The Horror Obsessive Podcast Episode 6: Prehysteria! With Special Guest Pierce Berolzheimer

In 2022, JP Nunez and I started our podcasting journey for Horror Obsessive with big ideas of what we wanted our show to be. But, before you can run, you have to walk. We’ve both learned a lot in these first few months and continue to find our footing. Still, we thought it best to introduce Horror Obsessive readers to who we are as people before sprinting toward our goals and avoid getting lost in the plethora of horror media podcasts on the market you have to choose from. If you’re a regular visitor to the website, it’s more than likely that you’ve read at least one of our reviews, essays, trailer pieces, or listicles, and, hopefully, you’ve given our podcast a try. We have a lot of fun talking about film, seeing things from varying perspectives, and quirkily continuing our call-back jokes on a bi-weekly basis. In 2023, it’s time to start enacting some of our envisioned plans, meaning it was finally time to invite our first guest to the show.   

Back in 2021, I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Pierce Berolzheimer just after his directorial debut, Crabs!, premiered during FrightFest. The film is, and I mean this with jovial sincerity, excessive. It’s an over-the-top in every way B-movie with laughs, gore, and kaiju fights that is tremendously fun. During our interview, Pierce told me that the kid’s film Prehysteria! had a huge effect on him and was one of his primary influences when making Crabs!, all the way down to the exclamation point at the end of its title.  

Four motion stop dinosaurs stand in a cardboard box in Prehysteria!

Prehysteria! is a ’90s family comedy with some fantastic creature effects, but a long way from the films that JP and I would usually discuss. However, Pierce Berolzheimer’s cheeky Crabs! is proof that inspiration can come from anywhere and Prehysteria! makes for a fun conversation with the up-and-coming director, especially while comparing aspects of the film’s color palette, relationships, and sound effects. Featuring dialogue that would never work in a kid’s movie today and awkward character decisions, Prehysteria! is co-directed by Full Moon Features head Charles Band, a production and distribution company founded by his late father, Albert, who happens to be the other half of the directing team.  

Please join us as we discuss this saccharine-coated time capsule from the height of the video rental era, and check out Crabs! which is now on special edition Blu-Ray through Raven Banner and streaming on iTunes, Vudu, and wherever you buy digital movies. In two weeks, we will continue our jam-packed 2023 with another special guest, our very own Lor Gislason, to discuss how The Blob inspired their new book Inside Out.

Prehysteria! is currently streaming on Peacock, Tubi, Freevee, and Full Moon.

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Written by Sean Parker

Living just outside of Boston, Sean has always been facinated by what horror can tell us about contemporary society. He started writing music reviews for a local newspaper in his twenties and found a love for the art of thematic and symbolic analysis. Sean joined Horror Obsessive at it's inception, and is currently the site's Creative Director. He produces and edits the weekly Horror Obsessive podcast for the site as well as his interviews with guests. He has recently started his foray into feature film production as well, his credits include Alice Maio Mackay's Bad Girl Boogey, Michelle Iannantuono's Livescreamers, and Ricky Glore's upcoming Troma picture, Sweet Meats.

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