Episode 17: Romero’s Dead Trilogy

• July 13th, 2014

While Letitia takes a little time off to work on her own brood, Josh and Chris welcome two guests to teh show: Carlen Donovan and Lindsay Denninberg. 

The gang discusses Romero's seminal zombie films, Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and Day of the Dead.
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An Uncomfortable Talk

• March 5th, 2014


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Episode 16: Pregnancy Horror

• March 3rd, 2014


This time out, The Brood takes on a rather specific brand of horror. Using Barbara Creed's writings on the "Monstrous Feminine" as a springboard, the gang launches into a conversation regarding the relationships between Freudian theory and reality and/or film, the 'abject,' and the variety of perspectives through which the maternal figure is represented in film.
The discussion touches on...
Rosemary's Baby
The Manitou
and more!
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Episode 15: Witchcraft

• January 3rd, 2014

Listen as the gang digs into three very different films that all revolve in some way around the concept of witchcraft. Issues of gender and the power of place are discussed, and questions about the witch's place in the horror icon pantheon are raised, as well as some observations about the startlingly conservative nature most witchcraft-based horror.

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Episode #15: Witchcraft!

• January 2nd, 2014
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Episode #14: Stephen King

• October 15th, 2013

Happy Halloween! This month, the Brood tackles the films of Stephen King, the good, the bad, and the ugly. The discussion covers some of the peculiarities of King's work that make it especially difficult to translate to film; his recurring themes of isolation, invented families, and adolescent horror; and many, many warnings not to attempt to view the 1997 film Trucks.

Films up for discussion this time:

The Good:
It (1990)
Carrie (1976)
Salem's Lot (1979)

The Bad:
Dreamcatcher (2003)
The Langoliers (1995)
Trucks (1997)

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Episode 13: Vampires! (until 1960)

• August 19th, 2013

This week, Chris, Letitia, and Josh discuss vampires pre-1960. Our topics range from the vampire as xenophobic propaganda to vampire as internal sexual struggle. We focus on the following films: 

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Episode #12: Clive Barker!

• June 17th, 2013


This episode of The Brood, Josh, Letitia, and Chris discuss Clive Barker adaptations, William Blake, the Byronic hero, horror fantasy, and the pleasures of pain in Barker's oeuvre.

Here are the films we discuss in detail:




Lord of Illusions

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Episode #11: Slashers!

• April 16th, 2013


This time, the Brood wades into the slasher genre.

For a critical starting place, you might check out Carol Clover's fascinating essay, Her Body Himself. Letitia, Chris, and Josh reference it quite a bit this episode.

Our primary films this time out:

Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

The Burning (1981)

Malevolence (2003)

Other films discussed: Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm St., Sleepaway Camp, Psycho, Halloween, and more.

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Episode #10: Revenge!

• March 4th, 2013


This week, Chris, Josh, & Letitia have a conversation about the revenge films I Spit on Your Grave, Martyrs, and The Skin I Live In. This week's discussion is far ranging and gets into the sticky subjects of torture on film, films with a "message", and aesthetics vs. ethics in film.

The Roger Ebert review of I Spit On Your Grave.

I Spit on Your Grave


The Skin I Live In

Other films discussed (if briefly): The Passion of the Christ, Virgin Spring, Straw Dogs, Death Wish

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