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Shock Waves

Blumhouse.com presents Shock Waves: Join your hosts Rob Galluzzo (Senior Editor: Blumhouse.com, FEARnet, Icons Of Fright), Elric Kane (This Week In Horror, Inside Horror) and Rebekah McKendry (Editor In Chief: Blumhouse.com, Fangoria) for a weekly discussion and analysis of all facets of the horror genre! Shock Waves puts the focus on the latest horror films, retrospectives on classic titles and welcomes very special guests for all aspects of the industry to tackle a variety of topics and give listeners candid insight into how some of the best genre films are made. Shock Waves is here to quench your insatiable thirst for all things horror!
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Apr 28, 2017

Join your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane and Rebekah McKendry as they discuss all the latest horrors on a new Shock Waves! Elric is back from New York and tells us about the films he's seen at the Tribeca Film Festival, including THE ENDLESS and SUPER DARK TIMES. He also reports back on NY viewings of ABBY, HIGH TENSION, NIGHT OF 1000 CATS, FEAR CITY, Dario Argento's INFERNO and TERROR TRAIN. Bekah caught the indie flick THE TRANSFIGURATION, revisited BRAIN DAMAGE, and read DISSOLVING CHILDREN. Rob saw PSYCHIC KILLER, the madness of DEMON WIND, and a double feature of THE ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBES and THE HOUSE THAT DRIPPED BLOOD. 

Then we welcome to the show Jim Kunz, an unsung jack-of-all-trades one-man-crew that's worked with everyone from Elvira, to Crispin Glover, to Richard Stanley and more. He's been responsible for the bonus features and restorations for hundreds of titles from Scream Factory, Severin Films, Grindhouse Releasing, Blue Underground, Code Red DVD, Arrow Video, Drafthouse Releasing and many, many more. This truly is behind-the-scenes insight at many of the discs in your home library from someone who has worked on them all! We also get first word on his anthology flick BETAMAX, and his upcoming documentary on movie novelizations. Kick back, relax and join the conversation!

Apr 21, 2017

Join your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Rebekah McKendry and Ryan Turek as they catch up on all the latest horrors! First up, Ryan revisited THE BLOB 88 after last week's interview with FX legend Tony Gardner, as well as TALES FROM THE HOOD. He also watched THE LESSON, the live action version of ATTACK ON TITAN and the ROAD WARRIORS rip-off movie from CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST's Ruggero Deodato RAIDERS OF ATLANTIS. Bekah was amused by HANSEL AND GRETEL GET BAKED, and tells us about the comic book GYO. Ryan reports back on the recently released HOUSE box set from Arrow Video. He marathoned all 4 films in the franchise and gives us his thoughts! Then, we open up the show to our Facebook Shock Waves Movie Club group and answer listener questions. We tackle topics such as why we haven't seen any modern, iconic "slashers" villains, to scariest real life situations we'd make into movies, to what we think would make a horror script stand out. We even pull some stories on what we've found most surprising from previous guests on the show! Lot of fun ground is covered, so kick back, and join the conversation!

Apr 14, 2017

Join your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry and Ryan Turek as they discuss all the latest horrors! First up, the gang report back from the Monsterpalooza convention in Pasadena. Elric caught THE VOID and the new Swedish Shudder series JORDSKOTT. Ryan reports back on DIG TWO GRAVES and Scream Factory's release of TALES FROM THE HOOD. Rebekah tells us about David Lynch's LOST HIGHWAY and TANK 432. Rob talks about WITCHTRAP, HOBGOBLINS and the new PHANTASM box set! Then we welcome to the show special FX legend Tony Gardner! We get to learn about Tony's formative years, getting his big break on RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD, how the majority of the jaw-dropping FX were pulled off in the 1988 remake of THE BLOB, and what it's been like to man Chucky for the last 3 CHILD'S PLAY movies, including the recently wrapped CULT OF CHUCKY. All this and more on the latest episode of Shock Waves!

Apr 7, 2017

Join your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry and Ryan Turek as they discuss all the latest horrors! First up, in books, Rob recommends SLASH OF THE TITANS: THE ROAD TO FREDDY VS JASON and Lois Duncan's original I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER. Movie wise, Elric revisited THE BLACKCOAT'S DAUGHTER and UNCLE JOHN. Bekah rewatched Alfred Hitchcock's VERTIGO, and checked out the new Hulu series DIMENSION 404. Ryan delved into Vestron's WISHMASTER Bul-Ray set. Him and Rob also bared witness to the craziness that is CATHY'S CURSE. Speaking of crazy, Rob upgraded to Blu with THEY'RE PLAYING WITH FIRE, and teases the upcoming PHANTASM box set. Then we welcome to the show special guests Andre Gower and Ryan Lambert, Sean and Rudy from THE MONSTER SQUAD! We ask them about their experiences making that film as child actors, the ever growing cult following of the flick, and what the convention circuit is like. Then, each of us builds our own "monster squad!" We select 5 monsters we'd love to see team up, and then we pit them against our 5 choices for heroes that would make up our own personalized "Monster Squad!" Kick back, relax and join the conversation!

Mar 31, 2017

The entire Shock Waves crew is back! Join Rob Galluzzo, Rebekah McKendry, Elric Kane and Ryan Turek as they delve into all the latest horrors! First up, the gang signs off on the new trailer to the upcoming IT! We dabble in a bit of TV talk with BATES MOTEL, THE WALKING DEAD, THE MAGICIANS and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. Bekah also saw THE DEVIL'S CANDY and the 1952 feature DON'T BOTHER TO KNOCK featuring a young Marilyn Monroe. Elric and Ryan duke it out over their thoughts on LIFE. Elric also checked out PREVENGE, BLOODY LAKE and PERSONAL SHOPPER. Ryan's recommends the upcoming M.F.A. Rob watched some W.T.F. films including NEVER TOO YOUNG TO DIE, BLOODY MOON, BAD TASTE, DRILLER KILLER and C.H.U.D.

Then we turn the topic of discussion to the work and world of Clive Barker with very special guests Mark Alan Miller and Ben Meares! Mark is the Vice President of Seraphim, and Ben is the editor and one of the main writers behind the upcoming HELLRAISER ANTHOLOGY: VOLUME ONE graphic novel. (Shock Waves own Bekah McKendry co-wrote one of the stories with her husband Dave!) We learn about the day to day operation over at Seraphim, the unusual creative process of Clive Barker and what of his properties is being adapted for other mediums. We each get to share our stories of first discovering Clive's work, personal encounters with him at conventions, favorite material and where we'd each like to see a HELLRAISER story set. Kick back, relax and join the conversation!

Mar 24, 2017

This week on Shock Waves, it's just Ryan Turek and Rob Galluzzo as they discuss the latest horrors! First, the duo brings us up to speed on the new Shock Waves merchandise from Cavity Colors, an update on the upcoming Texas Frightmare convention, and then we pay tribute to the late, great Bernie Wrightson. Ryan caught a double bill of KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE and THE FUNHOUSE, and also recommends to keep an eye out for TRAGEDY GIRLS. Rob went to the other side with POLTERGEIST 3D and Scream Factory's new FIRESTARTER disc. Elric checks in from home to report back on THE BELKO EXPERIMENT, THE DEVIL'S CANDY and CREEPY. Then we welcome special guests Scott Reynolds (DEXTER, THE FOLLOWING, JESSICA JONES, IRON FIST) and Daniel Budnik (EVENTUALLY SUPERTRAIN, BLEEDING SKULL) to talk about "double features!" Most of the great friendships revolve around sharing double features with each other, so we discuss the ones we've hosted, the one's we've attended, the most memorable theatrical ones, and franchise double bills! It's a fun, candid chat with a lot of titles thrown out, and some whiskey consumed. Grab a pen and pad, kick back and enjoy!

Mar 17, 2017

This week on Shock Waves, join your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Ryan Turek, Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry, and special guest co-host Darin Scott as they delve into horror anthologies! But first, a discussion on the KING KONG franchise, spurred by the latest film KONG: SKULL ISLAND, and then the latest horrors! 

Ryan revisited the '89 Robert Englund fronted PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, the original VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, THE GATE, and EVIL DEAD II in honor of its 30th anniversary. Bekah checked out THE LORE, SUGAR HILL and GOD'S LEFT HAND DEVIL'S RIGHT HAND. Elric watched ALWAYS SHINE on Shudder, the 1988 feature PULSE, and EVILSPEAK. Rob gives an early tease of Bryan Fuller's upcoming Starz series AMERICAN GODS. Then we talk horror anthologies!

Darin Scott produced two well regarding horror anthologies, FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM and TALES FROM THE HOOD, which hits Blu-Ray from Scream Factory on April 18th. We figured he'd be the perfect co-host to tackle this assignment with. Each of us were instructed to pick our 5 favorite segments, wrap-around optional, and put them together to build what we'd each consider our perfect horror anthology. What were the results? Were there any unanimous picks? Tune in and find out!

This episode is brought to you by THE RAKING, now available on DVD/VOD from Midnight Releasing!

Mar 10, 2017

Join your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Ryan Turek, Rebekah McKendry, and Elric Kane as they catch up on all the latest horrors! Rob talks about the latest from Sean Byrne(director of THE LOVED ONES), THE DEVIL'S CANDY, as well as the original 1933 KING KONG, and reports back from a double bill of John Carpenter's ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 and COMBAT COPS. Elric checked out new releases DON'T KILL IT and THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS. Bekah drops some deep cuts and tells us about SHE CREATURE and SOUNDS OF SILENCE. While Ryan rewatched FRIGHT NIGHT on the big screen, as well as SLAUGHTERHOUSE and DRAG ME TO HELL.

Then we welcome to the show one of our most coveted guest, the great Don Coscarelli! With the upcoming PHANTASM Collection Blu-Ray box set coming April 11th, we delve into his early career, how the PHANTASM franchise came to be, analyze how Don's films have tackled youth (KENNY AND COMPANY) and age (BUBBA HO-TEP), and discuss how he finds such off-beat material, like JOHN DIES AT THE END. We also get to hear about the latest film he's producing APPLECART, and pay tribute to the late, great Angus Scrimm. Kick back, relax and join the conversation, Shockers. This is one of our most candid, and best interviews yet!

This episode is brought to you by The Belko Experiment, opening in select theaters, Friday, March 17th!

Mar 3, 2017

This week on Shock Waves, join your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry, Ryan Turek, and special guest co-host Brea Grant (BEYOND THE GATES, HALLOWEEN 2) as the group analyze social commentary and political horror in the genre! But first, the latest horrors! Bekah checked out the 80's horror anthology DEADTIME STORIES and Ed Wood's ORGY OF THE DEAD. Rob delves into the questionable with DRIVE-IN MASSACRE and THE ZODIAC KILLER. Ryan talks about THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS and revisits TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING and CREEPSHOW 2. In honor of Bill Paxton, we rewatched FRAILTY. And Elric reports back on GET OUT, which leads us into this week's topic. 

The gang look at social commentary and underlining political messages in horror, whether unintentional or overt. Starting with Adam Simon's excellent documentary which tackles this subject in THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE. To everything from the original GODZILLA, to THE TWILIGHT ZONE, to the films of George Romero and John Carpenter and more. Is all art in a sense political, but not necessarily specifically about politics? Kick back, relax, and join the conversation!

Feb 24, 2017

In episode 40 of Shock Waves, join your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry and Ryan Turek as they catch up on all the latest horrors! First up, the gang discuss the sudden rise in horror themed board games! Ryan reports back on A CURE FOR WELLNESS, the new POPCORN Blu-Ray and DEMON KNIGHT. Rob discovered the Argentinian anthology WILD TALES, and revisted Anthony Perkins in PRETTY POISON. Elric had poetry in his eyes for Joe Spinell in THE LAST HORROR FILM, SHREW'S NEST and DON'T KNOCK TWICE. Bekah talks about LEMORA and SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM. TV wise, we bring up BATES MOTEL, LEGION and RIVERDALE.

Then we welcome to the show very special guest David F. Sandberg, the director of LIGHTS OUT and the upcoming ANNABELLE 2! We get into his early days as a horror fan, making horror shorts in Sweden with his wife, and the amazing story of how LIGHTS OUT became a major feature film. We get into the development of turning the short into a full length story, the test screening process, the controversial ending, and more! We also discuss the importance of consistently making horror shorts, what works best and which are the most effective ones. Kick back, relax, and join the conversation!

Feb 17, 2017

Join your hosts Ryan Turek, Rob Galluzzo, Rebekah McKendry and Elric Kane as they catch up on all the latest horrors! First up, Ryan responds to the recent new HALLOWEEN movie announcement. Valentine's Day just passed, so Ryan talks about the 2001 "slasher" VALENTINE, while Rob brings up his favorite moment from MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D. Ryan also checked out AMITYVILLE 3D and PARENTS. Bekah discusses the "giallo" IN THE FOLD OF THE FLESH and THE APPLE. Elric raves about THE WHIP & THE BODY and SAUNA. Rob talks about his recently wrapped audio commentary track for the PSYCHO remake Blu-Ray!

Then we welcome very special guest Mark Ward of RLJ Entertainment, formally Image Entertainment to the show. Mark was at Anchor Bay during their heyday of acquisitions and ushered out films such as HATCHET, BEHIND THE MASK, THE LOST, and more recently helped get titles such as THE MIND'S EYE and BONE TOMAHAWK out. Mark's a lifelong horror fan, so we decided to tackle a topic with him. How do we consume horror? For most of us, it dates back to the VHS era, so we share our stories of discovering horror on VHS, and then the transition to LaserDics and finally DVD. How do we consume horror nowadays and how has the distribution model changed? All this and more in this week's Shock Waves conversation! 

This episode is brought to you by Scream Factory! Be sure to visit their Facebook page for all the latest, or visit the official website at www.ScreamFactoryDVD.com

Feb 10, 2017

Join your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry and Ryan Turek as they discuss all the latest horrors! First up, they talk about the new Netflix series SANTA CLARITA DIET. Ryan and Rob give their thoughts on RINGS. Bekah watched SATANICO PANDEMONIUM and HOWL. Elric reports back on POLTERGEIST 2, CHUD, CLINICAL and the shorts THE STYLIST, THE HOME and ROOM AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS, all currently streaming on Shudder. Ryan talks about GINGER SNAPS 2, OFFERINGS and FRIGHT NIGHT PART 2. Rob saw Vestron's new Blu-Ray release of PARENTS for the first time, and checks out Severin Films' WILD BEASTS release.

Then we welcome to the show Jovanka Vuckovic, Roxanne Benjamin and Sofia Carrillo, 3 of the 5 directors behind the upcoming anthology film XX, the first horror collection to showcase all female filmmakers. They dig deep into the origins of the project, the challenges of being a female filmmaker in the movie industry, how they decided on their respective shorts, earliest horror recollections, and bringing in rock star St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark to make her directorial debut! Plenty is covered in this in depth conversation, so kick back, relax and join the chat!

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Feb 3, 2017

Ryan Turek is back with a report from Sundance, and he joins co-hosts Rob Galluzzo and Elric Kane to catch up on all the latest horrors. First up, Rob goes into the third dimension with TEXAS CHAINSAW 3D and Twilight Time's new release THE MAD MAGICIAN. Ryan tells us about the new RESIDENT EVIL, both movie and video game, as well as the early 90's cult classic HIGHWAY TO HELL and THE GRUDGE. Elric raves about RAW, SPLIT and the 80's slasher flick THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW. Then Ryan gives us a run down of films he saw at Sundance that we can look forward to later this year. 

Then we welcome to the show Javier Gutiérrez, director of RINGS. We delve into his early days as a filmmaker in Spain, his first feature BEFORE THE FALL, and how he almost remade PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS and THE CROW before landing on the new RINGS sequel. Kick back, relax and join the conversation!

Jan 27, 2017

While Ryan Turek is still at Sundance, join your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane and Rebekah McKendry as they catch up on all the latest horrors! First up, Rob reports back on SPLIT, Scream Factory's new release of DREAMSCAPE and the 1985 cult gem THE PARK IS MINE. Bekah caught CLINICAL on Netflix, and also checked out BLOODY PIT OF HORROR. Elric saw SWEET SIXTEEN, THE HIDDEN, FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 and HBO's new documentary BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN. Rob also recommends Marc Maron's podcast interview with the legendary Roger Corman, and explains what it was like to virtually encounter a shark on Playstation's VR set-up.

We then welcome to the show special FX legend Steve Johnson, who has just released his new book RUBBERHEAD: SEX, DRUGS, AND SPECIAL FX, which chronicles his incredible 30 year career in the movie business. We talk about the origins of his memoir-turned-coffee table book, how he got his start with Dick Smith, Rick Baker and Greg Cannom, the challenges he faced on everything from GHOSTBUSTERS to THE ABYSS to BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA. And he shares some fun, candid stories about meeting and working with H.R. Giger. Plenty of fun stories from one of the genre's FX masters!

Jan 20, 2017

Ryan Turek is at Sundance these next two weeks, so hosts Rob Galluzzo, Rebekah McKendry and Elric Kane carry on and catch up on all the latest horrors! Both Elric and Rob talk about their "PIECES" party with MTV's SCREAM cast members John Karna and Carlson Young, who got to witness J.Piquer Simon cult classic PIECES for their first time. It was doubled up with the rare VHS "slasher" EDGE OF THE AXE! Bekah talks about THE SIMILARS and MERMAID IN A MANHOLE. Rob checked out Scream Factory's new POLTERGEIST II: THE OTHER SIDE Blu-Ray, Arrow's HELLRAISER Scarlet Box and AMERICAN PSYCHO. Elric reports back on VIRAL, BEGOTTEN and the New Beverly Cinema's Dario Argento all-nighter, which included all of the masters seminal works!

Then the gang welcome on to the show director Jackie Kong! She rarely gives interviews, so it was our humble honor to have her stop by in the middle of her tour for the BLOOD DINER re-release. In our candid chat, she talks about her films THE BEING, NIGHT PATROL and BLOOD DINER, the challenges of finding opportunities for female directors and a bit about her humble beginnings, including a friendship with the great Marlon Brando who bought her her first 16mm camera! She also calls out the modern crop of horror shows from THE WALKING DEAD to SCREAM QUEENS to ASH VS EVIL DEAD for not having enough female directors behind the camera for their episodes. Check out our fun, candid and revealing interview with Jackie Kong! As Elric said after first seeing THE BEING, "Kong Is King."

Jan 13, 2017

The whole crew is back for their first new episode of 2017! Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry and Ryan Turek discuss their most anticipated genre releases of 2017, but first, they catch up on all the latest horrors!

During the break, Elric caught a double feature of the original BLACK CHRISTMAS with SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT. Ryan and Rob talk about celebrating New Year's Eve by watching NEW YEAR'S EVIL. Bekah watched SHE DEVILS ON WHEELS, THE NEON DEMON and the show INSIDE #9. Ryan revisited the "slasher" cult classic JUST BEFORE DAWN and recommends LAKE NOWHERE on Shudder. Elric saw THE SHINING on the big screen, HIDE AND GO SHRIEK, NIGHT SCHOOL and THE RIFT. Rob dives into Arrow Films Blu-Ray releases of CREEPSHOW 2 and the HELLRAISER: SCARLET BOX, as well as Scream Factory's release of THE HOUSE THAT SCREAMED. 

Then we look ahead and throw out the horror titles we're most excited about in 2017. Everything from festival favorites RAW, THE CURE FOR WELLNESS and XX, to franchise returns with RINGS, SAW: LEGACY and ALIEN: COVENANT to new reboots of Stephen King's IT and FRIDAY THE 13TH! Get ready, we've got one hell of a year ahead!

Jan 6, 2017

Join ShockWaves co-host Rebekah McKendry along with special guest and weird history expert David McKendry for a journey into strange hotels and why they often serve as a haunting backdrop for both ghost stories and movies. The duo discusses the notorious, supposedly haunted Cecil Hotel located in downtown Los Angeles which was the main inspiration for AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL. Bekah and David also share their own extraordinary tales of traveling around the country and the bizarre hotels they encountered. 

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