Blade Runner still sharp as a razor
Hello, good day & welcome to The Horror Movie Show, hosted as ever by those madcap zanies Jerry & Mark. This episode features a variety of sci-fi & horror titles, so there is something for everybody. Or at least some body for every thing.
The guys begin the show talking about the newest X-Men movie, the big-budget FX-fest one would expect. Is it better than one might reasonably expect? Is the Pope an agnostic? It’s possible.
A chestnut from the long-ago-and-far-away youth of Mark & Jerry, director Ridley Scott‘s final kick at the Blade Runner can is a beauty. As influential on future science-fiction flicks as his own, earlier Alien had been, Scott’s masterpiece is based on a novel by Philip K. Dick — which suddenly made Dick’s stories a goldmine for filmmakers. The fellas wax rhapsodic over this 2007 edit of the 1982 movie.
Another golden oldie, Sorcerer stars Roy Scheider & an international cast in a suspenseful & deadly trek across Amazonian jungle to bring highly unstable dynamite to a drilling site. Director William Friedkin was coming off a high with 1973′s The Exorcist when he went in another & very interesting direction. This is a wild ride.
The original version of We Are What We Are is a 2010 Mexican movie that is only tangentially related to the U.S. remake. The question with such a situation is, invariably, which is superior? I think the lads should answer.
Finally, a very entertaining documentary about everything that goes into putting on a massive, modern haunted house display — or however one might describe a venue with several different spook-houses & all that entails. In Monsters Wanted we meet the two or three people who have put up the money; we see the talent being hired; we see the headaches & frustrations. Frankly, it looks like a lot of hard work & fun. Listen now, bwa-ha-ha-ha.
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New book for fans of wild cinema
The subtitle boldly claims: “Guitar barbarians, mutant bimbos & cult zombies amok in the 666 most ear- and eye-ripping big-scream films ever!” Well… that sounds like fun.
Author Mike “McBeardo” McPadden’s 560-page tome contains hundreds of good, fun-to-read reviews of movies that more or less could be considered heavy or metal or both. Obviously a labour of love, the book also contains a plethora of pix — posters & stills & whatnot — that will both enlighten & entertain.
As well as a useful reference, this is a perfect bathroom book; open to any page & there is fun. And if you are the sort of movie fan who thinks there are no movies worth watching you haven’t already seen, Mike will set you straight. From horror to black comedy to interesting “adult” flicks, Heavy Metal Movies is worth owning.
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Hallo folks! The Horror Movie Show is moderately proud to bring you episode #153, hosted as always by Mark & Jerry. This week the boys of summer discuss a handful of movies — mostly new, but one lovely chestnut as well.
Tom Cruise‘s summer blockbuster is another science-fiction adventure: Edge of Tomorrow. Sure, the title sounds like a soap opera from the ’60s, but this tale of a guy caught in a temporal loop is a cross between Groundhog Day & Starship Troopers.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 received a lukewarm reception on its release. Jerry & Mark claw their way through the sticky webbing to sling their opinions on one of Marvel Comics’ usually reliable characters.
Next up is that chestnut already mentioned: 1979′s Nosferatu the Vampyre. Directed by the great Werner Herzog & starring Klaus Kinski as Count Dracula, this German take on the classic bloodsucker tale is considered by many to be the best vampire movie ever made. That’s a bold claim.
From 2008 comes writer-director Steven Sheil‘s Mum & Dad. A brutal story of a family of psychos & victims, this little-known flick is worth seeing. And last but not least is The Returned, a low-budget effort set in a world in which zombies have been cured — but the cure is about to run out. Time, gentlemen, please!
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Chris Evans retrospective
Howdy-do, listeners. Welcome to another episode of The Horror Movie Show, hosted by those wide-bodied watchers Jerry & Mark. This week the guys are discussing several movies by well-known actor & pretty boy Chris Evans.
Beginning with Captain America: The First Avenger, our hosts naturally progress to the newer Captain America: The Winter Soldier. From there it’s an easy segue to a discussion of 2012′s The Avengers. These huge-budget special-effect spectacles can be good fun. But are they good movies?
The 2004 thriller Cellular is next, starring a very young Evans & the not-quite-so-young Kim Basinger. (Ignore Jerry’s mumbling comments about writer Larry Cohen; he meant Lloyd Kaufman.) That is followed with a discussion about the B vehicle The Iceman, with Evans taking a supporting but still interesting role.
Director Danny Boyle‘s 2007 feature Sunshine sparks a heated argument between our hosts which is only doused when someone dumps a bucket of ice-water on the dopes. This gentle reminder to stay “on track” leads to the final movie in this episode, 2013′s Snowpiercer. This last is an allegorical locomotive journey through a class system that is only becoming closer to reality every day. Please keep your arms & legs inside the train at all times.
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Any friend of Mr. Sardonicus…
Fans of the late, great William Castle — horror movie director extraordinaire, including The Tingler, 13 Ghosts, The Old Dark House, House on Haunted Hill & Mr. Sardonicus — can find a worthy biography of the legendary filmmaker in a new book by Joe Jordan titled Showmanship: The Cinema of William Castle.
Includes a foreword by Bela Lugosi Jr. and introduction by Thomas Page.