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.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Episode 65 - Flickers from the Backroads

Yeehaw! We are heading back into the woods this time, for some demon-whiskey and fast driving.  We focus on two movies from the 70's that have moonshine-making at their core. The first is 1976's Dixie Dynamite, with a great cast including Christopher George, R.G. Armstrong and show-favorite Warren Oates.  The titular "Dixie" is played by the stunning Jane Anne Johnstone in her only known role.  She and her sister patsy wear fabulous outfits and blow up the bad guys in this entertaining revenge story. Highly recommended and available for free if you know where to look. We follow this up with 1975's Moonrunners.  Written and directed by Gy Waldron, who would later adapt the story and characters into the immensely popular TV series, The Dukes of Hazzard.  Taking a more serious approach to very similar material, Moonrunners is a compelling and surprisingly thoughtful movie, especially when you consider the television program it would later spawn. We thought this one was streaming as well, but can't find it now. Sorry for the misinformation.  We recommend both of these and think you could do a lot worse on a lazy summer afternoon than to sit, with a jar of moonshine and go to a distant place and time, where car tires squeal on dirt roads and the girls all wear gingham.  Let us know what you thought of the show by sending email to or or leave us a message on our Facebook page.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Episode 64 - Fulci's Follies

We couldn't keep ourselves away from legendary Italian director Lucio Fulci. A favorite of ours ( for some reason ), the man has made some very influential films throughout his career. We talk about two of them on this show. Both films are part of his "Gates to Hell" trilogy, which started with 1980's City of the Living Dead ( also known as "The Gates of Hell" ).  We start the show with what many believe to be his masterpiece, 1981's The Beyond.  Telling the tale of a mysterious hotel in swampy Louisiana, it boggles the mind. A mix of brilliance and a parade of WTF moments, we found ourselves asking "WHY?" again and again. We follow that up with the final chapter in the trilogy, also from 1981, The House By The Cemetery.  It also features a mysterious building, with something sinister going on in the basement.  Claiming to be inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, there are few of his trademark elements in the movie. It is not quite as full of the WTF moments, but it is also more mundane than The Beyond.  We hash it out and spend some time at the end of the show talking about what we are going to cover next. Please send us your thoughts and suggestions via email to or or leave us a message on our Facebook page.