Watching the movie
the world’s gonna end
and there ain’t a place for
a boy and his friend
– Mark Oliver Everett
I first came to learn of Killer POV through a tweet by Brian Collins. He was the guest for episode six. I had (and still have) this thing where I hate jumping into podcasts in the middle, so I decided to download the previous five as well. Then, with six episodes on my iPhone, I went for a walk and started listening. By the end of the second episode, I was hooked. I ended up walking for six hours, listening non-stop.
While we know that our favorite horror podcast will live on as Shock Waves, Killer POV is gone, and so I think we must celebrate its life. I can’t reasonably write about everything that I gained from listening to 140 episode and who knows how many hours worth of what I’m calling “pure podcast” without this turning into a book, so instead I’m going to focus on five things I am forever grateful for.
VOICES IN THE DARK
Clearly, there is no Killer POV without Rebekah, Rob, and Elric. The three of them, each one with a personality that compliments the others, never spoke of horror in a, for lack of a better term, pretentious fashion. These three know so much about the history of the genre that the show could easily have felt like a never ending lecture with lesser hosts. Instead, I always felt like I was sitting with three friends at a bar, just shooting the shit. I never felt like I was left out or being talked down to, and somehow, no matter how deep into the conversation things would get, one of the the hosts would take a moment to put the discussion into a wider context.
That is no small feat. Listen to just about any podcast about niche things, and see how long it is before you feel like you’re being talked to instead of being brought into a conversation. These three pulled it off from day one. Well done.
AJ BOWEN STUDIES, WE ALL LEARN
I’d seen AJ Bowen’s work before I heard him on Killer POV, and I thought he was a good actor. What I didn’t know was that he would open my eyes to watching a performance that everyone in the world had tossed aside as comically bad in a different light. In episode 23, Favorite Genre Performances AJ explains why Eric Freeman’s acting in SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT 2 is one of the most honest performances in horror. AJ isn’t joking – listen to the episode, then watch the movie. You won’t look at Freeman the same again.
It is because of this episode that I’ve gained a new respect for a lot of bad movies. Don’t get me wrong, I still love MST3K, but whenever I laugh at a bad performance in a movie, I think about AJ and the time he took to really study what Freeman was doing, and how we should all take the time to try and better understand a person and their process.
SO MUCH TO WATCH, SO LITTLE TIME
I have a file on my computer that is 10 pages of movies mentioned on Killer POV that I want to see. So many of them are seemingly impossible to find, so I don’t know if I’ll ever get through the whole thing. Still one can dream.
That list was longer. Much longer. Thankfully, I’ve been able to cross out many of the movies, from the killer mermaid movie SHE CREATURE to what has become one of my favorite zombie movies of all time, THE BATTERY, I’m making my way through this tome of genre fare. Killer POV may be gone, but I’ll be enjoying their recommendations for a long while still.
DARREN LYNN BOUSMAN LEAVES HIS MARK
With his work on the SAW franchise alone, Darren Lynn Bousman has left his mark on horror. He left his mark on my psyche when he told one of the most frightening true stories I have ever heard on episode 26, Home Invasion Movies and the Supernatural. I won’t tell the story here, because I don’t want to take away from your chance to hear it from the man himself. If, for some odd reason, you don’t want to listen to the whole episode (which you should, it is a great one), Darren shares his story at around one hour seventeen minutes. His whole story takes three minutes to tell, but I’ve spent days thinking about it.
If you go back a little earlier, Rebekah tells her own true story that I think a lot of us can relate to. Again, I won’t spoil it for you.
GREAT STORIES FROM GREAT STORYTELLERS
Darren Lynn Bousman isn’t the only one to have great stories to tell. Writer Todd Farmer broke our hearts when he talked about horror movies that will never get made. William Lustig shared stories from his amazing career when he sat with the gang. Author Stephen Rebello gave us some great Alfred Hitchcock stories even Rob didn’t know! The great Barbara Crampton told fantastic tales from her life.
We are lucky to have 140 amazing episodes of KILLER POV forever at our disposal. Lucky to have Rebekah’s list of great nun horror movies. Lucky to hear an impassioned argument in defense of BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2. Lucky to have alcohol poisoning from taking a shot every time Elric mentioned POSSESSION. Lucky to have Rob G there to keep things on track (we all know that without him there, every episode would have been about aquatic horror and POSSESSION.
Killer POV may be dead, but as I mentioned, we have Shock Waves coming just around the corner. Still, May 11 leaves us with a weekend bereft of Rob, Rebekah, and Elric, so why not take the time to listen to your own favorite Killer POV. I know I will.