Reel Horror Show’s Mark Sheridan is joined by Dr Sarah Cleary in this special episode to explore the cobwebbed tunnels of horror.
Sarah and Mark discuss how the horror genre is being controlled, regulated and restricted in response to its alleged effect on children. Other topics include horror as the messenger. Trump horror. A take-down of Stranger Things and the comfort blanket of ’80s nostalgia. Franchises! Zombies!! – watching Diary of the Dead in the context of Love Island. The Exorcist as a conservative narrative. Is there ever a cause for censorship? An examination of I Spit on Your Grave. The discomfort of seeing the human in the monster. A look at Midsommar‘s folk horror. The condition of Irish horror and where it can go. Plus a Rob Zombie love-in.
And to quote Sarah – “a good horror should always leave us a little bit looking over our shoulder as we leave the cinema”
Dr Sarah Cleary
Awarded her PhD in Horror, Sarah has dedicated her studies to exploring the juxtaposition between the media and the alleged negative effects of popular culture on children. Having published and given talks on a wide variety of horror and pop culture subjects, from eco-zombies to satanic panic, Sarah splits her time between lecturing and academic consultancy in the media.
With her first book on horror and censorship forthcoming in 2019, when she is not nose deep in books and film, Sarah is also a horror specialist and pop culture panellist on a day time current affairs TV show, Creative Director of Horror Expo Ireland which seeks to unite academia and pop culture and producer of The Rocky Horror Picture Show Ireland, now in its 15th year.
Our grotesque gathering of ghouls and goblins return to spread mischief in the latest episode of the Reel Horror Show. Ali Doyle, Conor Dowling, Conor McMahon and Mark Sheridan are all chained at the ankle to a pipe and will only be set free by discussing horror for over an hour – will they succeed and be freed or will they fail and be handed a hacksaw by their evil editor.
Films that come under the horror hammer include Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, Escape Room, The Silence, Us, The Twilight Zone, Mom and Dad, Insidious IV, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Victor Crowley, The Cure for Wellness, Unfriended: Dark Web, Slenderman, Possum – “it’s a guy, with a bag, with a spider in it…”, The Haunting of Sharon Tate, Necromancer, Patchwork, May, Pet Sematary.
Our possessed podcast posse return after a hiatus in the netherworld. Summoned back to earth, Conor McMahon, Mark Sheridan, Ali Doyle and Conor Dowling cast a darkened eye over the likes of Suspiria, The Hole in the Ground, Halloween, The House that Jack Built, Anna and the Apocalypse, The Guilty, One Cut of the Dead, Overlord, Castle Rock, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror,He’s Out There and The Monster.
To see the year off, our yuletide yetis, Ali Doyle, Conor Dowling, Conor McMahon and Mark Sheridan gathered together roasting corpses on an open fire and discussing their latest horror oglings. They also mull over haunted house films and recommend a few Christmas horrors to see you through the festive season.