Still Scared: Talking Children's Horror

Still Scared: Talking Children's Horror

Mercedes Ice and Kasper in the Glitter

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City kids, moonlight dudes and pearly queens, welcome to Philip Ridley week on Still Scared!

In this episode Ren and Adam discuss the urban fairy tales Mercedes Ice and Kasper in the Glitter and chat about imperfect parents, gender performativity and whether marmalade would taste good on banoffee pie.

Join us in the curious worlds that Ridley offers to get lost in.

A transcript of this episode is available at: http://stillscared.podigee.io/14-mercedeskasper

Creeped Out

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What's up, fellow kids? Ren and Adam put on their backwards baseball caps, throw a skateboard over their shoulders, and show up to talk about the 2017 CBBC children's horror anthology series Creeped Out!

We talk spooks both high and low-tech, from Machiavellian puppets, to possessive AIs, body-swapping parasites to plants allergic to heavy metal, and are reminded of the the horrors of being a teenager.

Content note for discussion of emotionally abusive relationships in the context of the episode 'Marti'.

A full transcript of this episode is available at http://stillscared.podigee.io/13-creepedout.

Paperhouse and Marianne Dreams

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Ren, Adam and special guest Ali Kay delve into Catherine Storr's 1958 novel Marianne Dreams, and the 1990 film based upon it, Paperhouse.

We go full children's horror this week, as we encounter a not-father brandishing a hammer, a pencil that makes your drawings come to life, and a sinister company of cyclopian standing stones.

The popular 'Texture of the Week' feature also returns, with some memorably unpalatable ice-cream.

Heads up for discussion of the father as a threatening and potentially abusive figure, and description of physical assault by a father figure in the context of the dream world.

A full transcript of this episode is available at: http://stillscared.podigee.io/12-paperhouse

Witch Week

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This episode your co-hosts go back to one of Ren's childhood favourites, Witch Week by Dianna Wynne Jones.

Adam and Ren discuss ad-lib approaches to magic, the horror of not being able to escape your classmates and exactly how difficult it would actually be to ride a broomstick, as they talk about this decidedly chilly and unsettling boarding school story.

Heads up for discussion of bullying and an extract from the book in which a character deliberately burns themselves.

A full transcript of this episode is available at: http://stillscared.podigee.io/11-witchweek

House Of Stairs

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Five teenage orphans are subject to an alarming test of both their morality and balance, in William Sleator's 1974 novel House of Stairs.

Adam and Ren discuss queer subtexts, classical conditioning and what on earth William Sleator's problem is with Blossom, and bring back their popular 'Texture of the Week' segment, for all you tactile fans.

Content notes: Discussion of fat-shaming in reference to one of the characters, allusions to sexual threat, mentions of a fascistic dystopian regime.

A full transcript of this episode is available at: http://stillscared.podigee.io/10-houseofstairs

Interstellar Pig

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Enter into the board game with Ren and Adam as they begin a two-parter into William Sleator novels, starting with 1984's Interstellar Pig.

Laugh nervously, as they discuss gelatinous, slug-like invertebrates, and the '80s preoccupation with windsurfing. Have your hackles raised as they describe the creepy backstory of the captain's cottage. Ask yourself: will Barney's parents ever return?

A full transcript of this episode is available in the show notes at http://stillscared.podigee.io/9-interstellarpig.

Beetlejuice, or The Ghosts Who Were Nice

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Adam yearns for the sweet release of the void and Ren goes googly-eyed over Shelley Duval as Still Scared discusses Tim Burton's Beetlejuice, and the short films Frankenweenie and Vincent.

Your co-hosts discuss childhood home movies, and their love of stop-motion, as well as going a bit deeper with some chat about racial and class anxiety in Tim Burton's films.

A full transcript of this episode is available at: http://stillscared.podigee.io/8-beetlejuice

Goosebumps: Werewolves

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Ren and Adam start their journey into Goosebumps in this episode with a trifecta of werewolf stories: Werewolf of Fever Swamp, Werewolf Skin and the choose-your-own style Night in Werewolf Woods.

They discuss the phenomenon that is Goosebumps, contemplate the '90s obsession with gunge, and fall down a bottomless pit and are rescued by a pterodactyl.

Will nostalgia win out, or will the outlandish cliffhangers prove too much? Find out in this episode of Still Scared.

A full transcript of this episode is available at: http://stillscared.podigee.io/7-goosebumps-werewolves

Mini Episode: Beware of the Boiler

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Sneaking in under the wire on the 12th day of Christmas, it's Still Scared's holiday season catch-up!

Ren and Adam recap the show so far, tell stories from their anxious childhoods, and delve a little bit into what makes children's horror special. Let's be monsters in a good way.

cn for references to transphobia and transmisogyny in recap clip.

A full transcript of this episode is available at:http://stillscared.podigee.io/6-mini-episode

Return to Oz

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Still Scared takes a ramble into the world of the 1985 children's horror classic 'Return to Oz' and the two Oz books it's based on.

In this episode Ren Wednesday and Adam Whybray discuss gender play in the Oz books, the tragic fate of Jack Pumpkinhead, and enforced happiness in the original musical, as they get their teeth into the many strange and uncanny aspects of the world of Oz.

Content note: mentions of enforced electric shock treatment in the context of the story.

A full transcript of this episode is available at http://stillscared.podigee.io/5-return-to-oz

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A podcast in which one film lecturer and one scaredy-cat discuss creepy, spooky and disturbing children's books, films and tv.

by Ren Wednesday, Adam Whybray

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