Episode 11: Send In the Clowns

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This episode was recorded in a basement, for extra spooks!

In This Episode:

A dearth of horror trailers means this Halloween helping of Diminishing Returns has Chris and Allen scrapping the bones bare of some less than horrific outings. This is the grumpiest Chris has ever been while recording and Allen was having trouble cramming enough horror movies in before Halloween.

We discuss the non-story of John Carpenter’s spat with one Robert Zombie, his position on the Big Trouble in Little China remake, the Thing remake and his musical endeavours.

We also get into some phobia chatter, with the creepy clown epidemic troubling society. The boys also show off their competing Pennywise impressions and Allen challenges Chris in a franchise guessing game with some scary movie sub-titles. We also reveal the winner of the #moviemonstermashup competition. If you didn’t win, don’t feel left out we have a consolation prize that you can download from here (available until 9th November 2016).

Trailer Talk:


Hordes of undead buccaneers take to the high seas in a fifth outing for Johnny Depp’s Keith Richards impression in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. There is an introduction to Javier Bardem’s Captain sssSullivan as Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow is pursued once again by some supernatural seamen. We remember when the first Pirates launched and how exciting it was, it’s pretty clear that ship has sailed.

Next up. Sony Pictures have two different franchises with installments due. Which is only interesting as they are both so similar as female led, studio produced, movies which are action heavy and horror light. (Also both leading ladies met their future husbands on the set of the first outing of their respective franchises- although Beckinsale/Wiseman have since divorced)


Underworld:Blood Wars is also the fifth outing for a franchise that lasted longer than anyone would have guessed. At the core a great concept, Vampires battle Werewolves, however too many lifts from The Matrix and terrible CGI wolves have hamstrung these movies since the first in 2003. The films only exist as an excuse to have Beckinsdale back in the catsuit and to give Game of Thrones cast members something to do on days off.


The second slice of Sony in this episode is the sixth film in their ongoing zombie apocalypse, based on a video game, franchise Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. With so much happening in the trailer it looks like the makers have pulled out all the stops to bring closure to the whole saga. Everything in the trailer points to a return to the beginning of the outbreak to fix those evil corporate zombies of the Umbrella Corp. for good, and those shuffling, decaying flesh bag ones too. If you’ve stayed the course this far, it’s a safe bet you’ll want to see it resolved.


It’s a terrible thing to admit that Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween seem like the scariest of the bunch, but not for the reasons you’d think. A unknown quantity in the UK Perry is a cottage industry unto himself making, as he sees it, films for the Black community that White Hollywood does not cater for. Specializing in writing, directing, producing and starring in the film series starring the titular Madea, a “PG version” of the performers own mother and aunt with a little of Eddie Murphy’s Klump family thrown on top. This is the eighth outing for Perry’s drag act on film, there are also several stage plays and TV shows, and has made a butt load of money and comfortably took the US box office top spot, battling off no less than Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The movie sees Madea battle an array of seemingly supernatural foes in a haunted house whilst babysitting a teenager. When it comes to Tyler Perry we’re with Spike Lee!


For a suggested watch list why not check out the last blog entry? Allen compiled over 24 hours of horror movies, TV shows and other oddities to watch on Halloween. The post is filled with links to as many of the films as possible.

Coming Soon:


In our first prequel episode it’s Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (2012). The director obviously wanted to answer some of the questions raised in Alien, which he made in 1979, but were the answers what movie audiences wanted to hear, or did they get some already from Alien Versus Predator?

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