Monday, December 8, 2014


I've been feeling pretty nostalgic lately. There's really no reason for it other than I've just been thinking about some fun times I had when I was a kid in grade school. I've mentioned this before in previous episodes, but I've always loved the Friday the 13th movies. More specifically, the first through the fourth films in the series. I don't mean to be pretentious though—I've seen them all and every time another comes out, me, Ryan and all of our remaining pals are in the theater. I love the whole series. I'm sure most of you feel the same. 

I can't remember how old I was the first time I'd seen Jason Vorhees, but I remember vividly the night I caught my first glimpse of him. My parents had left me and my little sister in the care of neighbor kid who used to baby sit us every once in a while. Thinking about it now, he was probably only in junior high school at the time, but he seemed like an adult. I remember him being one of the neighborhood badasses. He listened to Ozzy and Motley Crüe and wore a denim jacket with the sleeves cut off. Sounds like a nightmare of a babysitter but the guy was really cool and a lot of fun. He never had chicks over or smoked or drank, but he LOVED horror movies. His name? Jason. No kidding. 

Cable TV was a new thing for us. I don't know how long it had been around before my parents got it, but it seems like it was a pretty groundbreaking thing for my family to have it. At least in my neighborhood. I'm pretty sure that's one of the reasons that Jason was so eager to babysit for my folks. He'd come over, talk music, show me some stuff in Circus magazine and hang out with me and my sis until it was time for bed. Once we were down for the night, Jason turned on HBO. 

One night after Jason had put us to bed, I got back out about an hour or so later to use the bathroom, or get a drink, or whatever. The whole house was dark except for the electric glow coming from the living room. I walked down the hall to see what was going on and the first thing I saw was some creep on the TV with a sack on his head with one eye-hole cut out. I'm pretty positive he had a pick-axe in his hands. Jason (the hessian babysitter, not the murderer) just kind of glanced over at me like he wanted to see how I was going to react. 

I didn't really have a reaction. As a little kid, I'd never seen any kind of horror film and didn't really know what I was looking at. I told Jason (not the killer) goodnight and just went back to bed. 

Months later when I was in the video store, I discovered the horror section. I didn't get to see any of the movies, but I'd look at the VHS cases the whole time we were there. I remember The Changling, The Town that Dreaded Sundown, and of course, Friday the 13th. I figured out who Vorhees was from the back of the box and became intrigued. Mom didn't like it. Oh, and she HATED my obsession with Iron Maiden and Eddie. 

The first Friday the 13th film I watched from beginning to end was The Final Chapter. I was in 5th grade and my parents had moved to a very wooded neighborhood by the Weber River in Ogden. We all called it "The Woods". Although it was a pretty nice neighborhood, the undeveloped area right along the river was pretty dicey. There were train tracks nearby and it was common to run into transients when we were down there riding our bikes. I'm pretty sure Ryan still frequents the place to solicit sex, but that's for another horrifying post. 

Anyway, my buddy in 5th grade was having a sleepover for his birthday. Me and a bunch of my other friends crammed into his Mom's house with our sleeping bags and snacks. His mom went to bed and left us to tear the place apart. She was nice enough to rent us Friday the 13th from Video Express too. We popped it in the VCR and horror ensued. 

Ohhhh, boy did horror ensue. I didn't sleep a wink. It scared the hell out of me. I was traumatized for months living in the damn woods. It was my first real experience with a horror movie. It was like nothing I'd felt before. 

Since then, horror films have never had the same effect on me. Part of me is glad for that, but part of me wishes I could experience that terror again for the first time. I have quite a few horror movies that I really love for sentimental reasons, but the Friday the 13th films hold a very special spot on the sentimental chart for me. Jason Vorhees and his wretched mother started it all for me. 

I watched the first movie again last night while I sat next to my nine-year-old while she was watching some tweener sitcom on the Disney channel. I kept my iPad tilted at just the right angle so she couldn't see it. As I watched Mrs. Vorhees terrorize Kevin Bacon and co., I couldn't help but remember a little Jim, much younger than my daughter is now, catching his first glimpse of a horror film. Deep down inside, I kind of hoped my daughter would catch a glimpse too. The father in me prevailed though and I kept Camp Crystal Lake to my self. 

For now...




First off, let's post the links to the past two episodes that have been sent to Blogger purgatory in case you need them. We honestly don't know what happened to the last couple of posts. Apologies!

Episode 25
Episode 26 

And HERE is episode 27!

Post-surgery, Ryan wheels Jim to the microphone to talk a bit about recent viewings and reviews of Countess Dracula and Dark Places. We had quite a bit of email this time, (which we're very, very grateful for) but unfortunately it was just too much for us to get through during this episode. We'll finish up the email from our good friend Eric "Mocata" during episode 28. Thanks for all the email!

Our viewing choices for next time:


The Flesh and Blood Show (1972)


Sream of Fear (1961)


Sunday, December 7, 2014


We pulled up the blog the other night and noticed that the posts for episode 24-26 were missing. We were able to repost 24, but the others are stuck in Blogger limbo with no way to repost. We must have used a copyrighted photo or something by mistake and got blocked. Who knows?

Anyway, we'll repost the links for 25 and 26 here in just a little while for those of you who use the blog to get the episodes. 

We apologize! 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Look, I apologize. I'm a shitty friend. This post should have been up a lot sooner than today, but I let other things distract me and I just didn't get around to it. I know, I know..."It's a matter of priority, Jim, not a matter of time." I get it. I won't make any excuses. Just hollow promises that I will be better in the following months. I'm sorry.

With that, it is with great pleasure that I give you THIS! That's right! The prestigious 2nd annual Slimy Limey award! I've ended every sentence in this paragraph with an exclamation point! Because I'm excited! Read this aloud and yell with me as I type! The beloved librarian, Eric joins us! E R I C ! Consider yourselves blessed! He's great! This is getting old! Fuck me!

This really is a fun episode and I hope you enjoy listening. We had a blast watching and discussing all of the films on our lists with you. Remember your homework: The Legend of Hell House and The Shadow of The Cat.


Saturday, June 28, 2014


Very soon we'll  be posting the final poll for the almighty Slimy Limeys. In the meantime, we'd like you to enjoy Episode 23. This is the episode where Jim comes off much dumber than usual, we talk some Kung-Fu vamps, Ryan hates on Bride of Frankenstein and all is right with the world of horrors. For a special treat, Ryan plays a bit of trivia with the closing song--why did we choose it? Hmmm?

Seeing as the next episode will be devoted to the Slimy Limeys and our latest top 10 lists, we will not be reviewing films as normal. HOWEVER, you still have some homework. Here are the films we've chosen for next time:


The Legend of Hell House (1973)


The Shadow of the Cat (1961)

This gives us all 2 months to find and view these films. The Legend of Hell House should be easy enough to find, but The Shadow of the Cat might be a little tougher. Jim actually recorded this film off of Svengoolie a couple of weeks ago. You're more than welcome to watch it at his house!

Our top 10 lists will be a little different this year--we're going to list our favorite British horror films. We're both very excited about it. As usual, we'd like to encourage all of our listeners to write in and give us your top 10 lists as well. They're always fun to share.

Lastly, during out last Slimy Limey show we had a listener or two Skype in and contribute to the show. If it's something you're interested in doing, drop us a line and we'll try and work it out. Our times might be a little off with our friends in Britain and Europe, but the offer goes out to all.


Saturday, May 17, 2014


This is probably the scariest thing we've seen online. Good luck.

Saturday, May 10, 2014


There is a lot of information in this episode.

Amidst the chaos of life, it seems we both found enough time to watch a bunch of horror movies to discuss. We begin with the newest Hammer film, The Quiet Ones, and then seem to work backwards from there to Naschy and on to Lugosi. Just a warning--although we try to be vague about The Quiet Ones, it still may contain some spoilers. You might want to watch the film before listening to us.

We read some quality email for this episode with a great top 10 list, review our movie choices from episode 21 and then move on to talk about the 2nd annual Slimy Limeys.

You'll have to listen in to find out all the particulars about voting, but I've posted all of the films here for you guys (and gals?) to vote on. First off, we need to pick which films you feel should be in the correct categories. Pick one from the loser list to be in the winner list and one from the winners to the losers. Don't care for the poll? It's okay. You can email us or tweet us with your choices as well. You'll notice The Man Who Could Cheat Death and Tower of Evil both in the loser category; since Ryan and I tied on our votes for these films, you get the chance to pick your favorite if you want it to move on to the next voting round.

Enough! Listen and vote!

Jim's choice for next time:

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

Ryan's pick:

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

Email us with questions or comments about voting or anything else you'd like to share.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014


It is HERE.

During this episode, we talk about the petition, some great films that we've watched recently (some British, some not) and, since this year marks the 60th anniversary, Godzilla!

Our films for next time:

Jim: The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)

Ryan: Tower of Evil (or Horror on Snape Island) (1972) 


Thursday, March 20, 2014


We're sorry for the delay in posting episode 21. Ryan has a new project at work and I'm moving into another position (we really do have jobs). We're running a bit behind in our hobbies.

We wish we could just be British horror podcast hobos. Then life would be easy.

We promise to get 21 up as soon as we can.


Jim & Ryan

Thursday, March 6, 2014


Our official librarian and good friend, Eric gave us the info on this yesterday.

To say the very least, we're stoked.

We've sent out the message on Twitter, but in case you haven't seen it, Diabolique Magazine has started a petition on their website to bring some of our favorite Hammer films to the United States on Blu-Ray.

We've talked about these titles repeatedly on the show and as it turns out, Warner Bros. seems to be the cause for us not getting the films on Blu-Ray over here.


Well, maybe this is our chance to do something about it. Please click  here to sign the petition. Last time I checked, the petition had a total of 2,046 signatures on a goal of 10,000. Not too bad considering it's only been up a couple of days. Yesterday when I checked there were about 1,700. After signing the petition, make sure you scroll down to read a pretty great article by Bruce G. Hallenbeck on why these movies are so important to the genre.

As a side note, we were pretty excited to get a re-tweet and an actual response from Hammer films simply stating, "@ProfCushing Good show, old chap!" Where we really wish we could take the credit for starting the petition itself, we can't and won't pretend to. It's all on Bruce G. Hallenbeck and the crew at Diabolique. That being said, we'll do our very best to get the word out to support Diabolique and Bruce in this noble endeavor.

We hope you'll do the same.


Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Episode 20 has posted. If you haven't downloaded it yet, it's available here. And you know what? It's free too! That's right–all the bullshit, all the love, all the reviews and the Franco hatred you can stand in a two hour episode. All for $0.00. Or €0.00. Or £0.00. Or even 元0.00 for our dedicated listeners in Taipei. 

One editor's note that I'll need to bring to your attention–we talk briefly about Max Deacon's new novel , The Wolf Girl during the first part of the show. As it turns out, there was a problem with email and we only received the last third of the book that Max sent. There are actually about 27 chapters in The Wolf Girl and it's not a "novella" as Jim stated during the episode. Luckily, Jim only made it through the first part of the book and nothing was spoiled. Well, not too much anyway. 

We're looking forward to reading the entire novel and reviewing it for you soon. 

Our film choices for episode 21: 

Ryan's pick:

The Hands of the Ripper (1971) 

Jim's pick:

The Abominable Snowman (1957)

Hey, how about that Macabre Minute on 20? You like Franco? Naschy? Let us know! We'll gladly read your thoughts on episode 21.


Thursday, January 16, 2014


We recently heard from our new pal, Des on the proper pronunciation of the names Gough and Pleasence. Gough is pronounced like "cough". Pleasence sounds just as it reads– like "Pleasant".

Our apologies for being dunces. We should have figured that out long before we started throwing out names. 

I'm sure we'll mispronounce many more. Thanks for the correction, Des. Much appreciated! 


Saturday, January 11, 2014


Hello Everyone!

I apologize for not posting anything on the blog for well over a month. I was extremely busy during the holidays and fell very, very ill right after. We should be back on track now with episode 19.

This episode is a whopping two hours! Ryan had watched a whole bunch of  movies heading into this episode and we wanted to talk a bit about each of them. We didn't even get to talk about music at all this time and still topped the two hour mark.

House by the Cemetery
During this episode, we discuss Lust for a Vampire and Scars of Dracula (our film choices from episode 18) to close the book on vampire movies for a while. We also discuss Ryan's new curiosity with Spanish horror films with the request for listeners and lovers of Spanish horror to write in with their thoughts.

We introduce Death Waltz Recording Co. and their incredible vinyl soundtracks to horror movies like Twins of Evil and Halloween. Beautiful vinyl and cover art! Our local record shop is an exclusive retailer of their merchandise. I wish I still had a tape deck in my car so I could listen to the Halloween soundtrack on tape.

Halloween II

Let the Right One In 
During the Macabre Minute, we list our top 5 favorite "haunting" movies and categorize haunted house films. Feel free to let us know what your favorite haunting films are as well.

Our films for next time are a little difficult to get a hold of. If you'd like to email or DM us on Twitter we'll be happy to help you get a hold of copies of these films.

Jim's pick:

The Skull (1965)
Ryan's pick:
The Curse of the Crimson Altar or The Crimson Cult (1968)