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It's time to wrap up Paramount's original run with the Friday the 13th franchise. And while the potential to tell some interesting stories was there, they certainly failed to deliver. Get ready to suffer through parts 7 & 8! It's Friday the 13th: The Episode, Part 5!First up, it's Jason versus Carrie! But her name is Tina. And her mother's 80s hair is absolutely intolerable. Thankfully, Kane Hodder, in his first appearance as Jason, hates her hair, too. Gear up for a sleeping bag bashing good time, as frog-face Jason takes on a telekinetic teenager! It's Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)!And then from there, Jason somehow sails a yacht out of Crystal Lake, to the mountainous Atlantic shoreline of New Jersey! What? And then he takes Manhattan, of course. For all of about three minutes. Set a course for adventure, in Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)!
It's that time again. The halfway point to the most wonderful time of the year. Michael Myers returns! And then he doesn't. We'll explain. Gather round, children. Put on your Silver Shamrock masks and listen.The first Halloween (1978) was such a huge success, that it spawned seemingly countless imitations. Can the first sequel match the power of the original? Or is it standard slasher fare, with more death due to an expanded cast, who become fodder for Michael? Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence are together again in Halloween II (1981)!And then what is this? Michael Myers does not appear in the next movie in the series? Afraid not. In a total departure, a small town novelty company seems to have rather nefarious Halloween plans.  What do Stonehenge, robots, jack-o'-lanterns, skeletons, witches, Tom Atkins, and television commercials have in common? Well, this movie. That's pretty much it. Happy, happy Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), from Silver Shamrock!
Reb Brown returns to the podcast, a year after his astonishing debut as Yor! This time, he's receiving the full Actor Autopsy treatment. But does he have the opportunity to show off his acting chops, or just his chiseled physique?First up, we have Bruno Mattei's version of Rambo. And when you can't get Stallone, Reb Brown seems like the obvious choice for option number two. Get ready for screaming monkeys, staredowns with cobras, shirtless Reb, headbutting standoffs, exploding mannequins, more shirtless Reb, popcorn trees, cotton candy mountains, a lot of wasted ammunition, and evidence of advances in Russian dentures, in Strike Commando (1986)!You know those novelty energy plasma balls that were all the rage in the 80s? Well, this movie has a lot of them. And the filmmakers seem to be determined to bring back the hula hoop, by suggesting that it would make an irresistible accessory for erotic dance exhibitions. Yeah, other than Reb Brown, and poor Cameron Mitchell (in a bad Santa beard), those are the most interesting parts of Space Mutiny (1988).And then from there, it's the revenge of Bruno Mattei! This time, we're subjected to the Italian version of a certain Schwarzenegger jungle romp, featuring a not-so human hunter, stalking its prey. And when you can't get Arnold, Reb Brown seems like the obvious choice for option number two. Get ready for severed limbs, melting corpses, and plenty of digital vocalizing, in Robowar (1988)!
The ultimate experience in grueling podcasting! Wow, I'm pretty confident that no one has ever thought to use that before. It's episode 72. Evil Dead 2 just had its 35th anniversary. So why not celebrate Bruce Campbell, Nicole's love for Ted Raimi, and Craig's love of bodily dismemberment?We begin with the ultimate experience in creative, low budget horror filmmaking. Okay, so maybe the premise of five young people going to a cabin, and demonic possession isn't the most original idea ever. But The Evil Dead (1981) is easily the most straight horror entry of the series. And what the filmmakers lack in cash, is certainly more than compensated for in style.In the sequel, Bruce Campbell's Ash finds himself in a cabin in the woods with his girlfriend, Linda. Wait. Again? Some other characters do show up, but it's the periods of manic solo performance by Bruce Campbell, that make Evil Dead II (1987), one of the most entertaining horror comedies of all time!And then from there, we somehow end up in the year 1300 A.D., where Ash finds himself fulfilling a prophecy, as a would-be hero. But how long can he maintain his cocky facade, when faced with an evil duplicate of himself, leading the Army of Darkness (1992)?
With the winter season fading away, The Winter of Folk Horror is thawing along with it. And while you might think that we're going out with a winter whimper, covering only three titles, we're actually going out with a buttery bang! More on that shortly. But first, Finland. Reindeer are everywhere! And much to the Common Craig's dismay, Santa is nowhere to be found. But amongst all of these reindeer, it's that special white variety of which you may want to take notice. If not, you may just fall victim to its vampiric powers, in The White Reindeer (1952)! From snowy Finland, we travel to Oregon. And there we find one of the most hopeless, depressing towns in the history of cinema. The inhabitants are probably so despondent, because at any second they could become a meal for an ancient creature with ties to cannibalism. You know, I've heard nice things about Oregon, but Antlers (2021) may delay a visit even further. And then from there, on to Iceland and the terrifying aspect of livestock horror. Do you know where YOUR butter comes from? And how to reveal its potentially evil origin? If you're not sure how to answer those questions, you should probably listen to our discussion on Tilbury (1987). Until you do, stop licking that butter!
It's time for what is basically a return home for us. Witchcraft, religious cults, indigenous spirits, a cornfield deity. Pretty sure that your hosts probably had run-ins with all of those at some point in our youth, growing up in rural areas. We may as well start in New England, where a woman inherits some property, after the original heir dies in a fiery explosion. This area may have a little problem with witchcraft, but is that any reason to give up Crowhaven Farm (1970)? New England is a hotbed, let me tell you. Be careful when you buy that house, well below market value, in that quaint little village. The more secrets you unravel, the more intertwined your family may become, in The Dark Secret of Harvest Home (1978). Some families take marrying outside of their religion, or even thinking about it, very seriously. It might be a good idea to consider these things, or you could be tormented with spiders, snakes, and chickens! Don't fall victim to a Deadly Blessing (1981)! A goddess of the forest versus the devil witch of the valley? Mind-altering chemicals may be beneficial when you sit down, relax, and stare into the Eyes of Fire (1983)! Look, I know that kids can be somewhat impressionable, at times. But when some creepy new kid comes to town, telling all of the other kids that they have to slaughter the adults to appease a god in the cornfield, you may want to seek a second opinion. That's just life in Nebraska. At least it is in Children of the Corn (1984). Aggressive activist or mischievous spirit? Regardless, Graham Greene seems to have a great time taking things to the extreme, in Clearcut (1991).
It's time to jump into Nicole's invisible jet, for an Asian adventure, as we're desperate to experience the horrors of eastern folklore! Our first stop is an ANTHOLOGY DEATHMATCH in Japan! Vengeful hair, a mysterious woman, a blind musician, and some spooky tea, go head to head to see who reigns supreme in the classic, Kwaidan (1964)! Wow, I think that we're getting kind of tired of winter, though. Let's go someplace a little warmer, okay? We'll jump ahead to Holy Week in the Philippines, where there probably aren't any spirits of the dead possessing their living family members. Oh, I'm sorry, that's exactly what happens in Itim (1976). Then we may as well stop in Thailand, where some spouses are so loyal, that they just want to hang around, even when they're ghosts. Such is the sad case in Nang Nak (1999). And then from there, it's time for a visit to the jungles of Malaysia, where a little family is doing just fine. Until these devilish strangers keep showing up at their doorstep. And before they can do anything about it, their souls just may be in jeopardy, in Roh (2019).
Ah, it's time for a different kind of folk horror. Hide your pet chickens and goats, because we have four movies to discuss, involving Hoodoo, Voodoo, Santeria and maybe a taste of Satanism, as well.  Harry Angel, a private detective in 1955, is hired to track down an old crooner, who happens to owe a pretty serious debt. But Harry soon finds himself becoming the prime suspect for a series of murders, with unfamiliar religions and his own past bearing down on him, in Angel Heart (1987). A police psychiatrist becomes involved in an investigation of a number of cult-related child murders. Seeking allies and answers from the world of Santeria, he soon discovers that his own son may be the next target, in The Believers (1987). Dr. Alan, an anthropologist, is sent to Haiti to obtain a powder used to create zombies, in hopes of utilizing it as an anesthetic in modern medicine. But while on the trail of the powder, a sinister bokor wants to add Dr. Alan to his collection of souls, in Wes Craven's The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988). And then from there, it's a tale of infidelity and deceit, with voodoo lingering in the shadows. Experience the Southern Gothic world of Eve's Bayou (1997).
The Winter of Folk Horror continues, with a bubbling cauldron of films involving witchcraft, or that boil over into persecution of perceived supernatural abilities. When I see images from our first feature in this episode, they look so old, so authentic, that they MUST be real! But it's Satan's tongue that just may be the most memorable part of Haxan (1922)! If you're seemingly the lone uninhibited woman in a small Italian village, you may be better off exercising some restraint. And if you are practicing a few spells, you probably shouldn't reveal them to anyone, for fear of being being branded as Il Demonio (1963)! One of the most notorious witch-hunters in English history, is brought to the screen by Vincent Price, in perhaps his most vile performance. Your innocence will not save you, when Matthew Hopkins, Witchfinder General (1968), rides into town. Another infuriating travesty of justice transpires, when the accused are brought before a tribunal, with profit in mind. When these methods of torture are utilized, even the most strong-willed can crack under the weight of the Witchhammer (1970). And then from there, a superstitious mountain community has labeled Albrun and her mother as witches. But is there truth in their beliefs? Or does a form of madness take hold in the isolation, that is the only life Albrun has ever known? Get ready for our take on Hagazussa (2017).
The Winter of Folk Horror series begins. Part one of our celebration of folk horror, focuses on a reoccurring theme in the subgenre. People who are out their element, ultimately making poor choices, putting themselves in undesirable, usually unsafe, situations.  A woman finds herself seemingly being manipulated by the eccentric inhabitants of a small village. As they seem to be guiding her toward a potential mate, she becomes suspicious that her life may actually be at risk, in Robin Redbreast (1970). Edward Woodward is a police sergeant, investigating the disappearance of a young girl on the remote island of Summerisle. However, when Christopher Lee, the island's leader, and the rest of the locals seem completely unconcerned, it becomes evident that they have something special planned for an upcoming pagan celebration, in The Wicker Man (1973). How does a movie about a pair of hitmen find a way to cross over into the world of folk horror? Hey, you'll have to listen to us discuss Kill List (2011), to find out. A group of friends honor the memory of someone they've lost, by following through on a suggested hiking trip. But when they attempt a shortcut through an unfamiliar forest, they find themselves at the mercy of unknown forces, in The Ritual (2017). And then from there, in an attempt to rescue his kidnapped sister, a man finds himself infiltrating a religious island cult, who are holding her for ransom, in Apostle (2018).
Maybe it's your last day of work before the holidays. Or maybe you're traveling and you need something ridiculous to listen to while you're driving, or waiting in an airport. Never fear! A Cure for the Common Craig is here, with a year-end holiday treat for the listeners! Or is it? This movie doesn't exactly have a glowing reputation. But how can that possibly be the case? You have Stephen King directing, Emilio Estevez crawling through a sewer, the face of the Green Goblin on a truck, AC/DC rockin' on the soundtrack, and Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson, nagging her newlywed husband, all in one movie! Guns, explosions, death by steamroller! What could possibly go wrong? It's time for testosterone overload, with Maximum Overdrive (1986)! We even manage to work in a minor Emilio Estevez actor autopsy! Because we love him. And then from there, the episode ends. And you enjoy your year-end holiday stuff and stay safe, damn it!
Horror for the Holidays III

Horror for the Holidays III


Just when you think you've nearly reached the end of the year, and you're safe, nestled in your warm little beds, you remember that it's time for HO-HO-HOLIDAY HORROR! First up, a convict, in transport to be executed, finds his body genetically altered and combined with snow. And suddenly, we have a homicidal snowman seeking vengeance! Better keep the anti-freeze handy, Jack Frost (1997) is on a holiday rampage! Holiday traditions can be so nice. It's always wonderful to receive a unique and thoughtful gift from a friend. Just be careful if the gift happens to be an antique. Particularly if it's from Germany, it seems. If you play along nicely, you could be rewarded. But if you break the rules, you may end up dead, in The Advent Calendar (2021). And then from there, you may have heard whispers of its existence. About how awful it was. But how could this be? Did it really happen? Surely, it must have been a hallucination. But no. It's all too real. Chewbacca has a family. We SEE how they live! We watch Chewbacca's wife cook! We suffer through astonishingly bad musical interludes! Chewbacca's son has a stuffed bantha toy, and Imperial troops rip its head off! All of these horrors await you, in The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)!
It's alive! We return from our two week slumber, following the A-Z of Horror Festival, to bring you a special episode. It's time for the 90th Anniversary of a Universal Monsters classic. Get ready for a Boris Karloff and Frankenstein lovefest, as we go into depth on the original 1931 classic! And then from there, a little tease of what's to come on the podcast in the coming months.
If you've made it this far, you've arrived at the Final Chapter of the 17th Annual A-Z of Horror Festival. We're closing things out with a mainstream Hollywood hit, a 75-year-old chiller, a modern South Korean classic, incoherent anime, and exploitation trash that perhaps only the Common Craig could love. How about a nice, easy list of what movies we cover in the episode? Because I'm exhausted!A Quiet Place Part II (2021)REC 2 (2009)The Spiral Staircase (1946)Trilogy of Terror (1975)Uncle Was a Vampire (1959)Varan (1958)The Wailing (2016)X (1996)YellowBrickRoad (2010)The Zodiac Killer (1971)And then from there, we look back at what we enjoyed and what we despised from the festival. Thanks for hanging out with us for another festival, listeners!
It's time to rejoin the October Halloween horror action, in progress, with part two of the 17th Annual A-Z of Horror Festival! If you could choose three people to hang out and have dinner with during the spooky season, Edgar Allan Poe, Roger Corman and Vincent Price would probably be ideal. Unless, of course, everything is literally crumbling down around you. Which certainly seems to be the case with the House of Usher (1960). Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi might take exception with not being invited, but they have their own problems to contend with in The Invisible Ray (1936). And it's sad, but Jennifer (1978) may not be an ideal guest for everyone, especially if she arrives with two handfuls of serpents. Or a giant snake emerges and bites someone's head off. That's probably going to ruin the evening. Poor Paul Bartel would enjoy a fine evening of dining, but he's obligated to attend the dreadful Killer Party (1986). Princess Lola, and her reluctant date, regret to inform you that they have a night of dancing and torture, which seems like a priority in The Loved Ones (2009). Should you invite Maddie? Well, it would probably be okay. Unless she starts having visions of death. And you see some creepy thing that seems to be running around backwards. If that happens, you may want to move to a different country, because things are about to get Malignant (2021)! You could invite Janet, but it's not her birthday. And let's be honest, she's not much fun unless someone is getting stabbed. Otherwise, her paranoia is kind of a Nightmare (1964). Holland and Niles probably wouldn't make the best guests. They won't wash their hands and wouldn't sit still long enough to actually eat or have a conversation. Plus, there seem to be a lot of unfortunate accidents while they're around, as evidenced in The Other (1972). And it's a good thing that it's not New Year's Eve. Not that you would necessarily anticipate anyone dying at the dinner party.  But if it happens, I suppose that you could always summon The Phantom Carriage (1921).
It's the return of the October ritual. Time for the 17th Annual A-Z of Horror Festival. There's no time to waste, on to the movies! This episode, it's A-G! Moaning egg things burst and get green goo all over unsuspecting investigators, which causes them to explode from within, causing a grisly trail of human hamburger gore. Join the coffee cult or die, in Alien Contamination (1980)! More aliens, this time invading New Zealand! Where they hack up and box up small town residents for a new intergalactic fast food sensation. Only "The Boys" can stop, or more likely contribute to, the absurdity of Bad Taste (1987)! Imagine getting married, only to discover that if your spouse becomes aroused, they may rip you to shreds. Better keep some catnip on hand! It the classic Val Lewton production, Cat People (1942). Still shinin' after all these years (thanks, Miles)! Adult Dan Torrance, still tormented by the Overlook Hotel, uses its powers against a new threat, in Doctor Sleep (2019). Does anything else need to be said, other than the title? No. Earth vs. The Flying Saucers (1956)! Who's ready for a RV ride to Mexico? With a pair of criminals! To a bar called the Titty Twister! That happens to be a vampire lair! Oh, yeah. Probably not a good idea. But the bar is open, From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). And then from there, Peter Cushing joins the fray! But his gardner, John Hurt, is a gleeful villain that you should probably keep an eye on. In fact, can anyone be trusted? Who is The Ghoul (1975)?
It has been two years of A Cure for the Common Craig. And it stands to reason that the show could eventually lead to an apocalypse of some sort. So we may as well begin to accept that responsibility, by kicking off year three with the APOCAVERSARY! Can you think of a better way to celebrate, than by featuring an apocalyptic mess of an 80s action trash movie? Futuristic punk gangs from 1994, decapitation, a crystal skull mask, a sunken nuclear sub, people being burned alive, lasers, a helicopter battles a bus, and Atlantis rises from the ocean depths! We put Severin's Blu-ray release of Ruggero Deodato's Raiders of Atlantis (1983) to the AMASS OR MURDER test. And then from there, Nicole's level of desensitization is put on display, as we have a little more fun with Fulci and IMDb's parents guide to violence and gore.
Lucio Fulci is resurrected from our Dungeon of Directors! Can you ever have too much Italian horror or gore? I have a feeling that Lucio would say no. Especially in regards to eyeball violence. Get ready for Lucio's Gates of Hell trilogy! Or is that his Apocalypse Trilogy? Whatever it is, we begin within the limits of the City of the Living Dead (1980). A wonderful place to visit, where people are subjected to storms of maggots, being buried alive, brain squishing, head drilling and bouts of nausea resulting in puking out their intestines and internal organs. That's already too much, you say? Well, what if you inherit a hotel in Louisiana and decide to make a go at a new life? That sounds nice, until you discover that the hotel is haunted by an ungodly warlock and is built on one of the seven gateways to Hell. Welcome to The Beyond (1981). And then from there, we have Bob. This mysterious girl in a photograph warns you to stay away from the Freudstein house. But you really don't try too hard to convince your parents not to take up residence in The House by the Cemetery (1981). Poor Bob. She warned you not to come.  Well listeners, even death cannot stop The Godfather of Gore. Fulci lives!
Sometimes you just have to take a little break from the multi-movie, themed episodes. And when you do, it's time to dive back into the Vestron Video Collector's Series! But which movie do we choose? Well, when you've got two brothers running a restaurant, with the brain (and eyeballs) of their deceased uncle in a jar in the backroom, it sounds like the recipe for a smorgasbord of gruesome delight! And when their uncle demands a cannibalistic feast, to prepare for the resurrection of an ancient goddess, things get a little messy at the Blood Diner (1987)! Wow, even a short episode for us is over an hour. You shouldn't be surprised.
Happy Friday the 13th, listeners! It's summer and this just feels like the perfect season to spend a little time with our pal, Jason. As ridiculous as it may sound, if you thought The Final Chapter was actually the end, you were sadly mistaken. It's a whole New Beginning, because Jason Lives! First up, it's a Friday the 13th whodunit! And we're not talking about the mystery of who made those damn enchiladas. If Jason Voorhees is truly dead, then who could possibly be killing off nearly the entire cast of this movie? You'd better sing to your lover while they're in the outhouse, because it may be your final romantic moment. It's Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)! And then from there, how does this Voorhees guy keep coming back? Well, if people would stop digging up his body, and not leave a portion of a wrought iron fence protruding from his wormy corpse, during a lightning storm, that might help. Well, now that we've put that thought out into the universe, it's Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)!
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