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‘Basket Case,’ ‘Evil Dead’ and Cheap Trick: Chicago’s Best Bartender Mike Vanderbilt (Episode 718)

The readers of the Chicago Reader named him Best Bartender in Chicago, and the celebrated Mike Vanderbilt returns to Car Con Carne to talk horror. He chats with me about the latest season of the “Halloweenies” podcast, as it’s taking…

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Horror storefront ‘The Horror House’ readies for Avondale launch (Episode 711)

Horror crawls its way into the Avondale neighborhood this Spring with the arrival of the HORROR HOUSE. It’s a new horror storefront that speaks to me in every possible way, and you can help make its launch even better. The…

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‘Dawn of the Dead’ midnight shows happening this weekend (Episode 703)

“Some kind of instinct. Memory of what they used to do. This was an important place in their lives.” The original “Dawn of the Dead” is screening in two midnight shows at Music Box Theatre this weekend. You can’t see…

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‘Paranormal Activity’ documentarian and ‘Hell House LLC’ producer Joe Bandelli talks found footage (Episode 681)

The first Paranormal Activity made $193.4 million dollars on a $15,000 budget. The franchise is covered in deep, satisfying detail in the new documentary, “Paranormal Activity: Unknown Dimension,” directed by Joe Bandelli. Joe joined me tonight to talk about his…

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Do you dare face… THE MUSIC BOX OF HORRORS? (Episode 668)

Hey, kids! It’s that time of year again! The MUSIC BOX OF HORRORS month-long drive-in event returns to Pilsen and the line-up is spectacular. Co-curator Mike Vanderbilt returns to the show to preview this year’s films.

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Nightmare fuel and a cool song with a violin: The joy of DEAD ANIMAL ASSEMBLY PLANT (Episode 604)

Their videos are nightmare fuel. Their music is heavy and haunting. Their name is vegan-enraging. Join me for a special Sunday night recording with the dark force known as DEAD ANIMAL ASSEMBLY PLANT.

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‘The horrors you’re about to witness cannot be unseen’ – PSYCHO GOREMAN writer/director Steven Kostanski (Episode 572)

Psycho Goreman is available on DVD/Blu Ray on 3/16/21!

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New slasher flick ‘GetAWAY’ brings old school horror to VOD: Writer/Director Blayne Weaver & Actress Emma Norville (Episode 523)

Get ready for a fun new slasher flick to distract you from wrapping presents and waiting out the vaccine. “GetAWAY” has an old school horror vibe, but with distinctly modern twists. The film comes out 12/23 on VOD and DVD,…

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‘There’s nothing more emotionally honest’ than horror: Author Peter Counter (Episode 482)

“The best horror stories don’t take us into the truly unknown. Instead, they show us the limits of sensory experience, making us aware of the border between humanity and naught so we can better appreciate our toil, anguish, and frailty.”…

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It’s a haunted house in an abandoned casket factory: Evil Intentions (Episode 458)

Evil Intentions Haunted House is opening soon, with all sorts of safety restrictions in place. I talked with Haunt Lead Tim Stedman tonight about Evil Intentions, its certifiably creepy location in Elgin, and the comprehensive horror score he created for…