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December 08 2013


Hoaxilla #19 – ‘Dracula – Geburt eines Vampirs’ « Episoden « HOAXILLA – Der skeptische Podcast aus Hamburg

Hoaxilla #19 – ‘Dracula – Geburt eines Vampirs’ http://www.hoaxilla.com/hoaxilla-19-dracula-geburt-eines-vampirs/

November 25 2013


Rupert Murdoch: The 21st Century is Australia's for the Taking - Culture and Society - Browse - Big Ideas - ABC TV

Rupert Murdoch wears a Jawbone. For those of you who don’t wear one, it’s a bracelet that you attach to your person and it keeps intimate track of your eating habits, sleeping patterns and general mobility, apparently encouraging more personal and social responsibility. This is possibly an irrelevant bit of trivia about the biggest media mogul in the west; but you’ll have picked up this Jawbone stuff, if you follow his tweets. Murdoch was in Sydney recently to deliver the tenth anniversary Lowy Institute lecture. In it he made the bold pronouncement that the ‘21st century is Australia’s for the taking’ and we should drop our angst about where we rank in global importance, because, "we’re on the cusp of becoming something rare and valuable in this new world”. Such extraordinary optimism. Bold new world stuff. These sentiments were entirely absent in the lead up to the last federal election where the entire Murdoch press had the country on the cusp of disaster – heading down the economic gurgler. Murdoch pulled a very big crowd at the Sydney Town Hall for the Lowy lecture; pretty well everyone who’s anyone in politics and business popped on a black tie and took a seat for this occasion. And if you’re interested in broadening your knowledge on Rupert Murdoch, Paul Barry’s latest mogul book, Sex, Lies and the Murdoch Succession is a terrific read. http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2013/11/25/3890739.htm
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November 11 2013


Oddio Comic 46 - The Frankenstein Monster #9 - "The Vampire Killers"

Continued from our oddio comic from four years ago, these two classic monsters fight... to the undeath! We know it's a week after Halloween, but hey, funny is funny, right?

November 04 2013


Tom Meets A Future NPR Host In The Making

Late on Halloween night, we received an email from a fan whose young child had gone as On Point host Tom Ashbrook for an evening of trick-or-treating. It was a pretty good likeness, so naturally we invited the would-be NPR host of the future into our studio for a chance to meet his costume inspiration, and for Tom to see what his future competition looks like.

Nolan is all of one-and-a-half, but he definitely looks like he’s ready to hop in the host seat and take over our next hour of air time.

Nolan was at times more interested in the lights and sound of the studio than our conversation with author and novelist Ann Patchett, but he sat through a whole half-hour of programming in order to meet Tom after the show.

We thank Nolan’s parents for sharing their wonderful Halloween photo with us, and for joining us in studio today. Is Nolan really the face of NPR’s future? Our staff certainly thinks so — more than a few producers have already played around with the idea of ‘On Point With Nolan Tosh,’ starting next Monday. Stay tuned for the pending host coup.

October 31 2013


Our Favorite Wes Craven Horror Trailers

Seeing as it’s Halloween and all, we got extra spooky here at On Point to celebrate the creepiest American holiday. Our broadcast this Thursday looked at all the many reasons why we turn to horror again and again in films, books and TV shows. It’s a topic that guests director Wes Craven and authors Elizabeth Massie and Michelle Hodkin knew a good deal about.

Craven, that master of scary cinema, has been serving up big bowls of screams since 1971. “The most frightening monster you present to your audience is yourself,” he told us this Halloween, but we think there’s something to be said for the terrifying previews that a good horror film trailer can deliver. It’s the terror of the unknown, and the promise of a good scare waiting on the other side. We’ve collected some of our favorite trailers from some of Wes Craven’s most iconic films here.

“The Last House On the Left” (1972)

Craven’s first big hit, this psychological chiller has more than a few chills. We particularly like the clever rejoinder in the trailer: ‘To Avoid Fainting, Keep Repeating: It’s Only A Movie. Only A Movie.’

“The Hills Have Eyes” (1977)

This environmental / nature terror turn may be remembered for the squeamish scenes of torture, but we think the yelling, smash-cut filled trailer is a work of fright art in itself.

“A Nightmare On Elm Street” (1984)

The creepy-clawed film that launched a thousand spinoffs, the trailer for the original Elm Street thriller is remarkable for how many of the iconic moments it gives away in its less than two minute duration. Suffice it to say, the actual film is really pretty scary.

“The People Under the Stairs” (1991)

Whether it’s plucky young kids or creepy suburban mothers that gets you screaming [A caller on our Halloween show asked why the sound of children laughing is so creepy], this trailer has it all. Plus, an army of hands and unsettling basement dwellers, too, if you’re curious or anything.

“Scream” (1996)

The original “Scream” might be remembered more for its masks than its clever conceit of a horror killer who is deeply familiar with the horror genre [guest Michelle Hodkin pointed out in our conversation on Halloween that modern horror writers have taken that concept on in full force, giving the fictional world a conscious knowledge of the standard horror tropes even as they occur around them], but it’s also ultimately a pretty scary ride.


What’s your favorite Wes Craven movie? What’s your scariest memory at the cinema? Share your thoughts below, or on Facebook, Tumblr and @OnPointRadio.


Wes Craven And Fright-Meisters On Why We Love Horror

For Halloween, we look at the horror genre today — in the movies and in print — with some of the best fright-meisters in the business.


Wes Craven, horror film director, writer, producer and actor. (@WesCraven)

Elizabeth Massie, two-time Bram Stoker Award-winning author of horror novels and short fiction, including “Hell Gate,” “Desper Hollow,” “Playback” and “Sineater.”

Michelle Hodkin, young-adult novelist, author of “The Mara Dyer Trilogy.” (@MichelleHodkin)

From Tom’s Reading List

The Guardian: Halloween Reading — “I’m convinced that people who write and read horror are saner and better-adjusted than those who casually dismiss the genre. By engaging with horror, we take a journey into every possible fear. We open the closet door, rip the mask from the psycho’s face, embrace ghosts and demons, cast ourselves into the hellish chasm of the imagination. We return, not polluted but cleansed and set free.”

New York: The 25 Best Horror Movies Since the Shining – “One third of a century ago, Stanley Kubrick released ‘The Shining’ and changed the face of modern horror. Except that he didn’t, at least not initially. The Shining was a critical dud and, at first, a financial disappointment. (Kubrick even got nominated for a Razzie for Worst Director.) But over the years, the movie has, to understate mightily, gained in stature. And its release seemed to us like a good cutoff point for our journey through the ensuing 33 years of horror cinema.”

The Morning News: Our Hallows Eve — “This will be my son’s first Halloween, and I’m taking him to Indiana to give him a taste of Halloween as I remember it. My mom and I have been making plans to take him to a pumpkin patch and maybe a costume party at the zoo. We chat on the phone while I follow Fabian around the playground, discussing the tiny Purple Rain Prince costume she is making for him. She tells me to measure his arms, as she wants to make sure she gets the ruffles at the ends of the sleeves just right.”

Read An Excerpt Of “The Evolution of Mara Dyer” by Michelle Hodkin

October 28 2013


Halloween Glitter Tips

October 24 2013


Mondo Diablo Episode 375: The Man-Bear-Pigman Hunts of Newhaven

Witches were not the only Disney characters to be executed in the colonies of the New World. It seems that even men suffered from sexual repression, so Zoophiles and "buggers" were also executed. Well, there are maybe two accounts of women convicted of bestiality. I say "convicted of," not "guilty of." I hear the epithet for these men was "Pigman." Maybe they were worried that the outcome would be something not unlike the creature found in room 237 Here is the reading: http://www.delanceyplace.com/view_archives.php?2364

September 28 2013


5by5 | The Incomparable #9: Get the Bone Saw!

Horror and scary movies. Plus, a neglected horror classic. http://5by5.tv/incomparable/9

December 29 2011


November 16 2011


Caustic Soda: Hallowe'en

Who is Samhain? Toren, Joe, Kevin and Chris "Proton Charging" Stewart talk costumes, the confusing origins of Halloween customs, Devil’s night, old-fashioned candy vs. chocolate bars, candy-poisoning urban legends and of course Halloween movies and television specials!

October 31 2011


Oddio Comic 32 - Frankenstein Monster #10 - "The Last Frankenstein"

The Monster faces off against Vincent Frankenstein and the gargantuan, homeless freak, Ivan. "The Last Frankenstein" can be found in the pages of Essential Monster Of Frankenstein Volume #1 TPB. Voices: "Jeopardous" John Hunt "Reprobate" Ray O'Hare

October 30 2011


Mondo Diablo Episode 326: A Terrible Halloween

Clips compiled by Everything is Terrible

October 31 2010


Mondo Diablo Episode 280: Jack Benny with Basil WRATHBONE

On this night, Jack and his adult children pals dress up (Benny as a red devil) and go on a Perchtenwalk to scare their rich neighbors. Basil Rathbone, famous as Sherlock Holmes, is his target.

October 28 2010


American Spirit: A History of the Supernatural

Halloween – despite its solemn Celtic roots – has become a safe way for Americans to transgress social norms and toy with the idea of ghosts in a family-friendly fashion. But for some, spirits from another plane have always been a very real part of life on this plane. On this Halloween special, the History Guys explore Americans’ relationship with ghosts, spirits, and witches throughout our nation’s history. Why were colonists so fearful of New England “witches”? How is it that progressive social reformers found a home in the Spiritualist movement of the 19th century? Why do new media technologies always conjure talk of the undead? Can social upheaval help explain our history with the ineffable?

October 24 2010


Mondo Diablo Episode 279: Gruesome O-Mania

Ol' Shep has some wonderful radio shows about Halloween, but this year, for no reason other than "it's the first one I found," I posted this one. Enjoy.

October 17 2010


Mondo Diablo Episode 278: Death Robbery

This is an episode of "Lights Out" starring Boris Karloff. It's another in my collection of medical procedures that could be seen as almost routine, but in the 30's and 40's, they brought about Hell-anxieties.

October 11 2010


Mondo Diablo Episode 277: The Dunwich Horror

The Dunwich Horror comes to us from H. P. Lovecraft, who informs us of the origins of Cthulu. You would think that, coming from Massachusetts, Lord Cthulu would be a democrat. Oh well, live and learn.

October 07 2010


PodCastle 125: The Whistling Room

Featuring Carnacki, the Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson Read by Paul S. Jenkins “‘The whistling started about ten o’clock, on the second night, as Ibsaid. Tom and I were in the library, when we heard an awfully queer whistling, coming along the East Corridor–The room is in the East Wing, you know. “‘That’s that blessed ghost!’ I said to Tom, and we collared the lamps off the table, and went up to have a look. I tell you, even as we dug along the corridor, it took me a bit in the throat, it was so beastly queer. It was a sort of tune, in a way; but more as if a devil or some rotten thing were laughing at you, and going to get ’round at your back. That’s how it makes you feel. “‘When we got to the door, we didn’t wait; but rushed it open; and then I tell you the sound of the thing fairly hit me in the face. Tom said he got it the same way–sort of felt stunned and bewildered. We looked all ’round, and soon got so nervous, we just cleared out, and I locked the door. Rated PG: For Things That Whistle in the Night (http://podcastle.org/2010/10/05/podcastle-125-the-whistling-room/) Featured as a podcast highlight in Episode 137 of Forgotten Classics (http://hcforgottenclassics.blogspot.com)

Radio Drama Revival: Halloween Horror - “The Cask of Amontillado”

This week Radio Drama Revival starts our fourth annual audio horror extravaganza! Each week you’ll enjoy a new bone-chilling tale courtesy of some of audio’s most talented (and demented) minds… The sextet we plan to feature are all creators who will be featured on Halloween night, October 31st, from 5pm – 11pm EST for a horror special we’re calling Transcontinental Terror. This gore fest runs from GMT to PST in an expressly terrifying trip – all new horror audio from 3D Horror Fi, Electric Vicuna, FinalRune Productions, Chatterbox Audio Theater, Icebox Radio Theater, and the Willamette Radio Workshop. Today’s feature is a new effort by the folks behind the Wireless Theater Company – a troupe called 3d Horror Fi (horror-fi… get it?). They’re doing binaural recordings of horror originals and classics… this week it’s Poe’s ever delightful classic, The Cask of Amontillado. Wear headphones for this one, folks. Listen in, and be prepared to scream! (http://www.radiodramarevival.com/) Featured as a podcast highlight in Episode 127 of Forgotten Classics (http://hcforgottenclassics.blogspot.com)
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