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She’s a lover, he’s a fighter. Together, they’re CHEER AND LOATHING. Tune in to hear your hosts, Stephanie (Cheer) and Casey (Loathing), clash over the films they love — and the ones they love to hate. With a new theme each month and related topics each week, they’ll make a case for the good and the bad; it may even get a bit ugly! New episodes drop the first three Sundays of every month, with possible bonus content every fourth Sunday.
56 Episodes
Episode 16: Witchy Women

Episode 16: Witchy Women


Lay down the Pentagram rug and remove thy shift. It's time to get witchy with two of Stephanie's favorite modern horror films about witchcraft and feminism: The Love Witch and The Witch. Does the Patriarch (ie, Casey) enjoy the deliciousness? We'll let you venture a guess. But, spoiler alert, there may be as many hexes in this episode as in the films we discuss. Buckle up, sinners, it's going to be a bumpy ride! --- Send in a voice message:
WTF Horror!

WTF Horror!


Cheer and Loathing are back, and boy, did we pick a doozy of an episode to follow our Season 4 premiere. Things are about to get weird...really, REALLY weird. Picking two experimental horror films to discuss — the surprise Shudder hit SKINAMARINK and the insane film fest darling RAZZENNEST — is a recipe for disaster. Loathing (aka Casey) was already angry at Cheer (Steph) for insisting that he sit through every minute of SKINAMARINK, no matter how much he felt he'd seen it all by the first ten minutes. To soften the blow, we brought on a special guest, Morbidly Beautiful contributor and avid film connoisseur Jamie Marino, to help referee this smackdown between a WTF film lover and a "Are you f*ck*ng kidding me?!" fighter. Is Jamie Team Cheer or Loathing? Tune in to find out! D10 Go Fund Me Link: --- Send in a voice message:
Season 4! AI, AI, OH

Season 4! AI, AI, OH


After a long delay, we're finally back in the saddle. And we're kicking off 2023 and Season 4 of Cheer and Loathing by talking about evil AI. Of course, we'll be talking about the campy horror hit that will hopefully herald in a killer year of horror, M3GAN. For our second film, we picked a much less heralded 'AI Gone Wrong' film from 2020 that went way under the radar, THE ALPHA TEST. Does that make it a hidden gem or a stone better left unturned? Tune in to find out. --- Send in a voice message:
We're recording this episode on the holiest of holy days, Halloween. That's how much we love you! And since it's such a special occasion, we're doing something a bit different. We're peeling back the curtain and giving you a glimpse into the minds of the maniacs behind the mics. Who is Cheer? And what the hell is up with Loathing? Tune in to get all your burning questions answered, uncover our origin story, find out what our favorite films are, hear which Cheer and Loathing episodes we had the most fun much more! --- Send in a voice message:
This week, we’re looking at Halloween Horror — films that take place on or near Halloween and evoke the spirit of the season. As usual, we were each responsible for picking one never-before-seen film, and we coincidentally picked films with a lot of similarities to each other. One is a 1981 made-for-tv horror film, and the other is a recent release that takes place in the 80s and reflects the look and tone of 80s horror. So, grab your pumpkin pail full of candy, get comfortable, and settle in for a festive double feature of NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW and CANDY CORN — plus other treats. --- Send in a voice message:
Episode 27: Work is Hell

Episode 27: Work is Hell


In honor of Casey's triumphant (or, let's just call it tragic) return to the workforce, we're celebrating the horrors of earning a living. As if just having to show up each day to that evil place where they keep our paycheck isn't horrifying enough, these films show us what happens when things get much, much worse. For each of our first-time watches, Casey picked an indie horror classic out of Canada (big surprise), 2009's Pontypool. And Stephanie hates teambuilding, so she visited a recent horror-comedy from one of her favorite indie filmmakers, 2019's Corporate Animals. --- Send in a voice message:
What is it about "you'll die if you do X" urban legends that leave us dying to do X?! Say his name five times; visit a sketchy internet chat room; purchase a ticket for a cursed film. We know we shouldn't do it, but we just can't help ourselves. Kind of like listening to this podcast. We warn you it's going to be a trainwreck, but you just can't help yourself, can you? Speaking of trainwrecks, Casey picks the infamous 2012 debacle known as Smiley while Stephanie hails Satan with 2018's Antrum. --- Send in a voice message:
We're back! It's a new season, and we're mixing things up. Tune in to hear what you can expect from Cheer and Loathing 2.0. And join us as we explore a couple of modern horror anthologies helmed by some heavy hitters, like Joe Dante and Kevin Smith. Enjoy a sadistic celebration of most major holidays, from Valentine's Day to New Year's Eve, with 2016's HOLIDAYS. Then grab a seat for a showing at NIGHTMARE CINEMA, a high-profile 2018 anthology from one of the original Masters of Horror. --- Send in a voice message:
Episode 24: What The Hell?!

Episode 24: What The Hell?!


Well, we've come to the end of devils and demons month on the podcast. It was Stephanie's turn to pick the films, and she did her damndest to go out with a bang by picking a couple of recent, lesser known indie horror comedies: the animated film ATTACK OF THE DEMONS and the (debatable) so-bad-it's-good schlock fest BUS PARTY TO HELL. It was a hell of an episode, but not quite in the way she was intending. Instead, Casey brings the heat by way of unfettered rage. It's probably good we're taking a little vacation after this one, because we definitely need to exorcise these demons! --- Send in a voice message:
If you asked the average person what the biggest holiday in July is, most would say it's Independence Day — or, perhaps, Canada Day for Canucks like Casey. But for the freaks who host this podcast, it's National Nude Day! It's such a big deal that we even decided to host a special bonus episode to properly celebrate. And, since this is also devils and demons month on the podcast, there was only one choice when it came time to pick a film to discuss. Of course, we're talking about "Nude for Satan". The film is weird. REALLY weird. But it's not nearly as weird as how fired up Stephanie gets about bad porn. It's a hot one, and you don't want to miss it! --- Send in a voice message:
It's remake/reboot month on Cheer and Loathing. In honor of Father's Day, we discuss two modern remakes revolving around father figures. In "The Amityville Horror", George Lutz becomes a new dad to three kids when he marries a beautiful widow. But winning their approval becomes a hell of a lot harder when the family's new home comes complete with demonic possession, turning George into a very scary (but very sexy) psychopath. In "The Omen", a well-connected U.S. ambassador gets offered a handy replacement baby when his son is stillborn. Seems like a great deal, until he discovers he's raising the spawn of Satan. Are these remakes of horror royalty hellacious...or a hell of a good time? Tune in to find out! --- Send in a voice message:
This week's podcast themes are traumatic childhoods, devoted moms, the high price of bullying, and the pastiche of a good mask. Find out what happens when two horror icons of the slasher heyday get reimagined for modern audiences. It's an absolute bloodbath — and we're not just talking about what happens on screen. So leave the kids with the horny babysitter and gather 'round the campfire while we regale you with two timeless tales of terror. --- Send in a voice message:
Our theme this month is Summer Reheat, and we're talking about remakes, reboots, rehashes, and reimaginings; sequels that take place within a well-established universe. This week, we're looking at two films that attempt to revive extremely popular and long-running franchises. First up is the latest in the Saw franchise, the polarizing "Spiral," followed by the virtually unknown and seriously unloved "Hellraiser: Judgment". These films are 9 and 10 respectively in their franchise. Both attempt to shake things up by introducing more of a police procedural, mystery element. But does it work? At this point, are we just beating a dead horse...or, rather, frying a dead pig? Push play and let's find out! --- Send in a voice message:
On Friday, May 8th, 80's icon and video vixen Tawny Kitaen passed away at her home on Newport Beach at the age of 59. Tawny starred in one of Stephanie's favorite 80's horror films, Witchboard. And Casey was kind enough to indulge her in a special bonus episode of CHEER AND LOATHING to celebrate this cult classic and to honor the memory of a redheaded rock 'n roll horror goddess. We talk about the legacy of TTFN, debate the "real" pronunciation of Ouija (We-gee? We-juh? Ja Ja Ding Dong?), and consider the merits of gratuitous nudity. So move the planchette to HELL YES and join us for some wicked fun. --- Send in a voice message:
Episode 12: Mumsie Dearest

Episode 12: Mumsie Dearest


It's a new month on Cheer and Loathing — and that means a new theme! But first, we couldn't neglect the opportunity to celebrate moms with a little maternal mayhem. First, Rebecca de Mornay takes another turn rocking the cradle of insanity in Darren Lynn Bousman's Mother's Day (2010). She proves that mother may always be right, but she's not always right in the head. Then we take a trip down the mother of all rabbit holes with the heavily allegorical mother! (2017) from Darren Aronofsky. What's it all mean? Join us as we try to make sense of it all. But like childbirth itself, this one's gonna get messy! --- Send in a voice message:
It's the final week of "What a Twist!" month on Cheer and Loathing. Join our cult as we dare to let Ari Aster f*ck with our heads yet again, discuss the merits of booty slaps and phallic symbols, get a little philosophical around the maypole, and discuss if sanity is really all it's cracked up to be. We didn't start the fire...but we're definitely gonna burn in hell. Join us! --- Send in a voice message:
Episode 10: Mum's the Word

Episode 10: Mum's the Word


It's "What a Twist!" month on Cheer and Loathing. This week, we're delivering arthouse horror, supernatural scares, and iconic leading lady performances with The Others, starring Nicole Kidman, and Hereditary, starring the incomparable Toni Collette. Stephanie hails the Oscar-worthy performances and emotional depth, while Casey remains unphased by the hype and revisits one of his favorite catchphrases: "Meh." Let's all try to keep our heads about us as we buckle in for one hell of a ride! --- Send in a voice message:
It's a new month and a new theme on Cheer and Loathing. In honor of April Fool's Day, we're featuring movies with shocking twist endings. This week, we're taking a fashion-forward trip to the 80s to explore a couple of cult classic slasher (sort of) films. First up is the film that boasts what, to this day, remains one of the most talked-about twists in horror history. It's all about Angela, Angela, Angela on Sleepaway Camp. Then we get in the spirit of tomfoolery by debating a film whose marketing campaign and surprise ending hoodwinked a lot of horror films. Of course, it's April Fool's Day. Get ready for the ultimate drinking game...and the ultimate weekend getaway. It's a can't miss episode! --- Send in a voice message:
It's the final episode of Musical March on Cheer and Loathing. And that means it's also the listener choice Bonus Episode. You voted and demanded we serve up Trey Parker's directorial debut Cannibal! The Musical. And frankly, we ate this one up! What's not to love? Twisted humor from the man who gave us South Park, hilarious and oh-so catchy tunes, and even a real-life murder mystery. Despite all this deliciousness, does Casey have trouble digesting it? You'll have to tune in to find out! You'll also get a big tease for next month's theme, and we promise a big SURPRISE! --- Send in a voice message:
Tune in and turn it up. It's Musical March on Cheer and Loathing. After last week's duet of Musical Maneaters, we're warming up our vocal cords and taking the stage. It's a double dose of Phantom-inspired cult classics: Phantom of the Paradise (1974) and Stage Fright (2014). First, we make a deal with the devil and Death Records...asking ourselves, "If it's good enough for Daft Punk, shouldn't it be good enough for us?" Then we travel to the campiest camp in town for a medley of Meatloaf, metal, and mayhem. Does this duo bring harmony to the podcast, or is it a double dose of discordance? Listen to find out! --- Send in a voice message:
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