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Toxic Schlock is a bi-weekly horror film podcast based out of Richmond Virginia, where host Michael Kent talks to artists and horror enthusiasts about the films and directors that shaped the genre. Whether its body horror, creature features, slashers, occult thrillers and more, Toxic Schlock explores the vast world of horror and how it shapes our lives.
 
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We bring our slasher series to a close with a deep dive into the film that redefined and resurrected the genre, Wes Craven's 1996 blockbuster "SCREAM". We explore the career of Craven, his continuous impact on the genre for 3 decades in a row, and the path to his 90s masterpiece . We're then joined by Tom Breihan (Stereogum, Av Club) to discuss the…
 
Michael sits down with the folks from the Blood Buddies podcast to watch the 1988 Fantasy Slasher classic CHILD'S PLAY! Pull up the movie on your TV and watch along as they discuss the film's origins, the greatness of Brad Dourif, awkward celebrity encounters, childhood toys, and the bizarre life and legacy of the Child's Play saga! Join our Patreo…
 
Pack your sleeping bag, because this week we are going to Camp Crystal Lake for a deep dive into the most iconic Slasher film series of all time: FRIDAY THE 13TH! We explore the film's original HALLOWEEN knock off origins, Shaun Cunningham's early career with Wes Craven, the invention of Jason, Tom Savini's FX, and it's impact on the Slasher genre.…
 
We continue our Slasher series with a deep dive into one of the best and most important horror films of all time THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. We kick it off by exploring the early life of director Tobe Hooper, the real life inspirations behind the film, and the shoestring budget under which it was created. We're then joined by Sam Sutherland (155, …
 
Michael reunites with the folks from Neon Brainiacs to sit down and watch the 1974 OG holiday slasher classic BLACK CHRISTMAS in its entirety. This is the first 15 minutes of our 2+ hour episode available only on our Patreon page. Pull up the movie on your TV and watch along with us as we discuss the film, it's impact on all slasher films to come, …
 
Time to kick off our next mini-series: SLASHERS! In this episode, we dive into the early films that begat the blood soaked Slasher boom of the 1980s, with an in-depth exploration of the man who helped define the genre: MARIO BAVA! We explore his early work in cinematography, the creation of the Giallo genre with films like BLOOD AND BLACK LACE, and…
 
Our Body Horror series is going out with a bang! We're going to Japan to explore the 1989 Cyberpunk classic TETSUO: THE IRON MAN! We explore his early Kaiju passions, the influence of Akira Kurosawa, dealing with disapproving parents, and how his debut film came to be! We're then joined by Gregg Harrington of the podcast Neon Brainiacs to discuss t…
 
Our Body Horror series rolls on with a dive into Stuart Gordon and his slimey classic FROM BEYOND. We explore Stuart's early radical theater roots, run-ins with the law, HP Lovecraft, and Re-Animator. We are then joined by Ben Roberts of the fantastic new comic CHILDREN OF THE GRAVE to discuss From Beyond. Stick around after the interview for our f…
 
FULL EPISODE AVAILABLE ON PATREON! Michael and his Misfits Monday cohort Eric Kelly catch up on their Halloween season movie watches, and then watch Glenn Danzig's Trashsterpiece Verotika in it's entirety. Pull up the movie on your TV/Computer, turn down the volume, pop on the subtitles, and watch along with us one of the most confounding but wildl…
 
Bust out your candy apples and razor blades, because its time for another Toxic Schlock Halloween Episode! Sam Poe said that she would return for another Halloween episode on one condition: we had to do a deep dive into the 2008 teenage vampire romance Twilight! We touched on everything from the cast, to the soundtrack, to the impact on pop culture…
 
We enter episode 2 of our Body Horror series with an exploration into the mind of the man most associated with the genre: David Cronenberg! We explore his early scientific background, his arthouse origins, early films, and much more! We are then joined by JR Hayes of Grindcore legends Pig Destroyer and Mike Prophet of Screamo icons Pageninetynine t…
 
Toxic Schlock has risen from it's pandemic induced grave and is back and better than ever. We kick off our 4-part series on Body horror with a dive into David Lynch's arthouse classic ERASERHEAD! We explore Lynch's artistic origins and influences, the creation of the film, and the contemporary reaction to it. We are then joined by Erik Button of th…
 
Bust out your drill guitars, because this week Michael is joined by Carolina Hidalgo of the fantastic music history podcast No Dogs in Space to discuss the 1987 slasher sequel classic SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE 2! Listen in as the two discuss the original film's feminist satirical origins, the brilliance of Roger Corman, MANDY, DARK NIGHT OF THE SCAREC…
 
This week on Toxic Schlock, Michael and Dylan Wachman of Dollar Signs dig into the underrated modern classic "DRAG ME TO HELL". Michael and Dylan dig into the career of director Sam Raimi, the film's dark humor and (perhaps questionable) CGI, terrible movie theater experiences, THE LIGHTHOUSE, A24 movies, video games to get through quarantine, and …
 
Josh Robbins returns to Toxic Schlock to discuss the Alfred Hitchcock murder mystery classic REAR WINDOW. Michael and Josh dig into the horror vs thriller dynamic, the best and worst of found footage films, Hitchcock's iconic style, Arnold Schwarzenegger, envisioning a remake of Rear Window, and much more!…
 
Recorded from their individual quarantines, Michael and Eric remotely dig into the 1950s sci fi schlock of CREATURE FROM GREEN HELL. Along with digging into the film and the Misfits song it spawned, the fiends catch up on Danzig's upcoming Elvis covers album, bootleg shirts, staying sane during Covid19, Verotika, ranking the 10 Misfits movies thus …
 
Bust out your VCRs, because this week on Toxic Schlock, Michael talks with Ben and Gregg of the Neon Brainiacs podcast to do a deep dive into the horror films of the 1980s. They ask the question "why was this decade so iconic for horror and what made this era different than the ones before it?", and touch on classics films like THE THING, EVIL DEAD…
 
Grab your Venom and NASA patches, because this week we sat down with Matty Morand of Pretty Matty to discuss the 1987 Canadian classic "THE GATE". Matty and Michael dig into the power of family friendly horror, the reality of pre teen metal heads, the impact of ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK, the best (and worst) of modern American horror, and much mor…
 
Toxic Schlock goes back to high school this week with a chat with Sam Woodring (formerly of modern emo/indie greats Two Inch Astronaut and now of Mister Goblin) about the modern darkly comedic film Jennifer's Body. Sam and Michael dive into this deeply under-appreciated film, it's miscalculated promotion campaign, it's relevance in the modern lands…
 
Prime Directive: EXTERMINATE! The fiends return for a jam packed episodes of Misfits Mondays. Eric and Michael dig into the 1968 b-movie THE ASTRO-ZOMBIES, the recently announced Philly show, their Halloween retrospectives, Danzig's hilarious 80s movie reviews, The Mandalorian, the latest edition of absurd Misfits merchandise, and the toxicity of b…
 
Toxic Schlock gets extra gorey this week with Matt Harvey of Death Metal giants EXHUMED. Michael and Matt dig deep into the 1980 Fulci classic CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD, where they discuss the power of Italian horror, the distinctions between Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci, 80s euro sleaze horror, the intensity of Bay Area Powerviolence, the staggerin…
 
Michael and special guest Samantha Poe light up some jack o lanterns and celebrate the Halloween season by waxing poetic on childhood horror movies, Halloween memories and costumes, and then doing a deep dive into some of the best and worst horror films of 2019 such as MIDSOMMAR, US, THE HAUNTING OF SHARON TATE, IT CHAPTER TWO, and more! This was a…
 
We're coming to get your Barbara! Michael sits down with Mike Taylor of Virginia screamo legends Pg 99 and Pygmy Lush to discuss one of the all time horror classics: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. Along with discussing the creation, reaction, and legacy of George Romero's zombie classic, they dig into the early influences of the sound associated with sc…
 
Pull out your tongue and pluck out your eyes, cause this week the fiends dig into the Herschell Gordon Lewis schlock classic BLOODFEAST! Michael and Eric dig into the the influential career of Lewis and the classic Earth AD song that he inspired! They also dig into toxic fandom culture, the sonic power of Earth Ad, the importance of looking at film…
 
Ready your mondo horror heads for this one folks! Michael sits down with Jay Gambit of experimental metal crushers Crowhurst to discuss the 1978 exploitation cult phenomena FACES OF DEATH. This is a film that should need no introduction, but for the uninitiated, this faux documentary has become a rite of passage for curious teenagers worldwide. Mic…
 
Bust out your capes and fangs, because this week Michael sits down with Francis Kano of punk/metal dark lords DEVIL MASTER (and the live bass player for INTEGRITY) to discuss Werner Herzog's 1979 classic: NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE! Both Michael and Francis share adoration for this darkly atmospheric film, and they go all-in on discussing it's creation,…
 
The Fiends come back ripping with a dive into the 1971 cult classic "THE MEPHISTO WALTZ". Along with tearing into the film, Mikey and Eric catch up on MIDSOMMAR, JAWS, NEUROSIS, VEIN, CRAWL, WARTHOG, energy drinks, the upcoming MISFITS show at Madison Square Garden, Danizg's film VEROTIKA, their dream classic Misfits show, and much more!…
 
This week on the show we've got Dan Nielsen, drummer of post-punk giants ICEAGE on the show to discuss the 2016 Korean gem THE WAILING! Along with picking apart their theories for the dark events in the film, Dan discusses digging into classic horror cinema in Denmark during the turn of the century, his love of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, being a part…
 
Fire up those Murdergrams, because this week all hell breaks loose as Michael and Eric dive into the 1971 Horror gem Twins of Evil! But this creepshow was too much for them to take on alone, so they are joined by Jake and James of the new podcast The Nimrods. Along with with tearing into the film, the Fiends and The Nimrods dip back into their earl…
 
This week on Toxic Schlock, we show you some blood with Ian Shelton of modern Powerviolence rippers Regional Justice Center! We dive deep into the 1976 classic THE TENANT! Along with discussing Polanski's underrated headtrip of a film, we also dive deep into Ian's filmmaking background, growing up in the age of remakes, the models of Blumhouse and …
 
And we are back back from our brief Spring break! This week on the show, Michael sits down with James Bulloch, aka Human Furnace of Cleveland metallic hardcore titans RINGWORM! They dive deep into James' early horror past, his late night favorites, and his passionate fandom of CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON. For James' film pick, he chose William B…
 
Michael and Eric pull the strings on this months schlock classic, Ed Wood's Plan 9 From Outer Space and if the film really THAT bad? The fiends also dive deep into the Original Misfits recent setlist, recent Danzig news, and answer the age old question: if Jerry Only drank an energy drink, what would be his drink of choice?…
 
This week on Toxic Schlock, the nightmare shall consume you, because we've got Domenic Romeo of Integrity, A389 Recordings, Pulling Teeth, and more! We dive deep into his film pick, Jean Brismee's 1971 cult horror flick "THE DEVIL'S NIGHTMARE"! We also dig into Dom's early experiences with films like THE HOWLING, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, how he cam…
 
Leave your insanity at the door, because this week we've got Chris Colohan, singer of many of the best hardcore bands of the last 20 years (CURSED, LEFT FOR DEAD, SECT, BURNING LOVE, and more) to discuss the 1971 cult classic LET'S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH. We take a deep dive into the film's themes of mental health and trauma, the film's origins as …
 
Michael sits down with singer-songwriter/author John Darnielle of the MOUNTAIN GOATS to discuss the 1988 Robert Englund directed gem 976-EVIL, diving deep into the film, the spooky acting perfection of Stephen Geoffreys, and just what the hell a 976 number is. Along with that, they discuss John's later-life heel turn towards horror, MARIO BAVA, ROK…
 
Eric and Michael take it up to room 21 this week with a dive into the 1961 classic CITY OF THE DEAD (also known in the US as HORROR HOTEL!). The fiends dig deep into this underrated gem, along with listing the best and WORST Misfits merchandise on the market. They also touch on Doyle's recent comments about music pirating, Eric's wrestling takes, a…
 
This week on Toxic Schlock, DWID HELLION of metal/hardcore legends INTEGRITY comes on to discuss the 1970 surrealist classic film Valerie and Her Week of Wonders. Along with diving into this Czech classic, Michael and Dwid dig deep into HAMMER HORROR, ROGER CORMAN, the genius of G.I.S.M., the intensity of RAW POWER, ROKY ERICKSON, the mystique of N…
 
House is calling to you, come back home and marry me! Michael sits down this week with Blayne Smith of Banger TV to take a deep dive into the gloriously bizarre world of the 1977 Japan cult classic HAUSU (House)! The two of them wrap their heads around how Toho's intended JAWS cash-in turned into this psychedelic haunted house story, the humor of J…
 
Misfits Mondays! Misfits Mondays! With Eric and Michael, yeah Misfits Mondays (to the tune of Return of the Fly)! We are back this week with the 2nd edition of our bonus episode series Misfits Mondays! Michael and Eric dig deep into their favorite (and least favorite) Misfits covers, and then take a deep dive into the 1959 film Return of the Fly (a…
 
Hello to all of Rock's Chosen Warriors! This week on the show, Michael talks with Rick Giordano of The Lion's Daughter about the 1986 heavy metal horror cult classic Trick or Treat! They dig deep into the unclear nature of the film's mythology, growing up a metal head and horror fan in the 1980s and into the 90s (when both of those took a turn for …
 
Whats in the box?! Michael and Sara Taylor of Industrial rippers Youth Code answer that question and more with their chat about David Fincher's 1995 classic SE7EN! Sara digs into her favorite headtrip psychological thrillers, the power of Coil, Tetsuo: The Iron Man, True Detective, the disturbing films of Lars Von Trier, managing merch for Behemoth…
 
BOY! This week we sit down with King Fowley of Virginia metal legends Deceased! They have been putting out ripping horror influenced albums for the last several decades, and King picked one of his all time favorites, the 1979 classic PHANTASM! Michael and King dig deep into the horror/sci fi classic, along with discussing King's drive in theater ex…
 
Today we are kicking off our new mini-episode series: Misfits Mondays! Once a month, I am sitting down with my buddy Eric Kelly to talk about the iconic punk band the Misfits and the myriad of horror/sci-fi films they have referenced throughout their catalogue. Today we are waxing poetic about our origin stories of how we got into Danzig and the ga…
 
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