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No Escape is a Tension-Filled Indictment of the Vlogger Life

No Escape is a Tension-Filled Indictment of the Vlogger Life

Jason joins Director/Writer Will Wernick (who also directed the hit thriller Escape Room) to talk about his new film No Escape.  The story here, per the studio: Cole, a social media star, travels with his friends to Moscow to capture new content for his successful VLOG. Always pushing the limits and catering to a growing audience, […]

Catherine House: Elisabeth Thomass Full Scholarship to Spookytown

Catherine House: Elisabeth Thomas's Full Scholarship to Spookytown

Jason chats with Elisabeth Thomas, whose debut novel Catherine House from HarperCollins was called "spellbinding" by Publishers Weekly… it's a sort of contemporary gothic about a young woman, Ines, who is invited to attend a very selective school, the titular Catherine House. The school cuts Ines her off from the outside world but promises access […]

Cadets Steal Starship to Save Humanity in Devastation Class

Cadets Steal Starship to Save Humanity in Devastation Class

This episode we're talking to Glen Zipper and Elaine Mongeon, authors of the new science fiction book Devastation Class from HarperCollins/Blink. Zipper is known for creating the wildly popular Netflix series Dogs and producing such films as the Academy Award ® winning Undefeated and the critically acclaimed Showbiz Kids directed by Alex Winter (Bill & […]

Rifftrax Bridget &#038 Mary Jo Bring Frankensteins Daughter to Life

Rifftrax' Bridget & Mary Jo Bring Frankenstein's Daughter to Life

This episode, Jason chats with Bridget Nelson and Mary Jo Pehl are a writing and comedy team known for their work on Mystery Science Theater 3000 and for the past several years as the Rifftrax audio commentary team Bridget & Mary Jo, where they riff on features, industrial shorts, often with an eye on the social […]

Gothic Horror Panel: The Ten Gothic Horror Movies You Must See

Gothic Horror Panel: The Ten Gothic Horror Movies You Must See

On August 4, Castle Bridge Media presented a panel on mid-century Gothic horror films featuring leading voices in horror fiction and commentary. The panel was made in celebration of the release of the book Nightwalkers, a new look at Gothic horror ranging from the films of Britain's Hammer Studios, home of Christopher Lee's Dracula and […]

Cursed Films: Shudder Series Asks Can Haunting Movies Haunt Back

Cursed Films: Shudder Series Asks, Can Haunting Movies Haunt Back?

Jason chats about the Shudder miniseries Cursed Films with the miniseries' director/writer/editor Jay Cheel and writer Mitch Horowitz (As a Man Thinketh), who provides much of the commentary on the series. They talk about the films the series covers, with an episode each for The Exorcist, The Omen, Poltergeist, The Crow, and The Twilight Zone. Cheel […]

Krauss Living Dead is 650 Pages of Zombie Gore Tension and Sadness

Kraus's Living Dead is 650 Pages of Zombie Gore, Tension and Sadness

This episode we're talking to Daniel Kraus, author of The Living Dead: A New Novel (Tor), a book written in part by Night of the Living Dead's (and so much more) George Romero and then expanded and completed by Kraus—expanded, in fact, to a door-stopping, Micheneresque zombie magnum opus that melds ideas from Romero over the course […]

Why Do We Flock to Midnight Movies Time Warp Tries to Tell Us

Why Do We Flock to Midnight Movies? Time Warp Tries to Tell Us

This episode Jason talks to Danny Wolf, director of the documentary series Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All Time, which viewers can view via several on-demand services including for rent and purchase on Amazon and Vudu. Through three feature-length episodes, the series explores the definition and finest examples of the cult film– essentially, films […]

Alien-Infection Thriller The Beach House Brings Horrible Irony

Alien-Infection Thriller The Beach House Brings "Horrible Irony"

This episode Jason talks to Jeffrey A. Brown, writer, and director of The Beach House, which comes to AMC's horror streaming service Shudder on July 9th (US/Canada/UK/Ireland). The film stars Liana Liberato as a girl who, while on a weekend beach house getaway with her boyfriend, suddenly finds herself trying to survive amid the onslaught […]

Gavin Rothery on Bringing AI Thriller Archive to Life

Gavin Rothery on Bringing AI Thriller Archive to Life

In this episode of Castle Talk, Rooster Teeth Technical Director Tony Salvaggio talks to Writer/Director Gavin Rothery about his soon-to-be-released science fiction thriller Archive. Gavin fills us in on the development of the film, his influences, and what it is like to transition from being an artist and production designer to acting as writer and […]

Cory Doctorow Says Goodbye to the Racist Past of Splash Mountain

Cory Doctorow Says Goodbye to the Racist Past of Splash Mountain

This episode of Castle Talk, Jason Henderson chats with futurist and author Cory Doctorow on Disney's decision to rebrand the Disneyland and Walt Disney World attraction Splash Mountain to move the flume ride away from the problematic politics of the 1946 film Song of the South. The decision, which Doctorow predicted shortly before the announcement came […]

Ashleigh Morghan Stars in Head Count a Creepy Pasta It

Ashleigh Morghan Stars in Head Count, a Creepy Pasta "It"

This episode Jason talks to Ashleigh Morgan, who starred last year in Head Count directed by Elle Callahan which one a special jury prize from the Los Angeles Film Festival. Ashleigh explains how she approaches her craft. She talks about how the movie has a distinct creepy-pasta vibe, an element of transplanted folklore, as the young […]

Shock and Context: Midnight Movie Society Horrifies the Living Room

Shock and Context: Midnight Movie Society Horrifies the Living Room

This episode Jason chats with Adrianna Gober,  who a writer and musician based outside of Philadelphia, PA who acts as Director of Programming for Midnight Movie Society, an extreme horror/cult SVOD service from Rue Morgue and MVD Entertainment Group. Gober calls herself a lifelong horror fan who "still can't quite believe she got lucky enough […]

Discover the Spooky World Around You with American Cryptic

Discover the Spooky World Around You with American Cryptic

In this Castle Talk Episode, Jason talks to author/filmmaker Jim Towns about his new book from Anubis Press, American Cryptic – True Stories of the Strange and Uncanny. This book is available now in paperback and on Kindle. Horror fans may know Towns from his deep, knowledgeable dives into cult horror, the YouTube series 66 […]

The Vast of Night &#8211 the Spooky Paranoia Trip We Need Right Now

The Vast of Night – the Spooky Paranoia Trip We Need Right Now

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD In this Castle of Horror "Hangout" Episode—a mid-week episode that deviates from the planned schedule of the show—the cast discusses the new Amazon Original The Vast of Night directed by Andrew Patterson. It's a delightful film about a pair of teens (Sierra McCormick and Jake Horowitz)– one a switchboard operator and the […]

Ranking Film Adaptations: The Good The Bad and Jaws

Ranking Film Adaptations: The Good, The Bad and Jaws

This episode Jason talks to the creative minds behind the Adapt or Perish podcast, a bi-weekly show that examines adaptations of all kinds, whether stage to screen, book to television, comic to blockbuster, or film to musical and back again. The hosts are Arielle Lipshaw (dramaturg, director, voiceover artist, and knitting enthusiast) and Jeremy Latour […]

Becky Directors on Bringing the Scary Mofo Out of Kevin James

Becky Directors on Bringing the Scary Mofo Out of Kevin James

This episode Jason talks to Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott, the directors of Becky (debuting June 5), a new revenge thriller about a teen girl, Lulu Wilson, who faces off against a gang of neo-Nazis led by an unusually villainous Kevin James. You guys have called it an "ultra-violent Home Alone." Say the producers: Spunky and rebellious, […]

Bookselling Requires a Great Query Letter &#038 Its Harder Than It Looks

Bookselling Requires a Great Query Letter & It's Harder Than It Looks

This episode Jason talks to Angie Hodapp about her new book Query Craft, the Writer-in-the-Know Guide to Getting Your Manuscript Requested. The author is the Director of Literary Development at Nelson Literary Agency, where she acts as a conduit between authors pitching books and agents looking to represent them. Her new book is about the […]

Lake of Darkness Explores the Dark Side of WWI-Era Chicago

Lake of Darkness Explores the Dark Side of WWI-Era Chicago

This episode Jason talks to Scott Kenemore, author of the new book Lake of Darkness (May 5, 2020; Skyhorse Publishing/Talos Press). The book explores an alternate history in which power, crime, and the supernatural converge during the First World War on the South Side of Chicago. The publisher says: A combination of detective thriller, cosmic […]

The Haunted Scares in a Single House Over One Long Night

The Haunted Scares in a Single House Over One Long Night

This episode Jason talks to director and writer David Holroyd, whose new film The Haunted is about a young caregiver in an isolated house who finds her elderly charge's house may be haunted by a vengeful spirit. That makes The Haunted a straight-up, old-fashioned haunted house story. Shot on a limited budget, the film works […]