Halloween Scavenger Hunt 2019 – Lauren Gallo

We’re back once again with some alternate viewing pleasures for your Halloween Season. Yes we love our Halloween staples but why not this year find something new to watch and possibly find a new favorite? First up is Lauren Gallo:

1. Hush (2016)

Hush feels like a familiar horror/thriller set up: a remote home in the woods, a serial killer, and the young woman who has become his next victim. The difference here is that our main character is deaf, something the killer quickly learns and likely thinks will make his target an easy kill, but Maddie is anything but. While the premise isn’t new, it is interesting watching the main character portrayed with the inability to hear, as we rarely see Final Girls with perceived disabilities in horror and hopefully this opens the door for more inclusive choices within horror.


  2. Inferno (1980)

With Dario Argento’s second offering in his “Mother of Tears” trilogy, it must be said right off the bat that Inferno is not near the masterpiece it’s predecessor, Suspiria, is. That being said, it’s not awful either and serves as a decent Italian horror flick that continues the supernatural story of three powerful witches, Mater Suspririorum, Mater Tenebrarum, and Mater Lachrymarum, who each do their dark workings behind the scenes from their respective homes in Germany, New York, and Italy. In this installment, an American music student studying in Rome, Mark Elliot, heads to New York after an urgent letter from his sister Rose, who suspects she’s come across one of the infernal Mothers.

While it doesn’t quite live up to SuspiriaInferno still has some beautiful imagery and a good progressive rock score by Keith Emerson, whom Argento chose to score this film as he wanted a different sound for this one than the iconic Goblin score of the previous film. This is a good late-night, popcorn type of watch if you dig Argento’s Mater mythos.

3. It Follows (2014) 

In what is the most literal haunting allegory for one hell of an STD, It Follows follows the story of teenaged Jay, who after a sexual encounter starts being stalked by a strange supernatural force in the form of many different human-looking creatures that only she can see. With the help of her friends, Jay tries to get the bottom of this sinister force, which is apparently like a curse passed on through sex. Starring the talented Maika Monroe, this is a movie where the houses and settings feel so real and not the hyper-stylized homes of other Hollywood films. They look truly lived in, messy, and almost circa the ’80s with little modern updates. The unknown, stalking creeping terror of what follows Jay is well done, with a scene by the beach and in an indoor pool being truly excellent at showing how this force can hurt more than just it’s intended victims.

If you’ve felt a little bored of the classic slasher and have been looking for something that feels fresh and original, give this one a try. Also, don’t have sex, apparently, either.

  4. The Invitation (2015)

Being invited to a dinner party in the LA canyons by your ex-wife and her husband is totally not awkward enough right? So let’s make it worse and add murder. Will and his wife Eden divorced after the tragic accidental death of their young son, and now Eden lives with her new husband David and is hosting a dinner party in which she invites Will, his current girlfriend Kira, and several of their mutual friends plus a few friends of David. What starts as awkward starts to thaw a little, but something has Will feeling a little off and then sliding into paranoia about what’s actually going on. It doesn’t help Eden and David have seemed to find “religion”, and not in a good way, and the party definitely goes tits up when people start dying.

This is a slow burn type of thriller that ratches up the tension incrementally, and makes me hope the LA wellness crowd sticks to yoga and adaptogens, and, you know, not mass murder. 

5. Berlin Syndrome (2017) 

When a holiday fling goes wrong in this film, it goes really, really wrong. Aussie tourist and photojournalist Clare is visiting Berlin where she meets local gym teacher Andi, a seemingly kind, slightly shy man who she keeps running into. What seems like two lonely souls finding comfort in a physical connection goes very wrong when he’s not willing to let Clare go. Not just emotionally either, Andi locks Clare in his apartment and ends up keeping her trapped there, trying to force the relationship to continue. 

This is another one that starts off a bit slow, but then when shit hits the fan (or rather, lock hits the door) the film dives deeper and deeper into the tension of Clare trying to survive her captivity, discovering she was likely not the first girl Andi has kidnapped and then trying to survive his growing dissatisfaction with her that could likely be fatal. All in all, Berlin Syndrome is a good thriller/drama and Teresa Palmer as Clare really sells the loneliness, fragility, and yet also stubborn strength of her character. Moral of the story is, when Nice Guys go bad, they go realllllly bad. 

Lauren Gallo has been a horror fan since family members who would babysit her as a child would leave things like A Nightmare on Elm Street on in the background. A sometimes contributing writer to Geek Nerdery, Lauren now spends a lot of her time on the real-life horror that is riding Bay Area Rapid Transit and relaxing to Bon Appetit Youtube videos.

True Romance & Natural Born Killers

We close out Slater September with a pretty worn out theme. Two movies written by Quentin Tarantino, directed by someone else, and has Tom Sizemore as a cop. How many podcasts have done that theme? First up Christian Slater falls in love only to end up with a bag of cocaine in TRUE ROMANCE. Then we watch Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis go on a murder spree in NATURAL BORN KILLERS. After that we talk about Rambo, Christine, Grindhouse, and we get spoilery about first episode of the new Creepshow series.

Dolan’s Cadillac & Riding The Bullet

For this week of Slater September we chat about two Stephen King adaptations. First off Christian Slater plays a bad guy mobster that gets confronted by the plastic bag kid from AMERICAN BEAUTY in DOLAN’S CADILLAC. After that David Arquette plays a version of death that is . . . well . . . David Arquetty in RIDING THE BULLET. We also talk about Hotel Artemis, Friday The 13th, Terrifier, and Rambo.

Kuffs & If Looks Could Kill

Slater September rolls on with two movies about guys who are too immature to deal with the situation they find themselves in. First up in KUFFS Christian Slater has to take over his slain brother’s security district. He uses this as a way to hunt down his brother’s killer all while breaking the fourth wall. Then we watch Richard Grieco play a high school student (snicker) who gets mistaken as a secret agent and gets mixed up in saving all of Europe in IF LOOKS COULD KILL. Also we talk about Netflix’s Dark Crystal, Blade Runner 2049, In The Flesh, Get Carter, Batman:Hush, and at the end of the episode we throw up a spoiler warning for a very spoilery talk about IT: Chapter 2.

Maria Manic: The Maneater DVD

It’s been a long time since I bought a wrestling DVD but there’s always that rare occasion when I do and this is one of them.

I saw that Smart Mark Video was distributing a best of Maria Manic from her days in H20 Wrestling. I’m familiar with her work in H20. Her match with Mickie Knuckles, and Terra Calaway from Sweet Dreams (2018) was one of my favorite matches from last year. And I’m glad it’s added to this DVD set.

Speaking of this set, it’s two disc with a shoot interview from Maria on disc one with matches, and the matches continue on disc two. You get a lot of content.

All the matches you see listed are briefly talked about, some in great detail. But I enjoyed hearing how she transformed from this blonde Barbie type into the Maneater that we see today. She talks about getting a call from WWE, and her signing with Ring of Honor. That’s just some of the highlights, her interview offers so much more.

I’m pleased with my purchase, and hopefully we get more best of Maria Manic DVDs in the future. Maybe from other promotions, it doesn’t have to have an interview just a collection of matches.

Maria Manic: The Maneater is available on DVD and digital download.

Mindhunter Season 2

So I tested all you listeners to see if you would listen all the way through last episode. Good thing is you all passed and I for sure didn’t forget to put the Mindhunter discussion at the end of the episode. As a reward here is the Mindhunter discussion that is very very spoilerific. Enjoy.

Slater September: Pump Up The Volume & Pirate Radio

It’s Slater September and we’re bringing the most requested Christian Slater Film ever to the first week. We tune in to Happy Harry Hard On’s show and talk about PUMP UP THE VOLUME. After that we time travel back to the 60’s and check out some scandalous rock and roll in PIRATE RADIO. We also discuss Ready Or Not, the new Dave Chappelle stand up special, Dunkirk, and after our outro music we do a spoilery discussion of the new season of Mindhunter.

Bone Daddy & Slow Burn

We close out Hauergust with a very specific theme that was unintentional. First up Rutger Hauer plays a former Medical Examiner who has to team up with a female cop to stop a killer that has returned from his past in BONE DADDY. After that Hauer plays a gynecologist who has to team up with a female cop (played this time by Pam Grier) to stop a killer sort of from his past in SLOW BURN aka WILDER. After that we talk about Cooties, Invader Zim, The Crush, Teen Titans: Judas Contract, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, and Nightmare Cinema.

KILLER BUZZ (FLYING VIRUS) & WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE

We take a bump on the journey that is Hauergust and have to swap out the intended movie OMEGA DOOM with one that we could easily find with WANTED: DEAD OR ALIVE. Rutger Hauer faces off against Gene Simmons in a terrorist cat and mouse game. Also we talk about some killer bees in the jungle (and on a plane) in KILLER BUZZ aka FLYING VIRUS. We also talk about GLOW, SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK, and MONSTER SQUAD.

The Hitcher & Nighthawks

This episode we’re taking a look at two movies where Rutger Hauer plays the bad guy. First up he proves to be a nuisance for a young kid driving through the desert. Then Rutger Hauer is a terrorist that is a nuisance for Sylvester Stallone and Billy Dee Williams in Nighthawks. After that we talk about The Boys, The Sinner, and Freddy VS Jason.

Patrick & The Fury

We travel back to 1978 to look at two films that deal with telekinesis. First up we’re bedridden as we watch PATRICK. Then we get taken to a super secret facility where we wait for Kirk Douglas to break us out in THE FURY. We also talk about the band The Offspring, Crawl, and at the end of the show we get into spoilery talk about season 3 of Stranger Things.

Beastmaster & Lancelot Guardian Of Time

Doug is back and shares his harrowing tales from his vacation. Oh and we talk about Beastmaster which Doug has never seen before. Then we talk about Lancelot Guardian Of Time which Doug wishes he had never seen before. After that we talk some Death of Superman, Reign Of The Supermen, Crawl, and the latest season of Stranger Things.

23min of Ska Covers

You may know these 23min of Ska specials on Geek Nerdery to mainly do holiday-themed shows, but it seems I missed a very important holiday, that is: the birthday of Geek Nerdery head honcho Mr. Bryan “Bitch Pants” Wolford! Here it is, a day late, cuz I suck, but he rules! The songs are unlabeled as to add to the mystery of it’s unpackaging… you know, like a present of something thematical with birthdays…

00:00 – the Cynimatics – Mystery Track 1
02:29 – Half Past Two w/ Evan Whorman – Mystery Track 2
05:21 – the Scotch Bonnets – Mystery Track 3
09:28 – Green Room Rockers – Mystery Track 4
13:21 – SkaTune Network – Mystery Track 5
16:42 – Boom Boom Racoon – Mystery Track 6
19:59 – the Holophonics – Mystery Track 7

Check out more episodes of the 23min of Ska podcast at 23ska.com with a new episode posted every Thursday, as well as home to over 350+ past episodes!

The Giant Claw & Q THe Winged Serpent

This week it’s all about giant creatures from the sky! First up we do some test piloting with The Giant Claw. After that we watch Kane from Kung-Fu and shaft track down a giant flying serpent in Q The Winged Serpent. We also talk about Aquariums, Annabelle Comes Home, and Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

City Of The Living Dead & Nightmare City

We hit up 2 cities that have the worst rating on Zillow we’ve ever seen. First up some psychic shenanigans cause one girl to die, another to cough up her own guts, and for the gates of hell to be opened in City Of The Living Dead. Then infected zombie types run out of a helicopter and start drinking people’s blood in Nightmare City. We also talk about the Ghoulies Franchise, Jeff Goldblum, and have a big spoiler filled discussion about Spider-Man: Far From Home at the end of the show.

Cool Hand Luke & Midnight Express

This week Noah and Doug take a look at a few more prison movies. First up we see how many eggs we can eat in Cool Hand Luke. After that we’re stuck in Midnight Express. Also we chat about eating healthy, The Twilight Zone, The Night Eats The World, and Deep Star Six.

My Holy Grail, Electronic WCW Monday Nitro Arena Found

Everyone has that one piece that is missing from their personal collection. You might have seen it once or twice in the wild or maybe it’s overpriced… For me that was the Electronic WCW Monday Nitro Arena from ToyBiz.

I got this wrestling ring for Christmas back in 2001, if I recall correctly. I remember using it as my main ring for my BCA figs. I just loved the whole look to the stage and if you had a Sting figure you could lower him in the ring.

Like some things from childhood they just disappear, sold at an yard sale, or thrown away. I have no idea what happened to my original ring.

When I started to seriously collect some of my favorite childhood wrestling merch the WCW Monday Nitro Arena was on the top of my list. And when I came searching the price everyone wanted for a complete in box was around $300-$400 and an incomplete or loose ring juggled in price from $100-$150 those online prices was to pricy for me and I didn’t want to hunt around trying to complete it.

While going through my saved searches on eBay and buying WWF Hasbro figs I came across a listing for the Nitro Arena – complete in box for under $200 and I couldn’t pass this opportunity up to have this ring in my collection.

Three weeks later… Thanks to the doofus taking his time shipping it out, I can now put this white whale to rest.

As the listing said, it’s complete in box. The box itself has minor damage but I’m fine with that and it did come with every piece. I’m so happy to have this wrestling ring in my collection, it brings back so many fun memories when I used to play with my figs in the living room.

With all that being said, checkout my unboxing…

The Dead Don’t Die & Only Lovers Left Alive

After an unforeseen family emergency the show this week was almost canceled, but Doug grabs an old familiar friend to site down and talk about two Jim Jarmusch films. First up is the newly released zombie film The Dead Don’t Die. After that we check out what vampires do in Only Lovers Left Alive.

Terrorvision & The Video Dead

This week Noah is out so we are joined again by indie horror filmmaker superstar Tony Wash as we talk about some messed up movies about horror that comes out of TVs. First up we get an alien visitor in Terrorvision. After that zombies chase us down in The Video Dead. After that we talk about Brightburn, Black Mirror, and tell stories about Charles Band. All this and more. To find out more about the movies Tony Wash is involved with visit scotchworthy.com.

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