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By day, Eric is a mild-mannered Architect, bringing great buildings to the good boys and girls of his hometown of Portland, Oregon. By night, he is a disreputable podcaster looking to promote the best and worst of horror movies!
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 157: Insights from Our Top 100 Horror Film List

The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 157: Insights from Our Top 100 Horror Film List

Our year-long project to update our top 100 Horror films is now complete! Now that we’ve got them all revealed, what changed from our 2018 list, and did we find any patterns or trends? The Scariest Things Podcast Team sat down to share our thoughts about how the list turned out. What we loved, what surprised us, and what we think will become of the list in the future. The curating of our list was the effort of many people, and it delivered a broad and diverse spectrum of the genre, from every age and every type of horror.

Eric’s Review: Mad God (2022)

Eric’s Review: Mad God (2022)

★★★★ out of ★★★★★

The living master of stop-motion animation, Phil Tippett has finished his 35-year-old passion project, Mad God. It is a technical and visual triumph, an astounding achievement of effort, care, and craftsmanship. Notably, Mad God is also full of yucky puppets. It is also devoid of a clear narrative story. It resembles the visions of Hell by Hieronymous Bosch put into animated stop motion.

Simply put: Mad God is surreal, profane, disturbing, confusing… and FREAKY.

Eric’s Review: Werewolf by Night (2022)

Eric’s Review: Werewolf by Night (2022)

★★★★ out of ★★★★★

Marvel is dipping its toe into the horror genre. It’s an homage to the great Universal and Val Lewton era of film, with glorious black-and-white. It’s gorier than you would expect a Marvel/Disney production to be, and it has all the right feels. It’s short, punchy, and a whole lot of fun. Michael Giacchino steps away from his composer’s chair to take the director’s set, with great success. Here’s hoping they turn it into a continuing series.

The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 155: The Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time #40-21

The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 155: The Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time #40-21

We arrive now at our big hitters in the horror genre. It’s #40-21! But surprisingly, there were some surprises! Some movies that were completely absent from our 2018 list vault all the way to this portion of the rankings! It’s amazing what happens when you add in a bunch of new members of the selection committee. Zombie lovers and fans of the new Golden Age of Horror will appreciate the films in this section of our rankings. Enjoy!

Eric’s Review: Freeze (2022 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival)

Eric’s Review: Freeze (2022 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival)

★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★

Freeze takes elements from the Legenary H.P. Lovecraft library: The Shadow over Innsmouth and At the Mountains of Madness have been combined to make it into an entertaining romp through the arctic. For the independent production house Dark Temple Motion Pictures, this is their most ambitious effort to date, and it looks terrific, though it really could have used several more actors to flesh out the environment. (literally).

Eric’s Review: Something in the Dirt (2022 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival)

Eric’s Review: Something in the Dirt (2022 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival)

★★★★ out of ★★★★★

Fear the Pythagorean Theorem!

Wait… what?

The latest film from trendsetting actor/directors Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson explores the fear of pattern languages. Math can be a frustratingly daunting experience at best and mind-bogglingly cryptic at the extremes. Think of it. Irrational numbers. ∞. Triskadecaphobia. π. Abstract numbers. Dividing by zero. What does it all mean? The laws and rules of mathematics that govern our lives can be twisted. Oh, the Horror!

The Scariest Things Episode 153: The Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time #80-61

The Scariest Things Episode 153: The Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time #80-61

The Scariest Things continues the reconstruction of our Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time list! Listen in as Ian Parker once again helps host our rollout of the best of the scary. Liz, Mike, and Eric also compete to see how many of their favorite films ended up in the top 100, with the winner getting to claim the title of Mayor of Horror Tropetown! So far, it’s looking pretty good for Liz. There’s a little something for everyone at this point in the list, and perhaps a few movies that you might not be familiar with, though most of these are bonafide classics!

Scariest News: The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival 2022 Press Release

Scariest News: The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival 2022 Press Release

When the calendar turns from September to October, that means it’s time for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, one of the premiere horror events in the Pacific Northwest. This year there are some big-time guests who will be at the event in person to represent their iconic films, so if you are within driving distance (or if you want to fly in) you should come to the Hollywood Theater in Portland, and check it out! It is one of the best-curated horror festivals in the country, and you will not find a finer group of short films anywhere.

The Scariest Things Episode 152: The Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time #100-81

The Scariest Things Episode 152: The Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time #100-81

The Scariest Things is re-constituting our top 100 Horror Movie List of all time! It’s been five years since our inaugural list was created, and frankly, we know a lot more knowledgeable horror professionals now. Plus, it’s fun to do, and creating a ranked list offers up room for great debates, both amongst our own crew internally, and with you, our fans! We hope you enjoy and appreciate our list! (And feel free to let us know if you disagree… that’s fun too.)

The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 151: Francophonic Horror

The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 151: Francophonic Horror

Bon Jour! If you like your horror with a bit of an esprit de viscéral, then this will be the episode for you! The French language horror films bring a bit of the nasty, the savage, and also at times, the absurd. There is a tradition of breaking conventions with much of French art, and that includes their cinema tastes. And, this extends naturally to their willingness for their horror movies going to extremes. So join us in extracting out what makes French Language Horror so potent in Episode 151!

Eric’s Review: Ghosts of the Ozarks (2022)

Eric’s Review: Ghosts of the Ozarks (2022)

★★1/2 out of ★★★★★

The horror western Ghosts of the Ozarks is a curiosity. It feels like a wholly original concept and yet it telegraphs all its plot movements. It is populated full of interesting characters with some pretty notable actors, but in their fun quirkiness, they end up playing like one-note caricatures. And, in spending most of its time world-building, the film fails to propel the story in any dramatic or scary way.

The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: An Interview with It Hatched director Elvar Gunnarsson

The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: An Interview with It Hatched director Elvar Gunnarsson

In this interview with It Hatched director, Elvar Gunnarsson, you will get a full upload of Icelandic folklore and history. So, not only will you be entertained, you’re going to learn something! It Hatched has been getting rave reviews in its run through the festival circuit, and Elvar was generous enough to spend his time discussing how he made this remarkable film, an artistic and narrative showcase for the first-time director.

Eric’s Review: Prey (2022)

Eric’s Review: Prey (2022)

★★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★

Prey is a remarkable refresh of the old Predator franchise. For my money, this is the best action horror movie since The Descent, the best horror western since Ravenous, and could arguably be better than the original Predator. The movie has the best protagonist yet (Including Dutch), and the monster is better than ever. The movie is a transportive adventure, and who would have thought that this previously moribund series could find such fresh legs?

The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 150: The Mayor’s Choice! (And a Portland Horror FF Recap)

The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 150: The Mayor’s Choice! (And a Portland Horror FF Recap)

The Mayor of Trope Town has spoken! As the current serving mayor, three thrilling Euro-Horror selections were made to discuss, with a deeper dive than the typical Podcast discussion. Raw, The Ringmaster, and Tailgate are being served up for discussion this week. Also, a Portland Horror Film Festival recap. Does the mayor know how to please his constituents, or what? YES! Long may the mayor reign!