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grab bag: Deadly Trilogy of Hell (click to listen)

In this grab bag episode Nick and Harry discuss Hell House LLC (2015), Trilogy of Terror (1975), Fragment of an Empire (1929), and suprise hit The Deadly Spawn (1983).

Originally released on August 10th, 2018

 

 

Lupino's Lens (click to listen)I

In this episode we study the films of Ida Lupino, the first woman to direct movies within the 1950’s Hollywood system. We discuss both the ahead of its time feminism and decade representative conservatism that make up her work.

Originally released on July 31st, 2018

Chapter 1: Mardis Gras (3:35)

Chapter 2: Ida on the issues (11:50)

Chapter 3: Morality Plays (48:06)


 

The plodding...the plodding...the plodding... (click to listen)

Get out the pálinka, the paprika, and the patience as we discuss long-take auteur Béla Tarr's 7 hour study of spiders, muddy walks, and tango, tango, tango!

Originally released on June 29th, 2018

Chapter 1: The Act of Translation

Chapter 2: No Exit

Chapter 3: Manley Pointer

Chapter 4: My name is Tango!


 

Roeg's Psychedelia (click to listen) 

We are fairly split in our discussion of British cinematographer turned director Nicolas Roeg, prompting the first official “cinematic showdown.” Listen as we debate and discuss some early seventies psychedelia and decide for yourself.

Originally released on May 30th, 2018

Chapter 1: Performance (3:50)

Chapter 2: Walkabout (37:15)

Chapter 3: Don't Look Now (57:40)

Chapter 4: The Man Who Fell To Earth (1:19:20)


 

soundbites: Unchained Melody (click to listen)

In this episode of “soundbites” Nick covers the cinematic origins of an American soul standard, from Chino state prison to Demi Moore’s pottery wheel. 

Originally released on May 15, 2018


 

 

Liquid Sky, the key to heaven (click to listen)

In this episode we discuss the 1982 cult classic Liquid Sky. A hip New Wave masterpiece, drenched in neon, pulsing to the sound of wild synth beats and ripe with social criticism, literary depth and aesthetic perfection.

Originally released on April 27th, 2018

Chapter 1: Me and My Rhythm Box (1:55)

Chapter 2: Infrared and Neon (10:00)

Chapter 3: Pleasure Victim (27:00)

Chapter 4: Napoleon in Rags (42:00)


 

soundbites: Roy Orbison in the films of David Lynch (click to listen)

In this episode of "soundbites" Harry discusses how David Lynch uses the music of Roy Orbison to great effect. Spoilers for Blue Velvet and Mulholland Dr.

Originally released on April 15th, 2018

 

 

Ealing (click to listen)

Across the pond, to Ealing street, to discuss the little London studio that could. We explore vignette horror, whiskey parties, cockney pride, and the failed heist hijinks of young Alec Guinness. 

Originally released on March 31st, 2018

Prologue/Chapter 1: Ealing Green (1:38)

Chapter 2: The Structure of the Universe (10:00)

Chapter 3: Rationing Sucks (31:36)

Chapter 4: Genuine Class (54:10)


 

Van Peeble’s Baadasssss Song (click to listen)

In this episode we explore the first three films of revolutionary black filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, from his French period, through his contentious Hollywood days, and finally to his infamous portrayal of a mythical male prostitute on the run. 

Originally released on February 28th, 2017

 

Chapter 1: Man in the Mirror (1:31)

Chapter 2: There Goes the Neighborhood (19:40)

Chapter 3: Name Your Weapons (34:53)

Chapter 4: Leroy (52:00)


 

soundbites: Foul Owl (click to listen)

We're launching a new inter-series feature called soundbites, in which Harry and I take turns making individual, essay-format episodes about music and sound curiosities from film history. We hope these tidbits tide you over between the big discussion episodes we produce monthly. 

In this first episode of "soundbites" Nick discusses an odd rock knockoff that arose out of Sidney Poitier's famous detective film In the Heat of the Night (1967). 

released on February 14th, 2018

 

 

El Diablo Mexicano (click to listen)

In this episode we head down south... to HELL! As we discuss Mexican Satanic Horror Movies. We discuss the campy holiday kids' movie Santa Clause (1959), the horror b-movie disaster Curse of the Doll People(1961), 70's nunsploitation films Satanitco Pandemonium (1975) and Alucarda (1977), and modern day sexual satanic thriller Here Comes The Devil (2013), all in our quest to discover what makes Satan's grasp so damn appealing.

 

 

The Arctic (click to listen)

In celebration of winter we explore films of The Arctic, specifically those which portray the native peoples of that region, from Nanook of the North, through the unfortunately short career of Alaskan actor Ray Mala, to the films of Iñuk director Zacharias Kunuk. 

released on December 28, 2017

Chapter 1: Allakariallak (7:39)

Chapter 2: Agnasquiac (23:26)

Chapter 3: Atanarjuat (45:45)

Chapter 4: Ethan (1:18:08)


 

How do you watch Burst City? (click to listen)

A seminal Japanese punk film entertains and then annoys us, calling into question our strictly attentive approach to film-viewing. We investigate the film's component parts in a brief survey of experimental film, cyberpunk, and early music video aesthetics, and try to imagine scenarios and spaces where Burst City (1982) would best fit. 

released on December 2nd, 2017

Chapter 1: How do you watch Experimental Film? (2:35)

Chapter 2: Cyberpunk vs. Japanese Cyberpunk (13:55)

Chapter 3: How do you watch Burst City? (20:11)


 

Slashers part 3: an American genre (1979-1989) (click to listen)

The third part of our three-part extensive history and analysis of the Slasher genre. In this episode we examine the mood of the eighties, spend a long night in the woods, have a few nightmares, and finally cull the good from the bad. 

released on October 30th, 2017

Chapter 1: What's Your Damage? (4:00)

Chapter 2: A Long Night at Camp Blood (16:38)

Chapter 3: Beyond the Wall of Sleep (1:18:20)

Chapter 4: The Good, the Bad, and the Ok (1:29:03)


 

Slashers part 2: the turning point (1974-1978) (click to listen)

The second part of our three-part extensive history and analysis of the Slasher genre. In this episode we start with the apocalyptic carnage of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), journey through Black Christmas (1974), the first true slasher, and several other "madonna theory" films, stop in with Wes Craven's cannibal family in The Hills Have Eyes (1977)and finally arrive at John Carpenter's genre defining slasher masterpiece Halloween (1978.) 

released on October 5th, 2017

Chapter 1: Head Cheese (6:38)

Chapter 2: The Madonna (33:58)

Chapter 3: Sawney Bean (1:36:41)

Chapter 4: Haddonfield (1:53:40)


 

Slashers part 1: prototypes (1200 BC - 1973) (click to listen) 

The first part of our three-part extensive history and analysis of the Slasher genre. In this episode we start all the way back in the BC’s with Greek and Shakespearian tragedy, work through the melodramatic pre-code “old dark house” films, foray into the dark avenues of the psyche in the mid-sixties “psycho” subgenre, and finally hop across the Atlantic to bask in the lush violence of Italian Giallos.

released on September 21st, 2017

Chapter 1: Theater of Blood (2:57)

Chapter 2: Old Dark Houses (20:28)

Chapter 3: Psychos (46:50)

Chapter 4: Giallos (1:16:18)


 

The Many Nested Stories of Saragossa (click to listen) 

In this episode we go six layers deep discussing stories within stories from Wojciech Has’ 1965 epic The Saragossa Manuscript.

released on August 25th, 2017

 

 

Osterns (click to listen)

We go full oblivion on this episode as we delve into the little known world of Osterns; Soviet Westerns from the 60's and 70's. Not only do we discuss this underappreciated genre and its history, but we also review a total of SEVEN movies! We cover The Firey Miles (1957), White Sun of the Desert (1970), The Elusive Avengers (1966), The Bodyguard (1979), At Home Among Strangers (1974), The Sixth (1982), and Dauriya (1972). Strap in for this two hour episode full of Bolsheviks, Cossacks and Eurasian nomads!

released on August 11th, 2017

 

 

Kabuki Masks (click to listen)

Everything is some kind of metaphor as we talk about existential thriller Hell High (1989), silly Japanese ghost movie Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare (1968), American classic western Stagecoach (1939), and stylistic Italian slasher StageFright: Aquarius (1987)

released on July 28th, 2017

 

 

Muscle Monsters (click to listen)

We get all pornographic in this one discussing the Japanese erotic thriller Muscle (1989), the french art porno La Bête (1975) , as well as some more standard fare such as the 80’s horror movie I, Madman (1989) and the heartfelt sci-fi classic Silent Running (1972).

released on July 12th, 2017

 

 

The Eyes of my MechaWraith (click to listen)

In this episode we discuss the mind-numbingly boring Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), the devastating and nerve-wracking The Eyes Of My Mother (2016), the silly and quintessentially 80’s movie The Wraith (1986), and our new favorite independent comedy Dude Bro Party Massacre III (2015)

released on July 12th, 2017

 

 

Classic Episode: Mandy Lane's long lonely summer... (click to listen)

In this episode we focus in detail on the wildly under-appreciated teen slasher All The Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006/2013), and try to decipher why we find it so haunting and nostalgic. 

originally recorded in June of 2013