Podcasts have become an invaluable educational tool for horror movie aficionados looking for inspiration beyond the screen. Whether learning about a specific period in horror movie history, reflecting on a particular project, unearthing an obscure horror gem, or hearing from filmmakers about their first-hand experience on a movie set, there is no shortage of highly entertaining and in-depth horror movie podcasts for genre fans to indulge in.
Although it’s always fun to listen to expert fans and amateur critics, the best horror podcasts on record tend to have an authorial voice from accredited horror movie websites like Fangoria, filmmakers like Mick Garris, and other officials who’ve dedicated their lives to the macabre. As such, hardened horror heads are sure to get a jolt of delightful dread by listening to this eclectic dose of 10 horror movie podcasts.
10 Dead Meat
Recently celebrating its 200th podcast episode, Dead Meat is a no-brainer destination for serious horror movie fans. Hosted by Chelsea Rebecca and James A. Janisse, the biweekly podcast features everything genre fans could want, including new and retro horror movie reviews, holiday horror trivia, game-show survivor pools, deep-dive history lessons, and more. Thanks to the playful chemistry and knowledgeable expertise of the hosts and guests, Dead Meat is hard to beat.
In addition to the variety of programming, Dead Meat stands out due to its exhaustive, in-depth analysis. Whether interviewing talent involved with a movie or breaking it down on their own, Rebecca and Janisse comprehensively discuss movies for 1 to 2 hours at a time. Moreover, the hosts go out of their way to spotlight mainstream fare as well as obscure international horror movies, such as their most recent episodes, It’s a Wonderful Knife and When Evil Lurks.
9 The Evolution of Horror
Produced and hosted by horror journalist Mike Muncer, The Evolution of Horror is an ideal podcast for horror historians interested in tracing the roots of the age-old Hollywood movie genre from its inception to its modern-day expression. In each episode, Muncer hosts a horror movie critic, filmmaker, educator, or author and discusses a wide variety of topics that range across a large swath of subgenres.
With an encyclopedic series broken into such categories as Slasher, Ghosts, Folk Horror, Zombies, Occult, Mind & Body, Aliens, Vampires, and more, Muncer leaves no sinister stone unturned. With newsletters, bonus material, patron exclusives, and live events, The Evolution of Horror examines how far horror movies have come since the days of silent films and chronicles the monumental societal impact the various subgenres have had on the cultural zeitgeist over the generations.
8 Colors of the Dark
A leading voice in horror movie coverage since the ’70s, Fangoria‘s flagship horror podcast Colors of the Dark is a fantastic listen. Hosted by media scholar Rebekah McKendry and professor Elric Kane, the biweekly podcast is fun, informative, and highly engaging thanks to its diverse content. Apart from reviewing nearly every new genre release, the podcast features Top 10 Lists, including their most recent ranking of the Top Horror Movies of 2023.
When McKendry and Kane aren’t analyzing one film in-depth, they often present a thematic topic and explore how various horror movies relate to it and how they compare. Whether exploring Influencer Horror, Kids in Peril, Bug Horror, Liminal Horrors, or ranking the scariest A24 horror movies, Colors of the Dark is a brilliantly branded podcast that easily bolsters Fangoria‘s reputation as an authoritative horror voice.
7 Post Mortem With Mick Garris
When it comes to podcasts hosted by horror filmmakers, Post Mortem with Mick Garris is hard to resist. While Garris is best known for directing several Stephen King adaptations, Sleepwalkers and The Shining (TV) among them, the filmmaker and Masters of Horror creator is one of the most knowledgeable horror movie historians whose experience as a journalist and interviewer makes for an immersive listen.
Courtesy of the Dread Podcast Network, Post Mortem features A-list interviews with the biggest names in the horror/thriller genre, including recent guests Quentin Tarantino, James Wan, Eli Roth, Greg Nicotero, John Carpenter, and more. With fun “Ask Mick Anything” segments, awesome on-set anecdotes from the most famous horror names, behind-the-scenes stories, cool trivial tidbits, and more, Garris’ deft ability to ask salient questions given his experience making horror movies is second to none.
6 Forever Midnight
While the Boo Crew is worth mentioning, Forever Midnight is another excellent horror movie podcast from the Bloody Disgusting Podcast Network. Whereas The Evolution of Horror is serious and sobering in its historical examination of the genre, Forever Midnight is a much funnier and more lighthearted affair. What makes it stand out most, however, is the deep-dive coverage of low-budget, independent, international horror gems even hardcore fans have never heard of.
Apart from reviewing new horror releases like When Evil Lurks, it’s the cool retro content analyzing movies like Possession (1981), Blood Harvest (1987), Blood Diner (1987) Witching and Bitching (2013) that resonates most. With 270 episodes and counting, horror movie fans will surely come away with an exhilarating litany of obscure throwback horror movies to exhume and examine on their own. Even more, fans rarely have to wait for more than one week for a new episode to be released.
5 Development Hell
Hosted by Josh Korngut, Development Hell takes a refreshing approach to its subject. Rather than chart the production of famous horror movies, Korngut explores horror movies that were nearly made but fell apart for various reasons. For example, in the most recent episode, Peter Jackson’s development for the sixth Nightmare on Elm Street film is chronicled in fascinating detail.
Other must-listen examples include Mike Flanagan’s ill-fated I Know What You Did Last Summer reboot, Quentin Tarantino’s flirtation with the Halloween franchise, condemned Jaws sequels, unrealized Hellraiser reboots, and more. Although the podcast also features modern horror movie reviews, such as Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving, the in-depth exploration of all the potentially iconic horror movies that were almost made makes the podcast so intriguing.
4 The Kingcast
For fans of horror movies based on Stephen King stories, The Kingcast is the only place to be. Hosted by former movie bloggers and rabid film fanatics Eric Vespe and Scott Wampler for The Fangoria Podcast Network, The Kingcast offers a comprehensive historical breakdown of all things Stephen King, from his debut horror novel Carrie to his only directorial effort, Maximum Overdrive.
With 207 episodes and counting, The Kingcast offers new releases every week to keep horror fans sated. Whether hosting A-list guests like Jamie Lee Curtis and Kumail Nanjiani, providing in-depth interviews with actors who participated in Stephen King horror movies, or analyzing lesser-known TV adaptations such as Rose Red and The Tommyknockers, every Stephen King fan will come away wiser and more appreciative after listening to The Kingcast.
3 Nightmare on Film Street
With new episodes dropping every Thursday, Nightmare on Film Street has everything a horror movie fan could hope for in a podcast. The accessibly casual approach by hosts Jonathan Dehaan and Kimberley Elizabeth features in-depth director profiles, new and retro movie reviews, Top 10 lists, dedicated series such as Masking For Trouble, Channel 666, and Halloween Hallows, and much more.
With infectious enthusiasm and genuine adoration for all things horror, the palpable chemistry between Dehaan and Elizabeth goes a long way in making for a pleasurable listening experience. The hosts know their stuff through and through, with discussions about such long-forgotten ’80s B-movies as A Blade in the Dark, Stage Fright, Parents, and others sure to make even the most jaded horror fan grin with delight.
2 Kill By Kill
For many horror fans, especially those of slasher films, the thrill of the kill is often the main attraction. But rather than follow the trendy “Kill Count” video compilations seen all over the internet, the Kill by Kill podcast dedicates entire episodes to the grisly on-screen fatalities in a horror movie and spends time breaking down the mechanics and choreography of each one. Horror and humor collide unforgettably.
Unique, original, and wildly amusing thanks to the morbid humor of hosts Patrick Hamilton and Gena Radcliffe, Kill by Kill is an absolute must for those who revel in graphic carnage. With a collection of outstanding guests and a diverse roster of films that range from Dracula and The Funhouse to Body Bags and He Knows You’re Alone, Kill By Kill turns an aural experience into an exercise of visceral terror.
1 The Monsters That Made Us
For horror fans expressly interested in the golden age of Universal monster movies, The Monsters That Made Us is essential. Hosted by Dan Colon and Mike Manzi, the podcast focuses on halcyon-day horror movies produced between 1931 and 1956 and charts the evolution of monsters like Dracula, Mummy, Frankenstein, Wolf Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and others.
Aside from providing in-depth historical context to the classic Universal monsters played by horror legends like Lon Chaney Jr. and Bela Lugosi, The Monsters That Made Us chronicles how such frightening creatures have been portrayed in later generations, including in such projects as Dracula (1979) and The Mummy (1999). It’s a great way to learn about where the golden-age horror movie monsters came from, how far they’ve come, and appreciate what the future may hold for such haunting cinematic terrors.