From both 1988 when this movie came out, and from 2017 when we recorded this episode. Let us not dwell on our extended absence (it’s boring, I promise).
… Because we’re back! The serendipitous discovery of an incredible looking movie (which we cover on next week’s episode) propelled us into dusting off the ol’ mixer, overcoming a dozen tech issues, and recording a brand spanking new episode for your ear holes. But first, enjoy this discussion about the 1988 Namsploitation flick, Phantom Raiders.
When the CIA learns that deep in the Vietnamese jungle, ex-Green Beret Colonel William Marshall is running a terrorist training camp for the Vietcong, they must act quickly to remove him from the situation… by any means necessary.
A rag-tag group of commandos led by general badass Python Lang (played by Miles O’Keeffe), and including Marshall’s own son, Howard, set off into the jungle. Their mission is to reason with Colonel Marshall and prevent him from further assisting the Vietcong. If he refuses, the group is tasked to take him out.
Will Howard be able to finally face down his father to save countless lives? Or will the task prove too much for a loving son?
Join us as we discuss the differences between balaclavas and baclava, gunfire as ambient noise, and ponder with us about why the HELL Miles O’Keeffe wasn’t in a hundred bigger and better movies than this in his heyday.
We were joined this week by our good friend (and local comic), Rob Pierce! He graced us- not only with his presence- but with a truly enjoyable second-class gem: Welcome to Planet Earth.
Our story begins with Joseph! Having just inherited his deceased mother’s boarding house in a dangerous urban neighborhood, he’s short on cash and desperate to find some tenants as soon as possible. Lucky for him, that very evening Charlie, Rhonda and their daughter Daphne show up on his doorstep- looking like they just stepped out of a Normal Rockwell painting, and needing a place to rent. At first it seems too good to be true, rich white folks with money to burn, who are all too pleased that Joseph wants to bang their daughter. But are they what they seem? Or are they aliens vacationing on Earth, here to take in all the sights and vigilante justice the inner-city has to offer? Only time will tell!
Welcome to Planet Earth stars George Wendt and Shanna Reed, and is truly a bizarre and unique film. We discuss this movie’s oddly adept social commentary and clever dialogue, the sexiness of violent women, and why Joseph’s mom loves singing in the graveyard.
Thanks to all of you who have somehow stumbled upon us and continue to listen to our ridiculous banter. We’re so happy other people love these misfit films and want to celebrate them the same way we do- in a mockingly critical and often obnoxious manner. Especially when we’ve dropped off the earth for a while due to life, and you all still hit us up with new film recommendations and discussions on older episodes. We know we’ve been gone for a while, thanks for not making it weird. Also, thanks to all our friends, on this episode and every other, who are always down to watch bad movies and share their love and knowledge of trash cinema with us. We love you all.
For this super special occasion, we were joined by not one, not, two, not, three, but FOUR friends from previous episodes who came over to watch this flick with us… and for the first time ever we recorded a commentary during the movie (download the commentary here)! Tyler, Fallon, Gray and Aaron all came by to watch the newly restored Horror House on Highway Five, which we recently purchased from Vinegar Sydrome (you can purchase it here if you want to watch along with the commentary, or just in general: https://vinegarsyndrome.com/shop/horror-house-on-highway-5/ ). It was interesting, to say the least.
The synopsis of this film would tell you that it’s about a crazed psychopath who stalks the streets, wearing a Richard Nixon mask, murdering helpless victims… but is it really? We had a lot of fun trying to break down the various threads of story in this film, which weren’t always coherent… But hey, this is the second movie we watched recently that’s featured random Nazi -occult subplots! Also, ferns!
This week we were joined by a first-time guest- our friend and professional funny-lady, Liz Moniz. We even let her pick the flick! Liz had told us about this really strange movie she had watched with her Dad when she was a kid, a movie about a possessed refrigerator that eats people… So naturally we wanted to watch this ASAP. It took two years, but we done did it!
This movie follows a couple, Eileen and Steve, who have just relocated to NYC from Ohio, presumably in pursuit of Eileen’s dream of becoming a Broadway star. The two get a deal on a shabby apartment and quickly set about turning it into a home. Soon thereafter, the couple is visited by a seemingly crazy neighbor who warns them about previous tenants disappearing and other strange goings-on in the apartment. It’s not long before Eileen and Steve are plagued by nightmares and visions involving the refrigerator, and soon people they know begin disappearing as well. Who can quell the refrigerators demonic hunger?!
We cover a plethora of relevant topics in this week’s discussion- including gourmet cheeses, mother/daughter sexual tension, the lack of gore, and the least believable thing about this movie: $200 a month rent.
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!
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!
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.