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5 essential podcasts for horror fans

For podcasters everywhere, the surprise success of last year’s Serial was akin to getting asked to sit at the popular table. Finally, podcasts were given some much overdue love. In the process, Serial demonstrated the inherently addictive quality of the format. For horror fans especially, podcasts turned into a treasure trove of commentary related to the genre. From intimate storytelling to goretastic reviews to insightful commentary, podcasts offer horror fans a way to experience the genre in a new way.

Here are our choices for five of the best podcasts tackling all things macabre:

The Last Knock

As the brainchild of horror aficionados Billy Crash and Jonny Numb, listening to The Last Knock is akin to hanging out with your much cooler and much smarter older brothers. It’s brash, surprising, and endlessly entertaining. With an enthusiasm that is only rivaled by their near encyclopedic knowledge of the genre, this podcast covers everything from in depth discussion of current releases to close examinations of themes and tropes unique to horror.

Mandatory Listening: If Jaws (1975) didn’t make you afraid to go in the water, The Last Knock‘s look at Aqua Horror certainly will.

Faculty of Horror

For fans looking for in-depth analysis on the cultural impact of horror, the Faculty of Horror podcast is hard to beat. Alexandra West and Andrea Subissati are lively, knowledgeable hosts with a knack for taking convoluted academic theory and making it relatable. Covering topics ranging from piranhas to matriarchy, discussions are an endlessly enjoyable blend of book smarts and fan enthusiasm for the genre. And for those who haven’t quite had their fill of the macabre topics being covered, there is a list of required reading that even the casual horror fan will appreciate.

Mandatory Listening: Episode 11: Family Dinner takes a deep dive into the world of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) and explores why Leatherface still resonates with audiences.

Killer POV

It’s little surprise that GeekNation offers, in the form of Killer POV, one of the most well rounded podcasts out there. Its trio of hosts (Rob Galluzzo, Rebekah McKendry and Elric Kane) possesses a wealth of horror street cred and an appealing chemistry that seriously ups the fun factor of each episode. Unlike other podcasts, Killer POV is a unique blend of fan and industry news that appeals to hardcore and casual horror fans alike. It’s irreverent sense of humor and insiders take on the latest news makes it one not to miss.

Mandatory Listening: Episode 90: Talking Scream Queens attempts to parse out what exactly the difference is between a “Final Girl” and a “Scream Queen.”

Trick or Treat Radio

Easily the most explicit of the podcasts listed, Trick or Treat Radio is a unique listening experience that is reminiscent of early Howard Stern. Hosted by Electro-Shock greats The Deadites, the show never sounds scripted and is especially appealing for listeners looking for something that veers away from the expected. Looking at horror in all its forms (film, television, comics), the show incorporates a traditional radio sensibility that underscores often colorful commentary and is especially accessible to casual fans of horror.

Mandatory Listening: Episode 141: Sexually Transmitted Tentacles is a prime example of the show’s ability to jump from topic (It Follows review) to topic (Arkham Film Society) without missing a beat.


If horror fiction is your jam, look no further than Pseudopod, a podcast specializing in short story horror. Coming with an advisory warning that listeners should take seriously, the show covers stories that do not shy away from difficult topics. With a roving cast of hosts, the show is able to match the right narrator to the story and the end result is often an irresistible blend of intimate storytelling. The stories highlighted are varied and can range from gothic tales centered on ghosts to character studies steeped in perversion. But the end result is always a well-crafted journey into themes that will appeal to fans of the written horror.

Mandatory Listening: Episode 415: Night’s Foul Bird is a harrowing story that will make you rethink what it is you believe to be true about vampires (hint: they aren’t sparkly).

That’s our roundup of the very best in horror podcasting. Let us know in the comments if we missed any podcasts worth a listen!

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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