COUNTDOWN TO ABERTOIR: Screams of the Syndicate Podcast

Halloween is just around the corner and the Countdown To Abertoir continues, so we’ve pulled together some of our writing team to chat about our favourite horror movies.  Your host is Dion from the Scrolls podcast, joined by regular cohort Phil Ambler.  Joining them are GS film reviewer Phil Hobden, GS tv reviewer Dee (aka Faint Dreams) and special guests Conor Boyle and Nia Edwards-Behi.

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It’s a massive genre with examples to suit all tastes, so we’ve tackled the subject from several different angles.  You’ll get our first movie memories, great examples of phsychology vs special effects, the most beloved rubbish, how humour works in horror, the best remakes and adaptations and, finally, our all-time personal favourites.

There’s a lot of laughter, a little friction and one or two shocks along the way, but we all had a great time recording it.  So much so that we over-ran by a good couple of hours.  Herding cats – that’s all I’m saying…  The cut you’ve got here keeps things relatively focused on the topic at hand.  If you enjoy this you’ll be please to know that most of the rest of the material will be appearing as a clip-show podcast called ‘After The Slash’ on theFilmsploitation feed, soon.

Dion utterly weasled out of declaring his own favourite horror movie and best-bad movie during recording.  It was worth it just to drive Mr Ambler nuts, but we wouldn’t want to bug any listeners.  Best film – Ring.  Best-Bad film – Warlock.  (Shhhhhhhh, he still doesn’t know.)

Keep Screaming.

Time for the links:

For those interested in these things, the music that tops and tails the show is written & performed by the fabulous Norwegian band, Katzenjammer.  The song is called ‘Hey Ho, On The Devil’s Back’ and it comes from their first album ‘Le Pop.’  Click here to watch an hour long concert for free on YouTube.  Fancy snagging their albums?  Both ‘Le Pop‘ and ‘A Kiss Before You Go‘ are available at Amazon, among other retailers.

Fancy getting in touch with us?  We are all reachable on Twitter @Dion_Scrolls @Phlambler @Filmsploitation @Faintdreams @Pencil_Monkey and @Stonecypher or you can post any general comments on the post down below.

Like horror (and why would you be reading this if not?)  Check out the website Nia writes for
And come to the Abertoir festival too, obviously…  Phone up the Aberystwyth Arts Centre and the Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff to book tickets.

Follow @cyberschizoid on Twitter and help him with his Classic Horror campaign

Fancy trying your hand at writing some horror-based Flash Fiction?  Seek out Phlambler’s World.

Like the world of Judge Dredd?  Read Conor’s brilliantly horrific Dark Judgement.

If you’re not already subscribers you may want to check out the Scrolls andFilmsploitation podcasts too.

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  1. “The fourth window”? Please tell me this isn’t a widespread phrase.

    Also, Sean of the Dead didn’t come up?

    • Oh, it did come up. Just under the gun!

    • Kicking myself that we missed so many great movies. We could have talked for hours more!
      Ok, we Did talk for hours more…
      Check out After The Slash on the Filmsploitation feed. 2 more hours of us blathering on about horror films. Out-takes, rants and broader discussions. I think it’s due out on Friday. I’ll post another comment here with a link when it goes up.
      Hope you enjoyed the episode, despite the criminal omission.
      All the best, Dion.

  2. Whoops – just spotted that I never posted the link. Here is where you’ll find the other load of natter from Screams Of The Syndicate: After The Cut Hop[e the link works. Dion.

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