Still Scary (Classic Episode)

February 1st, 2015

Does what scared us as kids still hold up?  Join the duo as they explore this topic and share what frightened them as little boys and ghouls.

This classic episode was originally recorded as part of the “Something Wicked This Way Comes” installment of Boys and Ghouls.  But, the coverage of this topic came out so fun and nostalgic as to release it on its own, along with Kat’s spooky gab about her time spent on the set of an indie horror movie.

So, listen in as Kat discovers that 1990’s “Arachnophobia” was actually a comedy (or thrill-omedy) and as Marshall reveals which MTV music videos gave him the willies.

As Marshall and Kat discuss what kids are afraid of and why, you can discover if this episode (Boys and Ghouls’ fifth ever) holds up.  Is what passed for top-shelf horror movie podcasting in 2012 still effective and engaging today?  It is as much as Ozzy Osbourne’s “Bark at the Moon” werewolf is still scary (because it totally is).


The Silence of the Lambs

January 14th, 2015

Terrifying and Oscar winning, “The Silence of the Lambs” gets its own episode with the Boys and Ghouls duo.  Listen in as they pretty much go through the entire movie, scene by scene, spoiling all the way.

Hear Kat take a feminist perspective on the movie with its unmatched lady-hero, and hear Marshall as he lets you know what it would have sounded like if original-choice actor Sean Connery had performed as Hannibal the Cannibal.

Also, learn just how much Kat doesn’t like the Dr. Chilton character.  At all.  And discover which tense scene was filmed on the site of where Marshall participated in democracy for the first time.


Something Wicked This Way Comes (Classic Episode)

January 1st, 2015

Ray Bradbury wrote the book and then screenplay for “Something Wicked This Way Comes” about a sinister carnival that preys on the desires of a small town in yesteryear Illinois.  As well as a master of horror, Bradbury was a master of nostalgia and simpler times.  And, way back in the simpler times of 2012, recorded in tribute of Bradbury’s passing, the Boys and Ghouls duo dedicated an episode to the masterwork’s movie adaptation.

While Marshall had been getting spooked for years by this tale of two boys running afoul a dark carnival, Kat watched it for the first time right before recording their classic episode.  

So, listen in as we take this ride through a great movie that still holds up (made by Disney all the way back in the golden days of 1983) for spooking kids and adults alike.


These Things

December 13th, 2014

The Thing movies are put under a microscope in this chilling episode of Boys and Ghouls.  Join Kat and Marshall as they follow the franchise from its origin as the story “Who Goes There?”, to the classic RKO movie, “The Thing From Another Planet” to John Carpenter’s bleak masterpiece “The Thing” and its ambitious prequel of the same name.

From the icy south pole, to the north pole, then to the south pole again, the Thing stories keep you asking, “What door is the Thing behind?” and then “Which person is the Thing hiding in?”

Also, Kat shares her day’s activity of paying respect to the unknown dead of Los Angeles and Marshall shares his new purchase of an (apparently autographed) T-and-A horror aerobics spoof.


Slay Bells Ring (Classic Episode)

December 1st, 2014

The Ghost of Christmas Past has brought you to this classic December 2012 “Boys and Ghouls” episode, all about the spooky side of the joyous Christmas season.

Join Marshall and Kat as they guide your sleigh from the eerie appearance of Jacob Marley’s ghost to the 1984 Santa slasher “Silent Night, Deadly Night” to novelty monster Christmas albums.

Then, Kat gives Marshall the highlights and the scream count of her favorite Christmas treat, the early Tales From The Crypt episode, “And All Through The House”.  And Marshall gives Kat the best bits of the Twilight Zone heart-warmer, “The Night of the Meek”.

Yule love it!


Witching Hour

November 13th, 2014

Witches in the movies, witches who ride brooms, and witches who don’t ride brooms are discussed in this spellbinding episode of Boys and Ghouls.

Listen in as Kat details the witch hunt of 1692 Salem and the more recent witch hunt of the West Memphis Three.  Then, Marshall bridges the gap between the movie “I Married A Witch” and television’s “Bewitched”.

Before the hour is through, Marshall will make a shocking discovery about “Little Witches” and Kat will share her viewing experience of the witchsploitation classic, “The Virgin Witch” before declaring her eternal devotion to 1996’s “The Craft”.

Also, Kat can barely contain herself after showing Marshall “Hocus Pocus” all-the-way-through for his first time ever.


Vengeance is Mine (Classic Episode)

November 1st, 2014

Revenge is a dish best served at Thanksgiving (according to Kat) and so way back in historic times (2012) the Boys and Ghouls duo made their November episode all about revenge.

Listen in to this classic episode when Marshall and Kat took two very different approaches to the concept that drives so very many horror movies.  While Kat brought to the table her experience watching “I Spit On Your Grave” Marshall covered “Pumpkinhead”, “The Abominable Dr. Phibes”, and the Old Chief Woodenhead portion of “Creepshow 2”.

Also, join the boy and the ghoul as they catch up on how they spent Halloween and what local home haunts were the hauntedest.


A Brief History of Halloween

October 13th, 2014

Halloween and its varied history is effectively explored by Kat and Marshall in this treat of an episode.

Follow along as they trace Halloween’s history from its Celtic roots, to its union with Catholic holidays, to its exportation to America where it became a night for fortune telling and mischievous  pranks.  Listen in as the duo explore the holiday up to its present form of costumes and candy.  Also, Marshall shares his recollections of working in a Halloween store in the weeks following 9/11.


It’s Halloween (Classic Episode)

October 1st, 2014

“Halloween” the 1978 slasher and Halloween the enchanting holiday is the topic of this classic Boys and Ghouls episode from all the way back in October of 2012.

Join Kat and Marshall as they discuss John Carpenter’s horror masterpiece and everything that makes it Kat’s favorite movie.  Marshall, who can’t leave well-enough alone, breaks down Michael Myers’ motivation in “Halloween” if it were a stand-alone film vs. his motivation if you consider the back-story reveal of its sequel, “Halloween II”.

And, listen in as they share their own memories of the spookiest most funnest night of the year, HALLOWE’EN.  From the candy, to the spooky movies on television, to that one house you shouldn’t go near.

It’s a real treat.


Monster Mash

September 13th, 2014

Classic monsters sharing the screen, getting along or getting into fights.  That’s the topic of this episode of “Boys and Ghouls”.

Join Kat and Marshall as they follow the mixing of the classic creatures from “Frankenstein Meets the Wolf-Man”, through “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” and then forward forty years to “The Monster Squad”.  

Also, we take a look at the song that stands out above all other novelty Halloween songs, “The Monster Mash” and how its friendly gathering of monsters took it to the top of the charts.  And Kat and Marshall say goodbye to a House of Horrors.


Hack To School (Classic Episode)

September 1st, 2014

Horror movies set in schools was the topic of this early “Boys and Ghouls” episode.  From teenage werewolves, to eerie conformity, to all the dangerous objects in a classroom.

Originally released in September of 2012, this examination of the terrors of educational institutions is the first to be exhumed from the “Boys and Ghouls” episode graveyard.

So, take a look back at the time that Marshall and Kat took a look back at those old school days.  Join them as they recount the movies that use school settings to evoke horror, and as they wonder where their schools’ boiler room was… since everyone in movies seems to know.


The Lost Boys

August 13th, 2014

Teen vampires turn a California beach town into the debatable murder capital of the world.  Join Kat and Marshall as they explore this premise in the 1987 horror-fun flick, “The Lost Boys”.

From the young Coreys, to the jangle-when-they walk teenage toughs, to the mid-life romance of a pair of adults (though one of them is quite old)  "The Lost Boys" has managed to grow up along with its fans, providing a character for everyone to relate to.

So listen in, as Kat and Marshall revel in its rock and roll soundtrack, its hair metal fashions, and its family dynamics.

And remember... they'e only noodles.


I Scream, You Scream

July 13th, 2014

The "Scream" series is explored in this episode.  From the game-changing first one, where everyone is a suspect but only killers had cell phones, to the fourth one where everyone had cell phones and is still a suspect.

So, join our duo as they take a look at these mainstream, meta masterpieces and discuss the real psychos who have haunted our headlines as Kat looks for the answer to, "Do the movies make psychos or do they just make the psychos more creative?"
Also, Kat tells Marshall about going to cemeteries in another state.

Slumber Party Tonight

June 13th, 2014

The Slumber Party Massacre movies are examined, from the feminist claims of part one, to the single unsettlingly good scene in part three.  And through part two, which Kat has a crazy crush on (seriously, you guys, it might be love).

So,  spend the night with Kat and Marshall as they discuss these three driller killer flicks as well as their own sleepover memories, and the horror movies (cable or VHS) that they watched when staying up past their bed times.

We dare you.


It’s The Mummy

May 13th, 2014

Mummy movies are unwrapped in this episode.  From the classic Karloff mummy, to its more bandages-less fezzes follow-ups, to Hammer’s contribution, to Tales From The Crypt AND Tales From The Dark Side's mummies.  So, join Kat and Marshall as they explore the sub-genre of mummy movies like an Egyptologist exploring a cursed burial chamber.
Also, Marshall and Kat share their recent visits to cemeteries (just browsing).

The Evil Dead

April 13th, 2014

The Evil Dead films are explored in this episode.  That's the original "The Evil Dead", "Evil Dead II", "Army of Darkness", and the remake, "Evil Dead" (which is like the original but, among other differences, doesn't have the word "The" in its title).

Join Kat and Marshall as they discuss what's in the movies and what the film makers had to endure to make them.  Both perspectives will send shivers down your spine.
Also, Marshall shows Kat what he bought at Monsterpalooza.

Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun

March 13th, 2014

The year 1984 and its contributions to spooky movies is explored in this totally awesome episode.  Join Kat and Marshall as they take a look at what was giving folks goosebumps thirty years ago.

Along with big hair and Michael Jackson jackets, there were children of the corn, cannibalisitc humanoid underground dwellers, a dreamy slasher, and the "Where's The Beef" lady.
Also, 1984 was the release of "Ghostbusters".  Listen in as Kat and Marshall pay tribute to the groundbreaking supernatural comedy and to its late writer and actor, Harold Ramis.
It'll be radical.  For sure. 


February 13th, 2014

A haunted house in the suburbs was the original and masterful take that "Poltergeist" gave to the haunted house genre.  No one in the audience could feel safe from noises in the night after Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper let them know that a house doesn't need creaking doors or secret passages to be haunted.

Join Marshall and Kat as they explore that ranch-style haunted house with wall-to-wall carpeting, moving furniture, and plenty of closet space.  Stay a while as they discuss "Poltergeist II: The Other Side" and "Poltergeist III" (which didn't get a subtitle but has earned a special place in Kat's heart).

Also, Kat shares her joy in getting to check a life-long dream off her bloody "bucket" list.


The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow

January 13th, 2014

The spectral headless horseman and the unfortunate Ichabod Crane are the subject of this episode as we explore "The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow".  

Starting with the original story by Washington Irving, "The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow" has galloped through through the years, inspiring several incarnations.  This Boys and Ghouls episode looks at some of the best; the Disney version with Bing Crosby, the made-for-TV-movie with Jeff Goldblum, and the Tim Burton version with Johnny Depp.  

AND NOW A WARNING... this in-depth exploration does not go so deep as to cover the new FOX show, "Sleepy Hollow" since, at the time of our recording, the network show was in a too-early-to-tell stage.  However, the legend of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" gave us enough fun and informative material to produce a robust episode.


His Name Was Jason

December 13th, 2013

The Friday the 13th franchise was too big to cover all in one episode, so we sliced it in two.  And now, the long-awaited second part of our critical look at the unstoppable slasher series is finally here!  

Find out if Jason is really dead in “A New Beginning” or if he’s really un-dead in “Jason Lives”.  Discover which movie Kat liked least, “Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood” or “Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan”?  Then, join us as Jason Voorhees goes some unexpected places with “Jason Goes to Hell” and “Jason X”.

Is listening to Kat and Marshall talk about these movies more fun then actually watching them?  Well… it’s easier to do while driving and only takes an hour!


Family Hour

November 13th, 2013

Families in horror films are served up and dished out in this valuable episode.  Listen in as Kat and Marshall anticipate the holidays by stuffing this hour with the cannibal family of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", the inbred family of X-Files' "Home", the twisted "House of 1,000 Corpses" Firefly family, and the altogether ooky Addams Family.

Also, Marshall shows off his loot from day-after-Halloween shopping and Kat reaffirms her love of Jamie Lee Curtis.


Halloween Specials

October 13th, 2013

Halloween specials take over your televisions every October with spooks and chills and, often, a lesson at the end.  Kat and Marshall took a look at a few of these fun-for-the-whole-family gems so they could bring you a very special episode about very special specials. 

So join us as we look deeply into It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’s place in history, Tim Curry’s really sexy singing, which two specials end with disco dancing, and what orange cat hates Mondays but loves Halloween.

So tune in, boys and ghouls, as we share both those Halloween memories that you treasure, and those Halloween memories that you can just find on Youtube.


Friday The Thirteenth

September 13th, 2013

The “Friday The Thirteenth” series is dissected in this timely episode.  For Kat and Marshall to discuss every movie in the franchise (or, the first ten, anyway) it would take two episodes.  So, that’s what they did.

So, join us for part one of our exploration of Camp Crystal Lake’s only permanent resident, Jason Voorhees.  Listen in as Jason progresses from being a jump-scare at the end of part one, to being a deranged killer with a bag over his head in part two, to being a deranged killer with a hockey mask in part three, to “dying” in part four.

Also, Kat discusses how it’s not easy being green.


The Doctor Is In

August 13th, 2013

Doctors in horror movies are exceptionally scary, with their sharp scalpels and pointed needles.  Join Kat and Marshall as they examine those fearsome physicians and dissect what makes them so chilling. 

At the heart of this episode is 1992’s “Dr. Giggles”, which Kat watched over and over as a youth and Marshall is just seeing for the first time.  Will the deadly doctor’s post-mortem puns and medical one-liners still hold up?  Or, will the duo need a second opinion?

DIAGNOSIS: entertaining and informative.

PERSCRIPTION: repeated listening.


Last Man On Earth

July 13th, 2013

Solitary survivors of cataclysmic global events and how they spend their days, is the topic of this peerless episode of “Boys and Ghouls”.

Join Kat and Marshall as they cover the three movies to come from the late Richard Matheson’s masterwork, “I Am Legend” and learn what happens when the last man on Earth… isn’t alone!

Then, trade in lonesome scientists for valley girls as we take a good, long look at 1984’s “Night of the Comet”.

Also, listen in as Kat and Marshall discuss their loose plans for what to do, and what to wear, if they inherited a quiet Earth. (hint, it’s re-goddamn-diculous)


Summer Camp

June 13th, 2013

Summer Camp horror movies in their 1980's heyday gave us such classic and fun films as "Friday the 13th", "The Burning", and "Sleepaway Camp".  It also gave us "Cheerleader Camp".

Join Kat and Marshall as they explore the Summer Camp Horror Movie phenomenon and share their own summer camp tales.  Hear how much Kat, honestly, did not care for "Cheerleader Camp".  Then, stay tuned and discover which disease made Marshall have to leave camp early.

From killers in the woods, to creepy cooks, to an over-reliance on point-of-view shots, once you hear this episode you'll be wanting s'more!


Let’s Make A Girl

May 13th, 2013

Mad scientists resurrecting their fiancés or just making a gal from scratch; that’s the topic of this enlivening episode of “Boys and Ghouls”.

So, make a date with Kat and Marshall as they explore the nuts and bolts of “The Bride of Frankenstein” and decades of its knock-offs. Including, “The Bride”, “Bride of Re-Animator”, “The Brain That Wouldn’t Die”, “Weird Science” and “Frankenhooker”!

It’ll leave you in stitches!


Blockbuster Night

April 13th, 2013

Video Stores are disappearing so Kat and Marshall made a pilgrimage to the last Blockbuster in Burbank.  Listen in as they discuss fond video store memories from both sides of the counter, ponder the future of home viewing, and review their night's selection from the New Releases wall, V/H/S.  Also, the duo marks the passing of critic Roger Ebert.

*Since V/H/S is an anthology horror movie, this gives Kat and Marshall six endings to try not to give away (good luck).


Speak of the Devil

March 13th, 2013

The devil is in the details as Kat and Marshall take a look at movies that feature the character of The Devil.  Listen in as Kat reports on having watched John Carpenter's "Prince of Darkness" and Marshall explains how his concept of The Devil was shaped by three unremarkable 1980's comedies.

Also, the Boys and Ghouls duo shares their recent experience of losing hard at a Horror Movie Trivia Night.


Love, Boys and Ghouls Style

February 13th, 2013

Valentines are explored in this lovesick episode of Boys and Ghouls.  From the original My Bloody Valentine to The St. Valentine's Day Massacre to 1980's heartthrob, Scott Valentine.

Also, join Marshall and Kat as they learn about love spells from reputable library books and as they discover which supernatural TV couple was the first to share a bed.



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