Episode 280 – Short Attention Span Theater

Looking for a good scare but only have a little time? Horror short films can definitely scratch that itch! Here’s a batch of recommendations from The Podcast Macabre.

Episode 280: https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/podcastmacabre/PM_Episode_280_Final.mp3

The Letterboxd Companion List: https://boxd.it/e8x5Q

The Podcast Macabre – Episode 279 – HoopTober 8.0 Recap

HoopTober has come to an end! Join us for a recap of each of our personal top 8 films of the dozens we viewed.

Episode 279: https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/podcastmacabre/PM_Episode_279_Final.mp3

The Letterboxd Companion List: https://boxd.it/e6ei8

Episode 276 – Drive-In Double Feature: THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED (1969) and WHO CAN KILL A CHILD? (1976)

After a lengthy and non-spoilery discussion on HALLOWEEN KILLS, we drop into a double feature of THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED and WHO CAN KILL A CHILD?. Since both are not widely seen, check the timestamps in the show notes to avoid spoilers if you wish!

51:41 – The House That Screamed
57:49 – Spoilers
1:11:00 – Who Can Kill A Child?
1:19:17 – Spoilers
1:39:53 – Wrap Up

Episode 276: https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/podcastmacabre/PM_Episode_276_Final.mp3

Episode 274 – Desert Island Picks: Scared Silly

You’ll need a sense of humor for the sake of your sanity on a desert island. So here’s our personal picks for comedic horror films to be stranded with.

Episode 274: https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/podcastmacabre/PM_Episode_274_Final.mp3

The Letterboxd List: https://boxd.it/dD3Vg

Episode 273 – Legends, Cryptids, and Crimes: Lavinia Fisher

”The Hanging of Lavinia Fisher” by David Gobel

With the return of “Legends, Cryptids, and Crimes”, we visit the legend, the legacy, and the lies (?) of the infamous Lavinia Fisher, “first female serial killer” of the United States.

Episode 273: https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/podcastmacabre/PM_Episode_273_Final.mp3

(Above: Exterior shots of the Old Charleston Jail, courtesy of Joe Meyers.)

(Above: Possible ghost photo taken in the Navy Hospital morgue that was mentioned in the episode, courtesy C.J. Gaines.)

Episode 271 – Drive-In Double Feature: NOBODY SLEEPS IN THE WOODS TONIGHT (2020) and RED WOODS (2021)

Lace up those hiking boots, Fright Fans, as we venture into the woods with a DIDF of NOBODY SLEEPS IN THE WOODS TONIGHT (2020) and RED WOODS (2021).

Episode 271: https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/podcastmacabre/PM_Episode_271_Final.mp3

What The Hell Is Chris Watching Now? – DON’T F*** IN THE WOODS (2016)

**SPOILER & NSFW Warnings Up Front, Fright Fans!**

Through out the history of horror cinema, there have been many films, from the auspicious to the aspiring, that have used the directive of “Don’t” in their titles. This fraternity of fright includes such features as:

  • Don’t Torture A Duckling (1972)
  • Don’t Look Now (1973)
  • Don’t Go In The Basement (1973)
  • Don’t Go In The House (1979)
  • Don’t Go In The Woods (1981)
  • Don’t Breathe (2006) and Don’t Breathe 2 (2021)

There was such a plethora of them that Edgar Wright found it to be worthy of a mock trailer that was featured in 2007’s Grindhouse:

But in 2016, Shawn Burkett had the vision and the balls to put out a “Don’t” title that stood out of this crowd: Don’t Fuck In The Woods!

Every horror fan knows of the classic troupe of sins and vices (i.e., sex, drugs, etc.) that will make you a prime target to most killers and monsters in a horror movie. So why not just say so? The plot involves a group of college friends celebrating graduation by planning a weekend of debauchery in the woods, fueled by booze, weed, and hormones.

Our opening couple, Luke (Scott Gillespie) and Meg (Brandy Mason) get in the tent, and things become intense as a creature attacks out of the dark and mutilates them. This ended up being a bonus to the budget because Scott would be in the creature suit throughout the film!

We then meet the rest of the gang of grads, each helping to fill in some of the cliche’ archetypes we know and love. Efforts fail at first to locate Luke and Meg, but that doesn’t lessen the libidos as the sunsets. Turns out the creature is drawn by the scent of sex. Literally. And you’re not even safe to take matters into your own hands as a pervy hiker learned while spying on some of the ladies at a swimming hole.

From there, the film rolls on with an increasing body count, some fun pop culture winks and references, and as much gore as they could afford. With a runtime of just over an hour, I encourage you to check this out over on Tubi TV, especially if you are a fellow HoopToberer and need an “In The Woods” selection for your list.

If you wish to dive deeper into this one (and I do!), Shawn Burkett made a documentary about the film. The documentary is actually longer than the film and covers the controversy and issues created by going with this title.

Sadly, the documentary has only been out on the festival circuit and not available for streaming. But here’s hoping that changes soon. Because there’s also a sequel out there from 2018 that’s only on festival circuit, too! (The trailer is age restricted and only available on YouTube, or I would share it here.)

Don’t miss your chance to see this! Don’t forget to like and subscribe to this page and the podcast! Don’t forget to be a great human! And most of all . . .

DON’T FUCK IN THE WOODS!!!