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.

Hey Cassettes and welcome back to the Christmas Case Diaries! This month we’re focusing on Christmas TV specials, but this episode is EXTRA special because we will be talking about movies as well. The 1960's was a decade that brought us a lot of classic Christmas specials. Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman (1969), and tonight’s topic: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)!

Join us as we talk about the history of our grouchy green friend, the making of his classic Christmas special, and how we feel the later versions stack up to the original.

As always, you will be able to find our show notes on or on our blog:

Thanks for listening!


Hey Cassettes, welcome to season 3! We’re starting the season off strong with episodes about some of our favorite Christmas specials. So for our first episode, we are going to focus on one of the oldest holiday TV specials airing today: A Charlie Brown Christmas!

Join us as we discuss the history of The Peanuts and the making of this wonderful holiday tradition. As always, show notes will be available on our website:

Don't forget to check out our patreon to see the recipe for our drink of the week!

Thank you so much for listening! 

Happy Thanksgiving, Cassettes! In honor of the holiday, we recorded a short brief case about the classic “Miracle on 34th Street."

When people told themselves their past with stories, explained their present with stories, foretold the future with stories, the best place by the fire was kept for... The Storyteller.

In 1987, a TV show unlike any other premiered on NBC. It had a simple premise: an old man sits by the fireplace and tells his dog a story. The Storyteller starred John Hurt and Brian Henson (as Dog) and ran for only one season. Based on real folktales, it was a marriage of ancient tales and modern technology that featured creations from the Jim Henson Creature Shop.

Join us by the fire this week as we talk about the history of this incredible show, along with some of our favorite episodes.

We thought this would be a perfect episode to end season 2! We will be back releasing weekly episodes VERY soon. Until then, stay cool Cassettes!

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It's Halloween, Cassettes! This year we got lucky, and Halloween landed on a Thursday! So, we're bringing you the best Disney Halloween episode we possibly can!

Back in the early 1980s, The Wonderful World of Disney aired a Halloween special comprised of animated clips from some of their spookiest works. It was called, "Disney's Halloween Treat." The next year, Disney released a companion special called, "A Disney Halloween." Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, these specials ran on Disney during Halloween. They introduced a new generation of kids to classic Disney cartoons, villains, and silly symphonies.

So tonight, we're going back in time to talk about this delightfully spooky gem! If you are unfamiliar with this special, we made a playlist of clips that it included. You can find it here OR head over to our blog where we've laid out all the pieces of this special and linked to videos!

Thank you all SO MUCH for listening this month! We can't wait to dive into some new topics soon. Until then, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


Happy Thursday, Cassettes! So far this October, we've covered witches, the boogeyman, and aliens. Now, we're talking about ghosts! Come join us for our second-to-last episode on A Disney Halloween, where we talk about the 1986 & 1987 Disney movies "Mr. Boogedy" and "Bride of Boogedy"!

This lesser-known Disney film was many children's first experience with horror. It follows the Davis Family, as they move to Lucifer Falls and are immediately haunted by the malevolent spirit known as the Boogedy Man. This funny cult classic first aired on Disney's Sunday Movie (aka Wonderful World of Disney) and has since had a special place in the hearts of Disney fans everywhere.

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See you next week for the last installment of A Disney Halloween!

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?)

Remember, you can find out show notes at our blog: AND on our brand new website:

You can also find our drink of the week at:

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.

As always, show notes and sources will be available on our website:

Or on our blog:

If you're interested, we also have a Patreon!


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!

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