Slashers

Slashers

By slasherspod
Three guys with virtually no credentials talking to you about movies and more-er for those who love horror.

Each week we provide a movie review, history report, biography, or something entirely bizarre! With episodes ranging from slasher classics like Friday the 13th to harrowing accounts of paranormal cryptids, with event coverage and creepypasta in between, we pride ourselves on having something for every gore-loving goon.

If you are a horror creator, please reach out, as we also do interviews with filmmakers in the genre.
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April Fool's Month: Week 1
No one ever reads my damn descriptions, right? So if you want to be surprised, then keep with tradition.  Resist the temptation to read the description as I litter it with metadata about the movie so that more than five people will download the episode.  Alright, now that we got that out of the way... we are kicking off April Fool's Month by reviewing Bio-Dome! The very same film that has a whopping 4% on Rottentomatoes and 1/100 on Metacritic.  How is this a horror movie? Let me phrase it this way: two developmentally disabled young men are held captive by doomsday preppers who starve them, neglect them, then ultimately try to literally blow them away! Pauly Shore (MTV, In the Army Now, Son in Law) plays Bud, a moron who can lick his own back using tantric yoga. Pauly co-won a Razzie Award with Tom Arnold in 1996 for his performance in this film.  Stephen Baldwin (Usual Suspects, Sharks in Venice, Flintstones Viva Rock Vegas) plays Doyle, a role which his brother Alec warned him would ruin his career. We contend it was not this movie that killed his career, but rather his stint on Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge where he nearly died and broke both a rib and his shoulder blade.  William Atherton (Ghostbusters, Die Hard, Real Genius) is a goddam treasure. Have you ever seen another character actor who can instantly bring a sneer to your face? This man is the professional wrestling heel that every movie needs and he is wonderful in the film as Dr. Noah Faulkner. Initially, the good doctor is trying to save the world, then after faltering and failing, he decides to destroy his creation, and everyone in it.  This film features Tenacious D, Jack Black and Kyle Glass. If you hate the rest of the film, just daydream if those two were the stars of the film, instead of the Weasel and the father-in-law of Justin Bieber.  We also discuss Cube, by Vincenzo Natali, as well as its sequel and prequel. This film is basically the antithesis of Bio-Dome, making its money back over 10 times over. We also detail Natali's short film, which was essentially a proof of concept for the film, which is available on YouTube.  This week's "Hidden Track" is by Lame Genie. These gents have a veritable cornucopia of content available at lamegenie.bandcamp.com; facebook.com/lamegenie; and youtube.com/c/lamegenie. The song is the Punch Out Medley! If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
1:05:39
April 6, 2020
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
Remember John Carpenter? Yeah, the guy who did Halloween, The Fog, Escape from New York, They Live, Big Trouble in Little China, and about a bajillion other iconic films? Well, the 90s were not totally bereft of awesomeness from ol' JC. This movie is a sleeper hit, though it was a serious box office failure.  Written by Michael De Luca, who was the producer on basically every New Line Cinema film you've ever even mildly enjoyed from The Mask to Dark City. He was also the EP behind Last Man Standing, which was Bruce Willis' attempt to star in a remake of Yojimbo (though Clint Eastwood's effort was markedly better).  This film is ideal for the horror reader as it pays homage to two legends: HP Lovecraft and Stephen King. The film surrounds a publisher seeking a status on their famed writer, Sutter Cane, desperate to get his manuscript on his next book. Cane's writing style seems to mimic that of HP Lovecraft, dealing with cosmic horrors and ancient gods like Cthulhu. The writer's mythos and pop culture impact seems to be modeled after King, who has basically been at the forefront of horror literature through five decades.  The film stars Sam Neill, fresh off his romp with Steven Spielberg and those dinosaurs in Jurassic Park (Fun Fact: The CG dinosaurs in that film are only onscreen for six minutes and the practical effects dinos are only onscreen for 14 minutes). The effects on this film are predominantly practical and are unfairly overlooked. Special effects were by ILM, with KNB Effects doing the practical effects. One of the creatures, "Monster Mass," was 18" wide and 18" long, requiring multiple puppeteers, but only ever appears in the background of one shot.  There are some interesting narrative tricks in the film, blurring the lines between fantasy and reality and time itself. As people try to flee Sutter Cane's fictional town of Hobb's End (akin to King's Castle Rock), they find themselves trapped on a carousel.  This week's "Hidden Track" is At the Mouth of Madness by The Cult Sounds. Their music can be found here: https://thecultsounds.bandcamp.com/ ; https://www.facebook.com/cultsoundsofficial/ If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
1:10:10
March 30, 2020
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
No, there wasn't an issue with recording. No, we did not run out of things to talk about on this classic film. We are just doing things a little differently on Slashers these days. Instead of going through every bit of minutia on the recap of the film, we are focusing on the noteworthy parts. Please let us know if you like this change. So far, we are loving it. We have recorded another episode already with this format and we feel it is more substantive, higher energy, and you don't have to listen to our annoying voices any longer than need be.  This week's film is A Clockwork Orange, based on the Anthony Burges novel of the same name. Both the film and the novella follow Alex, the ringleader of a gang of droogs, whom he rules with something of an iron fist. Alex finds himself imprisoned after his cohorts betray him after a failed coup. While in prison, Alex learns of a new radical way of being released early. He is subjected to the Ludovico Technique, which blends psychiatric drugs with aversion therapy.  When he is released onto the streets, he finds that one of his old droogs has died, while another, Dim, has become a police officer. After Alex falls victim to a cadre of geriatric librarians, he falls into the clutches of Dim, who beats him to near death. Alex then crawls to the doorstep of a former victim of his, who quickly discerns our would-be hero's true identity. The victim, and author of A Clockwork Orange, tries to use Alex for political means, ploying him to commit suicide.  When Alex is unsuccessful in killing himself, he finds that he is free of the aversion to violence and sex. In this episode we talk about how the US version of the novel, along with Stanley Kubrick's film, differ from the source material.  Kubrick (The Shining, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb) originally cut the movie in a four-hour film. Once he cut it down to the theatrical cut, he had his assistant destroy the original footage; sorry gang, no deleted scenes here. Have you ever noticed Kubrick's seven diamonds? Well, download the episode and find out what that means! The film stars a young Malcolm McDowell (Time After Time, Halloween, Star Trek: Generations). Another noteworthy actor in the film, is Darth Vader in short shorts, David Prowse. . . y'know, from that Star Wars thing the kids are talking about these days.  In the episode, we discuss the origins of Nadsat, the slang used by the young folk. Why is it so much more successful than newspeak from 1984? We give our thoughts.  And returning to the show is Version Two with their song Childish: https://www.facebook.com/pg/versiontwoband/ ; https://versiontwo.bandcamp.com/ If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
1:08:46
March 23, 2020
Free Patreon Bonus: Droogs vs. Baseball Furies
No, not Baseball Furries! That is a search term you don't want in your browser history.  In this glimpse behind out Patreon Paywall, check out our thoughts on who would win between the Droogs from A Clockwork Orange and the Baseball Furies from The Warriors.  Naturally, we also talk a bunch of other nonsense.  If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
23:26
March 23, 2020
Shutter Island (2010)
What's the name of that director who makes movies longer than all the dicks of the Avengers combined (yes, with Ant-Man in Giant Man form)? Oh right, Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Wolf of Wallstreet). Yeah, imagine him curled up in bed looking for a new project then reading the same script cover to cover twice. That's how Shutter Island came to be.  The film is adapted from author, Dennis Lehane's novel of the same name. Yes, the Lehane who wrote Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone and holds a producer credit for this film. The adaptation was by Laeta Kalogridis, the creator of the Birds of Prey TV show and Altered Carbon on Netflix. She also previously wrote Nightwatch, Pathfinder, Alexander, Terminator Genysis, and Alita Battle Angel.  The film stars Academy Award Winning (finally) actor, Leonardo DiCaprio as Teddy Daniels. Mark Ruffalo is Chuck Aule, Teddy's new partner, who might not really exist. Sir Ben Kingsley is Dr. John Cawley, a psychiatrist with perhaps the most ambitious recovery plan since Richard Dreyfus in What About Bob? Max von Sydow is Dr. Jeremiah Naehring, the German brain doctor who Teddy suspects of being a Nazi!  Michelle Williams is Dolores Chanal, a certain character's wife (but seriously, you should know whose). Emily Mortimer and  Patricia Clarkson  are Rachel Solando, but which, if either, are real? Jackie Earle Haley is George Noyce and somehow his face is even more fucked up than in the Nightmare on Elm Street reboot. Ted Levine is the Warden, who might still be sitting on his own balls, though he isn't tucking his wiener back in this film. John Carroll Lynch is Deputy Warden McPherson, and inarguably gives a better performance than DiCaprio (fight me). Lastly, there is the actor nearest and dearest to Jake since he was a wee babe in the manger, Elias Koteas, AKA CASEY BUTTFUCKING JONES FROM NINJA TURTLES!, as Andrew Laeddis. This mystery/ thriller unfolds at Ashecliffe Hospital on Shutter Island. The Civil War fort turned asylum now holds three wards, A, B, and C, which hold psychotic patients with various degrees of violence. Two U.S. Marshalls have been called to investigate the escape of a patient, who seemingly disappeared. While tracking her down, Teddy reveals he has a separate interest in coming to the island: finding his wife's murderer! The culprit is arsonist, Andrew Laeddis, held in Ward C, for the most vicious of inmates/ patients. Drenched in hurricane downpours and suspense, Teddy and his partner search the grounds, leading to the revelation at the lighthouse. As the story unfolds we learn everything is not what it seems and everyone is not who they claim to be. . . Plot twists abound!  We won't say which, but one character is certainly a fan of The Ramones, aiming for a Teenage Lobotomy of his own.  This week's "Hidden Track" is Kill Her Mommy... Kill Her Mommy by our buds, Ratbatspider. This song is off their new record, Day of the Ratbatspider! https://www.facebook.com/Ratbatspider/; https://ratbatspider.bandcamp.com/ If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
1:27:10
March 16, 2020
American Psycho (2000)
While American Psycho was released in 2000, it is set in the 1980s. After typing the title of this episode though, I am totes into a reboot set in the year 2000, but with less frosted tips and more killer robots.  Odds are, you know this movie if only for the tremendous performance by Christian Bale (Batman Begins, Ford Vs. Ferrari, The Machinist). His adaptation of the character, Patrick Bateman, from Bret Easton Ellis' novel, is a masterclass. Apparently, to get the author's blessing to play the character, Bale met up with Ellis for dinner, completely in costume and character. His schtick was so unnerving that Ellis had to ask him to stop five minutes in.  Bateman is a narcissistic yuppie, obsessed with his image, sex, and violence. This sociopathic serial killer lives in an expensive New York apartment and is more concerned about being seen in a restaurant, than the food they serve there. Some scenes are significantly changed from the book, for instance when Bateman is stuffing canned meat into his face and running amok on the city sidewalks, versus using a chainsaw to murder a prostitute. Other scenes, are lifted verbatim from the novel in as faithful an adaptation as it possible. In the novel, he is much more obsessed with Donald Trump, but the president does get a mention in the film adaptation. Bateman desperately wants to fit in, but simultaneously despises everyone around him. The supporting case includes Reese Witherspoon, Chloe Sevigny, Bill Sage, Josh Lucas, Justin Theroux, and Matt Ross of Silicon Valley. Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club, 30 Seconds to Mars) has a wonderful cameo as Paul Allen, the personification of all that Bateman envies. When Allen goes missing, his disappearance is investigated by Donald Kimball, played by Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man, Antichrist, The Lighthouse).  If you take the time to rewatch this film, be sure to take note of what onscreen violence you see; there is almost none. This is a big topic of discussion in this adaptation as we compare the film to the source material which is almost exhaustively descriptive with its violence.  The film was nearly directed by David Cronenberg, who directed the last two movies we featured: The Fly and Videodrome. The directing duties eventually fell to Mary Harron (The Notorious Bettie Page, I shot Andy Warhol), who cowrote the script with Guinevere Turner. The female-driven production was a blessing, given that the source material was often reviled as being misogynistic.  We also discuss the amazing soundtrack to the film including New Order, Katrina & The Waves, Robert Palmer, Huey Lewis & The News, Genesis, Chris De Burgh, Phil Collins, and Simply Red.  For this week's "Hidden Track" we've gone back to our friends, Bone Church, who have a new album dropping 3/13/20. It is titled Acid Communion and it will melt your naughty bits. This track is called "Iron Temple." Please be sure to preorder and show your support: https://bonechurch1.bandcamp.com/ If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
1:40:26
March 9, 2020
Videodrome (1983)
How do we alienate our dwindling audience? Review a cult classic that makes everyone super uncomfortable and is never searched by more than 100 people a day on Google.  Kicking off March Madness, a month full of movies where people devolve into psychosis, we review Videodrome: the 1983 flop by David Cronenberg (The Fly, Dead Ringers, Scanners).  The film stars James Woods (Vampires, Hercules, The Virgin Suicides) as Max, a desensitized head of a TV channel, desperately seeking the next big sensation. He stumbles onto what he thinks is a pirated signal from Malaysia, where someone is being mock tortured: Videodrome. Max is enamored with the presentation, thrilled that it did away with those pesky distractions like story structure and character, opting instead for sheer violence. He later finds that the signal is real snuff footage... and it's coming from inside the house! No, it's actually coming from Pittsburgh.  Max meets Nicki Brand, played by Debbie Harry (Tales from the Darkside, Mindhunter, Body Bags, Cop Land), aka Blondie, who is the radio host of the "Emotional Rescue Show." She has a penchant for masochism and introduces Max to a whole new type of violence. When she is exposed to Videodrome, she becomes obsessed to the point that she wants to be on the program.  Max's investigation takes him to the Cathode Ray Mission. There, he seeks out Professor Brian O'blivion, the man who is allegedly behind the Videodrome transmission. There, Max meet's the good professor's daughter, Bianca, who suspects Max is an assassin. After essentially hoodwinking him into getting a hallucination-inducing brain tumor.  Max thinks he develops a rash on his stomach, which looks eventually becomes a gaping V word hole! It becomes a nifty little pocket, where he stores video tapes and even a gun! When he eventually yanks the gun out, it fuses with his hand, essentially looking like if Clive Barker designed Mega Man.  Using his handgun... get it? He kills his business partners, thus opening the gateway for the proprietors of the Videodrome signal to distribute their signal over the channel, infecting everyone watching.  All of the special effects in the film were helmed by Academy Award winning Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London, Men in Black, The Wolfman). The body horror elements of this film are truly on par with Baker's earlier work with his infamous werewolf transformation. We talked about the innovative methods the team used, including retrofitting an electric keyboard into operating the technorganic television set.  This week's "Hidden Track" is Timesnake with their song, Sky Dad. https://wizardunioncollective.bandcamp.com/album/timesnake If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
1:42:06
March 2, 2020
The Fly (1986)
Imagine you're reading a Playboy magazine in 1957, y'know-- for the articles. Then you stumble onto a little short story by a fella named George Langelaan. It's a little ditty called The Fly, about some lady who crushes her husband's dome in a machine hammer. You're like, "whoa! where did my erection go!" But then you find out he accidentally mutated into a fly/ human hybrid in a teleporting accident and that erection comes right back! Now, there was an adaptation with Vincent Price, which was very competent. Sure, the effects are somewhat hokey, but the story is very accurate and it's ambitious. Let's fast forward like a betamax cassette tape into the rockin' 80s, nearly 30 years later. Some pencil neck gets the idea to remake this film and it seems cursed from the outset.  The first draft of the script was written by Charles Edward Pogue. Despite having an in with Twentieth Century Fox, and them paying for the script, they pass. Oh, and they won't sell the rights to make the film. With the help of Kip Ohman, they con some schmuck at Fox to be the distributor if they can get the film made elsewhere.  Where do they go? Into the loving, muscular arms of Mel Brooks! One of the conditions of them making the film is a little rewrite of the scriptola. Walon Green wrote a script, but it was awful- so they rehired Pogue. But then, they hire a director who insists on rewriting the script, so Pogue is fired yet again.  Now, they first went to David Cronenberg (Rabid, Shivers, Videodrome) to direct, but he was busy working on an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, aka Total Recall. They move on to Robert Bierman, but while he is working on the film his daughter dies. After halting production, he bows out and they go back to Cronenberg, who agrees to take over. The negotiations seemed super tense, given that Cronenberg asked for $750,000 and somehow got paid $1,000,000 instead.  The film stars Jeff Goldblum, who uh... finds a way to fuse with a fly. He was actually dating Geena Davis at the time, which is how she ended up auditioning for the role, which she like totes nailed by the way. There are a few other actors, but who cares? The makeup and creature effects were done by Chris Walas (Gremlins, Scanners, Raiders of the Lost Ark), who won an academy award for his work. Walas would later serve as director for The Fly II.  Howard Shore (The Brood, The Silence of the Lambs, Se7en), winner of three Academy Awards, three Golden Globes, and four Grammy Awards did the music.  We talk about tons more trivia, comic book adaptations, and nonsense that will make you wonder why you subject yourselves to this show each and every week.  This week's "Hidden Track" is Putrid Fairytale by Slugdge. https://slugdge.bandcamp.com/ ; https://www.facebook.com/Slugdge/ If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
1:38:49
February 24, 2020
Valentine (2001)
Suffering from withdrawals from candy hearts and someone whispering sweet nothings into your crusty ears? Well, let us cure what ails you with a review of Valentine from 2001. That's right, the movie that launched David Boreanaz's film career to... what... oh, I am thinking of The Rock. Which one is David Boreanaz then? Why am I typing my stream of consciousness? The film is a very loose adaptation of the novel of the same name by Tom Savage. Both works center around a revenge plot by a nerd, who has been cruelly ridiculed. In the film, the young welp was accused of sexually assaulting a girl, who withdrew her consent for a clandestine smooch session after a group of boys found them and she became ashamed. Years later, the nerd, who's got a great parlor trick of making his nose bleed virtually whenever, goes on a killing spree against that girl and her friends. Interestingly, he does not beat up the boys who tear his pants off and beat him up in the middle of a school dance, but maybe they will be in the sequel... that they are DEFINITELY making... after almost 20 years.  The serial killer gives threatening valentine cards to each of the victims. We talk about why that was a bad idea and how he should have diverted the arts and crafts time to better plotting out his murder spree.  Aside from Boreanaz and Denise Richards, there are no real big time actors in the film. Now, we can have a chicken/ egg debate if they did not have worthwhile careers, which is why they accepted a part in this film, or if appearing in this film all but ensured that they would not get work elsewhere, but this is the description of a podcast, and there is no moderator, so let's bookmark that idea for later.  The film has not aged very well in certain ways, but showing how obtuse and arguably toxic men could be 20 years ago, through the #metoo lens of today, adds a layer to what would otherwise be an underwhelming movie.  We also talk about the connections between this film and the Urban Legends franchise. This is actually how director, Jamie Blanks, got his gig on Valentine.  What do you think of the Cherub getup? Is the statuesque mask creepy or hoaky? How does the costume compare to the legendary slashers of the Halloween, Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street franchises? Let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. This week's "Hidden Track" is The Hathors by Tsunami Bomb. We are huge fans of this band and have been for decades by this point. Please support them and let them know how you found them! https://tsunamibomb.bandcamp.com/album/the-spine-that-binds ; https://tsunamibomb.net/ ; https://www.facebook.com/tsunamibombofficial/ You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
1:48:07
February 17, 2020
My Bloody Valentine (1981 & 2009)
There are not many films that we feel are MANDATORY to be a "true horror fan." Generally, we avoid gatekeeping, but the original My Bloody Valentine is essential. Written by John Beaird based on a story by Stephen Miller, the film fell into undeserved obscurity and suffered due to repeated editing. Director, George Mihalka, has assured that the remastered version released on blu ray is 85% of the original film.  The soundtrack was (mostly) written and performed by by Paul Zaza and Marie Bottrell. For some inexcusable reason, despite having the original tracks, Zaza has never formally released the  Ballad of Harry Warden by John McDermott. Be sure to treat yourself to googling that jammer of a track once this succulent episode is over.  The film was somewhat unnecessarily remade in 2009. The film stars longstanding Supernatural lead, Jensen Ackles. Of note, the show even featured an episode by the name of "My Bloody Valentine." Perhaps the best part of this film is the bit part by the prolific Tom Atkins. He chews the scenery a bit, but his death scene is surprisingly radical.  Many of the actors from the original fell into obscurity, though some would grace your screens in such films as Robocop, First Blood, Star Trek: Voyager, and Meatballs.  Despite making some serious money, being generally positively reviewed, and setting up a sequel in the final minutes of the film, there has been no remake to the 2009 version. We discuss why.  The "Hidden Track" is by our friends at Buzzard Cult. Please show them support as they head into the studio to record some new music: https://buzzardcult.bandcamp.com/ ; https://www.facebook.com/buzzardcult/ ; https://www.instagram.com/buzzard_cult/ If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
1:43:54
February 10, 2020
Candyman (1992)
Based on "The Forbidden" by Clive Barker, Candyman is a game-changing horror film, that deserves more celebration. Of Barker's adaptations, Candyman does deviate from its source material on a base level, but even the author conceded it did so in furthering the main message of the original novella.  While the book is set in Ye Olde England, the film changes the setting to Cabrini Green in Chicago. This area was portrayed in the media as an irreparable hellscape with gang violence, drugs, and the dregs of society. In actuality, it was a housing project where its tenants were basically abandoned as it fell into disrepair. The situation was so bad that the first female mayor, Jane Margaret Byrne, moved there to make a political stance... only to leave three weeks later.  Most of the changes from The Forbidden were conceived by writer/ director Bernard Rose (who actually makes a cameo in the film!). In subsequent interviews Barker has talked about those deviations and counseling Rose through the conception of the film. Barker gave Rose full confidence after being a fan of the director's earlier film, Paperhouse.  The film stars Virginia Madsen as Helen Lyle, a graduate student desperate to cut her teeth and win the approval of her husband and his peers. Though Madsen appeared in other films like Dune and The Haunting, she has since said that she is most recognized for this film, and rightfully so. Lyle is accompanied by her colleague, Bernadette Walsh, played by Kasi Lemmons. Lemmons had a nice stint playing the sidekick to compulsively investigating white women, as she also appeared beside Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs.  The titular Candyman is played by the towering Tony Todd. While Eddie Murphy was strongly considered for the role, the fact that he came with a trillion-dollar price tag and that he would need to borrow Gene Simmons' platform shoes gave Todd the edge in casting. Todd was an accomplished stage actor who was dedicated to adding to the backstory of his character, which is virtually nonexistent in the source material. In fact, the Candyman from the novella is described as having skim that is an unnatural/ jaundiced shade of yellow, an unruly red beard, rouged cheeks, blue lips, eyes like rubies, and a patchwork coat.  We discuss the formation of the character and the somewhat unbelievable backstory of Candyman's iconic hook. We also discuss the racial themes in the film, which are still problematically topical in 2020! Lastly, we discuss what we hope for in the coming reboot/ remake/ spiritual successor, which is being produced by Jordan Peele.  Where do you rank this film among the horror classics? What about Barker's adaptations like Hellraiser, Nightbreed, Rawhead Rex, Lords of Illusions, and The Midnight Meat Train? Be sure to let us know! The "Hidden Track" this week is Candyman by Blitzkid. Check them out on their reunion shows, appropriately dubbed the Escape the Grave Tour! https://www.facebook.com/BlitzkidOfficial/ ; https://open.spotify.com/artist/1u8qqOF2w0kgbg1QLXEXSJ If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
1:41:17
February 3, 2020
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)
This cult classic, written and directed by Eli Craig, took me by surprise. I remember seeing the trailer and thinking, "okay, all of the best parts surely had to be in the trailer." Then I saw the film and saw that it was more than a simple spoof, offering some legitimate laughs and a solid understanding of horror tropes.  The film stars both Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine as the titular Tucker and Dale. You might remember Tudyk from his work as Wash in Firefly or the plethora of characters he has voiced for DC Comics including: Green Arrow, Superman, Clayface, and The Flash. He was also the only redeeming part of Rogue One, according to Jake, in his portrayal of sassy robot: K-2SO. Labine is no stranger to horror comedies, given that he has starred in Reaper, Deadbeat, and Dead Last. Both men went on to appear in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.  The "College Kids" that litter the film are played by various actors I am too lazy to look up, even to add metadata to this stupid description for the sake of SEO content. They encapsulate all of the awful tropes about coeds that make you root for slashers to slay them indiscriminately.  Through a series of misunderstandings, that are directly addressed within the film, the kids mistake the good-natured rednecks for mutant inbred deviant murderers. There is even a twist! Oh-- BUT EVEN MORE IMPORTANTLY THERE IS A CUTE DOG! The "Hidden Track" this week is Gyrojets with their song "Pieces. https://gyrojets.bandcamp.com/ If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
1:26:47
January 27, 2020
What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
On this week's episode we talk about some nonindigenous vampire roommates, living it up in the New Zealand undead underbelly. Originally a short film entitled, What We Do in the Shadows: Interviews with Some Vampires in 2005, over the next nine years the idea developed into a full-length film, spawning two spinoff TV shows.  By the end of filming in 2012, the team has over 125 hours of footage. There are rumored to be three different cuts of the film, each highlighting a different narrative element. Editing ultimately took over a year to complete. The film was written and directed by Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords, Men in Black 3, Moana) Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Thor Ragnarok, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople). Clement's character was originally Vulvus the Abhorrent, before the feature film presented us with Vladislov, "The Poker." Vlad is a once-great lover and shapeshifter, who has been in something of a rut after losing a duel with his nefarious nemesis... The Beast. Waititi's character, initially Count Viago, before become much less formal with simply, "Viago," is something of a neat freak dandy. While the film could have simply languished as a rehash and repackaging of The Odd Couple, the film adds new characters and events to give a change of pace and scenery.  Ben Fransham plays their 8,000 year old Nosferatu/ Count Orlock-looking flatmate: Petyr. Jonny Brugh plays their youngest friend and cohabitant, Deacon, at least until newcomer, Nick, enters the gang. Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) is impetuous, braggadocios, and finds himself drawing the ire of the other vampires when he leads a vampire hunter to their door. Luckily, the other vampires' fondness of Nick's human friend, Stu, brings him back into their good graces.  Comedy legend, Rhys Darby, plays Anton, the leader of a local pack of werewolves. Much is made of the werewolves and their self-help approach to their lycanthropy, leading to such iconic turns of phrase as, "We're werewolves, not swearwolves!" The werewolf culture established is so gutbustingly funny that it has made its way into both Wellington Paranormal and the FX series What We Do in the Shadows, which returns this April.  The "Hidden Track" this week is Graveview with their jammer, No Hope. You can find them here: https://graveview.bandcamp.com/releases ; https://www.facebook.com/Graveview/ If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
1:30:32
January 20, 2020
The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
This week's episode is on Cabin in the Woods, or should we call it the movie of a thousand movies? The film was written by Joss Wheadon (Avengers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) and Drew Goddard (Daredevil, Cloverfield, Angel). The due apparently bunkered down in a hotel for three days to write the initial draft of the script.  The film stars a pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth (Ghostbusters, Rush, Men in Black: International) as "the athlete." The "virgin" is played by Kristen Connolly (Zoo, Evil, Whispers). The "fool" is played by Fran Kranz (Bloodsucking Bastards, Dollhouse, JourneyQuest). The "scholar" is Jesse Williams (Grey's Anatomy).  Lastly, Anna Hutchinson (Power Rangers Jungle Fury, Spartacus) Two classic character actors complete the general framework of the film as the puppetmasters, orchestrating the doom of our campers: Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water, Step Brothers, Let Me In) and Bradley Whitford (Get Out, The Handmaid's Tale, Robocop 3).  After establishing the narrative of a group of college co-eds going to a secluded cabin for the weekend, we find that all is not what it seems... Even after being accosted by a deranged gas station attendant, the team pushes on for the promise of a relaxing weekend getaway. Through an elaborate series of events, the group ends up in the basement where they unwittingly choose the method of their own demise.  In this scene alone there are references to so many iconic horror movies and moments. There is Evil Dead, both in setting and through props, but there is the werewolf, wraiths, mutants as seen in The Hills Have Eyes by Wes Craven, a lemarchand's box referencing the Hellraiser franchise with its Lament Configuration, mummy, merman, scarecrow folk, and a snowman. They ultimately choose the Redneck Murder Family, which is of course a reference to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Wrong Turn, and Hatchet.  Later, we see on screen including an alien beast, dismemeberment goblins, sugarplum fairy, blob, unicorn, zombies, a "dragon bat," a giant snake, and so many others.  You find that this is all part of some ritual to sate the blood lust of The Ancient Ones. These malevolent pseudo-deities are meant to represent the audience and our craving for new methods the macabre, madness, and mammaries. On the show, we even talk about the novelization and the visual companion, which revealed more monstrosities.  The best non-movie monsters are undoubtedly the "snake pubic hair woman" and "woman with a toothed vagina." We discuss a potential superhero-style team-up for these two.  This week's "Hidden Track" is Paddle Cell with their song, Ghost Girl. http://www.paddlecell.de/  If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
1:41:22
January 13, 2020
Year End Review (2019)
What a year it has been! We have reviewed films and provided reports on so many topics! Our pilot episode was Event Horizon,  The first official episode was a review of Pet Sematary (1989), its sequel, and the novel by Stephen King. Then we moved on to An American Werewolf in London.  The next film we discussed was The Faculty, think Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but with pomade. We then argued about C.H.U.D., where Jake defended it while Bryan was resoundingly luke warm on the classic.  Mimic was the debut appearance of Jake's beautiful wife, Ciara. We had a failed foray into true crime discussing the Ted Bundy confession tapes documentary that sucked ass. Ciara returned very quickly and we talked The Craft.  Our next Stephen King adaptation was Salem's Lot.  Blood Diner was the undefeated "Trashic" champion for the entire year, the best good-bad movie of all.  We then reviewed Carrie, who according to the novel "...eats shit." Next was the very loose H.P. Lovecraft adaptation, Castle Freak.  We reviewed two Leprechaun films, the original and the 4th, in space.  We have done two Clint Howard classics, Ice Cream Man and Ticks.  Did you know that Stephen King wrote The Running Man?  Street Trash features an old fashioned dick toss. The Lost Boys has nothing to do with Peter Pan. Return of the Killer Tomatoes is incalculably better than the original. Toxic Avenger Part III sucks. The Void is spectacular. The Omen has the best opening of any movie ever. Legion is actually rad. So I Married an Axe Murderer is an affront to human decency. 1408 is succinct. Body Bags should have been an ongoing series. Cujo is rabid. High Tension is French. The Loved Ones was more fun than prom. Jaws is totes gnar. Vampire Hunter D really ain't bad. As Above, So Below is literature in disguise. Maximum Overdrive proves Stanley Kubrick was right. Arachnophobia makes me happy. Eight Legged Freaks holds up super well. It, is too long of a book, but all of the film adaptations are worthwhile. Tales from the Crypt should be mandatory reading. Bad Taste will change your view of independent film. Wes Craven was a weirdo, but a legend. Battle of the Cryptids, because bigfoot would do jiu jitsu. Alien, while derivative, is wholly unique. Shaun of the Dead, is kinda the same as Alien in that regard.  The Shining is a masterpiece, but people are crazy.  Marvel Zombies is exhausting, but great. Yokai are super duper interesting. Hammer Films are legendary. Little Monsters is charming. Phantoms is bad. Gremlinsis the perfect holiday film. 13th Warrior is an honorary slasher due to swords. Krampus needs to be a yearly tradition. Demonic Toys vs. Small Soldiers is actually a closer argument than you'd think. This week's "Hidden Track" is actually our new official theme song! The song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/ If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast
1:46:34
January 6, 2020
Demonic Toys (1992) vs Small Soldiers (1998)
One was a direct-to-video rehash of a fledgling studio's biggest success; the other, was a multimillion dollar behemoth that should have taken the world by storm. How do they compare? This is our first "VERSUS MODE" episode, and we plan to pit more comparable movies against each other in the future. Please let us know what you think! Demonic Toys, released 1992, was shot on a shoestring budget with handpuppets. These puppets would go on to make cameo appearances in The Dollman vs. The Demonic Toys, The Puppet Master vs. The Demonic Toys, Devil Dolls, The Haunted Dollhouse, and Evil Bong and ultimately get their own sequel 18 years later in The Demonic Toys 2: Personal Demons. The puppets were actually referenced in Krampus, with very similar toys, with the same penchant for bloodshed.  The film was written by David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Dark City, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Nick Fury: Agent of Shield, Blade, Blade II, Blade Trinity, Jumper, Ghostrider Spirit of Vengeance... are you seeing a theme here?). Goyer's story involves a demon, trapped in a nether realm, trying to possess the unborn, bastard child of a recently widowed police officer.  Charles Band, head of Full Moon Films, produced this film, as he had 304 others. If you compiled all the budgets to his films, you still might not even total the budget of its competitor on this episode: Small Soldiers. His brother, Richard Band, did the music. Totally appropriate name, right? Now Small Soldiers had a budget of $40,000,000. It was directed by the prolific Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling). Stan Winston (Terminator, Predator, Alien) designed and made the titular Small Soldiers. It had the amazing orchestration of Jerry buttfucking Goldsmith (Star Trek, Jurassic Park, Rambo). The film also spawned a toy line and multiple video games.  The film pits the Commando Elite (basically G.I. Joes) against the Gorgonites (kinda think Masters of the Universe... oh, and Frank Langella who played Skeletor plays the Gorgonite leader, Archer!). Blah blah, technobabble, the animatronic toys actually go crazy in an imperialist quest to subjugate and destroy the monster toys, upheaving a suburban town.  Sadly, this was Phil Hartman's last film. Aside from being about 30 minutes too long, this was a decent sendoff to a comedy legend. Comedy powerhouses Jay Mohr, David Cross, and Denis Leary create a great backdrop to to a mosaic of special effects and mayhem.  As we contrast the two, we discuss special effects, plot/ story, cinematography, acting, directing, music, basically everything that makes a movie not suck.  If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast
1:29:18
December 30, 2019
Krampus (2015)
Sure we are too late for Krampusnacht, but we are int time for Santa Day! This movie has a special space in the shriveled black blood-pumping hearts of Bryan and Chad, who saw it together in theaters years ago. Since then, every year they exchange some form of Krampus present to celebrate Christmas.  The film starts Emjay Anthony as Max Engel, a child trying to reconcile being too old to believe in Santa and the aftermath of his Kevin McAlister-style outburst. Adam Scott (Parks and Rec, Ghosted,  Little Evil, Piranha 3D) as Tom Engel, the somewhat distant father who is dreadingyet another holiday with his in-laws. Toni Collette (Hereditary, Little Miss Sunshine, Knives Out) as Sarah Engel, a woman desperately trying to keep some semblance of civility in a house of wolves! David Koechner (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, Hell and Back, A Haunted House) as Howard, who is basically Jake's father-in-law throughout the film. Last, Conchata Ferrell plays Aunt Dorothy. She is delightful. Sure, she plays the same character in everything, but still. So great.  The film was written and directed by Michael Dougherty, an aficionado of holiday horror. How he leveraged his cult success, Trick 'r Treat into making  huge-budget Godzilla movies, I will never know, but this movie really showed his capabilities as a director.  The film is rife with references and homage, ranging from Demonic Toys, to Tremors, with a Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, and Gremlins in between.  The "Hidden Track" this week is Terra Atlantica with their song, THE AVENGING NARWHAL!   https://www.terra-atlantica.de/,  Instagram: @terraatlantica https://open.spotify.com/artist/2jjCMNei7oJGKMal41tAZE If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast
1:51:09
December 23, 2019
The 13th Warrior (1999)
I can feel your confusion radiating through time and space. Sword and sorcery on a horror podcast? Now wait one sanctimonious second! First off, it is based on a book by Michael Crichton named EATERS OF THE DEAD, which aside from being totally metal, is also pretty horrific. The book is about cannibalistic cavemen that torment viking villages dressed like the monster from The Village. Next, they use swords, which means? Yes, they are literal SLASHERS! Now, the original cut of the film by John McTiernan (Die Hard, Predator, Last Action Hero) was more horror, as evidenced by an abandoned movie trailer, which resurfaced online. That cut was deemed "unwatchable" by author/ producer, Crichton, who took over reshoots and changed the name to The 13th Warrior. We get into the reasoning behind that name change on the show. McTiernan later went to prison for wiretapping in relation to the Rollerball remake, so this was probably for the best.  Crichton not only changed the pacing of the film, cutting the run time by almost a half hour, but he also replaced Graeme Revell (The Crow, From Dusk Till Dawn, Freddy vs Jason) with Jerry Goldsmith (Alien , Poltergeist, Gremlins). We get into the comparisons of the two soundtracks.  The film stars Antonio Banderas (Desperado, Interview with a Vampire, The Mask of Zorro) as Ahmad ibn Fadlan. Fadlan was a real-life Muslim traveler who ventured into Scandinavia and provided a tremendous account of viking funeral rites. Banderas is joined by a bunch of giant white dudes, whose names are too hard to spell and frankly aren't worth the metadata.  The narrative follows Fadlan, almost like an Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, as he goes on a quest beyond his historical counterpart, into a bizarre situation where he is basically ordered by a soothsayer to accompany a band of vikings as The 13th Warrior.  This episode is very fact-intensive. We cross-reference the original Fadlan manuscript with Norse Mythology, and Eaters of the Dead. Plus, you get to hear Jake make bold claims, like that the second half of this film is as good, if not better, than The Lord of the Rings, all while mispronouncing virtually every character's name! This week's "Hidden Track" is Faerie Ring, with their song: Heavy Trip. This song comes from their album The Clearing. The first 20 fans that message slasherspod@gmail.com with the secret password and we will reply with a download code to get that album FOR FREE! You can find them at https://faeriering.bandcamp.com/ and https://www.instagram.com/faerie_ring/ If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast
2:05:30
December 16, 2019
Gremlins (1984)
Imagine you're Chris Columbus, y'know, the dude who wrote The Goonies, but before that. Oh, and before you directed Home Alone... and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York... and two Harry Potter Films... and Adventures in Babysitting. Imagine you are living in squalor and the rats in your New York City apartment inspire you to write about creepy crawlers. Then, suppose Steven Spielberg, director of Jaws, E.T., and Indiana Jones buys that script and wants to produce it. Without that almost unfathomably unlikely series of events, we would not have this week's episode on Gremlins.  Columbus' initial draft of the script was much grimmer, featuring the death of Barney, our hero's beloved pup, decapitations, and much more. The script underwent many rewrites, with several members of the cast and crew indicating they settled around 10! Directed by Joe Dante (Piranha, The Howling, Masters of Horror) this small budget holiday film was an incredible financial success, spawning a sequel and two international theme park rides! The special effects were by Chris Walas (The Fly, Return of the Jedi, Humanoids from the Deep), who proudly boasted that many effects in the final cut of the film were developed just the day before shooting. There were so many puppets and practical effects in the film that they lost count. In several sequences, puppeteers had to have a puppet on each hand and even on top of their heads! Zach Galligan (Waxwork, Hatchet 3, Nightbeasts) plays Billy Peltzer. Billy has aspirations of much more than being a bank teller and is entrusted with great responsibility by his father, played by Hoyt Axton, when he is given an incredibly unique Christmas present. Gizmo, Billy's Christmas present, is played by Howie Mandel (Little Monsters).  Phoebe Cates (Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Drop Dead Fred) plays basically the antithetical role to her red-bikini-wearing seductress, and plays Kate, a well-intentioned, hard working small town girl. She also gives one of, if not my absolute favorite monologues in all of film history.  Corey Feldman play's Billy's friend, Pete. If you are confused as to why Billy is so much older than his little friend (*in Scarface voice*) it is because Billy was originally the same age, until he was aged in later drafts of the script.  The film has some astounding cameo talent from the late Dick Miller to Judge Reinhold. While the movie is all the better for it, unfortunately the majority of Reinhold's part was cut, as the unnecessary real estate subplot was left on the cutting room floor. Miller, who plays the somewhat soothsaying Murray Futterman, was so excellent in this bit part that he was brought back for the sequel: Gremlins 2: The New Batch.  In this episode, we review the film delve into the history and trivia, and Jake gives his hair-brained theory as to why this film, The Howling, and Indiana Jones are all in a shared universe. We also take excerpts from the very bizarre novelization of the film by George Gipe. Gipe also did novelizations for Back to the Future and Explorers! By this point, he had also written The Man with Two Brains! This week's "Hidden Track" is Bone Church with their song: Pale Moon Sacrifice.  https://bonechurch1.bandcamp.com/ ; https://www.facebook.com/bonexchurch/ Also, be sure to check out Danny Bones' podcast: https://themoviesnack.blubrry.net/author/themoviesnack/ If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast
1:38:36
December 9, 2019
Phantoms (1998)
Let's start off December with a chilling tale of mountain horror, brought to you by Dean R. Koontz! His novel, Phantoms, pre-dated Stephen King's IT and there are so many similarities, it borders on suspicious. An ancient creature, that can shapeshift, hires lackeys to do its bidding, travels through the sewers, and systematically preys on a small town. There are more similarities between Pennywise and "The Ancient Enemy" of course, and we get into them! We also discuss the similarities between H.P. Lovecraft's Nyarlathotep and The Ancient Enemy. As for film references, there is also John Carpenter's The Thing and The Blob. Do we talk about them? Shit yeah! Joanna Going plays Dr. Jennifer Pailey, who is brining her kid sister, Lisa (Rose McGowan, Scream, Planet Terror) home with her. When they arrive, the find the housekeeper is dead, and even the good doctor cannot discern why or how. They go to the police department, finding another corpse in similar fashion.  Along the way, they meet up with Sheriff Bryce Hammond (Ben Affleck, Argo, Justice League) and two deputies, Steve Shanning (Nicky Katt, Sin City, Boiler Room) and Stu Wargle (Liev Shreiber, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ray Donovan). The shapeshifting evil begins picking off the gang until Dr. Timothy Flyte (Peter O'Toole, Lawrence of Arabia, Troy) is brought in as the resident expert in mass disappearances.  The entity enlists Flyte to be his apostle, spreading its gospel, but in its hubris, gives the necessary insight as to overcome the Ancient Enemy.  This week's "Hidden Track" is by DJ KWEST. You can find his music on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/djkwesty and his social media on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/i_am_kwestmusic/ horror, movie review, discussion, behind the scenes, history, movie production, special effects
1:53:28
December 2, 2019
Bonus: Artik Q&A
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we would like to share our gratitude for all of our loyal listeners and give you a bonus episode! This is a Q&A we did recently at a screening of Artik with director, Tom Botchii, actors, Jerry G. Angelo and Matt Mercer, and cinematographer, Martin Moody.  Even if you haven't seen the film, it is an interesting discussion. Learn how Tom basically bankrolled the movie himself, rather than wait patiently for studio involvement. Plus, get a glimpse into Tom's writing process and his inspiration from his experiences working on Marvel films. Learn the process that Jerry and Matt took in approaching the material. Also, Martin goes into detail in his method and gives glimpses into some technical aspects of the film you may have missed! If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast  horror, movie review, commentary, behind the scenes, trivia, movie production
39:53
November 28, 2019
Little Monsters (2019)
No, not the movie where they buried Howie Mandel in blue makeup and prostheses and put him across from Fred Savage, the flick with Academy Award Winning actress, Lupita Nyong'o! Fresh off her award-winning performance in 12 Years a Slave, which-- oh yeah, was her feature film debut! Lupita opted to try out comedy in an absurd dark comedy, which adds rabid fourth graders to the classic Rom Zom formula, mastered by Peter Jackson (Dead Alive/ Brain Dead) and Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead). She credits her massively jacked shoulders from her work on Black Panther, just months before.  Written and directed by Abe Forsythe, a filmmaker who previously had no aspirations of making a Rom Zom. The story was organically conceived when he dropped his son, who has severe food allergies, off with his primary school teacher. While on a field trip, Forsythe wondered to himself if a zombie outbreak started at that very instant, if his son and his classmates would be safe. Forsythe was so impressed with his son's teacher, the answer was resoundingly yes. Since recording this episode, it was confirmed he is set to direct a new installment in the RoboCop franchise: Robocop Returns, rumored to have Peter Weller returning as the titular character.  Opposite Lupita is Alexander England as "Uncle David"  Anderson. England had previously been in Down Under, also directed by Abe Forsythe.  While Josh Gad joked that this film would equate to career suicide, it seemed to be a return to his roots on The Book of Mormon. Perhaps best known as Olaf in Frozen, Gad plays the jaded children's star Teddy McGiggle, whose crowning achievement is sleeping with as many single moms as possible.  This week's "Hidden Track" is Them! by Francis Hollow. The EP it's on, "The Darkness and All It's Friends," is a tribute to horror movies from the 1920's - 1950's from a more modern music perspective. Each song is based around a different movie (in order) The Wolf Man (1941), THEM! (1954), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), and Nosferatu (1922). The artwork was done in collaboration with Spanish Artist Nache Ramos, more of his work can be found at https://nacheramos.tumblr.com/. Francis Hollow can be  If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast zombies, the walking dead, monster movie, horror, movie review, commentary, behind the scenes, trivia, movie production
1:26:29
November 25, 2019
Hammer Films
Some have called it "The Studio that Dripped Blood," and for good reason; Hammer Films was one of the most prolific horror production companies of all time and its legacy has permeated many forms of media, whether acknowledged or not. Founded by William Hinds and James Carreras, Hammer Film Productions, Ltd. was initially in the business of "quota quickies," which were cheap and uninspired filler films.  After being presented with a film project to rejuvenate the Frankenstein brand, the studio opted to make their own, since Mary Shelly's work was already in the public domain. With The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), the film company rebranded to almost exclusively guts and gore forevermore. Their next foray was Dracula (1958), which also starred Christopher Lee as the monster.  In The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958), rather than the monster reappearing as he had in the many Universal Monster films, it was Dr. Frankenstein.  The Evil of Frankenstein (1964) had Peter Cushing return to his mad scientist.  Frankenstein Created Woman (1967) was odd and bad, but worth seeing. Frankenstein Must be Destroyed (1969) had some high points. Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974) featured some adept makeup and effect work.  Christopher Lee played yet another monster, which was also played by the prolific Boris Karloff, the titular mummy in The Mummy (1959).  The Brides of Dracula (1960) was a well received blend of sex and violence. The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) was sadly the studio's only werewolf film. The Phantom of the Opera (1962) was somewhat cursed from the outset, having originally been conceived for Cary Grant before he backed out. Delving into more mythic subject matter, The Gorgon (1964) had some fun practical effects for Medusa and her serpent hair.  Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966), Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968),  Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970), Scars of Dracula (1970), The Vampire Lovers (1970), Dracula AD 1972 (1972), and The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973). The Plague of the Zombies (1966) has some charm. The Reptile (1966) was a schlocky, but well made, creature feature.  The Mummy's Shroud (1967)  Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971) was arguably before its time, touching on gender norms.  This week's "Hidden Track" is Silent Horror. Their new album can be found here: https://silenthorror.bigcartel.com/. If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast
1:34:13
November 18, 2019
Yokai
Yōkai (妖怪, ghost, phantom, strange apparition), the term is basically a catchall for Japanese supernatural monsters, spirits, and demons in  folklore. The word itself is made up of the kanji for "bewitching; attractive; calamity" and "spectre; apparition; mystery; suspicious." Yokai were apparently the first monumental monster card game, pre-dating Pokemon by about a thousand years. Yokai have spawned comics, video games, cartoons, movies, media, and collectibles.  There are many subsets of Yokai, including oni, tengu, tsukumogami, and yūrei. In this episode, we break down the history of these creatures, and how they are   Jake's favorite yokai are kappa, smaller amphibious creatures with bowls of water atop their heads.  Shirime are faceless humanoids with a gaping eye where their gaping butthole should be.  Ashiaraiyahiki are giant feet that stomp through ceilings, commanding the inhabitants to wash them.  Gashadokuro are giant skeletons that rattle around, adding bones and bodies to their hulking forms to make them even more gigantic skeletons.  The "Hidden Track" is Hyuman with their song Battle Against a True Samurai. Their music can be found https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClrASeJSkOZIlsPkyge0gMQ ; https://soundcloud.com/user-416470441 ; and https://www.instagram.com/just_hyuman/ If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast monsters, cryptids, demons, ghosts, creatures, Obake, Tengu, Tsukumogami, Yamauba, Kintaro, Rokurokubi, Yurei, slit mouth woman
1:28:51
November 11, 2019
Marvel Zombies Part 2
You may recall from last episode that Marvel Zombies was conceived by Mark Millar (Kickass, Kingsmen, Wanted, Nemesis, Starlight, and The Magic Order). After his initial Ultimate Fantastic Four storyline "Crossover," he gave over the Zombies imprint to Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible) and Sean Phillips (Judge Dredd, Hellblazer, Sleeper, Criminal, Incognito, Fatale).  After Millar, Kirkman, and Phillips moved on, the franchise was picked up by Fred Van Lente (Cowboys & Aliens, Archer & Armstrong, X-Men: Noir) who actually helmed the title longer than anyone else. Artist, Kev Walker (2000 AD, Rogue Trooper, Dungeons & Dragons), took over on the penciling and gave a more modern style to Phillips' muted, classic method. Though there are some familiar faces Van Lente's cast of characters such as Deadpool and Howard the Duck, the others are much more niche than his predecessors: Machine Man, Morbius, Jennifer Kale, Man Thing, Werewolf by Night, and Daimon Hellstrom. The Inhumans also appear, with a gutsy end for the beloved, teleporting Lackjaw.  In Marvel Zombies Return, Van Lente had help from many other prolific writers in the genre. David Wellington is both a college friend of Fred Van Lente and a prolific horror author, having penned vampire novels starring vampire hunter Laura Caxton and a zombie apocalypse trilogy: Monster Island, Monster Nation, and Monster Planet. Jonathan Maberry, is not only the author of Punisher MAX: Naked Kill and Black Panther. He also wrote the novel, Ghost Road Blues, which won a Bram Stoker award. His follow-up novel, Patient Zero, is what ultimately got him the writing assignment for Marvel Zombies. Seth Grahame-Smith is best known for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Jake touches on Marvel Zombies: Evil Evolution, which involves the Marvel Apes franchise, but since he hates it, he does not belabor the point.  We round off the episode talking about Marvel Zombies 5, Marvel Zombies: Supreme, Marvel Zombies Destroy!, Marvel Zombies Halloween, Zombies Assemble, and DCeased (which, yeah-- obviously isn't Marvel, but is interesting enough to warrant a comment or two).  The "Hidden Track" for this week is Gerardo Preciado aka Ancient Order of the Droids, with his wholly original soundtrack for a movie that does not exist: Zombiria! Be sure to track his kickstarter campaign for a vinyl pressing https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/musikedidiable/zombiria-limited-edition-vinyl-soundtrack ; https://open.spotify.com/artist/5IVlx6vuJszX7AvQ2xU4Oj Be sure to check out their upcoming album. Devices, which will release in October. If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast zombies, monsters, horror, Avengers, X-Men, X-Force, Heroes for Hire, The Defenders,  Dead Days, Shaun of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Night of the Living Dead, Return of the Living Dead, Little Monsters, S.H.I.E.L.D., Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange
1:29:38
November 4, 2019
Marvel Zombies Part 1
What started as an outwardly mocked pitch by Mark Millar in the break room at Marvel, turned into the best selling trade paper back of all time and a monumental franchise: Marvel Zombies. In this episode, Jake shows off just how deeply rooted his nerdism goes, rifling off trivia no one, not even the artists and creators who made this stuff, actually care about.  You might know Millar's name from pioneering The Ultimate Universe with Brian Michael Bendis, which was integral in creating the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Also, remember that whole Civil War thing? Yeah, that's Millar.  Moreover, his independent work has spawned very successful franchises as well: Kickass, Kingsmen, Wanted, Nemesis, Starlight, and The Magic Order.  The marketing for the initial story arc "Crossover," teased a melding of the Ultimate Universe and the traditional Marvel Universe, but in actuality, it was something much more nefarious. A young Reed Richards is duped by his machiavellian zombie dopplegangar to open up their dimension for a feast of the undead. It is up to Magneto, The Thing, The Human Torch, and Sue Storm to stop The Hunger Virus from spreading. After his initial three-issue story arch in Ultimate Fantastic Four, Millar gave over the reigns to Robert Kirkman of Walking Dead and Invincible fame.  Kirkman teamed with Sean Phillips (Judge Dredd, Hellblazer, Sleeper, Criminal, Incognito, Fatale) to create the first two installments of the Marvel Zombies runs. Their story takes place over countless lightyears, with a cast of characters including: Colonel (Captain) America, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Powerman, Iron Fist, Daredevil, Giant Man, Wasp, Black Panther, Thanos, Silver Surfer, Galactus, and so, so many more. At the time, some of these heroes were relatively obscure, but now after the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these are household names.  In another very ambitious crossover, Marvel negotiated a deal with Dynamite Comics for a story arc wherein The Evil Dead squared off with the Marvel Dead. This story sets forth how Ash Williams and The Sentry entered the Marvel Zombies dimension at the same time, detailing much more of the unspoken substance from the other installments.  The "Hidden Track" for this week is The Rhythm Coffin: https://therhythmcoffin.bandcamp.com/ Be sure to check out their upcoming album. Devices, which will release in October. If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast zombies, monsters, horror, Avengers, X-Men, X-Force, Heroes for Hire, The Defenders,  Dead Days, Shaun of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Night of the Living Dead, Return of the Living Dead, Little Monsters, S.H.I.E.L.D.
1:23:03
October 28, 2019
The Shining (1980)
Masterpiece or abomination? According to like, 90% of people, Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is a peerless magnum opus; however, according to Stephen King and a few of his cronies, it's uglier than a naked old lady rotting in a bathtub.  Let's compare, shall we? Kubrick directed 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, and Full Metal Jacket. King directed Maximum Overdrive. Ahem... MOVING ON! This film has been embroiled in controversy and skepticism since its debut in 1980. There are theories that span from Kubrick being a secret Nazi fascist, to a free mason, to a man plagued with silent outrage after not being able to take credit for faking the moon landing, with ten 237 other theories in between! ...or was it 217? The film has a tremendous, albeit minimal cast. Jack Nicholson (Chinatown, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Little Shop of Horrors) kills it (pun intended) as recovering alcoholic and general louse, Jack Torrance. Torrance is the "caretaker" of the Overlook Hotel, who wants to be a part of "management," at the expense of his family and his sanity.  Shelley Duvall (Popeye, Annie Hall, Rocketman) plays his long-suffering wife, Winifred- NOT Winnie or Freddy. Scatman Crothers (Aristocats, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Transformers: The Movie) is Dick Hallorann, who enacts one of the film's greatest variances from the book- which Jake loves and Bryan hates.  This episode contrasts the book and movie, as we do with all of our King episodes. We talk the major differences, such as the Overlook Hotel exploding with Jack Torrance's hands melting to the broiler, to Jack Nicholson freezing in a hedge maze. We also talk some of the smaller variations like Tony, Danny's imaginary friend, either being a distant apparition or a chatty finger.  Also, as you can imagine, there will almost definitely be a reboot, remake, re-whatever in the future. So, we talk about elements of the movies that could work, and those, like those damn topiary animals, that just won't... ever... seriously, Stephen- just drop it.  We hope this episode will help you to prepare for Doctor Sleep, hitting theaters next month. We will be reviewing both the novel and film of that as well! This week's "Hidden Track" is Alex Cuervo, aka Espectrostatic, fittingly with his song Shiver. https://espectrostatic.bandcamp.com/ & http://alexcuervo.net/ If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast come play with us danny, ghosts, haunted, here's johnny, all work and no play makes jack a dull boy, paranormal, redrum
1:53:48
October 21, 2019
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Truly, this film is legendary. With performances by Simon Pegg (Star Trek, The World's End, Hot Fuzz) and Nick Frost (Paul, Attack the Block, Into the Badlands) that have been often imitated, but never duplicated. Atop a stellar script by Edgar Wright (Baby Driver, Scott Pilgrim) and Pegg, there is very little to change, even from the most critical perspective. Originally, this started out as a bit in an episode of Spaced, where Pegg, Frost, and Wright worked together. There, the idea to create a full length zombie feature was conceived, with a one-page Word Document on Wright's computer.  Everything in the film seems so deliberate from the camera angles to the quick edits. We discuss Wright and Pegg's cameo in George A. Romero's Land of the Dead, which also paid tribute to Day of the Dead in its own unique way. The references and homage does not end there, with other nods to the like of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Lucio Fulci, Dawn of the Dead, and more.  The film even features a bit part for Martin Freeman, who would go on to be in The Hobbit, Captain America: Civil War, and Sherlock.  This week's "Hidden Track" is by Adrianna Krikl. She has been kind enough to provide us with cassettes of her newest release. To enter to win, just take a screen cap showing that you are listening to her music or following her on social media, then send it to us on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or at slasherspod@gmail.com.  Hidden Track: https://www.instagram.com/adriannakrikl/ https://www.facebook.com/kriklmusic/ https://twitter.com/adriannakrikl www.adriannakrikl.com https://open.spotify.com/artist/1Z4kmc6XO62fbCU8ww2SXv?si=tLn_U2DFTWyRRV6UEc1dpg If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast horror, horror comedy, rom com, romantic comedy, zombies, undead, living dead, dark comedy
1:27:31
October 14, 2019
Alien (1979)
In space... no one can hear anything but my annoying nasally voice yelling at my wife and best friend about how much I love Alien! Written by Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett, the film was O'Bannon's reintroduction to Hollywood after living in a think-tank on the ill-fated Jodorowsky's Dune. The time abroad served invaluable, as it introduced him to H.R. Giger and his hideously sexual brooding art that would take an admittedly lacking story and turn it into a classic with the help of director, Ridley Scott.  Hot off the moderate success of The Duelists, Scott decided to leave the Napoleonic era long in the past, delving into a gritty, industrial future.  Between Giger and O'Bannon (who did set design for Dark Star and Star Wars) the film has an unmistakable aesthetic, which was captured perfectly by Scott, much to the chagrin of some of his actors. For instance, Tom Skerritt, was openly critical of Scott taking so long to set up shots, because he fell out of character.  The film stars Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley. Aside from a part in Madman (which you can see was later aggrandized after the success of Alien) Weaver was predominantly a theater actor. She would go on to make more than the budget of this entire film to appear in the sequel: Aliens. She would go on to star in four installments of this series, which has grossed over $1,000,000,000 in her lifetime.  Listen as we discuss the practical effects, such as the design of the Nostromo and the Space Jockey, and the ingenuity of using real animal parts in the facehugger's eggsack. Did you know that they used condoms in making the xenomorph? Well don't worry, because Jake mentions it like 10 times throughout this episode. We also discuss some of the deleted scenes and the infamous alternate ending that was luckily scrapped.  If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast sci fi, outer space, spaceship, extraterrestrials, android, monster, creature feature, jaws, danzig mother, A.E. Van Vogt, Discord in Scarlet, Voyage of the Space Beagle, Prometheus, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, Alien vs. Predator, AVP, Alien Covenant, Forbidden Planet, Planet of the Vampires, Junkyard, Strange Relations, EC Comics, Ron Cobb, future, survival, 
1:33:15
October 7, 2019
Battle of the Cryptids
This is probably our most ambitious episode yet. This week, we create a bracket of 16 of North America's greatest cryptids, pitting them against each other to determine who's the best! Think Pokemon... from hell! Our contestants: jackalope, chupacabra, mothman, manipogo, Ozark Howler, wendigo, skinwalker, thunderbird, snallygaster, Jersey Devil, hodag, sasquatch, waheela, frogmen, Beast of Busco, and the squonk.  The rules are quite simple, to advance to the next tier a monster needs a minimum of two votes from the three hosts. We do our best to give you the history and abilities of each monster.  We also plan to do a Cryptids of the World episode, so if you have recommendations, please send them to slasherspod@gmail.com.  This week's "Hidden Track" is Deathlist with their song Your Body Falls. Please support our friends by checking out all of their savory jams on https://deathlist.bandcamp.com/ If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast monsters, history, mma, combat, pro wrestling, cage match, fight to the death, thunderdome, algernon blackwood, yeti, bigfoot, skunk ape, paranormal, ghosts, horror, aliens, beast of bray road, melonheads,  fouke, van meter visitor, pope lick, 
1:33:59
September 30, 2019
Wes Craven
Looking on the bright side of the legend, Wesley Earl Craven's passing, is that we can do a comprehensive biography on the fellow for your listening pleasure. Craven was an enigmatic character to say the least. He was raised in a strict religious household and only developed a love of film in his adult life, after pursuing another career entirely.  He would go on to write and direct such films as The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, Swamp Thing, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The People Under the Stairs, and Shocker. He also directed such classics as Scream and The Serpent and the Rainbow.  We also go into detail in his constant struggle to break into mainstream media, specifically non-horror movies with films like Music of the Heart and how in doing so, he had to fire Madonna from the movie.  This week's "Hidden Track" is Dnzl with their song Fences. They are playing in Yonkers Nov, 9th @ Barney McNabs with Distance Kept, Carnage Krew, Billy Club Sandwich, and ONYX. You can find them at https://www.dnzlhxc.com/music If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast
1:47:04
September 23, 2019
It (2017) & It: Chapter 2 (2019)
Another IT episode? That's right, two episodes dedicated to film adaptations in as many months. The legendary novel by Stephen King gets adapted much more competently in Andy Muschietti's very ambitious film series. If you are listening to this as a precursor to It: Chapter 2, fear not-- we announce when our discussion gets into spoiler territory.  2017 stars the magnanimous Bill Skarsgård as It / Pennywise, Jaeden Lieberher as Bill Denbrough, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben Hanscom, Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh, Finn Wolfhard as Richie Tozier, Wyatt Oleff as Stanley Uris, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie Kaspbrak, and Chosen Jacobs as Mike Hanlon. Not only do we discuss easter eggs, nods to the books, and these actors' great performances, but we discuss the casting process for the sequel.  It: Chapter 2 stars Jessica Chastain as the adult Beverly Marsh, James McAvoy as "Big: Bill, Bill Hader as Richie "Trashmouth" Tozier, Isaiah Mustafa  as Mike Hanlon, Jay Ryan as Ben "Haystack" Hanscom, James Ransone as Eddie Kaspbrak, and Andy Bean as Stanley "Slice 'Em Open" Uris.  We discuss the film, our impressions, and where the franchise can go from here. Director, Andy Muschietti, is actively campaigning to do a supercut of both films combined, returning the deleted scenes, and even adding new ones. So yes, it is wholly possible that Slashers will do yet another episode on It... Beep beep.  This week's "Hidden Track" is Moon Tooth with their song Trust. They can be found here: https://moontoothny.bandcamp.com/ If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast bob gray, maturin, space turtle, spider, deadlights, S.S. georgie, derry maine, movie review, spoiler free, horror, book adaptation, novel
1:38:40
September 16, 2019
Bad Taste (1987)
Have you ever seen a movie shot on 16mm that was supposed to be a 10 minute short film, that turned into a life-changing four year endeavor? That is this movie and the journey make's Frodo's little jaunt into Mordor look bland by comparison. Peter Jackson's debut, Bad Taste, features a cast and crew of his co-workers from his day job, who he suckered into getting together almost every Sunday for four years. You can see the brilliance that would become his Academy Award Winning style in this gorey, bizarre feature.  If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast aliens, monsters, creature feature, independent film, bread, lord of the rings, king kong, dead alive, special effects, practical effects, makeup, behind the scenes, documentary, movie review 
1:50:18
September 9, 2019
Tales from the Crypt (Comics)
Bill Gaines changed the comic industry in multiple ways, in multiple eras, it just so happens that our favorite involved schlocky gore and stolen stories. The "source material" included works from Ralph Murphy, Robert Florey, F. Marion Crawford, Arthur Machens, W.F. Harvey, H. P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe, Ray Bradburry, David H. Keller, and Carl Theodor Dreyer.  In the episode, we try to herald the artists of the comic, including Wally Wood, Johnny Craig, Graham Ingels, George Evans, Jack Kamen, and Joe Orlando. Truly, the art is what distinguished this series more than anything else.  We also touch on the cartoon series, Tales from the Cryptkeeper, the feature films (Tales from the Crypt and The Vault of Fear), and the bizarre game show, Secrets of the Cryptkeeper's Haunted House.  This week's "Hidden Track" is Makes My Blood Dance with their song Sick as Our Secrets. www.makesmyblooddance.com If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast comics, comic books, art, horror, movie reviews, interview, behind the scenes, documentary
1:34:21
September 2, 2019
Bonus- Interview with Shawn Wright (Director of Night of the Axe)
For those of you pining for the days of old, when we released episodes on Wednesdays, suffer no more! Here is a bonus episode just for you! If you like what you hear in this episode, please support Shawn with his short film, Night of the Axe, and our friends over at Gorelords, who are hosting a film festival on 8/31/19 at The Colonial Theater in Sacramento. The screening includes multiple short films, culminating in a showing of Creepshow, with the proceeds going to The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.  In this interview, we discuss the creative process behind the movie from casting, to special effects. Shawn shares about his influences and gives a glimpse into all of his future ambitions.  If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast horror, movies, special effects, gore, splatter, makeup effects, serial killer, Friday the 13th, sackhead jason, the town that dreaded sundown
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August 28, 2019
Ticks (1993)
When a group of troubled teens (played by a group of bad actors) retreat to the San Bernardino Mountains to find themselves, they also find mutated Ticks and a world of woes. The movie features Seth Green (Robot Chicken, IT, Austin Powers), Alfonso Ribiero (Fresh Prince of Bel Air), the legendary Clint Howard (Ice Cream Man, Apollo 13, The Waterboy), and his dad.  With some charming special effects and a bit of a lame duck plot, the movie is a great example of schlock. Also, Jake basically decides to recite two full documentaries on Ticks from memory.  This week's "Hidden Track" is Bad Blood, with their song Kill Kill. https://badblooddfw.bandcamp.com/releases If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast arachnid, nymph, insect, monster movie, creature feature, gore, splatter, independent film, mutant
1:33:44
August 26, 2019
Stephen King's It (1990)
As we get ready for It: Chapter 2 coming out in September, please enjoy our raucous discussion on the 1990 made for TV movie. The film very competently shrinks 1,138 pages down to a comparatively breezy 192 minute event.  Basically, the film is the Tim Curry show. His portrayal of Pennywise the Dancing Clown is so iconic, that it nearly dwarfs his other performances such as The Darkness and Dr. Frankenfurter.  Directed by Tommy Lee Wallace (Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Fright Night Part 2), the first episode of the mini series focuses on "The Lucky Seven," rather than "The Losers Club" and their quest to defeat Pennywise. Then, in the second episode, the older (and also sterile) older version of the gang returns to Derry to finish the job.  Also, be sure to stay tuned after the show to hear the "Hidden Track" by The Lucitones: https://batcaverecords.com/the-lucitones If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast horror, horror movies, killer, clown, behind the scenes, interview, documentary, review, 
2:34:52
August 14, 2019
Bonus- Interview with Tom Botchii (Director of Artik)
As the world premiere of his new film, Artik, looms on the horizon, Tom Botchii Skowronski takes time out of his schedule to chat with Jake about his work, influences, and love of Krispy Kreme donuts. The film is about a serial killer (Jerry G. Angelo), obsessed with comic books. teaching his son (Gavin White) how to effectively take up his mantle. All of this is spoiled when a mysterious stranger (Chase Williamson) looks to help the struggling teen. The stranger implores a local counsellor (Matt Mercer) for help.  11 Minutes: https://vimeo.com/96462953 horror movie, movie review, interview, chat, behind the scenes, exclusive, pro wrestling, luke harper, bray wyatt, straight edge, cm punk
1:10:58
August 12, 2019
Eight Legged Freaks (2002)
Remember when David Arquette just played a wrestler and was not actually having deathmatches on the weekends? Well, let's hope his real life persona does not replicate his role in this film, because I do not want to deal with giant, mutant spiders! This week is the 2002 flop Eight Legged Freaks. We analyze why the film likely failed based on its competition and as always, do a scene by scene analysis.  The movie stars Arquette (Scream, Ready to Rumble) as Chris McCormick, the prodigal son of the town, returning after the death of his father. He reignites an old love of Sheriff Samantha Parker (Kari Wuhrer,  Anaconda, Thinner, Swamp Thing) a strong willed and able-bodied single mom. Her children Mike (Scott Terra) and Ashley (Scarlett Johansson, Iron Man 2, Avengers, Ghost World) are struggling with teen angst, oh and yeah-- those pesky mutant spiders.  The movie is not immaculate, but it is fun and we hope you enjoy! If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast arachnids, arach-attack, giant spider, monster movie, creature feature
1:38:03
August 7, 2019
Bonus- Midsummer Scream Day 2 Recap
Delirium has set in and you can hear it nowhere more clearly than this rambling journey to the car and into traffic. In this bonus episode, we recap the final day of Midsummer Scream. Of note, the 30 year retrospective on Tales from the Crypt and the Archaeology of the Haunted Mansion were the highlights. Please let us know if you found the show from our presence at the event, as we are considering getting a booth next year! horror, convention, event, halloween horror nights, knotts scary farm. Elvira, hall of shadows, tiki market, macabre market, haunted hayride, queen mary's dark harbor, haunted house, maze
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August 5, 2019
Bonus- Midsummer Scream Day 1 Recap
That's right, goons! Because of the wonderful support from our bodacious Patreon patrons, we were able to scrounge up enough cash to go to Midsummer Scream. This was our first horror event as a group and we are very excited for what 8/4/19 brings with day 2. In this mini bonus episode, we discuss which mazes we liked, what panels we appreciated, and what costumes we absolutely loved. If you would like to see us at more events in the future, please consider supporting the show, whether by subscribing, reviewing, or even throwing sweaty wads of money at on Patreon.  horror, horror convention, halloween horror nights, knotts scary farm, disneyland, haunted mansion, godzilla, pennywise, it, michael myers, jason voorhees, freddy krueger, clowns, killer klowns, tikis
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August 4, 2019
Arachnophobia (1990)
You've seen Steven Spielberg's Jaws, right? That movie we covered a few weeks ago? Yeah, well have you ever wanted to see the same movie with the guy from Dumb and Dumber and eight legs? Boom-- Arachnophobia!  All kidding aside, this is a very fun film, written by Don Jakoby and directed by co-founder of Amblin Entertainment, Frank Marshall. The film stars Jeff Daniels, with possibly the best character captured on celluloid: Delbert McClintock, as played by the magnificent John Goodman.  The movie involves a small town, gripped in terror as the corpse of a cameraman brings back a deadly spider, that slings its little pecker around impregnating the local spiders to make cute, but deadly, baby spiders.  This week's "Hidden Track" is Cry Havoc with their song Venomous Riptide off their track on No Good Deed Left Unpunished, on Die Hipster Records. Also, if you would like to help support the show, please consider grabbing a copy of the film through our Amazon affiliate link while it is on sale! https://amzn.to/2YiFLjh If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast spiders, killer spiders, creature feature, monster movie, amazon, rainforest, congo, jurassic park, special effects, creature design, poisonous 
1:37:33
July 31, 2019
Maximum Overdrive (1986)
Have you ever wondered what it's like to have a rapid hallucination in a dizzying blur that was induced by cocaine, while reading a short story by Stephen King that did not make any sense? Well, that is basically Maximum Overdrive. Of all the stories he'd written, the man chose to adapt his short story, Trucks, which was famously compiled in the Night Shift compilation, to be his first (and only) feature film. All of the promotion materials basically had King criticizing all of the prior directors who'd adapted his works, then claiming he thought he could do better. Spoiler, he couldn't.  The film follows Emilio Estevez (The Breakfast Club, The Outsiders, Repo Man) as Bill Robinson, an ex con, working in a crappy diner, slinging hash browns while his very pro-second-amendment boss commits wage and hour fraud. Suddenly, due to the influence of both a comet and aliens, all technology begins to go haywire and attack humans. Each machine has its own sentience, which causes a whole slew of perplexing logical problems, but if you are on as much cocaine as King was admittedly at the time, it numbs that center of your brain and you can just enjoy.   The film also features Yeardly Smith (The Simpsons), Pat Hingle (Batman), Laura Harrington (What's Eating Gilber Grape, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension), and J.C. Quinn (Abyss, The Prophecy).  This week's "Hidden Track," is Olde Tigers, with their song Losing Battle. https://oldetigers.bandcamp.com/ If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast novel, horror, horror movies, book adaptation, The Green Goblin, Spider-Man, Far From Home, Marvel, big rig, rise of the machines,  bazooka, rocket launcher, RPG, video games, hitchhiker, 18 wheeler
1:42:12
July 24, 2019
As Above, So Below (2014)
While not as well-regarded as its source material, Dante Alighieri's Inferno, As Above, So Below certainly leaves an impression. The film was written and directed by John Erick Dowdle, with partial writing credits to his brother, John. The plot surrounds Scarlett Marlowe (Perdita Weeks) in her quest for the Philosopher's Stone, documented by camera man Benji (Edwin Hodge). Along the way, she joins up with estranged lover, George (Ben Feldman, Friday the 13th, Cloverfield).  As they descend into (the real) catacombs beneath France, each floor represents a different circle of hell. Though not a direct replication of Alighieri's work, the framework gives a much deeper story than the typical found footage film. Some good practical effects and fair acting make this film a must see for anyone with nothing better to do. If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast paradiso, purgatorio, divine comedy, nine circles of hell, limbo, virgil, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud, trechery, satan, the devil, lucifer, book adaptation, horror film, foreign film, cult, sin, sinners, paris, harry potter, nicholas flamel, sorcerers stone, magic, alchemy, gold
1:44:41
July 17, 2019
Vampire Hunter D (1985) & Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)
Who knew that when we surveyed our fans they would be so passionate about anime? We had no idea we would ever do an anime movie review and yet, in this episode we review two! The films are Vampire Hunter D and Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. The films are based on a lonstanding series of Japanese novels written by Hideyuki Kikuchi and illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano. The first film was released in 1985 and directed by Toyoo Ashida. The second film, released in 2000, was directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. The English dub on the films features some renowned voice actor, including most notably, John DiMaggio (Chowder, Futurama, Adventure Time).  Both films center around a half-vampire, half-human hybrid, known only as D. This cloaked stranger has an odd, wisecracking face in his palm, which has all sorts of unexplained powers and is referred to either as a parasite or a symbiote. In the 1985 feature, he is avenging a young woman who was bitten by a powerful vampire noble. In the 2000 feature, our hero is tracking a vampire who has seemingly kidnapped a beautiful woman, only to find that blah blah something about love.  This week's "Hidden Track" is by GORE. Their song Ashtray / Libido can be found here: https://borehardcore.bandcamp.com/album/bore. The band has a thriving instagram and facebook account, which you should probably like.  If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast vampire, anime, manga, audiobook, novel, cartoon, animation, comicbook, western, cowboy, paranormal, horror, bounty hunters
1:45:14
July 10, 2019
Jaws (1975)
Jaws is something of a miracle. Even under the best of circumstances, it would have been a major cinematic achievement and surely a classic. When you learn of what struggles they had with production, this movie becomes a legend. The film was directed by a fledgling artist, Steven Spielberg. It is based on a novel by Peter Benchley, which was a massive success in its own right. Roy Scheider (The French Connection, All That Jazz, 2001: A Space Odyssey), Robert Shaw (A Man for All Seasons, From Russia With Love), and Richard Dreyfuss (What About Bob?, Close Encounters of the Third Kind) star in the film and work together seamlessly.  The premise of the film is so simple, it is elegant. Scheider once noted that the film was a success worldwide because it did not need words to articulate the story. This is apparent in everything from the special effects to the slower, more intimate moments such as when Brody interacts with his sons. If you have not seen it, please use this podcast as an excuse to do so, because it has aged remarkably well given the monumental changes in the industry since its release.  The "Hidden Track" this week is by Black Ferns, with their song "This Illusion." Be sure to check out their upcoming album. Devices, which will release in October. If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast classic movie, film history, movie production, special effects, movie review, shark, shark week. great white shark, suspense, horror, practical effects
1:33:40
July 3, 2019
The Loved Ones (2009)
Haven't you ever heard of that sacred pact between weirdos? Y'know where the weird kids to some extent rally against normal people and look out for one another? Oh right, because that doesn't exist and real weirdos have their dad nail your feet to the linoleum in the kitchen with a steak knife. This week's review is The Loved Ones, written and directed by Sean Byrne. The film stars a very capable cast, who us ignorant Americans know very little about.  Also, as you cam see, this week is a three-man booth, which you can anticipate from now on. That's right, Producer C.H.A.D is stepping out from behind the curtain to his proper place in the spotlight... that sexy devil.  The "Hidden Track" this week is Gravespell, with their song"IGNIS." It fits pretty perfectly with the film, so please stick around to check it out. They are playing on 7/4/19 at the Soda Bar in San Diego. As always, you can support on Patreon.com/slasherspod, follow on instagram @slasherspod, or check out our facebook page, which we have finally started updating! If you are looking to buy a copy of the film on Amazon, please consider using this link to support the show: https://amzn.to/2JXiXQL If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast horror, horror movies, cult classic, australian horror, serial killer, true crime, copycat killer, sean byrne, movie review, prom, end of the year dance, xavier samuel, robin mcleavy, john brumpton, dark comedy, horror comedy, underrated
1:31:45
June 26, 2019
High Tension (2003)
We fancy. Or, as the French would say, "nous avons envie." That's right, we are reviewing a foreign film, but you would hardly notice, because the visuals tell the story so well. This week is High Tension, also known as "Switchblade Romance." While the switchblade imagery does play into the themes in the film somewhat, High Tension is a much more appropriate title, given that everything rises to a fever pitch throughout the very manageable 92 minute run time.  The film has been criticized for its similarities to Intensity, by Dean Koontz, the comparisons have likely prompted even more people to see the film. The film was directed by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, Maniac, Piranha 3D, Crawl). It stars Cécile de France, Maïwenn, and Philippe Nahon. Overall, it is a sight to behold from the torrential geysers of blood, to the stellar showings of fear in the actresses.  This week's "Hidden Track" is 911 by Babe Patrol. If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast horror, women in horror, scary, cult classic, slasher, killer, murderer, split personality, schizophrenia, delusional, special effects, practical effects, gore, splatter, unintentional comedy
1:27:45
June 19, 2019
Cujo (1983)
Picture this, you are freezing to death under the crippling weight of an avalanche. Suddenly, a slobbering mess of a dog with some booze barrel unearths you and saves your life. Now imagine roughly the same dog, in the dead of summer, with rabies. Pretty different, right? Well that's basically Stephen King's Cujo.  The film starts Dee Wallace, the adulterous Donna Trenton, who just wants her car fixed and her son, Tad (Danny Pintauro) to stop crying for his dad, Vic (Daniel Hugh Kelly). The film pretty drastically modified the end of the book, but King did the same in his initial draft of the screenplay. Overall, this is inarguably one of the best King adaptations, which is sadly not paraded through the streets on a gold-gilded throne.  If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast movie review, horror, scary, horror literature, book adaptation, film trivia, facts, movie production, special effects
1:42:54
June 12, 2019
Bonus- Interview with Clayton Cogswell (Director of I Had a Bloody Good Time at House Harker)
Breaking from the tradition of discussing a movie with each other, we've decided to discuss a movie WITH ITS DIRECTOR! On this bonus episode, we are joined by the magnanimous, Clayton Cogswell, director of I Had a Bloody Good Time at House Harker. In this interview, we discuss the movie making process in depth from conception, to writing, with soapy fake blood in between. We also discuss Clayton's inspiration, spanning from Sam Raimi to John Carpenter. If you like what you hear, please support our new friend. We were not paid to peddle their content, we just like it and hope you will too! The film is available for FREE with Amazon Prime: https://www.amazon.com/Bloody-Good-Time-House-Harker/dp/B0757BLRCY Be sure to follow their instagram, @househarker, for updates! Vampires, nosferatu, count orlock, mr. barlow, dracula, twilight, horror comedy, dark comedy, movie review, indie film, independent, director, film production, special effects, sfx, practical effects, screenwriting, evil dead, halloween, texas chainsaw massacre
1:09:54
June 10, 2019
Body Bags (1993)
Remember the longstanding Showtime horror anthology TV series, Body Bags? No? Oh right, because the project got cancelled and they turned it into a movie. The show was intended to be their response to Tales from the Crypt, in an ill-fated pursuit.  The three shorts were directed by horror legends John Carpenter (The Thing, Halloween, Christine)and Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Lifeforce, Poltergeist). Carpenter and Hooper both play bit parts in the movie, with Carpenter serving as the host, a sarcastic, rotting corpse, and Hooper as a coroner.  Horror legends, Wes Craven and Sam Raimi, also have cameos that are pretty great. Mark Hammill (Star Wards, The Guyver, Batman the Animated Series) shows his taint, butt, and balls, in a very ambitious move that cannot be unseen.  David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London, Ice Cream Man) plays a charming gas station patron who fights worse than Gandhi.  The "Hidden Track" is from Golgothan Remains, titled From Chaos It has Come. Be sure to check out their shows at Heathen Fest III 6/1/19, Moruya Waterfront Hotel, The Brightside Brisbane 6/21/19, Crowbar on 6/23/19, and back to Crowbar on 7/6/19.If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Escape from New York, The Fog, Prince of Darkness, Vampires, Eggshells, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Laurie Strode, horror, horror movies, horror comedy, dark comedy, movie review, facts, trivia, special effects, movie production
1:39:31
June 5, 2019
1408 (2007)
This week, Jake and his bodaciously beautiful bride, Ciara, review 1408. This Stephen King adaptation is somewhat unique, given that the story originated as an example in On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. He later revisited the characters and finished the story, collecting it with two others in an audiobook series, Blood and Smoke.  The story surrounds Mike Enslin, played by John Cusack (Gross Point Blank, Say Anything, High Fidelity). This jaded, cynical writer lives something of a vagabond lifestyle, going to various allegedly haunted hotel rooms, reporting on his experiences in trite paperback novels. That is, until he receives an anonymous postcard advising him of the Dolphin Hotel. The manager, Gerald Olin, is played by the magnanimous Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Avengers, Cell). Olin tries somewhat desperately to talk Mike out of it, but our wry writer won’t be dissuaded and enters the room where no one has lasted more than 60 minutes anyway.  This week’s “Hidden Track” is from Spirit Healer. The song is A Memory of the Ritual on their new record, Hollowform. Be sure to check them out on Spotify and read the accompanying short story. If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Haunted, ghost, specter, demon, possession, ghoul, horror literature, paranormal phenomena, writer, author, investigation, supernatural, movie, review, critique, criticism, movie production, practical effects, special effects 
1:33:11
May 29, 2019
So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)
Memory is a cruel mistress. Y’see memory, when in perfect working order, can preserve those precious moments in life. When it doesn’t work, you watch So I Married an Axe Murderer again, not realizing how bad it is. It- Is---- So--- Bad- Cruel- Comedy of Crap *blows out candle* The film stars Mike Myers (Austin Powers, Wayne’s World) as Charlie and Stuart MacKenzie. He falls in love with Harriet Michaels, played by Nancy Travis. His best friend, a cop dressed like a pimp, Tony Giardino, is played by Anthony LaPaglia (Annabelle Creation). As the plot develops, it seems there is more to Harriet’s sister, Rose, than anyone led on, as played by Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction). There are some great cameos by Phil Hartman, Steven Wright, Michael Richards (pre-racist freakout), and Charles Grodin.  This week’s “Hidden Track” is OC45 with Lady Death. Be sure to follow them and check out their website, OC45sucks.com, for updates on the new album they are recording.If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast horror, horror movies, movie review, dark comedy, horror comedy, marriage, wedding, serial killer, murderer, axe murderer, black widow
1:38:47
May 22, 2019
Legion (2010)
This week’s film is Legion. No, not the X-Men TV show, Google! Please just let me finish my research so I can go to sleep! Anyway, the film stars Paul Bettany (Avengers: Infinity War, Manhunt: Unabomber, A Knight’s Tale) and was directed by Scott Stewart (Priest, Dominion, Dark Skies). The pair would team up twice within a year of each other for Legion and Priest, which make a pretty decent double feature. Bettany plays Michael, an angel who willingly transubstantiates to become a man and defy God to help save humanity.  Basically, Adrianne Palicki (Orville, John Wick, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series), is pregnant with the next savior of humanity, but God wants to do the ol’ ctrl+alt+del on humanity and does not want the baby born. Instead, he sends a horde of angels to possess people and do his bidding.  Notable villains include Doug Jones (Hellboy, The Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth) and Jeanette Miller (Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Voyager, Austin Powers). Miller plays Gladys, the seemingly sweet old lady, who lets the cast know that there is some divine tomfoolery about. Jones plays the bit part of a possessed ice cream man, which is sadly squandered, because it is visually impressive. Kevin Durand (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Vikings, 3:10 to Yuma) plays Gabriel, the sassy angel with bulletproof wings.  Lucas Black and Tyrese Gibson of the Fast & Furious franchise are in the film. One is kind of a racial stereotype and the other is named after a car, so there’s that.  This week’s Hidden Track is Twilight Creeps, with their song Night of the Demons. You can check them out at twilightcreeps.com, which has access to their facebook, twitter, Instagram, and youtube.  If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Apocalypse, end of days, savior, end of the world, doomsday, savior, redeemer, prophecy, fallen angel, immaculate conception, antichrist, possession, lord of the flies, age of Ultron, wandavision, action horror, the blob, angels, demons, the da vinci code, 
1:33:21
May 15, 2019
The Omen (1976)
Do these boys know how to party or what? A movie about a spooky kid from the 70s? Quick kids! Put down your cellular phones with your instagrams and tune in to the talkies for this week’s review of The Omen!  The film was directed by Richard Donner (Superman, The Goonies, Lethal Weapon) and stars Gregory Peck (To Kill a Mocking Bird, Cape Fear, The Boys from Brazil). Peck plays Robert Thorn, who, while desperate to spare his wife’s feelings, tricks her into believing that Damien is their own son, who actually died shortly after being born. Harvey Spencer Stephens who played Damien, had a very minor acting career after the film, appearing in a TV movie, then having a cameo in the 2006 remake of The Omen as a reporter.  With the help of Keith Jennings, played by David Warner (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze, Star Trek VI, Star Trek V, Star Trek TNG, Tron) Thorn tries to discovery what happened to his son, who Damien really is, and how to undo the plot he has been unwittingly complicit in for the past five years. Oh, and we cannot forget Jerry Goldsmith’s Academy Award winning score!  This week's Hidden Track is Green Eyes by The Mammoths (https://themammothsmusic.com/; @the_mammoths). Be sure to check their website and instagram for their upcoming shows and new releases.  If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Lee Remick, Billie Whitelaw, Holly Palance, horror, antichrist, birthmark, lucifer, son of satan, hounds of hell, possession, conspiracy, evil, bible, prophecy, revelations, the devil, son of a jackal, jesus Christ, the occult, devil worshippers, special effects, novelization, curse, documentary, statistics
1:44:20
May 8, 2019
The Void (2016)
Just like you would at a cozy little bed and breakfast, the boys spend some time relishing in The Void this week. The film was written and directed by Astron-6 founders, Steven Kostanski (Bio-Cop, Leprechaun Returns, Clown) and Jeremy Gillespie (The Shape of Water, It, It: Chapter Two, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark).  Aaron Poole (X-Files, Forsaken) stars as Daniel Carter, a dejected cop, who comes into contact with his estranged wife, Allison, played by Kathleen Munroe (Supernatural, NCIS, The Dresden Files).  As the night unfolds, the characters find there is somethign far more nefarious in the burned down hospital than ashes. This week's "Hidden Track" is What You Can't See by Dark Serenity (https://open.spotify.com/artist/5XmDp9liund2Hd0TUC27bP; @darkserenityband). Be sure to support them at the upcoming Girl's Rock Detroit fundraiser (6/15), Rockwood Music Hall in New York (6/22), The Fire in Philadelphia (6/25), The Crying Wolf in Nashville (7/17), Kirby's in Witchita (7/24) and Rock's Bar in Colorado (8/2). If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Event Horizon, horror, horror movie, movie review, demons, demon possession, monsters, makeup, creature effects, special effects, visual effects, Hellraiser, Hellbound Heart, Mandy, alternate dimensions, portal, abyss, hell, zombies, undead, survival
1:55:16
May 1, 2019
The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989)
As a tie in to our event, Toxic Avengers #PodGame, we humbly submit our review of The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie. For those of you not following the announcements on instagram, Toxic Avengers #PodGame was Jake's idea to coincide with the release of Avengers: End Game, but with horror's favorite mutated monster hero: Toxie. Be sure to check out Cult Classic Mania (reviewing The Toxic Avenger), Gorelords (reviewing The Toxic Avenger Part II), Terror Trio (reviewing Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV), and Copulators Die First (reviewing episodes of Toxic Crusaders).  In this film, Toxie (Ron Fazio/ John Altamura) has a sumo duel with the Devil (Rick Collins), in a vague video game format, which involves the green winged beast being peed on. While that sounds awesome, it comes after a gauntlet of watching Toxie try to keep real jobs to pay eye surgery for his girlfriend, Claire (Phoebe Legere). This film and Part II were originally intended to be one film; however, given issues with the run time, the film was split. You can tell that there are filler scenes and some black magic trickery to stretch the plot like a lumpy Stretch Armstrong (or Vac-Man if you remember those).  While not the pinnacle of Llyod Kaufman's (Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, Class of Nuke 'Em High, Terror Firmer, Rocky) filmography, the film is definitely work the watch-- if only to get to the fourth installment. Also, the melt scene by Jerry Macaluso (Darkman, Mystery Men, Little Nicky) is surprisingly awesome.   This week's "Hidden Track" was graciously provided by Bat$hit!crazy (@batshitcrazy_band). Be sure to stay tuned after the episode to hear their song Ellen's Grave.  https://campsite.bio/cultclassicmania, https://linktr.ee/gorelords If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Troma, Melvin Ferd, Melvin Junko, Stan Lee, Horror, Horror Movie, Cult Classic, Schlock, B Movie, Exploitation Film, Gore, Splatter, Makeup, Makeup Effects, Special Effects, Film Review, Movie Production, Slapstick, Superhero, Campy, Independent Film, New Jersey, Tromaville, Toxic Waste, Melt Movie, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man, Dr. Strange, Spider-Man, Thanos, The Black Order, Infinity War, Infinity Gauntlet
1:29:49
April 24, 2019
Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988)
Return of the Killer Tomatoes is so much fun, we invited a special guest, Rob Krosky, to join in the review this week. As far as the cast and crew’s credentials and careers, the only real noteworthy actors are George Clooney (From Dusk till Dawn, Return to Horror High, Batman & Robin) and John Astin (The Addams Family, Batman (no, seriously, he played The Riddler in 2 episodes). This film would later be adapted into a cartoon show called Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, which ran for just over one year, where Astin would reprise his role.  Be sure to follow us on Instagram, twitter, and youtube @slasherspod. Also, do yourself a favor and follow @xrobbyheartx, @deadmediajunkies, and @kyletrocollaandthestrangers, to support our pal: Rob. If you stay tuned after the episode, you can hear our first "Hidden Track," a project we've undertaken to help independent musicians reach new audiences. If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Horror movies, horror, schlock, creature feature, Gomez Addams, Addams family, attack of the killer tomatoes strike back, killer tomatoes eat France, horror comedy, dark comedy, horror comedy, cult classic, movie production, movie review, review
1:35:01
April 17, 2019
The Lost Boys (1987)
What better movie to review when oldening than the one that promises eternal youth for bloodshed?! This week, we review The Lost Boys, starring Jason Patric as Michael, Mike, Mikey, Mikowski. His brother, Sam, is played by the late Cory Haim, while his mother is played by Academy Award Winner, Dianne Wiest (Edward Scissorhands, Hannah and Her Sisters). Horror veteran, Corey Feldman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Goones, Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter) plays Edgar Frog, half of Santa Carla's local vampire patrol. When Michael, Mike, Mikey, Michelangelo falls for Star, played by Jami Gertz (Sixteen Candles, Less than Zero, Solarbabies), he comes into the haunting gaze of the leader of the Lost Boys: David. David is played by Keifer Sutherland (24, Young Guns, Flatliners), who shockingly has the least lines of any major character in the film. You would never know it based on his performance.  The goons tackle trivia, give the main players nicknames, and rank the film against THE PANTHEON OF SLASHERS!!! If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Vampires, Near Dark, Interview with a Vampire, John Carpenter's Vampires, Blade, 1980s, motorcycle, dirtbike, makeup, creature effects, special effects, character design, Peter Pan, Neverland, Captain Hook, cult classic, What We Do in the Shadows, 
1:48:00
April 10, 2019
Street Trash (1987)
While not a Troma film in name, Street Trash definitely fits the bill in spirit. This film is one of the most revered “melt movies,” spawning several imitators. Originally, director, James Muro Jr., created a 15-minute short film of the same name. He later teamed with his former professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and screenwriter, Roy Frumkes, to turn the gross out short into a feature film. Of note, Roy Frumkes played the pie face zombie in Dawn of the Dead, and his likeness can be seen on many posters for Street Trash, as the businessman soaked in yellow acid.  The basic plot revolves around a local dump and a ragtag group of miscreants and derelicts, all trying to get their hands on some Tenafly Viper. What they don’t know, is that this wine is made of something far worse than sour grapes, resulting in some tremendous effects.  While none of the actors went on to major onscreen success, director James Muro Jr. would later be the Steadicam operator for The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, True Lies, and Titanic. Sadly, he never returned to direct another feature film, only occasionally directing TV after Street Trash.  The film mainly stands out for its makeup effects, headed by Jennifer Aspinal. You may recall that Aspinal had worked on Toxic Avenger, Twisted Souls, and Spookies, before abandoning the horror genre to work on SNL and Mad TV.If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Exploitation film, splatter, splatter punk, gore, horror, horror movies, movie, movie review, special effects, makeup effects, practical effects, Surf Nazis Must Die, Class of Nuke ‘Em High, Body Melt, The Incredible Melting Man, Dead Alive, The Stuff, The Blob, Slime City, VHS, creature feature, 80s horror, retro horror, killer, throwback, vintage, black comedy, horror comedy
1:33:15
April 3, 2019
The Running Man (1987)
A schlocky action movie on your favorite horror movie podcast? Yup. Why? Because we felt like it. Also, this movie is based on a novella of the same name, written by Stephen King (under his Richard Bachman pseudonym). Also also, there is a murderer who wields a bladed hockey stick and literally epitomizes the name of this show.  Though it was released in 1987, it feels more like 1984, given the military state in power. The story follows Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator, Conan the Barbarian, Total Recall) as Ben Richards, a man framed for the murder of innocent civilians because he would not comply with heinous orders from his superiors. After breaking free from prison, he kidnaps Maria Conchita Alonso (Predator 2, Scarface, Lords of Salem) as Amber Mendez, in order to get away. Richards is once again apprehended and thrown into a gameshow where the greatest prize one can win, is their own life. Richards and his friends are chased down by violent gladiators Sub Zero, Buzzsaw, Dynamo, Fireball, and kinda Captain Freedom (Jesse Ventura- Predator, The X-Files, Demolition Man).  If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast .  Action, action movie, gameshow, contest, competition, dystopian, dystopian future, disinformation, misinformation, media, mass media, fake news, television, post-apocalyptic, totalitarian government, police state, police brutality, resistance, resistance fighters, George Orwell, The Most Dangerous Game, manhunt, prison break, escape
1:38:03
March 27, 2019
Ice Cream Man (1995)
Ice Cream Man, a horror movie starring professionally unsettling, Clint Howard, whose face only a rich, talented older brother could love. Clint has been in the industry since he was two years old, ranging from The Andy Griffith Show to The Waterboy with Blubberella and Evilspeak in between. He even started a band called The Kempsters back in the 1980s. In this film, by a porn director attempting reformation, Clint's character kills David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London) with a waffle iron and gives a kid a case of Stockholm Syndrome with sprinkles on top.  If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast B Movies, Horror, Horror Movies, Scary Movies, Direct to Video, Slasher, Gore, Splatter, Movie Review, Rotten Tomatoes, Streaming, Serial Killer, Asylum, Insanity, Insane, Institutionalized, Lobotomy, Indie Film, Independent Film
1:25:06
March 20, 2019
Bonus- Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996)
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Sure it’s a holiday about driving allegorical snakes out of Ireland and not debauchery, leprechauns, and lucky charms, but we figured there was no better way to celebrate than a bonus episode reviewing Leprechaun 4: IN SPACE!  Warwick Davis reprises his role as the titular leprechaun, in his quest to wed an alien princess and take over the galaxy. The film parodies Alien, Aliens, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Fly, and many others. While it is not art in its purest form, it is definitely worth the watch. If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast
1:37:17
March 17, 2019
Leprechaun (1993)
"Your luck just ran out," because Slashers is back with a new episode. This file stars a debuting Jennifer Aniston (Friends, Horrible Bosses, Quantum Leap), opposite Warwick Davis (Star Wars, Life's Too Short, Harry Potter, Willow). The film was written and directed by Mark Jones, a veteran of children's programing and it certainly shows in this film, which is more silly than scary. This film ultimately spawned numerous sequels, which range from "da hood," to da outer space. If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Leprechaun, Ireland, St. Patrick's Day, gold, cult classic, horror movies, horror, movie review, Lucky Charms
1:44:19
March 13, 2019
Castle Freak (1995)
It’s that time again, goons: another episode of whimsy, fart jokes, and gore. This week we review Stuart Gordon’s Castle Freak.  The film starts Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton, both having starred in Re-Animator and From Beyond, also by Stuart Gordon. Combs (The Pit and the Pendulum, The Man with Two Brains, Frightmare) plays recovering alcoholic, John Reilly, who inherits an entire castle from an aunt he never knew. His wife, Susan, played by Crampton (Chopping Mall, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, You’re Next) is coming to terms with a tragic mistake John made nine months prior. While taking an inventory of the castle for liquidation, the Reilly family finds there is something much more nefarious than a wine cellar under their feet… This creature feature (which is strange to say, because the creature is a human man) is very loosely based on the H.P. Lovecraft story, The Outsider. Makeup effects were by Everett Burrell (Pan’s Labyrinth, Night of the Living Dead, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie), Mike Measimer (The Blob, Space Truckers, Demon Wind), and John Vulich (Cyborg, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Babylon 5).If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast B Movie, horror, gore, special effects, makeup, Full Moon Entertainment, splatter, remake, movie trivia, behind the scenes, movie review, cult classic,  horror literature, horror story, scary story
1:41:23
March 6, 2019
Carrie (1976)
This film is based on the first novel written by acclaimed horror writer, Stephen King (IT, The Shining, 'Salem's Lot, Pet Sematary).  Brian De Palma (Dressed to Kill, The Untouchables, Phantom of the Paradise) was in the director’s chair for this production, leading a tremendous cast and meeting his future wife.   The film stars Academy Award Winner, Sissy Spacek, as the titular Carrie. Her mother, Margaret White, is played by Academy Award Nominee, Piper Laurie. A young John Travolta (Saturday Night Fever, Face Off, Phenomenon) plays the cruel Billy Nolan, while his scheming girlfriend, Chris Hargensen, is played by Nancy Allen (Robocop 1-3). P.J. Soles (Stripes, The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween) plays one of Chris’ lackeys with possible the worse bangs ever to grace the silver screen.  While undoubtedly less polarizing than The Shining, it does differ from the book, which we address. The essence remains the same across platforms (even the terrible musical): a bullied girl gets revenge using telekinesis.   If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Dirtypillows, Mortimer Snerds, Tabitha King, horror movies, horror podcast, movie review, fun facts, trivia, movie production, sfx, makeup, book review, high school, prom, dance, pig’s blood for a pig, revenge, female lead, women in horror, prank, religion, Jesus, schoolgirl, murder, small town, coming of age, X-Men, Jean Grey, Marvel Girl, Dark Phoenix 
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February 27, 2019
Blood Diner (1987)
Originally conceived as a sequel to Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Blood Feast, the cult classic, Blood Diner, became its own frighteningly unique entity. The New York Times reviewed the film, stating plainly that “this is not a movie; it’s celluloid swill.” The plot is a tale as old as time, two idiots and a talking brain in a jar set out to resurrect an ancient Lumerian goddess. The parallels to Blood Feast are great as both films center around men harvesting the body parts of women to serve as the vessel for their goddess (Sheetar/ Ishtar). The film ambles around that plot interweaving a cast of characters including Little Jimmy Hitler, a devious chef/ ventriloquist, and club bouncer whose head gets bounced on by the wheel of a car.  In our continuing celebration of Women in Horror Month, we spotlight Jackie Kong, and her work in the director’s chair. We also highlight the tremendous effects work by Larry Arpin (Maniac Cop, Maniac Cop 2, and Maniac Cop 3), Loraiana Drucker (Friday the 13th Part VII, The Blob), and Michael Hyatt (Leprechaun). Sadly, most of the onscreen talent fell into obscurity, but the bumbling brother, George (Carl Crew) eventually did play Jeffrey Dahmer in The Secret Life of Jeffrey Dahmer.  Overall, the film could be the focal point of a five-episode movie review series as there is so much absurdity to analyze, scrutinize, and agonize over. If you have any feeback, please feel free to reach out to us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @slasherspod, or at slasherspod@gmail.com. If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast Rick Burks, Carl Crew, Roger Dauer, LaNette LaFrance, Lisa Guggenheim, Tanya Papanicolas, Bill & Ted, Evil Con Carne, Troll 2, horror movie, scary movie, special effects, makeup, trivia, review, collection, cannibalism, cult, occult, sex, orgy
1:23:59
February 20, 2019
Salem's Lot (1975)
It's that time of the month again, the boys are hopped up on smelling salts and ready to talk Stephen King (Carrie, IT, The Shining)! This month it's cult classic, Salem's Lot or 'Salem's Lot, whichever you prefer.  In this podcast, your favorite goons review both the book and movie, so you can don't have to (they even touch on Jerusalem's Lot and One for the Road). Just sit back and enjoy impressing your friends or the host at your local pub's Wednesday night trivia with your knowledge about a horror movie that is so old, the Sony Walkman was only months old at the time of its release.  This made for TV adaptation was directed by Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist, Life Force) and stars David Soul (Starsky & Hutch, Magnum Force) as young, brooding novelist: Ben Mears. Ben returns to a town from his youth, only to find that it is riddled with vampires! This marks the film debut of the iconic, Mr. Barlow, whose visage you've likely seen on a crusty punk's leather jacket sometime in your life. 'Salem's Lot marks King's second novel, following his seemingly overnight success with Carrie.  Fred Willard (Anchor Man, Best in Show) somewhat steals the show as Mr. Crockett in his silky shorts, while James Mason (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Lolita, North by Northwest) plays Mr. Barlow's familiar: Mr. Straker. A young Bonnie Bedelia (Die Hard) plays Susan Norton, Ben Mears' love interest. If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast
1:48:55
February 13, 2019
Bonus- Pet Sematary Trailer Review (w/ Special Guest Becki from Teenage Werewolves Horror Film Fiend Club)
Pet Sematary will always be near and dear to us at Slashers. As you may recall, it was our first episode. Naturally, we have been following the production of the new remake very closely. It seems that the newest trailer reveals a remarkable twist to the source material. Becki is kind enough to discuss those changes, their impact, and how it affects our excitement of the upcoming film.  Stephen King, Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer, Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, Horror Movies, Horror Film, Book Adaptation, Wendigo, Oz The Gweat and Tewwible, Zelda, Gage Creed, Ellie Creed, Louis Creed, Rachel Creed, Jud Crandal, Victor Pascow, Burial Ground, Movie Trailer, Trailer Reaction, Movie News
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February 12, 2019
The Craft (1996)
To further celebrate Women in Horror Month (and 90's Horror Week), we gave Bryan the week off while Jake and Ciara reviewed The Craft. The film stars Robin Tunney (End of Days) as Sarah,  Fairuza Balk (The Island of Dr. Moreau) as Nancy, (a pre-Scream) Neve Campbell as Bonnie, Rachel True (Sharknado: Heart of Sharkness) as Rochelle, and (a pre-Scream) Skeet Ulrich as a creepy jock DOUCHEBAG.  In this episode, we discuss the comparisons between this film and Hocus Pocus (1993) and the works of J.K. Rowling. Sarah, whose mother passed away during her infancy, is a new student at a private school when she shows innate magical abilities, resulting in a duel involving wizardry and snakes. Sound familiar? We also rank it upon the pantheon of Slashers greats! If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast
1:23:16
February 6, 2019
Overtime: Bundy Bonus
First and foremost, if you stumbled onto this episode because you liked Netflix's true crime documentary series, Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, this might not be the episode for you. This was originally conceived as a weekly episode, but the boys pretty much absolutely, kinda entirely hated the series, so it was demoted to the first ever Slashers Overtime (bonus) Episode! (Frankly, they enjoyed the trailer for Zac Efron's Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, more than the 4+ hour documentary) When listening, please bear in mind the focus is on the documentary series itself, not necessarily its accuracy or the substance therein.  Please forgive any inaccuracies, any misinformation provided by Slashers or reiterated from the series is meant solely to torment Mr. Bundy in hell.  If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast
49:29
February 2, 2019
Mimic (1997)
As a precursor to Women in Horror Month (February), my wife was kind enough to guest host an episode of the show. In this episode, we discuss Mimic, the sophomore effort of director, Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Pacific Rim), starring Mira Sorvina (guys, did you know the lady from Romy and Michele's High School Reunion won a friggin' Academy Award?).  The film features an ensemble cast including a pre-Thanos Josh Brolin, a pre-The Walking Dead Norman Reedus, and Doug Jones (Hellboy, The Shape of Water, Hocus Pocus). Charles S. Dutton (Alien 3, Legion, Gothika) is great as ever in this film, as Leonard. Giancarlo Giannini (Hannibal, Darkness, Dracula) plays Manny, the grandfather of Chuy.  Until researching the film, Jake had no idea that it was based on a short-story, so guess what! He reviews that too! The writer of the screenplay, Matthew Robbins, went on to write Crimson Peak. That being said, he already had some serious writing credits having done Dragonslayer and *batteries not included.  The film eventually had two sequels: Mimic 2 and Mimic 3: Sentinel. Lucky for you, we don't go into those installments-- for now! Let us know if you want us to review those films or any others in the future by reaching out to us at slasherspod@gmail.com.  You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast
1:34:19
January 30, 2019
C.H.U.D. (1984)
A recent (well, not SO recent since this movie came out in 1984) article in a New York newspaper reported that there were large colonies of people living under the city... The paper was incorrect. What is living under the city is not human. C.H.U.D. is under the city. On this episode, the boys review C.H.U.D. and its many meanings. Jake has had a fondness for this movie since stumbling onto it based on the drummer, Dr. CHUD of the now defunct reincarnation of The Misfits from the 1990's. Bryan thought it was a transmittable disease. The film stars Home Alone stars John Heard and Daniel Stern, along with near-omnipresent character actor: Christopher Curry (Red Dragon). Heard later went on to appear in Sharknado, Cat People, and Too Scared to Scream. Sten predominantly stayed in comedy, but did appear in Otis and Leviathan. John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane, Arachnophobia, ParaNorman) plays a bit part, before being eaten alive in a diner.  We basically ignore C.H.U.D. 2: Bud the C.H.U.D., as it is virtually unwatachable.  If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast
1:28:13
January 23, 2019
The Faculty (1998)
It's a hat trick, ladies and gentlemen! Our third official episode is live! This week, we discuss the Robert Rodriguez cult classic, The Faculty. Rodriguez was right off his smash hits El Mariachi, Desperado, and From Dusk Till Dawn. This was also in that sweet spot before he launched the much maligned Spy Kids trilogy.  We review the parallels to The Breakfast Club, address each and every sci fi homage in the movie (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Puppet Master, Men in Black, The Thing, Alien, etc.), and we rank the film in comparison to our prior episodes.  Casey Connor is played by a pre-Lord of the Rings, post-The Good Son, Elijah Wood. Wood has some serious horror credentials, having starred in Cooties, Maniac, and Come to Daddy.  Perhaps the most horror-credentialed actor in the film, Clea DuVall, plays Stokes. She went on to be in Ghosts of Mars, The Grudge, Zodiac, Identity, American Horror Story, Lizzie Borden Took an Axe, and The Astronaut's Wife.  Josh Hartnett was all the rage in the late 90's and early 2000s. He starred in 30 Days of Night, The Black Dahlia, and Halloween: H20.  Jordana Brewster plays Delilah Profitt. We can't tell if that is a pun with prophet, as she is an aspiring reporter, or profit because she will stop at nothing for the story. Brewster later starred in the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre., before selling her soul to the Fast & Furious franchise  Piper Laurie, who played Margaret White in Carrie, has some tremendous moments in the film. Robert Patrick, of T2: Judgment Day fame, puts his steely gaze (pun intended) to good use as the coach of the football team, which in this small town where the pigskin is God, makes him a Patron Saint. Famke Janssen (X-Men, Goldeneye, Lord of Illusions) plays the piteous Miss Burke, who becomes a bold and empowered woman, albeit with a severed-head crawling across the pavement.  If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast
1:32:00
January 16, 2019
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Sure, the first full moon of the year, called a "Wolf Moon," is not until 1/20, but what kind of monsters would we be if we made you wait for this episode any longer? This week, the film is An American Werewolf in London. Writer/ Director, John Landis (Twilight Zone, Blues Brothers), paired up with Rick Baker (The Wolfman, Men in Black, Star Wars), whose effects earned the first ever Academy Award for Best Makeup, for this comedy-horror classic that arguably started a somewhat low-key werewolf craze throughout the 80s (including titles such as The Howling, Silver Bullet, Teen Wolf, etc.). Other notable accolades for the film include Best Horror Film and Best Makeup awards at the 1982 Saturn Awards, with nominations for Best Actress and Best Writing. The film stars acclaimed TV actor, David Naughton, alongside Jenny Agutter and Griffin Dunne, all of whom do a great job of making sense of a whirlwind of laughs, love, and carnivorous lunar activities.  We have a brief, post-mortem discussion on the ill-fated sequel An American Werewolf in Paris.  Also, we announce the first ever Stabley Cup winner! The award for best movie, which we will be crowning week to week.  If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast
1:28:43
January 9, 2019
Pet Sematary (1989)
In this first official episode, your gregarious goons go over Pet Sematary, Pet Sematary II, Stephen King's original novel, and briefly look at the upcoming remake. We analyze what from the original source material would make the new film superior because as it goes with books, "sometimes read is better." Director, Mary Lambert, was predominantly a music video director, and her style shows in this film.  The first film stars Dale Midkiff (Time Trax, Air Bud 3, Dexter) as Louis Creed, a young father trying to attain the semblance of normalcy in his new home. His well-meaning neighbor, Jud Crandall, is played by the legendary Fred Gwynne (The Munsters, My Cousin Vinny, Fatal Attraction). Denise Crosby (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Dolly Dearest, Deep Impact) plays Louis' long-suffering wife, struggling to cope with the change in setting, and her family dynamic.  The sequel, Pet Sematary II, starred Edward Furlong, Anthony Edwards, and Clancy Brown. It has some redeeming qualities, despite many thinking it bastardized the source material.  The Ramones performed the title track for the first film and the theme for the sequel, Poison Heart.  If you ever have feedback or recommendations on future episodes, please let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast
1:23:12
January 9, 2019
0 - Slashers- Event Horizon (Pilot Episode)
On this episode, the boys talk about the colossal, yet charming sci-fi horror flop: Event Horizon. Bear in mind, this is the pilot episode. Feedback would be much appreciated at slasherspod@gmail.com. You can always find us on our social media: Instagram, Twitter, Slasher App: @slasherspod Facebook: /slasherspod Reddit: u/slasherspod https://www.youtube.com/c/slasherspodcast
55:06
December 19, 2018