The Terror Test – EP 37 – Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale and Don’t Breathe

Posted on December 23, 2016 by


THE TERROR TEST podcast is a conversation between two horror fans to weigh the merits of films and decide whether to admit them  into our sacred horror canon. We want to know what is worth recommending to non-fans and what to watch next.  We review the films on the basis of SCARE FACTOR, MONSTER QUALITY, and PRESENTATION.  A film needs a unanimous vote in all cateGORIES  to receive an induction into the canon.  Those movies that fall short of a unanimous vote will receive an honorable mention.

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*SPOILER ALERT* The recordings contain many spoilers and it is recommended that listeners watch the film BEFORE listening and weigh in their votes in the comments.

Our current canon and upcoming episodes are below:


Psycho (1960)
The Exorcist (1973)
Black Christmas (1974)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
Shivers (1975)
Carrie (1976)
Cannibal Holocaust (1979) *Explicit Content*
Friday the 13th 
Evil Dead 2: Dead Before Dawn (1987)
Candyman (1992)
Audition (1999)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Pulse (2001)
Antichrist (2009)
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
Goodnight Mommy (2015)
Don’t Breathe (2016)
The Invitation (2016)
The VVitch (2016)


The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (1959)
The Exorcist (1971) by William Peter Blatty
Carrie by Stephen King (1974)
The Hellbound Heart (1986) by Clive Barker
The Girl Next Door (1989) by Jack Ketchum
“Guts” by Chuck Palahniuk (2005)


The Turn of the Screw (1898) by Henry James
“The Birds” (1952) – short story by Daphne du Maurier
Psycho by Robert Bloch (novel) (1959)
The Innocents (1961)
The Birds (1963)
The Haunting (1963)
Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)
Frenzy (1972)
House (1977)
Scanners (1981)
The Exorcist III (1990)
[REC 2] (2009)
Under the Skin (2013)
Crimson Peak (2015)
It Follows (2015)
The Fireman (2016)
Green Room (2016)
The Purge: Election Year (2016)
Southbound (2016)


Hitchcock by Truffaut (1985) by Francois Truffaut
Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film (1992) by Carol J. Clover
Shock Value  (2011) by Jason Zinoman


Jan. 13th Friday the 13th Part 7: The New Blood (1988) & Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

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