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Your Gateway to the Trends and Tropes of the Horror Genre


The Scariest Things Episode 152: The Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time #100-81
The Scariest Things is re-constituting our top 100 Horror Movie List of all time! It's been five years since our inaugural list was created, and frankly, we know a lot more knowledgeable horror professionals now. Plus, it's fun to do, and creating a ranked list offers up room for great debates, both amongst our own crew internally, and with you, our fans! We hope you enjoy and appreciate our list! (And feel free to let us know if you disagree... that's fun too.)
72:57 09/30/2022
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 151: Francophonic Horror
Bon Jour! If you like your horror with a bit of an esprit de viscéral, then this will be the episode for you! The French language horror films bring a bit of the nasty, the savage, and also at times, the absurd. There is a tradition of breaking conventions with much of French art, and that includes their cinema tastes. And, this extends naturally to their willingness for their horror movies going to extremes. So join us in extracting out what makes French Language Horror so potent in Episode 151!
69:57 09/12/2022
The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: An interview with Stag director Alexandra Spieth
Alexandra Spieth's debut horror-comedy feature Stag was the revelation of the Portland Horror Film Festival 2022. Spieth is an enthusiastic interview and a total blast to talk to. Check out our exclusive discussion with the emerging horror writer-director right here!
53:40 08/28/2022
The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: An Interview with It Hatched director Elvar Gunnarsson
In this interview with It Hatched director, Elvar Gunnarsson, you will get a full upload of Icelandic folklore and history. So, not only will you be entertained, you're going to learn something! It Hatched has been getting rave reviews in its run through the festival circuit, and Elvar was generous enough to spend his time discussing how he made this remarkable film, an artistic and narrative showcase for the first-time director.
48:50 08/15/2022
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 150: The Mayor’s Choice! (And a Portland Horror FF Recap)
The Mayor of Trope Town has spoken! As the current serving mayor, three thrilling Euro-Horror selections were made to discuss, with a deeper dive than the typical Podcast discussion. Raw, The Ringmaster, and Tailgate are being served up for discussion this week. Also, a Portland Horror Film Festival recap. Does the mayor know how to please his constituents, or what? YES! Long may the mayor reign!
54:42 07/30/2022
The Scariest Things Episode 149: Queer Horror!
Horror movies can be a curious little corner of the media universe where you can track where society stands on social issues. This is clearly reflected in Queer Horror, a continually evolving reflection of the closeting, outing, and normalization of LGBT relationships and how they are perceived over time.
61:14 07/22/2022
The Scariest Things Episode 148: The Thingy Awards 2022!
Roll out the red carpet! Break out your best Versace and Vera Wang outfits. It's time to hand out some Thingy hardware! The best in horror movies from 2021. It may have taken us a while to get here, but we've got some winners to announce.!
41:46 07/05/2022
The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: An Interview with Swallowed Director Carter Smith
Carter Smith joins the Scariest Things to talk about his new film, Swallowed, a thrilling body horror shocker with queer themes that took the Overlook Film Festival by storm. Get the behind-the-scenes input on this independently filmed labor of love.
41:46 06/27/2022
The Scariest Things Interview: The Summoned Cast and Crew
Consider creating your first feature-length movie. With a first-time feature director. In a global pandemic. During the middle of the ice storm of the century. And then debuting it in one of the premiere horror festivals in the world! Happy to say, you nailed it! Listen in to our interview with the cast and crew of The Summoned for their take on the great adventure that is movie-making.
34:48 06/22/2022
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 147: The Overlook Film Festival Recap
After a two-year span in which we had to attend the Overlook Film Festival remotely, the standout New Orleans-based industry insider festival was back screening the festival live and in person. Twenty-Four feature films showed along with three short film blocks, which amounted to a whole lot of movies for four days of viewing! Eric, Liz, and Mike break down our impressions of the recently completed festival.
49:15 06/16/2022
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 146: Frankenstein Movies
It's Alive. It's ALIVE! IT's ALIIIIIVE! At long last, The Scariest Things goes to the bedrock of horror movies. Frankenstein. So important, and yet, much like the Monster himself, much-maligned. Though new versions of the Mad Scientist messing with life and death have been produced, the central idea has been passed by other, more immediately terrifying themes. How does the story of Frankenstein stay relevant? Listen to the Scariest Things Episode 146 and find out!
61:52 05/31/2022
The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: An Interview with “Dexter: New Blood” Composer Pat Irwin
The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: An Interview with "Dexter: New Blood" Composer Pat Irwin
21:50 05/23/2022
The Scariest Thing Podcast Episode 145: Tropetown Showdown!
Remember who we are: Your Gateway to the Trends and Tropes of the Horror Genre. That means we had better know our tropes... like REALLY know our tropes. And as such, welcome to Tropetown! This is a speed round session where we try and come up with the best and most original example of the trope. It's a game of can-you-top this? The winner gets to be named Mayor of Tropetown!
37:48 05/12/2022
The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: An Interview with Dashcam Director Rob Savage (Panic Fest 2022)
The Pandemic fueled dread of Dashcam is showing at Panic Fest in Kansas City on May 1 and May 4. TST had the great opportunity to interview the director Rob Savage to discuss his latest creation.
23:51 05/01/2022
The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: An Interview With the Cast and Crew of When the Screaming Starts (Panic Fest 2022)
At Panic Fest in Kansas City, a wicked slice of horror-comedy has been ordered up in the form of an indie UK feature, When the Screaming Starts. The Scariest Things podcast crew immediately fell for this mockumentary about a Manson Family-style murder cult setting its roots in London. We were joined by the Director and Actor/Producers of the film to discuss the story of the "family" that slays together and doesn't stay together (ahem!).
46:19 04/25/2022
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 144: The SXSW 2022 Recap
SXSW made its return to live audiences in Austin in March of 2022, and The Scariest Things was present for the event. Liz Williams took in as much as she could at the festival, and the rest of TST's staff followed by streaming for one of the world's great film festivals.
65:30 04/08/2022
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 143: A Horror Director Sampler Platter
For Episode 143, The Scariest Things examines the works of three directors that we think you should know more about. Under the radar? Maybe. Horror masters? Definitely.
47:46 03/19/2022
The Scariest Things Episode 142: Our Favorite Horror Couples
Couples. Partners. Lovers. Siblings. Spouses. Besties. Some of the most fascinating horror characters come in pairs. Whether they team up for good or evil, these characters are inextricably linked together to their fates. In Episode 142 we explore some of our favorite horror duets.
58:09 03/06/2022
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 141: Police Procedural Horror
Detective, you are a loose cannon! Turn in your piece, your shield, and make sure to turn that ancient evil tome into evidence. Now get out of my office! The cop cliches are layered on top of a genre with plenty of our favorite tried and true horror tropes. This is the world of the thriller and the hunt of serial killers. It is time for Episode 142 and we're talking police procedural horror.
60:34 02/20/2022
The Scariest Things Episode 140: Horror Movies We are Looking Forward to in 2022
Call it a hunch. Or perhaps morbid curiosity. We think these upcoming films could be pretty cool. As we transition from what was to what could be, The Scariest Things team casts its gaze forward to what horrors might entertain us the most! Listen in to Episode 140 and find out what you can look forward to with us in 2022!
34:57 02/04/2022
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 139: The Worst Horror Films of 2021
This is the annual ritual of summarizing the year that was. We first celebrate the best of the year, and then we have to get real. Not everything was worth your time when it comes to scary movies last year. We don't enjoy doing this, but we have to name names. Welcome to Episode 139 where we dish out what wasn't good in 2021.
53:54 01/23/2022
The Scariest Things Episode CXXXIII: An Examination of Ti West’s Masterpiece: The House of the Devil (2009)
We have decided to do something a little different, this time: A single film analysis. We look back at one of our favorite independent horror films of the last 20 years: The House of the Devil (2009), by Director Ti West. It's a near-perfect exercise in horror story development and execution, and you can hear our rationale in this bonus podcast episode!
33:56 01/10/2022
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 138: The Best Horror Movies of 2021
Happy New Year Scariest Friends! The Scariest Things has now banked FOUR YEARS of podcasts and reviews, and despite a world-wide pandemic, we were able to see a lot of good movies and share our impressions with our ever growing fan base. It's a good time to thank everybody who has checked in with us over the year. The new Golden Age of horror continues on, unabated, and we look forward to sharing with you a fantastic 2022!
77:31 01/01/2022
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode CXXXVII: The Psychology of Horror Movies
We Horror fans are an odd lot. We actively seek emotional sensations that make us uncomfortable, agitated, and if done well, terrified. To say that we are adrenaline junkies testing our courage is an easy way out, and doesn't really get to the truth of things. Ashley Hirusina, a graphic artist managed in one poster, a deep but succinct analysis of why we seek the scary.
54:38 12/16/2021
The Scariest Things Episode CXXXVI: UFO Horror
Hey! Watch where you're sticking that thing! Do you believe in UFO's? Do you think of aliens from outer space with fascination... or dread? Sometimes the aliens look like Alf. Sometimes they look like little green men (and later... little grey men). Some come for peace, and some come to carry us off the earth for experiments of the most awful kind. We will be talking about the latter! Enjoy Episode 136: UFO Horror!
75:49 12/05/2021
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode CXV: The Horror Potluck Director’s Cut
The Horror Potluck is back! What is the potluck? It's when each of the podcasters brings a movie to the recording session and we all discuss a movie that the others selected. This time, each of us picked just one movie that we thought had a compelling reason to spend additional time dissecting. The movies we picked are: Baskin, Halloween Kills, and Tourist Trap, each of them worthy of a longer look for uniquely different reasons.
54:44 11/20/2021
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode CXXXIV: Cryptid Horror
Mysterious sightings and local folklore have pushed curious crypto hunters into the woods and onto deep lakes to reveal the truth. Maybe, just maybe, that local legend will show itself to you. In horror movies, they are true, and they will WRECK you. The Scariest Things talks about some of our favorite cryptid creepies in Episode 134.
72:13 11/08/2021
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode CXXXII: A Summer Festival Recap
For the second year in a row, our favorite film festivals were presented to us in a streaming format (though some festivals had theatrical releases). This has allowed the Scariest Things to watch lots of horror from the comfort of our own homes, with some (mostly) pretty awesome content. We recap the best and the worst of the Summer Festivals from 2021.
41:43 10/27/2021
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode CXXXI: Folklore Horror
Once upon a time... horror was something you learned from your grandmother or the tribal elder. It is ancient horror by way of magic and myth, bolstered by the shared beliefs of a culture. This sub-genre is open to a broad range of interpretations and can be somewhat hard to pin down for definition. Leave it to the Scariest Things who were not afraid to give our own takes on what Folkloric horror is all about.
62:43 10/15/2021
The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: An Interview with Tim Shechmeister, Director of “Hello?” : The Best Horror Shorts of the Portland Horror Film Festival
The Scariest Things loves its short horror films, and we had the privilege to talk with director Tim Shechmeister who gave us our favorite horror short from the extensive roster of great shorts that played at the Portland Horror Film Festival. Check out an exclusive release of Hello? right here in this post!
40:37 10/02/2021