S1, E11: Creepy Comic Con Recap / Latin Horror Discussion

Updated: Jan 4

Hear about all the spooky highlights from Comic Con 2020 and listen to Rudy and Mandy's heartfelt discussion about the Latin community in the horror industry.

Ghoulster 0:01

Welcome Foolish Ghoulsters to the podcast that keeps the spirit of Halloween alive all year through pop culture and nostalgia and now it's love at first fright with The Ghoul Mates.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 0:17

Hi guys, I'm your Ghost Hostess Mandy.

Beetlejuice 0:19

I'm the ghost with the most babe.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 0:21

And I'm your Master of Scaremonies Rudy.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 0:27

All right, there has been a lot of entertainment news with Comic Con last week. So we decided to compile all the spooky Comic Con updates for you in today's episode, trust us lots of ghoulish things happening that you are going to want to hear about. Then we will finish off having a discussion about a panel we decided to watch together which was called Latin American Horror Cinema 2 that being said let's jump into horror trivia so we can get this show on the road.

Ghoulster 0:56

Horror Trivia.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 0:59

I'm gonna go first, this time.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:00


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:01

Let's see what we got here. Okay. What 2002 movie sequel directed by Guillermo Del Toro featured Wesley Snipes as a half man half vampire daywalker

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:16

I'm really hoping it's Blade.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:18

Blade what?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:19

Oh, wait.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:20

Which one?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:23


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:23

Blade Two there it is. And it's funny because we're gonna be talking about Guillermop Del Torro today so

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:30


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:30

Should be interesting. You're turn.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:32

So weird how things align sometimes.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:33


Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:34

Okay. First question what director of The Omen went on to direct the 1978 film Superman?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:44

1978 Superman. I'm gonna say no, it's not Joel Schumacher. Right?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:56


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 2:00

Dang, I don't know.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 2:02

Richard Donner

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 2:03

Ah, God. I was thinking that too, is like it had to be one of them, but I wasn't sure so dumb. Come on. I'm off my game today. Okay. Let's see here. Bob Clark directed both A Christmas Story and this 1974 Christmas slasher movie.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 2:26

I'm gonna go with Black Christmas.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 2:29

Black Christmas.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 2:29


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 2:30

Correct. Yes.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 2:30

Oh my God. It's my first one getting both of right.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 2:34

Way to go on a roll.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 2:35

Ding ding ding ding ding.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 2:36

Today's gonna be a good podcast, i'm telling you.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 2:38

Okay. Let's see if you keep it going. Set in the year. 2455. Where does the film Jason x take place

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 2:48

In space?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 2:50

A spaceship, outer space. Correct. Spoiler alert for me.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 2:55

It's a really weird movie, but it's pretty cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 2:59

It sounds cool. Okay, let's move on to some

Ghoulster 3:03

Haunted Housekeeping.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 3:06

Okay, so a few episodes ago, we did mention that there was a giveaway for our monster hands coming up soon. And we wanted to give an update that that is on hold for a few more weeks. But don't despair because we have a good reason for it. We want to make sure that we don't rush things and provide you guys with the best experience through our giveaways. So we needed to switch our focus to developing our new website. You can find us at www.theghoulmates.com. Be sure to hit subscribe at the very bottom of the site. And the part of the reason why we decided to switch our focus to the website is because as you all know the spooky season is upon us and we saw some opportunities to apply for some virtual conferences. So if you guys could you do us a huge favor and again please visit us on Apple Podcasts and Facebook leave us a ratin. Write us review. Tell everyone how spooky and awesome we are, so that we can hopefully have a better chance of getting into those conferences in our first year. Wouldn't that be awesome?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 4:10

That would be amazing.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 4:12

Definitely. So please do us a solid and also follow us on Instagram to see all our spooky content daily, you might notice our episodes are going to be changing up a little bit this season was a hit the ground running production. And now that we've received your feedback and tested the waters, we were very excited to start really fine tuning our process. So we hope these last two episodes give you an idea of how you can expect things to change a bit for season two. That being said, we hope you aren't too sad, but we have decided not to keep our opening with how we're keeping the spook alive. We've heard some of you like it, but we also think that we kind of share that with you anyway through our Instagram and our conversations. And we really want to make more time for the informative and spooky conversations we have about our topics. So on that note, we are going to quickly go through our regularly scheduled Halloween news. And then we'll switch focus to our favorite announcements over the last week at Comic Con, and then end with our panel discussion.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 5:11

So outside of Comic Con news, there are some other news, sweeping the nation I guess, Stranger Things is actually coming out with a prequel comic book, which sounds awesome. It's going to be distributed by Dark Horse Comics, and it's going to be a one shot comic book. It actually takes place weeks before Will disappears in the first season of Stranger Things. So that's gonna be really cool. The comic book will hit shelves October 21, and it's available for pre order right now. So you can go to your local comic book shop and see if you can get your hands on it. Also, right now, because of the virus, you know, shooting has been put on hold, like many productions, but it's gonna ramp back up on September 17, so hopefully we'll have season four in time for next summer.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 6:06


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 6:07


Ghost Hostess Mandy 6:08

All right for all of our autumn and fall season lovers, I'm sure this is no news, but I have to talk about how Taylor Swift dropped her new album unexpectedly last week. It's called Folklore and even has a song with Bon Iver for I for one am really happy to see hints of the old Trailer Twailer into the old Taylor Swift comeback and it is Fall Vibes AF. So since we do have a website with a blog on it now let me know if you're interested in an album review blog post by Moi, and other great news from my fall lovers, so I'm going to have to think of a name for my fall people. The new Netflix series Sweet Magnolias has been renewed for a second season. If you haven't had a chance to check this out you and if you love Heart of Dixie, Gilmore Girls that kind of show I highly recommend it.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 7:02

I think there's like a pinch of One Tree Hill on that show too. Like the the older guy with the hair. Kind of looks like he comes from One Tree Hill.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 7:10

Oh yeah, that's true. But the attractive guy, and I have to say Rudy actually enjoys this show too. So it might be a show for couples to watch too.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 7:21

That's the one with the Friends, the three girls, right? Yes. Okay, that's a pretty good show.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 7:26

Yeah, Heart of Dixie is really good too.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 7:28

Oh yes.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 7:30

Okay, and some more news on the spooky cute Halloween side. I was really excited to hear that Disney+ has confirmed they're working on a Halloween supernatural comedy movie.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 7:42


Ghost Hostess Mandy 7:43

The movies said to be about a Halloween night when trick or treaters transform into the costume they're wearing and it'll be called.

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Master of Scaremonies Rudy 7:53


Ghost Hostess Mandy 7:55

There's unfortunately no information on dates yet, but we're hoping to find more details soon. And speaking of Disney, lots of Disney news today, if you are in fact a fan of spooky, cute stuff like me, Upside-Down Magic is premiering today, July 31, 2020 on the Disney Channel. This movie is based on the Scholastic Book series about eight kids in the world of people with magic. There's also talk of a dark shadows magic. I think when I saw the trailer, I didn't get to look into it too much, but I was surprised to see it coming out. So check it out and let us know what you think of it. And two more pieces of news Disney released their Halloween merch today. We're shooting on Monday, so they released it earlier in the week for you. So if you haven't yet, be sure to check it out. I know a lot of people aren't able to go to the parks this Halloween. So it's a great way to kind of order some stuff and celebrate in your own home. That's definitely what we're doing. So stay tuned for our Halloween time at Disney quarantine style..

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 9:01

We have our- What are they? What are the cool kids call it? Um, when you get a bunch of stuff. And you

Ghost Hostess Mandy 9:08


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 9:08

Oh, there we go. I don't know if that's a thing anymore.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 9:11

I don't know if it is, but yeah, we're definitely gonna be counting the days till that arrives.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 9:15


Ghost Hostess Mandy 9:16

And then one more piece of Disney news is Funko just announced that they're releasing a Nightmare Before Christmas advent calendar this fall. Advent calendars are quite the trend lately, whether it's like with cute little Funko figures or socks, you can never have enough socks.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 9:32


Ghost Hostess Mandy 9:33

But they're going to take all my money with these advent calendars. If you're interested in the Nightmare Before Christmas one it's now available for pre order for $59.99. Quite the price.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 9:46

Quite the price. I took- I saw it and it was pretty cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 9:49

Yeah, it's pretty cool. We're gonna see if it's worth saving up for for a couple of months or not. Okay, so I promised this whole episode is not all about spooky, cute, and Fall stuff. I'm gonna let Rudy kick off our Comic Con recap off with a side-con? Kind of?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 10:07

A side con. The Justice Con.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 10:11

Yes, Justice Con. So basically, I think from what I've gathered, some fans put together Justice Con, but it's pretty much just part of Comic Con because it took over the news. So I'm gonna let Rudy give you guys a little recap of what happened with that.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 10:27

Yeah, with the whole thing about the virus kind of disrupting everything with Comic Con. I didn't think that Warner Brothers had anything planned or they did but they had to scrap it. But the fans that actually put together released the Snyder cut campaign. You know, they helped that get like going with HBO Max, they put together their own comic con Justice Con thing for Zack Snyder to talk about the upcoming film that he's working on. Actually, this is a little bit of Hollywood news, but he's also working on a film called Army Of The Dead, and it's a zombie movie. And he just finished production on that. But now he's full time working on Justice League finishing it. Zack Snyder, he talked about the Superman black suit. He brought a clip and he was able to show everybody what it was gonna look like. But the thing was, what was interesting is he talked about that he had the actual black suit, right?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 11:27

Mm hmm.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 11:27

But Warner Brothers didn't let him shoot it.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 11:32


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 11:32

From what I from what I gather so the footage we saw was actually a darker version of the blue and red suit and he they just color corrected it to be black. So what we're gonna see is a color corrected version of the Superman suit to look black. So it's not the actual black suit that because they never filmed it.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 11:50


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 11:51

Yeah, that's what I got from it. And then he also explained why he uses the black suit in the story. The whole idea was that his suit was destroyed during the battle of Doomsday, or with Doomsday. So his Superman suit was all messed up. So he needed another suit. And if you go when you if you watch the first movie, The Man of Steel, they show the black suit, but he never like, uses it. So now he's gonna use it because that's what's available for him. What else did they talk about? So they showed the clip of the suit. He also talked about what he's doing right now is he's restoring his assembly cut. So he put together like everything he wanted to put in the movie, and it's about five hours long. And then from there, they're gonna cut it down and just complete all the visual effects to the things that you know, they got done unless they're gonna like do the whole five hours and then just fix that whole thing. Which would be insane.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 12:52

Yeah, did they happen to mention whether it's gonna be like a movie or a long series or anything?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 12:58

Um, from what I gather at It's just gonna be one movie.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 13:01


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 13:02

He's also fixing a lot of IMAX shots that he shot for the movie. So we're gonna be able to see some really big epic scenes with with the IMAX stuff. He also some other really cool things that he talked about where was the Green Lantern Corps and Martian Manhunter, which is another character in the DC Universe. And he talks about how there's a scene with Batman where he's visited by two Green Lantern members. And they talk about the threat in the universe which is, Darkseid. So the Green Lantern might make the movie.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 13:43


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 13:44

Should be really cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 13:45

Yeah, that sounds awesome.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 13:46

And then I guess. Finally, we're gonna get to see more Darkseid, which is like the Thanos of like the Justice League.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 13:56


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 13:57

And also Steppenwolf was the actual villain for this last movie, the Justice League movie, and he's gonna fix that because the one that we saw was not his vision for that villain. So they're gonna redo him like his whole CG and stuff of that. So that's mostly it. I mean, other things, you know, Ray Parker or Ray Porter, the cyborg guy, he talked about how Cyborg had a really big role or part in the movie, like, he was like, almost the central focus of the movie. And that was totally taken out in the cut that we saw. So they're gonna re insert that stuff. So we're gonna see more of Cyborg in the movie, but it was it was really interesting. It was a little weird, but it was interesting.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 14:37

Yeah, I agree. I caught a few portions of it. And I was kind of like, what do these girls but I then I realized that they were like the fans that put it together and I was like, oh, they're totally fangirling over Zack Snyder right now they really are at a loss for words at a certain point.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 14:55

It was just mostly Zach talking.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 14:57


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 14:57

With his super fancy RED Camera setup. Like his video was like, really good like it was like very beautifully lit and it was 24P and it was color corrected all nice and everybody just had like a regular Zoom screen and stuff like that I think Zack Snyder's internet or not internet but Zoom stream was like the best one I saw out of all the stuff we saw this weekend.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 15:24

All of Comic Con.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 15:25

All of Comic Con. It was great.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 15:27

Well, I thought it was funny too, because at a certain point he wanted to show like this t-shirt he had in development. Oh, yeah. So like it was a big like close up shot of his muscles pretty much showing the shirt and I was like, you're about to have these girls and melt on camera.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 15:42

Yeah. See their eyes getting all big.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 15:45

Yeah. So that was that was interesting. Either way. They did a really good job considering that they pretty much probably threw this together very quickly.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 15:54

Yeah, I think so. But it was it was cool. It was just it's just very exciting to see what the internet can do to get-

Ghost Hostess Mandy 16:01

The power of the internet.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 16:02

It's just insane that this is happening.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 16:04

Yeah, for sure. Okay, so I covered the Amazon Prime Truth Seekers panel for Comic Con. This one was actually part of Comic Con. And I'm really excited because Truth Seekers is also a supernatural comedy. There's like a theme going on in the industry right now.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 16:23

Because it's a spooky?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 16:25

Yeah, well, no, because the Disney one is also a supernatural, paranormal comedy. Yeah, so Truth Seekers is a supernatural comedy series coming to Amazon Prime, and it stars Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. You may recognize the duo from Shaun of the Dead, which is also a horror comedy drama, and the show's produced in the UK. So this show is about a team of part time paranormal investigators who team up to uncover and film ghost sightings across the UK and they share their adventures on an online channel like YouTube for everyone to see. Something I thought was interesting from the panel was that the moderator asked Simon Pegg like how do you master a horror comedy blend? Like it seems really difficult to do because horror is supposed to be like super scary, and comedy supposed to make you laugh? And I thought his answer was like so good, obviously. I mean, it's his expertise, right? He said that you have to really take horror seriously. And like, give it its moment, not trying to make it funny, so that you can blend the two genres correctly.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 17:34


Ghost Hostess Mandy 17:34

Yeah. And so they also talked about a lot of the shows influence, which came from X Files, which I thought was very random. And then they talked about how they watched a ton of quotation, real exorcisms on YouTube. They like made fun of the topic, but they said they watched tons of like, real life footage on YouTube to see how to replicate that for the show.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 17:59

My kind of guys. Yes.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 18:01

Yeah, you can tell that all these guys are obviously comedians and they love hanging out and just like being total, like

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 18:10


Ghost Hostess Mandy 18:10

Dorks. Yeah, dorks and nerds. They also talked about like how Simon and Nick. That's his name, right?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 18:18

Yeah, Nick Frost.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 18:19

Simon and Nick like actually went ghost hunting in real life at some point. I don't think they found anything too exciting but and from what I gathered, they don't really believe in ghosts, but they just thought it was like fun. And then another cool thing too, was that they mentioned they're trying to keep it very like old school feeling. So they don't want to do too much CG. They're doing more practical effects for the production

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 18:44

Oh really?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 18:46

Yeah, like some of the locations they shot were at real Victorian haunted mansions. I think at some point they also mentioned they shot at like a recently closed bio lab which was like super creepy to them.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 18:59


Ghost Hostess Mandy 19:00

Just like a lot of very authentic looking places to add to the, I guess, ambiance that doesn't rely too much on them having to actually like, add a lot of production to it.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 19:14

Yeah I hear you.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 19:15

And I don't know, to be honest, from what I gathered, it feels a lot like a modern day Ghostbusters? And I kind of dig that. So yeah, be sure to keep your eyes out for it. It's coming to Amazon Prime sometime this fall.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 19:28

Yeah, I'm ready to get spooked out and to laugh a little bit. Yeah, that sounds exciting.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 19:36

Good vibes.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 19:37

Good vibes.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 19:38

Or I mean, ghoul vibes.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 19:41

Okay, up next, we got the New Mutants. This panel came out. I think it was on Saturday. And they talked about the upcoming X-Men movie, The New Mutants. Yes, it's an X-Men movie. movie. You knew that right?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 19:58

Yes. But without any have actual X-Men we know.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 20:01

Yes. So they are all new characters that are being introduced into the movie world, but they've been around since like the 80s. But they're not any characters that are like popular like Wolverine or Cyclops or Storm any of those.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 20:15


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 20:18

So it's a pretty big cast. There's like it's a lot of young people. Yeah, I think the I think the movie takes place like at this like asylum. And they take these kids that are mutants and they kind of test their abilities by you know, performing experiments and messing with them psychologically.

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Master of Scaremonies Rudy 20:39

Super creepy. I really don't know where this fits into, like the MCU universe. I think it's kind of like at the tail end of the old Fox X-Men Universe, like the one that we've come to know. So it's partly like part of that. So it might be like the last movie we see of like those X-Men. Leading up into the new X-Men because Disney re-acquired like the X-Men, right so they're gonna have their own movie.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 21:07

Ah I see.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 21:09

But it stars our favorite assassin, Maisie Williams. An interesting tidbit she has, she's an X-Men. She her I think her name is Wolfsbane, and she is in a same sex relationship with Blu Hunt's character, Mirage. So that's gonna be interesting, because I don't think we've seen like a same sex couple in a superhero movie, or at least not a popular one.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 21:42

Yeah, I don't think so.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 21:44

So that should be quite interesting to see how that plays out. You know? Who else do we got on this guy? They didn't really say much about the movie really. It kind of opened up with this like montage of dates where they were you know, suppose to release the movie and the end it didn't. And even like the release date they have for this year, which is like I think what August 28th or something like that.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 22:09

Next year.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 22:10

Next year, is it next year?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 22:11

Next year.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 22:13

Snap I though it was this year. So next year it says coming August 28th. And then maybe at the end of it, so I don't know what I don't even know why they made this movie. Like the MCU is taken over. It doesn't fit into the MCU like why make this movie I'm pretty sure there's like a legal reason why. But you know, they didn't talk about much they had like a bunch of fan art that they were acquired like off the internet and stuff and like showed it and stuff but it was just kind of a strange panel. I think it's based off-

Ghost Hostess Mandy 22:49

Okay, hold the phone. I am so sorry. I have my information wrong.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 22:53

It's this August isn't it?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 22:54

I is this August, but it doesn't make any sense to me.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 22:57

Why not?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 22:58

Because the theaters aren't even gonna be open.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 23:00

Exactly. I think that's why they put maybe because probably not because the theaters are gonna be closed.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 23:04

Or wait, but sorry, I totally cut off your conversation.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 23:09

That's okay.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 23:09

Um, didn't the? Is it the director that was in the panel?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 23:14

I think. I don't think the director was in the panel. Yeah he was.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 23:17

The main guy. He kept talking about the Blu-ray specials, remember?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 23:22

Oh, yeah, that's right.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 23:23

So maybe that's what they're planning is to release it On Demand.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 23:27


Ghost Hostess Mandy 23:27

I have. I'm putting in my prediction right now that it's coming in August, straight to On Demand and Blu-ray. Yeah,

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 23:33

I think that would make more sense. And it probably would get more traction that way. Like, why would you release it the 28th? Like, first of all, it's not. Supposedly, it's a movie that everybody's been waiting for.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 23:45


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 23:45

Like are familiar was talking about that? And I'm like, nobody has been waiting for this movie. I don't know who you've talked to, but I don't know. Anyway, that's all been waiting for this movie. And, like, nobody's gonna want to go to the theater. So like, I think the only the option they have is just to release it. On the internet.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 24:04

Yeah, I don't know, I think it was just very strange to me that all the panels we saw were like, filled with information about what's coming out.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 24:13


Ghost Hostess Mandy 24:14

It's like this movie that like the I know, you keep saying nobody. I feel like there's a very specific market that's been dying for it, maybe. And I just feel like this panel didn't really include anything that you needed to know about the upcoming release.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 24:29

I did some research, and I think it's based on a comic book run, called the New Mutants. And it takes and it came out in the 80s. And there's this demon bear that kind of haunts like the characters and I think that's what's going to be showing up in the movie, because they did show a clip of this girl and her father and their village. I think they're in Alaska or something is being attacked by a monster and it sounds like a bear.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 24:56

Uh huh.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 24:56

So it's like this big giant like ghost mythical bear, demon, so I think that's what's gonna happen, or that's part of it.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 25:03

Yeah. Probably. Um, did you mention that it's like a horror movie?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 25:08

Yeah, I didn't think I mentioned it, but it's kind of like a horror action movie. It kind of reminds me of Silent Hill.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 25:16

Oh, okay.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 25:16

That was like these weird weird monsters. And it's kind of like almost like Shutter Island to it's like a psychological horror thriller action.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 25:25


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 25:25

It's a hybrid of a bunch of stuff.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 25:27

I am curious about that aspect of it because it's being advertised as a horror super hero movie. Yeah, I'm almost like, Is it really gonna be horror like to me a horror super movie is Brightburn.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 25:42

Yeah, that was a great horror movie. That was a superhero movie.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 25:48

Yeah, i'm thinking actually. Oh, man. It's too bad. We're going on break cuz that this movie came out. It could have been that Brightburn versus New Mutants.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 25:57

Brightburn was pretty amazing.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 25:59

But yeah, to me. That's a horror superhero movie. And if you guys haven't seen it and you like horror, you should definitely check it out because there were a couple of scenes in there that gave me the heebie jeebies.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 26:11

Cool. little tidbit, though about Brightburn apparently, I don't know if this is still happening because of the Coronavirus but they're planning to create a universe off of Brightburn

Ghost Hostess Mandy 26:22


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 26:23

At the end, you have these credits of all these different monsters that are showing up. And they are the characters that we're going to get to see play out in their own movies. So they're like, anti anti heroes. Well, not anti heroes, but they're villains but they're superheroes that are Jeez, that's a loud car. So they, they're gonna create their own monster universe.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 26:46

That was crazy. The car got mad.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 26:50

That guy is so cool. Revving his engine in a little apartment complex.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 26:57

All right. Anything else on the New Mutants?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 27:00

So that's about it. I mean, I want to see it. It looks pretty interesting because it's so different.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 27:05

Okay, I have to say, Sorry, cutting you off again. The one educational piece of information I learned from this panel was that I had no idea actors dehydrated themselves to look like they have muscle.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 27:20

I actually knew that. I think Arnold Schwarzenegger talked about that a long time ago for like Predator or something. And a lot of like, like 80s action heroes, they would do that they would, they would dehydrate themselves, so like their skin would absorb all the water.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 27:36

Uh huh.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 27:36

And you would see all their muscles. I think, guys that do bodybuilding competitions, they do the same thing to make themselves look veiny and gross.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 27:46

I never knew that. So so you guys can know what we're talking about one of the actors Henry Zaga, who plays Sunspot, apparently nearly dehydrated on set

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 28:01


Ghost Hostess Mandy 28:01

And passed out almost because he was waiting for like his big scene he had to look like super huge and buff, I guess.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 28:10

Yeah I think he's supposed to jump into a swimming pool with a girl or something. Oh, and to look all swole and sexy.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 28:18

Yeah, so apparently they kept like, rescheduling the time he was gonna shoot and he just never had water. And I guess he gave everybody a big scare,

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 28:26


Ghost Hostess Mandy 28:26

Um, so yeah, I learned that's what I learned from the New Mutants panel.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 28:31

The only thing that's dehydrated in my life is beef jerky.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 28:38

Okay, um,

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 28:40

One other actual panel that I really enjoyed watching was What We Do In The Shadows. I love that show. I'm obsessed with it. The show is about this documentary crew following around. I think it's four vampires and their familiar. And they just kind of what were you going to say?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 29:00

Familiar, get it? Our familiar is inspired by What We Do In The Shadows.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 29:06

Yeah, I can see that. So this crew is following around these vampires. And they want they're showing how they deal with like the modern world because they've been around for like centuries.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 29:19


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 29:19

And some of them don't know how to use the internet. Some of them don't know like social norms right now

Ghost Hostess Mandy 29:25

Laundry service.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 29:26

Laundry service. There's a there's a, what's it called? A cursed witches skin hat.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 29:37

Oh, yeah, that is a pretty cool storyline.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 29:40

But they had the whole cast there. They talked a little bit about the upcoming season. They didn't really talk too much about season three, but they mostly talked about making season two. And the thing I could say about season three is that there are a couple of characters that are kind of lonely and some of them might find love in the next season, so they're going to be introducing more characters to like the group dynamic. They're going to have more monsters come out, so they won't say who or what's coming out. But they're kind of you saw that you saw a lot of them in the last season like they had a troll. They had witches and werewolves.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 30:20

Werewolves not swear-werewolves.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 30:21

Werewolves not swear-werewolves. And then of course, they're gonna keep on exploring Guillermo's storyline. We found out last season or the first season that he's, he has roots in the Van Helsing family clan. So he's a Van Helsing. He's a vampire killer, but he's also the familiar one of the vampires.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 30:45


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 30:46

So that's pretty cool. One of the big things that they talked about was like the cameos they had on season two, and one of the big ones was Mark Hamill, and everybody knows he's Luke Skywalker. And one of the stories they talked about which, which was really cool was they were blocking the scene where, Laszlo, one of the vampires is being chased by Mark Hamill's vampire character. And they're blocking the scene where they were going to fight their final fight scene. And before they even started shooting, Mark Hamill went to the pool table.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 31:22

Mm hmm.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 31:23

And he, and he picked up a pool key or a pool stick. And everybody freaked out because he automatically went there because he's Luke Skywalker, and he wants to fight with the pool sticks

Ghost Hostess Mandy 31:34


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 31:34

like lightsabers.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 31:35

So did he do that? Because it's like natural to him, or was it him being funny?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 31:42

I think he just like grabbed it just randomly. I don't think it was like, Oh, I'm gonna grab this because I was Luke Skywalker. I think he just grabbed it and everybody freaked out.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 31:50


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 31:51

Cuz it's him. So anything normal that he does is exciting.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 31:55


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 31:56

So and I love that episode. That's like my favorite episode. I'm one of the characters he goes on the run because he owes money to Mark, Mark Hamill's character. And he creates this new persona called Jackie Daytona.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 32:12

Oh my gosh.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 32:13

And the whole guy, the only thing that I was waiting for this whole panel was them saying Jackie Daytona was calling back to season three in some form of care about anything else. I just wanted to know that Jackie Daytona was coming back to season three.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 32:28

And I just want to know that it's not because you drive me crazy with that episode.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 32:36

But yeah, it's uh, and that they did have like this, these crazy stories about how they were really sleep deprived. Like, if you everybody thinks you know, you know, being famous and an actor, it's like, easy and like enough to do anything,

Ghost Hostess Mandy 32:52


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 32:53

But these actors had to go through like, really bad sleep deprivation, because what they had to do is shoot a lot of scenes at night. So the shooting all night and sleeping during the day, so they had to pretty much turn into real vampires. But that like messes with your body chemistry because you're used to sleeping at night and you have to change all that, like that just messes you and like, a lot of them like started going crazy, but it added to their performances.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 33:20


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 33:21

But it was great. You know, I can't wait for season three, it's gonna be great. So I don't know, we'll see it was a good panel. I liked it.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 33:27

Something. I think we're definitely going to do a full episode on this show eventually. But I do want to say that Rudy had previously told me Hey, there's this show, I want to check out and I was like, oh, whatever. But then I saw an ad for it, which was perfectly written. It said, if you like Halloween, and you like The Office, this show is the show for you. And I was like, that's a very odd way to promote something. So I told Rudy about it. And he's like, yeah, I've been trying to tell you like we should watch it. So we watched it, and I am not biggest fan of The Office like I have to be in a very specific mood to watch it. But I really loved this show because it's making fun of The Office.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 34:10

Yeah in a lot of ways.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 34:11

It's satire. So, picture The Office, but literally vampires are making fun of what happens in The Office.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 34:19

Yeah, that's true. Yeah, I think that and it, and like the show is based off a movie.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 34:29

Right. Which is-

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 34:30

Which is a really good movie. But another cool thing is that the characters from that movie actually show up in the show as a cameo. Remember when they're getting judged, and then they had the Paul Reubens character show up with Wesley Snipes.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 34:46

Oh, yes, yes, yes.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 34:47

So yeah, it's they have other like vampires that are in the movie vampire universe that show up in a cameo.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 34:54

Yeah i really liked that.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 34:55

Which was really cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 34:57

Yeah, for sure. So yeah, definitely. We will be doing an episode on that show and movie at a certain point. But yeah, it was it was an entertaining panel to watch. Not very informative, but they were I mean, they're entertaining people.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 35:13

Yeah, they're pretty hilarious. But I mean, it's like the whole all the panels that were there. It's kind of weird because you have the backdrop of the Coronavirus. And you're just trying to like make people happy and you can only do that you can you're really limited by what you can do because you can only do it from home.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 35:35

Not only that, but it's also like, yeah, we're complaining or I'm complaining a lot about well, there's not a lot of new information, but they also can't give any information because they can't make plans.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 35:46

Yeah, cuz you don't know like, what's gonna happen. I don't know if the New Mutants are gonna come out.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 35:46


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 35:51

August 28th. Because like, the virus is still raging, even here where we're at. You know, it's one of the worst places that has the Coronavirus. You just don't know what's gonna happen. So it's just all over the place.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 36:02

Yeah. And

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 36:03

But I do applaud Comic Con for, you know, putting this together, they could have just been like it's canceled. We're not gonna do anything, but they made the effort to get as many people as possible. And you know, give us hope.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 36:15

Yeah for sure.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 36:15

That's a good thing.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 36:16

And not to go off on a tangent. But it also makes me wonder at what point productions are going to be like, well, we're going SNL style and we're going to shoot whatever we can for these shows from home .

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 36:28

Well, if you watch the panel from What We Do In The Shadows, they talk about doing their ADR from home.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 36:36


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 36:38

ADR is Automated Dialogue Replacement. So when you're shooting on location, you're not going to use the audio from there a lot of the time, so you're gonna have to re record it later. And usually, you're gonna go into a studio to do that. And usually there's, it's like really posh and there's like a TV screen. So you're watching yourself and you're repeating the lines except for that. Well, they had to do that at home with Maybe not professional equipment, maybe some professional equipment, like one of the guys said that his audio was really bad and had to really fix it. So you know, it's it's crazy times.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 37:11

Yeah, for sure. This season has been about getting to know us and understanding the roots of this podcast and a major part of us and who we are in everything we do is our Mexican roots. And we really want to make sure that we use this platform to highlight the Latin Community whenever we can, and wherever it makes sense. And I think that this was the perfect way to start integrating that. So Comic Con had a panel called Latin American Horror Cinema: Sometimes They Come Back, and from what we gathered, they actually had the first part to this last year, but we couldn't find any history of it. So if anybody knows anything about that, please reach out to us and let us know where we could watch it or listen to it because this was really eye opening for me at least and it meant a lot to me. So with that, we're gonna just go ahead and dive in and do our post discussion about the Latin American Horror Cinema Panel at Comic Con. So the people in this panel were Alejandro Brugués, Bru- jués or Brugués.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 38:20

I think-

Ghost Hostess Mandy 38:21


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 38:22

Brugués. I dont know. Not sure.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 38:23

Sorry. We should know that, there's always room to grow. And he is the director of Juan Of The Dead. The other people were Issa López. She's the director of Tigers Are Not Afraid. Demián Rugna is the director of Terrified. Isaac as Yvonne is the director of ‎Isaac Ezban. Victor Osuna is the director of The Rules Of The Ruin. And Gigi Saul Guerrero is the. Let me say that I can say it.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 38:55

Say it.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 38:57

Gigi Saul Guerrero is the director of Culture Shock, and the panel was moderated by Sebastian Fink.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 39:07

Sebastian. Say it.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 39:09

Sebastian Fink.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 39:13

That's a really hard name to say.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 39:15

I will say that the more you don't practice your Spanish, the more you lose it.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 39:20

This is true.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 39:20

So this is good for us to keep practicing too. But on a less serious note, though, before we jump into the serious stuff, I have to say that the first thing that stood out to me was Sebastian had like this amazing opening. He like did a recap of how important the Latin community is.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 39:41

Mm hmm.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 39:41

And at some point, he mentioned that there was basically he opened saying that it's like impossible to scare Latinos.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 39:52

Yes and no.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 39:55

Yeah. And so something he mentioned was that there were apparently people claiming that there was a werewolf or werewolves in Chiapas, Mexico. And so when he said that I was like, What? I haven't heard anything about that. So I googled it. And I don't have too much time to get into it. But basically in April, there were claims that there was sounds of howling at night and shadowy figures roaming the town in Chiapas, Mexico, for a few nights in a row. And there's a lot of like spiritual history going on in that area. But I also read that some psychologists also thought that the city was going into like hysteria because they were freaking out about the lockdown and they were home at times they weren't used to. So they were like making up these sounds in their head and drawing to conclusions. That's not Hispanic of us at all to do. So but, but the reason why this stuck out to me was because A. I never heard about it and B. it goes to show that like, you never know what's going on in any other part of the world? Like sometimes yes, we think we're so connected with social media, and the internet, but even something just in Mexico like somewhere we have roots. We'd never heard about it. And so that's just something to keep an eye out. As we get closer to elections, like inform yourselves, look up what's going on in other countries. How is it relevant to us? What's going on in your home countries like these things are important to talk about and yeah, werewolves are a very fun, interesting topic. But if we didn't hear about werewolves, like a crazy story like this, like what else aren't we hearing about? So hashtag Fight The Horror keep informing yourself.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 41:42

Hashtag werewolves, not swear-werewolves.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 41:45

Yeah. Okay, so on a much more serious note. Something that really stuck out to me from this panel. I guess we can talk about what the panel was, which was Aall of these Latino comm- or Latinx community, filmmakers coming together to talk about, I guess, kind of what's going on in their worlds, their influences. And I guess just an overall open conversation about the Latin industry or the Latin community in the horror industry specifically.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 42:24

Right. And a little side note to have all these directors come from different parts of the Latin world, not just-

Ghost Hostess Mandy 42:35


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 42:36

Not specifically Mexico. You know, they're all from all different parts from different Latin countries.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 42:41


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 42:41

Made it even more interesting, because you're getting other, you know, other points of view,

Ghost Hostess Mandy 42:49

For sure.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 42:50

Than just like the American or Mexican points of view.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 42:52

Yes. And I have to say I think naturally I what's the word I'm relate more to the Mexico side of things,

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 43:02


Ghost Hostess Mandy 43:02

Because it's closest, and I understand it more, and I have roots from there too. But like you said, it's definitely cool. Some of them were from Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela, I think,

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 43:16

Yeah, Venezuela.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 43:17

Um, so just a lot of variety going on. And considering that amount of variety makes it even crazier to me that the one thing that stood out to me the most was that they were all asked, like, who inspired you? Like what filmmakers were your inspiration? And even though these were all people from different countries, all different ages, it was really sad to me to see that there was a major lack of Latin representation in the 80s and 90s. In the horror community.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 43:52

Oh, yeah.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 43:53

Like all of them struggled to answer that question. And all any of them could say was, well, the only one around was Guillermo Del Toro.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 44:01

And before that a lot of them talked about John Carpenter.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 44:05

Yes, they definitely

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 44:06

Those are the two big names that I remember hearing a lot.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 44:09

John Carpenter isn't-

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 44:10

No he's not but like they, a lot of them, like referenced him as like an influence from like the 80s

Ghost Hostess Mandy 44:16

And Steven Spielberg.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 44:17

Yes, Steven Spielberg of course.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 44:19

But yeah, like To me, it was just very shocking to hear that these were all people deep in the horror industry, and even they couldn't think of a lot of Latin household names

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 44:33

In the horror universe. Yeah, what, what I gathered from the little panel was that Guillermo Del Toro had a lot of influence on all of them, and specifically individual influence like he's talked to, I think all of them and has helped them along the way with their careers. So in their mind in a lot of Latin American or just Latinx communities like Guillermo Del Toro is like the gold standard. Other ones I would say are Robert Rodriguez from Austin, Texas. He's done some horror stuff. And he's a pretty good one too.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 45:19

When did he hit the scene though? Because I don't think he was around as early as Guillermo was right?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 45:25

I think they came out at the same time.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 45:27


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 45:28

Honestly, he came out when Quentin Tarantino came out too like they were friends when they first started making movies. I think it was like the early 90s. And Miramax the production company, they were, you know, struggling. So they decided to take a chance a lot of independent filmmakers. And that's when Tarantino and Rodriguez were discovered.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 45:52

Oh, okay.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 45:54

And I think Del Torro he probably came out with Sam Raimi to he did the Evil Dead. So it's kind of, they all kind of came out of that same, like, arena, but I think Del Torro came out before Rodriguez.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 46:08

Okay, so that makes sense.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 46:10

But it was still close.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 46:11

Okay. Um, and then the other point I wanted to make was that putting The Ghoul Mates together has been kind of a challenge for us because both of us, like so many different things. I mean, you hear it come out sometimes like, Rudy doesn't like Evanescence. I don't say it too much. But I don't I'm not always the biggest fan of some of the nerdy things he likes. And I'm always like, is this part of our Halloween, love to people want to hear it? And something that really shocked me was that they were all asked, What influenced you to become a filmmaker in the horror community and genre outside of like the people in movies that actually influenced you. And all of them credited all of the nerdy things that we love. Like some of them credited comic books, regular books, toys, action figures, art, and those are the things that influence us in our spooky journey. And I just never connected that all of those creative nerdy things we like are kind of what fuel our creativity and imagination. And so hearing these people that are actually in the horror community, like professional industry, horror community people, saying that they love all of these nerdy things, and that's what inspires them in their work. kind of put a lot of things into perspective and made me think like, Hey, we're not too far off track because real horror people are into the same things we are. And so I think I definitely want to stop putting so many restrictions on what qualifies for Halloween content. Or inspiration because part of all of those external factors are what fuel our creativity for Halloween too

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 48:08

Preach. Yeah, I thought it was cool when I think it was. What's her name? Gigi? She had talked about her influences. She talked about Independence Day, Jurrasic Park. Like all those movies kind of influenced, like how I view the world and stuff.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 48:27

Oh, yes.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 48:27

So I was just so it was interesting to see someone like me talk about those things.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 48:33


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 48:34

It was really cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 48:35

And something that I mean, I'm not even going to sugarcoat it after this panel. I had like a major fan girl moment over Gigi because just from the whole panel, she was the one closest to like, I guess my age, my interests like she talked about doing things that trend and going for it with your phone and just like tackling the world headfirst not taking like any excuses for not to go for things and she just like resonated so much with me. And something that I really loved was that she talked about how she didn't have the most developed taste like you think she's a filmmaker making like real horror stuff, and you're gonna think like she's going to talk about really cool things that Rudy would talk about. But she was like me and she said, she didn't have like any experience with stuff like she used to love the movie Little Nicky and me, I shy away a lot of like, from my guilty pleasures. And I love the way she phrased it. She said she wouldn't call it immature. She said, it's not immature, but there was room to grow.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 49:44


Ghost Hostess Mandy 49:45

And for her what changed her life and her perspective on what entertaining movies were. It was the first time she was introduced to Children Of Men. I haven't seen Children Of Men but I definitely think that when I met you, my perspective of what "good" was started to evolve and change because I had just never been exposed to anything else besides chick flicks and Hallmark Movies. And just like silly things that I enjoy. But that didn't mean I wasn't capable of liking other things. It just meant I hadn't been exposed to those things yet.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 50:20

Yeah. When she's talked about Children Of Men, it was eye opening, because I had that same thing happened to me. And she talked about how when she saw that movie, you know, everything changed for her because she understood how film can change a person's perception of what the world is. In the movie. It shows like the worst parts of humanity, but also shows hope. And I think she kind of understood that at a young age and kind of it helped her kind of mature with her, her style. And the movie that did for me was Requiem For A Dream. It's a really visceral look at addiction, not just like drugs, but just addiction in general. And it kind of just showed me how how ugly the world can be, but how beautiful it can be. And it's just, you know, I saw a lot of myself in what Gigi was talking about. The one thing that I don't have that she has is that drive to just make it happen. And I kind of fall into Issa López's idea of how things should be,

Ghost Hostess Mandy 51:34


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 51:34

Like looking for that perfect project, and just doing it the best you can. And I kind of feel like that a lot of the times, but I think I needed a little bit. I needed to be a little bit more like Gigi and just kind of go out there and just do it.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 51:48

I think that's where we complement each other though. So to go a little more into a Issa's point of view. What happened was at the end of the discussion, the moderator asked them, What advice would you give to filmmakers today, or to like new filmmakers who are just getting started. And Gigi on one hand said. We're living in a world where you literally have a camera at your fingertips on your phone, use it. She's like, like, I literally got my start by seeing what was trending and making videos that would go viral based off of that. And once she got to the point where she had the following, or the funds or the support she needed, she was able to develop the projects that she cared about or work on the project she really wanted to be working on. Versus Issa López was wait- López?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 52:34

Yeah López, Issa López.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 52:35

Okay, Issa said that she disagreed, and she thought that every piece of being or work that you put your heart into should be something that you're like fully invested in. And just this like being that you know, in your heart is something you have to put out into the world. And Rudy definitely falls on that side of things.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 52:57

Well, I understand her and as she kind of grows up in a different part of, you know, creating content,

Ghost Hostess Mandy 53:03


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 53:03

You know, when she was trying to get her name out there, the name of the game was, let's put push out as much content as possible is like we have a limited budget, we don't have the technology, we need to make sure it's good because once somebody sees it, they're going to make the decision whether we're going to take you on or not. And it has to be your best work, it has to be really good because you have that one shot. And you know, if it's not good, people are going to talk about that. And the industry is really small. But with the advent of technology and adding up a camera to your phone and the internet, you can like take as many chances as you want. You know, it's like, you can play the lottery as many times as you want, and you'll probably hit it at some point. Like it's like that now, but it wasn't like that before.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 53:47

That's true. And I think their generations definitely had a lot to play in their influences and how they approach their careers. And I don't think either of them are wrong.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 53:58

Yeah I agree.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 53:58

I think that yes, you should always be proud of what you're doing. And that doesn't mean that Gigi wasn't proud of the viral video she made.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 54:06


Ghost Hostess Mandy 54:06

But I loved her attitude like. Hey, I'm gonna do what I need to do to get someone to be like, Hey, who made this video? And that's her chance to say, Yeah, I made that. But this is what I can really do.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 54:20

Yeah, exactly.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 54:21

And I think that that that resonated a lot with me, because I'm just like, I try, like, The Ghoul Mates has been the perfect example of this.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 54:30

Yeah true.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 54:31

And going on to like the next point of the panel. All of them agreed, like yes, they all had like, Well, no, this is what I think. But they all agreed that usually when you're doing something that everyone else tells you is not right, or you should let it go. Or you're not-

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 54:32

To give up on it?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 54:52

Yes. is usually usually means that you're headed in the right direction is what they said. That's the project that you need to see through and I think for us that resonated a lot with The Ghoul Mates.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 55:06

Yeah, I agree. I think that, you know, seeing that panel and then thinking about The Ghoul Mates, you know, I don't call my I don't think of myself as a filmmaker, because I don't I haven't made any films like I haven't done anything narrative. I've done like news and like different photoshoots and stuff like that, but it kind of inspired me to like, finally get to a point where I need to make a film and stop just thinking that it needs to be perfect, and I just need to do it. And we had talked about doing a YouTube channel and hopefully at some point, we were able to, like do stuff like that and just kind of test as many things as possible and explore all these things.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 55:48

Yes, and I'm not a filmmaker, obviously, but my thing is writing and creating digital content, and photography, I like. Rudy's much better at it, but I love the color creative process of the creative and strategic process of digital marketing. And so this passion project of ours has been a way for us to be like, you know what? Forget who thinks Halloween is weird? Who cares? If people come to our apartment in December for Christmas, and there is horror posters everywhere. Like that's who we are. And it shows in our work, I've said this, this is a recurring theme this season is doing what you love and being true to who you are shows in your work. 110% like I can finally attest to that. And so hearing all of these horror filmmakers saying like, that's the feeling when you know you're doing the right thing. It's true. Like when you start doing what you really love and who you are. It definitely starts to show in your work. And I think that when we combine all of their advice, it really like shows with the podcasts like yeah, we're doing what we can to put ourselves out there, like Gigi said, and hopefully in the long term, we'll be able to really like, invest a huge part of our hearts into a film for you to produce and direct, shoot. I don't know the perfect word.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 57:15

Create, direct whichever. If you get an opportunity, definitely check out Gigi current project. I think it's called Culture Shock.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 57:26

On Hulu.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 57:27

On Hulu. I think she's supposed to be. She's been directing different things throughout her career. I think some of she's been I think she worked on an episode or two for The Purge TV Show.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 57:40

Oh yes.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 57:41

So check. Check out her stuff. She stuff is great. What else? Actually one of the filmmakers did have great advice and it was the best advice out of everybody's advice.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 57:52

The most important advice.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 57:53

The most important advice I would say it's the best advice too I'm sorry, but it's true in my opinion. It's the best advice they asked them asked everybody like, what advice you have for filmmakers, one of them said get comfortable shoes. And that is 125% true. That's if it's if I tell you one thing about being on set, it's get a really good pair of shoes because it's going to save your life.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 58:16

And not just comfortable, safe.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 58:19

Safe shoes, like I have these Northface Shoes. This episode is sponsored by Northface. And they're like, they're light, but they're still kind of hefty, and they're like, have a lot of traction. And they just like save my feet so many times like I had been on set before to with Converse shoes on. Those are the worst shoes you can wear on a set, is Converse shoes,

Ghost Hostess Mandy 58:43

But they look cool.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 58:44

They look cool. When you're young, and you're 25, 23 and you want to be on set with your scarf and looking cool. And like take a picture with the RED Camera. Yeah, go for it. But when you're older and your legs and knees don't work anymore and your back hurts, you need some frickin comfortable shoes. That's like the one advice I give to anybody who wants to be a filmmaker.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 59:04

I don't disagree. You've taught me a lot about how important comfortable and safe shoes are. And then last, this is my last takeaway from the panel was not all of this was to Latin centered, centric. But it meant a lot to me to hear these things coming specifically from the Latinas. In this panel for me, it really resonated with me and something that they said was that Sorry, I'm still trying to catch my breath from dinner.

Um, they talked about how their Latin backgrounds really affected their journey getting to the horror filmmaking phase in their life. I know Issa talked a lot about how her grandma used to tell a lot of devil stories. I couldn't quite figure out if it was like a forbidden topic in her life. But it was a recurring topic,

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:00:07


Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:00:07

And with Gigi, for her, it was this. Again, kind of like how I hadn't mentioned in our episode about it's not just a phase like she was shielded from it a lot like it wasn't okay to dive into horror movies, and they were bad for you. And you should never open that door.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:00:24

Which like real quick, which is insane, because I was like, I was also shielded from like, horror stuff sometimes. But it was always like, my mom was always like, hey, guess who died last week? I don't understand. Latin people's obsession with death, but it's there. And it's all over the place. But it's like, why are you telling me this and but you don't want me to like watch horror movies.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:00:51

I have the answer for you. Let me Mexican lady define it to you.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:00:55


Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:00:55

Okay. So as a mom, I would imagine, I'm not a mother, but I know how women think I think that the association with horror is obviously nudity and gore.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:01:06

That's true.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:01:06

And all of these crazy things. And so was it Gigi? I think Gigi is the one who mentioned that Mexican culture loves death. We celebrate death. We have Dia De Los Muertos. And so there's a difference between death and gore and horror.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:01:24


Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:01:25

And I think that's where the difference is, is that the Mexican mothers are afraid of letting their teenager see that kind of content.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:01:34

Right, yeah, I get that. You know, who isn't afraid of that content? I don't think I've ever told you this. But my grandma on my mom's side. She loves horror movies.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:01:45


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:01:46

She would always watch them and like laugh the whole time. She's watching one of her favorite movies, which is not it's horror action is the first Terminator. She loves the Terminator when people would get like killed and stuff, she thought it was hilarious.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:02:04

Ah, thats so sweet.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:02:06

It's crazy like, and me and my brothers still talk about how my grandma loves horror movies. Specifically Terminator.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:02:14

Did she watch them in English? Or like translated?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:02:18

No, she'd watch him in English. She had like a bunch of VHS tapes that were copied and shared by people. And a lot of the times our parents would go out together to go dancing and just hang out.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:02:29


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:02:30

But all the kids would stay at grandma's house. And she would put us to sleep and we'd all like be asleep in the living room. We have like a little we had blankets and pillows and stuff for that and then she would just be awake watching horror movies. And I would watch them too with her. Like I might have my eye open like that.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:02:53

He's covering his eyes and keeping the little too open.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:02:55

Yeah, a little, a little slot so I could peek. I would watch her and watch the horror movies and I thought that was like pretty awesome.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:03:01

That is so cool.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:03:03

It is crazy.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:03:03

Oh, um, maybe we could eventually shoot a video where we watch a horror movie with Rudy's grandma.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:03:13

Mm hmm. That'd be really hilarious. Yeah

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:03:14

That would be really cute and so yeah, I don't know. Just going back to that topic. I don't know if horror is like a forbidden thing in every household, but it definitely is a bad what's the word?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:03:32

I think you're, taboo?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:03:34

It's a taboo topic.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:03:36


Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:03:37

The goth, spooky everything is taboo in specifically Mexican households. Again, I couldn't really make out if it was a forbidden thing, an Issa's background but I know Gigi talked about it a lot too. And so it just really resonated with me that like all as Hispanic girls go through it. And some of us never grow out of the phase and unfortunately, some people also like GG said rebel and want to know more about it, and it might stick it might not. But it's it was really cool to hear two successful women in the industry talking about their backgrounds and kind of me being like, they're a lot like me, there's still hope. I don't know as per use, I feel like I'm really monopolizing this conversation. You are much more into the film industry than I am. And a lot of your inspiration came from Robert Rodriguez, too. So what were your thoughts on the panel overall? Like what are your closing thoughts?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:04:37

Um, it was just nice seeing people that I can relate to working in the industry that I've been trying to be a part of, you know, things come up here and there and life happens. And you know, they've worked really hard to get where they're at and sometimes I feel like I haven't worked hard enough to kind of get to that point. But it really kind of woke me up and made me realize that I need to, you know, just do it and try to create content and that's what we're doing with The Ghoul Mates. Like you give me the opportunity to try a bunch of different things and you know, shoot a bunch of different things and it's kind of helped me, you know, keep that engine running because with the Coronavirus, I could have just been here playing video games and just like doing my work, and that's it and not do anything. And The Ghoul Mates gave me that opportunity to kind of, you know, work for something better and bigger. So it was cool listening to their war stories and there's a lot of a lot of similar stories that I've, I can relate to like being out in the field and you know, shooting long hours and you know, being uncomfortable but still trying to get your your job done. So it was cool. I like it was a really good panel.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:05:56

Yeah, for sure. So again, if anybody knows knows anything about the original panel last year, please let us know. We want to hear it so bad. It might not even exist, but we really want to know more about it. So there was obviously a lot more that was announced at Comic Con, but we really wanted to highlight the things that stuck out to us the most. And what we're most looking forward to. And-

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:06:22

I'm actually looking forward to going to Comic Con.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:06:26

I know.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:06:26

Doing this show from Comic Con, when it's when the coronavirus has gone and we're, I don't know 50 episodes in I think it'd be really cool to eventually do an episode of The Ghoul Mates at Comic Con.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:06:26

Yeah, for sure. I mean, being part of Comic Con would be absolutely amazing.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:06:44

Even crazier, right?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:06:45

But I get what you mean. Like we could totally go out there and record an episode live at Comic Con.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:06:51

We'll be like, Oh, you know who was on that. One of the panels we saw was what is it called? Let's get spooky.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:06:58


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:06:59

They were on there, too. We saw part of it and that was really cool.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:07:03

Yes, the Let's Get Spooky Girls had their own comic con panel. Talk about dream ghouls.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:07:09

Dream ghouls.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:07:12

So, yeah, one but but one of the good things about this quarantine is that all of the panels are available on the Comic Con YouTube channel. So that means that you guys could watch any of them you could rewatch some of the ones we talked about and some of the ones we didn't have time to talk about, but we consider must watch for our ghoulsters. Are Scary Good TV a combo with Horror's Top Showrunners Women On The Dark Side, Rudy's favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000, and we still recommend checking out What We Do In The Shadows if you aren't currently a fan. So before we wrap things up, I want to know what is the news you're most excited about from today's episode?

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:08:02

What am I excited specifically?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:08:04


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:08:04

Um, I, there's just so much stuff coming out. But of course, I'm like really hesitant to be excited about anything because of the virus because I don't know how long it's gonna be pushed back.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:08:18


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:08:19

But definitely season three of What We Do In The Shadows, the Zack Snyder cut of Justice League, and kind of just following the careers of the the Latinx filmmakers that were in the panel, because I didn't really know too much about them. Like I had heard I've heard about some of the movies that they were that they directed.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:08:44


Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:08:44

But just I want to go back and see like all the stuff that they've created and and done in their careers and just follow them and just kind of support them, you know?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:08:52

Completely agreed. Yeah, for sure.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:08:56

And you, what are you excited about?

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:08:58

Well, I would honestly my real answer would be Spooked if we had any information about that, but I realistically don't think that's coming out this fall. So something I'm looking forward to is Truth Seekers because that is guaranteed to come out this Fall. Um, all right, so before we go, I wanted to give you all a Ghoulster Alert that next week's season finale, I can't believe It's here.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:09:33

It's here.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:09:34

First season finale. It's going to be a Can't-Miss-Episode. We can't share the details yet but we promise that you're going to want to tune in before we take our short break for spooky season two.

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:09:48

Yes, it's gonna be a first for The Ghoul Mates, next episode will be first so it's exciting.

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:09:53

So first final season

Master of Scaremonies Rudy 1:09:56

First final season, a different format. Yeah, it's gonna-

Ghost Hostess Mandy 1:10:00

A mysterious thing, and it's just gonna be a lot of fun. We have so much planned for you guys and we are so excited to start working on season two. Like I said, we're making some fine tuning suggestions to the way we do things around here and we're really excited to share everything with you. So until next time, sending you ghouls and kisses. Bye.

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