From the team that brought you the Webby award-winning Let's Make A Sci-Fi, a New Yorker Best Podcast of 2022, and the hilariously heartfelt Let's Make A Rom-Com, comes season three: Let's Make A Horror. This time, comedians Mark Chavez, Maddy Kelly, and Ryan Beil will make you laugh while they try to make you scream. Over 10 episodes, Mark, Maddy, and Ryan will learn what it takes to make truly frightening horror, interviewing Hollywood writers, directors, and enthusiasts; probing their deepest fears; and eventually taking a stab at writing and directing their own shocking short film.
Episode 9: The Debrief
42:09Did you remember to Close and Lock the Patio Door? Mark, Maddy, and Ryan’s short film is out NOW! Go to patiodoormovie.com to watch the film. On this episode they discuss all of the behind the scenes drama, what worked in the film and what didn’t, and they try to answer the biggest question of this season: Did they make a scary movie??? Watch Close and Lock the Patio Door on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGktkCwaJSc
Episode 8: Post Production (feat. Nahnatchka Khan)
33:32Mark, Maddy, and Ryan enter the editing suite only to realize what they shot is NOT WORKING! They speak to comedy turned horror director Nahnatchka Khan (Totally Killer, Always Be My Maybe) about how to save a struggling film after you’ve already shot it. Recognizing the crucial role music plays, the hosts ask their friend Emmett to help score their film.
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Episode 7: Chaos Week (feat. Doug Jones)
33:44Mark, Maddy, and Ryan have finished their script just in the nick of time. But 8 days before they shoot their film, everything goes wrong. Maddy moves across the country, Mark goes blind, and the director of photography winds up in the hospital! As the comedians assemble their crew and head out to the cabin, can they break this curse? They also enlist legendary monster actor Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water, Hocus Pocus) to ensure that their ghoul is sufficiently scary.
Episode 6: Horror Acting (feat. Rose McIver)
30:11Doubting their horror acting abilities, the comedians write and practice reading horror dialogue with actor Rose McIver (Ghosts, iZombie, The Lovely Bones), who leads a crash course in horror performances. With unexpected help from rom-coms, Rose teaches the hosts how to go from gushy to gory. This interview was recorded before the SAG-AFTRA strike.
Episode 5: Horror Directing (feat. Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein)
34:55Mark, Maddy, and Ryan have their idea, but who’s going to helm it? Director duo Adam Stein and Zach Lipovsky talk about directing as a team—and the big stunt they pulled to land directing Final Destination 6. The hosts debate whether they’ll direct together or appoint one director.
Episode 4: Comedy and Horror (feat. Ronny Chieng)
37:39After spooky stories disintegrate into laughs, the hosts explore the thin boundary between horror and hilarity with Daily Show correspondent and comedian Ronny Chieng, who also shares what it was like to be murdered by AI doll M3GAN. Mark, Maddy, and Ryan also put on their producer hats and start planning their short film.
Bonus: Commotion with Elamin Abdelmahmoud | The Exorcist's Staying Power
16:25Although critics are slamming the new Exorcist movie, it's still number one at the box office. Horror fans Jen Sookfong Lee and Matt Hart make the case for the original Exorcist, and weigh in on why we love to be scared at the movies. Every day, Commotion with Elamin Abdelmahmoud brings you the most urgent, joyful, captivating discussions in all of arts, pop culture, and entertainment. Commotion is where you go for a thoughtful and vibrant chat working through the big culture stories. More episodes are available at: https://link.chtbl.com/8ysgbI4K
Episode 3: How to Scare an Audience (feat. Matt Gourley)
30:46Film idea in hand, it’s time for the hosts to study the art of scares—with a horror film fest sleepover! Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend co-host Matt Gourley gives Mark, Maddy, and Ryan’s sleepover its spine-tingling syllabus. After exploring the genre, indie horror director Gary Michael Schultz prepares the hosts for the realities of DIY filmmaking.
Episode 2: The Idea (feat. Gillian Flynn)
40:08Mark, Maddy, and Ryan hold an Ouija seance in the graveyard before calling up Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn, who advises the hosts on how to recognize a great idea and coaches them on two tenants of great horror: suspense and twists. Back in the writers’ room, Mark, Maddy, and Ryan pitch each other their horror movie concepts and pick their winning idea.
Episode 1: Horror 101 (feat. Eduardo Sánchez)
34:01Mark, Maddy, and Ryan learn the basics of horror movie making from legend, The Blair Witch Project director Eduardo Sánchez. The comedians also discuss their own love/hate relationship with the genre, their biggest fears, and establish the rules for this season’s spooky project.