Random Number Generator Horror Podcast Number 9: a great horror-movie podcast you probably haven’t heard of (but should)

Statistics show there are roughly ten zillion podcasts out there – including The Daily Review, of course – and roughly a zillion more popping up every day. And on a regular basis – maybe as often as once a week – we’ll be talking about some of the podcasts you probably haven’t heard about over and over. Really good ones that you might actually enjoy, both fiction and non-fiction… like Random Number Generator Horror Podcast Number 9.

Now, everybody knows about Welcome to Night Vale. What started as a strange little fiction podcast a few years back has grown into an international business all its own, with best-selling books and after-snows and merch and live performances that travel internationally, and in all that time and expansion it has never lost its edge.

BUT … two of the creative cornerstones of Night Vale, writer Jeffrey Craynor and the indispensible writer and performer Cecil Baldwin, the voice of Night Vale itself, have a little side-hustle going. Every week they literally throw dice to generate a random number that corresponds with a series of criteria to pick a horror movie – damn near any horror movie, from the earliest to last week’s – which they then watch and talk about. And the thing is, one of them is a long-time lover of horror, while the other is a relative newcomer. You can click on the player below to hear Jeffrey’s introduction:

What the clip doesn’t convey is how unique and quirky and charming their commentaries are. As much as I love a few of the recap shows, like The Flop House or How Did This Get Made or The Horror Virgin all of which we’ll talk about at some point or another – Random Number Generator remains unique. These are smart and accomplished creators, with a wide background in film and storytelling, and when they’re not horror or even pop-cult fanboys to the degree that many of the other recap show folk are – even the good ones. And Jeffrey or Cecil opens each episode with the oddest, out-of-left-field recollection or tease that it’s worth it just for that. Always fascinating, even when they’re focusing on familiar films like Night of the Living Dead or Pet Sematary or super old classics like M or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from 1931 or even newer unknowns or overlooked ones like Dust Devil or Blood Quantum (and oh, make a note, we have to talk about Blood Quantum one of these days).

Maybe that’s why I like this so much: it’s not what you’d expect, and there’s always something surprising and even enlightening in their conversations. No interviews, no shout-outs, very rarely a rant. Just Jeffrey and Cecil, havin’ at it. Like all the best podcasts, it’s like sitting back and cracking a beer with the most interesting people in your favorite neighborhood bar..

Anyway: that’s it for this Friday. Listen to more podcasts! Tell me about the ones you like that aren’t Joe Rogan or My Favorite Murder. And especially, listen to Random Number Generator Horrot Podcast Number 9, the most forgettable title ever for a damn good program.

Comments? Leave ’em here…

Want yet ANOTHER Newsletter?

Every other week, I send out an ABSOLUTELY FREE newsletter that recaps the last two weeks’ worth of Daily Reviews PLUS additional links and news from the socials and elsewhere. Yeah: extra stuff no extra charge. Sign up, see what you think, and let me know!

All you gotta do is CLICK HERE.

Give the podcast a try…

The Daily Review, BradMunson

The Latest Daily Reviews

Gogglebox: UK TV at its … finest?

It’s been days since I pleaded with you to get a good VPN and peek into TV from England and Canada and Australia and everywhere else that you can’t get to if they think you're from the U.S. And now I’m going to do it again, with a review o the frankly impossible UK...

The Multiverse of Gina Rodriguez: Players and Better Off Dead

More than ten years ago, I worked with my old friend Angela Ortiz on her start-up of an entertainment news website called Se Fija Online – which, she told me, means something like “What’s up?” or “What’s Happening?” in Spanish. The slug: “Entertainment News about...

Kennie JD: One of the Best Things About YouTube

I’ve been hanging around the edges of YouTube for years and years, and for a long time, I was a snob about it – imagine me, a snob. Back in its early days, I saw YouTube was kind of the junk drawer of original content: so many people doing so much stuff, with no rhyme...

What I’m Not Watching This Month

Just for a change, let’s talk about what not to watch on the streamers and nets these days – and haven’t been for weeks. This is the downside of “peak TV,” a period of content glut that may be behind us now, since the drought of the writer’s and actors’ strikes have...

Resi​dent Alien is great; Alan Tudyk is greater

It took SyFy long enough – I get it, timing and seasons and COVID and all – but finally, finally we have a new season of Resident Alien, and with it the return of the damn near legendary Alan Tudyk. Ahhh, Alan Tudyk. I’ve been watching the guy, enjoying his work over...