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!
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!
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!
This week on SCC, we welcomed our friend, Gray, back to the show… And we even let him pick the flick!
Last time Gray was here, he and Tom bonded over a bizarrely traumatizing scene from a movie they had both seen as children. In the scene, a woman is in labor and gives birth to a weird, squishy egg- which is promptly stepped on, causing a gooey, slimy explosion. That movie was 1990’s Meet the Applegates. And you can bet your bottom dollar that that is what we watched this week.
The Applegates, are, statistically, the most average family in America. Dick (the father) is a normal, hard-working man, Jane (the mother) is a sweet homemaker-type, Sally (their daughter) is pretty and modest, and their son, Johnny, is the quintessential A-student (barring his weirdly forced love of heavy metal). But the Applegates have a secret… A dangerous secret. Are they what they appear to be? Or are they giant, humanoid insects from the Brazilian rainforest, trying to assimilate into American culture in order to carry out a sinister agenda?
We’re pretty sure we had more fun discussing this movie than we had watching it, but we’ll take whatever we can get. This dredged up a lot of topics for us, including: films that scarred us for life, the lack of sexual consent in the 80’s and the religious implications of breaking a pinky-promise.
For this week’s episode we were joined by our friend and first time guest, Christopher Brown. Christopher also picked the flick this week, and he graced us with the 1986 BMX movie, Rad.
Rad follows high school student, Christopher “Cru” Jones, in his quest to qualify for a major BMX race- Helltrack- which just happens to be taking place in the small town in which he lives. The only problem is that the race takes place the same day as the SATs, and Cru’s mom has strictly forbidden him from competing. However, this proves to be the least of his problems when he learns that Duke Best (owner of Mongoose), is throwing any and every rule at him to keep him from racing. Can the town band together and help Cru overcome this barrage of new obstacles, so he can triumph at Helltrack at last?
The title of this film pretty much describes exactly how we felt about it. This movie gave us a plethora of topics to discuss including (but not limited to) trick-riding as foreplay, ass-sliding, and the beta prep-course for T-1000 training.
We’re back at it again this week, and we brought friends!
It was Brittany’s pick this week, and she took us in a real weird direction by choosing the 1996 kid’s fantasy-adventure, Forest Warrior… Starring the one and only, Chuck Norris. And in a rare Second Class Cinema occurence, we had not one, but TWO guests on to discuss this week’s movie. So, welcome our pals Aaron and Tyler back to the show!
Forest Warrior follows a ragtag group of kids who go on a camping trip, only to discover that a greedy lumber tycoon is seeking to illegally deforest their beloved mountain. In a desperate bid to save it, they team up with a mythical, shape-shifting, mountain man (played by Chuck Norris) to take down Thorne by any means possible… Like hijacking their walkie-talkies, hijinx with fishing poles, and calling upon their animal friends for help. Can they defeat Thorne and save the mountain before it’s too late? They can if Chuck Norris’ mullet has anything to say about it!
Listen up as we discuss clapping bears, Chuck Norris breastfeeding a raccoon, and the power of rock & roll!
We’re back this week with Erik’s pick, 1974’s Blaxploitation/thriller, Three the Hard Way. We aren’t super experienced in the genre, so we figured we’d dive in and see if it tickled our fancy. Results: Some fancies were definitely tickled.
Three the Hard Way follows three friends- Jimmy, Jagger, and Mister Keyes -as they try to foil mass-genocide plotted out by a secret society of white supremacists.
After escaping from a secret compound -in which he was subjected to torturous experiments- Jim’s friend, House, struggles to make his way to safety and alert the world to the atrocities happening there. House tells Jim about the compound, it’s leader (the evil Monroe Feather), and their diabolical plan to wipe out millions of the world’s population, using biological warfare specially designed to target people of color. With the help of his friends Jagger and Mister Keyes, Jim plans to infiltrate the compound and stop the neo-nazis once and for all.
Karate, leather suits, and honkies getting thrown out of moving vehicles… This flick gave us a bunch of stuff to be happy about. BUT, who would we be without a few minor complaints?
It was Tom’s pick this week and he is back to his old ways. Plucked directly from the vast DVD library of garbage popped out our pick, the 1999 made for TV action movie Shadow Warriors starring Terry “Hulk” Hogan and Carl Weathers. Or at least that’s what we thought. We invited our good friend Tyler to join us to discuss another movie featuring the Hulkster.
After a bit of research, despite all of the evidence saying otherwise, it was determined that we ACTUALLY viewed Shadow Warriors II: Assault on Death Mountain. Hulk plays the tormented Mike McBride, an ex-military veteran whose skills mesh well with his teammates Roy (Carl Weathers), Hunter (Shannon Tweed) and Derek (Some fella). These Shadow Warriors are sent on a freelance rescue mission to save a young girl from her vindictive father and his team of Austrian thugs.
After the rescue (kidnapping?) mission is over, McBride’s PTSD flashbacks from his military days kick in and he recognizes an enemy from his past who may have come back to haunt him.
Listen up as we discuss goon game, Hulk’s acting chops and busted up kneecaps, Carl Weathers’ bicep and why showing up at terrorist camp in the middle of Saudi Arabia, no matter how hilarious, is usually not a good idea!