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Horror Heals!

Updated On: July 24, 2024

How can horror movies become a source of comfort and healing?

Corey and Kendall Stulce announce the launch of their new podcast, Horror Heals, which focuses on the therapeutic aspects of horror culture. They discuss their love for horror movies and how they were introduced to them at a young age. The podcast will feature interviews with horror movie celebrities, artists, and fans who will share how horror has helped them overcome challenges in their lives. Corey and Kendall emphasize the sense of community and acceptance they have found in the horror community and how it has been therapeutic for them. They also mention their plans to attend horror conventions and engage with listeners on social media.

Horror Heals!

Listener Benefits:

  1. Understand how horror culture can be a surprising avenue for mental wellness and stress relief.
  2. Hear personal anecdotes about the transformative power of horror from Corey and Kendall.
  3. Get a sneak peek into the upcoming Horror Heals podcast and its unique approach to healing through horror.

Don’t miss this episode to discover the unexpected healing power of horror and learn about our new podcast, Horror Heals, launching on Friday, September 13!

Transcript

Corey & Kendall Stulce (00:00.046)

Welcome back to Family Twist. It's just Corey and Kendall today with what we think is a fun, exciting announcement. we've decided because we're insane to launch a second podcast, a sister podcast, a Family Twist called Horror Heals. And it will launch on Friday, September 13th. Because why not? So horror themed podcasts. So if you're going to do a podcast, you better launch it on Halloween or.

Friday the 13th, right? Exactly. Kendall had been pestering me for a while about let's do a horror podcast. Let's do a horror podcast, but we didn't really have a theme in mind until, so I am a regular attendee of horror conventions. And so if you're not familiar with the concept, it's like, I guess it's like any kind of convention for something you're a fan of. They have.

you know, celebrities from the movies. So you've got your actors, your directors, your writers. You've got horror authors, different artists who are selling stuff, you know, anything from like t -shirts to original artwork, to sculptures, to jewelry made of real human bones, all of that kind of fun stuff. So even Beatrice who will have to explain Rishi. Yes. Beatrice is going to be our, our

Mascot and she will be introduced on on horror heels. So stay tuned for that So anywho I was at a convention in March And I was standing in line to get an autograph from director Sam Raimi creator of the evil dead series and director of a bunch of awesome movies and It was you know a pretty long line and in these conventions like we were in like a sort of a ballroom and they have like the

floors like partitioned off with like painters tape. So it's like, this is where you should be standing, you know, so they can control the crowd, but you're in there pretty tight. And I noticed in the next row over this young person who was very, not, not well at the moment. Like you could tell this person was, uncomfortable sort of, muttering to themselves and,

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kind of like, you know, as much as you can like walk back and forth and pace or whatever there, this was a lot of stuff going on, like definitely some duress. And so I was about to ask the people in front and behind this person, hey, is it alright if this person steps out of line and, you know, calms down a little bit and then we'll let this person jump back into line, you know, when it's their turn. But before I could do that, the person next to this young person,

noticed the stack of DVDs that this person was holding and said, Hey, man, I love those movies. And all of a sudden you just saw all this anxiety and stress and, and duress just wash away off this person's face. And then I just a huge smile and you know, conversation starting. And it's just like these, at these horror conventions, like you make fast friends, like whoever's standing next to you in line.

especially if you're going to be staying on there for an hour or so, quickly becomes your best buddy for that moment. So I just thought, okay, there's got to be something to this. And it made me think about all the times I've overheard in line, people say to their favorite horror actor, my gosh, this movie saved my life or your character means so much to me because it helped me overcome this challenge in my life. And that's where the concept of

Horror heals comes from, you know, mental wellness through horror culture. And what's interesting is that, one of the first things that Kendall and I bonded over almost 20 years ago was our mutual love of horror movies. And, you know, not everybody is into horror, so it was awesome that that was something that we had in common. And you started watching horror movies pretty young, right? Very young. In fact, I often tell the story about getting in trouble a bit because

My parents watched the television version, which, you know, you know how watered down, okay, for, for younger people, there was a time when there were network television stations like NBC is now, we BC CBS, right? They're still all in existence. They were, they were, and still are more heavily censored than, you know, the version.

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of a movie that you would see in the theater. And my parents wanted to watch the Exorcist really badly, but they didn't see it in a movie theater or maybe they did. I don't remember if they did, but they definitely wanted to watch the television version, which of course is watered down compared to what you would see in a theater. And they were watching it well after I had already been put to bed.

But I knew that they were watching it that night and there was so much mystique already built around the exercise. Like this moving, right? It was a phenomenon. And, I really, I was never scared of stuff. Like, you know what I mean? Like my dad would call me before then, cause I was like, I want to see that too. And he's like, no, no, no, that is that's an adult film. You should not watch it. It's scary. And I was like, whatever.

And so, I sneaked down the hallway and was lying on the floor and crept around that only my, like my eyes, I could just barely see the television from where I was lying on the floor. And I saw the beginning of the movie. And then when one of the scarier parts did come up, I gasped and

I guess I really did get scared and my dad was like, no. And he, you know, because he didn't want me to have nightmares and things. And he grabbed me, scooped me up, you know, chastised me. And back then there was no pausing the movie for here. I am interrupting their movie and he put me back to bed and you know, I didn't have nightmares about it or anything, but it was scary. I mean, I, I find it kind of creepy to this day and it is one of my

And I think it's one of your - Definitely up there. I mean, you know, people ask you what's your favorite horror movie and it's, I think it just changes depending on your mood, but it's definitely, that's a top 10 classic for sure. Yeah. Funny because I mean, I have like almost the exact same experience. Who knows? Maybe it was like the same time that they were showing the exorcist for the first time on TV, but I remember my mom wanting to see it and you know, saying, no, no, you can't, you can't watch this. Well, you know, you tell a kid -

Corey & Kendall Stulce (07:11.118)

They can't do something. Of course they're going to want to immediately do it. Right. So I also leaked out of bed.

crawled down the hallway. Now I didn't actually get to see the TV because the way our hallway was set up was like, if you came two part on the hallway, that's the same wall that the TV is on. So like you could, whoever's watching TV could see you come into the room. I could only get to where I could hear it. And I mean, I was a little, little kid, but I just remember hearing the noise like the, when Regan is possessed and the demon is talking, like I just remember that. And that just freaked me out. And like,

I'm sure I had nightmares.

Yeah. I was at least five years older, right? Yeah. Right. Yeah. But it's still, yeah, who knows? And maybe it wasn't the same exact time, but it was, yeah, definitely we had those same experiences. But yeah, I mean, I think I was probably introduced to, you know, R rated horror movies, maybe a little too young, but you know, who's to say? I mean, we're both pretty well rounded when we were kids. So when I first started going to the cons and seeing, you know,

parents bringing their, you know, three and four year olds dressed up like Chucky and Michael Myers and stuff. I was like, it might be a little young for them, but you know, I was just to say, right? You know, I mean, that's kids can handle it then great. And it might be something that the parents are, you know, like it helps them with their mental wellness. So like, why not introduce their kids to it at a young age? Right. And it probably de -stigmatizes, you know, like if the kid is

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three and dresses up like Chucky, then when that child sees the Chucky film, it's not going to be affected. You know what I'm saying? Like they probably won't be as scared of the film. So to me, there's a lot of logic in that. I think desensitizing kids to things don't have to be scary. I think that's a good thing. You know? Yeah, absolutely. Yeah. But yeah, I mean, I was so, I'm sure my dad let me watch.

R rated horror movies, you know, whenever my mom was away on a girl's night or something. And, my friend Jason had like just dozens and dozens of VHS movies that I think that they had like some points, somebody had a satellite dish or something like that. So they had all these movies recorded and was like, we were watching. Crazy horror stuff, you know, at a super young age. and I even remember sneaking into a nightmare at Elm street three.

when, you know, we used to go to the movies and, you know, cinema hop, you know, buy one ticket and, you know, early in the day and just keep popping around and seeing, you know, the next movie after next. And that was like the final showing of the night, Nightmare on street three. And it was just me and my friend in there. And, an usher came in, I think because probably because they hadn't sold any tickets to the bench and chased us out the back door. Yeah.

So you didn't get, no, I'm upset of course, since watched it many a time. Cause I think that's like the second best of that series. But, yeah, it was, but no, that was our little adventure. Well, and mine comes from the function of being my best friend. Jimmy was the youngest of four kids. And so of course you kind of get exposed to things that bridge your age shouldn't be exposed or wouldn't be exposed to.

because he's got two older brothers and an older sister. And while we probably didn't want us around, we were annoyingly around and they probably just gave up and said, screw it. These kids are going to, this kid, you know, these two young kids are going to be, watching things that we shouldn't. And, you know, I'm not blaming his parents. How could they, you know, keep those older kids from letting us do these things? But, again, I never.

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I never really got scared. And I think it was because my pair between my parents and my friends with Jimmy's family. I feel like things were just like, we were always watching horror. So just wanting kind of second nature and less scary than the kids. Then I think for the kids who thought things sporadically. Yeah. So for the podcast, I mean, it's.

It really is going to be like a sister podcast, a family twist, because it's going to be a similar format, at least some of the time where we're interviewing a guest. You know, we've already recorded several episodes. We're going to have on the horror movie celebrities, the actors, the writers, producers, directors, composers. We're going to have on people who specialize their art in horror artwork, which is where you'll get to meet Beatrice because one of our future guests.

takes existing baby dolls and horrifies them. And just a beautiful, beautiful artwork. I mean, I love the creativity behind it. So yeah, we're gonna have just horror fans on who wanna talk about, you know, how horror helps them, you know, get through life, you know, be it the movies or books or, you know, whatever.

One thing I had to sort of remind Ken to love, just as with like Family Twist, you know, we've had some people who have reached out to us and said that they really appreciate the show and they've shared their stories with us, you know, on a one -on -one basis, but they're not comfortable coming onto a podcast, which, you know, we totally respect. You know, same thing with Horror Heals. We started an Instagram page in June and it's growing and we've been hearing from people who are excited about the concept, but...

and have, you know, deal with your anxieties and issues, you know, with health of horror, but again, not comfortable enough to come on and talk on the podcast, which again, we totally understand. And I, hopefully, some folks that are on the fence about it will either listen to episodes of Family Twist, or once they start listening to episodes of Horror Heels and understand that, we're not here to make anybody feel uncomfortable. If anything.

Corey & Kendall Stulce (13:41.678)

You know, we want, we want this to be part of your healing process. You know, this is, it's, it's therapeutic for us and for our guests and for our listeners. So, and, and then it's something that we, I think just pretty much across the board, anyone we've had on Family Twist, be it somebody whose story is brand new and raw or somebody who's been, you know, dealing with their situation for years and they've written their memoir about it. I think everybody has a sense of, and a feeling of

healing and community. And that we've been talking about community a lot on the podcast recently, because that's something that we did not anticipate having, you know, at the very beginning. Like Kendall, can you speak on that a little bit? Just like what, what that being part of this community has been like for you? Yeah. So, and I think we'll find the same thing with horror heals, right? I am not as connected to the horror.

invention population that you're connected to already, but I love the idea of it because of the community that we've gotten exposed to with Family Twist. And I often say on this podcast, I never knew how much I needed to do this podcast, how much I needed.

to hear other people's stories, to find the similarities, to find the differences too, to even understand how fortunate I am as compared to others who have not been as accepted by their biological families as accepted by their adopted family. So I feel like it's been really helpful for me to sort of see

the bigger picture when it comes to the DNA surprise community, whether you're talking about adoptees or donor conceived people or just people that were raised with someone who wasn't their parent that they thought was their parent, which we all know we now refer to as NPEs. So it's been amazingly therapeutic for me. I feel like.

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I probably need to go to therapy less often as a result of being, you know, of, of speaking to these people and helping get their stories out there. And we've been so fortunate to have so many people who are authors or playwrights or in other ways are entertaining us with their stories, but also getting their stories out to the general public. Yeah.

Yeah. you know, when we first started explaining this to some people we know, in the podcasting world, like why we were doing this and why we think it totally crosses over. I don't think they quite got it, but I have to say, you know, we've talked a lot about the untangling our roots summit that I attended earlier this year and same, absolutely same vibes.

there as I have when I go to the horror convention. One, I feel completely at ease with anybody that I encounter, you know, and know that we're going to have a great conversation and just like universal acceptance. Like everybody understands, you know, you go to something like Untanglier, I read somebody understand, like you don't need to explain yourself to anybody. You don't have to tell your story. Like they, they get it. Just like at a horror convention. It's like, I don't care if you're, you know,

dressed up like Freddy Krueger or, you know, in an AC DC t -shirt or just, you know, how, whatever, you know, like everybody gets who you are. And you just, I mean, you see like these little, you know, like family units like grow out of this, which is, you know, something that I didn't necessarily anticipate because, you know, I started going to comic book conventions when I was a kid and they're awesome, you know, to go to, but.

different vibe. There's something about the horror community and maybe it's because we all understand that like horror is like our happy place. Like that's what makes us feel good. That it's just like instant connection at these conventions and just like at Untangling Art Roots. Like I didn't feel like an outsider at all. Everybody was so welcoming and warm and you know, made new friends and got to meet some of our guests in person and now we've got, you know, we're having

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people that attended the convention on regularly. It's just, you know, it's been really magical. Well, yeah, I mean, it's funny, you know, healing can take lots of the term healing can mean lots of things, right? It can be not only therapeutic and cathartic, but can also sort of justify your feelings just in general. And I will have lots of comments to make about.

fornicating teenagers in film because it, you know, a, you know, that the first kid that are fornicating as teenagers are probably going to get in a flash or fail and they're probably going to get killed. And part of me always, you know, because of the setup and because of the formulaic part of it's the breadmaid to beat.

But anyway, because of the, the formulae formulae nature of the way those were produced back then, it always made me feel better about myself. Like, you know, you know, a I'm smarter than these clits. I'm not going to get myself killed in the first three minutes of the fail. You know, well, it's funny how you, identify, with the situation when

Absolutely. Yeah. And something that, we started doing just organically and we'll continue to do with future guests is ask, who is your favorite final person? You know, like the term final girl has been out there for a while about, you know, I think going back to like, you know, Laurie Strode, Jamie Lee Curtis and Halloween and, Adrian King and Friday the 13th, you know, but there are also, you know, final guys too, or, or, you know, final people who

don't necessarily identify as male or female. So we're going to say, who is your favorite final person? And I think it'll be interesting to see like how those tally. We're crazy for trying to do a second podcast, but it's like, well, just like with, you know, when we had five dogs, like, well, what's, you know, what's the, what's the harm in getting one person? Thanks. If I already do a one podcast, why not do two? And I say like, you've been just so jazzed ever since we decided on.

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the name and the premise and got our branding put together and started recording. I think it's re -energized our passion for podcasting. I have a feeling that this is really going to resonate with a lot of people. I hope so because horror is still so helpful for us. We live, breathe horror movies on the regular. Our place is packed with

horror memorabilia and all that stuff. And, you know, this is going to be a great way for me to finally get Kendall to go to a horror convention. It is. It is. Well, I, you know, I think we've even referred to this a few times on Family Twist, but part of it for me is just the sheer number of people and, you know, I'm not scared of crowds per se, but I can, I can get very claustrophobic. So yeah.

that it's one thing for me to be behind a podium, speaking to 500, well that I'm strangely more comfortable with than being in the midst of it all. So, you know, but I can navigate it and break breaks as needed. See, we'll get a booth. That sort of thing. Yeah, we'll get a booth. We'll slap you behind the booth. You can be the carnival barker behind the booth and I'll be out on the floor, like, you know, directing people to the booth.

I don't, I don't mind being among the thousands of folks who may or may not be wearing deodorant. Did you say thousands? Are there really that many people?

No, I'm at dozens. I'm in dozens. Yeah. I mean, I don't know. I don't know how many, what the capacity is at, like the hotel themed ones. Just, I mean, I know that they sell out. I mean, I mean, I would think probably some of them, the hotel ones, probably around a thousand people and definitely the convention center 1000. Sure. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. I associate them more often with the hotels, but that's probably.

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Yeah. Yeah. We'll start you with a hotel one before we, you know, send you off to a giant convention center.

Well, as always, we appreciate you listening to Family Twist and we hope that you will tune in to Horror Heels. We're planning a big launch on Friday the 13th. I don't want to say exactly what yet, but go big or go home. And yeah, I mean, we're really jazzed about it, so we hope you will be too.

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