October 23, 2017
In our latest recovered blast from the past, Evie and I are joined by Michael May, in the first of many podcasting adventures he and I have taken together in the time since. Here, we look at the Universal Monsters classic starring Lon Chaney Jr, and the not-so-classic and famously interfered with passion project remake starring Benicio Del Toro. Countless sequels are also explored, early scripts are appraised, a host disappears, and "but why?" is a phrase which often escapes our lips. Check it out here.
October 22, 2017
In our latest Greystoked, David once again joins Michael and I as we look at the struggling third entry in MGM's line of Tarzan films starring Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan. The same old story beats are once again revisited, relatives show up just because we need a plot, the most sensible and modern of treehouses is somehow cobbled together, and massive reshoots mean we never get to see the promised vampire bats. That said, growling iguanas do indeed eat people! Check it out here.
October 16, 2017
At Long Box Carpentry, JD and I dig into the second wave of tie-in comics for the Halloween franchise, as British author and documentarian Stefan Hutchinson begins sewing the seeds for what will continue to expand into his own new corner of the series. Initially released as convention exclusives and DVD extras, these one-shots set a new continuity wiping out everything between Halloween's 1 & 2 and H20 & Resurrection, exploring what Loomis and Michael were up to over those missing 20 years, his new victims, his effects on old victims, and what the hell, let's give Loomis a son! Check it out here.
October 11, 2017
In our latest episode of Thundarr, Michael, David, and I ride alongside our heroic trio as they face dueling wizards, one a gleefully clapping octopus, the other a loud head in a jar. Battle cries are shouted, civilians are brainwashed, muttering little people are imprisoned in high chairs in a toy shop, elevators threaten all in the ruins of St. Louis, and Thundarr has no appreciation for Ariel's sense of humor. Check it out here.
October 2, 2017
At Schumacast, Angie and I look at the sparse TV movie biopic of Virginia Hill, the love of mobster Bugsy Siegel, which is both Joel's directorial debut and his first produced screenplay (though not his first written). Las Vegas is built in a minimalist montage, much yelling and slapping is suffered, dramatic death droppings of jewelry are mocked, and there's no way this stood a chance in hell airing against M*A*S*H. Check it out here.
September 25, 2017
In the introductory episode of Schumacast, Angie and I look at the early life of Joel Schumacher, his career in fashion, and his transition into cinema as we dig through the seven films he worked on as a costume/production designer. A surprisingly varied list of credits is appraised. Woody Allen is a creep. Someone else took Beyond the Batnipples so we wouldn't have to. And Roger Ebert occasionally had questionable taste in the 70s. Check it out here.
It's the return of I Hate/Love Remakes as we dust off some old episodes which were never released for various reasons. First up, horrendous audio issues and all, is our look at both versions of The Mummy, the 1932 Universal Monsters "classic" starring Boris Karloff, and the 1999 adventure/horror romcom with Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, and some of the most quotable lines of the 90s. Gee, which do you think we prefer! Check it out here.
September 24, 2017
At Greystoked, Michael and I are joined by fellow podcaster Melissa Kaercher to discuss The New Adventures of Tarzan (aka Tarzan and the Green Goddess), the 1935 serial which was the single outing as Tarzan for Olympic shot putter Herman Brix, who later became actor Bruce Bennett. A multitude of variants of the film were released or failed to be released. An entire cast and crew journeyed to Guatemala with an ape (and potentially a fake foot). Entire said crew then kept hiding in the rain forest from creditors. Actors were almost eaten. Clothes were torn into perfectly tailored loincloths. And marriages and divorces abounded as the couples involved decided to make some swaps. Check it out here.
September 20, 2017
This is it. At Masters of Carpentry, Alex and I are again joined by my old Remakes co-host Evie to discuss The Ward, which is to date the final film directed by John Carpenter. Twists and trauma run rampant, Amber Heard is applauded as the awesome actress she is, we're shocked to learn the identity of Jared Harris' father, and we find out we ourselves might very well be aspects of John Carpenter's personality as he slowly and begrudgingly leaps out at us from a mirror. Then, we discuss the F/X test reel for Darkchylde, the film John almost directed from the 90s comic which was very briefly a hit. THEN, Julia once again joins us as we look back on the project and John Carpenter's career as a whole. Check it out here.
August 28, 2017
At Masters of Carpentry, Alex and I are once again joined by fellow podcaster Melissa Kaercher to discuss "Pro-Life", the second and final episode John Carpenter directed for the anthology TV series Masters of Horror. It doesn't go well. Check it out here.