On the latest episode of the Maine-produced horror movie podcast “Speak All Evil,” one of the hosts stunned horror fans while discussing Kevin Smith’s 2014 body-horror flick “Tusk.” Insightfully summarized. “Even though we’re consuming the worst garbage in the history of cinema, you’re going to be a very judgmental audience of horror people.”
The four hosts of “Speak All Evil” – main Trent Gay, Kat Smith, Kevin Kenny, and Dave Gutter (of Rustic Overtones fame) – grow up to be dark, infamous and sometimes vile I am well aware of the seemingly contradictory nature of what I have done. A world of horror on VHS and DVD. Listen to the quartet’s first episode of 2020, “Love and Horror,” and you’ll hear four of his stories about how he became obsessed with horror movies at a young age, thanks to the underprivileged carelessness of a bad babysitter and lazy parents. can be heard explain. And for this aging horror fan, that episode serves as a beacon that “Speak All Evil” is entering the rotation of my favorite movie podcasts. .)
For four now grown-up friends, the now-strong 140-episode podcast has changed from a daily text chain, with would-be hosts reviewing, recommending, and recommending fears they like and don’t like. We shared our frustrations.
“We had worked on different things before, but this seemed like a fun, challenging, and perhaps more productive use of our time,” Gay said.
Gutter adds: I knew what I wanted to do from the beginning, so it was very natural. The scope of the show can meander a bit because we’re just talking to each other. “
Smith also said the pandemic’s forced downtime spurred them on.
Indeed, listening to Gay, Smith, Gutter, and Kenny’s talk horror film is like, as Kenny put it, “recording conversations at (Westbrook Pub) Profenos on a Monday night.” And really, “Speak All Evil” is a conversation any horror fanatic who appreciates lively discussion, insightful commentary, and a great sense of humor will be happy to participate in.
As I was prepping for an interview with the host, I did a last-minute high school book report method to catch up (first episode, last episode, two in the middle) and was hooked. Thoughtful, spirited, and incredibly information-savvy, the four hosts literally look at everything and have their eyes on the unique rewards (and limitations) inherent to the genre, and they’re the ones who make it happen each week. will appear in the movie of
“I’m a movie buff first and foremost, but horror just happens to be my favorite genre,” Gay said. “Now I’ve come to understand the limitations of this genre. I like limitations, it’s like folk music. It’s passed on and used as this kind of storytelling movement. People accepts limitations that seem constraining, and can do anything from powerful to emotional to cheesy.”
Kenny added: Real life gets scarier as you get older. Horror movies make for more comfort food. “
“We got the bill, but at least it’s not the guy with the chainsaw,” Guster added with a laugh.
Furthermore, Gaye says that for young filmmakers, horror is often a way to break into a film and show them what they can do. Sometimes I go out and do other things, but some of the early horror movies are great.”
All four hosts share similar origin stories of their early horror movie fandom. Kenny points to his family’s loyalty to the books of Maine horror icon Stephen King as his gateway, while Gay sees his connection to King as his connection to Maine’s unexplored wilderness and eventful, Adds to how the very macabre sprawl of an often bloody history adds to the allure.
“Maine is folk horror that goes back to colonial times,” Gay said. “It’s useful for a lot of very old, very scary stuff. When it comes to horror, it’s really flexible for other states.” Mackworth Island has a pet cemetery for crying out loud.
Loving fear is a mixed pleasure. Having to follow the rules of a particular genre, but going against the restrictions placed on them is one of her ways of exploring the unexpected for an artist. As the host admits, truly digging into a horror movie is going through a lot of crap. But it also means venturing into the unknown with filmmakers. That’s where you can find some truly original and wonderful things.
I asked each of the “Speak All Evil” experts for their lightning-quick round of the most overrated and underrated horror movies. For the record, their selections are:
Smith says the 1981 slasher “The Burning” was more noteworthy, but he was quite reluctant to “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” (“Kevin is going to kill me,” she joked.)
Kenny calls the original Japanese ‘The Ring’ ‘hugely overrated’ and has curious fans heading to 2019’s A24’s ‘Sun Mode’. (He also says his 2008 “The Ruins,” directed by Minor Carter-Smith, was unfairly overlooked.)
Gaye picks “every ‘Halloween’ sequel” in the overrated bin and singles out the aforementioned “Task” as unfairly defamatory. They say they miss it.)
And Gutter put “Scream” in the overrated category while defending the 1981 wholly banana flick “Owned”. (Secondment – see for yourself.)
Podcasts are everywhere these days, and movie-related content is a big part of the podcast pie. Finding a good podcast means focusing on a host (or in this case, four hosts for him) that is on your wavelength, not just a subject that interests you. and make you laugh
A Maine exclusive, ‘Speak All Evil’ is a fantastic horror movie podcast that mixes humor, encyclopedic knowledge, and relaxed yet lively chemistry between four hosts and friends, written by John Carpenter It’s as comfortable as rewatching ‘The Thing’ 100 times. (You know who you are.) It’s like being in a bar with a friend who really understands you and shares your love for the dark, the weird, and sometimes the wonderful.
Listen to “Speak All Evil” on Spotify.
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