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Splattercast Trivia League


The Splattercast Trivia League is here! Mat and Rachel throw your favorite Dead Lantern and podcast personalities into the ring to watch them fight in an epic movie trivia challenge to get the inaugural Splattercup!

Each Splattercast, a new trivia segment will be attached (Subscribe to the feed here). But, you can always come here to download the individual segments, find the latest battles, rankings, and information about who is on tap. Each player will battle throughout a regular season to make it to the inaugural 6 man SplatterCup tournament!

This show is modeled off of the Schmoedown Challenges on Youtube with some modifications to make it work for a podcasting format. We encourage you to check them out and subscribe to the Schmoes Know and Collider youtube channels to get those videos each week. We’re big fans of the Schmoes, so go check them out!

Latest Battles!


Download Now: TJ versus Deejay in a battle to have a winning record!



Download Now!: A match over a month in the making. Can Josh finally get a win? Will Rachel stay undefeated?

Previous Episodes


Download Now: Number one ranked ElGoro takes on his Round Table compatriot, Tony for a ticket to the 6 player tournament!



Download Now: Benito takes on Long Necked Monster Mark in an epic clash!


Download Now: Megan, star of SHIVERS DOWN YOUR SPINE, goes up against local movie legend Eric Moyer!


Download Now: These week, two undefeated friends go up against each other for the right to get to 2-0!


Download Now: It’s here. Tony vs. Jodie for the right to challenge El Goro!


Download Now: Ronin has challenged Deejay so that he can get an “easy win”. Deejay has vowed to “step on Ronin’s throat”….who ya got?!


Download Now: It’s #1 vs. #2 in this huge matchup! T.J. versus El Goro!


Download Now: It’s Director Joshua Weixelman versus his acting legend, Mark Popejoy in a battle to determine local film supremacy. Long Necked Monsters!



Download Now: The two talented and beautiful ladies of the league do a trivia pillow fight for the Male Patriarchy of the Splattercast!


Download Now: Special FX artist and filmmaker Benito Garcia goes up against the cocksure legendary horror podhost Jeff of the Splattercast!


Download Now:  Two high school friends and fellow Splattercast/Dead Lantern founders go up against each other to determine who is the smartest trivia player around!


Download Now: This week, two compatriots from the Motherfuckin’ Round Table of MAN square off as Ronin from The Sleepy Cast and ElGoro of Talk Without Rhythm podcast battle!


Download Now: Our inaugural episode kicks off with two of the strongest competitors, Splattercast host T.J. and Dead Lantern writer Tony!


Rankings (will be updated the first Monday of each month beginning September 1st)



Casting Announcement for Road Trip!

Road Trip Cast Announcement!

As many of you know, about a year ago we finished the critically acclaimed microbudget horror anthology SHIVERS DOWN YOUR SPINE. Now, we’re pleased to announce that filming of the sequel, CHILLS DOWN YOUR SPINE is well under way. A couple months back we shot BLOOD MODEL and now we’re diving into the wraparound device, titled ROAD TRIP and will bring Jeff, Sabiah, and a cast of new and returning characters from SHIVERS back to the big screen. Filming begins January 13th, 2017.

You can follow along with the production on the Prairie Lights Productions Tumblr page or the Dead Lantern Pictures tumblr page. Also, like us on facebook and subscribe to our Youtube channel.

ROAD TRIP picks up 3 days after the events of SHIVERS DOWN YOUR SPINE. Jeff finds a brand new genie lamp. Much to his chagrin, rather than Sabiah, he finds her ditzy blonde twin sister Mahktoonah! Together, they go on an epic road trip where Jeff will have to find his inner hero as they encounter ancient gods and monsters on their way to save Sabiah, who has been found by a sadistic torturer!

Below are the actors cast. Can’t wait to work with all of these great people again!


Roundtable of Man #14: Batman v Superman Discussion


RoundTable of Man #14 is up: Download mp3 | Subscribe via RSS | Subscribe via iTunes

Batman v Superman wakes ElGoro of Talk Without Rhythm, Ronin of Sleepy Cast, Professor Bleak of the Mad Writing Skills, and Mat from Splattercast out of their year and a half long slumber to discuss the film, The Napster guy’s new venture, The Screening Room, SPIDER-MAN, and Donald Trump.

Praise be upon Christina Hendricks.

Wanna buy SHIVERS DOWN YOUR SPINE? Click here, yo!

Review: Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood

ahpArrow Video is back with another great release, this one being AMERICAN HORROR PROJECT, an ongoing series of collections that will give Criterion level love to some of the most obscure and overlooked American horror films. This review will specifically look at MALATESTA’S CARNIVAL OF BLOOD.


The second film in Arrow’s first AMERICAN HORROR PROJECT collection is a low rent Lynchian fever dream of a film called Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood. The film was released in a few drive-ins in the mid 70’s and then considered lost for 30 years before a print was “miraculously” discovered in the early 2000’s. With a bizarre title and a few cryptic glowing reviews that appeared in the sketchier recesses of the internet, MCoB was released to minor fanfare.  After you get past the initial fun factor of hearing about a long lost horror film suddenly uncovered, you realize that the film is a jumbled, nonsensical mess whose zero budget and amateur hour filmmaking make it no better than some of the travesties you’d find in the $5 Wal-Mart bin or on Netflix streaming.

There’s not really a coherent plot to MCoB and it can pretty much be summed up with one sentence. A family shows up to work at a carnival in search of their missing child only to find that the carnival is run by ghouls and vampires.  That’s it.  The rest of the film constitutes poorly framed shots, terrible acting, and laughable editing decisions.  There are a few moments of hilarious blood and gore. One sequence involves a decapitation on a roller coaster that looks like something a bunch of elementary school kids would do as a Halloween gag.  The “blood” looks like orange pudding and the zombies/ghouls have a generic flat face makeup that make them look like the low rent stuff you’d see at your local zombie walk.

What this film does have going for it is the strange way it is filmed. Almost everything in this has a bizarre, dream like quality to it. As I stated before, it’s very David Lynchian in terms of weird stuff that doesn’t make sense. You’ll see a shot of a creepy carnival clown, then a slow motion shot of a girl running down a road. It has a very artsy fartsy look and feel to it and though some of the shots do, indeed, look good, a broken clock is right twice a day.  I’d almost call this an experimental film if I didn’t know that the director was actually *trying* to do something non-experimental.  I’ve read some reviews of people claiming that this film has merit due to the weirdness of everything involved (zombies in the basement that like to watch silent horror films of the 20’s, vampires running the carnival, etc.) but I’d have to strongly disagree. This thing is painful to try and get through.  It doesn’t work as an experimental film and it certainly doesn’t work as a narrative film. Sometimes, people give a pass to old films and ascribe value and worth where there is none. MCoB is one of those films. I’ve seen this movie made by many filmmakers today and they are all just as bad.

The Arrow disc has a few interviews but I can’t honestly say you’ll want to watch any of them if you can actually make it to the end of this.  This is probably the first Arrow release that I felt was just outright terrible and doubly disappointing coming off the excellent The Witch Who Came from the Sea, part of this very 3 disc collection. But hey, you can’t win them all. Only recommended if you like doing LSD while watching no-budget David Lynch knockoffs.