Author: Jason Henderson


Castle of Horror: ‘Rue Morgue’ Showed Bela Lugosi’s Weird Versatility

This week we continue our retrospective dedicated to the films of Bela Lugosi, this time with Lugosi’s mysterious performance in the 1932 Universal film Murders in the Rue Morgue. Rue Morgue is a 1932 American pre-Code horror film, very loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.” Pre-Code and […]

Castle Talk: Anthony Rotolo Will Make You Remember The Golden Age Of TV Horror For You

Tonight we’re chatting with Anthony Rotolo, the creator of the TV Terror Podcast. TV Terror is the show devoted to horror, thriller, and suspense programming from the movie-for-the-week golden age and beyond. We talk about why made-for-TV movies were ever a thing, and the strange time we’re living in when everything can be preserved, yet […]


Castle Talk: James Hornor Jacobs Finds Cosmic Horror In Authoritarianism In The Sea Dreams It Is The Sky

James Hornor Jacobs is the author of The Sea Dreams it is the Sky[easyazon_link identifier=”B07BQG21FY” locale=”US” tag=”bleedingcoo07-20″]The Sea Dreams It Is the Sky: A Novella of Cosmic Horror[/easyazon_link], a new novella from HarperCollins. The story features a strong female lead, a powerful LGBTQ protagonist, a horrifyingly gripping plot, and a culturally-sensitive perspective as John worked […]

Castle Talk: Limetown Returns with New Book, Facebook Show with Jessica Biel

In 2015, Zack Akers and Skip Bronkie launched the Limetown podcast, about an NPR-style reporter investigating the mass disappearance at a corporate town in Tennessee. On the iTunes homepage, the podcast went to the #1 US slot—topping This American Life and Serial. With its cult following, season two is now here, along with a TV […]


Castle of Horror: Dracula Introduced Parts Our Culture We Are Still Dealing With

This week we kick off a retrospective dedicated to the films of Bela Lugosi, beginning with Lugosi’s iconic star turn in the 1931 Dracula. This is a supersized discussion where we dive deep into the casting of Lugosi, the oddness of Lugosi’s performance, and the fealty of the movie (or not) to the book– and […]

Castle Talk: ‘Monster Party’ Delivers A Terrifying Serial Killer Support Group

In Monster Party, which comes out on November 2, three young thieves plan to rob a dinner party at a fancy Malibu mansion, only to discover that the dinner guests are all serial killers with no intention of letting them leave. Jason chats with writer/director Chris von Hoffmann on how to make horror with tension. Listen here: […]

Castle of Horror: Paul Lynde Halloween Special, Torturous Ordeal OR A Revelation

The Castle team did TWO Halloween episodes this week because we’re so in the spirit– the first is a shorter episode on a very strange curio you may have heard of: the aired-once, now-available-for-streaming 1976 Paul Lynde Halloween Special.  Paul Lynde was a familiar face on TV in the mid-century and someone who traded heavily on […]

Castle of Horror: ‘War of the Worlds’ [1953] Grimmer Than You Remember

For our second Halloween Week episode, the Castle Team look at the amazing 1953 film War of the Worlds starring Gene Barry. This is a film that turned out to be darker than we expected because the lessons of the film– basically man is screwed in some catastrophes and smart people won’t be able to […]

Castle Talk- ‘Halloween: Hallowtide’ Hero’s Battle for Spirit of Halloween

Jason chats with Drew Edwards, writer of the long running indie comic Halloween Man and coming Oct. 24th from Comixology and Sugar Skull Media, the all-new two issue mini-series Halloween Man: Hallowtide. Description: Halloween Man: Hallowtide: Is it slaughter or sacrifice? A Penny Dreadful meets Raygun Gothic as Victorian folklore comes to nightmarish life on […]

Castle of Horror: Halloween 2018 Sets A New Standard For Sequels

At last- we complete our 2018 Halloween Retrospective with the brand-new reboot movie Halloween. This is a long episode where we go deep into where this movie stands in context with the rest of the films, how it compares with Jamie Lee Curtis’ last return, and more. This is a SPOILER-FILLED discussion, so be warned! […]

Castle Talk: Killer Kate! Director To Recreate Tight, Claustrophobic Thrillers

In Killer Kate! , which comes out in theaters and VOD on October 26, soon-to-be-bride Angie invites her estranged sister Kate to her bachelorette party held at a remote house booked on a home-sharing app. The women are unaware that by booking this house, they’re walking into a trap set in motion by a disturbed family of amateur killers who are out for […]

Chatting With ‘An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn’ Director, Writer

[Editor’s note: this piece about An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn team comes to us from Bleeding Cool contributor Tony Salvaggio.] At this year’s Fantastic Fest I was able to catch one of my favorite comedies of the year, An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn. Equal parts charming and absurd, director Jim Hosking (who directed last […]

Bleeding Cool Exclusive: Here’s a Clip from ‘Killer Kate!’

Bleeding Cool has received an exclusive preview clip of the upcoming horror thriller, Killer Kate! The film features a female driven cast including actresses Danielle Burgess (The Sinner, The Deuce), Tiffany Shepis (12 Monkeys, Victor Crowley) and Alexandra Feld (Slate Your Name, Oliver Stoned). The film marks the feature film debut from director Elliot Feld (Slate Your Name, Mother Mary), who co-wrote the film with Daniel Moya (Rental, Mother Mary). Estranged sisters – Kate and Angie – haven’t spoken […]

Castle Talk: Jordi O’Dael, Aberrant Theatre Co-Founder on The Ghost Light Anthology

Jordi O’Dael is one of the co-founders of Aberrant Theatre, a brand-new horror-centric theatre company, and the director of The Ghost Light Anthology – Aberrant’s first major Toronto production. A life-long horror fan with years of experience both on stage and behind the scenes, they co-founded Aberrant earlier this year as a way of bringing […]


Castle Talk: Amy Lukavics’ Nightingale Is A Harrowing Journey Into Madhouses

Amy Lukavics is the author of Daughters unto Devils, The Women in the Walls, The Ravenous and now Nightingale from Harlequin Teen, new out now in hardback. Nightingale is a bout a teenage girl and budding writer in 1951 who chafes at the demands of her family until she finds herself committed to an asylum, where she suspects something evil and […]

Castle of Horror: Halloween 5 Took The Halloween Series Careening Out Of Control

This week on Castle of Horror, we continue our countdown to the Halloween reboot with the second part of the continuity-crazed “Thorn Trilogy” of the original series: Halloween 5, which continues the strange psychic connection between Michael Meyers and his young niece. For the first time since Halloween II, the cast from the previous film returns […]