Tag Archive: Horror

Oct 01 2016

Episode 78 – Halloween

HalloweenThis week, Susanne Becker joins us to watch the horror classic Halloween!  Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence star in a movie that pretty much served as the source for every masked killer horror trope from the 1980’s.  Make no mistake, though, this film did them all first and, in many ways, it is still the best.  While the film may not have aged as well as some of the other classic titles we’ve watched, it is still some very impressive work by Horror virtuoso John Carpenter.

Next up, we will be watching The Shining!

Note: You may be wondering where our episode of Bringing up Baby has gone.  Sadly, we had severe technical difficulties with the recording and we were unable to salvage anything.  Sorry.

Halloween (1978)
Halloween poster Rating: 7.8/10 (174,032 votes)
Director: John Carpenter
Writer: John Carpenter (screenplay), Debra Hill (screenplay)
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Kyes, P.J. Soles
Runtime: 91 min
Rated: R
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Released: 27 Oct 1978
Plot: Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.

Aug 01 2016

Episode 75 – The Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the LambsThis week’s episode explores the only horror film to win an Oscar for best picture, The Silence of the Lambs!  It took some work to find someone who hadn’t seen the film but Chelsea Okey was good enough to join us even though she really doesn’t like horror.  We spend a lot of time talking about the acting work of Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins, which is superb.  But we also look at how well constructed this film is as a thriller and we observe that perhaps we should not have recorded the podcast in a basement for this particular episode.

For our next podcast, we’ll follow Jodie Foster to Taxi Driver!

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The Silence of the Lambs poster Rating: 8.6/10 (995,434 votes)
Director: Jonathan Demme
Writer: Thomas Harris (novel), Ted Tally (screenplay)
Stars: Jodie Foster, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons, Lawrence T. Wrentz
Runtime: 118 min
Rated: R
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Released: 14 Feb 1991
Plot: A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Dec 01 2013

Episode 12 – John Carpenter’s The Thing

The ThingOnce again, we recorded live at Pepito’s Parkway Theatre in Minneapolis.  This time, we were joined by Matt Allex from the Horror Show Hot Dog.  We returned to the magical year of 1982 with Matt’s favorit movie: John Carpenter’s The Thing.  The print was absolutely phenomenal and the movie is one of the great horror films of all time.  We were joined by an enthusiastic audience for an ejoyable afternoon of death and nihilism.

Note: We had a few issues with the microphones when we were recording this episode so there are some lengthy silences.  Sorry about that!

Our next episode will be a very special Christmas episode where we watch just about the only Christmas movie Jena has never seen – Trading Places.

The Thing (1982)
The Thing poster Rating: 8.2/10 (289,484 votes)
Director: John Carpenter
Writer: Bill Lancaster (screenplay), John W. Campbell Jr. (story)
Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T.K. Carter, David Clennon
Runtime: 109 min
Rated: R
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Released: 25 Jun 1982
Plot: A crew in Antarctica finds a neighboring camp destroyed and its crew dead. Whatever killed them is nowhere to be found, unless it's hidden in plain sight.

Nov 01 2013

Episode 10 – The Abominable Dr. Phibes

The Abominable Dr. PhibesThis episode will air on the day after Halloween so we decided that it was time to show Jena a bizarre horror film starring Vicent Price.  Much like The Matrix, nobody can tell you what The Abominable Dr. Phibes is – you have to see it for yourself.  Jena was clearly still unsure what she’d seen when the movie was over and that reaction was just about perfect.  If you haven’t seen the movie yet – go ahead and listen to the episode.  We promised that there is no way to spoil the cinematic experience that is The Abominable Dr. Phibes!

Our next episode airs on the 15th of November and it will be about Jaques Tati’s Playtime!

The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
The Abominable Dr. Phibes poster Rating: 7.2/10 (10,964 votes)
Director: Robert Fuest
Writer: James Whiton, William Goldstein
Stars: Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Hugh Griffith, Terry-Thomas
Runtime: 94 min
Rated: PG-13
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Released: 18 May 1971
Plot: A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife's death.