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 THIS EPISODE:

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?

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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.
Who you gonna call?

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

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IN THIS EPISODE:
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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Episode 32: The New Power Generation

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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.

Allen and Chris talk Comic-Con news and discover they are the new power in Hollywood. Kiss the ring!

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TRAILER TALK:

Blade Runner 2049

Justice League

Thor: Ragnarok

Annabelle: Creation

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It’s the clash of the metal men as Robocop (1987) faces off against Robocop (2014)

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Episode 31: The Mummy V The Mummy

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Allen and Chris are on the rag…the Mummy’s rags that is!

Universal recently released The Mummy starring Tom Cruise, hoping to kick off their Dark Universe shared universe. But how does it stack up to the last big budget Mummy reboot, Stephen Sommers’ wildly successful 1999 film starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and John Hannah?

Along the way we talk Geopolitics, to sound smart, Russell Crowe’s ,plumby, pomey accent choice take a detour to talk Lifeforce (1985) and ruminate on other Universal Monsters that need rebooting.

Besides, do we need a Dark Universe? Everybody has a cinematic universe these days. Marvel, DCU, Annabelle and even the prospect of an Agatha Christie-verse! We had the Monster Squad and they made the only Dark Universe we ever needed.

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