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The Spinsters make a fateful return to the gateway horror of their youth with a look at 1985’s whimsical nightmare fuel, “Return to Oz”.

Episode 40

In this episode, it’s Spinster’s Choice. Kelly chose the theme of children’s horror, and the film up for discussion is the 1985 Disney film Return to Oz.

This is a childhood favorite of Kelly’s and has left her with everlasting nightmarish memories. This is a first-time watch for Jessica, despite her love for the Wizard of Oz. We discuss writer L. Frank Baum and the creation of World of Oz, the film as gateway horror and the age-old question: when is it a good time to introduce children to horror movies?

As spinsters, we are only parents to furry children, so we reached out to parents on social media to help us with context. 

Also, throughout this episode, you will hear clips from fellow horror fans talking about childhood films that scared them. Thank you Jenn, Carolyn, Dom, Richard, and Ariel for sharing your stories!  

Enjoy and welcome to our dark side…

Production Notes
Intro Music: Robeast by Dance with the Dead; Artwork by: Jess Hrycyk; Editing work by Jessica; Research Resources can be found at https://www.spinstersofhorror.com/the-spinster-s-library.

ABOUT THIS PODCAST

Original podcast artwork by Brandon Mercer

Jess and Kelly co-host the well-produced, highly entertaining, and insightful monthly podcast known as I SPIT ON YOUR PODCAST. Every month, they explore the world of horror entertainment, with each episode centering around a particular theme. This is a time once a month where Jess puts down her bloody knitting needles and Kelly steps away from the TV to discuss horror movies and other horror mediums with thoughtful analysis, research, and passion.


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