Episode 64: Friday the 13th Parts VII & VIII.

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In episode 64 Allen & Chris, in their third and final (?) trip to Crystal Lake, take a look at Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood and Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, the final entries of the franchise made with Paramount Pictures. After the fun of Part VI: Jason Lives can these two movies deliver on their promises of Jason battling a psychic and cutting a swathe across New York City?

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No, frankly it’s more like Jason BORE-hees, am I right?

In this episode:
– Jason gets used to the water
– Bad psychic battle tactics
– Confusing timelines
– Confusing travel times
– Negligent electrical companies
– And perhaps the biggest question of all, can Chris bear to watch any more of this film series?

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Episode 63: Halloween, Etc.

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It’s October so like every other podcast, here’s a loosely Halloween themed episode

In between ‘franchise’ episodes (where we delve into a particular film or series of films) 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 October so like every other podcast, here’s a loosely Halloween themed episode

In this episode:
-Brad Pitt’s World War Z sequel moves forward….but what will they call it?
-101 Dalmations ‘ Cruella DeVille never stood a chance
-Hellboy sizzle reel
-Halloween 2018 (the film) has an honest producer
-It’s Allen’s annual Halloween quiz
-The Suicide Squad sequel make a bold move
-and in an episode full of horrors, the man –flu!

TRAILER TALK
-Pet Sematary

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-X-men: Dark Phoenix

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-The Upside

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COMING SOON ON DIMINISHING RETURNS:
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
and Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

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Episode 62: Frankenstein (1931) and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

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DIMINISHING RETURNS: A comedy podcast about movie sequels, prequels, spin-offs and reboots. Hosted by Allen and Chris. WARNING: Contains Scottish accents and spoilers.

In This Episode: It’s October the spookiest month of the year and we’re warming up for our annual trip to Crystal Lake by looking at, not only, a great horror sequel but one of the greatest movies of all time. This year is also the bicentennial year of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Gothic horror classic Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus (1818) so now seemed like a great time to assemble a monster of a show for you (pun intended)

We talk about how the story behind the writing of, the novel, Frankenstein is almost as interesting as the story itself. There is chat about how the Universal Monsters saved Universal Films from bankruptcy, the queer subtext of the movies, parallels into modern horror franchises and lots of chat about jerking off. Here, in the blog, we take a detour into Rock & Roll themed aside.

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In pop culture terms Karloff’s Monster is one of cinema’s most iconic creations. Linked so closely with the film, its title and central conceit that he is erroneously referred to as Frankenstein. In the novel he is called many things monster, creature, demon, wretch, abortion, fiend and it. Without a name he has no identity and is spurned by his “father”. A sinning Adam cast out into the evil world by his creator, Doctor Henry Frankenstein, a man driven to the edge of madness by his god complex.

The movie, of course, changed the Doctor’s name from Victor to Henry Frankenstein. Possibly to make it more relatable or heroic for American audiences, although the book is set in Europe and the Arctic the film’s location is a little ambiguous.

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Another odd popular misconception is the notion of Igor as Doctor’s assistant. An name almost as evocative as Frankenstein. Yet he’s not in the 1931 film, or the follow up, The Bride of Frankenstein. The assistant is Fritz, played by Dwight Frye who also returns for the 1935 sequel as Hans, another helper of the mad doctor. Frye also had a memorable turn in Universal’s Dracula starring Bela Lugosi released the same year as Frankenstein.

Frye was also memorialized in the Alice Cooper song The Ballad of Dwight Fry (not sure why they dropped the ‘E’) from the album Love It to Death- but more on Cooper in a bit.

 

It’s not until Son of Frankenstein (1939) that Ygor makes his debut as the mad scientist’s assistant. Played by Lugosi who somewhat ironically had passed on playing the Monster, after his successful turn as Dracula, due not wanting his face obscured by the heavy make up.  In Son of Frankenstein Lugosi’s Ygor would appear alongside Boris Karloff on his third, and final, outing as the Monster.

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Alice Cooper has spent his career cribbing from horror movies playing vaudevillian villains and occasional mad scientists in his various guises over the years. Those hints of horror can be found littered throughout his discography. Most clearly in 1975’s Welcome To My Nightmare (the first release after going solo and taking the band’s name as his identity) a truly spooky concept album featuring Drew Struzan artwork and a Vincent Price cameo.

 

Cooper released two Frankenstein related tracks in his long career. Feed My Frankenstein (referenced this episode by Chris), from 1991, was a cover of Zodiac Mindwarp & the Love Reaction and would feature in Wayne’s World (1992), We’re not worthy!

Prior to that Cooper was back at the movies with three tracks written for Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. The lead single we mentioned over on the post for our episode covering that movie. Of course by Part VI Jason was pretty much a Frankenstein’s Monster himself, even being revived by lightening so it made sense that one of the other tracks for the movie was called Teenage Frankenstein.

That’s just as musician, Cooper has been cast in several horror movies.  John Carpenter’s The Prince of Darkness (1987), Monster Dog (1984) and Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991).

However, to bring it back and close out with a link to what I started talking about here, he was last on the big screen in 2012 in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows singing The Ballad of Dwight Fry, assisted by Chloe Grace Moretz.

 

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Episode 61: I Am Superman And I Can’t Do Anything

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DIMINISHING RETURNS: A comedy podcast about movie sequels, prequels, spin-offs and reboots. Hosted by Allen and Chris. WARNING: Contains Scottish accents and spoilers.

In This Episode:

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

This time we channel Marc Maron and come over all WTF, discuss the rumours that Henry Cavill is hanging up his Superman cape, a predator in Predator, unveil the new Diminishing Returns Hall of Fame and the ghost of David Bowie pops in.

Plus one of our Chinese Film Stars is Missing! Have you seen Fun Bingbing?

TRAILER TALK:

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Creed 2

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Nutcracker and The Four Realms

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Episode 60: Rollerball (1975) and Rollerball (2002)

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In This Episode:

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1975’s Rollerball, directed by Norman Jewison and starring James Caan as the fictional sport’s superstar player Jonathan E, delivered not only action but a thoughtful examination of individuality and freedom.
Cut to 2002 and John McTiernan, director of Die Hard and Predator, two of the greatest action flicks ever, helms the remake. Surely this will, at the very least, deliver on visceral thrills… right?

We get into righting off movies from anther era based on haircuts, talk corporate society, how the ladies feel about Cool James, Chris Kline’s charismatic performance, the deformed Rebecca Romijn(-Stamos, at that time) and Jean Reno’s approach to building a sports media empire.

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Episode 59: The King of Podcasts

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In this episode

-Enter The Dragon remake
-Angelina Jolie drops out of a terrible sounding film
-Robocop sequel and new terminology
-James Gunn and Guardians of the Galaxy
-Rowan Atkinson and Boris Johnson
– And a great Irish accent from The Man Of 1000 Voices

TRAILER TALK

Godzilla: King Of The Monsters
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Shazam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go6GEIrcvFY

Aquaman
https://youtu.be/WDkg3h8PCVU

Johnny English Strikes Again
https://youtu.be/-Qv6p6pTz5I

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Episode 58: Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012)

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DIMINISHING RETURNS: A comedy podcast about movie sequels, prequels, spin-offs and reboots. Hosted by Allen and Chris. WARNING: Contains Scottish accents and spoilers.

This Episode:

We were meant to be focusing on the transition from Brendan Fraser to Dwayne Johnson in the Journey Franchise but, instead we get sidetracked several times and end up covering conspiracy theories, Willy Fog, Ohio cities, the legal implications of “Dibs” and books saving the day.

The Movies:

While these two movies are nominally based on the work of Jules Verne neither hues particularly close to the source material. So much so the books themselves feature as a plot device within each movie, as our protagonists follow in the footsteps of the characters of the respective novels.

 

More coming soon.