Hellbent For Horror

Hellbent For Horror

This is S.A. Bradley, and I’m a life-long horror lover. This podcast combines horror history, personal observations, common themes, and cultural trends to tell a story with each episode. Here we talk about all things horror. Horror movies, books, comics, hosts, conventions. The door swings wide here, and all types of horror are welcome. Each episode covers some aspect of horror with lots of viewing or reading suggestions for you to check out. I want to start conversations with people about all types of horror. I’ve been a fan all my life, and I love all the different styles: Classic Universal Monsters, Slasher Films, Found Footage, French Extreme, Asian Extreme, Korean Ghost Stories, J-Horror, Hammer Horror Films, Amicus Films, Glass Eye Pix, EC Horror Comics, Creature Features, Horror Hosts, Italian Zombie movies, Spanish Zombie movies, George Romero Zombie movies, Giallo, Silent Horror Films, Nature Run Amok, Atomic Age Horror, Roughies, Exploitation, Horror Literature, Serial Killer, Halloween, B-Movie, Splatter films, ghost stories, Folk Horror, supernatural, body horror, torture porn, VHS, Psycho.... Show More

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April 26, 2020 59 min

2020 is the 100-year anniversary of 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari', the German Expressionism film that created the visual and thematic template for the modern horror movie.

And I think it is very fitting that three films up for Best Picture at the Academy Awards this year were horror films in disguise.

Join me as I show how three very different films carry the Caligari DNA and continue to expand the language of the modern ho...

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Welcome to Part Two of my post-mortem on 2010-2019, the Decade of Dread!

Was 2010 to 2019 an embarrassment of riches, or just an embarrassment?

The honest answer is…BOTH.

This is my deep dive into "the State of Horror" as we move towards a new decade and brace ourselves as we walk into the maelstrom that is 2020.

In Part Two, I investigate the dark side of the geek and horror culture throughout the decade.

This episode is a...

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It's a month into 2020 and the "terrible teens" are due for a post-mortem! There were huge changes in the world of entertainment in the years 2010 to 2019 and the horror genre was right in the middle of it all.

The advent of streaming services and the popularizing of "binge-watching" changed the way we watched horror and the amount of new and old films and television shows were available to us.

This was also a p...

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December 26, 2019 90 min

Hello, my friends!

Happy Holidays!

I hope you got what you wanted for Christmas and Hanukkah!

And...here's one last present that I was hiding behind the sofa!

Last year I did a traditional Christmas ghost story reading. This is a tradition that harkens back to Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and has been kept alive by the BBC throughout the decades.

I’ve decided I want to make this an annual event.

So, what I want to do ...

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'Horror Film Director Found Slain, Buried Under Floor', screamed the August 1995 headline in The Los Angeles Times.

From the 60s to the 80s, producer/director Al Adamson made cheap, crazy and effective exploitation films, like SATAN'S SADISTS and DRACULA VS. FRANKENSTEIN for the drive-in market.

But the whole truth behind Al Adamson's strange life and gruesome death reveals perhaps the most bizarre career in Hollywo...

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Great horror stories, like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, have universal appeal and artists can reinterpret them to reflect the anxieties of every generation.

 

And on Friday, September 13th, legendary Independent Horror Auteur Larry Fessenden releases Depraved, his newest vision of the Frankenstein story.

 

Since 1985, Larry Fessenden has been creating his own fiercely independent, critically-acclaimed horror films (No Telling, ...

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Welcome to PART ONE of a podcast double-feature with the I Know Dino Podcast!  

Dragons! The xenomorph from Alien! The shark from Jaws!

These monsters are descendants of real creatures that walked the earth- the dinosaur.

Horror movies have used the dinosaur as a source for monsters since the silent era because they are a source of endless fascination and terror. 

But, do the dinosaurs deserve their role as horror movie villain? Ar...

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The 6th Annual Etheria Film Night will be held on Saturday, June 29th at the legendary Egyptian Theatre, and H4H is celebrating with a series of interviews with the filmmakers!

 

Etheria Film Night is the world's most prestigious showcase of new short genre (horror, science-fiction, fantasy, action, comedy, and thriller) films directed by women.

This interview is with director Sarah K. Reimers to discuss her short film (and f...

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June 28, 2019 79 min

Horror is an emotion first and a setting later. It's the only genre that is directly named after an emotion, and that gives horror a universal appeal. It also makes each person's experience and interpretation personal.

We close out June, Pride Month, with a celebration of the contributions the LGBTQ community has brought to the horror genre since the creation of the Gothic novel.

My guest is Waylon Jordan, the Associate Edi...

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The 6th Annual Etheria Film Night will be held on Saturday, June 29th at the legendary Egyptian Theatre, and H4H is celebrating with a series of interviews with the filmmakers!

 

Etheria Film Night is the world's most prestigious showcase of new short genre (horror, science-fiction, fantasy, action, comedy, and thriller) films directed by women.

This interview is with writer/director Chelsea Lupkin (Flutter, Uncovering Eden) to...

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The 6th Annual Etheria Film Night will be held on Saturday, June 29th at the legendary Egyptian Theatre, and H4H is celebrating with a series of interviews with the filmmakers!

Etheria Film Night is the world's most prestigious showcase of new short genre (horror, science-fiction, fantasy, action, comedy, and thriller) films directed by women.

This interview is with writer/director/special effects supervisor Ivy Liao (The Cha...

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May 23, 2019 72 min

 

Nothing marks the end of an era more potently than when the icons of that era pass away.

The cold reality is that when horror icons pass away, they rarely get memorialized in mainstream arenas.

So, I wanted to give an "Irish Wake", a happy send-off for several of the people who passed away over the last few years. The people who gave horror fans their First Kiss.

Consider this episode the Last Kiss, a retrospective of the...

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The best thing about being a horror fan is sharing the love with other horror fans!

And I had the pleasure to do just that!

On April 11th, 2019 we did a live podcast of Hellbent for Horror and a live reading from my book, "Screaming for Pleasure" from the legendary horror bookstore, Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA.

Special guest Heidi Honeycutt and I discuss horror, horrible/beautiful, and how we need a new "Santo and th...

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If director Guillermo del Toro didn't exist, we horror fans would have had to invent him. 

He's a true lifelong fan himself, who brought his unique style and passion to horror films, and his love for monsters paid off when The Shape of Water won Best Picture in 2017. 

So...why is there so little conversation about Guillermo del Toro in the horror community?

Has the ma...

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Fire! Flood! Earthquake! Killer bees!

Disaster Movies have been a staple of cinema since the Silent Era, and they are far more diverse in scope than you might think.

Most Disaster Movies want to thrill you, but there are those proud few that really want to scare you.

Let's take a look at some of those movies that put the Fear of God into us!

I hope you enjoy the show!

We’re taking Hellbent for Horror to Burbank! Join host and a...

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February 27, 2019 72 min

The excellent new documentary, HORROR NOIRE: A HISTORY OF BLACK HORROR, is a love letter to the rich, powerful history of Black American artists in horror cinema.

The story is told by the artists who made the movies, and they give their unflinching perspectives on the past, present, and future of black horror.

Join me as I speak with Executive Producers Dr. Robin Means Coleman and Tananarive Due about their documentary, Black horro...

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On October 4th, 2018, hundreds of figures dressed in black walked into the Wisdom Woods of Georgia to perform an unholy ceremony.

Beasts were conjured and blood was spilled by the gallons in the pursuit of graven images.

And popcorn was eaten.

I was a witness to the Women in Horror Film Festival, and I lived to tell the tale!

I interview festival co-founder and film director Vanessa Ionta Wright as well as several of the talented f...

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February is Women in Horror Month, and we're celebrating with an interview with the writer/actress Rakefet Abergel! We discuss her short horror film, the multiple-award-winning Jax in Love (2017).

Join us as we discuss horror and comedy timing, Rakefet's First Kiss with horror, and her cinematic "guilty pleasures"!

 

Want to watch the video of the interview? Go to my YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/0VU9FORzjzE

Mor...

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February is Women in Horror Month, and we're starting things off with an interview with Tara Hall, the writer of the feature-length film, Buzzard Hollow Beef (2017). 

Tara sat down with me to discuss her film, horror movies, how Sam Raimi made her want to be a filmmaker, her First Kiss with horror, and her favorite comedy!

Want to watch the video of the interview? Go to my YouTube Channel: https://youtu.be/alvfxgeuCsc

You can w...

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So, what does “Punk Rock Attitude” mean, anyway?

There are as many answers to this question as there are punk rockers. 

Although the connection between heavy metal and horror is well documented, the connection between horror and punk rock isn’t discussed as much.

Yet, movies like CLASS OF 1984, and LIQUID SKY, and RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, and even RE-ANIMATOR exude a punk rock attitude with a nihilistic brand of humor and irrever...

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