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.