Bela Lugosi’s Undead

Bela Lugosi’s Undead

Film critic Alan “AJ” French and long-time friend Spooky Ryan discuss their Pantheon for the greatest in horror and thriller films. Bela Lugosi Is Undead is a production of Music by ChristianBodhi from Pixabay.


September 14, 2023 65 mins

It's been a crazy month since the end of our 2nd season, and we're back to kick off Season 3! A couple moves and a bout with Covid left us eager to return to our favorite topic. Halloween Horror Nights kicked off a couple weeks ago, but we've done a good job of avoiding it for the most part (Well, AJ went for a low-key night opening weekend, but only went for 2 houses). 

Here we are with our Hype Lists mere hours before our first H...

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The boys are back with Gremlins - the iconic Christmas movie, creature feature, and Amblin classic. Joe Dante would later direct Small Soldiers, but his experience with Piranah and Twilight Zone: The Movie caught the attention of a young producer named Steven Spielberg. With future Harry Potter director Chris Columbus providing the screenplay, Dante, Columbus, and Spielberg create one of the biggest hits of the 1980s. 

Beyond the f...

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It's been a while since we've dropped a New Blood, and Talk to Me has taken the horror world by storm. Not only have we already heard about a filmed prequel, but a sequel was announced as well. With Talk to Me quickly becoming one of the few franchises to watch in horror, we hopped on the mics and addressed the good, the bad, and the very gross about the film. 

00:00 - 34:00 - Talk to Me (Spoilers throughout)

34:00 - 40: 00 - What ...

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Hello HHN Heads & Horror fans alike! Welcome to our latest episode, breaking down the Halloween Horror Nights announcement that surprised the Haunt World last week. We recorded in the hours immediately after the announcement, so many of the details revealed by the team at Universal were not yet available. That said, we break down what we knew, when we knew it, and will address new items in the weeks to come. Keep an eye out for...

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July 28, 2023 64 mins

We're drafting again! With the excellent Talk to Me in theaters today, we decided to do a 5-round draft for the best horror films from A24. We discuss how the indie distributor has taken over the cinephile world and discuss some of the trademarks (and setbacks) of the films they promote. 

Check out AJ's Talk to Me review from SXSW 2023


00-8:30 - Intro

8:30-12:30 - Hereditary

12:30 - 15:00 - Green Room

15:00 - 20:30 - ...

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We continue our horrifying X-Mas in July series with the granddaddy of all cold-weather horror -- Black Christmas. The 1974 Slashic features Margot Kidder, Olivia Hussey, and one of the scariest killers of all time. Famed for its depiction of toxic men, scary tracking shots, and inspiring John Carpenter, Black Christmas remains an all-time great slasher today. 

Next week - Get ready for Gremlins on Max. The following week, we're hi...

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It's time for a new mini-series of the month of July! We want to celebrate the season, but with it so far away, what else could we do? It's time for an X-Mas in July celebration, with more fun on the way. We're kicking things off, with Michael Dougherty's "Krampus" from 2015.  

In the weeks ahead, rewatch "Black Christmas" (1974) and Gremlins (1984) to get ahead! 

With an all-star cast signed up for scares, the horror comedy excels...

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This week, we look back at 2022 (now that we have some space) to discuss our favorite horror films of the year. We finished last week's Barbarian podcast and realized we had left a lot of great 2022 titles on the cutting room floor. Rather than wait for each to get their own episode, we instead counted down our Top 10 horror films of the year, as well as some of our favorite performances. 

Quick note, we are sorry Alan/AJ's audio w...

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This week we tackle one of the surprise hits of 2022. When it was released in September of 2022, Barbarian did not seem poised to light up the box office. In fact, festival performance seemed to buoy its chances to go big. The little horror movie that was destined for streaming suddenly landed in theaters, crashing the party as one of the best horror films of the year.    Now that it's been almost a year since its release, we lo...
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We return to the world of Evil Dead, a dark and upsetting series about demons torturing people beyond their mental limits. A nice, light movie to leave you deeply unsettled. Lee Cronin steps into the directing chair for the famed franchise. Taking over for Sam Raimi is a tall task, but Cronin delivers one of the most intense horror films of the last five years. 

00- 3:00 Intro/Trailer

3:00 - 20:45 - Non Spoiler Discussion

20:45 - 3...

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Get your puke bags and your indie film credentials out. Terrifier 2 shocked audiences with its over-the-top blood and gore. At the same time, it shattered expectations for what a slasher looks like in 2022. The cult of Terrifier and Art the Clown has taken off, helping Terrifier 2 secure four wins at the Chainsaw Awards in May. AJ/Alan and Ryan jump into the fray as they wrestle with a film they admire, even when it pushes beyond t...

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Season 2 continues with a breakdown of late 2022 and early 2023 found footage hits! Skinamarink woke up the horror community, creating bipolar reactions from audiences (even on this podcast). Meanwhile, Deadstream was released to acclaim from horror fans but could not break through in the mainstream. Between the two films, we take a look at the place where found footage horror finds itself in 2023. Additionally, we have some tangen...

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We are back for Season 2 of Bela Lugosi's Undead! 

After a bit of a hiatus, the Bela Boys are back at it with an old episode that never got a chance to release in Season 1. Scream (2022) not only surprised us both with its ingenuity, but it made for an exciting new chapter in the Woodsboro/Ghostface story.

The audio was broken and seemed lost, but since we brought it back from the dead, we're giving you the release now. Expect epis...

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November 11, 2022 45 mins

We're back with another entry in Halloween mini-series. Hot off our scorching takes on Halloween Ends, AJ and Spooky Ryan showdown in our first ever franchise draft! 

Take a listen and vote on our Twitter poll for the winner of the Halloween Franchise Movie Draft! 

Next week, we're back with another New Blood -- Barbarian!!! 

Keep it spooky! 


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We are back after a short break! We get into the controversial Halloween Ends from David Gordon Green. Do you think Corey works? What do you think of Jamie Lee Curtis' farewell to the iconic Laurie Strode? Spooky Ryan and AJ break it down (and are mostly unhappy with the results).  We also drop some recommendations for some of 2022's best horror films. Quick hits on Death Loop, You Won't Be Alone, DeadStream, Speak No Evil, Fixatio...
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We're back with Mr. Jake Gyllenhaal, Ms. Maggie Gyleenhaal, and a wonderful supporting cast! 


The teen melodrama turned horror sci-fi has become an internet favorite, especially of teen boys. Now its time to dive into the very dense, sometime nonsensical world of Donnie Darko. 


00-5:00 - Intro/Spoiler Plot Synopsis

5:00- 51:00 - Discussion of the Film

51:00 - End - Awards

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We are back! Sorry for the delay (Hurricane Ian knocked out AJ's internet for 5 days), but we hope you feel good for the start of October! Here's our breakdown of Halloween Horror Nights 31 at Universal Orlando! 


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Welcome back to Bela Lugosi's Undead! AJ/Alan's been busy with the Toronto International Film Festival, but we're back!  A couple of programming notes. 1) We are moving the show to Friday afternoons. Let's get your freaky Fridays off to a great start!  2) We are covering two film festivals in the next month - Fantastic Festival from September 22nd to 29th, and Brooklyn Horror Festival from October 13th - 20th.  Please check our web...
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September 9, 2022 61 mins

We're back with 2002's May, a horror film from Lucky McKee. A dark, Frankenstein-adjacent slasher with a Vet Tech surprised us with its surprising themes and ideas. 

Come for dark horror, and stay for discussions about Rian Johnson's first job, a very excited Roger Ebert, and the weirdest caterer stories you've ever heard. 


00:00 - 05:40 - Intro, Trailer, Synopsis 

5:40 - 39:50 - General Film Discussion

39:50 - End - Chainsaw Awa...

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Nobody trusts anybody now… and we’re all very tired.

Welcome to the seminal horror film, The Thing (1982), directed by John Carpenter. The iconic film began as a box office and critical bomb. Today, 40 years later, it is considered one of the greatest films ever made. 

For the first time, Ryan and I also jump into some independent releases that are worth your time. Check out the timestamps below! 

00-2:15 -- The Thing Trailer (Shou...

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