Happy Monday, everyone! I decided to write this post and have it published on a Monday specifically because one of my favorite podcasts (Crime Junkie) comes out with a new episode on this day every week so I thought it was fitting.
It was about this time last year when I decided to start listening to podcasts. I know I’m pretty late to the game as podcasts are one of the largest media platforms out there now, but late to the game or not, I have fallen in love with podcasts. It has actually become a running joke in my household that all I listen to are creepy crime podcasts, but it’s true! I can spend hours listening to a good podcast especially when I am cooking or cleaning, working out, or even just relaxing.
Last year I ran a few different polls online asking my followers to recommend some podcasts to me because I did not understand the hype behind them and finally got hooked after listening to “Halloween Unmasked” by The Ringer. My best friend told me about it and I was so glad that I took her advice to listen! Narrated by Amy Nicholson, “Halloween Unmasked” is a documentary podcast about the Halloween movie franchise. If you know me, you know that the Halloween movies are my absolute favorite horror films. I wrote about that podcast here, and highly recommend checking it out this October!
With all of that being said, I have a few more podcasts that I now listen to regularly that I would recommend to everyone. Most of these podcasts are perfect for the current autumn season, too. There is nothing like taking a long walk in the brisk chilly air surrounded by falling orange leaves while listening to something a little spooky.
Crime Junkie by audiochuck
Okay, Crime Junkie is seriously addictive. At this point I have listened to over 100+ hours of Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat discuss crime, murder, investigations, and everything else in between and I still get excited every Monday knowing a new episode is coming out! I think my favorite thing about Crime Junkie is that Flowers and Brit are passionate about their material but still maintain immense respect for the real people and victims involved in the crimes. There are never instances of them giggling or whatever about a murder investigation. In fact, there have been many episodes during which Flowers and Prawat actually help get the word out about a missing person’s case, encourage support for various fundraisers, etc. It’s great to see fans of true crime recognize the humanity of victims. In short, I love everything about this podcast.
The Horror Show: A Horror Movie Podcast
I really enjoy listening to fan commentary about my favorite movies and Joe and Sean dissect horror movies unlike anyone else. Not only is their knowledge about horror super extensive, but they are also hilarious. The episodes that cover Rob Zombie’s movies have made me literally cackle out loud. I think my favorite thing about The Horror Show is that Joe and Sean examine the absurdity of horror films and really break the absurdity down until it’s comical. Further, they discuss so many films. I learn about movies that I didn’t even know existed! This is another podcast that I would highly recommend to any horror fan.
Full. Body. Chills. by audiochuck
It probably seems like I have some obsession with Ashley Flowers, and I can’t even deny it…
I have yet to listen to a podcast with Flowers’ name on it that I didn’t find interesting and this podcast, Full. Body. Chills., makes my list. I kept hearing advertisements for it on Crime Junkie so I decided to give it a try and I am so glad that I gave it a listen! Unlike Crime Junkie, this podcast is more fictional. I love the spooky tales, and yes, they really do give you Full. Body. Chills.! So far my favorite episodes have been “Red Ribbon,” “Why I Stopped Babysitting,” and “Pareidolia.” Remember earlier when I said that a long autumn walk is made better by a spooky podcast? This is the one I had in mind.
Disturbed: True Horror Stories by Disturbed Media
This is another podcast that is comprised of mini horror stories and some of them are so scary! And again, this is a perfect podcast for a long autumn walk. I think my favorite thing about Disturbed: True Horror Stories is that each mini story is told by a different narrator. Listening to the different voices for each story really makes the tales come to life.
I also really like that the stories range in genre. Some are ghost stories, some are about intruders or murderers, and some are even supernatural science-fiction tales. It’s a surprise with each story that never disappoints.
Eli Roth’s History of Horror: Uncut by Shudder
Let me start this off with saying that Eli Roth is awesome. Not only is he a talented actor, director, and writer; but he does amazing work in the horror documentary world. I literally binge-watched his show on AMC, Eli Roth’s History of Horror, in an entire day. (Side note: you can also find this series on Shudder!)
I stumbled upon this podcast by accident in a suggestions page and I am so glad that I did! The podcast is comprised of various interviews with some huge names in the horror world from Rob Zombie, Ari Aster, Roger Corman, Tippi Hedren, Quentin Tarantino, and even Stephen King. I am obsessed, and have been learning so much about some of my favorite movies since listening. For instance, who else didn’t know that Rob Zombie was personally good friends with Lionel Richie, and this friendship was the reason “Brick House” played in House of 1000 Corpses? I cannot get enough of these interviews! The interviews on this podcast come from the AMC show, but are more detailed and center on specific interviewees.
So these are the podcasts that I have been obsessed with lately! Please let me know what you think of these podcasts, and drop a comment below with some of your recommendations. I love hearing from y’all!