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The Final Girls and Boys: Series Finale, Part Two

The Final Girls and Boys: Series Finale, Part Two

April 10, 2021

Kirsty, Stella, Ian and Dan gather for the last time this series, to cast their minds back over the podcast so far and discuss whatever comes to mind.  Meanwhile, Howard (who has now recovered from his COVID-19 jab) phones in for another delve into the Bag of Death.

The show will now go on a short hiatus.  We'll be returning around June to discuss, once again, the best and worst of horror with the choicest of guests.  In the meantime, keep an eye on our webite, andnowpodcast.com, for new content, follow us on Twitter (@AndNowPodcast, @KirstyWorrow, @StellaGaynor, @IanWinterton, @LifeIsAboutFic and @LeeCushingPod) and consider donating to our Patreon page.

(Footnote: Apologies that this episode is dropping a day or so late.  This is due to Dan being involved in an almost nasty accident.  He's okay, though, and no-one else was hurt.)

 

We have a sea of recommendations to tide you over:

The Love Witch is streaming via All4 (free in the UK) until 20th April

The Uncanny Hour is exclusively available to Patreon Supporters of the Cosmic Shambles Network

Wellington Paranormal is now streaming as part of the Now TV Entertainment package in the UK

The Handmaid's Tale Seasons 1-3 are currently streaming free to UK Amazon Prime subscribers

The Margaret Atwood episode of Samira Ahmed's How I Found My Voice podcast is available on Apple Podcasts

Doom Patrol is streaming via Starz Play in the UK

The Boys Seasons 1 and 2 are currently streaming free to UK Amazon Prime subscribers

They Reach is currently streaming free to UK Amazon Prime subscribers

The ninth episode of The Battersea Poltergeist podcast has been delayed due to the BBC coverage of the death of Prince Philip

The podcast Tanis is available to listen here

Sour Hall is still available to listen on Audible (and Leah Marks and Nicola Redman's podcast The Voiceover Social, for voice actors and podcasters, is available here

Things We Forgot To Say: Series Finale, Part One

Things We Forgot To Say: Series Finale, Part One

April 2, 2021

It's time to wrap up the first series of --And Now The Podcast Starts! with a general chat between Kirsty, Stella, Ian and Dan as they reflect on producing 60-odd episodes of horror discussions during a global pandemic, pick out some favourite moments, and add in some bits they meant to say about earlier topics.  More in this style next week, and then we're taking three months off.

Please note: the sound quality is a little lower than usual this week, as a tight turnaround caused by everyone's pre-Easter work pressures meant we had to use the Zoom sound recording and didn't have time to edit it much.

 

Relevant Links and Availability

NB. Contrary to what Dan says on the podcast, The Wicker Man (1973 disguised as 2006 version) is no longer streaming for free to Amazon Prime subscribers in the UK.  The 2006 version is available to Starzplay subscribers

Owen's appearance on Blue Peter can be seen on BBC iPlayer

Women Make Horror is published by Bucknell University Press and other outlets

The Battersea Poltergeist is continuing its broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and the new ninth episode debuts at 9pm on 9th April

Global TV Horror (featuring Stella's essay) is available from University of Wales Press

For All Mankind is streaming via Apple TV

The Silt Verses podcast is available here

 

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Halloween Retrospective #10: Halloween II (2009)

Halloween Retrospective #10: Halloween II (2009)

March 26, 2021

A return to 2018 (oh, those carefree, carefree days) this episode, as we release the second-to-last of our series of Halloween franchise reviews recorded in that year, with our look at Rob Zombie's sequel to his own remake.  Usual suspects Dan and Howard are joined by regular Halloween guests Spider-Dan (who at the time of recording was only just starting his own illustrious podcast) and actor, writer and sometime Michael Myers, Luke Richards.  But what will be their verdict?  As if you can't guess.

 

Relevant Links and Availability

Halloween II (2009) is available on DVD, Blue-Ray or rental streaming via Amazon or YouTube.  It can also be streamed for free to members of Shudder

Spider-Dan is on Twitter and his podcast's website is here

Luke Richards is also on Twitter: follow him to learn more about his Halloween fan film, One Night in Haddonfield

Don't Breathe is showing on Film4 in the UK at 11.15pm on Saturday 27th March

The Battersea Poltergeist podcast is still available for download here and begins broadcasting every weekday at 11.30pm on Radio 4 from Monday 29th March

The Guest is showing on Sony Movies in the UK at 11.20pm on Tuesday 30th March

The Terror can be streamed via BBC iPlayer and is showing in the UK on BBC2 at 9pm on Wednesdays

Overlord is showing on Film4 in the UK at 10.45pm on Friday 2nd April

 

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Pandemic Horror: Contagion (2011) and Survivors (1975)

Pandemic Horror: Contagion (2011) and Survivors (1975)

March 19, 2021

Dan used to love post-apocalypse horror, especially the BBC's 'humanity-destroying plague' classic, Survivors (1975-77).  But he hasn't re-watched it since COVID-19 hit, as he feared it would be too much like real life; for the same reason he hasn't seen Steven Soderbergh's eerily prophetic film Contagion (2011), which has had a new lease of life on streaming since lockdown.  Stella and Ian join him in rediscovering these chilling tales and to discuss horror in a time of pandemic.  And there's another phone call from Howard, bringing The Bag of Death.

Please note, the general discussion of Contagion and the first episodes of the TV and audio versions of Survivors contains some minor spoilers (as well as a spoiler for the opening scene of the first episode of The Walking Dead).

 

00.00.41 Introduction and news

00.10.55 The Walking Dead opening analysis (includes a spoiler)

00.16.10 Pandemic horror introduction

00.20.07 Contagion chat

00.41.21 Survivors (TV) chat

00.56.50 Survivors (audio) chat

01.10.50 The Bag of Death (with Howard)

01.28.55 Recommendations

 

Relevant Links and Availability

Contagion (2011) is currently free to stream if you're an Amazon Prime subscriber in the UK

Survivors, the 1975-77 TV series, can be streamed via BritBox in the UK (as Stella mentions, some of it is also on YouTube - but it shouldn't be)

Survivors, the 2014-2019 audio series, is available to buy from the Big Finish website (they offer the first episode as a free download here)

Dan's review of Survivors Series Nine (2019) had been posted on our own blog page

Waco: Madman or Messiah is currently streaming on Netflix in the UK

End of Days and Two Minutes Past Nine are currently available as podcasts on BBC Sounds

Your Honour (starring Contagion's Bryan Cranston) is currently screening on Sky Atlantic and streaming on Now TV

The British Invaders podcast is available from their website and the usual podcast platforms (the Survivors episodes are here)

 

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Danny Robins on The Battersea Poltergeist

Danny Robins on The Battersea Poltergeist

March 12, 2021

The brilliant drama/documentary podcast The Battersea Poltergeist has just completed its eight-part run on BBC Radio 4 (although a bonus ninth episode is due to be released in a couple of weeks), and it's also available on BBC Sounds and all the podcatchers.  Kirsty and Ian have been raving about it for weeks, and finally Stella and Dan are caught up and just as enthused about its brilliant mix of investigation and storytelling.

 

The show's writer and host, Danny Robins, was kind enough to give us an hour of his time for a fascinating chat about the inspirations behind the series, his status as a 'hopeful sceptic' and the impact of the show itself.  The first part of the chat is spoiler-free and there'll be a warning when spoilers are imminent.  We're confident that, if you haven't yet listened to The Battersea Poltergeist, after hearing Danny talk for just a few minutes, you'll be switching podcasts (temporarily, of course).

 

Following this there'll be a call from Howard in his now-traditional Bag of Death segment.

 

0.00.00 News

00.09.17 Introduction to The Battersea Poltergeist (although Dan calls it 'The Battersea Podcast' because he's an idiot)

00.24.00 Danny Robins interview (non-spoiler)

00.47.30 Danny Robins interview (spoiler)

01.29.35 The Bag of Death (with Howard)

01.56.20 Recommendations

 

Relevant Links and Availability

The Battersea Poltergeist is available to stream worldwide via BBC Sounds and other podcast platforms

Of Danny's other shows, Folsom Untold is available on Audible, while Haunted is available on iTunes and other podcast platforms

Read more about 'the Philip experiment' at Dread Central

Ask A Mortician is available to watch on YouTube

The Death in the Afternoon podcast is here

The Terror is currently available from BBC iPlayer

Murder Among the Mormons is currently available on Netflix

 

All soundtrack clips are used for the purposes of criticism, in the spirit of Fair Dealing (UK law) and Fair Use (US law).  No copyright infringement is intended

 

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Feasting on Hannibal #1: Season One (2013) with Dr Rebecca Williams & Dr Lori Hitchcock Morimoto

Feasting on Hannibal #1: Season One (2013) with Dr Rebecca Williams & Dr Lori Hitchcock Morimoto

March 6, 2021

NBC's Hannibal (2013-15) brought to the small screen, and re-imagined, the world of FBI profiler Will Graham and his colleague/nemesis, cannibalistic psychiatrist Dr Hannibal Lecter, after their introduction in Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon (1981) and its subsequent sequels and film adaptations.  Kirsty and (to a lesser extent) Dan have been talking about devoting episodes to it since the beginning of this podcast, and now the show is finally getting the spotlight it deserves with the first of a three-part, season-by-season retrospective.

 

Joining us on this journey will be two very special guest 'Fannibals'.  Dr Rebecca Williams, Senior Lecturer in Communication, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of South Wales, and Dr Lori Hitchcock Morimoto, lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Virginia, combine scholarly insight with irrepressible enthusiasm in an in-depth but (mostly) spoiler-free discussion with Kirsty and Dan of what makes this such a remarkable season.  Following this, Stella, Ian, Kirsty and Dan give the season the traditional, more spoilery review.

 

Elsewhere, Howard calls in again, with another random pick from The Bag of Death.

 

00.42 News

09.52 Introduction to Hannibal

27.11 Discussion with Rebecca and Lori (non-spoilers)

02.00.56 Discussion with Rebecca and Lori (spoilers for Season One ending)

02.07.44 Spoiler review for Season One with Ian and Stella

02.45.04 The Bag of Death with Howard

03.02.52 Recommendations

 

Relevant Links and Availability

Hannibal is currently available to stream free for members of Amazon Prime in the UK

TVJunkie's trailer for the series can be viewed on YouTube

Dr Lori Morimoto's video essay on Hannibal can be seen at this link (warning: spoilers for all seasons)

Hannibal for Dinner (featuring Kirsty's essay) is now available to purchase from McFarland Books

Becoming: Genre, Queerness and Transformation in NBC's Hannibal (featuring Lori's essay) is available to purchase from Syracuse University Press

As Above, So Below is currently available to stream free for members of Amazon Prime in the UK

The Act is currently available to stream free for subscribers to Starzplay in the UK

The Battersea Poltergeist podcast is currently available to stream in the UK via the BBC iPlayer

The Strain is currently available to stream on Disney+ (via Star) in the UK

The Plague of the Zombies is currently available to stream on BritBox in the UK 

 

All soundtrack clips are used for the purposes of criticism, in the spirit of Fair Dealing (UK law) and Fair Use (US law).  No copyright infringement is intended

 

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Writer Stephen Volk on Under A Raven’s Wing and a lifetime in the horror business

Writer Stephen Volk on Under A Raven’s Wing and a lifetime in the horror business

February 26, 2021

Stephen Volk wrote Ghostwatch, the 1992 TV play which rated so highly on Kirsty, Stella and Dan's list of Movies That Scared Us The Most last year.  And Ghostwatch is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Stephen's diverse array of horror output in a variety of media, including prose fiction: his new collection of stories featuring a teaming of the legendary literary detectives C Auguste Dupin and Sherlock Holmes, has just been released by PS Publishing.

In this lengthy interview, Stephen discusses these new and old triumphs, and many things that came between them in his remarkable career, including times spent in Hollywood, his work with directors Ken Russell and William Freidkin, and what he thought of Inside Number 9's Ghostwatch tribute episode from 2018.  Ian, Stella, Kirsty and Dan were just thrilled to be able to speak to him, as will probably be apparent to the listener.

Elsewhere, Howard calls in to chat about how life is treating him in lockdown, what he's been watching on TV lately, and to pluck another surprise horror film from The Bag of Death.

 

Related Links and Availability

Stephen Volk's new book Under A Raven's Wing is available to order now directly from the PS Publishing website (Twitter: @pspublishingUK)

You can follow him on Twitter: @stevevolkwriter or visit his website stephenvolk.net

Bone Tomahawk (2015) is currently available to stream via Amazon in the UK, free to subscribers

Flash Gordon Conquers The Universe (1940) is currently screening weekly on Talking Pictures TV (UK Freeview channel 81) at 11.15am on Saturdays

 

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True Love for True Blood

True Love for True Blood

February 20, 2021

Stella, Kirsty and Ian have all seen lots of True Blood, HBO's steamy vampire romance, and love it to bits.  On the other hand, Dan has only seen a bit of it, but he loved that.  Listen to them wax lyrical and philosophical about why it's so good (except for, as Ian points out, when it isn't) and how it compares to the Charlaine Harris books it was adapted from.  And if you've never seen it, the gang pretty much avoid spoilers, for once.  Plus, we have another phone call with Howard and Dan as another random film is plucked from The Bag of Death.

 

Relevant Links and Availability

All seven seasons of True Blood are available to watch in the UK via NowTV

The Hotel and The Battersea Poltergeist are available for listening now via BBC Sounds

News of the World is available for streaming in the UK via Netflix

Byzantium is available for free streaming to subscribers of Amazon Prime in the UK

 

All soundtrack clips are used for the purposes of criticism, in the spirit of Fair Dealing (UK law) and Fair Use (US law).  No copyright infringement is intended

 

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Halloween Retrospective #9: Halloween (2007)

Halloween Retrospective #9: Halloween (2007)

February 12, 2021

It's time to return to our series of Halloween franchise reviews, recorded back in 2018.  Dan and Howard are joined by returning guests Luke Richards (actor and writer-star of the upcoming Halloween fan film, One Night in Haddonfield) and Spider-Dan (host of the podcast Spider-Dan and the Secret Bores) for a spoiler-filled discussion of Rob Zombie's 2007 reboot of the franchise.

In more recently recorded material, Stella and Dan chat about their winter reading, viewing and listening, and Howard phones in to pluck another horror film at random from The Bag of Death.

 

Relevant Links and Availability

Halloween (2007) is out on DVD and Blu-Ray in both its original version and an extended director's cut

Wrong Turn (2003) is available for free streaming to subscribers to Amazon Prime in the UK

Overlord is currently streaming via Netflix in the UK

Sour Hall is available for purchase from Audible (or it's free if you're a member)

Luke Richards can be found on Twitter @Luke_Richards92 - follow him for more information about One Night in Haddonfield

Spider-Dan can be found on Twitter @dan_bores and his podcast can be found on whatever platform you're using now

 

All soundtrack clips are used for the purposes of criticism, in the spirit of Fair Dealing (UK law) and Fair Use (US law).  No copyright infringement is intended

 

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Writer Gemma Hurley on Host, genre on TV and loving folk horror

Writer Gemma Hurley on Host, genre on TV and loving folk horror

February 5, 2021

Kirsty, Stella, Dan and Ian have been raving about Host, last year's 'Zoom seance' movie from Shudder, almost since before it was released, and now they are blessed to be joined for a freewheeling chat by one of its writers, Gemma Hurley.  Gemma talks about the experience of writing that film, her rollercoaster 2020, the challenges of pitching genre material for TV in the UK, and why she loves folk horror.  Meanwhile, Howard calls in with another pick from The Bag of Death.

 

If you haven't yet seen Host, don't worry, the chat is spoiler-free - but why on Earth haven't you seen it yet?  It's out now on Blu-Ray and even VHS (although only in the USA).

 

For a those wishing to cultivate a folk horror vibe, watch The Imagined Village's John Barleycorn on YouTube (it's from their 2007 debut album, available from Real World Records) and our previous episodes on Witchcraft and Paganism, Parts One and Two

 

Heathers can currently be streamed via Shudder

 

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