According to their website, the B-Movie Cast “Talks about B-Movies, Cult moves, Interviews, Art house, Independent, Drive-In, Horror, Biker Euro Trash, DVD, Magazines, Music, Trade shows, Expos, Italian thrillers, Exploitation, Vintage TV, Gear and Pop Culture””
The show starts off with a sound clip. I’m not sure if this was a clip from the movie that is being reviewed, but for an old movie the audio quality was good. This was followed by more creepy sound effects and eventually at the 2:45 mark you get to the host. This was show number 192, so obviously Vince has passion for B-movies to create 192 episodes about them. He did a great job of explaining what the show was about, and the subject (although at the 3:25 mark, some people may not wade in this deep to find out. He got his contact info in to help build his community and went to a “break” which included a lengthy outro music. This had me screaming “Go to the break already…”
The break featured some vintage commercials that were cute followed by more transition music. LOTS of transition music. It’s 7:10 and we are attempting to get to the content as they bring on their other reviewers. They started talking about the tornado that came through the area. As a new listener who has no idea who these people are, I’m glad these people are OK, but am wondering if they are ever going to talk about the movie. Then they took a tangent into talking about the Mayan calendar.
At the 9:42 they go into a contest and give away some ebooks. At this point I see where the podcast is over 2 hours long. I downloaded the file so I can play it at a faster pace. Then one of their hosts dropped of skype. Thankfully they paused the recording while they got the people back online. The contest was identifying a movie clip. Here again, you see the passion of the hosts as I had NO idea what this clip was, and all the hosts were like “I know it.” Before we get to the movie, one of the host has to plug his ebook.
At the 14 minute mark we get into news and notes. We talk about some television shows they are watching. The show is also up for some awards. However we are now 20 minutes into the podcast and they are not talking about the movie. Instead we are playing a promo for some film festival coming in April. They also talk some old movies that are coming out on Blu-Ray, and the new Star Trek movie. We talk about the death of Davy Jones. So you can see where they address all things retro.
An interesting twist is someone in London heard about an event that was happening in their area in a podcast that originates from South Carolina. Once again the power of podcasting and the power of the niche are exposed.
At the 33:40 mark they start to talk about the movie. Now these guys know their movies, and they totally geek out. WOW. Their knowledge is amazing. I’m unfamiliar with Hammer, but they sure know a lot about this company. The movie was called “Night Creatures” from 1962. They discuss movies from the 30s. This may be a niche, but their knowledge is deep. I mean they know everything about the actors, and what went on during filing, etc. It’s amazing.
From this point they kind of do a play by-play of the movie. They stop before they go too deep into the story, and they discuss all their favorite scenes. They discuss how the actors performed many of their own stunts, as well as the music, and all aspects of the movie. They play some of the music from the movie.
They then go to the audience and play some feedback from the audience which shows their global access as they got feedback from someone in Ireland. They then continue to Geek out on old movies with their audience and each other. One member even sent in a song. That’s impressive.
They have a few hosts and one is being called on their phone via skype. This guy sounds pretty bad. I understand this guy travels, but if there is anyway to get him on skype with a bad headset, he’s going to sound better than a phone.
They have an active community going on at their site. They use a yahoo group, and there were 20 messages and it seems to be alive and well with 138 members.
The hosts have a ton of passion and a ton of knowledge about B-movies. This also goes for their audience. While I’m not a huge fan of old horror movies, apparently there are lots of people who do, and they’ve found a website to use as a hub for all things B-movies.
The hosts have a huge knowledge and passion for B-movies. I would stick to that topic. I would’ve eliminated the discussion on tornadoes, current TV watching habits. I would think about editing. When your host dropped off skype, that could’ve been eliminated and nobody would’ve been the wiser. The flip side to that is if you start editing a 2 hour podcast, you can easily spend four hours. I would take notes during the call for any editing points.
I liked that they make it easy to subscribe to their podcast, but was confused why there is no link to iTunes.
I would try to get to the host quicker. On one hand, its obvious what this podcast is about but on the other hand a new listener is kind of left in a “I’m not sure if this is the show” situation at first listen. It just seemed like a Hodge Podge of clips.
I love the banner at your website with the red letters. Your album art makes it look like the podcast is more about music (with the album and needle).
You might look into using an SEO plugin (All in One SEO Pack, or the WordPress SEO from Yoast de Vaulk) as your title tag for your website is simply B-Movie Cast. You could add some keywords (like podcast, horror movies, etc) that might bring you some more Google juice.