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Watch If You Dare

Watch If You Dare
64 episodes
This podcast may contain explicit content.
Watch If You Dare is a podcast exploring horror cinema through the eyes of a coward and the eyes of a longtime fan. Whether you’re a hardened horror expert, a casual in a love-hate relationship with scary cinema, or just a victim of a dare, join Derek, Aaron, and the occasional guest or two and face your fears. Find new episodes of Watch If You Dare on PodBean, iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, CastBox, and Google Play. Please subscribe, rate and review.

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Episode 62: The Strangers w/ special guest Jonathan Nowacki

In his first solo guest appearance, film newbie Jonathan returns to Watch If You Dare to join Aaron and Derek in tackling 2008's psychological horror film "The Strangers" written and directed by Bryan Bertino. They discuss what works and what doesn't with both horror and plot specifically from the …

Episode 61: The People Under the Stairs

Aaron and Derek decide to hit up a Wes Craven flick back to back! This time they tackle 1991's horror comedy "The People Under the Stairs" written and directed by Craven. They discuss the social commentary under the lens of the early 90s, Wes Craven's thought process, and how much remains relevant …

Episode 60: A Nightmare on Elm Street w/ special guest Damian Potesta

The Spoop Bois are joined by first time guest Damian to discuss 1984's supernatural slasher masterpiece "A Nightmare on Elm Street" written and directed by Wes Craven. They get into how much of an impact movies like this had now and at time of release. They also talk about Wes Craven as a filmmaker…

Episode 59: The Exorcism of Emily Rose w/ special guest Lauren Willson

Once again, Lauren joins the Spoop Bois Derek and Aaron to discuss 2005's supernatural horror legal drama film "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" directed by Scott Derrickson. They discuss the juxtaposition of demonic horror with intense court room drama scenes, the open interpretation to what happened t…

Episode 58: The Brood

This week, Aaron and Derek tackle 1979's psychological body horror film "The Brood" written and directed by David Cronenberg. They discuss Cronenberg's life leading up to the making of this film, how he shows all his emotions and reactions in the movie, and what it means for elements that are consi…

Episode 57: Under the Shadow

This week, Aaron and Derek cover 2016's Persian-language psychological horror film "Under the Shadow" written and directed by Babak Anvari. They spend time discussing the historical background of the Iran–Iraq War and War of the Cities that sets the backdrop of this movie. They also talk about the …

Episode 56: The Silence of the Lambs w/ special guest V.P. Morris

Derek and Aaron are joined by V.P. Morris (host of "The Dead Letters Podcast" and author of the upcoming thriller novel "ShadowCast") to discuss 1991's psychological horror masterpiece "The Silence of the Lambs" directed by Jonathan Demme. They discuss the impact of Clarice as a protagonist, how ef…

Episode 55: "Death Spa" Commentary

Derek and Aaron take on their second commentary track with 1989's supernatural fitness movie "Death Spa" (known in Europe as "Witch Bitch") directed by Michael Fischa. Match up your movie watch with their commentary and enjoy their takes on plot holes, various levels of effort by cast and crew, the…

Minisode 2: 1BR Interview w/ Alok Mishra & Naomi Grossman

Welcome to 2021. In the long overdue second minisode, the Spoop Bois dig into 2019's horror film "1BR" written and directed by David Marmor by interviewing producer Alok Mishra and actress Naomi Grossman (Janice in "1BR," Pepper in "American Horror Story," Lorna in "ctrl alt delete"). They discuss …

Episode 54: Gremlins

It's the Watch If You Dare 2020 Holiday Special! To wrap up the year, the Spoop Bois tackle 1984's Christmas comedy horror film "Gremlins" directed by Joe Dante. They discuss the juxtaposition of chaotic humor and legitimate darkness during the holidays, Spielberg's influence in the production and …

Episode 53: Fright Night w/ special guest Kelly Sherman

This week, the Spoop Bois are joined by guest Kelly to discuss 1985's horror film "Fright Night" directed by Tom Holland. They tackle how "Fright Night" plays on the childhood fascination with neighborhood mystery and effective use of the "boy who cries wolf" horror trope. They also dig into excell…

Episode 52: Blood Rage Returns Thanksgiving Extravaganza w/ special guest Dr. Jeff Rogers

That's not cranberry sauce, it's a podcast (again)! For Thanksgiving, the Spoop Bois are joined by returning guest Jeff to revisit 1987's holiday relevant slasher film "Blood Rage" directed by John Grissmer. They discuss why they chose this film as their first one to revisit and what makes it perfe…

Episode 51: Ravenous

This week, Aaron and Derek start preparing for Thanksgiving by tackling 1999's Western horror cannibal tale "Ravenous" directed by Antonia Bird. They discuss the problematic production life, the balance of satire and horror, and the large amount of character actors in the cast, specifically Neal Mc…

Episode 50: Hocus Pocus w/ special guests Heather Murray, Lauren Willson, and Chrystle Rivers

Just in time for Halloween, Watch If You Dare wrap up this year's witch themed Season of Spoop with a nostalgic trip in revisiting 1993's dark fantasy comedy horror Disney feature "Hocus Pocus" directed by Kenny Ortega. Joining Aaron and Derek are Heather, Lauren, and Chrystle. They dig into their …

Episode 49: Häxan w/ special guest Lauren Willson

As the witch themed Season of Spoop rolls on, Aaron and Derek are joined by returning guest Lauren to tackle 1922's (yes 1922) Swedish-Danish silent film documentary "Häxan" (also known as "Heksen," "The Witches," and "Witchcraft Through the Ages") directed by Benjamin Christensen. They discuss how…

Episode 48: The Witch w/ special guest Heather Murray

It's the start of October, so that means the second annual Season of Spoop™ (TM TM TM) kicks off! This year, the bois have chosen "witches" as their cinematic theme. For their first choice, they tackle one of the quintessential witch horror movies with 2015's "The Witch" (also known as "The Witch: …

Episode 47: Tremors w/ special guest Sean Marz

This week, Aaron and Derek are joined by Sean Marz to dig (pun intended) into 1990's creature feature "Tremors" directed by Ron Underwood. They discuss how well it holds up, if it should be considered a classic, the amazing design of the monster, and the "man vs nature" aspects that constitute it b…

Episode 46: Hitchcock's "Psycho" w/ special guests authors Jim McDevitt and Eric San Juan

Watch If You Dare tackles the 1960 horror masterpiece "Psycho" directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Coinciding with the film's US debut 60th anniversary, Derek and Aaron are joined by Jim McDevitt and Eric San Juan, authors of "A Year of Hitchcock: 52 Weeks with the Master of Suspense," "Hitchcock’s Villa…

Episode 45: The Invitation

This week, Aaron and Derek dig into 2015's horror film "The Invitation" directed by Karyn Kusama. They discuss Kusama's directing history, how this film is especially effective horror for adults, and parallels to real trauma and relationships. They also talk about the balance of bleakness and glimm…

Episode 44: "Sleepaway Camp" Commentary

For the first time ever, the Spoop Bois Aaron and Derek recorded a commentary track. Their first choice is the insane 1983 slasher film "Sleepaway Camp" written and directed by Robert Hiltzik. Match up your movie watch with their commentary to hear them talk about the dangerous nature of the film, …

Episode 43: The Beyond w/ special guest James Hales

This week, James Hales returns to the podcast to discuss 1981's Italian supernatural horror film "The Beyond" directed by Lucio Fulci with the Spoop Bois, Derek and Aaron. They discuss the surreal and ridiculous nature of this film, Fulci movies, and Italian horror in general. They also dig into th…

Episode 42: They Live

This week, Aaron and Derek put on their sunglasses and watch 1988's science-fiction action horror film "They Live" directed by the great John Carpenter. They discuss the movie's politics and relevancy to today as well as whether or not this is considered a horror classic. They also gush about Roddy…

Episode 41: Event Horizon

This week, Aaron and Derek tackle 1997's science fiction horror film "Event Horizon" directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. They discuss the nostalgia and cult status surrounding the film, the use of mid to late 90s effects and dialogue, and what it borrows from other franchises. They also dig into the p…

Episode 40: The Wailing

This week, Aaron and Derek return to South Korean horror with 2016's supernatural thriller "The Wailing" directed by Na Hong-jin. They discuss why "The Wailing" is a horror modern masterpiece and further talk about the quality of Korean cinema in general. They also dig into the brilliant snap tone …

Episode 39: Creep w/ special guest Director Zach Lamplugh

The Spoop Bois Aaron and Derek are joined by friend and director Zach Lamplugh to discuss 2014's found footage psychological horror film "Creep" directed by Patrick Brice. They discuss how the cast being limited to 2 people works, the tight budget and runtime adding to the quality of the movie, and…

Episode 38: Poltergeist Mother's Day Special with Mansfield's Mom

Mother's Day may have just passed, but the Spoop Bois are still celebrating! This week, Aaron's lovely mother Tammy joins them to discuss 1982's supernatural horror classic "Poltergeist" directed by Tobe Hooper and written and produced by Steven Spielberg. They discuss the "cursed" tragedy surround…

Episode 37: Twin Peaks & Fire Walk with Me, w/ special guest Meryl Dakin - Part 3

On the last part of the Twin Peaks series, Derek, Aaron and Meryl go through the murder of Laura Palmer in the final scenes of 1992's "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me" directed by David Lynch. Among the things covered, they discuss Lynch's use of lighting, the horrific nature of BOB's host, the retro…

Episode 36: Twin Peaks & Fire Walk with Me, w/ special guest Meryl Dakin - Part 2

With part 2, Aaron, Derek, and Meryl continue to dig into the world of Twin Peaks and specifically 1992's film "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me" directed by David Lynch. This episode, they finally meet Laura Palmer herself, explore her frantic habits and relationships, see the influence of the Black …

Episode 35: Twin Peaks & Fire Walk with Me, w/ special guest Meryl Dakin - Part 1

With our first multi-part series, the Spoop Bois with guest and close friend Meryl Dakin enter the town of Twin Peaks! They tackle Twin Peaks the series as a whole while focusing specifically on David Lynch's 1992 followup film "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me", which took the franchise in an even da…

Episode 34: The Stuff

Aaron and Derek continue their horror journey through these quarantine days. This week, they consume 1985's satirical science fiction horror flick "The Stuff" written, produced, and directed by Larry Cohen. They touch on Cohen's approach towards consumerism with "The Stuff" and what makes this and …