Castle of Horror Podcast



Castle of Horror: Doctor Sleep: The Stephen King Retrospective

Castle of Horror: Doctor Sleep: The Stephen King Retrospective

[SPOILERS FOR THE SHINING] This week we continue our Stephen King retrospective with Doctor Sleep, directed by Mike Flanagan and starring Ewan MacGregor as Danny Torrance, the boy who escaped the Overlook Hotel at the end of The Shining. Which The Shining, you might ask? There are so many: from the Stephen King book came […]

Castle of Horror: The Stephen King Retrospective

Castle of Horror: The Shining (1997): The Stephen King Retrospective

In the lobby of the lovely Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado sits a gift shop, right next to the wide, wooden central stair. The gift shop long ago embraced the one thing that the Stanley is most famous for above all else: its place as the inspiration, so the legend goes, for Stephen King’s […]


Castle Talk: Rob Zombie on 3 From Hell And How Visionaries Need A Clear Goal

Castle Talk: Rob Zombie on “3 from Hell” and How Visionaries Need a Clear Goal

3 From Hell is Rob Zombie’s long-awaited followup to the crime film The Devil’s Rejects, itself a sequel to the nightmarishly bloody and phosphorescent House of 1000 Corpses. 3 From Hell follows the remaining members of the Firefly family as they run from the law and try to make sense of their future. The film debuts […]


[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 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 […]

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 […]



Castle of Horror: Bela Lugosi Played The Perfect Narcissist in ‘The Raven’

The Castle team wraps up 2018 with one more excellent performance from our look at the often-unappreciated Bela Lugosi. For this episode we look at The Raven, a 1935 thriller that again teamed up Lugosi and Boris Karloff.   By this time, just four years after Dracula, Lugosi’s star at universal was fading, while the […]

Castle of Horror: ‘The Black Cat’ Reflected Bela Lugosi’s True-Life War Trauma

Our Bela Lugosi series takes a turn towards a movie that teams the star of Universal’s Dracula against their “Frankenstein,” Boris Karloff. But it’s so much more– this lean film tells the story of two men facing off in a strange castle, where memories of wartime atrocities lay over a human chess game between them. It’s […]

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 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 […]