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Ghouls Next Door

Ghouls Next Door

By Gabe & Kat
A media-literacy podcast from a horror lens, exploring the unique and raw way society and culture influence film and media. We review media and discuss the history and psychology behind our fears.
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X (2022): The Life We Deserve
Ti West's X (2022) is a fun slasher film featuring sex-positive protagonists trying to make a film, live their lives, and take advantage of their youth. While filming their X-rated film, these X-Factor hot humans encounter evil and gore galore. Gabe unpacks the slasher's themes and amazing filmmaking that seem to parrot very real tension around sexual activity today. There is definitely a generational divide. Kat explains how to help the sex work community. They also provide helpful tips for protesting and other actionable steps to confront the oppressive system we live in. In light of the overturning of Roe V. Wade, we had switched our series to this F*ck the Patriarchy theme, but it's still just as heavy. Channel your rage with us. Sources in this Episode: X' (2022): Major Themes and Easter Eggs Ti West's 'X' Ending Explained: What Happens to Maxine? X (2022) Movie Review - Striking religious parallelism elevates this thrilling slasher A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Porn Industry in 1970 6 Ways to Support Sex Workers in Your Community | The Anti-Violence Project Ghoul’s list of resources for Abortion Access, SA, and Intersectional Feminism
57:07
June 28, 2022
Rosemary's Baby (1968): In Desperate Need of Feminism
Rosemary's Baby is a classic horror film with a large impact on the genre. But does it do more harm than good? This film tells the story of a world without hope or feminism. Gabe discusses how we can't separate art from the artist. Kat explains the need for intersectional feminism. Sources in this Episode: Ira Levin's Rosemary's Baby: Patriarchy Without Feminism Is Hell Rosemary's Baby, Reproductive Rights & Every Day Female Horrors Roxanne Gay: Confessions of a Bad Feminist
59:45
June 22, 2022
Men (2022): A Green Man is Hard to Find
Men (2022) is a new folk horror film that has many viewers confused. Fitting well into our F*ck the Patriarchy series, this film tackles the issue of men. Gabe discusses victim-blaming, domestic abuse, how men be 'men'ing and more. Kat shares helpful makeup tips and how to protect yourself. What are the many forms of abuse? SPOILERS start at 32:14 Kat's Section starts (spoilers over) at 49:58 If you or someone you know is in danger of domestic abuse, please visit thehotline.org or call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). Sources in this Episode: Men ending: Three critics attempt to explain the 2022 movie's twist. Alex Garland says the ending of Men is whatever you make of it National Domestic Violence Hotline
01:26:32
June 14, 2022
Black Christmas (1974 & 2019): Attempts at Feminist Slashers
Black Christmas (1974) is an arguably accidental feminist film that features a pro-choice protagonist. Black Christmas (2019) is intentionally feminist and features a protagonist dealing with updated misogyny. Gabe unpack these good bad girls and if the films did these themes justice. Kat shares resources and information about safe abortions in the light of a doomed Roe V. Wade. Sources in this Episode: Jess's Choice: How 'Black Christmas' (1974) Responsibly Addresses Abortion And Bodily Autonomy Slay, Girls: The Sliding Scale of Feminism in the Black Christmas Films Lined Lips, Spiked Bats: When You're a Woman It's Always Political National Network of Abortion Funds Resources for Abortion Access: https://abortionfunds.org/ View our curated list here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRNe6HfpeYKvn5pKPsd0UxfLNlPjGCFXZlZi2vyPTdSTD9GI-CQqGi6XMN_qzxHD4yNP5UBKp0vmGCt/pub
01:03:30
June 07, 2022
Preggers: Bruja Justice and Abortions
What if cismen got pregnant instead? Director Sylvia Ray and Writer/Actor Marco Parra explore this hilarious possibility in their fever-dream short film, Preggers. Airing during the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival ( in the Bloque Dos shorts block, catch this entertaining and thought-provoking film that explores the complexities of pregnancy and abortion. Ghouls interview these two creators about their film, inspiration, and more! Check out the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival: Sunday, May 29 - Sunday, June 5th PHLAFF.org Virtual Screening Schedule Follow our guests: INSTAGRAM @SylbiaLee @MarcoAParra_ @PreggersFilm SylviaRayDirects.com Support women's right to choose: plannedparenthoodaction.org abortionfunds.org
36:19
May 31, 2022
200 Episodes Celebration and Awards Show!
Ghouls have made 200 hours of content! Celebrate with us at the Ghoul Awards - featuring clips,  funny behind-the-scenes stories, struggles, and successes. As well as awards for our favorite guests and contributors!  Here's to 200 more!
01:27:47
May 24, 2022
Lake Mungo (2008): Grief Explored Through Found Footage
Lake Mungo (2008) is a chilling, depressing film about a young girl who drowned and how her family copes with the loss. Featuring unsettling, pixelated videos and photos of her spirit as well as a few harrowing twists, this film is now a Ghoul's favorite. Gabe discusses the horrors of found footage and explores some fan theories. Kat explains how your brain plays tricks on you, convincing you of ghosts in the darkness and what spiritualism photography is. 
01:12:00
May 10, 2022
Underwater (2020): Aquatic Horrors & Lovecraftian Creatures
Ghouls are talking about the aquatic creature feature, Underwater. Gabe dives into the horrors of being trapped underwater where the environment wants to kill you. She also discusses the dystopian, villainous company that awakens the beasts below. Kat shares their fears of the ocean and tells us about all the monstrous fish just waiting to kill you.
01:06:41
May 03, 2022
Turning Red (2022): It's Okay to Feel All Your Feels
Turning Red is an endearing coming-of-age, monstrous femme film about learning to love yourself but it is also about the emotional connection between a mother and daughter. Furthermore, it’s about the dual identity of this Asian-Canadian girl. Gabe gets real about her own mixed identity and replies to audience complaints about the film. Kat explores what the Red Panda symbolizes and how trauma is different for everyone.  Sources in this Episode: The Symbolism in 'Turning Red,' Explained adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) Nadine Burke Harris TED Talk
59:54
April 26, 2022
Blue My Mind (2018): Growing Mermaid Pains
Blue My Mind is a coming-of-age tale about a young girl finding her tribe, exploring her sexuality, and becoming a mermaid. Gabe discusses trans identity, body dysmorphia, eating disorders and other explored teenage tragedies in this film. Kat shares their personal puberty journey while also diving into the dichotomous identity of the Mermaid-Miranda. Sources in this Episode: 'Blue My Mind' Review: Promising Coming Of Age Body-Horror Debut No Sweat Shakespeare Of Tails and Tempests: Feminine Sexuality and Shakespearean Children's Texts
54:01
April 19, 2022
Fresh (2022): Horrors of Modern Dating LIVE
Live at FanExpo Philadelphia, Ghouls talk about the horrifying film, Fresh. Featuring fun audience stories about their own horrifying dating experiences and Kat's helpful tips to stay safe!
53:02
April 13, 2022
The Girl with All the Gifts (2016): Coming of Age in the Zombie Apocalypse
Ghouls are talking about an unexpected favorite film about a young girl coming of age during the zombie apocalypse. Oh, and she's also a zombie herself. The Girl with All the Gifts is a phenomenal film that'll make you care for the protagonist, question if humanity has used up its time here on Earth, and root for the next generation of life to fight on. This film is made even more impactful by their decision to race swap two very important characters. Sources in this Episode: 'The Girl with all the Gifts' and Black Girls Destroying the World to Save Themselves
59:51
April 05, 2022
Meet Me in Daegu (Lovecraft Country S1E6): War & Love Make Us Monsters
Lovecraft Country's Meet Me in Daegu takes a break from the main storyline to introduce a mysterious character from Tic's past, Ji-Ah. Ji-ah is a young Korean woman that Tic meets during the Korean War. And Ji-Ah is a Kumiho, a nine-tailed fox spirit that consumes the souls of men. Gabe talks about how the Kumiho represents Ji-Ah's trauma and how through certain relationships she learns to love and accept herself. Kat shares the folklore history of Kumiho, Kitsune, and Huli jing have been used to categorize women as evil. What differs the Kumiho from most other femme monsters is their intelligence. Also, has an ancient Kitsune been awakened? Sources in this Episode: In complex ‘Lovecraft Country’ role, Jamie Chung puts S.F. Korean School lessons to work Wiki - Kumihos Japan's 'killing stone' splits in two, releasing superstitions amid the sulphur springs | Japan | The Guardian
01:01:32
March 29, 2022
Jakob's Wife (2021): More Than a Preacher's Wife
Ghouls tackle what was a promising film about a pastor's wife discovering her feminine power through a transformation but instead finds a film that fails to deliver any empowerment at all. Instead, this film half-heartedly features a monstrous femme, a problematic couple, and a lot of unnecessary BIPOC deaths. Gabe explains the disappointment of the film and why it should know better. Kat shares historic atrocities that were blamed on vampires.  Sources in this Episode: Vampires: Real Origins, Legend, and Histories Other Reviews on Jakob's Wife: Flickering Myth The Guardian Horror Society Ways to Help: Documentary on Missing Black Women Our Black Girls Native Women's Wilderness Native Hope
01:08:09
March 22, 2022
Ginger Snaps (2000): Puberty Can be a Real B*tch
Ginger Snaps tells the story of sisters overcoming the challenges of puberty... and becoming a werewolf. On the surface, this film is a fun puberty, b-horror adventure that manages to also highlight the struggles with becoming a woman while entertaining its audience with puns, outrageous characters, and absurd props and gore. Gabe discusses their own desire to be made into a silly monster puppet. Kat explains the real Werewolf Trials that took place long before Witches were burned at the stake. Also, maybe they discuss furries? Sources in this Episode: I was wrong about Ginger Snaps! History of the Werewolf Legend Before America Had Witch Trials, Europe Had Werewolf Trials She-wolf: A Cultural History of Female Werewolves
56:39
March 15, 2022
Jennifer's Body (2009): I Was a Teenage Succubus
Jennifer's Body is an underrated feminist and queer horror film. Ghouls are revisiting the cult classic to see what they missed the first time around. Gabe talks queer representation, toxic relationships, and eating boys to feel better. Kat teaches you the history of succubi and even how to summon a succubus. Sources in this Episode: The Monstrous Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis - Barbara Creed How “Jennifer's Body" Smashed Its Way Through The Male Gaze And Into Queer, Feminist Cult Status Mythology.net The Lilith Gallery
01:02:07
March 08, 2022
Don't Look Up (2021): Science Deniers & the End of the World
Don't Look Up is an ugly look into our society rampant with climate change deniers, anti-vaxxers, and flat earthers. Gabe relates entirely too much to the screaming, frustrated astronomers trying to tell everyone the world is ending soon. Kat tells you why the world is ending soon. Sources in this Episode: Don’t Look Up captures the madness I see every day Ways to Help: March 25 - Fridays For Future Seven Indigenous climate activists you should know about COP26: 5 Indigenous Activists & Movements You Should Know About Indigenous Environmental Network Take Action — Stop Line 3 Who We Are — Earth Guardians Queer Nature Friends of the Earth Environmental Action Intersectional Environmentalist
55:20
March 01, 2022
Unearth (2021): A Fracking Horror Story
Unearth tells the story of two feuding families in rural Pennsylvania. At first, a rustic drama but soon the story turns horrific when fracking unearths a quiet evil. Gabe talks about what not to do when making a fracking horror film (including disintegrating babies). Kat explains the horrors of real fracking, the biggest piece being how little we know about the process. Sources in this Episode: Unearth 2021 Film Review- Fracking Despair What is fracking and why is it controversial? Study suggests hydrofracking is killing farm animals, pets Dimock, PA: "Ground Zero" In The Fight Over Fracking Is Fracking a threat to water supplies? Fossil fuel industry has the largest delegation at the COP26 climate summit Ways to Help: March 25 - Fridays For Future Seven Indigenous climate activists you should know about COP26: 5 Indigenous Activists & Movements You Should Know About Indigenous Environmental Network Take Action — Stop Line 3 Who We Are — Earth Guardians Queer Nature Friends of the Earth Environmental Action Intersectional Environmentalist
58:11
February 22, 2022
Annihilation (2019): the Alien Experience of our Environment
Ghouls are journeying into the Shimmer, a land where nature has reclaimed what civilization built. Gabe discusses the film and the Southern Reach trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer to unpack the complexities of nature, the language it speaks, and why it'll never care about us. Kat finds out if the film has some truth to its science focusing on Hox Genes and Genetic Drift. Sources in this Episode: Annihilation: "Weird" Nature ‘Annihilation’ Is Fiction, but the Science ‘Isn’t Bullshit’: Alex Garland’s Scientific Accuracy, Explained, Genetic drift (article) | Natural selection | Khan Academy Other Reviews on Annihilation: Annihilation review: the most thoughtful science fiction movie since Arrival - The Verge https://weirdfictionreview.com/2014/02/annihilation-weird-nature/ 'Annihilation' Review - Variety Annihilation review – Natalie Portman thriller leaves a haunting impression | Science fiction and fantasy films | The Guardian How the Ending of 'Annihilation' Departs From the Book - The Atlantic Ways to Help: More than a Feeling: Climate Emotions in Film & TV Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors | Fix Indigenous Environmental Network Indigenous Environmental Network – Sacred Land Why Indigenous Resistance is More Important than Ever - Greenpeace USA Fresh Banana Leaves - Jessica Hernandez
01:01:14
February 15, 2022
Spoor (2017): Hunters Become the Hunted
Ghouls track a mysterious serial killer in a remote town in Poland. What is slowly picking off the hunters and poachers? Gabe unpacks this eco-feminist film that features a Lorax-like heroine, who speaks for the wildlife. Kat explains the detrimental effect overhunting has on our environment and the future of our planet.  Sources in this Episode: 'Spoor' review: Agnieszka Holland unleashes an eco-feminist heroine Polish Thriller 'Spoor' Is A Pulpy Murder Story — And A Utopian Fable Fruits of the forest gone: Overhunting of large animals has catastrophic effects on trees’ What Effect Does overhunting have on the environment Other Spoor Reviews: Now on VOD: 'Spoor' Delivers A Revenge Thriller For Animal Lovers SPOOR: When The Hunters Become The Hunted - Film Inquiry Ways to Help: More than a Feeling: Climate Emotions in Film & TV Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors | Fix Indigenous Environmental Network – Sacred Land Why Indigenous Resistance is More Important than Ever - Greenpeace USA Fresh Banana Leaves - Jessica Hernandez
56:20
February 08, 2022
The Bay (2012): Horror Ecological Mockumentary & Pollution in the Chesapeake Bay
Ghouls discuss the eco-horror mockumentary, The Bay, that will scare you into caring about the environment. Gabe talks about how the film is 80% true and based on ecological disaster facts, making it significantly more terrifying. Kat discusses what's really happening in the Chesapeake Bay, why you should be afraid of flesh-eating bacteria, and how to help the environment.  Sources in this Episode: The Bay Spikes Cellphone Footage With Environmental Horror Barry Levinson's 'The Bay' Is A Fictional Horror Movie Meant To Save The Real Chesapeake Experts find an average Chesapeake Bay dead zone in 2021 “5 facts about Vibrio Ways to Help: Protecting the Chesapeake Bay | National Wildlife Federation Things You Can Do to Help Protect the Chesapeake Bay Chesapeake Bay Foundation More than a Feeling: Climate Emotions in Film & TV Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors | Fix Indigenous Environmental Network Indigenous Environmental Network – Sacred Land Why Indigenous Resistance is More Important than Ever - Greenpeace USA Fresh Banana Leaves - Jessica Hernandez
01:01:23
February 01, 2022
Last of Us (I & II): Honest Apocalypse & Real Killer Mushrooms
Ghouls are starting a series on Ecological Horror. This week we're talking apocalypse video game series, the Last of Us. Kat discusses how in this game world, you are given characters that aren’t heroes, who have spent their time in the apocalypse as brutal as anyone else and make decisions that are incredibly human. Gabe also explains her fear of mushrooms and the very real parasite that inspired the monsters in the game. Sources in this episode:   Why the story of The Last of Us Part II is maddening and fulfilling (spoilers) The Zombie Fungus in the Last of Us Is Actually Real Zombie Fungus Enslaves Only Its Favorite Ant Brains | Live Science The Inspirations for The Last of Us Ways to Help:
01:06:48
January 25, 2022
Ghouls in the Dreaming Village: Call of Cthulhu RPG Part 6
A thrilling end to their adventure, the Dream Team talks their way out of a stinky situation and finally completes their eating competition. But will they survive the fate of the mushrooms and find their way back home? Featuring Gabe (Gertie Matchinski), Kat (Ira Rosenfeld), Mike (Theodore Matchinski), Albin (Paris Selby), Alex (Edward Falconcrest III), Vince (Tony Stromboli), and our Keeper, Mo.
46:51
January 18, 2022
Ghouls in the Dreaming Village: Call of Cthulhu RPG Part 5
The Dream Team has descended below the Dream Village in search of magical mushrooms in hopes they'll find their way back home. However, their journey quickly turns from curious to terrifying as they battle disgusting monsters. They also encounter a Master of Stink, will they be friend or foe? Featuring Gabe (Gertie Matchinski), Kat (Ira Rosenfeld), Mike (Theodore Matchinski), Albin (Paris Selby), Alex (Edward Falconcrest III), Vince (Tony Stromboli), and our Keeper, Mo.
59:03
January 11, 2022
Ghouls in the Dreaming Village: Call of Cthulhu RPG Part 4
As the Dream Team begins their quest to find mushrooms, they run into some peculiar and grotesque challenges. Will they ever find these fungi? Will they even want to?  Featuring Gabe (Gertie Matchinski), Kat (Ira Rosenfeld), Mike (Theodore Matchinski), Albin (Paris Selby), Alex (Edward Falconcrest III), Vince (Tony Stromboli), and our Keeper, Mo.
56:15
December 28, 2021
Ghouls in the Dreaming Village: Call of Cthulhu RPG Part 3
Continuing their adventure in the surreal Dreaming Village, the Ghouls and co. find themselves in a strange town. They meet two peculiar pondering townspeople who send them on a delicious quest. They also meet a little old lady who's very busy.
54:08
December 21, 2021
Ghouls in the Dreaming Village: Call of Cthulhu RPG Part 2
The Ghouls and their new friends have found themselves in a spooky situation in an unknown land. After a run-in with some terrifying and disgusting creatures, they wander forward in search of civilization.
53:56
December 14, 2021
Ghouls in the Dreaming Village: Call of Cthulhu RPG Part 1
Ghouls play the Call of Cthulhu campaign with a colorful cast of characters. Each character is plucked out of their everyday lives and plopped down into another world full of monsters and suspicious townspeople. How will they find their way back home?
56:21
December 07, 2021
Alice in Borderland (2020): The Will to Live
Ghouls talk about the underrated Netflix show, Alice in Borderland. This show features an apocalyptic world where people play games not only to survive but to live another day.
01:08:21
November 30, 2021
GRWM Interview with Filmmaker Shameka Sawyer
Ghouls chat with filmmaker, Shameka Sawyer about their social media short horror film, GRWM.
59:08
November 23, 2021
Death Parade (2015): Morality & the Afterlife
The Ghouls talk about the thrilling, horror-anime Death Parade where the recently deceased‘s morality and goodness are put to the test.
01:07:23
November 16, 2021
Squid Game (2021): Capitalism & Murder Games
Squid Game is a hit and hopefully a gateway show to more Korean shows but also content that covers the horrors of capitalism. Why would people willingly enter a murder-game?
01:24:18
November 09, 2021
So Vam: Interview with Director Alice Maio Mackay
Ghouls chat with Alice Maio Mackay, director of the queer vampire film So Vam! Full of phenomenal drag performances, fashionable vampires, and queer representation - So Vam is an absolute delight!
33:04
November 04, 2021
Horror as a Form of Community Care
Hosts from the Ghouls Next Door, Gabe and Kat talk with horror creators, Wi-Moto Nyoka (Dusky Projects) and Eunice Levis (InVade) about how horror can be a form of community care. They discuss gate-keeping, catharsis through shared trauma on screen, and learning/educating on different cultures through horror media.
59:59
November 03, 2021
Ghouls Survived 4 Years and Halloween
Ghouls have survived 4 years of podcasting and all they got was this amazing and fun show with their friends. Ghouls are joined by special return guests, Isaiah Luck, Mike Levitt, Wi-Moto Nyoka, Roland Boyden, and Sergio Galeano. We played a super spooky and sexy version of Wed, Bed, Behead with some of your favorite horror characters. And Kat provided us with some horrifying and exciting horror scenarios from some of our favorite films to see how we would survive. 
01:19:30
November 02, 2021
Sweeney Todd: Cannibalism is Never the Answer
Sweeney Todd is a gloomy, dark musical pit and the vermin of the world inhabit it. We‘re talking about the Penny Dreadful tale of the demon barber of Fleet St and his partner in crime, Mrs. Lovett. Learn all about how cannibalism is NOT the answer to poverty but perhaps seizing the means of production instead, is.
55:06
October 26, 2021
Nightmare Before Christmas with Roland Boyden
Ghouls are live with a special guest and cinematic genius behind all of our Ghouls shorts, Roland Boyden! We're talking about everyone's favorite stop-motion animated musical, The Nightmare Before Christmas! Ghouls spill the tea on how this film had little to do with Tim Burton, the cultural appropriation of Christmastown, and how cringey Burton truly is. Also, we chat our love of horror and how the film is a home for some of us weirdos and outcasts. Follow our guest: @FreshShowFilms FreshShowFilms.com
01:02:08
October 19, 2021
Melanie Martinez‘s K-12
K-12 follows Melanie Martinez’s character Cry Baby as she navigates her way through the hellish landscape of school. Gabe discusses Martinez's lyrics that explore themes of bodily acceptance, the pressures of society, and how to learn to love yourself. When schools suck, but education is essential - Kat discusses our hidden capitalist agenda within our education systems.  Featuring clips from Melanie Martinez's film and album, K-12.   Sources in this episode: https://medium.com/@debarrosedd/the-unspoken-secret-of-capitalism-destroying-education-59041385aabf https://www.inquirer.com/education/school-funding-pennsylvania-lawsuit-report-20201027.html https://www.jacobinmag.com/2021/06/schooling-in-capitalist-america-progressive-education-reform
01:03:11
October 12, 2021
Phantom of the Opera with Angelina Meehan
Joined by musical talent and Lindsay Ellis' co-creator, Angelina Meehan, the Ghouls discuss musical theatre, using liberal arts degrees to make awesome content, and how to grow into loving yourself. They also discuss the film version of Phantom of the Opera (pros and cons), the many adaptations, and the great impact the story has had on their guest.
01:06:49
October 06, 2021
The Lure (2015): Monstrous Polish Mermaid Musical
The Lure is a phenomenal Polish horror musical featuring monstrous mermaids that want to be loved and also snack on the flesh of men. Gabe talks about the many layers of this artistic and catchy musical. How does this film better represent Hans Christen-Anderson's Little Mermaid?  Also Kat talks about real mermaids or rather the poor sea creatures men wanted to f*ck.    Sources in this Episode: https://www.vice.com/en/article/43gv8n/new-polish-cannibal-mermaid-musical-is-a-story-about-immigration-and-girlhood https://www.rmg.co.uk/stories/topics/what-mermaid https://www.wired.com/2014/10/fantastically-wrong-strange-murderous-sometimes-sexy-history-mermaid/ Ways to Help: Don't f*ck sea creatures.
56:51
September 28, 2021
CLIMAX (2018) with Allie Gee
Ghouls cover the incredibly interesting experimental-horror dance film, CLIMAX. The film is mostly improvised and had the Ghouls truly shook. Joined by a special guest and extremely talented dancer, Allie Gee to discuss some of the real-life horrors in the dance world including pressures, drugs, and the toll it takes on their bodies.  Follow our guest: @AMGee92 on Instagram!
01:12:47
September 21, 2021
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008): Goth Opera for Theatre Kids & Organ Repossession
Repo! the Genetic Opera tells the tale of a distant dystopian future where the healthcare system is managed by the incredibly wealthy and innocent people die if they can‘t afford treatment...hmmm sounds familiar.
01:01:38
September 14, 2021
Anna and the Apocalypse with Bobby Torrez
Ghouls talked with fellow horror creator, Bobby Torrez about our favorite horror films, geeked out about the new Candyman, and more! We also talked about the zombie Christmas musical, Anna and the Apocalypse that has some songs that hit a bit too close to home.
01:10:00
September 10, 2021
Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013): Indian Agents & Forced Assimilation
Jeff Barnaby rocked our world again and educated us about the horrors indigenous people face in Canada. It follows the story of teenager Aila as she navigates a complicated native world that is actively being “reformed.” Traumas include accidental deaths, suicide, incarceration, Indian agents, and forced residential school abuses.   Sources in our Episode: Rhymes for Young Ghouls’ and the Legacy of Residential Schools Muskrat Magazine Unsettling the Settler Within Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling and Reconciliation Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition Indigenous Foundations Canada’s Grim Legacy of Cultural Erasure, in Poignant School Photos Ways to help: Indigenous Works National Voice for Communities in the Canadian Arctic Native Land Disclaimer Assembly of First Nations Native Womens Association of Canada Legacy of Hope
55:32
August 31, 2021
Deep Blue Sea with Slash Her Pod
Ghouls are joined by spooky hosts, Adrian and Stormy of Slash Her pod to talk about their love of horror. What kind of horror gets under their skin and how has loving horror made us stronger/better than other people? We also talk the late 90's silly aquatic horror film, Deep Blue Sea.
01:11:54
August 24, 2021
The Seer & the Unseen with Sara Dosa
Ghouls talk with the director of the magical ecological documentary, The Seer and the Unseen where we follow Ragga who is working to protect the community of elves in the lava fields in her town. Sara Dosa is a filmmaker who finds the intersection between human relationships, magic, and nature.
36:33
August 17, 2021
False Positive (2021) & the Horrors of Patriarchal Birth Practices
John Lee’s False Positive offers up thin layers of horrors around pregnancy but never actually explores them in the film. Gabe talks about the missed opportunities and many lackluster scenes that left her wanting more. Kat talks about the real-world cases that are represented in the film's ending. She also discusses the misinformation around childbirth and women, the patriarchal shift of childbirth, and how to decolonize it. Sources in this Episode: Hulu's False Positive Isn't Horror But It Will Freak You Out ‘False Positive’ Review: Ilana Glazer’s Pregnancy Thriller Isn’t a Bad ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Riff, It’s Worse Families say a fertility doctor used his own sperm to impregnate patients. Now, he must pay them millions Fertility Doctor Donald Cline’s Secret Leads to New Law Doctor is Found Guilty in Fertility Case Patriarchy Constructs Motherhood It is time to reassess our obsession with women’s fertility and the number 35 What Does it Mean to Decolonize Birth Male appropriation and medicalization of childbirth: an historical analysis Ways to Help/Get Help: 9 Organizations Working to Save Black Mothers | Black Maternal Health Caucus HEALTHCARE AND REPRODUCTIVE JUSICE — NATAL Research Centers and Organizations that Support Women's Health | Research Centers and Organizations that Support Women's Health Other Reviews on False Positive: ​​‘False Positive’ Review: Ilana Glazer’s Pregnancy Thriller Isn’t a Bad ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Riff, It’s Worse Ilana Glazer Talks 'False Positive' and Pierce Brosnan
01:00:14
August 10, 2021
Take Back the Night with Gia Elliot & Emma Fitzpatrick
Ghouls Next Door, Gabe and Kat, talk with creators of new horror film, Take Back the Night. Director Gia Elliot and Co-Writer Emma Fitzpatrick formed the idea after working in the justice system and seeing how assault victims were treated.   Follow Take Back the Night https://www.instagram.com/takebackthenightmovie/ Ways to help: https://takebackthenight.org/ https://www.rainn.org/ https://civicnation.org/initiative/eroc/ https://www.knowyourix.org/hands-off-ix/
49:59
August 09, 2021
Gundala with Wi-Moto Nyoka of Dusky Projects
This week's Ghoul guest is Wi-Moto Nyoka, writer/creator of horror media with Dusky Projects and the horror story podcast, Black Women are Scary. Join us as we talk horror and about another Joko Anwar film, Gundala. Gundala is an Indonesian superhero story that was exciting and politically intriguing.
01:05:24
August 03, 2021
She Never Died (2019), Black Feminist Anti-Hero & Medical Violence
She Never Died tells the tale of a cannibal woman who eats bad men. An unlikely feminist anti-hero that means much more than the creators intended. Gabe talks about the character's power and the significance of casting a black woman in the role. Kat discusses the history of medical violence against black women in America. Sources in this Episode: Medical News Today Structural racism in medicine: Ways to promote meaningful change What is Medical Racism? How We Fail Black Patients in Pain Other Reviews on Tag: Film Review: She Never Died - The remake we didn't realise we needed Feminism and cannibalism: SHE NEVER DIED (Audrey Cummings, 2019) Review: 'She Never Died' Brings Female Fury to an Immortal Tale GRIMMFEST — Cannibal Horror ‘She Never Died’ is a Socially Conscious Sequel Worth Talking About Ways to Help/Get Help: Black Doctors Consortium
45:20
July 27, 2021
Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum with Kat & Jazz of Girl, That's Scary
Ghouls are joined by Kat & Jazz of Girl, That's Scary podcast to talk about their mutual love for found-footage horror, the creep from Creep, and more!  They also discuss a new fave, Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum. This Korean found-footage film rocked Gabe's world and may've given her some crazy ideas for future content!
01:07:07
July 20, 2021
Tag (2015), Feminism & the Fan Service
Sion Sono's Tag (2015) is a gore-filled, insane mind-bending trip through fan service, the male gaze, and the queer identity. Gabe talks about subverting horror tropes to make a statement and yuri love. Kat talks about the oppression of LGBTQIA+ folx in Japan. Sources in this Episode: Fantasia Fest 2015: Sion Sono Plays a Riotous Game of TAG. With Schoolgirls. Things Get Weird. Violent Japanese Horror Movie Tag is a Strange, Surreal Yuri Metaphor The Nail That Sticks Out Gets Hammered Down” LGBT Bullying and Exclusion in Japanese Schools Why Japan Can’t Shake sexism? Other Reviews on Tag: 'Tag' Review: Sion Sono Channels 'Alice in Wonderland' Japanese Movie Tag or Riaru Onigokko Unpacked Tag: A Reclamation Story For Survivors - Film
59:00
July 13, 2021
Doki Doki Literature Club & Omori with Lovely Dorrie
Your Ghoulfriends are back after their break and were live with special guest Lovely Dorrie of Beyond the Bot to talk about spooky video games, Omori & Doki Doki Literature Club. Both games cover incredibly deep and traumatic content while under a cute, adorable facade. How invested can you get into a visual novel and RPG?
01:05:11
July 06, 2021
Relic (2020) & Dementia
Relic tells the story of the effects on a family when one of its members starts suffering from Dementia. A horror film that's unsettling and heartwrenching. Ghouls discuss how the house symbolizes Edna's mind, why Kat refuses to investigate spooky hallways, and Gabe shares a personal experience of a caretaker caring for someone with Dementia. Sources in this Episode: ‘Our hearts beat in unison’: Maryland family learns to cope with dementia Dementia: Symptoms, stages and types 'It feels like a horror film': New dementia dramas 'Falling,' 'Supernova' aim for truthfulness over tears Lifestyle Interventions Provide Maximum Memory Benefit When Combined, May Offset Elevated Alzheimer's Risk Due to Genetics, Pollution Ways to Help/Get Help: Alzheimer's Help Line 7 ways to be a mental health ally behavioral health crisis intervention services Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
01:00:27
May 25, 2021
Hereditary (2018) with Victims & Villains Podcast
Joined by our friends Captain Nostalgia and Black Nerd Magic of the Victims and Villains Podcast, Ghouls talk about Ari Aster's Hereditary. How does the film hold up when we wear our media-analysis glasses and how does it make people feel about inheriting mental illnesses? Follow our Guests: https://www.victimsandvillains.net/ https://www.victimsandvillains.net/hope  Sources in this Episode: https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a21526807/hereditary-movie-mental-illness/ https://www.bustle.com/p/10-mental-health-issues-that-are-more-likely-to-run-in-families-7919880 https://ct.counseling.org/2019/08/challenging-the-inevitability-of-inherited-mental-illness/ Ways to Help/Get Help: 7 ways to be a mental health ally behavioral health crisis intervention services Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
01:02:15
May 18, 2021
They Look Like People (2015) & Psychosis
For our Mental Health Awareness series, Ghouls discuss the Psychological bromance film, They Look Like People. Gabe talks about the horrors in phenomenal sound design and what it means to be a good friend. Kat shares the real experiences of someone who suffered from psychosis and how they got through it.
01:01:20
May 11, 2021
Undone (2019-) & Schizophrenia
For our Mental Health Awareness series, we're kicking it off with Undone, a show that by any other approach would be a superhero origin story. Gabe talks about how it effectively and appropriately handles the topic of mental illness and Kat talks about how to be an ally to someone with schizophrenia. Sources in episode: How 'Undone' Creator Kate Purdy Re-contextualized Her Mental Illness With Gorgeous Animation Schizophrenia - Symptoms and causes Schizophrenia by Culture The National Alliance on Mental Illness Ways to Help/Get Help: 7 ways to be a mental health ally behavioral health crisis intervention services Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)
01:01:49
May 04, 2021
Twister & Tornadoes
Closing out their Natty 'Zasters series, the Ghouls discuss the horrors of Tornadoes. Gabe explains how accurate the film is to tornadoes and how Twister had such a beneficial impact on storm science? Kat explains what you should do in the event of wind murder. Remember to grab your shoes and your helmet! Sources in episode: NOAA tornado scientists inspired 'Twister' creators 20 years ago Is Twister A True Story? How Accurate The Movie Is To Real Storm Chasing Here's Everything They Got Wrong (and Right) in the Movie Twister Severe Weather 101: Tornado Basics National Severe Storms Laboratory 7 Things You Should Never Forget When Tornadoes Strike How Do Tornadoes Form? | NOAA SciJinks – All About Weather
49:18
April 27, 2021
Devil's Pass (2013) & Avalanches
Ghouls discuss the found footage conspiracy film, Devil's Pass which attempts to solve the Dyatlov Pass Incident in a rather creative and annoying way (and gives found footage films a bad name). Ghouls also solve the Dyatlov Pass Incident using weather science! This film is barely about avalanches but this episode is very much about them. Sources in episode: Controlled avalanches, why do mountain rescue services set them off and how? The Russian Conspiracy Theory That Won’t Die Devil's Pass What to Do if You’re Caught in the Path of an Avalanche Have Scientists Finally Unraveled the 60-Year Mystery Surrounding Nine Russian Hikers’ Deaths?
59:53
April 20, 2021
The Wave (2015) & Tsunamis
On this week's edition of gaslighting geologists to avoid panic, Ghouls are talking about the Norwegian tsunami disaster film, The Wave. Kat explains how the Earth intends to murder us and why that's okay. Sources in episode: A tsunami destroys a Norwegian town in ‘The Wave’ 'The Wave' Review: A Norwegian Disaster Movie on Par With Hollywood The Impossible True Story: How Accurate The Tsunami Movie Is  What is a tsunami?  Red Cross - Tsunamis Tsunami Tracker Japan tsunami fears grow after sightings of rare deep-sea-dwelling oarfish How you can help make a difference: UNICEF - Tsunami Direct Relief - Japan
58:08
April 13, 2021
Japan Sinks 2020 & Earthquakes
Created as a warning of the imminent disasters that await Japan which Kat explains in her section,Japan Sinks: 2020 also addresses the problems of nationalism and how to preserve your culture through social media. Sources in episode: Japan Sinks? – Confluence In 2020 reboot of 'Japan Sinks' the disaster is no longer the star Japan Sinks 2020' Review: An Emotional Departure for Masaaki Yuasa Why Do Earthquakes Happen? Stay Safe During an Earthquake Devastated communities, an unseen fear: Japan's 2011 tsunami | Earthquakes News Tokyo will probably face a massive earthquake in the next 30 years. The only thing they can do is prepare Japan's fantasy films act as a buffer against the reality of the natural world How you can help make a difference: Earthquake Relief - UNICEF Earthquake Relief - Red Cross Global Giving Hispanic Federation Puerto Rico Earthquake Relief Fund
56:29
April 06, 2021
The Promised Neverland
Ghouls are joined by another Beyond the Bot host to talk about one of their all-time favorite horror animes, The Promised Neverland. Cristal Marie is notoriously known for being anti-horror but in her appreciation for The Promised Neverland found that she might actually be a horror fan! What makes The Promised Neverland so good at suspense? Why are many fans disappointed with the second season? Joined by guest, Cristal Marie. Follow Cristal on social: @CristalMarie or visit her websites: Beyond the Bot The Twist Sources in episode: Why The Promised Neverland is So Horrifying The Promised Neverland And The Horror Behind It - The History Of Horror Anime | Get In The Robot
01:03:24
March 30, 2021
Demon Slayer (2019)
Ghouls are joined by their friend, Jeff to talk about their favorite horror anime of the past few years, Demon Slayer. Heroes like Tanjiro offer a refreshing look at the Shonen Hero that offers kindness. There's a trend in horror anime of combating otherness and prejudice by featuring protagonists that exist in both worlds. Learn more on today's episode! Joined by guest, Jeff Bethea. Follow Jeff on social: Instagram @Quiet.Twin or visit his websites: https://www.quiettwin.com/ https://www.phillyav.club/ Sources in episode: Anime Sadboys: Not All Shonen Heroes are Jerks | Get In The Robot 
01:04:02
March 23, 2021
Perfect Blue (1997)
Perfect Blue is a truly haunting film that has only gotten increasingly terrifying with time. With an in-depth critique of idol culture, the trauma Mima encounters hits a bit too close to home. Joined by Dorrie of Beyond the Bot, Ghouls break down this beautiful and horrifying film.    Sources in this episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAcb_57r1Bo&ab_channel=BeyondGhibli https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2D9iZfedoiY&ab_channel=AnimeEveryday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJmK5SOeQBc&t=701s&ab_channel=SuperEyepatchWolf https://www.animefeminist.com/feature-the-fractured-and-famous-celebrity-culture-and-control-in-perfect-blue/ Support and Subscribe to Beyond the Bot: Patreon  -  https://www.patreon.com/beyondthebot Youtube -  https://www.youtube.com/c/BeyondTheBot Twitter -  https://twitter.com/beyondthebot Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/beyondthebot/
01:04:51
March 16, 2021
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion tells the horrific story of a young boy tasked with saving the world. Featuring one of the most controversial endings in the history of anime this show goes against normal anime conventions and blew the Ghouls away.
01:04:20
March 09, 2021
Dragon Ball Z
Ghouls are talking about horror in anime. Kicking off our series with a show that isn't often categorized as horror. Kat dives into the Cell Saga and what each villain represents in the show. Gabe argues the horrors of being a normal person in a DBZ world. Joined by guest, Isaiah Luck aka Super Saiyan Tribble aka Senpai Savage. Follow Isaiah on social: Twitter @SuperSaiyanLuck or @ZenkaiStation Sources in episode: https://www.cbr.com/dragon-ball-cell-android-saga-horror-great/
01:03:05
March 02, 2021
Under the Shadow
Babak Anvari's Under the Shadow explores the horrors of living as a woman within a war-torn Tehran during the eight-year Iran-Iraq war. Ghouls educate on the 1979 Iranian Revolution and the power of having a flawed female protagonist in a tyrannical and oppressive regime. Sources in episode: Babak Anvari interview: Under The Shadow, horror, Statham Terror in Tehran: Under the Shadow and the Politics of Horror Iranian Revolution Under The Shadow is a Babadook for War-Torn Iran How you can help make a difference: Women Are A Force For Change Human Rights Watch Amnesty International
55:45
February 16, 2021
His House (2020)
His House is a film that focuses on a couple from war-torn South Sudan, and their journey to England. It is a phenomenal work of social horror that encompasses the empathetic power of the genre. In it, we can find fear but not of the things that go bump in the night, the monsters hiding in the shadows but rather the darkness that dwells within our own hearts. Sources in episode: Why So Many Sudanese Are Prepared to Risk Their Lives to Reach the UK - ODI What’s Next for Asylum Seekers From War-torn Sudan - Independent Migrant Crossings: What Happens to Migrants Who Reach the UK? - BBC His House: Dinka Mythology Accuracy Explained - Screenrant ‘His House’ Director’s Ending Explanation Finds Hope in the Haunting - Collider ‘His House’ Review: Remi Weekes’ Thrilling Debut Sees the Immigrant Experience as a Horror Movie - Indiewire How you can help make a difference: South Sudan Emergency - UNHCR Donations - UNHCR The Hummingbird Project
52:49
February 09, 2021
Vampires Vs. the Bronx
Ghouls are talking about the vampire film that aims to teach young people about the horrors of gentrification! Kat explains the many ways in which gentrification and redlining are harmful to black and brown communities. Gabe compares this cute kid's film to the UK film, Attack the Block and more. Sources in episode: The Death of the Black Utopia - NY Times Redlining Was Banned 50 Years Ago. It’s Still Hurting Minorities Today - Washington Post Vampires vs. the Bronx Is a Kids' Movie About Class Warfare - WIRED How you can help make a difference: 3 Ways Communities Can Take Control of Gentrification - Next City How to Stop Gentrification - The New Republic Learning From Our Mistakes: Anti-Displacement Strategies In Philadelphia - NCRC
59:58
February 02, 2021
Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017)
Ghouls are talking about the fantastical Tigers Are Not Afraid. A journey through the eyes of children surviving the very real ghost towns of a Mexican town overrun by violence and corruption. There is a strength and power for resistance in youth imagination. Prepare to have your heart broken. Sources in episode: In Tigers Are Not Afraid, A Dark Fantasy Amid Mexico’s Drug War - NPR Mexico: Murders Women Rise Sharply As Drug War Intensifies - The Guardian Mexico’s Missing Girls Canal - The Guardian How Mexican filmmaker Issa López defied expectations with ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’ - LA Times The Haunted Street Children of “Tigers Are Not Afraid” - The New Yorker How you can help make a difference: Info on Mexican Femicide - Washington Post Mexican Feminist Group ACLU - Border Crisis Abolish ICE - AFSC Campaign to Shut Down Berks - Pennsylvania ICE Center Shut Down Berks Campaign - Free Migration Network
47:52
January 26, 2021
Impetigore (2019)
Is it possible to be a truly good person? How can you do it? The Ghouls talk about the thrilling, horror-anime Death Parade where the recently deceased's morality and goodness are put to the test. Gabe explains why the Arbiters cannot be trusted and that their tests are very flawed. Kat explains the complexities in the human experience and how philosophy broke her brain. Sources in this episode:   Death Parade is a Bloody Anime Version of The Good Place Death Parade Is About Life, Death, and the Darkness of the Human Heart Lao-Tzu
47:05
January 19, 2021
La Llorona (2020)
A deep reimagining of the Weeping Woman that inspires justice and empowerment. Following the fictional retelling of the very real trial regarding the genocide in Guatemala in the 80s. As part of the For the Culture series, Ghouls are educating on the guilty verdict of dictator Jose Efrain Rios Mott and exploring the film's genius revenge spin on Latin folklore. Sources in episode: Guatemalas’ Genocide on Trial La Llorona Smartly Reimagines a Folk Legend La Llorona is not the Ghost Story You’re Expecting How you can help make a difference: Save the Children - Guatemala Food for the Poor - Guatemala --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-ghouls-next-door/support
51:57
January 12, 2021
Blood Quantum
Ghouls' new series, For the Culture, looks to explore the horrors certain communities experience. We're starting with the indigenous zombie film that has us SHOOK, Blood Quantum. A film whose name sends us on a journey through history and a film that twists our stomachs (but in a good way). Sources in episode: What Exactly is Blood Quantum - Code Switch Podcast Article 2 on Blood Quantum - Oneida How Indigenous Zombie Horror Film ‘Blood Quantum’ Became Prescient in the Pandemic, - LA Times Jeff Barnaby Made an Apocalypse Movie to Watch the System Fall, Then a Pandemic Hit, - Vulture How you can help make a difference: First Nation's COVID 19 Response Fund Indigenous Action How to Support Indigenous Communities - The Cut --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-ghouls-next-door/support
59:28
January 05, 2021
Lyle (2014)
Ghouls explore the film, Lyle. This film is ripe with feminism, motherhood, and conspiracies. With some similarities to Rosemary's Baby, the Ghouls were bound to enjoy it but who knew they'd like it so much more! Do you know who to trust?
53:15
December 29, 2020
Bit (2019)
Ghouls get excited about the intersectional radical feminist vampire movie they never knew they needed. A film that was fun and spoke to our hearts only to be upended by the ending (seems to be a trend these days). What went wrong and why are we still super excited about it's existence and asking for more?
51:26
December 22, 2020
Good Manners (2017)
Ghouls discuss the Lesbian werewolf film, Good Manners. A refreshing love story and unique take on the Werewolf experience explored within themes of loneliness, womanhood, and motherhood.
50:52
December 15, 2020
Thelma (2017)
Thelma (2017) is a Norwegian film about a young woman discovering herself, her sexuality, and breaking away from her oppressive religious parents. Oh, and she also has psychokinetic powers and may also be a villain? Ghouls discuss this Carrie/Raw/XMen-like queer film and open up about their own queer journeys.
50:11
December 08, 2020
Spiral (2019)
Ghouls are talking Queer Horror. This week, we discuss Shudder's film, Spiral about a gay couple that moves into a new neighborhood with sketchy bigot neighbors. Starring Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman who absolutely delivers. This film makes you feel uncomfortable in all the good ways and incredibly sympathetic to our protagonist. However, does it's twist-ending do a great disservice to its overall intentions?
46:07
December 01, 2020
Trace & Joe, Horror Queers
Ghouls are joined by Trace Thurman and Joe Lipsett of the Horror Queers! Trace and Joe talk about their love for horror, what they cover on their show, and what kind of horror truly gets under their skin. We also briefly discuss the art-house, elevated, and prestige horror film, She Dies Tomorrow where we discover the horror of our insignificance and inevitable end.
01:04:13
November 24, 2020
Zena Dixon, Real Queen of Horror
Ghouls are joined by Zena Dixon, the Real Queen of Horror and co-host of the Bloody Disgusting Podcast. Zena discusses her love of all things horror and how she has made her way in the horror world despite many obstacles. We also talk about the incredible body-shaming, witchy, coming-of-age film The Spell (1977).
56:12
November 17, 2020
Prince Jackson, Knight Light Podcast
Ghouls are joined by fellow horror enthusiast, Prince Jackson of Knight Light Podcast. They geek out with Prince about the significance of horror, the different sub-genres that attract us, and what the future of horror looks like. We also dip our toes into a discussion about a new Ghoul's favorite, Scare Me.  Knight Light Podcast: https://www.goodknight.life/knightlight https://twitter.com/goodknightlife
01:00:30
November 10, 2020
Sade Sellers, Afro Horror Podcast
Ghouls invite guest and new Ghoulfriend, Sade Sellers of Afro Horror Podcast to talk about our love for the genre. Afro Horror is a podcast dedicated to celebrating the black experience within the horror genre. Sade chats with us about what it means to be a black woman who is also a horror fan, the impact of black characters in horror (how their very presence transforms the narratives), and the importance of uplifting black voices in the genre.  Afro Horror Podcast: https://afrohorror.com/ https://www.instagram.com/afrohorror/ https://twitter.com/afrohorrorpod https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Podcast/Afro-Horror-491740828246491/
01:00:17
November 03, 2020
IT (2017)
Ghouls are revisiting the first film they ever covered, IT (2017) but this time more purposefully. IT is about far more than a scary clown monster but rather is about coping with childhood trauma.
52:52
October 27, 2020
Coraline
As part of our the Kids Are Alright series, we talk about the spunky little girl who just wanted to be loved, Coraline. How do kids manifest their emotions when their parents just absolutely suck? We don't blame Coraline for wanting to run away to Other Mother but we do question the things done to our beloved Wybe. 
49:55
October 20, 2020
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
The Ghouls are discussing the Chosen One trope and offer impassioned criticism on one of their least favorite Chosen characters, Sabrina. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a show that promises intersectional feminism but severely fails to deliver. What makes a Chosen One special? What other Chosen Ones have succeeded or failed in garnering compassion from viewers.
57:46
October 13, 2020
I Am Not Okay With This
Kicking off our The Kids Are Alright series with the Netflix TV show based on a graphic novel of the same name, I Am Not Okay With This. The Ghouls discuss the impact of parental suicide, how puberty sucks, why female puberty is so scary, the challenges of juggling teenage angst along with your own burgeoning sexuality and offer some words of advice for those who may be struggling with their own feelings of depression and hopelessness.
56:24
October 06, 2020
Host
Shudder's quarantine-made film, Host, twists our virtual safe haven into a nightmare. Ever the meta podcast, the Ghouls are recording their episode remotely. Found Footage films have always had a great knack for turning our reliance on technology into something to fear.
52:52
August 25, 2020
Midsommar
Ghouls revisit the cult fave, Midsommar to explore how white supremacy, horror tropes, disability, and mental illness are used in the film. What does it mean that horror in white-centric communities can operate in broad daylight? It's hard to hate a film that hateful people hate. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, after all. 
51:30
August 18, 2020
The Hunt
More people have opinions about this movie than have actually seen it! Ghouls discuss the horror-comedy, The Hunt that was notoriously canceled before it was given a shot. Which makes it all the more amusing being that it is about Cancel Culture. Why are the extremes of both ends of politics and discourse problematic and entertainingly absurd?
47:50
August 13, 2020
Ready or Not
Rich people are the worst! The Ghouls talk about the fun and exciting film, Ready or Not to highlight how the rich stay rich. Featuring one of our new favorite final girls, Grace fights back against the rich, white elite!
54:10
August 04, 2020
Assassination Nation
Ghouls discuss the film, Assassination Nation, and how it highlights America's obsessions with social media, privacy, virginity, and the male gaze. A quirky and artsy film that is gory, fun, and educational!
01:01:11
July 28, 2020
Sorry to Bother You
Boots Riley's Sorry to Bother You is a film bursting with social commentary. The Ghouls discuss a few of the themes from the film including code-switching and the prison industrial complex. This film features amazing filming techniques, purposeful dialogue and robust array of social discussions that we simply did not have enough time to go into everything this film has to offer. 
01:04:30
July 21, 2020
The Invisible Man
The 2020 retelling of the classic horror tale, The Invisible Man takes on a new approach that tackles the residual pain from domestic abuse. The Ghouls discussing some of the amazing filming techniques that make for a suffocating and voyeuristic film but also dive into the failures of the film, like regurgitating tired horror tropes.
49:26
July 14, 2020
The First Purge
The 4th installment in The Purge franchise tackles heavy issues we are facing today with the oppression, testing, and abuse towards marginalized communities that ultimately leads to the Purge. The Ghouls discuss how, when media takes direct action to make political statements, films can be used to express the pain in communities and inspire action!
49:22
July 07, 2020
Candyman (1992)
Candyman (1992) is a must-watch and impactful film in the horror genre. Exploring the themes of gentrification and urban legends, Candyman in an attempt to reveal the toxicity in rumor and racism seems to only fuel it. The Ghouls discuss the importance of representation on film but also behind the scenes on set and in the writing room.
44:22
June 30, 2020
Watchmen (HBO)
HBO's Watchmen takes on a new approach to the classic vigilante comic book by tackling the vast and insidious white supremacy within our country. Ghouls discuss generational pain, reparations and how you can't fix the system from the inside or from under a mask.
46:10
June 23, 2020
Lovecraft Country
The horrors of Lovecraft's stories that plague and destroy his protagonists pale in comparison to the horrors that black folx in America face every day. The Ghouls are discussing the 2016 anthology, Lovecraft Country about black people in 1954 Jim Crow America and what horror really looks like to POC. Sources in episode: https://litreactor.com/columns/horror-while-black-race-in-matt-ruffs-lovecraft-country How you can help make a difference: https://bit.ly/37xC7YV https://bit.ly/3hzNMLI https://bit.ly/2UMvIUI https://bit.ly/2AH7Pa6
44:54
June 16, 2020
The One I love Minisode
Ghouls take a much-needed mental and emotional break from heavy topics to have some fun talking about a favorite film of theirs, The One I love. The Ghouls talk about what they *think* is going on in this film and Gabe swoons over Mark Duplass.
33:48
June 09, 2020
See You Yesterday & Dragon Ball Z - Time Travel
As part of the Whaaat? MindF*ck series, the Ghouls explore the possibilities of Time Travel. Kat explains intense and fun plot lines from Dragon Ball Z to Gabe, a DBZ virgin. Gabe discusses the social injustices brought to light when exploring time travel and race in media with About Time, Octavia Butler's Kindred, and See You Yesterday.
55:01
May 26, 2020
Mr. Nobody, Coherence & Parallel Universes
Continuing our Whaaat? MindF*ck series, the Ghouls are discussing parallel universes - what are they? Kat also explains bubble, daughter, and other universes! Gabe discusses the amazing filmmaking behind the film Coherence and finds meaning in the film, Mr. Nobody because every path is the right path!
01:02:07
May 19, 2020
The Triangle, Resolution, & Endless: Time Loops
For our Whaaaat? MindF*ck series, we're discussing time loops. What are they? How do they differ from time travel? Why are you being punished for all eternity to repeat the same mistakes and horrors over and over and over again? We watched Resolution & Endless (they're a package deal) and Triangle.
55:50
May 12, 2020
Matrix Trilogy: Simulated Reality
For the Ghouls Whaaaaat?? Mind F*ck series, they're taking a dive into the simulated world of the Matrix. Kat discusses the likelihood that we're in a simulation now and Gabe talks about how Capitalism is the real Robot siphoning our energy. We watched the whole Matrix trilogy (Gabe's first time).
54:09
May 05, 2020
Nerve: Apps for Manipulation
Have you ever wanted to step out of your comfort zone and do daring challenges at the behest of the invisible audience known as the internet? Oh no, are you now required to do ever-increasingly more dangerous dares because they're holding valuable information or people hostage? OR do you fancy yourself one of those invisible audience members who just want to have a good time watching people complete fun TikTok challenges? Well, there's an app for that and this episode is for you! We watched Nerve and quite a few episodes of Black Mirror. 
49:13
April 28, 2020
Black Mirror's Be Right Back & A.M.I: Resurrecting Loved Ones
If you've ever lost someone and wished you could talk to them again - there's an app for that! Today we talk about the pains of losing someone and how tech can be used to cope with grief. We watched the Black Mirror's Be Right Back and the awful film, A.M.I
59:57
April 21, 2020
Countdown & Bedeviled: Apps for Death
Do you dread not knowing when you're going to die? Do you wish you could die in a very specific way pertaining to your odd and silly fears? Well, there's an app for that! The Ghouls discuss real apps that helpfully remind you of your coming demise (for a boost in morale of course) and discuss films Countdown and Bedeviled. What does it mean to know when your death is coming and that it's your own fault?
52:27
April 14, 2020
Celebration!
Ghouls have recorded 100 episodes! Today we look back at our favorite episodes, gags, and guests as well as all the awful ones we learned from along the way. Join us and celebrate your favorite good Ghouls gone bad!
01:07:38
April 07, 2020
Whatever Happened to Monday: Population Control
The Ghouls get a little heavy today to talk about the very real and horrific ways our government and governments around the world have used population control to endanger the lives of women and more. We shine a light on historical events leading to such policies as well as reveal horrors America has done to Puerto Rican women and other Latinx women in America. We watched One Child Nation about China's One-Child Policy and What Happened to Monday for kicks.
01:02:39
March 31, 2020
The Handmaid's Tale: Oppression of Women pt. 2
Nolite te Bastardes Carborundorum! The Ghouls are here to educate you on not only the ways in which we have been oppressed but how we still very much are. On this episode, we talk about how sneaky sneaky the government is and how it wasn't that long ago that women weren't allowed to work. And how easily our rights can and have been ripped right from underneath us. We watched the Handmaid's Tale because Margaret Atwood really knows her stuff. 
51:59
March 24, 2020
The Stepford Wives: Oppression of Women pt. 1
It's not news that women have been systemically oppressed throughout history. The Ghouls tell you why not only religion but science is wrong for shaping society into what it is today! We watched Stepford Wives to discuss subservience, what it means to be a strong, independent woman and the roles we play in society and on screen.  We have MUCH more to say so stay tuned for part two featuring Handmaid's Tale! 
01:00:29
March 17, 2020
Snowden & Orwell: Surveillance
The government is listening to and watching you. Let's give them something to talk about! On this episode, the ghouls talk about how exactly the govt watches us, why they get away with it and what's the deal with Edward Snowden, whistleblower or traitor? How does your Facebook friends count affect govt surveillance and more! We watched Snowden (2018) and played Orwell, the video game. 
59:13
March 10, 2020
Parasyte & Snowpiercer: Classism
We're here to reveal the horror of society. The Ghouls talk about classism, what is it and why it is a real terror here in America. We dive deep into the work of Bong Joon-Ho to explore classism in the media, with Snowpiercer and Parasite. 
59:52
March 03, 2020
Earth Girls Are Easy & Attack the Block: Alien Romance
Ghouls are revisiting aliens from a new lens - what do aliens want with us? How likely are we to meet aliens? Could they finally unite humans against a common enemy? Why are they so darn attractive? We watched Earth Girls Are Easy, Freaks of Nature and Attack the Block.
59:57
February 25, 2020
The Island & Never Let Me Go: Clones
The Ghouls are diving headfirst into the future to talk about human clones. Do you feel like human cloning is some far and distant sci-fi future we'll never see? Well, guess again! Get ready to get schooled on science and ethics this episode. We watched Never Let Me Go and the Island to back up our very logical fears for clones (not of clones, for clones.)
59:05
February 18, 2020
Her & Zoe: Artificial Intelligence
What happens when you fall in love with artificial intelligence and what does it mean that these narratives focus on men needing perfect women to take care of them? Find out on today's episode about falling in love with AI, the future of romance and Gabe's rant about lousy protagonists. We watched Her and Zoe for our in-depth analysis. 
59:11
February 11, 2020
The Lobster, Equals & Black Mirror's Hang the DJ: Dystopian Dating
Its the future of romance where an app tells you who to love and if you don't find someone with the same flaws as you you are turned into a lobster! This week, the Ghouls are talking about the dystopian future of dating to discuss the influence of dating apps versus human spontaneity and what it means to find your someone the traditional way. We watched films The Lobster, Equals and Black Mirror's Hang the DJ for inspiration.
01:02:04
February 04, 2020
UnReal & The Truman Show: Reality TV
Reality TV is REALLY terrifying and honestly awful. On today's episode, the Ghouls are uncovering the truth behind your favorite reality TV and Day Time Talk Shows. We watched UnReal and The Truman Show to discuss the psychological impact this "reality" has on people. 
01:02:04
January 28, 2020
Black Mirror's Striking Vipers & Playtest: Virtual Reality
The Ghouls are making their realities virtual this week for their 2020 Future Technology Series! We're talking about VR, AR, XR, WhateverR and how it can help take us away to new worlds while also helping us get over fears. We also discuss how Virtual Reality horror video games are just that much more terrifyingly fun! We watched Black Mirror's Striking Vipers and Playtest.
57:48
January 21, 2020
Stay Alive & Sword Art Online: Games
Continuing our 2020 Future Technology series, the Ghouls are talking about one of their favorite hobbies, Video Games! We discuss why video games are evil, but not in the ways you think and how they're also incredibly powerful! We watched Stay Alive and Sword Art Online to get a glimpse into the horrors of being trapped inside the game where if you stop staying alive in there, you cease to stay alive out here.
01:03:28
January 14, 2020
The Net & Pulse: Internet
The internet can be a scary place and on today's episode the Ghouls discuss why you should be far more afraid than you are! We also take a trip down memory lane and disclose our AIM Screennames. We watched The Net and Pulse (2006, USA) to get to the bottom of our web-based fears. 
59:19
January 07, 2020
Get Out & Us - Jordan Peele: Part Two
Ghouls take another stab at director, Jordan Peele this time diving into his films Get Out and Us to expose all the hidden gems and explain the message behind the media. 
01:05:51
December 31, 2019
Jordan Peele: Part One
On part one, Ghouls take a stab at the mind of social horror director, Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us). The Ghouls discuss his background, inspirations and explain what social horror is all about. 
31:44
December 24, 2019
Takashi Miike
The Ghouls are covering famous, Japanese horror director, Takashi Miike. He is an incredibly talented man and we're still trying to digest how we feel exactly. What we DO know is that he is dedicated and unpredictable, approaching grotesque and traumatizing narratives with childlike wonder and imagination. We watched The Audition, The Imprint (Masters of Horror series) and the Happiness of the Katikuris. 
01:02:11
December 17, 2019
Ana Lily Amirpour
The Ghouls are talking about Iranian-American director, Ana Lily Amirpour about how you can skillfully create your own niche genre like, Iranian Vampire Spaghetti Western and put little pieces of yourself in your work. We also discuss what you should do when accused of perpetuating the same tired racist tropes in horror and how you definitely shouldn't respond.  We watched her film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and fell in love, then A Bad Batch and fell a bit out of it.
01:00:60
December 10, 2019
Guillermo Del Toro
The Ghouls are covering a favorite, Guillermo Del Toro as part of their Horror Directors series. Gabe gushes over the art style and impact of Del Toro's work and Kat gives us a history lesson. We watched Pan's Labyrinth and Crimson Peak for this but we've seen much more!
59:17
December 04, 2019
The Endless & A Dark Song: Occultism
The Ghouls are trying their hand at the Occult. What is it? Who's involved? How does media represent it and why does it feel like an answer? We watched The Endless and A Dark Song to explore different approaches to this very deep and provocative topic. 
01:00:47
November 26, 2019
Before I Wake & Paprika: Dreams
The Ghouls have tackled nightmares but now we're tackling dreams to ask ourselves, what's real? Are we living in the matrix? How can we be sure the world exists and that this podcast is real? We watched Before I Wake and Paprika to dive deep into our subconscious for answers. 
57:15
November 19, 2019
The Conjuring (1 & 2) and Hostage to the Devil: Demonology
This month we're diving back into older topics but with a new spin. We've talked about exorcisms and haunted houses but this time we're talking about demonology - what it is and what it's definitely not. Kat shames self-proclaimed demonologists and Gabe debunks the Warrens. We watched the Conjurings and Hostage to the Devil. 
01:03:47
November 12, 2019
Respect: Women's Podcast Festival - Children LIVE
The Ghouls were LIVE for the Respect: Women's Podcast Festival and they decided to tackle the scariest topic of all, children. Whether you have them and would walk through an obviously haunted house to save them or if they scare you because they can be oh so creepy, join us as we dissect why you should never trust a kid.
37:15
November 05, 2019
Joe Hill, Horns and NOS4A2
Ghouls end their Horror Writers Series with Joe Hill, a master in his own right of the genre. Kat talks about how Joe has a knack for turning trauma into literary gold and Gabe fangirls over his unique style of combining the supernatural with the very real. We watched Horns (Many Spoilers) and NOS4A2 (also spoilers). 
01:05:58
October 29, 2019
Anne Rice, Queen of the Damned and Interview With the Vampire
The Ghouls continue their dive into the great minds of Horror Writers, this week tackling the vampire goddess, Anne Rice. Anne has had an incredible effect on vampire lore and literature. Her life history has greatly impacted her work and the evolution of it. The Ghouls discuss Interview With the Vampire, Queen of the Damned (RIP Aaliyah) and have some fun with Anne's erotic literature too. 
01:03:51
October 22, 2019
Dean Koontz, Phantoms and Demon Seed
Ghouls are talking about their #1 best horror dad, Dean Koontz. Kat and Gabe gush over how likable and enjoyable Dean's writing is. Kat fawns over Ben Affleck in Phantoms and Gabe freaks out (trypophobia warning) over Demon Seed. 
52:56
October 15, 2019
Shirley Jackson, Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle
Shirley Jackson is a Queen of horror writing and has influenced many in the genre like King, Gaiman and more! The Ghouls discussed her challenging life that fueled her impactful and amazing work as well as dissect her work and the effect it had on women of the time. We watched The Haunting of Hill House (1963 & 2019) and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. 
59:39
October 08, 2019
Stephen King, IT Chapter 2 and Pet Semetary
This month we're covering some of the Greatest Horror Writers! We're kicking off this series with the king himself, Stephen King. We dive into his life and dissect his writing. The Ghouls watched IT Chapter 2 and Pet Semetary (2019 - SPOILERS).
01:01:51
October 01, 2019
The Terror: East Asian Representation
We're finishing up our Representation series and we are joined by the phenomenal guest, Rob Buscher of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival to talk about Eastern Asian representation in horror. We discuss the second season of AMC's The Terror to explore Japanese horror of the supernatural and the terribly real.
59:48
September 24, 2019
Hush & A Quiet Place: Disability Representation
The Ghouls are joined by guest Pascale of Liberty Resources to talk about how people with disabilities have been treated in horror. I think you can see there's a trend in that the answer has been not very well. We talk films Hush and A Quiet Place to discuss the right and wrong way to portray deafness on screen. 
01:02:16
September 17, 2019
Midsommar: Mental Health & Disability Representation
The ghouls have a special episode featuring guests Marina and Pascale, tackling the film Midsommar and the many ways in which it let us down, specifically involving the many marginalized communities it abuses for its subpar plot. For more on why you should also be more critical of the media you indulge in - tune in! 
59:56
September 12, 2019
Babadook: Mental Illness Representation
Ghouls are talking representation and this week we're talking to our friend and Kat's co-worker, Marina about how mental illness is shown in horror. History has been unkind to the mental illness community but we have had some victories. We talk about a win, the film Babadook which has done a great job of this!  Stay tuned later this week to hear about a film that the Ghouls feel did a very bad job of portraying mental illness, Midsommar (spoilers!). 
59:54
September 10, 2019
What Keeps You Alive: Queer LGBTQIA+ Representation
Ghouls are talking about LGBTQIA representation in horror with the amazingly talented singer/songwriter/musician/beautifulhuman Jacqueline Constance. Ghouls learn about the Hayes Code, queer horror (both real and on screen) and talk about the indie horror film, What Keeps You Alive.
59:35
September 03, 2019
La Llorona & Culture Shock: Latinx Representation
Continuing our dive into the incredible lack of representation in horror the Ghouls are tackling Latinx representation with their friend Sergio Galeano. Gabe has many choice words on the subject and her love for Guillermo Del Toro while her and Sergio bond over their Latinx-American upbringing. They watched La Llorona and Culture Shock (part of Hulu's Into the Dark series).
01:01:08
August 27, 2019
Ma (2019): Black Women Representation
The Ghouls are tackling a new topic for their representation series and we've invited our friend, Ariel Taylor, a media professional and educator at PhillyCAM.  We talk about Black Women in horror, the importance of representation in front of and behind the camera and why it MATTERS. Tune in as we absolutely roast the 2019 film, Ma featuring Octavia Spencer (who did this to you?). SPOILERS abound!
01:00:00
August 20, 2019
CAM: Sex Worker Representation
First episode in the Ghouls Representation in Horror series and we're talking with Léa Van der Tak about sex work, the real life horrors and one of our new favorite horror films, CAM. The Ghouls also talk about the docu-series, Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On to discuss some of the challenges of juggling your online persona and your real life you.
01:07:13
August 13, 2019
Apocalypse: Zombies LIVE SHOW
The Ghouls were ALIVE for the Philadelphia Podcast Festival. Listen to the Ghouls charm the pants off their audience and inform them about what zombies really mean, how they can really happen in real life and talk about the beloved zombie flick, 28 Days Later. We also have some fun playing some games with our audience.
56:33
August 06, 2019
Melancholia: Cosmic Apocalypse
Wrapping up our Apocalypse series with the most depressing scenario we could think of - the cosmic apocalypse and the honest truth that we mean nothing. The Ghouls are talking about how the universe can kill us, how we've only been here a moment and how the end is nigh! We watched Lars Von Trier's Melancholia to really get into the mood and to top it off, watched The Universe TV Show's episode on the Cosmic Apocalypse.
57:32
July 30, 2019
Interview w/Ashlee Blackwell
Special interview along with radio show Pulling Focus host Gretjen Clausing where we talk with Ashlee Blackwell, horror movie expert and founder of the website, Graveyard Shift Sisters. She is the co-writer and co-producer of Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. We talk to her about represention in horror, black films/directors/actors and the unique approach to telling our stories through genres like horror. If you're in the area - catch the screening on Friday, July 26th and the Q&A discussion with Ashlee and Gabe.
48:17
July 24, 2019
Child's Play (2019) & I AM MOTHER: Digital Apocalypse
The Ghouls get technical, talking about Singularity, Multiplicity and Artificial Intelligence. Are we already deep in the digital apocalypse? Are Asimov's 3 laws a big ol lie? We watched I, Robot and we talk (SPOILERS) for the new Child's Play featuring an AI Chucky and Netflix's I Am Mother (SPOILERS).
53:08
July 23, 2019
Soylent Green & The Day After Tomorrow: Ecological Apocalypse
This week the Ghouls are talking about the good, green Earth and how we're destroying it leading it to inevitably strike back with natural disasters and resource depletion. We talk the films Soylent Green (It's people!) and The Day After Tomorrow (which turns out was actually today). Is Climate Change real? What does NASA have to say? Was M. Night Shyamalan right when he made a film about the trees killing us?!
57:37
July 16, 2019
Chernobyl & Dr. Strangelove: Nuclear Apocalypse
Its the end of the world and we are telling you all about it. This week the Ghouls are tackling the nuclear holocaust - including information on Chernobyl, Hiroshima and the real-life lack of fail safes our own government had when handling the big bombs. We watched Chernobyl (HBO) and the classic Kubrik fun-time apocalyptic romp, Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
01:00:05
July 09, 2019
Contagion & Containment: Viral Apocalypse
cough cough This week, Ghouls are exploring the Viral Apocalypse. What happens when you don't wash your hands, board planes and touch everything in your way, GWYNETH PALTROW?! We talk the scary, pandemic film, Contagion and the quarantine show, Containment. Tune in to find out how viruses spread, whats the deal with vaccines and how YOU can prevent the next epidemic.
50:28
July 09, 2019
Blood & Black Lace and Demons: Italian Giallo
The Ghouls finish their foreign exploring by stopping over in Italy. The Ghouls dive deep into Italy's history with the genre and talk Giallo, Argento and Bava (both of them). We watched Blood & Black Lace and Demons!
56:31
June 25, 2019
The Wailing & I Saw the Devil: Korean
We continue our Foreign Horror series by diving into Korean horror. They Ghouls are talking Korea's history with war and censorship and the effects thats had on their media. As well as the films, the brutal film I Saw the Devil and the long but worth it film The Wailing. We learned a thing or two about real gore and how culture can impact media in such a good good way.
01:01:53
June 18, 2019
Raw, High Tension & Martyrs: New French Extremity
Bonjour! The Ghouls continue their travels on to France to explore the New French Extremity films that have transformed the body gore genre and are undoubtedly the intellectual twin to America's Torture Porn craze. We explore France's history and where their horrors come from (spoilers - it's war). We watched the films Raw, High Tension and Martyrs so we could get the full picture.
59:37
June 11, 2019
Ju-On, Noroi the Curse & Sadako vs. Karako: J-Horror
The ghouls are going on an adventure, first stop - Japan! We discuss the history of Japanese lore featuring oni, yurei and more. And we dive into the birth of the beloved horror film genre - J Horror. We watched the classic film Ju-On: the Grudge, Gabe's new fave found footage film Noroi: The Curse and the hilariously serious Sadako Vs. Kayako which both respects and teases the classics we love. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
01:07:48
June 04, 2019
Gravity and Love, Death & Robot's Helping Hand: Space Isolation
We are closing out our Isolation series with Space Isolation. The Ghouls discuss what happens to you and your body in space, why it's hella dangerous and why no one should ever put Gabe in space. We watched Gravity and the short animated film, Helping Hand - part of the Love, Death and Robots Netflix series. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
01:00:33
April 30, 2019
Backcountry, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon & The Long Dark: Wilderness Isolation
We continue to be trapped places all alone, this time we're outside in the wilderness. The Ghouls are talking their own camping experiences, the real terrors of the woods and that bears are actually our friends. We watched the film, Backcountry and play the Long Dark. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
59:50
April 23, 2019
Gerald's Game & 10 Cloverfield Lane: Inside Isolation
Continuing our Isolation series, the Ghouls are getting cozy indoors and quickly realizing that's no good. Gabe discovers she may be claustrophobic and Kat tries to convince everyone to stay inside away from people. We talk solitary confinement, isolation experiements and what happens to your mind when you don't have people to talk to. We watched Stephen King's Gerald's Game and 10 Cloverfield Lane to explore different ways it can truly suck to be stuck indoors because of the apocalypse?? or because of sex acts?? either with people you don't know or maybe a hungry dog and the moonlight man. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
01:00:43
April 16, 2019
47 Meters Down & Open Water: Underwater Isolation
As part of the Isolation Series, the Ghouls are diving deep to explain the very real danger behind Kat's biggest fear, the ocean, and why it's really bad to be stuck on or in it all by yourself. We watched 47 Meters Down to see how Mandy Moore deals with stress and talk about the very real story behind the film, Open Water as well as the harrowing story of a young girl found lost at sea. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
59:41
April 09, 2019
The Descent & The Forest (game): Underground Isolation
The Ghouls have a new series for you, all month long we're talking about isolation somewhere where you shouldn't be. This episode is about being isolated underground, what terrible things await you when you're trapped in a cave because your friends sought glory? Or because your plane crashed and some cannibals stole your son, Timmy, and put him in an underground base of child sacrifice? The Ghouls watched the horror, cult classic The Descent about some amazing and tough women fighting for their lives underground and talk about the indie video game, The Forest. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
01:01:04
April 02, 2019
Horror Comic Books
The Ghouls invited a ghoul-proclaimed expert on comic books to talk about the spooky kinds of em! The Ghouls are joined by Hero Complex's JD, comic book connoisseur and horror indulger to learn about the history of horror in comics, the top horror comics out there and explore two series in particular, Harrow County and Locke & Key. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
58:34
March 26, 2019
Abducted in Plain Sight & Last Podcast on the Left: Gabe's True Crime
50 Episodes! We are celebrating our 50th with two special episodes dedicated to each of the Ghouls favorite horror things. This episode we're talking about Gabe's favorite spooky subject, True Crime. We talk about the growing number of media content dedicated to real-life crimes, how informing yourself on such things empowers you and how not to glorify murderers. We really dig into the common sense phobia and how the Ghoul's childhood traumatized them into becoming a powerful anxiety superhero! We talk the popular podcast, Last Podcast on the Left and the wild ride that is Netflix's Abducted in Plain Sight. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
59:60
March 19, 2019
Terminator 2: Kat's Robots
50 Episodes! We are celebrating our 50th with two special episodes dedicated to each of the Ghouls favorite horror things. Today we're talking about Robots so Kat can let loose about her real father, the Terminator. Gabe defends the name of robots everywhere in hopes of a bright and robotic future while Kat explains why robot dad will never leave but also robots murder people so watch out! Is Sarah Connor best mom or absolute worst? Find out! Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
59:32
March 12, 2019
Spring & Honeymoon: Loving Monsters
We're wrapping up our Romance Gone Wrong series with Loving Monsters. The Ghouls are talking about how romance and monsters have been shown on screen throughout the years. We discuss what it takes and what it means to love a monster, an other. We watched Spring, a Before Sunrise-esque love story about a lovecraftian monster and Honeymoon, the sad and tragic alien film that asks how well you know your significant other. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
59:42
March 05, 2019
Only Lovers Left Alive & True Blood: Monsters of Love
For our Romance Gone Wrong series, we're talking about something a little more upbeat. The Ghouls are discussing the quintessential monster of love and sexy sex - the Vampire. We're talking the history of what makes them sexy, alluring and dangerous as well as the different shows that romanticize these literal murderers. The Ghouls watched Only Lovers Left Alive which filled them with yearning and love as well as True Blood which filled them with other desires. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
59:08
February 26, 2019
You & Swimfan: Stalkers
For episode 47, the Ghouls are talking about stalkers. They talk the real life world of stalkers, the levels of stalking and how sometimes it's okay to be just friends. They talk the problematic tropes from the "Crazy Ex Girlfriend" narrative to the Bunny Boiler Archetype. The Ghouls watched Netflix's series You and revisited a classic for Gabe, Swimfan. Talking Points: Stalkers, Emotional Blackmail, 5 Nos 1 Yes, JUST FRIENDS, Nice Guy, Cardi B, Offset, Friends, Ross and Rachel, Philosophy, Fckzoned, Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Ted Bundy Tapes, Ann Rule, Stranger Beside Me, Penn Bagdley, Childish Gambino, BTK, John Wayne Gacy, Boys, Mental Illness, Stalkers, Swim Fan, You, Netflix, Glen Close, Alex, Fatal Attraction. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
01:04:14
February 19, 2019
It Follows & Contracted
For our Romance Gone Wrong series, the Ghouls are talking about what happens after sex. They've gotten very serious in their discoveries so be prepared. The Ghouls explore the films It Follows and Contracted to discuss what happens when horror takes a different approach to dealing with rape culture rather than the typical rape revenge films we see so often in horror. Sometimes, its okay to simply survive and get through it. And sometimes, no one can see the monster behind you because they haven't endured what you have and that's okay. The Ghouls school you on how to watch media critically and the importance of being deliberate with what you create. Talking Points: Media Analysis Glasses, Rape Culture, Rape Revenge, Watch Media Critically, Vagina Maggots, It Follows, David Robert Mitchell, Eric Englund, Female Directors, BELIEVE SURVIVORS, Its About Power, MeToo Movement, Plot Device, Setting the Tone, Goblin Slayer, Contracted, Zombie Film, Lesbians, STDs, and Eli Roth Did it Better. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
01:11:08
February 12, 2019
Teeth & Killer Condom
The Ghouls embark on their Romance Gone Wrong series and are here to tell you, Don't Have Sex...because you'll die or horribly maim someone. Horror movies have always had a "love" hate(mostly hate) relationship with sex. The Ghouls are exploring some ways in which horror has tackled rape culture, vagina dentata (freud & mythology) and the dangers of sex. The Ghouls have FINALLY watched Teeth and the incredible ride that was Killer Condom. Talking Points: Abstinence till I Die, Sex is Dangerous, Teeth, Don’t Do It, Vagina Dentata, Castration, Freud, Mother, Dangerous Womb, Good Sex, Rap Culture, Femme Fatale, Angel Shots, Rugrats, Consent is a Thing, Do Unto Others, Rape Prevention, Burglary, Alarms, Burgled, Angel Shots, Ellers, Toothed Condom, Dawn of New Females, Evolution, and Alexandra Heller-Nicholas. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
01:03:11
February 05, 2019
The Thing & The Faculty: Alien Imposters LIVE
The Ghouls were ALIVE as part of the HEADstrong Comedy Festival. The Ghouls talk what it means to be an alien imposter, how do you know someone is really a person and the best way to emphasize American xenophobia and paranoia through media. They talk the films, The Thing and The Faculty. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
55:30
February 05, 2019
Hemlock Grove: Monstrous Men
For the New Year, New Me series, on episode 43, the Ghouls (definitely them and their identity shouldn't be questioned) have dived deep into male puberty and the monstrous man. They're talking about the differences between monstrous men and monstrous women, discussed earlier in the month. How are men potrayed when they go through their bodily changes? Why are they usually goddamn heroes? Didn't you want to be a werwolf? The Ghouls watched I Was a Teenage Werewolf and the Eli Roth show, Hemlock Grove to explore this topic. Talking Points: Monstrous Men, Goop Everywhere, Hair Everywhere, Voice Deepens, Science is the Enemy, Frankenstein, Male Puberty, Ejaculation, Vampires, Werewolves, Hemlock Grove, Gabe's Husband Eli Roth, Romani, Gypsy slurs, Werwolf Transformation, Loss of teeth, new eyes, Shirtless Skargards, and All Skarsgards are Vampires. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
59:57
January 29, 2019
Single White Female & The Roommate: Envious Imposter
On episode 42, we are talking about the Envious Imposter! Have you ever just wanted to be a different person, a very specific person who’s life you so desire you’ll do anything to get it? Even give yourself a TERRIBLE haircut? This week the Ghouls are talking about Single White Female and the terrible modern attempt at a remake, The Roommate. They explore this toxic trope of assigning the villainous characters mental disorders as an attempt to explain away their behavior. Spoiler Alert: this is bad and greatly innaccurate. Talking Points: Bangs, Imposter, Best Friends, Single, White, Female, Envy, Roommate, Gaslighting, Manipulation, Paranoid, Borderline Personality Disorder, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Stigma, Ticking Time Bomb, Single White Female, SWF Seeks Same, Babet, Bonding, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
01:04:08
January 22, 2019
New Year, New You & Tragedy Girls: Social Media
On Episode #41, We're adressing the "You" that you put on social media. This episode we are talking about the toxicity within social media. The Ghouls are discussing the flaws with social media presence, agonizing over the pains of having a social media presence and hashing it out about instagram influencers. The Ghouls watched the appropriately named, New Year New You Hulu horror film and the now a Ghoul favorite film, Tragedy Girls. Don't forget to like, subscribe and comment on our social medias! Please! Talking Points: Social Media, New Year New You, Like, Subscribe or Die, #blessed, instagram influencers, fake news, fake life, Community, Black Mirror, Social stakes, beans, not my butt, Ghouls on Social, depression, Ingrid Goes West, Tragedy Girls, and good girl villains. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
54:08
January 15, 2019
American Mary: Body Modification
On Episode #40, It’s still the new year so we bet you’re still feeling really motivated to complete your New Year’s Resolutions! This episode we are exploring the transformation of your body through surgery, sometimes not always for the better. The Ghouls are educating on the history and prevalence of body modification and what horrors lie beneath the skin. We watched American Mary and got a glimpse into the dark underworld of body modification and empowerment. Talking Points: Body Modificiation, Tattoos, Piercings, Prince Albert, Tongue Splitting, Branding, Pearling, Fiyero, Body Dysmorphia, Butt Implants, Botched, Kardashians, Safe Sane & Consensual, American Mary, Twisted Sisters, Hellevator, Cutters, NXIVM, and Revenge. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
56:36
January 08, 2019
Jennifer's Body: Monstrous Women
Happy New Year, Ghoul Scouts! On Episode #39, the Ghouls are starting their special "New Year, New Me" series and they're talking about Monstrous Women. Do you have any amazing new year’s resolutions? This month we are going on a resolutions journey. This is New Year, New Me and we’re going to be covering some topics revolving around people changing (not always for the better). The first episode is going to gravitate around this idea of transforming and empowering oneself, by any means necessary and against all odds - specifically how women do it in Horror Movies. And the Ghouls tackle the age old question: Is Jennifer's Body a feminist film? Points: Hair Snakes, Cat Woman, Possessed, Insect Women, Grotesque, Revenge, Japanese Ghosts, Don’t Have Sex, Barbara Creed, Ursula, Disney, 13 Monstrous Women, Alien, Mother, Possessed Women, Lesbian Teen, Sexy Woman, Sex Trope Fun Time Gory Mess, Accidental Feminism, Slang, Hokey Sex Time, 867-5309, Hey Jenny I got Yo Number, He’s Salty, Diablo Cody, Megan Fox, Carrie, Virgin, Period. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
01:01:56
January 01, 2019
Krampus: Folklore
Merry Christmas! Our 38th episode is about holiday Folklore! Ho Ho Ho! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! SIKE! It’s actually really scary. You all are familiar with Santy Claws, St. Nicholas, that bearded belly laughing red wearing jolly fellow. But did you know that there are a number of spooky characters that also exist around this joyous season. They work less on the whole “positive reinforcement” tactics of giving gifts to good kids and more on the “terrify kids into behaving tactic” by threatening them with death, usually a death caused from being eaten by a monster, to keep kids in line. Talking Points: Positive Reinforcement, Jolly St. Nick, Eaten By a Monster, Fear Tactic, The Most Horrifying Time of the Year, Frau Perchta, Yule Cat, Fashion Game, Eat Kids, Cannibalism Problem, Hansel and Gretel, Gryla, Zwarte Piet, Black Peter, Hans Trapp, Juggalos, Mummers Parade, Krampus Ball, Krampus Parade, Sticks, Racism, Jack in the Box, Gingerbread, Toni Collette, Wrestling Krampus Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
54:59
December 25, 2018
Frozen, Dyatlov Pass & Donner Party: Snow
On Episode 37, the weather outside is frightful and it causes many deaths. What fun! The Ghouls are talking about the strange deaths of the ski-hikers on Dyatlov Pass aka Death Mountain and the unfortunate tale of the Donner Party. They watched Frozen, no not THAT Frozen and discuss the horrors of being trapped on a ski lift because baby, it's cold outside. Talking Points: Frostbite, Trash Lung Season, Baby its Cold Outside, seasonal depression, season of sadness, Oregon Trail, Dysentry, Dyatlov Pass, Donner Party, Abe Lincoln, Hypothermia, Death Mountain, Abominable Snowman, Fireballs, Hot in Herr, Cannabalism, Irony and watch with friends. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
01:01:26
December 18, 2018
Needful Things, The Box & Button, Button: Gifts
On Episode 36, the Ghouls are talking about a jolly subject - Gifts! Ho Ho Ho! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It's the time of the year when people give you presents, with the intent of making you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Some gifts, you don’t want though, and come with implications, like your soul, or the people you love being killed. Every day we push the button. Find out why you should stop. The ghouls talk the trippy film The Box and the short story/twilight zone episode its based on Button, Button. Also, they talk Needful Things by Stephen King and the amazing Rick & Morty episode inspired by it. Talking Points: Got You Cookie, Give Me Cookie, If You Give a Kat a Cookie, Gift giving, Stress, Gabe Gets Therapy, Yarn Lady, Novetly Pajamas, trash people, price you're paying, H&M, Equivalent Exchange, Button Button, Cameron Diaz, Always the Bridesmaid, James Marsden, The Devil, Rick & Morty, Haunted Items. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
01:00:53
December 11, 2018
Wishmaster & Wish Upon: Wishes
On Episode #35, the Ghouls are in the holiday spirit talking about Wishes! Be careful what you wish for because those wishes will undoubtedly be turned upside and almost always cost you your soul. We're talking about Djinns, Mephisto & Faust and other lore around wishes. We watched Wishmaster and Wish Upon to really get our wish on. And let us tell ya, they're not worth it! Talking Points: Faust, Djinn, Genie in a Bottle Baby, Mephisto the Great, Bohemian Rhapsody, Aladdin, Wishmaster, Wes Craven, Tony Todd, 7 Deadly Sins, Learn Chinese, Wish You'd Not, Hello Mr. Wes Craven, quick question - wtf?, Trypophobia Warning, Wishes Were Fishes, Don't Dig in the Trash. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
59:60
December 04, 2018
Alien: Space Exploration
OUR 34th EPISODE IS ABOUT SPACE EXPLORATION! We are inviting our good good friends from one of our favorite podcasts ever - The Black Tribbles. This episode is featuring Storm Tribble, Kennedy! We find out why “In space, no one can hear you scream.” The ghouls and Kennedy solve all of the problems with space exploration (hint: put women in charge and LISTEN WHEN THEY TELL YOU THINGS) and dissect the classic hit film, Alien (which Gabe hadn't seen before this episode :O ). Talking Points: Alien, Space, Isolation, Coworkers, Space Patriarchy, Danger Will Robinson, Listen to Women, What's New Pussycat?, Shredded Condoms, Sweating Milk, For Science!, The Last Frontier. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
01:02:51
November 27, 2018
Seven: Suspense Thrillers
On our 33rd episode, as part of our Black Tribbles series, we talk with the Master Tribble, Erik about Suspense/Thriller films and why they most definitely are a subgenre of Horror. Fight us. We learn to think outside the box by discussing the differences between Horrors and Thrillers while also watching the Horror Suspense film, Se7en. Talking Points: Sixth Sense, Suspense, The Boy, Jason’s Mom, Ed Gein, We’re All Serial Killers, horror, ghosts, haunted GI Joe, Robots will kill us, Holy Trinity of Horror Villains, What’s in the Box, America’s Grandpa, Brad Pitt just Jumps Out Windows, Saw, Gore and Police Procedurals. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
01:01:44
November 20, 2018
Tokyo Ghoul: Horror Anime
On Episode #32, we talk about horror anime! We are inviting our good good friends from one of our favorite podcasts ever - The Black Tribbles. They’re Too Cool to be Geeks. Too Cute to be Nerds. The Black Tribbles is a podcast that seeks to explore the nerd within and out. This episode is featuring the Super Saiyan Tribble himself, Isaiah! You can see Kat and Gabe geek out about anime in episode #346: Anime Theme Music on the Black Tribbles! Talking Points: Horror Anime, Anime, Japan, Monsters, Parasyte, Tokyo Ghoul, Kagine, Deadman Wonderland, Attack on Titan, Elfen Lied, Androgyny, Metrosexual, Anime's Batman, Anime's Hannibal, Dragon Ball Z, Saturday Morning Cartoons and more! Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
01:16:15
November 13, 2018
Are You Afraid of the Dark & Goosebumps: Horror for Kids
For Gabe's birthday month, the ghouls are inviting some of her favorite people from one of her absolute favorite podcasts, The Black Tribbles to talk about spooky stuff with her! On Episode #31, we kick off this Tribbles series with the Uncanny Tribble & Amalgam Comics & Coffeeshop owner, Ariell. The ghouls chat with Ariell about 90's kids horror and explore why scaring your kids young makes them better people. We talk Goosebumps, Are You Afraid of the Dark and even the Scholastic Book Fair. Join us and learn about the kid horror haven that was the 90s. Talking Points - Goosebumps, Scholastic Book Fair, Are You Afraid of the Dark, House with the Clock in its Walls, Snick, Saturday Night Nick, Courage the Cowardly Dog, Tale of the Dollmaker, No Cable, Fix the Septic Tank, Scare Your Children, Bruce Willis Twist, Midnight Society Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
57:40
November 06, 2018
Improvised Horror Drama
On Episode #30, in honor of the spookiest holiday the Ghouls bring you a special performance by the amazing Not Yet Rated, improv team! Not Yet Rated is a Philadelphia Improv Team that improvises movies - makes them up right on the spot for your entertainment! And the Ghouls were lucky enough to have them perform right in their living room for a special Audio Drama - Attend Carter the Magnificent's Magical Disappearing Show! Talking Points: Magic, Improv, Audio Drama, Flip Flops, Bingo, Chips, Devil, Saxophones, Babys Blood, Boobie, Scat, Cut in Half, Stanley's Hat, Disappearing Act, Italian Aliens, Mafia. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
52:55
October 31, 2018
Bela Lugosi & Boris Karloff: Classic Horror
On Episode 29, In our special classic horror series for the spoopiest month, October, we bring you the talented monster men who transformed the horror genre with their phenomenal portrayals of the genre’s classic tragic villains - Bela Lugosi & Boris Karloff! Join the ghouls as the explore these silver screen seductive monster men. We watched Dracula and fell in love with the very alluring sexpire - Lugosi and also watched The Raven (1931) to fall in love with the "hideous" Karloff who wasn't in any way hideous and is actually really handsome. The Ghouls talk old timey sexism, underated acting and the tragedy of the silver screens famous horror monsters. Talking Points: Sexpire, The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe, Dracula, Frankenstein, Karloff, Mr. Wong, Helsing, Seductive Vampires, Bearded men, House of Horrors. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
58:34
October 23, 2018
HP Lovecraft: Classic Horror Writers
On Episode #28, In our special classic horror series for the spoopiest month, October, we bring you the brooding, extraplanar being-phile - HP Lovecraft. ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn. The Ghouls teach you about the very peculiar and entirely problematic writer, his life and his works. They also completely geek out about Roleplaying games (Call of Cthulhu), Board games (Arkham Horror) and Video games (Amnesia) because this spooky dude brings out the slimey, many eyed, bat winged monster in all of us. There's Cthulhu, Shoggoths and Ancient Ones - Oh my! Talking Points: Call of Cthulhu, How We Roll Podcast, Akham Horror, Amnesia, Nerd games, video games, horror games, roleplaying, Cthulhu, Cultists, Ry'leh, Tentacle Porn, Mrs. Lovecraft, Shoggoth, Ancient Ones and more! Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
01:01:09
October 16, 2018
Mary Shelley: Classic Horror Writers
On Episode #27, in our special classic horror series for the spoopiest month, October, we bring you the queen of horror herself, Mrs. Penny Dreadful and badass Goth babe - Mary Shelley! The ghouls talk Mary's life and the infamous tale of Frankenstein, how and why it was made. They also geek out about the show, Penny Dreadful and Literature as a whole. Join us for a gothic adventure with Teen Dream, Mary Shelley. Talking Points: Mary! Do You love me?, Are you writing?, Badass Mom, Mary Wollstonecraft, JK Rowling, Goth Queen, The Podcast not the Hosts, Lord Byron, Sex on Mom’s Grave, Ghost Sex Party, Lordt Byron, Doe Boy, Sweet Child Bride, Swingers Party, Put Your Chariot Keys in the Jar, I love my Ghost Mom, Love Proteus, I am one of Proteus’ Ten Friends Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
58:24
October 09, 2018
Edgar Allan Poe: Classic Horror Writers
On Episode #26, the Ghouls are starting a special series for the month of October - Classic Horror Series where they pay homage to the pioneers of our favorite genre. This episode features the Forlorn Father, Edgar Allan Poe. We talk about his life, challenges and what it means to be the first emo. We dive into a few of his stories such as the Black Cat, the Cask of Amontillado, the Tell-Tale Heart and others. We talk on the animated film anthology, Extraordinary Tales featuring the voices of Guillermo Del Toro, Christopher Lee and Bela Lugosi. Talking Points: Edgar Allan Hoe, Poe House, Philadelphia, New York, Child Bride, Black Cat, Father of Horror, Classic, Florence & the Machine, Guilt, Don't Murder, Walls of Dead Bodies, Don't Murder Cats, Poe Writ on Them, Father Went to Get Cigarettes, Tell Tale Heart, Cask of Amontillado, Black Plague and Opium. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill. Stay tuned, love us.
59:60
October 02, 2018
Saw, Cabin Fever & Hostel: Gore & Torture Porn
On Episode #25, Gabe finally gets to talk about one of her favorite directors and the controversial horror topic of gore, or as it is more affectionately known as, Torture Porn (or Gorno). Gabe decided to not subject Kat to this torture (because she's not a monster) and instead is joined by a very special guest, Ramon from the Garbled Podcast. Gabe & Ramon dive deep into the psychologically thrilling and traumatizing topic that so many can't stomach. Gabe absolutely jumps for joy to talk about Eli Roth and the two bond over their love for the Saw franchise. They talk Saw, Cabin Fever, Hostel and more! Gabe also discovers a fun conspiracy theory on the internet that leads to a few of their own. Join us and hear more about what you're missing out on! Talking Points: Jigsaw, Saw, Hostel, Touristas, Gorno, Torture Porn, Kevin from Home Alone, Americans Are Dumb, Garbled Podcast, Big Boy Jigsaw, Good Guy Jigsaw, and Real Serial Killers. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
01:05:40
September 25, 2018
Cryptids LIVE
On Episode #24, we talk Cryptids, your favorite inexplicable creatures that are RIGHT BEHIND YOU. Or close by anyway. We inform you on what a cryptid is and let you know why all the people who suggested the Jersey Devil as an Urban Legend were wrong! We talk Bigfoot, Chupacabra, Jersey Devil, Mothman??, Goatman, Trolls and Wendigos. The Ghouls watched Trollhunter and a special episode of the X-Files featuring the Chupamaria - I mean Chupacabra. And we take a stroll down memory lane and revist the video game, Until Dawn and its spooky monster. Talking Points: Cryptids, Jersey Devil, Pine Barrens, Chupamaria, 2 Men 1 Women Big Trouble, Trolls have feelings, Well he was Christian so, Fe Fi Fo Fum - wait that's Giants, Cry Wilderness!, Mr. Pickles, and Wake Me Up Before You Wendigo-go. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
51:29
September 19, 2018
The Strangers & Them: Home Invasion
On Episode #23, we talk Home Invasion! The ghouls just moved into a new home and thought it’d be super fun to talk about Home Invasions! Because we’re sadists that hate to feel safe! Woohoo. We give the low down on some real life home invasion stories that have inspired films such as the Manson Family murders and the Keddie Murders. Kat gives some information on how to stay safe in a home invasion thanks to Wiki-How and we also learn some super intelligent tips from "Gabie-How." What's the deal with men not bringing their ladies with them when they go to investigate?! Who's gonna have your six, James!? The Ghouls re-watch one of their faves, The Strangers and a french film that is incredibly similar, Them (Ils). They also get hype about the film, You're Next and revel in female empowerment. Go team doomsday preppers! Talking Points: The Strangers, Stranger Danger, Wiki-How, Gabie-How, Manson Family, Keddie Murders, Them, Children Murderers, Elfen Princess Liv Tyler, Tamra is NOT home, Yes we are sure, and Home Alone for Adults. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
01:01:30
September 10, 2018
Short Horror Films
On Episode #22, the Ghouls have a short(ish) talk about short horror films. What makes them work and what makes Gabe & Kat super aggitated about them? Gabe and Kat discover a new favorite horror director, from low-budget to riches - David Sandberg of Lights Out fame. Gabe tries to explain a riddle and Kat can't walk down stairs. Talking Points: Rapid footsteps, Gabe A and Gabe B, Wonderful Demon, Lights Out, David Sandberg, Annabelle Creation, Short Horror Films, Keep it Simple, Stupid. Check us out on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
45:46
August 27, 2018
Women in Horror
On Episode #21, Kat and Gabe invite one of their favorite people and fellow woman, Dr. Timaree (Sex w/Timaree Podcast) to talk about women in Horror films and she absolutely blows their minds. Get educated on how Horror is one of the more "woke" film genres, why that is and how it can continue to grow. We need more badass Ripley's in the world! What is the sexy lamp test? Find out here! The ghouls and guest watched Scream for a good ol' rehash sesh one of their favorite films. Find out what makes it so awesome and what exactly the film is trying to tell you. They also watched The Craft to talk about girl power and toxic girl-hate culture. Talking Points: Sex With Timaree, Scream, Bechdel Test, Sexy Lamp Test, Important Penis, Virginity is a Hoax, Last Girl, Final Girl, Blonde, Alien, Poltergeists & Sexuality, Drag Queen Ursula, Femme Fatale, I Can't Love I'm Just This, Everyone I Love is Dead. Check us out on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
01:02:34
August 15, 2018
First Fears
On Episode #20, we bring it back down a level and give you a glimpse into our own fears. We weren't always the cool horror ghouls you know and love. Kat and Gabe discuss the top phobias in America and what movies can activate those for ya. Also, Gabe talks about the most important fear of all and how to cope. With special guest appearances from the Moms Next Door! Michelle and Anna dish some dirt on tiny Gabe and Kat. We find out how some minor bad parenting can lead to some pretty cool adults. Talking Points: Say Hello to the Sun, Common Sense Phobia, Snakes on a Plane, Bad Boy Snek, Peachfuzz, Proudest Moms, Chuckie Doll, Weather Preparedness, Change Your Thoughts, Creep, Free the Peen Campaign, Mark Duplass is Gabe's Husband. Check us out on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
01:04:56
July 24, 2018
Urban Legends - LIVE
On Episode #19, the Ghouls are LIVE for the first time ever for the Philadelphia Podcast Festival. The Ghouls performed their funny antics at Philadelphia's Tattooed Mom bar and had an absolute blast. We talk Urban Legends, those stories that are defintiely true because your mom's friend's cousin's sister's boyfriend said it most definitely happened to them. Gabe got a special call in from a stranger. We hear some interesting tales from our lovely audience and talk some movies! Also, we need some more friends so we can do the Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board thing so come play with us! Talking Points: Urban Legends, Humans Can Lick Too, Candyman, Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board, North South East West, We Need More Friends, Tara Reid's Sex Show, A Stranger Called Gabe, The Call is Coming From Inside the Podcast!, Check on the Tattooed Kids, Hook Hand, Escaped Mental Patient, Are You the Missing Kid? Check us out on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill. Show us some love.
49:48
July 03, 2018
David Cronenberg, Existenz, Scanners & Videodrome
On Episode #18, Kat and Gabe invite over one of their friends, Debbie to explain herself. And more importantly, to discuss how absolutely riveting and jarring David Cronenberg is. The Ghouls dive deep into the grotesque genius mind of Cronenberg and explore the Body Horror genre. Find out what really creeps Gabe and Kat out even though they previously thought themselves invincible to gore. Talking Points: David Cronenberg, eXistenZ, Scanners, Videodrome, Naked Lunch, Bug Mouth Vagina, Video Port Sex, Sack of Flesh Technology, Trypophobia, Jude Law's Teeth, Second Life, The Sims and Actress Lactation. Check us out on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
59:15
June 22, 2018
Blair Witch, Paranormal Activity series & GHOSTWATCH: Found Footage
On Episode #17, Gabe and Kat had once lost their footage but now its found. They explore one of their favorite horror sub-genres: Found Footage Films. The Ghouls talk jump scares, cheap filming, genius spook techniques and terrible acting in the Paranormal Activity franchise as well as some found inspiration: Cannibal Holocaust, GHOSTWATCH & Blair Witch. And Gabe attempts to explain the Paranormal Activity film timeline. Talking Points: Tobi why???, JUMP SCARE, Paranormal Activity Franchise, Oren Peli, Meekah, GHOSTWATCH, Cannibal Holocaust, Creepy Little Girls, Silly Witch Coven, Alliteration, Can I axe you a question?, Tobithy, Abalam, The Worst Demon, Real Animal Rights Group NOT PETA, Lost Footage, The Bay, VHS, Paranormal Camera, Messy Hair, Secretly Sexualized. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!! ****Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
01:06:11
June 05, 2018
Micheaux Mission & Dr. Black and Mr. Hyde
On Episode #15, Gabe and Kat are joined by the marvelous hosts of one of their favorite podcasts, The Micheaux Mission. Len and Vince educate the ghouls on what constitutes a black film and dig into why black characters always die first. We watched Dr. Black and Mr Hyde which is about a subtle as you can imagine a film of this title to be, explored the Blaxploitation movement and made some discoveries about LL Cool J. Come on down and groove with us to Mr. Hyde's killer theme song. Talking Points: Dr Black & Mr Hyde, Blaxploitation, Blacula, Blade, LL Cool J, Night of the Living Dead, Get Out, Candyman, Babacock, Twas Beauty that Killed the Beast, Bowchicka wow wow, People Under the Stairs, Kung Fu, Silky, Black Like Us, George A Romero, Bernie Casey, King Kong, Whiteface, Tits. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
01:00:00
May 01, 2018
The Haunting in Connecticut: Haunted Houses
On Episode #14, the Ghouls talk about Haunted Houses. We remind you of our own experiences with the dead, the dead bed and assert that Gabe definitely doesn't need therapy (she does). Gabe and Kat investigate the strange noises in their basement and encounter an unexpected guest who gives a very inside look into the topic. We give you the history, the true accounts and dispel rumors about The Amityville Horror and The Haunting in Connecticut. We watched both respectively. Come find out what Ed and Lorraine Warren have been up to. Talking Points: Demonologists, Amityville Horror, The Haunting in Connecticut, Ed and Lorraine Warren, DeFeo Family Murder, Butch DeFeo, Susan the Ghost, Haunting in the Basement, Demon Rape, Break the Lease, Spooky music, Shirtless Ryan Reynolds, Pigtails and Bad Parenting. Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play!! Please Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
01:14:26
April 21, 2018
The Fourth Kind, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, X-Files & The Stan Romanek Story
On Episode #13, we talk about those strangers in the sky, the great minds behind all of the world's greatest achievements and the figures haunting your dreams: Aliens! Kat and Gabe don their conspiracy theory caps made of aluminum foil and tell ya what's up with aliens? Their ships. That's whats up. What "kinds" of aliens are there? What have they done to our landscapes? What have they not done? We watched the Fourth Kind, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Extraordinary: The Stan Romanek Story and the X-Files film that haunts Kat's dreams. Come get abducted with us. Talking Points: Area 51, Area 69, Corona New Mexico, Nazcal Lines, Wow Signal, The Owen Wilson Signal, The Fourth Kind, All the kinds, Alien babies, Alien Baby mama, pedophile star child, demons, owls, I can't breathe take me to no oxygen. Check us out on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
01:00:03
April 05, 2018
Suspiria: Horror Movie Music Scores
On Episode #12, we talk Horror Movie Music Scores! We are joined by our good friend Sergio who knows quite a bit about music in movies, can't get him to shut up about it honestly. So sit on down and learn about why music is so powerful, how it can make or break your horror experience and why you get the heebie jeebies. Sergio had us watch the once in a lifetime experience film like no other, Suspiria. Come scream sing with us and throw your instruments down the stairs! Talking Points: Suspiria, Heebie Jeebies, Jeff's in Our Basement, Allergy to Coils, Last 12 Minutes and First 92, The Directress, -high pitch squeals-, Eerie Violin, Drinking Paint. Check us out on iTunes, Google Play and PocketCasts!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
51:56
March 21, 2018
Exorcism of Emily Rose & The Last Exorcism
On Episode #11, Kat and Gabe talk about exorcisms. Come get spooky with the Ghouls as they dissect the truth around real exorcisms and what the deal is with them nowadays. Are demons real? Can they possess you? Or are people just crazy? The ghouls watched The Last Exorcism and The Exorcism of Emily Rose and dive deep into their own discoveries. Talking Points: Blowing Job, The Last Exorcism, The Exorcist, Exorcism of Emily Rose, Psycho-psychotic, psycho-epilepsy, Demon Rights, Y'all Need Jesus, Check us out on iTunes, Google Play and Pocket Casts!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
59:39
March 06, 2018
First Faves
On Episode #10 we are talking about our First Faves! Get to know how Kat and Gabe became the ghouls you know and love today. Why do people like horror movies? Why are you missing out? Why won't you play with us?? We watched Kat's first, The Ring and Gabe's first, Stephen King's Rose Red. We also address the psychological explanation behind the obsession with horror movies. Join these adrenaline junkies and let's talk about what gets you coming back for more! Tweet at us: @ghoulsnxtdoor or email us: theghoulsnextdoor@gmail.com and tell us what YOUR first faves were! Talking Points: The Ring, Rose Red, Stephen King, More Humane Ways to Kill Your Kids, Why is Kat like this?, Community, First Viral Video, Rollercoasters, Snakes, Peak through your fingers, loop-di-do-what, Little Bitch Cousin, Conquer Your Fears, House Phones, Chain Letters from Your Aunt, Check us out on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
48:22
February 14, 2018
Friday the 13th & Tattoos
On Episode 9, Kat and I invite another friend, Dominic, over to talk about something horrifying....Tattoos. JK they're super rad and have an amazing history! We talk about our own tattoos, Dom's many tattoos, and we watched the classic horror film that inspires many horror tattoos, Friday the 13th. Listen to us talk about tattoos. What's their deal? How many tattoos does Dom have? Does HE even know? Bonus: The ghost in our basement tells us some trivia. Talking Points: Your Parents Are Together, Friday the 13th, Jason's Mom Did It, 10% Pants or 90% Pants, Egyptian Tattoos, Unlucky Number, Natural Tattoos, Cosmetic Tattoos, Branding, Kat's Mom's Front Tramp Stamp, That's Hot, Don't Hitchhike, Don't Have Premarital Sex You'll Die. Check us out on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
59:10
January 29, 2018
M. Night Shyamalan, Sixth Sense, Unbreakable & Split
On Episode 8, Kat and I talk about one of our favorite spooky man, M. Night Shyamalan! We talk about love and appreciation for all his movies, even the ones other people hate. We watched Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Split. We finally get M Night. The super powers were in you all along. Talking Points: Bruce Willis Twist, Mystery Night, Mitch Night, 23 Personalities, DID, Dissasociative Identity Disorder, Is Kat's Dad Hot, We Hear Dead People, Bruce up our lives, Spiritual, Don't Shoot Your Dad, Jump Off Buildings, The Secret Check us out on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
53:56
January 17, 2018
Child's Play & Annabelle: Dolls
On Episode 7, Kat and I talk about every kids super favorite possessed toys, dolls! We talk our own fear of dolls and the incredibly valid reason for them, we revisted the trauma of my childhood by watching Child's Play and also a newer doll-scare, Annabelle. Also we talk a bit about what the fear of dolls means as well as give a brief background into Annabelle's owners Ed and Lorraine Warren. Dive in and enjoy, have a seat on our shelf you porcelain beauty, you. Talking Points: Pediophobia, Chuckie Doll, Good Guy Doll, Ugly Dolls, Annabelle, The Warrens, Murderer Dolls, Haunted Grandma's House, Doll Death by Dinosaur, Throw it in the fire! Check us out on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Google Play!! Rate, Subscribe, Comment. You know the drill.
55:45
January 01, 2018
Silent Hill, Resident Evil & Until Dawn: Horror Video Games
On Episode 6, Kat and I talk with our good friend and fellow gamer, Jeff! We talk horror video games like Silent Hill and Resident Evil while also forcing Jeff to hang out with us by bribing him with video game play. We watched as Jeff made some terribly stressful decisions in Until Dawn and will probably continue to play after this. Can he save all these terrible children from dying? And more importantly, does he want to? Talking Points: Gabe Killed Jess, Mandibular Prominence, Jess has the nicest ass, Chris isn't funny, Quick Time Event (QTE), Machete Holder, Until Dawn, Silent Hill, strand of hair, Jeff is wacking and laughing.
01:04:54
December 18, 2017
Dawn of the Dead: Zombies
On Episode 5, Kat and I talk about ZOMBIES. This is one of many as we are both hardcore zombie nerds and will undoubtedly have much more to say. We discuss the history of real life zombies, what types of zombies there are and what our zombie preparation plans are! We watched Dawn of the Dead (old and new) and talk shop about what is up with blueface? Talking Points: Zombeliever, Your Mom is Dead, Don't Get Pregnant or Your Kids Will Eat You, Zombie Babies, Blue Powder Face People, Down with the Sickness and all your rules are dead.
50:37
December 04, 2017
The Blair Witch Project & The Witch: Witches
On Episode 4, Kat and I talk about WITCHES. Just because its no longer Halloween season doesn't mean we can't don our witch hats and get spoopy. Join us as we share personal witch stories, reveal the truth behind The Blair Witch Project and discuss whether or not The VVitch was even that good. Talking Points: Witches get stitches, death by orgasm, witchcraft for friends, the devil is my dad, Black Phillip is with me, and also with you, Blair Bitch, Yaaassss Witch
01:03:41
November 13, 2017
Nightmare on Elm Street & The Nightmare: Nightmares & Sleep Disorders
On Episode 3, Kat and I invite one of our good good friends, Siera, to talk about our NIGHTMARES. So get into your comfiest PJs as we talk The Nightmare, the documentary and the cult classic Nightmare on Elm Street. As well as tell some spooky tales of our own experiences with nightmares, dreams and the unknown. Prepare to get Murder Fountained. Talking Points: Murder Fountain, Murder Fountained, Murder Fountainteer, If You Kill Me Thats On You, Don't Finger My Freddy, Sleep Demons and Sniffles on Sniffles.
01:05:18
October 23, 2017
Stephen King‘s IT, IT (2017), & CLOWN: Clowns
On our first ever episode we discuss CLOWNS. Why are they so scary? Is it their big red noses? Their lying smiles? Or because they eat and torment children? We watched Stephen King's IT (new and old) and Netflix's Clown to find out what all the fuss was about.
01:05:28
October 02, 2017