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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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First time guest Angela joins Aaron and Derek to discuss 2019's psychological horror film "Saint Maud" written and directed by Rose Glass in her feature directorial debut. They get into how the movie explores adult spirituality juxtaposed with trauma, the nature of isolation and repression, and how Maud blends various Christian beliefs. They also talk about the religious practices depicted, Maud's perception of reality, and their own personal experiences with religion. Angela is telling Derek and Aaron to never waste their pain. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/WatchIfYouDare We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Goodpods, Amazon Music, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, and CastBox. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Also, check out our Spotify Music playlist, links on our Twitter and Podbean page. Our socials are on Facebook, Twitter and Hive @WatchIfYouDare
On this episode, James Hales returns to discuss 1985's Italian supernatural horror film "Demons" (Italian: Dèmoni) directed by Lamberto Bava and produced by Dario Argento with Aaron and Derek. They talk about Bava's involvement with the project in comparison with Argento and other collaborators, how the movie seems to genre hop, and several of the usual Italian horror film tropes. They also get into the meta plot set up with the fictional movie and theater, red herrings and plot holes, the unnecessary punk scenes, how it pokes fun at societal panic, and many other aspects of the film. Aaron put on that mask and scratched himself, get it? Derek became a demon. James is an instrument of evil, like they said in the damn movie! Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/WatchIfYouDare We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Goodpods, Amazon Music, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, and CastBox. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Also, check out our Spotify Music playlist, links on our Twitter and Podbean page. Our socials are on Facebook, Twitter and Hive @WatchIfYouDare
The Spoop Bois Derek and Aaron are joined by author V.P. Morris ("ShadowCast," "The Dead Letters Podcast," and "Dead Ringer") to discuss 2002's psychological horror film "May" written and directed by Lucky McKee. They talk about the duality of empathy and disgust for the May character, how underappreciated Anna Faris is as an actress, and the magic pairing of McKee directing and Angela Bettis acting. They also get into the early aughts influenced soundtrack, how the movie is a realistic portrayal of using others, the Frankenstein elements, and many other aspects of the flick. Derek wants to hang out and eat melons. Aaron is reading for fun. V.P. needs more parts. Please check out and order "Dead Ringer" by V.P. Morris at Black Rose Writing:  https://www.blackrosewriting.com/thrillers/deadringer Please check out and order "ShadowCast" by V.P. Morris at Black Rose Writing: https://www.blackrosewriting.com/thrillers/shadowcast?rq=Shadowcast You can follow V.P. Morris and her podcast "The Dead Letters Podcast" @TeaWriteRepeat and @deadletterspod Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/WatchIfYouDare We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Goodpods, Amazon Music, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, and CastBox. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Also, check out our Spotify Music playlist, links on our Twitter and Podbean page. Our socials are on Facebook, Twitter and Hive @WatchIfYouDare
On this extra special episode, Patrick Bromley (critic, host of "F This Movie!" podcast, contributor on Bloody Disgusting, Daily Dead, and Corpse Club) returns to the show and the horror chick Heather Wixson (author and former horror journalist) makes her first guest appearance to discuss 1986's body horror masterpiece "The Fly" directed by David Cronenberg. They also talk about Heather and Patrick's new book "In Search of Darkness," the definitive print companion to the horror documentary of the same name. They also get into the love story in "The Fly," what makes this Cronenberg's most accessible movie, ties to the short story and original movie, and many other aspects of the film. Derek and Aaron fear being destroyed and recreated. Heather and Patrick are working on something that will change the world. Purchase "In Search of Darkness" here: https://aminkpublishing.com/in-search-of-darkness Check out Heather's other books here: https://aminkpublishing.com/monsters-makeup-%26-effects Join F This Movie!'s Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/fthismovie/posts Follow Heather on Twitter: @thehorrorchick Heather's Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/thehorrorchick/ Patrick Bromley is on Twitter @patrickbromley F This Movie! is on Twitter @fthismovie Check out F This Movie!'s website: www.fthismovie.net Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/WatchIfYouDare We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Goodpods, Amazon Music, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, and CastBox. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Also, check out our Spotify Music playlist, links on our Twitter and Podbean page. Our socials are on Facebook, Twitter and Hive @WatchIfYouDare
Episode 134: Arachnophobia

Episode 134: Arachnophobia

2024-04-1202:32:18

After an unexpected hiatus, Aaron and Derek are back to tackle 1990's spider attack horror flick "Arachnophobia" directed by Frank Marshall in his directorial debut. They talk about Aaron's severe arachnophobia, how fun the cast is, and what it was like filming with real spiders. They also get into trusting health experts, wishing movies like this were still made, Frank Marshall's wild career in film, and many other aspects of the film. Aaron and Derek know there's a spider in the barn! Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/WatchIfYouDare We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Goodpods, Amazon Music, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, and CastBox. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Also, check out our Spotify Music playlist, links on our Twitter and Podbean page. Our socials are on Facebook, Twitter and Hive @WatchIfYouDare
Episode 133: Cube

Episode 133: Cube

2024-03-1502:14:17

On this episode, Derek and Aaron tackle 1997's Canadian independent sci-fi horror flick "Cube" directed and co-written by Vincenzo Natali. They talk about the themes of paranoia and hopelessness, the simple yet effective aesthetic of the setting, and how the filmmaking choices worked around having a small budget. They also get into the amateur performances, Natali's initial ideas for the Cube, how the lack of explanation works, and many other aspects of the movie. Derek and Aaron know that boundless human stupidity awaits them out there. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/WatchIfYouDare We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Goodpods, Amazon Music, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, and CastBox. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Also, check out our Spotify Music playlist, links on our Twitter and Podbean page. Our socials are on Facebook, Twitter and Hive @WatchIfYouDare
First time guest Dash Chain joins Aaron and Derek to discuss 2019's psychological horror movie "Us" written and directed by Jordan Peele. They talk about Peele's inspiration behind writing the movie, the commentary on American privilege and other themes, and the unsettling nature of doppelgängers. They also get into the horror and comedy in this flick vs "Get Out," the excellent cast and performances, the deliberate visuals and dialogue in every scene, among many other aspects of the film. Aaron, Derek and Dash see a family in the driveway. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/WatchIfYouDare We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Goodpods, Amazon Music, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, and CastBox. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Also, check out our Spotify Music playlist, links on our Twitter and Podbean page. Our socials are on Facebook, Twitter and Hive @WatchIfYouDare
On this episode, librarian and show superfan Heather Gunnell joins Aaron and Derek to discuss 1968's psychological horror film "Rosemary's Baby" written and directed by the very problematic Roman Polanski and adapted from Ira Levin's 1967 novel. Trigger warning: there is discussion about Polanski's 1977 sexual abuse case and other allegations. As far as the movie goes, they talk about the fears of pregnancy, loss of control, gaslighting, and isolation. They also get into differences between the book and movie, art vs. the artist, women's liberation in the 60s and other aspects of the flick. Pain, begone, Derek and Aaron will have no more of thee! Heather told me to make sure and tell you: the name is an anagram. Heather's links! Etsy: thepatchworkwitch.etsy.com (special coupon code WATCH for 15% off) Instagram: @patchworkwitchquilts TikTok: @patchworkwitch Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThePatchworkWitch Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/WatchIfYouDare We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Goodpods, Amazon Music, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, and CastBox. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Also, check out our Spotify Music playlist, links on our Twitter and Podbean page. Our socials are on Facebook, Twitter and Hive @WatchIfYouDare
Episode 130: Misery

Episode 130: Misery

2024-01-2502:28:11

This episode, the Spoop Bois Derek and Aaron tackle 1990's psychological thriller film "Misery" directed by Rob Reiner and adapted from Stephen King's 1987 book of the same name. They discuss the idea of toxic fandom under the modern lens, the positive change of expanding the sheriff's story, and the wonderful balance of dread and dark comedy. They also get into the casting that led to the amazing performances, why this should be considered a horror movie, the tone of violence in the film vs the book, and many other aspects of the film. Aaron and Derek will take good care of you. They're your number one fans. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/WatchIfYouDare We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Goodpods, Amazon Music, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, and CastBox. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Also, check out our Spotify Music playlist, links on our Twitter and Podbean page. Our socials are on Facebook, Twitter and Hive @WatchIfYouDare
For the first episode of 2024, Aaron and Derek are joined by author and podcaster Nina G. Jones ("Twisted Mirror" podcast) to discuss 2017's psychological horror film "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. They get into the strange character behaviors, ideas of revenge and impossible choices, and whether or not this movie can be considered a dark comedy. They also talk about allusions to Greek tragedy and myths, familial dynamics and favoritism, Barry Keoghan's otherworldly character and many other aspects of the flick. Derek has hair under his arms. Aaron is slurping spaghetti. Nina can make you mashed potatoes tomorrow. Nina's links! Nina’s Website: https://www.ninagjones.com/ Twisted Mirror Podcast: https://www.twistedmirrorpodcast.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/twistedmirrorpod Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/twistedmirrorpodcast/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@twistedmirrorpodcast Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/WatchIfYouDare We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Goodpods, Amazon Music, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, and CastBox. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Also, check out our Spotify Music playlist, links on our Twitter and Podbean page. Our socials are on Facebook, Twitter and Hive @WatchIfYouDare
For the Christmas 2023 episode, the Spoop Bois are joined by returning guest Andrew Parker ("Ob(scene)" on Scare You To Sleep podcast) to discuss 1995's Spanish-Italian holiday comedy horror movie "El día de la bestia" ("The Day of the Beast") directed by Álex de la Iglesia. They get into Iglesia's filmography, subjects and themes throughout his movies, and the impact "The Day of the Beast" had on Spain's cinema and pop culture. They also talk about the open ended nature of the plot, the practicality of the film, how the backdrop of Christmas and real life landmarks are used, and many other aspects of the film. Aaron and Derek intend to commit all the evil they can. Andrew will be here, today is the Day of the Beast! Andrew's links! Ob(scene): https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1MQFtSSd2D82Fu6qLMdBZq?si=46SRfijeS-y-QRxflbFbOg&pi=u--_cNFbKGRz2N Ob(scene) on Amazon: https://a.co/d/f7YG50M At Dawn, They Sleep - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqnedRqDEpLjejeUniO4sXaSHROIFk5kG&si=UVrSubSNdQphrCsT Crypta on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/crypta/id1435115679 Ghosters on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/ghosters/id1569423275 Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/WatchIfYouDare We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Goodpods, Amazon Music, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, and CastBox. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Also, check out our Spotify Music playlist, links on our Twitter and Podbean page. Our socials are on Facebook, Twitter and Hive @WatchIfYouDare
This episode, Aaron and Derek tackle 2006's eco-horror movie "The Last Winter" directed by Larry Fessenden. They discuss how the Alaskan setting itself is both beautifully shot and a major contributor to the horror. They also get into the obvious commentary on the environment, Fessenden's interpretation of events vs what the movie shows, the harsh setting used in production and why some aspects of the movie may not work. It's coming up from the ground - podcasters...Aaron and Derek. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/WatchIfYouDare We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Goodpods, Amazon Music, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, and CastBox. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Also, check out our Spotify Music playlist, links on our Twitter and Podbean page. Our socials are on Facebook, Twitter and Hive @WatchIfYouDare
For Thanksgiving, the Spoop Bois are joined by returning guests Nate Boyd & Tyler McCarty of The Bruce Campbell Podcast and Animorphing Time Podcast to tackle the 1980s cult holiday slasher film "Blood Rage" directed by John Grissmer. They discuss why they chose this film and what makes it perfect horror viewing for Thanksgiving. They also dig into what Nate & Tyler thought about the movie and their opinions on character motivations. Derek is not Aaron. Nate and Tyler are eating leftovers on the floor. Surprise, that's not cranberry sauce, it's a podcast (again again again AGAIN)! If you've read this far, congratulations and thanks. Nate Boyd's Twitter: @BateNoyd Tyler McCarty's Twitter: @bearnurse The Bruce Campbell Podcast @BruceCPod : https://anchor.fm/brucecpod Animorphing Time Podcast @animorphingtime : https://animorphingtime.com/ Red Bubble: https://www.redbubble.com/people/AnimorphingTime/shop?asc=u Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/WatchIfYouDare We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Goodpods, Amazon Music, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, and CastBox. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Also, check out our Spotify Music playlist, links on our Twitter and Podbean page. Our socials are on Facebook, Twitter and Hive @WatchIfYouDare
This episode, new guest Whitney (cohost of the podcast "True Crime Campfire") joins Aaron and Derek to discuss 1982's slasher film "The House on Sorority Row" written and directed by Mark Rosman. They talk about what makes this underrated and stand out from the 80s Friday the 13th "clones" and how it subverts tropes and expectations from the genre and even it's own title. They also get into the shooting locations, the female led cast, the horrors of making poor choices in college, and many other aspects of the movie. Derek and Aaron are sea pigs. Whitney turned off the pool lights. Listen and Follow "True Crime Campfire" Their website: https://www.truecrimecampfirepod.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/truecrimecampfire/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/truecrimecampfire/ We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Goodpods, Amazon Music, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, and CastBox. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Also, check out our Spotify Music playlist, links on our Twitter and Podbean page. Our socials are on Facebook, Twitter and Hive @WatchIfYouDare
Aaron and Derek conclude 2023's "Season of Spoop" on urban legend themed films by discussing 1999's supernatural found footage horror movie "The Blair Witch Project" with guest and friend of the show Lauren Willson! They talk about the late-90s cultural phenomena surrounding the film's release, the wild mass marketing campaign, and its influence on modern found footage horror. They also get into whether or not the quality of the actual filmmaking holds up, the horrors of being lost in the woods, the insane franchise swings, and many other aspects of the movie. Aaron and Derek found a pile of rocks outside their tent. Lauren threw the map in the river. They also want to wish everyone a Happy Halloween!  Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/WatchIfYouDare We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Goodpods, Amazon Music, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, and CastBox. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Also, check out our Spotify Music playlist, links on our Twitter and Podbean page. Our socials are on Facebook, Twitter and Hive @WatchIfYouDare
The day is Friday, October 13th 2023. "Season of Spoop" covering urban legend themed films continues with Aaron and Derek tackling 1980's slasher classic "Friday the 13th" directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller. They discuss how this further propelled the trope heavy modern slasher, how it compares to other slasher franchises and its own sequels, and what made this an independent release. They also get into Betsy Palmer's involvement, the severe critical derision it received, what makes this such an easy to watch horror flick, and many other aspects about the movie and franchise. Derek is going up to Camp Blood. Aaron is doomed! Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/WatchIfYouDare We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Goodpods, Amazon Music, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, and CastBox. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Also, check out our Spotify Music playlist, links on our Twitter and Podbean page. Our socials are on Facebook, Twitter and Hive @WatchIfYouDare
The Spoop Bois kick off Halloween 2023's "Season of Spoop" covering urban legend themed films! They start by discussing 1992's "Candyman" written and directed by Bernard Rose with guest and friend of the show Kelly Sherman. They talk about Tony Todd's iconic role in comparison with other horror greats, the sociopolitical issues and how they relate to modern times, and whether or not there are elements that have aged poorly. They also get into the original Clive Barker story, examples of urban legends, and many other topics and aspects of the film. Kelly is the writing on the wall, the whisper in the classroom. Aaron and Derek are just a rumor, it is a blessed condition. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/WatchIfYouDare We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Goodpods, Amazon Music, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, and CastBox. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Also, check out our Spotify Music playlist, links on our Twitter and Podbean page. Our socials are on Facebook, Twitter and Hive @WatchIfYouDare
The Spoop Bois continue their journey through Hill House, and the great Shelby Scott (creator and host of "Scare You To Sleep" podcast) joins them to tackle 1999's "The Haunting" directed by Jan de Bont. They talk about Steven Spielberg and Stephen King's original involvement, the deviation from both the original novel and 1963 film version, and the outrageously extravagant set design. They also get into the movie's focus on the supernatural, the wild cast and whether or not they fit the characters, the late 90s monster effects, among many other aspects of the film. Aaron and Derek could live together, but they hate each other. Shelby simply says "wow." Catch Shelby and her podcast "Scare You To Sleep" at https://www.scareyoutosleep.com/ and @scareyoutosleep on Twitter. She's also a member Bloody Disgusting's BloodyFM: https://podcasts.bloody-disgusting.com/ Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/WatchIfYouDare We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Goodpods, Amazon Music, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, and CastBox. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Also, check out our Spotify Music playlist, links on our Twitter and Podbean page. Our socials are on Facebook, Twitter and Hive @WatchIfYouDare
This episode, Aaron and Derek cover 1963's classic horror film "The Haunting" directed by Robert Wise and adapted by Nelson Gidding from Shirley Jackson's 1959 novel "The Haunting of Hill House." They talk about the set dressing of the house, the movie similarities and deviations from the novel, and how Gidding and Wise's take on the story influenced the adaptation. They also discuss Nell and Theo's characterizations, the horror shown through interpersonal relationships in a secluded space, what ultimately makes this a great horror gateway movie, and many other aspects of the film. Aaron is a big boy with his cup of stars. Derek just wants to hold a ghost's hand. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/WatchIfYouDare We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Goodpods, Amazon Music, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, and CastBox. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Also, check out our Spotify Music playlist, links on our Twitter and Podbean page. Our socials are on Facebook, Twitter and Hive @WatchIfYouDare
Episode 119: Sinister

Episode 119: Sinister

2023-08-1702:09:54

This episode, the Spoop Bois Aaron and Derek tackle 2012's "Sinister" directed by Scott Derrickson and written by C. Robert Cargill and Derrickson. They talk about what makes this Derrickson's best, how the lighting and house setting are utilized, and all things Bughuul. They also get into the film remaining minimally sensationalized despite the snuff elements, the true crime obsession of the protagonist, and many other aspects of the film. Don't worry podcasts. Aaron and Derek will make you famous again. Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/WatchIfYouDare We are on PodBean, Apple Podcasts, Podchaser, Goodpods, Amazon Music, Google, Stitcher, Spotify, and CastBox. Please rate, review, subscribe, and share our show. Also, check out our Spotify Music playlist, links on our Twitter and Podbean page. Our socials are on Facebook, Twitter and Hive @WatchIfYouDare
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Amy Rineer

you should cover the movie as above so below this movie would be a good hear from the oh guys

Jan 24th
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Melanie St.George

what is all the banging on the background??

Jun 26th
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Lauren Olson

oh man Tremors is one of my ALL TIME favorite movies! I was definitely excited that you guys finally did an episode on it. everything about it is just a fantastic, timeless , classic. unbelievable performances all around, particularly Fred Ward, Kevin Bacon, and Michael Gross. not to mention subverting the trope of the know everything scientist, instead being pestered by everyone with questions she does not know the answers to.

Sep 23rd
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Sagan Medvec

28:29 to get to the movie chat

Aug 5th
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