Seventh Row podcast hosts Alex Heeney and Orla Smith discuss the best films of 2020 (so far).
feat. special guests Brett Pardy, Ben Flanagan, Lena Wilson, Fatima Sheriff, Mike Thorn, & Valeria Villegas Lindval.
Author and critic Mike Thorn swings by to talk about Prince of Darkness, John Carpenter’s 1987 horror film, and how it both expresses and interrogates the subject of epistemophobia — the fear of knowledge. It’s a great movie to go into knowing very little, so be aware that we spoil the entire plot in this episode.
We get into how the film withholds or ambiguates information for the audience, the film’s balance between pessimism and intellectual humility, and its place in Carpenter’s “Apocalypse Cycle” of movies.
The hosts of Film Formally spoke with Mike Thorn about John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness and the idea of an intentional deficit of knowledge in movies.
In style and substance, Carpenter offers a universe beyond understanding—but is there an order to it?
Stay tuned for the full episode, coming tomorrow!
Part 1: Zach, Michael, Ash and guest Mike Thorn discuss movies they saw this week, including: Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles, Allegro Non Troppo, Hail Caesar!, Bad Trip and Princess Mononoke.
Part 2 (34:23): The group continues their Young Critics Watch Old Movies series with 1934’s The Black Cat.
Mike Thorn is a beloved Losing the Plot alumnus who returns to discuss his latest book, Dreams of Lake Drukka & Exhumation, out with Demain Publishing’s Short Sharp Shocks series. We talk about the influence of location on fiction, films we’ve enjoyed recently, the challenge of long distance relationships and more!
The third and final part of The Pink Smoke‘s epic “Best Horror of the Decade” series begins with Hellbent for Horror‘s S.A. Bradley sharing his love for one of the great under-appreciated horror films of the last 10 years. Christopher Funderburg chimes in with one of the most artful horror movies from the last decade and John Cribbs cautions to think twice before angering the Gods.
Mr. Bradley and the hosts sound off on some other great horror films from lists contributed by notable horror filmmakers, writers and experts, including freelancer writer Anya Stanley, horror film director and illustrator Patrick Horvath, horror watchdog Tim Lucas, writer-artist Tenebrous Kate, and Mike Thorn, author of Darkest Hours.
For episode 376, Tales to Terrify has released its audio adaptation of Mike Thorn’s latest short story “@GorgoYama2013” (read by Spencer DiSparti).
Also featured on this episode: part 2 of Drew Sebesteny reading Arthur Machen’s genre classic The Great God Pan.
Autumn and Jake of the Slicin’ up Eyeballs podcast invited Justine Peres Smith (Ebert, Little White Lies, National Post), Scout Tafoya (Ebert, Los Angeles Review of Books) and me to discuss our favorite films of 2018.
Stephanie and Rachel are joined by Devin to discuss their reading year of 2018: successes, failures and everything in between. Also, Rachel has a huge announcement with regards to the podcast in 2019. This episode was recorded live, with the participation of their patrons.