Halloween Unmasked

Halloween Unmasked Podcast

Halloween Unmasked is an eight-part podcast series from The Ringer celebrating the remarkable and terrifying phenomenon of America’s most revolutionary horror film, Halloween. Hosted by film critic Amy Nicholson, the show dives deep into the Halloween franchise, unpacking John Carpenter’s accidental classic, Jamie Lee Curtis’s legacy as the ultimate scream queen, and psychoanalyzing the film’s iconic masked killer, Michael Myers.

Quentin, You'll Be a Director Soon
In our third and final episode, Quentin the video store clerk transforms into Quentin the big-shot filmmaker. It sounds like another L.A. fairy tale, but here's a fuller version of the story with 'Hollywood Shuffle' and 'Boogie Nights' as Quentin's inspiration and competition—including a fist pump from Dolph Lundgren and a phone call from Paul Thomas Anderson....

Quentin Tunes in, Drops Out
Quentin Tarantino sees everything these days—even the occasional Marvel movie. But in 1973, the year everyone was flocking to see 'Enter the Dragon,' a 10-year-old Tarantino spent most of his time in Knoxville, Tennessee, wishing he could click his heels and go back home to California. By the time 'Valley Girl' opened, he was dialed into mass culture but not yet able to create it. Join us for Episode 2 as we follow Quentin through the '70s and into the '80s....

Young Quentin Goes to the Movies
In the late ’60s, young Quentin Tarantino saw the surrealistic revenge thriller ‘Point Blank.’ This pioneering genre-buster shares Quentin's ambitions and anxieties, leading to connections that can be drawn straight to his directorial debut, ‘Reservoir Dogs.’ It also reminds him of the film he considers his own undiscovered classic....



The Joy of Fear | Halloween Unmasked
Every creature has a fear reflex. But only humans choose to freak ourselves out on purpose at scary movies. What's going on in our brains—and how did John Carpenter take advantage of our need to scream?...


John Carpenter Calls Action | Halloween Unmasked
How did four friends make a slasher classic? By accident. Join Carpenter and Co. on their stumbling path to the 'Halloween' set, where these goofy kids inadvertently became horror legends. Credits: Halloween Unmasked is a co-production of The Ringer and Neon Hum Media, it was written and hosted by Amy Nicholson Our Producers are Jonathan Hirsch, Zach Mack and Greta Weber Production assistance from Kaya McMullen and Karan Nevatia Additional support and a special thanks to Bill Simmons, Sean Fennessey, and J...


Horror in the Suburbs | Halloween Unmasked
Meet young John Carpenter. Popular but strange, this intensely creative kid grows up surrounded by horrors that will inspire him to make 'Halloween'—and change film history....

Introducing 'Halloween Unmasked'
‘Halloween Unmasked’ is an eight-part podcast series from The Ringer celebrating the remarkable and terrifying phenomenon of America’s most revolutionary horror film, 'Halloween.' Hosted by film critic Amy Nicholson, the show dives deep into the ‘Halloween’ franchise, unpacking John Carpenter's accidental classic, Jamie Lee Curtis's legacy as the ultimate scream queen, and psychoanalyzing the film's iconic masked killer, Michael Myers....