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A podcast interviewing the best indie talent the horror genre has to offer!

Latest Episodes

Charlie Steed

ENHE host Scott Murphy chats to director Charlie Steed about his latest feature, “The Barge People,” which pits a small group of city-folk on a barging holiday against a family of cannibalistic mutant fish people! In the interview, Charlie tells us about how he came to direct the picture, why he thinks backwoods horror movies are so rare in the UK and the difficulties of filming on a canal. Also, how he feels horror has lost some of its sense of fun and how we wanted to re-inject that with this film as well as his other movies. We also talk about Charlie’s ridiculously prolific output and how he has not one, not two, but three films in post-production in blaxploitation flick”Death Ranch,” vampire movie” After Dark” and haunted house film “An English Haunting.” You can watch the trailer for “The Barge People” here

62 MIN1 d ago
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Charlie Steed

Juan Ortiz

ENHE host Scott Murphy chats to director Juan Ortiz about his second feature “Fingers,” which we talked about after its European premiere at Frightfest back in August, his experience of which we talk a little bit about in our conversation. In the interview, Juan tells us all about the origins of the movie, the picture’s lengthy development, and how his script evolved over that process. Also, some of the reactions he received from actors to the movie’s oddball story. There is also some discussion about whether Juan set out to make a strange film or whether this is just naturally the type of story that he wants to tell. He also speaks to us about if he is fed up with the movie being so frequently compared to “The Greasy Strangler.” Away from the movie Juan talks about his directorial influences, the difficulties of getting any indie flick made and how his next projects are going to be very, very different from “Fingers.” You can watch the “Fingers” trailer here

48 MIN2 w ago
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Juan Ortiz

The Pierce Brothers

ENHE host Scott Murphy talks to directors Brett and Drew Pierce about their second feature, “The Wretched,” which has been played at a host of festivals since making its debut at this year’s Fantasia Fest and was recently picked up by IFC Midnight for release in 2020. In the interview, Brett and Drew tell us about some of the challenges of the shoot where they were not only working with children and animals (as the old adage advises you not too) but also had to deal with several night shoots. We also learn why the title changed from “Hag” to the title it has now. The brothers also talk about the research on the occult they did for the film and how they achieved the pictures multiple practical effects on a limited budget. Further on practical effects, we discuss a bit about Brett and Drew’s dad’s effect work on the original “Evil Dead.” Elsewhere Brett and Drew chat to us about their film festival, horror tropes they don’t like, horror trends and let us in what they are working on next. You can watch the trailer for “The Wretched” here

66 MIN2019 DEC 23
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The Pierce Brothers

Fernando Alle

ENHE host Scott Murphy talks to director Fernando Alle about his debut feature, the action-horror-comedy “Mutant Blast.” Which since it’s debut last year at MOTELX – Lisbon International Horror Film Festival has been at festivals all over the world, including a few here in the UK (Frighfest, Leeds International Film Festival, Derby Film Festival). In the interview, we talk to Fernando about how he came up with such a crazy idea for the movie, how he managed to balance various tones and genres in the film and how his cast reacted to the script on the first read. Moreover, we talk about how he and his crew managed to achieve the movie; multiple effects shot on such a low budget. Fernando also tells us how the film was picked up for distribution by famed genre outfit Troma and how he feels his movie differs from many of Troma’s own pictures. On top of all that, Fernando tells us about some unexpected influences on the film, his omnivorous tastes in cinemas, and the danger of putting directors in a particular genre box. Plus, how he feels he wants his next project to be something quite different from “Mutant Blast” (possibly even a drama). You can watch the trailer for “Mutant Blast” here You can also check out this Behind-the-scenes trailer here

64 MIN2019 DEC 9
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Fernando Alle

Paddy Murphy

ENHE host Scott Murphy talks to our first Irish guest and fellow Murphy in director Paddy Murphy who we chat with about his second feature, “The Perished,” which made it is World Premiere at Frightfest back in August. Not that was the only film he had there as he also directed a segment in the horror anthology, “We are the Many.” In the interview, we talk about a little bit about the latter and Paddy’s Frightfest experience, but the bulk of the conversation focuses on “The Perished.” From what inspired to write the film to how he brought his cast together (which includes several previous collaborators) to how they achieved the creature effects on the film. We also get into the movie’s heavy themes focusing as it does of the thorny issue of abortion in Ireland. Plus, what the atmosphere was like on set given those themes. In other chat Paddy and Scott talk about how festival screenings can skew your viewing experiences for good or ill, other festivals Paddy is eyeing up for “The Perished” and a little bit of the movie he is working on next. Watch “The Perished” trailer here

63 MIN2019 NOV 25
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Paddy Murphy

Jennifer Reeder

ENHE host Scott Murphy talks to director Jennifer Reeder all about her latest feature, the neo-noir psychological thriller “Knives and Skin,” which at the time of recording was set to make its UK Premiere at Arrow’s Frightfest back in August. In the interview (the interview begins at 1:47), Jennifer tells us how the movie sets out both to pay homage to and provide commentary on the teen movie genre. Also, we get into how she achieved the stylised neon-soaked look of the film, how difficult it was to balance the films multiple tonal shifts, and how important the music was to the picture. Plus, we ask Jennifer about the inevitable comparisons the movie has drawn to “Twin Peaks” and whether or not she feels they are lazy. Elsewhere in the interview, Jennifer tells us about why she loves working with theatre actors, some of her film festival experience as well as some of her cinematic influences. You can watch the trailer for “Knives and Skin” here “Knives and Skin” will be released in the United States in theaters and VOD on December 6th. No UK release is currently confirmed.

68 MIN2019 NOV 11
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Jennifer Reeder

NHE's Halloween Special with Sean Keller

EHappy Halloween, everyone! Obviously, we here at New Horror Express love Halloween and so does screenwriter/composer and actor Sean Keller, so much so, that he has created a mix-tape album in all your favourite horror musical styles. It’s called “The Killer Sounds of Halloween,” and in this special bonus episode, we talked to him all about it. In the conversation we have with Sean, you will hear about how he came up with the fake bands that populate the album, the difficulty of recording 13 different songs in 13 different genres and how he assembled its cast of guest contributors. Plus, whether there is any chance, he will record a follow-up album. On top of all that, we also chat with Sean about his short stage horror musical “Slashed: The Musical,” which he is currently working on turning into a full-length production. You can buy/stream “The Killer Sounds of Halloween” here

73 MIN2019 NOV 1
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NHE's Halloween Special with Sean Keller

Carolina Hellsgård

ENHE host Scott Murphy talks to director Carolina Hellsgård all about her latest feature, the fable-like zombie film “Endzeit (Ever After),” which is based on the graphic novel of the same name and provides a very different take on the over-saturated zombie sub-genre. In the interview, you will hear what drew Carolina to the project, how it took an 18-month search to find her lead actresses, and the other movie influences she drew from in making this picture. We also chat with Carolina about the film’s unique look for a zombie film (rejecting the genre usual de-saturated colour palette for a more lush look) as well as its fairy tale feel. Away from the film Carolina talks to us about German attitudes towards horror and why she thinks more directors from an arthouse background are being attracted to the horror genre. Plus, Carolina talks to us about her personal favourite horror movies and tells us a bit about her next film, “Sunburned.” Watch “Endzeit – Ever After” trailer here You can buy “Endzeit – Ever After” on Amazon.com here. Also, US listeners can stream it on Shudder.

46 MIN2019 OCT 28
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Carolina Hellsgård

Rob Grant Interview II

ENHE host Scott Murphy chats to returning guest Rob Grant about his latest feature, “Harpoon,” and unlike thelast time, this time, Rob didn’t have to catch a plane, so the pair get the chance to really talk! Over the course of the interview, Rob tells us all about the making of the picture from how he assembled the cast to the difficulties of filming on a boat to how, at one point, British comedy legend John Cleese was set to be the narrator before Brett Gelman got involved. Rob also tells us about what he finds so compelling about unlikable characters. Plus, we also talk to Rob about the themes of the movie, most notably, that current hot button theme toxic masculinity. Plus, in the episode, Scott and Rob debate the current health of indie horror and indie cinema in general as well as the merits of Titanic and superhero movies. Watch “Harpoon” trailer here “Harpoon” is now available on VOD and Blu-ray in the States and can be purchased here. It is due for release in the UK at a later date.

74 MIN2019 OCT 14
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Rob Grant Interview II

Radio Silence Interview

ENHE host Scott Murphy chats to filmmaking collective Radio Silence (Matt Bettenelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, and Chad Villella) about their second feature “Ready or Not.” In an interview that took place just after the movie made its World Premiere at Fantasia Fest in July before the film was rolled out for the widest US release in Fox Searchlight’s history. Over the course of the interview, Chad, Matt & Tyler tell us all about how they came on board to the project, how they assembled their starry cast and what their joint directorial process is like in practice. The guys also tells us about what type of reviews frustrate them the most, how they formed as a filmmaking team and why they chose the name Radio Silence for their group. Plus, they explain how their big breakthrough on the first V/H/S film came about. You can watch the trailer for “Ready or Not” here “Ready or Not” is out now in UK cinemas

66 MIN2019 SEP 30
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Radio Silence Interview

Latest Episodes

Charlie Steed

ENHE host Scott Murphy chats to director Charlie Steed about his latest feature, “The Barge People,” which pits a small group of city-folk on a barging holiday against a family of cannibalistic mutant fish people! In the interview, Charlie tells us about how he came to direct the picture, why he thinks backwoods horror movies are so rare in the UK and the difficulties of filming on a canal. Also, how he feels horror has lost some of its sense of fun and how we wanted to re-inject that with this film as well as his other movies. We also talk about Charlie’s ridiculously prolific output and how he has not one, not two, but three films in post-production in blaxploitation flick”Death Ranch,” vampire movie” After Dark” and haunted house film “An English Haunting.” You can watch the trailer for “The Barge People” here

62 MIN1 d ago
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Charlie Steed

Juan Ortiz

ENHE host Scott Murphy chats to director Juan Ortiz about his second feature “Fingers,” which we talked about after its European premiere at Frightfest back in August, his experience of which we talk a little bit about in our conversation. In the interview, Juan tells us all about the origins of the movie, the picture’s lengthy development, and how his script evolved over that process. Also, some of the reactions he received from actors to the movie’s oddball story. There is also some discussion about whether Juan set out to make a strange film or whether this is just naturally the type of story that he wants to tell. He also speaks to us about if he is fed up with the movie being so frequently compared to “The Greasy Strangler.” Away from the movie Juan talks about his directorial influences, the difficulties of getting any indie flick made and how his next projects are going to be very, very different from “Fingers.” You can watch the “Fingers” trailer here

48 MIN2 w ago
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Juan Ortiz

The Pierce Brothers

ENHE host Scott Murphy talks to directors Brett and Drew Pierce about their second feature, “The Wretched,” which has been played at a host of festivals since making its debut at this year’s Fantasia Fest and was recently picked up by IFC Midnight for release in 2020. In the interview, Brett and Drew tell us about some of the challenges of the shoot where they were not only working with children and animals (as the old adage advises you not too) but also had to deal with several night shoots. We also learn why the title changed from “Hag” to the title it has now. The brothers also talk about the research on the occult they did for the film and how they achieved the pictures multiple practical effects on a limited budget. Further on practical effects, we discuss a bit about Brett and Drew’s dad’s effect work on the original “Evil Dead.” Elsewhere Brett and Drew chat to us about their film festival, horror tropes they don’t like, horror trends and let us in what they are working on next. You can watch the trailer for “The Wretched” here

66 MIN2019 DEC 23
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The Pierce Brothers

Fernando Alle

ENHE host Scott Murphy talks to director Fernando Alle about his debut feature, the action-horror-comedy “Mutant Blast.” Which since it’s debut last year at MOTELX – Lisbon International Horror Film Festival has been at festivals all over the world, including a few here in the UK (Frighfest, Leeds International Film Festival, Derby Film Festival). In the interview, we talk to Fernando about how he came up with such a crazy idea for the movie, how he managed to balance various tones and genres in the film and how his cast reacted to the script on the first read. Moreover, we talk about how he and his crew managed to achieve the movie; multiple effects shot on such a low budget. Fernando also tells us how the film was picked up for distribution by famed genre outfit Troma and how he feels his movie differs from many of Troma’s own pictures. On top of all that, Fernando tells us about some unexpected influences on the film, his omnivorous tastes in cinemas, and the danger of putting directors in a particular genre box. Plus, how he feels he wants his next project to be something quite different from “Mutant Blast” (possibly even a drama). You can watch the trailer for “Mutant Blast” here You can also check out this Behind-the-scenes trailer here

64 MIN2019 DEC 9
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Fernando Alle

Paddy Murphy

ENHE host Scott Murphy talks to our first Irish guest and fellow Murphy in director Paddy Murphy who we chat with about his second feature, “The Perished,” which made it is World Premiere at Frightfest back in August. Not that was the only film he had there as he also directed a segment in the horror anthology, “We are the Many.” In the interview, we talk about a little bit about the latter and Paddy’s Frightfest experience, but the bulk of the conversation focuses on “The Perished.” From what inspired to write the film to how he brought his cast together (which includes several previous collaborators) to how they achieved the creature effects on the film. We also get into the movie’s heavy themes focusing as it does of the thorny issue of abortion in Ireland. Plus, what the atmosphere was like on set given those themes. In other chat Paddy and Scott talk about how festival screenings can skew your viewing experiences for good or ill, other festivals Paddy is eyeing up for “The Perished” and a little bit of the movie he is working on next. Watch “The Perished” trailer here

63 MIN2019 NOV 25
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Paddy Murphy

Jennifer Reeder

ENHE host Scott Murphy talks to director Jennifer Reeder all about her latest feature, the neo-noir psychological thriller “Knives and Skin,” which at the time of recording was set to make its UK Premiere at Arrow’s Frightfest back in August. In the interview (the interview begins at 1:47), Jennifer tells us how the movie sets out both to pay homage to and provide commentary on the teen movie genre. Also, we get into how she achieved the stylised neon-soaked look of the film, how difficult it was to balance the films multiple tonal shifts, and how important the music was to the picture. Plus, we ask Jennifer about the inevitable comparisons the movie has drawn to “Twin Peaks” and whether or not she feels they are lazy. Elsewhere in the interview, Jennifer tells us about why she loves working with theatre actors, some of her film festival experience as well as some of her cinematic influences. You can watch the trailer for “Knives and Skin” here “Knives and Skin” will be released in the United States in theaters and VOD on December 6th. No UK release is currently confirmed.

68 MIN2019 NOV 11
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Jennifer Reeder

NHE's Halloween Special with Sean Keller

EHappy Halloween, everyone! Obviously, we here at New Horror Express love Halloween and so does screenwriter/composer and actor Sean Keller, so much so, that he has created a mix-tape album in all your favourite horror musical styles. It’s called “The Killer Sounds of Halloween,” and in this special bonus episode, we talked to him all about it. In the conversation we have with Sean, you will hear about how he came up with the fake bands that populate the album, the difficulty of recording 13 different songs in 13 different genres and how he assembled its cast of guest contributors. Plus, whether there is any chance, he will record a follow-up album. On top of all that, we also chat with Sean about his short stage horror musical “Slashed: The Musical,” which he is currently working on turning into a full-length production. You can buy/stream “The Killer Sounds of Halloween” here

73 MIN2019 NOV 1
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NHE's Halloween Special with Sean Keller

Carolina Hellsgård

ENHE host Scott Murphy talks to director Carolina Hellsgård all about her latest feature, the fable-like zombie film “Endzeit (Ever After),” which is based on the graphic novel of the same name and provides a very different take on the over-saturated zombie sub-genre. In the interview, you will hear what drew Carolina to the project, how it took an 18-month search to find her lead actresses, and the other movie influences she drew from in making this picture. We also chat with Carolina about the film’s unique look for a zombie film (rejecting the genre usual de-saturated colour palette for a more lush look) as well as its fairy tale feel. Away from the film Carolina talks to us about German attitudes towards horror and why she thinks more directors from an arthouse background are being attracted to the horror genre. Plus, Carolina talks to us about her personal favourite horror movies and tells us a bit about her next film, “Sunburned.” Watch “Endzeit – Ever After” trailer here You can buy “Endzeit – Ever After” on Amazon.com here. Also, US listeners can stream it on Shudder.

46 MIN2019 OCT 28
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Carolina Hellsgård

Rob Grant Interview II

ENHE host Scott Murphy chats to returning guest Rob Grant about his latest feature, “Harpoon,” and unlike thelast time, this time, Rob didn’t have to catch a plane, so the pair get the chance to really talk! Over the course of the interview, Rob tells us all about the making of the picture from how he assembled the cast to the difficulties of filming on a boat to how, at one point, British comedy legend John Cleese was set to be the narrator before Brett Gelman got involved. Rob also tells us about what he finds so compelling about unlikable characters. Plus, we also talk to Rob about the themes of the movie, most notably, that current hot button theme toxic masculinity. Plus, in the episode, Scott and Rob debate the current health of indie horror and indie cinema in general as well as the merits of Titanic and superhero movies. Watch “Harpoon” trailer here “Harpoon” is now available on VOD and Blu-ray in the States and can be purchased here. It is due for release in the UK at a later date.

74 MIN2019 OCT 14
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Rob Grant Interview II

Radio Silence Interview

ENHE host Scott Murphy chats to filmmaking collective Radio Silence (Matt Bettenelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, and Chad Villella) about their second feature “Ready or Not.” In an interview that took place just after the movie made its World Premiere at Fantasia Fest in July before the film was rolled out for the widest US release in Fox Searchlight’s history. Over the course of the interview, Chad, Matt & Tyler tell us all about how they came on board to the project, how they assembled their starry cast and what their joint directorial process is like in practice. The guys also tells us about what type of reviews frustrate them the most, how they formed as a filmmaking team and why they chose the name Radio Silence for their group. Plus, they explain how their big breakthrough on the first V/H/S film came about. You can watch the trailer for “Ready or Not” here “Ready or Not” is out now in UK cinemas

66 MIN2019 SEP 30
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Radio Silence Interview
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