Who loves props? We do. That’s why this episode we’re celebrating prop maker Michael W. Moore. We’ll be talking about 2 of our favorite films of his Critters 2 and Leprechaun 2. So sit back and let’s talk some wrought iron, critterballs, and motorboating a lawnmower. Also we come with our own sequel to the Leprechaun franchise called Leprechauns. It’s pretty great. Also we chat some Brawl In Cell Block 99, Slasher, and Fargo.
For some reason it was decided we should watch Critters and Leprechaun for this week’s show. The only reason Doug gave was “Little things eating people.” Seemed like a good enough excuse to me. Other things we talked about were Mom & Dad, Slasher, and Coffy. We also ramble a lot in this episode. Enjoy.
Work commitments kept us from recording a new Midnight Drive-In this week so we decided to dust off a classic episode of The Last Horrorcast and drop it in for a nostalgic look back before Bryan and Noah were on the show. Enjoy.
Grab a blanket and some hot chocolate. This week we are discussing a couple winter horror films. Despite some major technical issues during recording, we managed to actually record few thoughts on Frozen (2010) and We Are Still Here (2015).
We had a lot of fan mail this week, as well as some updates on our ongoing contest. Be sure to listen for the update.
Welcome to a long episode. Why? Well we start off the show with Noah asking who is the best Muppet and devolve into the politics of gay unions on Sesame Street. We finally do talk about some Motel Horror with Eaten Alive and Motel Hell. After that we chat about A Nightmare On Elm Street, Return Of The Living Dead, and some SNL with I Am Chris Farley. Also a listener email brings a secret about the show to the foreground that not everyone may know.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
John Borowski, producer/filmmaker
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.
What will you be watching Halloween night? Each year I put together a list of movies I will be viewing and here’s my lineup… I will be ending the night with WCW Halloween Havoc 97.
WNUF Halloween Special
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
Halloween Havoc (1997)
Hey there Screamers (stolen from Patrick’s fantastic podcast Scream Queenz) we’re back for another Halloween Scavenger Hunt. Being in the horror podcasting game for way too long you make a lot of friends with your listeners. Then those listeners go off to make their own podcasts and you hardly ever hear from them again. Patrick went from being a listener to starting his own podcast but never stopped being an awesome friend. He’s proof you can always elevate the genre if you find your audience. He has and it’s been great watching him surpass all of old horror podcasters.
MURDER PARTY – On Halloween Night, a bumbling oaf finds a random invitation to a “murder” blowing in the wind. Having nothing better to do, he accepts and finds himself captive of a gang on deranged artists who plan on using his death to fuel their next big project.
This week at the drive in we’re talking some Lovecraft by way of Stuart Gordon. We talk about Castle Freak and Dagon. After that we talk some Blade Runner 2049, Kingsman, Amityville: The Awakening, and Noah’s love for the Toxic Avenger.
Another list from a good friend of mine. I met Jay a few years ago at an IndieHorror.TV event. We rented some cabins up at a campsite in Wisconsin. As I made the rounds introducing myself to people I hadn’t met yet Jay informed me that she made the trip from Africa. My response was “Whaaaaaattttttt????” Turns out she is a Foreign Service Officer working abroad. But it still was shocking. She’s one of the biggest horror fans I know. Hope you find something fun here.
1. Joshua (2007) – Not enough humans have seen this film, even though it features Sam Rockwell, Vera Farmiga, and Michael McKean (in a serious role with one devastatingly hilarious line of dialogue). The movie combines one of my favorite tropes (evil kid) with one of my least favorite tropes (crazy mom), and still makes me oh so very happy. It’s about a brilliant, sociopathic child who ruthlessly bends his environment to his will. It’s also about post-partum depression (I guess?) and mixed marriages involving religiously devout grandparents who mess shit up for their kids. It’s not as gory and violent as many wonderful horror movies, but it will make your soul creep.
2. Kidnapped (2010, Spain) – If you’re a fan of Funny Games (2008), or, even better, Funny Games (1997), you might be one of those twisted people who need to see this movie. You won’t enjoy it, probably, but it will earn your respect. It’s a nasty Spanish-language portrayal of a home invasion, and the unflinching depiction of realistic violence can be hard to watch. I’m a gorehound, and I find this film unsettling. The New York Times called this film nihilistic and “gruesome tit-for-tat torture porn” – well, yeah, that’s why it’s good. Have fun, kids.
3. Seconds (1966) – Technically science fiction, but that ending! The plot is your basic Faustian deal with the devil, with Rock Hudson portraying the doomed rich man who believes that he’s entitled to anything money can buy, including eternal youth and a new hot body that used to belong to someone else. It’s like a mean-spirited Twilight Zone episode, and the surgery scene isn’t all special effects – some of it’s from footage of a real plastic surgery procedure. The gross-out factor is very high. If you appreciate B&W films and a whole lot of irony, you’ll enjoy this one.
4. Them! (2006, France/Romania) – First, let me be clear: This movie is not very good. It’s about a French couple living in Romania (the wife’s a French teacher there) who are terrorized by home invaders. But what it’s really about is how fricking scared France is of Eastern Europeans. “Romanian street children will target and kill you; also, they’re all Gypsies, and Gypsies are the last minority on the planet that it’s cool to stereotype like crazy on film, because no one actually knows any Gypsies in person so we can all safely believe that Gypsies are subhuman monsters… it’s us against them, and GYPSIES ARE ‘THEM’!” No, seriously, this is literally what the movie is about. That said, it’s quick, tight, tense, well-acted, and often terrifying. I used to live in Romania, and I found the film both fascinating and infuriating. I’m listing it here because I’m curious to hear what others think of it.
5. A Distant Thunder (1978) – As a result of some childhood trauma, I have a secret fondness for the niche genre of evangelism porn. A Distant Thunder is a Christian propaganda movie shot on a budget of $60,000 for the sole purpose of scaring little kids so badly at Vacation Bible School that they’ll be willing to make a public declaration of faith and ask Jesus into their hearts. It is the single most frightening movie I’ve ever seen, mostly because I was nine or ten when I was duped into watching it. It’s also terrible. I strongly recommend that you watch it with a bunch of friends who survived deeply religious upbringings, and with a lot of alcohol.
Jay Sorensen is a Foreign Service Officer currently serving in Liberia. A horror movie fan since childhood, she is proud of her complete collection of Fangoria magazines, which she carts around the world with her even though she’s 47 now. She’s an avid supporter of indie films and first became a producer in 2011. She encourages you to check out Adrian Tofei’s upcoming film We Put the World to Sleep, which is currently seeking investors; the Slasher Studios website, for great reviews and fun horror dvds; and Reel Splatter’s upcoming masterpiece, I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday (2017).
King fans were super excited to finally get an actual trailer for the upcoming Castle Rock show on Hulu. Do we have any idea what it’s going to be about? No. Are we any less excited? No. It’s full of King references we’re excited to see pay off in a weekly series and I personally and wishing the year would hurry up so we can get into 2018 and get closer to the premiere.
While we wait I have constructed a list below that makes it so we can sort of create our own Castle Rock universe with movies that are already available. You’ve probably seen them all but may not have noticed that they are all actually connected accidentally just by adapting the source material that is connected. So here is your list in viewing order. And spoiler alert I’ll be giving a quick synopsis of the movies and also how it’s connected to the rest in the list and possibly the books they are based on. Just be warned.
Stand By Me (1986)
One of the more sentimental Stephen King movies. A group of boys go to find a dead body of one of their classmates and along the way each comes to terms with their place in the world.
This movie sort of sets the stage. It’s summer in 1959 so we get to see a more quaint version of Castle Rock. The town is only really our starting point and stopping point but all of our characters live there. There’s not much crossover here for our movie universe other than this happened in our main setting for this viewing session. In the book Kiefer Sutherland’s character Ace Merrill actually plays a big part in the book NEEDFUL THINGS as he gets out of jail and returns to Castle Rock just as things are starting to break down in Castle Rock. But we’ll get to that in a bit.
The Dead Zone (1983)
One of my favorites on the list. After getting into a car crash and being in a coma for 5 years Johnny Smith finds out he has a gift. If he touches you he can see your future. Good or bad. Once he shakes the hand of Greg Stillson he sees a future filled with death. What can he do to stop it?
Here we start to see the dark side of Castle Rock. For part of the first half of the movie we see that a serial killer is stalking the streets attacking women. Sheriff Bannerman (played awesomely by Tom Skerritt) is at the end of his rope trying to find the killer so he turns to Johnny to see what he can find. They find their killer and from there Johnny moves on to stop nuclear armageddon. This section of the film though will feature heavily in our next movie.
Cujo (1983) –
Simple concept. A woman and her son are trapped in their car at a lonesome farm by a rabid Saint Bernard.
Again we’re present in Castle Rock. Here we find a pretty simple story. Woman in the car with the dog right? Well here’s where our connections come in. In the beginning of the movie Tad is afraid of the monster in his closet. In the book that monster he’s afraid of is the boogeyman that the serial killer from The Dead Zone had become around town. People whispered about it and Frank Dodd has become sort of an urban legend around town. So Tad is afraid of the killer from The Dead Zone. And later in the book it’s sort of just thrown around (not seriously but Tad sort of thinks about it while trapped) that the evil that possessed Frank Dodd has now gone into Cujo.
The other big connection we have is that the sheriff that ends up out at the farm is none other than our friend Sheriff Bannerman (not awesomely played by Tom Skerritt).
The Dark Half (1993)
Thad Beaumont is a successful writer who’s pen name has just been outed. He decides to publicly kill off his alter ego rather than paying a blackmailer. Bad news is his alter ego doesn’t want to be dead.
In this George Romero directed movie Michael Rooker plays the sheriff Alan Pangborn (who is supposed to be a main character in the new Castle Rock series). He’s Bannerman’s replacement. He’s now in charge of the strange things that happen around Castle Rock. Also we meet his deputy briefly Norris Ridgewick.
Needful Things (1993)
A new shop opens up in Castle Rock. It claims to be able to give you whatever you desire . . . for a price.
Max Von Sydow plays the devil and has shown up to reek havoc in Castle Rock. This time out our main character is Sheriff Alan Pangborn (this time played by Ed Harris). He tries to keep Castle Rock from destroying itself but it’s a hard task. Helping him is his trusty deputy Norris Ridgewick. In the book we actually visit a lot of the famous locations from these previous movies/stories. Some old characters come back. Ace Merrill plays a big part.
So there you have it. That’s your cinematic journey through Castle Rock. I will say you could also do The Shawshank Redemption but it doesn’t feature in our journey here. It does seem that it will play a part in the new Hulu series.