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A remake of a 1951 film (with a prequel that came out in 2011), John Carpenter’s 1982 version of The Thing is considered by many to be a horror classic, combining practical make-up, horror, and sci-fi elements into a satisfying genre package. But, although history looks upon the film kindly, original reviews found the film “excessive” and over-the-top. So, looking back 35 years since it’s initial release, how does the film hold up?

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Halloween might have come and gone, but we’re keeping things spooky on the podcast with yet another Stephen King cinematic adaptation: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Although reception was lukewarm upon its release in 1980, the film is now lauded as one of the greatest psychological horror films ever made. It’s also a film that has been endlessly debated and analyzed, even inspiring a documentary chronicling the film’s true motivations. So, 35-years later, we ask: is all the obsession warranted? Is The Shinning a cinematic masterpiece? Or, as some critics believed when it hit theaters, is it too long and methodical to truly last the test of time? Grab a bourbon and join us in room 237—it’s going to be a long, cold night.

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Game over man! To celebrate its 30th anniversary, we give a re-watch to James Cameron’s Aliens. Often heralded as one of the best sequels of all time, it’s a departure from the original film both in style and tone. But, is that a good thing? We talk about the nature of sequels and how new directors can alter the course of a franchise.

Also, at the start of the episode, we take a short break from all this “re-viewing” to discuss the BBC’s list of the top 100 movies of the 2st Century (don’t worry, Mike gets it eventually…)

 

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With the release of 1988’s Midnight Run, the follow-up to his smash success, Beverly Hills Cop, director Martin Brest seemed poised to be Hollywood’s next great action comedy director. But, while his career eventually fizzled with the release of the much-maligned Gigli, it’s interesting to look back at Run and its impact on all the action/comedy hybrids that would follow. Does this buddy crime caper still have the goods? Do the jokes still work? More importantly, does anyone remember when Robert DeNiro used to pick good projects? Dave, Ivan, and Mike take a road trip back to the 80s to find out.

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It’s all singing, dancing, and man-eating plants on this week’s podcast! Mike, Ivan, and Dave journey back to 1986 and re-visit Frank Oz’s adaptation of the off-broadway musical comedy, Little Shop of Horrors. Featuring music by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (a duo who would later become a major force responsible for the Disney animated renaissance) and performances by Rick Moranis and Steve Martin, this film is considered to be a toe-tapping hit. But, is it more than just catchy songs? Is there deeper meaning behind the b-movie bloodlust? Tune in and find out.

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One…two…Freddy’s coming for you…

To honor director Wes Craven, on this week’s episode we turn to his iconic 1984 horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street. As the slasher film genre was growing stale in the mid-80s, Craven rejuvenated the medium with this imaginative tale of a cruel serial killer who kills his teenage victims in their dreams. But, does the film still feel as innovative over 30 years later? How have horror films changed? And, is Freddy Kruger still a terrifying villain after all this time?

Special thanks to Matt Kelly from the Horror Movie Night Podcast for joining us on this episode and providing us some excellent background and perspective into the horror genre.

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Note: the audio for this episode was distorted with an accidental reverb filter. We are very sorry and promise never to do this ever again.

Before James Cameron went on to make some of the highest grossing movies of all time, he was just a scrappy, young action director with big dreams. 1984’s The Terminator changed all that, proving to be a breakout hit for both Cameron and body-builder turned actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. But, does this low budget success from 1984—a film that has since spawned multiple sequels, toys, and even an amusement park ride—still hold up when watching in 2015? As Schwarzenegger’s cyborg antagonist declares: “He’ll be back.” But, as viewers, is it worth the return trip? This episode features special guest host and Terminator expert, filmmaker Shahir Daud.

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As the summer heats up, we drift into a dreamy, sun-induced haze with David Lynch’s surreal neo-noir, Blue Velvet. A divisive movie when it was first released in 1986, Blue Velvet is often considered Lynch’s masterpiece. But, as the film nears its 30 year anniversary, does it still feel as intoxicating? Is it an enigmatic, substantive film? Or, is it just really, really weird? With the help of special guest and Lynch fanatic, Eric Diaz, we try to peer inside the seedy underbelly of Blue Velvet’s alluring mystery. Open up your earholes…Daddy has some gas to huff!