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On this episode of the cast, we chat with Tyler Russell about his latest feature “Cyst”, a cheeky homage to early 60’s monster movies.


Download file | Play in new window | Duration: 00:48:24 | Recorded on March 26, 2021

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NHE host Scott Murphy chats to writer/director Tyler Russell about his latest feature horror comedy Cyst, a tongue-in-cheek homage to the monster movies of the early ’60s.

In the interview (beginning at 1:45), Tyler tells us why he decided to make a horror picture having previously made a number of gritty dramas, what the biggest inspirations on the movie were, and how he was determined to make something that had as much heart as it did gross-out moments.

Plus, we get into how he wrangled his cast of cult genre faves (The Room’s Greg Sestero, Troll 2’s George Hardy, and Lexx’s Eva Habermann), how much input he had in the design of the Cyst monster, and what led him to film the movie in Baltimore instead of his native state of Texas.

Finally, we get into the movie’s festival run and the impact COVID had on it, while also discussing why the film would make a good double feature with our previous guests’ (Derek Carl and Hank Huffman) film, The Brain that Wouldn’t Die. You’ll also learn what Tyler has in store for us in the future!


Host Scott Murphy (host of the Guilty Pleasures Podcast) chats to the best indie talent the horror genre has to offer. While the show typically focuses on indie directors, actors and writers are often a part of the conversation as well.

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 favorite horror movie is The Shining, and his favorite horror novel is Interview with The Vampire.

Be sure to tune in every Monday for new episodes of the NEW HORROR EXPRESS podcast on the Morbidly Beautiful Network. 

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