Podcasts are awesome (especially From First to Last) and each week sees brand new, fantastic shows appearing, demanding to be fed into your ears. How do you decide what to listen to and what to ignore? Not to worry; Audiences Everywhere has you covered. Each week we’ll give our picks for the best podcasts you should be listening to about movies (and other things) so you don’t have to make any more hard podcast decisions ever again.
Horror Movie Podcast of the Week
The Girls in the Back Row
A pet peeve I have with a lot of movie podcasts is that they say they’re going to talk about a certain movie and then spend the first ten minutes gossiping and talking shite. If your podcast is an hour long then that first ten minutes is prime real estate, especially when a lot of people might be first time listeners and need to get hooked instantly.
That’s where The Girls in the Back Row shine. Hosts, Kate and Tab, get down to business straightaway. They open the podcast with brief movie news before offering a spoiler-free review of the movie they’re going to discuss. They then have a break where you should pause the podcast and go watch the movie if you haven’t seen it, and then they get into it. They pick out what works and fails in the movie, performances they liked, technical aspects they admired, and give an overall idea of what is great/rubbish about the movie they’ve chosen. Finally, they talk about what they’ve been reading, playing, and listening to in terms of other horror media. This final section is great and the reason why I now know that Vincent Price wrote a cookbook and why I ordered it.
It’s great to listen to a podcast that is fun and light, while also structured and disciplined. With The Girls in the Back Row you know what you’re going to get: a fascinating discussion, laughs, some awesome recommendations, and the expertise of two horror fans who love the genre and have made a fantastic podcast.
Where to Begin: Anywhere. Find a movie you like and dive in there.
Non-Horror Movie Podcast of the Week
Beyond the Blood
Yes, it’s another true crime podcast, and yes, I may have an obsession with the genre. Beyond the Blood is so addictive, though. A large part of that is Earthen Brown’s ruthless editing. He tells a big story in a short time and has cut down on pauses between sentences so the whole thing flows like a bullet train.
Earthen Brown is a police officer so he offers a very interesting lens on true crime. He’s not a hobbyist or someone who just finds this stuff interesting; he is the person who lives in these crimes and as a career tries to bring people to justice. The show is also not just local or small town crime. Episode 2 is all about the 2002 Moscow theatre hostage crisis, and Brown gives a thorough and detailed retelling of the events, showing the amount of research he has put into creating these episodes. His effort shines through and each episode is compulsive and fascinating listening.
The pace of the episodes is a great draw, too. As I said at the top, the episodes are edited in such a way that you daren’t let your mind wander for a second or it will pass right by you. The effect is that you are intently listening to everything and hanging on Brown’s every word as he draws you deeper and deeper into these terrible events.
Where to Begin: From the start, Beyond the Blood is a newer podcast so catch up now while there’s only a few episodes released.