Blumhouse.com presents SHOCK WAVES: Join your hosts Rob Galluzzo (Senior Editor: Blumhouse.com, FEARnet, Icons Of Fright), Elric Kane (This Week In Horror, Inside Horror) and Rebekah McKendry (Editor In Chief: Blumhouse.com, Fangoria) for a weekly discussion and analysis of all facets of the horror genre! SHOCK WAVES puts the focus on the latest horror films, retrospectives on classic titles and welcomes very special guests for all aspects of the industry to tackle a variety of topics and give listeners candid insight into how some of the best genre films are made. Blumhouse Director of Development Ryan Turek (formally managing editor of Shock Till You Drop) will also be checking in every episode with his horror pick of the week! SHOCK WAVES is here to quench your insatiable thirst for all things horror! The Deep End of Horror!
Episode 44: Double Features!
This week on Shock Waves, it's just Ryan Turek and Rob Galluzzo as they discuss the latest horrors! First, the duo brings us up to speed on the new Shock Waves merchandise from Cavity Colors, an update on the upcoming Texas Frightmare convention, and then we pay tribute to the late, great Bernie Wrightson. Ryan caught a double bill of KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE and THE FUNHOUSE, and also recommends to keep an eye out for TRAGEDY GIRLS. Rob went to the other side with POLTERGEIST 3D and Scream Factory's new FIRESTARTER disc. Elric checks in from home to report back on THE BELKO EXPERIMENT, THE DEVIL'S CANDY and CREEPY. Then we welcome special guests Scott Reynolds (DEXTER, THE FOLLOWING, JESSICA JONES, IRON FIST) and Daniel Budnik (EVENTUALLY SUPERTRAIN, BLEEDING SKULL) to talk about "double features!" Most of the great friendships revolve around sharing double features with each other, so we discuss the ones we've hosted, the one's we've attended, the most memorable theatrical ones, and franchise double bills! It's a fun, candid chat with a lot of titles thrown out, and some whiskey consumed. Grab a pen and pad, kick back and enjoy!
Episode 43: Building The "Perfect" Horror Anthology!
This week on Shock Waves, join your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Ryan Turek, Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry, and special guest co-host Darin Scott as they delve into horror anthologies! But first, a discussion on the KING KONG franchise, spurred by the latest film KONG: SKULL ISLAND, and then the latest horrors!
Ryan revisited the '89 Robert Englund fronted PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, the original VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, THE GATE, and EVIL DEAD II in honor of its 30th anniversary. Bekah checked out THE LORE, SUGAR HILL and GOD'S LEFT HAND DEVIL'S RIGHT HAND. Elric watched ALWAYS SHINE on Shudder, the 1988 feature PULSE, and EVILSPEAK. Rob gives an early tease of Bryan Fuller's upcoming Starz series AMERICAN GODS. Then we talk horror anthologies!
Darin Scott produced two well regarding horror anthologies, FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM and TALES FROM THE HOOD, which hits Blu-Ray from Scream Factory on April 18th. We figured he'd be the perfect co-host to tackle this assignment with. Each of us were instructed to pick our 5 favorite segments, wrap-around optional, and put them together to build what we'd each consider our perfect horror anthology. What were the results? Were there any unanimous picks? Tune in and find out!
This episode is brought to you by THE RAKING, now available on DVD/VOD from Midnight Releasing!
Episode 42: The Great Don Coscarelli!
Join your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Ryan Turek, Rebekah McKendry, and Elric Kane as they catch up on all the latest horrors! Rob talks about the latest from Sean Byrne(director of THE LOVED ONES), THE DEVIL'S CANDY, as well as the original 1933 KING KONG, and reports back from a double bill of John Carpenter's ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 and COMBAT COPS. Elric checked out new releases DON'T KILL IT and THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS. Bekah drops some deep cuts and tells us about SHE CREATURE and SOUNDS OF SILENCE. While Ryan rewatched FRIGHT NIGHT on the big screen, as well as SLAUGHTERHOUSE and DRAG ME TO HELL.
Then we welcome to the show one of our most coveted guest, the great Don Coscarelli! With the upcoming PHANTASM Collection Blu-Ray box set coming April 11th, we delve into his early career, how the PHANTASM franchise came to be, analyze how Don's films have tackled youth (KENNY AND COMPANY) and age (BUBBA HO-TEP), and discuss how he finds such off-beat material, like JOHN DIES AT THE END. We also get to hear about the latest film he's producing APPLECART, and pay tribute to the late, great Angus Scrimm. Kick back, relax and join the conversation, Shockers. This is one of our most candid, and best interviews yet!
This episode is brought to you by The Belko Experiment, opening in select theaters, Friday, March 17th!
Episode 41: Social Commentary and Political Horror!
This week on Shock Waves, join your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry, Ryan Turek, and special guest co-host Brea Grant (BEYOND THE GATES, HALLOWEEN 2) as the group analyze social commentary and political horror in the genre! But first, the latest horrors! Bekah checked out the 80's horror anthology DEADTIME STORIES and Ed Wood's ORGY OF THE DEAD. Rob delves into the questionable with DRIVE-IN MASSACRE and THE ZODIAC KILLER. Ryan talks about THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS and revisits TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING and CREEPSHOW 2. In honor of Bill Paxton, we rewatched FRAILTY. And Elric reports back on GET OUT, which leads us into this week's topic.
The gang look at social commentary and underlining political messages in horror, whether unintentional or overt. Starting with Adam Simon's excellent documentary which tackles this subject in THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE. To everything from the original GODZILLA, to THE TWILIGHT ZONE, to the films of George Romero and John Carpenter and more. Is all art in a sense political, but not necessarily specifically about politics? Kick back, relax, and join the conversation!
Episode 40: The Art Of The Horror Short Film with David Sandberg!
In episode 40 of Shock Waves, join your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry and Ryan Turek as they catch up on all the latest horrors! First up, the gang discuss the sudden rise in horror themed board games! Ryan reports back on A CURE FOR WELLNESS, the new POPCORN Blu-Ray and DEMON KNIGHT. Rob discovered the Argentinian anthology WILD TALES, and revisted Anthony Perkins in PRETTY POISON. Elric had poetry in his eyes for Joe Spinell in THE LAST HORROR FILM, SHREW'S NEST and DON'T KNOCK TWICE. Bekah talks about LEMORA and SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM. TV wise, we bring up BATES MOTEL, LEGION and RIVERDALE.
Then we welcome to the show very special guest David F. Sandberg, the director of LIGHTS OUT and the upcoming ANNABELLE 2! We get into his early days as a horror fan, making horror shorts in Sweden with his wife, and the amazing story of how LIGHTS OUT became a major feature film. We get into the development of turning the short into a full length story, the test screening process, the controversial ending, and more! We also discuss the importance of consistently making horror shorts, what works best and which are the most effective ones. Kick back, relax, and join the conversation!
Episode 39: How Do You Consume Horror?
Join your hosts Ryan Turek, Rob Galluzzo, Rebekah McKendry and Elric Kane as they catch up on all the latest horrors! First up, Ryan responds to the recent new HALLOWEEN movie announcement. Valentine's Day just passed, so Ryan talks about the 2001 "slasher" VALENTINE, while Rob brings up his favorite moment from MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D. Ryan also checked out AMITYVILLE 3D and PARENTS. Bekah discusses the "giallo" IN THE FOLD OF THE FLESH and THE APPLE. Elric raves about THE WHIP & THE BODY and SAUNA. Rob talks about his recently wrapped audio commentary track for the PSYCHO remake Blu-Ray!
Then we welcome very special guest Mark Ward of RLJ Entertainment, formally Image Entertainment to the show. Mark was at Anchor Bay during their heyday of acquisitions and ushered out films such as HATCHET, BEHIND THE MASK, THE LOST, and more recently helped get titles such as THE MIND'S EYE and BONE TOMAHAWK out. Mark's a lifelong horror fan, so we decided to tackle a topic with him. How do we consume horror? For most of us, it dates back to the VHS era, so we share our stories of discovering horror on VHS, and then the transition to LaserDics and finally DVD. How do we consume horror nowadays and how has the distribution model changed? All this and more in this week's Shock Waves conversation!
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Episode 38: The Directors of XX
Join your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry and Ryan Turek as they discuss all the latest horrors! First up, they talk about the new Netflix series SANTA CLARITA DIET. Ryan and Rob give their thoughts on RINGS. Bekah watched SATANICO PANDEMONIUM and HOWL. Elric reports back on POLTERGEIST 2, CHUD, CLINICAL and the shorts THE STYLIST, THE HOME and ROOM AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS, all currently streaming on Shudder. Ryan talks about GINGER SNAPS 2, OFFERINGS and FRIGHT NIGHT PART 2. Rob saw Vestron's new Blu-Ray release of PARENTS for the first time, and checks out Severin Films' WILD BEASTS release.
Then we welcome to the show Jovanka Vuckovic, Roxanne Benjamin and Sofia Carrillo, 3 of the 5 directors behind the upcoming anthology film XX, the first horror collection to showcase all female filmmakers. They dig deep into the origins of the project, the challenges of being a female filmmaker in the movie industry, how they decided on their respective shorts, earliest horror recollections, and bringing in rock star St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark to make her directorial debut! Plenty is covered in this in depth conversation, so kick back, relax and join the chat!
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Episode 37: RESIDENT EVIL, 3D Madness and A Chat With RINGS Director Javier Gutiérrez
Ryan Turek is back with a report from Sundance, and he joins co-hosts Rob Galluzzo and Elric Kane to catch up on all the latest horrors. First up, Rob goes into the third dimension with TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D and Twilight Time's new release THE MAD MAGICIAN. Ryan tells us about the new RESIDENT EVIL, both movie and video game, as well as the early 90's cult classic HIGHWAY TO HELL and THE GRUDGE. Elric raves about RAW, SPLIT and the 80's slasher flick THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW. Then Ryan gives us a run down of films he saw at Sundance that we can look forward to later this year.
Then we welcome to the show Javier Gutiérrez, director of RINGS. We delve into his early days as a filmmaker in Spain, his first feature BEFORE THE FALL, and how he almost remade PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS and THE CROW before landing on the new RINGS sequel. Kick back, relax and join the conversation!
Episode 36: Sex, Drugs, and Special FX with Steve Johnson!
While Ryan Turek is still at Sundance, join your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane and Rebekah McKendry as they catch up on all the latest horrors! First up, Rob reports back on SPLIT, Scream Factory's new release of DREAMSCAPE and the 1985 cult gem THE PARK IS MINE. Bekah caught CLINICAL on Netflix, and also checked out BLOODY PIT OF HORROR. Elric saw SWEET SIXTEEN, THE HIDDEN, FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 and HBO's new documentary BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN. Rob also recommends Marc Maron's podcast interview with the legendary Roger Corman, and explains what it was like to virtually encounter a shark on Playstation's VR set-up.
We then welcome to the show special FX legend Steve Johnson, who has just released his new book RUBBERHEAD: SEX, DRUGS, AND SPECIAL FX, which chronicles his incredible 30 year career in the movie business. We talk about the origins of his memoir-turned-coffee table book, how he got his start with Dick Smith, Rick Baker and Greg Cannom, the challenges he faced on everything from GHOSTBUSTERS to THE ABYSS to BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA. And he shares some fun, candid stories about meeting and working with H.R. Giger. Plenty of fun stories from one of the genre's FX masters!
Episode 35: Kong Is King!
Ryan Turek is at Sundance these next two weeks, so hosts Rob Galluzzo, Rebekah McKendry and Elric Kane carry on and catch up on all the latest horrors! Both Elric and Rob talk about their "PIECES" party with MTV's SCREAM cast members John Karna and Carlson Young, who got to witness J.Piquer Simon cult classic PIECES for their first time. It was doubled up with the rare VHS "slasher" EDGE OF THE AXE! Bekah talks about THE SIMILARS and MERMAID IN A MANHOLE. Rob checked out Scream Factory's new POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE Blu-Ray, Arrow's HELLRAISER Scarlet Box and AMERICAN PSYCHO. Elric reports back on VIRAL, BEGOTTEN and the New Beverly Cinema's Dario Argento all-nighter, which included all of the masters seminal works!
Then the gang welcome on to the show director Jackie Kong! She rarely gives interviews, so it was our humble honor to have her stop by in the middle of her tour for the BLOOD DINER re-release. In our candid chat, she talks about her films THE BEING, NIGHT PATROL and BLOOD DINER, the challenges of finding opportunities for female directors and a bit about her humble beginnings, including a friendship with the great Marlon Brando who bought her her first 16mm camera! She also calls out the modern crop of horror shows from THE WALKING DEAD to SCREAM QUEENS to ASH VS EVIL DEAD for not having enough female directors behind the camera for their episodes. Check out our fun, candid and revealing interview with Jackie Kong! As Elric said after first seeing THE BEING, "Kong Is King."
Episode 34: Our Most Anticipated Horror Of 2017!
The whole crew is back for their first new episode of 2017! Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry and Ryan Turek discuss their most anticipated genre releases of 2017, but first, they catch up on all the latest horrors!
During the break, Elric caught a double feature of the original BLACK CHRISTMAS with SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT. Ryan and Rob talk about celebrating New Year's Eve by watching NEW YEAR'S EVIL. Bekah watched SHE DEVILS ON WHEELS, THE NEON DEMON and the show INSIDE #9. Ryan revisited the "slasher" cult classic JUST BEFORE DAWN and recommends LAKE NOWHERE on Shudder. Elric saw THE SHINING on the big screen, HIDE AND GO SHRIEK, NIGHT SCHOOL and THE RIFT. Rob dives into Arrow Films Blu-Ray releases of CREEPSHOW 2 and the HELLRAISER: SCARLET BOX, as well as Scream Factory's release of THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED.
Then we look ahead and throw out the horror titles we're most excited about in 2017. Everything from festival favorites RAW, THE CURE FOR WELLNESS and XX, to franchise returns with RINGS, SAW: LEGACY and ALIEN: COVENANT to new reboots of Stephen King's IT and FRIDAY THE 13TH! Get ready, we've got one hell of a year ahead!
BONUS: “Checking Out” Hotel Horrors: The Notorious Cecil Hotel and Hotel Horror Movies
Join ShockWaves co-host Rebekah McKendry along with special guest and weird history expert David McKendry for a journey into strange hotels and why they often serve as a haunting backdrop for both ghost stories and movies. The duo discusses the notorious, supposedly haunted Cecil Hotel located in downtown Los Angeles which was the main inspiration for AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL. Bekah and David also share their own extraordinary tales of traveling around the country and the bizarre hotels they encountered.
Episode 33: A Killer POV/Bloodcast Reunion! The Best Horror Of 2016!
This is it! The last episode of Shock Waves for 2016! And it's an extended episode where we countdown our top 10 horror films of the year! Your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Ryan Turek, Elric Kane and Rebekah McKendry welcome a very special guest to join in on the fun, Clarke Wolfe from Collider Nightmares! And since Rob, Elric and Bekah made up the podcast Killer POV, and Ryan and Clarke were formally known as The Bloodcast, this makes it a Killer POV / Bloodcast reunion! What will be on the gang's collective lists? Will studio fare like LIGHTS OUT, DON'T BREATHE and THE CONJURING 2 break the top 10? Where do Korean imports like THE WAILING and TRAIN TO BUSAN rank? What about indie favorites like THE WITCH, THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE and THE EYES OF MY MOTHER? You'll have to tune in to find out! Also, we discuss our favorite horror TV, best discovery of the year, favorite performances, best Blu-Ray release and much, much more. If you want to know the best of 2016 horror, we've got you covered!
Episode 32: A SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT Family Reunion Christmas Special!
Horror fans, it's a Christmas miracle! This time of year, we tend to pull out holiday specific horror films to marathon and get us in the mood for Christmas. On the top of most of our queue's would be SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT, Parts 1 and 2! For this special holiday episode of Shock Waves, your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Ryan Turek, Rebekah McKendry and Elric Kane have invited two very special guests on. For the first time anywhere, we've brought together Robert Brian Wilson, Billy from SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT and Eric Freeman, Ricky from SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT PART 2! It's a family reunion for these cinematic siblings! Kick back, grab some spiked egg nog, and listen as we get the full story on how both ended up playing a killer Santa in their respective films, how the controversies after the fact affected them both personally and professionally, and how they discovered the cult fanbase for these movies all these years later. Both are very humble about their cinematic counterparts, and very candid and up front in this in depth interview. For fans that have always grown up with the SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT movies, this episode is a must listen for you! Have a Merry Christmas, and a Happy Garbage Day!
Episode 31: For The Love Of Horror, With Bryan Fuller!
For episode 31 of Shock Waves, join your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry and Ryan Turek as they welcome to the show very special guest Bryan Fuller! A life long horror fan, we go way back to the beginning and discuss Fuller's earliest horror recollections, starting with his love of THE MUNSTERS. We delve into growing up a voracious horror reader, in particular of movie novelizations! We talk about how he got into TV and how he went about adapting such iconic characters such as CARRIE and HANNIBAL for television. And we find out how he takes his love of Hitchcock with him to every writer's room. Kick back, fellow fiends! This is a fun, candid chat about the love of horror with one of TV's sharpest creative minds!
Episode 30: The Rise Of The "Shockers," Year End Recommendations & I'll Be Amsterdamned
This week on Shock Waves, join your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Ryan Turek, Rebekah McKendry and Elric Kane as they catch up on all the latest horrors! First up, we talk about the rise of the "Shockers," the new Facebook group "Shock Waves Horror Movie Club" created by our listeners and fully endorsed by the Shock Waves crew! In an attempt to catch up on the year end horror releases, Rob watched DEMON, I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER and THE EYES OF MY MOTHER. Bekah watched THE BLAIR WITCH and the Netflix Series 3%. Ryan reports back on SPECTRAL and MERCY. Elric got his Christmas Horror fix with SILENT NIGHT BLOODY NIGHT, and also watched MICROWAVE MASSACRE, the Chuck Norris slasher SILENT RAGE and AMSTERDAMNED! Rob also checked out the recent Vestron Blu-Ray releases for RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD 3 and CHUD II: BUD THE CHUD! Kick back, relax and join the conversation!
Episode 29: Going BEYOND THE GATES With Jackson Stewart
On episode 29 of Shock Waves, your hosts Ryan Turek, Rob Galluzzo, Rebekah McKendry and Elric Kane welcome to the show very special guest Jackson Stewart, the director and co-writer of BEYOND THE GATES! Having known the hosts personally for several years, we dive right into a discussion of his earliest horror recollections, his experiences on SUPERNATURAL, working for Stuart Gordon and the inspiration behind his script with Stephen Scarlata for BEYOND THE GATES. We also get a handful of rare horror recommendations from Jackson, who was the one that originally turned us onto the madness that is BLOOD RAGE! Kick back, relax and enjoy this candid conversation with this emerging new horror filmmaker!
Episode 28: 12 DEADLY DAYS, Upcoming Spanish Horror & THE MUMMY Redux!
Join your hosts Ryan Turek, Rob Galluzzo, Rebekah McKendry and Elric Kane as they catch up on all the latest horrors! But first, this episode kicks off with a special visit from Chris Cullari and Jennifer Raite, the creators of the new You Tube Red series 12 DEADLY DAYS! We get a preview of the Christmas horror anthology show, which features genre directors such as Joe Lynch and Eduardo Sanchez! Ryan talks about upcoming horror films THE UNTAMED (from Mexico) and 1974 (from Spain). Elric has seen THE EYES OF MY MOTHER, THE FITS and SiREN. Bekah checked out DON'T GO TO SLEEP and ROSE RED. Rob reports back from the "Museum of Death," as well as on the films THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE and FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLF MAN, which leads into a discussion about the upcoming Universal Monster Universe, which will be kicked off by the Tom Cruise fronted THE MUMMY! We talk our reactions to the new trailer and featurette, as well as our hopes for the famous monsters going forward. Kick back, relax and join the conversation!
Episode 27 Part 2: Delving Into CHANNEL ZERO: CANDLE COVE!
In Part 2 of Shock Waves Episode 27, join your hosts Ryan Turek, Rob Galluzzo, Rebekah McKendry and Elric Kane as they go behind the scenes on the SyFy hit series CHANNEL ZERO: CANDLE COVE with creator and showrunner Nick Antosca and series writer Harley Peyton. Now that the 6 episode mini-series has wrapped, we delve into how the series came to be, the inspiration behind the terrifying "tooth kid" monster, what we can expect from Season Two of CHANNEL ZERO: NO END HOUSE and much, much more. We even touch upon Peyton's work on TWIN PEAKS and collaborating with David Lynch and Mark Frost, and get the scoop on Antosca's script for the latest FRIDAY THE 13TH! Kick back, relax and join in on the conversation!
Episode 27 Part 1: LAST GIRL STANDING, ALIENS and One Hell Of A KILLER PARTY!
The whole Shock Waves gang - Rob Galluzzo, Ryan Turek, Rebekah McKendry and Elric Kane return to usher in the last batch of episodes for the year 2016, and they're here to discuss all the latest horrors! On this episode, Ryan revisited the ALIENS franchise, as well as the cult classic CHUD. Bekah reports back on THE EYES ON MY MOTHER and PATHOLOGY. Elric caught 80's slasher classic THE INITIATION, Bryan Bertino's THE MONSTER and Shudder's BEYOND THE WALLS. The gang also discuss LAST GIRL STANDING and KILLER PARTY, as well as Synapse's new Blu-Ray release of Dario Argento's PHENOMENA. Kick back, relax and join the conversation!