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.

DOCTOR OF THE DEAD Episode 117: Beyond Re-Animator and Little Monsters

Natalie and Arnold wrap up a trilogy of transgressive terrors with the final (for now) installment in the Herbert West saga, BEYOND RE-ANIMATOR! Reunite once again with West (Jeffrey Combs), meet his new over-eager assistant, and wonder aloud how many of the remaining Spanish cast were on break from making adult films. Also in this episode: Academy Award-winner Lupita Nyong’o battles her way through a zombie horde to save a group of Australian children on a school trip gone horrible awry in LITTLE MONSTERS! It’s time yet again for reagent and raging zombies on the LAST episode of the DOCTOR OF THE DEAD podcast!

WHAT? You read that right! It’s the end, but the moment has been prepared for; before the movie chat, your favorite ghouls in the house tell you all about the podcast that will take DOTD’s place, so be sure to follow all the ATB Publishing social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the latest on when GHOULS IN THE HOUSE will debut!

Show Music: “Rage” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

Write to the Doctor at doctorofthedead@yahoo.com! On Twitter, find the Doctor at @DoctoroftheDead and Natalie at @nblitofsky!

DOCTOR OF THE DEAD Episode 116: Bride of Re-Animator

Natalie and Arnold head down to the embalming room for the second film in the Herbert West trilogy, BRIDE OF RE-ANIMATOR! Reunite with West (Jeffrey Combs) and Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott), and meet a bunch of dumb new characters that make all the wrong choices in life and death. It’s time once again for reagent, raging zombies, and an irrelevant head on the latest episode of the DOCTOR OF THE DEAD podcast!

Show Music: “Rage” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

Write to the Doctor at doctorofthedead@yahoo.com! On Twitter, find the Doctor at @DoctoroftheDead and Natalie at @nblitofsky!

DOCTOR OF THE DEAD Episode 115: Re-Animator

Natalie and Arnold launch into another horror series retrospective just in time for the best month of the year! In this episode, they kick off a three-part look at the RE-ANIMATOR films with the legendary original from 1985. Find out why Arnold believes Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) is like Michael Corleone, why Natalie sees Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) as the perfect foil for West, and what they both think about that scene with Meg (Barbara Crampton) and Dr. Hill (David Gale). It’s time for reagent, raging zombies, and randy heads on the latest episode of the DOCTOR OF THE DEAD podcast!

Show Music: “Rage” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

Write to the Doctor at doctorofthedead@yahoo.com! On Twitter, find the Doctor at @DoctoroftheDead and Natalie at @nblitofsky!

DOCTOR OF THE DEAD Episode 114: A Series Retrospective, Part 4: Scream 4

It took six months – life and work got in the way – but Natalie and Arnold are back to finally wrap up their retrospective of one of the most successful slasher film franchises of all time with their look at SCREAM 4, the 2011 return that also sadly became Wes Craven’s final directorial effort. What was great about the fourth and possibly final installment in the series? What wasn’t so great? And what could have been, if only they had been brave and clever enough to come up with Natalie’s alternate ending, presented here for your entertainment and edification?

What’s your favorite scary podcast? It better be the DOCTOR OF THE DEAD!

Show Music: “Rage” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

Write to the Doctor at doctorofthedead@yahoo.com! On Twitter, find the Doctor at @DoctoroftheDead and Natalie at @nblitofsky!

DOCTOR OF THE DEAD Episode 113: A Series Retrospective, Part 3: Scream 3

Natalie and Arnold upgrade their mic and present an epic conversation about SCREAM 3, the 2000 installment in the series that – for a time – served as the concluding chapter in the SCREAM trilogy…until they made a fourth one. What was great about this third film? What wasn’t so great? Who could have died from the “Big Three?” And will Natalie ever truly get over Randy’s death in SCREAM 2? (The answer to that last one is “NEVER.”)

What’s your favorite scary podcast? It better be the DOCTOR OF THE DEAD!

Show Music: “Rage” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

Write to the Doctor at doctorofthedead@yahoo.com! On Twitter, find the Doctor at @DoctoroftheDead and Natalie at @nblitofsky!

DOCTOR OF THE DEAD Episode 112: A Series Retrospective, Part 2: Scream 2

Natalie and Arnold return after a long break (not as long as some, but still…never mind) to resume their SCREAM retrospective with a discussion about the 1997 sequel, SCREAM 2! Is it worthy of the original? And what does Natalie have to say in particular about Randy’s role in the first follow-up? Find out here!

What’s your favorite scary podcast? It better be the DOCTOR OF THE DEAD!

Show Music: “Rage” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

Write to the Doctor at doctorofthedead@yahoo.com! On Twitter, find the Doctor at @DoctoroftheDead and Natalie at @nblitofsky!

DOCTOR OF THE DEAD Episode 111: A Series Retrospective, Part 1: Scream

Now that the big HALLOWEEN rewatch is over, it’s time to jump forward to that slasher series’ spiritual successor. This episode, Arnold and Natalie kick off a four-film retrospective as they revisit the ’90s phenom, SCREAM! What’s your favorite scary podcast? It better be the DOCTOR OF THE DEAD!

Show Music: “Rage” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

Write to the Doctor at doctorofthedead@yahoo.com! On Twitter, find the Doctor at @DoctoroftheDead and Natalie at @nblitofsky!

DOCTOR OF THE DEAD Episode 110: Special Review – Halloween and the Legacy of Laurie Strode

It’s time! Arnold and Natalie head to the movie theater on opening day to see the 40th anniversary installment in the Laurie Strode/Michael Myers saga, HALLOWEEN (2018)! From nostalgic callbacks to thematic layering, they break it all down and examine whether or not this new sequel lives up to all the hype and pays tribute to the immortal classic original from 1978. Slip on your Workrite coveralls and your vintage Shatner mask, tilt your head, and listen to this all-new DOCTOR OF THE DEAD podcast!

SPECIAL NOTE: If you haven’t seen the movie yet, this episode begins with a non-spoiler general discussion; spoiler-heavy conversation kicks in at timecode 31:21!

Show Music: “Rage” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

Write to the Doctor at doctorofthedead@yahoo.com! On Twitter, find the Doctor at @DoctoroftheDead and Natalie at @nblitofsky!

DOCTOR OF THE DEAD Episode 109: Halloween H20, Halloween Resurrection, Plus Night of the Living Deb and Ruin Me

Arnold and Natalie end their massive series rewatch of the HALLOWEEN movies! In this episode, they talk about the series’ second timeline, with Laurie Strode returning for HALLOWEEN H20 and a bit of HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION. The project ends abruptly, and they jump instead to Shudder for a look at the meta-slasher RUIN ME, before winding up with the delightful romzomcom, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEB! It’s tainted water and sibling showdowns in this all-new DOCTOR OF THE DEAD podcast!

Show Music: “Rage” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

Write to the Doctor at doctorofthedead@yahoo.com! On Twitter, find the Doctor at @DoctoroftheDead and Natalie at @nblitofsky!

DOCTOR OF THE DEAD Episode 108: Halloween 5, Halloween 6, Plus Blood Rage

Arnold and Natalie continue their massive series rewatch of the HALLOWEEN movies! In this episode, they talk about the end of the line for the Jamie Lloyd timeline, HALLOWEEN 5 and the Producer’s Cut of HALLOWEEN 6. Ugh, rough going there. Then they throw in a little slasher called BLOOD RAGE! It’s time for terrible Thorn cults and terrific turkeys in this all-new DOCTOR OF THE DEAD podcast!

Show Music: “Rage” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

Write to the Doctor at doctorofthedead@yahoo.com! On Twitter, find the Doctor at @DoctoroftheDead and Natalie at @nblitofsky!

DOCTOR OF THE DEAD Episode 107: Halloween III, Halloween 4, Plus Flight of the Living Dead

Arnold and Natalie continue their massive series rewatch of the HALLOWEEN movies! In this episode, they talk about the once-maligned, now beloved non-Myers installment, 1982’s HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH; the “Return of Michael Myers” in 1988’s HALLOWEEN 4; and FLIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD in a nod to the podcast’s zombie roots. Hear a report from this year’s Monster-Mania 41 convention, as well as Natalie’s theories on Conal Cochran’s plans that may blow your mind like the Stonehenge-infused chip on the back of a Silver Shamrock mask! It’s a stormy episode of shifting Shapes and motion sickness in this all-new DOCTOR OF THE DEAD podcast!

Show Music: “Rage” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

Write to the Doctor at doctorofthedead@yahoo.com! On Twitter, find the Doctor at @DoctoroftheDead and Natalie at @nblitofsky!

DOCTOR OF THE DEAD Episode 106: The Immortal Classic – Halloween Plus Halloween II and It Follows

Arnold and Natalie begin a massive series rewatch of the HALLOWEEN movies! In this episode, they talk about the original HALLOWEEN (1978); the first sequel in 1981, HALLOWEEN II; and a more modern horror favorite, IT FOLLOWS (2014), that shares substantial DNA with John Carpenter’s landmark classic. Arnold also catches everyone up on his upcoming appearance and book launch at Monster-Mania 41. It’s a packed episode of stalking Shapes and sex demons in this all-new DOCTOR OF THE DEAD podcast!

Show Music: “Rage” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

Write to the Doctor at doctorofthedead@yahoo.com! On Twitter, find the Doctor at @DoctoroftheDead and Natalie at @nblitofsky!