DRtL Episode 37: Folklore and Fairy Tales!

DRtL Episode 37: Folklore and Fairy Tales!

Can you believe it? We’ve done thirty-seven episodes! (“In a row?”)

This time out, we wander off into the woods to talk about horror movies inspired by fairy tales and folklore, or even just movies that have that fairy tale feel to them, and we delve into why horror movies are the direct modern descendant of these ancient tales. Before we get to the subject, though, we wander off the path a bit to talk about the recent loss of pop culture icons David Bowie and Alan Rickman.

(Note: Jennifer refers at one point to a movie called “Tooth Fairy.” She was actually referring to “Darkness Falls,” which features that mythical creature. “Tooth Fairy” is, in fact, a family-friendly 2010 comedy film starring Dwayne Johnson. DRtL regrets the error.)

This episode’s bonus link: www.folkhorror.com

This episode’s YouTube video: Here’s the teaser trailer Michael talks about for the upcoming J.G. Ballard adaptation, “High-Rise”:


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DRtL Episode 36: What We Want To See In 2016!

DRtL Episode 36: What We Want To See In 2016!

Last episode, we took one last look at 2015, and this time out, we’re looking ahead at the year to come, as we discuss new releases we’re looking forward to (and some we’re not.)

While we’re at it, we also talk a little bit about what we’d like to see from horror movies in general, and we talk about other things we enjoyed in 2015 that didn’t qualify for last episode’s topic. Also, Jennifer talks about why she’s not that crazy about Benedict Cumberbatch; Michael discusses his love of horror movies that clearly spell out a rigid set of rules, and oh so much more.


Bonus Pictures

The Shirtless Jeff Goldblum mug that Michael bought Jennifer for Christmas, because he knows what she likes:


And some images from Over the Garden Wall:



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DRtL Episode 35: The Best of 2015!

DRtL Episode 35: The Best of 2015!

Wait a minute, what’s that? Peeking out from under the branches of the Christmas tree that’s starting to drop needles onto your living room floor? Why, it looks like Satan — excuse me, I mean Santa — has left you one last Christmas present! And it’s just what you wanted — a brand new episode of Don’t Read the Latin! You must have been good this year.

This time out, we look back at 2015’s crop of horror movies — what was great, what was terrible (although we don’t waste much time talking about that), and which movies merely deserved our 2015 “You Tried” Participation Medal. Jennifer and Michael are joined by special guests Jeff Harris of Fanboy News Network and Jillian Venters of Gothic Charm School!

Special thanks to AFK Tavern for actually being open at the godforsaken hours of the procrastination-driven, insomnia-fueled editing of this episode!

And that’s it for us for this year! We will talk to you all in 2016! Happy holidays!


P.S. For reference, here is the XXXenophile cover we talk about in the beginning of the episode. (Even though it’s for an “adult” comic, the cover itself is more-or-less safe for work.) Click to embiggen.



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DRtL Episode 34: Winter Horror!

DRtL Episode 34: Winter Horror!

0 Comments | Posted on Dec 07 2015 in Episodes

The weather outside isn’t the only thing that’s frightful! Better grab some blankets, make yourself some hot cocoa, light a fire in the fireplace — or, really, burn the whole damn house down, if you have to — because Don’t Read the Latin is back, and this time we’re talking Winter Horror. Christmas horror movies, snowbound horror movies, a few classics and a few not-so-classics that all have one thing in common — they have a few more chills than usual.

Jennifer reminisces about the late, lamented Vertigo Video, we once again sing the praises of Scarecrow Video, Michael talks Joe Hill’s Christmassy horror novel NOS4A2, and so much more.

Feel like giving us an early Christmas present? Take a minute to rate us on iTunes and help other horror fans find us!

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DRtL Episode 32: The 70’s, Baby!

DRtL Episode 32: The 70’s, Baby!

Posted on Nov 10 2015 in Episodes

Welcome to the latest, almost hilariously overdue episode of Don’t Read the Latin, with your hosts, shiftless ne’er-do-well Michael Montoure and Magical Girl Jennifer Lovely! I know we keep saying this, but we will, hell-or-high-water, be going back to our normal bi-weekly schedule following this, even if someone has to die. (Not one of us, ideally. It’ll be no one you know, don’t worry.)

This time out, grab your bell-bottoms and your disco shoes, because we’re going back to the 70’s! Even though the 70’s are not our favorite horror movie decade (that would be the 80’s), you could make a strong claim that it was the best, with a high number of standout classics. Give it a listen and let us know what you think.

Recommended! As far as new movies go, there are two we’ve seen lately that are both super, super-fun, and we highly suggest you give these two a watch ASAP: Tales of Halloween and The Final Girls. Four thumbs up. (That’s two from each of us.)

Check out the full list of movies we discussed, behind the cut.

The Media List

  • Tales of Halloween
  • Creepshow
  • The ABC’s of Death
  • Hocus Pocus
  • The Monster Squad
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • Garfield’s Halloween Adventure
  • Witches’ Night Out
  • Room 237
  • The Final Girls
  • Demons
  • REC
  • Evil Dead
  • Tales from the Darkside
  • Coherence
  • Primer
  • The Legacy
  • Crimson Peak
  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes
  • Witchfinder General
  • Willard
  • Duel
  • Burnt Offerings
  • Alice, Sweet Alice
  • The Legend of Hell House
  • Ghostwatch
  • Audrey Rose
  • Magic
  • Don’t Look Now
  • The Eyes of Laura Mars
  • The Sentinel
  • The Tenant
  • The Town that Dreaded Sundown
  • Blacula
  • Gargoyles
  • The Haunting of Julia
  • Alien
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • Black Christmas
  • Carrie
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Jaws
  • Phantasm
  • The Exorcist
  • The Hills Have Eyes
  • Shivers
  • The Brood
  • Rabid
  • The Fly
  • The Wicker Man
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Martin
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • The Initiation of Sarah
  • It’s Alive
  • When a Stranger Calls
  • Trilogy of Terror
  • Salem’s Lot
  • IT
  • The Other
  • The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
  • The Last House on the Left
  • I Spit on Your Grave
  • Demon Seed
  • Suspiria
  • We Are Still Here
  • House by the Cemetery
  • Nosferatu
  • The Amityville Horror
  • Altered States
  • The Changeling
  • Gravity Falls( TV)
  • It Follows
  • Let Us Prey
  • Goodnight Mommy
  • Bone Tomahawk
  • Creep
  • Never Sleep Again
  • The American Scream
  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
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DRtL Episode 31: The Kids Are Alright

DRtL Episode 31: The Kids Are Alright

Posted on Oct 12 2015 in Episodes

Horror movies with kid heroes. It’s a natural. How better to make an audience scared for your protagonist than to make him (or her) a young, vulnerable, innocent child? Throw in the “your parents will never believe you” trope, and you’re set for some real scares. This episode, we salute the best child protagonists the horror genre has to offer.

Join Michael and Jennifer as they dissect the casting and plot direction of Hannibal’s third season, play with an Angel puppet, talk about the Paul Stanley / Dee Snyder feud, and reveal the secret of how to get Jennifer’s daughter to watch a movie that might be slightly scary. Listen in amazement as Michael fucks up immediately! (We talked about People Under the Stairs during the Wes Craven episode, not the Stephen King episode. Obviously.)

We apologize once more, I’m afraid, for the sound quality of this episode. We forgot to set up the powered USB port for the microphone, and therefore that “robots gargling underwater” background echo is back. Yay. Also you can hear traffic outside and Jennifer’s cat meowing, although hopefully that last part is endearing. Anyway. We’ll try to set things up a little better next time.

The Media List and more bonus goodies are behind the “Read More” link:

The Media List

  • People Under the Stairs
  • Scream Queens (TV)
  • Mean Girls
  • Scream (TV)
  • Goodnight Mommy
  • Hannibal (TV)
  • Red Dragon
  • iZombie
  • Veronica Mars
  • Poltergeist (remake)
  • Let Me In
  • Jurassic Park
  • Creepshow
  • They Live
  • Dracula: Prince of Darkness
  • A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss
  • The Devil Rode Out
  • The Legend of Hell House
  • The Legacy
  • The Gate
  • Poltergeist
  • Evil Dead
  • Trick or Treat
  • The Monster Squad
  • The Goonies
  • Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery
  • The Decline of Western Civilization: The Metal Years (Jen’s Documentary Corner!)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Monster House
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Wayne’s World 2
  • ParaNorman
  • The Witches
  • Casper
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Escape to Witch Mountain
  • Frankenweenie
  • Invaders From Mars
  • Super 8
  • The Lost Boys
  • Coraline
  • Critters
  • Troll
  • Troll 2
  • The Good Son
  • The Bad Seed
  • Poltergeist
  • Poltergeist 2
  • Poltergeist 3
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Crimson Peak
  • Cooties
  • The Visit
  • The Omen
  • The Other
  • Battle Royale
  • Firestarter
  • The Devil’s Backbone
  • Children of the Corn
  • Let the Right One In
  • A Tale of Two Sisters
  • Paperhouse
  • Flowers in the Attic
  • Parents
  • The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane
  • Return to Oz — plus Scissor Sisters
  • The Lady in White
  • The Watcher in the Woods
  • IT

Bonus Video
Here’s a fan-made music video for the Scissor Sisters song Return to Oz that Michael mentioned:

Bonus Tumblr Meme

For those who haven’t seen it, here’s the “Public Service Announcement” Michael mentions making on Tumblr, in a post that’s received over 25,000 notes so far:





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DRtL Episode 30: Wes Craven Retrospective

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Apologies for the delay with this episode — it’s even later than we said it was going to be when we said it was going to be late.

We needed a little extra time to pull this one together. We were both saddened to learn of the recent passing of Wes Craven, who pretty much single-handedly reinvented the horror movie genre over the course of his career — not just once, but three times.

Montoure talks about movies that make you feel unsafe, Jennifer talks about getting to meet Robert Englund, and so much more.


pumpkin batGuest Cat: Abby, Jennifer’s grumpy old lady kitty

Official Drink of this Episode: Woodchuck Fall Harvest Hard Cider with cinnamon whiskey. It’s ridiculously good. You should try it.

Pumpkin Bat: Pumpkin Bat! Here’s a picture, as promised.


Media List:

  • Unfriended
  • The Den
  • Lake Placid
  • Return of the Living Dead
  • Lair of the White Worm
  • Gothic
  • Harbinger Down
  • The Thing
  • Alien
  • Nightmare Factory
  • Big Trouble in Little China
  • It Follows
  • The Town that Dreaded Sundown
  • Ex Machina
  • Firefly (TV)
  • Serenity
  • Torchwood (TV)
  • Last House on the Left
  • I Spit on Your Grave
  • Swamp Thing
  • Deadly Friend
  • Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Never Sleep Again
  • Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
  • PeeWee’s Playhouse
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors
  • Shocker
  • Serpent and the Rainbow
  • The People Under the Stairs
  • Nightmare Cafe (TV)
  • Freddy’s Nightmares (TV)
  • Vampire in Brooklyn
  • Music of the Heart
  • Scream
  • My Soul To Take
  • That Guy Who Was In That Thing
  • The Mangler
  • One Hour Photo
  • Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
  • Cursed
  • Late Phases
  • Red Eye
  • Batman Begins
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Chiller
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DRtL Episode 28: Comfort Movies!

 0 Comments | Posted on Aug 10 2015 in Episodes

You know what we’re talking about — you’re home for a sick day, or maybe you’ve just straight-up run out of fucks. In either case, it’s time to crash on the couch with a pint of ice cream. Or maybe not — maybe it’s just time to try to get something done around the house that you’ve been putting off, like tackling that mountain of laundry, and you just want a movie to put on that won’t demand your full attention.

However it goes, you reach for a comfort movie — something you’ve already seen a zillion times, but just don’t get tired of. The cinematic equivalent of comfort food. A big ol’ audio-visual bowl of macaroni and cheese. Maybe with the emphasis on “cheese.” (As such, this episode sometimes strays way, way far out of strict horror movie territory. We promise you’ll be entertained anyway.)

We are joined this time by the always-charming Jillian Venters, the Lady of the Manners herself, from Gothic Charm School!


The Media List

  • Meet the Feebles
  • Dead Alive
  • Let Us Prey
  • Monkey Boy
  • Robot Monster
  • The ‘Burbs
  • Josie and the Pussycats
  • Deep Blue Sea
  • The Muppet Movie
  • Unfriended
  • The Den
  • Jennifer’s Body
  • Maniac
  • Jurassic
  • World
  • Ant-Man
  • The Fly (remake)
  • It Follows
  • Haunter
  • Pontypool
  • They Live
  • Interview with the Vampire
  • Queen of the Damned
  • Creep
  • Found
  • The Uninvited
  • 30 Days of Night
  • Rock and Rule
  • The Ring
  • Little Shop of Horrors
  • Hellraiser
  • Fright Night
  • Fright Night (remake)
  • Beetlejuice
  • The Others
  • Nightbreed
  • The Addams Family
  • Addams Family Values
  • Labyrinth
  • Th13teen Ghosts
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • Gothic
  • Near Dark
  • Lost Boys
  • Carrie
  • Vampire Academy
  • Phantom of the Opera (2004)
  • Stage Fright
  • Cabin in the Woods
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Bride of Chucky
  • Freddy vs Jason
  • Critters
  • Hausu
  • House
  • Practical Magic
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Hot Fuzz
  • After the Thin Man
  • Victor Victoria
  • You’ve Got Mail
  • Notting Hill
  • Betsy’s Wedding
  • The Impostors
  • Oscar
  • Charlie’s Angels
  • Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
  • Big Night
  • Marty
  • Auntie Mame
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DRtL Episode 27: Movies You May Have Missed!

DRtL Episode 27: Movies You May Have Missed!

Posted on Jul 27 2015 in Episodes

Welcome back, fiends! This time, your horror hosts are taking a look back at the last ten years of horror films and trying to bring to light the movies that may have flown under your radar when they were released. A lot of top-notch recommendations this episode.

We’re posting this slightly later in the day than usual due to some audio issues that we weren’t quite able to completely resolve, so we apologize for the sound quality on this one. There’s kind of a background echo to it all that sounds a little like robots gargling underwater, and it was present in the original recording, so we’re going to be looking into improving our microphone setup in future. Hope it’s not too distracting.

Questions, comments, things you’d like to hear in future episodes? Let us know! We’d love to read your feedback on the show. And as always, don’t forget to share, reblog, rate us on iTunes, or just kidnap people off the street and force them to listen to the podcast while tied up in your basement. Enjoy!

The Media List

  • Capote
  • Infamous
  • In Cold Blood
  • Wicked (stage play)
  • Sense8 (TV)
  • The Others
  • Late Phases
  • American Werewolf in London
  • Let Us Prey
  • Grabbers
  • Ghost Rider
  • Seven Psychopaths
  • Call of Cthulhu
  • All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
  • Behind the Mask
  • The Guest
  • Skeleton Key
  • Jessabelle
  • The Hills Have Eyes (remake)
  • Slither
  • Severance
  • The Abandoned
  • The Signal
  • Threshold
  • [REC]
  • My Name Is Bruce
  • The Orphanage
  • Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
  • Lake Mungo
  • Midnight Meat Train
  • Splinter
  • Zombieland
  • Triangle
  • House of the Devil
  • The Collector
  • Trollhunter
  • Red State
  • The Sacrament
  • Kill List
  • The Devil Rides Out
  • Absentia
  • Oculus
  • Detention
  • The Innkeepers
  • Grave Encounters
  • You’re Next
  • Lovely Molly
  • John Dies at the End
  • The Battery
  • Citadel
  • Here Comes the Devil
  • Late Phases
  • Byzantium
  • Berberian Sound Studio
  • Grabbers
  • The Pact
  • Jug Face
  • Banshee Chapter
  • Motivational Growth
  • Haunter
  • Dark Skies
  • The Den
  • The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears
  • The Babadook
  • Starry Eyes
  • The Taking of Deborah Logan
  • It Follows
  • Stage Fright
  • Honeymoon
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
  • Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
  • Housebound
  • We Are Still Here
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DRtL Episode 26: Brains! I Mean, Zombies!

Welcome back to Don’t Read the Latin, the podcast that brings you horror movie news, reviews, and opinions every two weeks! Or three weeks. Or thereabouts. (I’d swear we used to be better at this.)

Anyway, join us as we come lurching back from the grave to discuss zombies! Even though neither Michael nor Jen consider ourselves zombie fans, per se, it turns out there are a ton of zombie films we really like. A whole horde of them, you might say. Although it turns out we have our disagreements as to just what, exactly, constitutes a zombie film ….


The Media List (formerly known as The Movie List, but we seem to keep talking about television on our movie podcast ….. And yes, we do start off talking about children’s movies. Like you do.)

  • Home
  • The Book of Life
  • Strange Magic
  • Mr. Peabody and Sherman
  • Benji
  • Rigor Mortis
  • Dark City
  • City of Lost Children
  • The Matrix
  • The Losers
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Sense8
  • Critters
  • Dawn of the Dead (original and remake)
  • Night of the Living Dead (original and remake)
  • White Zombie
  • I Walked With A Zombie
  • Only Lovers Left Alive
  • Under the Skin
  • Prometheus
  • Tron Legacy
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Dawn of the Dead (original and remake)
  • Watchmen
  • Man of Steel
  • Land of the Dead
  • Diary of the Dead
  • Doc of the Dead
  • Birth of the Living Dead (couldn’t remember the name of this one during the podcast!)
  • 28 Days Later
  • 28 Weeks Later
  • The Battery
  • Spring
  • Black Sheep
  • Waterborne (short film)
  • Fido
  • Life After Beth
  • Frankenhooker
  • Slither
  • Night of the Comet
  • Night of the Creeps
  • Cabin in the Woods
  • Maniac Cop
  • Maniac Cop 2
  • Evil Dead (original and remake)
  • Repo Man
  • Hausu
  • [REC]
  • [REC] 2
  • [REC] 4
  • Quarantine
  • Re-Animator
  • Would You Rather
  • Resident Evil
  • Glee (TV) (Yes, honestly, this came up in conversation. Jen manages to compare it to Resident Evil. Look, it makes sense in context, we swear to God.)
  • Return of the Living Dead
  • Sean of the Dead
  • The World’s End
  • World War Z
  • Undead
  • Warm Bodies
  • iZombie (TV)
  • Zombieland
  • The Social Network
  • Juan of the Dead
  • Dead Alive
  • Pet Semetary
  • Ghosts of Mars
  • In the Flesh (TV)
  • They Came Back (Michael called it “The Returned,” but it turns out that’s not the actual English title)
  • Dead Set (TV)
  • Black Mirror (TV)
  • The Walking Dead (TV)
  • The Horde
  • Dead Snow
  • Pontypool
  • It Follows
  • Habit
  • Wendigo
  • The Invoking 2
  • The Guest


Look At Our Shorts!

Curious about the zombie kangaroo short film Michael mentions? Well, of course you are, right? Here it is — WATERBORNE:

Also, just to round things out, here’s another short film that we didn’t remember to mention during the podcast, but a couple of listeners had recommended it to us and it’s pretty damn awesome — THRESHER.


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