Lizzie Borden's alleged murder of her father and stepmother on August 4th, 1892 is arguably one of the most famous double homicides in the United States. But did she really do it? Join us as we examine the facts, rumors, and scientific evidence surrounding the case with our friend Tori, who performed an experiment while getting her Masters to determine whether Lizzie could have been physiologically capable of giving her parents forty whacks.
Hail to the king, baby! This week we dive into one of our favorite franchises, Evil Dead! We laugh the whole way as we take a brief look at each of the movies, including the remake. We finalize the conversation with a recommendation to watch Ash vs. Evil Dead as soon as possible!
Home invasion films have always been a staple in the horror genre, so this week the ladies dive into some of their favorite home invasion films. First, Rachel discusses the classic film, Wait Until Dark(1967)starring Audrey Hepburn; Maranda continues on with the well known French film High Tension (2003), and Nikki ends the conversation with one of the most popular home invasion films, The Strangers (2008). Conversation centers around what works and what doesn't work in these types of films alongside a brief look into the psyche of the tormented.
Today we’re talking about two horror films that have a lot in common; Ginger Snaps and Jennifer’s Body. The conversation abounds with boxy practical effect werewolves, intense high school friendships, and theories on links between lycanthropy, demons, and the female body.
This week the ladies tackle terrifying legends from the grave. Rachel starts off with Resurrection Mary, a well known legend from the Chicago suburbs. Maranda discusses another black angel legend from Iowa City, Iowa, and Nikki finishes the episode with the legend of real world vampire hunters.
This week the ladies tackle one of the most controversial subjects in horror: the inclusion of mental illness. Rachel opens up the episode by discussing The Babadook and its powerful commentary on grief. Next, Maranda talks about the recent film, Split, which received both hate and praise. Nikki ends the episode with a discussion of The Taking of Deborah Logan and how the film approached Alzheimers.
In our first MiniScares episode, special guest Jake shares his terrifying tale of ghosts (or not?) in a small town called Vishnu Springs. Rachel also shares her own personal ghost story from her childhood. You may want to keep the lights on tonight after listening to these tales of the dead.
In the second part of our return to the true crime genre, Rachel leads us with the story of the murders that inspired Capote's In Cold Blood, and tells us a little bit about what made her terrified to pick up this book again. To cap it off with some fiction, Maranda heads a discussion about Gillian Flynn's novel, Dark Places, as we explore the resounding themes in this book and the stories we have told in this episode.
In the first part of our most involved episode yet, we return to the true crime genre to explore the theme of rural murders. Nikki recounts our neighboring state's tragedy with the Villisca Ax Murders, and our first special guest, Aaron E. Sullivan, provides an unsettling account of his favorite true crime story: The Bloody Benders. You'll want to sleep with the lights on tonight.