Gobbledygeek – Episode 158: My Body Is a Road Map of Pain

Paul has seemingly bounced back from his very serious illness (which was for real and not an imaginary story), so that means you, you lucky son of a gun, get two episodes of Gobbledygeek in such close proximity. We’ll discuss Paul’s brush with near-death, but there’s also some Gobbledyween fun to be had…

After our adventures with clown dolls, Reagan-era values, and disgusting eating habits with Poltergeist, Gobbledyween continues on with ghosts of a different sort in Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners. Paul and AJ are joined by frequent guest/utter masochist Eric Sipple to discuss the underrated 1996 horror-comedy, yet another cult classic which Universal botched, moving it from a perfect Halloween release date to a summer during which it had to contend with Independence Day. The boys are happy to discover that it holds up, that its elaborate special effects are still impressive, and that it’s actually pretty damn disturbing. How well Jackson balances the darker stuff with some very broad laughs is another matter, and here’s another: does that opening scene need to exist? We have the answer.

Some helpful links to aid in your enjoyment of this week’s episode!

Eric’s website and Twitter

Eric has also written the great YA fantasy novel Broken Magic, so please check that out.

Next time!

Rev your chainsaws and put on your prettiest skin-mask, boys and girls, because Gobbledyween is taking a look back at the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Yell at us!

We’d love to hear from you, whether you love us, hate us, or have thoughts of your own on The Frighteners. You can express your 140-character thoughts to us at @Gobbledygeeks, or reach out to Paul and AJ @Haunt1013 and @UnpluggedCrazy, respectfully. You can like the show on Facebook. And last, but certainly not least, you can fill our letter bag by e-mailing us at

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