Friday, May 10, 2019

Post-Mortem with Mick Garris

I'll be frank with you. My commute sucks. It's not as bad as some but it's definitely one of the worst parts of my day. I carpool on some days so that lessens the pain slightly. On those other days? I mainly listen to music because I don't have satellite and the talk radio around me is terrible. Lately I've been feeling extra down during the drive and was looking for some way to get me excited about being in the car for that long.

That's when it hit me. Podcasts.

I know I'm late to the party on these, especially when you have ones that have been going on for so long and won awards. I tried to listen to some when I had my own office but they never really hooked me. Then, on a whim, I decided to check out horror podcasts, in particular Post-Mortem with Mick Garris, as I saw he had interviews with a few of the horror luminaries I enjoy like Elvira, Joe Bob Briggs, John Carpenter, Barbara Crampton and the like. If you are unfamiliar with him, Garris is an established film director and writer of film such as Critters 2: The Main Course, The Stand (TV mini-series) and The Shining (TV mini-series) as well as a slew of others, so it should come as  no surprise that he has such an interest in the horror genre.

I gotta say, I don't know how I slept on this so long. Garris's interview style and breadth of knowledge of the genre is just what I needed. Each episode I've listened to has been filled with tidbits and stories that I've never knew before, from John Carpenter talking about how Panavision widescreen lenses work to Barbara Crampton discussing her father's life as a carnival worker. With a running length that is around the same as my commute on a good day, this show gives me something to look forward for on the way home and back and gives me another use for my ancient iPod in addition to it just being the world's most eclectic DJ. It's like having friends in the car and having a great conversation with them every time, even if all you are doing is listening and driving them around.

I've already been through three episodes and can't wait to listen to more. I have Nightmare on Film Street and Shock Waves to listen to as well but I'm enjoying Mick Garris so much I haven't dipped into them yet. If you're a horror fan, you should definitely check it out.

What podcasts are you listening to right now?

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