Welcome, welcome to a classic From The Hip format episode. After several weeks apart Ted and Tony used the podcast recording as an excuse to just have a chat session about the various things we’ve been up to and watching. The details of individual titles are pretty vague as the format intended – just some flicks we’ve caught. Of course, turning on the mic mere moments after walking out of the latest Trailer Park Boys big screen feature didn’t help things – your hosts got into the spirit of things and the loose discussion reflects it.
After some TPB talk we got into some broad subjects on the non-mainstream vampire films out there based on some recent watches and a forthcoming subject was born, then we moved to a general evaluation of the resurrected Hammer studio output to date. Following the upcoming The Quiet Ones we will tackle that referendum as an episode as well. Then things started bouncing around a bit but we managed to work through a number of documentaries including The Summit (2012), Touching the Void (2003), Dirty Wars (2012), and the difficult to describe The Act of Killing (2012).
This was just the beginning however as we spend some time of the random stuff including Pig Hunt (2008) where the title should tell you what to expect but there’s oh so much more, I Didn’t Come Here to Die (2010) a low budget homage to the worn out VHS tapes of horror yesteryear, and Contracted (2013) featuring a new kind of STD to watch out for. Lotsa laughs were had this episode, hope you find it fun too. We close out with a message from John in Ireland concerning a great opportunity for listeners to share their creative efforts, following a good short film schlock corner that really got Anthony good: Lights Out.
Get ready to be shocked as Tony hits the road to Shock Stock 2014, the London (Ontario) based old-school / grassroots horror fest currently in its fourth year. Boasting the festival’s most impressive line-up to date including horror stalwarts Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses, Devil’s Rejects), James Lorinz (Frankenhooker, Street Trash), Maurizio Guarini (Goblin), Felicia Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Ginger Lynn (adult star) – and the list goes on. Tony was there to promote his new Phantom of the Opera film (which enjoyed its world premiere screening at the festival). Along the way, he met up with horror blogger Geeker (aka Erica Tisdale), Luis from Suspect Video, Guinness record holders The Monsters of Schlock, and even hosted an extended Q&A panel with the great character actor Gerrit Graham (“Beef” from the Brian de Palma cult classic Phantom of the Paradise)!
There’s lots of great audio packed into this special road edition of the Horror Etc Podcast… and an extra special surprise visit from an old friend. Enjoy!
After an unfortunate delay, we are back for another quick hello to catch up over coffee and discuss recent travels and a near fatal illness. This episode is brief to be sure but we did manage to talk some big screen outings including Captain America Winter Soldier and Grand Budapest Hotel. As Tony recently discovered Wes Anderson we talk a little about the auteur director’s style and debate whether he is in fact one of the best directors of all time?!
After promising to follow up on an episode dedicated to made for tv genre films, we cover the one horror film we both caught this week – In Fear (2013). This one came to our attention for a couple reasons: Tony wanted to see what director Jeremy Lovering could present in his debut non-tv film as he has been attached to The Changeling remake, and Ted was sold on the plot description of two characters lost in maze of single lane roads encountering an unknown threat. Did it deliver what we were hoping for? Wellll….
Our short discussion is supplemented by an audio presentation of the panel discussion hosted by Anthony this weekend featuring Lori Hallier and Neil Affleck reminiscing about their roles in the original slasher flick My Bloody Valentine. It was a fun one-off segment that adds to our excitement over getting to cover some more conventions in 2014 (as we gear up for Bruce Campbell’s return to Fan Expo). Please stay tuned as we get ourselves back on track with regular programming.
“I think human consciousness, is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware, nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself, we are creatures that should not exist by natural law. We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self; an accretion of sensory, experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody is nobody. Maybe the honorable thing for our species to do is deny our programming, stop reproducing, walk hand in hand into extinction, one last midnight, brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal.”
If you are up for listening to two guys gush about how fantastic HBO’s first season of True Detective was, then this is the show for you. After binge-watching through the completed eight episodes we had to fire up the mic to discuss this terrific take on the southern gothic detective story. Following the quality and success of Breaking Bad, we were pessimistic about when we would next get so swept up in a new series and thankfully the wait was relatively short.
A short series that feels more like an extended feature film, True Detective not only delivered on the production front with a definite cinematic presentation but offered up two very memorable characters performed by actors who really impressed us. Woody Harrelson’s Marty Hart was a character who’s weaknesses were revealed over the course of things, but it was Matthew McConaughey’s Rust Cohle who was endlessly captivating – through him, we got some great hihilistic philosophising. The last thing to mention, and in our opinion rightfully so, is a genre plot that is both compelling and ultimately incidental to the character study at the heart of the show.
Simply put, it was good – and we hope you enjoy our look back and share in our appreciation. That said, there is no shortage of criticsm out there and we address that as well. For those who have yet to check it out, the spoilers begin about 25 minutes in (we give fair warning in the episode). Back to horror again next week.
This week we return to the subject of Black and White presentations in film. We have long professed our appreciation for the “classics” of the genre and dedicated many episodes in the past to some of our favourite series including the Universal era, silent era, the films of Val Lewton, etc. This time out we are re-visiting the approach of monochrome presentation in a more general way.
Things begin with a simple statement of admiration for the unique aspects of monochrome, the ways and means by which mood and texture can be created through the use of light and shading. Black and white typically conveys the aspects of good and evil, however in the proper hands B&W cinematography can depict many textures in film and generate tension and suspense simply through the use of shifting shadows, reflections and focus. After expounding on our love of monochrome we proceed into specific discussions of several titles both from history and contemporary that we had not yet discussed to date, including Bava’s gothic masterpiece Black sunday (1960), the Charles Laughton directed Night of the Hunter (1955), The Curse of the Crying Woman (1963), Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962), A Field in England (2013), and Eraserhead (1977) – more to come following a promise to shine a spotlight on David Lynch.
Following a quick schlock corner paying tribute to the horror genre’s black and white history, we discuss the latest from director Vincenzo Natali, Haunter. There was a small amount of disagreement over the originality of the story however both came out recommending this well-crafted haunted house tale. Due to the nature of the plot, some spoilers had to be dropped to set up our discussion – fair warning is given in the episode. We hope you enjoyed this look deep into the well as much as we did, modern material coming soon.
This week’s show is a change of pace for the Horror Etc podcast!
Ted and Tony invite you to an evening at the theatre, as we present a full performance of Shakespeare’s Star Wars, recorded live before a packed house and featuring Anthony as Darth Vader.
A full (and talented) cast brings A New Hope to life in Shakespearean verse (based on the current best-selling book), and our recorders were on-hand to capture all the fun / adventure / excitement from a galaxy far FAR away… and in iambic pentameter, no less!
There’s a chuckle before the performance, and the usual HETC brew-haha’s. We hope you enjoy this special one-off show – may the force be with you!
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