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On the heels of its recent anniversary, two special guests join us to discuss one of the more iconic Guilty Pleasures, “Freddy vs Jason”.

We ran a poll on social media platforms to see which film we would look at in our “VS edition” of the series. Would it be 2003’s Freddy vs Jason or 2004’s Alien vs Predator. Well, the vote was pretty close, but it turns out the Freddy vs Jason ticket was the bigger draw.
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Alongside NHE host Scott Murphy,  we have a couple of great former guests in the form of directing duo (and brothers) Brett and Drew Pierce (The Wretched).

Over the course of the episode, you will hear the trio talk about how Ronny Yu is a good director of action and slapstick comedy but not necessarily horror, Freddy’s lack of kills in the film, and the futility of applying logic to the plot. Plus, we ask why didn’t they just hire Jason Mewes for the stoner character when it is so clearly patented after Jay?

Elsewhere in the episode, we discuss how the film sits at the nexus point of horror as the goofy self-aware films of the late ’90s/early ’00s give way to the darker, gorier horror of the mid-late ’00s. Scott also rants about the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake’s effect on horror.

Listen to Brett and Drew’s original interview here.


Guilty Pleasures is a monthly spin-off show of the popular New Horror Express (NHE) podcast. Each month, NHE host Scott Murphy, alongside some former guests on the interview podcast, takes a deep dive into a 21st Century “Guilty Pleasure” horror movie as chosen by you the listener in an online poll (based on a particular theme).

Host Scott Murphy is a freelance journalist, reviewer and podcaster. He got into horror in his early teens and has not looked back since. As well as reviewing on New Horror Express, he currently writes reviews for The Wee Review and has previously written for Slimehouse TV, Subtitled Online and The 405.  His favourite horror movie is The Shining, and his favourite horror novel is Interview with The Vampire.

Be sure to tune in the first Saturday of every month for new episodes of THE GUILTY PLEASURES PODCAST on the Morbidly Beautiful Network. 

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