Wednesday, January 29, 2014

028: A Sharknado of Awful Horror Movies

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SPOILERS FOR SHARKNADO, THE HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET (2012), THE FOLLOWING 1x04, AND HANNIBAL SEASON 2 (but nothing beyond what we've seen in promo materials and the Margot Verger casting).

In this episode:
  • Our friend Brandon joins us as we take on the other side of horror comedy: really, really bad horror movies that are fun to watch.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 and RiffTrax: God's friggin' gift to humanity.
    • The Horror of Spider Island
    • Manos: The Hands of Fate
    • Space Mutiny
      • The Many Names of David Ryder
    • The Final Sacrifice 
    • Overdrawn at the Memory Bank
  • Some of the movies we discuss:
    • Sharknado
    • Sharktopus
    • Megashark vs. Giant Octopus 
    • Megalodon
    • Ghost Shark 
    • Birdemic 
    • The Room 
    • Holiday-themed horror
      • Jack Frost
      • Santa's Sleigh
      • Black Christmas
    • Leeches! 
    • Garth Marenghi's Dark Place
    • The Wicker Man (2006)
    • Vampire's Kiss 
    • Ghost Rider
    • When a Stranger Calls
    • The House at the End of the Street (2012) 
    • The Reaping 
    • The Omen (2006) 
    • Dark Water (2005)
    • The Saw, Hostel, and Final Destination franchises
    • Alone in the Dark (2005)
  • We take a detour into some of the less-than-stellar things we read in creative writing workshops back in college. Ah, memories. 
  • Can a movie be "so bad it's good"?
  • Horse_ebooks
  • The Happening in 15 Minutes
  • Also, at 1:25:45, we begin discussing the recent promotions for Hannibal Season 2. SPOILERS. (This was recorded on 1/21, so it's not quite up-to-date.)
  • "If you fuck the tornado in the shark...then...with bombs...then resolution." Never were more beautiful words spoken.
  • We spend a chunk of time on shark-related horror movies. Perhaps more than necessary. 
  • I'm fairly confident the phrase "metatextual presence" and the movie The Room never been used in a sentence together before Fio used them on this podcast. He's a trailblazer, that one.
  • We take another detour into the Marvel comics universe when we hit Ghost Rider. Not so horror-related.
  • Holy crap, how did I mix up David Spade and James Spader.
  • For some reason I thought we mentioned Nazis at the Center of the Earth on this episode, but we didn't. Sorry to disappoint.
  • Highlights from Fio's timemarks:
    • 14:40 - There’s a joke in here somewhere about surviving being swallowed, I just don’t think I’ve got a dirty enough mind to puzzle it out.
    • 1:37:11 - How in the hell did I use the word “admission” in place of “acknowledgement” here when I clearly meant to say “acknowledgement,” Ian!? How!?!? HOWWWWWWWWWWWW!?!?!?!hjlkasdfuhgiuqweg 
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

027: You've Got Red On You


In this episode:
  • We discuss horror comedy--where it comes from, great examples of it, and why they can work so well together.
  • A taste of some of the movies we touch on:
    • Shaun of the Dead
    • Zombieland
    • Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon
    • Cabin in the Woods
    • The Evil Dead series
    • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV series)
    • The Scream series
    • Young Frankenstein
    • Dracula: Dead and Loving It
    • Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula
    • World War Z (movie and book) 
    • Slither
    • Ghostbusters 1 & 2
  • Several trips down memory lane. Bear with us.
  • We haven't seen Warm Bodies yet. We're sorry.
  • Laughing through moments of extreme terror in horror movies--where does it come from?
  • F$%!in' magnets--how do they work?
  • Loading Ready Run's Cthulhu sketch
  • This is rambly and meandering. Just a fair warning.
  • The villain in The Following is Joe Carroll, not Jonathan Carroll. 
  • I PROMISE I won't keep bringing up the rabbit dinner moment after this. Hopefully.
  • I lied when I said we covered all of the movies on my list. I wrote down the Scary Movie series and completely overlooked it by accident.
  • A comment from Fio's timestamps:
    • 19:14 - I was going to say this, then forgot about it. In an interview, Joss once said something about how everything you needed to know about Buffy was already in the title, “Buffy” being an inherently comical name, “Vampire” representing the horror the show was engaging with and “Slayer” promising a sort of high-stakes action. I’ve been digging through google and can’t find the direct quote, though.
  • I think I may have actually heard about Warm Bodies on the Made of Fail podcast. Whatever.
  • There are a LOT of horror comedies we didn't talk about or dig into, but as always, we love to hear from you guys! What are your favorite horror comedies--and are there any you'd like to hear us discuss on future podcasts?
  • Fio forgot to mention the email. It's amatteroftastepodcast at
  • Intro: "Transylvanian Lullaby" - Young Frankenstein Original Soundtrack (as performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic | YouTube | iTunes |
  • Outro: "Grocery Store" - Zombieland Original Motion Picture Soundtrack | YouTube | iTunes |

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

B02: All Mind, No Matter - Fleshy Protuberances

NSFW. Spoilers for The Exorcist, Cabin in the Woods, the Twilight Zone episode "He's Alive," and The Life Zone. Ohhhh, you have no idea.

In this episode:
  • This is actually an episode of an old podcast I used to do called "All Mind, No Matter" which we recorded but never posted. I get into more detail in the podcast intro. Anyway, that's why I'm calling this a bonus episode--also because we hit some of the same topics we've already hit on AMOT, but taking them out would've disrupted the flow of the conversation.
  • Exploitation and empowerment in the horror genre
  • What makes a good horror monster?
  • Brandon actually already had some show notes written up for this episode back when we recorded it, so here they are. We touch on the following:
    • Difference between terror and horror
    • Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
    • Amnesia: The Dark Descent
    • Fatal Frame
    • Nightmare on Elm Street remake
    • WB Logo Evolution
    • H.P. Lovecraft
      • Coraline
    • Masters of Horror
    • Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne
    • Catholicism, Horror, and You!
    • The Exorcist
    • Battle Royale
    • Machine Girl
    • The Host
    • Cabin in the Woods
    • Evil Dead remake
  • The comic Kyle references.
  • I cut some significant chunks from certain places where I was just rambling unnecessarily, so I apologize if it screws up some of the continuity.
  • The movie Brandon was trying to remember that was blamed for At the Mountains of Madness’ demise was Prometheus.
  • Why no happy gas masks? Here, take a look at this Mickey Mouse gas mask 
  • Intro: "When I Write My Master's Thesis" - John K. Samson | YouTube | iTunes |
  • "Dracula's Nursery" - Van Helsing Soundtrack | YouTube | iTunes |
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