Episode 126: 2019 Recap

It’s the end of a decade and for our first episode of 2020 we’re doing our annual recap of the previous year. We both pick our five favourites of 2019, list some honourable mentions and tell you all the movies we’re looking forward to in the coming twelve months.

Did any of your choices make our lists? Is Josh sure to choose something totally obscure? Will we have any of the same titles? Just how many genre films made the cut?

You’ll have to tune in to find out but, first up, we’ll fill you in on what we’ve been watching between episodes including a holiday themed horror musical, a couple of franchise entries that have us wondering what we’re doing to ourselves, a bunch of 2019 films that just didn’t make the cut, Josh has a PREMONITION, a documentary on one of horror’s biggest icons, a trip to PRIVATE SCHOOL and much more!

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Episode 125: Lethal Weapon Franchise

It’s time for us to dive back into franchise territory. This time instead of Chuck, ninjas and robotic cops we’ve decided to tackle a series that was a surprise hit when it began in 1987 and only continued to be more and more popular. But does it deserve such mainstream love?

This is a question that needs an answer and we sat through all four films (in a compressed space of time) to try and figure out why this buddy cop series pairing Mel Gibson and Danny Glover with Richard Donner at the helm garnered such love. Along the way we complain about property damage, Joe Pesci, a tonal shift that’s hard to handle and the fact that Gibson’s Riggs is just a complete and utter jerk.

As usual we begin with what we’ve watching including our alternative take on Fred Durst’s THE FANATIC, another visit to the Hellraiser universe, see Dennis Quaid go crazy coo-coo, (sort of) learn about Boogaloo Shrimp, get our KNIVES OUT and much more!

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Episode 124: The Craven

After doing episodes on such favourites as John Carpenter, John Landis, Tom Savini, Tobe Hooper and others; we realized that we were missing one of horror’s luminaries: Wes Craven.

From his early beginnings working with Sean S. Cunningham, his days in the XXX film industry, his reinvention of the horror landscape not once but twice, directing Meryl Streep to an Oscar nomination, and everything in-between we take a look at the man and his films going over our favourites and why we feel his movies deserve to stand the test of time. Sure, they weren’t all zingers but you can’t deny how important his career would be for the genre.

As always we begin by talking about what we’ve been watching which includes a teenage girl’s obsession with a killer, an introduction to the doppelganger we call Robert Bronzi, a TV film with a serious message that still offers dated entertainment, WWE takes on slasher movies as Josh watched BOTH See No Evil entries, a look at this year’s most divisive film JOJO RABBIT, the triumphant return of the Wilderness Family and so much more!

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Episode 123: 70’s Kids Flicks

Because we love delivering episodes that seem super weird coming from a podcast focused mostly on cult, horror and exploitation film, we’ve decided to revisit our youth. Specifically our under ten years.

Being kids of the 70’s/80’s, we grew up through a crazy time where a lot of the things considered children’s entertainment would probably not fly these days – as witnessed by a few of the movies on our lists!

We’ve each picked five films we grew up on that made a lasting impact on us and it’s quite an assortment with the expected Disney live-action fare, animals galore, kids being punished for wanting candy, athletic prowess and even alcoholism(?!).

First up, we discuss what we have been watching between episodes as Josh tells us about his double feature of two classic zombie films, Chris continues to lament 2019 horror films, more sequels crossed our paths, Jamie Lee Curtis and John Travolta have some intense exercising, Chris takes a surreal trip to THE LIGHTHOUSE, and we both watched Bong Joon-Ho’s latest, PARASITE. Plus more!

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Episode 122: Halloween Party

All Hallow’s Eve is nearly upon us and during this time of tricks, treats and ghouls in the night we’ve decided to each come up with a list of five movies that would make perfect viewing for any Halloween get together you and your friends might be planning.

Our only restrictions were that they had to be of the horror-comedy ilk and that they had to play well to a crowd. The results? A whole lot of zombies causing havoc, a late night TV hostess, an adaptation of a cartoon strip, a loving homage of 50’s creature features and more.

To kick off we talk about the 19(!) films we’ve watched since last episode and seeing as this is a Halloween themed one it’s mostly horror – but we weren’t the best at picking the best quality horror – as Josh dives back into the HELLRAISER sequels, Chris headed to the theatre for two anniversary screenings, we cover a couple of anthology films with good credentials and much, much more!

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Episode 121: Full Moon

Formed in 1988 from the ashes of Empire Pictures, Charles Band’s FULL MOON has been delivering all sorts of b-movie madness in their thirty-plus year existence. It’s a ride that includes killer puppets, demonic toys, freaks, shrunken heads, miniature humans and even evil bongs(?!).

We welcome back past guest, Vince D’Amato, to talk about what Full Moon means to us and have each chosen five of their releases that we think you should check out if you want to know just what a Full Moon experience truly is.

First, as usual, we kick it off talking about what we’ve been watching including a few Netflix originals, a Japanese zombie movie with a difference, rampaging animals galore, one of the most bizarre early 80’s big studio films ever, some time travelling murder, a four-boobed medieval stripper and so much more!

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Episode 120: Mill Creek Entertainment

If you’re looking to fatten up your physical media collection and/or are curious about the wild, wild world of cult and exploitation films, it’s easy to fall in love with Mill Creek Entertainment. When they’re not releasing multi-film sets or complete TV series, they are giving us blu-rays of various cult oddities.

This why we’ve decided to shine the light on this budget label with both of us each picking five of their releases we believe you should pick up to get an idea of just what Mill Creek is delivering to the movie obsessed masses.

First off, as usual, we’re talking about what films have crossed our eyeballs since last time including an obscure Raquel Welch western, an 80’s teen gang movie with a killer soundtrack and odd James Spader performance, another modern horror film Chris falls again on the “un-popular” side, Mr. T and a wacky group of cabbies and so much more!

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Episode 119: Wheneasyridermetwickermaninasatanicpanicatsleepawaycampwiththebadasses

We’re back from hiatus and do we have a batch of films for you!

In the month we’ve been off we’ve taken multiple trips to the theatre, watched some questionable entertainment and built up a lot of resentment towards Disney (warning: rant within).

We both doubled up on two bonafide classics about hitting the open road and pagan rituals, Chris lets you know if READY OR NOT is worth your time, Josh watches a western-lite with one of the best pairings in 70’s cinema, there’s a whole lot of mediocre horror going on, we RETURN TO SLEEPAWAY CAMP and so much more!

Tune in and spend an evening with us as we take you through our movie watching bad habits!

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Episode 118: Twenty Years Ago (1999)

In the first of what we’re planning to be an annual series, we’ve decided to look back at movies that have crossed over from the “teens” to adulthood by turning twenty years old this year.

First up is the last year of the 90’s. A year where Y2K freaked everyone out, Shakespeare in Love won Best Picture at the Oscars (and made us collectively groan) and many films helped kick off a new influx of copycats – here’s looking at you, The Blair Witch Project.

For this episode, we’ve both chosen five films from 1999 that we feel are worth seeking out and it contains many a black comedy, a couple of films by established directors that seem like odd choices and a decided influx of Kirsten Dunst movies.

However, as always, we first talk about what we’ve been watching including ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, Charles Bronson vs. a constantly naked killer, Karyn Kusama’s DESTROYER, a bizarro effort from the director of the Sleepaway Camp sequels, Umberto Lenzi’s ALMOST HUMAN and much, much more!

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Episode 117: Alligators, Hitchers, Pinhead, & Lifetime Movies

There ain’t no cure for the summertime blues… except movies.

We’ve watched a whole slew of films in the last few weeks and want to tell you all about them as we tackle 18 movies as Josh checked out Alexandre Aja’s CRAWL, a bear has a picnic with humans, a duo of slasher flicks of suspect quality, two vacations courtesy of National Lampoon, some Jess Franco nunspoloitation, an Albert Pyun action movie that looks like Die Hard but isn’t, and Chris insisting on watching not one but three Lifetime movies involving pregnancy, abuse and psychosis. Plus more!

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