Monsters Come Out of Screen! Invade Audience!

At the time of this writing, it will be tomorrow night. Wednesday, March 29 in the year 2023, and Tyler Unsell and I will be hosting our monthly live episode of the Horror Pod Class at the Stray Cat Film Center here in Kansas City. We’ll be showing The Ghost of Sierra de Cobre, one of the best new-to-me discoveries I’ve come across in the last few years, and probably the most obscure movie we’ve ever done. I can’t wait.

It’s the beginning of a busy string of days and weeks and months for me. April promises to keep me hopping, thanks in no small part to the annual return of Panic Fest at the Screenland. As I did last year, I’ll be covering Panic Fest for our local weirdo/dirtbag newspaper The Pitch, so keep an eye out for coverage there.

It won’t quite be my first time back in a movie theater this year. I’ve done previous episodes of the Horror Pod Class at Stray Cat, after all, and attended three installments of Analog Sunday. But I think this is will be my first time sitting down in an actual theater (Stray Cat is Stray Cat and Analog takes place in the Rewind dive bar now) to watch a first-run movie this year, besides seeing Shin Ultraman back in January.

Even before that happens, though, I’ll be back at Analog Sunday for their annual Evil Analog Easter in just over a week’s time, where we’ll be watching Spirits (1990). As is usual for me and Analog Sunday, it’s one I’ve never seen before.

Of course, that’s just the beginning. Once the next few weeks are over, there’s still more movies and more hosting in my future. Analog Sunday happens every month, of course, and there’s some cool stuff waiting in the second half of the year. The Horror Pod Class happens every month, too, and the next couple are going to be great. In April, we’ll be hosting I, Madman on April 27, and then in May it’s Folk Horror Month at Stray Cat, and we’re joining the festivities.

I originally wanted us to do Lair of the White Worm, but they were already doing it as part of their regular programming for the month, so instead I’m finally going to make Tyler watch Quatermass and the Pit. Will I then finally shut up about it? The only way to know for sure is to come out to the show and stick around afterward for our live discussion…


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