Mon, 30 November 2009
On June 13th, 2009, the writer and director of Night of the Creeps appeared with his cast members at The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas before a crowded audience of nostalgic fans. Of course, the folks in the sold-out theater were "screamin' like banshees". In conjunction with Red Shirt Pictures and Sony Home Entertainment, the filmmakers were there to present the newly remastered and restored Director's Cut of the 80s' horror classic, in preparation for the long-awaited DVD release. After a screening of the film, a Q&A session took place. Lisa Tobias and I were in the audience, and Lisa managed to record the festivities, now posted here for all to enjoy.
Thanks goes out to editing wizard, Stuart Duncan for doing such a fantastic job on cleaning up the audio quality. Thanks also to my dear friend, Lisa for making my attendance possible and for basically being made of awesome. I miss you.
Special thanks goes out to Eric "Quint" Vespe, Michael Felsher, Fred Dekker, Jason Lively, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow, Tom Atkins and everyone at The Alamo Drafthouse for their part in such an amazing evening. I'll never forget it!
Note: Alcohol was being served at this event, so the crowd was very loose and rowdy. Fair warning for those easily offended, this podcast does contain some explicit language.
Also, if you're interested in hearing more about my love for this film, please check out my guest appearance in episode 70 of The Geekscape Movie Club podcast, with Brent & Liz!
Fri, 20 November 2009
Paul Elard Cooley, Horror author and podcaster for Shadow Publications joins the show. In this edition, we discuss many aspects of the Horror film genre, including some specific titles that we like, and others we don't. This is the first half of the podcast. It's been divided into two parts, due to our original running time of over two hours!
00:02:22 - The great debate begins. Rob Zombie's version of Halloween and his work in general is discussed.
00:08:53 - The Evil Dead Trilogy comes up.
00:12:58 - John talks about the documentary, Halloween: 25 Years of Terror.
00:19:19 - Supernatural versus psychological.
00:26:07 - John makes a point to list off his positive opinions of the remake. Paul questions the swaying nature of nostalgia. The remake of Dawn of The Dead is discussed.
00:32:08 - The vampire craze is among us, and doesn't seem to be letting up anytime soon.
00:41:24 - The differences and similarities between horror films of today and those of old. The Saw franchise and the term, "torture porn" is dissected.
00:51:31 - Nothin' but love for the delightful, Julie Benz. It's brief, but there it is. :)
00:56:06 - If it's Halloween this year, it must be something else more worthy and fitting of the tag line.
00:58:50 - Paul recommends Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon.
01:42:01 - Back to Rob Zombie's Halloween. Lots more discussions to come in part 2 of this episode.
The following artists can be heard in this episode:
Rob Zombie, White Zombie, Primitive Radio Gods, Face To Face, Nine Inch Nails, Danny Elfman, Talking Heads, Echo & The Bunnymen, Johnny Cash, Bauhaus, Alice Cooper, Charlie Clouser, The English Beat, Shriekback and Brother Cane.
Fri, 13 November 2009
Ray, from The Dollhouse Podcast joins in on this commentary for "Needs". In the eighth episode from season one of Dollhouse, Echo and her fellow actives mysteriously awaken to find some semblance of their original selves intact. Unfortunately, their memories are still very fuzzy, having no idea where they are or how they got there. They must band together in order to escape the Dollhouse and try to return to their former lives. Meanwhile, Paul Ballard discovers a chip in his phone that may lead him to Caroline.
Please join Paul and I as we discuss disturbing dreams, telegraphing the story, the importance of foreshadowing and the pros and cons of Dr. Saunders' "experiment". Remember to listen for my preemptive countdown before starting the episode on your DVD.
NOTE: Coincidentally, I was in the middle of editing this podcast, around noon of November 11th, 2009 when I heard the sad, yet unsurprising news that Dollhouse had been canceled.
Sun, 1 November 2009
After more than two years away, Susie Richards returns to the podcast! This time, we take a look at the original horror classic, Halloween. John Carpenter's influential masterpiece has affected horror films and audiences alike for generations, resulting in many sequels and even remakes over the years, but we won't get into that right now.
Please join us, as Susie and I discuss pacing, the nature of evil, how modern horror stacks up to more traditional methods and sadism versus suspense. Remember to listen for the preemptive countdown before starting the film on your DVD.
NOTE: Due to some minor, technical difficulties, the episode cuts off at the end, before we get the chance to say goodbye. Don't worry though, because we were pretty much finished by then, and you didn't miss anything big.