Hero Hero Ghost Show!

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  • Hero Hero Ghost Show! Tomie Special #2 – Tomie: Rebirth and Tomie: Forbidden Fruit - Welcome back to Hero Hero Ghost Show!  Relieved of solo duties, I am joined by Hello! This is the Doomed Show‘s Richard Glenn Schmidt for our second venture into the land of Japanese love demons.  We begin with Takashi Shimizu’s wonderful take on the Tomie story, Tomie: Rebirth, and it’s amazing set pieces and horrible gift-giving ideas.  Then, we take on Tomie: Forbidden Fruit, the movie that should be the naughtiest in the series and somehow just… isn’t.  Warning, there is a whole lot of silliness contained in this episode. Opening Song: Another Starting Line by Hi-Standard Closing Song: Aura by Pampas Fields Noise Found Art   Podcast: Play in new window | Download
  • Hero Hero Ghost Show! Season Two: Episode Four – Carved: The Slit-Mouthed Woman - The solo train keeps rolling, but enough bonus content, let’s do a real episode!  This time out, we take a look at a listener request in the form of Carved: The Slit-Mouthed Woman.  Based on an urban legend, the movie is a weird blend of urban fairy tale, slasher and treatise on child abuse… maybe?  We take a stroll through the plot before trying to figure out if this is just an entertaining piece of horror cinema or if something deeper is going on under the hood.  Spoilers, there is.  Also, Japanese urban legends revealed! Opening Song: Human Noise by Aural Vampire Closing Song: Masterpiece by RIP SLYME Join us next time for haunted hair! Podcast: Play in new window | Download
  • Hero Hero Ghost Show! Season Two – Special Episode: Imprint and Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies - Here we are, just the two of us.  Sure, we usually have some guest yammering on about one movie or another, but if we could distill the show into its purest state, something that could lead to the dawning of a new age?  Or, you could just join me for a solo show in which we discuss Takashi Miike’s entry into the Masters of Horror series, “Imprint.”  And why not get a little nutty with the low-fi gorefest, Stacy: Attack of the Schoolgirl Zombies?  And maybe even a listener question!  It’s just us, so put on the candles, slip into something a little more comfortable and dim the lights.  We’re going to get weird. Opening Song: Ride or Die by GACKT Closing Song: Don’t Know Where It Is by DYGL Next time: Are you connected to yourself? Podcast: Play in new window | Download
  • Hero Hero Ghost Show! Season Two: Episode Three – Evil Dead Trap - Ah, Asian horror…  With its technicolor lighting and Goblin-esque scores, the brutal killings, the maggots on the ceilings…  Hey, wait a second!  That doesn’t sound like Asian horror at all!  And that’s just what makes 1988’s Evil Dead Trap such an oddball piece of cinema.  The movie director Toshiharu Ikeda swears was not influenced by countless giallo movies is a weird blend of classic horror tropes, but through the eyes of a director who spent much of his career in Japan’s Pink subgenre.  Along with Hello! This is the Doomed Show!‘s Richard Glenn Schmidt, we get into the wonderful highs and genuinely disturbing lows, and still have no answers for the ball gag guy.  Also, a very brief history of Japan’s Pink cinema!  Let’s head into the definitely NOT Italian-inspired mayhem of Evil Dead Trap! Thanks again to my partner in Tomie-related crime, Richard Glenn Schmidt!  You can find more from Richard at Doomed Moviethon and catch his books Cinema Somnambulist and Giallo Meltdown! Opening Song: Told U So by Illion Closing Song: Mint by Suchmos Next week… are you connected to yourself? Podcast: Play in new window | Download
  • Hero Hero Ghost Show! Season Two: Episode 2 – Tetsuo the Iron Man - Welcome back to Season Two of Hero Hero Ghost Show!  Boy howdy, do we have a weird one tonight – the seminal Japanese body horror/cyberpunk/splatter movie, Tetsuo the Iron Man.  This is one of those movies people intend to see, yet never quite get around to it.  Along with my co-host Gary Hill (of Two Drink Minimum Commentaries and Cinema Beef fame), we explain why you kinda need to see this to know what you’re missing.  It’s expressionistic, it’s loud, it’s slightly Evil Dead by way of KMFDM… it’s Tetsuo and there’s nothing else like it.  Join us as we try to make sense of it all!  Also, a look at the roots of Japanese cyberpunk! Big thanks to Gary Hill for coming along for this ride.  Check out more from Gary on the Cinema Beef page and Two Drink Minimum Commentaries! Opening Song: Rock the Lm.c. by LM.C Closing Song: Let It Sway by DYGL Next week… none of us will ever be truly clean again! Podcast: Play in new window | Download
  • Hero Hero Ghost Show! Season Two Premiere: Ringu - Hey Ghost Show Heroes!  We are back for a new ten-episode run of the best and strangest in Asian horror, and we’re starting with a bang.  That’s right, it’s Ringu, the movie that made us all scared of long haired girls in wells.  We dig into the iconic moments of the film, diabeetus ghosts, raising your children Amish, SGF treatments, the Sadako vs Scanners movie we never got and warm parenting memories from the film.  Also, a look at the various versions of the film and its divergent sequels. Big thanks, as always, to Duncan McLeish for kicking off the new season in style!  Check out more from Duncan right here! Opening Song: This Ordinary by Not Wonk Closing Song: Anti-Hero by Sekai no Owari Next week… penis drills! Podcast: Play in new window | Download
  • Hero Hero Ghost Show! Bonus Episode #2 – Tomie: Another Face and Tomie: Replay - Hey there, Ghost Show Heroes!  We’re still getting things ready for Season Two, but that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve your fair share of Asian horror goodness.  To keep you tantalized, I have enlisted the help of both a Japanese love demon named Tomie and an American love demon named Richard Glenn Schmidt (he of Hello! This is the Doomed Show).  We’re making our way through every damn Tomie film, starting with the television anthology Tomie: Another Face in which we debate the relative skeeviness of dating someone who you think is your old crush’s daughter.  Then, we set our sights on Tomie: Replay, a striking outing in the series that boasts heads in tanks, intricate plotting and character relationships and some quality body horror. Remember we’re giving away Tomie and Tomie: Replay to jump start your own Tomie collection.  Check our Facebook page here for more details! Enough advertisin’, let’s get to Tomie-in’! Opening Song: Sunny Day by Androp Closing Song: Don’t Worry Boys by Homecoming Podcast: Play in new window | Download
  • Hero Hero Ghost Show! – Bonus Episode #1: Colette Balmain - You may not immediately recognize the name of our guest, but you will after this episode!  Colette Balmain is a speaker and author specializing in Asian horror and literally wrote the book on the subject.  Her book, Introduction to Japanese Horror Film, is preparing for its second edition release and has been an invaluable tool in researching this show.  She was kind enough to come on and talk what makes Asian horror scary, the best examples of these films, both old and new, the joys of gore cinema, resolving cultural differences as a viewer and manages to be absolutely charming while name-dropping Big Tits Zombie on several occasions.  I found the conversation to be enlightening and funny, and I hope you enjoy it, too. Do me a favor and follow Colette on Twitter here (@ColetteBalmain) and keep up with her latest work and maybe even drop her a line and tell her how great she was on the show (which she most certainly is!).  While you’re at it, hop over to iTunes and leave us a rating and review to help spread the word, and be sure to tell your fellow horror-loving brothers and sisters about the show, too! We’ll be back [...]
  • Hero Hero Ghost Show! Episode 13 – Tomie - Welcome to the final episode of season one!  It has been a long and winding road, but we find ourselves at the end (for now) and in the arms of a love demon named Tomie.  Joined by Richard Glenn Schmidt of Hello! This is the Doomed Show! fame and resident Tomie expert, our heroes examine heads in bags, disco fashion, basket babies and just what makes Tomie such a unique and unsettling villain.  Also, a PSA on what YOU can do to identify and avoid a Tomie. Big thanks to Richard for educating us on the Tomie legacy and thanks again to all the listeners of season one who have reviewed the show and left messages on Facebook and by email.  You guys make this show an incredibly rewarding show to do. You can join us on Facebook here and subscribe on iTunes (and leave us a review) here! Opening Song: Leech by The Gazette Closing Song: Super Wonderful by Bradio   See you in October!!!   Podcast: Play in new window | Download
  • Hero Hero Ghost Show! Episode 12 – Pulse - The penultimate episode of season one of Hero Hero Ghost Show has arrived!  Joined by David Anders of Devour the Podcast fame (or infamy), we sit down to talk about the Japanese ghost apocalypse film, Pulse.  We talk about the film’s creepy imagery, the existentialist horror of the film, how ghost unions work, how anyone would allow Kawashima to drive after his ghostly encounter and just how long Walker, Texas Ranger ran on television.  It all makes some kind of sense, I swear!  Throw on those Cure records and get ready for some Asian emo! You can join us on Facebook here and subscribe on iTunes (and leave us a review) here! Opening Song: Good Bye by High and Mighty Color Closing Song: Cherry Red by Disacode Join us next week for a spectral schoolgirl and Richard Glenn Schmidt! Podcast: Play in new window | Download
  • Hero Hero Ghost Show! Episode 11 – Ichi the Killer - Way back in episode one, I promised Takashi Miike would return, and boy is this a return worth waiting for.  Ichi the Killer is part mob story, part twisted father/son fable and all blood-drenched (among other fluids).  This movie, and the episode, are not for the faint of heart as we dive into the extreme imagery, what it takes to forget about all that semen at the beginning, how unions are affecting semen-supplying crew, how Miike seems to critique his own movies as he makes them and what the hell that ending is all about.  Get your plastic out, the first three rows WILL get wet! You can join us on Facebook here and subscribe on iTunes (and leave us a review) here! Opening Song: You Just Not Only One by 8otto Closing Song: 5 by Molice Join us next week for a mini Devour the Podcast reunion as David Anders drops by to talk about ghosts n our computers! Podcast: Play in new window | Download
  • Hero Hero Ghost Show! Episode 10 – Battle Royale - This is not a test!  A brand new episode of Hero Hero Ghost Show is here and, brothers and sisters, it is a classic on the menu tonight.  Kinji Fukasaku’s Battle ROyale is a brutal, taboo-shattering slice of Japanese cinema and has earned the moniker ‘classic’ since it’s 2000 release. Joining us is Ricky Morgan, from Hail Ming Power Hour and a returning champion, having accompanied us last on Episode 5 for the movie Phone.  What is it with Ricky and crazy kids? You can join us on Facebook here and subscribe on iTunes (and leave us a review) here! Opening Song: Burning Soul by Matenrou Opera Closing Song: Thrill by Band Maid See you next week for a brand new episode featuring Andy Blockley and a killer named Ichi!   Podcast: Play in new window | Download
  • Hero Hero Ghost Show! Episode 9 – Kuroneko - Welcome to the latest episode of Hero Hero Ghost Show! This time around, we set the Asian horror wayback machine (AHWM) to 1968 and the Kaneto Shindo ghost story, Kuroneko.  Joined by The Podcast Under the Stair’s Duncan McLeish, we dive into the traditional aspects of the story, what we would do for a goblin cat, alternate Fred Flintstone catchphrases, pink cinema, dubbed laughter and what a pain it is to hand someone something in feudal Japan. Finally, you can join us on Facebook here and subscribe on iTunes (and leave us a review) here! Opening Song: Light My Fire by Kotoko Closing Song: Wonderful World by Plastic Soul Band See you next week for a brand new episode! Podcast: Play in new window | Download
  • Hero Hero Ghost Show! Episode 8 – Hausu - Welcome back to Hero Hero Ghost Show!  So, apologies for the delay in getting the latest episode to you, but scheduling and life conspired to derail us for a couple of weeks.  We’re back with a vengeance, however.  This time around, Kiss the Goat and Screen Kings host Jeffrey X Martin joins us to discuss the 1977 classic (?) Hausu.  Most times when you wonder how a movie got made, it’s due to the inherent awfulness of the film.  In the case of Hausu, it’s a minor miracle.  Hausu is weird, free-wheeling haunted house hijinx, and, in the spirit of the movie itself, we discuss the strangeness of the film’s plot, how a movie like this DID get made, subtle allegories involving rooms filled with blood and young girls, the downside of witch-cat ownership and whether or not Eddie Deezen was in Midnight Madness.  Can you place all the references dropped in this episode? Finally, you can join us on Facebook here and subscribe on iTunes (and leave us a review) here! Opening Song: Devil’s Party by Crossfaith Closing Song: Neo-Japanese Heroine by exist’trace See you next week for Kuroneko with Duncan McLeish of The Podcast Under the Stairs and Chronicle! Podcast: Play in new window | [...]
  • Hero Hero Ghost Show!: Episode 7 – Uzumaki - Welcome to a brand new episode of Hero Hero Ghost Show! This episode, we’re exploring the twisted (heh!) mind of Junki Ito and the film adaptation of Uzumaki.  Joined by Brian Sammons, expert editor and co-host of Evil Episodes and The ABCs of Hidden Horror, we dive into the weird world of a spiral-afflicted village.  Buckle yourself in for spiral puns, Yeats quotes and speculation on human snail behavior.  Also, a look at the roots of the term manga and our very first listener email! Big thanks to Brian Sammons again for coming on and, of course, Lovecraft comparisons abound. If you would like to ask a question of Hero Hero Ghost Show!, send us an email at herohero@legionpodcasts.com. Finally, you can join us on Facebook here and subscribe on iTunes (and leave us a review) here! Opening Song: Double Dragon by LM. C Closing Song: Hitohira No Hanabira by Stereopony. See you next week for Ichi the Killer with Andy Blockley of Big Horror in Little Podcast! Podcast: Play in new window | Download
  • Hero Hero Ghost Show!: Episode 6 – Dream Home - Welcome back to Episode 6 of Hero Hero Ghost Show!  Boy, do we have a good one today.  I’m joined by Zena Dixon of Girls Will be Ghouls (a podcast you can find right here on LegionPodcasts.com) to discuss Dream Home, a Hong Kong slasher from 2010.  We talk about our mutual love of House, Zena’s admiration for a really effective killer and whether a slasher can ever really be “too smart.”  If you’re a horror fan, you are not going to want to miss this one! You can find Zena on the web at www.realqueenofhorror.com, and find her YouTube channel right here. One quick correction note, I said our next guest will be Brain Collins, but only because I am not smart.  Brian Sammons will be joining us for Uzumaki. Finally, you can join us on Facebook here and subscribe on iTunes (and leave us a review) here! Opening Song: Dada by Radwimps Closing Song: Reddish by Despair’sRay See you next week for Uzumaki with Brian Sammons of The ABCs of Horror! Podcast: Play in new window | Download
  • Hero Hero Ghost Show!: Episode 5 – Phone - Welcome for round five of Hero Hero Ghost Show!  We now turn our eyes to an oft-used trope in Asian horror cinema – the technological as a source of terror.  For our first foray into techno-horror goodness, I’m joined by Ricky Morgan of the Hail Ming Power Hour to discuss Phone, a story of ghosts, possession and poor Motorola customer service.  We talk story, the amazing child actor that is probably a genuine killer, transgressive imagery, Disney, how to make a haunted house and so much more! Opening Song: The Non-Fiction Days by Band-Maid Closing Song: Ms. Panic by Molice You can join us on Facebook here and subscribe on iTunes (and leave us a review) here! See you next week for Dream Home with Zena Dixon of Girls Will Be Ghouls! Podcast: Play in new window | Download
  • Hero Hero Ghost Show!: Episode 4 – Ju-on - Welcome back, Ghost Show heroes!  First of all, thanks to all who have been listening and offering feedback.  You guys are the best!  Enough pandering, though, we have ghosts to talk about!  In particular, Taeko, Kayako and Toshio, the unholy trinity of spooks in Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-on.  Dave Zendano of the Exploding Heads Horror Podcast joins me to talk about the often confusing plot, the similarities between this film and classic Western horror, black cats (some stuffed), croaking and how fear is like a sense of humor.  big thanks to dave for lending his passion and expertise to the show! Opening Song: Sex on the Bach by TsuShiMaMiRe Closing Song: Escapism by Head Phones President You can join us on Facebook here and subscribe on iTunes (and leave us a review) here! See you next week for Phone with Ricky Morgan from the Hail Ming Power Hour! Podcast: Play in new window | Download
  • Hero Hero Ghost Show!: Episode 3 – Versus -   Welcome to Episode 3 of Hero Hero Ghost Show!  This time around, we’re talking Ryuhei Kitamura’s chanbara-inspired bouillabaisse of weirdness, Versus.  Is this the perfect introductory film to Japanese horror?  What’s with the kicking guy?  Is our lead character as feminist as he claims to be?  Also, we talk the origins of the film and why it’s kitchen sink approach to filmmaking may work in its favor! Big thanks to Mike Maryman and be sure to check out Mike and the rest of the gang at Evil Episodes! You can see Kitamura’s short film upon which Versus is based here. If there’s a movie you’d like to hear us discuss, drop us a line here. Join us for more talk about Asian horror at www.facebook.com/groups/HeroHeroGhostShow Thanks for listening! Opening Song: Bright Light by Yui Suzuki Closing Song: Toumei Answer by Jin Podcast: Play in new window | Download
  • Hero Hero Ghost Show: Episode 2 – Tokyo Gore Police - Now that we’ve broken the seal on Asian horror with Audition, it’s time to embrace the weird of Tokyo Gore Police, a movie that boasts Cronenberg levels of body mutation and injury.  Is the movie political, or is it the cinematic fever dream of director Yoshihiro Nishimura?  Can the plot be deciphered by mere mortals?  What’s the deal with all the cutting?  Fortunately, we have Black Annis’s Misty Marchant here to help me assemble the plot into a semi-decipherable state and talk about the joys of chair ladies, getting groped on the subway, proper dental care of breast-teeth and the need for a gimp in our lives. Thank you so much for the kind words about episode one, and feel free to leave feedback here. Join us for more talk about Asian horror at www.facebook.com/groups/HeroHeroGhostShow Thanks for listening! Opening Song: Gimme Chocolate by BABYMETAL Closing Song: Pool by Tricot   Podcast: Play in new window | Download
  • Hero Hero Ghost Show: Episode 1 – Audition -   Welcome to Episode 1 of Hero Hero Ghost Show!  This podcast is devoted entirely to Asian horror cinema, and we’re not screwing around on the premiere episode.  We’re talking Takashi Miike’s Audition, joined by Duncan McLeish of Chronicle and The Podcast Under the Stairs.  We discuss the story, the uniquely Japanese cultural significance of the plot and, of course, the shocking imagery of the film.  Also, alternate interpretations of the movie, the first official bumper sticker for the show, official rankings and plenty of vomit talk and the proper maintenance thereof. Thanks to Duncan McLeish for cracking the bottle over the bow on the show! Join us for more talk about Asian horror at www.facebook.com/groups/HeroHeroGhostShow Email questions and comments to herohero@legionpodcasts.com. Thanks for listening! Opening Song: Super Drive by CANTOY Closing Song: Giant Kitty by Shonen Knife   Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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Coming April 12th, 2016!