Category Archives: Episodes

Episode 57. Hard Bodies: American Psycho (2000)

In our first-ever live episode recorded at Salem Horror Fest in Salem, Massachusetts, Andrea and Alex delve into the dark and depraved world of Patrick Bateman and Bret Easton Ellis to discover what is real and what can be bought with a platinum American Express credit card. From the rise of the yuppie to contemporary parallels, American Psycho is a gift that keeps on giving and never goes out of style.

REQUIRED READING

American Psycho. Dir. Mary Harron, 2000.

EXTRA CREDIT

Salem Horror Fest! Thank you for having us!

American Psycho Author Bret Easton Ellis Tells Us Where Patrick Bateman Would Be Today – An overview of Bret Easton Ellis’ novel American Psycho, which scandalized the literary world and brought a storm of controversy with it.

‘American Psycho’ at 25: Bret Easton Ellis on Patrick Bateman’s Legacy – The author speaks candidly on Bateman’s legacy and serial killer chic.

Documenting Trump’s Abuse of Women – The New Yorker article documenting Donald Trump’s misogyny and vanity.

Lunar Park – Easton Ellis’ 2006 novel that documents the return of Patrick Bateman.
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Episode 56. Come As You Are: Let the Right One In (2008)

Winter is upon us again and what better way to embrace the cold than an exploration of Tomas Alfredson’s beloved contemporary genre classic, Let the Right One In? Alex and Andrea discuss the ties that bind and why blood is thicker than knitwear.

REQUIRED READING

Let the Right One In. Dir. Tomas Alfredson, 2008.

EXTRA CREDIT

Let the Right One In – The AV Club’s exploration of the book to film to remake journey of Eli and Oskar.

The National Theatre of Scotland – The trailer for their production of Let the Right One In.
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Episode 55. Strange and Unusual: Beetlejuice (1988)

Ghosts, possession, autonomous sculptures and that’s just scratching the surface of Tim Burton’s genre-bending cult classic, Beetlejuice. In this episode, Andrea and Alex manage to avoid saying his name three times while diving into the aesthetics, capitalist virtues and bureaucracy of the afterlife that surrounds everyone’s favourite bio-exorcist.

REQUIRED READING

Beetlejuice. Dir. Tim Burton, 1988.

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The Imagination of Tim Burton – An overview of Burton’s career through an aesthetic lens.

Michael Keaton on Creating Beetlejuice – The ghost with the most talks transformation.

Michael Keaton Beetlejuice Introduction – Keaton talks all things Beetlejuice before a screening.
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Episode 54. Undead Walking: Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985)

Alex and Andrea go back to the zombie’s origins with George A. Romero’s original Dead trilogy. From their social roots in Haiti to their ties to the New Hollywood movement, these films make delicious brain food.

REQUIRED READING

Night of the Living Dead. Dir. George A. Romero, 1968.
Dawn of the Dead. Dir. George A. Romero, 1978.
Day of the Dead. Dir. George A. Romero, 1985.

EXTRA CREDIT

When There’s No More Room in Hell: The Sociology of the Living Dead. Andrea’s book on Romero’s early Dead films.

Passage of Darkness: the Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie by Wade Davis. An interdisciplinary study on Haitian political life and folklore.

Marxism and Literature by Raymond Williams. Marxist concepts applied to literature that provided the bedrock for Williams’ theory of cultural materialism that Andrea holds dear.

The Reduction of Urban Vulnerability: Revisiting 1950s American Suburbanization as Civil Defence. Kathleen Tobin’s article on the military’s involvement in the rise of the suburbs.

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Episode 53. Boxed In: Cube (1997)

Andrea and Alex tackle the mysterious and ever changing narrative landscape of Vincenzo Natali’s Canadian cult film, Cube (1997). From workers rights to torture porn to prime numbers, they try to solve it all before they succumb to the film’s traps and trappings.

Tickets for our first-ever live show in Salem, MA are available now: buy them here!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on all our announcements.

REQUIRED READING

Cube. Dir. Vincenzo Natali, 1997.

EXTRA CREDIT

Vincenzo Natali interview. Conducted during press for Natali’s later film, Splice, this interview tackles elements of Cube and Natali’s own ideology.

Rue Morgue Library’s Horrorwood North is out of print, but you can buy the digital version here.

The 1990s Teen Horror Cycle – Alex’s new book is now available for pre-order!
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Episode 52. The Dark Side of Oz: Wolf Creek (2005) and The Loved Ones (2009)

Andrea and Alex head to a land down under, exploring a landscape which seems familiar but can change drastically when you head down the wrong back country road. From familial ties to an unforgiving Outback, Australia can provide a terrifying backdrop for the darkest of human psyches.

Tickets for our first-ever live show in Salem, MA are available now: buy them here!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on all our announcements.

REQUIRED READING

Wolf Creek. Dir. Greg McLean, 2005.

The Loved Ones. Dir. Sean Byrne, 2009.

EXTRA CREDIT

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008) A documentary that explores the rise of Australian genre cinema in the 1970s and 1980s.

Screenwave.com.au: Creative Events & Outdoor Cinema in Australia.

Australian National Cinema by Tom O’Regan.

No Turning Back by Joanne Lees – an account of surviving an encounter with the Outback Killer, Bradley Murdoch.

Australia’s dark heart inspires horror movie boom – An interview with filmmakers about what makes Australian horror tick.

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