The Grim and Bloody Podcast
By Anthony DeRouen
A horror podcast brought to you by the folks at the Death's Parade Film Fest, Grim and Bloody will bring together all forms of horror in a fun and engaging show featuring Kevin Nickelson from Horror News Net, Joe Flynn, Al Omega (host of The Creature Feature Show) and Anthony DeRouen, founder of the Death's Parade Film Fest. At the end of the day we're all fans of horror and enjoying talking about it! You can also expect guests from both film, literary, music and illustration backgrounds.
Nancy Anne Ridder - One of the Few Who Survived the First Scream 1996!
She is known as the girl in the bathroom. Originally called to be a stand-in on Wes Craven's horror slasher Scream, Nancy earned the role as the girl in the bathroom, an albeit brief scene that has given her a legacy character title and invitations to numerous conventions and speaking engagements. Join Kevin Nickelson, Al Omega, Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen as we delve into Scream! New on The Creature Feature Show - The Forbidden Empire (2014) . Here we have a really great fantasy movie from Eastern Europe. Lots of really well-done CG, a good British actor or two, and MONSTERS! However, their movies tend to run long so very little of me tonight. No nudity but some very sexy scenes. Submissions for the 2022 Death's Parade are open! This year we take over Prime Cinemas in Red Bluff, California. Visit https://filmfreeway.com/DeathsParadeFilmFest for more and to submit your short or feature film.
June 27, 2022
A Conversation with Beatrice Boepple - Amanda Krueger in Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
Welcome back horror enthusiasts! In this episode of the Grim and Bloody Theater Beatrice Boepple, the actress who played Amanda Krueger in Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child. The Grim and Bloody Theater is part of the Death’s Parade Film Festival: Northern California's premiere horror film fest. DPFF provides a platform for filmmakers and actors to showcase their latest work to horror and thriller enthusiasts alike. We are proud to show you some of the short films that have screened at the fest and provide you additional insight with exclusive filmmaker interviews immediately following the screening. Please like, share, favorite or embed our shows with your friends and support our exceptional filmmakers. Subscribe or you'll miss out on updates!
June 17, 2022
Steven Rubin - Author of the Twilight Zone Encyclopedia!
In this episode of the Grim and Bloody Podcast - Steven Rubin, Author of the Twilight Zone Encyclopedia and the James Bond Movie Encyclopedia stops by to discuss his works. Submissions for the 2022 Death's Parade are open! Visit https://www.deathparadefilmfest.com/ to learn more. We hope to see you in Red Bluff California this December.
June 09, 2022
We Discuss the Blumhouse Productions Halloween Trilogy
On this episode of the Grim and Bloody Theater we talk about Blumhouse Production's Halloween trilogy which started in 2018 and finishes on October 14th with Halloween Ends. With John Carpenter's help Halloween reignited the franchise. Although Michael Meyers cannot never die, we eagerly anticipate the conclusion to this well done Blumhouse series. Halloween is near and dear to our hearts. We can say with the utmost confidence that this iteration of John Carpenter's horror slasher franchise is a cut above all the rest, save for the first two installments. If you haven't watched Halloween (2018) we strongly recommend doing so. Not only did Blumhouse convince John Carpenter to return but we get to watch Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode again. Isn't that worth the price of admission? To learn more about the Grim and Bloody podcast and the Death's Parade Film Festival visit https://www.deathparadefilmfest.com/ .
June 02, 2022
Frank Farel Producer Behind Spookies (1986)
In this episode of the Grim and Bloody Theater - Veteran producer Frank Farel stops by the show to talk about the supernatural hit Spookies from 1986. Frank speaks candidly about the trouble releasing the film according to his vision, the comprehensive re-release by Vinegar Syndrome, and his thoughts on Spookies gaining a cult following since its release. Synopsis: After their car breaks down, a group of travelers find themselves stranded in a remote part of New England. After taking shelter in a spooky old mansion, complete with a graveyard, they discover a Ouija board and decide to spend the night attempting to summon some spirits. But the group soon learns that playing with the forces of black magic isn't fun and games, and it's not long before they're head-to-head with all sorts of demonic creatures, shape shifters, and other forms of evil, all of whom are more than happy to pick them off in the most gruesome of ways.
May 25, 2022
Julian David Stone - Author of It's Alive!
In this episode we had the pleasure of speaking with Julian David Stone regarding his new book release "It's Alive!". The novel details the pivotal change in Universal Studios leading up to the classic film Frankenstein, led by the young and brash Junior Laemmle, son of the famed studio head Carl Laemmle. We speak to Julian about this time in history, about Boris Karloff's eventual rise to stardom, and more! For more about Julian's novel visit - https://www.juliandavidstone.com/ .
May 16, 2022
Michael Rooker Stops by to Talk About Corrective Measures
In this episode of the Grim and Bloody Theater Michael Rooker (Walking Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy, Days of Thunder) spends time with the guys to discuss his new film Corrective Measures, premiering on Tubi today! Additionally, we talk about Michael's quiet, intense acting method on Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, his undeniable screen presence during AMC's The Walking Dead's early heydays, and more. Synopsis: Set in the world's most dangerous maximum-security penitentiary, home to the most treacherous criminals, tensions among the inmates and staff heighten, leading to anarchy that engulfs the prison and order is turned upside down. Director - Sean Patrick O'Reilly Writers - Grant Chastain (source material) Sean Patrick O'Reilly (screenplay) Stars - Bruce Willis, Michael Rooker, Tom Cavanagh. To follow's Michael Rooker's works visit
April 29, 2022
A Conversation with Independent Filmmaker Adrian Tofei
In this episode Writer and Director Adrian Tofei stops by the Grim and Bloody Podcast to talk about his breakout horror film Be My Cat: A Film for Anne, growing up in the post revolutionary 90's in Romania, and his upcoming apocalyptic feature We Put the World to Sleep. In other news - From now until May 11th all filmmakers are encouraged to submit their horror, thriller and suspense films to the Death's Parade Film Fest and receive 40% their fee through Filmfreeway. We're calling it the Aprilween push and want to make sure everyone who has a completed film or a film nearing completion has a platform to showcase their work in California. Visit https://filmfreeway.com/DeathsParadeFilmFest and use the code DPFF40 at checkout.
April 15, 2022
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) Retrospective
When strange seeds drift to earth from space, mysterious pods begin to grow and invade San Francisco, California, where they replicate the residents into emotionless automatons one body at a time. Jack Finney's Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a story told on rinse and repeat with varying results. Philip Kaufman's 1978 effort stands out as a crowd favorite (no disrespect to Don Siegel's 1956 memorable take). Donald Sutherland stars as a local Health Inspector who begins to witness strange occurrences and manages to stay one step ahead of the invasion until the end. So sit back and enjoy of our review of the horror classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers!
April 05, 2022
Visiting Hours Retrospective (1982) Retrospective
1982 was a good year for horror, and Visiting Hours - starring Michael Ironside, Lee Grant and William Shatner - continues that trend. Michael Ironside plays a silent, demented, crafty and relentless killer who has a fondness for praying on women in hospitals. According to Kevin Nickelson, Joe Flynn, and Al Omega Visiting Hours was not an easy film to sit through in 1982 due to the subject matter for the times, and William Shatner's role was criticized as being too campy and overblown. Regardless of its detractors Visiting Hours is a tense cat and mouse story worth the price of a rental. Also in the news: catch the Death's Parade Film Fest at Monsterpalooza in Pasadena, California June 3rd through the 5th! Although we won't have a table we will be on site passing out swag and interviewing horror creatives. We'll be easy to spot: Kevin Nickelson is a towering individual and we'll have DPFF shirts on!
April 01, 2022
It's Storytime with Famed Screenwriter and Filmmaker Greydon Clark
We had the privilege and honor to speak with Greydon Clark - a screenwriter, director, producer, and actor that has earned a permanent place in the hearts of fans of late night and straight-to-video fare starting with 1973's Tom through 1998's sci-fi Stargames starring Tony Curtis. Greydon has so many stories to share that this episode is thirty minutes longer than our normal one. We touch on such films as Psychic Killer and Without Warning, and many others. Sit back and enjoy our conversation with the long-time great Greydon Clark. Also, new on the Creature Feature Show - Agent X2 : underwater adventure 1966 . The Death's Parade Film Fest will make it's first convention appearance at Monsterpalooza June 3rd - 5th at the Pasadena Convention Center in Burbank, California. More details to come on how to find us!
March 21, 2022
Evil Dead Retrospective (1981)
The original Evil Dead is considered a genre maker in terms of horror films. Thanks to Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell Evil Dead created (and disrupted) many of the tropes of the horror genre. It’s influence is felt in the films of the Coen brothers, Peter Jackson, and Edgar Wright. It is campy without being bad. It's disgusting, hilarious, and a film that will make you jump. Join Al Omega from The Original Creature Feature Show, Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen as we dive into Evil Dead! Learn more about the Grim and Bloody Podcast and the Death's Parade Film Festival.
March 10, 2022
A Conversation with John Evans from Behind the Fiends Horror Podcast
In this segment, we are joined by John Evans, host of the popular Behind the Fiends podcast on Spotify, Apple and other platforms. John is also an Associate Producer on six pending features, including Z Dead End (2022) and The Sawyer Massacre (2022). What's new on the Creature Feature show? Teenage Zombies from 1959! Submissions are open for the Death's Parade Film Fest - send in your work now.
February 27, 2022
Interview with Documentary Journalist Tom Jennings: Two discovery+ Shock Docs Special Previews
We were beyond excited to preview two new shock doc specials on discovery+ today February 18th with executive producer Tom Jennings. We cover the two new specials Alien Abduction: Barney and Betty Hill, and Alien Abduction: Travis Walton. Barney and Betty Hill stands as the first real report of Alien Abduction. Contrary to what you may have seen in the past Tom Jennings and 1895 Films promises to reveal the complete and unfettered story never before seen! This will be an event to remember. Travis Walton's experience was met with great amounts of skepticism. Through it all he maintains the abduction happened, and there might enough evidence linking his account to Barney and Betty Hill's to make us reconsider. For more visit: https://discoveryplus.com/
February 18, 2022
A Conversation with Horror Writer Fred Wiehe
We have been looking forward to speaking with San Francisco Bay Area horror writer Fred Wiehe for some time, and we finally got him on! Fred Wiehe has dabbled in all forms of written horror: from novellas to poems to screenplays and has also found time to teach the fine of writing as well. Today we talk about how Fred got into writing, his writing process, his latest works, and just how in the heck do you write a horror Christmas story? All this and more on The Grim and Bloody Podcast, brought to you by the Death's Parade Film Festival. Look for Fright house that is back in print! Collected Nightmares Vol 2 is due out early 2023. For more about Fred visit https://www.fredwiehe.com/ Also, what's new on The Original Creature Features? A 19086 B-movie classic HOUSE Copyright 2022 - Death's Parade Film Festival - All Rights Reserved.
January 26, 2022
The Legend of Hell House Retrospective (1973)
Welcome to our first retrospective of 2022! The Legend of Hell House is a 1973 supernatural horror film directed by John Hough, and stars Pamela Franklin as the mental medium Florence Tanner, Roddy McDowall as the physical medium Benjamin Franklin Fischer, Clive Revill as the physicist in charge of the investigation into the afterlife, and Gayle Hunnicutt as Ann Barret as the physicist's wife. Widely regarded as one of the scariest ghost films of its generations, The Legend of Hell House served as inspiration for numerous haunted house films to this day. Join Anthony DeRouen, Kevin Nickelson, Al Omega and Joe Flynn as we delve into The Legend of Hell House! Also in the news, we are holding a writer's challenge! From now until February 15th anyone 18 years and older can submit a review from film, television, books, games or another media related to horror and suspense for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card in February. Send all submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org . Each accepted entry will gain one number, and one random number between zero and the total number of submissions will be chosen on February 28th.
January 16, 2022
Welcome to the team, Samuel Glass! And our first audience challenge.
In this short and very informal episode the crew of The Grim and Bloody Podcast welcome Samuel Glass to the DPFF team. Samuel has a long history of writing horror and we're stoked to read his upcoming work. We're excited to introduce our newest DPFF feature - editorial reviews! We will be covering a wide spectrum of horror that includes film, television, books, illustrations, video games, music and more. As part of the release we are holding a writer's challenge! From now until February 15th anyone 18 years and older can submit a review from film, television, books, games or another media related to horror and suspense for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card in February. Send all submissions to email@example.com . Each accepted entry will gain one number, and one random number between zero and the total number of submissions will be chosen on February 28th. Winner will be contacted on February 28th to attain their mailing address. Below are the conditions for the contest. - All reviews must be at least 600 words or longer. Anything less will not be considered. - Send review in a word doc or PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org - No cussing, no religion, no politics, no nudity, no spam. - Review must be related to work that can be easily found online (we will include links later) - Please include at least one visual with the review (two movie stills, a poster, book or film cover). - Review cannot be posted on another site, and must be your own creation. - By submitting your work you grant DPFF rights to edit and post the finished article(s) through our site and social media channels.
January 16, 2022
Ho Ho Ho! We have a Merry Time with Writer and Director Robert Restro
In our latest episode of the Grim and Bloody Podcast we are joined by Robert Restro, the filmmaker behind Amazon Prime's horror thriller THE BRAIN HUNTER, and the upcoming feature Z DEAD END. New on The Creature Feature Show: Krampus Origins 2018 . We hope you have a safe and warm holiday season! Enjoy Horror.
December 12, 2021
A Conversation with Chris from Guerrilla Metropolitana for the Youtube feature The Censor
The Censor - A British horror tale of real politics and social-moral code is an agonizing journey of pain, human horror and social injustice, showing the true face of the powers that be. A unique cinematographic experience that will take you to the darkest hole of humanity. We sit down with Chris, Writer and Director of The Censor to discuss the incredible effort to produce the film while avoiding local authorities, and the response he's received so far regarding its subject matter. New on the Creature Features Show - The Paganini Horror! A classic Italian splatter with way too much red, but we'll enjoy it nonetheless. Also in the news, official selections for Death's Parade 2021 go out today! We want to congratulate all of the selections and look forwarding to screening their work Saturday December 4th on Eventive.Org. Tickets to go on sale soon. The question of the week is: Whos plans to Trick or Treat this Sunday? We certainly are! It can be done safely, and we're excited to see all the decorative homes and feel that energy again.
October 29, 2021
Halloween Kills (2021) Review
The second installment in a planned slasher trilogy, we find Laurie Strode recuperating in a hospital under the assumption Michael Meyers is dead, but we all know the truth. Evil Must die! But it doesn't. Directed by David Gordon Green and starring the venerable Jamie Lee Curtis, Will Patton, Anthony Michael Hall and Nick Castle as The Shape, Halloween Kills serves as the in-between in the three movie arc. By and large Halloween Kills delivers on what you would expect a Halloween film to provide. Hear our take as Kevin Nickelson, Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen discuss Halloween Kills!
October 18, 2021
The enigmatic Michael J. Epstein - Writer and Director of Clickbait (2018)
Hailing from Los Angeles California Michael J. Epstein is a man of many talents: Director, Actor, Writer, Musician, and Producer known primarily for horror and sci-fi films layered with modern sociopolitical commentary. His latest feature Clickbait encapsulates that. Clickbait also serves as a launching pad for aspiring actress Colby Stewart who elevates the film to Happy Death Day levels. So join Kevin Nickelson, Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen for another episode of the Grim and Bloody Podcast - Halloween season edition! This episode also marks our 50th show! Here's to many more enjoyable sit downs. In other news - Al Omega's hit show Creature Features latest episode showcases Black Pumpkin! In the old days, you got the pumpkin. Now, the pumpkin gets you! Another offering for Halloween, a very 80's feeling Halloween Slasher that has a few surprises in it. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woY9Y4Kg1W8 Enjoy horror!
October 15, 2021
Don't Tread in the Woods: We Speak with Madeline Deering - Writer and Director of Spirit Animal
Filmed on a Magnavox VHS camera, co-written and co-starring both Madeline Deering and Joseph Russio (Lucifer’s Unholy Desires 2012) Madeline Deering' Spirit Animal is a welcome addition to the Shot On Video (SOV) genre that has garnered a large cult following. Join Kevin Nickelson, Joe Flynn and the return of Al Omega as we delve into the bloody fun mess that is Spirit Animal. And other news, don't forget that the Death's Parade Film Fest is back Saturday December 4th on Eventive.Org! The latest on Creature Features - Don't look in the Basement 1972 !
September 22, 2021
We Celebrate the Spirit of Halloween
Halloween is right around the corner! We know it is because Spirit Halloween opened it's doors. Not to say a retail chain determines when we can celebrate our cherish spooky season, but it's a welcome sight for those who have kids, or who are eager to purchase the latest horrific animatronics and decorations. In this episode Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen also discuss the latest entry into the Halloween series Halloween Kills. We also announce the Death's Parade Film Fest will happen Saturday December 4th on Eventive! This year we go virtual. Tickets will go on sale stating in late November. More details to come including selection announcements and program list. Episode photo credit - Gantas Vaičiulėnas
September 04, 2021
A Conversation with Horror Filmmaker Dave Reda
Dear friend of the festival Dave Reda returns with teasers and behind the scene stories of his upcoming premiere As Good as Dead! Dave's latest feature screens Chinese Theater, Hollywood, August 27th at 11:50PM, and releases to general audiences on August 28th. Join Kevin Nickelson, Al Omega, and Joe Flynn as we talk about Dave's latest work and the importance of screening a feature with a live audience of horror fans. For more about Dave Reda's latest feature visit https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14550116/ What's new with Al Omega's Creature Feature Show? Prophesy 1979!
August 19, 2021
We Talk with Brian Jalbert - Producer and Actor in Mind Games!
Mind Games is a slow burn horror thriller starring Michael Paré, Robert LaSardo, Brian Jalbert, Michael Milhoan. Join Kevin Nickelson, Anthony DeRouen and Joe Flynn as we talk about the Amazon Prime thriller Mind Games.
August 17, 2021
We Sit Down with Joe Badon - Director of The God Inside My Ear and Sister Tempest
We had a wonderful time chatting with Joe Badon, a man of many creative talents. He directed Sister Tempest and horror film festival favorite The God Inside My Ear horror comedies. Join Al Omega, Kevin Nickelson, Anthony DeRouen and Joe Flynn for a lively chat with Joe Badon! In other news The Original Creature Features screened Circle of Fear! Have a watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG_0ShjfdWM . The Grim and Bloody Podcast is part of the Death's Parade Film Fest. For more visit: https://www.deathparadefilmfest.com/
July 29, 2021
Candyman (1992) Retrospective
Candyman...Candyman...Candyman! One of the most recognizable lines to survive the 90's. Clive Barker's short story "Forbidden" was adapted to the silver screen by Bernard Rose who also directed. Starring Tony Todd and Virginia Madsen, Candyman was a harrowing story centered on a notorious housing project in Chicago which amplified an already compelling narrative. We're excited to see how Jordan Peele can reboot this flick this summer. In other news: the Death's Parade Film Fest July Frights is set to premiere July 22nd at 8PM PST. Visit https://www.deathparadefilmfest.com/ for more! We are rolling out five horror short films and will feature a number of filmmakers and a special guest, hope you can join us! This week on Creature Features : Doomwatch 1972!
July 14, 2021
An Afternoon Chat with Gary Sherman - Director of Dead & Buried and Poltergeist III
We sit down with Gary Sherman - the director of Dead & Buried and Poltergeist III. Dead & Buried will be on the receiving end of a grandiose 3-disc limited edition 4k release on July 20th. Featuring a restoration from the 35mm IP approved by Director of Photography Steven Poster, the Dead & Buried 4k release is stuffed full of new commentary and special features. For more visit https://www.amazon.com/Dead-Buried-3-Disc-Limited-Blu-ray/dp/B09181P62V . If you have listed to our podcast before then you will know how significant a 4k restoration from a 35mm negative can be. 35mm films capture an immense amount of detail and while previous mediums left some of this on the transfer floor technology has progressed enough that we can see more of what the filmmaker captured. So join Al Omega, Kevin Nickelson, Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen as we discuss the significance of Dead & Buried's take on the zombiejperspective, his breakout film Deathline, Poltergeist III and more. New this week on Creature Features: Ghost in the Invisible Bikini 1966 . Why can't movies have cool names like this anymore?! Enjoy horror and have a safe Fourth of July.
July 03, 2021
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) Retrospective
Welcome to another episode of the Grim and Bloody Podcast. Today we review The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires, starring Peter Cushing. The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires was a Hammer Film production, critically, stands as on of their best films of the 1970's. The film is a mix of martial arts and horror and features some outstanding make-up effects by Les Bowie. Joining the podcast is Al Omega, host of Creature Features, Kevin Nickelson of Horror News Net, Joe Flynn of CreaTV and Anthony DeRouen found of the Death's Parade Film Fest. Sit back and enjoy The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires! For more about this film visit https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070297/
June 14, 2021
We Sit Down with Jenny Runacre - Veteran Horror and Thriller Actress from the 1970's!
We couldn't think of a better way to spend our Saturday morning then to speak with long timer silver-screen actress Jenny Runacre. We review her exhaustive body of work including The Creeping Flesh, Son of Dracula, The Passenger, The Lady Vanishes, The Witches and Restoration. New for this week! The Original Creature Features is screening The Snake Woman 1961 . Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zx5fWM-dVKg . Al Omega has confirmed to be making an appearance at the New Jersey Horror Con! For more information and to get tickets visit http://www.newjerseyhorrorcon.com/. Enjoy horror!
May 28, 2021
Scream Blacula Scream (1973): Part Two of our Blacula Franchise Retrospective!
Ready for some more Blacula? We know you are! William Marshall is back, and he brings Pam Grier with him in Scream Blacula Scream, 1973's sequel to the Blaxploitation hit Blacula. As before, William Marshall's performance raises this film above the standard faire Blaxploitation films of the 70's. His turn as the Nigerian Prince Mamuwalde is both gripping and tragic. Sadly the two films share very little narrative tissue beyond the titular character. By refusing to build on the emotional impact in Blacula's ending we are given a film where the support characters succumb to familiar tropes which ultimately dulls the story. Nevertheless, William Marshall and Pam Grief turn in A-list performances making Scream Blacula Scream a tolerable sequel. To learn more about Blaxploitation visit - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaxploitation . For more about Blacula visit https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068284/
May 21, 2021
Blacula (1972): Part One of our Blacula Franchise Retrospective!
Enjoy this two-part episode where we break down the Blaxploitation horror series Blacula. Starting with the 1972 vehicle starring William Marshall and Thalmus Rasulala, we delve into what made the film good despite it's overarching themes and how the film would be received in today's society. To learn more about Blaxploitation visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaxploitation .
May 16, 2021
We Discuss Virus (1980) Along with Our Favorite Disaster Movies
When Virus premiered in 1980 it was the biggest product in Japan's history. An Adaptation on Sakyo Komatsu's novel Fukkatsu no hi the movie starred Masao Kusakari, Sonny Chiba, George Kennedy and Robert Vaughn. The film is a harrowing take involving a man-made virus that springs into the wild during a period of political and military unrest between the United States and the Soviet Union. We tackle other disaster stories which bring about the end of the world or leave enough clues to keep us awake at night! These films include, 2012, Threads, The Thing (naturally!), Deep Impact and Armageddon.
May 06, 2021
Gary Morgenstein - Critically acclaimed author of The Dark Depths series
The Grim and Bloody Podcast sat down with Gary Morgenstein, who is the critically acclaimed author of The Dark Depths series (A Mound Over Hell, A Fastball for Freedom), a unique dystopian science fiction baseball saga. Gary is our first author on the show, but we went easy on him! Gary is an accomplished playwright: his humorous new play about racial harmony, A Black and White Cookie, is slated for premiere in 2021. He is also the author of the stage dramas Saving Stan, A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx, and the off-Broadway sci-fi rock musical The Anthem.
May 02, 2021
Island of the Burning Damned (1967) - A Retrospective
Join us for a warm-saddled, sweat-mopping jaunt through 1967's Island of the Burning Damned: a sci-fi horror thriller starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Jane Merrow. You can catch more Island of the Burning Damned on Al Omega's The Original Creature Features! In other news, we're excited to see theaters reopen. It's been too long, welcome back. We are in contact with 3 Below Theaters and Lounge in San Jose and hope to have a clearer picture of when the Death's Parade Film Fest can happen in the later month's of October/November. Stay tuned for more! You can also catch the latest episode of The Original Creatures Keep My Grave Open (1977) here: https://youtu.be/qzJ1I1pshUI
April 19, 2021
We Discuss the 1997 Horror Sci-Fi Classic Event Horizon
A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned, but with someone or something new on-board. That is the synopsis for Paul W.S. Anderson's follow-up to the Mortal Kombat live action adaptation: a exceptionally fun and gory sci-fi horror flick starring Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, and Jason Issacs. Even better, Shout! Factory recently released an Event Horizon Collector's Edition with a slew of new interviews with cast and crew along with a 4K scan of the original camera negative. If you have followed their past efforts you know this will be the best version of Event Horizon on the market. Join Al Omega, Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen as we talk about Event Horizon's production problems, it's performance in theaters, and its subsequent cult following which prompted Amazon to develop a TV series adaptation. Whether the world even needs an Event Horizon TV series is not for us to decide, but we'll give it a shot anyways. Also new this week on Creature Features - In the Year 2889 (1969) you can watch here: https://youtu.be/wSdpI4hel1Y . Enjoy horror!
March 26, 2021
Who's hungry? Mario Cerrito - Writer and Director of Human Hibachi
We talk with Mario Cerrito, writer and director of the grotesque and fun-as-hell cannibal feature film Human Hibachi. If the name doesn't give you a clear impression of the movie the trailer certainly will. Human Hibachi earns its place among the pantheon of cannibal horror films with it's strikingly real practical effects and a cast who throw themselves into their respective roles. To learn more about Human Hibachi visit https://www.humanhibachi.com/
March 21, 2021
A Conversation with Producer John T. Sweeney
It's always enlightening for us to hear about what happens behind the camera throughout the ages of cinema. John T. Sweeney stopped by the Grim and Bloody Podcast and does just that! As Kevin Nickelson later described the show: "John was a hoot and a half with a few salty stories working as production coordinator on films like Alien vs. Predator, Hellboy and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. In a first time deviation from the ordinary talk of horror movies, we talk about COVID and I speak extensively about my near death experience." COVID-19 has taken a sledgehammer to almost everything, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. More and more stories surface regarding the virus and our collective experiences. We feel thankful that we can share them because that means we survived to tell the tale. In other news, Kevin has a new piece of writing out! It's his first non-horror article, "A look at Agatha Christie" in the 70's for the magazine Cinema of the 70's. The issue will be available between March 7th- 10th. And catch Al Omega's latest Creature Features Show: The Children (1980) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSa5_1MZi7I .
March 08, 2021
Thirteen Ghosts (2001 Remake) Retrospective
Say what you will about Steve Beck's Thirteen Ghosts remake, it was a fun popcorn horror movie! With amazing special make-up effects by Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero, along with a production design that is still unparalleled to this day, Thirteen Ghosts remains on Halloween playlists twenty years later. The executive team behind the successful HBO series Tales from the Crypt leant their weight to this big budget supernatural opus that starred Tony Shalhoub, Matthew Lillard, a young Shannon Elizabeth and F. Murray Abraham. So join Al Omega, Joe Flynn, and Anthony DeRouen as they discuss what made Thirteen Ghosts a stand out movie among a slate of commercially successful titles under Dark Castle Entertainment's belt, aspects that could have lifted its narrative further, and why Steve Beck's follow up effort Ghost Ship was equally as enjoyable. Premiering tonight on Al Omega's The Original Creature Features: Death Car on the Freeway! Watch it here: https://youtu.be/V9IBlAUZnbY . If you haven't seen The Original Creature Features Al Omega does a marvelous job of setting up the night's film with razor sharp wit and historical retelling. For more visit http://www.thecreaturefeatureshow.com/ . Enjoy horror!
February 21, 2021
The Wheel - What Happens When Experienced Horror Filmmakers Come Together
In episode 30 we sat down with Nikhil Bhagat, writer and director of The Wheel, and discovered so much about this thrilling short we couldn't fit it all in one show. Nikhil returns with key parts of the crew that made it happen. James Kniest (Cinematographer for Hush, The Last Witch Hunter, Annabelle, The Bye Bye Man) , Pete Gvozdas (Producer for The Curse of la Llorona, The Purge, Brightburn, The Conjuring 3) , and Tim Murray. We hope you enjoy listening to how these skilled filmmakers brought The Wheel to life!
February 16, 2021
Nikhil Bhagat - Writer and Director of The Wheel
The Grim and Bloody Podcast sat down with Nikhil Bhagat and we talked about the fantastic short horror film The Wheel, set to be released this February. The short film finds a woman, played by Molly Buecher, alone in a house while her husband is on a trip shopping for antiques to sell in their shop. When he sends home an old toy ferris wheel (made from parts of the original ferris wheel no less!) the couple has no idea the terror that is about to be unleashed. For those who haven't heard of Nikhil Bhagat - his equally as impressive short As They Continue To Fall has now been picked up for a feature adaptation by James Wan and Eric Heisserer!
January 31, 2021
Jane Merrow - The Hammer Films Legendary Actress!
The Grim and Bloody Podcast sits down with legendary stage, screen, television and Hammer Films star Jane Merrow! To learn more about Jane Merrow's illustrious career visit https://www.janemerrow.net/. To learn about Hammer Films visit : https://www.hammerfilms.com/
January 11, 2021
Krampus - A Christmas Retrospective
Michael Dougherty 2015's holiday horror film Krampus starring Toni Collette and Adam Scott is a cult classic which re-emerges from the frozen depths every holiday season. It's packed with stellar performances, an engaging story, and some of the best practical effects done by Weta Workshop. Very much like Trick R Treat, Michael Dougherty weaves a cautionary tale about what happens when you lose the Christmas spirit. Al Omega and Joe Flynn join DPFF Founder Anthony DeRouen as they delve into the shadow of Saint Nick - Krampus! Krampus can be streamed everywhere and is still a popular blu-ray release (for those will still prefer discs). Happy Holidays! Death's Parade Film Festival and the Grim and Bloody Podcast
December 21, 2020
The Evil (1978) : A Retrospective
The Evil, written and directed by Gus Trikonis, is very much a product of its time. There's a light-hearted campiness to The Evil one can appreciate from the time of disco fever and bellbottoms which eventually would ebb away as we crossed into the 1980's and experienced bone-chilling supernatural films such as The Shining, The Fog and Poltergeist. The Evil is a fast-paced haunted house flick that can easily fall under the radar of contemporary horror aficionados, but didn't miss Joe Flynn and Al Omega's gaze as their reach in the genre stretches further than most. Sit back and enjoy our spoiler-free review of The Evil!
November 27, 2020
We chat about the anthology slasher Specimen 6 with director Joseph Voegele!
Specimen 6 is a slasher film unlike any seen before. It follows the exploits of mad scientist Marissa Gray as she attempts to create the ultimate weapon. Told in 6 short stories Specimen 6 tells the story of the greatest evil to ever walk the land. Join Anthony DeRouen, Al Omega and Joe Flynn as we discuss the finer points of Specimen 6. To watch Specimen 6 visit https://player.vimeo.com/video/445086530 . Enjoy horror!
November 18, 2020
Mitch McLeod - Writer and Director of Silhouette
As the Halloween season rages on we're back with another spooktacular episode featuring Mitch McLeod, writer and director of the horror drama Silhouette. Currently streaming on Amazon Prime, Silhouette will be undergoing a name change to A Haunting in Texas before it's debut on the media shelves of Wal Mart stores nationwide! Obviously an exciting time for Mitch, the cast and crew of Silhouette we couldn't be more excited to see this dark and disturbing paranormal tale receive a massive home video release. Look for A Haunting in Texas at Wal Mart starting November 17th, and tune into the podcast to hear about the behind the scene stories! To learn more about Mitch McLeod visit https://www.facebook.com/absentiapictures/. Happy Halloween! - Anthony, Al and Joe
October 27, 2020
Jenna Payne - Horror Comic Producer - Writer and Director of Hysteria
Jenna Payne is involved in many diverse projects, notably the sci-fi horror comic Zompire Vixens from Pluto! She has a proof of concept teaser for Hysteria : the story of a chronically ill and undiagnosed patient who takes matters into her own hands, along with two award-winning shorts on Youtube. We talk about the advantages of developing a horror story in comic book form, insight into her upcoming film Hysteria and her tireless work in promoting other filmmakers through Disaster Capitol and Cinefemme. For more about Jenna visit www.jennapayne.com and www.disastercapitalproductions.com
October 20, 2020
A Conversation with Acclaimed Producer Angela Mancuso
Angela Mancuso is known for giving us the fan favorite horror comedy Happy Death Day and it's sequel Happy Death Day 2, but Angela found success long before working with Blumhouse Productions. She worked for HBO during it's fledgling days and eventually became the president of Universal Cable Entertainment. She later embarked on a producing career that gave us the much beloved Battlestar Gallactica (Reimagined), Monk, and a slew of other miniseries. So tune in as we catch a rare glimpse into the horror genre's top studio in Blumhouse Productions. We find out why they have grown exponentially in popularity since their inception 20 years ago, and what sets them apart from other studios. Sci-fi fans will particularly enjoy our Battlestar Gallactica segment. Happy Halloween!
October 15, 2020
Sinister: A Retrospective
Scott Derrickson's horror film Sinister, produced in 2012, is a deeply disturbing supernatural flick that takes a family who's already survived a number of traumas and tears them apart from the inside out. Sinister introduces a fictional demon called Bughuul (also known as Mr. Boogie) who convinces children to murder their family and takes the child's soul in the end. Sinister is a well-made, thought-provoking take on a number of familiar tropes the team is excited to discuss, now 8 years later. So join Anthony DeRouen, Joe Flynn and Al Omega as we look back and talk about Sinister! To learn more about Sinister visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinister_(film)
October 11, 2020
We talk about Tom Holland's Fright Night!
As we draw closer to the Halloween season we sit down and talk about a film that impresses us still to this day: Tom Holland's directorial masterpiece Fright Night. Produced in 1985 Fright Night was a critical and financial success, and spawned a number of sequels, a book, video game, even a stage adaptation. Roddy McDowall turn as Peter Vincent is the star of the show, but Tom Holland assembles an excellent and game cast that elevates the story. Join Anthony DeRouen, founder of the Death's Parade Film Fest, Al Omega, host of Creature Features and Joe Flynn as we peel back the layers of time and revisit a horror opus.
September 14, 2020
An American Werewolf in London: A Retrospective
An American Werewolf in London was a critical and commercial success in 1981, and a lasting cultural phenomenon. It launched director John Landis into the pantheon of horror greats, and still holds up great today thanks in big part to Rick Baker's masterful practical effects. Join Anthony DeRouen, Joe Flynn and returning guest host Al Omega as we break down one of horror's greatest films - An American Werewolf in London. Music courtesy of VIVEK ABHISHEK. Visit Al Omega's Creature Features show at http://www.thecreaturefeatureshow.com/ .
September 09, 2020
A Darkly Night with Horror Hostess Miss Misery
Miss Misery is known as the Queen of Horror in the San Francisco Bay Area, and for good reason. From feature films and television series, to children's novels and comic books, Miss Misery has her tendrils in all forms of horror entertainment. We can also talk about the Zombie Proms, Shadow Casts, and Film Festivals - but you'll have to listen to find out what Anthony, Kevin and Joe have the pleasure of speaking about. Find out more about Miss Misery at http://missmisery.net/index.html . You can also catch the Miss Misery's Movie Massacre on Roku! Tonight's music is courtesy of Ross Bugden. Enjoy horror!
August 16, 2020
Jonathan Cartwright - Writer, Director and Composer of Demu and The First Virtual Scarezone!
Join us as we speak to the multi-faceted Jonathan Cartwright about his upcoming feature Demu, and the First Virtual Scarezone! With Halloween threatened due to the ongoing pandemic, Jonathan has thought of a way to represent the scary holiday by making an online virtual scarezone to honor his upcoming horror film, and to scare the pants outta its visitors. We couldn't be more excited! You can find out more about Jonathan at https://tinyurl.com/yxw7uwlm Closing music courtesy of Ross Bugden: https://instagram.com/rossbugden/
August 13, 2020
In Utero - A Discussion with Director Royce Freeman and Cast
In this episode we speak with Writer/Director Royce Freeman and cast members Clement Jones Jr, Alexia Maier, and practical effects artist Synthia Roy. In Utero is a grindhouse horror flick that revolves around Zoe, an infertile psychopath, who seeks to fill a void left when she lost her child years ago in a horrible accident, which blackened her soul. Skylar, an expectant mother, will do anything to protect her unborn child. In Utero is free to stream for Amazon Prime members.
August 06, 2020
Anastasia Kouloukas and Vixey Teh
Two immensely talented actresses who star in David Black's upcoming comedic sci-fi/ horror film Toxic Alien Zombie Babes from Outer Space spoke with The Grim and Bloody Podcast about their work on the quarantine-shot feature, how they prepare to shoot behind a green screen, and just what the heck attracted them to this crazy movie in the first place! Anastasia Kouloukas is reprising her role as a domineering taskmaster from Sinister Symbiosis while Vixey Teh plays the central antagonist with lasers that shoot from well...places. That's all we can say about Toxic Alien Zombie Babes from Outer Space, listen for more! For more about David Black's Alien Zombie Babes from Outer Space visit https://tinyurl.com/yxhfwbhk .
July 31, 2020
What's Your Favorite Horror Moment? A San Diego Comic Con 2020 Discussion
Kevin Nickelson, Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen fly by the seats of their pants without a guest for this special San Diego Comic Con-inspired chat. The topic of the show: what's your favorite horror moment? Since the three of us are major horror fans to begin with it doesn't take long for other topics to come up: like our favorite horror music, when does a movie turn you into a fan, horror in literature, and of course COVID 19-inspired horror movies. We have a few ideas on what can make a COVID-19 horror movie work for pandemic weary audiences. We give major shout-outs to San Diego Comic Con and their impressive array of virtual panels (including quite a few horror-related events) we encourage you to check out. For more visit: https://www.comic-con.org/cci/2020/athome . Like everyone else enamored with pop culture, we sorely miss spending the week among our fellow brethren, but we hope you enjoy this discussion, and tune in for future episodes.
July 24, 2020
Christian Nilsson - Director of Unsubscribe
The Grim and Bloody Podcast spoke with Christian Nilsson, writer and director behind UNSUBSCRIBE, the hit horror short that claimed the top spot in the US Box office! We talk with Christian about four walling, a loophole himself and fellow producer/actor Eric Tabach exploited to garner their film widespread attention during the coronavirus pandemic when most theaters were shut down. The film itself stands on it's on two feet with a game cast, well-thought out script and a haunting score. You can find Christian at http://christian-nilsson.com/ . Opening music courtesy of VIVEK ABHISHEK.
July 16, 2020
Adam Marcus - Director of Jason Goes to Hell
Join us as Adam Marcus peels back the curtain to one of the most controversial Friday the 13th installments called Jason Goes to Hell, a serial killer flick with strong supernatural elements, featuring work from make-up effects legend Greg Nicotero. Adam has much more work to share with us than we can fit in one episode, so look out for the second part debuting in July on the Grim and Bloody Theater. Enjoy horror!
June 22, 2020
The Life and Times of Philippe Mora
The director of 1985's The Howling 2 joins Kevin Nickelson as they take a trip on memory lane and revel in all its hairy, marsupial glory. The episode is longer than normal, but if you enjoy werewolves in monkey suits, and behind the scenes stories involving the late great Christopher Lee you won't find anywhere else we think you'll enjoy.
May 24, 2020
Sammie Cassell - Lead Actor for Backwoods Bubba Horror Shorts
We recently spoke with Brad Thomasson, writer and director behind the Backwoods Bubba serial killer Youtube series and upcoming feature - now listen to the man behind the mask! Sammie Cassell is also behind the Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival that's still happening this year. Support our fellow brethren! http://www.wreakhavochorrorfilmfest.com/
May 17, 2020
Mark Patton - Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2
On this episode of The Grim and Bloody Podcast Mark Patton spends an hour with us to shed light on his story behind Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2. He also delves into "Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street", a fascinating documentary that details the tragic ending to Mark's promising young career and which also gave him the title of male “scream queen”. Intro and outro music courtesy of Darren Curtis 'It's In The Fog'.
April 30, 2020
Dee Wallace - Star of Cujo, The Howling and Critters
We had the upmost pleasure of speaking with Dee Wallace! The star of such major horror films like CUJO, THE HOWLING and CRITTERS and newer films like 3 FROM HELL, and HANSEL & GRETEL along with everyone's favorite sci-fi flick E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL. Have a listen!
April 18, 2020
Brad Thomasson - writer and director of the Backwoods Bubba shorts
Our newest interview comes from down south as we speak with Brad Thomasson, the writer and director behind the horror-documentary style Backwoods Bubba serial killer shorts. COVID-19 has halted Brad's episodic horror saga, but that didn't stop him from joining us to talk about his inspiration behind the films, and his future projects. You can watch the Backwoods Bubba shorts and more terrifying tales from Brad here: https://tinyurl.com/wnz2pqw
April 05, 2020
Mike Di Stasio - Host of Reel Talk with the Hollywood Kid
Mike Di Stasio is an old school Hollywood host that has interviewed hundreds of celebrities. Mike took us down a trip through memory lane as he recounted some of the more provocative ones like Yaphet Kotto and the struggles of black actors in early Hollywood, and the gruesome Black Dhalia murder. To learn more about Mike Di Stasio check out his Youtube page at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw4fcgG7ODeiEbR7HDUZl3A and follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MikeDiStasio . We also provide an update about the Death's Parade Film Fest and COVID-19.
April 03, 2020
An afternoon with David Frankham
Join Kevin Nickelson and Joe Flynn as we speak with the long time great actor David Frankham. David has starred in too many roles to list here, but our interests resided in his horror and sci fi experiences, among others. Listen to David recall his time on the set of the original Star Trek, his work with Alfred Hitchcock and Vincent Price, and his contributions to The Outer Limits. It was a pleasure speaking to such a gifted and storied actor, and we hope you enjoy it as much we we did! Musical pieces courtesy of Jonathan Dixon.
March 22, 2020
Al Omega - Host of Original Creature Features
Al Omega joins our motley crew for episode 5. Al is the host of The Original Creature Features. Kevin, Joe and Anthony delve into the inspiration of Creature Features, the process of selecting his eclectic films, and what's in store for the future. Watch Creature Features on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqO-C1TJtQBrjAaeoJnmGRg/videos Visit Creature Features main site - https://www.thecreaturefeatureshow.com/
March 15, 2020
Joshua Kennedy - Director of House of Gorgon
The Grim and Bloody Podcast returns with Joshua Kennedy: writer and director of the House of Gorgon, a throwback film to the immensely popular Hammer days of the 50's and 60's. Join Kevin Nickelson, Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen as we discuss the finer points of Joshua's re-imagining of House of Gorgon, the startling differences between and garish posters of the 60's with today's, and more!
March 10, 2020
Sam Mason - Writer and Director of Normal Terror
The Grim and Bloody Podcast is back with Sam Mason: writer, director and star of the upcoming serial horror thriller Normal Terror. We plumbed the dark depths of Sam's twisted mind and returned different men. Join Kevin Nickelson, Joe Flynn and Anthony DeRouen for this enthralling episode, and a peak into a feature that may very well debut at the Death's Parade Film Fest in September!
February 28, 2020
Zombie Dave Reda - Writer and Director of Horror of My Love
Today we sat down with Dave Reda, writer and director of the festival smash hit Horror of My Love and My Undeadly which stars Michelle Tomlinson. Kevin Nickelson and Joe Flynn join Anthony DeRouen as we pick Dave's undead brain and get his thoughts on his past and future projects and all things horror. Learn more about Dave Reda at https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1484232/ WATCH Horror of My Love - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyuXO3NxlQ8
February 21, 2020
Todd Jenkins - Writer and Director of Cherokee Creek
Welcome to the Grim and Bloody Podcast! Brought to you by the folks from the Death's Parade Film Fest. This is our first episode featuring Kevin Nickelson of Horror News Net, Joe Flynn and the founder of the DPFF founder Anthony DeRouen. For episode one we have the pleasure of speaking to Cherokee Creek writer and director Todd Jenkins. Crack open a beer and enjoy!
February 06, 2020