Happy Halloween, everyone! If you're like me, you're a fan of October. The hot temperatures of summer have finally gone away, it's blanket weather, and there's lots of scary stories and movies to immerse yourself in.
The Questionable Endeavor Network is one of the best places to check out some of our Halloween and horror themed podcasts, videos, and articles! Below is a short list of things that you can go experience right now and get in the mood of the spoopy season!
Watch a Scary Movie with Slasher Sanitarium
Are you a fan of horror movies and television? If so, let Caretaker Troy of The Slasher Sanitarium be your guide through the ins and outs of some of your favorite horror media. Below you'll find links to some of my favorite episodes, including his take on the cringe-worthy Final Destination movies and the horror-comedy Betelgeuse.
Experience an Original Frightening Tale
Looking for something new and terrifying? Look no further than The Shadowvane Podcast. Might I suggest that you start with the first episode of our original series Progenix Labs? Or how about one of our Classic Tales of Terror, such as the Edgar Allan Poe classic "The Raven" or a Lovecraftian masterpiece like "Dagon"? You'll find all sorts of terrors within. Listen...if you dare.
Horror-Themed Wresting Reviews
Some people might consider big men in tights to be a scary sight already, but if you are a fan of the sport, you know that sometimes the wrestling itself can take a back seat to the over-the-top theatrical elements. Listen to shows about Halloween-themed PPV events, such as the NitroMania Podcasts's review of the 1995 Halloween Havoc.
Or how about experiencing the greatest wrestling streak in history by listening to the first episode of Season 4 of New Blood Rising! I mean, they're talking about a wrestler that is apparently some sort of undead zombie.
Games That Will Scare You Senseless
Looking for something more visual? Go check out the newest series of playthroughs over at Nerd CTRL! The crew is playing Outlast as well as Layers of Fear! Will they scream like little kids, or will they manage to keep their cool? Watch and find out!
Other Scary Episodes!
Can't sleep from watching or listening to all the other scary stuff? Check out these other Halloween-themed epsiodes from some of our other shows: Taco Tuesday Podcast, Tooning Japanese, & The Reanimetor Podcast!
No matter how you celebrate Halloween today, make a bit of time for one of our many programs! And if you like what you hear or see, share this article or the shows with your friends!
By: Andrew Lister
Since this is the first Thanksgiving that the Questionable Endeavor Network will be celebrating as a podcasting network, I thought it would be fun to ask my fellow podcasters what they are most thankful for this holiday season. Keep in mind our hosts' personalities as you'll probably get a mix of sincerity and snarkiness.
By: Ray Williams III
When watching horror movies, I often ask myself, “Why am I scared?” Is it the thing of evil on the TV screen that I’m afraid of? Or can it be something that runs much deeper into the realm of the human psyche? In any case, I have a great need to try to understand those fears. Those nagging thoughts are always telling me to not worry or to accept that it isn’t real and just let it go. However, the end result is the same—I just need answers.
In this first article for Aspects of Evil, I want to delve into the unrated version of the movie The Unborn. A brief synopsis—a young woman named Casey is haunted and possessed by a malevolent wandering spirit known as a dybbuk. It wishes to be born again into the mortal world and will stop at nothing to attain its goal.
First off, I would like to mention I really got excited when I saw two actors, James Remar (Harry Morgan) and C.S. Lee (Vince Masuka), from the TV series Dexter. This July I binged Dexter seasons 1 through 7 (so far) on Netflix. These two actors almost played similar roles—Remar was Casey’s father, and Lee played her doctor. I know, I know. The symmetry in my comparison for Lee’s role is very loose between a forensic analyst and a doctor, but hey he still wore a lab coat! Just so you know, I patiently waited in vain for Dexter to pop out of the darkness to anesthetize the dybbuk with “M99” and to take out the “trash.”
What made the dybbuk scary?
Physical appearances and its possession ability.
The dybbuk took many physical forms to haunt its intended victim; the primary one was of Casey’s great uncle Barto, who was her grandmother’s twin brother that died in the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz. It also appeared as swarms of potato bugs and even an extremely creepy mask-wearing dog. Honestly, tell me that this doesn’t scare you?!
The first human inhabited by the dybbuk was Matty, the little neighbor boy that Casey babysat. During their first interaction, we hear the possessed boy tell her that “Jumby wants to be born”. Another victim was the mindless old man whose neck crunched and twisted around to make an upside down face and contorted body. In case you forgot about the aforementioned dog, it also returns later. This time it has an upside down face minus the creepy little boy mask—not as scary in my opinion. Other various forms in which it tormented Casey included a fetus in a formaldehyde jar and an unsightly, altogether ghastly version of her mother.
As stated in the movie, the power of dybbuk’s possession ability begins at a slow rate, starting with insects and animals. It is eventually able to overtake stronger human bodies like Casey’s best friend Romy, her boyfriend Mark, and even a Christian priest at the height of its power. As we see when Matty stabs Romy, it can kill others while in another’s body. Literally, no one is safe from being possessed or killed by this evil thing!
Where does my fear come from?
Anything that doesn’t look like it’s supposed to, such as heads turned the wrong way or dogs wearing little boy masks and doing nothing but stare at you, is just not right. Seeing unnatural beings and contorted body parts are enough to physically scare and gross me out, no doubt.
The biggest desire I felt during this movie was the need to feel safe, which is essential to us all. Fear drives the flight or fight response when one is faced with a stressful situation. And yes, to lose complete control of one’s body by an unknown evil entity is what humans have feared for thousands of years.
Moreover, we find out that in Jewish mythology the dybbuk is an evil wandering dislocated spirit. This was how many strange events or behaviors were explained by people in the past. To summarize, the dybbuk’s various haunting physical appearances and its power of possession is what really scared me the most.
I’m contemplating breaking all my mirrors and burning them tonight…
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