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Byzantium and Hellbender

We creep into spooky season on the podcast with a look at the ties that bind and suffocate as we discuss “Byzantium” and “Hellbender”.


Parenting seems hard enough even when you don’t feed on the lives of mortals, right? Candace and Ariel are launching Spooky Season with two stories of monster women, their monster daughters, and the supernatural bonds that often resemble sharing genes: blood-drenched and atmospheric Byzantium (2012) and witchy indie-rocking coming-of-age story Hellbender (2021).

First off, Candace would like to clarify that she does know the character from Pride and Prejudice is named Mr. Bingley, not Mr. Bingham. Also, Byzantium just got added to Tubi, not Netflix.

Corrections aside, this is a perfect offbeat double feature for settling into the Halloween mood without getting too explicit.

If you’re looking for too explicit, sit tight —we’re saving some more overtly Spooky Season fare for when we get closer to Halloween. But you know, it’s always the devil’s holiday in our hearts.

So come on in, especially if you are a real-life vampire or witch, and listen to us talk about generational trauma, accidental batman, the dangers of sheltering your kids, and the coolest family rock band and filmmaking collaborative we’ve ever heard of.

Also, Ariel signs up live for restock updates on the H6llb6nd6r vinyl.

You can watch Byzantium on Tubi and Hellbender on Shudder. 


Not Your Final Girl is a podcast hosted by three women (Ariel Dyer and Candace Sluder) just trying to make it to the end of the movie. Join us bi-weekly for deep dives into horror with a fresh take on the genre we love! We’re @NYFGpod on Letterboxd if you want to check out all the movies we’ve talked about on the pod. You can also follow Candace at @crammpuss if you want to peek at what movies might be coming up next.

A proud part of the Morbidly Beautiful Podcast Network. Our drive for intersectionality aligns well with the Morbidly Beautiful ethos. We love that MB is a nonprofit that gives back to the horror community, and are thrilled to be a part of the network.

The original music/theme song for the show was done by Ariel Dyer, Our main show logo/artwork was created by Brian Demarest (@evilflynn on Instagram). 

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