Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Salem Horror Fest 2021 - Weekend 2

 

In this special episode, we're discussing the second weekend of Salem Horror Fest Part 5. Listen as Tim reviews thirteen more films screened at the festival: 
  • Dawn Breaks Behind the Eyes
  • Take Back the Night
  • Apps
  • Hideout
  • Deathcast
  • So Vam
  • Val
  • Bad Girls
  • Seeds
  • Caprice
  • Brain Death
  • Snapper
  • Cockazoid

Check out Salem Horror Fest at www.salemhorror.com

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

Interview - Heather Wixson (Monsters, Make-Up and Effects, Vol. 1)

In this special interview episode, we talk to horror journalist/historian Heather Wixson about her amazing new book Monsters, Make-Up and Effects, Vol. 1, which chronicles the history of the make-up effects industry. Listen as we share formative childhood experiences watching horror movies, examine the politics behind the selection process for make-up Academy Awards, and comment on the divide between practical and computer-generated effects in modern cinema. Warning: Contains explicit language and a Rob Bottin sighting in the wild.

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The book is available through AM Ink's imprint Dark Ink at https://aminkpublishing.com/monsters-makeup-%26-effects.

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Do you have an anecdote about your first exposure to horror? What movie make-up effect really impressed you on first viewing? Any ideas on how we can convince Heather to move to Salem? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre - Supplement

While we try to cover as much as we can in our episodes, there's always more to see, hear, and read about a movie that can enhance your viewing experience. If you enjoyed our episode on The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre


This episode we're discussing one of the most bizarre films in the annals of American horror film history as Peter Horne joins us to slice up The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Listen as we suggest some of the political and religious subtexts under the skin of Tobe Hooper's iconic 1974 classic, take note of the various injuries (both physical and psychological) inflicted on the movie's cast and crew during shooting, and sort through the strange continuity of the sequels in the franchise. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and scategoaps... scapegoats.


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Do you have a good recipe for headcheese? Are you certain you know the really and absolutely true facts of the case this movie was based on? Are you excited for the next installment in the Texas Chainsaw franchise? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Salem Horror Fest 2021 - Weekend 1


In this special episode, we're discussing the first weekend of Salem Horror Fest Part 5. Listen as Tim reviews over a dozen feature films screened at the festival: 
  • Miracle Valley
  • Two Witches
  • What Happens Next Will Scare You
  • Parallel Minds
  • Hall
  • Keeping Company
  • Landlocked
  • Wicked Games
  • I Need You Dead
  • Sam and Mattie Make a Zombie Movie
  • 6:45
  • The Free Fall
  • Origin Unknown

Check out Salem Horror Fest at www.salemhorror.com

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Labyrinth - Supplement

While we try to cover as much as we can in our episodes, there's always more to see, hear, and read about a movie that can enhance your viewing experience. If you enjoyed our episode on Labyrinth, here's a few extra bits you might find interesting...

Labyrinth

In our latest episode, Ellie joins us again as we get lost in the twists and turns of a childhood favorite while discussing Jim Henson's fantasy fable Labyrinth. We'll compare the movie to Henson's previous fantasy epic The Dark Crystal, examine the film as a metaphor for the transition to womanhood, and ponder what a Bog of Eternal Stench would smell like. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and a discussion of the cinematic impact of David Bowie's package.

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Are you skilled at juggling crystal orbs? Have a favorite David Bowie song you'd like to extol? Know a quick shortcut through the labyrinth? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Monday, August 9, 2021

Mars Attacks! - Supplement

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Mars Attacks!


Dark is the suede that mows like a podcast as we take a look back at Tim Burton's underappreciated 1996 alien invasion spoof Mars Attacks! Listen as we discuss the 1950s sci-fi films that inspired this anarchic comedy, analyze the box office disparity between this film and Independence Day, and speculate on whether the Martian invasion fleet is actually a badly-behaved school trip. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and donut symbolism.


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Do you think two roles was one too many for Jack Nicholson? Want to discuss whether Martians have telepathic potential? ACK ACK ACK ACK ACK ACK? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Pacific Rim - Supplement

While we try to cover as much as we can in our episodes, there's always more to see, hear, and read about a movie that can enhance your viewing experience. If you enjoyed our episode on Pacific Rimhere's a few extra bits you might find interesting...

Pacific Rim

 

In our latest episode, we welcome Paresh Maharaj from the Busted Limes podcast as we cancel the apocalypse to talk about Guillermo del Toro's giant monster epic Pacific Rim. Listen as we discuss Guillermo del Toro's sophisticated visual style, comment on proper theme music for donning cosplay, and debate whether Mako Mori passes her own test. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and scientifically inaccurate brains.


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What qualities do you think make for drift-compatibility? Do you have a preferred Jaeger team? Want to ask for help finding a missing shoe after a kaiju attack? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Supplement

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day

This summer marks the 30th anniversary of James Cameron's blockbuster sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Kyle Brunet joins us again to discuss this epic sci-fi action epic. Listen as we examine how parallels between this film and the original reflect the time paradox at the heart of the story, marvel over Linda Hamilton's amazing transformation as hardened heroine Sarah Connor, and comment on the influence of the movie's groundbreaking digital effects. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, but no clunky futuristic epilogues.

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What's your favorite film in the Terminator franchise? Have any exercise tips on getting into shape for the apocalypse? How do you think cyborg circulatory systems work? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Point Break - Supplement

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Point Break

We're getting a shot of 100% pure adrenaline as we experience Kathryn Bigelow's epic of surfboards and shotguns, Point Break. Listen as we come to a fundamental difference of philosophies regarding this beloved action flick, debate whether Patrick Swayze's zen surf dude is a cult leader or just a scumbag, and bemoan one of cinema's most ridiculous character names. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and a commitment to watch Prayer of the Rollerboys.

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Ever tried skydiving with firearms but no parachutes? Can you take down two meatball subs? Are you a blue flame special? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Monday, May 31, 2021

First Run - 5/31/2021

In the latest installment of Cinemaspection: First Run, we spy on our neighbors with The Woman in the Window, battle the dead for dollars with Army of the Dead, and fall into a vortex of franchise fatigue with the Saw reboot Spiral. Warning: Contains explicit language and mild spoilers.

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Whether you agree or disagree, if you have an opinion on these recent releases, leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Time Bandits - Supplement

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Time Bandits


This episode we're taking a wild, cross-century trip to meet the legends of time as we go on a heist with Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits from 1981. Along the way we'll explore Gilliam's themes of imagination and materialism, praise the underappreciated comedic abilities of David Warner, and identify with the problems of married ogres. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and THE PROBLEM!!! We must have fruit!!


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Which notable person from history would you choose to rob from? Do you have a plan for redistributing wealth without punching people in the face? Why do we have to have Evil anyway? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

The Day the Earth Stood Still - Supplement

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The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

 

We're going back to 1951 and another formative film of classic science fiction as we discuss Robert Wise's The Day the Earth Stood Still. Listen as we explore the film's political messages and religious subtext, praise Gort as one of science fiction's mightiest robots, and propose the existence of a cinematic universe built around bit player Roy Engel. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and nucular.... um... nuclear proliferation.

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Just what does 'Klaatu Barada Nikto' actually mean? Having issues with your electrical devices shutting off? Where do you think Bobby went for the second half of this movie? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

The Man From Planet X - Supplement

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The Man From Planet X

 

We're taking a trip back to the foggy moors of Scotland to meet up with a groundbreaking but not often celebrated figure in the history of science fiction: It's The Man From Planet X! Listen as we discuss how this idiosyncratic alien invasion flick from 1951 set the template for outer space menaces for decades to come, marvel over director Edgar G. Ulmer's resourcefulness in the face of a tiny budget, and explore how the film reflects cold war paranoia and the national fascination with flying saucers. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and boogey doings.

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Have any nostalgic anecdotes about encountering this strange film on TV? Have a theory as to what odious crime Dr. Mears committed in the past? Do you think the title visitor is a friend or foe? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

First Run - Godzilla vs. Kong

In our latest First Run episode, we're going ringside for the battle of the century as the Eighth Wonder of the World throws down with the King of the Monsters in Godzilla vs. Kong. Who wins this gargantuan match-up? Can this epic creature feature live up to its titan-sized hype? How does director Adam Wingard fare with this blockbuster outing? Listen in to find out. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and equine brain functions.

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Did you have money on either of the title monsters? Do you think the Monsterverse should continue and if so, where should it go? Have you uncovered more movie references we missed? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The Babadook - Supplement

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The Babadook


By listener request, we're answering that knock at the door and letting in The Babadook from 2014. Listen as we discuss the film's roots in fairy tales and silent horror films, examine director Jennifer Kent's meticulous visual style, and comment on the title monster's unlikely role as an LGBTQ pride icon. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and demonic pop-up books.


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Have you spotted the Babadook under your bed at night? How do you deal with chronic insomnia? Want to share any funny anecdotes involving kids and catapults? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Boston Science Fiction Marathon SF46 - Supplement

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Boston Science Fiction Marathon SF46

It's another nerve-shredding 24 hours of movie-watching for us as we yet again battle fatigue to record our experiences of the 46th installment of the Boston Science Fiction Marathon. Due to the quarantine, everyone will be viewing from home this year, but the 'Thon lives on. Join us as we witness gooey alien-human mating, evaluate the effectiveness of various alien-hunting squads, and debate movie marathon scheduling. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and gin goblins.

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Would you risk sex with an alien? Which version of The Thing do you prefer? Where do arrogant movie scientists get together to go for a beer? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

The Best of 2020 - Supplement

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The Best of 2020

As we mercifully close the book on the mess that was 2020, it’s time to look back and discuss our favorite movies of the past year. As we count down our top ten, we also reflect on how the pandemic changed film distribution in positive and negative ways, celebrate the diverse stories presented in cinema throughout the year, and reveal how one of our favorite defunct movie theaters has been immortalized on film. Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, and a horrible bovine pun.

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Any films you think we should have included in our lists? Are you optimistic about the movies we'll (hopefully) see in 2021? Are there too many streaming services out there? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

First Run - Wonder Woman 1984


For our first First Run episode in a long time, we're revealing the truth about the second cinematic adventure of DC Comic's greatest heroine by wrapping our golden lasso around Wonder Woman 1984. Amid the storm of criticism and controversy surrounding Patty Jenkins' follow-up to her 2017 hit, how does the movie fare with us? Warning: Contains explicit language, spoilers, but not nearly enough Robin Wright.

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Where do you stand on Diana's latest quest? Do you know where we parked our invisible jet? What are your hopes for Wonder Woman III? Leave a comment and keep the conversation going.