Welcome to Horror Dads, a Podcast delivered to you from 2 dads who love horror, and work to balance our love of horror with our family life. Join us and listen in as we discuss franchise favorites, movies we’ve never seen, movies we’ve seen 1,000 times, and desert island horror movies. We will also focus on discussing our favorite horror merchandise, the artists behind the work, and our discovery of new artists and work.
John and Jamie take an episode to explore the sub-genre of Body Horror, and bring on creators of the new graphic novel, The Zombie Game. Emily McGuiness (Editor), and Dan Bridges (Writer), join to lend their expertise on all things body horror, and to discuss their new graphic novel project.
As the air begins to warm up, we all know that films like The Burning, Sleepaway Camp, and the Friday the 13th Franchise begin to work their way into your viewing rotation. John and Jamie dedicate an episode to the characters that make these summer slashers most relatable - the camp counselors. This episode focuses on building the ultimate dream-team of camp counselors, mixing and matching counselors from different horror films and franchises.
John and Jamie interview actor and star of the film Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon, Nathan Baesel. Behind The Mask is an all-time favorite of John and Jamie's, and the group discusses Documentary-Style horror films along with details about Nathan's career and his experience in working with this great film.
John and Jamie are joined by Writer, Director and Actor Ryan Kruger. The group discusses 1980's horror, and does a deep discussion on Ryan's new and upcoming film, Fried Barry (which will be available on Shudder on May 7th, 2021). Tune in for conversation around video-store nostalgia, 80's inspiration, the film-making process, and as-always, tons of laughs.
John and Jamie are joined by incredibly talented front-man / singer for the band Careful Gaze. The group discusses horror-films that are associated with music and or sound production in some way. Tune-in for some in-depth and honest discussion on horror, life, horror in life, the music scene, and plenty of other interesting topics. This was a fun one, so don't miss out! Be sure to check out Careful Gaze.
John and Jamie tackle the subject of Folklore and Urban Legends. They do a deep discussion of the legends themselves, as well as discuss corresponding horror films that represent those legends. This is the first installment of this series, and there will be more to come.
John and Jamie are joined by the team involved in 2020's The Hex. Joined by Director, Reine Swart, and Actors of the film, Chris Jaftha and Hungani Ndlovu the group discusses The Hex and other South African Horror Films. This episode explores culture, urban legends, the film production process, and more horror-related discussion. Check out The Hex on Amazon Video.
John and Jamie discuss the Horror Franchises that could have been. They cover their top selections of the Horror Sequels we always wanted, but never got. This episode creatively delivers plot-points and storylines for the films that were never made, but were desired from horror fans around the world. They also do a deep dive into the films from which these sequels originate.
John and Jamie are joined by James Bulloch who is the singer for the hardcore punk / metal band Ringworm (from Cleveland, OH). James is a horror tattoo artist, musician, and graphic designer involved in many different graphic design projects - all of which are horror-based.
Here is a link to James' site so you can check out his stuff: Store Link HERE
James elected to do a "Battle of the Franchises", where we square off to try and find the best film / franchise of all time. 8-franchises are discussed, one film is nominated from each franchise with one ultimate winner...
John and Jamie are snowed in and review a Top-10 list of their favorite winter horror films. This list includes traditional winter horror films that any horror fan might expect, but also a variety of some lesser-known films. Horror Dads is excited to announce the launch of their Patreon - check out the Patreon here: www.patreon.com/horrordads
John and Jamie interview the incredibly talented award-winning poster artist and designer, Anthony Petrie. Anthony most recently designed the WaxWork Records vinyl cover for Friday the 13th Part VIII, Jason Takes Manhattan. Anthony’s illustrative work interacts with all aspects of horror, and his portfolio can be viewed at: www.anthonypetrie.com | Join the group as they discuss Modern Horror Films - they work to deconstruct horror themes, social context, and more.
John and Jamie interview the talented graphic designer and illustrator, Joel Herrera. Joel is a traditional artist with a knack for comic-book style illustration, so the group does a deep dive into Horror Films that have inspired Comic Books, and Comic Books that have inspired Horror Films. Joel is also a fellow Horror Dad, so tune in for a fun discussion on horror family-life, horror-art, and the idea of suspending realty to get away from how tough the world can be. Check out Joel's work here: www.joelherreraart.com
John and Jamie bring in the New Year by piecing together their ideal Horror Movie Bar Crawl. They recap a coast-to-coast, stop-by-stop bar crawl of their favorite bars depicted in horror movies. They even discuss what they would drink at each location. Grab a pint and tune in!
John and Jamie interview their new friend, actor Michael Lawrence Potter. Michael starred in the 2020 Horror-Comedy Triggered (now on Amazon Prime). The group discusses the idea of ensemble casts in horror films and explores concepts such as: horror tropes, stereotypes and cliches in the genre. Also discussed are Michael's Top-3 horror films with ensemble casts.
Black Friday has come and gone, and the holiday season is quickly upon us. John and Jamie discuss their Top-10 favorite shops or retail locations depicted in horror films. The 80's, 90's, 2000's and 2010's make an appearance in this list as John and Jamie cover the shops that they love, and the prominence of these locations within the films that they are set. This is a fun, must-listen episode!
Dust off your cassette tapes, untangle the wire of your walkman headphones, and lace up your Air Jordans - John and Jamie head back to the 80's while interviewing Film Makers Erick Kaslov and Larry Sands. Erick and Larry are working to fund their feature-length 80's throwback horror film, Hillsborough Road, and they discuss the project. The group also discusses all things 80's, filmmaking, independent films, and the best of the best in 80's throwback horror. Be kind, please rewind.
John and Jamie interview the amazing Chicago-based horror merch and apparel power-house, Creepy Company. Joined by Jason Deuchler of Creepy Co., the group discusses all things creepy, and does a deep dive into some of the scarier history of Chicago. Tune in for a fun interview, followed by a top-3 of some of Chicago's scariest horror films.
John and Jamie interview Film Maker and fellow Friday the 13th super-fan, Vincente Disanti of Womp Stomp Films (www.WompStompFilms.com). Vincente has written, directed and starred in Friday the 13th fan films, Never Hike Alone (CLICK HERE TO WATCH), and more recently Never Hike In The Snow (CLICK HERE TO WATCH). The group covers all things Friday the 13th, discusses Vincente's amazing films, his upcoming work, and does a deep dive into Vincente's Top-3 Friday the 13th films.
John and Jamie are joined by their friends Matt Peppler and Brian Schoof from the Post Credits podcast. The group discusses Halloween III - Season of the Witch, which is one of John and Jamie's favorites of the Halloween franchise. There are some disagreements, a lot of laughs, and there is a lot of discussion about what went on behind the scenes. Obviously, Tom Atkins comes up (over and over again) as does the history of the film and way it was originally perceived by the public in 1982.
John and Jamie interview their new friend and fellow Youngstownian, David Slebodnick who is a talented graphic artist with a passion for horror and all things spooky. The guys talk art, beer, and horror - specifically, the types of films that make you double-check that your doors are locked at night. The episode theme is It-Could-Happen-To-You Horror films. This one is scary and fun - check out David's work here: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/DavidSlebodnick
It's September, and as we enter the greatest season, John and Jamie are joined by a dear friend, Justin Carolyne, to discuss their favorite Fall traditions. The group discusses Fall Food & Drink, Fall Music, Fall Decorations, Halloween Costumes, and most importantly, Horror Films. Tune in to hear all about Halloween-time must watches and more!
John and Jamie interview Graphic Designer Chris Garofalo of Quilt Face Studios: https://quiltfacestudios.storenvy.com/ - Chris is an accomplished graphic designer who has contributed to many horror projects. The nostalgia of Horror VHS Covers guides the conversation, along with a thorough interview of Chris including his inspirations, past projects, and upcoming projects.
Summer is winding down - John and Jamie record an episode outside around the campfire and discuss the Best and Worst Neighbors in all of horror. Suburban life is insular and feels safe - but what happens when you feel your neighbors are up to something strange? What's more, what happens when you need to recruit a neighbor to join you on a terrifying adventure? Tune in and listen as the Horror Dads talk through 5 films that have some great neighbors, as well as some nightmare neighbors.
John and Jamie interview the incredibly talented Graphic Designer, Illustrator and Singer, Matt Ryan Tobin. Matt is an accomplished musician and graphic artist who does exciting work for major horror / fantasy / sci-fi outfits such as Mondo. His work includes vinyl covers, apparel, posters and more - check out Matt's work: www.WorksOfMattRyan.com
As Matt is a Canadian-based artist, the team does a deep dive into three of the best Canadian horror films.
Being massive fans of Matt's music, John and Jamie can't help but nerd out and discuss both music projects Dead and Divine and Ritual as well.
John and Jamie interview the enthusiastic and engaging Indie Horror Director and Screen Writer, Stephen Tramontana of Angry Mule Productions. Stephen's work includes a fun B-Movie full-length called Killer Pinata (starring one of Jamie and John's best friends). This episode delves into an underrepresented aspect of horror, which is the Independent Horror sub-genre. There are a lot of laughs, and a lot of fun in this one. Check out Killer Pinata on Amazon Prime!
Who says you can't choose your family? John and Jamie take an episode to build their own horror family tree - each of them choose their favorite horror father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, and family pet.
John and Jamie are joined by the Founder of the Collective Paranormal Research Society (CPRS), Eric Williamson. The group discusses ghosts, spirits, paranormal stories, haunted locations and the top paranormal films. Tune in for some real-life horror!
It's John's birthday - there are gifts exchanged, and gory amounts of horror films discussed. John and Jamie tackle their 10 favorite Horror Houses of horror cinema and discuss their favorite room in each house. These are done in no particular order, but a full spread of slasher / comedic / supernatural films are covered in this deep dive into some exciting horror homes.
Join John and Jamie for their first watch-through commentary on one of the more underrated 80's gems...Scott Spiegel's 'Intruder' from 1989 (Not The Intruder, don't Google that as you'll be sadly disappointed). This crisp blu-ray highlights the incredible practical effects led by Greg Nicotero's group. Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi, and Buce Campbell are all in the same space - and what's better than the setting of an old grocery store? Tune in, and check it out now!
John and Jamie interview the talented Illustrator and Graphic Designer Matt Peppler and focus on the idea of Horror Film Setting and Location. The gang covers Horror Inspiration, Horror Design / Merchandise, and Matt's most favorite Horror Settings. We know that Characters, Setting, Plot and Conflict are important...but what rattles the cage of nostalgia more than Setting? The answer is nothing - listen and find out why.
John and Jamie are stuck in quarantine with the rest of the planet through the Coronavirus, and are fortunate to connect and discuss the shape of sound and tackle the subject of Horror Film Scores. They discuss their favorite sounds in horror and the most influential scores and soundtracks of the decades. They are thrilled to be joined by Darren Callahan who is an accomplished Composer, Writer and Director in the Horror Field.
Happy Friday the 13th! John and Jamie discuss Friday the 13th Part I and Part II ON Friday the 13th. This special episode covers all things Friday the 13th from merchandise to exciting trivia about the first two installments of one of horror's most iconic franchises. Join us, and ki ki ki, ma ma ma!
John and Jamie interview Writer, Actor, Producer and Director Emily Bennett and discuss her new film LVRS, AVAILABLE HERE. They do a deep dive into the genre of Psychological Horror and discuss horror-inspiration, abuse, and some of the best horror films in this sub-genre. Find out how films get made, and how the roots of psychology translate into cinema.
Love is in the air - join John and Jamie on Valentine's Day as they discuss Zombie Horror and interview New York Times Best Selling Author, Jay Bonansinga - Author of The Walking Dead novels. John, Jamie and Jay discuss introducing horror to their children, and dive in on all-things Zombie. Jay discusses his history in working with legend George Romero, his affiliation with the books and The Walking Dead TV show, and covers his 3 favorite zombie films. Interested in accessing Jay's work? Find it here: https://crossroadpress.com
Welcome to Horror Dads - Join us as we discuss balancing our love of horror with family life. We will cover franchise favorites, horror merchandise, the artists behind the work, and horror movies of all kinds.