203: SFFCH – Critters (1986)

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]

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200: SFFCH 200th Anniversary – Moonlight [2016]

200 Moonlight

Our ability to blather on about movies knows no bounds, it seems, as we achieve yet another milestone here at Spoiler Filled Film. We celebrate our bicentenary with a very special guest suggestion of Moonlight from 2016. Now, we’re not ones to shy away from difficult topics here at SFFCH, of which Moonlight has a few, but we do tend to steer clear of high-profile Oscar winners. So, with this being the most modern film we have ever touched upon too, we have a new challenge on our hands. Did this film deserves it’s award wins or was it just caught up in a diversity drive from Hollywood? Does it appeal to 4, white, (mostly) heterosexual chums from Wales? Tune in to find out!

Dir: Barry Jenkins
Wri: Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney (Story)
Cine: James Laxton
Edi: Nat Sanders, Joi McMillon
Mus: Nicholas Britell
Prod: A24, Plan B Entertainent, Pastel Productions
Cast: Trevante Rhodes, Andre Holland, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Alex Hibbert, Jaden Piner, Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monae
[Ep. 200, Rec. 04/18]

199: SFFCH – King of the Kickboxers [1990]

199 Kick of the Kickboxers

It may be a little bit late (only a few years, sorry 😦 ), but we’ve managed to squeeze one more fan request in before our special bicentenary. King of the Kickboxers a.k.a. No Retreat, No Surrender 4 a.k.a. Karate Tiger 4 is a shameless rip-off…ahem…homage of various 80’s, Hong Kong, martial arts movies starring acting virtuoso and Spoiler Filled favourate Loren Avedon. Come and listen to us celebrate ‘So-Bad-It’s-Good’ movies as we discuss such delights as: Avedon’s surprising ‘splits’ talent, taking the term ‘maverick cop’ to it’s absolute limit and living with a chimp that likes dirty talk.

Dir. Lucas Lowe
Wri: Keith W. Strandberg
Cine: Viking Chiu
Edi: Marco Mak, Hung Poon
Mus: Richard Yuen
Prod: Imperial Entertainment, Seasonal Film Corporation
Cast: Loren Avedon, Richard Jaeckel, Billy Blanks, Sherrie Rose, Keith Cooke

[Ep. 199, Rec. 03/18]

197: SFFCH – On The Buses [1971]

197 On the Buses

Ah, nobody does comedy quite like us Brits, aye? That dry wit, that surrealism, that misogyny… This week we take a look at the uniquely British tradition of making a feature length movie out of a popular sitcom format with On The Buses from 1971. Can the material hold up over 90 minutes? Does it still appeal to a modern audience? How often can Rich say ‘It was a different time’? Tune in and find out!

 

Dir: Harry Booth
Wri: Ronald Chesney, Ronald Wolfe
Cine: Mark McDonald
Edi: Archie Ludski
Mus: Max Harris
Prod: Hammer Film Productions, EMI Elstree, MGM-EMI
Cast: Reg Varney, Bob Grant, Stephen Lewis, Doris Hare, Michael Robbins, Anna Karen
[Ep. 197, Rec 03/2018]

196: SFFCH – Cloak and Dagger [1984]

196 Cloak and Dagger

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]

195: SFFCH – The Shadow [1994]

195 The Shadow

Imagine a movie that is like Batman meets Dick Tracy meets Big Trouble in Little China. Now imagine that it is (somehow) boring and makes no sense. Well that’s The Shadow from 1994, a movie that seems to epitomize the phrase ‘style over substance’. Not even Ian Mckellen and Tim Curry (Tim Curry, people!) can lend this enough legitimacy. Up for discussion this time: Russell Mulcahy’s glass smashing obsession, that very distracting nose, suspending your bombs in the air needlessly and the unexpectedly sordid past of Max Wright.

Dir: Russell Mulcahy
Wri: David Koepp, Walter B. Gibson [Creator]
Cine: Stephen H. Burum
Edi: Peter Holness, Beth Jochem Besterveld
Mus: Jerry Goldsmith
Prod: Bregman/Baer Productions, Universal Pictures
Cast: Alec Baldwin, John Lone, Penelope Ann Miller, Peter Boyle, Ian McKellen, Tim Curry
[Ep. 195, Rec, 02/2018]

194: SFFCH – Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde [1931]

194 Dr J and Mr H

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

[Ep. 194, Rec 02/2018]

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]

191: SFFCH – Freaked [1993]

191 Freaked

Oh, the early Nineties! What were you thinking?! Stop trying to be an overblown, louder version of the 80s. That being said, we would never have been left with Freaked to sink our claws into, a film that revels in it’s extreme ugliness, crudeness and stupidity. Can it succeed in giving the the Spoiler Filled Crew a modicum of enjoyment despite that annoying MTV era attitude? Tune in to find out!

Dir:Alex Winter, Tom Stern
Wri: Tim Burns, Alex Winter, Tom Stern
Cine: Jamie Thompson
Edi: Malcolm Campbell
Mus: Kevin Kiner
Prod: Tommy, 20th Century Fox
Cast: Alex Winter, Randy Quaid, William Sadler, Megan Ward, Michael Stoyanov, Bobcat Goldthwait, Mr. T, Brooke Shields, Derek McGrath

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]