Thursday, February 9, 2017

098: Adam Wingard Movies - Blair Witches & Blue Eyes



In this episode:
  • WE'RE ALIIIIIIIIIIVE! And back to discuss three movies from director Adam Wingard: You're Next (2011), The Guest (2014), and Blair Witch (2016).
  • You're Next (2011)
    • The home invasion genre and the ways it clashes with the usual American horror flick philosophy
    • We discuss the relative groundedness of You’re Next. It’s probably up to your own threshold of groundedness interpretation.
    • I (Fio) start off talking about Home Invasion flicks having a kinship with Japanese horror and then take for-goddamn-ever to get back around to what I mean.
    • Man, how good was 10 Cloverfield Lane, though?
  • The Guest (2014)
    • Thanks to podcast listener Kate for recommending this movie to us in the first place!
    • We start tackling The Guest and the Politics of Handsomeness.
    • Also, Ian desperately hopes this was a werewolf film.
    • Again, we get into a discussion of the relative groundedness of the film and how many steps we are away from our own universe in this film.
  • Blair Witch (2016)
    • Everyone in the Blair Witch movies is in film school. Just make peace with this from the get-go.
    • We compare the slow-burn, unscripted nature of the original Blair Witch to the slicker, more “hollywood” Blair Witch 3.
    • We get our Doug Jones jokes out, but rest assured they come from a place of love.
  • Ian talks about Resident Evil 7 for a few minutes while Fio desperately tries not to die.
  • Also: listen to the end of the podcast for "Trespasser," a song from Ian's recently released solo album, Stepping Stones!
  • Apologies for the long, unannounced hiatus. We plan on being back on a monthly basis for the foreseeable future.
  • We're approaching our 100th episode! Let us know if there's anything in particular you'd like to see us do for it.
  • From Fio:
    • My sneezing and sniffling is goddamn disgusting. Our hideous meat bodies are truly a blight on this planet.
    • Nothing to do with the podcast, but sniffling while I’m listening to myself sniffle on the recording and having them line up is a really bizarre experience.


  1. Nice to see you're back, and on the day I finally started your Penny Dreadful podcast. Of course, I had been hoping you'd be covering a different film with "Witch" in the title, even though you didn't get to see it when it was originally in theaters. Also, if you want to see all the feature-length collaborations between Wingard & Barrett you'd have to add A Horrible Way to die, which isn't as good as You're Next or The Guest but certainly more original than their Blair Witch.

    1. Rectify was a great show, but I wouldn't necessarily expect much overlap between fans of that & horror.

      I thought the expanded cast of Blair Witch was mostly just for the bodycount and I didn't care much about them as characters. But I suppose relative to other "bodycount" subgenres of horror (which I don't watch as much) they might not be so bad.

    2. I thought You're Next had a more downbeat ending than The Guest, because she's on the hook for all those murders (although it plays as a note of black comedy).

      I was surprised Amy Seimetz died so quickly, I thought she'd get attacked in the woods or something.