Ep. 115: Hereditary

‘Tis the season for our 10th annual Holiday Spooktacular, and as part of our Gap Year, we’re watching Hereditary, Ari Aster’s 2018 hit horror film starring Toni Collette. Hereditary took audiences by storm and continued studio A24’s rise to prominence in the current film conversation. It’s a career-making first feature for Ari Aster, and an electric performance by Toni Collette that seemed to impress everyone. As per Holiday Spooktacular tradition, Nate and Ryan had scared themselves out of watching it until now, seeing as Hereditary’s place as a must-see horror movie seems more or less cemented.

What did you think of Hereditary? Let us know!

Read Hereditary’s Ari Aster Answers Our Burning Questions About His “Upsetting” Horror Film by Jordan Crucchiola (Vulture).

Ep. 107: Get Out

Nate and Ryan celebrate their 9th Holiday Spooktacular by watching Get Out, Jordan Peele’s 2017 Oscar-winning horror contemporary classic. We’re continuing our Back to School series with another movie that Ryan teaches in his high school class. Listen in as we discuss the philosophical and social implications in Peele’s razor-sharp writing in his directorial debut.

Where does Get Out rank in the pantheon of horror movies? Let us know!


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Ep. 97: The Silence of the Lambs

It’s our 8th annual Holiday Spooktacular and this year, Nate and Ryan are talking about a true horror classic: The Silence of the Lambs, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. One of the rare horror movies to be nominated for Best Picture, The Silence of the Lambs is in even rarer company as one of only three movies to win “the big 5” of Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay (adapted).

Listen in as Nate and Ryan talk about Anthony Hopkins’ and Jodie Foster’s iconic performances and Jonathan Demme’s often underappreciated direction. Not to mention the fact that it’s a genuinely scary movie.

Where does The Silence of the Lambs rank for you among scary movies? How are you and yours celebrating the Holiday Spooktacular?

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Ep 86: The Babadook

Nate and Ryan celebrate the most wonderful fright of the year by re-watching The Babadook, written and directed by Jennifer Kent. We wish you and yours a very merry (and scary) 7th annual Holiday Spooktacular! As usual, we’re celebrating by watching a horror movie, and this year’s choice might be a little bit too on-the-nose for 2020 and the time of quarantine. The fear is in full effect this year, though the fears might be more familial than top-hatted-monster based.

So don you now your spookiest Holiday cheer, join in the fun of another Holiday Spooktacular, and make sure you don’t let him in!


The Babadook Is a Frightening, Fabulous New Gay Icon by Eren Orbey – The New Yorker (2017)

Ep 77: Ed Wood

Nate and Ryan re-watch Tim Burton’s 1994 homage to the world’s worst director, Ed Wood, to celebrate the 6th annual Holiday Spooktacular! Tim Burton and Johnny Depp teamed up to bring the life and work of Ed Wood to new audiences, and in the process, offered a celebration of underdogs and outsiders and earned Martin Landau an Oscar for best-supporting actor. 1994 saw Burton and Depp still establishing their identities in Hollywood. In the 25 years since its release, Burton has found a wheelhouse in family movies that offer a “dark-lite” version of his early edginess, while Johnny Depp seems to be happy being Johnny Depp in recent roles.

What are your thoughts on Ed Wood? When were Johnny Depp and/or Tim Burton at their best? Do you believe that movies can be so bad they’re good? Let us know!

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