Scary Thoughts

Horror / Philosophy / Culture
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Erik Davis (Techgnosis, Nomad Codes) joins us for a take on the first season of HBO’s True Detective (2014). We cover philosophical pessimism, cosmic horror, police procedurals, serial killers, gnostic notions, and the great state of Louisiana. We barely scratch the surface of what makes thi...
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Mandy is way out in front as our favorite film of 2018. But not many people have seen it. It’s probably because Nicholas Cage has put out some real stinkers lately and the trailer looks way too much like Ghost Rider. Not to fear! This is Cage turned up to 11 and it works magnificently here. We ...
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Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s 1987 film Near Dark is a truly great vampire story. However, it had the misfortune of being released the same week as The Lost Boys. Though it was the superior film in every way that matters, it didn’t have the same tween star power or marketing ...
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Chad and Marc turn treats into tricks by eating the world’s hottest chocolate bar before attempting to discuss: Hallowe’ens past and present, the true gothic of New Orleans, their best Hallowe’en costumes, Peaches Christ’s haunted house The Terror Vault, Marc (and Fauxnique’s) show ‘Girl’, and ...
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You should just go watch Murder Party (2007). It’s a fun Halloween movie full of laughs and mayhem. This episode also has its share of laughs and mayhem. We discuss what we like about this film, then head back into a longer discussion about conceptual art (carried over from the previous episode...
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Episode 41 - Tusk (2014)

Scary Thoughts 1h 13m 22s

To say that Kevin Smith’s 2014 film Tusk is polarizing would be overselling it. Most people hated it. Chad is a diehard Smith fan and considers him something of a nerd folk hero, but even he isn’t completely #WalrusYES anymore. This conversation covers what makes a good-bad film successful, Kev...
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We had the best intentions of having a straightforward conversation about Steven Soderbergh’s 2018 film Unsane. Instead this episode will take you on a strange journey involving Gavin de Becker’s book The Gift of Fear, using iPhones to make films, the strange popularity of Jordan Peterson, self...
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2018’s Hereditary exploded onto the horror scene with a bold, opaque, artistic trailer. We conversate about whether or not trailers are lies, family horror, and the frequency children are being killed in horror movies now. There’s also a little bit about free will and demonic gender theory, you...
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Jim Jarmusch's 2013 moody vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive is all post-rock, ruin porn and untamed hair. Chad and Marc discuss Shakespeare conspiracy theories, urban renewal, how to best wield longevity and, as always, the end of history.
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The self-published vampire novelette “Faking It, Phoebe” caught Chad’s eye on Amazon, so we invited our friend, author Meg Elison to join us in a conversation about genre fiction, the publishing world, girls in nerdom and vampires vs. goths.
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This episode is about Werner Herzog’s 1979 undead flick, Nosferatu the Vampyre. It features special guest Alexa Fraser-Herron. She’s a San Francisco based independent filmmaker, who was introduced to Herzog’s films by her mother at an early age. It’s an unusual and interesting film, the convers...
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Episode 35 - Facebook

Scary Thoughts 2h 2m 13s

This episode, Chad & Marc venture outside the realms of film and fiction to grapple with the very real horrors of social media. Though Lovecraftian in scale and Orwellian in rancor, our hosts take very different positions on whether to slay Zuckerberg’s beast or harness its dark energy.
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2016’s Ouija: Origin of Evil made a boatload of money, but it’s terrible. It deals in nostalgia, weak jump scares and has a muddled plot. Why do people keep watching movies like this? Why aren’t they better? Will anything change, or is horror continuing to split and become a genre that produces...
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Scooby Doo has been on the air since 1969. Those meddling kids have been in a shocking number of series and movies since then. Is this horror? Is it worth watching? We land on a solid 'maybe' for those questions and more. Join us as we explore everything from the laugh-tracked early episodes to...
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The 2015 New Zealand vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows is all about fangs and foppery. In this episode we uncover rare undead lore, our favorite vampires, and explore the eternal question: what does it mean to become old and uncool?
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Since Michael Dougherty's Krampus came out in 2015, the pagan hipster Christmas demon has only grown in popularity. We explore the ancient roots of the anti-Santa, discuss Dougherty's extended universe, and make an unavoidable turn down the road of capitalist critiques of holiday favorites. src=...
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Episode 30 - Black Metal

Scary Thoughts 1h 49m 12s

This episode is about the most evil genre of music: Black Metal. We are joined by extreme music authority, Andee Connors. He co-owned the notorious Aquarius Records, curates Pandora’s unholy Black Metal station and creates infernal music as a member of A Minor Forest and Common Eider, King Eide...
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Brett Easton Ellis’ American Psycho came out to a flurry of controversy in 1991. Director Mary Harron brought it to the screen in 2000. This episode focuses on the film, but the book is brought up quite a few times. It’s a killer conversation that covers Moby Dick, political correctness in the ...
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