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
A great movie podcast should leave you with a list of movies you need to see. A podcast previously showcased on this site, The Next Picture Show, is one of those. The hosts’ enthusiasm for cinema meant that the conversation couldn’t help but be peppered with recommendations and name drops for other movies the listener needed to watch.
Shock Waves is the same but focused primarily on horror movies. I listen to this podcast on my walk to work and when I do it doubles the trip length because every few seconds I have to stop and make a note in my phone of a new title I need to add to my watch list.
The passion and enthusiasm for the genre shown in every episode is infectious and the range of guests they have on ranges from horror legends (Larry Cohen and Bill Moseley) to new voices in the genre (The Soska Sisters and Jordan Peele).
A highlight is their big interview with Bill Moseley of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and The Devil’s Rejects fame. He’s one of those wonderful characters who has been around forever and has a razor sharp memory for names and stories. That episode is 90 minutes long and still feels too short.
Where to Begin: Find a horror creator they’ve interviewed that you love and dive in there.
Non Horror Movie Podcast of the Week
We all love scary stories. As children we share ghost stories and urban legends with our friends. As grown ups we watch horror movies and read grisly crime stories. The more real the stories are, or the more real they seem, make them much more terrifying, and when we told ghost stories as children we would always preface them with a sworn assertion that the story happened for real, maybe in the next town over or to a relative.
Lore is the long running series of these stories. Host Aaron Mahnke has put together stories about true crimes, urban legends, unusual places, and mysterious creatures. Each episode is only 25 to 30 minutes long and is wonderful in its simplicity. Each episode is just Mahnke talking over a light piano tune. He does not go out to places or interview people. He simply, in his clear, soft voice, tells you a story about something inexplicable.
The joy of Lore is in its varied content. There are episodes about the supernatural and superstition mixed with macabre and hideous true crime stories. Episodes about The Jersey Devil and Vampires sit next to the stories of H.H. Holmes and true accounts of cannibalism . Each one is chilling in its own way and each will leave a mark on you long after you’ve finished listening to them.
Where to Begin: Begin from the start or jump around, whatever you land on is going to give you a good scare.