The Nighthawks Monstoberfest Omnibus

Monstoberfest not going fast enough for you? Crave more horror content out of the Nighthawks Diner?

Look no further.

Here is a complete rundown of all of the episodes we’ve done under the Monstoberfest banner at the Nighthawks Podcast, for your spooky season consumption.

2015- Monstoberfest

Ep 14- Monster Squad / Waxwork “The Monster Mash-Up”

In this episode the Nighthawks knock several monsters out in one fell swoop, using only two films. Now THAT is economy. If THE AVENGERS is the big sweeping cross-over to bring all the superheroes together, then there are two films that can do the same for some of the most famous monsters in film history.

First up, we have WAXWORK, a cheesy 80’s romp where a spooky wax museum isn’t exactly what it might first seem. If Hollywood has taught us anything, it’s that all wax museums harbor dark secrets, in WAXWORK it’s that the tableaus are alive and they want you to become a part. We get The Mummy, we get The Wolfman, we get Dracula and many more under one roof! Lovingly curated by the sinister David Warner, this 1988 gem is sure to be a good fit at your next party.

After that, Trevor and Matt settle into the vinyl corner booth of the Nighthawks cafe to talk about a timeless classic of their youth. What is the 1987 equivalent of ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN? Try THE GOONIES meet the Universal Monsters, and that formula isn’t too far off with THE MONSTER SQUAD. Sound off- we have Dracula, we have Wolfman, we have Frankenstein’s Monster, we have The Mummy, we have the Creature From the Black Lagoon and they’re all looking to murder children.

Ep 15- Haxän / The Blair Witch Project “Bruja Brouhaha”

Witches and witchcraft will be under inspection, today. First up, a classic silent film from 1922, that examines witch folklore and history as a pseudo-reenactment documentary. Straight from the Criterion collection, it’s HAXAN.

Following that, a movie heavily inspired by HAXAN; about three college students wandering into the forests of Maryland in search of a legendary witch. But as the protagonists find themselves hopelessly lost, they encounter something that can’t be identified. Getting to the bottom of the mystery only gets replaced with the desire to survive in THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT.

Ep 16- The Thing / Attack the Block “My Favorite Martians”

Trevor and Matt invade their coffee and pie session with a discussion of two later additions to the intergalactic menace canon. First up is the 1982 Masterwork of paranoia and practical monster effects, John Carpenter’s THE THING.

Following that, the 2011 debut film from Joe Cornish, featuring a pre-THE FORCE AWAKENS starring role for John Boyega, ATTACK THE BLOCK. Earth may never be the same.

Ep 17- The Exorcist / Needful Things “The Devil and Max Von Sydow”

Trevor and Matt sample a slice of the classic William Friedkin horror masterpice: THE EXORCIST. The guys watched the movie and they have thoughts they’d like to share. Specifically if THE EXORCIST manages to get past Matt’s predisposition to disliking demon-posession films? Von Sydow plays an elderly priest and archeologist, who is asked to help rid a young girl of her literal demons.

Second on the docket: Max Von Sydow takes up arms against the other side. In NEEDFUL THINGS, Von Sydow plays the charismatic and manipulative Leland Gaunt, proprietor of a small-town antique store. However Gaunt isn’t as he appears to be, he’s actually doing a great bit of scheming and tempting, leaving it up to Ed Harris to get to the bottom of things.

2017- Monstoberfest Returns

Ep- 50 Misery / Phantom of the Opera (1925) “Creepy Fans”

1925’s Phantom of the Opera is a seminal film that would help set the stage for genre films throughout history. An early silent effort, this adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s novel strikes closest to the heart of the source material. Andrew Lloyd Webber may have painted a picture of a pitiful and romantic Phantom, but 1925 was far less kind. When they adapted the story about the gaslighting murderer who felt privileged to a woman’s virtue, they felt he should be a bad guy. With legendary makeup effects that still hold up today, this Lon Chaney masterpiece is a must-watch for the film completest.

The Nighthawks’ second film is the Rob (not Carl) Reiner adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery. The only King adaptation (so far *eyebrow waggle*) to win an Oscar. James Caan plays Paul Sheldon, a badly injured author who has been “rescued” by his number one fan, from an icy death. Annie Wilkes, played to perfection by Kathy Bates, turns out to be less of a savior and more of a nightmare. We’ve all heard that we should be careful meeting our heroes, sometimes it’s our heroes who need saved from us. 

Ep- 51 Friday the 13th / Halloween “Thirteen, Thirty-one”

To make things extra spooky, October ’17 hosted Halloween and a Friday the 13th.

It was a good time to break out the classic copy of Sean S. Cunningham’s FRIDAY THE 13th. Both about misfortune befalling fumble-prone horny teenagers, when mysterious killers begin picking them off in a brutal, and gruesome manner.

In what ways are these two major slasher films the same? In what ways are they different? Have a seat in the booth and join the conversation.

Ep- 52 Found Footage 3D “Finding Steven” (Interview with Director Steven DeGennaro)

In the same way that SCREAM deconstructed the slasher sub-genre in the 90’s, FF3D takes a found-footage horror movie and populates it with people who are aware of all of the rules, tricks, and clichés of the genre. They know how to make a found footage movie. But do they know how to survive one?” FOUND FOOTAGE 3D, the latest release from SHUDDER, is a meta exercise, a pitch black comedy, a geek screed against the mundane, and a fully functional horror movie.

To help Trevor and Matt reveal all the Matryoshka dolls of FF3D is the film’s writer and director, Steven DeGennaro. In this full interview, DeGennaro walks the Nighthawks through a soup-to-nuts behind-the-scenes look at this sharply funny and deviously clever entry in the meta horror lexicon.

2018- Revenge of Monstoberfest

Ep- 72 The Devil’s Candy “The Sweetest Treat”

A criminally underwatched classic for fans of Heavy Metal, Horror Movies, and top-tier genre performances. THE DEVIL’S CANDY delivers on its sweetness. But the Nighthawks can’t do anything the easy way. Not unlike the conflict of a struggling artist finding his way between personal fulfillment and commercial success; The Devil’s Candy is an artwork on two canvases.

Featured in the film is the artwork of Stephen Kasner, who was briefly profiled in this 2017 piece from Clevescene-dot-com.

Ep- 73 Child’s Play “Attack of the killer doll franchise” (Feat. Guest Host Mark Ball)

CHILD’S PLAY, the iconic film about a killer doll inhabited by the soul and being of a Chicago serial killer, was omni-present during the childhood of the Nighthawks, as well as their guest host Mark Ball.

For this episode during Monstoberfest, the three talk about 1988’s classic horror film, CHILD’S PLAY. A movie about malicious toys, getting parents to believe you, getting the police to believe the parents, and teaching Chris Sarandon how to drive in crisis situations. Another slice of Halloween pie for our listeners.

Ep- 74 War of the Worlds (1938) “Mars killed the radio star”

Nothing is sacred as the Matt and Trevor take a deep bite of Orson Welles’ legendary radio broadcast, WAR OF THE WORLDS, that panicked an entire nation!

Or… did it?

From the people who brought you Citizen Kane (Orson Welles), Casablanca (Howard Koch), and Psycho (Bernard Hermann serves as Welles’ orchestra leader). Assembled talent that would become synonymous with “Hollywood,” first took their stab at terrifying a nation wirelessly. Just how successful were they?

A download of the original WAR OF THE WORLDS broadcast is available from

2019 Spawn of Monstoberfest (the remakes)

Ep 88- A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) “One, two Freddy’s coming for you…again”

Matt and Trevor chatted in the diner booth about the 1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street and its meta sequel Wes Craven’s A New Nightmare. The boys check back in with the Nightmare franchise, by watching the Freddy Krueger movie whose most unexpected victim was the Platinum Dunes horror remake model.

Neither Matt nor Trevor had seen the 2010 Nightmare before this episode. Were they right to hold off? Does the remake deserve the hate, or is it a misunderstood innocent victim of remake prejudice? Give ‘er a spin and try us.

Ep 91- Friday the 13th (2009) “Jason and the AAARRRGGGHHH! Oh No…ts”

Hot on the heels of watching 2010’s A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, the boys turn the PLATINUM DUNES clock back a year and watched the re-make/boot/hash/imagining of the 1980 slasher classic FRIDAY THE 13th.

Jared Padalecki stars in this non-supernatural (ahem) chapter of the hockey-mask-wearing killer Jason Voorhees. Was this another tired remake, or did the 2009 edition bring something to the table?

The Redux of Monstoberfest continues.

For our original discussion on Friday the 13th from Episode 51, see above or click here.

Ep- 92 Bram Stoker’s DRACULA “Listen to them, the children of the Nighthawks, what music they make”

In 1992’s BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, director auteur Francis Ford Coppola uses older and time-honored production techniques to craft a well-executed and out-of-time look and feel for a story that was originally published in 1897.

BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA features legendary makeup, costumes, and performances from Gary Oldman and Anthony Hopkins. Also featured: not-our-favorite performance from Hollywood sweetheart Keanu Reeves. Is the fresh 1992 polish enough for the boys in the diner to get over their Dacula property hump?

2020 Monstoberfest in Space

Ep 108 Lifeforce “Naked Draculas From Space”

Content advisory: This film discusses the 1985 film named Lifeforce, not the 1986 video game Life Force (aka Salamander). Given the nature of the internet we felt it best to disclaim in advance.

Notorious for containing a LOT of Mathilda May, Lifeforce also stars Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay, and Sir Patrick Stewart. The naked space vampire movie that the guys thought they remembered, is not the one they caught on display. Overshadowed by a lot of nudity, Lifeforce shares a great deal of DNA with Dracula, Night of the Living Dead, and Alien. And we don’t just mean Dan O’Bannon, either. Whom we will discuss very, very soon. Just not right now. Gotta leave some pod fodder for the rest of MONSTOBERFEST IN SPACE!

Ep 109 Event Horizon “Paul W.S. Anderson in Space”

Elite space explorers and a radical scientist team up to investigate the derelict spaceship, Event Horizon, which has been missing for seven years. The faster-than-light vehicle has successfully managed to fold space, but while traversing dimensions, it seems to have brought something back.

Event Horizon was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and stars Sam Neill, Laurence Fishburne, Kathleen Quinlan, Jason Isaacs, Richard T. Jones, and Sean Pertwee. Trevor hadn’t seen this movie in 23 years, and didn’t care for it the first time around. Have two-plus decades managed to change his mind?

Ep 110 ALIEN (1979) “Humans in space…and they’re not alone”

The seminal outer space horror movie from 1979 is the movie that launched, not only its own franchises, but launched several imitators and franchises throughout the last 40 years. Sigourney Weaver is Lt. Ellen Ripley, a smart and tough space trucker running a mission with her coworkers, presented by Tom Skerritt, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, Ian Holm, and Veronica Cartwright. What happens when the creature from beyond the stars is also a creature beyond human comprehension?

For the Mother of All Modern Space Horror, the Nighthawks bring in the Black Pope of Genre Film, Mark Ball, an action figure photographer, a stop-motion animator, podcaster, and horror movie super-fan.

2021 Monstoberfest presents MONSTOBERGUEST

Ep 127 Friday the 13th Vengeance (feat. T.C. De Witt)

Writer and renaissance man podcaster, T.C. De Witt stops by the conceptual diner to discuss his contribution to the lovingly created and crowdfunded Friday the 13th Vengeance. A not-for-profit fan film that dares to build on one of the best love slasher sagas of the 20th century, and does so very well.

The most successful Friday the 13th Crowdfunded fan film at the time of its release, Vengeance features franchise alumni like Steve Dash, Tommy McLoughlin, and C.J. Graham. Also featured in the ensemble cast are Kelly Tappan, Luke Schuck, and Jason Brooks as Jason Voorhees.

2022 Monstoberfest Variety Pack

Ep 138- Hellraiser (2022)

Matt and Trevor off of the current release menu for Monstoberfest this year, first up is an examination of the rebooted/retooled/relaunced HELLRAISER film released in 2022. Fans seem bitterly divided about changes made to the franchise, other seem okay with the direction the new film is going in. The Nighthawks weigh in over coffee and pie to talk about this seasonal horror offering from Hulu.

Ep 139- V/H/S 99

We’re about to party like it’s 1999! The Nighthawks dare to look back…back to a simpler time of Y2k panic, The Matrix fandom, and ball busting elder millennials.
You need not be familiar with any other V/H/S films to enjoy V/H/S 99, but you’ll want to have watched V/H/S 99 before listening, because this is a SPOILER LADEN EPISODE. THERE WILL BE NO FORMAL SPOILER CURTAIN.

Ep. 140- Halloween Ends

Wrapping up Monstoberfest 2022, Matt and Trevor find out exactly how HALLOWEEN ENDS via the movie of that name from David Gordon Green and Danny McBride. It’s closing out a reboot sequel trilogy in a franchise whose continuity is more convoluted than Highlander. Witness a new direction for the classic slasher franchise, are the boys up for the change in direction? Is it enough change to breathe life into Halloween for one more rodeo?

Ep 141- Hellraiser: The Whole Damned Franchise (Feat. Greg Orme)

Matt is joined by guest co-host Greg Orme; a stand-up comedian emeritus, a comedy promoter, and punk rocker; testing their constitution on a ten-film journey through the original Hellraiser franchise. Featuring the high points of the original trilogy, the low points of the franchise’s diminishing returns, and a surprising thumbs-up for a mid-franchise entry. Not an official Monstoberfest entry, this honorary Monstoberfest 2022 episode just would not be left on the shelf.

2023 Curse of Monstoberfest

Ep 145 The Relic (1997)

Loosely adapted from a novel by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, the film version of The Relic finds a hulking monster eating the brains of people at the Chicago Field Museum on the eve of a new blockbuster exhibition based around superstition. Matt and Trevor grabbed this one at random and are faced with their consequences, as they parse the film as both a stand alone entity and an adaptation of a book that spawned many sequel novels. The movie wasn’t so well received…

Ep 146 M3GAN

Just when you thought it was safe to undress in front of your tech devices, one Hollywood movie decides to blend post-Y2k tech panic with the classic formula of the killer doll, and manages to keep things fresh enough to keep The Nighthawks nodding along throughout the movie. Join Matt and Trevor as they play with their dolls, talk about their fears, and parse if the R or PG-13 after the title of any given horror movie is all that important.

Ep 147 Poltergeist (1982)

Join Matt and Trevor in this brand-spanking-new Halloween treat, closing out the Curse of Monstoberfest as they discuss this PG rated, PG-13 in spirit, childhood-shaking haunted house movie starring Coach T. Nelson, Jo Beth Williams, and Zelda Rubenstein among others. Is it tame? Is it frightening? Is it cursed? It’s Poltergeist.

Other Nighthawks tips into horror:

The Nighthawks podcast doesn’t only cover horror during Monstoberfest, they like horror movies all year ’round! Check out these spooktacular films that they covered during the off-season.

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