Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Folk Horror Podcast Episode 11: Tam Lin, aka The Devil's Widow (1970), pt. 2

Okay, we're back already with the second half of Tam Lin! Actually because we were a little long-winded in the first episode, this is most of our movie recap!

Wanted to link to this documentary I mentioned, which has a good bit where David Vorhaus shows off his Kaleidophon.

And here's the show:

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Folk Horror Podcast Episode 10: Tam Lin or The Devil's Widow (1970), pt. 1

Happy Halloween, and welcome back! Sort of a Halloween episode here, although we had been planning to do Tam Lin for some time. But the original Tam Lin story IS a Halloween story, as shown in Robert Burns' famous version here.

You can see the full movie on YouTube here though both Mike and I were much happier with the film once we got our hands on blu-rays of the movie.

In order the streamline the whole editing process, Mike is my cohost from the beginning. We talk about the Evolution of Horror Podcast and their 17-part Folk Horror series, some Halloween suggestions, and some background on the film -- we even manage to talk scene by scene . . . . through the first few scenes of the movie at least.

We also feature audio from the difficult to locate introduction to the 1997 VHS release of Tam Lin from Roddy McDowall himself. Thanks to Zoe at Not Just Yesterday: The Roddy McDowall Podcast! Some great stills from the set of the movie on her site here as well as her take on the movie.

Also wanted to mention the incredible which is a rich and wonderful site. There are plenty of screen captures there.

And now the audio! Though by now everyone's using a podcast reader, right?

Friday, September 28, 2018

The Folk Horror Podcast Episode 9: FH at SIFF 2018

Here's episode 9. But y'know if you listen on your phone via Apple Podcasts or some other source, then you can walk around outside on a Fall day and listen!

Mike did most of the heavy lifting for this episode, but I thought I'd provide some movie photos so you can see what films he discusses.

"Hagazussa: a Heathen's Curse," Lukas Feigelfeld dir.
"Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil," Paul Urkijo dir.
"Beast," Michael Pearce dir.
"Valley of Shadows," Jonas Gulbrandsen dir.
"The Field Guide to Evil," various dir.

"Good Manners," Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra dir.
"The Most Unknown," Ian Cheney dir.

"Mountain," Jennifer Peedom dir.

"Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda," Stephen Nomura Schible, dir.

"Sweet Country," Warwick Thornton, dir.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Folk Horror Podcast Episode 8: Red Shift (1978), pt. 2

Hello -- here it is, we're wrapping up Red Shift for now. But maybe as we discuss in the podcast it will be reopened again in the distant future?

Here's the audio. But have you heard the good word about apple podcasts or your podcast reader of choice?

 The Folk Horror Revival publication "21st Century Ghost Stories" is now available. As is "The Wytch Hunters' Manual."

Here are some cool shots from a cool TV movie:

Holding him.

Me, her and the Bunty.

Corn goddess.

St Bertoline's Church is in the village of Barthomley, Cheshire. 

Discussing imports/exports.

Gone badly.

Speaking to the Heavens, or the Earth?

Love in the grass.

Changing stations.



Here's the Spotify playlist (which now has music from both episodes):

Friday, July 20, 2018

The Folk Horror Podcast Episode 7: Red Shift (1978), pt. 1

Done! We talk about the 1978 Play for Today "Red Shift" by Alan Garner. And the book! We talk a lot of background but we do have about 20 minutes of synopsis before the end.

Here's the audio, but surely you would rather download this from apple podcasts or your podcast reader of choice?

Here's the Spotify playlist:

Here's a link to that really good TOR article. The author's name is Jo Walton:

Here's Apaches:

Great short doc about Garner:

And yet weren't these shown at night?

A galaxy (quickly moving) far, far, away.


Hints of Eden?


Tom and Jan.

Sergeant Major.


John Fowler.

Rather gory.


Monday, June 18, 2018

The Folk Horror Podcast Episode 6: Darren Charles talks about the FHR Witch Cults event

Sadly, this event has been CANCELED.

The poster above shows what the episode is about. We talk to Darren Charles from Folk Horror Revival about the upcoming event and other topics!

Here's the audio, but surely you would rather download this from apple podcasts or your podcast reader of choice?

Here are links to the bands we discussed in the show!

Black Mountain Transmitter
Georgia Seddon
Nathalie Stern
The Heartwood Institute
Peg Powler
Marcus H.

Tickets here.

More information here.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Folk Horror Podcast Episode 5: Robin Redbreast (1970), pt. 2

The red red robin comes bob bob bobbin' along, and so does The Folk Horror Podcast!

Listen below. 

I has some audio problems in the second half, but the good news is that I've set up my studio so that all audio going forward should sound A LOT better.

Audio snippets were from The Carice Singers (performing Peter Warlock) and Lisa Knapp.

Go to work on an egg.

Almost as brutal as Watership Down.

Rob considers one last Karate chop.

Don't look back.

The Village Green Preservation Society.

Interesting detail -- blood on Wellbeloved?
Something we didn't mention is that, if the characters do represent mystical beings at the end that instead of Herne the Hunter, Fisher could be Cernunnos, the celtic god. Though there are possible connections between Herne and Cernunnos anyway.

From Mike:

Hypnogoria podcast episode on the robin:

Mike also wanted to share this video from Folk Horror fan Jenny Hval:

Saturday, June 2, 2018

The Folk Horror Podcast Episode 4: Robin Redbreast (1970), pt.1

Forgot to mention it actually IN the episode, but this is the first part of what will probably be a two part discussion of Robin Redbreast!

Listen below. But who wants to sit in front of a computer? Download it on your phone! 

The sounds during the letters section is library music by James Harpham, "Nature's World."

From Mike:

Play for Today episode guide:

John Bowen bio:

Some interesting info on John Bowen and RR:

PDF of The Golden Bough:

No Mod Cons.

Someone lost their marbles on her windowsill.

Who sherded?

Sherry, but not Percy Bysshe.

Can you understand a light among the trees?

The eyes have it.
No one smiles if you cross their stiles.

From listener John (about Wicker Man):

- See the Whitby Hand of Glory and Hand of Glories that you can buy!

- The procession tune. See this for more info:

- Not only is Paul Giovanni in one of those shots on the cliffs, Anthony Shaffer is in one too! Check out this shot:

See the man with the green turtleneck behind the woman in the blue top who is behind Howie? That’s Shaffer! His only cameo in the film. The associate music director, Gary Carpenter, dressed up in drag to play the organ in the church scene. You can see a behind the scene shot of that here:

Hardy’s minister cameo, as far as I know, didn’t make any cuts nor did Gary’s.

 - 'Summer is icummin in' is only heard when they set the Wicker Man on fire, not during the procession or at any other time. It’s the oldest song in the English language.  More info on its use here:

- Check out these pictures of a commune that re-created their own Wicker Man. It wasn’t until recently that I found out they their “man” wasn’t one of them made for the film.

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Folk Horror Podcast Episode 3: The Wicker Man (1973), pt. 3

It's all wrapped, our discussion of The Wicker Man that is, which you can find here: 

First up, how about some EXCLUSIVE pictures from Mike's trip to Puerto Varas, Chile during the Carnaval del Sur (literally Carnival of the South). Very May Day procession, even with its own wicker statue. Interesting to read that Puerto Varas was founded by German immigrants, though I don't know if that's why these costumes are reminiscent of European festivals. The pictures were taken in November, 2017 (Spring in South America.)

All these photos are copyright Michael Schwartz.

And here are those screenshots, thanks Mike! Check out that mise-en-scène.

Bright Phoebus

Have a slice.

Meow meow.

Not dead.

Dead and mostly 'armless. Hanged?

Sunny with a chance of Cher.

Ready to Punch someone.

Why so nervous, Ingrid?

This might be the band GOAT, I'm not sure.


Edward Woodward sees the Wicker Man.

Oh no.

Daniel my brother, do you still feel the pain . . .