Classic Horrors Club Podcast Episode 2 – The Day of the Triffids

dot-1The second episode of the Classic Horrors Club Podcast is now live and in living color! This month on episode 2, Jeff and I take a look at all things Triffid. We discuss the original 1951 novel, the first BBC Radio broadcast in 1957, and the 1962 movie with Howard Keel, as well as the 1981 and 2009 miniseries. Check out the links below and get ready to learn all you need to know about The Day of the Triffids!

The Classic Horrors Club Podcast is part of the Phantom Podcast Network, which you can subscribe to on iTunes, or through Soundcloud. Jeff has been hard at work on the audio, so let us know what you think!

Monster Kid Radio – Carnival of Souls (1962)


carnival-of-souls-1962This week on episode 302 of the Rondo Award Winning Monster Kid Radio podcast, Mr. Derek M. Koch and I sit down to discuss the classic Carnival of Souls (1962)! This classic is now available on a new Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection and it looks amazing. Grab a cold beverage and a snack, fire up your audio listening device of choice and join us for a great conversation!

Classic Horrors Club Podcast Episode 1 – King Kong (1976)


classic-horrors-clubMonster kids unite! Allow me to introduce The Classic Horrors Club Podcast! Jeff Owens, from the Classic Horrors Club website, and Monster Movie Kid love all things horror and monsters. We both live in the Kansas City metro area and whenever we get together, we talk movies for hours. So we decided to stick a couple of microphones in front of us to see what would happen. And this is the result.

Now, let’s get out some honest disclaimers. Jeff is the technical wizard and learning all about editing. So, you’ll find that the audio quality sounds like we’re in a dungeon (which is kind of a cool 1960s AM radio effect). That will be improved in future episodes. We’re also open to feedback and want to hear from you on how we can improve. We’re looking at setting up a website and Facebook page in the future but for now, reach out to us on Facebook or through our respective websites. We also would like to hear what you want us to talk about in the future.

king-kong-1976Our goal is to provide something a little different and not step on any other podcast toes. I’ll continue to be heard on the Dread Media podcast and I have future episodes planned for Monster Kid Radio. Derek and Desmond produce fantastic shows, so Jeff and I want to add to the community, not take away from them or other shows, such as the B Movie Cast.

In this first episode, we’ll be talking about King Kong (1976) as it celebrates its’ 40th anniversary. There is some comparison to the other versions and sequels, as well as some financial facts and what the cinematic landscape looked like in 1976. Watch the trailer on YouTube and get yourself ready for…Kong!

The Classic Horrors Club Podcast is part of Downright Creepy and the Phantom Podcast Network. You can listen to it on iTunes and Soundcloud.

2016 – A Year in Review


revenantJust like that, 2016 is done! Personally, I’m not sad to see it end as I’m excited to see a brighter 2017. However, as I reflect on the films I watched in 2016, it was a year in which I saw a lot of great flicks…and a few not-so-much. I also enjoyed seeing a lot of older films on the big screen, several in 35mm! There was the annual Kansas Silent Film Festival, numerous Cinema a-Go-Go events and I finally made it to watch several Alamo Drafthouse screenings in downtown Kansas City. And let’s not forget attending my first Christopher R. Mihm world premiere!

Let’s get things started with some statistics.


hohwAction: 18
Animated: 7
Comedy: 21
Documentary: 7
Drama: 15
Fantasy/Horror/Sci-Fi: 135
Mystery/Thriller: 11
War/Western: 3

Total films watched: 217 (down from last year’s 240 but up a few from 212 in 2014)

Movies Watched in a Movie Theater: 55 (40 new and 15 old; the most since I started keeping track in 2009)

And now, for the official best-of-the-best and worst-of-the-worst. As with any list, they’re subjective to my viewing experience and mood at the time. That’s the extent of how much influence science and film theories play into these lists. Enjoy them and maybe you can get a few suggestions along the way.

sbbTop Ten Movies Seen in a Movie Theater

  1. The Revenant
  2. Deadpool
  3. Captain America: Civil War
  4. Hell or High Water
  5. Hacksaw Ridge
  6. Doctor Strange
  7. Arrival
  8. The Magnificent Seven
  9. Star Trek Beyond
  10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
    Honorable Mention: The Conjuring 2

Worst Movies Seen in a Movie Theater

  1. Blair Witch
  2. Independence Day: Resurgence

mr-holmesTop Ten Movies Seen on Home Media for the First Time

  1. Mr. Holmes (2015)
  2. Ex Machina (2015)
  3. The Witch (2016)
  4. Bone Tomahawk (2015)
  5. The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
  6. Captain Phillips (2013)
  7. The Golden Bat (1966)
  8. Chess Fever (1925)
  9. The Grim Game (1919)
  10. The Hallow (2015)



Worst Movies Seen on Home Media for the First Time

  1. Too All a Good Night (1980)
  2. Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (1972)
  3. Face of the Screaming Werewolf (1964)
  4. Gamera: Super Monster (1980)
  5. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966)

Dread Media – Don’t Open Till Christmas (1984)


dont-open-til-christmasChristmas may be over and the holiday season starting to wind down, but there’s still a little fire in the yule log. This week on Dread Media in episode 487, I take a look at Don’t Open Till Christmas (1984). I think it’s safe now to check out the trailer on YouTube or add the DVD to your collection. Definitely worth checking out to see a different take on the Santa slasher theme.

Countdown to Christmas – A Christmas Carol (1975)


radioEvery year, I manage to watch and listen to several different versions of the classic Charles Dickens tale of Scrooge. A Christmas Carol always makes my Christmas season complete. For film, my personal favorite is the 1951 version starring Alastair Sim. For radio adaptations, it doesn’t get any better than the 1939 Campbell Playhouse version featuring Lionel Barrymore and Orson Welles.

However, I also love to stir things up every year by throwing in some other versions. This year, for my old time radio choice, I returned to a slightly more modern one from 1975. In 1974, Inner Sanctum Mysteries producer Himan Brown brought radio plays back to fashion with the CBS Radio Mystery Theater. For the next eight years, he offered up an astounding 1,399 episodes every weeknight. E.G. Marshall was our host of the macabre from the first episode in 1974 to 1982, when he was replaced by Tammy Grimes for the final season.

cbs-rmt-1In 1975, E.G. Marshall stepped away from the hosting duties and into the tale itself when the CBS Radio Mystery Theater gave us their version of A Christmas Carol. Marshall turns in a wonderfully fun performance as Ebenezer Scrooge. While this doesn’t surpass my personal favorite from 1939, it ranks up there as one of the better radio adaptations, if not the second best, in my opinion.

From 1975 until 1981, it was a yearly tradition for the CBS Radio Mystery Theater. So why don’t you turn down the lights and invite Mr. Marshall in so he can share with you a ghostly Christmas tale. It’s available on YouTube for all to enjoy!

Merry Christmas from Monster Movie Kid! I hope your stockings are full of monster goodness and that there won’t be a stake of holly in your heart on Christmas morning!