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CULT PERSONALITIES PODCAST: How we became horror fans through the decades

CULT PERSONALITIES PODCAST: How we became horror fans through the decades
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Cult Personalities is a brand new podcast dedicated to all the geeky, underrated, unusual, and offbeat movies, music, TV shows, books, comics, collectibles, beer, and more that we’re passionate about – basically anything that may have a cult following that influenced and shaped us into the irreverent weirdos that we are today.

Hosted by beer writer and blogger Derek Warren, former co-host of the Beer Geeks Radio Hour, and Rich Howells, founder and editor of NEPA Scene and co-host of the NEPA Scene Podcast, this weekly show is our way to geek out and share our passions with fellow nerds and nerf herders, discussing big franchises and obscure gems while sharing our honest opinions and personal stories in a fun and relatable way.

In Episode 5, as Halloween approaches, we talk about how our love of horror movies began and developed over time. We also discuss how the movies and the way they are marketed has changed in our lifetimes.

First, we talk about the new “Exorcist” TV show, “The Conjuring 2,” “Luke Cage,” the new “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Logan” trailers, and an upcoming steelbook Blu-ray re-release of “Phenomena.”

Then we get into the topic at hand, discussing the ratings system, the scariest things we saw at a young age that left a lasting impression, CGI versus practical effects, horror throughout different decades, the strange marketing of Freddy Krueger, “Friday the 13th,” “Halloween,” “Dawn of the Dead,” teasers and trailers now versus reading the back of the box and renting movies, Disney Halloween cartoons like “Sleepy Hollow” and their TV specials, “Goosebumps” and “Fear Street” books, “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” and “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” “Saw” and the rise of “torture porn,” the “Scream” franchise, attending horror conventions like Monster-Mania Con near Philadelphia, and more!

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