Saturday, April 30, 2016

Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth - 4/30/16

Travis wants to be Pinhead's right hand man in Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992), the third of nine (nine!) movies (currently) in the series following Clive Barker's groundbreaking 1987 original. Here, a TV news reporter is tasked with sending Pinhead, newly released upon the earth, back to hell. Listen to what we're going to end up referring to as The Hellraiser Episode, as we discuss the entire series of movies, the story on which they're based, and touch a bit on Barker's latest novel, The Scarlet Gospels, which retires the character of Pinhead. All of this and more on this week's exciting episode!

Next week - Quatermass and the Pit (1967) 

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Tenebrae - 4/23/16

Colin dons his black gloves and indulges his obsession with Italian gialli and Dario Argento's Tenebrae (1982). An American writer in Italy begins receiving threatening messages from a serial killer who murders his victims according to methods described in the author's books. Listen as we deep dive into the stylish horror subgenre of "giallo" films, looking back at their beginnings in lurid paperbacks, to the production boom of the 1970's, and through Argento's career defining works. Plus, we play the "Is it Fake or is it Giallo" title guessing game! 

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Next week - Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Candyman - 4/16/16

Sean looks in a mirror and summons the Candyman (1992), director Bernard Rose's adaptation of Clive Barker's "The Forbidden". Relocating the action from an London slum to Chicago's Cabrini Green housing project, the movie tells the story of a graduate student, researching urban myths, who finds more than she bargained for when she conjures a specter known as the Candyman. Listen as we talk about the psychological horror movies of the 90's, consider if Candyman is actually Pinhead (Hellraiser), and disagree on the meaning of the movie's ending. That's all this week on the exciting Saturday Night Freak Show podcast!

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Next week - Dario Argento's Tenebre (1982)!

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Saturday, April 09, 2016

In the Mouth of Madness - 4/9/16

Travis finds himself lost In the Mouth of Madness (1994), John Carpenter's apocalyptic homage to H.P. Lovecraft. Insurance investigator John Trent (Sam Neil) is hired to find missing horror author Sutter Cane (Jurgen Prochnow) but finds his grip on reality slipping as the twisted reality of Cane's works begin to threaten reality as we know it.  Listen as we lose our minds discussing the stories of Lovecraft, Carpenter's "Apocalypse trilogy", religion, the responsibility that comes with being a horror story teller, and more on this week's exciting episode!

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Next week - Sean summons the Candyman (1992)!

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Saturday, April 02, 2016

Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural - 4/2/16

Colin takes us into dark fairy-tale territory with the cult film Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural (1973). Also known as Lemora: Lady Dracula and The Legendary Curse of Lemora, the film follows virginal, Prohibition-era choir girl, Lila Lee (Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith), into the grim world of a lecherous lady vampire who has designs on initiating her into the world of the undead. Listen as we break down the film: it's themes, it's literary influences, and it's budgetary shortfalls on this week's exciting show! 

Next week: Travis looks directly In the Mouth of Madness (1997)

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Scream 2 - 3/26/16

Sean celebrates the 20th anniversary of Scream by watching... Scream 2 (1997). In what should be known as Scream: The College Years, poor Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) takes the entire small town of Woodsboro with her to university, where a Ghostface-masked copycat killer tries to outdo the murderers of the first film. Listen as we celebrate the legacy of director Wes Craven, examine the Scream franchise and subsequent MTV series, and well as the impact of the franchise on horror films and the slasher genre, on this week's exciting episode!

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II - 3/19/16

Travis takes us back to high school with Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987), an in-name-only sequel to the 1980 Jamie Lee Curtis slasher, in which the ghost of vengeful, murdered prom queen Mary Lou Maloney returns to Hamilton High to for bloody revenge. Listen as we look back at this colorful mashup between Carrie and A Nightmare on Elm Street, reminisce about USA's Up All Night TV show, and decide not only to show it, but Freak Show it, on this week's exciting episode.

Next week: Scream 2 (1997)

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Legend of Hell House - 03/12/16

Colin takes us on a paranormal investigation into The Legend of Hell House (1973), in which a group of psychics and scientists (featuring Roddy McDowall and Pamela Franklin) venture into the "Mount Everest of Haunted Houses" in hopes of proving, conclusively, whether or not there is life after death. Of course, they get more than they bargained for when the restless spirits of the house begin to stir. Listen as we invite an actual paranormal investigator to join us and talk about ghostly phenomena, great haunted house movies, British horror and more on this week's exciting episode!

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Saturday, March 05, 2016

Captain America - 03/05/16

Sean dons the red, white and blue with Captain America (1990), the first attempt to bring Marvel's comic book character to the big screen. Imbued with super powers in a secret WWII experiment, Steve Rogers (Matt Salinger) teams up with the daughter of his one-time love to track down the villainous Red Skull (Scott Paulin), and stop a villainous plan to take over the United States. Listen as we talk about the career of director Albert (Mean Guns) Pyun, the downfall of Cannon Films, and inevitably compare this incarnation of the character to it's big budget brother, Captain America: The First Avenger.

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Next up - Colin goes house-hunting with The Legend of Hell House!

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind - 2/27/16

Travis takes us on a spiritual journey with Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984), a Japanese fantasy set in a post-apocalyptic future. A princess has to stop an aggressive neighboring kingdom from using a powerful weapon to eradicate a toxic jungle of giant insects. Listen as our good intentions snowball into absolute confusion, chaos and incoherence as we try to decipher this acclaimed film, directed by acclaimed animator Hayao Miyazaki, on this week's exciting episode!

Next up - Sean goes back in time with Captain America (1990)!

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