Gobbledyween has come to a close for another year--and we’re going out with a fang! To round out our month of frightening films, we’ve chosen a movie most people have probably never heard of: Rockula, a vampiric musical from 1990 starring Dean Cameron as the bloodsucking Ralph, cursed to try and win back the love of his immortal life every 22 years. We have also chosen to torture none other than Mimesis author Eric Sipple, who has been forced to endure this film with Paul and Arlo. The gang discusses mirror selves, farting bats, resentful stars, and of course, Bo Diddley.


NEXT: enough inner darkness, how about some Outer Darkness? For our next Four-Color Flashback, we explore the interstellar terror of John Layman and Afu Chan’s 2018-19 Image series.




00:00:40  -  Intro / Guest

00:09:36  -  Rockula

01:29:46  -  The Box Office Game!

01:52:26  -  Outro / Next









  • “Rockula” by Los Straitjackets, Damas y Caballeros (2001)
  • “Rockula” by Jesse Cutler, Test of Time (2008)




Direct download: Episode_454.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:17pm CDT

Have you ever heard of insect podcasts? Neither have we. Paul and Arlo continue Gobbledyween 2021 with a deep penetrating dive into the plasma pool, as Alex Jonestown Massacre guitarist Kenn Edwards teleports on over to discuss David Cronenberg’s 1986 classic The Fly. The gang places the film in the context of the AIDS epidemic, marvels at just how charming it is, raves about Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis’ chemistry, and declares makeup effects artist Chris Walas to be one of the unsung heroes of ‘80s cinema. Plus, Kenn gives us a breakdown of the 20 (!) live events he’s been to post-vaccine.


NEXT: all things must come to an end, and so Gobbledyween returns to the grave after one final performance. Mimesis author Eric Sipple helps us lift the coffin lid on Luca Bercovici’s 1990 masterpiece Rockula.




00:00:20  -  Intro / Guest

00:05:42  -  The Fly

00:11:18  -  Oh wait, it’s Ted Lasso tangents and concert reviews…

00:47:35  -  Okay, back to The Fly, for real this time

01:26:46  -  Kenn blindsides us with his House of the Devil thoughts

01:30:00  -  Aaaaaand the finale of our The Fly discussion

02:01:20  -  The Box Office Game!

02:26:28  -  Outro / Next









  • “Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)” by The Offspring, Americana (1998)
  • “Fly Away” by Lenny Kravitz, 5 (1998)




Direct download: Episode_453.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:10pm CDT

Listen to them, the children of the night. What movies they make! For the second installment of Gobbledyween 2021, A/V writer-director Joseph Lewis joins Paul and Arlo for a discussion of Clive Barker’s 1990 film Nightbreed. Butchered by the studio on initial release and restored to its full grotesquerie decades later, Nightbreed is a bizarre fusion of epic fantasy, slasher, and supernatural horror. The gang discusses why that mix is so fascinating, why it’s important that the monsters are the good guys, auteur David Cronenberg’s turn as the evil Dr. Dekker, and the queer framework that gives the film extra resonance. Plus, as promised, Joe has some thoughts on The House of the Devil.


NEXT: speaking of that Cronenberg guy, Alex Jonestown Massacre guitarist Kenn Edwards helps us continue Gobbledyween with a discussion of 1986’s The Fly.




00:01:00  -  Intro / Joe’s thoughts on The House of the Devil

00:24:30  -  Nightbreed

01:43:53  -  Closing shenanigans (The Box-Office Game?)

02:00:18  -  Outro / Next








  • “Blessed Are You” by Iced Earth, Something Wicked This Way Comes (1998)
  • “Johnny Get Angry” by Anne Bobby, Nightbreed Soundtrack (1990)
  • “Berserker” by Love Among Freaks, Clerks (Music from the Motion Picture) (1994)




Direct download: Episode_452.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:46pm CDT

Leaves are on the ground. Blood is on the screen. It’s time for Gobbledyween. Our beloved, bloody tradition returns for another fiendish film fest featuring only the finest (?) of the horror genre. Greg Sahadachny, once and future host of The Debatable Podcast, helps Paul and Arlo kick off Gobbledyween 2021 by giving them a ride to The House of the Devil. Ti West’s 2009 breakthrough was a seminal moment in the indie horror boom of the last decade-plus. The question now, so many years removed, is if that moment was worth having. The gang discusses how this film’s slow burn played in the context of the torture porn era; its expert aping of the ‘80s aesthetic so near and dear to Paul’s heart; the strong performances from Joceline Donahue, Greta Gerwig, and Tom Noonan; and whether West’s loving homage is anything more than a reminder of better films.


NEXT: we’re checking out of this house, as we hitch a ride with A/V writer-director Joseph Lewis through the mind of Clive Barker. We’ll be discussing the director’s cut of his 1990 cult classic Nightbreed.




00:01:06  -  Intro / Guest

00:08:44  -  The House of the Devil

01:36:00  -  Outro / Next




  • “The Number of the Beast” by Iron Maiden, The Number of the Beast (1982)
  • “One Things Leads to Another” by The Fixx, Reach the Beach (1983)




Direct download: Episode_451.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:01pm CDT





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