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!
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!
For the last thirty-plus years, we’ve been witness to many inventive, creative and groundbreaking music videos but now we here at GBW have decided that there can also be a disturbing and/or horrific side to them. This is why we’ve each decided to pick our five favourite horror-related music videos. Covering various genres and with such things as murderous kids, doom-laden movie clips and dark industrial sounds these videos are ones we think do the genre proud.
However, you’re not going to find Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” on these lists because we both agree it’s the G.O.A.T. and it wouldn’t of been fair to all the other great videos out there.
But first we’re talking about what we’ve been watching and it includes a return to the black metal realm, some top-notch found footage, an inventive 80’s sci-fi flick, some more Jess Franco action, Lucio Fulci, and much more!
Because “physical media is dead” (yeah, okay) we’ve decided to tackle another boutique label that’s been delivering the goods since 2009 in the U.K. before coming over to the North American shores in 2014.
If the movie is off-beat, cult, horror or something you won’t find outside of a Vinegar Syndrome release then chances are Arrow Video has put it out. From unleashing oodles of 80’s slashers on the unsuspecting public, giving older Italian and Japanese cinema the kind of respect it deserves and giving us gloriously colourful Mario Bava blu-rays – Arrow has it all!
Because of this, we’ve each chosen five titles we think are essential to pick-up from one of our favourite labels on the go today.
As usual, we kick things off with what we’ve been watching including Josh continuing his viewing of New York City set films to the tune of MIDNIGHT COWBOY, Chris gets pumped up about the most head shots he’s ever seen in a movie, there’s some disaster movie sequel goings-on, everyone loves John Candy, we get our GRUNT! THE WRESTLING MOVIE on, Chris finally thinks he’s at the end of his CHILDREN OF THE CORN run and more!
At GBW, we are big horror fans. In fact, it was horror that brought your hosts together in the first place all those years ago. It’s only natural that when people find out you do a movie podcast, and that you’ve written many reviews, they want to know what the “scariest” horror films are.
Looking at this from the angle of a) we’ve seen so many genre films it’s impossible to be scared and b) if we were someone not at all familiar with horror what would scare us, we’ve each come up with five movies that we feel would be guaranteed to deliver in that department.
First off, we talk about what we’ve watched including a couple of recent Oscar winners, a remake of a bona fide classic, a duo of late 80’s films that are awesome examples of what to expect from genre movies of the time, a snake turned revenge seeking stalker, and much more! There’s also a few tangents including one regarding inappropriate picture taking.
If you were a horror geek like we were in the late 80’s and early 90’s, chances are you discovered the glory of shot-on-video in your search for the latest, greatest scare flick. Something that your group of friends would rent on a Friday night and marvel at the low-budget shenanigans within. Movies that even you might be able to make in your own backyard.
That’s why we’ve brought on filmmaker/writer Richard Mogg to talk all about his just released book, Analog Nightmares: The Shot on Video Films of 1982-1995, which covers over two-hundred(!) films as well as containing interviews with such SOV luminaries as Tim Ritter (Truth or Dare), Donald Farmer (Cannibal Hookers) and Ron Bonk (She Kills).
Tune in for a lively discussion about the SOV era filled with stories and laughs as we also each pick 5 (or, in Chris’ case, 4) films we think you should check out.
Analog Nightmares can be found at https://www.facebook.com/sovhorror/
For this episode we welcome the team behind Vancouver based Bad Cookie Pictures, Ariel Hansen and Topher Graham, to talk all about their short films “Ready to Burst”, “Paint the Town Red”, and “The Man in the Rabbit Mask” as well as all their upcoming projects and how they ended up in the horror game in the first place.
Then we invited them to join us in naming our favourite body horror films. The only guideline was: there wasn’t any! Meaning we all had very diverse lists that included some films you might have expected, some surprises, and even a little bit of the old A2M. WARNING: things might get a bit raunchy at times!
For more on Bad Cookie go to: https://www.facebook.com/BadCookiePictures/
Dunnn-nunnnn-dunnnn-nunnn. Welcome to episode 77 of GBW and this time it might not be safe to go into the water.
It’s time for another franchise episode as we tackle the four Jaws films. Starting in 1975 with Steven Spielberg’s classic, Bruce (the shark) and the folks of Amity have had a long relationship that ran for four films – each just a little bit worse than that before it. Tune in an hear how we rank the series, our favourite (and least favourite) moments, and a whole lot of shark talk.
First off we talk about what we’ve been watching including a visit to the universe of Ash Williams, a few poor horror films, Josh’s continuing VHS adventures, and much more!
Jackie Kong has directed such films as The Being, Night Patrol and the cult classic Blood Diner. We got the opportunity to sit down with her before a midnight screening of Blood Diner to talk about her career, the longevity of her films, and the struggles of being a female filmmaker in a male dominated industry. Along the way we have a few laughs, hear a few stories, and get an exclusive on her ongoing “Blood Diner Insanity Tour”.
After the interview be sure to stick around to hear us talk about what we’ve been watching and, while it might not be the best of films, there are giant robots, golf course mayhem, werewolves, and much more!
Visit Jackie on the web at https://www.facebook.com/findingsheetar/