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The radio sucks. Always has. Sure, the satellite waves are finally giving us quality programs, but they’ll cost you a hefty chunk of change. Living in Los Angeles, I can do without the pop-culture talk box, so I rely on one thing to keep my sanity in check through the endless hours of highway traffic – the wonderful world of podcasting. Whether it’s Bill Maher’s political rants or an episode discussion on Galactica Watercooler, there’s something out there to fit all tastes and the horror genre is no exception.

Finding a good podcast is like chowing down on a box of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans™ – for every sweet morsel, you have to sift through a thousand bile-raising unmentionables. Any nerd with a microphone can (and usually will) broadcast their voice across the net and most have the charisma of your average tax accountant. Nonetheless, there are a handful of worthy shows that deserve special props for their hard work and dedication. In celebration of the talented few, and our own Dinner for Fiends webcast, Dread Central has scoured the depths of cyberspace to bring you the very best in the world of horror podcasting.

They make going to the gym bearable.

The Mondo Movie Podcast

  • The Mondo Movie Podcast
    For lovers of horror, cult, and bizarro cinema, the Mondo Movie Podcast is bar none the best on the net. Broadcasting from London, hosts Ben Howard and Dan Auty provide expert discussions on all things genre, new and old, foreign and domestic, obscure and popular. They’re both incredibly knowledgeable and have no limits, jumping from high-brow art-house to Z-grade exploitation, often within a single sentence. Most importantly, they manage to give intelligent, in-depth critiques without sounding snobby or fanboyish. A gift to movie fans everywhere, once you listen, you’ll be forever hooked.

    Reel Horror

  • The Reel Horror Podcast
    When it comes to soapbox-style rants, Reel Horror boys Michael Sean Becker and Mike Carbone are the dominate voices in podcasting. They’re foul-mouthed, funny, and every bit as jaded as you are. When not ripping on each other, they give reviews, discuss the latest headlines, and occasionally work in interviews with industry names. Even the nerdy call-in reviews from “Dr Puss” start to grow on you after awhile (provided he never sings). There’s never a dull moment, especially when the two mercilessly destroy their Internet detractors. It may be more chaotic than informative, but Reel Horror makes for some damn fine entertainment.

    The Monster Squad Terrorcast

  • The Monster Squad Terrorcast
    At first listen, The Monster Squad Terrorcast may sound like another amateur show, but don’t let the meager production values fool you: Hosts Kent Shelton and partner “Trace” know their shit. Their voices are about as far from radio-friendly as they come, but it hardly matters; their banter is smart, lively, and extremely funny. Aside from the usual news and reviews, there are two great sections: “It Came From NetFlix” where Kent reviews the films that randomly appear in his mailbox and “Buried But Not Dead,” a section dedicated to lost gems that are honest-to-God obscure. A podcast that can turn even hardcore fans onto new material is something special in and of itself. Check ‘em out.

    **UPDATE**: After an overwhelming flood of e-mails, a few more quality podcasts have come heartily recommended by our readers:

  • DeadPit: Horror Talk Radio
    Featuring podcast archives of the popular Kentucky radio call-in show. Check out their latest Friday the 13th discussion with series stars Adrienne King and Amy Steel.

  • Your Video Store Shelf
    Foywonder fans, take note! If you’re addicted to the DTV world of low-budget creature flix and Cinemax softcore, this podcast is for you! In each episode host Gregory Conley interviews the minds behind the movies we love to watch while drunk at 3am.
  • Of course, there are countless other horror-themed shows on the net (listen at your own risk), but none match the quality found above. For more information on these and other podcasts, log onto PodcastAlley.com. Don’t forget to vote for these fine folks while you’re there.

    Andrew Kasch

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    Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own

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    Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

    Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

    For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

    I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

    You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

    Track Listing

    1. “Do The Freddy”
    Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
    The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

    2. “Obsession”
    original song

    3. “Wooly Bully”
    Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs cover.
    Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

    4. “Don’t Sleep”
    original song

    5. “In The Midnight Hour”
    Wilson Pickett cover

    6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
    Everly Brothers cover

    7. “Dance or Else”
    original song

    8. “Down in the Broiler Room”
    original song

    9. “Elm Street Dreams”
    original song

    Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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    That is One Gigantic Steampunk Squid…

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    Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

    So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel, this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

    Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this, but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods, and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters, and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

    Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26, 2017.

    Synopsis:
    Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his Navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

    Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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    Filming On Blumhouse’s Halloween Pushed to January

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    Looks like filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green has been pushed back a few months.

    Not a huge deal, though. Only till January.

    Filming on Halloween (2018) was supposed to begin this October (natch) but now it seems the film still has some cast to fill out.

    The news comes to us via a South Carolina casting agency, The Island Packet, who are still seeking extras for the new film. In fact, if you are from the South Carolina area, you can be an extra in the film. Just click the link above for more details.

    I wish I lived in or around South Carolina because being in this new Halloween would be a f*cking dream come true. If you’re in the area, get on it. You owe it to the rest of us! Haha?

    How excited would you be to be an extra in this new Halloween? Let us know below!

    Blumhouse’s Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

    Halloween (2018) hits theaters Oct. 19, 2018.

    Synopsis:

    Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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