Episode 54: A Tale of Two Houses – Hausu (1977) & House (1986)

This week we join forces to bring you a tale of two houses! Our movie choices go head to head with Tab’s pick Hausu vs. Jacob’s pick horror comedy cult classic House! Hausu (1977) “Constructing a House”, Criterion Collection making of featurette  “You’ll Never Watch the Weirdest Horror Film the Same Way Again” by...

Episode 52: GOJIRA! – Godzilla (1954) & Shin Godzilla (with Patreon Subscriber Chris!)

We talk the king of the monsters with MechaGodzilla Patreon subscriber Chris! OG Godzilla meets Shin Godzilla in a battle of epic proportions! Godzilla (1954) Commentary by film historian David Kalat, Criterion collection Akira Takarada interview, Criterion collection Haruo Nakajima interview, Criterion collection “The Unluckiest Dragon” with Greg Pflugfelder, Criterion collection “Godzilla: Why the...

Episode 50: Monster Kids – Monster House & Paranorman

Nurse your Halloween candy hangover with a lighthearted look at two movies aimed at children (with plenty of horror elements and references, of course!) Monster House (2006) Director’s commentary Paranorman (2012) Director’s commentary Making of featurette Music for Test Pattern is “Dance of Deception” by Kevin McLeod and is licensed under Creative Commons. For...

It’s the Test Pattern Halloween Special!

Happy Halloween, monster kids!  We talk about our favorite spooky animated shorts from Disney and beyond!    “The Mad Doctor” (1933) – Disney “The Cobweb Hotel” (1936) – Fleischer Studio   “Lonesome Ghosts” (1937) – Disney   “Donald and the Gorilla” (1944) – Disney   “Water, Water Every Hare” (1952) – Warner Brothers  ...

Bonus Episode #5: We Saw IT!

SPOILERS AHOY! We float down to the sewer with the S.S. Georgie as we share our feelings (and those of our listeners) on the new IT!   Test Pattern is originally broadcast on 103.5 FM WLSPLP Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, underwritten by the Bank of Sun Prairie. Music for Test Pattern is “Dance of Deception”...

Episode 42: Strange Infections – Clown & Contracted

We bear witness to two unique and disgusting transformations with Clown and Contracted!   Test Pattern is originally broadcast on 103.5 FM WLSPLP Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, underwritten by the Bank of Sun Prairie. Music for Test Pattern is “Dance of Deception” by Kevin McLeod and is licensed under Creative Commons. For more, go to...

Episode 41: We All Float Down Here – Part 1: IT (The Book)

We dive deep into a book that affected our childhoods … and our nightmares – IT by Stephen King.   Test Pattern is originally broadcast on 103.5 FM WLSPLP Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, underwritten by the Bank of Sun Prairie. Music for Test Pattern is “Dance of Deception” by Kevin McLeod and is licensed under...

Listener Awesomeness #1

Sometimes, you guys are TOO awesome to fit in the regular episode!  We have trivia answers, a couple of amazing emails, and Patreon thank yous packed into this bonus episode! Psst, there’s also an announcement about new Patreon bonus content and rewards starting at 48:18!

Episode 38: No One Can Hear You Scream – Event Horizon & Supernova

We launch into the vast unknown with two 90s horror films set in space – Event Horizon and Supernova!   Test Pattern is originally broadcast on 103.5 FM WLSPLP Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, underwritten by the Bank of Sun Prairie. Music for Test Pattern is “Dance of Deception” by Kevin McLeod and is licensed under Creative Commons. For more,...

Episode 37: Terror on the Road – The Hitcher (1986) & Death Proof

We’re on the highway to hell with the road horror classic The Hitcher and Death Proof, Quentin Tarantino’s love letter to road thrillers and Russ Meyer films! The Hitcher (1986) “Just the Two of Us: Robert Harmon’s The Hitcher” by Blake I. Collier, from Mockingbird The Dollop Episode 57: Eric Red   Death Proof...

Calling All British Horror Fans!

Hi guys! We’re getting ready to record our Censorship in Horror episode and the last third of the episode is covering the Video Nasties era.  I would love to get some personal stories from Brits who remember that time to include in the episode! You can: Leave your story as a comment on this...

Episode 31: Horror in Fantasy – Legend & Willow

We look at two examples of horror in fantasy – Legend (1985) & Willow (1988). Legend (1985) Willow (1988) Test Pattern is originally broadcast on 103.5 FM WLSPLP Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, underwritten by the Bank of Sun Prairie. Music for Test Pattern is “Dance of Deception” by Kevin McLeod and is licensed under Creative Commons....

Episode 27: Horror in Anime – Wicked City and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

Jacob curates an episode that’s all about horror in anime with Wicked City and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlines.   “Wicked City (1987)” by Jasper Sharp, from Midnight Eye: Visions of Japanese Cinema Wicked City commentary by Michael Toole Test Pattern is originally broadcast on 103.5 FM WLSPLP Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, underwritten by the Bank...

Episode 25: Tom Savini – Maniac & The Burning

We pay homage to the Sultan of Splatter, Tom Savini, with two of his earlier films – Maniac and The Burning! Tom Savini “Forward” by Tom Savini, from Horror 101: The A-List of Horror Films and Monster Movies Vol. 1 Interview, Fantastic Flesh documentary “Savini’s a Scream: Checking in with the Master of TerrorMania”...

Episode 24: All the Damn Vampires – The Lost Boys & Near Dark

We become creatures of the night and go back to 1987 – the year of the tragically hip vampire – with The Lost Boys and Near Dark. The Lost Boys (1987) “5 Things You Might Not Have Know About The Lost Boys on its 25th Anniversary” by Oliver Lyttleton, from IndieWire “9 Found Facts About...

Episode 22: Sasquatches – Abominable, Exists, & the Bigfoot Legend

We study the king of the cryptids!  We’re examining the legend of Bigfoot through “true” sightings and representations of the legendary monster in films like Abominable, Exists, and more! Bigfoot “Bigfoot“, from The Skeptic’s Dictionary “Had Slain His Thousand”, from Placerville Mountain Democrat “A Terror to Ranchmen. ‘Bigfoot,’ the Giant Grizzly, and His Costly Depredations”,...

Bonus Episode #2: MST3K

Tab fangirls out about MST3K … and Jacob humors her!   Test Pattern is originally broadcast on 103.5 FM WLSPLP Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, underwritten by the Bank of Sun Prairie. Music for Test Pattern is “Dance of Deception” by Kevin McLeod and is licensed under Creative Commons. For more, go to incompetech.com. Follow the...

Episode 21: Consume – The Stuff & They Live

We can’t get enough … of The Stuff and They Live in this episode about the horror of 80s consumerism! The Stuff (1985) “Why Larry Cohen’s The Stuff is a Work of Scruffy Genius” by Ryan Lambie from Den of Geek They Live (1988) “They Live (1988)” by David Kalat, from TCM Test Pattern...

Episode 20: Michael Mann – Manhunter & The Keep

In our first Godzilla-level Patreon curated episode, Ryan S. (@TheGiantBWithU) gives us a Hallowed Halls double feature of Michael Mann’s films! The Keep (1983) “In Defense of Michael Mann’s The Keep” by Chris Alexander, from ComingSoon.net “Movie of the Day: The Keep” by Joshua Miller, from CHUD.com “Shlock & Awe: The Keep” by Kyle...

Minisode #5: Kong: Skull Island

We nerd out about Kong: Skull Island and the Legendary Monsterverse! Test Pattern is originally broadcast on 103.5 FM WLSPLP Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, underwritten by the Bank of Sun Prairie. Music for Test Pattern is “Dance of Deception” by Kevin McLeod and is licensed under Creative Commons. For more, go to incompetech.com. Follow the...

Episode 18: Alfred Hitchcock – Shadow of a Doubt & Vertigo

For our first installment of Hallowed Halls, we look at the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock! Alfred Hitchcock Hitchcock on Hitchcock: Selected Writings and Interviews edited by Sidney Gottlieb Alfred Hitchcock: A Life of Darkness and Light by Patrick McGilligan “The Top 21 British Directors of All Time” from The Telegraph Shadow of a...

Episode 17: Separate Hells – Jesus Camp & Hell House

We look at two controversial documentaries – Jesus Camp and Hell House! “Innocence Lost or Regained? The Clear-Eyed Vision of Jesus Camp” by Alan Jacobson, from Bright Lights Film Journal “Sheep in Human Clothing – Scientist Reveal Our Flock Mentality” from University of Leeds “The Kids of Jesus Camp, 10 Years Later: ‘Was it...

Minisode #4: Unsolved Mysteries

Now that it’s on Amazon Prime, we get all nostalgic on you guys by reminiscing about “Unsolved Mysteries”! Unsolved Mysteries Official Site Official Unsolved Mysteries Twitter Test Pattern is originally broadcast on 103.5 FM WLSPLP Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, underwritten by the Bank of Sun Prairie. Music for Test Pattern is “Dance of Deception” by...

Episode 16: Frailty (For Bill)

In honor of Bill Paxton, we look at his star turn/directorial debut Frailty, as well as the crime spree that loosely inspired it. Frailty (2001) “The Day Bill Paxton Saw John F. Kennedy” by Robert Wilonsky, from The Dallas Observer “Joseph Kallinger: The Shoemaker” by Christopher Greenlief, Amanda Hall, and Jenna Hafey, from Radford University...

Episode 13: Kong Legacy – King Kong (1976 and 2005)

We complete our exploration of the legacy of Kong with the 1976 and 2005 remakes! King Kong (1976) “King Kong (1976)” by Keith Phipps, from The AV Club “Lorenzo Semple, Jr: The Screenwriter Fans Love to Hate – Part 2” by Steve Swires King Kong (2005) King Kong: The History of a Movie Icon – From Fay...

Episode 12: Kong Legacy – King Kong (1933)

We journey to Skull Island with the original 1933 RKO classic – KING KONG! King Kong (1933) “King Kong (1933)” by Jason Fraley, from The Film Spectrum Commentary by Ray Harryhausen and Ken Ralston, Special Edition King Kong Test Pattern is originally broadcast on 103.5 FM WLSPLP Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, underwritten by the Bank of...

Minisode #3: WiHM and Show Business

We talk about the Soska Sisters’ Women in Horror Month Blood Drive, our favorite films directed by female directors, and some cool new stuff for listeners! Women in Horror Month official site   Test Pattern is originally broadcast on 103.5 FM WLSPLP Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, underwritten by the Bank of Sun Prairie. Music for...

Episode 11: Wendigos – Ravenous & Other Stories

We get hungry for the Wendigo through the legend and the media it has inspired!  The Wendigo Legend “Be Wary of the Wendigo: A Terrifying Beast of Native American Legend with an Insatiable Hunger to Devour Mankind“, from Ancient Origins “Evil Spirit Made Man Eat Family” by Andrew Hanon, from Sun Media “Jack Fiddler – Wendigo...

Minisode #2: William Peter Blatty

We pay tribute to the author of The Exorcist! “Words of Wisdom: William Peter Blatty“, from the American Task Force for Lebanon “William Peter Blatty, Author of The Exorcist, Dies at 89” by Paul Vitello, from The New York Times “The Comedic Side of William Peter Blatty, the Author of The Exorcist” by Amisha...

Bonus Episode: Orca

In the wake of Tillikum’s death, we delve into Jacob’s greatest fear and the origin of that phobia – 1977’s Orca. Tilikum “Why Tilikum, SeaWorld’s Killer Orca, Was Infamous” by Brian Clark Howard, from National Geographic Test Pattern is originally broadcast on 103.5 FM WLSPLP Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, underwritten by the Bank of Sun...

Episode 7: Holiday Monsters

We explore the world of frightening Santa’s helpers! Santa Claus        Krampus Grýla “Some Icelandic Folklore Part I – Grýla“, from Iceland Chronicles Jólasveinarnir Jólakōtturinn “The Christmas Cat” by Haukur Magnusson, from The Reykjavik Grapevine Knecht Ruprecht “Krampus, Knecht Ruprecht, and Pelznickel: The Shady Characters of Christmas” by Dean Tweed, from Canada.com...

Episode 5: What’s This? – The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

We’re spending the latest Tales From the 90s episode in Christmas Town with The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) “The Original ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ Poem” from Mental Floss (video) “Nightmare Before Christmas Turns 20: From Shameful Spawn to Disney’s Pride” by Scott Mendelson, from Forbes “The Nightmare Before Christmas Making Of...

Episode 4: Cautionary Tales

We start with the dark history of fairy tales and then reach back into our childhood to explore the cautionary tales from our own childhoods. The Dark History of Fairy Tales “The REAL Stories Behind These Disney Movies Will Ruin Your Childhood” by Zoe Triska, from The Huffington Post Struwwelpeter (Slovenly Peter) “The Influence of...

Minisode #1: Kong: Skull Island Trailer

Jacob and Tab watch the Kong:Skull Island trailer! Watch the trailer! Test Pattern is originally broadcast on 103.5 FM WLSPLP Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, underwritten by the Bank of Sun Prairie. Music for Test Pattern is “Dance of Deception” by Kevin McLeod and is licensed under Creative Commons. For more, go to incompetech.com. Follow the...

Episode 0: Test Pattern Reborn!

  We go into our horror histories to explain our monster kid origin stories! Jacob: Cinema Throwdown (hosted with Annie) Released on Sunday nights at 9PM Central Twitter – @cinemathrowdown Facebook – facebook.com/cinemathrowdown Evangelion: A Commentary Released on Sunday Nights at 9PM Central Twitter and Instagram – @intheseaofdirac Facebook – facebook.com/intheseaofdirac Tab: The Girls...

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