The Black Case Diaries Movie/TV Podcast

The Black Case Diaries is a movie discussion-based podcast hosted by three friends in Central Ohio. Marci, Adam, and Robin are movie and TV enthusiasts, using this podcast to distract themselves from the crushing weight of early adulthood.

Welcome to week three of A Disney Halloween!

Back in the late 1970s, Walt Disney wanted to attract older audiences to their films. So, they attempted to cover more adult ideas and concepts. One of the results of this experiment was The Watcher in the Woods (1980)! Starring Bette Davis and Lynn Holly Johnson, this science fiction horror film delivers on chills (and a couple jump scares).

This week, we talk about our experience with the movie, how it was made, its disastrous opening, and why we think everyone should give it a WATCH (ha, get it?)

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We've all been there. You're the new kid in school, because you skipped a grade. That's okay with you, you don't mind leaving childhood behind. Then, just as you're getting used to your new teachers and classmates, the Boogeyman frames you for vandalism, breaking and entering, and theft. 

No? That's never happened to you? What about suddenly seeing your younger brother's imaginary friend and everyone around you thinks you're insane? Oh, and don't forget all the PTSD you're suffering from since your baby brother was diagnosed with Leukemia and you weren't able to help him. 

I know what you're thinking, WHAT KIND OF A MOVIE IS THIS? Well, it's a Disney Channel Original Movie called "Don't Look Under the Bed." This layered film premiered in 1999 and it scared enough kids that Disney had to pull it from the channel. Do you remember it? Did it scare you?

This week we went back to talk about this classic DCOM, how it was made, and our own imaginary friends.


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Happy October, Cassettes! We're kicking off our month of Disney Halloween with one of our all-time favorites, Hocus Pocus (1993)! Grab your favorite potion and gather around the cauldron as we talk about the magic behind a movie that captured our hearts as well as the Halloween spirit.

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Thank you so much for listening, and stay tuned for more spooky episodes this month!

Happy Thursday, Cassettes! Since Disney introduced the first full-length animated film in 1937, the studio has been at the forefront of animation. But as time went on, more studios began getting attention for their classically animated works. When Disney animation fell into its dark age after the death of Walt Disney, animated films from other studios took the spotlight. Even when Disney was thriving during its Renaissance, these studios marched on and gave audiences alternative animated films with darker stories. This week we decided to look at the 2D animated classics that didn't come from the House of Mouse.

In order to do this, we watched as many non-Disney classically animated films as possible and made a list of our top 10 favorite!

In the interest of keeping the list to 10 movies, we decided to leave off Studio Ghibli films. We WILL do a Studio Ghibli episode at some point.

Until then, here are our top 10 classically animated non-Disney, non-Studio Ghibli movies! Visit or for our full show notes and sources!

Thanks for listening!

Hey Cassettes! It's finally here, the last installment in our Doctor Who series. This week, we took a break from research and decided to discuss some of our favorite episodes from the reboot. There are SO MANY episodes that we love, we couldn't include them all. But, we know now that we want to do more Doctor Who episodes in the future.

So, grab some fish-fingers and custard and settle in, Whovians!


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Welcome back, Cassettes! Jump in the Tardis with us once again for part two of our Doctor Who series! This week we're discussing the making of the reboot, the rest of the doctors and their companions, and some of our favorite villains!

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Hey Cassettes! This week we're taking you on an adventure in time and space. First, we'll take you to London in the 1960s, when the BBC started production of an all-new adventure series about a doctor from another world! Then, we'll travel through the decades and stop at 1996, when the network released Doctor Who the movie.

But stay tuned! Next week we will dive even deeper into the lives of the show's "monsters," the making of the reboot, and the messages behind the show. We also intend to take a longer look at the original show as we compare it to the new one!

So step into The Tardis with us and away we go!

As always, show notes will be available with clips on our website and blog:

We also have a Patreon with lots of fun extras!

Thanks for listening!

In 1985, the Canadian network CBC aired a two part mini series about a feisty red-headed orphan with an over active imagination. Her name was Anne (spelled with an E) and she lived in the fictional town of Avonlea, in a house with green gables. 

The series (or movie as it is also referred to) was based on the novel series Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Although there have been many adaptations of the classic story (Anne with an E for example), this version from 1985  is considered by many to be the best. 

Hangout with us as we discuss how the series came to be, our favorite moments, and why the world fell in love with Anne Shirley. 

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Happy Thursday, Cassettes! Ever since the first movie based on a video game premiered in 1993, video game movies have been notoriously awful. If we asked you to come up with a "good" video game movie, what comes to mind?

This week we invited Robin's husband Jacob back to discuss why these movies have such a hard time finding success with audiences and critics, and what should studios do to correct the problem.

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Thank you so much for listening!

Hey there, Cassettes! This week on The Black Case Diaries, we decided to discuss cinematography. Even though we couldn't cover everything, this is still our longest episode to date! We took a look at the history of the art, what it entails, and some great film examples suggested by our friends on twitter.

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