Episode 39: Predator & Predator 2

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It’s the only Hollywood  ‘predator’ we’ve any love for. The awesome Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger was released 30 years ago. Despite lukewarm reviews at the time it’s now regarded as a genre classic. The 1990 Danny Glover starring sequel is less well regarded however.  Though it does have a cult following due in part to one major Easter egg. And with Diminishing Returns favourite, Shane Black, at the helm for an upcoming sequel, due next year, it seemed like the right time to hunt these two down?

 

The set of Predator sounded like an amazing and insane adventure in, and of itself. The boys chat about on set antics, prima donna actors in monster suits, a litany of bad-asses, Danny Glover as an action hero, NO GIRLS ALLOWED! John McTiernan’s career trajectory, the many deaths of Bill Paxton (RIP) and the political power of the Predator cast.

 

Along the way Chris reconnects with lil’ Chris and Allen gets annoyed at the cultural misappropriation of Voodoo.

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Episode 38: Fictional Creepy

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In between ‘proper’ episodes (where we delve into a particular film or franchise) we’ll be doing bonus episodes where we talk about wider trends in sequel culture, sequel news, new trailers and whatever the hell we like.

It’s almost Halloween so Chris and Allen get spooky and avoid discussing all the horrible news, coming from the fallout of the Weinstein scandal, focusing instead on fictional creepy! So there is talk of the status of the Maniac Cop reboot, Lone Wolf & the Cub details, upcoming Puppet Master sequels and news on an upcoming sequel to 1978’s I Spit On Your Grave.  There is also a horror movie themed quiz.

Allen also show his deft touch with improv comedy and launches a competition while Chris worries about solo attendance at a Dr Who exhibition and tries to shut the competition down.

Trailer Talk:

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Insidious 4: The Last Key

Boo2: A Madea Halloween

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We take a look at John McTeirnan’s Predator, on the eve of its 30th anniversary, and compare it to the Arnie-less follow up starring Danny Glover in Predator 2 (1990)

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Episode 37: Friday the 13th Parts 4, 5 & 6

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It’s October, which means two things. Halloween is almost upon us and secondly Allen and Chris will be returning to Crystal Lake for more Friday the 13th movies.
Last year  they covered the first three installments in the horror franchise so this time, in what’s fast become a Halloween tradition,  they looked at the next three movies in the franchise. Featuring the incorrectly titled Part IV: The Final Chapter, Part V: A New Beginning which set up the beginning of a whole new plot thread that was ultimately ignored and Part VI: Jason Lives.

 

Along the way there are discussions of analogous nudity, the Crystal Lake library system, the evolution of Tommy Jarvis – three actors in three movies! and of course the enigma that is Crispin Glover.

 

Jason Lives may have a strong claim for the best in the series, and for Allen’s money that’s helped in no small part by having Alice Cooper provide music the soundtrack. Cooper had been previously approached to provide the title track to The Man With the Golden Gun, but he missed out on that gig. Jason Voorhees seems like a much better fit for Cooper than Roger Moore anyway.

 

The boys also try in vain to unravel the franchise timeline, Allen has to defend Part Four and Chris just may have a discovered a new favourite film. Wow! We can’t wait for next year.

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Episode 36: The Losers Club

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In between ‘franchise’ episodes, where we delve into a particular film or series, we have bonus episodes where we talk about wider trends in sequel culture, sequel news, franchise trailers and whatever the hell we like.

Topics this episode include Hellboy casting, Hollywood racism and the first glimpse of David Harbour in costume. We muse on Gerard Butler’s face and the current state of Tom Cruise.

After last months news segment, which was mostly about stunt performer death, Allen tries to course correct, into more dark territory, and informs Chris about the dark past of the creator of Jeepers Creepers and the various accusations of sexual harassment and assault casting a long shadow over, the recent, Fantastic Fest.

There is also a discussion about the giant box office success of It, and a slightly muted response to, well, it.

Plus Chris and Allen get romantic and accidentally write a porn parody.

Trailer Talk:

Tomb Raider

Jigsaw

Fifty Shades Freed

 

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It’s almost Halloween so Chris and Allen will be taking on the next three films in the Friday the 13th series. After last years look at the first three films, and the evolution of Jason, it’s now time for the Tommy Jarvis trilogy.

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Episode 35: Ghostbusters / Ghostbusters 2

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Chris and Allen put down their copy of Tobin’s Spirit Guide to relive their youth and talk up the original Ghostbusters and its sequel, Ghostbusters 2. With the release of 2016’s reboot came a wave of negativity, and claim of ruined childhood’s.

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The sequel is widely regarded as a retread of the wild and funny original. But is it a ghostly apparition or does it have enough zap in its proton pack to stand its own ground?

 

And can two dudes that saw Ghostbusters as kids look back, through the veil of nostalgia, at the first film with any critical distance?

We discuss what can become a ghost, Bill Murray’s powerhouse performance, belief in the supernatural, did the Beatles exist? was Vigo the bad guy or the actor that played him? Huey Lewis Vs Ray Parker Jr and Allen drops another impression.
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We’ve talked about the reboot previously, and we’ll dedicate a full franchise episode to in the future. But for now it’s all about Venkman, Stanz, Spengler and, oh yeah, Zedemore.

 

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Episode 34: Pod and a Half

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Jet setting while podcasting. Daniel Craig returning as Bond, and Chris’s thoughts on the Sam Mendes directed 007 offerings. We also discuss a run of unfortunate stunt related accidents. Allen debuts another impression and there is talk about whether the world really needs a Death Wish remake? Finally we grumble about soundtrack choices in the 2014 Robocop reboot we covered last episode.

TRAILER TALK:
Death Wish

Rise Of The Footsoldier 3

Cop And A Half: The New Recruit

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Episode 33: Robocop V’s Robocop

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Half Allen, half Chris, all podcast….as we talk Robocop and it’s remake.
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We hail Paul Verhoeven as a king of uberviolent SciFi. Have repeat offender in Joel Kinnaman along with another Diminishing Returns appearance for Ronny Cox.
How do HR procedures work in OCP? Should criminals be happy in their work like the Clarence Boddicker gang ?

 
Since it’s 30 years since the iconic, brilliant Robocop was released, we ask, what made it so good? And why did the 2014 remake miss the mark?

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