Welcome back for another episode of off-the-cuff chicanery. We postponed our planned subject this week to acknowledge the death of Robin Williams and consider his contributions to darker cinema and beyond. While difficult, we managed to segue straight to James Brown!? In the wake of yet another biopic, we paused the proceedings to insert a schlock corner featuring a difficult interview with James Brown under the influence of… something.
Plenty of unexpected topics sprung up while discussing Expendables 3 including the industry’s reliance on markets outside North America to generate profits, the latest debate over the impact of piracy on the box office in the wake of its dismal opening weekend, and of course the ‘Polanski’ discussion – can we forgive Mel Gibson or does moral judgement have any place in selecting our entertainment choices.
Before everything was done, we chat about shark week fallout including a re-watch of Orca (1977), and a faux documentary on the extinct Megalodon (including our callout out for Meg to finally get filmed). All this and a zombie Osama Bin Laden in Ozombie… maybe its time to go back to the 80′s – next week.
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That’s right, we are setting sail for Amity Island to face off with nature’s purest predator, an over-sized Great White with a vendetta against those who hunt it. To celebrate shark week we recorded a feature length commentary track to the 1975 classic Jaws – a personal favourite of all three of your hosts. It is an annual rewatch and this time out we enjoyed the crisp new blu-ray release which highlighted several subtle visual cues.
A quick disclaimer before we begin: as there are multiple documentaries, books and other commentary tracks that delve into the fascinating behind the scenes process of producing the original blockbuster, we approached the film as we usually do when attempting a commentary – as fans who enjoy watching it with other fans. We stuck closer to the events occurring on screen than we intended to but that’s what happens when we get wrapped up in Jaws. One more word of warning: due to a error in the settings, the recording ended up sounding a little hollow. We hope you bear with the lower fidelity and grab your copy of Jaws to watch along with us.
Horroretc podcast… part of a complete breakfast.
On a holiday weekend, we got together for a pub brunch on an outdoor patio to discuss Guardians of the Galaxy (among other subjects). From Troma to GotG, James Gunn has presented a very impressive filmography which includes faves of ours Super and Slither.
Its another casual outing covering our reactions to Guardians and Marvel’s seemingly endless ambitions, discussion of Jeff the Killer and the power of the meme as a breeding ground for the modern urban legend, some recent watches including Here Comes the Devil, E.T. and Anthony’s reaction to Snowpiercer (coming off last week’s recommendation), excitement over the forthcoming Fury Road, and another big announcement from Anthony for an upcoming project.
The callout for artwork continues for our calendar project and we hope to hear from interested listeners who wish to participate. Stay tuned for some more shark talk coming next week…
After our recent hiatus, we felt the best way to get back into the swing was to spend some time casually catching up over some recent watches (and whatever other miscellaneous subjects may come up). Things kick off with some love for sharks after a recent close encounter (right down to recasting Jaws). The main event is Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Following the groundwork laid down in Rise and with visual effects that appear, much like the ape culture, to have had 10 years of evolution since the last film, Dawn is a contender for most satisfying theatrical experience to date this year.
Additional titles discussed include Deliver Us From Evil (with an unusual, extended debate), Purge Anarchy, anticipation over Guardians of the Galaxy, another South Korean director making a North American debut in Snowpiercer, and the long awaited (at least for Ted), Willow Creek. All this plus a special announcement from Anthony (calling all Phantom of the Paradise fans), and our continued call out to artists in the horroretc community who want to participate in a new project.
It may be the ultimate cult series that you’ve never heard of: X-Files meets Dr. Who with a sprinkling of Dark Shadows to boot. Courtesy of our good friend and Irish correspondent, John, this week Horror Etc delves back into the case files of Sapphire & Steel – the ITV series which starred David McCallum and Bond girl / Ab Fab star Joanna Lumley as interdimensional operatives saving humanity from… time! Sound bizarre? Mix in adventures featuring ghouls and ghosts and other mysterious forces, and one gets the feeling that this forgotten gem might deserve to have a resurgence of interest (or in the very least a Horror Etc spotlight special).
Now of course the show is fondly remembered, especially in the UK where new audio productions are currently being produced by the fine folks at Big Finish. But Sapphire & Steel never enjoyed the same success as other Brit imports such as Blake’s 7 or Dr. Who outside of the UK… does time win after all? Tune in to this week’s episode and discover what may very well be your next favourite cult classic series!
We’re making up for some lost time with this first of two episodes this week. Huge thanks to John for the fantastic contributions.
Death… mankind’s ultimate and inescapable destination. As a means to facilitate a conversation about the concept of death itself and the inherent fears that are conveyed to the audience or reader of fictional works dealing with the subject, we constructed a basic idea: fave death scenes. From each iconic instance of death’s portrayal we were able to springboard into deeper threads of discussion and dabble in the question once again of why it is we are drawn to such material. Certainly not a simple list of death scenes, rather a frank chat about one of the specific elements of the horror genre.
Through happenstance and an unexpected turn (as death so often can arrive), we met up with a few familiar voices on the podcast and ended up with a complete roundtable to cover an appropriate schlock corner entry: “the most shocking unexpected movie deaths of all time”. Spoiler warning of course, but rest assured that we largely avoided spoilers through the main segment of the show – difficult considering each moment discussed is a plot turn to a story. Moral of the episode: life is too short not to enjoy it. Or at least try to enjoy the two short live stageplay presentations offered in the show.
The Game of Thrones plays on as season 4 wrapped up just a few short weeks ago. Before the Feast and the Dance can begin we must delve into HBO’s offering this year to discuss the key storylines and weigh the whole of the series to date.
A brief word about spoilers and books: The entirety of this episode carries an open door policy on spoilers to date for the show. Minimal comment is made in comparing the show to the books series and future writings are not brought into the conversation (save for certain pacing discussions).
We hope you enjoy this latest Game of Thrones season recap, certainly many are watching it. Our approach as we figured out previously was to simply discuss the characters of the world and follow through their exploits in season 4 to cover off the main plot elements. There was more to the show this year than splashy watercooler moments including character development, acting, directing, and the amazing location shooting. Before we wrap up our discussion, we run through a few themed schlock corner bits including the ‘would you survive Westeros flowchart’, the 9 ‘most insane moments’ of season 4, and the intro sequence to the show if it were airing in the 80′s. As fun as watching Brienne an the Hound go a couple rounds – back to horror next episode.
350 episodes… a milestone? We’re treating it that way simply due to the difficulties we overcame to get here. This week we deliver a now classic from the hip format episode which flowed through so many subjects it’s hard to summarize. After some catching up and housekeeping, we delve into some TV talk including Game of Thrones (season 4 episode on its way), and Hannibal (episode on its way). We take the opportunity to recap a few of the recent box office blockbusters we didn’t get a chance to address including Godzilla (briefly), and X-Men DOFP (including Bryan Singer talk).
Next up, we discuss another found footage outing in The Conspiracy (2012), and how about a found footage film in Devil’s Pass (2013), and yet another “found footage” style in Banshee Chapter (2013). All this before discussing necrophilia in Kissed (1996), World War 2 documentaries, catching up with The Walking Dead comic book, animated fun in How To Train Your Dragon 2, Tony Todd’s adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2006), Non-Stop, Liam neeson’s unique accent, and on and on it goes.
Finally, we close things with a schlock corner veteran: William Shatner appears at a book signing! That’s it, 350 episodes. Thank you so much to everyone who is listening and spreading the word. We wouldn’t still be here if it wasn’t for you the listener – thank you!
We’re on the road again this week for another episode brought to you live on location. Join us this time for a conversation had in the immediate aftermath of viewing a trippy new film experience from Jonathan Glazer – Under The Skin. After a long festival tour, this intriguing piece features an alien in the guise of Scarlett Johannson adapting to and preying upon… mankind. It’s difficult to describe in just a few words here so best to tune in and pull a seat up at the pub with us. This episode is actually the third installment of a loose series of shows we have dedicated to the post-movie conversation following a viewing at our local arthouse theatre (adding to The Road and The Skin I Live In). It’s a great tradition that we intend to continue.
There are odds and ends as usual but the main effort is focused on recommending the latest sci-fi flick from Tom Cruise – Edge of Tomorrow. The typical description of Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers just happens to be spot on, and who isn’t at least a little interested in that. Apologies for the shorter running time and late release of the podcast this time out but hopefully the conversation was interesting enough to fill the void. Special thanks to the many listeners who reached out to give their well wishes this past week – it was truly appreciated.
Listen… did you hear it? Our voices are hopefully much easier to make out than the typical EVP recording.
This week we chat once again about our unending fascination with the possibilities of otherworldly existence. The show goes on location to Kingston’s very own abandoned asylum to wander the grounds and talk about the possibilities of supernatural encounters and specifically about Electronic Voice Phenomena or EVP recordings. Our guest this week brought his own EVP example to consider while we weigh the skeptic explanations against the thrill of experiencing the unknown. It’s a very loose session of talking about the other side and our personal obsessions with knowing the unknowable.
In the second segment of this episode, we move to a favourite destination of the podcast – Suspect Video, to chat with friend of the show Luis. In the first of an ongoing series chronicling the films of Alejandro Jodorowski, we talk about the visual experience that is El Topo from 1970. A film that defies explanation, it is nonetheless one of the most rewarding visual experiences put to film. More to come in future episodes (next up – Holy Mountain).
Finally, we announce an exciting and brand new horror convention coming to Toronto this fall! Here’s hoping many listeners will make their way out to help us inaugurate Horror-Rama 2014.