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58 EpisodesProduced by James A. SabataWebsite

James Sabata and Don Guillory will be exploring social issues in horror. Each week we will down a different film or topic. Horror as Social Commentary is a topic we’ve covered at a few comic conventions in the past year. It’s become something that we each sincerely believe in academically as well as… read more

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The Social Commentary of THE LOST BOYS (w/Sadie Hartmann)

July 13th, 2020


Sadie Hartmann joins us to talk about vampires, blood, family dynamics, the loss of the nuclear family, the Frog Brothers, Santa Cruz, and a shirtless man playing the saxophone.

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The Social Commentary of THE BABYSITTER (w/Thomas Brungardt)

July 6th, 2020


Award-losing filmmaker and professional Nascar fan Thomas Brungardt joins us to talk about the social commentary in THE BABYSITTER. We explore …

The Social Commentary of 1BR (w/Alok Mishra and David Marmor)

July 2nd, 2020


We explore the new film 1BR with the writer/director David Marmor and producer Alok Mishra. Join as us we dive deep into questions of community, …

The Social Commentary of JAWS (w/Jonathan Janz)

June 29th, 2020


Horror author Jonathan Janz joins us as we talk JAWS! Politicians who value revenue over lives. PTSD. The obsessions we let control us. The enemies …

The Social Commentary of SILVER BULLET

June 23rd, 2020


This week we explore Religion, Government, Private Justice, Disabilities, Unwed Pregnancy, Werewolves, and the ups and downs of small town living. …

The Social Commentary of SHAUN OF THE DEAD (w/Doug Murano)

June 15th, 2020


Stoker Award Winning Editor Doug Murano joins us to talk about friendship, true soulmates, the harsh reality of the world around us, and which …

The Social Commentary of THE HATE U GIVE

June 9th, 2020


We're talking #police brutality, dueling identities, community, loyalty, and the need to not only find yourself, but find your place as well.

The Social Commentary in GHOSTBUSTERS (w/ Mr. Creepy Pasta & Vincent Cava))

June 1st, 2020


Mr. Creepy Pasta and Vincent V. Cava join us to talk about Ghostbusters. With deep dives into the lore, we discuss the different levels of ghosts, …

The Social Commentary in SOCIETY (w/Danger Slater)

May 25th, 2020


Danger Slater joins us to talk about SOCIETY, a dark commentary on the soullessness of the upper class and how they feed on the rest of us. Watch …

The Social Commentary of HATCHET (w/Derek D. Herbert)

May 21st, 2020


Director Derek D. Herbert spends some time with us talking about KANE HODDER. We delve into Herbert's documentary TO HELL AND BACK: THE KANE HODDER STORY and explore the social commentary in Adam Green's HATCHET, …

The Social Commentary of CABIN IN THE WOODS (w/Brent Terhune)

May 18th, 2020


Comedian Brent Terhune joins us to talk CABIN IN THE WOODS. We dive deep into horror tropes and subverted expectations, fear of monsters, and the illusion of safety.

Check out Brent's website HERE and his Youtube …

The Social Commentary in ZODIAC (w/Max Booth III)

May 14th, 2020


Author Max Booth III joins us to talk about ZODIAC, a film that meticulously follows the case of the Zodiac Killer. We chat about obsession, …

The Social Commentary of TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID (w/Rich Duncan)

May 11th, 2020


Cartel Violence, Human Trafficking, Gender Violence, and the children left behind to try to survive in a constant war zone. Rich Duncan from Inkheist …

The Social Commentary of HEREDITARY (w/Gemma Amor)

May 4th, 2020


Family Issues, Demonic Possession, Grandma's Dying Wish, and one big bang. Author Gemma Amor joins us to talk about the social commentary in HEREDITARY

Killing to be Famous (w/Brian Kirk)

May 1st, 2020


Horror Author Brian Kirk joins James Sabata and Don Guillory to talk about people who killed in order to become famous. From Charles Manson to …

The Social Commentary in TRAIN TO BUSAN (w/ MichaelBrent Collings)

April 27th, 2020


Fathers who choose to be absent vs. those not given a choice. Millenials trying to balance the new world with the old ways. Family members who can't …

The Social Commentary of WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE (w/ Stephanie Evelyn)

April 23rd, 2020


Author Stephanie Evelyn joins us to talk about Narcissism, Elder Abuse, the loss of self, and how the joy of film can be handed down generation to generation.

The Social Commentary of RINGU (w/ Michael David Wilson)

April 20th, 2020


Michael David Wilson joins us to talk about the social commentary in RINGU, what it's like living in Japan, how Asian films differ from Western …

The Social Commentary of WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS (w/ Allison and Ian Lovecraft)

April 13th, 2020


Allison and Ian Lovecraft join us as we break down the social commentary in WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS, a movie that looks at what people will do and who they will kill to be a part of something larger.

The Social Commentary of THE EXORCIST (w/ John Foster)

April 6th, 2020


John Foster joins us to talk about why the 70s produced the best horror films, how the Catholic Church benefitted from The Exorcist, and how …

The Social Commentary of TRAGEDY GIRLS (w/ Spooky Sarah Says)

March 30th, 2020


A tale of Social Media, Feminine expectations, the boundaries of friendship, and a drive to be famous. Sarah from Spooky Sarah Says joins us to talk about the social commentary in Tragedy Girls

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The Social Commentary of JURASSIC PARK (w/ Thomas Brungardt)

March 23rd, 2020


Man vs Nature. Technology vs Power. Velociraptors vs. Squishy soft human flesh. Thomas Brungardt joins us to talk #JurassicPark. Everybody, Thomas is …

The Social Commentary of THE ECLIPSE (w/ Laurel Hightower)

March 16th, 2020


Ghosts, Grief, Letting Go, Moving On, and that one asshole that just will not take no for an answer... Laurel Hightower stops by to chat about the …

The Social Commentary of FRIDAY THE 13TH (2009) (w/ James Azrael)

March 13th, 2020


Entitled rich kids, sex obsessed teens, the Angel of Death, and why you shouldn't touch Jason's weed. James Azrael joins us to look at the 2009 …

The Social Commentary of THE HOST (w/Thomas Brungardt)

March 9th, 2020


Thomas Brungardt joins us to talk about Fear of Pandemics, Government Misinformation Campaigns, Fathers who will stop at nothing for their children, and a giant fish monster. This is THE HOST.

The Social Commentary in JENNIFER'S BODY (w/ Shane Keene)

March 2nd, 2020


Shane Keene joins us to talk about the social commentary in Jennifer's Body; a film that was written to subvert horror genre expectations and make females the bad ass characters they can be... and the marketing …

The Social Commentary in THE INVISIBLE MAN (w/ Allison Lovecraft)

March 1st, 2020


From Domestic Violence to Animal Abuse, The #MeToo movement to presumed ownership of a woman's body to "Why don't they just leave?" Allison Lovecraft …

The Social Commentary in POLTERGEIST (w/Jared Rivet)

February 24th, 2020


Jared Rivet joins us to talk about the price of living the American Dream, feminist horror theory, how Pizza Hut left its mark in every version of …

The Social Commentary of THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE (w/ Chris Vander Kaay)

February 17th, 2020


Mental Illness... Toxic Masculinity... Platonic Bonding... They Look Like People takes tropes we've come to know and expect from horror films and …

The Social Commentary in THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT (w/ Ian Lovecraft)

February 10th, 2020


Rape. Revenge. Scopophilia. Male Gaze. Exploitation. Empowerment. 1972's Last House on the Left brought it all and left the world unsure how to deal with what they'd just seen.

The Social Commentary of TALES FROM THE HOOD

February 3rd, 2020


Racism, Police Brutality, Gang Life, Domestic Violence and more. We take on the social commentary in Tales From The Hood, a movie that claimed to be …

The Social Commentary of SPLICE (w/ Thomas Brungardt)

January 27th, 2020


What are the ethics of creating a life by splicing the DNA of two species? What are the ramifications of bringing the life to full term? Why oh why …

The Social Commentary in PARASITE (w/ Shelly Grant)

January 22nd, 2020


The Haves and the Have-Nots... The people capable and willing to work who are forced into unemployment... the endless battle between the windshield and the bug... This is PARASITE

The Social Commentary in GREMLINS (w/ Edward Savio)

January 20th, 2020


Author Edward Savio joins us to discuss whether Gremlins are evil, how an electric chair was used in a murder, white people taking things without asking,and just what time you CAN feed a Gremlin...

The Social Commentary in JACOB'S LADDER (w/ Bradford Trojan)

January 13th, 2020


James Sabata and Donald Guillory talk with Bradford Trojan about PTSD, trauma, infidelity, and a face to face with personal demons... Jacob's Ladder brings us a look at one man's hell, before he's even died.

The Social Commentary of THE THING (W/ Alan Baxter)

January 6th, 2020


Isolation, Paranoia, and Fear of the Other. 1982's The Thing explores what happens when Us vs Them becomes Me vs You.

The Social Commentary of IT FOLLOWS

December 31st, 2019


James Sabata and Don Guillory sit down to discuss a terrifying entity that can only be passed on through sexual conduct.

No, it's not a child! 


A Little Thank You From TheNecronomi.Com

December 23rd, 2019


Not a full episode, but a "quick" thank you to our listeners, a tad bit of the history of why we do this, and some heroification of Rebekah McKendry. …

The Social Commentary of BLACK CHRISTMAS (2019)

December 16th, 2019


Don Guillory and James Sabata explore representations of female empowerment and how they can fall apart with one wrong move when you blame the wrong people or try to cram a love story where it doesn't belong.

The Social Commentary in SLICE and SATANIC PANIC (w/ SA Bradley)

December 9th, 2019


Pizza Delivery, Witches, Power and Political Gain

The crew at TheNecronomi.Com is joined by Author S.A. Bradley as they break down the social …

The Social Commentary in KNIVES OUT

December 2nd, 2019


Join James Sabata and Don Guillory as we delve into this murder mystery and look at immigration, deportation, privilege, entitlement, the convenience …

The Social Commentary of THIRTEEN GHOSTS

November 25th, 2019


Is it any better to hold a spirit against its will than it would be a full human being? What if some of them deserve it?

Some sort …

The Social Commentary of FULL METAL JACKET

November 18th, 2019


Grab your two best friends and join us as we talk about anxiety, ptsd, toxic masculinity, and possible signs of domestic violence.

Fall in and …

The Social Commentary in EDWARD SCISSORHANDS

November 11th, 2019


Isolation, Conformity, Societal Constraints, the Panopticon, The HOA, and a guy in leather with freaking blades for fingers. What does it all mean? …

The Social Commentary in THE SHINING

November 7th, 2019


Domestic Violence Alcoholism Possible Molestation Is the house possessed? Is Jack? We talk the social commentary in THE SHINING, the history of the …

The Social Commentary In INSIDIOUS (w/ MichaelBrent Collings)

October 28th, 2019


Best-selling Indy horror author MichaelBrent Collings drops by to talk Insidious, the Saw Franchise, the best audiences to see a movie with, jump …

The Social Commentary in CREEPSHOW (w/ Brian Haas)

October 21st, 2019


An homage to the EC horror comics of the 1950s, Creepshow explores domestic situations, racism, attempted rape, revenge, cockroaches, and life’s …

The Social Commentary of ZOMBIELAND

October 14th, 2019


Zombies are always the afterthought. It’s about the people who are left behind dealing with it. This is especially true in #Zombieland, a film about finding family… and refusing to trust them.

It’s time to nut up or …

The Social Commentary in EVENT HORIZON (w/ John FD Taff)

October 7th, 2019


Horror author and The King of Pain himself, John FD Taff joins us to talk Event Horizon, The Fearing, What Hell means to each of us, and to ask where the line between SciFi and Horror really lies.

The Social Commentary of THE PURGE

September 30th, 2019


This is not a test. Are we ever REALLY safe? Would you betray someone to save yourself? How many people have a reason to kill you? What will you do …

The Social Commentary of BEETLEJUICE (w/ Edward Savio)

September 23rd, 2019


James Sabata and Don Guillory sat down with SciFi author Edward Savio to talk Beetlejuice, our shared love of Michael Keaton, an afterlife of servitude, the importance of image, and the true meaning of family

The Social Commentary of STAND BY ME

September 17th, 2019


The summer they'd never forget. It wasn't just a movie. Stand By Me affected each of their lives in a major way. Join us as we discuss the social commentary and lasting legacy of this film.

The Social Commentary in TERMINATOR and T2: JUDGMENT DAY (w/ Brian Haas)

September 9th, 2019


Horror and SciFi go hand in hand. Don and James sit down with Brian Haas to talk technology take overs in Terminator and T2, stories about machines …

The Social Commentary in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

September 2nd, 2019


Night of the Living Dead horrified audiences with its frightening exploration with alienation, cannibalism, loss of identity, and violence and gore. …

The Social Commentary in CANDYMAN

August 26th, 2019


This episode looks at superstitions, urban legends, and the real story that inspired this Horror classic

The Social Commentary of Jordan Peele's US

August 19th, 2019


Like the Rorschach ink blots, Jordan Peele’s US invites each of us to make our own meaning through evocative themes and imagery. What we find is a reflection of our thoughts.

The Social Commentary of Jordan Peele's GET OUT

August 12th, 2019


Peele's 2017 film covers everything from race to slavery to the reality of white liberalism's limits. There's a lot to unpack, from "Do they know I'm black?" all the way to "You know I can't do that, babe."

The Social Commentary of John Carpenter's THEY LIVE!

August 5th, 2019


It’s difficult to talk social commentary in film without looking directly at John Carpenter. 1989’s THEY LIVE! came along intent on making a point …

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