As you can guess, horror podcasts are kind of my thing. If you’re new to these parts – I host the Nightmare on Film Street podcast – but I’ve always been a fan of audio mysteries, spooky conversations, and filling the blank void of driving from Place A to Place B. #deathtothevoid
The podcast world can be a huge and terrifying place – and if you’re new to it.. overwhelming. The amount of content available can make plucking out the shows particular to your interests a daunting task. I don’t blame you if you opened the Apple Podcasts app, were forced to select between “Society and Culture Podcasts” or “TV & Entertainment” podcasts, and were immediately swarmed with thousands upon thousands of options – none of them quite spooky enough for your cultured genre tastes – so you were forced to close, delete, and never, ever revisit. Until now..
Here’s a roundup of our favorite and picks for best horror podcasts! And don’t worry, we’ve got something for everyone; listing everything from serialized Horror Fiction, to True Crime, to Horror Movie Discussion, and Candid Interviews with Filmmakers and Influencers within the Genre!
I know Nightmare on Film Street can’t fill your earholes 24 hours a day, every day – so, what better opportunity than to recommend some of our peers? Lets get subscribing!
These are the best fictional horror podcasts out there. Most are serialized stories brought to life by voice actors and professionally produced with sound effects to transport you into a spooky narrative.
THE Video Palace
When video collector Mark Cambria watches a mysterious VHS tape, he begins talking in his sleep in a language that doesn’t exist. Mark and his girlfriend Tamra set out to investigate the tape’s origin and find themselves caught up in a web of conspiracy, occult, and dread surrounding a legendary video store with a sinister purpose beyond imagining. VIDEO PALACE was created by Nick Braccia and Michael Monello. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL PODCAST. Watch the Tape!
The Narrow Caves
“Adapted from a script by award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and director S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk), THE NARROW CAVES features voice acting by Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Daredevil), Will Patton (Armageddon, Falling Skies), Lili Simmons (Banshee) and Wyatt Russell (Overlord, Black Mirror). Binary Reptile provides an eerie score that contributes to the cinematic feel of this haunting piece brought to you by the iconic horror entertainment company FANGORIA.” Enter the Cave!
A fictional podcast that is as much mysterious as is it is addictive. “Archive 81 is a found footage horror podcast about ritual, stories, and sound.”
The very first episode is simply described as “The enigmatic Mr. Davenport leads a tour of Archive 81. Melody fails to interview a member of a historical society. And Dan is unable to prevent the destruction of a tape.” Open the Archive!
“Welcome to Darkest Night: a binaural audio drama that places you, the listener, at the center of a recovered memory that sounds as though it’s happening around you in real time.. Who is weaving this master conspiracy, and what is their ultimate goal? Darkest Night is narrated by Lee Pace (Guardians of the Galaxy, Halt & Catch Fire). Darkest Night is produced by The Paragon Collective & NoSleep.” Recover the Memory!
True Crime / Unsolved Mysteries
Want to wet your whistle with stories of Cryptids, Cults, Urban Legends, and Terrifyingly True Tales? These mysterious truth talking podcasts have all the eerie ear edibles you can handle.
Unexplained is a bi-weekly podcast about strange and mysterious real life events that continue to evade explanation.
A show that explores the space between what we think of as real and what is not. Where the unknown and paranormal meets the most radical ideas in science today…” Uncover a Mystery!
CREEPY is created and narrated by Jon Grilz. Sound design by Steve Blizin. Jon Grilz is a writer and podcaster living in Minnesota. His love of horror and creepypastas led to a simple question, “Where are all the creepypasta podcasts?” Having started his horror podcasting with Small Town Horror, delving into the world of some of the best scary stories felt like a natural transition. He can often be found quietly muttering to himself. These words, rarely heard, are best left unknown. Get Creepy!
“Scott & Forrest have been called the ‘Click and Clack of esoterica’ by their listeners. Their mission is to take a look at legendary strange and unusual events from throughout history and interview people who’ve had close encounters with the unexplained. They strive to bring you everything that’s entertaining about those stories and remind you that it’s ok to laugh at scary stories and respectfully, even the people that tell them.” Learn a Legend!
Mystery. Manipulation. Murder. Cults are associated with all of these. But what really goes on inside a cult? More specifically, what goes on inside the minds of people who join cults and leaders who start them? Every Tuesday, Greg and Vanessa (co-hosts of the podcast Serial Killers) explore the history and psychology behind the most notorious cults. Cults is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media production. Join the Cult!
Horror Movie Podcasts – Discussion
Love horror movies but have no one to appreciate them with? Join a conversation from the past with these discussion-based podcasts. Sit at a round table with fellow horror nuts and get into some of the best the horror genre has to offer!
Faculty of Horror
“Tackling all things horror with a slash of analysis and research, horror journalists and occasional academics Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West are your hosts for brain plumping discussions on all things that go bump in the night. Produced independently in Toronto, Ontario The Faculty of Horror is your best source for classic and contemporary horror film discussions that will haunt the libraries of your mind!” Enroll!
In Voorhees We Trust
“Lace up your hiking boots and pick a bunk because your stay at Camp Crystal Lake is just beginning. ‘In Voorhees We Trust With Gourley and Rust,’ you’ll learn why Matt and Paul love the Friday the 13th franchise so much, what they expect to learn about themselves in revisiting it, and how they plan to tackle and assess all 12 films of the Voorhees family legacy. Join them on their journey to Crystal Lake, Manhattan, hell, and outer space beyond!” To Camp Blood!
“Corpse Club is the official DailyDead.com podcast! Featuring a mix of Daily Dead staff and special guests, each episode of Corpse Club will dive into the world of horror entertainment. Welcome to the Corpse Club!” Crack The Coffin!
Nightmare on Film Street
(Hey, a girl’s gotta plug) “Horror for the Casually Obsessed. A candid, comedic take on the genre from Nightmare on Film Street founders Jonathan DeHaan and Kimberley Elizabeth. Listen in for our take on the latest in horror/genre film news, reviews, and to duke out the classics in our themed head-to-head movie death match! New Episodes every-other Thursday on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and our Podcast page. Exclusive bonus episodes available bi-weekly on Patreon. Join us, if you dare!” Join the Fiend Club!
Horror Movie Podcasts – Interview Format
Go behind the scenes and into the minds of your favorite filmmakers with these interview-style podcasts. Some are more formal sit-downs, and others offer casual, candid chats with your favorite terrifying directors, actors, artists, and influencers!
“Elijah Wood and Daniel Noah of indie production company SpectreVision visit the homes and workshops of some of their favorite creators in the genre community and beyond. From campfire tales to creature features, the exhilarating, entertaining and sometimes even therapeutic experience of facing one’s fears has always fascinated our hosts.” Plan a Visit!
Eli Roth’s History of Horror
“ELI ROTH’S HISTORY OF HORROR: UNCUT brings together the masters of horror – including Stephen King, Greg Nicotero, Rob Zombie, Quentin Tarantino, Edgar Wright, Tippi Hedren and Tony Todd – to explore the genre’s biggest themes and reveal the inspirations and struggles behind its past and present. .” Get the History!
Post Mortem with Mick Garris
“Filmmaker / Author Mick Garris, best known for his Stephen King adaptations and creating the “Masters Of Horror” television series, dives deep into the devious minds of the greatest filmmakers and creators of your worst nightmares to bring their distinctive visions to life in fascinating one-on-one conversations.“ Let’s Discuss!
“Join your hosts Rob Galluzzo, Elric Kane, Ryan Turek, and Rebekah McKendry for a weekly discussion and analysis of all facets of the horror genre! Shock Waves puts the focus on the latest horror films, retrospectives on classic titles and welcomes very special guests for all aspects of the industry to tackle a variety of topics and give listeners candid insight into how some of the best genre films are made.” Get Shocked!
“Hosted by horror icon Adrienne Barbeau, SHE KILLS explores horror through a female lens with conversations from women in front of and behind the camera – including Karyn Kusama, Dee Wallace, Jennifer Tilly, Illeana Douglas, Polyanna McIntosh and more. Join these maidens of mayhem while they traverse titillating topics like Sex by Death, Damsel’s in Distress, Final Girls, Rape/Revenge and Nunspoloitation.” Scream with the Queens!
Horror Movie Podcasts – Docu-Style
Want to watch DVD features but stuck in your car? Horror knowledge is no longer limited to Blu-rays and Wikipedia! Study up and dominate the next round of Horror/Movie trivia at your local pub! (If your local pub doesn’t already do this, START IT. I’ll come.)
“A tale of a modest thriller that became an ordeal and then a disaster and then a phenomenon and then a classic. A story of one man, a fresh-faced, inexperienced director who nearly wrecked his promising career and became the most important filmmaker of our era. This is Inside JAWS.” Return to Amity!
“Relive America’s most revolutionary horror film, ‘Halloween.’ Dive Deep with host Amy Nicholson to unpack John Carpenter’s accidental classic, Jamie Lee Curtis’ legacy as the ultimate scream queen, and the film’s iconic masked killer Michael Myers.” Trick or Treat!
There you have it! The podcasts listed above are a guaranteed chilling, informative, and terrifying good time. Download a whack of them for your next road trip or an upcoming day at the beach and discover some of the best voices in the genre!
I only scratched the surface on the Horror podcasts currently available – so let me know what I missed! You can continue the conversation with the Nightmare on Film Street community on Twitter, Reddit, and in the Horror Movie Fiend Club!