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 Faculty of Horror
Horror is a derided genre. Horror movies are seen as cheap, exploitative, and nasty. The misconception is that they are not the thinking person’s movies, that they have no merit in the broader conversation. They are constantly overlooked come award season and looked down upon.
The Faculty of Horror is a podcast that gives horror its due. Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West are both super smart horror scholars who, in each episode, don’t just talk about what they liked/disliked about a horror movie, they actually get into it. They do the research and they read the articles and they know the theory. They will break down why a movie is what it is and what it says about the world at large. Their episode about Hellraiser and Hellraiser 2 is a great example. The Hellraiser movies are sometimes overlooked as cheap and nasty slasher movies. The Faculty dispute that and get into the whys and wherefores of these fantastic movies looking at ideas of theology in horror and the nature of heroism. They break it all down and show their work. Do you like horror and want to get smarter? Then you need to get your ass to class.
Where to Begin: I began with the Hellraiser episodes as they are movies I adore, and I would advise doing the same. Once you’ve got a taste and you love it, then you can go back and start from the start.
Non-Horror Movie Podcast of the Week
True crime is where it is at. Serial didn’t invent the genre of true crime podcast but it definitely opened the door wider. There are a variety of true crime podcasts available (see Sword and Scale, a former podcast of the week), and some are better than others. Some focus on weird crimes, others on small town crime, and Unsolved Murders focuses upon those murders that have no answers. They are talking about those murderers who killed and vanished, never to be caught and punished.
The show is hosted by Carter Roy and Wenndy Mackenzie and features wonderful music and gory sound effects, along with dramatisations of the crimes. It is oddly fun to listen to even though they’re describing unspeakable horrors. The chemistry between the hosts and the way they bat questions back and forth draws you in and the pace in which the episodes move through the stories keeps you fascinated throughout. As ‘fun’ as it is, I wouldn’t advise listening to this one at night by yourself.
Where to Begin: The first arc about the Axeman of New Orleans is masterful so start right there.