Horrorlust Radio Episode #008

In episode #008 of Horrorlust Radio, I’m joined by long-time friend and fellow haunted house enthusiast, Phil Patroniti.

In this installment of Horrorlust Radio, Phil and I reflect on the highs and lows of the 2014 season. We also discuss our earliest memories of haunted attractions and explore the reasons why haunting remains near and dear to our hearts.

This episode also features the second installment of Pop Horror, a segment concerned with horror in television and film; this time around we’re discussing season five of The Walking Dead. We also debut a new segment entitled Hallowed Grounds, in which we highlight one of the many awards recognized here at Horrorlust; today the spotlight will fall on the Horrorlust Haunt of the Year Award.

I’m actively seeking sponsors for Horrorlust Radio, if you own or operate a haunted attraction or are otherwise involved or connected to the haunt industry and are interested in such an opportunity you can contact me at the following email address: horrorlust@bluestarproductions.net

Email any questions or comments to the address above or feel welcome to post any reactions to this podcast in the comments section below.



The short horror fiction series I mentioned near the beginning of the podcast is called The Midnight Library. The series seems to consist of only twelve books; the first was titled Voices and was released in 2005. The cover shown below is from the second entry in the series entitled, Blood and Sand.

Any bird animal that can mimic human speech is surely evil.

Any animal that can mimic human speech is surely evil.

I also made reference to a Saturday Night Live sketch called “The Merryville Brothers.” In each bit a couple is seen entering what resembles a traditional carnival dark, the theme of the which varies from sketch to sketch. In each version the characters witness a performance by the animatronic Merryville Brothers who are portrayed by live actors.

Inevitably, one of the characters become creeped out by the robots; a fear that is only heightened when the ride experiences a subsequent malfunction which in turn gives rise to a series of increasingly strange antics on the part of the Merryville Brothers.

SNL regulars Taran Killam, Bill Hader and Bobby Moynihan appear in each entry of the series of sketches; guest stars include Jim Carrey, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and a cameo by Tom Hanks. Click the link to watch the Merryville Brothers Halloween.

The songs and audio clips featured in this episode are listed below in chronological order:

1. “Sweet Dreams” by Marilyn Manson (Smells Like Children, 1995)

2. Troll 2 Theatrical Trailer, 1990

3. “Nekrofelia” by The Nekromantix (Brought Back to Life, 1994)

4. General Store Run from Troll 2, 1990

5. “Trick or Treat” by The Nekromantix (Return of the Loving Dead, 2002)

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