E44: NIGHT CALLER (平安夜)

We are 4 episodes into our Christmas marathon and so far it has been pretty good. I’ve liked everything I’ve reviewed so far to some extent and I’m actually really surprised by that. I thought that this whole Christmas horror thing was going to end up being torturous but so far I’m feeling pretty good about it. Let’s continue with the 1985 Hong Kong horror, Night Caller.



E41: KAZUO UMEZU’S HORROR THEATER – PRESENT

For the month of December I’m going to try and review as many pieces of Christmas horror media as I can. This is going to range from movies to shorts to TV episodes to anything else I can find and we’re just going to be doing a bunch of one-off episodes. Let’s kick things of with Kazuo Umezu’s Horror Theater: Present from 2005.



E40: IDAHO

Alright we are back to horror from here on out. It’s nice to take a break every once in a while but nothing beats a good horror movie and boy are there some good ones this week. Our theme this week is Idaho and we’re reviewing three horror movies that take place in the Gem State. We’ll be taking a look at Idaho Transfer from 1973, The Being from 1983, and The Reflecting Skin from 1990.



E39: HALLOWEEN HANGOVER 2

This is our second week of Halloween Hangover and while we’re still doing some non-horror films we’re slowly dipping our toes into the genre this week before getting back into it full-swing. This week we’re taking a look at 3 non-horror films directed by famous horror directors. We’ll be reviewing John Carpenter’s Elvis from 1979, Abel Ferrara’s King of New York from 1990, and Joe Dante’s Matinee from 1993.



E37: HALLOWEEN HANGOVER

The Halloween season has passed and to help you get over your Halloween Hangover, we’re switching things up a bit this week and taking a look at 3 movies that are decidedly non-horror. We’re all probably feeling a little bit partied out after Halloween, so hopefully these three films will provide a palette cleanser and a much-needed break from horror. Our movies this week are Gravity from 2013, Quest for Fire from 1981, and Glengarry Glen Ross from 1992. It doesn’t get any less horror than that.



E35: TRICK OR TREAT

Halloween is just a few days away and we’re bringing you another Halloween-themed episode to help get you into the holiday spirit. Our theme for this week is “trick or treat” and our three films are Trick or Treat from 1986, Trick or Treats from 1982, and Trick ‘r Treat from 2007. It should be pretty obvious what our three films this week have in common.



E30: VAULT: DREAMS

It’s Channel 83’s birthday so we’re releasing an episode that has been buried in the Channel 83 vault for some time. The original concept of the show was to have 2 hosts, one an avid horror fan and the other a complete horror noob. Scheduling conflicts prevented this first iteration from getting off the ground but here’s a glimpse into the beginnings of Channel 83.



E22: LOVECRAFT

Our theme for this week is Lovecraft, and we’re taking a look at 3 film adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft stories. We’ll be talking about 1985’s Re-Animator based on the serial novelette “Herbert West-Reanimator”, The Resurrected from 1991 based on “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward”, and 1994’s The Lurking Fear based on a short story of the same name.



E21: 1992

For the first time ever we have a special guest in the Channel 83 studio. This week we are joined by my better half, Hana. In honor of our special guest, we also have a special theme this week. Each of our movies this week came out in 1992, the year Hana was born, and I picked each movie with her tastes in mind. This week we have a TNT made-for-TV version of Frankenstein, a super obscure movie out of Hong Kong called The Cat, and the Brian De Palma film Raising Cain.



E20: VAULT: ILLINOIS

Channel83 is on vacation so we’re releasing an episode that has been buried in the Channel83 vault for some time. The original concept of the show was to have 2 hosts, one an avid horror fan and the other a complete horror noob. Scheduling conflicts prevented this first iteration from getting off the ground but here’s a glimpse into the beginnings of Channel83.



E16: NAMES

Our theme for this week is names, and the names of the antagonists in each of our films figure prominently into the plot. In addition, each of our films this week is based off of a pre-existing story. We’ll be reviewing the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation The Unnamable from 1988, 1995’s fairy tale horror Rumpelstiltskin, and 1992’s Candyman based off of a Clive Barker short story.



E13: BILL PAXTON

The theme for this week is Bill Paxton and we’re gonna watch three movies starring – you guessed it – Bill Paxton. The movies this week are Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker from 1981, Mortuary from 1983, and 1993’s Boxing Helena. (Apologies for audio quality, someone was mowing their lawn for literal hours during the only time I was able to record)


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E11: HOUSES

Our theme this week is Houses and each of our films contains a variation of house in the title and features a house as a prominent plot point. We’ll take a look at Rob Zombie’s divisive 2003 debut House of 1000 Corpses, 1986’s House, and 1989’s Sweet Home.


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E10: SLIPPERY

This week, we have our Slippery theme and each of these films contains a goopy killer. We’ll meet a couple of bullshit artists in 2016’s The Greasy Strangler, douse ourselves in 1976’s The Oily Maniac, and get a whiff of something foul in 2000’s Drainiac.


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E7: COMIC BOOKS

Our theme this week is comic books. In this week’s pull list, we’ll thumb through 1982’s horror anthology Creepshow, witness a crossover in 2001’s Earth vs. the Spider, and take a look at Oliver Stone’s uncirculated 1981 one-shot, The Hand.


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E6: DREAMS – Deathdream (1974)

Venture beyond your wildest dreams with A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Dreamcatcher (2003), and Deathdream (1974).

“Imagine the horror of a family receiving the news that their son was killed in action while fighting in Vietnam. Now imagine what happens when the young man returns home. The result is initial joy, followed by a creeping terror as local women are ruthlessly murdered in the night, their bodies drained of all blood! Now imagine the ultimate horror – a father who realizes his only son is a murdering vampire!

Can he bring himself to drive a stake through the heart of his only child? The answer to that question lies in one of the most shocking climaxes you will ever see.”

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E5: DREAMS – Dreamcatcher (2003)

Venture beyond your wildest dreams with A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Dreamcatcher (2003), and Deathdream (1974).

“After four friends perform a heroic act as children and gain psychic powers in return, they reunite every winter in Maine to hunt. However, this year’s reunion is ruined when a lost and disoriented hunter stumbles upon their camp mumbling about strange lights in the sky.

Soon after, horrific creatures begin to emerge and a heavily armed government operative, led by the psychotic Colonel Curtis attempts to take over the area. Challenged to stop this alien force, the friends must confront an unparalleled horror while they take part in an all-out battle to rescue the fate of humanity.”

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E4: DREAMS – A Nightmare on EIm Street (1984)

Venture beyond your wildest dreams with A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Dreamcatcher (2003), and Deathdream (1974).

“Nancy is having grisly nightmares. Something monstrous wants to kill her. Meanwhile, her high-school friends, who are having the very same dream, are being slaughtered in their sleed by the hideous fiend of their shared nightmare. When the police ignore her explanation, she herself must confront the killer in his shadowy realm.

Featuring John Saxon and Johnny Depp in his first starring role as well as mind-bending special effects, this horror classic gave birth to one of the most infamous undead villains in cinematic history.”

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E3: ILLINOIS – 10 to Midnight (1983)

This week Channel 83 takes you to the Land of Lincoln with Halloween (1978), Child’s Play (1988), and 10 to Midnight (1983).

“As the clock ticks 10 to midnight, you’ll be riveted to your seat – here’s an action-packed police thriller that’s too close to real life for comfort! Take a clean-cut sex killer who uses legal loopholes to get away with murder, add a cop who does what he thinks is right, and ‘one side or the other, you’re not apt to remain neutral!’ (Archer Winsten, New Your Post)

Charles Bronson stars as Leo Kessler, a tough Los Angeles detective up against a cunning psycho (Gene Davis) whose genius for concocting airtight alibis is surpassed only by the horror of his erotically stimulated crimes.”

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E2: ILLINOIS – Child’s Play (1988)

This week Channel 83 takes you to the Land of Lincoln with Halloween (1978), Child’s Play (1988), and 10 to Midnight (1983).

“Nobody believes 6-year-old Andy Barclay when he says that ‘Chucky,’ his new birthday doll, is alive. And when Andy’s babysitter is violently pushed out the window to her death, the boy tells his mother and the detectives the simple truth – ‘Chucky did it.’

Only young Andy realizes that Chucky, who promises to be his ‘friend to the end,’ is responsible for the ensuing rampage of gruesome murders. But the real terror takes hold when the deranged doll becomes determined to transfer his evil spirit to a living human being!”

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E1: ILLINOIS – Halloween (1978)

This week Channel 83 takes you to the Land of Lincoln with Halloween (1978), Child’s Play (1988), and 10 to Midnight (1983).

“On a black and unholy HALLOWEEN night years ago, little Michael Meyers brutally slaughtered his sister in cold blood. But for the last fifteen years, town residents have rested easy knowing that he was safely locked away in a mental hospital… until tonight.

Tonight, Michael returns to the same quiet neighborhood to relive his grisly murder again… and again… and again. For this is the night of evil. Tonight is HALLOWEEN.”

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WELCOME

Channel 83 is a podcast dedicated to bringing you the best, worst, and weirdest that horror cinema has to offer. Each week, we will be picking three films that are tied together with a loose theme. We will give you a synopsis of each film, followed by a review/analysis/recommendation/anything else that we think you might find interesting.

In addition, we’ll be broadcasting these films so that you, the listeners, will have the chance to check out the films that we discuss.

What sort of movies can you expect? Well, we’ll be going through the horror franchises both major and minor, forgotten classics, unknown schlock, foreign oddities, and everything in-between. Horror can be a difficult genre to define so there may be some films that teeter on the edge. No matter the movie, we will always strive to provide you with content that will entertain, interest, or disgust horror buffs and horror noobs alike.

Thank you for listening, and long live the new flesh.