Episode 17: The Last Fandom on the Left

In which Zee and Da unleash their inner horror hounds to indulge in one of their favorite genres–the scary movie. History is discussed, nostalgia is rampant, and recommendations flow free like blood in a slasher movie. So don your creepy Captain Kirk mask and hop on in!

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In this video, Doug Walker discusses the question that many parents (and even I, not being a parent, but a God Mother) have struggled with when choosing entertainment for young children.

“Should We Scare the Shit Out of Our Children?”

He makes a lot of good points in this video, including the fact that scary moments in children’s movies are a great way to educate, empower and even challenge our children (challenge as in introducing them to emotions or experiences that they may not have encountered yet). 

I’m a huge advocate of horror elements in children’s media because i loved it so much as a kid, myself. I very much agree with Don Bluth’s statement, “You can show a child just about anything, so long as it has a happy ending.”

Check out this video, and considering what’s being said. I think it’s a great argument for a persisting question.

So on the one hand I have achieved my summer 15 goal of being a money person in a creative firm who doesn’t lose their temper at work, with a wardrobe of shapeless black jersey and silk and loud shoes, self-awareness, and overall frumpy competence vibes. On the other hand, I have cultivated the kind of anxiety that manifests itself in: Level 2 crying when talking about friendship, self-sabotage before any social event, lack of a sex drive and a continued attraction to authority figures with anger issues and poor boundaries, so

How Jean-Ralphio From ‘Parks And Rec’ Is Connected To Steve From ‘Stranger Things’

Stranger Things has the perfect formula for success — kids riding bikes while on a mission, an Evil Dead reference, and synths. Beyond the aforementioned holy trifecta, Netflix’s horror/sci-fi hit has charm oozing from the dozens of references to Stephen King, Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, and ’80s pop culture. It’s a period piece and a love letter to the Hollywood Midwest terrorized by boogeymen over the last 40 years.

Beyond being the best X-Files Monster of the Week extended episode ever, Stranger Things is a loose tribute to Indiana. You know, Hollywood’s Indiana. Eerie Indiana. The train tracks are just a bike ride away and you can smell the burned leaves piercing the crisp perpetual fall.

Writer, director, executive producers the Duffer brothers have jam-packed a full eight hours of horror and pop culture references into Stranger Things, so it’s entirely possible that Steve Harrington, Nancy’s flame, and possible future long-time boyfriend, is the father of Jean-Ralphio from Parks and Recreation.


According to the Parks and Rec wiki, we know Pawnee, Indiana is located 90 miles from Indianapolis and 35 miles past Bloomington. Hawkins, Indiana is a hop, skip, and a jump from Indianapolis. We know this because Jonathan seeks out his father in the big city while looking for his brother Will, and is back home in time for dinner.

Perhaps the most damning evidence of all is Steve’s big hair. He has a head of hair so incredible that people have to take notice. He has a head of hair like Jean-Ralphio, or should I say Jean-Ralphio has a head of hair like him. It runs in the family.


If the multiverse offers unlimited variations to any moment in time and space, and we have a monster that’s opening portals to a shadow realm (there are infinite possible Upside Down shadow realms), it’s entirely possible that one of these Upside Downs is an Indiana that is far too sunny. This Los Angeles version of Indiana, where everything is nice and simple. One where a Jean-Ralphio wreaks havoc upon Pawnee.

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