I actually wrote most of this post last fall, but stopped after hearing that The Bloodcast hosts would be going their separate ways and the show would be put on indefinite hiatus. But, since we’re in the throws of Halloween time, I figured it couldn’t hurt to dust this one off and let people know about a great horror podcast that can just as easily be listened to now as it was when new episodes came out.
Anyway, after discovering Killer P.O.V. I started looking around for new podcasts to check out and didn’t have to look much further than KPOV distributors Geek Nation. They had another show on the network called The Bloodcast hosted by Ryan Turek and Clarke Wolfe from episodes 44 to 97. While P.O.V. tends to feature a guest to go along with the topic, The Bloodcast focused more on the hosts discussing various topics from current films to reviews of franchises and director filmographies.
As with all of the podcasts I listen to, the real hook for me here boils down to the hosts. The dynamic between Turek and Wolfe was fantastic. Both have a love and academic appreciation for the genre, but also have realistic views on what’s going on. Yes, they’re fans, but they’re not the kinds of fans you might see talking garbage about horror movies on internet message boards.
The most unique aspect of the their show, though, came from their different perspectives which at least partially come from a difference in age. Turek, like me, is in his 30s while Wolfe is in her mid-20s. So, while he’s super steeped in the old school slasher franchises of the 80s, she was more raised on the supernatural films of the 90s.
I also personally find it really interesting listening to Wolfe talk about horror as a younger person. I often look at this sprawling genre I love and wonder what movies the upcoming generations will seek out. There were cannon-like movies I was super excited to check off my must see list, but I wondered if they were the same movies for the most part. Hearing Wolfe talk is heartening because it does sound like the classics are still winning over younger viewers.
While listening to the new episodes as they came out, I also went back and gave all of the Turek-Wolfe episodes a listen. A few highlights I recommend checking out are the episodes about Wes Craven, the Phantasm series and the George Romero showcase. I was disappointed to hear about the show being put on hiatus because I liked the dynamic so much, but I’m also glad that the show existed for as long as it did and can still be listened to now.