Category Archives: Movies

The Midnight Drive-In: My Mom Is A Werewolf & My Best Friend Is A Vampire

We decide to take a look into what happens when those closest to us turn into monsters.  We check out My Mom Is A Werewolf and My Best Friend Is A Vampire.  Also we talk about completely selling out to the podcast gods, Insidious 4, and Doug talks some Hammer Horror.

Deadpool 2 Gets A New Release Date

It looks like Marvel’s Merc With A Mouth will be breaking the fourth wall a bit sooner than originally planned. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news Thursday of a not insignificant shake up for Fox’s summer lineup of Marvel properties.

First up is The Merc With A Mouth, Deadpool, announcing that it will be moving UP its release date by two weeks, from June 1st back to May 18th. The new release date will set Deadpool 2 squarely in the middle of an already crowded month of serious box office draws with Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 hitting the screen on May fourth and Solo: A Star Wars Story dropping on May 25th.

In a fairly shocking bit of news, The Channing Tatum lead Gambit has been pushed back from Feb. 14, 2019, to June 7, 2019. It was announced that in the light of Director Gore Vebinski’s recent exit from the long gestating X Flick this late in pre-production has sentscrambling to find a new director, realizing they are going to need a lot more time to turn in a decent movie.

And last, but in my opinion, most upsetting, Josh Boone’s horror themed take on The New Mutant’s is being moved back a whopping 10 months from its scheduled April release. To many this looks as if there may be serious problems with the movie, however, insiders speculate it is to avoid Mutant overlap in overseas markets.

Let us know what you think of these moves in the comments below.

 

The Midnight Drive-In: Robot Jox & Robot Wars

It’s the future and in the future we do everything with Robots!  We’re talking about the Charles Band films Robot Jox and Robot Wars!  Also we chat about Black Mirror, The Blackcoat’s Daughter, and Annabelle: Creation.  Thumbs up fist bump!

Matt The Radar Tech Makes His Way To Star Wars Battlefront II

Its been, objectively, almost a decade since SNL has been at the top of its game, but now that the show is back in the lime light, a popular sketch may be soon considered “canon” in the Star Wars Universe.

Adam Driver appeared in an Undercover Boss sketch as Kylo Ren, infiltrating Star Killer Base to find out what the crew really think of him during his hosting gig last year. The sketch became so popular that now you can take his “Matt the Radar Tech” character into the massively popular Star Wars Battlefront 2.

Star Wars HQ has released footage of the orange vest’ed, blonde haired Kylo Ren as Matt tearing his way through enemies on different maps.

If you want to take Matt into action yourself, you can can get the mod  from GameTSF here, and the Fire Saber one from DeathsStrokeYT at this link. Check out the reveal video below.

 

The Midnight Drive-In: Santa’s Slay & Better Watch Out

Merry Christmas!  If you’re reading this then you got super sick of your family and their bullshit and decided to put in your earbuds and be whisked away to The Midnight Drive-In where there are plenty of Ho Ho Ho’s and the eggnog has been swapped out for straight whiskey.  For your Christmas enjoyment we’re talking about two holiday themed movies with Santa’s Slay starring Goooooooldberg, and the new release Better Watch Out.

Also we chat about some other things we watched like How To Build A Time Machine, Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders, get some feedback for The Last Horrorcast, and at the end of the show Noah gets challenged to a bet that is really just a lose/lose situation.

The Midnight Drive-In: Jack Frost & Jack Frost 2

We’re kicking off the Christmas season with two movies about killer snowmen.  Well really they are one franchise about killer snowmen.  We talk about Jack Frost and Jack Frost 2.  Also Noah tells us how he gets into nerd arguments with strangers, we talk about Super Dark Times, The Punisher, and the news of Disney buying 21st Century Fox.

Geek Nerdery: The Last Jedi

I’m joined by both of my co-horts from The Midnight Drive-In as we relish in our geek love for Star Wars in talking about The Last Jedi.  This entire conversation is a spoiler review so be warned before turning on the podcast.

Music provided by The Fantastic Plastics.

The Midnight Drive-In: Tromeo & Juliette And Hardware

This week we’re looking at two films that have a cameo by the Almighty Lemmy.  First up is the James Gunn penned Troma film Tromeo & Julliette.  After that we check out the 1990 sci fi horror film Hardware.  After some listener mail we get into some other stuff we’ve watch such as Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, Noah watched the entire SAW franchise, the 30 For 30 documentary on Ric Flair, and Joe Lynch’s new film Mayhem.  Then at the end for no real reason we make fun of The Flat Earth Society.

Avengers: Infinity War Trailer Is Here!

It’s here.  The movie Marvel fans have been waiting for since the mid credits scene in the first Avengers movie is finally coming in May 2018.  Avengers: Infinity War marks the end of what Marvel has been working towards for the last 10 years since Nick Fury waked out of the darkness and told Tony Stark he wanted to talk to him about the Avengers Initiative.

Whether you are over the superhero boom, was never into it, or are still in love with it as I am since 2000’s X-Men, you have to appreciate Marvel’s commitment to making this cinematic universe play out like it has.  Rumors are we may be saying goodbye to some of our favorite heroes.  My guess is that won’t happen until Avengers 4 in 2019.

Reports seem to be Marvel may forgo the serialized format for more stand alone films heading out of 2019 but I wouldn’t count on that as fact.  I’m sure Marvel has plenty of surprises up their sleeve.  I’m still holding on for a Slapstick/Sleepwalker crossover.

Geek Nerdery Podcast: Justice League

My co-host from The Midnight Drive-In Podcast Noah drops in and we sit down to talk some Justice League.  What’s good?  What’s bad?  What just all around doesn’t make sense?  After that we do talk some comics.  There is a spoiler section so feel free to listen until the spoiler warning goes up if you are wanted to avoid spoilers.

Music provided by The Fantastic Plastics.

The Midnight Drive-In: Freaked & Street Trash

This week we’re talking about 2 movies we put on our list but really have no recollection of why we teamed them up.  The only thing we can guess is that they both have mutants in them?  So we’re talking about Freaked and Street Trash.  After that we go into some discussions of Spielberg, Thankskilling, Gremlins, Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, The Great Outdoors, Nightkill, RAW, and The Punisher.

The Midnight Drive-In: The Punisher (1989) & Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

With the release of the Punisher series on Netflix we figured it was a good time to go back to The Punisher’s cinematic roots.  In addition it’s always a good time to go back and check out the 1990 cinematic version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Turns out these movies have a lot more in common than we thought.  Since listener Allen asks the hard questions we also find out who is everyone’s favorite turtle is.  We also talk about Baywatch, Robert Kirkman’s Secret History Of Comics, Event Horizon, and Colossal.

Thor: Ragnarok is the Best ’80s Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movie of 2017

As a child of the NES and Aqua Net generation, I cut my cinematic teeth on the movies from Cannon Films and Orion Pictures like Masters of the Universe and Robocop. It’s my firm belief that the best action movies truly came from the 1980s. Certainly, they aren’t high brow or even have intelligent or coherent plot logic in many cases, but they were fun. So why am I mentioning these film studios and this rad decade when talking about Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel’s latest cinematic universe release?

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The Midnight Drive-In: The Wizard & Little Monsters

You’re not going to believe this but we actually dive pretty deep into The Wizard and Little Monsters.  sure there is some nostalgia in there but we talk about the themes of loss, divorce, mental illness, and the love of siblings.  We weren’t expecting it either.  After that we chat about other stuff we watched like The Devil’s Candy, Summer Of Fear, The Babysitter, and 1922.

The Midnight Drive-In: Daddy’s Deadly Darling (aka PIGS) & Razorback

This week we’re talking about pork movies with Daddy’s Deadly Darling (aka PIGS) and Razorback! We weirdly start off the show talking about Kevin Spacey that then goes to Victor Silva and Corey Feldman.  After all that we actually have some listener mail, talk about such things as Happy Death Day (yes again), Stranger Things 2, and Jigsaw.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt – Rachel Shatto

Halloween is here tomorrow and this is our last Halloween Scavenger Hunt list.  I hope you’ve found something new and interesting to watch during your Halloween viewing because of these lists.  And doing this project has actually inspired a bigger project that is somewhat similar.  Keep your eyes peeled.  Now here is our list from Rachel Shatto!  She’s a podcast guru and a sometimes writer right here at Geek Nerdery.  Enjoy and Happy Halloween.

1. Absentia (2011) – This is the movie that made me a Mike Flanagan fan. Although he has since gone on to make a handful of consistently creepy films like Occulus, Hush, and most recently Gerald’s Game, it’s his first film, Absentia that really worked its way under my skin. The film follows two sisters, one who is finally ready to declare her missing husband dead in absentia and another who has attracted the interest of a creature lurking in a nearby tunnel. A pervading sense of dread, unique mythology, and unforgettable ending make this one to add to your October viewing list.

2. Love Object (2003) – I randomly stumbled onto Love Object while flipping through the channels late one night. It’s about a lonely man who is convinced his life-size sex doll is murdering people. With a description like that, how could I not watch it? I was expecting a low budget B-movie, but what I got was so much better. What could easily just be an absurd premise actually turns into alternately tragic, disturbing, and darkly funny psychological horror film, thanks to a chilling central performance by Desmond Harrington. I suggest pairing this with Pin for a double feature of… umm… anatomically correct killer doll movies.

3. Baby Blood (1990) – If you like your horror splattery and strange, find yourself an unrated copy of Baby Blood (aka The Evil Within). This movie is about a woman whose unborn baby has been taken over by a primordial creature that telepathically demands that she feed him blood so that he can be born, return to the sea, and take the world back from mankind. It’s all very Lovecraftian, but with loads more gore and nudity. It’s a French language film but I recommend the dubbed version so that you can enjoy the voice acting talents of Gary Oldman who inexplicably lends his voice to the killer fetus.

4. The Whisperer in Darkness (2011) – I adore Lovecraft and the universe he created (minus the racism, antisemitism, and xenophobia obviously). Unfortunately, most of the films based on his works are less thrilling. That’s not the case with The Whisperer in Darkness, which was produced by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society and, as result, you can feel the absolute love and passion for the source material in every frame. The film is based on the story by the same name and is a largely faithful retelling, but with an extended third act (because Lovecraft, despite all his talent for creating eldritch horrors of cyclopean proportions, often had trouble sticking the landing). Anyway… this film, which was shot in “mythoscope” to invoke the look and feel of a ’30 era film, is just so much fun for fans of Lovecraft, classic sci-fi, and horror. I can’t recommend it enough.

5. Resolution (2012) – I love horror that doesn’t sacrifice character development, I love mysteries, and I love films that I’m still mentally unpacking for days after the credits roll. Resolution ticks all those boxes and then some. It’s about two friends, one of whom has spiraled into drug addiction and psychosis and another who, in a last ditch attempt to help his friend get clean, comes up with the brilliant idea to just chain him to the wall for a week so he’ll detox. So, yeah, that’s a bad plan, but what he’s also not counting on is that the cabin they are holed up in is located right he middle of a metaphysical nightmare. This film wouldn’t work so well if the fraying friendship at its core didn’t feel so authentic or if the breadcrumb trail of clues left for them weren’t so intriguing.

Rachel Shatto is a culture and sex writer for Elite Daily, life-long horror fanatic, and co-host of several podcasts including The Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast, Cold Case Cinema, and The Cast of Ka.

The Midnight Drive-In – Dark Night Of the Scarecrow & Satan’s Little Helper

We go completely off the rails at the beginning of the show as Noah brings up a John Wayne Bobbat reference and Bryan tries to find a more current reference to take it’s place.  After that we talk some horror films that take place on Halloween Night with Dark Night Of The Scarecrow and Satan’s Little Helper.  After that we talk some Happy Death Day, Better Watch Out, and a double feature of Night Of The Creeps and Slither.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt – Cati Glidewell

We’re back with another list of movies you SHOULD be watching this Halloween season.  For this one I hit up a relatively new friend Cati Glidewell who has been writing here on Geek Nerdery along with her own site The Blonde In Front.  Here are some cool choices for this weekend to check out. 

Dead of Night (1945) – An anthology tale of travelers stuck in the same country estate and how the supernatural has impacted their lives and how they seem to be reliving this tale over and over. Amazing production design, directing and acting that seems to have influenced films such as Groundhog Day and Magic, this film is at the top of my list and highly recommend seeing this on the big screen if you get a chance.

Eden Lake (2008) – A romantic getaway that goes horribly wrong, this film may influence both staycations and birth control. The ending leaves an impact and when traveling always remember, local law is something to beware. Michael Fassbender, in one of his first starring roles, along with my favorite performance by Kelly Reilly, this a film to watch before you take a road trip with your significant other.
Piranha (1978) – I remember the feeling watching this for the first time as a child on one of those late Friday fright night shows. After viewing this film once, I would no longer go in water that wasn’t clear. Even if you don’t see the full carnage, it is the blood and aftermath that will leave you realing. Released at a time films were depicting  unbelievable creatures wreaking havoc on unsuspecting communities, this is the one that has a scene that STILL has an impact and gives me nightmares.
The Loved Ones (2009) – When a classmate asks Brent to the prom, his rejection to her comes at a hefty price of sadistic, twisted pain that never seems to end. One might think this is a revenge film and that Brent deserves what he is given but NO ONE deserves the acts that are plagued upon this poor kid. A lesson in the monsters children become when they get everything they want.
The Hitcher (1986) – C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Rutger Hauer, of COURSE this is on my list. If you were ever warned not to pick up hitchhikers, THIS is the visual aid to go along with that. Howell plays a guy earning money by driving a car cross country. When he picks up a hitchhiker, Hauer, to keep him awake and help a fellow traveler in need, you realize quickly why you should heed that warning about hitchhikers. Hauer is the key to this psychological, carnage filled cat and mouse game that keeps you on your toes. Believe me, watch this instead of the 2007 version because Sean Bean doesn’t hold a flame to Hauer’s charisma.
Cati Glidewell is a Chicago based film critic, actress and lifelong cinefile who has a voracious appetite for watching films and partaking in films. You can see her reviews and antics at The Blonde in Front and watch her film debut this year playing Helen in Irrational Fear.

Halloween Scavenger Hunt – John Borowski

Today’s list comes from the awesome filmmaker John Borowski!  John taps into something I’ve been obsessed with for years.  Serial Killers.  What makes them do it?  Why?  When?  John covers all this. He probably won’t remember but I met John the first time at a horror convention years ago.  I saw he made HH Holmes and Albert Fish movies.  I was big on the Albert Fish story at the time so I immediately bought them up.  Since then when I see him at a convention I try to at least stop by and say hi.  Everyone should check out his work and also check out the movies on his list this week.

The horror movies on my list are from the 70’s and 80’s, which is a time period of cinema that reached its crescendo of exceptionally made films which pushed the cinematic boundaries of the groundwork laid by their predecessors.

10 RILLINGTON PLACE (1971) – An exceptional movie based on the true story of the U.K. serial killer John Christie. Having made films on serial killers, I can appreciate a great serial killer movie and this is my favorite. The atmosphere of this movie really places you inside the building where Christie murdered his victims. I find this movie absolutely terrified especially because it was based on a true story. John Hurt gives a great performance as the victim who inadvertently caused the abolishment of the death penalty in the U.K.

SISTERS (1972) – An early Brian De Palma movie, Sisters is one of my favorites of his works. Taking nods from Freaks and Psycho, De Palma creates a terrifying masterpiece of suspense with shock with Sisters.

THE CHANGELING (1980) – The Changeling starring George C. Scott is my favorite ghost story movie ever.  Everything about this movie is compelling. Best of all, it is the best made ghost movie ever. It doesn’t resort to cheap thrills, but rather exceptional storytelling. The use of sound is fantastic. The story unravels slowly and effectively. Creepy as hell!

IN A GLASS CAGE (1986) – When I first watched In A Glass Cage, I was so shocked and horrified that I did not pause the movie or get up from the couch for the entire time. Frightening and shocking in a true-life way, this movie is one a viewer will never forget.

RAWHEAD REX (1986) – From the genius imagination of author Clive Barker, Rawhead Rex is one of my favorite monster movies. Brutal and terrifying, this movie also has great makeup effects.

John Borowski is an award winning independent filmmaker and author whose film works have garnered international acclaim and are distributed internationally on dvd, television, and streaming. Borowski’s “historical horror” trilogy of documentary films focus on late nineteenth and early twentieth century serial killers. His latest book, Dahmer’s Confession, is available for pre-order.

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The Midnight Drive-In: Deranged & Three On A Meathook

This week we’re talking about some movies that take their inspiration from real life serial killer Ed Gein.  First up is the 1974 film Deranged.  Up until the self titled film Ed Gein was released Deranged was lauded as being the closest telling of the Ed Gein story.  We then follow that up with the 1972 film Three On A Meathook.  This movie has lots of nudity and musical interludes.  What’s not to like?  Well, you’ll find out.

Then we get into other stuff we’ve been watching.  Discussed is Brain Damage, Happy Death Day, and Friday The 13th.  This then gets us into a discussion of why VS movies didn’t take off after 2003’s Freddy Vs. Jason.  After we reveal what next episodes movies are we then get into a discussion about why made for TV movies aren’t a thing anymore.