Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Hey! We're pretty damn proud of ourselves. We said we were going to post an episode on Halloween and we did it. Hooray and straight to hell with all the bastards that doubted us!

What exactly makes the Halloween episode different from our other episodes? Timing. That's all. Just timing. Everything else is the same. We talk about horror films and stuff and it's fun. We love this podcast and you should too.

We start out NOT talking about any books or music. We just head straight into the horrors with a bunch of movies that we've watched over the past few weeks. Ryan drops a bomb on everyone by admitting that he's just seen a classic for the first time in the past month. Jim babbles on about Fred Dekker movies that no one cares about, and there's some other fun stuff.

We eventually get to The Asphyx and Dracula: Prince of Darkness. Both great films, we thought, but John Weiners says otherwise with a scathing email about how bad he hates one of them.

For the Macabre Minute, we set up two heavyweight, classic horror films; Universal's classic The Mummy vs. Hammer's version of the same title. Who will win? Listen and find out!

Download Episode 17 HERE.

Films for next month:

The Kiss of the Vampire (1963)
Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)

Happy Halloween!


Friday, October 4, 2013


Metallica has become a very polarizing band. Once considered the absolute thrash band, they have now become the ensign for every meat-head in the country. The days of Pushead artwork on a Zorlac deck are gone and have been replaced by a cliché love of hot rod culture. Creeping Death passed the torch to St. Anger.

Still, there are those that don't agree with me. Plenty of people still love the music that Metallica is turning out and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. As for me, it's Blackened or nothing. The soundtrack to hell will be Fuel. I don't mean the cool hell either. I mean eternal torment.

Either way, Metallica will always hold a special place in every metal-head's heart and we are no exception. When Ryan's boss sent him a recent video that Kirk Hammett put out about his horror collection and new book, we were both very excited. We've known about Hammett's obsession with horror for a while, but we didn't know too much about his collection until we read the announcement about his new book, Too Much Horror Business: The Kirk Hammett Collection.

I'm pretty excited to get my own copy. From what I've seen, it looks like Hammett is in almost every picture in the book. I'm more interested in his collection than seeing him posing with statues of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, but I think it'll still be a fun book to look at. Of all the dudes in Metallica, Hammett bugs me the least anyway. If it were Ulrich, the deal would be off.


Episode 16 marks the return of Professor Cushing's Crypt of the Macabre!

To start off, we're very excited to discuss news of Jeff Dixon's new TV horror series. Read more about it over on his blog. Jeff's blog is also a lot of fun during October because he lists daily recommendations of horror films you should check out.

As normal, we discuss everything we've been reading, listening to, and watching, but there's a little more chit-chat with this episode due to our 2 month hiatus. We rate Quatermass and the Pit and The Vampire Lovers, then move on to The Macabre Minute with discussion on a few more films from Ryan.

Our films for next time:


The Asphyx (1972)

Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966)

Friday, July 26, 2013


Hello, Everyone.

We miss the hell out of you. We really do.

Everything is going well, but we're still a bit busy with life and such. Ryan and his lovely wife had their baby boy earlier this month, so he's had his hands full with all the craziness that comes with having a new born. Everything is going well though and Momma and baby are home healthy and happy.

We've been talking a bit lately about films we want to watch and Ryan has been catching up on his new love; Night Gallery.

We'll be back at recording very, very soon. In the meantime, make sure to watch some horrors and let us know what you've been watching!


Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Episode 15 is available for download here and on iTunes. If you like what you hear (and we know you do!), feel free to leave us a positive rating and a review. There's more about that during the episode.

During this episode, Ryan talks about his love for Rod Serling's Night Gallery that he's been watching on our new favorite television channel that also airs Svengoolie. We discussed the iconic paintings of the program and Ryan later found a few links about the paintings and how to get a hold of your own re-creation.

We also read a few emails from the official Crypt Librarian, Eric and our good friend, Brian. Eric brought up some childhood memories of watching Asylum, and it reminded Jim of a show that messed with him when he was a kid; The Darkroom. You probably don't remember it because it only ran for one season, but it made quite the impression on young Jim.

The films we chose for Episode 16:


Quatermass and the Pit (1967)


The Vampire Lovers (1970) 

You should have plenty of time to watch these two films. With a new addition to his family, Ryan will be pretty busy and we may not record for a couple of months or more. Jim will update the blog more regularly with tidbits we find on the web and notable news. 

As always, email us with anything you'd like to discuss. 


Wednesday, June 26, 2013


We were saddened to hear about the loss of iconic author and screen writer, Richard Matheson. Besides writing I Am Legend, What Dreams May Come, and a bunch of Twilight Zone episodes, he also wrote the screenplays for a few of our very favorite British films; The Devil Rides Out and Burn, Witch, Burn.

The guys over at Geeks of Doom wrote a very nice article on his life and work. Check it out.


Wednesday, June 19, 2013


I apologize for the late post. Get off my case!

Hopefully you've already listened and have at least started watching the films we've chosen to discuss for episode 15. Which two films did we choose?

Well, I picked The Ghoul (1975)

And Ryan?
Well, he picked another Cushing movie: Twins of Evil (1971).

Ryan has the Blu Ray of Twins of Evil, so we'll be talking about that as well. 


Friday, May 17, 2013

Mountain Devil Prank Fails Horribly

V/H/S movie poster featuring Radio Silence by Tony Moore
During episode 13, we talked a bit about the movie V/H/S. It's an anthology film that Ryan and I both enjoyed, and I'm sure that most of you have seen it by now too.
The last story in the film, titled 10/31/98,  was made by a group of filmmakers who call themselves Radio Silence. According to Wikipedia, Radio Silence was brought into V/H/S after the director watched the YouTube video Mountain Devil Prank Fails Horribly. 

Check it out.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


We've awarded the first ever Slimy Limey Award to...nope...we're not going to let you cheat. You'll have to listen in order to find out which film was chosen!

It was a great time recording episode 13. Special thanks to Brian and Eric for Skyping in to chat with us for a bit. We'll have to do that more often. Maybe we can get some listeners in the UK to join us sometime.

During episode 13 we also went over our revamped top 10 lists. You want to see them? Okay, I won't tease you like I did at the beginning of this post with the Slimy Limey. Here they are:


1 - Tales From The Crypt

2 - Black Sabbath
3 - The Pit and the Pendulum
4 - The Mummy
5 - Woman In Black
6 - House of the Devil
7 - The Wicker Man
8 - Night Of The Seagulls
9 - The Devil Rides Out
10 - The Thing


1 - The Thing
2 - Jaws
3 - Ringu
4 - Poltergeist
5 - Horror of Dracula
6 - Burn, Witch, Burn
7 - Psycho
8 - Friday the 13th
9 - Jacob's Ladder
10 - Woman In Black

How do our lists stack up against yours? What would you dump? Add? Let us know at Cryptofthemacabre at Gmail dot com. 

Instead of closing this post with the regular "Wellington", I thought I'd share this picture that Brian posted on Twitter instead: 

Man. I laugh every time I look at it.

-Newt Gillon

Friday, April 19, 2013


Stupid blogger poll! I put that simple little thing up to make it as easy as possible to vote for the Slimy Limey, but the damn thing isn't working. I have no idea why. I've messed with it multiple times and it still doesn't show any votes.

No matter. I will leave the poll up so you can see the list of nominees. You'll have to email or tweet us your favorite instead. I apologize for the inconvenience.

11 days left to vote!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


In case you haven't listened yet, or have missed Jim's Tweets, episode 12 is ready for your ears. Download directly from here, or get it on iTunes.

We have a lot of things to discuss during this episode, including the almighty Slimy Limey that will be awarded to our (meaning the entire Crypt community's) favorite film from the past eleven episodes.

If you look to the right of this post, you'll notice another poll like the last one that we posted prior to episode 12. These are the finalists for the Slimy Limey Award. Please choose only ONE film from the list as your absolute favorite. If you hate the poll, you can always email us at cryptofthemacabre at gmail dot com or tweet your selection to us (@J_Schwitzer). You only have 13 days to vote on the poll, so choose quickly and wisely.

We have also decided to list our top 10 favorite (not "best", favorite) horror movies of all time. Our lists have changed a bit since we started this podcast, and we would like to share with you again our favorite films. If your list has changed and you would like to participate, please email us your new top 10 lists and we'll be more than happy to share them during episode 13. We'll be recording again in the next two weeks, so get your lists in quickly if you want us to read them for the upcoming episode.

There's no homework for episode 13 because we will be covering so much other content. All we need is your votes and emails. REMEMBER: ONLY 13 DAYS UNTIL VOTING CLOSES.

Thank you to each and every one of you for being part of our crew. So far, this podcast has become exactly what we have wanted it to become; an interactive community with great participation and input. We've enjoyed the hell out of sitting on our scone thrones and talking horror films with you and we hope you've enjoyed being part of it.

Here's to 13 more episodes!


Ryan & Jim

(Wellington ! Leo!)


These are some of the best stills we've seen!

Thursday, March 14, 2013


If you look to the right of the blog, I put a poll up where you can choose directly from here which films you want in the Slimy Limeys. You're still more than welcome to email us if you prefer to vote that way. 

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Friday, March 8, 2013


Episode 11 is HERE, and we have a bunch to talk about.

First off, here are the films we chose for the next episode:


Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972, of course)


Tales From the Crypt (also 1972)

If you've already listened to the latest episode, you know that the prestigious "Slimy Limey" awards are coming up in episode 13. This is where you, the listeners, will have an opportunity to pick your favorites to nominate for the best film that we've watched in the past year or so. Email us and tell us not only what your favorite film is, but also which films in the "losers" category should be considered "winners"  and vice versa.

Here are the winners: 

The Mummy
Devil Rides Out
Frankenstein Created Woman
Blood From the Mummy's Tomb
The Uncanny
The Plague of the Zombies
Brides of Dracula
The Wicker Man
Vampire Circus
Horror of Dracula (Dracula)
*Honorary winner--The Night of the Demon

Here are the losers:

Blood on Satan's Claw
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed 
Captain Kronos
From Beyond the Grave
Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell
Horror Hotel
Curse of the Werewolf
Land of the Minotaur
Scream and Scream Again

Last but not least, here are some of our favorite Hammer posters. Thanks to Max, Owen, and Brian for sharing with us. For more on Hammer posters, here is an excellent site:

Friday, February 22, 2013


I would guess that most of you have probably already listened to the episode since we posted it over a week ago, but if you haven't, go ahead and listen HERE.

Upon more research, we found out that Hammer's Dracula was released in the US as Horror of Dracula. Those of our listeners lucky enough to be in the UK could watch the 1958 release on Blu Ray with some of the mythical "Japanese version" scenes edited in. For those of us here in the States, we'll have to stick with the original release on DVD, I'm afraid. No worries though, it's only around $7 on Amazon with other Dracula releases.

Jim's pick:
Dracula (1958)

Ryan's pick:
Scream and Scream Again (1970)

Enjoy the films and we look forward to hearing from you soon! 


Thursday, February 7, 2013


We've always known that Phil Anselmo is a huge horror film fan, but not until we read this recent article did we realize how huge. Check it out on

Also, we've been jamming the new Down EP, IV, Part I-The Purple EP. Not too shabby. Check it out when you get a second.

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Hey Eric, thanks for letting us know!

Caroline is our favorite Hammer beauty.

Monday, January 7, 2013


We finished episode nine on Saturday night and it will be posted this week as soon as editing is done. Be warned, it's just short of two hours! We're long-winded anyway, but this time we had a very good discussion on the "sacred cow" of British horror films; The Wicker Man. We had a lot of fun recording this one and we think it will be worth your time to listen in.

We've also re-released episode one, the introduction to the Crypt. For some reason iTunes dropped it when we bought more storage for our Libsyn account. Rather than continuing on with more episodes, we felt it important to re-post episode one because of the important content that it contains about what we are trying to accomplish. If you're a late comer to the podcast, please take a listen.

Lastly, we've chosen our films for February (or possibly the end of January).

Ryan's pick:

Land of the Minotaur

Jim's pick:

Vampire Circus

I picked this one solely because Eric hated its guts. I HAVE to find out why!