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!