Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself… Plus Dolls and Clowns Spiders and snakes? Scary settings like graveyards or abandoned houses? Bogeymen hiding in the shadows? What ranks high on your list of scary elements in horror movies? For many of you, creepy dolls and clowns would be right at the top. But how did two common things generally associated with children and originally intendedContinue reading “Nothing to Fear But Fear Itself… Plus Dolls and Clowns”

It Lives! The Legacy of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” After her husband Percy’s death by drowning, Mary Shelley kept his heart, wrapped in a bit of fabric along with an excerpt from one of his poems. And that’s not even the strangest part of this story. In this fascinating episode, Candy and Ashley discuss everything from the birth of “Frankenstein,” which was sparkedContinue reading “It Lives! The Legacy of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein””

Godzilla: King of the Monster Film Franchise You’ve seen Godzilla in movies, video games, anime series, and cartoons; worn his image on your t-shirt and lunch box; and played with his action figures. The reptilian monster with the atomic breath is a beloved pop culture icon. In fact, “Godzilla” is the longest continuously-running movie franchise in history, with 2024 marking itsContinue reading “Godzilla: King of the Monster Film Franchise”

’Paul is Dead’…or Is He? In 2009, Time magazine included ‘Paul Is Dead’ in its article about the top 10 most enduring conspiracy theories. What’s more, ‘Paul Is Dead’ is widely considered to be the most famous of all music conspiracy theories.  In 1969 stories began to circulate that Paul McCartney was killed in a car accident in 1966Continue reading “’Paul is Dead’…or Is He?”

Natalie Wood’s Mysterious Death: Accident or Foul Play? CW: Themes/descriptions of violenceLISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISEDOver 40 years ago Natalie Wood was found floating in the water off the coast of Catalina Island, wearing a flannel nightgown, socks, and a down jacket. Her death was widely believed to be a tragic accident that occurred because of her drunken state.  However, in 2013 newContinue reading “Natalie Wood’s Mysterious Death: Accident or Foul Play?”

Bernie Tiede: Most Loved Murderer CW: Themes/descriptions of violenceLISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISEDQuestion: What self-confessed murderer can boast a fan club in his honor, a movie centered around his murder case, and a Facebook fan page with over 1,700 followers? Answer: Bernie Tiede, the man portrayed by Jack Black in the 2012 movie ‘Bernie,’ who murdered Marjorie Nugent in 1996Continue reading “Bernie Tiede: Most Loved Murderer”

Adrienne Shelly: So Much Left to Do CW: Themes/descriptions of violenceLISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED Adrienne Shelly had everything to live for in October of 2006. Her filmmaking career was taking off, her film ‘Waitress’ had a great chance of winning a spot at the Sundance Festival, and she loved being a wife and mother. So when her husband found her hangingContinue reading “Adrienne Shelly: So Much Left to Do”

Stalked: The Rebecca Schaeffer Story CW: Themes/descriptions of violence LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED When 21-year-old Rebecca Schaeffer (previous star of “My Sister Sam”) opened her door on July 18, 1989, she expected to see a courier delivering the ‘Godfather 3’ script she needed for her exciting upcoming audition. Instead, Robert Bardo, who’d been obsessed with Rebecca for some time,Continue reading “Stalked: The Rebecca Schaeffer Story”