Episode 93: No Retreat No Surrender (1986)

Welcome back!
It was Erik’s turn to pick the flick this week, and he graced us with the 1986 teen karate movie, No Retreat, No Surrender- which (barely) stars Jean-Claude Van Damme in his second credited role. Bad Movie Sunday (@BadMovieSunday1) recommended this to us a while ago, and we are sooo glad we finally got around to it…

When the mob tries to strong-arm Tom into selling his dojo- which they plan to use as a front for their criminal activity- Tom resists and is badly beaten. He quickly decides to close the business, and relocates his family from sunny Los Angeles, all the way to Seattle. Injured and defeated, Tom swears off fighting for good. However, it’s not quite as easy for his son, Jason. Jason makes an enemy on their first day in the new neighborhood, which in turn ignites a rivalry between himself and the local dojo. With nowhere to turn, Jason prays to his idol, Bruce Lee for guidance… After which, the ghost of Bruce Lee promptly appears before him, ready to teach all of his martial arts secrets. CUE DOPE TRAINING MONTAGE!
Will Jason be able to harness the power he needs to get the girl, win over the dojo, and get revenge for his father by defeating the deadly Ivan Kraschinsky? Only one way to find out!

We spend a little time comparing this movie to the likes of Sidekicks, Breathing Fire, etc. We also discuss the sweet martial arts in this movie, how this was originally meant to be a porno flick, and why Jason’s dad is such a little bitch. Listen up!


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Episode 92: One Man Force (1989)

If there’s anything we love more than a buddy-cop flick, it’s a movie where one partner dies, triggering the other’s epic quest for revenge. Which is precisely why Tom picked 1989’s One Man Force- starring ex-football star, John Matuszak. Also, fresh off being banned from the show for many, many months after making us watch Holy Mountain, our pal Jim is back to discuss this with us.

After a gang of drug-dealers murders his partner, LA cop Jake Swan goes rogue in his bloody quest for revenge. After being kicked off the force, Jake becomes a private investigator and methodically tracks down every slimeball that had a hand in his partners death. Jake slowly works his way up the ranks, culminating in the ultimate showdown, and proving you can trust no one!

Join us as we dissect this movie- we discuss the film’s plentiful but weak goon-game, it’s vague storytelling method, and we have an inordinately long, nonsensical debate about chain restaurants. Enjoy!


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Episode 91: Uninvited (1988)

Hello again, Citizens!
We’re back at it this week with a recommendation from our friend and fellow podcaster, Dave Bullis (@Dave_Bullis), and Dave recommended that we indulge in 1988’s Uninvited.. So that’s exactly what we did!

Uninvited follows a group of brain-dead college kids that offer to crew the yacht of a corrupt business man, in exchange for tagging along on a trip to the Cayman Islands. Little do they know that his business on the island is not exactly on the up-and-up… Nor do they know that the cute cat they brought aboard with them is an escaped genetic experiment, waiting to wreak havoc on them all!

If that sounds like a weirdly convoluted plot, then congratulations, you’re right up to speed! Listen up as we discuss demon cat-rats, disappointing makeup effects, and whether or not beastiality is consentual. Enjoy!


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Episode 90: The Guest (2014)

Welcome back, Citizens!
We jumped back in this week with Brittany’s pick, and after much consideration, she picked 2014’s The Guest, directed by Adam Wingard. Our good pal, Fallon, had recommended this flick with much enthusiasm, so who else would we invite to be OUR Guest on this episode?

After learning their son, Caleb, has died in the war in Afghanistan, the Peterson family is trying to hold it together and cope with their devastating loss. Soon after, they are visited by David- a fellow soldier, who claims that he was Caleb’s best friend, and is visiting them as Caleb had requested. David seems like a great guy- polite, reserved, helpful. He takes Caleb’s brother, Luke, under his wing and tries to help him deal with his high school bullies. He bonds with Caleb’s parents, and attracts the attention of Caleb’s sister, Anna. But soon strange things start happening, and Anna becomes increasingly suspicious of David, and sets out to discover who their house guest REALLY is…

This movie spans several genres and moods, and does so with surprising deftness. Listen up as we discuss a plethora of oddities, including: female attraction to intimidating sexuality, the fuckin’ rad synth soundtrack, erotic stabbings, and why sleeper-cell agents give weirdly good advice. Enjoy!


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Episode 89: Ninja 3: The Domination

Hello again!

We’re back at it this week with a pick from Erik, and he selected 1984’s Ninja 3: The Domination. Also, in bizarre, experimental fun, we had our good friend, Victor, join us for the flick this week… and it was his very first B movie experience ever! We had fun destroying his innocence, and discussing this crazy-ass movie.

Ninja 3 follows a young woman named Chris, who is possessed by the spirit of an vengeful ninja, after a fateful encounter right before his death. The Black Ninja uses Chris as a vessel to seek vengeance on the police force that rightfully took his life- nearly destroying hers in the process. Her only hope seems to lie in the hands of the mysterious Yamada (played by Sho Kosugi), who shows up seeking to avenge the death of his master, and the loss of his left eye- both of which the Black Ninja took from him many years ago. Can Yamada exorcize the evil within her and defeat the Black Ninja once and for all?

This movie is a hilarious display of 80’s stereotypes, and we had a great time dissecting them. Also, Victor talks about his first B movie experience, we discuss how to get a date in the 80’s, and whether or not V8 is an aphrodesiac.

We also want to apologize to Bad Movie Sunday, who was planning on covering this flick next. Sorry to steal your thunder! But seriously, WE BLAME ERIK!

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Bonus Episode 5: B-Movie Storytime plus an interview w/ Griff Furst!

Ahoy, Citizens!
Unfortunately, we did not watch a film this week here at SCC, but we did do something that we should’ve done a long time ago…

If you’ve been a listener for any length of time, you probably know that we always ask every one of our first-time guests the same question:
“What is your relationship with B movies?”
We’ve asked dozens of people this question over the past two(ish) years, trying to learn about what ignites and ultimately drives the passion for this type of cinema. But recently we realized that as hosts, we’ve never really answered that question for ourselves. So for the first half of this episode we do exactly that- we all share our earliest B movie memories, discuss what we think makes a flick great, and talk about some of our favorites.

Interview time! Tom recently had the opportunity to speak with actor/director/filmmaker, Griff Furst, about his relationship with B movies, which we will share with you guys in the second half of this episode (somewhere around 30 minutes in, if you wish to skip our self-indulgent blathering). Griff has a pretty impressive resume- from his role in the Cinemax show, Banshee, to the upcoming The Magnificent Seven remake- but what we really wanted to hear about was all the work he’s done in the B movie world. Griff talks with us about his work with The Asylum production company, making mockbuster films, and about his new horror film, Cold Moon. Enjoy!

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Episode 88: Killing American Style (1990)

Aaaand we’re back. Flippin’ finally!

As some of you know, it’s been a rough month here at SCC… but after all the roadtrips, mountain-climbing, and hospital stays (not in that order), we are back and ready for action. We missed bad movies, and we missed every gosh damn one of you!
Tom picked the movie this week, and we watched the 1990 action flick, Killing American Style- directed by the one and only Amir Shervan. Tyler stopped by to watch this one with us- making it the third Shervan film we’ve covered on the show, and the second that Tyler has joined us for.

Killing American Style stars Robert Z’Dar as hardened criminal, Tony Stone, who -along with his partner, John Lynch- are on their way to prison for a failed heist. When Stone’s brother is shot in the process of helping them escape, they force their way into a nearby home and wait for help. The only problem is that the house belongs to all-American bad-ass/80s fashion victim, John Morgan. Morgan comes out strong but essentially becomes their errand boy for the entire movie, until finally he gets fed up and decides to unleash some good ol’ fashioned American whoop-ass on everyone! Hurray!

We discuss the obvious parallels between this and Shervan’s other films, including his bizarre perspective on American culture. We also discuss watermelon etiquette, bizarre set “design”, and lack of a solid goon game in this flick. We’re back!


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Episode 87: PASS THRU (2015)

I Dream of Breenie is back!

Neil Breen has a new movie out and you bet your sweet ass we went to see it.
Having recovered from The Neil Breen Spectacular (in which we watched all 3 of Neil’s movies – in one sitting- and then discussed), we decided to pack our bags and take a Second Class field trip to the sold-out show at the Somerville Theatre. We were joined, once again, by the only person we know who can tolerate as much Breen as we can- our BFF Aaron.

PASS THRU follows artificial intelligence from the future (played, obviously, by Neil himself), who has come to earth to eradicate all the evil corporate and media scum who are waging wars and destroying our planet. Breenie kills about 3 million people in the blink of an eye- going on a rampage of mass murder, all the while touting his very infantile grasp of quantum physics and odd anti-immigration rhetoric. There is a subplot involving child astronomers… but it has literally zero to do with the rest of the film. Also, there’s a tiger.

How has Neil progressed as a filmmaker? Is this his best movie to date? Will his unfounded God-complex ever be explained? We try to answer all these questions and more in this episode. Our standard structure fell by the wayside a bit on this one- so apologies in advance. Listen up!

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