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.
Vampires – the most overused character in the horror genre? Certainly there has been an overabundance of the romantic presentation of vampires recently across all mediums, but the question we pose this week is whether there is still room to teel interesting stories featuring bloodsuckers. Since there has been such a wealth of material produced through history we avoided drilling down into lists of films that represent the “traditional” versus “non-traditional” vampire, but rather discussed the subgenre as a whole and what our preferred approaches are.
It was a loose conversation following through what is expected in a vampire movie and sharing a few recent titles that help demonstrate there is enough flexibility in the character to support a lifespan as seemingly endless as the vampire itself. Notable films we land on through the course of things include Nosferatu (’22 and ’79, both of which have enjoyed excellent re-mastered releases), the underspoken Romero classic Martin (1976), the melancholy but stylish Byzantium (2012), the low-budget twisty take on vampires Midnight Son (2009), and the new, surprisingly fresh, found footage flick Afflicted (2013).
Our conclusion is that no amount of sparkles can take the shine off the most iconic figure in horror. Things progress into a pair of schlock corner selections featuring new metal music from Christopher Lee and new original series Star Trek episodes (?). Finally, we announce the Return of the Living Dead contest winner and Ted gets caught up on Louie CK.
Half reptile, half beast! The end of the world is nigh!!
Breather of fire and leveller of cities!!
It’s… Bill Bossert?
That’s right, kids – Uncle Billy Bossert is back on the Horror Etc podcast, when Tony heads on a roadtrip down to Connecticut (USA) to catch Godzilla with his producer, friend and long-time listener of this program. It’s a lot of Kaiju chat, some Trek and Batman coverage too – and a little Chris Walken thrown in for good measure.
Head for the hills, folks – a monster (episode) is about to be unleashed (*)…
(*) Disclaimer: The fine folks at HETC cannot guarantee whether or not a monster will indeed be unleashed to destroy your city and devour your neighbours.
What we classify as From The Hip style episodes are shows where the conversation ends up going places we didn’t expect or plan for. When your hosts bumped into each other randomly going about our day, we pulled out the always handy mic and sat down to chat resulting in two unrelated segments based on what we’ve been watching and thinking about.
After some early discussion of our appreciation of the drive-in experience, we got to our thoughts on the Amazing Spiderman 2 and ended up talking about the broad subject of how comic book movies have evolved in recent years and the pros and cons of ‘disposable’ blockbusters. The spoilers for the movie are announced but for those who wish to fast forward to subject number two, the segment ends at 37 minutes in.
Next up, we talk about the state of the found footage subgenre and the pros and cons of its massive proliferation. This discussion was spurred by some recent watches that coincidentally shared the hand-held, verite technique: The Borderlands (2013), a story of vatican dispatched ‘miracle investigators’, The Frankenstein Theory (2013), a faux-documentary chronicling the search for a real life Frankenstein monster in the Canadian arctic, and The Sacrament (2013), Ti West’s latest which embeds documentary filmmakers into an isolated commune with a dark secret.
So its an odd mix of topics this week with the fun of casual conversation that we always enjoy when shooting from the hip. Throw in a cool new documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, and we have an episode. Thanks to all who have checked out our latest premium on bandcamp The Return of the Living Dead Series. We announce a new contest to win Dead Set on DVD in the show for those who download it before the next episode.
Don’t call Tony and Ted “The Quiet Ones”! This week, we are chatty as ever as we catch up with the latest offering from the newest incarnation of England’s famed Hammer Studios.
Now that the studio has delivered a sufficient filmography to evaluate their progress, we take a look at the background of the brand’s relaunch and our observations on what the projects they have undertaken have offered. This lead us through a journey into some very strange, surreal and dark places: An apartment in New York City where terror stalks in the shadows (The Resident)… a strange tale of the undead in New Mexico (Let Me In)… an Irish village where the Elder Gods are still celebrated in ancient rituals (Wake Wood)… and a house on the edge of the world where a tragic and deadly story is doomed to repeat itself (The Woman in Black). We conclude our coverage with out thought son the latest release in theatres now – The Quiet Ones. Since the brand’s return to the big screen in 2010, Hammer has been offering a steady output of well-made and well-cast dark chillers… does this make for a reliable brand? Check out this week’s episode to learn your hosts’ take on The NEW Hammer!
We wrap things up with a few recent watches, some thank yous, and coverage of Anthony’s latest project. Thanks as always for listening and stay tuned for our next premium episode: the Return of the Living Dead Series retrospective later this week.
(Brought to you by the Horror Etc Podcast – still in its ORIGINAL incarnation)
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.