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Horror VS Reality

Horror VS Reality

By Anastasia Byrd
Anastasia and Morgan break down a horror film based on a true crime and discuss the crime that the film is based on. Together they compare, contrast, and nerd out.
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Ep. 28: Frenzy (1972) VS John Christie, The Rillington Place Killer w/ Alli Hobbs of Swampflix
Morgan and Ana have fellow cinephile, Alli Hobbs, on to discuss John Christie and the Hitchcock film, Frenzy, which is based in part on Christie. Plus!: How did P!nk really get her stagename?; Morgan learns the truth about JT Leroy; Ana plays more grounded; and Alli discusses 2018's The Wind.
September 30, 2021
Ep. 27: Amok (2017) VS. Kristian Bala
Mo and Ana discuss the Polish author who just couldn't keep his smug mouth shut. We also discuss Starcraft, crafting, Grounded and The Gabby Petito case.
September 21, 2021
Ep. 26: Snowtown (2011) VS The Bodies in the Barrels Murders w/ The Evidence Locker
Morgan and Anastasia have Noel and Sonya from the Evidence Locker podcast on to discuss one of the most notorious Australian crimes, The Bodies in the Barrels Murders aka The Snowtown Murders and the film based on them, 2011's Snowtown. Also, Morgan can game again, Anastasia is playing Myst for the first time in over 20 years, Noel is working hard on horror shorts and Sonya watches American Vandal.
September 1, 2021
Ep. 25: Zee Oui (2004) VS Si Ouey
Morgan and Ana discuss Zee Oui the Thai Film based on infamous cannibal serial killer, Si Ouey. But is he a killer or just an immigrant victim of racism? You decide. Plus, we discuss The Americans and Ana's love of Keri Russell. Also, Morgan binges the reality show, 60 Days in.
August 27, 2021
Ep. 24: The Lighthouse (2019) VS The Smalls Lighthouse Tragedy
Ana and Mo discuss Robert Eggers' atmospheric masterpiece, The Lighthouse and The real life tragedy at Smalls Lighthouse in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Plus, Charlotte Russe still exists, Anthropologie is expensive, and Morgan made vegan chili.
July 31, 2021
Ep. 23: Memories of Murder (2003) VS The Hwaseong Murders
Mo and Ana discuss Bong Joon-Ho's excellent Memories of Murder and The depraved Hwaseong Serial Murders which were only very recently solved. We also talk Mythic Quest, The Seventh Continent, Safe, The Little Things and more. Please excuse some minor audio issues. :)
July 24, 2021
Ep. 22: The Strangers (2008) VS The Keddie Cabin Murders w/ Blood, Guts and Boos
Ana and Mo have Kendrah and Olivia from The Blood, Guts and Boos Podcast on to discuss the 2008 film The Strangers and The Keddie Cabin Murders cold case. Plus, We discuss Fried Barry, the new season premiere of Rick and Morty, Clarkson's Farm and more!
June 25, 2021
Ep. 21: Eaten Alive (1976) VS Joe Ball
Ana and Mo discuss Tobe Hooper's swamp hell, Eaten Alive, and Joe Ball aka The alligator man aka The Butcher of Elmendorf aka the Bluebeard of South Texas. Also: She (1985), Things (1989), we're hot for Robert Englund's nose, and we ponder if Bo Burnam is in therapy.
June 15, 2021
Dahmer Series pt 2: Ep. 20: Dahmer (2002) VS Jeffrey Dahmer's Killing Years
Morgan and Anastasia discuss The surprisingly good Dahmer starring Jeremy Renner in a tour de force performance and The gruesome crimes of Dahmer. Plus! Ana is salty about The Reckoning and The Devil's Ground and more!
May 23, 2021
Dahmer series pt 1: Ep. 19: My Friend Dahmer (2017) VS. Jeffrey Dahmer's Early Years
Morgan and Ana discuss My Friend Dahmer and how accurate it was to Jeffrey Dahmer's early life. Plus talk of Frankenhooker, early 00's shoes, and Die Antwoord.
May 15, 2021
BONUS: Copycats 1: Gary George VS The Loved Ones (2009)
Since Morgan couldn't be with us, Keith (Xo, How to Write a Novel Podcast) takes over co-hosting duties in a special bonus episode. We discuss a very specific scene that Gary George copies from the The Loved Ones in a horrific attack on his "best mate". Keith breaks down The synopsis of The Loved Ones and I fill him in on the details that he missed. Plus we discuss a great new idea for a reality show. Enjoy!
May 1, 2021
Ep. 17: The Black Dahlia (2006) VS The Black Dahlia Case w/ The Haunted Outfit
Mo and Ana have Katie(IG: @thehauntedoutfit) in to discuss the dull adaptation of Jame's Ellroy's The Black Dahlia and the murder of Elizabeth Short. Also, 90s YA horror novels, NIN, Tod Browning's Freaks and more!
April 18, 2021
Ep. 18: The Dentist (1996) VS. Glennon Engleman
Ana and Morgan discuss the campy fun 90s film, The Dentist, as well as the stupidity and bloodlust of Glennon Engleman. Also, Ana's frog loving dentist, too many Sherlock Holmes related media, and the hilarious films, Slaxx and The Pit. Tune in!
April 15, 2021
Ep. 16: Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) VS Henry Lee Lucas w/ Trent Manning
Morgan and Ana have Trent (Bloody Buddies Podcast) on to discuss Henry, the man and the film. We also learn way too much about A Serbian Film memorabilia, lust after Crawfish pie, and giggle like teenagers. ***Sources: The New York Times; ABC News; Murderpedia; "True Crime Blacksburg: The Henry Lee Lucas Story" published by Pylon a now defunct Blacksburg-based digital publication; The Last Drive- In with Joe Bob Briggs s1 week 6; Violence Incorporated: John McNoughton's "Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer" and the Uses of Gratuitous Violence in Popular Narrative(2001) by S. Hantke
March 13, 2021
Episode 15: Karla (2006) VS The Ken and Barbie Killers
(Note to the audience: The videos of Karla and Paul’s crimes were destroyed after Paul’s trial.  The filmmakers based those scenes off of the transcripts of those videotapes. I don’t make that super clear in the episode.  - Ana ) Morgan and Ana discuss the incredibly disturbing case of Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo and the infamous horror/drama bio film, Karla. They also talk dating horror stories as a palate cleanser for the audience, and discuss their favorite things to get at their local Asian Markets.
February 26, 2021
Episode 14: Dukun (2018)* VS Mona Fandey w/Keith McNally
Mo and Ana have Keith McNally (Keith McNally's XO, How to Write a Novel podcast) back to discuss the controversial film, Dukun, and its inspiration, pop singer turned shaman turned murderer, Mona Fandey. They also discuss Ana's love of Svalbard, Keith's love of the singer Vitamin C, and Morgan's love of black eyed peas with Mayo.
February 19, 2021
Episode 13: Orphan (2009) VS The Kurim Case w/ A Sprinkle of Sugar, A Dash of Murder Podcast
Ana and Morgan have Emily and Kasey from A Sprinkle of Sugar, A Dash of Murder on to Discuss the deliciously trash film, Orphan, and the terrible real life Kurim Case that insprired the film. Plus, Emily and Kasey made a tasty coctail and Russian blinis.
January 28, 2021
Episode 12: Spree (2020) VS The Uber Killer w/ Class Horror Cast
Morgan and I have Aran Doyle from Class Horror Cast on to discuss Spree and the infamous Uber Killer who killed six people one fateful night in Kalamazoo, MI in 2016. We also discuss creepy uber rides and Joe Keery's sex appeal. NEW THEME SONG: Halloween by Cody Vondell IG: @codyvondell
January 21, 2021
Episode 11: Scream (1996) VS. The Gainsville Ripper
Ana and Mo discuss Wes Craven's modern classic, Scream, Wes Craven (himself), and the heinous killer, Danny Rolling, who inspired Scream screenwriter, Kevin Williamson. IPAs are involved.
January 1, 2021
Episode 10: Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1975) VS. Ed Gein FT. The Toke Tales Podcast
Ana and Mo have Sel and Jared from The Toke Tales Podcast on to Discuss the similarities and differences between Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Ed Gein. They also talk behind the scenes of TCM, chickens' rights, and Ana's tuna casserole. It's a ride.
December 17, 2020
Episode 9: Hounds of Love (2016) VS. The Moorhouse Murders FT. Cubby and Phil of Modern Day Escape
Ana and Mo are joined by guitarists Cubby and Phil from metalcore band, Modern Day Escape. Together, they discuss the excellent aussie horror flick, Hounds of Love, and the awful spree killers that inspired it, Catherine and David Burnie.
November 28, 2020
Episode 8: Bloody Wednesday (1988) VS. The San Ysidro McDonald's Massacre
Morgan and Ana discuss the worst movie they've watched yet, and break down the horrible tragedy of the largest mass shooting (at the time) in American history.
November 28, 2020
BONUS: Halloween Gab Fest
Morgan and I felt bad that we were only able to record 1 regular format episode this month, so everyone gets to enjoy this bonus episode originally recorded for patreon. We discuss candy and horror films like all good Halloween loving people should.
November 1, 2020
Episode 7: Wolf Creek (2005) VS. Ivan Milat FT. Keith Mcnally
Morgan and I invite Keith Mcnally to talk about his film pick, Wolf Creek (2005), and the inspiration behind it, Ivan Milat. Find Keith at sources included in episode. Ro1k7Df2BV129nv75tiX
October 31, 2020
Episode 6: Child 44 (2015) Vs. Andrei Chikatilo
Morgan and I discuss a real dial tone of a film (my opinion). Morgan thinks maybe she just really enjoys Tom Hardy. Oh yeah, we also take on the monstrous Andrei Chikatilo. Sources: The Last Book on the Left by Marcus Parks, Henry Zebrowski and Ben Kissel; murderpedia; wikipedia; The Big Book of Serial Killers by Jack Rosewood and Rebecca Lo.
September 26, 2020
Episode 5: Grimm Love (2006) vs. The Rotenberg Cannibal, Armin Meiwes
Anastasia and Morgan discuss the horrific crime of infamous German cannibal, Armin Meiwes, and the film based on his murderous act, Grimm Love. (Sources for today's episode: Grimm Love dir. Martin Weisz;; murderpedia;
September 4, 2020
Episode 4: There is a Secret in My Soup (2001) Vs. The Hello Kitty Murder
Morgan and Anastasia discuss the heinous Hong Kong Cat. 3 film, There is a Secret in My Soup and the very real Hello Kitty murder of Fan Man-yee. (Sources for today's episode: There is A Secret in My Soup dir. Yeung Chi Kin;;
August 20, 2020
Episode 3: Lake Bodom (2016) vs. The Lake Bodom Murders
Morgan and Ana discuss their hatred for the film Lake Bodom and contemplate who they think killed the 4 teens at Lake Bodom in Espoo, Finland (1960). Enjoy! (Sources for today's episode:; wikipedia; Lake Bodom dir. Taneli Mustonen)
July 29, 2020
Episode 2: Heavenly Creatures (1994) vs. The Parker-Hulme Murder Case
Morgan and Ana discuss Peter Jackson's crime thriller, Heavenly Creatures and the teenage girls behind the real crime, Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker. (Sources for today's episode:; murderpedia; Heavenly Creatures dir. Peter Jackson; wikipedia)
July 7, 2020
Episode 1: Angst (1983) vs. Werner Kniesek
In the first episode, I have my old roommate and friend, Morgan, on to talk about the 1983 German cult film, Angst, and the killer who inspired it, Werner Kniesek. (Sources for today's episode: Murder: The Most Spectacular Murders in Austria By Andreas Zeppetzauer & Regina Zeppetzauer; murderpedia; Angst dir. Gerald Kargl)
June 17, 2020