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Watch If You Dare is a podcast exploring horror cinema through the eyes of a coward and the eyes of a longtime fan. Each episode, Aaron (a horror movie monster boy) and his longtime friend Derek (a lover of the dark and macabre, but a spooky celluloid coward) watch a new movie and then attempt to put their bony fingers on why jumpscares, supernatural entities, and other phobias get under our skin. Whether you’re a hardened horror expert, a casual in a love-hate relationship with scary cinema, or just a victim of a dare, join Derek, Aaron, and the occasional guest or two and face your fears. Find new episodes of Watch If You Dare on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play. Please subscribe, rate and review, and share. We are on Facebook and Twitter @WatchIfYouDare
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This week, James Hales returns to the podcast to discuss 1981's Italian supernatural horror film "The Beyond" directed by Lucio Fulci with the Spoop Bois, Derek and Aaron. They discuss the surreal and ridiculous nature of this film, Fulci movies, and Italian horror in general. They also dig into the portrayal of Louisiana, the insane amount of gore, Fulci's obsession with eye trauma, the plot details behind the horror, among other details. James, Aaron and Derek face the sea of darkness, and all therein that may be explored.  We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Stitcher, Spotify, CastBox, and Google Play. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Our socials are on Facebook and Twitter @WatchIfYouDare Shop Nightmare Threads for all your horror clothing and merch needs. Use our referral link below! Enter coupon code “WatchIfYouDare” at checkout to save 10%! https://nightmarethreads.com/?ref=DareYou
Episode 42: They Live

Episode 42: They Live

2020-07-1401:55:41

This week, Aaron and Derek put on their sunglasses and watch 1988's science-fiction action horror film "They Live" directed by the great John Carpenter. They discuss the movie's politics and relevancy to today as well as whether or not this is considered a horror classic. They also gush about Roddy Piper and Keith David, dig further into Carpenter's brand, and touch on all the societal satire in general. Put on this podcast or start eating that trashcan.We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Stitcher, Spotify, CastBox, and Google Play. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Our socials are on Facebook and Twitter @WatchIfYouDare Shop Nightmare Threads for all your horror clothing and merch needs. Use our referral link below! Enter coupon code “WatchIfYouDare” at checkout to save 10%! https://nightmarethreads.com/?ref=DareYou
Episode 41: Event Horizon

Episode 41: Event Horizon

2020-06-3001:51:16

This week, Aaron and Derek tackle 1997's science fiction horror film "Event Horizon" directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. They discuss the nostalgia and cult status surrounding the film, the use of mid to late 90s effects and dialogue, and what it borrows from other franchises. They also dig into the possibility of the director's cut and extended footage of the "hell scenes." Aaron doesn't need eyes to see. Derek brought something back with him. We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Stitcher, Spotify, CastBox, and Google Play. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Our socials are on Facebook and Twitter @WatchIfYouDare Shop Nightmare Threads for all your horror clothing and merch needs. Use our referral link below! Enter coupon code “WatchIfYouDare” at checkout to save 10%! https://nightmarethreads.com/?ref=DareYou    
Episode 40: The Wailing

Episode 40: The Wailing

2020-06-1602:18:40

This week, Aaron and Derek return to South Korean horror with 2016's supernatural thriller "The Wailing" directed by Na Hong-jin. They discuss why "The Wailing" is a horror modern masterpiece and further talk about the quality of Korean cinema in general. They also dig into the brilliant snap tone shifts, the ritualistic nature of supernatural and demonic activity, and the historical undertones with Korea's relationship with outside cultures portrayed in the film. Aaron saw something in the window and is sending Derek to check it out. Find out what happens next! We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Stitcher, Spotify, CastBox, and Google Play. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Our socials are on Facebook and Twitter @WatchIfYouDare Shop Nightmare Threads for all your horror clothing and merch needs. Use our referral link below! Enter coupon code “WatchIfYouDare” at checkout to save 10%! https://nightmarethreads.com/?ref=DareYou
The Spoop Bois Aaron and Derek are joined by friend and director Zach Lamplugh to discuss 2014's found footage psychological horror film "Creep" directed by Patrick Brice. They discuss how the cast being limited to 2 people works, the tight budget and runtime adding to the quality of the movie, and the effectiveness of found footage and improvisation in enhancing the horror. They also take time to discuss Zach Lamplugh's movie "The VICE Guide to Bigfoot," and his experience with it making the festival rounds. Zach shows Aaron and Derek his good friend "Peachfuzz." Tune in to hear about it!We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Stitcher, Spotify, CastBox, and Google Play. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Our socials are on Facebook and Twitter @WatchIfYouDare Shop Nightmare Threads for all your horror clothing and merch needs. Use our referral link below! Enter coupon code “WatchIfYouDare” at checkout to save 10%! https://nightmarethreads.com/?ref=DareYou
Mother's Day may have just passed, but the Spoop Bois are still celebrating! This week, Aaron's lovely mother Tammy joins them to discuss 1982's supernatural horror classic "Poltergeist" directed by Tobe Hooper and written and produced by Steven Spielberg. They discuss the "cursed" tragedy surrounding the franchise, whether this feels more like a Spielberg or Hooper movie, and bombastic nature of the film's horror tropes. They also talk about motherhood and being proactive in regard to the well-rounded Diane Freeling character. Instead of going into the light, turn back and give us a listen! Tell your moms to give us a listen! We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Stitcher, Spotify, CastBox, and Google Play. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Our socials are on Facebook and Twitter @WatchIfYouDare Shop Nightmare Threads for all your horror clothing and merch needs. Use our referral link below! Enter coupon code “WatchIfYouDare” at checkout to save 10%! https://nightmarethreads.com/?ref=DareYou
On the last part of the Twin Peaks series, Derek, Aaron and Meryl go through the murder of Laura Palmer in the final scenes of 1992's "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me" directed by David Lynch. Among the things covered, they discuss Lynch's use of lighting, the horrific nature of BOB's host, the retrospective evaluation of the film, etc. They also skim through some of the extended media, specifically "The Missing Pieces" and recent novels. Theories are shared. Some of it is solved. Many questions remain. The three of them are waiting for you in the Black Lodge. We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Stitcher, Spotify, CastBox, and Google Play. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Our socials are on Facebook and Twitter @WatchIfYouDare Shop Nightmare Threads for all your horror clothing and merch needs. Use our referral link below! Enter coupon code “WatchIfYouDare” at checkout to save 10%! https://nightmarethreads.com/?ref=DareYou
With part 2, Aaron, Derek, and Meryl continue to dig into the world of Twin Peaks and specifically 1992's film "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me" directed by David Lynch. This episode, they finally meet Laura Palmer herself, explore her frantic habits and relationships, see the influence of the Black Lodge in her life, and begin to unravel the dark nature of her past and family life. They also continue to deep dive into the esoteric themes surrounding the franchise at large and share their own interpretations and theories. Aaron lost the ring. Meryl and Derek just want their share of the garmonbozia. We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Stitcher, Spotify, CastBox, and Google Play. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Our socials are on Facebook and Twitter @WatchIfYouDare Shop Nightmare Threads for all your horror clothing and merch needs. Use our referral link below! Enter coupon code “WatchIfYouDare” at checkout to save 10%! https://nightmarethreads.com/?ref=DareYou
With our first multi-part series, the Spoop Bois with guest and close friend Meryl Dakin enter the town of Twin Peaks! They tackle Twin Peaks the series as a whole while focusing specifically on David Lynch's 1992 followup film "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me", which took the franchise in an even darker, more horrifying direction. In part 1, they discuss the background production of "Fire Walk with Me," it's initial evaluation by fans, what it adds to Twin Peaks lore, and how important it is to the recent revival series. They also run through the adventures of special agents Chester Desmond, Sam Stanley, and the mysterious Phillip Jeffries. Meryl refuses to talk about Judy. Aaron has the fury of his own momentum. Derek HAS BEEN GONE FOR DAMN NEAR TWO YEARS!We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Stitcher, Spotify, CastBox, and Google Play. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Our socials are on Facebook and Twitter @WatchIfYouDare Shop Nightmare Threads for all your horror clothing and merch needs. Use our referral link below! Enter coupon code “WatchIfYouDare” at checkout to save 10%! https://nightmarethreads.com/?ref=DareYou
Episode 34: The Stuff

Episode 34: The Stuff

2020-04-0201:53:37

Aaron and Derek continue their horror journey through these quarantine days. This week, they consume 1985's satirical science fiction horror flick "The Stuff" written, produced, and directed by Larry Cohen. They touch on Cohen's approach towards consumerism with "The Stuff" and what makes this and his other films subversive. They also discuss his creative process in regard to schlock quality, control, and views on society. Why is that yogurt substance that Aaron and Derek keep eating now moving in the fridge? Because enough is never enough of The Stuff! Enough horror is never enough for Watch If You Dare! We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Stitcher, Spotify, CastBox, and Google Play. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Our socials are on Facebook and Twitter @WatchIfYouDare Shop Nightmare Threads for all your horror clothing and merch needs. Use our referral link below! Enter coupon code “WatchIfYouDare” at checkout to save 10%! https://nightmarethreads.com/?ref=DareYou
Episode 33: A Dark Song

Episode 33: A Dark Song

2020-03-1902:05:54

Society may be quarantined, but the spoop bois Derek and Aaron are still here to deliver the scares. This week, they discuss 2016's Irish-British independent horror film "A Dark Song" written and directed by Liam Gavin. They dig into the quality of acting done between a mostly two person cast, the handling of magic compared to reality and other media, and the emotional toll it had specifically on Derek. They also go through how the movie portrays themes and horror related to long term indoor isolation (sound familiar?). Did Aaron summon an angel or a demon? Is that actually Derek behind the door? Listen in! We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Stitcher, Spotify, CastBox, and Google Play. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Our socials are on Facebook and Twitter @WatchIfYouDare Shop Nightmare Threads for all your horror clothing and merch needs. Use our referral link below! Enter coupon code “WatchIfYouDare” at checkout to save 10%! https://nightmarethreads.com/?ref=DareYou
In this special episode, the Spoop Bois finally take on another juggernaut of horror cinema. Scientist and personal friend of the show Devin joins Aaron and Derek to discuss 1982's science fiction horror masterpiece "The Thing" directed by John Carpenter. They dig into the themes of distrust and isolation, how the horror holds up decades later, what else can be said about a film that has been thoroughly discussed, the expanded lore shown in the comics, etc. They also go through a brief history of the flick in regard to production including referencing the novella "Who Goes There?" and 1951's film "The Thing from Another World." Devin disappears in the snowstorm, Aaron spends time with the dog, and Derek is locked in the tool shack.We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Stitcher, Spotify, CastBox, and Google Play. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Our socials are on Facebook and Twitter @WatchIfYouDare Shop Nightmare Threads for all your horror clothing and merch needs. Use our referral link below! Enter coupon code “WatchIfYouDare” at checkout to save 10%! https://nightmarethreads.com/?ref=DareYou
Episode 31: Train to Busan

Episode 31: Train to Busan

2020-02-2002:04:58

This week, Aaron and Derek dig into the 2016 South Korean zombie film "Train to Busan" directed by Yeon Sang-ho. They discuss the emotional weight from this film, what constitutes "good" zombie stories, returning to the fears of parenting, and the quality of Korean horror and cinema in general. They also talk about the amazing cast and credits, and their connections with other projects. All aboard, Derek and Aaron! Are those bite marks on your arms?We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Stitcher, Spotify, CastBox, and Google Play. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Our socials are on Facebook and Twitter @WatchIfYouDare Shop Nightmare Threads for all your horror clothing and merch needs. Use our referral link below! Enter coupon code “WatchIfYouDare” at checkout to save 10%!https://nightmarethreads.com/?ref=DareYou
This week, Derek and Aaron tackle 2015's haunted house flick "We Are Still Here" written and directed by Ted Geoghegan. They discuss how it has a more Fulci vibe compared to Argento, the effective use of ghost story tropes, the shocking amount of gore, among many other topics. They also sample some choice music influenced in horror as well as other usual horror recommendations. Did Derek make it through a movie containing his greatest fears? Is Aaron ever going to fix the furnace in the basement? Listen to find out! We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, CastBox, and Google Play. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Our socials are on Facebook and Twitter @WatchIfYouDare Shop Nightmare Threads for all your horror clothing and merch needs. Use our referral link below! Enter coupon code “WatchIfYouDare” at checkout to save 10%! https://nightmarethreads.com/?ref=DareYou
Following the holiday break, Aaron and Derek are joined by returning guest Lauren to tackle 2001's psychological horror film "Session 9" directed by Brad Anderson. They discuss the movie's production and aesthetic with the use of an actual mental hospital, the aspects of masculinity with the main characters, and possibility of supernatural influence. They also touch on the portrayal of mental health in regard to context of the film and past covered flicks. Also, David Caruso is in this movie. Will Derek find the coins? Why is Aaron suddenly wearing sunglasses? Is the knocking ever going to stop for Lauren? This episode sounds like it's a little......crazy. YEAAAAAAAAAAAH! We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, CastBox, and Google Play. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Our socials are on Facebook and Twitter @WatchIfYouDare Shop Nightmare Threads for all your horror clothing and merch needs. Use our referral link below! Enter coupon code “WatchIfYouDare” at checkout to save 10%! https://nightmarethreads.com/?ref=DareYou
Episode 28: Black Christmas

Episode 28: Black Christmas

2019-12-2401:55:59

It's the 2019 Christmas episode! Aaron and Derek celebrate with 1974's Canadian slasher "Black Christmas" directed by Bob Clark. They discuss how the movie remains horrifying 40+ years later, what sets it apart from the recent string of films they've done, and why they chose to watch it for the holidays. They also cover the serious issues the film tackles, plot similarities to serial killers and other genre flicks, the juxtaposition of Christmas and horror, Olivia Hussey's accent, and much more. Ignore the carolers, check the attic! There's someone on the phone! We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, CastBox, and Google Play. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Our socials are on Facebook and Twitter @WatchIfYouDare Shop Nightmare Threads for all your horror clothing and merch needs. Use our referral link below! Enter coupon code “WatchIfYouDare” at checkout to save 10%! https://nightmarethreads.com/?ref=DareYou
This week, the spoop bois Derek and Aaron are joined by returning guest Heather Murray to talk 1984's science fiction horror flick "Night of the Comet" directed by Thom Eberhardt. They discuss how the movie handles strong female protagonists, the horrors of post apocalyptic 80s teenage wasteland, and the portrayal of sisterhood and family. They also get into why Catherine Mary Stewart and Kelli Maroney crush it in the main roles, and they take the time to discuss other horror recommendations like usual. Hit up the mall, and plug us into your headphones! We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, CastBox, and Google Play. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Our socials are on Facebook and Twitter @WatchIfYouDare Shop Nightmare Threads for all your horror clothing and merch needs. Use our referral link below! Enter coupon code “WatchIfYouDare” at checkout to save 10%!https://nightmarethreads.com/?ref=DareYou
Episode 26: Blood Rage

Episode 26: Blood Rage

2019-11-2601:48:47

That's not cranberry sauce, it's a podcast! This week, the Spoop Bois Derek and Aaron talk 1987's American slasher "Blood Rage" (also known as "Nightmare at Shadow Woods" and "Slasher") directed by John Grissmer. They discuss the connection to Thanksgiving, Louise Lasser's crazy performance, the ridiculous location of the film, over the top gore, and much more. They also give thanks to many who have supported them along the way. They aren't Todd, but they are the hosts. Cut your turkey and listen along! We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, CastBox, and Google Play. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Our socials are on Facebook and Twitter @WatchIfYouDareShop Nightmare Threads for all your horror clothing and merch needs. Use our referral link below! Enter coupon code “WatchIfYouDare” at checkout to save 10%!https://nightmarethreads.com/?ref=DareYou
For the 25th episode, the spoop boys tackle their first documentary. With friend of the hosts Jeff Rogers (yes, he is a doctor) joining them, they discuss 2015's "The Nightmare" directed by Rodney Ascher. They talk about why the documentary works as a horror movie, they share stories about nightmares and sleep paralysis, and they examine possible theories and causes. Derek is tested by one of the scarier movies they've covered. Jeff is as eccentric as ever. Aaron thinks life is a dream. Sleep tight and pay no mind to that shadow moving in the corner. We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, CastBox, and Google Play. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Our socials are on Facebook and Twitter @WatchIfYouDare
It's the first ever Halloween episode! Aaron and Derek put on their masks and discuss 1982's science fiction horror cult classic "Halloween III: Season of the Witch" directed by Tommy Lee Wallace. The boys explain why they chose this bonkers flick to close out the Season of Spoop™ instead of the classic Myers-based original. They also dig into a little bit of Halloween legend, talk about Tom Atkins (yet again), and recommend a chunk of other horror media to check out. It's almost time, kids. The clock is ticking. Tune in to the podcast for the horrorthon. Don't miss it, and don't forget to wear your masks. The clock is ticking. It's almost time. Happy, happy Halloween! Halloween Halloween! We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, CastBox, and Google Play. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Our socials are on Facebook and Twitter @WatchIfYouDare
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