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That Horrorcast

That Horrorcast

By Mallory Smart
“Do you like scary movies?” That Horrorcast is a bi-monthly podcast that takes a stab at analyzing horror movies with Mallory Smart and Dmitry Samarov
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Freddy vs the Moral Majority: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
In Wes Craven's classic slasher film, several Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), a disfigured midnight mangler who preys on the teenagers in their dreams -- which, in turn, kills them in reality. After investigating the phenomenon, Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) begins to suspect that a dark secret kept by her and her friends' parents may be the key to unraveling the mystery, but can Nancy and her boyfriend Glen (Johnny Depp) solve the puzzle before it's too late? To check out more information about That Horrorcast, take a look at our website: Art and other work done by host, Dmitry Samarov can be found on his site: Mallory Smart's writing and random publishing projects can be checked out here:
June 24, 2022
That Movie About Hipster Vampires: Only Lovers Left Alive (2014)
Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangiers, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these wise but fragile outsiders continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them? To check out more information about That Horrorcast, take a look at our website: Art and other work done by host, Dmitry Samarov can be found on his site: Mallory Smart's writing and random publishing projects can be checked out here:
June 10, 2022
John Hughes’ Hell House LLC: joined by D.T. Robbins to discuss Hell House LLC (2015)
Today we are joined again by one of our favorite guests, D.T. Robbins, to talk about Hell House LLC. We talk about found footage films, haunted houses, John Hughes, and so many other unrelated things.  D.T. Robbins lives in Southern California with his wife and kids. He’s the founding editor of Rejection Letters, author of THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU LEAVE ME ALONE from Rejection Letters, and the upcoming short story collection, Bird’s Aren’t Real from Maudlin House. What the hell the movie is about: Five years after an unexplained malfunction causes the death of 15 tour-goers and staff on the opening night of a Halloween haunted house tour (Hell House), a documentary film crew visits the scene of the tragedy to investigate what really happened that night. To check out more information about That Horrorcast, take a look at our website: Art and other work done by host, Dmitry Samarov can be found on his site: Mallory Smart's writing and random publishing projects can be checked out here:
May 26, 2022
The Fourth World Has Taken Over: Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Wealthy and precocious teenager Juliet (Kate Winslet) transfers from England to Christchurch, New Zealand, with her family, and forms a bond with the quiet, brooding Pauline (Melanie Lynskey) through their shared love of handsome big screen tenor Mario Lanza and games of make-believe. But when their parents begin to suspect that their increasingly intense friendship is becoming unhealthy, the girls decide to run away to America, hatching a dark plan for those who threaten to keep them apart. To check out more information about That Horrorcast, take a look at our website: Art and other work done by host, Dmitry Samarov can be found on his site:  Mallory Smart's writing and random publishing projects can be checked out here: You can find Heavenly Creatures here:
April 29, 2022
All good things to those who wait: Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford (Scott Glenn) wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into a case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out. To check out more information about That Horrorcast, take a look at our website: Art and other work done by host, Dmitry Samarov can be found on his site:  Mallory Smart's writing and random publishing projects can be checked out here:
April 15, 2022
Greed, exploitation, and zombies at the mall: Dawn of the Dead (1978)
As hordes of zombies swarm over the U.S., the terrified populace tries everything in their power to escape the attack of the undead, but neither cities nor the countryside proves safe. In Pennsylvania, radio station employee Stephen and his girlfriend, Francine, escape in the station helicopter, accompanied by two renegade SWAT members, Roger and Pete. The group retreats to the haven of an enclosed shopping center to make what could be humanity's last stand. To check out more information about That Horrorcast, take a look at our website: Art and other work done by host, Dmitry Samarov can be found on his site:  Mallory Smart's writing and random publishing projects can be checked out here:
March 31, 2022
He's Just Doing His Job: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a 1974 American horror film written and directed by Tobe Hooper. When Sally hears that her grandfather's grave may have been vandalized, she and her paraplegic brother, Franklin, set out with their friends to investigate. After a detour to their family's old farmhouse, they discover a group of crazed, murderous outcasts living next door. As the group is attacked one by one by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface, who wears a mask of human skin, the survivors must do everything they can to escape.
March 17, 2022
Dudes Suck: a conversation about "The Box"
The Box is a 2009 American psychological thriller film based on the 1970 short story "Button, Button" by Richard Matheson, which was previously adapted into an episode of the 1980s iteration of The Twilight Zone. The film was written and directed by Richard Kelly and stars Cameron Diaz and James Marsden as a couple who receive a box from a mysterious man (played by Frank Langella) who offers them one million dollars if they press the button sealed within the dome on top of the box, but tells them that, once the button has been pushed, someone they do not know will die.  To check out more information about That Horrorcast, take a look at our website:  Art and other work done by host, Dmitry Samarov can be found on his site:  Mallory Smart's writing and random publishing projects can be checked out here:
March 03, 2022
Hypnosis For Beginners: Stir Of Echoes
Tom Witzky (Kevin Bacon) is a blue-collar Chicagoan who is disappointed with his ordinary life -- until he lets his wife's sister (Illeana Douglas) put him into a hypnotic trance at a party for fun. After waking up in a cold sweat, Tom realizes he has a psychic connection with his son, Jake who already has an eerie connection to the paranormal. Tom begins having alarming hallucinations of a dead girl in his house who he learns is a missing teenage neighbor named Samantha after her sister (played by Liza Weil) babysits and kidnaps his son. Convinced his visions will lead him to the missing girl, Tom obsessively looks for signs that will lead him to her. In his crazed search for the truth, he puts his family and himself into a life-threatening situation. To check out more information about That Horrorcast, take a look at our website: Art and other work done by host, Dmitry Samarov can be found on his site: Mallory Smart's writing and random publishing projects can be checked out here:
February 18, 2022
Keanu's Not-So-Excellent Adventure: Bram Stoker's Dracula
In this episode, Mallory and Dmitry discuss Bram Stoker's Dracula. They discuss the acting, Anthony Hopkin's bad accent, weird erotic scenes, and whether this was a good film or not. But before all of that, they give a quick recap about seeing the new Scream movie.  As for Dracula: Young barrister Jonathan Harker is assigned to a mysterious village to finalize a land deal where a former barrister had been assigned to and gone mad. Pining for centuries over his lost love, Dracula believes she's been reincarnated as Harker's fiancée and travels to London to find her. To do this, he imprisons Harker in his castle to be fed upon by other vampires. Once he is in London, Dracula begins a reign of seduction and terror, draining the life of Mina's closest friend, Lucy whilst attempting to entice Mina. Harker eventually breaks free and joins Lucy's friends in their effort to drive Dracula away.
January 27, 2022
The Seed is Planted, The Terror Grows: The Body Snatcher movies
In this episode, Dmitry and Mallory discuss the "Body Snatcher" movies. We take a look at the four films that are based off of Jack Finney's 1954 sci-fi novel, Body Snatchers. Each film centers around the concept of people being replicated into emotional automatons. Whether it be by strange seeds drifting to earth from space, mysterious pods, or a virus, each plot follows a community of people that have been infected and are now slowly having their identities fade away.
January 13, 2022
Be Chill with the Devil: a weird chat about The Witch
In this episode, Dmitry and Mallory discuss the eerie horror film, The Witch. The Witch, is a period drama/horror film by first-time writer/director Robert Eggers, that describes itself as "a New England folktale.” The film follows a family in 1630s New England that is torn apart by the forces of paranoia, witchcraft, black magic, and possession. Banished from their pilgrim colony, a self-righteous father, William, and his Puritan family attempt to create their own homestead beyond the world they knew and on the outskirts of a dark forest. As the struggling family tries to survive, their infant child vanishes into thin air, and ominous tragedies fall upon this supposed God-fearing family. But the question remains, is all of this the result of a family unhinged or is their first-born daughter, Thomasin, a witch and root of all evil? Random tangents include discussions about fun road trips, Cottagecore, and Mallory's inability to spell the word: bureaucracy...
December 17, 2021
Divorce Polish Style: a weird talk about Possession (1981)
In this episode, we discuss the psychological horror drama: Possession. We also get into weird film cameos, Chicago films that Chicagoans are supposed to like, and Kristen Stewart (again). But we mainly stay on the topic of marriage and divorce which are the central themes of this dark and twisted film. In this movie, we don't get faced with supernatural demons or slashers that can't be killed. We deal with the dark malevolence that resides in all of us. Film summary below... Possession: After Anna reveals to her husband, Mark, that she is having an affair, she leaves him and their son. Mark is devastated and seeks out Heinrich, the man who cuckolded him, only to receive a beating. After a series of violent confrontations between Mark and Anna, Mark hires a private investigator to follow her. Anna descends into madness, and it's soon clear that she is hiding a much bigger secret -- one that is both inexplicable and shocking.
December 02, 2021
The One Where We Discuss Kristen Stewart More Than The Omen...
In this episode, Dmitry and Mallory set out to discuss the 1976 horror classic, The Omen. Whilst The Omen is central to the podcast, they somehow pivot into a million other directions. Mallory talks about Clifford The Big Red Dog, Dmitry hates on photographers, and eventually, they discuss every amazing movie Kristen Stewart is in. But here is some info for those who aren't familiar with The Omen: An American diplomat Robert (Gregory Peck) adopts Damien (Harvey Stephens) when his wife, Katherine (Lee Remick), delivers a stillborn child. After Damien's first nanny hangs herself, Father Brennan (Patrick Troughton) warns Robert that Damien will kill Katherine's unborn child. Shortly thereafter, Brennan dies and Katherine miscarries when Damien pushes her off a balcony. As more people around Damien die, Robert investigates Damien's background and realizes his adopted son may be the Antichrist...
November 12, 2021
Movies Don’t Create Psychos. Movies Make Psychos More Creative: a weird conversation about Scream featuring D.T. Robbins
D.T. Robbins from Rejection Letters joins Mallory in an attempt to convince Dmitry that Scream is a good movie. There's not much more to be said. They discuss their favorite scary movies, what is the actual definition of a horror film, and many weird things after that but Scream is the focus. They go off topic only to discuss California, YouTube, Mallory's fear of clowns, and Dmitry's lost Henry Portrait Of A Serial Killer T-Shirt. For those who somehow don't know what Scream is about: A year after her mother's death, Sidney Prescott and her friends started experiencing some strange phone calls. They later learned the calls were coming from a crazed serial killer, in a Ghostface mask and a large black robe, looking for revenge. His phone calls usually consist of many questions, the main one being: What's your favorite scary movie? The film turns into a bloodbath where the masked killer haunts the town and stalks Sidney Prescott. Her boyfriend Billy Loomis becomes the main suspect along with Sidney's father. Local Tabloid News Reporter Gail Weathers and Woodsbroro's Deputy Dwight "Dewey" Riley investigate and try to figure out who the killer is and if it's the same person who killed Sid's mom the year before. 
October 31, 2021
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
In today’s episode, Dmitry and Mallory discuss Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer is about a serial killer named Henry who is released from prison following his mother's murder. He supplements his job as an exterminator with a series of indiscriminate and violent murders. Fellow jailbird and drug dealer Otis becomes a willing accomplice in Henry's bloody killings. But as the depravity escalates and Henry forms a bond with Otis' sister, Becky, things start to get out of hand. The film is based on the true-life story of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas. It stars Michael Rooker and was directed by John McNaughton. The score from the movie was composed by Robert McNaughton (no relation to John): Dmitry wrote an article for Chicago Reader about John McNaughton a few years ago:
October 28, 2021
Walk Don't Run: a discussion whether Run is a horror movie worth discussing
In this episode, Dmitry and Mallory discuss the movie Run. It takes them almost 30 minutes to get around to actually talking about the film and the episode ends as awkwardly as the film does.  Run is a 2020 American psychological thriller film starring Sarah Paulson as a twisted mother with dark secrets. It's a Hulu original that gives off similar vibes that other streaming service films do which springs them into a conversation on how social media plays a major effect in hyping these movies. Mallory finds that Sarah Paulson made it worth watching and Dmitry watched it because Mallory asked him to. In the film, Sarah Paulson's character is a mother who has totally controlled her daughter since birth, but now as a teenager, her daughter starts to explore her mother's secrets. There's not much more to it. 
October 22, 2021
Bloody and Inhibited: a discussion about Raw
In this episode, Dmitry and Mallory discuss the french horror movie, Raw. Raw is about a strict vegetarian Justine who encounters a decadent, merciless, and dangerously seductive world during her first week at veterinary school. Desperate to fit in, she strays from her principles and eats raw meat for the first time. The young woman soon experiences terrible and unexpected consequences as her true self begins to emerge. The movie gets bloody. It gets disgusting. It gets Raw.
October 15, 2021
The One Where We Talk About "The Thing" and Other Things Because That's Just The Kind of Thing We Do...
In this episode, Dmitry and Mallory get into their usual tangents and eventually The Thing and then back to their usual tangents. They discuss this 80's cult classic while also discussing book covers, blurbs, new horror films, and Chicago in general. The Thing The Thing is a 1982 John Carpenter cult classic. In it we follow a group of American research scientists in Antarctica that are disturbed at their base camp by a helicopter shooting at a sled dog. When they take in the dog, it brutally attacks both human beings and canines in the camp and they discover that the beast can assume the shape of its victims. A resourceful helicopter pilot and the camp doctor lead the camp crew in a desperate, gory battle against the vicious creature before it picks them all off, one by one.
October 10, 2021
The One With All The Diabetes: Getting Hooked On Candyman
In this episode, Dmitry and I discuss the 1992 version of Candyman with the new 2021 version. We get into gentrification, white savior films, and what really drives urban legends. As per usual, we also go into a weird amount of tangents but somehow manage to stay most focused on the films. As Chicagoans, these movies meant a lot more to us. Both films are centered around the housing project, Cabrini-Green. the 1992 film is centered around a white female grad student, named Helen, writing a thesis on urban legends. She stumbles upon the story of Candyman and things go literally off the hook from there. She visits the projects and begins to understand the racially charged story behind Candyman. In this process, she slowly summons him herself and finds out the real terror a white person can bring down on a black community in crisis. Gaslit and possessed, she eventually gives into Candyman but not without rescuing a baby from him. A baby that everyone believed that she stole and intended to kill. Flash forward to the 2021 film. This slasher film is less about the wild kills and more of a commentary on the dangers of gentrification. We see that the projects have been demolished and cheap condos have taken their place. Artists and yuppies have taken over the neighborhood and the legend of Candyman has been replaced with the legend of Helen and the baby she stole. The story is easily accessed on the internet and all accounts lead to the conclusion that a white woman lost her mind while visiting the projects and went on a killing spree. An artist named Anthony McCoy hears of this story and believes that it's the perfect subject for his next art project. While doing research, he visits the row homes that still stand and gathers any information that could be useful for his art project. It's only then that he learns how central to the Candyman legend he is...
September 21, 2021
Let The Right One In
Let The Right One In is a 2008 Swedish horror movie about a bullied 12-year-old boy who develops a friendship with a strange child who just moved into his building. Initially reserved with each other, they slowly form a close bond, but it soon becomes apparent that she is no ordinary young girl. Eventually, she shares her dark, macabre secret with him, revealing her connection to a string of bloody local murders.
September 10, 2021
The Hidden
In this episode, Dmitry and Mallory discuss the 1987 horror film, The Hidden. Described as "science-fiction horror," The Hidden follows an FBI agent and a homicide detective as they try to hunt the current human host of an orally exchanged alien life-form. They get into the campiness of the film, Kyle MacLachlan, and a lot of tangents that have nothing to do with horror completely. It's fun. It's unexpected. It's just as weird as the movie. 
August 27, 2021
It Follows
In this episode, Dmitry and Mallory discuss the 2014 supernatural horror film, It Follows. They discuss the themes within the film, directors, youth, and morality. They also talk about a lot of unrelated things. But the movie is what they really stick to It Follows is about a teenage girl named, Jay, who goes on a date with a guy she hardly knows. They have sex, after which he informs her that there is a shape-shifting entity that started following him after he had a one-night stand. Now that they had sex it will follow her. She doesn't believe it first until she begins to see beings slowly following her. Sometimes they're strangers and other times they're people she knows. Jay tells her friends and they soon witness the malevolent intentions of the sinister being as they team up to do everything they can think of to stop it. 
August 12, 2021
In this episode, Dmitry and I discuss the horror film, Habit. Habit is a 1997 vampire horror film starring Larry Fessenden, who also wrote and directed the film. The main character, Sam, is a self-destructive, vaguely artistic New York bohemian who has recently lost his father and his long-time girlfriend. At a Halloween party, he meets a mysterious, beautiful, androgynous woman named Anna. He embarks on a kinky, sex-charged relationship with her; but soon he suffers from a mysterious illness, and eventually comes to believe that Anna is a vampire.
August 01, 2021
Dead Ringers
In this episode, we discuss David Cronenberg's film Dead Ringers. It follows Elliot, a successful gynecologist, works at the same practice as his identical twin, Beverly. Elliot is attracted to many of his patients and has affairs with them. When he inevitably loses interest, he will give the woman over to Beverly, the meeker of the two, without the woman knowing the difference. Beverly falls hard for one of the patients, but when she inadvertently deceives him, he slips into a state of madness.
July 16, 2021
The Exorcist
The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin and produced and written for the screen by William Peter Blatty, based on the 1971 novel of the same name by Blatty. It follows the demonic possession of twelve-year-old Regan and her mother's attempt to rescue her through an exorcism conducted by two Catholic priests. Dmitry and I go through all the weird details about exorcism and discuss how the film holds up today.
July 02, 2021
The Shining
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy... In this episode, we discuss The Shining. We discuss the differences between the book and the movie. We also talk about what horror really is and the constant question on Jack's mind, "Why does my asshole family keep me from writing my masterpiece in this creepy hotel?" We also hit some of our other favorite scary movies, Stanley Kubrick, and how much of a role Stephen King plays in movie adaptions of his books. 
June 18, 2021