Saturday, November 7, 2015

Episode 72 - Carry On Flickering

Thanks to listener Jason, we were turned on to an amazing string of British movies known as the "Carry On Films". This series of cheeky comedies were unknown to us and we are very happy to have found them. We picked two of the 31 theatrically released films as our introduction, starting with 1966's Carry On Screaming! and then following that up with 1969's Carry On Camping. All of the films in the franchise were directed by Gerald Thomas, and each are similar in certain ways, but different enough that they stand on their own.  This was a wonderful  surprise for us to find this treasure trove of wonderful British humor, so we send big thanks out to Jason for the recommendation and we implore the rest of you to do as he did and send us your own recommendations. Let us know what you think of the Carry On films and of the show by writing to or or leave us a message on our Facebook page.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Episode 71 - Pack of Cammells

In this epic episode we turn our attention to three films from British director Donald Cammell.  We start with Demon Seed from 1977, starring Fritz WeaverJulie Christie and an un-credited Robert Vaughan as the voice of Proteus 4, a new, cutting-edge ( for 1977 ) Artificial Intelligence that has a "curiosity" about mankind and a desire to break out of it's "box".  Based on a novel by Dean Koontz, it is an interesting look at issues that are probably even more pertinent now than in the time the film was made. With great performances and a compelling storyline, it comes highly recommended. We follow that with 1987's White of the Eye, starring David Keith and Cathy Moriarty as Paul and Joan White who live in the American southwest. This is essentially a murder-mystery but it throws in issues of living dual-lives, and infidelity along with large bits of police procedural elements as well. It tries new things but only marginally succeeds for the most part. Interesting but maybe not something you should go out of your way to pursue.  We wrap up the show with 1970's Performance, which was Cammell's directorial debut. It stars James Fox and introduces Mick Jagger as Turner, a reclusive former rock star.  Cammell co-directed with the amazing Nicolas Roeg and, together, they created a truly stunning work of art. A trippy artifact from long ago, this film still has significant impact on multiple levels.  It starts with a gangster tale that evolves into a hallucinogenic story of personal identity, gender, and self-expression.  This is good, heavy, important stuff and it needs to be seen. We recommend multiple viewings as this is a film that reveals more of itself each time.
In 1996 Cammell committed suicide, so we only have a handful of films that he had anything to do with. We've actually covered most of them in this show. We are fascinated by the man and by his work and we hope that you enjoy this look at an artist who truly had something to say.
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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Episode 70 - Psychopaths Ahoy

Slasher films were a hugely popular genre and a mainstay of the theaters during our favorite decade, the 80's.  This episode focuses on two films from 1982 that are basically part of that genre but which approach the theme from radically different directions.  We start off with Madman, which tells the tale of Madman Marz, an evil farmer who murders his family one night  in a fit of bloodlust and then haunts the forest around his home whenever someone is foolish enough to say his name. It just so happens that a summer camp for exceptional children is next door...A fairly normal, by-the-numbers film, it is beautifully shot and evokes the mood of a dark fairy-tale at times.  We follow this up with Visiting Hours, with a stellar cast including Lee Grant, William Shatner and Michael Ironside in a very dark turn as Colt Hawker. Slasher films are frequently misogynistic, but Visiting Hours makes this it's central theme, with strong female characters and a sinister male presence that torments them. It descends at times to very dark places, but it does so in very smart and thoughtful ways. This is an exceptional movie and we urge you strongly to seek it out. Let us know what you thought of the show by writing to or or you can leave us a message on our Facebook page.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Episode 69 - Flickers from the Libido

Welcome back to the cave everyone, for a very special episode. Some podcasts hold up the 100 episode mark as the measure of accomplishment, but here, deep in the bowels of the earth, we use a different scale. For us, the magik number is 69! That's right folks, we have at last reached full aural penetration with our listeners. We felt like episode 69 would be an appropriate time to revisit some films that had ignited a lustful spark in us as younger men. First up we take a look at The Perils of Gwendoline from 1984, featuring fresh faced ingenue Tawny Kitaen. This wanna be swashbuckling adventure is one bat shit crazy mix of action, travelogue and fetish party. It is a blast to behold. Next up we have 1988's Two Moon Junction with the impossibly gorgeous Sherilyn Finn. This marks Zalman King's directorial debut, and an auspicious debut it is. A smoking hot potboiler filled with lust and small town intrigue, this little gem is sure to satisfy. Lastly, we look at Wild Things from 1998. Directed by John McNaughton of Henry Portrait of a Serial Killer fame and featuring an amazing cast, Matt Dillon, Kevin Bacon, Denise Richards (oh yeah!), Neve Campbell and Bill Murray! With an insanely dense plot and twists a plenty plus the appeal of Richards and Campbell, this is a must see flick. So sit back and prepare yourselves for a trip into the sexual subconscious of the cave dwellers. You may never be the same again! Let us know what you thought of the show by sending email to or or by posting a message on our Facebook page.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Episode 68 - Nightmares and Trains

Welcome back to the cave and also back to the gorgeous country of Italy!  Both films this time are Italian productions though the first, 1971's A Lizard in Woman's Skin, comes from Italy by way of London. Directed by the maestro himself, Lucio Fulci ( yes, we went back to that well AGAIN! ),  this tells a story full of bizarre dreams and mysterious hippies.  This one will keep you guessing and is full of brilliant flourishes and  moments.  We follow that up with 1975's Night Train Murders ( thought it is known by many different names ).  Directed by Aldo Lado, it is as grim and vicious as almost anything we've seen, with a tone that is truly depressing and bleak. Touching throughout on issues of classism and how society should deal with it's most violent members, this is also at times a thoughtful study on what can go wrong when things get horribly out of whack.  We loved both these movies and recommend them, to those with strong constitutions.  Let us know what you thought by writing to or or by leaving a message on our Facebook page.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Episode 67 - Blue Oyster Cave

We are back for a little more dark and mysterious doings on this episode of the podcast. This time we focus on groups who want to rob their members of their freewill and to change them in profound and fundamental ways.  Some people would call them cults, but  others would just call them families.  We start with 2014's Faults, featuring Leland Orser and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.  This is a stunning film, with powerful performances and very sure-handed direction from Riley Stearns ( who also wrote the script ). We wrap up the show with another film from 2014, the shocking thriller Starry Eyes, from directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer,  With a brave and powerful lead performance from Alex Essoe, this is a dark tale indeed.  Let us know what you thought of the show by writing to or or by posting a message on our Facebook page.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Episode 66 ( 6 ) - My Sweet Satan

We go deep this week, all the way to smoldering depths of hell, to bring you three incredible movies that feature devil worship in all it's black-eyed, cat-murdering, car crushing, RV driving glory!  We start off with 1971's The Brotherhood of Satan which has a great cast, including Strother Martin, LQ Jones and Alvy Moore, and tells the story of a small California town that is under a sinister dark power. We follow that up with 1975's The Devil's Rain, with another stellar cast including William Shatner, Tom Skerrit and Mr. Ernest Borgnine as the Devil's right hand man.  We also get to see an extremely young John Travolta in a throw-away part as a servant of evil.  We finish up with a delightfully thrilling confection, also from 1975, called Race With The Devil.  Starring Warren Oates and Peter Fonda, it is a nail-biting adventure tale of two couples being pursued around the southwest by a murderous gang of cultists. These are all great movies, and your soul will be sorely tested by the various delights that are on display here. Please let us know what you thought of the show by sending email to or or by leaving a message on our Facebook page.