Friday, May 27, 2011

Episode 37--Horror Film Casting (Fantasy League)

Good Evening!

Tonight, I play director, as I cast adaptations of classic Gothic novels. What if Vincent Price had played Dracula? Would you like to see have seen Audrey Hepburn as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera? I do!

I give a character-by-character breakdown, and cast these famous monsters.

I would also like note that today would have been the 98th birthday of Peter Cushing. May 27th is, oddly enough, the 89th birthday of Sir Christopher Lee and the would-be 100th birthday of Vincent Price! While I've talked about Price and Cushing before, I have yet to give Sir Christopher his just due. I will rectify that omission soon enough. In this episode I pay tribute to these three icons, while playing fantasy director.

I invite you, the listener, to play along. Who would you cast in these roles?

As always, you can listen to the bloody goodness here. Or, you can download from

This Week's Videos
Vincent Price interviewed by Terry Wogan

Peter Cushing on Wogan (this was Cushing's final interview)

Sir Christopher Lee sings on film for the first time!

This Week's Links
My episodes on Vincent Price and Peter Cushing

Next Week: James Whale's Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein

Episode 35: Horror Trends In History (Horror Through the Ages)

The history of horror is a varied one. Only Science Fiction is anywhere near as diversified. Trends have come and stayed? Yes, even when certain trends are dominant (think Jason and Freddy in the 80's), they never completely subside. Despite the slew of slasher flicks in the 1980's, and the revivial of zombies and vampires in recent years--trends in horror subside, but never completely die (just like Dracula, Freddy, Jason, your nightmares about gym class in high school).

If Ben Franklin is right, "The only thing that is certain in life is death and taxes," then we can be assured that horror trends (and your favorite monsters) will recycle, but never fade away.

As always, you can listen to the undead goodness here, or on

This Week's Videos
Laetitia Casta stars in another fright fest The Island

The Teaser for Buddy Holly is Alive and Well and Living on Ganymeade

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Episode 36--Alien (1979)

"I admire it's have my sympathies."

Ridley's Scott's sci-fi/horror mashup is a modern classic. At thirty-two years of age, it looks fresh as the day it was hatched. Written by Dan O'Bannon (Return of the Living Dead, Total Recall), and starring Sigourney Weaver in her first film--ALIEN has gone on to spawn three sequels, and inspire an entire subgenre of horror.

This week, I do a feature-length audio commentary--dedicated to a film that was born the same year I was. It sits in my top ten for several reasons--not the least of which is that it still has the power to move me.

As always, you can listen to the snarly goodness here. Or, you can download from
Videos of the Week
The Original Teaser Trailer for ALIEN

Kenner made a 12-inch action figure of the Xenomorph...for kids to play with! (Also Atari made a video game!)

Sigourney Weaver's Screen Test for Alien

Links of the Week
Play the Atari 2600 game of Alien
From 2600online--a free archive or Atari games (click here)


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Episode 34: Sunshine (2007)

Good evening, space cadets!
This week, I discuss Danny Boyle's underappreciated Sci-Fi epic Sunshine. I also weigh in on the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton (if Pippa is single, I'm available). I also give my impression of death of Public Enemy Number One (You know who...he's been all over the TV lately). This intro segment lasts for only ten minutes. After that, I move onto the main topic of the show, which lasts about thirty-five minutes (including music).

Sunshine is one of those moving, somber films, that is perfect to watch during a time of great social changes adn reflection. It helps to put it all in perspective. In addition to the magnificent direction of Danny Boyle, and the innovate script by Alex Garland, it also features a beautiful score by composer John Murphy (28 Days Later), and synth pop group Underworld.

As always, you can listen to the solar flared goodness here. Or, download from

This week's Videos
Rose Byrne in the video for Digital Versicolor by Glass Candy

Cillian Murphy in a photo shoot/interview for Flaunt magazine