Tag: A Fan Service-Heavy, Incredibly Violent Feminist and Queer Film?
Tag is an incredibly gratuitous film. Whether regarding the gore and violence towards women or the over-sexualization and fan-service shots. Sono goes above and beyond to make the viewer uncomfortable. But does it also use these tactics to subvert our expectations in horror to criticize the male gaze and fan service of the fanbase? Sources in this Episode: https://cinapse.co/fantasia-fest-2015-sion-sono-plays-a-riotous-game-of-tag-with-schoolgirls-things-get-weird-2a8402210e00 https://raianimeblog.com/2017/08/01/violent-japanese-horror-movie-tag-riaru-onigokko-is-a-strange-surreal-yuri-metaphor/
Hereditary: Inheriting Mental Illness & Becoming Your Mom
The Ghouls rewatch Hereditary while wearing their media-analysis glasses to see if it holds up. Does it inspire empathy for folx with mental illnesses? When things are left unsaid or ignored, you are often doomed to repeat history. How can we break free? Follow our Guests: https://www.victimsandvillains.net/ https://www.victimsandvillains.net/hope Sources in this Episode: https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a21526807/hereditary-movie-mental-illness/ https://www.bustle.com/p/10-mental-health-issues-that-are-more-likely-to-run-in-families-7919880 https://ct.counseling.org/2019/08/challenging-the-inevitability-of-inherited-mental-illness/
They Look Like People: An Inspiring Psychological Bromance Tale
Just a BIG SIGH OF RELIEF needed after watching this film. Gabe talks about the brilliant use of sound and effects (on a budget) that bring us a film that is truly terrifying, stressful, and heartwrenching. This film skillfully subverts our expectations as horror fans and uses those expectations to draw out the suspense. Sources in this Episode: http://www.screamhorrormag.com/they-look-like-people-an-interview-with-perry-blackshear/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2951591/ Ways to Help or Get Help: https://www.jcmh.org/7-ways-to-be-a-mental-health-ally-blog/ https://dbhids.org/about/organization/office-of-mental-health/behavioral-health-crisis-intervention-services/ https://www.nami.org/Advocacy/Crisis-Intervention/Crisis-Intervention-Team-(CIT)-Programs
The Wave: Gaslighting Geologists & the Spectacle of Natural Disasters
The Wave is a slow burn. What we see is the classic “geologist tries to convince higher-ups of impending natural disaster only to be dismissed.” How accurately does this film depict tsunamis and what does it teach us about humanity?
Japan Sinks: 2020 - Educational Tool & Study of Toxic Nationalism
Gabe explores the natural disaster anime, Japan Sinks 2020. This show teaches us to be wary of isolationism and nationalism while also encouraging us to value our culture. How does it differ from the source material and the many adaptations before it? Sources in this episode: https://confluence.gallatin.nyu.edu/context/interdisciplinary-seminar/japan-sinks http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/13547601 https://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/nation/japan-sinks-2020-review-masaaki-yuasa-netflix Ways to help: https://www.unicefusa.org/mission/emergencies/earthquakes https://www.redcross.org/about-us/our-work/disaster-relief/earthquake-relief.html https://www.globalgiving.org/donate/189/globalgiving/ https://hispanicfederationpuertorico.org/ https://www.calfund.org/puertorico-earthquake/#:~:text=The%20UNIDOS%20Disaster%20Relief%20and,structural%20repairs%20in%20disadvantaged%20communities. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-ghouls-next-door/support
Maintaining Harmony & Peace: The Queer Experience in Japan Schools
Kat shares stories from queer teens in Japan regarding the struggle to exist with their identity. Heavily influenced by society, schools in Japan have a history of oppressing and neglecting the needs of LGBTQIA+ students in the name of maintaining harmony and peace. Kat discusses this and more regarding the film, Tag. Sources in this Episode: https://www.hrw.org/report/2016/05/05/nail-sticks-out-gets-hammered-down/lgbt-bullying-and-exclusion-japanese-schools https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20210405-why-japan-cant-shake-sexism
Inheriting Mental Illness: Preparing the Next Generation
Kat talks about having your fears realized on screen in Hereditary. How can we cope with the looming fear of inheriting mental illness and avoid repeating the mistakes of our parents? Follow our Guests: https://www.victimsandvillains.net/ https://www.victimsandvillains.net/hope Sources in this Episode: https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a21526807/hereditary-movie-mental-illness/ https://www.bustle.com/p/10-mental-health-issues-that-are-more-likely-to-run-in-families-7919880 https://ct.counseling.org/2019/08/challenging-the-inevitability-of-inherited-mental-illness/
Psychosis Experiences: Advice From Someone Who's Lived It
Kat explains what psychosis is and what people generally experience during this and why. She also shares a personal story from someone who has experienced psychosis and offers some advice for anyone who is struggling. Sources in this Episode: https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Mental-Health-Conditions/Psychosis https://www.nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Mental-Health-Conditions/Psychosis https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/5xxha5/redditors_who_experience_psychosis_what_do_you_do/ Ways to Help or Get Help: https://www.jcmh.org/7-ways-to-be-a-mental-health-ally-blog/ https://dbhids.org/about/organization/office-of-mental-health/behavioral-health-crisis-intervention-services/ https://www.nami.org/Advocacy/Crisis-Intervention/Crisis-Intervention-Team-(CIT)-Programs
Living With Schizophrenia: How to Be a Mental Health Ally
Kat discusses the symptoms associated with schizophrenia, how western medicine has negatively impacted our understanding of mental health, and how to best support people in your life who may have schizophrenia. https://www.jcmh.org/7-ways-to-be-a-mental-health-ally-blog/ https://dbhids.org/about/organization/office-of-mental-health/behavioral-health-crisis-intervention-services/ https://www.nami.org/Advocacy/Crisis-Intervention/Crisis-Intervention-Team-(CIT)-Programs
Horrors of Avalanches: Let's Play Avalanche, Boulder, Tree
Kat explains how to survive an avalanche and why they are so terrifying. Begging the question, why would anyone go to where snow murder happens? She also discusses how Disney's Frozen and General Motors helped to solve the Dyatlov Pass Incident.
Horrors of Tsunamis: The Earth Wants to Murder Us.
The ocean is a terrifying water void that wants to murder us. Like the depths of space, it’s filled with awful things we’ve never seen before or can’t understand. Kat explains what to do before, during, and after a tsunami. Why are tsunamis just absolutely rude?
Audio Only Episodes
Alien & Space Exploration with Kennedy Allen
OUR 34th EPISODE IS ABOUT SPACE EXPLORATION! We are inviting our good good friends from one of our favorite podcasts ever - The Black Tribbles. This episode is featuring Storm Tribble, Kennedy! We find out why “In space, no one can hear you scream.” The ghouls and Kennedy solve all of the problems with space exploration (hint: put women in charge and LISTEN WHEN THEY TELL YOU THINGS) and dissect the classic hit film, Alien (which Gabe hadn't seen before this episode :O ).
Seven & Thrillers
On our 33rd episode, as part of our Black Tribbles series, we talk with the Master Tribble, Erik about Suspense/Thriller films and why they most definitely are a subgenre of Horror. Fight us. We learn to think outside the box by discussing the differences between Horrors and Thrillers while also watching the Horror Suspense film, Se7en.
Tokyo Ghoul & Horror Anime with Isaiah Luck
On Episode #32, we talk about horror anime! We are inviting our good good friends from one of our favorite podcasts ever - The Black Tribbles. They’re Too Cool to be Geeks. Too Cute to be Nerds. The Black Tribbles is a podcast that seeks to explore the nerd within and out. This episode is featuring the Super Saiyan Tribble himself, Isaiah! You can see Kat and Gabe geek out about anime in episode #346: Anime Theme Music on the Black Tribbles!
Are You Afraid of the Dark, Goosebumps & Horror for Kids
For Gabe's birthday month, the ghouls are inviting some of her favorite people from one of her absolute favorite podcasts, The Black Tribbles to talk about spooky stuff with her! On Episode #31, we kick off this Tribble's series with the Uncanny Tribble & Amalgam Comics & Coffeeshop owner, Ariell. The ghouls chat with Ariell about 90's kid's horror and explore why scaring your kids young makes them better people. We talk Goosebumps, Are You Afraid of the Dark, and even the Scholastic Book Fair. Join us and learn about the kid horror haven that was the 90s.
Dr. Black & Mr. Hyde and Black Horror with Micheaux Mission's Len & Vince
Gabe and Kat are joined by the marvelous hosts of one of their favorite podcasts, The Micheaux Mission. Len and Vince educate the ghouls on what constitutes a black film and dig into why black characters always die first. We watched Dr. Black and Mr Hyde which is about a subtle as you can imagine a film of this title to be, explored the Blaxploitation movement and made some discoveries about LL Cool J. Come on down and groove with us to Mr. Hyde's killer theme song. *Disclaimer: This is an older episode and has poor sound quality.*
eXisteZ, Scanners, Videodrome and David Cronenberg with Debbie Rudman
Kat and Gabe invite over one of their friends, Debbie to explain herself. And more importantly, to discuss how absolutely riveting and jarring David Cronenberg is. The Ghouls dive deep into the grotesque genius mind of Cronenberg and explore the Body Horror genre. Find out what really creeps Gabe and Kat out even though they previously thought themselves invincible to gore. *Disclaimer: This is an old episode so pardon the poor audio quality*
Suspiria & Other Horror Movie Music Scores with Sergio Galeano
Ghouls talk Horror Movie Music Scores! We are joined by our good friend Sergio who knows quite a bit about music in movies, can't get him to shut up about it honestly. So sit on down and learn about why music is so powerful, how it can make or break your horror experience and why you get the heebie jeebies. Sergio had us watch the once in a lifetime experience film like no other, Suspiria. Come scream sing with us and throw your instruments down the stairs! *Disclaimer: This is an older episode, please excuse the poor audio quality*
Until Dawn, Resident Evil, Silent Hill & Other Horror Video Games with Jeff Bethea
Kat and Gabe talk with our good friend and fellow gamer, Jeff! We talk horror video games like Silent Hill and Resident Evil while also forcing Jeff to hang out with us by bribing him with video game play. We watched as Jeff made some terribly stressful decisions in Until Dawn and will probably continue to play after this. Can he save all these terrible children from dying? And more importantly, does he want to? *Disclaimer: This is an older episode so please pardon the sound quality*