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By slasherspod
Your new favorite podcast about your new favorite horror media.

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-loving content creator, scientist, historian, musician, or other variation of spooky nerd, please reach out! We would love to collaborate.
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Ghostbusters 2 (1989)
This week, we review the unfairly maligned, Ghostbusters 2. The film came out five years after the firtst, churned out by Columbia Pictures, who was in dire need of a hit after firing their CEO, David Putnam.  The production was chaotic. While this film did not have the drastic re-writes of the first, it also had a shooting schedule of approximately one-third of the original's 13 month shoot.  Ivan Reitman returned to direct. He and both of his children had cameos in the film. That's right, Jason Reitman, director of the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife, was in this film! He is at the birthday party Ray and Winston are at (in a scene that was later homaged in TMNT). We talk about the elder Reitman blaming this movie's "failure" (still made over $200,000,000) on the Tim Burton, Michael Keaton, and Jack Nicholson brooding powerhouse: Batman.  Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis returned to write the film. The original draft was very different, with the action taking place in Scotland, involving subterranean worlds and faerie rings.  Special effects were completed by Industrial Light and Magic ("ILM"). Stephan Dane, designer of the Ecto-1, proton packs, and ghost trap, came back to this film and designed the giga-meter, slime scooper, and slime blower, but this time the poor boy was entirely uncredited.  We talk about the new additions to the cast as well! Peter MacNicol played Janosz Poha, who has inarguably one of the most fun accents to impersonate ever (which he allegedly stole from Meryl Streep).  We also go in depth into the history of the actor who played Vigo the Carpathian, “Wilhelm von Homburg,” born Norbert Grupe. He was the son of a WWII veteran, a boxer, a professional wrestler, and a total creep.  How 'bout that soundtrack, eh? Bobby Brown, Elton John, and Danny Elfman, just to name a few! Speaking of music, this week's "Hidden Track" is Certain Doom, by Hrom: https://hromcan.bandcamp.com/ The song is off their album, Legends of the Powerheart: Part II.  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 You can find our merch, and links to all our online presence here: linktr.ee/slasherspod Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns.  https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ;  https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
01:49:56
April 12, 2021
Ghostbusters (1984)
Here on Slashers, there is No April, Only Zuul. That’t right human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria! An ENTIRE MONTH of Ghostbusters content! This film was originally written by Dan Aykroyd. It was admittedly a bloated, overly expensive movie for someone with his pull in the industry at the time. Then came Harold Ramis to help parse the script down to something financially viable. Truly, short of a Troma movie, I have never come across a more fluid script in doing this show. A simple search online will reveal numerous drafts of the script, that changed all through shooting, and Bill Murray’s omnipresent improvisation. The film came from the Aykroyd family’s longstanding fascination and involvement in the paranormal, the occult, and technology (his grandpa, Maurice, tried to make a ghost telephone). Dan often said his two greatest obsessions as a kid were the incorporeal and law enforcement. As you trace the drafts of the script back to the original, this movie was a perfect amalgamation of the two, that became a perfect-er other thing. Directed by Ivan Reitman, who voiced several characters in the film, and helped shape this into the most successful comedy of all time… until Macaulay Macaulay Culkin Culkin (Yes, he changed his middle name from Carson) and Home Alone. Rarely do we get into alternate casting, but it seems that each and every part in this film aside from Aykroyd’s Ray Stantz was almost played by someone else. We truly almost had a film with Michael Keaton, Eddie Murphy, and John Candy… which makes me want that TV remote from Rick and Morty. Even casting the people in the film was weird, with some acting like dogs and another leveraging his role into making a remake of Razor's Edge, which flopped harder than Ray's fleshy member in that cringy scene in the bed with the ghost... you know the one.  We also talk about the hugely expansive and intricate cinematic universe for this film including Caddyshack, Casper, Beetlejuice, and Little Shop of Horrors!? We talk about shooting locations for the film, spanning from Los Angeles to Firehouse, Hook & Ladder Company 8 of the NYCFD on 14 North Moore Street. What a nice change of pace from every other movie shot in Georgia and Toronto these days.  Did you want to know how the special effects and equipment came to be? So did we, so we researched it and then talked about it. Spoiler alert, it was basically one overworked under-credited guy named Stephen Dane, who did it all in like two weeks. How many Ecto-1's did they make for the movie? What was Slimer's original name? And then his other name? Speaking of names, what was almost the name of this film?! WHY DID THEY STEAL THE NAME FROM TWO JOKERS AND THEIR PET APE FROM A 1975 TV SHOW?! ...trust me, we get into it.  On this episode we talk everything from the production, to the casting, with inspirations and lore in between. You even get a dramatic rendition of Sigourney Weaver’s poem she wrote and performed at the wrap party after shooting ended. This week’s “Hidden Track” is Eye Roller by Lovebreakers. If you want to stalk them online, the easiest way is through their website, http://www.LOVEBREAKERS.co.uk/, which has links to all their social media. 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 You can find our merch, and links to all our online presence here: linktr.ee/slasherspod Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
02:20:60
April 5, 2021
TroMarch Finale: Mark Torgl Interview
To celebrate/ mourn the end of TroMarch, enjoy my interview with Mark Torgl, who played Melvin Ferd, in The Toxic Avenger.  We talk about his career as an editor, along with some of his favorite projects, such as Stan Lee's Who Wants to be a Superhero?. We talk about filming The Toxic Avenger many moons ago, the process and the relationships he built along the way. Did you know Mark leveraged his nerdy looks into getting a script supervisor position from Lloyd Kaufman on The Toxic Avenger?  We talk some of his later acting work and his pre-COVID convention circuit, along with how those things coincided in Toxic Tutu, the predominantly real documentary, sprinkled with some Troma-esque nonsense. We also talk about what we hope for in the supposed big-budget remake with Peter Dinklage.  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 You can find our merch, and links to all our online presence here: linktr.ee/slasherspod Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
34:08
March 31, 2021
Cannibal! The Musical (1993)
It’s here!  The end of TroMarch is finally here!  And what better way to send you Goons off with the last episode discussing Cannibal! The Musical?  This one’s special, because not only is it a musical, but it’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s debut full-length feature film.  Before South Park was conceived, this was the first love child, so-to-speak. It’s interesting how this film came to be in the first place, how this showcases a funny little character attribute of Trey Parker, and all of the trivia and tidbits that make this Troma film so perfect--especially if you’re introducing Troma to a Troma virgin. The episode also features our unsolicited opinions of South Park, The Simpsons and even Family Guy’s Seth McFarland.  We even get into Troma’s only PG film, Monster in the Closet, starring a very young and adorable Paul Walker (which we did on our recent Patreon watch party). Be sure to check out the entire episode through the end to hear what our buds, Damn! That's Scary, had to say about the film We had a bat shit crazy month of Troma, so this ending is bittersweet, but we stay tuned for a new theme next month! This week's "Hidden Track" is You're Not Alone by The Sams. Check them out at linktr.ee/sorocabapunx and get their new EP, "Karma." 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 You can find our merch, and links to all our online presence here: linktr.ee/slasherspod Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
01:13:30
March 29, 2021
Redneck Zombies (1987) & Interview, Ed Bishop
Check out our latest contribution to TroMarch, the crossover event no one wanted, besides us and Damn, That's Scary! This week, we review Redneck Zombies from 1987, which was only distributed by Troma, not made by.  Of course-- OF MOTHER FLIPPIN' COURSE, on the one episode where we got an interview with someone from the actual movie this month, our pals from Damn, That's Scary! don't like it. Well, we at Slashers love Redneck Zombies, and that was even before we set up the interview with Ed Bishop. Ed was the producer, editor, cameraman, effects guy, script supervisor, casting director, and basically "D) All of the above" for this film.  He and his high school friend, director, Pericles Lewnes set out to make a movie, which became a year-long, weekend-only project. The whole process was very similar to that of Peter Jackson with Bad Taste. Peri actually went on to continue working with Troma, working as the special effects supervisor for Sgt. Kabukiman and Toxic Avenger III. Fun fact, he is actually the first person onscreen in Toxie III, while making a reference to Redneck Zombies.  Ed has continued his film career as an editor for the UFC. He talks about ending up there after he and Peri did a documentary on mixed martial arts years ago. Peri now owns and operates InGrano Bistro Bakery in Annapolis, Maryland. We talk about their early discussions, which lead to their lives after the radioactive moonshine had long been swallowed and peed away.  The entire film is something of a masterwork, especially given the budget of $10,000 (roughly $23,152.64, when adjusted for inflation to 2021). Ed discussed his efforts in editing and makeup effects. He even talks his inspiration from effects artists like Tom Savini, and how his book helped bring this idea to screen. We even talk about the many references to other films and franchises.  What are your favorite moments from Redneck Zombies? Be sure to let us know! 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 You can find our merch, and links to all our online presence here: linktr.ee/slasherspod Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
01:24:51
March 22, 2021
Class of Nuke 'Em High (1986) & Interview with Nathan Baesel
This week, we are continuing our TroMarch collaboration with Damn, That's Scary with probably the second most famous Troma film ever: Class of Nuke 'Em High! Written and directed by Richard W. Haines, Michael Herz, and good ol' Uncle Lloyd Kaufman (under that weird pseudonym Samuel Weil), the film takes us back to Tromaville, New Jersey. More specifically, we end up at Tromaville High.  This film features veterans of multiple other Troma films such as Toxic Avenger, Lexx, and Werewolf Bitches from Outer Space, which unless I am much mistaken, won Best Picture in 2016. Pat Ryan Jr. plays Mr. Paley. You may recall that he was in Street Trash, a film which is often mistaken for a Troma joint.  The title track was written and performed by Ethan Hurt and The Coup. Jake failed to mention that if you speed that song up to like 1.25x speed, it is a serious jammer.  The film had several sequels: Class of Nuke 'Em High 2: Subhumanoid Meltdown, Class of Nuke 'Em High 3: The Good, the Bad and the Subhumanoid, Return to Nuke 'Em High Volume 1, and finally Return to Return to Nuke 'EM High AKA Volume 2.  The original Nuke 'Em featured some seriously gnarly creature effects. The biggest missed opportunity in film history was not putting this monster against one of those radioactive squirrels from the sequels.  This episode also features an interview with Nathan Baesel of  Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon. We discuss his acting process, his teaching experience, and what plans are ahead for his career. We talk sequels, prequels, and the Leslie Vernon comicbook. You can find him on social medial @nbaesel.  Be sure to check out Damn, That's Scary and all their episodes for TroMarch, featuring mini reviews from 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 You can find our merch, and links to all our online presence here: linktr.ee/slasherspod Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
01:08:08
March 15, 2021
Rabid Grannies (1988) & Interview with Lew Temple
It’s Week 2 of our Tro-March collaboration with Damn, That’s Scary! Podcast, and this week we’re featuring the Troma distributed (but not created) Rabid Grannies.  Join all four Slasher goons as we discuss all the goey, gory fun of Grannies gorging on their ungrateful relatives (my alliteration skills are something to be envied). We talk about the somewhat deceptive title and whether demonology can count as hydrophobia (rabies).  Filmed in Belgium at the Ingelmunster Castle in 1988 and written and directed by Emmanuel Kervyn, this is a dark, gritty take on a possession horror film.  While this is not an Uncle Lloyd Troma film, it has its moments.  Find out why you need to see this uncut and some of our favorite comedic moments, as well as why Mr. Bean, Bill Murray, Ghostbusters 2, Angelica Huston, Witches and Stephen King are completely appropriate topics for this discussion. In addition, we have a kick ass interview with Lew Temple, who you may know from The Walking Dead, Devil’s Rejects, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, 31 and a million other things. Truly, Lew is one of Jake's favorite interviews of all time. He is incredibly mindful, candid, and informative regarding his multiple careers, which lead him to the stage and silver screen.  Be sure to stay tuned through the end to see what Damn, That's Scary! thought of the film and then head on over to their channel to see what we think of the film they are reviewing this 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 You can find our merch, and links to all our online presence here: linktr.ee/slasherspod Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
01:46:08
March 8, 2021
Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead & Interview with Price James
And the award for longest episode title in Slashers Podcast history goes to... Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006) & Interview with Price James! As the title suggests, this episode is a hearty slaw of content, so let's get right down to it! This kicks off Tro-March! That's right, an entire month of Slashers dedicated to Troma. But wait, I can hear the disappointment in your collective sighs through the ether of space and time. If five episodes and a Patreon bonus are not enough Troma content for you, rest assured, we've called in the cavalry; our friends from the podcast, Damn, That's Scary!, are joining us in the fun. We are swapping short bits for each of our episodes all month long, so if you liked their take on Poultrygeist in this episode, please give them a listen. Similarly, if you found us through their show, please let us know at @slasherspod on virtually every platform ever.  Poultrygeist was written by Daniel Bova, Gabriel Friedman, and Lloyd Kaufman. Many of you know that Uncle Lloyd has his finger in virtually every Troma project, as if he was the perpetual zombie finger for each film's butthole, which, yes-- occurs within the first five minutes of the film.  We talk the Troma film making process, their style, and their cinematic universe which includes The Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke 'Em High, and several others we will be featuring throughout the month.  Of course we also discuss dem Southpark boys who show up in the credits, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, along with the late Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead. Some of you may know, but Doug actually has a feature film streaming on Troma Now, along with an episode of Mulligan's Monsters. Please consider at the very least doing a trial subscription to follow along all month and support Doug (free, shameless plug).  Next, we move on to our interview with Price James. Recently, he directed the documentary: You Can't Kill David Arquette. That film is streaming on Hulu and it is incredible. We talk about towing the line between kayfabe, reality, and being a redemptive cinematic story.  The reason we absolutely had to have Price on was his Action Man: Battlefield Casualties short, available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KtyMcb86go&ab_channel=VFPUK In the storied tradition of the raconteurs and troubadours before him, Price does an amazing job of highlighting truly terrifying issues, through a lens of comedy. We highly recommend checking out the short, which features Matt Berry of Toast of London and What We Do in the Shadows fame.  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 You can find our merch, and links to all our online presence here: linktr.ee/slasherspod Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
01:43:35
March 1, 2021
Becky (2020)
To cap off Femme Fatale February, we are slipping a spit-covered pinky finger into your ears in the form of a review of Becky. Yeah, remember that movie that came out in June of last year? I think that was during the "murder hornet" phase of that dumpster fire of a year. So, being realistic, you probably didn't see it. Wanna find out if you should? Why not listen to us ramble about it? The movie stars Lulu Wilson as Becky Hooper. Lulu has been in tons of horror movies, for a kid who is not legally allowed to see them unattended in a theater. Not that anyone would want to go to a disease-ridden theater right now anyway. Her works include Deliver Us from Evil (2014), Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016), Annabelle: Creation (2017), and The Haunting of Hill House (2018). Opposite Lulu, is Kevin James as Dominick. Before this movie, the closest James came to the horror genre was Hotel Transylvania and that time Peter Boyle guested on King of Queens.  Joel McHale plays Jeff Hooper, the titular Becky's dad. He was also in Deliver Us from Evil. I guess the closest to horror he would have been aside from that is The Happytime Murders. Meh.  Reformed pro-wrestler, Robert Maillet, is Apex. We briefly discuss his in ring career, his gimmicks, and his acting roles which include the films Monster Brawl, Septic Man, and Lexx.   The film was directed by the duo of Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion. They previously did Cooties (2014) and Bushwick (2017). We talk about their directing style, homage, and editing choices.  We also go into the unique distribution for the film, given the ongoing pandemic.  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 You can find our merch, and links to all our online presence here: linktr.ee/slasherspod Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
01:06:15
February 22, 2021
Teeth (2007) vs. Frankenhooker (1990)
For this week's installment in Femme Fatale February, imagine this: you waddled into some video store and you need to pick a movie. You want to pick something empowering to womyn, because you aren't no scrub (also known as a "busta"). In this scenario, the alphabet is different and you see two options side by side, Teeth and Frankenhooker. Which do you choose? Teeth was written and directed by Mitchell Lichtenstein. It features Jess Weixler as Dawn O'Keefe, who just happens to have a Gilgamek vagina from South Park... y'know, lined with teeth. Weixler recently wrote and starred in Fully Realized Humans. Please see it and report back, because it seems to be a really interesting character study.  Rather than ending up in Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, this poor girl just goes to Jesus parties and talks about abstinence. We didn't talk about this on the show, but I am dying to know what you think her X-Man-- X-Woman? Aha! X-Person name would be. Let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com. Best submissions will get read on next week's episode.  She is repeatedly victimized by the men in her life, though refreshingly not the one guy you would expect if you've ever seen a horror movie before. The main antagonist in the film is John Hensley as Brad. You may recall he was in Nip/ Tuck. Remember when that show was kinda like a thriller and then it just became gross and sad? Anyway, his mutation is being (and not having) a massive dick-- which you get to see onscreen! ...albeit mangled and bleeding.  The other choice is Frankenhooker. I know, you are probably rolling your eyes, but let's have a candid discussion about it. This film was "written" by Bob Martin and Frank Henenlotter. I say "written," because Henenlotter has basically admitted that this movie had very little in terms of a script, yet somehow it provides pretty timeless social commentary and has structural elements like callbacks.  You may know Henenlotter from the Basket Case trilogy. He is also a renowned cinema historian. If you are a fan of this show, please consider checking him out. He has some great interviews and can talk everything from pulp exploitation films to b-movie creature features.  Frankenhooker stars James Lorinz as Jeffrey Franken. He is an electroengineer, blessed and cursed with brilliance, and seemingly doused in rotten luck. His fiancee, played by Patty Mullen, is Elizabeth Shelley/ the TITular Frankenhooker (see what I did there?). Sadly, her onscreen career was very short, with her only other film being Doom Asylum. She was a Penthouse playmate of the month and year though, so that's cool.  When tragedy befalls Elizabeth, Jeffrey exploits working women, trying to harvest their parts to reconstruct the love of his life. Truly, a romantic masterpiece.  Which is better? Which is more fun to watch? Which is more empowering to women? Which should you rent in this scenario? Listen, and find out! 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 You can find our merch, and links to all our online presence here: linktr.ee/slasherspod Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
01:01:14
February 15, 2021
Return of the Living Dead Part III (1993)
Join us for week two of Femme Fatale February where we discuss all the gooey, icky fun that is Return of the Living Dead Part III!... 3!... Three!?  This episode hits just before Valentine’s Day, so it’s only fitting we touch on the romance, misogyny, and mayhem that is this Brian Yuzna classic.  You may also remember Brian Yuzna from directing Society and Bride of Reanimator, as well as co-writing Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. We somehow get sidetracked along the way in discussing the disturbing Indie flick “Dead Girl,” (if you’d like Ade’s copy, please email us at slasherspod@gmail.com and she will be happy to rid herself of it) as well as defending Jim Varney in all his cigarette tinged, Ernest glory. Did you also know this film came out around the same time as Cool Runnings; as well as Cannibal, The Musical, Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s debut in debauchery? So kick back, relax, and find out what makes Julie (Melinda Clarke) one of Ade’s favorite femme fatales, and you just may be inspired to not only cosplay this character, but dye your hair tamale red. 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 You can find our merch, and links to all our online presence here: linktr.ee/slasherspod Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
01:07:25
February 8, 2021
Bonus- I Got You, Babe: A Groundhog Day Podcast
In honor of Groundhog Day, enjoy Jake's new spinoff show with his wife, Ciara: I Got You, Babe: A Groundhog Day Podcast.  Be sure to review and subscribe to that show for new episodes! Welcome  to Punxsutawney! On this, our debut episode, we introduce you to your  new favorite podcast about your favorite 27 year old movie: Groundhog  Day. On this introductory episode, we do an overview of the film itself and get you prepped for what is to come on this show. The movie stars Bill Murray (Ghostbusters, Caddyshack, Stripes) and  Andie MacDowell (St. Elmo's Fire, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Ready or  Not). We talk about everything from Bill Murray's divorce at the time of  filming, to how long Phil Connors is trapped in the time loop, to  potential re-casting. There are notable side characters, such as Chris Elliot of Schitt's  Creek and Stephen Tobolowsky of Californication and Silicon Valley. Groundhog Day was partially written and entirely directed by the late  Harold Ramis (Multiplicity, Analyze This, National Lampoon's Vacation).  We talk about his contributions to the script itself and his offscreen  frustrations with Bill Murray. The film was conceived of and written by Danny Rubin (Hear No Evil,  S.F.W., Our Own Devices). Did you know he had a cameo in the Jamie Lee  Curtis/ Lindsay Lohan version of Freaky Friday? We talk about his  conception of the movie, the themes, and how he came to hinge the movie  on this holiday. Also, I guess for good measure, we talk about the  origins of the holiday itself. The film was not entirely without controversy. Author, Richard A.  Lupoff, accused the filmmakers of plagiarizing his short 12:01 pm, which  was adapted into an Academy Award winning short of the same name, and  later a feature-length made for TV movie. The short is definitely far  superior, starring Kurtwood Smith (That '70s Show, Robocop). There are also similarities with the film and Ken Grimwood's 1986  novel: Replay. Oh, and I guess I'll throw this in for the metadata: it  is similar to Friedrich Nietzsche's "The Gay Science." We also go into detail as to the musical, the Italian remake "Stork  Day," and the video game, Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son. Be sure to check out Jake's other podcast: Slashers. Every week they  put out new episodes on topics ranging from movie reviews to debates on  all your favorite horror franchises: linktr.ee/slasherspod If you are looking for I Got You Babe merch, you will have to check  on the Slasher's Redbubble page for now:  https://www.redbubble.com/people/Slasherspod/shop
56:36
February 2, 2021
Ginger Snaps (2000)
To kick off Femme Fatale February, we are doing a legendary Canadian indie film: Ginger Snaps.  This film transposes the experience of puberty with lycanthropy (werewolfism). As always, we go through the kill count, trivia, and for this one, some actual scholarly articles. So if you are only here from a Google search because of a stupid paper you are writing, we have got you covered.  The film was directed by John Fawcett (The Dark, Orphan Black). Fawcett also conceptualized the film, before handing off writing duties to Karen Walton (Queer as Folk, Flashpoint).  The film stars Katharine Isabelle (See No Evil 2, American Mary, Freddy vs. Jason), as the titular Ginger. Her sister, Brigitte is played by Emily Perkins (Stephen King's It, Supernatural, Insomnia).  There are some notable side characters played by Mimi Rogers (X-Files) and Jesse Moss (Tucker & Dale vs. Evil).  This film admirably avoids relying on practical effects. What do you think of the pale, hairless, multi-tittied werewolf? 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 You can find our merch, and links to all our online presence here: linktr.ee/slasherspod Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
01:06:32
February 1, 2021
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning vs. The New Blood
As some of you may have noticed, despite being called "Slashers," our show did not do a proper slasher film in its entire first year. Now, we do two in a single episode! In this grand finale to our "New Year, 'New' Movies" event, we pit Friday the 13th Part V A New Beginning against Part VII The New Blood.  Doug argues that Part V, A New Beginning, is the penultimate, while Adam contends that Part VII, The New Blood, is actually superior.  Jake acts as the mediator, with Adrienne being the jury. There are no ties here, goons! We have a decisive winner.  Part V was directed by Danny Steinmann, who actually directed porn! The movie makes a lot more sense now, right? This movie is famous for having two depictions of Jason Voorhees, with the slasher never actually appearing in the film. There is a Voorhees in the film, albeit the actress Deborah Voorhees.  Doug talks everything in this movie from the kill count to Roy Burns arguably being the best Jason in the Friday the 13th video game.  Part VII was directed by John Carl Buechler, a sultan in the world of special effects, ranging from Troll to Re-Animator. This film pits the actual Jason against a drove of teenagers marching onward to doom like Lemmings if you forget to press pause AND JEAN GREY FROM X-MEN! (kinda).  If that analogy is true, that makes Tina Shephard's "Charles Xavier," Dr. Crews, played by Terry Kiser. Despite over 100 acting credits to his name, you most assuredly know him best as the titular Bernie, from Weekend at Bernie's. *cue the now-redundant Bernie Sanders meme* And, to be fair, with our audience you might also remember him from Tammy and the T-Rex.  Adam argues the effects, atmosphere, and debut of Kane Hodder. Where do you stand on the debate? Did we get it right?  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 You can find our merch, and links to all our online presence here: linktr.ee/slasherspod Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
01:02:46
January 25, 2021
Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
New Year, "New" Movies! This week, we review Wes Craven's New Nightmare. That's right, the film wherein Freddy's father/ creator Wes Craven returned to the franchise. He had something of a falling out with New Line Cinema over licensing and their deviation from his vision with sequels, but Bob Shaye made amends, laying the foundation for what would become this film.  This film breaks the fourth wall, introducing Heather Langenkamp, not her earlier character Nancy Thompson. Similarly, we get to see Robert Englund, John Saxon, and Wes Craven as themselves. Unfortunately, we do not see the hyperbolic Craven he envisioned, road tripping with characters from his earlier films, but still, it is something.  The film also is a bit of art recreating life, as Craven incorporated Langenkamp's actual struggles with a stalker into this film. You wanna hear about that? Well, we talk about it! Along with the novelization, set design, costuming, makeup, and a bunch of stuff we really are not qualified to comment on! We analyze this film, and the introduction of "The Entity," to Dean Koontz's 1983 novel, Phantoms... and thereby Stephen King's It from 1986.  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 You can find our merch, and links to all our online presence here: linktr.ee/slasherspod Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
01:11:11
January 18, 2021
Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)
If you want a rational, unbiased opinion on this film, mosey on over to one of the 500,000 other movie review podcasts begging you for downloads. This is not it. Be forewarned, this is Jake's third favorite film of all time, any genre. . . maybe even higher now that I type this out. . . oh, I guess now would be a good time to admit that I (Jake) have to write these dumb descriptions in the third person.  There was only one person who would endure Jake bouncing up and down in his chair as his eyes fling apart like atoms in the Hadron Collider, his beautiful, patient, very patient wife: Ciara. That's right, you have begged and pleaded and the pulchritudinous prodigal spouse returns.  Gremlins 2: The New Batch came out in 1990, but instead of its deserved thunderous applause, the more fitting sound effect would be a wet fart. Simply put, this movie may have been ahead of its time. Irreverent, fourth wall breaking, absurdist films were not really mainstream by that point. Jake forgot to mention this on the episode, but do you think Deadpool would exist without Gremlins 2? Also, when Disney inevitably obtains Warner Brothers, let's make that crossover happen.  Directed by Joe Dante (The Howling), who would only come back to the franchise with full creative control. Creature effects by Rick Baker (An American Werewolf in London), who is a gilded god of gore and grossout. Zach Galligan returns as Billy Peltzer and Phoebe Cates reprises her role as Kate Beringer. Their old pal, Murray Futterman, played by Dick Miller, comes to visit them in the big city, from ol' Kingston Falls. John Glover plays industrialist Daniel Clamp. Robert J. Prosky plays Grandpa Fred. Robert Picardo plays head of security, Forster. Finally, the late and great Sir Christopher Lee Plays Dr. Cushing Catheter. The film also features cameos by Hulk Hogan, Dick Butkus, Bubba Smith, Rick Ducommun, Leonard Maltrin, and the indomitable John Astin, who many will remember as Gomez Addams.  Find out about deleted scense, production, conception, literary references, easter eggs, basically everything that Jake has learned from worshiping this film for nearly 30 years, all in one hour! The "Hidden Track" this week is by Saviors and it is called Glass Castle. You can find these savory boys at https://facebook.com/SAVIORS418/; https://instagram.com/saviors418/  ; https://saviors418.bandcamp.com/ ; https://open.spotify.com/artist/3xzOWIKXEwHDuEJfkvl6LU?si=bxZm6IZ9TH-1Dtd0_HUg0Q ; and https://www.deezer.com/fr/track/730324792 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 You can find our merch, and links to all our online presence here: linktr.ee/slasherspod Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
01:07:02
January 11, 2021
Bloody New Year & New Year's Evil
Congratulations! If you are reading this stupid description and listening to this stupider podcast, you survived 2020-- or you're a very smart zombie.  To celebrate the new year, the theme for January is New Year, New Movies! That's right, and entire month of movie reviews, but do not worry, they are not new in time, just in title. Every film this month with have "New" in its name.  To start, Doug and Jake discuss Bloody New Year, a movie with perhaps the best poster ripping off Evil Dead 2 of any in history. This film came out in 1987 and fun fact-- it makes no sense whatsoever. Directed by Norman J. Warren, who also directed Inseminoid, Prey, Satan's Slave, and Terror. The film itself was written by Frazer Pearce, and it is his only writing credit.  Bloody New Year features songs by Cry No More, which reminds me-- be sure to send us your favorite poop-related Pat Benetar puns! Doug discusses how this film is potentially cursed, sharing both his experiences and those of a close friend. Is this movie sci fi? A haunted house? A bit of both? We discuss all the possibilities.  Then, Ade and Jake talk about New Year's Evil, from 1980. The film was directed by Emmett Alston, and written by Leonard Neubauer. Unlike Bloody New Year, this film is a straightforward slasher film, and it is surprisingly competent, given how early in the slashers boom it was released. Also, they discuss how the film has aged and how the incel antagonist translates to the 21st century audience.  They discuss the structure of the film, the kills, and that wonderful Stan Laurel mask from the end. What do you think? Should it have been worn the whole film? If you have not checked out the title track from the film by Shadow, you can find it here: https://bit.ly/3b9tLdV 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 You can find our merch, and links to all our online presence here: linktr.ee/slasherspod Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
01:07:37
January 4, 2021
"Cystmas!" Wk. 4, Gene Jones & Jason Douglas
Alright, metadata gods. Now is the time. Bring me all of the new listeners I have craved this year. To wrap up "Cystmas," we have interviews with two actors from the film Cyst.  First up, we have Gene Jones, who has been in The Hateful Eight, No Country for Old Men, Sacrament, and both Red Dead Revolver and Redemption. We discuss his tremendous stage experience, and how that has shaped him as a film performer. Gene is kind enough to share some of his ritual in getting ready for an audition, and tools he uses to get attention and show the mastery of his craft to casting directors. We talk inspirations for his performance and how being prepared gives him opportunities to perform as an actor.  We also have an interview with Jason Douglas, who voices the Almighty Beerus, from Dragon Ball Super! ...as well as literally a thousand other characters such as Krieg from Borderlands, Miles from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Gildarts from Fairy Tail, Miche from Attack on Titan, Claude from Black Butler 2, Azuma from Deadman Wonderland, Masaoka from Psycho Pass, and Aokiji from One Piece. He also acted as Satan in Preacher, Tobin in The Walking Dead, Detective Munn in Breaking Bad, and the cabbie in No Country for Old Men.  Jason shares so much about the history of his work in anime, that was alien and fascinating to me. Again, organically the discussion focused a lot on being a journeyman or "blue collar actor," as Jason put it. He has a very pragmatic approach to his work and some words of wisdom to anyone getting into the industry.  Find Jason on Twitter @MrJasonDouglas on Instagram @jasondouglas2040 and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JasonDouglasFans I want to thank both of these men who serve as inspiration, both in their craftsmanship and also their attitudes of gratitude to be working in an industry they love.  I would also like to thank you, our fans, for sticking with us on a great month, which was admittedly a bit of a departure from the regular show. We are so excited for the year ahead and we hope you will continue to follow us into what we have dubbed: The Year of Goonthulhu! 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 You can find our merch, and links to all our online presence here: linktr.ee/slasherspod Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
01:24:31
December 28, 2020
"Cystmas!" Wk. 3, Eva Habermann & Discussion, "Is Horror Misogynist?"
We have a bonus sized Cystmas/ Christmas special for you this week, goons! Jake interviews Eva Habermann, star of Lexx, Under ConTroll (Troll World), and of course-- CYST! We discuss her working relationship with George Hardy and how his cameo in Under ConTroll ended up being responsible for Cyst ever even being conceived. It is remarkable just how many cast members and crew overlap from Under ConTroll to Cyst.  Ade discusses whether or not horror is misogynist. She gives several examples as to how/ why horror is actually empowering to women. Some lesser known films she discusses are American Mary, The Blackcoat's Daughter, and Starry Night. Then, of course, we discuss the big mamajama that started it all: Black Christmas (1974, no... not those abominable remakes! Those we talk about on the Patreon Bonus).  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/
01:31:33
December 21, 2020
"Cystmas!" Wk. 2, Travis Ayers & Bloodbeat
On the second week of Cystmas, my goon love gave to me... an in-ter-view with the pro-ducer! You like how I typed that out syllabically for the two people who read these episode descriptions? Because you... you're worth it.  Travis is a true goon and supporter of our show and it is so righteous to be able to support his film, Cyst. Please stay tuned in weeks to come, because there will be news on distribution. In this interview, we discuss everything from the film Society, to different charity work Travis has done.  You can find and support Travis on Instagram @travis_ayers Doug talks the 1983 masterpiece, Bloodbeat, by writer/ director: Fabrice A. Zaphiratos. This film is astounding. It centers around a girl, and every time she has an orgasm, a ghostly samurai kills someone. Where does this take place? Wisconsin? Who's in it? No one you will ever search on Google, and thereby no one who will generate any traffic for this episode. The film can be found on both Tubi and Amazon Prime.  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/
01:27:19
December 14, 2020
"Cystmas!" Wk. 1, Director, Tyler Russell & Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman
We are happy to announce this month on Slashers, we are hosting Cystmas! That is right, each week of December, we will feature an interview with a member of the cast and crew from Cyst (2020).  You can find the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWZuxRssLUk and the Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/cystmovie/ This week we have writer/ director, Tyler Russell. We discuss his career this far, with how enriching it was to work with actors like Fred Willard and Gene Jones. We talk about how he came to befriend George Hardy, star of Cyst and the infamous Troll 2. Tyler discusses influence in the film making process and the film itself. Finally, we discuss what comes next for our new favorite director.  Find Tyler on Twitter @imtylerrussell and on Instagram @tyler_russell_film Then, the hosts discuss Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman! The often ignored sequel to the killer Jack Frost film, not the Michael Keaton one.  Doug talks about the behind the scenes special effects, creature conception, and their execution.  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/
01:18:50
December 7, 2020
Is This a Torture Porn?
You know the meme. The one with the guy gesturing and the butterfly and whatever. You are clearly hip to the interwebs, otherwise you wouldn't have found our stupid show.  On this episode, Adrienne discusses what is and what is NOT "torture porn," as established by David Edelstein.  We discuss movies ranging from Hellraiser, to Terrifier, with Hostel and Martyrs in between.  No hidden track this week. Jake was on vacation and had a totes gnar migraine, so he gets bonus points for just getting this episode out. He is also the one typing this in the third person, so he thereby loses any and all bonus points.  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/
01:05:49
November 30, 2020
The Greasy Strangler & Lame Genie
On this week's episode, Doug discusses the film The Greasy Stranger and its eerie similarities with two films he directed: Gross House and Don't Touch That Dial (both available on Troma Now & B-Movie TV).  Jake has the pleasure of sitting down with video game music maestros, Lame Genie. We talk everything from their favorite horror films, to pro wrestling, with Taco Bell patronage in between.  This week's "Hidden Track" is Lame Genie! OBVIOUSLY! It is their cover of Jason's theme from the NES Friday the 13th. Support these goons, few artists featured on this segment have the kind of hustle and quality as them: https://lamegenie.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/
01:14:59
November 23, 2020
Slaughterhouse & Artist, Pierre Mortel
This week, more than most, shows why being a Patreon patron and getting the perk of early access is so ideal. When we recorded, we were awaiting the election results, which are now old news. Enjoy our trepidation at the real life horrors of politics.  Doug presents on the 1987 film, Slaughterhouse. The film was written and directed by, Rick Roessler, who is still interested in making a sequel.  Jake does an interview with Pierre Mortel, artist and scribe behind Sad Boy and Billy Boo. You can find his art on instagram @pierremortel. He is also very active on reddit and has his own subreddit. We discuss his creative process and the challenges he has putting out the strip in both English and French. You can find his merch at https://pierremortel.bigcartel.com/ This week's "Hidden Track" is by German horror punk band: Midnight Haunt. The song is called Frozen off their upcoming EP. Please support them at and @midnight_haunt_band on instagram.  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/
01:11:13
November 16, 2020
Dead by Daylight & Drector, Chris McInroy
This week's episode offers a broad spectrum, from gaming to short, gorey horror films.  Doug presents on the video game, Dead by Daylight. Originally released 6/14/16, the game has exploded into a multi-platform juggernaut, offering goopy goodness from the Nintendo Twitch to the PS5, with PC in between. Doug talks about the gameplay, the game's style, and its consistently high quality downloadable content.  Jake does an interview with director, Chris McInroy. You may have seen some of Chris' work, including We Summoned a Demon, Death Metal, Bad Guy #2, and his new short: Gorgar. Chris talks about the film making process, his sources of inspiration, horror movie tattoos, and his upcoming projects (which rumor has it blends werewolves with Die Hard).  You can support Chris by checking out his amazing work at: https://vimeo.com/chrismcinroy This week's "Hidden Track" is Scissorhands by The Horrorscopes, off their new record: HEXES. They hail from Hermosillo, Mexico, and you can listen on Spotify or buy it digitally through thehorrorscopes.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/
01:04:40
November 9, 2020
Microwave Massacre & Creepy Crawlers
Doug is back for another fun episode, where he talks about the film: Microwave Massacre.  Jake does a deep dive on the Creepy Crawlers brand, which spans six decades and includes action figures, a TV show, and a long-rumored film adaptation.  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/
01:04:12
November 2, 2020
Halloween III: Season of the Witch & Calabrese
Somehow I roped Jordan, from The Cult Sounds, into hosting my show. He talks about the catastrophic, yet highly entertaining Halloween 3: Season of the Witch, while I talk about the band Calabrese and interview their drummer, Davey. Halloween 3 is often maligned for a lack of Michael Myers. To this I say... and? We both defend the film, both in its astonishing confidence, but also its competent execution. Aside from some sloggy editing, the film holds up from the masks to Tom Atkins ruling every moment of screen time. Calabrese are a horror punk trio from Arizona, who are inconquerable and incredible. The band has been putting out consistently good (and arguably their best lately) music for over 15 years. They do a tremendous job with their merch, music videos, and crowd interaction. Please check then out basically everywhere @calabrese666 You can find Jordan's short film here: https://youtu.be/v7BaFKnzYXs and his band here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg_jqTVWsjQ&feature=youtu.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 Theme song is I wanna Die by Mini Meltdowns. https://open.spotify.com/artist/5ZAk6lUDsaJj8EAhrhzZnh ; https://minimeltdowns.bandcamp.com/
01:15:02
October 26, 2020
Pathology & All Hallow's E.P.
Liking the new format? Well we hope so. If not, please sign up to our Patreon and I will then take your input more seriously.  This week's episode is on Pathology and All Hallow's E.P. Adrienne introduces us to the 2008 Milo Ventimiglia and Alyssa Milano film. She even deep dives into the content and the poem from the film. The film was directed by Marc Schölermann, who does not have a Wikipedia page. It was written by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the dup behind the masterful Crank series with Jason Statham.  Jake then rambles on about AFI's finest E.P. to date. Yes, before you even ask, he talks longer than it would take you to listen to the goddam E.P. in its entirety. Can you believe this release just celebrated its 20th anniversary last year? We also talk Blaqk Audio, Xtrmst, and about 50 other bands that we enjoy and have seen over the years. Which host has the most embarrassing music-related tattoo? Be sure to check out the "Hidden Track" this week. It is certainly... unique... and may have been recorded in an SUV inside a garage, neither of which were climate controlled.  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/
01:07:24
October 19, 2020
Evil Dead & Army of Darkness (Finally...)
We have talked about doing these movies before Jimmy was even on the show. Even if you hate every actor, every line, every plot point, I think that a certain amount of respect is owed to the film making and ingenuity that went into each installment of this franchise. Simply point, Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell are some legitimate legends... even if we include the woeful Spider-Man 3 and its 15 villains.  Predominantly, we focus on Evil Dead and Army of Darkness, which are Jake and Jim's favorites respectively. We also talk about Evil Dead II, the TV show, Ash vs. the Evil Dead, comicbook adaptations, video games, and even tabletop games! This week's "Hidden Track" is Stray the Course, with their song Better Off Lost. THey can be found at straythecourseband@gmail.com ; https://straythecourse.bandcamp.com ; https://www.facebook.com/StrayTheCourseOfficial/  ; https://www.instagram.com/stray_the_course/ 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/
01:00:30
October 12, 2020
Orozco the Embalmber & Blood Machines
We are all in with this new format, and hope you are too. Originally, we planned to test this out and workshop it a bit, but as some of you know, we had a serious issue with a memory card that somehow snapped in half inside an adapter (which was undamaged). As a result, we lost four episodes and in order to maintain our release schedule, we adapted.  This week we are discussing two movies that are both horror, yet somehow polar opposites. The first is Orozco the Embalmber. This film was by Kiyotaka Tsurisaki and follows a Colombian embalmer named Froilan Orozco.  Then, we move on to Blood Machines, by French hivemind: Seth Ickerman. In reality, Ickerman is both Raphaël Hernandez and Savitri Joly-Gonfard. The duo has worked together on multiple projects and this film is actually a sequel to a music video. That project was a collaboration with Carpenter Brut for the song Turbo Killer.  The "Hidden Track" is We're Wolf from Germany. You can find and support them here: http://www.wearewolfband.de/ ; http://soundcloud.com/wearewolfband ; @wearewolfband 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/
53:58
October 5, 2020
New Format! Nightmare Creatures II & Deadeus
Hey gang! We have a new format that we are very excited about. Basically, the show will be more show and tell, with each host bringing their own horror media selection to talk about. We figure this will eliminate simply repeating a movie beat by beat, and introduce you to more stuff like a sassy middle-aged lady's book club... but with blood! As I put it, "this is Slashers, your new favorite podcast about your new favorite horror media!" This week, Doug is on the show. The feedback was great following his appearances on the Humanoids from the Deep and the Blood Harvest episodes. If you would like to see more of Doug on Slashers, or make him a permanent host--- LET US KNOW! (slasherspod@gmail.com) You can follow him and his goings on here: https://amzn.to/2DAdr7f ; https://channelstore.roku.com/details/57960/b-movie-tv ;https://troma.vhx.tv/don-t-touch-that-dial (Also, *hint hint* if you are a fan of Jake, you might consider checking out this coming episode of Friday Night Action on B Movie TV on Roku) Doug talks the late-stage PS1 survival horror hack and slash/ beat 'em up: Nightmare Creatures II.  Jake talks a 2019 Gameboy game: Deadeus. We also were fortunate enough to get an interview with -IZMA-, the creator of the game. https://www.instagram.com/iz.ma/ ; https://izma.itch.io/deadeus ; https://www.izmaillustration.com/games If you would like to enter to win a deluxe copy of Deadeus, just post your favorite Gameboy game and tag both @slasherspod and @iz.ma on any platform! Jake will even teach you how to install an emulator to play it! No "Hidden Track" this week, but rest assured, that segment will return with future episodes! 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/
01:07:16
September 28, 2020
The Descent (2005)
This was formerly a Patreon Bonus episode. While it may seem like a total copout, it has always bothered me that this episode was behind a paywall. Plainly, I think that my wife, Ciara, and Bryan's wife, Michelle, did a great job as "Slashettes." If you like what you hear, please let us know. It would be fun to con them into trying this again.   The movie is The Descent, an all-female horror film for the all female hosts. The film was written and directed by Neil Marshall. Marshall made a name for himself with Dog Soldiers, before going on to do films like Doomsday, Centurion, Tales of Halloween, and the 2019 Hellboy movie that like five people saw because they watch Stranger Things. He also directed some big-budget TV with Hannibal, Westworld, and Lost in Space.  The music was by David Julyan, who also did The Prestige, The Descent Part 2, and The Cabin in the Woods.    This week's "Hidden Track" is Viqueen! https://viqueen.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/
01:40:46
September 14, 2020
Thrill Kill
Sure, it was originally a sports game based on ancient pok-ta-pok, and yeah, the story is just Eternal Champion, and okay, I'll admit that the character designs look like the dregs of DeviantArt, but damn, I wish that Thrill Kill actually came out.  On this episode, my good friend, Yeti, joins me to discuss the game that never was, and the game it became.  The game would later be repurposed as Wu Tang: Shaolin Style (which friggin' rips, by the way). Anyone who has ever played the Def Jam wrestling series will surely see a clear influence in the cartoony style and somewhat free roaming nature in the square playable areas.  The franchise had a comic book deal with Malibu Comics at one point. We talk about the infamous E3 98 event, wherein the developers made interesting choices for last-minute replacement for actresses depicting two of the characters.  At one point, Virgin Interactive was literally hucking boxes full of porn into the developer, Paradox's offices to inspire the first ever MA rated game, but then they realize that retailers would not be keen on that sort of thing, and then the tone changed and everything got dialed back.  Things got even worse with trade deals, until one unnamed champion leaked a full version of the game online in a playable Rom.  This week's "Hidden Track" is Next Attempt, with their song 50 or 60hz. www.facebook.com/NextAttemptOfficial ; @nextattemptofficial 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/
01:00:08
September 7, 2020
Blood Harvest (1985)
No amount of typing will save our downloads on this episode. No one will give a shit about this movie. Frankly, the people who made it didn't even care. Aside from a great poster, Blood Harvest does not have much going for it. Still, our buddy, Doug Waugh, joins us to review this thing.  Directed by Bill Rebane, who also directed Monster a Go Go, Twister's Revenge, and more schlocky goodness. He actually approached Tiny Tim at a beer festival and paid him $1,000 to be in the picture.  Virtually none of the actors had any other credits, and most of the crew languished in obscurity.  This week's "Hidden Track" is Sky Tigers. Please check them out at skytigersmusic@gmail.com ; facebook.com/skytigers ; skytigers.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/
01:11:11
August 31, 2020
The Bad Batch (2016)
This week's episode is on a more obscure title this week, that has languished on many of your watch lists on Netflix for years.  Written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, a very unique filmmaker. We detail her meetings wiht both Keanu Reeves and Jim Carey, which are wholly unlike any other we've ever heard of.  The film stars Suki Waterhouse as the incompletely cannibalized protagonist, Arlen. She is joined onscreen by Jason Momoa of Justice League and Game of Thrones fame. Fun thought, which IP do fans hate more after that last season of GoT? Superman's creepy CGI lip looks pretty appealing right now, eh? We discuss the visual storytelling of the film, which is wholly without dialogue for the opening act. There is an inarguable style to the film, but does it suite the narrative? We answer those questions and many more.  This week's "Hidden Track" is A New Chapter, with their song Broken Castle from their new EP Myself // Nevermore. IG: https://www.instagram.com/anewchapter_official/ ; FB: https://www.facebook.com/anewchapterat/; SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/artist/43hSMoKYh7KWaRLup4LaG6 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/
01:15:37
August 24, 2020
The Misfits- Walk Among Us (1982)
This episode features our pal, Jonny Disaster, from "Hidden Tracks" alumni Cry Havoc! Unsurprisingly, they are the Hidden Track on this episode, with their classic song, "Fuck You! Just Die," from their classic album, "...And Let Slip the Dogs of War." On this episode, we give a brief history of the band, The Misfits, in its many incarnations: from humble origins on 4/25/77 at the original CBGB, to a reunion that everyone said was impossible.  We also talk about each of the band members and their prior and subsequent projects. For instance, singer, Glenn Danzig, would later be in Samhain and Danzig. He went on to direct the baffling Verotika, based on his own comicbook series of the same name.  Jerry Only and his real life brother, Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein, would later reform the band with Michale Graves and Dr. C.H.U.D., even wrestling alongside Vampiro and ICP in WCW.  We do a song-by-song breakdown of the album, which clocks in at a brisk 24:19. In classic Slashers fashion, we also detail the source material for the songs, mostly film classics. The songs include: 20 Eyes, I Turned into a Martian, All Hell Breaks Loose, Vampira, Nike-A-Go-Go, Hate Breeders, Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?, Night of the Living Dead, Skulls, Violent World, Devils Whorehouse, Astro Zombies, and Braineaters. We even discuss the recently restored music video for Braineaters.  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/
01:29:12
August 17, 2020
The Undertaker
Born Mark William Calaway, this ginger giant went on to become possibly the most long-tenured, scandal free pro wrestler of all time: The Undertaker.  Don't care about wrestling? Well this episode is still worth your time as this man's career is prolific and unlike any other. Also, I mean... he's a zombie priest with a dayjob at a mortuary, or something? I mean, he's like The Tall Man from Phantasm with some spandex and biker tattoos.  Whether you know him as The Dead Man, The Phenom, The American Badass, or Big Evil, Calaway has been integral in the longstanding success of the WWE. Moreover, he helped carry character based, spooky wrestling through the gritty and hyper-realistic "Attitude Era." In this episode we are joined by Micah Rose, more commonly known as his wrestling persona Caesar, of The Panel Discussion Podcast: http://bicbp-radio.com/the-panel-discussion/ Micah also has a new podcast, Damn That's Scary, that can be found here https://open.spotify.com/show/6dNFkHscIpEeHuEzUavabC?si=rU61nR6xQ1KodTqy84KpQQ Did you know "Mean" Mark was trained by Don Jardine and Buzz Sawyer? Jardine was a masked wrestler known as "The Spoiler," and that fancy move 'Taker does walking on the top rope? Yeah, that's an homage to him.  We discuss the pre-WWE career of Calaway, which had him actually beaten by Bruiser Brody, and sharing the stage with lifelong friends such as Paul Heyman. His gimmicks there, from The Punisher, to Dice Morgan, all sowed the seeds of the character to come.  We then detail Calaway's WWE career, his notable feuds, special effects, matches, and gimmick changes. We also get into the fact that he legitimately feared he would be debuting as The Gobblety Gooker.  We wrap things up by discussing the best/ worst Undertaker ripoffs we have ever seen.   This week's "Hidden Track" is Morning Coffee with their song Snakes Love Golden Skin. https://morningxcoffee.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/
01:37:34
August 10, 2020
The Cell (2000)
Remember that movie with Jennifer Lopez (Anaconda, Gigli, Enough) where the horse gets cross-sectioned? Yup, that is how I have had to describe this movie to anyone I've mentioned it to, otherwise they would have no idea what I was talking about.  It is hard to call the film a cult classic, given that it was a commercial success, and its name earned enough notoriety to be bastardized with an unnecessary and unrelated sequel.  The film was directed by Tarsem Singh, a notorious music video director... AND IT SHOWS! Having worked with bands like R.E.M. and En Vogue, he took his talents to the silver screen with this film, written by Mark Protosevich. Protosevich basically hated the film and disowned it because of all of the changes in his work. Which is odd for a guy who wrote a remake of the Poseidon Adventure and did the third attempt at an I am Legend adaptation by Richard Matheson.  Music by Howard Shore, you know that guy who wrote the backdrop to every movie you've ever seen? Yeah, that guy.  Jennifer Lopez plays Dr. Catherine Deane. When she is not smoking those addictive marijuanas in her underpants, she is diving into people's dreams? subconscious? We detail her humble origin as a back up dancer in the sketch comedy show In Living Color, though to her amazing Super Bowl performance this last year.  Vincent D'Onofrio (Daredevil, Full Metal Jacket, Men in Black) plays Carl Rudolph Stargher. I would really love to be a fly on the wall while this fella has coffee with Buffalo Bill. Anyone else? Just me?  Vince Vaughn, hot off the heels of his terrible Anthony Perkins impersonation in Gus Van Sant's shot-for-shot Psycho remake, plays Special Agent Peter Novak. Just... no.  This week's "Hidden Track" is Court Order with their song, Poor Excuse, off their upcoming self-titled record. You can find them on Instagram @courtorderhc and via their linktr.ee/courtorderhc  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/
01:14:18
August 3, 2020
Battle of the Cryptids: International Edition
This week's episode is another Battle of the Cryptids; however, this time it is all international creatures! Here are the competitors:  Lagarfljót Worm, we get into the history of this creature, which is officially recognized by a "Truth Commission." Mngwa, is a sassy Tasmanian cat. Minhocão, is a giant Brazilian worm Mapinguari, a hairy humanoid cyclops with a gaping mouth on its belly, or a relict giant ground sloth Elwetritsch, aa scaly, big-breasted chicken with antlers.  Bukit Timah Monkey Man, seen as far back as 1805 Loch Ness Monster, basically the most famous cryptid like ever. Right? Yeti, basically the second most famous cryptid like ever. Right? Yeren, basically a Chinese yeti, with over 400 alleged sightings. You may recall this cryptid appeared in John Carpenter's Big Trouble in Little China.  Ahool, a giant chimpanzee-faced bat.  Beast of Bodmin Moor, a prowling jungle cat from pippity poppity ol' England. Kraken, the giant Scandinavian cephalopod... not Roman or Greek like Clash of the Titans would lead you to believe.  Bunyip, a giant feral hippopotamus, which translates to "Evil Spirit." Ningen, not all monsters need fangs and spikes to  Leprechaun, who used to wear red, not green. Nuts, right? Mongolian Death Worm, or Olgoi-khorkhoi, is basically a sand worm from Dune covered in bones, totally poisonous, and able to emit electrical shocks.  This week's "Hidden Track" is Thorns by Resistor. https://linktr.ee/weareresistor 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/
01:04:22
July 27, 2020
Piranha (1978)
This is Steven Spielberg's favorite Jaws ripoff, so it should be yours too. Piranha was the creature feature that catapulted Joe Dante into further works such as The Howling and Gremlins.  Dante has been very candid about taking the job from producer, Roger Corman, to allow his personal friend to direct Rock N' Roll High School instead. Imagine what the world would be like now without that change. Like seriously, we might not even have the PG-13 rating system! The special effects were done by Rob Bottin, the same upstart who did the creature effects for Humanoids from the Deep.  The script had a significant rewrite by John Sayles, based on the success of his book, Pride of the Bimbos, from 1975. He went on to write Alligator, Battle Beyond the Stars, and an early draft of E.T. the Extra Terrestrial (when it was still titled "Night Skies").  As aforementioned, the film was produced by the legendary, Roger Corman. Having produced over 400 films, the 94 year old stud and his production company, New World Pictures, is not likely to ever be surpassed, whether in volume or quality.  This week's "Hidden Track" is Sissyfit, with their song, She, Lilith, Regrets You, off their EP, Lilith, released earlier this year. You can find their work at @sissyfit.hxc; @moondecayrecs; Moondecay.com; Sissyfit.bigcartel.com; sissyxfit.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/
01:01:46
July 20, 2020
Humanoids from the Deep (1980)
The movie so nice, Roger Corman made it twice: Humanoids from the Deep. On this episode we discuss both versions, as well as the graphic novel of the same name. We also talk the controversy between Corman and director, Barbara Peeters. Y'know, when Corman thought the movie wasn't salacious enough, so he went and shot his own clips of increased violence and nudity and put it in the movie over Peeters' objection?  Corman, now 94, has produced over 400 films. He also has helped launch the careers of Joe Dante, James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, James Horner, and Ron Howard.  Creature effects were provided by Rob Bottin. While Bottin was only 17 at the time, this would go on to have a prolific film career working on such movies as The Fog, The Thing, RoboCop, Total Recall, and Se7en. The score, prepared by James Horner, was fully executed in just 14 days. Horner also did the score for Aliens, Krull, and Cocoon. The remake was made for Showtime and released 9/14/96, through New Horizons. The film was written and directed by Jeff Yonis. What cheap workaround did they do with this film to keep costs down? Oh, we talk about it for sure.  The comic was written and illustrated by Benjamin Hall in 2010. Fittingly, it was released by Bluewater Productions. Our special guest host is Doug Waugh, director of Grosshouse, Grosshouse 2, and Don't Touch That Dial, available here: https://amzn.to/2DAdr7f ; https://channelstore.roku.com/details/57960/b-movie-tv ;https://troma.vhx.tv/don-t-touch-that-dial This week's "Hidden Track" is Bolonium with their song, Pain in the Brain! https://bolonium.bandcamp.com/ ; http://needlejuicerecords.com/ ; https://www.youtube.com/boloniumband 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/
01:09:19
July 12, 2020
Orca (1977)
No, not Oedipis Orca from the same year that repeatedly came up in my research but I was too afraid to click on, but instead Orca (1977). The film is also known as Orca: The Killer Whale.  The film is basically a spaghetti western starring a giant dolphin? Didn't you know that killer whales are dolphins? Yeah, I thought Raffi had fucked up majorly in his book for Baby Beluga, but a quick Google searched revealed that I am in fact the idiot.  Written by the team of Luciano Vincenzoni and Sergio Donati. VIcenzoni famously wrote For a Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, and Death Rides a Horse. Donati co-authored For a Few Dollars More and went on to write Once Upon a Time in the West.  Produced by Dino De Laurentiis, who is responsible for nearly every irrefutable classic in seven decades. His works include the Silence of the Lambs franchise, numerous Stephen King adaptations (Silver Bullet, Cat's Eyes, Firestarter, Dead Zone), Amityville Horror, Halloween 2 and 3, and Jake's personal favorite: CONAN THE GODDAM BARBARIAN!!! The film was directed by Michael Anderson. Aside from having the most generic name ever, ANderson was famous for directing Logan's Run, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and ALMOST directing the ill-fated Nessie, which would have united Hammer Films and kaiju megaforce studio, TOHO. He also received a lifetime achievement award from the Directors Guild of Canada. Pretty neat, eh? The music is by Ennio Morricone, who did The Man Without a Name Trilogy, and virtually every other western you've ever heard of. At age 87, Morricone was briefly the oldest winner of a competitive Academy Award in 2016, for The Hateful Eight. The Cinematography was by J. Barry Herron and Ted Moore. Herron's contribution to the film was so significant that the  closing credits especially declare: "The producer wishes to acknowledge the very special photographic contribution made by J. BARRY HERRON." The film stars a pre-Dumbledore Richard Harris. You might also recall that he was King Arthur in Camelot and Marcus Aurelius in Gladiator. He would be in another famous western years later: Unforgiven.  Charlotte Rampling is Rachel Bedford. Her acting career was quite provocative. Go ahead, look up Max Mon Amour, I dare you.  Will Sampson played Umilak. You may recall he was in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, after working as a bronco buster his entire life.  The bull whale was played by Yaka and Nepo. Nepo would pass shortly after the film in 1980, but Yaka lived an incredible 20 years thereafter. No, neither of them were Free Willy.  Instead of a "Hidden Track" this week, we are featuring a good friend's short story. Mike Martin of the Fort Arawak Podcast wrote and performed this awesome short-story: The Move. Please check out his other works at https://www.fortarawakpodcast.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/
01:09:00
July 6, 2020
The Horror Games of Nintendo
Metadata does not work. Whether I type like a bajillion words that are highly searched, or I write two half-assed sentences, our downloads remain the same. Still, I have some sick compulsion to dump time into these descriptions. Do you read them? Can you please validate me? Anyways, we are doing an episode on the 8-Bit horror titles from Nintendo. Hell, we even throw in.a couple of Super Nintendo titles, because it's our show and we do what we want. What of it, chump? Would you like us to do a retrospective on any other systems? Any game franchises? Any game developers? Let us know, because that would be totes rad and stuff.  A Nightmare on Elm St (1989) Fester's Quest (1989) Addams Family (1992) The Addams Family: Pugsley’s Scavenger Hunt (1993) Alien3 (1992) Beetlejuice (1991) Bram Stoker's Dracula (1993) Castlevania (1986) Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest (1988) Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (1989) Chiller (1990) Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei (1987) Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei II (1990) Dr. Chaos (1987) Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde (1989) Frankenstein: The Monster Returns (1991) Friday the 13th (1989) Gargoyle’s Quest II Ghoul School (1992) Ghost N' Goblins (1986) Ghostbusters 1 (1986) Ghostbusters 2 (1990) Jaws (1987) Maniac Mansion (1990) Monster Party (1989) Robodemons (1989) Shadowgate (1987) Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti (1989) Swamp Thing (1992) Sweet Home (1989) Uninvited (1991) Werewolf: The Last Warrior (1990) Zombie Nation (1990) This week's "Hidden Track" is our buds Caliburn, with their song Dark. IG: @caliburnuk; https://www.facebook.com/CALIBURN.UK/ ; Twitter: @ukcaliburn 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/
01:09:55
June 29, 2020
Resident Evil (2002)
This week we have a special guest host, Adam, of the soon to be released, Deep Cuts Matinee podcast. Be sure to follow Slashers for more updates as we will be happily sharing our friends' work.  Based on the game of the same name... well not exactly, because the game is also called Biohazard... oh and virtually nothing from the game makes it into the movie... Well, based on one of the titles for the game, we are reviewing Resident Evil (2002). As we have through the entire "Button Smashers" month of June, we talk not only about the film, but the underlying game franchise as well. For instance, did you know that George A. Romero directed a Japanese commercial for Biohazard 2? Of all the films we have done this month, Resident Evil's film and game franchises are the most expansive. Hell, we even talk the novelization of this film, which is completely unnecessary.  The film was written and directed by, Paul W.S. Anderson, who penned all of the films in the franchise, including: Apocalypse (2004), Resident Evil: Extinction (2007), Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010), Resident Evil: Retribution (2012), and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016). You may recall his name as the director of the film we reviewed in our pilot episode, Event Horizon, and last week's episode, Mortal Kombat.  The soundtrack features an interesting collaboration with Marco Beltrami and Marilyn Manson. Beltrami did tons of movies in this era like Scream, The Faculty, Underworld Evolution, and Mimic, but went on to work on films like Logan and A Quiet Place.  Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element, Hellboy, and the upcoming Monster Hunter) plays Alice. Fun fact: she later went on to become Mrs. Paul W.S. Anderson.  Michelle Rodriguez of Fast and the Furious fame, is in this film. She later went on to appear in the tragically terrible Bloodrayne. Did you know she was arrested for assault the year Resident Evil came out? I did. I just forgot to mention it on the show.  Eric Mabius found his way into the film after skulking through The Crow: Salvation. Years before appearing in Alien vs. Predator, Colin Salmon, appeared in this film. You may remember him as the guy from the hallway who would fit into an ice cube tray.  This week's "Hidden Track" is by Project 19. It is called Torn by the Thread. Find them here: https://soundcloud.com/user-459462004/torn-by-the-thread ; youtube.com/channel/UCpxNxl_302Tx87PTvROZ_hw 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/
01:03:30
June 22, 2020
Mortal Kombat (1995)
Think back, many eons ago, to our pilot episode: Event Horizon. It is absolutely shocking to think that Paul W.S. Anderson directed that film and also Mortal Kombat. While he went on to do other video game adaptations like Resident Evil and Alien vs Predator, those films overlap just a little more than ninjas and possessed spaceships.  The film is obviously based on the game of the same name. Did you know the game was developed by a team of four guys in just eight months? Did you know that the game was almost called Kumate? Death Blow? Dragon Attack? Fatality? While we focus mainly on the 1995 film, we talk about Annihilation and the recently released Scorpion's Revenge, as well as the comics, cartoons, TV shows, and even the live action stunt show.  Produced by Lawrence Kasanoff, the same dude who did Blood Diner, Class of 1999, A Gnome Named Gnorm, and the most expensive movie ever (at the time) True Lies. The film had three albums accompany it: Mortal Kombat: Original Motion Picture Score, Mortal Kombat: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, and Mortal Kombat: More Kombat. The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack went platinum in just 10 days.  You all know that Jake goes crazy researching these movies, and this episode was no exception. Not only do we discuss the actors in the film but also the original actors for the game and some of their other acting works (some of which may surprise you).  Christopher Lambert, author and star of Highlander, plays Raiden/ Rayden. Robin Sou is Liu Kang and we are seriously perplexed by the fact this guy was not the ultra famous action star we hoped he would be in our pre-teen years. Linden Ashby is Johnny Cage, who does a fair job of distinguishing the character from his source material: Jean-Claude Van Damme. Bridgette Wilson played Sonya Blade, but did you know who almost played her before she broke her wrist? Well... you should prolly listen to the episode then, huh? This week's "Hidden Track" is Spell with their song, Dawn Wanderer. spellofficial.bandcamp.com; facebook.com/spellspell; instagram.com/spellofficial; https://www.subscribepage.com/spell-dawn-wanderer 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/
01:05:58
June 15, 2020
Silent Hill (2006)
Get in the car, loser. We're going to Silent Hill. That's right, the town littered with horrific nurse monsters and murderous enthusiasts of Egyptian architecture inspired headwear.  I think we do a fair job of detailing the video game origins, to the Playstation game and its many easter eggs. Did you ever notice the street names referred to virtually every major horror and sci-fi author for a bajillion years from Stephen King to Ray Bradburry? We even get into unused material on the game disc that was planned, but never used.   Shot under the name "Centralia," this film was directed by Christophe Gans. You may recall that Gans  also wrote and directed HP Lovecraft's Necronomicon and Brotherhood of the Wolf. I was surprised to learn that the co-writer of Pulp Fiction, Roger Avery, wrote this film. Don't worry, this was before his prison sentence, which we get into! All of the music in the film, aside from one song, is derived from Akira Yamaoka's original soundtrack for the game. He also did the music for the incredibly fun possum video game, Rocket Knight Adventures. Because of this, I like to pretend these games are in the same universe.  Our protagonist is Radha Mitchell (Pitch Black, Man on Fire, The Crazies) as Rose Da Silva. She is on a quest to figure out the reason for her adopted daughter's sleepwalkings and ramblings about Silent Hill.  Sean Bean (007 Golden Eye, Lord of the Rings, Equilibrium) plays Christopher Da Silva. He was so good in the role, they actually added several scenes with him in it, so he could get more screen time. And before you ask, no- he does not die in this film, unlike Game of Thrones and nearly everything else.  Laurie Holden plays Cybil Bennett, and damn she is boring. The character Cybil is a playable character in the Japan-exclusive GameBoy Advance text-adventure remake of the game, Silent Hill Play Novel. Jodelle Ferland is Alessa Gillespie, the sleepwalker who is kinda like a reincarnation of a ghost from a girl killed by religious zealots. She went on to voice the Little Sisters in the BioShock video game series. This week's "Hidden Track" is Doomstress with their song, Sleep Among the Dead. If you like the tune, you can find their music and merch at: www.doomstress.bandcamp.com. They were also on the new Women of Doom compilation vinyl from Desert Records. Facebook @ Doomstress - Band; Instagram @Doomstress_band; Twitter @Doomstress 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/
01:08:25
June 8, 2020
DOOM (2006)
So when we had the idea to do this movie, it was because we joked about June Doom instead of the usual June Gloom. Since recording, the world is now on fire, aside from being infected with a plague. First and foremost, all silliness and antics aside, we hope you are safe. In our own way, we love each of you and truly wish the best for you and your loved ones.  Now... onto this terrible movie! Directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak (Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 the Grave). David Callaham wrote the script, and also penned Zombieland Double Tap, the now delayed Wonder Woman 1984, and both Shang Chi and the revamped Mortal Kombat still in development. The film is very loosely based on the DOOM franchise, starring the stoic, brave, and beautiful DOOMGUY. Fun fact, did you know Doomguy was a playable character in Tony Hawk?  Also, we discuss the similarities in this movie, Overlord, and Wolfenstein. Another fun fact, they refer to William BJ Blazkowicz from the Wolfenstein games in DOOM: Annihilation. We briefly talk about Annihilation and the writer/ director, Tony Giglio, who also penned Soccer Dog: The Movie.  The music was by Clint Mansell and if you haven't heard his score for MOON, dude... reassess your goals.  Karl Urban, who played DND on the set of Chronicles of Riddick with Vin Diesel, plays John "Reaper" Grimm. He was also in Lord of the Rings, Dredd, and this lil' franchise called Star Trek you may have heard of. Frustratingly, his costume looks nothing like John Carmack's designs in the 1993 game.  Dwayne Johnson (credited as The Rock) plays Asher "Sarge" Mahonin. While he was offered the lead role, he chose this supporting part instead. He, like nearly everyone who's seen it, was not a tremendous fan of the film even taking a jab at it in his 2008 WWE Hall of Fame inductance speech.  This week's "Hidden Track" is by a band I have loved since high school (way too long ago); they are DOOM and they are rad. https://ukdoom.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/
01:12:15
June 1, 2020
Hereditary (2018) Feat. The Spook House Podcast
We Quaran-Team Up with our boys, The Spook House Podcast for this week's episode. Please find them at https://www.instagram.com/thespookhousepodcast and https://thespookhousepodcast.bigcartel.com/ The film is Hereditary, you know that delightful little family movie. Oh, whoops, wrong "D" word, I meant devastating!  After Ari Aster's ambitious student films,  The Strange Thing About the Johnsons and, Munchausen, he made his feature film debut with this film. Originally conceived as a typical family drama, he added demons and kings from hell for kicks.  The film stars Toni Collette (Krampus, Knives Out). I cannot stress this enough... SHE IS THE ENTIRE MOVIE! If it was not for her gripping acting and reaction to the events of the film, truly I think the rest of it would be meaningless.  Her husband is played by Gabriel Byrne (The Usual Suspects) who is clearly struggling with his wife's descent into madness.  Their son is played by Alex Wolff, who went full method in his performance. He refused to be addressed as anything but Peter for the two months of filming and did not introduce himself to his cast mates until production was over.  Lastly, I would just lose my head if I did not mention Milly Shapiro, who plays the tragic Charlie, who has never really had an identity of her own, as she was a vessel for the demon king, Paimon.  Makeup was designed by Steve Newburn, who indicated that the *ahem* scene, was originally much gnarlier. We'll explain why and how on the show.  The music was by Colin Stetson. He's collaborated with a few bands you may have heard of, basically ALL OF THEM: Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, TV on the Radio, Feist, Bon Iver, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, Sinéad O'Connor, The National, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, BADBADNOTGOOD, Fink, Animal Collective, LCD Soundsystem, Hamid Drake, David Byrne, Bill Laswell, Evan Parker, Jolie Holland, The Chemical Brothers, Shahzad Ismaily, My Brightest Diamond, Angélique Kidjo, Kevin Devine, David Gilmour, Anthony Braxton, and Beanie Burnett. This week's Hidden Track is Nite, with their song Genesis off their debut album: Darkness Silence Mirror Flame. Their music can be found at https://nitemetal.bandcamp.com ; https://open.spotify.com/artist/6MjCnAA9RF0vy3j6QYyLG0 ; https://www.instagram.com/nitemetal/ 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/
01:35:25
May 25, 2020
Return of the Living Dead (1985) Feat. No Redeeming Qualities Podcast
One of Jake's all time favorite movies and he completed wasted it by letting Bob from No Redeeming Qualities guest host on it... uh, I mean, yay Bob... or whatever.  In all seriousness, we would like to thank Bob for taking the time to join in on this episode and yell even more than Jake... which we legitimately did not know was possible. You can find their show at https://nrqpodcast.com/ (Re)written and directed by the late and great, Dan O'Bannon (Alien, Dark Star, Lifeforce). The film is loosely based on John Russo's novel of the same name, following his falling out with George A. Romero, with whom he worked on Night of the Living Dead.  The film features great performances by veteran character actors Clu Gulager, James Karen, and Don Calfa. The film also features several actors, who were fledgling talents at the time: Thom Matthews, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., and Mark Venturini (all of whom worked on the Friday the 13th Franchise).  The illustrious, Linnea Quigley, steals the show as "Trash." Nevermind the prosthetic genitalia and the fact that she is the only zombie to cosplay as a demon, her performance is great and we will not entertain any debate otherwise.  The practical effects and puppetry on the film are the things of legend. Allan Trautman played the now infamous Tarman or Barrel Zombie. His work included Muppets Tonight, Unhappily Ever After, Greg the Bunny, and Monkeybone. Tony Gardner, who would go on to do makeup effects for Hellboy and Zombieland, made the half zombie. He was also in the Thriller music video by Michael Jackson! This week's "Hidden Track" is by Ill Fortune. You can find his music at https://www.illfortunemusick.com/ ; https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRealBloodShot/videos and on Instagram at @illfortunemusic 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/
01:22:28
May 18, 2020
The Crow (1994) Feat. Much Ado About Nerding
I feel like everyone talks about this film's influence on the pro wrestler, Sting, but what about The Hardy Boyz? If you vacuum sealed their cargo pants to their legs, their outfits would be the exact same. Then add the high risk activities on perilously high objects and it's the same damn thing. Well, we didn't really get into that on the episode, but I have nothing better to do than to type nonsense words hoping to get some kind of metadata to supplement our dwindling numbers.  What we do talk about is this film's similarities with such classics as Robocop, Spawn, and The Wraith. We also discuss the Lee Family Curse, which took the lives of Bruce and his son Brandon prematurely.  The film was directed by Alex Proyas, who wrote and directed Dark City. He also directed over 100 music videos.  The original comic of the same name was written by James O'Barr, as a means of coping with the loss of his fiancee. Did you know the film originally had the Skull Cowboy, just like the comic? Unfortunately, despite having a tremendous actor with Mike Berryman in the suit, and a very competent makeup and costume, Brandon Lee's tragic death on set meant they could not finalize the scenes and the character was cut.  Music was performed by Graeme Revell, who you may recall from our episode on The Thirteenth Warrior. He was the lovely chap who wrote and entire musical score, just to be replaced by Jerry Goldsmith at the last minute.  Ernie Hudson of Ghostbusters fame, plays Sgt. Albrecht, a well-meaning police officer trying to figure out what is going on as the denizens of his city are being executed in mysterious fashion. Michael Wincott, y'know that guy from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, whose voice sounds like gravel covered in cigarette ashes? He plays the main villain, Top Dollar. Tony Todd, aka The Candyman, acts as Top Dollar's right hand man, Grange. David Patrick Kelly plays T-Bird, but you will likely remember him from The Warriors... *clink clink clink* "Waaaaaaarriors, come out to playeeeeeeee!" We do not linger on the tragedy of Brandon Lee's passing for too long. We also discuss the fact that there are no crows in the film! They are ravens. This whole movie is a sham.  This week's "Hidden Track" is by our musical dopplegangars, Slashers. They've provided us with their song, "Stranger Things." They can be found at https://slashers.bandcamp.com ; https://www.facebook.com/slashersbk/ ; https://www.instagram.com/slasherskickyourass/ 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/
01:09:11
May 11, 2020
House (1985) Feat. Movie Dumpster Podcast
“Ding dong, you're dead” Our friends, Movie Dumpster, Joe, Sean, and Connor, join us to review House! No, not the Nobuhiko Obayashi film of the same name from 1977. No, not the Hugh Laurie show. We are talking about House from 1985, that spawned a (kinda) four part franchise.  First, there is House. It's gnarly, we talk about it. Then there is House II: The Second Story, which Jake will be reviewing with Movie Dumpster on their show later this week. Next is House III: The Horror Show, that deviates so significantly from the source material, it is often known simply as "The Horror Show." Lastly, but not leastly, there is House IV: Repossession, bringing the dwelling puns back in a big way.  If you would like to have our shows continue this collaboration to finish off this series, please do not hesitate to let us know at slasherspod@gmail.com and moviedumpsterpodcast@gmail.com. Directed by Steve Miner (Friday the 13th Part II and III), the film centers around Roger Cobb. Cobb is played by William Kat (The Greatest American Hero). Cobb is estranged from his wife after the disappearance of their son, and seeks refuge in his childhood come after it is left to him by his aunt after her suicide. He is accompanied on this journey by Harold Gorton, played by George Wendt (Cheers). Miner is not the only Friday the 13th alumni involved in this film. House was produced by Sean S. Cunningham, without whom there is no Crystal Lake killer. Also, Harry Manfredini provides the musical score.  The film was originally conceived as a horror anthology by Fred Dekker (The Monster Squad). Then, Ethan Wiley wrote the script. Wiley's influence was so prolothic on the film that he actually returned to direct the time-traveling sequel.  This week's "Hidden Track" is Out of the Shadows by Fuming Mouth. They can be found at fumingmouth.com and fumingmouth.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/
01:25:45
May 4, 2020
April Fool's Month: Drop Dead Fred (1991)
In the right context, virtually anything can be scary; however, objectively, clearly, plainly, certifiably, this movie is horrifying. Remember in the new Invisible Man movie where weirdo boy punches that girl and the main chick takes the blame? That basically happens 50 times in Drop Dead Fred.  Plus the true horror. Phoebe Cates does not wear a red bikini... or any bikini for that matter. Oh, and neither does Carrie Fisher. Psssssshhh... I'd even settle for Rik Mayall in a swimsuit at this point.  Gene Siskel called it the worst film of 1991, TriStar head, Mike Medavoy described it as “a children’s movie on drugs,” and some reviewer I've never heard of said, “Drop Dead Fred gives imaginary friends everywhere a bad name; one only hopes that there is an Imaginary Friend Defamation League.” The film was written by Anthony Fingleton and Carlos Davis. The pair have often been criticized for plagiarizing Jonathan Carroll's short story "Mr. Fiddlehead," his 1989 novel "A Child Across the Sky," and his short story collections "The Panic Hand" and "The Woman Who Married a Cloud."  The film was directed by Ate de Jong, who also directed Highway to Hell in 1991. That film features both Ben and Jerry Stiller and a performance by Gilbert Gotfried as Hitler. The fact that we did not review that movie instead is our last great April Fool's prank this year.  This week's "Hidden Track" is Alouth, with their song Divine. https://www.facebook.com/alouthband ; https://alouth.bandcamp.com; https://www.instagram.com/the_alouth_band/ 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/
01:09:32
April 27, 2020
April Fool's Month: Dumb and Dumber (1994)
This is the part of the episode description where I write some filler sentences so that the film isn't spoiled for everyone. Blah blah blah, yadda yadda. It's a movie review show, so you know we will talk about the actors, director, production, hell-- we might even talk about our impressions of the film.  Now that I feel I have hidden the title behind the ellipses... wanna hear the most annoying sound in the world? WE ARE DOING DUMB AND DUMBER! We also discuss the prequel, Dumb and Dumberer, and sequel, Dumb and Dumber To. We also briefly acknowledge the animated TV show adaptation. The film stars Jim Carrey, during a banner year. In 1994, he had Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, and Dumb and Dumber come out. That success also greatly impacted the filming and budget of this film.  Carrey was insistent on having Jeff Daniels (Blood Work, Newsroom) be his costar. We talk about his acting method and how he got his hair to be almost as crazy as his performance.  How does this film compare to other works by Peter and Bobby Farrelly? Well, don't worry- we'll tell ya! We also pair this film with a horror movie, to stay true to form for the mission statement of the show... whatever the hell that means.  Be sure to stay tuned until the end of the episode to hear Grim Earth's song, Haunted. grimearth.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/
01:04:58
April 20, 2020
April Fool's Month: The Pest (1997)
C'mon, don't spoil the surprise by actually reading the episode description for once. This is where I need to type the metadata so five people will download this episode and keep me from the creeping inevitability of financial destitution.  This week we are reviewing The Pest (1997), starring John Leguizamo (Spawn, Land of the Dead, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar). We rank this film amongst Leguizamo's other works , such as Super Mario Bros. We also go into his acting development and the method he used in voicing Sid the Sloth in the Ice Age franchise. Leguizamo's character unwittingly signs up to be in a manhunt over $50,000. He is in dire need of quick cash to pay off the Scottish Mafia after a failed scam.  He is hunted by co-star, Jeffrey Jones (Beetlejuice, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Sleepy Hollow). We talk about him and all of his criminal woes. In short, he is not the coolest guy ever.  We also talk the differences between MadTV, which Aries Spears, who plays Chubby was on, to Saturday Night Live, which director, Paul Miller, worked on for several seasons.  Miller and writer, David Bar Katz, both have cameos in the film. Can you spot them? This film is a retelling of Richard Connell's The Most Dangerous Game. The film has remarkably poor reviews online, in print, and is probably the sole reason that we have not been contacted by alien beings. The film has some heavy-handed racial humor, which is not for the faint of heart. For those seeking highbrow entertainment, fear not-- there are plenty of fart and vomit jokes too.  The short story has been adapted many times for the silver screen and we compare this film to its contemporaries: The Most Dangerous Game (1932), A Game of Death (1945), Run for the Sun (1956), Bloodlust! (1961), The Suckers (1972), The Woman Hunt (1972), Maneater (1973), Turkey Shoot (1982), Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity (1987), Deadly Prey (1987), Lethal Woman (1988), Deadly Game (1991), Hard Target (1993), Surviving the Game (1994), Mindhunters (2004), Red: Werewolf Hunter (2010), Hounds of Zaroff (2016) The Purge (2013), and The Hunt (2020). We also briefly touch on the new film adaptation coming out featuring Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz.  We also talk about true crime parallels with Robert Hansen and The Zodiac Killer.  Jake does a partial spoken word rendition of Voodoo Mambo, possibly the most shockingly terrible song I've ever heard.  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/
01:08:27
April 13, 2020
April Fool's Month: Bio-Dome (1996)
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/
01:05:39
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/
01:10:11
March 30, 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/
23:27
March 23, 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/
01:08:46
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/
01:27:10
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/
01:40:27
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/
01:42:07
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/
01:38:50
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/
01:48:08
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/
01:43:55
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/
01:41:17
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/
01:26:48
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/
01:30:33
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/
01:41:23
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
01:46:34
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
01:29:18
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
01:51:10
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
02:05:30
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
01:38:37
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
01:53:29
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