Category Archives: Dark Discussions – Film Talk

Dark Discussions looks forward to 2017!

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The crew of Dark Discussions picks its most anticipated horror movies of 2017! Listen/download on ITunes, Stitcher, or here: http://www.darkdiscussions.com/Pages/podcast_266.html

 

 

Dark Discussions meets Aston Elliot and does the Bucket List thing

 

In Dark Discussions Episode 265 (hard to believe that I think this year we’ll break 300 episodes!), we had the opportunity to talk with Australian actor Aston Elliot, most recently known for his role in Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla (catch our episode on that film here). Then, we take the plunge into our Bucket Lists–each of us had to watch a horror film (mostly classic or quintessential to the genre) that somehow we’d never seen. Listen on I-Tunes, Stitcher, download from the website here: http://www.darkdiscussions.com/Pages/podcast_265.html or listen directly here: Dark Discussions – Episode 265 – New Year’s Resolution Bucket List

One of my favorite moments from the Japanese anthology KWAIDAN. This scene is from "The Woman of the Snow."

One of my favorite moments from the Japanese anthology KWAIDAN. This scene is from “The Woman of the Snow.”

Getting in on Dark Discussions: September 2016

1978's Piranha was the final film of Dark Discussions' KILLER FISH FEST.

1978’s Piranha was the final film of Dark Discussions’ KILLER FISH FEST.

September’s such an interesting month, because, here in New England, it’s a fluid transition between summer and autumn.

Dark Discussions‘ topics for September were just as transitory, taking us from the final days Read the rest of this entry

10 movies that wouldn’t be scary if you watched them on mute

Horror films rely on all sorts of tricks to induce their frights: jump scares, atmosphere, and creepy or gory visuals. They also rely on something else that’s often overlooked: sound.

Sound, including music, can play a key role in how scary something is. Consider, for example, Robert Wise’s 1963 The Haunting; one of the most terrifying moments in that film is the scene in which the girls huddle in their room as an infernal banging roams the hall. We never see the ghost; we simply hear it—and if one turned down the volume and watched that scene without any noise, it would just look like two women making goofy faces in a room.

That said, here are ten films that rely so heavily on sound or dialogue Read the rest of this entry

Starts this week!

Dark Discussions takes the plunge and dives deep into six films of aquatic terror in our Killer Fish Fest!

We are not going to tell you which films we’re going to cover; you’ll have to find out as we go, but all of our episodes released in August will have to do with some kind of scary aquatic horror movie.

New episodes of Dark Discussions are released every Thursday on I-Tunes, Stitcher, and at http://www.darkdiscussions.com/. To get release announcements and to talk all things horror film with other DD fans (quite a knowledgeable, busy, and fun bunch), join the Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/DarkDiscussionsPodcast/

Get out those bathing suits and take a dip with us!

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DARK DISCUSSIONS on THE CONJURING 2; resources for exploring the story behind the film

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Nathan Schoonover (occult specialist, paranormal investigator, co-host of The Ghostman & Demon Hunter Show and my husband) joined us on Dark Discussions for an in-depth look at The Conjuring 2. We had a total blast! We discuss Amityville, Ouija boards, the real Enfield Poltergeist, DBox (and if you don’t know what that is you’ll just have to check it out) and more!

You can listen through I-Tunes and Stitcher or you can simply download it right from the Dark Discussions website here: http://www.darkdiscussions.com/Pages/podcast_238.html

Below, a very basic (I do mean VERY basic) list of resources in case you’re interested in exploring the real stories behind the film. This has already Read the rest of this entry

DARK DISCUSSIONS spends time with NINA FOREVER

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DARK DISCUSSIONS Episode 227 – NINA FOREVER montage by Philip Perron

Pomegranates, narcissism, Greek mythology and what-would-you-do-if-your-dead-girlfriend-literally-showed-up-in-your-bed-every-time-you-had-sex-scenarios (boy did the guys have fun with that one) ruled on last week’s Nina Forever episode of Dark Discussions, a (mostly horror) genre podcast (What’s also fun to mention is that Read the rest of this entry

SPECIAL: DARK DISCUSSIONS Nominated for Rondo Award – Vote through April 10th!

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I’d have posted this sooner, but I just found out. On February 17, the official ballot for the FOURTEENTH ANNUAL RONDO HATTON CLASSIC HORROR AWARDS was posted, and the Dark Discussions podcast—which hasn’t only been my favorite since 2011, I’ve guested several times and am now part-time co-host—has been nominated in Category #17, Best Multi-Media Horror Site (which feature podcasts).

While this is awesome, the Rondos are just something that should be on every horror fan’s radar, and every horror fan should go and vote. This year there are 21 choice categories and 6 write-in categories.

BALLOT AND VOTING INSTRUCTIONS FOURTEENTH ANNUAL RONDO HATTON CLASSIC HORROR AWARDS (2016) HERE

The Rondo Awards website states it is Read the rest of this entry

DARK DISCUSSIONS faces THE REVENANT

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The Leonardo DiCaprio vehicle The Revenant has gotten a lot of buzz—but is it actually any good?

There were a lot of varying opinions regarding this on the most recent episode of Dark Discussions, which is up now: http://www.darkdiscussions.com/Pages/podcast_216.html.

My late father was extremely interested in the Mountain Men and this period in American History spawned by the explorations of Lewis and Clark, so I went into this film with a little bit of knowledge – mostly, though, about keelboats and beaver conservation, to be honest. I’ve chosen what I’d consider reputable resources in case you’d like to know Read the rest of this entry

DARK DISCUSSIONS Explores THE FOREST (2016) — with these resources, you can, too!

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Dark Discussions Episode 215 masthead by Philip Perron.

The recent film The Forest may not have gotten such great reviews, but the crew at Dark Discussions took time out to discuss its good points, its bad ones, and its setting: the fascinating Aokigahara Jukai Forest (Japan’s Suicide Forest).

Below, links to the episode, as well as a list of resources for those who might be interested in learning more about this macabre environment—a real place where, on average, 100 people take their lives per year—that the film (although shot in Serbia; permission to work in the forest is almost never granted) depicted well.

Note: For a place so mysterious and strange, Read the rest of this entry

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