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Tackling all things horror with a slash of analysis and research, horror journalists and occasional academics Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West are your hosts for brain plumping discussions. Produced independently in Toronto Ontario The Faculty of Horror is your best source for classic and contemporary horror film discussions that will haunt the libraries of your mind.
||ExplicitEpisode 54. Undead Walking: Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Day of the Dead (1985)||Alex and Andrea go back to the zombie’s origins with George A. Romero’s original Dead trilogy. From their social roots in Haiti to their ties to the New Hollywood movement, these films make delicious brain food. REQUIRED READING Night o[...]||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 53. Boxed In: Cube (1997)||Andrea and Alex tackle the mysterious and ever changing narrative landscape of Vincenzo Natali’s Canadian cult film, Cube (1997). From workers rights to torture porn to prime numbers, they try to solve it all before they succumb to the film[...]||9/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 52. The Dark Side of Oz: Wolf Creek (2005) and The Loved Ones (2009)||Andrea and Alex head to a land down under, exploring a landscape which seems familiar but can change drastically when you head down the wrong back country road. From familial ties to an unforgiving Outback, Australia can provide a terrifying backdr[..||7/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 51. Mark of the Beast: American Werewolf in London (1981) and Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)||Andrea and Alex deep dive into humanity’s literal fear of wolves, metaphorical fear of the beast within and the differences between British and French werewolves. Hint: it’s not just the accent. Tickets for our first-ever live show in S[...]||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 50. Man Seeking Woman: Audition (1999)||Takashi Miike created one of the most infamous, beloved and decisive films when he made Audition: a story of people looking for love in all the wrong places that has influenced a generation of filmmakers and terrified audiences all over the world. [...||5/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 49. Achievement Unlocked: Resident Evil (2002) and Silent Hill (2006)||Andrea and Alex combine their powers and enter all the cheat codes to analyze two of the most iconic survival horror games that were re-imagined as movies. With a look at how narratives transition across mediums and the rise in popularity of video [.||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 48. Crime and Punishment: Rape and Revenge in I Spit On Your Grave (1978) and Elle (2016)||The discussion of rape and sexual violence has never been in our cultural conversation as much as it is now. In this episode, Andrea and Alex look at an exploitation classic and a contemporary award-winner to parse out how rape is depicted and how r[...||3/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 47. Caved In: The Descent (2005)||Andrea and Alex take a deep dive into Neil Marshall’s 2005 contemporary horror classic, examining the intersections of intimacy, adventure, trust and truth. Who will survive, what will be left of them and which ending will they go with? REQUI[...]||2/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 46. Don’t You Forget About Me: 2016 Year in Review||What were our favourite movies of 2016? What are your FAQs? And most importantly – is Alex or Andrea the better friend?? EXTRA CREDIT In Praise of Paul Feig’s Beautiful Male Idiot – Sam Adams article on Paul Feig’s cinemat[...]||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 45. Monsters Ball: Gremlins (1984)||‘Tis the season to be scary! Andrea and Alex unpack all the rules that come with Gizmo and the Mogwai and what they mean to small-town America at Christmastime. Don’t get your values wet or feed them after midnight! REQUIRED READING Gre[...]||12/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 44. If I Could Turn Back Time: The Night of the Hunter (1955) and The Innocents (1961)||Andrea and Alex examine two cult classic films which explore the notions of time, childhood and misplaced nostalgia. Both films explore history’s dark secrets and the frailty of humanity but do either of them offer a truly happy ending? REQUI[...]||11/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 43. Compendium of Fear: Creepshow (1982) and Trick ‘r Treat (2007)||The possibilities are endless when it comes to a good scare. The horror anthology is a rarity in the genre but when executed successfully they are beloved. Andrea and Alex do a deep dive into two infamous cult classics which deal in a variety of st[...||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 42. French Kiss: Calvaire (2004) and Martyrs (2008)||Diving into the depths of France and Belgium, Alex and Andrea examine the politics and borders of New French Extremity. Confronting the complex historical narrative that France has created for itself, all is not as it appears as these films bring th[...||9/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 41. Ghost Girls: Ghostbusters (2016)||After some spectacular “pre-lash” (preemptive backlash) from the online community, Paul Feig’s all-women Ghostbusters has finally hit the screens. Alex and Andrea take a break from their summer sabbaticals to reflect on their love[...]||8/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 40. ReVamp: Fright Night (1985) and The Lost Boys (1987)||In the 1980s, vampires left their castles and European hideaways for American suburbs and small towns. In this episode, Andrea and Alex examine what happens when the monster you fear is part of your community and discuss what is to be done when the[...||7/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 39. Alienation, Part 2: Alien 3 (1992) and Alien: Resurrection (1997)||The ’90s are alive in space with the sequels which have been derided and praised in equal measure. Drawing from the complex production histories of both movies, Andrea and Alex seek to understand the competing visions of the filmmakers and th[...]||6/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 38. Alienation, Part 1: Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986)||Catch Jonesie the cat and keep the work loader handy because Alex and Andrea are on an express elevator to LV-426 discussing feminism, mothering, special effects and the enduring influence of classic science fiction in the Alien franchise. Stay tun[..||5/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 37. Drawn Together: The Crow (1994) and 30 Days of Night (2007)||Hollywood is currently enamored with the comic book superheroes who have dominated the film landscape for the last several years. In this episode, Andrea and Alex go back to the earlier origins of graphic novel adaptations examining the cult follow[...||4/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 36. Mommy Dearest: The Babadook (2014) and Goodnight Mommy (2014)||Everyone’s got mother issues, right? This episode examines the perceived and manifested strains on maternal instinct once malevolent forces enter the picture. Alex and Andrea investigate where these forces come from and what they truly want. R[...]||3/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 35. Body Rippers: Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994)||Bust out your corsets and button up your pinafores because we’re going back to the 19th century… by way of the 1990s. In this episode, Alex and Andrea examine conflicting authorial intentions, monsters and their makers and what happens [...]||2/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 34. The Assessment III: Season of the Faculty||Andrea and Alex dive back into the virtual mailbag to reassess everything covered in 2015, from the highs to the lows and everything in between. EXTRA CREDIT Films of the New French Extremity: Visceral Horror and National Identity. Alex’s b[...]||1/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 33. All Work and No Play: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980)||Alex and Andrea take a tour of the Overlook Hotel examining Stanley Kubrick’s seminal film, the spectre of Stephen King’s book and the complexities of family life under the American dream. REQUIRED READING The Shining. Dir Stanley Kubr[...]||12/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 32. I Want Your Sex: David Cronenberg’s Shivers (1975)||Alex and Andrea are joined by Paul “Canuxploitation” Corupe to deconstruct the architecture and isolation of David Cronenberg’s first feature, SHIVERS, within the context of the Canadian film industry. So grab your favourite paras[...]||11/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 31. The Power of Christ Compels You: The Exorcist (1973)||Keep a crucifix close and put some pea soup on the stove because Alex and Andrea are confronting their demons to talk about The Exorcist and why the scariest things are sometimes the most personal. REQUIRED READING The Exorcist. Dir William Friedki[...||10/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFilmmaker Spotlight: Tal Zimerman & Why Horror?||Why do we watch horror movies? The aptly named documentary Why Horror? poses that very question to scholars, writers, artists, filmmakers and fans. The film follows comedian, horror journalist and our guest Tal Zimerman as he ventures around the w[...||10/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFilmmaker Spotlight. Dreamweaver: Wes Craven (1939-2015)||A mini-episode sharing our memories of Craven’s films and their impact. EXTRA CREDIT Never Sleep Again: The Nightmare on Elm Street Legacy (2010). The only Nightmare on Elm Street documentary you need to see. Post Mortem: the Mick Garris Inte[...]||10/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 30. Born to Run: Battle Royale (2000)||Andrea and Alex grab their randomly assigned weapons and try to survive the danger zones of Kinji Fukasaku’s turn of the millennium classic while discussing the film’s emphasis on generational divides and the construction of adolescen[...]||9/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 29. Jesus Wept: Hellraiser (1987) and Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)||Andrea and Alex open a puzzlebox to unpack the history, mythology and impact of Clive Barker’s iconic series. REQUIRED READING Hellraiser. Dir Clive Barker, 1987. Hellbound: Hellraiser II. Dir Tony Randel. 1988. EXTRA CREDIT The Hellbound He[...]||7/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 28. Horrorwood: The Haunting (1999) and World War Z (2013)||Blockbusters are as much a part of summer as sunburns and mosquitoes. In this episode, Andrea and Alex explore what it means when the billion dollar industry that is Hollywood casts its evil eye on the horror genre during their most profitable time[...||6/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 27. Bewitched: Witches in Film Part 2, with The Witchfinder General (1968), The Crucible (1996) and Inferno (1980)||We return to the theme of witches with an evil eye to look at them in a broader historical and social context. Who was a witch? Who was a bitch? Who actually deserved what they got? REQUIRED READING The Witchfinder General. Dir Michael Reeves. 1968.[..||5/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 26. Mother Lover: Matriarchy in The Wicker Man (1973 & 2006) and Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)||Andrea and Alex talk about sisters doing it for themselves as women run communities, islands and families with sinister intentions. Are they better, worse or the same as communities run by men? Have they developed an immunity to bee stings and Bloo[...||4/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 25. I Thought There’d Be Stars: The Cabin in the Woods (2012)||Andrea and Alex return to the outskirts of civilization with Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods. Looking at archetypes, genre tropes and the limits of humanity, the Faculty ponders the fate of horror and if it should surviv[...]||3/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 24. Kill is Kiss: Pontypool (2008)||Up is down, left is right and black is white in this month’s episode. Tackling the Canadian winter horror film Pontypool, Andrea and Alex talk about national identity, broadcast journalism and how the stories we tell should stop making sense.[...]||2/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFilmmaker Spotlight: Ashlea Wessel||Andrea and Alex talk to emerging filmmaker Ashlea Wessel about her new body-horror/creature feature “Ink”. The ladies talk filmmaking styles, assembling a crew and horror influences. She also created this amazing photo of The Faculty of[...]||2/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 23. The Assessment Part 2: The Revenge||Andrea and Alex venture once more into the breach and tackle the questions and comments received over the last year. They also look back on a year’s worth of topics and reassess their own opinions. EXTRA CREDIT The 8-bit Lakeside Lunatic by a[...]||1/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 22. You Better Watch Out: Santa Claus Comes to Town in Saint (2010) and Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)||Andrea and Alex get in the holiday spirit by exploring the myths, legends and traditions that surround one of the most beloved and iconic figures in North America, Santa Claus. In both Saint and Rare Exports, our notions of Santa are turned on thei[...||12/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 21. What To Expect When You’re Expecting: Rosemary’s Baby (1968)||Don’t drink the herbal remedy, don’t eat the mousse because Andrea and Alex are back to talk about Roman Polanski’s 1968 film, Rosemary’s Baby. By looking at filmic techniques, societal changes and our relationship with evil[...]||11/26/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 20. “It’s Very Hard To Get Lost In America These Days”: The Blair Witch Project (1999)||Andrea and Alex take a wrong turn down the horrored halls and discuss Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick’s groundbreaking film, The Blair Witch Project. By looking at the created mythology, unstable narrative and audience reaction they hope to [...]||10/27/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 19. Devoured: Eating Disorders in Black Swan (2010) and Drag Me To Hell (2009)||Alex and Andrea explore the history, treatment and perception of eating disorders through Darren Aronofsky’s Oscar winning film Black Swan and Sam Raimi’s return to the horror genre, Drag Me To Hell. REQUIRED READING Black Swan. Dir Dar[...]||9/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 18. Camp Blood: Friday the 13th (1980) and Sleepaway Camp (1983)||Pack your bag, say goodbye to Mom and Dad because it’s camp time. The annual tradition of camping has come to the Faculty of Horror and Andrea and Alex set off into the wilds to talk about nature, madmen/women and the politics of adolescence.[...]||8/7/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 17. Blood in the Water: Jaws (1975) and Piranha (1978)||Alex and Andrea take the biggest boat they can find and go into the deep as summer dawns once again. Their bait is the examination of nature as vengeance, the strong hold of Americana and the new masculine hero. Hopefully they’ll be home in t[...]||6/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 16. Toil and Trouble: Witches in Film||Join Alex and Andrea as they call the corners and delve into the world of witchcraft. By examining The Craft (1996), Antichrist (2009) and The Lords of Salem (2013) the role of the witch as protagonist/antagonist will emerge and will reveal that t[..||5/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 15. Life, Death and the Tall Man: Phantasm and Phantasm II||Andrea and Alex dig up the bodies they have been burying around the city and discuss the business of death, dream logic, and some beloved character’s journeys through Don Coscarelli’s first two films in the Phantasm universe. REQUIRED [...]||4/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14. Join Us: The Evil Dead & Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn||Alex and Andrea pack up their problems and head to a remote cabin in the woods to learn what lurks deep inside every man which leads to bloodshed and dismemberment. Hopefully, by utilizing hero and mythical analysis they’ll be able to get the[...]||3/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13. Til Death Do Us Part: Monster Brides||With Valentine’s Day upon us again, Alex and Andrea examine the mates of classic monsters. What is their role? How big is their ring? And will it last past the wedding night? REQUIRED READING The Bride of Frankenstein. Dir. James Whale. 1935.[...]||2/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 12. The Assessment||In their twelfth episode Andrea and Alex sift through assorted feedback culled from emails, comments and social media. They dare to tackle the dark and tortuous questions from a year of horror podcasting such as, who are you? Why are you here? Are[...||1/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 11. Family Dinner: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)||It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so Andrea and Alex take a bite out of Tobe Hooper’s horror classic and all the film and cultural theory that goes with it because the family that eats together, stays together. REQUIRED READING [...]||12/22/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10. Girl, You’ll be a Woman Soon||It’s that time of the month! In this episode, Alex and Andrea get a visit from their Aunt Flo to talk about the most natural of all curses: womanhood. Listen as they bleed poetic about Ginger Snaps and Carrie. REQUIRED READING Carrie. Dir. Br[...]||11/25/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9. Child’s Play: Children in Horror Films||Alex and Andrea regress back to childhood to discuss children in scary situations. From the good, the bad and the adorable, they tackle notions of class, purity and what happens to the kids who get picked last for Stick Ball. REQUIRED READING The B[...||10/21/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 8. A Friend of a Friend: Urban Legends in Film||In this episode Andrea and Alex dig up the stories from our past that we just can’t seem to quit. Why do they keep reappearing, who’s responsible and what’s that scratching noise? REQUIRED READING Candyman. Dir. Clive Barker. 1992[...]||9/9/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7. Chianti You Hear the Lambs?||In this episode the ladies tackle genre, identity and snack food structures in Jonathan Demme’s classic 1992 film Silence of the Lambs. Listen for their screams… REQUIRED READING Manhunter. Dir. Michael Mann. 1986. [DVD] [Blu-Ray] The S[...]||7/20/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6. One Ring to Rule Them All: Ring (1998) and The Ring (2002)||Alex and Andrea watch a cursed tape. Well, two cursed tapes. Well, a movie about a cursed tape and a remake of that movie. In this episode we’re talking about Hideo Nakata’s Ring (1998) and the Gore Verbinski The Ring (2002) and how cha[...]||6/8/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5. “I Slay Therefore I Am” – The Buffyverse 1997-2003||Join Alex and Andrea along with special guest Stuart “Feedback” Andrews (host of the Rue Morgue Podcast and Cinephobia Radio) as they tackle Joss Whedon’s seminal television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. By delving into some of[...]||5/18/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4. Do you like scary movies?||In this episode, Andrea, Alex and friends tackle the age-old question, which horror films scare you the most? Using different analytical frameworks we discuss a variety of scary films and scenes while grappling with our own traumas. EXTRA CREDIT Th[...||4/6/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3: Jennifer’s Body (2009)||In this episode, Alex and Andrea aim their smart-bombs squarely at Diablo Cody’s Jennifer’s Body and how there’s much more to the film than meets the eye. REQUIRED READING Jennifer’s Body. Dir. Karyn Kusama. 2009. [DVD] [Blu[...]||3/6/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2. Valentine’s Day: Fatal Attraction (1987) vs Fear (1996)||To celebrate the world’s most meaningless holiday, Andrea and Alex take a look at Fear and Fatal Attraction in a celebration of love- the kind that takes a lot to die. REQUIRED READING Fatal Attraction. Dir. Adrian Lyne. 1987. [DVD] [Blu-Ray][...]||2/9/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 1. Halloween (1978) Vs Black Christmas (1974)||Join horror journalists and occasional academics Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West as they discuss the seminal Canadian proto-slasher Black Christmas, as well as John Carpenter‘s immortal classic Halloween. REQUIRED READING Black Christmas.||12/31/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
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The Faculty of Horror is a blessed holiday away from the typical juvenile, populist, superficial, analysis of the Horror genre. If you're like me and you crave a higher education in Horror, and would enjoy being taken to school by two erudite, intellectual, soothing, feminine voices, then this is it my friends... look no further than The Faculty of Horror.
The two hosts are unique and very highly educated on the Horror related subjects they bring into the curriculum each month. Their scholarly perspectives are relatively rare among horror podcasts; their individual backgrounds, research, reasoned theories, and cited references, all contribute to a legitimately scholarly discussion.
The production quality of the show is quite good, containing short clips/excerpts/music cues related to the topic of discussion. The show is typically presented primarily as an off-the-cuff conversational style compare-and-contrast dialogue, complete with relevant and interesting digressions and entertaining personal anecdotes. The academic analysis and thematic tone of the shows are often augmented by comedic vignettes acted out by the two hosts. The editing and dramatic flair, results in excellently paced and thoroughly engrossing episodes.
I really enjoy this fantastic podcast!
My Favourite Podcast!
I absolutely love this podcast! I love the horror genre and the way these two hosts dive into deep conversions about the movies/topics is addictive! The hosts are amazing and have a great chemistry which is funny and informative. I look forward to every episode!!
Outstanding and incredibly insightful!
I've been listening to this since day one. While it was always good it's been really great to see this grow into what it is today. They dig into films that I've seen several times and always manage to find something new about them. Even a film like Paranormal Activity 3 was recently turned inside out. They yanked an entirely new, important aspect out of what I always felt was just a McGhost flick.
The format is really dynamic and super excited to see what these gals do next! This is currently my favourite podcast!