Podcast 172 — Poltergeist (2015), The Man in the High Castle, I Thought I Told You to Shut Up, Remember Me, Clown

poltergeist2015Grab the bull by the tail & face reality

Welcome to another episode of The Horror Movie Show, hosted by Jerry & Mark. This week’s hour of jibber-jabber is bursting at the seams with horrific goodness, along with some strange comedy. Please, take your shoes off & set a spell. We promise to take down the Confederate battle flag by the end of the show — because we are not monsters.

But enough real-life horror. The show begins with a review of the remake of Poltergeist, starring the usually excellent Sam Rockwell. How does it compare with the much-loved original? That is discussed.

Next up is a look at the pilot of a new series based on the venerable novel by Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle. This is one of the most popular alternate-history stories ever written, with the Axis powers of the Second World War divvying up North America between them. It’s fair to say those Nazis are just not very nice people & have much in common with the GOP legislators of South Carolina.

I Thought I Told You to Shut Up!! is a too-brief documentary about cartoonist David Boswell & the dream of fashioning a feature film about his hilarious Reid Fleming, World’s Toughest Milkman. That is followed by a review of the three-part BBC series, Remember Me. The latter stars Michael Palin & was made in the tradition of BBC Xmastime ghost stories.

This episode ends with an enjoyable look at Clown, a movie that began as a parody horror trailer. With producer Eli Roth taking an interest, director Jon Watts actually made the feature & it is worth watching. So don’t let the Southern Hospitality kill you. Just set down there next to the pickle barrel & let’s talk alternate history. Yee-haw! The South shall lie to itself again!