Podcast Review: The Evolution of Horror

Style: Discussion - Film Analysis

Average Episode Length: 1 hr 30 min

With Halloween just around the corner, I thought it fitting to write a review on a niche podcast about horror films. Over the last decade, I have grown very fond of the horror film genre... all thanks to my husband, Chris. He's turned me into a full-blown horror fan. A few weekends ago, Chris and I attended the Telluride Horror Show - one of the premiere horror film festivals in the United States. On our 8 hour drive home, Chris introduced me to The Evolution of Horror Podcast hosted by film journalist and horror film guru, Mike Muncer. The Evolution of Horror is a weekly movie discussion podcast that covers the history of horror, one sub-genre at a time. What's a sub-genre you might ask? A sub-genre is a piece of work more narrowly defined, but its elements still fall within the larger genre. Some common horror sub-genres are folk horror, holiday horror, found footage, and slasher, to name a few.

During each episode, Mike and a different guest co-host (usually a film critic, filmmaker, or just an expert in the horror genre) dissect a horror film and look at it's impact and legacy on cinema history. Clips from the films that are being discussed are woven into the episode which helps "set the scene" and further aids in the understanding of the points that are being made by the hosts. Be warned, the episodes are typically rife with spoilers so don't listen to an episode unless you've seen the film they're analyzing. Mike and his guest co-host are SUPER thorough in their analysis. The episodes are on the lengthy side which is always great for road trips or long, solo walks in the woods at night (muahahahaha).

A few of my favorite episodes:

  • Mind & Body Pt 18: The Silence of the Lambs (1991) & Se7en (1995) - I only listened to the Silence of the Lambs portion of this episode. Find out why they think Hannibal, played by Anthony Hopkins, is the scariest horror movie villain. I have to agree!

  • Occult Pt 12: Suspiria (1977) & Inferno (1980) - I only listened to the Suspiria portion of the episode, but wow, that was a wild ride! I literally laughed out loud a few times during this episode.

  • 10. FOLK Pt 10: The Blair Witch Project (1999) - Such a fascinating discussion on this found footage gem of a film. The hosts talk about why we care so much about the characters in this film and why that connection makes this film so effective.

The Evolution of Horror is a great listen for fans of the horror genre. Even if you say you don't love horror, I bet you'll find you are wrong. There's some movie out there that you like that's technically a horror, and chances are Mike has dissected it in his brilliant podcast. Give this pod a listen for the insight, film history, and great discussion. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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