It’s hunting season as we check out two movies that explore the deadliest beast on earth. Man. First off we’re kidnapped in our daisy dukes and forced to kill mercenaries in Deadly Prey. Then Gary Busey and Rutger Hauer take us to a cabin in the mountains to see if we can be Surviving The Game. After that we talk about Critters: The New Binge, Planet Of The Apes, and at the end of the show give a spoilerific review of Captain Marvel.
This week we take a look at two films that take horror tropes and turn them on their head in a meta way. First up two vactioning hillbillies are just trying to spruce up their new summer home when a bunch of teenagers start offing themselves all over their property in Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil. After that we take a trip to The Cabin In The Woods to watch some college kids get watched by an evil corporation set to use them as a sacrifice to keep the world from ending. Also we chat Captain Marvel, the merits of having VuDu instead of universal healthcare, and monsters running amok.
This week we get to celebrate Doug’s homeland as we talk hockey. First up Paul Newman leads a rag tag group of hockey misfits in Slap Shot. Then Stifler gets drafted to fight Sabertooth in Goon. After that we take some listener feedback, Goon: Last Of The Enforcers, and The Equalizer 2.
This week we open our toy box and see what our figures have been up to. First up is a trip to the Bodega Bay Inn as we use our psychic powers to find Toulon’s puppets in Puppet Master. After that we go undercover and find demons trying to escape a warehouse via some toys in Demonic Toys. We also talk about the direction of the DCEU, The Haunting Of Hill House, and Cold Skin.
This week we celebrate the pulp heros of yesteryear . . . and one newish one. First up is the Sam Raimi directed, Liam Neeson Starring, and Bruce Campbell cameoing Darkman! After that we get cartoony with the Warren Beatty led Dick Tracy. After that we talk about Abducted In Plain Sight, The Umbrella Academy, and Wind Chill.
This week we’re taking a look at the work of Noah’s first love . . . Reb Brown. First up is his Rambo II inspired rip off Strike Commando. After that he plays a chilled out Steve Rogers who dons the red, white, and blue in Captain America. We also talk about Liam Neeson’s current state of mind, Shakma, and the importance of Mr. Rogers.
This week we honor the late great Dick Miller by talking about two of our favorite movies he was in. First up we watch him try to save the opening day of his riverside resort in Piranha. Then we celebrate the holidays with the Futtermans in Gremlins. We also talk about Horror Noire, Abducted In Plain Sight, if David Schwimmer has a weak chin, and at the end of the episode Bryan and Doug have a spoilery chat about Glass.
We’re back! After a week off we come back with a couple of Hammer films. First up Oliver Reed plays a rich douche who is set to inherit a lot of money until his long thought dead brother returns in Paranoiac. Then we delve into what drives this woman insane in Nightmare. After that we talk some about Glass, Ted Bundy, Spider-Man Into The Spiderverse, and Watchmen.
The sleaze returns to the drive-in! We talk about two women in prison films that star Linda Blair and have HEAT in the title. How is that for a convoluted theme? First up we chat about the weird hot tub in the warden’s office in Chained Heat. Then we talk 1980’s communist politics in Red Heat. After that we chat about the new Spider-Man trailer, Doug goes on a serial killer spree, and Noah reveals the Chained Heat multiverse.
When I went and saw Avengers Infinity War in the theater I remember hearing someone crying when Spider-Man gets turned to dust. While the scene between him and Tony Stark is touching, knowing that there was a new Spider-Man movie coming out kind of nullified any sadness for me.
Now we get to see what Peter Parker is going to be up to once Avengers Endgame rolls its credits. Looks like an overseas class trip is in order. We finally get to see Nick Fury recruit Spider-Man and most importantly we get Mysterio. While it’s not the Bruce Campbell Mysterio we all kind of wanted during the original Spider-Man trilogy this version still looks pretty cool to me. Check out the trailer below.
We are down a host as Doug got another moose tangled up in his internet so we start things off for some reason talking about Patrick Swayze and then transition to talking about people from the Poltergeist films. After that we talk about two Bee movies with The Deadly Bees and then Michael Caine helps us take on The Swarm. We also talk about Mindhunter, Into The Spider-Verse, and complain about all our health issues.
This week we’re celebrating the birthday of The King Of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. First up we look at the completely fictional TV Movie ELVIS directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell as the man in the jump suit himself. After that we finally get into the true adventures of The King by talking about Don Coscarelli film Bubba Ho-Tep starring Bruce Campbell. After that we talk about Bandersnatch, Spiderman: Into The Spider-Verse, and how depressing The Road is.
This week we take to the stars as we talk about one movie that rips off Star Wars and another that was based on the property that inspired Star Wars. First up is the movie that made David Hasselhoff famous. Ok not really but he is in it. It’s Starcrash. After that we go off to fight Ming in Flash Gordon. Also we chat about Blood Simple, The Predator, and how our Christmas was.
For Christmas we got you a double feature of Mark Hamill and John Carpenter working together! First up we talk about John Carpenter’s anthology film Body Bags. After that we get a movie that has Luke Skywalker, Superman, and that lady from Cheers in Village Of The Damned! After that we comment on the chaos at Noah’s house, some movies to watch for Christmas, and troll a list that tries to convince us Rocky IV is a Christmas movie.
Lionsgate gave us an early Christmas present by dropping the new Hellboy trailer today. This reboot of the Del Toro films seems to pick up on a similar tone which makes me wonder why Mignola wanted to start over rather than continue on with Del Toro’s series of films. He promised a darker tone but this seems on the same track. I guess we’ll see in April when the film hits theaters.
This week cats invade the podcast. First up we go for a luxury cruise when a mutant cat sneaks on a rich persons yacht and starts eating everyone in Uninvited. After that we movie into a new house that suddenly gets taken over by cats in Strays. We also chat about musicians birthdays, Leprechaun Returns, and the Arrowverse Elseworlds Crossover.
Have you missed us on Challenged yet? Well Bryan and Amanda got a chance to sit in on an episodes of Couch Pilots and if you are a fan of Amanda’s laugh you’ll get plenty of it this episode.
S16 EP08 “ZERO EFFECT”
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In this episode we are joined by @challengedGN co-hosts Bryan and Amanda and discuss the 2002 pilot “ZERO EFFECT” starring @Alancumming. This episode has tons of laughs and we dive into this failed pilot. Amanda giggles at diarrhea and Bryan hits his marks on Blake’s jokes. Come fly with us and enjoy the show.
This week we go Full Quaid. Luckily it’s full Dennis Quaid otherwise we’d be in big trouble. First up we see him get marooned on a planet with an alien and they have to work out their differences in Enemy Mine. Then we see him get shrunk and injected into Martin Short . . . where they have to work out their differences in Innerspace. After that it’s chatting about The Legend Of Hill House, Christmas Specials, and Hostiles.
Ever since the end of Infinity War we’ve been waiting. Antman and The Wasp gave us a quick glimpse on who could be left to help our heroes but we wanted more. Finally we get a look at what world we’re left with. How our heroes are coping with the loses. Now it looks like they are ready to take that step forward and fix everything. Take a look at the Avengers Endgame trailer.
Title: In an Absent Dream
Author: Seanan McGuire
Reviewer: Carey Gibbons
Genre: Fantasy, Portal Fiction
Suggested Age: Adults, Teens
What is this book about? This is the fourth installment in McGuire’s Wayward Children series of novellas. The beauty of this series though is that you can read the books out of order. While they all connect, it doesn’t matter which order you read them in – with the exception of Beneath the Sugar Sky (read that one after Every Heart a Doorway). This book is the story of Lundy, who we meet as an adult in Every Heart a Doorway. This is the story of how she stumbles through a door into the Goblin Market and learns to ask for nothing because everything has a price – even the answers to questions. And little girls and boys who don’t learn that lesson, well, they might just fly away.
Review: I am completely in love with this series. This fourth installment (out in January of 2019) is not a disappointment. The story of Lundy’s Goblin Market fits with the rest of the series – the stories of children who fall into worlds other than our own and for one reason or another are kicked out. The Goblin Market is like the other worlds we have so far encountered – charming and wondrous at the outset but more complicated and full of traps as the story goes on. McGuire is a master storyteller and with this volume continues a series that is the perfect mix of fairy story and horror story.
Three words that describe this book: Bittersweet, Coming of age, Logical
Give this a try if you like… The original Willy Wonka movie, Labyrinth, Alice in Wonderland