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They were your childhood friends. You played with them every day. You told them all your secrets. And while you grew up, they stayed the same. And when you left home, they...waited. This Halloween, join Jess and Philippa as they look into two of the most famous dolls to haunt your nightmares. Sources: Brittle, G. (1981) The Demonologist: The Extrao…
 
Special episode this week we have our first guest. Meg is on vacation in the wild west, so Brian and Steve are joined by Pittsburgh based author and werewolf expert Brandon Getz. They appropriately talk about Jim Cummings' The Wolf of Snow Hollow. Spoilers for this movie which you should absolutely watch first and spoilers for Jim's character in Ha…
 
Recorded less than 24 hrs after watching David Gordon Green's second of three Halloween films, Brian, Meg and Steve tackle Halloween Kills. Is it more Empire Strikes Back or Attack of the Clones? Is it more splatter than substance? Find out how it compares and expands upon the 2018 film, what could be improved, the tap selection at Mick's and more.…
 
Meg reclaimed the belt and has shown leniency on Brian and Steve by not making them watch something terrible. Instead, Meg has chosen to watch Peter Jackson's first feature film Bad Taste. Before hobbits roamed the hills of New Zealand, they were full of Dereks and aliens. Join these three mutant as they take trip down memory lane with the precurso…
 
*** SOME Podcast platforms don't appreciate a 3 and half hour podcast, so we've broken down the episode into two parts for easier distribution and consumption *** It's time! For you main event of the autumn! It's the John Carpenter October Halloween is Forever showdown Village of the Damned (1995) vs Ghosts of Mars (2001) vs The Ward (2010) This mo…
 
*** SOME Podcast platforms don't appreciate a 3 and half hour podcast, so we've broken down the episode into two parts for easier distribution and consumption ***It's time! For you main event of the autumn! It's the John Carpenter October Halloween is Forever showdown Village of the Damned (1995) vs Ghosts of Mars (2001) vs The Ward (2010) This mon…
 
It's time! For you main event of the autumn! It's the John Carpenter October Halloween is Forever showdown Village of the Damned (1995) vs Ghosts of Mars (2001) vs The Ward (2010) This month's bout is a special Roulette Ruckus Rumble where all three films were chosen at random. With Steve as champion, is he able to defend his total dark horse of a …
 
This week Brian, Meg and Steve all watched different amounts of Mike Flanagan's Midnight Mass and provide their SPOILER heavy thoughts. What happens when religious zealots and living in a dying community aren't the most sucky things in life? This episode you'll also learn what Cheetos Bag o' Bones piece is best, film school 101, and Christian doctr…
 
Spooky Szn has come to your little podcast, sheriff. If you haven't picked out your costume yet, let Brian, Meg, and Steve assist you. They take a trip down memory lane recalling some of their favorite costumes from childhood and (wo)man-childhood. Everything from Power Rangers to princesses to G.I. Joe. It's the 90s again on this week's show. Find…
 
Nothing good this way comes as Steve serves up some real Coffin Fodder in the form of Cradle of Fear, directed by Alex Chandon, "starring" Cradle of Filth frontman Dani Filth. Hell Awaits Brian and Meg as they're forced to sit through this Tortured Soul Asylum of a film. Ravaged both by time and incompetence, it's rare to find a film with so few re…
 
September is here (aka Halloween Eve), which means it's time for another Showdown. This month it's all about the stabbys as it's Modern SlashersManiac (2012) vs The Town That Dreaded Sundown (2014) vs Hush (2016)Are we on the precipice of Brian preening his prized possession in a threepeat? Or do his arguments fall on deaf ears? Can Meg muster movi…
 
Brian, Meg, and Steve are headed to the theater for their first movie in over a year. Their first movie back? The Jordan Peele produced, Nia Dacosta vision of Candyman. Heavy SPOILERS for both the new film and the 1992 Tony Todd, Bernard Shaw film. They discuss the social weight of both films and the power of legend. Find out how the new film stack…
 
This week Brian, Meg, and Steve tackle the world of animatronic entertainment dining (dying) experiences. Does Nic Cage's new nostalgia nightmare have them making King Bings in their shorts? Or do they say Knighty Knight to a knock off Five Nights at Freddie's? There's debate whether Cage is a robot or an alien, and there's questions about his char…
 
Monday the 16th is the offbrand version of Friday the 13th, the same way fan films are the offbrand version of professional films. In honor of Brian's birthday, they all watched a few Friday the 13th fan films including Never Hike Alone, Never Hike in the Snow, and the brand new Jason Rising produced by Womp Stomp Films. They get into what works an…
 
This week we look at the greatest mountaineer, poet, chessmaster, spy, and wizard of all time: Aleister Crowley. Join Jess and Philippa as they look into his humble beginnings from a cupboard under the stairs (sort of kind of not really), his initiation into the Golden Dawn, and his role in the most epic wizard battle to ever shake the streets of L…
 
Don't go around tonight, Well, it's bound to take your life, There's a Full Moon on the rise. Brian unleashes the first of what is assuredly many films from the Charles Band collection on Meg and Steve in the form of Head of the Family. But first they announce the possible categories for September's Showdown. Follow us on social media to let us kno…
 
Hey Spoopers, it's time for the August Showdown! A Triple Threat for TV Terror Triumphancy: Brooklyn Nine-Nine "Halloween II" (S02E04; 2014) vs Family Matters "Stevil" (S08E07; 1996) vs Community "Epidemiology" (S02E06; 2010) Don't change that channel, because we're about to settle who has the best episode of Halloween TV out there. Is Brian's hope…
 
A Supersized Minisode jampacked with more horror goodies than a Halloween bag from the nice neighborhood. First we announce the Halloween Sitcom Episodes we'll be featuring in next month's showdown. Then, Brian survived the wind, the rain, and the sun to bring us tales from the mutant mecca mega-event known as Joe Bob's Drive-In Jamboree, hosted by…
 
Join Jess and Philippa for a quintessential Awful Forever episode. Witches! Boats! Henry VIII! Murder most foul, and maybe a little murder most pleasant - if you're a king on the hunt for witches. Sources: https://www.britannica.com/story/acts-of-union-uniting-the-united-kingdom https://www.scotlandmag.com/james-vi-and-witch-trials/ https://www.his…
 
This week Brian, Meg, and Steve share their thoughts on the first two parts of the R. L. Stine adaptation trilogy. Is the legend of Sarah Fier the new Twilight? The true successor to Scream and Friday the 13th? Or is it the new Netflix property? Are the hosts so out of touch thinking horror movies don't need a classic pop needle drop every minute a…
 
Last week, Brian took home the championship in Religious Horror. That means this week Meg and Steve are subject to watch the film of his choosing. First Brian has a story from Living Dead Weekend 2021 and his run in with two masters of horror. Then he unleashes the Uninvited. A campy, ill-made tale of a GMO cat aboard an outlaw's yacht full coeds, …
 
If you're having trouble getting started with your week, Jess and Philippa are ready to help you get over those Monday morning blues by getting into the (fashion) details of Victorian mourning rituals. Wilde may have thought "Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months" but Victorian women could be confine…
 
This month's showdown is story of religion, the testing of one's faith, and the battle to throw off the shackles of religion. It's:A Field in England (2013) vs The Exorcist III (1990) vs Mother! (2017) Is the psychedelic trip through the 1600s too impenetrable to transmute British weirdness into gold? Can J-Law lay down the law as Mother Earth? Or …
 
As theaters re-open to the world, Brian, Meg and Steve take a trip down memory lane with their favorite theater memories. What horror icon did Steve have a chance to do some meatgazing on? Where do Meg and Brian get their Rocky Horror fix? Plus a simple guide to keeping it weird in Austin, both at the theater and in breweries. All this and more on …
 
The summer scaries continue with a trip to George A Romero's Amusement Park. The previously thought to be lost film stars Lincoln Maazel and a host of Pittsburgh area volunteers. Originally commissioned by a Lutheran church community program meant to bring awareness to ageism in society, the film was shelved for having too many yinzer accents, visa…
 
Sometimes you throw in your lot with rogues who convince you to board their ramshackle vessel and go die in the Arctic. Sure, you might perish in the frozen darkness - but what happened to the person who abandoned you there? Join Jess and Philippa as they see what Vilhjalmur Stefansson, leader of the doomed Karluk and the Canadian Arctic Expedition…
 
In our first minisode, we announce the voting choices for our next splatter showdown. Check out our social media to vote. Also the winner of Episode One exercises their Champion's Choice and makes everyone watch The Strange Thing About the Johnsons (2011; dir. Ari Aster) What may be a 30 minute birth control ad has everyone's skin crawling, but it'…
 
On the inaugural episode of Halloween Is Forever, Brian, Meg and Steve are headed to summer camp. They pit three camp slashers against each other in a showdown that can only be described as in-tents. It's:The Burning (1981) vs. Sleepaway Camp (1983) vs. Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight (2020) Will the tag team of Jason Alexander and Tom Savini ha…
 
Welcome to Halloween is Forever; A podcast hosted by three genre fans brought together by beer but bonded by horror. Every month, you the listener get to pick the topic of discussion. Then listen to Brian, Meg, and Steve defend their choices for best of bunch. Get to know your hosts as they explain their love for all things spooky and prepare you f…
 
What do you do when your graveyards are at capacity and everyone's simply dying to get in? Join Jess and Philippa as they confront burial reform in Victorian London and the corpse-ridden scandals that shook the city. Sources: Arnold, C. (2006) Necropolis: London and its Dead. London: Simon & Schuster. Jackson, L. (2014) Dirty Old London: The Victor…
 
It's a Monday and we're all feeling a little down. Sickly, even. But you can always join Jess and Philippa for a small pick-me-up and some sound advice about achieving a healthy glow that is literally radiant. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Awfulforeverpodcast)Philippa and Jess
 
Do you ever feel torn between an endless list of podcasts to listen to and that massive pile of books sitting there...judging you for not reading right now? Right. Now? Why not join Jess and Philippa instead, as they flip through the pages of anthropodermic bibliopegy - books bound in human leather. Sources Brooke-Hitching, E. (2020) The Madman's L…
 
Worry not, for Jess and Philippa will explain to you how to do the perfect crime. If you don't understand it maybe it's just because you're not smart enough; not like two white, wealthy, teenage boys from the 1920's, who were certainly smarter than everyone else, definitely able to flawlessly execute perfect crime. Sources: For the Thrill of It: Le…
 
It's that time of the week in which we discuss that time of the month. Join Jess and Philippa as they look at the mysteries of the medieval womb, and the monstrous ways in which women were misunderstood. Sources: Hartnell, J. (2019) Medieval Bodies: Life, Death and Art in the Middle Ages. London: Wellcome Collection. Miller, S. (2010) Medieval Mons…
 
Ever wished that you could be a royal? Who doesn'tt? Well, sign up to our three-step Rags to Royalty program, inspired by Madame de Maintenon, that will 100% absolutely take you to queenhood in no time. Sources: Françoise d’Aubigné, marquise de Maintenon (1635—1719) - John J. Conley – 9-(2021) https://iep.utm.edu/mainteno/ Madame de Maintenon – Lou…
 
Pocahontas. John Smith. The love. The colours. The wind. You've seen the movie. Now bear witness to the journal ramblings of the hero himself. John Smith, British explorer (2021) https://www.britannica.com/biography/John-Smith-British-explorer First Prison in Colonial Virginia (2017) http://www.virginiaplaces.org/government/firstprison.html Pocahon…
 
If there's one thing you've come to expect from our history podcast it's that we look at the very bluntest edge technology available. And where else to look other than the operating theatre? Join Jess and Philippa as they look at two surgeons: one, the paragon of his age just before the advent of anaesthesia; the other, a French surgeon who got up …
 
Artichokes! Church brawls! Bounties! Tennis matches to the death, fought beneath the cold gaze of the indifferent stars. Pimp knights. Join Jess and Philippa for one last look at the life of the walking catastrophe also known as Caravaggio. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Awfulforeverpodcast)…
 
We've looked at demonic possession in Demoniac and Double Demons, but how exactly does one get rid of them once they've invaded your home, made a mess, and insulted your mother-in-law? In this episode, Jess and Philippa look at some of the ways in which both Catholic and Protestant authorities have tried to politely suggest that it might be time fo…
 
Art! Betrayal! Stabbing! Also, what rhymes with testicle? Join Jess and Philippa as they continue with the Blood and Butter epic tale of one artist testing the limits of just how many people he can stab. Caravaggio can get away with murder...but what about a mean poem? Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Awfulforeverpodcast)…
 
We had one demon, yes. But what about second demons? Another turn of the screw, so to speak. In addition being possessed by paraphrase, Jess and Philippa are obsessed (possessed) by the case of June and Jennifer Gibbons. Join us as we look at this peculiar case that has so much in common with historical cases of alleged demonic possession. Support …
 
We've always known that Jess might not be quite right, and Philippa suspects that she might finally understand why. Join the demonic duo as they weigh up the pros and cons of possession, as well as two common modern explanations for this phenomenon. Sources: Almond, P. (2004) Demonic Possession and Exorcism in Early Modern England: Contemporary Tex…
 
We've covered the temptations of butter. But have you considered the essential eroticism of fruit? This week, Jess and Philippa talk about the early life of Caravaggio (aka the human dumpster fire) and his fetish for shoulders, lizards, and the fruits to be plucked in the Garden of Evil Instacart link: http://instacart.oloiyb.net/5Vqm3 Instacart - …
 
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown. Shakespeare was talking about a different Henry, but our favourite Tudor would have had a few reasons to keep up at night. After all, his servants needed time to throughly kiss his bed before his head could hit the pillow. Join Jess and Philippa as they look at poison prevention in the Renaissance period. Ev…
 
Join Jess and Philippa as they explore the importance of context in a sweeping history of 1500 years, in which empires rose and fell, towers were buttered, battles were fought, and people were excessively tortured - all in the name of some Middle Eastern Jewish guy. Also, it's about art, maybe? Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Awfulforever…
 
Strap in and hold onto your bottoms because this week we're going monster hunting. Join Jess and Philippa as they chat about the Whipping Toms and the London Monster: criminals with an unhealthy fixation on the female derrière. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Awfulforeverpodcast)Philippa and Jess
 
If you've ever gotten stuck with a nickname that made you want to burn down an entire kingdom just to abolish it from the face of the earth, then this episode may be for you. Join Jess the Incorrigible and Philippa the Long-Suffering as they look at some of history's rulers whose names reflected - or altered - the course of their rule. Support the …
 
CW: Graphic medical descriptions Philippa's back from her time abroad in the land of disease and she's got syphilis...facts. Join her and Jess for a sexy discussion about disease, eugenics, medical experiments, and blaming foreigners and minority groups for your problems. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Awfulforeverpodcast)…
 
Join Jess and Fauxlippa (Rosie Cowling) as she tell us about the wheelings and dealings of the the biggest fence in the U.S. The criminal, exciting kind, not the keeps-your-chickens-in kind. A massive criminal enterprise, a school to teach kids how to pick pocket. She was the best. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/Awfulforeverpodcast)…
 
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