Hello and welcome to our first episode on the Saw franchise. We delve into the surprising reasons why this film was so successful. How it was a built as a puzzle box. And why it both deserve and doesn’t deserve its reputation.
Hello and welcome! Today we are joined by Al to discuss 2022’s requel Scream. We get into the title convention, all the metafictional commentary, and gush over how much we love the central trio of actors. It’s a fun time.
Hello! On this special Halloween edition of Dead Times Tim and I are joined by April and Al to discuss yet another ’80s franchise with too many sequels. So many sequels! We get into how awesome Halloween is. What influenced it, and what was influenced by it. And how terrible we all felt when the pumpkin got smashed.
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
On today’s Dead Times we are joined by April to talk about the classic biddy psychodrama “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” We analyze all the behind the scenes drama and just how much Joan and Bette hated each other. We talk about the studio system and the movie’s legacy. It’s a great time.
Paddington 2 (2017)
We are still taking a break from our increasingly apocalyptic world. And are going to revisit the simpler, more caring world of Paddington. We talk about how all art is now irrelevant. We make jokes about Hugh Grant that are not as funny as the jokes about Hugh Grant the movie makes. And we have a generally nice time.
Gamera, the Giant Monster (1965)/Gamera vs. Barugon (1966)
Hello and welcome! On today’s episode Peter and Tim are joined by our friends Harrison and April to discuss two Gamera movies! We discuss just how weird the Gamera franchise is, the differences between Godzilla and Gamera and just have a generally silly time with these delightful films.
Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (1998)/Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost (1999)
Hello and welcome! On this week’s podcast we are talking about the absolutely seminal series Scooby-Doo! We delve deeply into all the different characters, the show’s very long history, and try to understand why this concept has been so successful for five decades!
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
And we are back with my good friends April and Al to continue to discuss the Nightmare on Elm Street series! This time we talk about what brought Wes Craven back to the franchise. We talk about the return of Nancy. And if this is the true sequel to the original film.
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Hello! Today’s episode of Dead Times is about An American Werewolf in London. And I am very sick while we recorded. But we get into the history of werewolf literature, stories about wolf attacks in Europe, and the comedic bits the movie loves.
Doctor Sleep (2019)
Hello and on today’s episode we are talking “Doctor Sleep” the sequel to “The Shining.” We are joined by our friend Al to discuss all things Stephen King. As well as the film’s resemblance to the X-Men, Rebecca Ferguson’s amazing performance, and the film’s amazing visuals.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985)
Hello! In today’s episode we have April and Al back on to discuss A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. We try to get to the bottom of whether or not Freddy even gets revenge on anyone, all the psycho-sexual drama, and just how gay the movie is. A good time is had by all.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Hello! In today’s episode Peter and Time are joined by Al and April to discuss the classic film “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” We talk about Wes Craven, how awful the ’80s were, and the inspiration for Freddy Krueger. We have a lot of fun!
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark/Ready or Not (2019)
Hello and welcome! This week Peter and Tim decide to tackle a double feature of two recently released movies: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Ready or Not. We dive into Guillermo del Toro’s views on anthology movies, and have a lot fun with Ready or Not!
Hello and welcome to the latest episode of Dead Times. Tonight we are discussing It, the adaptation of Stephen King’s classic novel. We discuss how good the child actors are. Why one of the deaths in the movie is so iconic. And I flex about how much Stephen King lore I know as well as pitch my own Stephen King TV series.
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
Hello and welcome! This episode we are joined by my friend April to discuss all things Vincent Price! We check out one of his best movies ever!
Child’s Play (1988)
Hello! Today we are joined by April and Shannon to discuss the 1988 classic, “Child’s Play!” We talk about how merchandise is sold to kids, why Chucky is a real asshole, and try to get to the bottom of just how anatomically correct the Chucky doll is!
Hello and welcome to Dead Times! Today we are recap the 2014 Legendary Godzilla! We talk about the use of CGI, how the Godzilla franchise has been Americanized, and make a lot of jokes about Godzilla out acting Aaron Taylor-Johnson! We also check out the new trailers for Godzilla: King of the Monsters!
Hello and welcome! In today’s episode we are talking Jordan Peele’s new movie Us. We break down all the symbols, all the allusions, and try to decipher the central allusion. We also try to figure out which celebrities might have been replaced by their tethereds.
The Exorcist (1973)
Hello and welcome to our giant episode on “The Exorcist!” I give up hosting duties on this one for Al, who brings a wealth of research and insight into the movie and its making. And wow, do we have a lot to talk about! Everything from how Super Mario is a perfect for the film to controversial theories about its content.
Happy Death Day 2U (2019)
Hello and welcome to another episode of Dead Times! Today we are talking the recent release “Happy Death Day 2U.” We go over our love of Jessica Rothe, just how many sci-fi concepts can be smuggled into one franchise, and try to figure out which of Danielle’s lines was the most hilarious.
Cat’s Eye (1985)
Welcome! Today we are talking about Stephen King’s anthology movie “Cat’s Eye.” We discuss Stephen King’s history of addiction, our society’s messed up history with cats, and just how they got that performance out of the pigeon.
Mother of Tears: The Third Mother (2007)
Hello and welcome to the sad and disappointing ending to Dario Argento’s Three Mother’s trilogy. We have to sort out our mixed feelings about this final movie. We try to parse the good from the bad.
The Bad Seed (1956)
Hello! Today we are talking 1956’s “The Bad Seed!” We talk all about the overly idealized ’50s, whether evil is innate or the product of the environment, and Freudian psychology!
So a light episode!
2018 – Year in Review
Thank you! Its been a wonderful year! And to celebrate our 52nd episode we brought back my friend April to have a chat about the year. Talking about our old episodes, talking about what we are excited about in the upcoming year. And talking about why we will never do “Boo! A Madea Halloween!”
The Last Unicorn (1982)
This week on Dead Times we are talking about “The Last Unicorn” a classic fantasy film. We have a fun conversation about how we need more unicorns in our media. And about how this beloved children’s movie features a woman being disemboweled by a harpy.
Mothra (1961) and Mothra vs Godzilla (1964)
Hello and welcome to Dead Times! Today we are doing a Toho double feature with my good friend Harrison! We are discussing Mothra (1961) and Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964). We puzzle out the complicated backstory of Mothra’s fairies, say the name “Chujo” a lot, and try to get to the bottom of whether Mothra is a strong female character.
In today’s episode we are talking about Suspiria, the classic of Italian horror by Dario Argento. We get into color symbolism and the gorgeous sets. And trying to figure out what’s up with these witches?
Hello and welcome to our special Halloween edition of Dead Times where we talk about… Halloween! Today Peter and Tim are joined by Al to discuss the brand new Halloween. We go over the franchise’s convoluted history, and discuss what Donald Trump’s emergency presidential text messages would be when Michael Myers escapes.
In this episode Peter and Tim discuss the new horror film “Mandy” staring the great Nicolas Cage.
The House with a Clock in its Walls (2018)
Hello and welcome to Dead Times! In this episode Peter and Tim talk about the new movie, “The House With a Clock in Its Walls!” There is also a pre introduction where I talk about “Hellfest.” But we have a lot of fun discussing Cate Blanchett and Jack Black’s amazing chemistry, and how Eli Roth should really make more kids movies.
Midnight Offerings (1981)
Hello and welcome to an extra special episode of Dead Times! Today Peter and Tim are joined by both April and Al to discuss a 1981 made for TV movie about witches starring Melissa Sue Anderson. We talk about how similar it is to the Craft. We talk about the voice acting in Batman the animated series. And make a lot of jokes about Little House on the Prairie.
In this episode we discuss A24’s new film “Hereditary.” And get into a long discussion about mental illness and grief.
The Conjuring 2
Hello and welcome! In this episode Peter and Tim continue their exploration of the Conjuring movies with the help of my friend Al. We spend far too long talking about the Warrens being complete frauds and famous hoaxes they fell for. As well as the truth behind Amityville. And then take time out to appreciate Ryan Reynolds abs.
Hello! In this episode Peter and Tim are joined by Al to talk Annabelle. We have a fun conversation about how Annabelle gets from place to place. And how nice an interracial lesbian couple in the ’60s would be.
Hello and in this episode Peter and Tim discuss “Goosebumps” based on the classic children’s novellas by R.L. Stein.
Green Room (2015)
In this exciting episode of Dead Times we have special guest Shannon Martinez, the regional coordinator of the Against Violence and Extremism network. We talk about Nazis, skinheads, music venues, life in college towns and the importance of being good at things besides music when in a band.
Saturday Night Live
Hello and in this special episode of Dead Times we talk about three different SNL skits, “The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders,” “Kellywise,” and “A Kanye Place.” We give all praise to Kate McKinnon and spend far too long rehashing Kanye West’s history.
The Purge Election Year (2016)
In this episode Peter and Tim discuss The Purge Election Year, and break down all the ways that it is a movie long jab at Ted Cruz.
Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2002) Godzilla: Tokyo SOS (2003)
Welcome to Dead Times’s salute to Mechagodzilla! We are joined by Harrison again to discuss Godzilla’s giant robot adversary. And spend a lot of time puzzling out why anyone would make a giant robot Godzilla. We also have a fun conversation about potential Avatar sequels and wonder just what is the deal with those fairies?
The Purge Anarchy (2014)
Hello and welcome! In this episode of Dead Times we talk about the Purge: Anarchy and how the rich really, really would like to hunt the poor for sport.
A Quiet Place (2018)
Hello! In this episode Tim and Peter talk about 2018’s “A Quiet Place” and learn all about how families grieve and how assumptions can lead to the dissolution of families.
Psycho Beach Party (2000)
On this episode of Dead Times, Peter and Tim finally discuss a gay horror movie, the 2000 camp classic “Psycho Beach Party.” We talk about dance battles, and drag queens, and try to puzzle out what old people call gang bangs.
Hello and welcome to the much delayed finale of Tim month where we talk about the stop-motion children’s movie ParaNorman!
The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)
In this episode Peter and Tim talk about “The Cloverfield Paradox” and its decision to release immediately after the super bowl. We also try to puzzle out how particle accelerators work. And generally why anything in this movie happens the way it happens.
10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
We have now reached the middle of our exploration of the “Cloverfield” movies with the excellent “10 Cloverfield Lane.” We talk about how it is also all about 9/11 and take a deep dive into the incredibly rich characters this movie offers.
Hello and welcome to Dead Time’s emergency Cloverfield podcast! This was recorded prior to the release of “The Cloverfield Paradox” but we rushed it out when the sequel dropped right after the Superbowl. We talk about how this movie reflects what happened on 9/11 as well as what we were doing that particular day.
The Babadook (2014)
In this episode Peter and Tim look at the Australian horror movie “The Babadook” and talk about grief, motherhood, and how the titular monster became an unexpected gay icon.
The Haunting (1963)
In this episode of Dead Times Peter and Tim discuss 1963’s “The Haunting.” We talk about everything from the brilliant sets to if it is economically feasible to have a vaudeville psychic routine.
Hello and welcome to the first episode of Tim month, where Tim picks the movie. This time we are talking about Candyman with our good friend Al. We talk about the film’s unique perspective on race and gender as well as if Helen is a nice white lady.
The Purge (2013)
This week Peter and Tim tackle “The Purge” and its sneaky indictment of America’s middle class. We talk about how it is about the Iraq War by way of the Recession, and what it says about things like the crisis in Flint, Michigan. And how it cracks open the door for politically astute horror films like “Get Out.”
Insidious – The Last Key (2018)
In this episode of Dead Times Peter and Tim are joined by Geoffrey to discuss the newly released “Insidious the Last Key.” We talk about Lin Shaye’s fantastic performance across all four movies, the risks that the franchise takes… and discuss the possibilities of “Insidious 5.”
Insidious Chapter 2 (2013)
Hello and welcome to the much anticipated “Insidious Chapter 2” episode of Dead Times. Well this episode was a struggle, our first attempt didn’t record anything, and our second attempt was plagued with audio problems. But the actual content of the episode is pretty great, (okay, I am being a little hyperbolic). But we ask the crucial question “Do time travel paradoxes apply to ghosts?”
Terror Train (1980)
Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! Today Peter and Tim are going to discuss 1980’s “Terror Train,” a movie which happens to take place on New Year’s Eve. We discuss the career of Jamie Lee Curtis, the role of LGBT people in horror films, and (for some reason) Mechagodzilla.
Black Christmas (1974)
In this episode, Peter and Tim discuss the movie that essentially invented the slasher genre, “Black Christmas.” We discuss its enormous influence on “Halloween.” And just have some fun with Christmas themed horror!
Scream 4 (2011)
In this episode Peter and Tim finish off the Scream franchise with its ten years later final movie, Scream 4! We talk about horror remakes, the centrality of the fictional “Stab” movies to the franchise, and how the characters are clear homages to the original.
Scream 3 (2000)
In this episode, Peter and Tim continue their journey through the Scream franchise with Scream 3! We talk about how this movie wraps up the original trilogy of Scream movies, and about how the plot seems to indicate an insider’s knowledge of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Today Peter and Tim tackle the first Insidious movie in preparation for the upcoming movie Insidious: The Last Key. We talk about how its ghosts are weird and zombie like. How the movie uses psychic abilities. And just enjoy Lin Shaye’s performance as Elise.
Train to Busan (2016)
In today’s episode, Peter and Tim discuss the 2016 South Korean zombie movie Train to Busan. We are joined by Jeffery from Newscult.com to talk about how it is an uplifting and life affirming zombie movie. Also how some of the interesting cultural variations from American zombie movies.
Scream 2 (1997)
In this episode Peter and Tim delve into their first sequel, Scream 2. We discuss just how metatextual a movie could possibly be. What beats from the original get heightened or repeated. And if you should run away or go back and unmask the killer.
The Witch (2015)
In this episode of Dead Times, Peter and Tim discuss “The Witch.” We dig into the theology of the puritan family at the center of the film. Discuss how the movie relates to the Salem Witch Trials. And take some time out to appreciate Black Phillip.
In today’s episode Peter and Tim watch the ultimate slasher movie, “Scream.” It’s one of Peter’s favorite movies, and they talk about how it is a meta-textual comment on slasher movies, and also just an excellent example of the genre. We dig into the characters and puzzle out their complex motivations. And wonder what could possibly be going on with that high school principal.
Dracula’s Daughter (1936)
In this episode Peter and Tim discuss the Universal monster movie, and sequel to “Dracula,” “Dracula’s Daughter.” We talk about how it created the modern vampire character. And we dive into the films homoerotic subtext and what it says about homosexuality.
Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE ONE! It’s that most magical time of the year, and Peter and Tim talk about the utterly classic film “Trick ‘r Treat.” We delve into how it is a movie about all aspects of Halloween. We attempt to untangle to interwoven plotlines. And try to figure out if anyone in this town survived the night.
You’re Next (2011)
In this episode, Peter and Tim are joined by Harrison to discuss “You’re Next.” We tackle the feminist ideas that permeate the movie. Whether Erin is pulling a “Home Alone” in the film. And how white guys who want to talk about their emotional torment are just insufferable.
Happy Death Day
In our first episode about a movie in theaters, Peter and Tim discuss “Happy Death Day.” They talk about its similarities to “Ground Hog Day,” all about PG-13 horror, and what it means to be labeled “the bitch” in a horror movie.
In episode two of Dead Times, Peter and Tim talk about seminal film “Carrie.” We discuss if it is a coming of age film, how sympathetic Carrie is, and if Carrie White really does burn in hell.
Welcome to the first episode of Dead Times, the only horror podcast hosted by Peter and Tim. This episode we dig into Godzilla, the classic 1954 monster movie and how it is really about the end of World War II. And we attempt to answer the vital question of how exactly does Godzilla reproduce?