Horror

No, No, Wait! Hear Me Out!: The Return of the Living Dead

June 27, 2017

Tommy Handsome is back with his take on Dan O’Bannon’s 1985 zombie romp, The Return of the Living Dead. And before you hang up the podcast machine, wait, wait! Hear him out! This film brings some surprising horror chops in spite of the camp legacy in its wake starting with director O’Bannon himself

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The Blob

September 27, 2013

It was the genius mind of producer Jack Harris who saw potential in combining two popular 50s genres — the horror sci-fi films and the teen delinquency films — when he got Irvin Yeaworth to direct 1958s “The Blob.” There were plenty of low budget midnight movies being churned out then, but somehow this one ended up hitting the winning streak by getting picked up by Paramount and distributed across the country, making a name for its star, Steve McQueen, in the process. Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we talk about this 50s sci-fi/horror/teen drive-in classic this week. We talk about the nature of looking at films like this and how they work — or don’t work — through modern eyes.

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The Descent

October 26, 2012

These aren’t words you want to hear when you’re stuck on a spelunking trip, particularly when you find out that the “something” that’s down here wants to eat you. That’s what happens to the cast of six ladies on an adventure trip in Neil Marshall’s 2005 film, “The Descent.”

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Dawn of the Dead (2004)

October 19, 2012

Zack Snyder’s 2004 “Dawn of the Dead” remake of George A. Romero’s 1978 zombie classic may not be trying to say much, but it sure provides a good, fun scare. Join us—Pete Wright and Andy Nelson—on this week’s episode as we continue our October Horror series with this film.

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28 Days Later

October 12, 2012

Zombies had notoriously been slow entities—let’s face it, the walking dead just don’t move so fast. But then Danny Boyle came along and, with writer Alex Garland, injected the zombie sub-genre with speed in their film “28 Days Later.” The zombies became fast creatures. And all the more terrifying because of it.

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The Thing

October 5, 2012

In 1982, John Carpenter’s “The Thing” was released but had a tough time competing against other big sci-fi films released at the same time—E.T. the Extra Terrestrial and Blade Runner. It also was viewed by critics as being overly gory and wretched. With time, however, the film has gained a big cult following, big enough to warrant a prequel, a comic book series, a video game and a potential sequel. Now, it’s considered by many to be one of the great horror films of all time.

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