Saturday, September 24, 2022

Episode 211 - Flickering for Vengeance

In a world that seems to be clearly working AGAINST women, there is something cathartic about watching films where females turn the tables on the people keeping them down and teach them a little something about right and wrong. We watch two VERY wild examples of this type of storyline this time in the cave. We start off with 1987's Angel of Vengeance co-directed by two legends of low-budget filmmaking, Ted V. Mikels and Ray Dennis Steckler. It's a very rough tale of a woman beset by a group of survivalists in the desert and we get to watch her take them down one by one. It's a nasty bit of business but worth checking out. We follow that with 1985's Naked Vengeance from show-favorite Cirio Santiago. The story focuses on a woman who find herself in the wrong place at the wrong time and this sends her down a VERY dark path until she finds herself forced to murder most of the male residents of Silver Lake. It is a truly brutal movie but very satisfying once the revenge starts being handed out. We then proceed to list the various things we've been watching for fun. Please let us know what you thought of the show, and send us some suggestions for future episodes. You can email us at flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com. You can also reach us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.


Sunday, August 28, 2022

Episode 210 - Guys and Dahls

We are focusing on the respected director John Dahl on this episode of the podcast. A front-runner in the Neo-Noir movement, he has produced a number of films that drip with style and he loves a twisty plot full of backstabs and deceit. We start off by talking about The Last Seduction from 1994. Starring actor-turned-director Peter Berg and Linda Fiorentino, it's a pitch-black tale of a woman on the run who will use anything she can to control the people around her and to come out on top. We follow that up with the star-packed Red Rock West from 1993. The cast includes Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle and J.T. Walsh, all turning in fantastic performances. Set in a dusty western town, it follows a young man who's down on his luck, looking for a fresh start but what he finds instead is a case of mistaken identity that embroils him in a murder plot. This one is really excellent and should be seen without knowing too much about how the story develops. We then proceed to list the various things we've been watching for fun. Please let us know what you thought of the show, and send us some suggestions for future episodes. You can email us at flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com. You can also reach us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.




Sunday, July 24, 2022

Episode 209 - Snipe Hunt

America has a gun problem. So much media is out there where guns are featured almost as the lead characters, and sometimes there's nothing more fun than getting lost in this alternate reality and letting the cathartic violence wash away your cares of the day. It seems lately though that the reality of gun violence is harder and harder to ignore. We picked two movies for the podcast that focus on gun violence and the people who are behind those guns. These are both powerful and expertly-crafted films and we recommend both heartily! We start off with Peter Bogdanovich's debut as a director, 1968's Targets which tells the tale of young man raised in a gun-loving family who decides one day that he's going to kill as many people as he can. Boris Karloff turns in an amazing performance as a fading film star who's struggling with his place in society. We follow that with Two Minute Warning from 1976 which stars Charlton Heston and a slew of Hollywood luminaries in a story largely set in a football stadium during a playoff game where a lone sniper sits high above the crowd, slowly planning his next move. The tension is incredible and the sense of panic once the shooting starts is shockingly real. We then proceed to list the various things we've been watching for fun. Please let us know what you thought of the show, and send us some suggestions for future episodes. You can email us at flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com. You can also reach us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Episode 208 - The Price is Right

Vincent Price is a horror icon for good reason...he's been in so many classics and has one of the most recognizable voices ever. We looked at two of his films that are a little lighter for the podcast this time. Starting with 1983's "The House of the Long Shadows" that has a truly stellar cast of horror luminaries including Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and John Carridine. The lead is played by Desi Arnaz Jr, who's clearly doing his best but can't hold a candle ( literally ) to his costars. It's a fun, twisty tale of deception and it was amazing to see all those familar faces together in one film. We follow that up with the wacky "Bloodbath at the House of Death" from 1984. Starring British comedian Kenny Everett, its a broad parody of horror tropes and is largely successful throughout. There are some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments and very fun surprises. We recommend both of these! We then proceed to list the various things we've been watching for fun. Please let us know what you thought of the show, and send us some suggestions for future episodes. You can email us at flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com. You can also reach us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.



Sunday, June 5, 2022

Episode 207 - Dirtbikes to Dentures

When we sat down to record episode 207, we just wanted to talk about Fred Ward and how much we love him in everything! Several days after recording, the world learned that he had passed away, and we were left with an episode where we talk at length about him, not knowing what was to come. So, please think of this episode as a memoriam for a great actor who was great in every film he was in, with a wonderful smile and a tendency to outshine anyone he was acting beside. What a legend, and what an incredible body of solid work!
We start the show off by talking about the 1982 movie "Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann" from director William Dear. Featuring some fairly dark moments for a PG-rated film, it's a fun little diversion with a strong supporting cast including Peter Coyote as the villain. We follow that up with a masterpiece from 1990 called "Miami Blues" from George Armitage. Costarring Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alec Baldwin, it is a very unique blend of comedy, drama, police procedural and character study. This one should NOT be missed! We then proceed to list the various things we've been watching for fun. Please let us know what you thought of the show, and send us some suggestions for future episodes. You can email us at flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com. You can also reach us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.



Sunday, May 15, 2022

Episode 206 - Cunning Stunts

We head to Australia for a couple of VERY fun stuntman-focused films that both star the magnetic and truly daring Grant Page and both are directed by show-favorite Brian Trenchard-Smith. We start off with 1976's Death Cheaters which co-stars John Hargreaves as Page's partner who are recruited to help the government deal with a group of bad guys by using their stunt-focused skills. It is a blast and has some incredible stunt segments but is also really well written and paced. We follow that up with Stunt Rock from 1978 which has Page coming to America to help the band Sorcery with their live stage shows. It's full of the band's live performances and plenty of amazing stunts. We recommend both! We then proceed to list the various things we've been watching for fun. Please let us know what you thought of the show, and send us some suggestions for future episodes. You can email us at flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com. You can also reach us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.


Sunday, April 10, 2022

Episode 205 - Evil Editors

We have another interesting pairing of films that have a lot in common. They both focus on film editors who get caught up in some crazy moments and violence and murder ensues!  We start off with Evil Ed from 1995, a Swedish production that really goes for it! This movie is incredibly ambitious, especially when considering it's small budget, but the filmmakers really succeed! The film follows a mild-mannered editor, named Ed, who is tasked with editing a series of slasher films. The act of working on the films starts to change him into the titular character and tons of people die along the way. It's a lot of fun, in the vein of Evil Dead 2 and Dead Alive. We follow that up with Astron-6's The Editor from 2014. We really feel this movie is a masterpiece. It's an homage and celebration of the giallo genre, and done with a very deft touch. It's totally over the top at times, while remaining very funny and still keeps you guessing with the actual "who-done-it" plot. This one NEEDS to be seen! We then proceed to list the various things we've been watching for fun. Please let us know what you thought of the show, and send us some suggestions for future episodes. You can email us at flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com. You can also reach us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Episode 204 - Fangs of New York

Once again, we've found two VERY similar films to talk about. This time we look at two black & white vampire movies set in New York City, with VERY big ideas, awesome cinematography and great music. We start off with 1995's The Addiction from director Abel Ferrara. It stars Lili Taylor as a graduate student who is attacked by a vampire and begins to turn. It presents vampirism as a parable for a number of things and goes into some very heady places at times. We follow that with 1994's Nadja from director Michael Almereyda and produced by David Lynch (who also turns in a small role as a morgue assistant). It stars the luminous Elina Lowensohn as the titular Nadja, a child of Dracula who must go to Brooklyn to see her estranged brother after the death of their father. It has a touch of quirkiness that really makes the whole film shine. We liked both and recommend them fully. We then proceed to list the various things we've been watching for fun. Please let us know what you thought of the show, and send us some suggestions for future episodes. You can email us at flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com. You can also reach us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.




Sunday, February 13, 2022

Episode 203 - Why So Cirio?

It seems like we just can't get enough of the films of director Cirio Santiago! We look at two from him that are VERY similar...maybe a little TOO similar when you get right down to it! We start off with "Wheels of Fire" from 1985 which stars Gary Watkins as a Mad-Max-Alike named Trace who is driving around a post apocalyptic wasteland trying to save his sister from an evil cabal known as "The Ownership". It has lots of explosions and action but a very murky plot but is totally fun in a disposable way. We follow that with 1987's "Equalizer 2000" which stars martial artist Richard Norton as Slade, who's driving around a post-apocalyptic wasteland trying to help a rag-tag team of freedom fighters known as "The Ownership". Do you notice any similarities there? This movie also features the titular gun, the equalizer 2000 which is goofy in the most awesome way imaginable. We enjoyed both but there is no way to defend these as high-art. We then proceed to list the various things we've been watching for fun. Please let us know what you thought of the show, and send us some suggestions for future episodes. You can email us at flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com. You can also reach us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Episode 202 - Stylish Tejano

For episode 202 we are joined by friend-of-the-show Eli who was the brains behind the movies we feature. We start off with 2018's "Tejano" from director David Blue Garcia. It takes some familiar crime story tropes and combines them with small town border drama to create a unique look at a world that was entirely alien to the cave dwellers. Beautifully shot and packed with action, we all really liked it. We follow that up with a real masterpiece, 2020's "The Stylist" from director Jill Gevargizian and with a terrific lead performance from Najarra Townsend as a hair stylist with a VERY dark side. A complex tale of the ways humans struggle to relate and interreact combined with harrowing tension, we urge everyone to check it out! Please let us know what you thought of the show, and send us some suggestions for future episodes. You can email us at flickersfrom@yahoo.com or flickersfrom@gmail.com. You can also reach us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.