46: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984, Wes Craven)

October 31st, 2019

For our Halloween episode this year, we're looking back at a classic 1980's horror movie, featuring one of the iconic modern movie monsters: the cheery, Christmas-colored Fred Krueger. Yes, it's Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street.

We begin with a quick, glowing, non-spoiler review of Bong Joon Ho's Parasite from Cesar, while C.J. talks a bit about Lethal Weapon.

During the show, we mention our friend and former guest, Jason Swoboda, who has started his own podcast called Heroic Nonsense. Give it a listen.

Real-time fact checking isn't our strongest suit, so here are a few notes related to our discussion:
(1) The Thomas Jane Netflix movie based on a story by Stephen King is 1922.

(2) New Line Cinema was actually founded in 1967. The studio was in the midst of a "devastating financial slump" (from Wikipedia) when A Nightmare on Elm Street was released. The resulting success from Craven's film and its sequels earned New Line the nickname "the house that Freddy built."

(3) Yes, it was Patricia Arquette who co-starred in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.

(4) While incredibly successful for New Line, the film was number 40 at the box office in 1984, bringing in a domestic gross of $25.5 million. In comparison, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter made $32.9 million the same year.

Thank you for listening, and have a happy and safe Halloween!!!

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45: The Blob (1958, Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.)

October 23rd, 2019

It creeps and leaps and glides and slides across the floor... It's our episode on The Blob, the original cult classic starring a young Steve McQueen! We begin with Cesar's take on Takashi Miike's most recent film, First Love (Hatsukoi); and C.J. briefly discusses two recent rewatches from 1985: House and Clue. Following our main discussion, we've included a quick bonus conversation about Todd Phillips' Joker.

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39: The Wailing (2016, Hong-jin Na)

October 31st, 2018

For Halloween this year, we chose THE WAILING, a terrifying South Korean thriller from director Hong-jin Na. Being a first-time watch for both of us, much of the discussion is spent trying to work out our own feelings on this ambiguous story of a mysterious disease plaguing a small village, the cause of which may be supernatural.

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16: The Thing (1982, John Carpenter)

November 20th, 2017

For this episode, we created a Facebook poll for our fans to decide what horror movie we would tackle next. The results were close, with THE THING edging out films like POLTERGEIST and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET. We'd like to thank everyone who voted, and we hope you enjoy the discussion.