ALL HORROR MOVIES THIS WEEK! Tucker "FUNNY THING" Stone and Sean "FUNNY THANG" Witzke take you through a tour of terror.
00:00 - 6:39 - INTROS! Inclusdes some talk about the Simpsons creators Matt "Hell" Groening and Sam "Sayonara" Simon and Law and Order. Also some "behind the curtain" business of how we chose the movies we wanted to talk about, and some mention of Ruggero Deodato's grossout classic Cannibal Holocaust (1980).
06:40 - 19:29 - Starting off the only way we know how, focusing on John Carpenter's The Thing (1982), starring Kurt Russel, Keith David, Wilford Brimley and 9 other great character actors doing the best work of their careers, special effects by Rob Bottin. Originally based on the film The Thing From Another World (1951), directed by Chrisian Nyby (ghost-directed by Howard Hawks). Carpenter once said that "People still think of The Thing as a little bit above pornography". Also mentioned in this sectionIrreversible (2002), Alien (1979), and Psycho (1960).
19:30 - 35:00 - Next up we have An American Werewolf In London (1981), directed by John Landis and starring David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne. Special effects by Rick Baker. THEY MADE A NEW OSCAR CATEGORY FOR RICK BAKER'S WORK ON THIS MOVIE. John Landis tells the story of how he wrote the film, and some cool Bottin/Baker facts (Bottin ran away to live in Baker's garage when he was 15!) facts in this lengthy interview with Kevin Pollak.
35:01 - 46:17 - Up next we have Candyman (1992), directed and written by Bernard Rose, based on the short story The Forbidden by Clive Barker, starring Tony Todd, Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkley, and a score by Phillip Glass. We also talk about the treatment of race in Candyman, other Clive Barker movies, how Neil Gaiman sucks, and Tony Todd's stint on 24.
46:18 - 1:00:09 - Then we watched Exorcist III: Legion (1990), written and directed by William Peter Blatty, starring George C Scott, Jason Miller, and Brad Dourif. With cameos by Fabio, Patrick Ewing, and Samuel L Jackson. Also - Tucker talks about nightmares. There is a lot of discussion about Brad Dourif's stunning performance in this.
John Carpenter on working with Blatty on the screenplay, from the book John Carpenter The Prince of Darkness interviewed by Giles Boulenger - " I spoke to Blatty about the eerie implications of sub-atomic physics: His eyes flashed "Oh you mean Bell's Iniquity", then he smiled. "You know of course the word 'lucifer' means 'light'." And a chill went up my spine."
1:00:10 - 1:10:21 - To change the pace away from 80s/90s American horror, we watched Ugetsu (1953), directed by Kenji Mizoguchi and starring Masayuki Mori and Machiko Kyō. There is some discussion in this section of cultural translation of books and films to the US, including Javier Marrias and the Wallander series . And there is a mention of Adrienne Barbeau's (who was Carpenter's wife at the time, in keeping with the Carpenter obsession) performance in Creepshow (1982) and the stock character of the shrill housewife.
1:10:22 - 1:28:13 - Finally rounding up we close with Evil Dead 2 (1987), directed by Sam Raimi, written by Raimi and Scott Spiegel, produced by Rob Tapert, makeup effects by Greg Nicotero, and starring Bruce Campbell. There is a discussion/overview of Sam Raimi's career, Sean talks about weird fanboy bullshit in Darkman (1990) and Tucker tells a real life story about The Quick and the Dead (1995) as a way to bail out of his inability of backing up his own bullshit opinions. When that doesn't work, he just takes a straight up non-movie detour to talk about Sean Howe's great new book Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, Howe also edited the Deep Focus line of books, which included the absolutely essential Jonathan Lethem book about They Live (bringing it back to Carpenter, like the goddamn ticking of a clock we'll always come back to him. He must be our lucky star, shining on us wherever we go).