Are you a horror fiend with no one to talk to? Join directors Ryan McDuffie and Tim Aslin as they “dismember” a horror film each week and breakdown what worked, what didn’t work, and anything interesting or noteworthy. New episodes every Thursday.
“It's time to play!” Nothing quite says horrifying like the spawn of a Satanic cult possessing multiple dolls, and by proxy, Denise Crosby’s daughter… (except maybe Rip Torn’s attempt at a mexican accent). Ryan and Tim had a surprisingly fun time with “Dolly Dearest,” despite its inherent, low-budget trappings. It really hit the sweet spot for Ryan’s sensibilities, and as Tim said: “This movie sucks, but it’s fun.” Earning a “stream” and a “rent,” it also lead Tim to the discovery of ANOTHER original, doll-themed film by none other than Ryan himself!
Where we watched: Amazon Prime
RecommenDEADtions: Burning / The Canal
Dolly Dearest (1991)
Directed by Maria Lease
Written by Maria Lease, Rob Nave and Peter Sutcliffe
Oh 1973… yes, you gave us The Exorcist, but you also gave us Arnold. So how did 1973 fare for this week’s haunted house film? Not even Roddy McDowall could save The Legend of Hell House (nor an overexcited pyrotechnics guy). Tim settled on an eventual “avoid” while Ryan was able to channel his inner demon-cat and rate it a “rent,” being able to overlook its inherent flaws.
Where we watched: Shudder
RecommenDEADtions: Fright Night (1985) / Chernobyl
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
Directed by John Hough
Written by Richard Matheson
What do you get when H.P. Lovecraft, Stanley Kubrick, Franz Kafka, and David Cronenberg have a lovechild? A gooey, tentacled, phallus, ooze-monster, of course! And boy oh boy did Ryan and Tim drip/pour/gush praise all over this new favorite with the most coveted of ratings: a double “buy it.” Get into the madness and brilliance of Possession as we grow our own little primordial, relationship demon.
Where we watched: Blu-ray
RecommenDEADtions: American Movie / Repulsion
Directed by Andrzej Żuławski
Written by Andrzej Żuławski and Frederic Tuten
This week we embark on a majestic, epic, beautiful, and magnificent journey with the classic Japanese anthology film, Kwaidan. With virtually nothing that didn’t work for either Tim or Ryan, it’s no surprise they rated this a “rent” and “buy,” respectively. The guys truly gush over the artistry and depth of these four ghost stories, as well as take care of clearing up Tim’s pronunciation of Ms. Dushku’s first name from the Wrong Turn episode.
Where we watched: Blu-ray
RecommenDEADtions: The Gate / Pontypool
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi
Written by Yoko Mizuki
Don’t let anyone inside when you’ve got a baby inside your belly, or else the outside-person will want what’s inside you! That’s a confusing way to say that this week’s film is Inside-- part of the notorious “New French Extremity” films. Ryan and Tim agree that for all its gore and intended shock value, Inside is a swing-and-a-miss, earning a double “stream” that came dangerously close to “avoid.” But hey, in addition to our usual dismemberment, at least we get some insight into Tim’s past as a bartender in the year 2007.
Where we watched: iTunes
RecommenDEADtions: Calvaire / Raw
Inside / À l'intérieur (2007)
Directed by Julien Maury
Written by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo
It’s a mom-ghost and ghosts... and Satan’s slaves. Also-- zombies? We tried really hard to make sense of this week’s film by way of Indonesia. Sadly, it fell a little short. Ryan and Tim both gave it a “stream,” although Tim was a near “avoid.” Also, Ryan continued to be possessed by the demons of Paranormal Activity and shared some of his new findings.
Where we watched: Shudder
RecommenDEADtions: The Wolf of Wall Street / Ash vs The Evil Dead
Satan’s Slaves / Pengabdi Setan (2017)
Written and Directed by Joko Anwar
This week we take an interesting and unassuming dive (let’s call it “the Dushku effect”) into a quintessential film in Ryan’s adolescence, Wrong Turn. Tim and Ryan take an arrow to the eyeball for this mid-2000’s, hillbilly-horror vehicle: not even Eliza Dushku or “Mr. Serious“ could completely save this “stupid, stupid, stupid” film. Despite Ryan’s deep love for it, (and the subsequent high school game of “Dushku” it spawned) he gave it a “rent” while Tim handed it a weak “stream.”
Where we watched: Amazon Rental
RecommenDEADtions: I Saw The Devil / We Are What We Are
Wrong Turn (2003)
Directed by Rob Schmidt
Written by Alan B. McElroy
Episode 036 - Paranormal Activity 3
Ryan and Tim take an unexpected liking to the third installment of this haunted house, found-footage franchise-- as Tim says, “It’s the greatest movie of all time… to stream.” Of course, that earned Paranormal Activity 3 a “rent” from him and a strong “stream” from Ryan. So come on in, set up those video cameras, and hear the guys explain why the 80’s were the best time for this series (and when three truly was a magic number).
Where we watched: Amazon Prime
RecommenDEADtions: Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night / Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman
Written by Christopher Landon and Oren Peli
After Errementari, we travel back to España with an interesting twist on the “whodunnit!” This week’s film explores some cool themes centered around blindness: what’s seen, what’s unseen, and the tensions therein. Though even with one of Tim’s new favorite body horror moments, Julia’s Eyes floundered in the overall execution, earning a “stream” from Tim and an “avoid” from Ryan.
Where we watched: Amazon Prime
RecommenDEADtions: Sleep Tight / The Orphanage
Julia’s Eyes / Los ojos de Julia (2010)
Directed by Guillem Morales
Written by Guillem Morales and Oriol Paulo
This week we turn on the gas and get blown away by Mom and Dad, a filicidal romp of a film that holds very little back. Our second Nic Cage movie does not disappoint. Ryan and Tim both rated it with a hearty “rent,” even though Tim was forced to bring back his old “Cobweb Continuity” segment (now with its very own, totally not-improvised intro song).
Where we watched: Hulu
RecommenDEADtions: King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen / Letterboxd (social film diary platform)
Mom and Dad (2017)
Written and Directed by Brian Taylor
Sometimes simple is scary, and boy oh boy does Calvaire (The Ordeal) deliver. Ryan and Tim go a little crazy themselves over the intense thematic nature of this film (including a brief foray into comparing it to American Idol), as well as the in-your-face, stark, disturbing realism. Rating it with a “stream” from Tim and an elusive “buy” from Ryan, don’t be fooled: this movie is well worth the watch for any horror fan.
Where we watched: DVD
RecommenDEADtions: The Man Who Fell to Earth / Shazam!
MEANtionables: Dancing scene from Un soir, un train that inspired scene from Calvaire
Directed by Fabrice du Welz
Written by Romain Protat and Fabrice du Welz
“THEY’RE US!” That’s right folks, this week we went to the theaters to see the acclaimed Jordan Peele film "Us." Not only that, but we were thrilled to have our very first guest on the show, Michael Tucker of Lessons from the Screenplay fame, as he celebrates 1 million subscribers! We coaxed him into providing his expertise, adding his take on our dismemberment of the film. Join us (and Michael’s renegade Alexa), and find out why we rated Us with a rent/rent/buy!
This week we travel to 1942; a time when the world was at war, Tim’s grandparents were falling in love, and a Serbian immigrant was turning into a cat. Tim and Ryan almost get into their own “cat fight” over this film... just “kitten.” Despite a split rating of “stream” and “rent,” they still agree that it has “un-fur-gettable” moments.
AHOY! Get yer sea legs and jump on board this week’s episode with Ghost Ship-- A movie where a bunch of really good actors wander around a cool haunted ship for two hours but don’t tell eachother they keep seeing ghosts… UNTIL IT’S TOO LATE. Tim and Ryan almost had their souls collected by the end of this one earning it a “stream” from both of them.
VOODOO! Sleepy New England towns love some occult Voodoo; almost as much as the town Sheriff hates it. This week’s film brings back the O.G. version of the zombie earning it a hearty “rent” from Ryan, and although Tim only rated Dead and Buried with a “stream,” there was still plenty of praise to go around.
Ahhhhhh the pit-falls of parody. This week Ryan and Tim long for the day’s of the flatbed indie filmmakers after decrying Evil Ed’s failed attempt to pay homage to them. With a “stream” by Tim and a rare “avoid” from Ryan it was clear that this film was a swing and a miss from the Swedes.
Just two episodes after singing the praises of Opera, Tim and Ryan tackle yet another Argento film: albeit this week to mixed results. Both gave Deep Red a “stream it” rating based on the artistry and fantastic deaths, but Tim only hoped the uninspired main character would fall to his death and put an early end to this muddled who-dunnit.
Find the boat keys! Also, don’t do drugs with random emo teens. This week Ryan and Tim watched the 2009 remake of Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left. With two solid “rent” ratings, the guys explore the dichotomy between the very sensitive subject matter of this film, and the incredibly satisfying, well-executed acts of vengeance.
It’s all in the eyes! This week Ryan and Tim tackle another giallo film-- this time by the famed Dario Argento-- and it’s not Suspiria. Who knew the opera could be so much fun? With a “buy it” from Tim and a “hearty rent” from Ryan, the guys both gushed over the artistry of Argento.
He’s green! He’s super strong! He’s a scientist! He’s not The Hulk! He’s SWAMP THING! Ryan didn’t get “bogged” down in this week’s film despite its shortcomings and would happily stream it, but Tim had to give it an “avoid.”
It’s Arnold, the dead guy who terrorizes his family from the afterlife! You know the one? Ok fine, neither did we, but it was recommended to us so we had to watch it. Tim and Ryan agree that they would have avoided this film, but manage to find value in it nonetheless.
They’re vampires! No-- zombies! No-- aliens! No-- communists! This week Ryan and Tim come in for a landing on an alien wasteland with the Italian film Planet of the Vampires. Our hosts differ not only in their opinions on this film with a “Rent/Stream” rating, but also on the influence it may or may not have had on certain future sci-fi staples.
“The brain sees what it wants to see!” This week Ryan and Tim go down a psychedelic dream hole invoked by the genius that is 2018’s Ghost Stories. This anthology film earns high praise and a double-strong “Rent” from the both of your hosts, and maybe even a future “Buy.” Either way, it’s a must-see.
“Get to the CHOPPA!!!” -- so Arnold can escape his soon-to-be-zombie daughter. This week got bleak with Maggie, starring an against-type, can-act-like-a-sad-everyman-in-a-zombie-outbreak, Arnold Schwarzenegger. What could go wrong?
This week we went camping to Lake Bodom, an aptly named NON-SLASHER that much like the road you’d take to drive to the lake, was full of twists and turns. Find out if Ryan and Tim could get on board with this story “influenced by” a true set of murders at the infamous lake.
Santa is that you? Nope, it’s just a Badass Basque Blacksmith who went back on his deal with the Devil and LITERALLY PUNCHES METAL with his BARE FISTS! This week’s film is a beautiful fairy tale that tickled both Ryan and Tim’s fancies and teaches us that adults are dumb, kids are assholes, and the establishment is out to get ya!
Let’s press the record button ONE MORE TIME!!! [REC] 2 is here-- the self-proclaimed Aliens of the [REC] franchise-- and they certainly delivered the action. PLUS ceiling-crawling demon zombies!!! This week’s film doubles up, and down, and up, and down (so many stairs) on the origins of the [REC] lore.
Come with us as we journey back in time to a magical world where Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff are friends, but also enemies-- frenemies, even! These “monster” icons battle each other in this week’s film The Black Cat, and neither of them are even wearing scary makeup!
This week Tim and Ryan gush over the beautiful photography in 1965’s Onibaba-- and that’s not even to mention how much they loved the story: a hypnotic tale of survival, guilt, and the malevolence that comes out of desperation.
Happy Thanksgiving! This week we tackle one of Tim’s true fears: cursed hair! This film’s a mind-bending journey into body-horror, mixed with some very real human darkness. Tim attempts to summarize it, while Ryan gets giddy over some “hair raising” deaths.
This week we tackle the sequel to The Strangers. Not really living up to its predecessor, Tim and Ryan attempt to make sense of this lackluster follow-up. Join us as we really get into the importance of subverting horror tropes.
Guys! The metal (okay, iron) madness is alive! We get super intense and culty and just straight up insane with this week’s film. Did we mention INTENSE? Tetsuo: The Iron Man delivers on all fronts. You’ll see what we mean.
Konichiwa! This week we dive into our stint into "J-Horror" with Ju-On: The Grudge. Tim and Ryan get creeped out by eerie little kids, and the famous Grudge House (that Ryan had the pleasure of visiting on his trip to Japan). Join us!
Ah, The Cured, with Ellen Page! What can we say about The Cured? Well... it’s a movie, with Ellen Page. And Zombies. So that’s cool. Come cozy up with Ryan and Tim as they eat some brains in this week’s episode.
OH-MY-MANDY! Finally, a truly inspired piece of filmmaking. Step into the 1983 fantasy-nostalgia-bath that is Mandy... or is that bath full of LSD? Either way, Tim and Ryan trip out over this amazing movie.
What to do for fun... go hang out in the haunted forest of Sweden, of course! What could go wrong? This week we dismember The Ritual, a fun romp of a film that teaches us to not bring a klutz hiking, and to never, ever take the shortcut through the woods. Ryan and Tim differ on their enjoyment but one thing’s for sure, this movie needed dismembering.
Sh...shhhh….Shar…..SHARKS! Sharks AND Mandy Moore! Seriously what more could anyone ask for? Well, we answer that exact question in this week’s episode as we dive into one of about 8 billion shark movies out there: 47 Meters Down. WIth so much chum in the water, it’s real feeding frenzy as Ryan and Tim take a bite out of this one. Whew, shark puns.
RATS! This week we got super weird with Willard, the 2003 remake of the not-so-classic 1971 film by the same name. We take some interesting deep dives into the personal differences between Tim and Ryan, and how they relate to a guy like good ol’ Willard.
The nostalgia train is real, and we got on board with Asylum, an early 70’s British horror anthology, and boy does it deliver. In true campy-horror fashion, this film has it all. Ryan and Tim diverge in their view of sanity, but nothing brings them back together like some good ‘ol re-animation.
Here we go! You know what they say about the 4th installment to a franchise? We legit dismember Insidious: The Last Key in this week’s episode. Buckle up and don’t straight murder a defenseless man with a bureau. Ryan is able to find merit while Tim narrowly escapes a “further-esque” neverending rant.
Vampires don’t sparkle! At least not in this week’s film The Transfiguration, written and directed by Michael O’Shea. This dark, slow burn really gets the gears turning for both Tim and Ryan as they explore what it means to truly be a vampire.
On this week's episode we cover "The Babysitter," a gem of a film by none other than famed director McG (not sure if his name has a requisite exclamation point, but it seems appropriate)! Tim loses his mind over “cobweb continuity” and Ryan tries to steer the ship in our first episode EVER!