193: SFFCH – Dark Star [1974]

193 Dark Star

This week we set our sights on what is considered one of the best student films ever created….No wait! Come back listeners! This is not your usual student film full of hokey acting, cheap sets and bad special effects….well, not too much of it anyways. Not when the student in question is John Carpenter! Dark Star is the expanded version of Carpenter’s original student film about four men on a deteriorating spaceship in deep space going a bit loopy. Beach-ball aliens, makeshift musical instruments, philosophizing bombs and surfing on space debris are all highlights in this original and off-beat concept.

Dir: John Carpenter
Wri: John Carpenter, Dan O’Bannon
Cine: Douglas Knapp
Edi: Dan O’Bannon
Mus: John Carpenter
Prod: University of Southern California, Jack H. Harries Enterprises, Bryanston Pictures
Cast: Dan O’Bannon, Brian Narelle, Cal Kuniholm, Dre Pahich, John Carpenter, Barbara Knapp
[Ep. 193, Rec 02/2018]


190: SFFCH – A Boy and His Dog [1975]

190 A Boy and his Dog

Awwww, A Boy and his Dog! Well that just sounds delightful, doesn’t it….? NO! Just…no. If you’re expecting cute, fluffy puppies and heartwarming adventures this week on Spoiler Filled then you are gonna be sorely disappointed. However, we still encourage you to break out your popcorn troughs and apply your white make-up as we all get a bit grim and uncomfortable about this gritty (and far too rape-y) post-apocalyptic sci-fi.


Dir: L. Q. Jones
Wri: L. Q. Jones, Alvy Moore, Wayne Cruseturner, Harlan Ellison (novel)
Cine: John Arthur Morrill
Edi: Scott Conrad
Mus: Tim McIntire, Ray Manzarek, Jamie Mendoza-Nava
Prod: LQ/JAF Productions
Cast: Don Johnson, Susanne Benton, Ron Feinberg, Jason Robards
[Ep. 190, Rec. 01/2018]

175: SFFCH – Serpico [1973]

175 Serpico

Abi was watching wrestling (of course) and thought of Al Pacino (obviously!), so this week the Spoiler Filled Crew are watching Serpico, a gritty slice of 70’s cinematic americana based on the life of cop, whistleblower and all-round cool dude Frank Serpico. This time around Abi herself is pressured into whistleblowing, Rich dreams of slapstick crossovers, Jamie keeps reminding us that everybody is dead and everyone marvels at the many, many beards of Al Pacino.

Dir: Sidney Lumet
Wri: Waldo Salt, Norman Wexler, Peter Maas (Novel)
Cine: Arthur J. Ornitz
Edi: Dede ASllen
Mus: Mikis Theodorakis
Production: Artists Entertainments Complex Inc, Produzion De Laurentiis International Manufacturing Company S.P.A, Paramount Pictures
Cast: Al Pacino, John Randolph, Jack Kehoe
[Ep. 175, Rec, 08/2017]


161: SFFCH – The Last Detail

161 The Last Detail

It’s the ‘Return of the Returning Directors IV’ this week as Abi presents the whole crew with The Last Detail from 1973 which was directed by Hal Ashby, whose film Being There has been scrutinized in the past. Jack Nicholson and Otis Young play a couple of not-so-gay (in all senses of the word) sailors who must escort  a young and naive Randy Quaid to prison for a minor crime and come across many adventures and philosophical difficulties as they decide to show him a good time on the way. Be prepared for a lot of ‘colourful’ language in this one as we deal with such things as: excessive bitchin’, ‘hat’ acting, the lameness of semaphore,  ‘silent movie’ prostitutes and barbeques in blizzards.

[Ep. 161, Rec, 04/2017]


155: SFFCH – The Missouri Breaks

156 The Missouri Breaks
Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando and Randy Quaid in one film. Will there be an acting-insanity overload or will one of these notorious nut-balls steal the show? Well, if the picture above is anything to go by, one person may have an advantage. This week, Abi brings us The Missouri Breaks, a non-typical and almost forgotten about western from 1976. Things up for discussion this time are: Nicholson’s hairiness, Brando’s Irish mumblings, whether Harry Dean Stanton belongs in Peaky Blinders, being rude to donkeys and stealing kisses from horses.

[Ep.155, Rec. 02/2017]


153: SFFCH – Zardoz

153 Zardoz

It’s the return of another director we’ve touched on in the past and it’s a whole different kind of mental this time as we attempt to comprehend the wondrous insanity that is John Boorman’s Zardoz from 1974. We should have been clued in by our past viewing of Exorcist II as to the quality of Boorman’s work, but how could we turn down such an iconic “bad” movie. Notice the inverted commas there, as perhaps we find this film surprisingly complex. We keep the mentions of Sean Connery’s pants to a minimum somehow, but we do indulge in a couple of impressions. Sho Shorry.

[Ep. 153, Rec. 02/2017]