I bet most of you know Brian De Palma as a director of cool crime dramas of the 80’s and 90’s, but it is his formative early years of the 70’s that has take the Spoiler Filled Crew’s interest, most specifically the oddity that is Phantom of The Paradise, a glam yet somehow drab allegory of the music industry. If you like your cult musicals with a bit of horror, Faust, Phantom of the Opera , Dorian Grey and incomprehensible bird symbolism then this is the film for you! Or maybe not as the case may be… This time we we are subjected to: Rock Palaces, unnecessary teeth removal, the original Birdman costume, ornate furniture we all crave and Beef, the wonderful Beef.
In true Spoiler Filled fashion, we begin our review or horror films in November. Some may call us tardy after Halloween has just passed, but we say who wants to follow the crowd. First on the chopping block is Jacob’s Ladder from 1990; a cerebral, atmospheric and somewhat divisive film amongst the Spoiler Filled Crew. Come and learn who the true horror fans are among us as we descend the ladder into the Lynch-ian/Cronenberg-ian depths of this film where we discuss: it’s famous influence on the Silent Hill franchise, ice baths, angelic chiropractors and how none of us managed to spot half of Tenacious D!
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]
There’s no two ways about it (unfortunately for our world famous puns), all of the Spoiler Filled crew fell a little bit in love this week with with the classic 1930’s movie Doctor Jekyll & Mr Hyde. But how can a somewhat-hokey-to-a-modern-audience film elicit such such joy in the somewhat notoriously cynical gang? Tune in now to find out!
Dir: Rouben Mamoulian
Cine: Karl Struss
Edi: William Shea
Mus: Herman Hand, Johann Sebastian Bach
Prod: Paramount Pictures
Cast: Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart, Holmes Herbert, Halliwell Hobbes, Edgar Poole, Tempe Pigott
We hope your minds are like clean, hungry sponges this week listeners because we are tackling 90’s cult ‘classic’ The Lawnmower Man. Was it a movie ahead of it time with it’s cutting edge, 1992 computer graphics and prophetic sci-fi or were it’s lofty ambitions just too far out of reach? Either way, come and join our entertaining discussions of such fodder as: Pierce Brosnan’s topless scientist, taking the term mindf@#k a little too literally, giant golden heads and how it is both the most and least faithful Stephen King adaptation at the same time.
Dir: Brett Leonard
Wri: Brett Leonard, Gimel Everett, Stephen King (Novel, sorta)
Cine: Russell Carpenter
Edi: Alan Baumgarten, Lisa Bromwell
Mus: Dan Wyman
Prod: Allied Vision, Fuji Eight Company Ltd, Lane Pringle Productions, New Line Cinema
Cast: Jeff Fahey, Pierece Brosnan, Jenny Wright, Geoffrey Lewis, Jeremy Slate, Dean Norris
[Ep.184, Rec, 11/2017]
We like a bit of crazy here at Spoiler Filled and Russian director Timur Bekmambetov usually delivers just the kind of weird we like. But perhaps his first international hit Nochnoy Dozor a.k.a Night Watch from 2004 is a little too much crazy for us to handle (despite someone actually having read the book for a change!)? There’s still plenty to enjoy in this slick looking movie however, such as: vampires, magicians, shape-shifters, parallel dimensions, blood curses, destructive crow tornadoes, living stuffed owls, creepy spider dolls and so much more we just don’t understand.
Dir: Timur Bekmambetov
Wri: Timur Bekmambetov, Laeta Kalogridis, Sergei Lukyanenko (Novel)
Cine: Sergey Tromifov
Edi: Dimitry Kiselev
Mus: Yuri Poteyenko
Prod: Channel One Russia, Bazelevs Company, Gemini Film
Cast: Konstantin Khabensky, Vladimir Menshov, Valeri Zolotukhin
Mariya Poroshin, Galina Tyunina
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
It’s not very often that a film based around a single joke is very successful, but perhaps Abi has found the exception to the rule in Tucker and Dale vs Evil, a comedy horror from 2010 which asks the question: What if those creepy-looking, horror-movie-redneck-serial-killer types are just really nice, misunderstood guys? We got a lotta love for Alan Tudyk, find Joss Whedon parallels and try not to over-explain too many jokes.
Dir: Eli Craig
Wri: Eli Craig, Morgan Jurgenson
Cine: David Geddes
Edi: Bridget Durnford
Mus: Michael Shields, Andrew Kaiser
Production: Eden Rock Media, Looby Lou, Reliance BIG Pictures, Urban Island, Magnet Releasing
Cast: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss, Chelan Simmons
[Ep. 178, Rec. 09/2017]
Ant plucks out this cheap and standard looking horror film from deep down in the film bin this week called Triangle from 2009. Expectations are low from the poetically three-pointed panel of him, Rich and Jamie, but is there something more mysterious and mind-bending waiting in store for them. Come and join them all try and wrap their brains (and maybe intestines) around this twisty tale which includes such flotsam and jetsam as: slapstick axe-throwing, numerous Shining references, symbolic seagulls, perplexing paradoxes and surprisingly very little mention of the Bermuda Triangle, weirdly.
Dir: Christopher Smith
Wri: Christopher Smith
Cine: Robert Humphreys
Edi: Stuart Gazzard
Mus: Christian Henson
Production: UK Film Council, Dan Films, Icon Film
Cast:: Melissa George, Michael Dorman, Rachael Carpani, Henry Nixon, Emma Lung, Liam Hemsworth
Ant takes us on a wee trip to the Emerald Isle this week, a booze cruise some might say, as the ‘SF’ crew prepare to take on (with rudimentary weaponry) the comedy-horror B-Movie Grabbers. It’s a bit of Edgar Wright-meets-80’s-Spielberg-meets-Father Ted in this slightly obscure film from the recent Renaissance in Irish black comedies which includes some superb drunk-acting, Richard Coyle being all charming, Russel Tovey being posh(?), decapitations a-plenty and alot, ALOT of bad language from the Spoiler Filled Gang.