Episode 18: Crimson Peak and The Screaming Skull






Natalie and Arnold, partly inspired by recent viewings of LOKI, visit a home so big that it may need an Usher. It’s certainly drafty and full of secrets, not to mention tons of clever nods to horror genre history. Follow them on their journey to the clay-filled creepiness of the unfairly overlooked CRIMSON PEAK (2015) by Guillermo del Toro! Then, travel to a slightly more modern but no less haunted home with more than a few similarities to del Toro’s tale of a newlywed tormented by her husband and plagued by shrieking specters in the 1958 Castle-esque exercise in tedium, THE SCREAMING SKULL (1958)! So put the peacocks outside, bundle up warm, and whatever you do, don’t drink the tea as you settle in for a very shrieky episode of GHOULS IN THE HOUSE!

And remember, when you’re listening to this podcast, the only ghoul in the house…is YOU!

Show Music: “Cemetery Dance” by The Vivisectors.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think, or write to us at media@atbpublishing.com. On Twitter, find Natalie at @nblitofsky and Arnold at @DoctoroftheDead.

Episode 17: King Kong Versus King Kong






Natalie and Arnold spend some time with a really big personality, a towering pop culture icon, a star with the kind of animal magnetism that…OK, look, it’s King Kong, all right? As Arnold deals with a massive wave of childhood nostalgia thanks to his imminent 50th birthday, and with the recent death of actor Charles Grodin, it’s time to look back at a movie that was a two-night event on NBC back in his formative years – the 1976 KING KONG! Then it’s back even further to revisit one of the most influential films of the early twentieth century, the original KING KONG from 1933! How well do these films hold up in 2021, and why is Kong still such a box office draw nearly 90 years after he first appeared? Gather up your maps of Skull Island (or whatever it’s called), tell your boss you’re bringing in the big one, and settle in for another very hairy episode of GHOULS IN THE HOUSE!

And remember, when you’re listening to this podcast, the only ghoul in the house…is YOU!

Show Music: “Cemetery Dance” by The Vivisectors.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think, or write to us at media@atbpublishing.com. On Twitter, find Natalie at @nblitofsky and Arnold at @DoctoroftheDead.

Episode 16: The Burning and Cropsey




Forty years ago, a slasher film conceived by an actual monster became part of the genre’s big boom at the start of the 1980s. Now, Natalie and Arnold head back to Camp Blackfoot for a look at the legend brought to life through the work of three future film and TV stars, makeup maestro Tom Savini, and progressive rock musician Rick Wakeman of Yes. Prepare yourself for THE BURNING (1981) – as well as brief podcast cameos by no fewer than two Murray brothers – and then delve into the real-world connections in the documentary CROPSEY (2009) and beyond. So gather ’round the campfire, keep an eye out for guys with garden shears, and listen to another legendary episode of GHOULS IN THE HOUSE!

And remember, when you’re listening to this podcast, the only ghoul in the house…is YOU!

Show Music: “Cemetery Dance” by The Vivisectors.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think, or write to us at media@atbpublishing.com. On Twitter, find Natalie at @nblitofsky and Arnold at @DoctoroftheDead.

Episode 15: Slaxx


Natalie and Arnold are back from a brief break to heap praise on what is perhaps an unlikely recipient: a horror film about killer pants. You read that right, folks; it’s time to talk about a not-at-all-nice pair of SLAXX (2020)! In addition, there’s a bit of a preview of some of the plans for future episodes, and a vital update to the previous discussion of BEGINNING OF THE END (1957) in Episode 2. So get ready for all the latest fashions with a short but stylish episode of GHOULS IN THE HOUSE!

And remember, when you’re listening to this podcast, the only ghoul in the house…is YOU!

Show Music: “Cemetery Dance” by The Vivisectors.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think, or write to us at media@atbpublishing.com. On Twitter, find Natalie at @nblitofsky and Arnold at @DoctoroftheDead.

Episode 14: Rippermania

Natalie and Arnold stalk the streets of Victorian-era Whitechapel and swingin’ ’70s San Francisco with a look at two films that present drastically different takes on the lethal legacy of Jack the Ripper. First up, none other than H.G. Wells himself pursues his erstwhile friend and knife-happy killer Dr. John Leslie Stevenson into the future in the time-traveling romantic adventure, TIME AFTER TIME (1979). Then it’s back to the 1800s to uncover a colossal conspiracy at the bloody heart of the Ripper’s murder spree in the 2001 cinematic adaptation of Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s graphic novel, FROM HELL. So make sure you have your key, don’t take any grapes from strangers, and listen to another heartwarming episode of GHOULS IN THE HOUSE!

And remember, when you’re listening to this podcast, the only ghoul in the house…is YOU!

Show Music: “Cemetery Dance” by The Vivisectors.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think, or write to us at media@atbpublishing.com. On Twitter, find Natalie at @nblitofsky and Arnold at @DoctoroftheDead.

Episode 13: My Bloody Valentines

Natalie and Arnold revisit a horror from long time ago, and just in time to talk about it on Valentine’s Day! Get ready to head down the mine for two takes on the slasher legend of Harry Warden in the original 1981 MY BLOODY VALENTINE and its 2009 remake. There’s also a very special bonus this episode, as Scottish-Canadian tenor John McDermott – the voice behind the original film’s memorable end credits song, “The Ballad of Harry Warden” – joins Arnold for a chat about his work on the movie! So enjoy your leftover Valentine’s candy (make sure that is chocolate in the box), cuddle up with your sweetie, and listen to the latest heartwarming episode of GHOULS IN THE HOUSE!

And remember, when you’re listening to this podcast, the only ghoul in the house…is YOU!

Show Music: “Cemetery Dance” by The Vivisectors.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think, or write to us at media@atbpublishing.com. On Twitter, find Natalie at @nblitofsky and Arnold at @DoctoroftheDead.

Episode 12: Hack the Planet

Natalie and Arnold are dialing up, logging in, and surfing the information superhighway to revisit two hacker films close to their hearts: HACKERS (1995) and WARGAMES (1983). Along the way, they explore how vital music is to shaping a cinematic experience, and reminisce about the dawn of the Digital Age. So gather up your old computer magazines, put the phone receiver in the modem cradle – and maybe wear something made out of neoprene – and listen to the latest phreaking episode of GHOULS IN THE HOUSE!

And remember, when you’re listening to this podcast, the only ghoul in the house…is YOU!

Show Music: “Cemetery Dance” by The Vivisectors.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think, or write to us at media@atbpublishing.com. On Twitter, find Natalie at @nblitofsky and Arnold at @DoctoroftheDead.

Episode 11: A Few Things

Who goes there? Why, it’s Natalie, Arnold, and a trio (or duo, really) of creepy creatures confounding characters in the cold. First, an “intellectual carrot” that looks like a distant cousin of Frankenstein’s Monster terrorizes a North Pole research team in the landmark classic, THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951). Then it’s a trip to the other side of the world, when an amorphous being looking for a warm place to hide at the South Pole picks Kurt Russell and friends in THE THING (1982). Finally, Natalie and Arnold subject themselves to a prequel also called THE THING (2011). After that, nobody trusts anybody now, and we’re all very tired, but you should grab some coffee, prepare your own meal out of a can, and listen to the latest chilled episode of GHOULS IN THE HOUSE!

And remember, when you’re listening to this podcast, the only ghoul in the house…is YOU!

Show Music: “Cemetery Dance” by The Vivisectors.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think, or write to us at media@atbpublishing.com. On Twitter, find Natalie at @nblitofsky and Arnold at @DoctoroftheDead.

Episode 10: Happy Horrordays

It’s the holiday season, and Natalie and Arnold chose to watch two foreign-language Xmas-themed horror movies with creepy Santa Claus villains; to be fair, however, Santa Claus is always creepy. First up, a resourceful boy must defend his home and family from an attack by a demented Kris Kringle in DEADLY GAMES (1989). Next, a resourceful boy must defend his home and family from an attack by…um…well, anyway, it’s RARE EXPORTS (2010). There’s even some brief discussion of the beloved Rankin/Bass TV holiday specials, so settle in with some eggnog or whatever, keep the fireplace roaring in case of red-coated intruders, and listen to the latest festive episode of GHOULS IN THE HOUSE!

And remember, when you’re listening to this podcast, the only ghoul in the house…is YOU!

Show Music: “Cemetery Dance” by The Vivisectors.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think, or write to us at media@atbpublishing.com. On Twitter, find Natalie at @nblitofsky and Arnold at @DoctoroftheDead.

Episode 9: Virgin Territory

Natalie and Arnold enter virgin territory with a look at two films that explore that oh-so-sensitive time in the life of a young person, when they face the passage into adulthood while fending off the attacks of a deranged serial killer or the advances of a centuries-old vampire Countess. OK, maybe not everybody goes through quite that dramatic an experience, but Jody (Brittany Murphy) in CHERRY FALLS (2000) and Mark (Jim Carrey) in ONCE BITTEN (1985) sure do! So keep your toes safe and mind your buttons as you listen to the latest GHOULS IN THE HOUSE!

And remember, when you’re listening to this podcast, the only ghoul in the house…is YOU!

Show Music: “Cemetery Dance” by The Vivisectors.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think, or write to us at media@atbpublishing.com. On Twitter, find Natalie at @nblitofsky and Arnold at @DoctoroftheDead.

Episode 8: 1970s Dystopias

Some say the world will end in fire (like the heat of a 2022 New York soylent line in 1973’s SOYLENT GREEN), some say in ice (like the cold chambers of frozen Runners maintained by the mad robot Box in 1976’s LOGAN’S RUN). Either way, things are looking bad for the Earth and the human race, at least as far as these two ’70s dystopic cinema classics are concerned. Natalie and Arnold take a look at a pair of the most memorable explorations of our possible future, one set only two years from now (!), the other centuries away. So check your lifeclock, have a strawberry or two, and listen to the latest GHOULS IN THE HOUSE! Note: This is epic length!

And remember, when you’re listening to this podcast, the only ghoul in the house…is YOU!

Show Music: “Cemetery Dance” by The Vivisectors.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think, or write to us at media@atbpublishing.com. On Twitter, find Natalie at @nblitofsky and Arnold at @DoctoroftheDead.

Episode 7: Jamie Lee Curtis Double Feature

1980 was a busy year for Jamie Lee Curtis, with three movies in a row (all shot the previous year) cementing her status as a “Scream Queen” after her iconic turn in HALLOWEEN (1978). Having covered that film in an archive episode of our previous podcast, DOCTOR OF THE DEAD, and one of the 1980s films – THE FOG – in episode 3 of this show, Natalie and Arnold now turn their attention to the other two 1980 slashfests starring Curtis: PROM NIGHT and TERROR TRAIN! As a bonus, they also chat about the 2008 remake of PROM NIGHT, so get ready for the big night by practicing your disco moves, brushing up on your close-up magic, and rehearsing that thing you do!

And remember, when you’re listening to this podcast, the only ghoul in the house…is YOU!

Show Music: “Cemetery Dance” by The Vivisectors.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think, or write to us at media@atbpublishing.com. On Twitter, find Natalie at @nblitofsky and Arnold at @DoctoroftheDead.

Episode 6: Halloween 2020 Triple Feature

“Happy, happy Halloween…” If you remember anything at all about HALLOWEEN III (and as it’s a favorite around here, you certainly should), you know that Conal Cochran’s evil plan involved three distinctive masks – a pumpkin, a witch, and a skull. Natalie decided that would be the method for choosing three films to chat about with Arnold for this Halloween special edition of GHOULS IN THE HOUSE. Up first, a pumpkin demon embodies the spirit of the season in the 2007 anthology, TRICK ‘R TREAT! Next, it’s not just one witch but four in the 1996 cult classic about true female empowerment, THE CRAFT! Finally, a loud-mouthed skull and his entire bony body are causing trouble in the ode to ’50s schlock sci-fi, THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA (2001)! So keep your jack-o’-lanterns lit, enter the circle with perfect love and perfect trust, and above all, don’t get horribly mutilated!

And remember, when you’re listening to this podcast, the only ghoul in the house…is YOU!

Show Music: “Cemetery Dance” by The Vivisectors.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think, or write to us at media@atbpublishing.com. On Twitter, find Natalie at @nblitofsky and Arnold at @DoctoroftheDead.

Episode 5: Ringu (1998)

Natalie and Arnold brave the wrath of Sadako and Samara with the original RING (RINGU, 1998) and its American remake, THE RING (2002)! It’s a look at the phenomenon that sparked a surge in J-horror…and maybe also put the final nail in the coffin for video tapes. Turn off your TV, take the phone off the hook (does anyone still have one with a “hook?”), and keep an eye out for soggy-haired vengeful spirits!

And remember, when you’re listening to this podcast, the only ghoul in the house…is YOU!

Show Music: “Cemetery Dance” by The Vivisectors.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think, or write to us at media@atbpublishing.com. On Twitter, find Natalie at @nblitofsky and Arnold at @DoctoroftheDead.

Episode 4: Skeleton Key (2005)

Natalie and Arnold head down to the Bayou for a Southern Gothic horror double feature! First up, Kate Hudson learns that no good deed goes unpunished when she confronts the power of Hoodoo (who do? Kate do!) in SKELETON KEY (2005). Next, it’s back to the ’80s for a “video nasty” by the Godfather of Gore himself (or one of them, anyway), Lucio Fulci – THE BEYOND (1981)! Sprinkle some brick dust, draw a chalk circle, avoid locked rooms with old books and mystical artifacts, and light some more candles!

And remember, when you’re listening to this podcast, the only ghoul in the house…is YOU!

Show Music: “Cemetery Dance” by The Vivisectors.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think, or write to us at media@atbpublishing.com. On Twitter, find Natalie at @nblitofsky and Arnold at @DoctoroftheDead.

Episode 3: The Fog (1980)

Natalie and Arnold visit scenic Antonio Bay to help celebrate its 100th anniversary! There’s just one problem – the town was built on a horrible lie, and a vengeful gang of seafaring zombie ghosts are returning for revenge, hidden in THE FOG (1980)! It’s time to talk about another one of our favorite “comfort food” movies and one of John Carpenter’s finest film ensembles, as well as this modern classic’s unfortunate remake, THE FOG (2005), and a somewhat similarly-themed B-movie Voodoo romp, ZOMBIES OF MORA TAU (1957). There’s seaweed and salt water everywhere, and a chill in the air, so bundle up in your favorite plaid shirt, stay out of the fog, and keep your candles lit!

And remember, when you’re listening to this podcast, the only ghoul in the house…is YOU!

Show Music: “Cemetery Dance” by The Vivisectors.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think, or write to us at media@atbpublishing.com. On Twitter, find Natalie at @nblitofsky and Arnold at @DoctoroftheDead.

Episode 2: Them! (1954)

Ants and locusts (well, grasshoppers) attack! In this episode, Natalie and Arnold take a look at two giant bug movies of the 1950s, THEM! (1954) – one of Arnold’s favorite films of all time in any genre – and BEGINNING OF THE END (1957), which they discovered via MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000. Featuring the brothers Aurness (James Arness, Peter Graves), the two movies share some other notable connections, so keep a can of spray handy as Natalie and Arnold take a deep dive into a New Mexico ant colony and chase those grasshoppers – sorry, locusts – all the way to Lake Michigan!

And remember, when you’re listening to this podcast, the only ghoul in the house…is YOU!

Show Music: “Cemetery Dance” by The Vivisectors.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think, or write to us at media@atbpublishing.com. On Twitter, find Natalie at @nblitofsky and Arnold at @DoctoroftheDead.

Episode 1: House on Haunted Hill (1959)

The more things change… Natalie (The “Accidental Hellraiser Scholar”) and Arnold (The “Doctor of the Dead”) begin a new era in podcasting with an inaugural episode devoted to one of their all-time favorite horror movies, the seminal suspense classic from William Castle, 1959’s HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL! Join Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, and the guests at the historic Ennis House for an evening of food, drink, ghosts, and a plucky skeleton named “Emergo!” And when that night is over, stick around for the regrettable follow-ups, the 1999 remake of HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL, and the truly frightening (in a bad way) 2007 sequel, RETURN TO HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL!

And remember, when you’re listening to this podcast, the only ghoul in the house…is YOU!

Show Music: “Cemetery Dance” by The Vivisectors.

Leave a comment and let us know what you think, or write to us at media@atbpublishing.com. On Twitter, find Natalie at @nblitofsky and Arnold at @DoctoroftheDead.