Our guest host for Episode 101, David Dastmalchian is having a special streaming event tomorrow night! Or… tonight, depending on when you see this. If you are a fan of late-night horror hosts, you’ll want to catch this panel and a watch party for the Karloff Classic The Old Dark House.
lightninliBy 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 CI: Drug-Induced Horror! (With David Dastmalchian)
David Dastmalchian is one of Hollywood’s good guys, and he is on the cusp of something very big, playing Polka Dot Man in the deliriously entertaining (with gore worthy of a horror movie) DC Comics movie The Suicide Squad. If you want to get to know our friend a little better, take a listen to our Episode 101, Drug-Induced Horror, where David shares some wonderfully personal tales of recovery and redemption. Congratulations David, on the big hit film!
A Celebration of Slashers Part 2: Slasher Movie Bracket Fight!
What’s the best slasher film of all time? What better way to find out by doing a bracket fight! 64 of the most notable horror films face off in a tournament-style bracket. The all-time classics you know face off against the underground fringe exploitation fare… who comes out on top? You pick!
Eric’s PHFF Review: Witness Infection (2020)
★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
When worlds collide! Witness Infection is a goofy and fun mashup of mob movie and zombie movie tropes. Family, duty, and mob justice become secondary for nice-guy Carlo when tainted Italian sausages ignite a zombie pandemic. Ooooo, maybe you shouldn’t have had seconds!
Eric’s PHFF Review: The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (2020)
★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
“Let me DIE! Let me Die!” The Brain that Wouldn’t Die is a loving note for note recreation of one of the great B movies of the 1960s. Cheeky and continually winking at the audience, the film embraces the silly camp classic and giving it a fresh coat of 4K technicolor paint.
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode C : The Horror Movie Championship Tournament LIVE run through!
It’s hard to believe, but we made it! The Scariest Things turned 100 episodes old, and we had some of our Patreon pals and horror media associates to celebrate with us by picking through our Horror Movie Championship Tournament, where we picked the best Horror Movie of all Time!
A Slasher Film Celebration Part 1 of 2: Ranking 120 Slasher Films into Tiers (for Fears)
We are celebrating the influence of the slasher movie to the horror genre by ranking them in tiers! The sheer volume of knife-wielding psycho movies is almost overwhelming, but The Scariest Things has taken the time to accumulate as many mad slasher films as we could and compared them to each other. The cool thing? If you disagree, you can shuffle the deck and make your own choices!
The Scariest Things Podcast is Now Available on Spotify and Deezer!
By popular demand, our Podcast is now available on the streaming audio giant, SPOTIFY! We also are now streamable via the new(ish) Microsoft platform DEEZER,the choice is yours… and we’ve got plenty of options to cover your streaming needs.
The Scariest Things Podcast: Episode XCIX: Technological Horror
Do you ever feel like you are being monitored? That your communication device of choice is actively working against you? That the soulless automatons of industry are going to rise up and crush you? Well, we do! Join the Scariest Things as we talk about technology and horror!
The Portland Horror Film Festival Goes Streaming!
It’s Alive! It’s ALIVE! IT’S ALIIIIIIVEEE!! The Portland Horror Film Festival is going virtual this year, which means more access to more people. Come join the festivities June 17-21st. A wealth of horror shorts and independent features await!
Eric’s Chattanooga Film Festival Review: Jumbo (2020)
★★★★★ out of ★★★★★
A young woman gets a job at an amusement park, and falls romantically in love with an amusement park ride, in this bizarre and brilliant dark fantasy. Not so much a horror movie, but it is an absolutely brilliant coming of age piece about madness and unconventional affection.
Eric’s Chattanooga Film Festival Review: The Yellow Night (2019)
★★ out of ★★★★★
The Yellow Night indicated it might be a psychedelic cosmic horror show. Nope! It is a teen-angst movie full of banal and unconvincing dialogue among a group of Brazilian high school grads. And, there might be a cosmic gate in the creepy shed at the beach house they are staying in, but the characters pay it no mind, and neither does the plot.
Eric’s Chattanooga Film Festival Review: Skull: The Mask (2020)
★★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
Skull: The Mask is a Brazilian explosion of gore and action, the likes of which we haven’t seen in quite a while. Gonzo, gratuitous, and pure sweet bloody syrup for fans of exploitation fare.
Eric’s Chattanooga Film Festival Review: The Wave (2020)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
The Wave is a dark sci-fi comedy that explores the collision of hallucinogens, a mid-life crisis, time travel, legal ethics, the afterlife, and lots of really bad decisions. Justin Long stars in this tale of a man who loses everything but finds his own personal truth in the end. Ooooo! Trippy!
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode LCXVIII: Ranking the Films in Our Favorite Franchises
By popular demand, The Scariest Crew is breaking down some franchise horror. We decided to pick three series each and rank the movies within the series. We’ll be doing this again because we had so much fun comparing and contrasting the films, and there are SO MANY franchises that we weren’t able to talk about.
Eric’s Chattanooga Film Festival Review: Scare Package (2019)
★★★ out of ★★★★★
Scare Package is a horror-comedy anthology that gets points for knowing all the tropes by heart and trying really hard. It’s more lightly amusing than raucously funny, and it doesn’t always land the comedic beats, but it will certainly please fans of gory silliness. Bonus points for one BIG horror icon cameo appearance.
Eric’s Chattanooga Film Festival Review: The Beach House (2019)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
The Beach House is a compact and well-paced Cosmic Horror tale. A young couple trying to sort out their relationship go to a New England beach house to address their issues, only to find something very sinister is brewing on the beach.
The Scariest Things Horror Movie Championship Tournament!
The Scariest Things is recording its 100th Podcast Episode soon, and in celebration we are going to host a Horror Movie bracket-style royal rumble to determine the best horror movie of all time and we’d like you to join in on the fun!
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode XCVII: Exploring Horror Anthologies
Anthology horror is the traditional extension of gathering around and telling each other scary stories. They hearken back to the oldest root forms of scary storytelling. Come, gather ’round, and the Scariest Things will tuck you in and tell you all you need to know about horror Anthologies in Episode 97!
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode XCVI: Horror Down Under!
G’day! Grab yourselves a coldie (beer) from the pesky (ice chest), and get ready for some true blue Oz and Kiwi horror films. Listen in to The Scariest Things talk some Southern hemisphere horror.
Eric’s Review: Cargo (2017)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
Proving that there’s more life yet in the living dead genre, Cargo offers up some of the most sympathetic protagonists the genre has seen in years. Also, check out the short film that was the basis of this movie!
Eric’s Review: Rogue (2007)
★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
Have you ever wondered just how safe those crocodile tour boats are? This is a story where the tourists get much more than they bargained for. And, so did I, in reviewing this movie.
Eric’s Review: JeruZalem (2015)
✡✡✡1/2 out of ✡✡✡✡✡
What’s the best time to go on holiday to Jerusalem to see the sights? Probably not during the End of Days, as the unfortunate young visitors stumbled into in the shaky-cam apocalyptic tale JeruZalem.
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode XCV: Holy Horror!
As we exit Easter and enter Ramadan, it’s a good time to explore the relationship between horror movies and religion. Whether you like your horror featuring sweaty preachers or ancient prophecies, we scour the archives for some great holy horror nuggets for you!
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode XCIV: The Thingy Awards!
The ballots have been totaled and the winners can be declared! It is now time to celebrate the best horror movies from 2019. The Scariest Things 2020 Thingy awards are being announced right here, on Episode 94. Strike up the orchestra! Cue the lights!
Eric’s Review: Roar (1981)
★★★★★ out of ★★★★★
For everybody who has been enjoying Tiger King, you’ve seen NOTHING. Roar follows a roughly biographical take of a famous family who did the most insane experiment ever: living with 150 big wild lions, tigers, and other big cats. The tagline says it all: “No animals were injured in the process of making this movie, but 70 cast and crew members were.” It’s the most dangerous movie ever made.
The Scariest Things Public Service Announcement: Save Our Independent Cinemas!
Horror fans, unite behind a cause! Support the great independent theaters that cater to the little horror films that we love, that nobody else will put on the big screen. If we don’t help them now, some of them may not be back after we escape from this virus nightmare.
The Scariest Things Podcast: Episode XCIII: Terror at Six Feet A.K.A. Pandemic Horror
This is, shall we say, the horror trope of the moment. As we all sit at home and pick what we want to watch streaming from the comfort of our living rooms, a lot of us have been fascinated with the horror that is contagious.
Horror Shorts: The Acrylic (2019)
The Acrylic, a Thingy Award write-in candidate for best Horror Short, is available for viewing right here! That painting is just plain wrong.
Dead List: The Big List of Pandemic and Infectious Horror Movies
Welcome to the new reality, folks! While you are at shuttered in at home, many of you have been curious […]