We journey back to a time we at Spoiler Filled refer to as BLOTR, or ‘Before Lord Of The Rings‘, where Fantasy films were their own special kind of schlocky and this weeks film, Red Sonja, belongs in a particularly Dark Age of the period. It’s essentially Conan the Barbarian, but if Conan was a minor role, and not actually Conan, and replaced with an inexperienced female model and an annoying kid. So if you are looking for some uncomfortable Asian stereotypes, uncomfortable looking (if elaborately varied) clothing and some very uncomfortable acting, then you’ve come to the right place!
Dir: Richard Fleischer
Wri: Clive Exton, George MacDonald Fraser
Cine: Giueseppe Rotunno
Edi: Frank J. Urioste
Mus: Ennio Morricone
Prod: Dino De Laurentiis Company, MGM/United Artists Entertainment Company
Cast: Brigitte Nielsen, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sandahl Bergman, Ernie Reyes Jr, Paul L. Smith, Pat Roach
What do the Spoiler Filled Crew like to get upto at the height of Summer? That’s right, build a snow fort and watch obscure foreign films! This week we’ve decided to take a respite from the midsummer sun and travel to cold, snowy, rural Quebec where we observe The Dog Who Stopped The War and ultimately learn that war is far more than just fun and games.
This week Rich, Abi and Anthony discuss Critters from 1986, a film about some tiny, hairy bastards that break out of space police custody, pick Earth to hideout on and ‘nom’ down on the residents. Only a foul-mouthed young boy, his family and two piss-poor bounty hunters can stop them. Listen in as Rich and Anthony discuss Gremlins, Abi praises Scott Grimes and everybody loves Billy Zane. Enjoy!
Dir: Stephen Herek
Wri: Stephen Herek, Domonic Muir, Don Keith Opper
Cine: Tim Suhrstedt
Edi: Larry Bock
Mus: David Newman
Prod: New Line Cinema, Sho Films, Smart Egg Pictures
Cast: Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy ‘Green’ Bush, Scott Grimes, Nadine Van der Velde, Don Keith Opper, Ethan Philips, Terrence Mann, Billy Zane!!!
[Ep. 203, Rec, 04/2018]
We think we’ve done it! We think we’ve found the most screwed-up kids film from the 80s including: murder, gun violence, espionage, amputated villains, mental illness and bombs concealed in little girls toys. And it’s also a big old advert for Atari. Cloak and Dagger is a kind of prototype Home Alone without the consistent family tone, just ripe for the picking here at Spoiler Filled.
Dir: Richard Franklin
Wri: Cornell Woolrich, Tom Holland
Cine: Victor J. Kempe
Edi: Andrew London
Mus: Brian May
Prod: Universal Pictures
Cast: Henry Thomas, Dabney Coleman, Michael Murphy, Christina Negra
[Ep. 196, Rec 03/18]
Who knew Michael Crichton had such a…uh…’prolific’ film career. Well, before the Nineties wanted to make big budget movies from any book of his they could get their hands on, he was making his own films. This week at Spoiler Filled, we delve into his 1981 effort Looker, a film about media influences, mind control, 80’s synth, neon lights, overly complicated acronyms, flashy sci-fi concepts and probably the greatest excuse for being constantly surrounded by semi-nude, attractive female models.
Now we all like George Miller’s style here at Spoiler Filled (especially one of us *cough* Jamie *cough*), but how will he handle his first time directing something which isn’t Mel Gibson in a post apocalyptic wasteland? So, we’re taking a look at his first Hollywood outing with The Witches of Eastwick from 1987. Our expectations are all over the shop for this ‘feminist parable’ given Miller’s eclectic back catalogue, but we certainly all have something to say about this ahead-of-the-time movie. Expect some sexual cello playing, booby dolls, Rich playing Devil’s advocate (quite literally) and to never look at cherries the same way again.
Dir: George Miller
Wri: Michael Cristofer (screenplay), John Updike (Novel)
Cine: Vilmos Zsigmond
Edi: Hubert C. de la Bouillerie, Richard Francis-Bruce
Mus: John Williams
Prod: Guber-Peters Company, Kennedy Miller
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer, Veronica Cartwright, Richard Jenkins, Carl Struycken
Jamie and Rich get their testosterone on this week talking about cars, punks, aliens, vaporisations, conspiracies and midnight movies as they discuss cult sci-fi comedy film Repo Man. Join them as they wonder what happened to Emilio Estevez, plant love and kisses on Harry Dean Stanton, the punk soundtrack, the ‘wackiness’ of it all and trust them to find the Welsh trash-lady reference.
Dir: Alex Cox
Wri: Alex Cox
Cine: Robby Muller
Edi: Dennis Dolan
Mus: Tito Larriva, Steven Hufsteter
Production: Edge City
Cast: Harry Dean Stanton, Emilio Estevez, Tracey Walter, Olivia Barash, Fox Harris
[Ep. 174, Rec 08/2017]
Warning! Enthusiasm levels from the Spoiler Filled Crew are dangerously low at the beginning of this one as we prepare to delve into the magical musical fairy-tale land of Puss in Boots, a Christopher Walken helmed TV movie from 1988. But do not worry as despite the low quality of the film, the conversation quality is high in entertainment. So if you want to hear about illogical magic, unbalanced inheritances, ‘country’ dances, ginger moustaches and how to impress royalty with roadkill then do not hesitate to click that play button.
This week the SFFCH gang get all up in the grill of the poorly spelt Colors from 1988. Rich Dogg, J-Bone, OG Ant and A-Bomb all tool up for a drive by on this gangland classic. Did the film survey unscathed or did we leave it bleeding on the sidewalk? Turn on your police scanners for the word on the street (press play on the podcast to listen). Get the full report on Sean Penn’s punch-able face, Robert Duvall’s admirable haircut, Frog’s terrible dancing, why Damon Wayans steals the show and the rest of our lively discussion about all things “Colors”. Brrrraaap! *SFFCH gang sign (it’s very tricky).
We attempted this one before, but our robot overlords tried to quash our efforts (i.e. our recording broke). However, we’re back and we’re more venomous than ever for 1984’s Electric Dreams, which is essentially an extended music video montage about a douche-bag who accidentally creates A.I. and abuses it into romancing his neighbour for him. Ant originally chose this ‘curiosity’, as he describes it, but perhaps has grown to regret it as he comes to learn to never judge a film by its DVD cover. So join him, Rich, Abi and Jamie talk about the awfulness of our leading man, romantic dates on Alcatraz, cello-playing as a personality trait, whether the computer is the most inanimate character in the film and so, SO much more in this 80’s explosion of insanity.