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Nerds Without Pants Episode 33: Halloween Havoc II: The Startling


Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to listen to. Something like this extra-large edition of Nerds Without Pants, Halloween-style!

We kick things off with Consumption Junction. In this episode, Julian spends some quality time with his 3DS and tries to overcome his PTSD (Pokemon Traumatic Stress Disorder). Patrick joins the PC master race and attempts to enjoy Tolkien. Angelo gushes over Aliens and gets yet another awesome gift from his wife.

In the main topic, the Pantsless Ones discuss their first experiences with horror, try to understand why certain types of scary work on some people while failing with others, and answer a question from NWP superfan Michael117. Then they sign off by brainstorming some cool new horror video game ideas.


Killer Instinct- Tooth & Claw

Danny Elfman- Theme from Tales From the Crypt

Michael Jackson- Thriller

Aqua- Halloween




10/21/2013 at 10:10 AM

Bacon Brownies do not sound appealing at all.  There is a breakfast place by me that has a bunch of bizarre cookies.  My favourite is a sugar cookie with a maple frosting and bits of bacon sprinkled on top.  It goes together perfectly.

Alien Resurrection had even more potential than you think.  There was supposed to be a final act on earth.  I do not quite remember why it was scrapped.  Another Joss Whedon project ruined by the director.  I also know that I have far more of an appreciation for Alien 3 than most people I know.  It probably comes from watching all of the supplements and reading as much as I could about the film.  There was so much going for the film that was ruined because of studio involvement. 


10/22/2013 at 09:51 AM

Insidious was amazing.  The final act or so was a little disappointing, but it is definitely worth watching.  I was genuinely freaked out, and that has not happened in too long a time.  

I watched Let Sleeping Corpses Lie again a couple of weeks ago.  There is something about those old-school zombie flicks.  I got a guy at work to watch it and he enjoyed it as much as I did...  that probably isn't saying much though.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

11/06/2013 at 11:08 PM

I just watched Insidious last week. I thought the premise was very interesting, but it didn't do a thing for me in terms of being scary. But that's just like I was saying: everyone has their trigger. Sinister was the last horror movie to really get under my skin.


11/07/2013 at 06:43 AM

I watched Sinister last week, and thougt that it was way better than Insidious.  It kept me on edge and freaked me out for the entire movie.  That is something that Insidious was not able to do because it decided to drastically shift tone midway through the movie.


10/21/2013 at 07:38 PM

I've always enjoyed horror movies of different kinds since I was a kid, but my tastes have been changing quite a bit with time. In my teens I actually enjoyed slasher movies and saw a lot of them. I've always thought that the reason I enjoyed them so much was because I was enjoying being grossed out, and there were no better movies than slashers. I was into the first couple SAW movies, the first Hostel, the Black Christmas remake, the French movie High Tension, and especially the Cube movies where people are trapped in seemingly never-ending square rooms and it turns out they're in giant underground complex and tasked to solve puzzles and stuff, or die in really high-tech & weird ways usually.

I was into those a lot in highschool but once I got into my early 20s my tastes changed a lot and now I can't stomach watching most of those kinds of movies. I think there was a tipping point that happened when I watched SAW 3. The third SAW movie is pretty acceptable on the story side and the acting is surprisingly solid, but even then it's way too graphic and horrible for me to ever stomach again. I watched it once all the way through so I could find out what happens to Jigsaw and his protege, but when I tried to watch through it again a second time much later, I got physically ill and have never watched another SAW, Hostel, or similar movies since. My enjoyment of being grossed out was apparently a phase and wore out once I became an adult. SAW 3 and Hostel 1 are the most disgusting movies I've ever seen in all the years I was a slasher connoisseur, and I have no interest in seeing either ever again now that I'm out of that phase.

Now I'm into ghost stories. The first Grudge movie is one of my favorites that's stood the test of time for me. I enjoy both of the Ring movies. Just this month I watched the first two Paranormal Activity films and liked those a lot, I'm going to try to get my hands on the 3rd and 4th.


10/25/2013 at 01:52 PM

i went through that same phase of movie discovery too in highschool. in 2003/4. when Saw originally came out. blew my mind with teh ending haha. i immediatly started renting eveything i could at block buster and watched so many movies with my gf who was into the stuff too thankfully. cube series, saws, hostel, high tension, jacobs ladder, session 9, all the foreign orginals and american verison (ring/grudge/the eye). allt the romero zomebie flicks, 28days/weeks series. any movie that had a crazy twist mixed with horror adn fear. no matter how cheesey too. that stuff never grossed me out though. still love them


10/25/2013 at 02:52 PM

Man I love Jacobs Ladder, that's still an amazing movie. When you watch that movie you can see all the influences that Silent Hill games took from it once they came along. Jacob's Ladder is super creepy and well done, I enjoy that one still.

I love 28 Days Later and its sequel. Do you remember the scene in the second movie where the guys wife comes back and she's a carrier for the RAGE virus and strapped down onto the table and her husband comes to her crying and full of guilt since he abandoned her. He's looking for forgiveness and just when they both seem to make ammends and embrace, they kiss and he gets the RAGE virus and immediatly turns into a zombie and hops on top of her and tears her apart? That's by far the single most emotionally exhuasting and shocking thing I've ever seen in a movie. It's super violent and horrifying but the emotions behind it sell it and make it really powerful and tragic. That's a really strong scene in that film, it still blows my mind when I see it and stabs my heart.


10/25/2013 at 03:14 PM

haha thats why i watched jacobs ladder, becasue of SH. i reccomend session 9 too, as it was an influence on the 3rd SHatmospherically. think wheelchair scenes!

yeah, i remeber that scene. Its messed up. i love the musical scores too, sets the tones so well. i personally like the first one more. that ending at the armys base when he escapes them killing him, then comes back and releases the rage infected soldier and saves them. so good. once again the music for that whole part is great as well.


10/25/2013 at 01:47 PM

i love the mash up in the begining... so good! listening now.

Julian Titus Senior Editor

11/06/2013 at 11:07 PM

Man, that's a relief. I was afraid it would come off as too distracting and/or cheesy.

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