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FANGORIA Podcast Network: The 5 Essential “MONSTER PARTY” Episodes!

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While the horror community should be no stranger to the world of podcasts, especially with the likes of KILLER POV and THE MOVIE CRYPT slashing their way into our ears every week. But for some, podcasting is still unchartered territory, and horror fans who aren’t in-the-know may have a difficult time finding an organic entry point into the free audio entertainment. So with that in mind, FANGORIA reached out to the hosts of our Podcast Network’s own MONSTER PARTY, and we’ve compiled the top five episodes for unfamiliar fright fans to get a taste of the conversational horror/sci-fi podcast…

5. STAR TREK

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While this episode goes light on the horror talk, STARLOG fans will be more than satisfied with this episode of MONSTER PARTY. Hosts Matt Weinhold, Shawn Sheridan, James Gonis and Larry Strothe sit down with Emmy Award-winning writer/producer/comedian Sue Murphy to talk all things STAR TREK, and even for those unfamiliar with the series incredibly long and dense history, the conversation remains light and hilarious. But perhaps the reason this episode truly stands out is that the stories told come from personal experiences, and rather than be an indulgence in unadulterated fandom, the group talks about the lows of the franchise with the same reverence and knowledge as they do their most fond STAR TREK memories.

Episode Highlight: Either Murphy’s anecdote of offending Klingon cosplayers during a Shatner speech at a convention, or the brief descent into cacophony when the subject of STAR TREK: VOYAGER arises.

 

4. MONSTER ACTING

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In what is definitely one of the most engaging and casual chats on the show, genre vet Doug Jones joins the MONSTER PARTY in what essentially becomes a laid back and candid talk about the art of creature performance and a retrospective on Jones storied career. Jones makes a perfect guest for the show, bouncing off each host and their respective questions with ease and hilarity while sharing his inspirations and insights on his various physical performances from throughout the years. And for those unfamiliar with just how funny Jones can be, this episode serves as an excellent testament as Jones injects the already hilarious rapport between the hosts with stories about working with Guillermo del Toro, the process of clearing a Barry Manilow track for HELLBOY II and talking to Stan Lee about The Silver Surfer.

Episode Highlight: Doug Jones admission that he wore the body make-up for The Pale Man on PAN’S LABYRINTH for four days straight without removal, or his desire to reprise his role from HOCUS POCUS in the long-rumored-to-be-in-development sequel.

 

3. JAPAN

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Are you a GODZILLA fan? If you are (and as a FANGORIA reader, I don’t know why you wouldn’t be), this would be the episode for you. Weinhold, Sheridan, Gonis and Strothe are on their own this week and recap their 10-day nerd excursion in Japan, where they paid tribute to the cultural icon itself in many, many ways. This episode is a great one for fans who want to get a grasp of the show’s conversational nature and the dynamic between each host, as the anecdotes on display give way to ball-breaking, frequently changing perspective and the bond of fandom between one another. The episode is also flat-out funny, and hearing the four proudly raise the heights of their nerdiness over and over makes for an effortless listen.

Episode Highlight: While this writer is tempted to cite the hilarious Godzilla slide story, I have to admit there’s fewer podcast moments more charming than the Mothra Song anecdote.

 

2 . EVIL ALIENS

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Extraterrestrial talk is always a favorite topic for this writer, but while this writer would expect Weinhold, Sheridan, Gonis and Strothe to know their alien knowledge by heart, I was genuinely floored by the nerd cred on display from this episode’s guest, 2015 Playboy Playmate of the Year Dani Mathers. In fact, not only does Mathers hold her own among our hosts talk of the good, the bad and the ugly of alien fiction, but she takes them to school in regards to real-life extraterrestrial culture, including but not limited to the Greys and supposed cases of alien abduction. And Mathers voice in the conversation is seamless, and the frightful four talk to her as an equal in fandom as if she’s been a part of the show since the beginning.

Episode Highlight: Though the PROMETHEUS argument goes to hilarious places, the highlight is probably the overall presence of Mathers among the group. She proves that she’s the real deal when it comes to her alien fascination and fandom, and her cheer at the mention of an obscure ‘50s alien invasion flick is made of the stuff that melts nerd hearts.

 

1. BACK TO THE ‘80s

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Aside from a very liberal amount of love thrown at FANGORIA on this episode, our four partners-in-podcasting are joined by C. Courtney Joyner for an extensive chat on ‘80s horror. And while the classics of the genre are covered, such as THE THING, HELLRAISER, POLTERGEIST and THE EVIL DEAD, Joyner’s addition to the group offers a very interesting dimension to the chat, considering his place on the other side of the camera working with the likes of Charles Band and Roger Corman. But not only does this talk about ‘80s horror cinema reflect the topic but also waxes reflective on the changes in the business since, both in how films are made and how films are consumed.

Episode Highlight: While Joyner’s FREDDY VS. JASON pitch is a nice bit of “what if” trivia, there’s no topping Vincent Price stories from the set of FROM A WHISPER TO A SCREAM.

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To listen to MONSTER PARTY, you can download the latest episode and past episodes FOR FREE via Libsyn, iTunes, Stitcher, or enter the RSS Feed into your third party podcast application. And if you like the show, please be sure to subscribe, leave a review on iTunes and follow MONSTER PARTY on Facebook and Twitter! And don’t forget to check out the latest issue of BLOOD LUST with Bailey Jay featuring former MONSTER PARTY guest Joe DeRosa, you can download the latest episode FOR FREE via Libsyn, iTunes or you can enter the RSS Feed into your third party podcast application.

MONSTER PARTY is a production of the FANGORIA Podcast Network. MONSTER PARTY is executive produced by Ken W. Hanley and Thomas DeFeo. For more information, press opportunities and advertising rates pertinent to the FANGORIA Podcast Network, please contact ken@fangoria.com.

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Ken W. Hanley
Ken W. Hanley is the Managing Web Editor for FANGORIA and STARLOG, as well as the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a contributing writer to YouWonCannes.com. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on screenplays, his debut novel "THE I IN EVIL", and various other projects, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.
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