So it’s been one of those weeks. We wanted to put something substantial together for an episode but time constraints left us able to only put down a regular From The Hip format catch-up. We called it a quick hello.
That’s not to say it didn’t turn out to be a fun conversation (Anthony gave us a classic bit of business with his ‘old man mistakes a sex toy for a flashlight’ routine). Along the way we meandered through several topics including a rundown on some recent uncategorized film watches. We caught up to a pair of classics – Beetlejuice (Burton at his best) and Sixth Sense. Digging out M Night’s breakout film is a good reminder of just what he is frustratingly capable of (we do mention the latest project which does sound encouraging).
Some new stuff is shared including a pair of geek-culture films – Knights of Badassdom and Zero Charisma. Very… interesting subjects both. Gus Van Sant’s school shooting film Elephant is discussed as well as the latest Mars-based sci-fi flick Last Days on Mars. The highlight this week though was certainly the newest film from Jim Mickle (Stakeland) – We Are What We Are… a true gem.
Things round out with a good old fashioned schlock corner featuring a Richard Pryor interview, circa 1980, where our subject is high on cocaine. Lotsa laughs this episode delivered in a variety of ways. More subject focused material coming soon.
That’s it – your wacky Horror Etc co-hosts have finally gone ’round the bend’, and are heading to the asylum… was there ever any doubt?
On this week’s episode of the podcast, Ted and Tony approach the subject of what it is that attracts horror film makers and ghost story enthusiasts to the crumbling structures of forgotten asylums. From Bedlam to Danvers State to Riverview, these massive edifices housed the mentally ill (or in many tragic instances, those unfairly deemed so) and were houses of great suffering, both internally and externally. They were also places where many patients were cruelly subjected to experimental and extreme medical procedures, and every one of these institutions seem to have a plethora of ghost stories attached to them. This week we will visit a few of these infamous asylums, and also look back on the abundant history of asylum-based horror films.
It’s not all padded cells and electro-shock therapy however. This week we make every attempt to offend certain nationalities, Tony has a mild breakdown of his own in a rant worthy of Kings Town Ted, and Ted gives us his thoughts on the new Robocop remake. A generous portion of the ‘cast served up piping hot for you this week… bon appetit!
Our rundown of what we’ve been watching ended up resulting in a list of show topics to keep us going for the next few months. Anthony takes a break from editing to listen to Ted run on about some movies he has been checking out and as usual things ended up taking some unexpected twists and turns.
After getting some bragging in about Canada’s success at Sochi, we talk about the surprisingly smart and funny Lego Movie (and marvel at the enormous quantity of properties crossing over). The new UK zombie flick Stalled managed to offer something in the genre that hadn’t been done before. As promised, Ted caught up with The Abominable Snowman (1957) and it truly is another Hammer gem. A quick diversion into real life horror 12 Years A Slave was balanced with a Corman/”Poe” gothic classic The Haunted Palace (1963). The Belgian film Amer (2009) is a very difficult to describe visual trip reminiscent of Berberian Sound Studio, and Solo (2013) set up three distinct paths to follow in delivering a single location horror story – however may have chosen the wrong one.
Ultimately, the highlight of the week was a low budget Canadian gem The Dirties (2012). More real life horror that impressed with intelligence and natural performances that leave a lasting impact. It’s another shorter show this week but as you will hopefully agree, the roster of upcoming show topics we came up with along the way make the road ahead a lot of fun to look forward to.
It’s been a frigid and blizzardy week here in Kingstown so rather than further delay recording we hopped on skype to spend an hour discussing whatever sprang to mind – and that’s the vibe of this week’s episode as we are truly all over the place!
Tony attends a classic James Bond double-bill, Ted goes to Israel in pursuit of obscure horror, Quentin Tarantino does his thing, and Bill Cosby even makes an appearance in our news column! The recent and tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman is covered as well as some other recent points of interest.
A new contest of sorts is announced for those who have / will be grabbing our brand new premium Demons episode – a fabulous double bluray set of the definitive Elm Street documentary “Never Sleep Again” (courtesy of Andrew Kasch, co-director of the doc and friend of the Horror Etc Podcast). A mish-mash of sorts compounded by blustery travel woes, but a warm chat amongst friends offers pleasant diversion from one of the worst winters in recent memory.
James Bond talk: 12:02 – 22:05
Big Bad Wolves: 34:30
A supernatural, malevolent being. A persistent tormenting force. An evil spirit.
However you define it, the concept of Demons have been with us throughout recorded history and still serve as a reliable means to deliver unsettling frights in all forms of narrative storytelling today. In this episode we try to make sense of just what a Demon is, what it represents and why it is just such an effective antagonist.
Beginning with an outline of the historical background of Demons (and demonology) we consider the comparison of Demons to spirits, possession versus haunting and why it is so effective in frightening us. We progress to an impromptu storytelling segment where we relay some personal experiences that made us question the reality around us. Which of us survived an extended period of mysterious rappings, inexplicable sightings and dark shapes in their kitchen – tune in to find out.
There are a couple of fun lists shared including the ten worst theological / mythological Demons (which truly demonstrated the cultural expanse of the concept), and the individual Demons to blame for your nasty behaviours.
As Demons are such a pervasive element in the horror genre, it is impossible to attempt a breakdown of the best cinematic representations so instead we share a selection of personal favourites and take the opportunity to discuss a few recent films that may have gone unnoticed but offer a very interesting approach to the subject matter.
And so, whatever the power was that compelled you to try out this unique episode, we offer our sincere thanks!
As fans of the horror genre, we immediately open ourselves up to the stigma of scrutiny by folks who have misconceptions about the beloved films (and books, etc) that we gravitate to. For instance, one of this episode’s guests was told that horror is nothing more than “violent pornography”… what happens when we take that fandom to the next level, wherein our love for what we consume and collect becomes more than just a simple hobby or appreciation of a subject, rather a quest to share our passions with friends and family… and beyond!
Have you been on a quest of horror indoctrination?
How far do you go as a fan?
Anthony is joined by special guests Barry Yuen (actor / avid film and poster collector) and Brent Holland (broadcaster and writer) in a stormy Sunday evening conversation that probably hits very close to home…
Welcome to our tribute to one of the horror genre’s most distinguished personalities… the great Peter Cushing!
In a rather unexpected recording, we sat together at a coffee shop to chat about our shared affection for a truly underspoken icon of film and discuss the life and career of the man. From Abraham Van Helsing to Baron von Frankenstein to Sherlock Holmes to Doctor Who to Grand Moff Tarkin and everything in between, surely everyone is at least familiar with him but there is much to explore and appreciate. Anthony leads us through a history that spans from the 40′s through the 80′s offering insights into the actor’s methodology, influence and genre decisions that formed an impressive career.
We have long been proponents of exploring the classic canon of genre film and in this episode we were able to get back to an honest celebration of a gentleman who embodied what we love in horror. This is not a rundown of a filmography however we do stop along the way to briefly discuss some favourites including The Creeping Flesh, Twins of Evil, The Blood Beast Terror, The Skull, The Abominable Snowman, The Masks of Death and many others. The one title we did make a point of focusing on specifically was Corruption (1968), perhaps Cushing’s bloodiest film.
We wrap up the show with a quick rundown of recent watches Banshee Chapter and The Book Thief, some thank yous and a tease for upcoming shows.
This is what a From the Hip episode was meant to be. From an opening rant to the psychology of cats and everything in between. We opened up the mic and talked about some of the stuff we have been watching but to try to organize it in a summary is challenging. Here goes: Ted shares some recent video game experiences (The Last of Us and The Walking Dead season 2), Anthony shares a number of documentaries he’s checked out from Searching for Sugarman to a cool look at the supporting players of film in That Guy Who Was in That Thing, to analysis of film vs digital projection in Side by Side to a guy who can supposedly see spirits in Wake Up.
Oh, but there was one more documentary that we both saw which delivered true frights – Bronies.. adult fans of My Little Pony!? Rounding out the film titles, we discuss Lone Survivor, All is Lost, and Martha Marcy May Marlene, but the meat of this episode are the tangents into everything from where the next generation Star Trek films went wrong, the state of found footage, cheapo Amityville and Bell Witch films, the 12th season of Supernatural to name a few.
We hope you enjoy a good old fashioned from the hip show and welcome your feedback on anticipated films of 2014 (just keep your “clomping” stories to yourself).
Welcome to 2014! We ring in the new year with an old subject: Paranormal Activity.
With the release of the latest installment of the series we take some time to try navigating through the convolted mythology of the franchise that has become a little too twisted and confused for its own good. The questions of franchise fatigue, its place in the context of historical relevance, and the formula the films follow are all discussed prior to walking through the progression of the story told so far. Of course, the main question is whether The Marked Ones warrants a return to Paranormal Activity after the resoundingly dismissed Part 4 – our answer may surprise you. Is this a series about demons, witches, possession, or all of the above? Was Micah really a dick, how is the Japanese sequel tied to the rest of the series and of course… just who the hell was Robbie?
Spoilers for Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones from 1:01:37 to 1:09:26
We spend some time catching up on what we’ve been up to including rewatches of some personal favourites – Night of the Demon and The Thing, as well as short discussions on some new outings Open Grave, Scenic Route and Twixt.
Thanks to everyone for your patience during the brief period our episodes were unavailable over the holiday break – explanations are included.
As many of you know, the episodes were not been downloading properly or were inaccessible for a few days. The reason for this is the hosting service we use was in the process of carrying out maintenance to expand their storage capabilities.
The issue was resolved in the early morning hours of Jan.3
Please accept our apologies for the suspension in service – we thank everyone for their patience during the 4 days we were down.