Well, 2016 has certainly been a year that most of us will be glad to put behind us, but there were some pretty damn fine horror movies that came out this year, and we’re here to talk about them! Join your hosts Michael Montoure and Jennifer Lovely and their special guests Handsome Boyfriend Jim, Jeff Harris, and Jillian Venters as we run down our top ten lists for the year! (Well — not everyone had a top ten list, strictly speaking. But you’ll see what we mean when you hear the episode.)
This was kind of a strange year for horror, as we had several good solid movies but no real stand-outs, and no real fun thrill-rides. But still, there are some gems you might have missed, and we’ll walk you through them.
Thanks for listening in 2016, and many many thanks to our listeners who have rated our podcast on iTunes and left reviews! The more reviews and ratings we have, the easier it is for people to find us. If you enjoy listening to Don’t Read the Latin and you haven’t rated us yet, please take a minute to do so to help us reach more people in 2017 and beyond. Happy New Year!
Welcome back to Don’t Read the Latin, as Michael and Jennifer delve into the world of Horror Anthologies — only to realize that they don’t actually like them very much. But, as always, we accentuate the positive, and concentrate on talking about the ones we do like. So if you like your horror movies in bite-sized chunks, this is the episode for you!
We also end up talking about reboots, why we actually like them, and why they work so well on television. Check it out!
Here’s a great little animation sent to us by our Tumblr follower circa1891!
Welcome back! Joining us for another episode of Don’t Read the Latin is Jillian Venters from Gothic Charm School! This time, in the wake of election results that are arguably more terrifying than any movie we’ve ever discussed, we decided to get our feminist rant on and sat down to talk about The Monstrous Feminine — the idea of women as monsters in horror movies and pop culture.
Along the way, we discuss Gothic romance novels, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, the role that Mad Max: Fury Road played in the beginning of Jen’s relationship with Handsome Boyfriend Jim, and we wonder why the hell Marvel keeps burying pretty actors under way too much prosthetic makeup, and we wrap it all up with the topic of older women having a voice and taking up space in our society. We don’t necessarily do a great job of sticking rigidly to our topic in this episode, but we sure hope you’ll think it’s an interesting conversation. Check it out.
Books we mention in this episode:
- The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis, by Barbara Creed
- Men, Women and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film, by Carol J. Clover
- Monstrous Bodies: Feminine Power in Young Adult Horror Fiction, by June Pulliam
- Bad Dreams, by Kim Newman
- Angels of Music, by Kim Newman
As mentioned in this episode, Jen’s copy of the crowdfunded prop replica/movie tie-in book from The Babadook has finally arrived! Here are some pictures of just how gorgeous it is. Click to embiggen:
Happy Halloween, Latin Club! We’re excited to get to bring you a new episode on our favorite holiday of the year. This time (ha! Get it?), we’re talking about Time Loops and Time Travel! (And amazingly enough, Michael somehow gets through the entire episode without mentioning Doctor Who even once!) Also, Jen talks about taking the Scarecrow Video Psychotronic Challenge, and about Shudder, the curated Amazon Video horror-movie channel!
Spoiler Warnings — Usually, we try not to give away crucial plot elements of the movies we discuss on DRtL, but that was a little tricky with this episode — since with a lot of the films we mention here, the very fact that the plot does involve time-travel shenanigans is actually meant to be a surprise. So if you are particularly spoiler-sensitive, you might want to skip this episode, and you maybe shouldn’t even look at the tags on the blog post. Sorry!
Alternately, if you encounter any spoilers you wish you hadn’t heard — just go back in time and warn yourself not to listen! Problem solved.
(Looking for something a little more seasonally-themed? Hop in our time machine and travel all the way back to 2014’s Episode 10: It Happened on Halloween! for an episode that’s all about movies set on or around Halloween!)
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In our Top Fifty Favorite Horror Movies episode, we promised that we would post each of our host’s individual list. First off, here are Jennifer Lovely’s Top Fifty Horror Movies! (Michael Montoure’s list will follow later. Stay tuned!)
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
I Walked With a Zombie (1943)
The Uninvited (1944)
The Spiral Staircase (1945)
Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
The Innocents (1961)
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962)
The Haunting (1963)
Burnt Offerings (1976)
The Changeling (1980)
The Thing (1982)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Company of Wolves (1984)
Fright Night (1985)
The Fly (1986)
Near Dark (1987)
They Live (1988)
Exorcist III (1990)
Stir of Echoes (1999)
The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
Session 9 (2001)
Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
The Ring (2002) / Ringu (1998)
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
Lake Mungo (2008)
One Missed Call (2008)
You’re Next (2011)
The Battery (2012)
Under the Skin (2013)
It Follows (2014)
Let Us Prey (2014)
Starry Eyes (2014)
The Babadook (2014)
The Final Girls (2015)
Bonus Cat Picture!
We know what you like, Internet, and you like cat pictures! Oh, yes, you do. Here is a picture of Jennifer’s new podcats, Maggie and Max! Aren’t they ridiculously cute? (Click to make bigger, which, unfortunately, is as close as you can get on the Internet to actually petting them.)
“Let’s make this bullshit happen!”
” …. Is that going to be our new motto from now on? Actually, that might look good on stickers, now that I think about it.”
So hey, check us out! Fifty episodes! That’s kind of a lot! And to celebrate, we are counting down the TOP FIFTY HORROR MOVIES OF ALL TIME!
Okay, well, no. We’re not going to pretend that we’re being at all objective. What we’re actually doing is our Our Top Fifty Favorite Horror Movies! You’re actually getting more than fifty, because Jennifer and Michael have each brought their own lists, so listen in as they compare the movies they love the most. (Presented in chronological order, so as not to descend into complete chaos.) Just in time for you to figure out what you want to watch for Halloween!
All this and more, as Jen tells us about a recent unpleasant incident in a movie theater, a documentary on the murder of Kitty Genovese, and completely spoils the ending of “The Changeling!”
We also talk about movies we’ve seen recently, including Blair Witch. If you just want to skip directly ahead to the Top Fifty goodness, you will find it at the 27-minutes-and-15-seconds mark.
Hope you enjoy this one!
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Pay no attention to the creepy little girl in the corner whose long, wet black hair is covering her face — she’s not bothering anyone, we’re sure she’ll be fine. We’re back for our Japanese Horror episode! Tune in as we talk about the passing of Gene Wilder, and as we examine how things like the financial crisis Japan had in the 90s affected their horror movies, and the long shadow cast by the nuclear bomb while we talk about our favorite J-horror.
Podcasts mentioned by Jennifer:
Creepy Japanese Comics Stories by Junji Ito (super, super weird — don’t say we didn’t warn you):
- Jen’s IMDb List of 2016 Horror Movies
- Chris’ Guide to Understanding Japanese Horror
- Synthwave Further Listening for Fans of “Stranger Things”
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Hey, everyone — sorry to leave you hanging! We are once again in the middle of a small, unplanned hiatus —Jennifer has been having respiratory issues, and Michael will be out of town for most of the next month — but we’ve put our heads together and figured out a recording date that will work.
Our next episode should go live on Monday, September 19th, so mark your calendars. Please join us when we return with our episode on Japanese Horror! Thanks for listening and thanks for your patience!
Welcome back! The whole gang is back — your hosts Michael Montoure and Jennifer Lovely and our guests Jillian Venters, Jeff Harris, and Handsome Boyfriend Jim — for part two of our special Ghostbusters episode! (Hopefully, this will be a less disappointing sequel than Ghostbusters II was.)
Last time, we talked about the original Ghostbusters films and the animated series — this time out, we’re discussing the Xbox videogame and the 2016 reboot movie. And about the fanboys who came after the reboot with pitchforks and torches before the first trailer even came out. We’ve got some opinions. Hold on to your butts. (Yes, that’s a Jurassic Park reference in a post about Ghostbusters. Sorry, purists.)
Here’s a photo of Jim’s well-loved copy of the Ghostbusters table-top role-playing-game. (We’re pretty sure we actually discussed the RPG last episode, but we forgot to post this picture then. Whooops.)
Finally, here’s a screenshot of Montoure’s Tumblr post that that went a little bit viral, and was partly the impetus for making this two-part episode in the first place:
“Peter Venkman has a lot to answer for in modern society.”
Who ya gonna call?! Well — you can’t call us, exactly, because this is all pre-recorded. (But you can always post comments at our website, and review us on iTunes!)
That’s right, ghosts and ghoulies — Don’t Read the Latin is back with a special two-part episode! For the first time in the entire history of ever, we’re devoting an entire episode to a single franchise! We were so excited by the new Ghostbusters movie, we decided it was time to sit down with some of our favorite guests and talk about Ghostbusters in all media past and present.
Join your hosts Michael Montoure and Jennifer Lovely and our guests Jillian Venters, Jeff Harris, and Handsome Boyfriend Jim for a look at the original films and the animated series! (But first, a discussion of the horror movies we’ve seen lately! If you just want to skip ahead to the Ghostbusters content, it starts at the 24 minute, 27 second mark.)
Then join us in two weeks for Part Two as we discuss the videogame and the 2016 reboot — and the Internet controversy it’s spawned!
- Here’s the podcast that Jennifer mentions — My Favorite Murder
- This is the article Montoure mentions about the place where he went to summer camp — Spend The Night At Washington’s Most Haunted Campground For A Truly Terrifying Experience