Friday, August 4, 2017

Episode 108 - The A is for Awesome

The cave is flickering at half-mast as we mourn the passing of one of our heroes. We lost the legendary George A. Romero recently and we felt it was important to feature his work on the next show. It also gave us an excuse to talk about the effect he and his films had on our lives. We are sure that we aren't the only ones out there who felt his loss deeply.  We start our tribute with a film that Romero considered his best, 1978's Martin. A tiny production, the film is a gritty reworking of the vampire mythos, set in a bleak inner city world where the old ways and the new ways are locked in an ongoing struggle. It stars John Amplas in a  remarkable performance but also features Romero himself in a small but important role as the local priest.  This is a challenging, impressive piece of cinema and still packs both a visceral and emotional punch. We follow that up with a real passion-project for Romero, 1981's Knightriders, which stars Ed Harris as "King Billy". He leads a motley group of people that have banded together around Billy's personal philosophy as they travel the countryside to put on shows for the locals.  The shows are a combination of a Renaissance Fair and a stuntshow, with motorcycles taking the place of the horses that knights would ride as they jousted and fought in the medieval era.  It is a real mishmash but, in large part, it works, and gives you a very interesting glimpse into the ways that Romero sees  the world. By all accounts, Romero was a great man, and one thing is for sure...he produced some great films which will stand the test of time.  We will miss you George, but we will never forget you.



Saturday, July 15, 2017

Episode 107 - Andy is Dandy

Back in the 80's the cable network Cinemax was the best source for genre and exploitation films. We saw many formative offerings there. Countless nude scenes, beheadings, car crashes and laser blasts. One of the people who's work was featured prominently there was the late Andy Sidaris.  His films were frequently set on Hawaii and "starred" a bevy of Playmates and Pets who would shoot guns and race cars in outlandish plots that were essentially just excuses for them to take off their clothes.  Those were VERY good days.  We decided to look at two of Mr. Sidaris' earliest works on the podcast. We start off with 1973's Stacey, which tells a muddled story of an elderly dowager who hires the gorgeous, eponymous, Stacey, to investigate the various people who aim to inherit her vast wealth.  It is filled with clunky innuendo and lots of tight clothing and serves as a template for Sidaris' future work. We follow that up with his next film, 1979's Seven, starring Conan's dad, William Smith as a "man who can get things done". He is assembling a rag-tag group to take down a villainous mob in Hawaii.  Things get really complicated, really quickly, but Sidaris clearly built upon Stacey with this one and the results are very entertaining.  Let us know what you thought of the show by writing to flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com or you can just send us a message on Facebook.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Episode 106 - Don't Flicker the Cave

Telephones are much more of a part of our lives now, but back in the dark ages, they were huge, monolithic things that sat idly by, waiting for someone to call and sometimes those people were calling to scare the living hell out of you!  We look at two movies from this era, starting with 1980's "Don't Answer the Phone" which deserves it's placement on the UK's Video Nasties list.  It presents a serial rapist/killer and the horribly-acted police who are trying to catch him. It is grim, unpleasant and totally without any real appeal.  We follow that up with the classic film "When a Stranger Calls" from 1979. It stars Carol Kane, Charles Durning and Colleen Dewhurst in the story of one of the worst kinds of murderers and the people he torments and the dogged investigator who is tracking him down. It is a fantastic and unsettling thriller that belongs on a very short list of some of the best films of this kind.  Please let us know what you thought of the show by writing to flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com or just leave us a message on our Facebook page.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Episode 105 - The Pyx of Death

This week we go deep into the cave...all the way to the fires of Hell! We encounter evil forces yet, thankfully, live to tell the tale.  We start off with an amazing film from 1973 called The Pyx. It stars Karen Black and Christopher Plummer in a tragic story of a prostitute who gets involved in nefarious dealings and pays the ultimate price, and the detective who's trying to unravel the mystery of her death. The film has a fascinating structure, with the story broken into two timelines. It was a real surprise to both of us and we highly recommend it.  We follow that up with 1981's Demonoid: Messenger of Death, which features Samantha Eggar and Stuart Whitman. It is the story of an American couple who've bought a mine in Mexico where they unknowingly unleash an evil disembodied hand that seemingly wants to take over the world.  It is a mish-mash of interesting moments but ultimately is not really worth your time. Let us know what you thought of the show by writing to us at flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com. Alternately, you could post a message on our Facebook page or tweet @cavewalls.



Sunday, June 4, 2017

Episode 104 - May the Flickers Be With You

To "Celebrate" the 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars, we decided to look at two "tributes" to that landmark film from Roger Corman. We start off with 1980's "Battle Beyond the Stars" which is essentially a retelling of "Seven Samurai" but with space ships instead of swords.  With a script from John Sayles, it is a classic tale, told well, with occasionally-impressive effects work from a team that included James Cameron!  We follow that up with 1983's "Space Raiders" which features ALL of the special effects ( literally ) from Battle Beyond the Stars, but with a different wraparound story about an accidental kidnapping and an evil corporation chasing a band of ne'er-do-wells around the galaxy. It is not good, but was still fun in spots, and seeing how they reused all the effects work was certainly a lesson in frugality.  Let us know what you thought of the show by writing to flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com or just post a message on the Facebook page.
 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Episode 103 - The Void Within

We felt it was time for some recent films, so we found a couple of doozies to talk about. We start off with 2017's The Evil Within, from the late Andrew Getty.  Knowing the backstory on the production of this magnum opus really gives you a different perspective when you watch this dark and twisted tale unfold. It has incredible, home-spun effects, a very powerful lead performance from Frederick Koehler and the legendary Michael Berryman as a very important part of the proceedings. Don't take this one lightly! We follow that up with The Void, from 2016, which owes a lot to the writing of H.P. Lovecraft.  What starts off as a strange, violent mystery, turns into a bit of a siege movie and then launches itself fully into a bizarre hellscape of truly nightmarish imagery. The filmmakers really went for it with this movie and the succeeded in almost every possible way.  Let us know what you thought of the show by writing to flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com or just leave us a message on our Facebook page.
 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Episode 102 - What Can Brownrigg Do For You?

We get very regional in this episode of the podcast, focusing on Mr. S.F. Brownrigg, who gave the world a few memorable films in his too-brief career. We look at two, starting with a later film, 1977's "Keep My Grave Open", which features the debut of the always-excellent Stephen Tobolowsky in a twisted tale that includes such family-friendly topics as incest, murder and equestrianism. We follow that up with Brownrigg's directorial debut, the legendary "Don't Look in the Basement" from 1973. Set in a "sanitarium" it is a wonder of no-budget film making with strong, unsettling performances and grimy, sleazy storyline that really raked in the cash when it would run on the drive-in circuit back in the day. Let us know what you thought of the show by writing to flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com or just leave us a message our our Facebook page.