’o in Us (2019) Sigourney Weaver in Aliens (1987) Toni Collette in Hereditary (2018) Essie Davis in The Babadook (2014) Betsy Palmer in Friday the 13th (1981) Piper Laurie in Carrie (1976) Norman Bates’s Mother in Psycho (1960) Emily Blunt in A Quiet Place II (2021) Jo Beth Williams in Poltergeist (1982) The Other Mother: Coraline (2009) Toni Collette in The Sixth Sense (1999) Gaby Hoffman in Lyle (2016) Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby (1968) Angelina Jolie in Beowulf (2007) Eun Joo Ho in A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) Beatrice Pons in Mother’s Day (1980) Ellen Burstyn in The Exorcist (1973) Katee Sackhoff in Oculus (2013) Alysson Paradis in A’Linterieur (2007)
62 minutes | Apr 25, 2021
The Scariest Things Podcast: Episode CXXI: Horror Westerns
Howdy partner! The western expanse is big and full of terrors. I’d be careful out there if I were you. A man can go missing out there right quick if you’re not careful. The Scariest Things heads west along the trail of much bloodletting as we examine Horror Westerns in Episode 121. The lonesome prairie can be home to some of the curious mash-ups in cinema, the Horror-Western. The heydey of the western film, and the high spirited manifest destiny and swaggering cowboys have given way to the more cynical post-modern take on the western experience. It is this darker take on the settling of the West that horror directors have found a companion genre. Both the western and horror genres can marry up the themes of violence, revenge, loneliness, the unknown wilderness, and society on the edges. There are a plethora of haunted gunslinger films that lack inspiration, largely because they take the surface level of both genres. But when a filmmaker gets under the skin of both mediums and taps into the visceral shared context you can find some magic. Even the modern neo-western-noir has horror variants. John Carpenter’s Vampires, Tremors, The Hills Have Eyes, The Hitcher, It Stains the Sands Red, and From Dusk Til Dawn are all westerns at heart, and rely upon the freedom of the road, and the freedom to make your own way (and hide) out in the great expanse of the west. It’s not just cowboys vs ghosts. You’ll find all aspects of the horror genre here if you look for it. Zombies. Psychological Horror. Cannibals. Vampires. Dinosaurs. Mutants. UFO’s. The Scariest Crew examines all sides of the horror-western and picks out some films for you to get familiar with. Here’s a roster of notable horror westerns, including our top picks for you to check out! God Monster of Indian Flats Blood Quantum Billy the Kid vs. Dracula Bone Tomahawk Dead Birds Near Dark The Burrowers Ravenous The Dark and the Wicked John Carpenter’s Vampires The Valley of Gwangi The Hills Have Eyes Tremors It Stains the Sands Red Feast From Dusk Till Dawn The Hitcher Southbound The Vast of Night Wolf Creek
77 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Podcast Extra: A Conversation with Murder Bury Win Director Michael Lovan
Sometimes when you find a film, you connect with it. And sometimes when you write about this film connection, the director of the film wants to share his love of creating the film with you. Such was the case with Michael Lovan, and his film, Murder Bury Win, and he sat down to discuss all things about this firecracker of a movie with The Scariest Things. How to deal with a corpse: Henry Alexander Kelly, Erich Lane, and Mikelen Walker in Murder Bury Win. One of our favorite films from the genre circuit last year was Murder Bury Win, a thriller/comedy/horror adjacent title that worked its way through the festival circuit and is releasing Blu-Ray and DVD copies of the movie, as well as announcing the streaming release on iTunes. The director, Michael Lovan, sat down to chat with Eric about making his movie, board games, and what it is like to find success this early in his movie-making career. Michael did this movie on something akin to a whim. He is not one of those directors who worked his way through the industry through short film creation, nor is he a product of the Hollywood film production engine. He’s been a writer for the video game industry and had an idea in mind and he found the right person to make this movie happen. Though trained at UCLA’s film school, you would not know from his movie that this was his narrative feature debut. The film has garnered a lot of recognition as it has been picked up and won awards in a number of film festivals, which is something he has essentially managed without a whole lot of insider assistance. He wrote, directed, and has a minor role in the Murder Bury Win, and he took some time to share his experience with the Scariest Things. Murder Bury Win is a story of the creative process, through the lens of the board gaming world. It celebrates the joys of coming up with an idea, selling the idea, seeing that idea FAIL, getting a second chance, and having that second chance become fools gold. It is about betrayal and stubborn determination, and ethics, but above all else, it is FUN. You will see this film nominated for several Thingy Awards, and you can also see a write-up from Robert’s interview with Mr. Lovan here. What are you going to do with that bear trap? Erich Lane, Mikelen Walker, and Henry Alexander Kelly in Murder Bury Win. Craig Cackowski in Murder Bury Win.
47 minutes | Apr 12, 2021
Podcast Extra: An Interview with Jakob’s Wife director Travis Stevens!
One of the big features released in the SXSW Film Festival Midnighter selections was Travis Steven’s sophomore feature effort, Jakob’s Wife, starring genre icons Barbara Crampton and Larry Fessenden. It was a wonderful character study of a middle-aged woman finding the most unusual (and bloody) way to break out of a mid-life crisis. The Scariest Things got a chance to break down this remarkable film with Travis. We had a great time talking with Travis, as he has something of an unusual path to directing horror movies. He has been producing films since 2009, with 27 producing credits to his name including work on some terrific horror titles like Starry Eyes, We Are Still Here (where he worked with Crampton and Fessenden), and XX, plus two fantastic genre documentaries Jodorowsky’s Dune and 24×36: A Movie About Movie Posters. He took this insiders knowledge of the trade which gave him a very different perspective and entry point when he decided to cut his teeth on directing, starting with 2019’s Girl on the Third Floor starring C.M. Punk, about a man trying to renovate an old brothel with a dark past into a home for himself and his expectant wife. Jakob’s Wife is his second feature, and not only is it boosted by the sterling presence of his stars Crampton and Fessenden, but he also got the services of some other horror stalwarts like Bonnie Aarons (THE Nun), Sarah Lind (Wolf Cop), and Robert Rusler (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2). So clearly the man has access to a higher standard of screen talent, as well as the bona fides when entering a film festival like SXSW. Even in just his second film, you can see the development of Steven’s directing skill. The narrative transitions are smoother. The dramatic beats are more on point. The connective tissue and the layers of the characters are subtle but very much present. Humor is injected where needed, and the pace of the film never lags, offering up sufficient horror action to satisfy the gorehounds. Come for the character study, stay for the dismemberment! The character study actually has deeper resonance in this film than you might recognize. It is a very personal and biographical context to this film. Once you hear Travis describe how he approached the theming of this moment, you will see it with a whole new perspective, and it’s AWESOME. It is also a movie that evolves, as the characters emerge from their doldrums and into a more, shall we say… active… life change. The transitions the characters make are echoed with pinches of humor and the gleeful gore and violence that makes up the second half have actual plot symbolism, and it is fascinating to hear Stevens dissect this process. Travis was a great guest, and we hope and believe that this film will be a solid marker for him and a stamp of validation for his decision to jump into the director’s chair. I hope you enjoy this interview with an emerging talent in the horror directing field.
68 minutes | Apr 5, 2021
The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: SXSW Recap
South by Southwest (SXSW), the biggest arts and culture festival in the US had a fully virtual presentation in March. Mike and Eric take a moment to discuss the Midnighter Films presented at the big Austin streaming showcase.
54 minutes | Mar 25, 2021
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode CXIX: Horror Movies We are Looking Forward to in 2021
For those of you who pay attention to Roman Numerals, you might have figured out that we got a little out of sequence. Yep, we skipped Episode 119 in our excitement to record HEAVY METAL HORROR. But that does not diminish our anticipation for the offerings for 2021. We've got our prognostications we're never (read: surprisingly often) wrong!
74 minutes | Mar 14, 2021
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode CXX: Heavy Metal Horror!
Put on your best spandex, studded leather straps, and break out the hairspray. It’s time for Heavy Metal Horror! Your professors for this episode are Mike and Liz, true metalheads both, as Eric plays the role of the general population of metal familiar, but not metal saturated fandom. Holliston Trick or Treat (1986) Suck (2009) The Devil’s Candy (2015) Few things in popular culture as naturally fitting as horror movies and heavy metal music. These truly are two great dark tastes that go great together, like chilis and dark chocolate, soaked in blood. And baked in a hellfire oven, and serve HOT! Turn the volume up to 11! The ’80s forged the permanently linked bonds with horror, in the conservative Reagan era ethos. For suburban parents across the world, the cultural enemies to their way of life were twofold: heavy metal music and video nasties. And the kids of suburbia, particularly the disaffected children of the era, took that as a cue to indulge heavily in both. The rebellious spirit of the era against the plastic safeness of the times forged a bond of blood with the fans of both. As dark and serious as the music that inspired the movies were, the movies tended to be a bit on the silly side. Producers were quick to recognize the appeal of both of these genres to teenagers, and the resulting products were a bit on the safe side as the horror movies go. Many of the prominent films of this genre were released to capitalize on the trends just after the peak of slasher films and hair metal. In retrospect, these movies proved to be quite as fearsome as the moral majority may have feared. But, both of these genres continue on to modern times. As We Summon the Darkness and Deathgasm show, there is a deep love of this marriage from hell that lives on today, in a bit of a nostalgic twist. With the amount of ’80s retrospectives like Stranger Things, It, and all those Ti West movies, it would not surprise us if there comes a great hair metal period piece offering in the near future. Somebody call Kirk Hammett! Oh, and thank you, Canada, for providing us with so much heavy metal horror! Black Roses (1988) Cradle of Fear (2001) Deathgasm (2015) Rock and Roll Nightmare (1987) The Gate (1987) We Summon the Darkness (2019)
67 minutes | Feb 28, 2021
The Scariest Things Podcast: Episode CXVIII: The Worst Horror Films of 2020
If this doesn’t sum up 2020, I don’t know what does. It’s time to throw shade and usher in the worst horror films of 2020. In a truly awful year, we just didn’t get a whole lot of movies released, reducing the pool of the bad movies as well as the good movies. If you were going to describe the years less than stellar movies, I think you’d say they were disappointing rather than infuriating. But there’s still plenty for us to throw shade at in this episode. The Scariest Things gets our adrenaline up, discussing our worst films of 2020. Oh, sure they look interesting. But get close to them, and you’ll understand. The same goes for the films on our list! For the Scariest Things, time is valuable. We don’t get paid to do this, and we do this for the love of film, so we tend to avoid movies that just scream “We didn’t even try! Come watch our lousy film!” So, what we usually fall prey to is watching the occasional boring independent film. (It’s true, those exist… and to be honest, more often than we’d like.) Considering how much we live to promote the small, plucky production, we have to admit sometimes they fall flat, or the directors show their inexperience jumping from the short format to the feature-length production. The sin for many of the directors making the jump from the short film to the feature-length format is that they don’t have a subject that can take up the full run time. (Ari Aster being a big exception.) As a result, the films can really lose momentum and end up drowning in the shallows of their own making. They try, and they have the kernel of good ideas, but the unfortunate side effect of the slow-burn is the potential to make a movie that is BORING. I don’t enjoy picking on indie films, but this year The Yellow Night, Daytime Nightmares, Sunset on the River Styx, and Nina of the Woods all made me bored to the point of sleepy. Not all festival fare is inspiring and invigorating. In due diligence, your intrepid reviewer, Eric, will take one for the team and watch a bunch of the wide-release films that have not, shall we say, received glowing reviews. But, there is a line in the sand that even Eric will not cross. And that’s a $20 early access price to watch Fantasy Island (Metacritic 22) to see if it’s as bad as everybody says it was. The same holds true for the remake of The Craft Legacy. (Metacritic 54) When that movie is available for free, I’ll take my chances, but if the rumors are true, why spend valuable time and earnings on a mediocre film. I also heard the remake of The Grudge (Metacritic 41) fell woefully short. And, considering I didn’t like the original The Boy, I wasn’t about to sign up for the similarly maligned Brahms: The Boy II (Metacritic 29). In order to investigate what the major studio fare had to offer up this year, as I usually suspect stinkers to reside in the watered-down fare that is big production house safe-horror, I did manage to get to see Freaky, The Invisible Man, Underwater, New Mutants, Gretel and Hansel, You Should Have Left, and The Turning. The Invisible Man was fantastic (I’m a little embarrassed even mentioning it with the rest of these films… it’s how you do right by studio horror) Some of them were enjoyable, a couple were yawners, and ONE of these films managed to end up on my disreputable list for the year. Liz managed to find films this year that she was really looking forward to, only to be left disappointed. She is, by her own admission, a “switcher offer” and won’t put up with a movie that immediately announces its skunky tendencies. But when she got someone else invested in watching it with her family or friends that she was obliged to watch it to the bloody finish. Mike was lured in by the promise of a cool poster, or a director’s reputation, or by the request of a filmmaker to get a review… and got the old dumpster switcheroo. Sometimes you follow up on a promising lead and it leads to a museum of terror wonderment. Sometimes it’s a terror outhouse. And this year, with the slim pickings for horror movies, he stumbled into some material he regrets. Our criteria may vary, and your mileage may vary, but take from our reviews… buyer beware! For those of you who indulge in movies so bad they are good, I don’t think you’re going to find much enjoyment factor from these films, but you are welcome to subject yourself to these movies and let us know that we were WRONG. Here’s a roll call of the contenders for our worst of report: The Yellow Night 1BR Antebellum Fantasy Island Hunted Promising Young Woman The Doorman The Grudge New Mutants The Pale Door Possessor The Barge People Brahms: The Boy II Daytime Nightmare The Craft Legacy Nina of the Woods The Turning You Should Have Left
52 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode CXVII: Action Horror!
Do you like your horror with a side order of bullets? Do you find that horror and kung fu are completely compatible? Do you wish there were more superhero horror tales? This week we’re talking action-horror in episode 117! Lights! Camera! Start the squibs! Dog Soldiers (2002) Blade (1998) 30 Days of Night (2007) Train To Busan (2017) Action-horror movies are the ones where the protagonist have a literal fighting chance for much of the movie. The power gap between the monsters and the humans is not quite as wide as it is with many others in this genre, and the good guys dish it out just about as well as the bad guys. Some say that these movies aren’t horror because the fear is absent from the action-horror sub-genre. But, for those of you who saw Aliens for the first time in the theater, you know what a white knuckle thrill ride that was in the theater. That’s not to say that the monsters are at a disadvantage. Not at all. The road through an action horror movie is paved with the corpses of the would-be tough guys until you reach the final confrontation. Sometimes you get the nearly unkillable monster who ends up going toe-to-toe with the equally unkillable hero (Predator, Pitch Black). Sometimes you get a well-armed group of survivors who have to outlast the teeming hordes of creatures (Dawn of the Dead, The Descent). Action-Horror is a big tent. It covers western-horror, kung-fu horror, superhero horror, war-horror, and many thrillers. One of the things that remains a constant, is that this corner of the horror universe might be the most viscerally fun corner of horror cinema. These are movies, when done right, will have you cheering and pumping your fists in the air. There is a vicarious joy in seeing the protagonists fight back. This is also a trope heavy section of the genre. The headshot. The noble sacrifice. The boss battle. The horde. The big speech. If these elements make your pulse race, then this is where you live, cinematically. Check out what we at the Scariest Things Dead Snow (2009) Tremors (1990) The Guest (2014) From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
54 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode CXVI: Our Favorite Horror Trailers (Part II)
Our guest podcaster, John Foley, wrote the trailer for The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe. We’re back for more horror movie trailer talk! The discussion about The Scariest Things continues, with the help of trailer writer/producer John Foley. With so much content to cover in Episode 116, we had to split it into two segments! If you haven’t caught the first half, go back and listen to it to hear John Foley explain the thought process behind trailer creation. In this segment, the Scariest Team each brings our second and third picks for our favorite trailers. In this segment’s selections, a couple of the movies exemplify the role of a trailer in the overall marketing campaign of a movie. The trailer is just a part of the hype machine, and when working with a good movie poster, and nowadays a good viral media campaign, early word-of-mouth excitement can build. A poorly done trailer or poster could make it an uphill climb for the movie’s box office returns. Also, we have one of the most innovative horror trailers in history. It has no characters and no real narrative, but it is absolutely memorable. It’s the kind of trailer that can only be made if the director and production team have enough cache from their previous efforts that would allow for an unconventional trailer. You’ll know it when you see it. So, here are the rest of our picks. To get our takes on these trailers, give our podcast a listen! John’s Second Pick: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) A perfect example of how to properly pay homage to an original, and yet stake out its own turf. This trailer builds with the transformation of the music. John has some wonderful insights on the creation of this trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=janre4HxsX4 Liz’s Second Pick: The Blair Witch Project (1999) Here is a revolutionary trailer, that stretched the shaky-cam authenticity to the maximum. The whole viral campaign brought such a Note: scroll down and see the image for Four Flies on Grey Velvet! A coincidence? I doubt it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBZ-POVsrlI Eric’s Second Pick: Hellraiser (1988) The power of the testimonial endorsement by Stephen King, and Gothic imagery the likes we had never seen before. Sexy and disturbing, in a way that showed off Clive Barker’s massive imagination at play. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mOn4h0lgKQ Mike’s Second Pick: The Shining (1980) For those of you listening to the podcast, you don’t get the scrolling narrative, and the literally splashy imagery, but you do get the full impact of distorted and atonal music from Wendy O Williams that will set your nerves on edge. Only someone like Kubrick could get away with this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-tgsURVNrI John’s Third Pick: The Woman in Black (2012) John wrote this trailer, including the rhyme in it. It’s a trailer that runs against the convention of the modern trailer, employing little musical cues, poetry, and suggestive imagery to create an atmosphere, rather than trying to go full exposition with jump scares. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnY0fEV30Wk Liz’s Second Pick: Hereditary (2018) How do you show a lot of powerful imagery and spoil absolutely nothing? You do it like this! It also is a masterpiece of misdirection, setting audiences to expect one thing going into the film, adding to the big surprises that await. The subterfuge is intentional, and perfectly done. You don’t feel cheated, but rewarded as a result of the twisting of expectations. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6wWKNij_1M Eric’s Third Pick: Don’t Breathe (2016) This is how you reveal the outline of the plot to get you interested without spoiling anything major. It gives you the fundamental issues. And it also beautifully captures the hold your breath necessity of this movie (and the trailer!). This, and Quiet Place, but this did it first. Stephen Lang is so scary and intimidating, and the trailer feels like a microcosm of the feature. One minor spoiler (the fate of Money) is I think OK to show, but the BIG moments in the movie are not spoiled. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76yBTNDB6vU Mike’s Third Pick: Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971) Groovy old school Giallo! You have to love the baritone voice over, a staple of the seventies. Lots of screaming. Lots of hyperbolic declarations. This also emphasizes the trademark Argento first person attacker’s eye view. Cudgel smash! Needle jab! Knife drop! How this movie was PG, I have no idea. (Maybe it’s just the trailer that’s PG… ) Also, I can’t help but note the similarity in the shot in this trailer that marries up to Heather Donahue monologue imagery. (Minus the snot) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXYACo_8AXM
48 minutes | Jan 24, 2021
The Scariest Things Episode CXVI: Our Favorite Horror Trailers Part I
Coming soon, to a theater near YOU! Are you the type of person to check out a trailer as soon as it hits the internet? Well, this episode is tailor made for you. The Scariest Things is joined by John Foley, a veteran trailer producer and horror fan, to discuss our favorite horror trailers. To avoid fainting, keep repeating to yourself, “It’s only a movie! It’s only a movie! It’s only a movie!” The Last House on the Left For many people, the first engagement with a horror movie is the movie trailer. And, as the adage goes “You Never Get a Second Chance at a Great First Impression”, so the trailer represents one of the most important marketing elements to a movie. John Foley is on board to dissect the creative process behind the making of movie trailers. It’s a whole side-industry for Hollywood, usually operating independently from the studio that produces it. Why would a movie release control of one of the most important marketing aspects to a film? John is on board to help answer this question, and the rationale for how trailers get built. Not only have the Modern movie trailers gotten longer, but they have become a bit of a canned formula. Because of the success of really successful movies before them, the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” adage has been in full effect for the past twenty years, at least. The three part narrative structure adopted by trailer creators has become a distilled version of foreplay, all in an effort to heighten anticipation in as little time as possible. Watch this video clip… does this ring familiar? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAOdjqyG37A Granted, this is the formula for an action picture. But horror movie trailers have their own formulas. The jump scare (super handy for a trailer), shrieking dissonant sounds, the merest glimpse of the monster/villain, and screaming young women fleeing from SOMETHING. The trick with horror film trailers is not to spoil the fatalities of main characters, but redshirts are fair game. Even with all that said, we love our trailers. We post new and exciting trailers on our site. It’s the invitation to the scary, and without some sort of a preview, it becomes harder to convince somebody to spend two hours in the dark, and subject themselves to be spooked. T The great thing about horror movies, particularly low budget horror movies, is that they take chances. There are no big VFX things to be revealed. You need to get creative on a budget. No better an example than The Blair Witch Project’s multi-pronged internet driven viral media campaign, so successful that it had people convinced it was a true story. The similarly micro-budgeted Paranormal Activity used packed cinema reactions as a very effective endorsement. Showing the audience reaction in masse jumping out of their seats is more golden than any movie critic’s review. Authenticity wins! Of course… Blumhouse found so much success with this trailer that they did it again with The Conjuring, and now it’s a bit of a trope in and of itself. Of course, it really helps that the movies are authentically scary and these are real reactions. It makes you miss seeing scary movies in a packed theater, doesn’t it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5od3NGHrXrI Another wonderful thing about horror movie trailers is the unabashed hyperbole that they are willing to pitch to an audience. So SHOCKING! So TERRFYING! You WON’T BELIEVE YOUR EYES! Horror movies can’t bank on Oscar Winning actors (usually) so go for the jugular with promises of something that will tap into your base emotions. Perhaps since the audience was pitched at impressionable teenagers (and kids) going all in on exaggeration was the best way to convince them to go to the drive in. Behold these classic trailers from the 1950’s! THEM! (1954) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4URRp39XOo The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYzYHgC2EOs The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1953) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYzYHgC2EOs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svyPswixryM It’s too bad that this type of trailer has come and gone. It will be very interesting in the future to see what people think of trailers from the early 21st Century. The Scariest Things does indeed identify some fantastic recent vintage trailers. I do love a good trailer. I am after all, one of those trailer junkies who will jump on a trailer as soon as it hits YouTube…and then I usually share it with you all! What movie trailers got your butts into a cinema seat? Note: This is part 1 of 2, as we had so much to offer in this episode that we broke it into two parts. Our second and third rounds will be in part 2. We have included the trailers that we will be discussing in the Podcast below. For our impressions on these trailers, make sure to listen to this episode and the next one! John’s Pick #1: Magic (1978) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GY1oeoVD_zI Liz’s Pick #1: The Last House on the Left (1972) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gftu8RjqJ_o Eric’s Pick #1: Slither (2006) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0LiSIJIDgU Mike’s #1 Pick: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbBfA20tJG0
42 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: The Lloyd Kaufman Interview!
Mr. Troma, himself: Lloyd Kafuman! Provocateur, carnival barker, secret intellectual, comedian, and instigator: the great Lloyd Kaufman is joining The Scariest Things to talk about his latest and greatest offering, #Shakespeare’s Shitstorm! Never boring, often crass, but always gracious, it was fantastic for the Scariest Things to spend some with the Mayor of Tromaville. What a wild ride! A dream interview for Eric and Mike, we got a chance to have a discussion with the B-Movie legend, the creator of many films that were formative in our somewhat dubious movie canon. Thanks to our friends at Another Hole in the Head Film Festival who were showing his movie as the headlining act, we were able to spend some talking with Lloyd about his new film and about If you enjoy an engaging and hot-button discussion from everything from our current political culture to Andy Warhol to Iambic pentameter and Oliver Stone, you’re in luck! Kaufman is much more than the clownish persona that he often portrays in his film, he has a brilliant intellect, and always has a point to make. Ed Wood, he is not. Yes, the movies come from the very bowels of the B-movie pool, and yes, the films can be chaotic and tasteless… but as Mike likes to say just because it’s stupid doesn’t mean it’s dumb. There is real thought behind his movies, underneath the Geek show veneer. Apologies in advance for the audio quality of this production. We had some issues with Skype and ended up having to record (GASP) off of a cell phone. Fortunately, Lloyd sounds fantastic. Mike and Eric got lost in the Shitstorm and the echo got kind of nasty, with Mike drifting away in a lifeboat. But what a wonderful discussion, and we’ll do it again! (And TOTALLY redeem ourselves!) Don’t forget to get all your Troma treats at Troma Now, the streaming services for Troma’s vast library plus so many more other underground and cult films. Lloyd Kaufman in his latest film #Shakespeare’s Shitstorm Thanks again to Troma, and Lloyd for joining us. It was a real treat getting to do this! We hope you enjoy this as much as we did in interviewing him. PS: Mike was right, the Tempest was one of the Bard’s final plays.
86 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode CXV: The Best Horror Films of 2020
Well, that was a year, wasn’t it? True life horror didn’t need much help, but independent horror came to the rescue. Many of the most anticipated studio productions like A Quiet Place 2, Spiral, Halloween Kills, and Antlers never made it to the big screen this year, but thanks to streaming Festivals, there were some great offerings to be had this year if you knew where to look. COVID 19 at the outset threatened to wipe movies from the pop culture landscape in 2020. But, the beauty of streaming festivals really open the doors to fans across the country and by bringing the festival to you, there are opportunities to get in on the action without having to get on a plane to attend the festivals… and I probably watched more horror films this year, as a result. Shudder, Amazon, and Netflix are doing respectable work getting films to us via streaming, and instead of a dearth of films we got a wealth of horror. I think in twenty years when we look back at the year that was 2020, the movie that will be emblematic will be The Host, which received near-unanimous Scariest Things plaudits. Horror by ZOOM, what could be more appropriate? 2020 is notable for the undeniable rise of Indonesian Horror, with three big titles arriving in this year’s festival crop including Impetigore, May the Devil Take You Too, and most spectacularly, Queen of Black Magic. There is little doubt that they are producing some of the scariest movies in the world right now, and are going to be a source of many great films. Also, it has been remarkable that the racial reckoning that 2020 brought was represented in a number of films as if possessing some prescient understanding of what would flare up this year.. Lovecraft Country has proved to be a hit for HBO Max, and manages to deliver Lovecraftian horror while flipping the racial sensitivities that H.P. believed on its head. The Obituary of Tunde Johnson (on Eric’s honorable mention) examines the daily horror of what it means to be both black and gay in America, by way of a causal time loop. And, it’s not just domestic tension that got representation this year. His House and The Night explore the perils and fears of the immigrant experience, examining the Sudanese refugee situation, and what it means to be an Iranian immigrant in America, and what kinds of horrors that bring to the surface. Timely and powerful stories. The whole Scariest Things Crew has come together with our top ten lists, for which you can get more information about our top 10 lists. This also means you get some extra innings on this Podcast, with FIFTY recommendations (some crossovers). Many of these films will be hitting the streaming services soon, if not out already. Let’s hope 2021 keeps bringing us the spooky! Mike’s Top 10 Horror Films of 2020 Liz’s Top 10 Horror Films of 2020 Eric’s Top 10 Horror Films of 2020 Robert’s Top 10 Horror Films of 2020 Joseph’s Top 10 Horror Films of 2020
58 minutes | Dec 20, 2020
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode CXIV: Ho Ho Horror!
Santa Claus is coming to town! (With a bow and arrows) Robert Brian Wilson in Silent Night Deadly Night (1984) Ohhhhh, you’d better watch out, you’d better not cry! You’d better not pout I’m telling you why! Santa Claus has a wood ax, for you! It is mind-boggling how many horror movies have been themed around Santa Claus. Do we all have deep-seated childhood fears of Saint Nick? Yes, yes we do. Listen to the Scariest Things Episode 114 for some Christmas-themed horror films for you to watch when you’re on holiday. A Christmas Horror Story (2015) Christmas Evil (1980) Père Noël (Deadly Games) (1989) A L’Interieur (2007) Rare Exports (2010) Black Christmas (1973) It’s the most wonderful time of the year, for horror films! Think of this as a seasonal home-invasion theme. Think of it. Santa Claus may be the only being who is allowed to sneak into your house uninvited and demand offerings. Granted, he does leave some generous loot, but still, at best isn’t this trespassing, if not breaking and entering? Maybe this is the reason why Christmas horror films keep getting made. Or, maybe it’s the gnawing fear of that odd-smelling mall Santa. I never wanted to sit on Santa’s lap. I knew he was an imposter, and that it was really my folks leaving me presents under the tree. As a youngster, I deduced this because we did not have a chimney. No chimney. No Santa. Santa is a fake! Santa is a fake… Santa’s a dangerous stranger out to get me! Easy logic, right? Christmas also, not by accident right around the winter solstice. In the northern hemisphere, that means less daylight. Underneath all those patio lights and glowy snowmen, are the darkest days of the year, literally. So maybe there’s the genre hitting the darkened mood. But I think that really, what horror fans want is a break from all the commercial happy talk, and see the holiday turned on its head. So, ho ho here we go! Here are the Scariest Things yule-tide favorites. Anna and the Apocalypse (2018) Silent Night Bloody Night (1972) Sheitan (2006) Better Watch Out (2016) Wind Chill (2007) Red Christmas (2017) Dead End (2003) Silent Night Deadly Night (1984) As an added bonus, as a Scariest Things holiday tradition, we have attached the screener of TREEVENGE to get you into the holiday spirit! Merry Christmas from all of us at The Scariest Things! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kicdSI_-XpE
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