Thursday, April 17, 2014

Episode 47 - Pink Socks Messiah

Welcome everyone to episode 47 of the Flickers From the Cave podcast. I hope you’re ready to polish up your third eye, because this time we’re featuring a couple of films that deal with elements of a mind bending nature. First up, we have 1982’s The Sender, a solid little thriller from Roger Christian, the man who would later unleash the dreaded Battlefield Earth on our unsuspecting planet. The Sender features some familiar faces in a very straight forward examination of the downside of possessing telekinetic powers. Speaking of possessing, our next feature is 1981’s uber-surreal Possession, starring Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani. This is truly a horse of a different color, if it is in fact a horse at all! Filled with big ideas, manic energy and nearly crazed performances, it features a cast of truly bizarre characters. Possession is a film guaranteed to leave you thinking and hopefully talking. If so, talk to us! You can reach us at or and you can find us on Facebook.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Episode 46 - The Reich Stuff

Well folks, here we are at episode 46 of Flickers and we're knee deep in the brown stuff. Yep, you got it, shit. Oh and nazis too! We have two landmark, or maybe skid mark, examples of filmaking to throw at you this time. First up, 1968's They Saved Hitler's Brain, a hodge podge patch job of a movie that we thought was maybe the worst thing we had ever seen, however, we stand corrected. Our second feature out-craps any thing you ever seen! 1978's Son Of Hitler couldn't be shittier if the film stock was made of Ex-Lax. With the casting of Peter Cushing and Bud Cort you'd think there would have to be some redeeming quality, right? WRONG! This thing will leave a shit-streak on your soul! Get the Charmin and join us deep inside the cinematic crapper, if you dare!Let us know what you thought of the show by writing to us at or or by posting a message on our Facebook page.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Episode 45 - 12 Years a Cave

Welcome all, to episode 45 of Flickers! This may well be the most politically charged episode we've ever done as we delve into the subject of racial tension in the south during the sixties and seventies. First up, we check out 1962's The Intruder, a superior effort from the legend himself, Roger Corman. This first-rate potboiler stars none other than William Shatner, in what may be his greatest film performance. With a cast rounded out by excellent character actors and some surprisingly solid local talent, this one will make you think and may just make your blood boil! Then there is 1974's Klansman, with Lee Marvin and Richard Burton. With it's own ensemble of familiar faces and solid performances, Klansman's director Terence Young chose to go with a decidedly more exploitation-style presentation of similar material. As seedy and distasteful as it is in parts, it is overall a hell of a romp in the best grindhouse tradition. You may never again get to see O.J. Simpson as a rage driven avenging angel and Big Dick Burton kung-fu fighting in the same sizzling one hundred minutes of celluloid! Gird your loins and come along with us for a trip down a nightmarish version of memory lane.  Let us know what you thought of the movies and the podcast by writing to or or by posting a message on the Facebook page.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Episode 44 - Who Goes There

Hey friend can you spare some head, er, heads? Well anyway, on episode 44 of Flickers we're talking about parasites. No, this one isn't about congress, these parasites come from outer space! Pull up a chair and sit right down and dig into 1987's “The Hidden”, directed by Jack Sholder and starring Agent Cooper himself, Mr. Kyle MacLachlan. A top notch sci-fi action thriller, it will rock your world. And then there is 1991's “The Borrower” directed by John McNaughton of “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” fame. There is no evidence on view what so ever of the promise of great things to come, that was Henry, with this limp effort. .Although a brief synopsis of the plots of these two films might read as virtual twins, they are worlds apart in quality. Join us for the in depth discussion and many low brow jokes you have come to expect from FFTC!
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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Episode 43 - Like Bunches of Bananas

This time we decided to lighten the tone a bit and focus on two films that depict the END OF CIVILIZATION ON PLANET EARTH!  The post-apocalyptic genre is one of our favorites, and it has produced some standout examples, including Omega Man, Planet of the Apes, Road Warrior and countless others.  We start off by looking at 1977's Damnation Alley, loosely based on a novella by the great Roger Zelazny, which has a band of survivors making a desperate trek across the ruined center of a post-world-war-three America.  They make the trip inside the actual star of the film, the Landmaster, a true engineering marvel and something which still impresses today, decades after it's creation.  Starring George Peppard and Jan-Michael Vincent, with a top-notch supporting cast, this film delivers the goods, along with giant scorpions and killer cockroaches!  Next we travel to Italy, for the 1983 epic from Sergio Martino 2019: After the Fall of New York. In this lazy remake of the incredible Escape from New York,  we have a ruined America, split into two factions, the Euraks and the Federation.  The radioactive fallout from a global nuclear war has rendered every female infertile. The federation's "Genetic Robot" determines there's a lone fertile woman in the ruins of New York, bastion of the Euraks,  so they send in the hero Parsifal and two sidekicks to retrieve her for a rocket ride to Alpha Centauri to continue the human race...this movie is bad, really bad. Is it so bad that you should avoid it, or is it so bad that you should watch it instantly...?  Tune in and hear what we thought of both of these beauties.
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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Episode 42 - And Through the Woods

This episode, Mike and Marty took the podcast out into the woods, for a fun camping trip and then things started to go horribly wrong.  We look at two films which follow in the footsteps of many previous films but perhaps most obviously, John Boorman's 1972 classic Deliverance.  The first we look at is Rituals from 1977.  Starring Hal Holbrook and a small group of very talented actors, and featuring a really top notch script, this was a truly delightful surprise.  It is a grueling experience as the viewer follows a group of doctors who are on an expedition to "The Cauldron" and run into something in the woods that clearly wants them to leave.  We follow that up with 1981's Just Before Dawn, directed by Jeff Lieberman who gave us the only "killer earthworm" film we've ever seen, Squirm.  Chris Lemmon and Gregg Henry are the leaders of a group of young people who intend to explore a remote forest area, despite the ominous warnings of both the creepy locals and the resident park ranger, played by the wonderful George Kennedy. There is much disco-dancing and crazy disregard for the dangers that surround the foolhardy campers, as well as the requisite drunken-coot and inbred hill-family, but still the movie falls totally flat.  Listen in to the conversation and see if you want to give either of these a shot, maybe you could watch them on your next camping trip.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Episode 41 - Soft as an Easy Chair

The cave has filled with thoughts of love this episode.  We look at two movies where love is in the title AND makes up the core element of the plots. First up is 1969's The Psycho Lover, written and directed by Robert Vincent O'Neill who would later write Vice Squad ( which we covered in episode 22 ).  It is the story of a psychiatrist, who is helping the police with a series of brutal rape/murders, and how he comes up with a nefarious scheme to get himself out of an unhappy marriage.  Really good dialogue and some far-out technology elevate this one above many others of it's ilk.  We follow that up with 1973's Love Me Deadly which stars the one and only Lyle Waggoner.  If you're a fan of this podcast, when you hear the word necrophilia, you might think of Nekromantik, but THIS little beauty covered the same territory 15 years earlier!  A very strange mishmash of Harlequin Romance and Satanic Cultism, this is neither fish nor fowl.  Is it worth your 90 minutes though? Listen in and see if you feel like giving it a shot. Please write to us and let us know what you thought of the show and send along your own suggestions for strange little films that you think more people should see.  You can reach us at or or by leaving a message on our Facebook page.