Author: Jason Henderson


Castle Talk: Relive The Birth Of TV Horror With Master Of Dark Shadows

[Castle Talk] Relive The Birth Of TV Horror With ‘Master Of Dark Shadows’

  David Gregory has made documentaries about a slew of films and filmmakers, most notably 2014’s terrific Lost Soul, which detailed director Richard Stanley‘s travails on his big screen adaptation of The Island of Dr. Moreau. Now his subject is Dark Shadows, which starred Canadian actor Jonathan Frid as vampire Barnabas Collins and inspired the 2012 […]

[Castle Talk] Hard-case Crime Meets Gothic In Dracula's Revenge

[Castle Talk] Hard-Case Crime Meets Gothic In “Dracula’s Revenge”

Charles Rutledge is the author of “Dracula’s Revenge: A Jennifer Grail/Carter Decamp Novella”, which mashes up hard-case-style crime with gothic horror.  Rutledge is the co-author of three books in the Griffin and Price Crime/Horror series; “Blind Shadows”, “Congregations of the Dead”, and “A Hell Within”, all written with James A. Moore. We talk about the rebirth […]

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[Castle Talk] “Teen Movie Hell” And The Death Of The American Virgin

Mike “McBeardo” McPadden is the author of Teen Movie Hell: A Crucible of Coming-of-Age Comedies from Animal House to Zapped!, an extensive look at the pre-internet era of teen comedies. We talk about why there’s no longer such a thing as a teen sex comedy, why some people think Ferris Bueller is the worst, and […]

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[Castle Talk] ‘The Haunting Of Sharon Tate’ Breathes New Life Into The Manson Story By Focusing On The Victims

Daniel Farrands‘ new film The Haunting of Sharon Tate tells a fictionalized story of the final days of actress Sharon Tate and her friends, including celebrity stylist Jay Sebring and coffee heiress Abigail Folger. We chat with Jonathan Bennett and Lydia Hearst, who play Sebring and Folger. Listen here: http://audio.voxnest.com/stream/6f142deca77f468b96afa07d21684af0/traffic.libsyn.com/castleofhorror/Sharon_Tate_Actors_rev.mp3 Listen on YouTube: Check out the […]

[Castle Talk] League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen Hid An Amazing Nemo

[Castle Talk] ‘League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ Hid An Amazing Nemo

This week, we wrap up our retrospective of movies featuring Jules Verne’s immortal creation Captain Nemo with the 2003 steampunk literary mashup The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Boy was this movie controversial– taking the source material and bending it in ways that enraged fans of the book, the film itself starts out strong enough and, […]

[Castle of Horror] ‘The Amazing Captain Nemo’ Gives Nemo The 70s Buck Rogers Treatment

This week, we continue our retrospective on movies featuring Jules Verne’s immortal Captain Nemo (tying in with the release of Young Captain Nemo in March) with Irwin Allen’s 1978 science fiction film (really a packaged release of three episodes of a TV series) The Amazing Captain Nemo, AKA The Return of Captain Nemo. This is a film that all of […]



[Castle Talk] Eyal Klass On ‘The Lost Puzzler’: Why Post-Apocalyptic Fiction Endures

Eyal Kless is a classical violinist who currently teaches violin in the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, and performs with the Israel Haydn String Quartet, which he founded. He calls in from a visit to Stuttgart to discuss his new post-apocalyptic book The Lost Puzzler, a rich vision about the search for a boy who can unlock any puzzle. […]



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Castle of Horror: ‘Hellraiser’ Had Ideas Horror NEVER Touched Before

This week, we have the first of a two-part Hellraiser series, starting with the  1987 original Hellraiser directed by Clive Barker himself. Andrew Robinson, who had played the mad killer Scorpio in Dirty Harry, here plays two characters with great skill, but the real star is the concept of the Cenobites. These “super-butchers” are a […]

Castle of Horror: ‘The Good Son’ Made ‘Home Alone’ Kevin A Psychopath

This week, we continue our 2019 retrospective on evil children with the 1993 film The Good Son, about a child very like the one seen in The Bad Seed—in this case Henry, played by Macaulay Culkin. Culkin’s manager/father lobbied hard for Culkin to get this film, which the actor shot at roughly the same time as Home […]

Castle Talk: Darren Lynn Bousman on Convent Psycho-Thriller ‘St. Agatha’

St. Agatha is a brand-new psychological horror film (but don’t worry, it gets intense and sometimes gory) about a young conwoman (Sabrina Kern) in the 1950s who, finding herself broke and pregnant, joins a convent only to find herself trapped by an evil Mother Superior (Carolyn Hennessy.) It’s an amazingly powerful performance from both, and […]


Castle Talk: Kelly Meding’s “Stray Moon”, Why Urban Fantasy Thrives

Kelly Meding’s Stray Moon from Harper Voyager is a follow-up to her book Stray Magic which about one Shiloh Harrison and her team of Paranormal Marshals who are once again put between upholding the law and doing what is right. Werewolves are going missing and it’s up to Shiloh to help. We talk about dark […]

Interview: Nicolas Pesce on Flipping Giallo’s Gender Dynamics in ‘Piercing’

At Fantastic Fest 2018, Castle of Horror Co-host Tony Salvaggio sat down to discuss director Nicolas Pesce’s new dark genre adaptation of Ryû Murakami’s cat and mouse psycho-thriller Piercing. Pesce shares his ideas on adapting the book, evoking a mood in a minimalistic story and his influences both film and musically to Italian giallo movies. […]

Castle of Horror: ‘The Bad Seed’, Hollywood’s First Charismatic Killer Kid

This week, we kick off our 2019 retrospective on evil children with 1956 film The Bad Seed, about Rhoda, a pig-tailed, murderous child psychopath. We talk about the whirlwind success of The Bad Seed from its book publication in 1954, through a successful Broadway run to a classic movie two years later. The team touches on […]