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Re-Assessing the Paranoiac Warm Glow of "The Twilight Zone: The Movie"

Recently the Castle of Horror asked listeners what kinds of films they'd like us to discuss, and the winner far and away was "more anthologies." That's probably because horror anthologies are always fun and rarely wear out their welcome—generally, if you're not crazy about the segment you're watching, if you hang around a few minutes, […]

[Castle of Horror] The Vampire Doll: Japanese Horror Blends Poe, Uni, Hammer And Makes Something New

The Vampire Doll: A Strange, Eerie Meld of Japanese, Western Horror

In this episode, the Castle of Horror team looks at the first film in the Bloodthirsty Trilogy, a tryptic of supernatural horror films from Japanese director Michio Yamamoto. This week: The Vampire Doll (1970), about a girl who goes looking for her missing brother at a spooky mansion haunted by a murderous vampire ghost. Yamamoto's […]

The Star Wars Holiday Special Has Such Sights to Show You

The Star Wars Holiday Special Has Such Sights to Show You

I watched the Star Wars Holiday Special for the first time on November 17, 1978, the one and only time it broadcast, when it bumped that week's episodes of The Incredible Hulk and Wonder Woman on CBS. I was seven years old and I remember three things about it: I remember Bea Arthur singing in […]

Castle of Horror: Explore What Makes Eurotrash Horror with "The House That Screamed"

This week for a "hangout" episode (between more structured panel reviews) the podcast looked at a couple of films, one of them being the 1969 Spanish film The House That Screamed, or La Residencia. We chose it as an excellent example of Eurotrash horror. Eurotrash horror is a slightly unfortunate term for mid-century horror films […]


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Castle of Horror: "A Return to Salem's Lot" Had Many Ideas and Bungled All of Them

  This week we continue our Stephen King retrospective with a look at the 1987 film A Return to Salem's Lot directed by Larry Cohen. This is a film made by one fascinating, iconoclastic director—Larry Cohen, who would give us movies like the 1985 commercial-culture horror satire The Stuff and the bizarre 1982 giant-monster film […]

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Castle of Horror: Salem's Lot (2004): The Stephen King Retrospective

This week we continue our Stephen King Retrospective with a look at the 2004 miniseries Salem's Lot, starring Rob Lowe and Andre Braugher and Rutger Hauer. Directed by Mikael Salomon for TNT, Salem's Lot had to fight an uphill battle, to begin with. Tobe Hoober of Poltergeist and Texas Chainsaw Massacre had delivered a scary, […]


Castle of Horror: Doctor Sleep: The Stephen King Retrospective

Castle of Horror: Doctor Sleep: The Stephen King Retrospective

[SPOILERS FOR THE SHINING] This week we continue our Stephen King retrospective with Doctor Sleep, directed by Mike Flanagan and starring Ewan MacGregor as Danny Torrance, the boy who escaped the Overlook Hotel at the end of The Shining. Which The Shining, you might ask? There are so many: from the Stephen King book came […]

Castle of Horror: The Stephen King Retrospective

Castle of Horror: The Shining (1997): The Stephen King Retrospective

In the lobby of the lovely Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado sits a gift shop, right next to the wide, wooden central stair. The gift shop long ago embraced the one thing that the Stanley is most famous for above all else: its place as the inspiration, so the legend goes, for Stephen King's […]

Castle Talk: Bridget Nelson of RiffTrax' Bridget & Mary Jo on The Teen Agers

Castle Talk: Bridget Nelson of RiffTrax' Bridget & Mary Jo on The Teen Agers

Bridget Jones Nelson is a writer and comedian known for her work on Mystery Science Theater 3000 and for the past several years as half of the RiffTrax audio commentary team Bridget & Mary Jo, where she and comedian Mary Jo Pehl riff on features, industrial shorts, often with an eye on the social lives […]

Castle Talk: Rob Zombie on 3 From Hell And How Visionaries Need A Clear Goal

Castle Talk: Rob Zombie on "3 from Hell" and How Visionaries Need a Clear Goal

3 From Hell is Rob Zombie's long-awaited followup to the crime film The Devil's Rejects, itself a sequel to the nightmarishly bloody and phosphorescent House of 1000 Corpses. 3 From Hell follows the remaining members of the Firefly family as they run from the law and try to make sense of their future. The film debuts […]


[Castle Talk] League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen Hid An Amazing Nemo

[Castle Talk] 'League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen' Hid An Amazing Nemo

This week, we wrap up our retrospective of movies featuring Jules Verne's immortal creation Captain Nemo with the 2003 steampunk literary mashup The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Boy was this movie controversial– taking the source material and bending it in ways that enraged fans of the book, the film itself starts out strong enough and, […]

[Castle of Horror] 'The Amazing Captain Nemo' Gives Nemo The 70s Buck Rogers Treatment

This week, we continue our retrospective on movies featuring Jules Verne's immortal Captain Nemo (tying in with the release of Young Captain Nemo in March) with Irwin Allen's 1978 science fiction film (really a packaged release of three episodes of a TV series) The Amazing Captain Nemo, AKA The Return of Captain Nemo. This is a film that all of […]




Castle of Horror: 'The Good Son' Made 'Home Alone' Kevin A Psychopath

This week, we continue our 2019 retrospective on evil children with the 1993 film The Good Son, about a child very like the one seen in The Bad Seed—in this case Henry, played by Macaulay Culkin. Culkin's manager/father lobbied hard for Culkin to get this film, which the actor shot at roughly the same time as Home […]

Interview: Nicolas Pesce on Flipping Giallo's Gender Dynamics in 'Piercing'

At Fantastic Fest 2018, Castle of Horror Co-host Tony Salvaggio sat down to discuss director Nicolas Pesce's new dark genre adaptation of Ryû Murakami's cat and mouse psycho-thriller Piercing. Pesce shares his ideas on adapting the book, evoking a mood in a minimalistic story and his influences both film and musically to Italian giallo movies. […]