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Friday the 13th Part III (1982) | Episode #76

Friday the 13th Part III (1982) | Episode #76

September 19, 2022

In this episode, hosts Katherine Troyer and Toni Tresca keep on camping as they discuss the 1982 horror slasher film Friday the 13th Part III.

Episode Highlights: We talk about how this particular entry in the franchise was disappointing as it was the exact same formula from the first two films...but somehow also worse than the first two films. We discuss the annoying Shelly (who reminded Katherine a lot of Franklin from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre). We think about the consequences of how this film seems less connected to the original story than the first two films. And we discuss the importance, culturally and narratively, of the character Debbie being pregnant and how that affects (or not) the ways we perceive the violence in this film. 

A Dose of Scholarship: We return, again, to Horror Homeroom's first special issue "Friday the 13th at 40" and we specifically reference Wickham Clayton's article "Killing the Sad Fat Guy and the Pregnant Lady: Uncomfortable Death in Friday the 13th Part III - 3D."

This podcast episode first aired on September 19, 2022.

We appreciate you Jackson O'Brien! Thanks for another great edit!

 

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Ash vs. Evil Dead (2015-2018) | Episode #75

Ash vs. Evil Dead (2015-2018) | Episode #75

August 30, 2022

In this exciting milestone of an episode (75 episodes...what!?!), hosts Katherine Troyer and Toni Tresca discuss not one, not two, but three seasons of the horror comedy TV show Ash vs. Evil Dead (2015-2018).   

Episode Highlights: We celebrate the awesomeness that is three seasons of watching Ash Williams fight off Deadites. We talk about each season of the show and what we felt were the seasons' respective strengths and weaknesses. We also examine the show's larger narrative arc and think about the exciting ways that the show expanded in terms of its mythos and worldbuilding. And while we, of course, discuss at great length Bruce Campbell and his fantastic performance as Ash, we also focus on one of the show's best aspects: its incredible supporting cast who bring to life interesting and diverse characters that manage to hold their own against Bruce Campbell/Ash Williams.

A Dose of Scholarship: In this episode we return to some of the scholarship we referenced in our episodes on other works in the Evil Dead franchise. (So go back and listen to those episodes!) In particular, we highly recommend checking out the edited collection of essays The Many Lives of The Evil Dead: Essays on the Cult Film Franchise, edited by Ron Riekki. 

This podcast episode first aired on August 30, 2022.

Thank you so much Jackson O'Brien for being a rockstar editor (and for saying you particularly liked this episode)!

 

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Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) | Episode #74

Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) | Episode #74

July 1, 2022

In this episode, hosts Katherine Troyer and Toni Tresca discuss a classic that is also a remake of a classic...the 1979 horror film Nosferatu the Vampyre (German title: Phantom der Nacht). 

Episode Highlights: We talk about the tone-setting (albeit odd) cold opening of the mummies and how, even if--as Toni proves--it is meaningful, Katherine kind of hated it. We explore the ways the film pays homage to as well as deviates from the 1922 film (and the original Dracula narrative), and how Herzog created a film that serves as both a powerful remake and a unique film in its own right. We look at the film's examination of the chaos of a plague/pandemic, the beautiful and haunting shots of rats and empty streets, and the characterization of Lucy. And Katherine suggests that this might be one of the gayest films ever...

A Dose of Scholarship: In this episode we referenced Lloyd Michael's essay "Nosferatu, or the Phantom of the Cinema" in the 1998 book Play It Again, Sam: Retakes on Remakes. We also mention S.S. Prawer's examination on Nosferatu published as part of the book series on BFI Modern Classics.

This podcast episode first aired on July 1, 2022.

Awesomeness, thy name is Jackson O'Brien--thank you Jackson for being our podcast editor!

 

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Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) | Episode #73

Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) | Episode #73

July 1, 2022

In this episode published one day after Monday the Thirteen, hosts Katherine Troyer and Toni Tresca continue their discussion of the beloved camp-filled and campy franchise by discussing the 1981 horror slasher film Friday the 13th Part 2.

Episode Highlights: We talk about how much we enjoyed this film's cold opening (perhaps the first cold opening we've liked!) and how this opening scene allowed us to further examine the idea of the Final Girl as a trauma survivor, particularly in light of Adrienne King's real-life stalker. We explore the ridiculousness that is the idea of camp (who gives children bows-and-arrows?) and how this film explores the ideas of camp in interesting ways by setting the narrative at a camp for camp counselors. And we discuss how we would have liked to have seen more of Muffin...perhaps as Jason's furry, evil sidekick. 

A Dose of Scholarship: Although we did not discuss any specific scholarship in this episode, we highly encourage you to check out Horror Homeroom's first special issue "Friday the 13th at 40"  if you are interested in digging deeper into this franchise.

This podcast episode first aired on June 14, 2022.

Greatest of thanks to our editor Jackson O'Brien!

 

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Nosferatu (1922) | Episode #72

Nosferatu (1922) | Episode #72

July 1, 2022

In this episode, hosts Katherine Troyer and Toni Tresca discuss a classic...the 1922 silent horror film Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Grauens (Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror). 

Episode Highlights: We explore the magic of this film as we look at everything from the realism of the set to the fantastic make-up to the practical special effects. We examine the character of Orlock as a supporter of technology and discuss the differing views on whether he serves as an anti-Semitic metaphor. We look at some of the film's reception at the time of its release, including opinions that this film would deteriorate the intelligence of "the common man." And finally, we look at how this film offers us a foundation for all future vampire films.  

A Dose of Scholarship: In this episode we referenced the following books: Jörg Waltje's Blood Obsession: Vampires, Serial Murder, and the Popular Imagination; David J. Skal's 2004 Hollywood Gothic: The Tangled Web of Dracula from Novel to Stage to Screen; and Stacey Abbott's 2009 Celluloid Vampires: After Death in the Modern World.

This podcast episode first aired on May 31, 2022.

Greatest of thanks to our podcast editor Jackson O'Brien!

 

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“Thank God It’s Friday” by Ice Nine Kills | Song A with Mark Garrett (2022) | Eerie Extras

“Thank God It’s Friday” by Ice Nine Kills | Song A with Mark Garrett (2022) | Eerie Extras

June 4, 2022

In this incredibly special Eerie Extra, Such a Nightmare co-host Katherine Troyer sits down with Mark Garrett to discuss the music and the horror of Ice Nine Kill’s 2018 song “Thank God It’s Friday.” Join us as we break down and analyze this Friday the 13th-inspired song.

Mark is the vocalist of the band Kardashev and works as a metal voice coach. His YouTube channel for Kardavox Academy features reaction/analysis videos and interviews. 

Check out more about Mark, Kardashev, and the Kardavox Academy:

https://kardashev.bandcamp.com/album/liminal-rite
https://kardashevband.com/
https://www.metalblade.com/kardashev/

linktr.ee/kardavoxacademy

 

This episode was recorded on May 25, 2022; the episode aired on June 4, 2022.

 

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Friday the 13th (1980) | Episode #71

Friday the 13th (1980) | Episode #71

May 13, 2022

In this episode published on Friday May 13, 2022, hosts Katherine Troyer and Toni Tresca turn to a new franchise... That's right, we discuss the film that started it all: the 1980 horror slasher film Friday the 13th.

Episode Highlights: We talk about the great use of practical effects and the terrific music of this film. We examine how this film explores issues of gender--from its depiction of Alice as a final girl, to its surprising lack of gendered violence, to the consequence of having a slasher film where the final showdown is between two women. Looking at the film's location, we look at how Friday the 13th establishes itself within an existing conversation in American culture about the fear of the wilderness and what looks there. And we discuss whether or not this film should be classified as affirmative or disaffirmative. 

A Dose of Scholarship: We highly encourage you to check out Horror Homeroom's first special issue: "Friday the 13th at 40," which we reference in this episode. We also discussed James B. Weaver III's 1990 article "Are 'Slasher' Films Sexually Violent? A Content Analysis;" Hayley McCullough's 2019 article "Evaluating the Integrative Complexity of Main Characters in Horror Films;" and the 2015 article "Embodying the Moral Code? Thirty Years of Final Girls in Slasher Films" by Angela Weaver, Dana Menard, Christine Cabrera, and Angela Taylor.  

 

This podcast episode first aired on May 13, 2022.

Who is amazing? Jackson O'Brien: the editor of this podcast episode!

 

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5.10.22 Play-by-Plays | Bleeder Boards Monster MAYhem

5.10.22 Play-by-Plays | Bleeder Boards Monster MAYhem

May 11, 2022

This is an audio recounting of the battle play-by-plays that went live on May 10, 2022. The battles included are:

Merry Barrett vs. Angela Vidal (Final Girls Bracket)

Ash Williams vs. Needy Lesnicki (Final Girls Bracket)

Brady Hartsfield vs. Jack Torrance (Stephen King Bracket)

Happy Toyz Truck vs. Henry Bowers (Stephen King Bracket)

the ghosts vs. the strangers (Monster Crews Bracket)

Firefly family vs. Jupiter clan (Monster Crews Bracket)

piranhas vs. Judas' Breed cockroaches (Creatures of the Deep Bracket)

spiders vs. Gill-Man (Creatures of the Deep Bracket)

You can read these battle play-by-plays (and find links to all references resources) at bit.ly/3P53CP4.

You can also find more information about the resources mentioned at bit.ly/3ytO5m8

You can follow along in the official game bracket at bit.ly/3PaoOmD.

ALL LINKS  Twitter/Instagram: @NightmarePod1; YouTube: Such a NightmareEmail: suchanightmare.pod@gmail.com; Website: suchanightmare.com

Monster MAYhem is a public humanities project created and directed by Katherine A. Troyer, PhD. An incredible team of Trinity students, staff, and faculty; artists, horror creators and lovers, web designers, and social media gurus made this project possible. This work was supported by The Humanities Collective, The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Comparative Literature program, and the Communication department at Trinity University (in San Antonio, TX).

Credits for the music: BlueJay Studio — "Haunted House-No Ghost Version" — Provided by Jamendo 

5.9.22 Play-by-Plays | Bleeder Boards Monster MAYhem

5.9.22 Play-by-Plays | Bleeder Boards Monster MAYhem

May 10, 2022

This is an audio recounting of the battle play-by-plays that went live on May 9, 2022. The battles included are:

Pamela Vorhees vs. Laurie Strode (Final Girls Bracket)

Erin Harson vs. Sally Hardesty (Final Girls Bracket)

Pennywise vs. Billy Nolan (Stephen King Bracket)

Annie Wilkes vs. Mrs. Carmody (Stephen King Bracket)

the Armitage family vs. the Podowoski clan (Monster Crews Bracket)

Alaskan vampires vs. Sawyer family (Monster Crews Bracket)

merpeople vs. MaryBeth Louise Hutchinson (Creatures of the Deep Bracket)

parasytes vs. crawlers (Creatures of the Deep Bracket)

You can read these battle play-by-plays (and find links to all references resources) at bit.ly/3P53CP4.

You can also find more information about the resources mentioned at bit.ly/3ytO5m8

You can follow along in the official game bracket at bit.ly/3PaoOmD.

ALL LINKS  Twitter/Instagram: @NightmarePod1; YouTube: Such a NightmareEmail: suchanightmare.pod@gmail.com; Website: suchanightmare.com

Monster MAYhem is a public humanities project created and directed by Katherine A. Troyer, PhD. An incredible team of Trinity students, staff, and faculty; artists, horror creators and lovers, web designers, and social media gurus made this project possible. This work was supported by The Humanities Collective, The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Comparative Literature program, and the Communication department at Trinity University (in San Antonio, TX).

Credits for the music: BlueJay Studio — "Haunted House-No Ghost Version" — Provided by Jamendo 

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) | Episide #70

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) | Episide #70

May 9, 2022

In this episode, hosts Katherine Troyer and Toni Tresca discuss the 2014 American Persian-language horror/Western film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.

Episode Highlights: We examine how the film constructs the power of the Girl and turns the concept of monstrosity on its head by having the Girl embody many traditionally passive, feminine behaviors. We explore the ways that the film engages in spaces and identities that are liminal, hybrid, and at the margins. We talk about the background of and interviews with the director/writer Ana Lily Amirpour and how this film fits into a larger narrative about Iranian Diaspora. And we look at how the film uses the chader as both mask and cape, to create a narrative about women, hunger, and power.

A Dose of Scholarship: We look at the 2015 Electric Sheep interview with Ana Lily Amirpour; Jude Ellison S. Doyle's 2017 Medium piece on "Hunger: Female Directors and the Rise of Girl-Cannibal Horror;" Emily Edwards' article "Searching for a Room of One's Own: Rethinking the Iranian Diaspora in 'Persepolis,' 'Shahs of Sunset,' and "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night';" Zahra Khosroshahi's "Vampires, Jinn and the Magical in Iranian Horror Films" in Frames Cinema Journal; and Shadee Abdi and Bernadette Marie Calafell "Queer Utopias and a (Feminist) Iranian Vampire: A Critical Analysis of Resistive Monstrosity in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night."  

 

This podcast episode first aired on May 9, 2022.

This episode was edited by the one, the only Jackson O'Brien!

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