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Movie Meltdown


    • Nov 25, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    ThanksKilling 3: Energy Vampire Movie

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 15:46

    Movie Meltdown - Episode 566 (For our Patreon "Horror Club") On this “very special” holiday episode, we gather around the table to give thanks for all the different movies we've watched in the past. And this year we watched ThanksKilling 3 - Jordan Downey and Kevin Stewart's follow-up to their super indie cult hit ThanksKilling. Will they be able to recapture the holiday magic of the first film… we'll see.  And as we test out the savory flavors of Turkey Dinner Candy Corn, we also bring up puppet fetishism, robots, Wanda Lust, Eldritch horror, outside of an abandoned Wendy's, Garfield, Thanksgiving music, purposefully crude, Beetlejuice, self-important, trying to balance a horror/comedy, Natural Born Killers, skip its own sequel, shooting in real people's homes, stick a knife in an electrical outlet, animated gay cats, Jim Henson, viscerally grossed out, throwing money at things, The Happytime Murders, you just showed up and got beaten with the sequel, Meet the Feebles, the charm of Gwar, string cheese, there ain't no magic, The Blarth aka FrankenTurkey, food innuendos, comedy hits people in totally different ways, Spitting Image, a Kickstarter campaign, Uncle Donny, you can put it in our movie, I almost had to get a divorce, I'm in Hell, I remember saying to my cat, Phallus in Wonderland… in space.  Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for ThanksKilling 3, but I'm not going to tell anyone to watch this movie. You can take that upon yourself if you choose.  “The puppet school inmates are running the asylum.”

    Looking Back... 1982

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 142:48


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 565 This episode features the return of George aka “The Fanatic” as we look back at 1982 and all the monumental films that came out that year.  So put on your Flynn's Arcade T-shirt, grab your Reese's Pieces and get ready from some crazy tangents as we delve into... Bob Clark, Amy Heckerling, some sort of weird allegory for consumerism, Eddie Murphy, pandering garbage, George Romero, Colonel Trautman, a theater kid, David Lynch, the post-apocalyptic aesthetic, Richard Pryor, playing Atari, Rob Bottin, Lord Humungus, guns or walkie talkies, Lee Horsley, it is all about prostitution, Mr. Yankovic, missing parent issues, metal kids, Tom Hanks, competing against himself, Catherine Mary Stewart, practical effects, Walter Hill, the marketing didn't know what the hell they had, he's John Williams, going to the drive-in, John Waters, brutally honest comedies, Steven Spielberg, the next G.I. Joe, Christopher Reeve, sex comedies, Split Second, it is still getting worse, Ben Kingsley, Satanic panic, Wes Craven, psychedelic spots and the Showcase Cinemas.  “There's times where there's some nostalgia factor in the movie.”  


    Halloween: Torches and Pitchforks

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 10:55


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 564 (For our Patreon "Horror Club") As our October party continues, join us as we discuss the latest entry in the partially rebooted Halloween franchise -  David Gordon Green's Halloween Kills. And along the way, we come up with theories that involve Bigfoot, aliens, kung fu, teleportation, cults and William Shatner himself. And while we find new creepy-themed candies, we also address… The People Under the Stairs, What We Do in the Shadows, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, double wines, John Carpenter, occulty reasons, mob mentality, the power of the mask, Anthony Michael Hall, a big flashy way to go out, callbacks to movies that don't exist, genre gets political, Loomis, in a hospital bed, Kyle Richards, he's ready to murder! he's been holding it in for 40 years, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tommy Jarvis > Tommy Doyle, the headless horseman, streaming services, alternate timeline and continuity, George Bailey, the magical jumpsuit, young kids in danger, energy vampire, changing perspective, there's something paranormal going on with Paul Rudd, the gimp suit, the spooky tree and the Mariana Trench. Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for “Halloween Kills”... so watch the movie before you listen. You have been warned!! “Evil runs amok tonight.”


    The Episode October Built

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 14:24


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 563 (For our Patreon "Horror Club") Join us as we kick off our Halloween festivities with a discussion of The Houses October Built directed by Bobby Roe. And as we test our candy endurance, we also mention… Hider in the House, Only Murders in the Building, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, House, Zack Andrews, awesome spooky songs, green-colored creme, Fruit Brute, zombie strip clubs, all these clowns in an RV, The Forest, Roald Dahl witches, Brandy Schaefer, camera placement, The Blair Witch Project, roadside attractions, Mikey Roe, unintentionally so funny, pre-head injury, a working walkman, fancy coffins, a fun centerpiece, Elvira, weirdos taking a nap, The Game, two yutes tuna, one long post-credits scene, Gary Busey, The Monster Mash, riding around in a truck, screaming candy, Jeff Larson, confrontations with strange people, occasional sounds and then them being scared and the unenthusiasm of children. Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for 2014's "The Houses October Built"… you have been warned!! “I'm being way too practical as I get into this?!”


    What a Day for the Dollman

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 94:17


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 562 This episode we head back out into the world as we visit the Lexington Comic & Toy Convention. And after looking at all the toys, we then sit down to discuss the Full Moon Feature Dollman directed by Albert Pyun and starring Tim Thomerson, Jackie Earle Haley and Kamala Lopez. And as we decide who our favorite American Gladiator is, we also cover... Near Dark, Trancers, Billy Wirth, Cobra, as fun as murderous gangs can be, Romeo is Bleeding, shared universe, Charles Band, desolate buildings and rubble, VHS boxes, Marc Singer, full-length mirrors, Helen Hunt, Death Wish, VideoZone, special effects, Jane Austen's Mafia!, Rip Torn, he plays skeezy, you gotta be oily, hot and ripped, I hate when my sarcophagus is sore, Trancers II, Sledge Hammer!, Megan Ward, post-apocalyptic landscape, Crying Freeman, this is the wrong kind of weird, Buck Rogers, safety precautions, Morgan Fairchild and are you into anime? Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for the 1991 release Dollman. So watch it beforehand for spoiler-free listening. “I was very interested at this point… I was concerned for his well-being… I wanted to know what was going on.”  For more on "Lexington Comic and Toy Convention", go to: http://www.lexingtoncomiccon.com/


    Let Sleeping Corpses Open the Window at Manchester Morgue

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 9:12


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 561 (For our Patreon "Horror Club") This outing we discuss Let Sleeping Corpses Lie or The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue or possibly Don't Open the Window… or some sort of ‘70s zombie movie.  And while we question the competency of the police, we also bring up… Mom and Dad, Evil Genius, Sands of Oblivion, homicidal infants, Jack Webb, the weird statue, Nicolas Cage, you can get heroin anywhere, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Jorge Grau, sonic radiation, George Kennedy, the shelf life of drugs, I am proud and disguised of myself, Willy's Wonderland, I'm mad about apples, Sci-Fi vs SyFy, corrupt cops, innovative ways for pest control, they are very organized for mindless creatures, melee on the football field, a metal collider on a long stick the machine, as you're being murdered… just being right, it makes parents kill their children, Cecil B. DeMille, outwitted by a hand towel and the MacGuffin baby. Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for Let Sleeping Corpses Lie or whatever title you want to refer to it as… you have been warned. “I feel like somebody had three different scripts laying around that they never finished and just jammed them all together.” 


    Yay Rabies!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 10:06

    Movie Meltdown - Episode 560 This episode we discuss I Drink Your Blood - the '70s movie directed by David E. Durston. And as we realize we are our own counter-culture, we also address… Two Sentence Horror Stories, I Saw the Devil, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Lynn Lowry, the Manson murders, George Romero, his dentures fell out, Shivers, a low-budget beheading, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, character development, Apache Chief, David Cronenberg, wearing a wig, an allegory about free love, Burn After Reading, rabid dogs with guns, Doogie Howser, revenge plots, hippies, no sense of urgency, The Crazies, synthy music, he kind of feels bad because he thinks he's supposed to, Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury, getting pitchforked, a commentary on Vietnam, poisoned Tylenol, Ewan McGregor, Pink Flamingos, killing animals, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, rated X, The Stepford Wives, John Goodman, a professional dancer, $12 in 1970 money, Jadin Wong, biological warfare, Cat People, hippie grudge match, Dan Trachtenberg, a golem made of tree bark, satanic panic, pirates of the voodoo zombie bloodbath and nothing but meat pies. Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for "I Drink Your Blood", so go watch the movie beforehand. “We're clearly not the experts on rabies.”

    Fear of the Olden Times of 1666

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 9:11

    Movie Meltdown - Episode 558 (For our Patreon "Horror Club") This episode we round out the trilogy as we watch and discuss Fear Street: Part 3 - 1666 directed by Leigh Janiak.  And as we recount the tales of the goods and the fears, we also mention… little village movies, the evil spirit doesn't mix well with water, Puritan times, different actors playing different parts, weird magic berries, I was getting ready to get up and leave the room, religious zealots, The Wizard of Oz, is there a video on Instagram that I can watch, Gadzooks, her and her friends went to swap bodies, the pig adventure, The VVitch, lithographs or it didn't happen, running through the tunnels, fluorescent paint, cheerleaders killing people, double D batteries, you're so bored you'll accuse someone of being a witch, playing the lute, dalliances and headlamps.      Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for “Fear Street: Part 3 - 1666” - you have been warned. “THAT'S the thing you're going to question in this entire movie?!”

    Fear Summer Camp in the 70s

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2021 7:30

    Movie Meltdown - Episode 558 (For our Patreon "Horror Club") This episode we head back to the 70s as we discuss Fear Street: Part Two - 1978, directed by Leigh Janiak. And as we find solidarity with the outcast kids, we also cover… Sadie Sink, Capri Sun, did I lock the car, rockin' the side-ponytail, minions of the witch, Halloween, drawn to where all the evil is, juice boxes, you don't shake off a chest wound, get an alarm clock, matching airbrushed shirts, the body count, Ted Sutherland, listening to cassette tapes, this is how murder pacts get started, the outhouse scene, being paranoid, Sleepaway Camp, Gillian Jacobs, a net bag full of barrels, piecing together the overarching story, I'm glad that we are not shying away from the darker side of this story, Chiara Aurelia, I never saw an otter, lost in tunnels underneath the school, making weapons, hanging with the preppy crowd, she saw his name on the wall, bottled water and just who is Ed Sheeran? Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for “Fear Street: Part Two - 1978” - you have been warned. “I'm glad that we are not shying away from the darker side of this story!” Thank you to all our supporters! If you would like to join the club, go to: https://www.patreon.com/moviemeltdown

    Looking for Fear Street in the 90s

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 9:06

    Movie Meltdown - Episode 557 (For our Patreon "Horror Club") This episode we kick off our discussion of the new Fear Street trilogy of terror as we discuss Fear Street: Part One - 1994 directed by Leigh Janiak.  And as we slip into the tales of the mall, we also bring up… 90's music, The Shining, Snake Eyes, chokers, a hankerin' for some Sbarros, Maya Hawke, metal kids on the internet, using the bad words, Doctor Sleep, tie-in merchandise, R.L. Stine, Kiana Madeira, I'd use hawthorn, the bread slicer, one year-olds suck at putt-putt, Olivia Scott Welch, one more D than 3, ridiculous 80s kills, get your finger out of my fresh f-ing wound, The B-52's, abusive relationships, Benjamin Flores Jr., Musicland, when the book fair would come and set-up in the library, JNCO and Duck Heads, The Mist, you don't know the fistfights that were had over that figure in the aisle, wildings is like a gentle way to put it, Stranger Things, a bowl full of human teeth, Wes Craven, roque, it's a sexy wound, goth kids, Mrs. Todd's Shortcut, pop-up stores, Julia Rehwald, Scatman Crothers and an update on our neighbor the serial killer.  Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for “Fear Street: Part One - 1994” and also some basic spoilers for “Scream 4”. You have been warned.  “Where's Fear Street? Where's F-ing Fear Street?!” Thank you to all our supporters! If you would like to join the club, go to: https://www.patreon.com/moviemeltdown

    Tie Me Serial Killer Down, Sport

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2021 9:22

    Movie Meltdown - Episode 556 (For our Patreon "Horror Club") On this episode, we welcome back Dick Starr as we return to the outback to discuss Wolf Creek 2. The 2013 Australian horror film is still co-written and directed by Greg McLean, so how does it compare to the first film and how does it fit into the ongoing franchise.   And as we try to figure out, what's going on with Nicolas Cage, we also address... Fear Street, Willy's Wonderland, Goosebumps, creating a series versus a movie, a loophole movie, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, get to know the kids, YA horror, The Twilight Zone, competing crocodile movies, Ed Gein, Rambo: Last Blood, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, bone decor, using a grinder, John Jarratt, worried about vicious dogs, a supernatural level of murderer, Jack Black, the tractor-trailer scene, The Banana Splits Movie, a new level of gore, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, promote the legend of Mick, Mom and Dad, true crime,  the boogeyman of the outback and his twisted murder ride haunted house catacombs of evil.  Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for "Wolf Creek 2", so watch the movie before you listen.  "He works almost because he is just a lethal force of nature." 

    Race you to the Ghoul

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2021 12:05

    Movie Meltdown - Episode 555 This episode the Horror Club reconvenes to discuss The Ghoul - the 1975 movie directed by Freddie Francis and starring Peter Cushing, John Hurt and Veronica Carlson.  And while we brush up on our fake violin playing, we also mention… A Quiet Place Part 2, From Beyond, an evil Maharaja, he's quite dead, Top Secret, Greedo in heels, look at these… they're so tall, The Great Gatsby, your weird like medieval Knight haircut looks kind of familiar, John Krasinsk, the secret Satan-worshipping room, practical effects, double quicksand, nobody changes clothes, Greg Nicotero, decoy ghoul, Ken Foree's underwear, the entire Back to the Future trilogy, why don't people dance like that anymore, bedroom slippers, laid his depravity, Colin Firth in the marsh and those nachos are gonna get us killed man!  Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for “The Ghoul” (aka “Night of the Ghoul”), so go watch it before you listen.  “Dammit… you have opened a door, to a room - that I don't wanna be in!”

    Frankenstein Pride

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2021 91:41


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 554 For this special bonus Horror Club episode, we return to WonderFest to talk with Sam Irvin. Sam is a director, producer, screenwriter, author and the film historian who recently provided the audio commentary for Frankenstein: The True Story. This 1973 film was directed by Jack Smight and written by Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy and contains a very interesting subplot that was slyly snuck past the censors at the time. Featuring a stellar cast including James Mason, Leonard Whiting, David McCallum, Jane Seymour, Michael Sarrazin, Sir John Gielgud, Agnes Moorehead, Sir Ralph Richardson and Tom Baker - listen as we delve into this impressive and often overlooked horror classic.    And as we deal with our own monstrous issues of abandonment and rejection, we also cover… Growing Fangs, Boris Karloff, Universal Studios, Dr. Polidori, magnum opus, Ben-Hur, the Grandfather of every horror host, Peter Lorre, the great wisdom of the executives, Elsa Lanchester, Anne Rice, talking about decapitation at school the next day, 25 boxes of papers, Launchpad McQuack, Richard O'Brien, My Fair Lady, crucified on the mast, Mark Maddox, Hammer horror, Yvonne De Carlo, Frank Langella's Dracula, Rick Baker, solar-powered, Young Frankenstein, Hunt Stromberg Jr., Interview with a Vampire, designing your hospital, the most expensive horror film, Gore Vidal, the White Cliffs of Dover, Lon Chaney Jr., The Vampyre, Maila Nurmi and a giant leap of dramatic license.  “We are doing a magnum opus of the James Whale movies, but… we don't want to just do a remake. We want to make it different… how can we do this differently?!”  For more on WonderFest, go to: https://wonderfest.com/


    We're Just Puppets Thrown Back into the World

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 104:09

    Movie Meltdown - Episode 553 We finally venture back out into the world - and thankfully it's for our coverage of WonderFest! There we sit down once again with Kirk Thatcher to hear his continuing amazing stories of working in the industry - in particular, his years working with The Muppets. Listen as Kirk tells us stories about meeting Jim Henson, working on Dinosaurs, being a Gremlin, sitting in the writer's room, directing humans on The Kids are Alright, putting together a live puppet show at the Hollywood Bowl and how he ended up in Spider-Man: Homecoming.  And while we're currently writing a children's book entitled, “My Sharkleberry Adventure”, we also bring up… A Quiet Place Part II, The Bad Batch, horseshoe crabs, Joe Dante, The Raft, whatever yogurt was in German, Matt Groening, the Marvel connection, Red 40, Waldo C. Graphic, had his arm eaten off, Michael Giacchino, working in a writer's room, Baby Yodas to Justified, keeping weird celebrity mementos, they are always so murky, the democratization of creativity, it's like doing a big dance, Wilkins and Wontkins, there are Muppet people and non-Muppet people, a rat fink, things from your childhood that they discontinued, like the Clone Wars but it would like Baby Yodas, walking around and looking at stuff, Greg Nicotero, you are a crazy science experiment, the food is revolting, The Simpsons, mom talking to Jim Henson, flying forks banging into red circles, Kevin Feige, Halloween 3, you'll see how the sausage is made, Timothy Olyphant, sticking creepy bug shells on her, misanthropes, Gremlin helmets, the Koozebanian mating ritual, doing voice work, Jimmy Jim Jim Jim Jim, marketing, Bobby Moynihan, I want a 3D printer, Phoebe Cates belly button and blocking for puppets.   “...you could only pretty much get away with that with The Muppets and Monty Python. Which, I always thought The Muppets were… to me they were not… heartfelt little funny creatures that learned about friendship - they were nuts. They were Monty Python… they were absurdists.”  For more on WonderFest, go to: https://wonderfest.com/

    Meandering Through The Forest

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 11:53


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 552 (For our Patreon "Horror Club") This episode we discuss The Forest the 2016 horror film starring Natalie Dormer and, well... a bunch of trees. And while we try to talk over the drone of Cicadas outside, we also address… twinsense, Psycho, 11.22.63, Jason Zada, The Three Stooges, Storm of the Century, Aokigahara Forest, lining up a tennis shoe sponsorship, a temporary morgue, there should be a way to strap that down, Yahoo Serious, jump scares, power bars, Tomax and Xamot, dream sequences, she was always chasing a Japanese schoolgirl, Australia, I have to side with the trees on this one, Robert Rodriguez, moving dead bodies, The Corsican Brothers, Blazing Stewardesses, eating tacos in Tokyo, hallucinating things with the dude, the coolest, creepiest setting, looking like your twin, Stephen King, drug smugglers, CGI demon, closing credits, a moving river, demon red eyes and snack chips from other lands. Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for “The Forest”, so go watch the movie before you listen. You have been warned. “That's the coolest, creepiest setting… it's real - they didn't make that up. Like, that's an actual place.”


    You’re Never Too Young to Die

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 86:35


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 551 I'm not sure if you're ready for this one. (I don't think we were.) This episode we discuss the 1986 classic(?) Never Too Young to Die starring John Stamos, Vanity and Gene Simmons. And before we ride off into the sunset in our post-apocalyptic dune buggy, we make a point to mention… The Road Warrior, Lynda Carter, a fake beard, aggressive apple-eating, Mitch Gaylord, Prince-adjacent, doing flips, a ton of music specials on TV, Pyramid, a little too high-def, Robert Englund, Stargrove, roll about over and over, the finger, a magic medallion, motorcycles with horse heads, flaming exploding balls of fire, back when punks were feared, Velvet Von Ragnar, gymnastics doesn’t translate to fighting in the real world, how computers work, now I do wanna join your cult… I didn’t know we got muffins, George Lazenby, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, McDonald's and the ‘84 Olympics, rock ‘n roll fantasy, firearm continuity, hot vinyl, slightly metallic and the rest of it was just cursing and nonsense.  “It’s just such a conglomeration of crap from the 80’s - it’s like, HERE… and it’s a movie??”


    Hanging Out at the Bastion at the End of the World

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2021 73:46

    Movie Meltdown - Episode 550 What we’ve come to realize in this crazy world is... hanging out with your friends and talking about movies and other random things - is quite possibly the best thing. And as we quickly try to scooch right past you, we also cover… Hands Across America, Tron, How It Ends, Big Wolf on Campus, The Crow: City of Angels, Love and Monsters, Dark Shadows, Dean Stockwell, a box of brake discs, a secret basement, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark or Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, social distancing, Rodimus Prime, Daybreak, that same clock from Quantum Leap, coal furnace, we were standing on a bridge, they help me avoid people, Dragon's Lair, The Oscars in memoriam segment, Canadian people to love, changing your elevations doesn’t do anything… you’re still in my way, Tron: Legacy, stop with your logic… it has no place in my cartoon shows, accumulating things, The 'Burbs, Merton, why are you looking at books if you can’t read the sign, breakin’ movies, a derelict apartment The Transformers: The Movie.  “Social Distance… still… forever!”

    Blood On or Around Dracula’s Castle

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 13:51


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 549 (For our Patreon "Horror Club") This episode we discuss Blood of Dracula's Castle, the 60's-era horror film directed by Al Adamson and starring John Carradine and… well, John Carradine.  And while we plan ahead and make ourselves a few suitcase sandwiches, we also bring up… Phantasm, Assault on Precinct 13, Promising Young Woman, character development, a girl making out with a seal, Don Coscarelli, Alexander D'Arcy, The Addams Family, when they lit her on fire, woods bathing in your bikini, daytime with the night filter, Paula Raymond, being both composer and director, we drive an axe into his back, dog actors, people worked so hard on this movie… and you can’t tell, your lease and tropical birds, it’s all waxing, John Carpenter, it’s really just about real estate, everybody was pretty chill about the sacrifice, Breaker! Breaker!, Robert Dix, secret murder planning, personal body grooming while being held captive, Vicki Volante, laid-back Dracula, in the middle of the woods in office clothing, Harold Lloyd, a full-body burn, a quick series of murders, orchestra cues, vampire pajamas, rock bands in movies, two pet rats, John Cardos, sea lions in Arizona, Raul Julia and is that a walrus?! Spoiler Alert: It’s arguable whether or not you can spoil this particular movie, but watching it does kind of intensify the fun of this episode. So watch it if you're up for it.  “So many things in this movie, look like what you would see somebody making a parody about… bad horror movies.”


    Attack of the 2020 Oscar Nominees!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2021 119:38


    Attack of the Killer Soundtrack 62 Even in a year as strange as this past one, we didn’t want to miss the chance to play and discuss all the 2020 Oscar nominees for both Best Original Song and Best Original Score. Once again we are joined by composer Erich Stem to comment on the Academy Award nominations from this very unusual pandemic year.  And while we realize we each have our own little experiment going on, we also address… Love and Monsters, becoming anti-social, Woody Shaw, teaching, the traveling and folk life, John Williams, branding, The Amazon/Netflix Conspiracy, channels the musical language, putting it in a specific time period, Sam Cooke, Disney music, live orchestra, Hans Zimmer, Amy Winehouse, famous in Europe, a shiny quarter, cockroaches of the future, screaming Kindergarteners, brought out the Rhodes keyboard, a hymn-like structure, Wynton Marsalis, you need to have a talk with the songwriters, Brad Mehldau, they didn’t miss a beat, Freddie Hubbard, this is what a resilient family looks like, Randy Newman, standard pop radio, in another language, Henry Mancini, lookin’ at The Clooney again, we’ve landed on Mars, online conference calling, Keith Jarrett, cashing in on corporate money, Aaron Copland, having a dialogue and textured chops. “I don’t know… maybe a song is one of these shooting star type things in life, you know like - where just a good one is not going to come around a lot.”


    Have Mercy

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2021 12:54

    Movie Meltdown - Episode 548  (For our Patreon "Horror Club") This episode we discuss Mercy Black the 2019 film written and directed by Owen Egerton. And as we try to decide if we are ready to be out in the world, we also mention… Slice, Promising Young Woman, Rondo Hatton, Janeane Garofalo, childhood trauma, Chance the Rapper, pre-schizophrenic, clever filmmaking tricks, sacrifices and offerings, Creepypasta, Daniella Pineda, going to the library, mental health issues, why won’t you turn the lights on, the bathtub scenario, Austin Amelio, opening and closing doors, Carey Mulligan, that annoying brat, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, the shrug option, Slender Man, Elle LaMont, real-world horror stories, kids drawing disturbing pictures, Lee Eddy, just a house in a field, not grounded in reality, Miles Emmons and the internet back in the day.  Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for “Mercy Black”, so go watch the movie before you listen. You have been warned.  “Yeah, let’s send this girl who’s kind of on the edge mentally to this old, creepy house.”

    No Prayer Can Save Us from the Rollerboys

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2021 111:39

    Movie Meltdown - Episode 547 This episode we discuss the dystopian, near-future film... Prayer of the Rollerboys. Directed by Rick King and starring Corey Haim, Patricia Arquette and Christopher Collet - this science fiction story shows us a version of America that maybe a little closer to the world we live in than we are comfortable with. Oh yeah… and there’s lots and lots of rollerblading! And while we have mist-induced flashbacks of all of our childhood TV favorites, we also cover… The Clyde Frog Show, the entire fall of civilization, Solarbabies, Godzilla, we want our sexy bunny, 3D glasses, trying to explain V to someone, shelf expansion, getting beat with flip flops,  Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, Batman, renting a VCR, you’re playing with their little corpses, zoot suit pants, Super Mario Bros., Mark Pellegrino, he was always getting hurt, without a cup holder, Fritz the Cat, The Transformers: The Movie, chain link-covered van, a skate-by shooting, The Bloodhound Gang, eating planets, I partially blame Hackers, who saw a blade-off happening, a black and white TV, Tiny Toons and Animaniacs, greed is good, Ultraman, Axl Rose on Scooby-Doo, Double Dragon, you better not be down there watching cartoons, Joel McCrea, with fringe, adjusting your rabbit ears, the rise of Serpentor, economic collapse, Kung Fu Theater, Space Jam and there’s a reason all the skaters made fun of rollerbladers.  Spoiler Alert: I guess you can spoil "Prayer of the Rollerboys"? If so, we probably do. You better watch it beforehand just to be sure.  “It’s such a weird mixture of like total post-apocalyptic craziness… and then regular run-of-the-mill stuff. It’s insanity.”

    What Comes at Night?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2021 9:40

    Movie Meltdown - Episode 546 (For our Patreon "Horror Club") This session of The Meltdown Horror Club we discuss It Comes at Night the 2017 film written and directed by Trey Edward Shults. Plus we also address just how April Fool's Day fits into the arc of 80s slashers. And while we enjoy our common interests that are killing strangers together, we also bring up… incredible box art, Stanley, Night of the Living Dead, the fallen tree, The Sweet Hereafter, running out in the woods, Joel Edgerton, Amy Steel, A Quiet Place, friends… workin’ together, Christopher Abbott, metaphorical, why don’t mansions have nice basements, anxious brain thing, Carmen Ejogo, The Road, the evil twin, very bleak, Starfish, I’d name all the skeletons, Kelvin Harrison Jr., telepathic not telekinetic, Deborah Foreman, Bird Box, odd pandemic timing, the dream sequences, The Walking Dead, Thomas F. Wilson, would we survive, Waves, that’s why you don’t expand your quarantine bubble, Riley Keough, my cat’s a punk and a creepy hellscape Renaissance painting.  Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for "It Comes at Night" and over-all plot spoilers for "April Fool's Day". You have been warned!  “What comes at night in the movie It Comes at Night?!”

    Wolf Creek and the Horrors of Australia

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2021 101:53

    Movie Meltdown - Episode 545 This episode, we welcome back Dick Starr for another horror club "promo episode" - available to everyone! Join us as we discuss 2005's Wolf Creek as well as post-millennium horror movies and all the different things that are waiting to kill you in Australia. And while we realize the real horror is living in the world of video calls, we also address… Robert Englund, breakfast foods and Lucha masks, something unnatural is going on here, High Tension, Tom and Jerry, Greg McLean, watching new releases streaming, thunderstorms, buffets or salad bars, this is his playground, House of 1000 Corpses, John Jarratt, Wrong Turn, Hostel, to be done remotely, society has to be kept apart, you remember Outbreak from the ‘90s, it got away from me, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, making you feel stranded and helpless, Behind the Mask, Shaun of the Dead, Sonic the Hedgehog, in the not too distant future, being able to pivot, the one you just shoved off a cliff, U Turn, Eli Roth, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, then the world has to keep going, too comfortable doing what he’s doing, a giant cloud of spiders and being the final girl.  Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for the original “Wolf Creek”, so go watch the movie before you listen.  “...they have no idea, the predator that they are dealing with.”

    Fantasy Video Store

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2021 95:52

    Movie Meltdown - Episode 544 This episode we create our own Fantasy Video Store filled with a staff made up of film characters. Inspired by a weird dream, this concept may be the greatest idea ever... or pure insanity. You be the judge. And while we try to convince people that laserdiscs really are the optimum way to watch a movie, we also mention… The Last Blockbuster, we are totally out of that, a beaded curtain, over there take a left fourteen down, and they can live broadcast it to the public access channels, I remember I was in Morocco, he’s why we had to put a limit on our free popcorn policy, the special room, Wet Wednesdays, the town drunk, Spanish Clint Howard, VHS, eat anyone who tried to break in, call the HR department, multiple old lady customers, your friend with the vest has to leave, both of them have to wear an overcoat, trying to explain to people how cool Jami Gertz is, Mom and Pop, a very loud curtain, very clean, there’s gum stuck to everything, he’s constantly sniffing the movies… and I don’t know why, don’t mess with him… just let him have his popcorn, breaking into the satellite feed, well nobody’s returning their tapes without rewinding them more than once, which movie stars are you ok going to the bathroom with, I didn’t even know I had this movie in stock, living lips and Sour Patch Kids.  “I feel like there’s going to be some wacky hi-jinks at your store.”

    Satan’s Little Orphaned Incestuous Coat Thief

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2021 10:50


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 543 (For our Patreon "Horror Club") This episode we discuss the 1976 film Satan's Slave directed by Norman J. Warren. This horror film not only works in Satan but also witches, cults, psychic abilities and a serial killer… how could it go wrong?! How could it… yeah well, that’s what we try to figure out. And as we start planning the Horror Club field trip to Witch-killin’ National park, we also cover… Underwater, frosted eyeshadow, Kevin Smith, Dummy, Flip this Murder House, freshly manicured hedges, so many questions, overly complicated and boring, what the hell is a receiving room, double turn-around twist, Michael Gough, dead… only on the inside, Kristen Stewart, due to the mental illness, slamming her head in a door, talking dogs and sex dolls, they so don’t even wanna talk to you, the ’70s was cool and you know it, duck and roll into the woods, a stately manor, visiting with a time machine, Martin Potter, Anna Kendrick, confused by the elevator, Wilfred, are you trying to get murdered, Candace Glendenning, leaving the ignition on, Quibi, how can this production afford to lose a camera, certain parts of the female anatomy, this movie created love, Barbara Kellerman, I would have constantly been disappointed at the movies, they didn’t get there where they were taking their time, Smarties and it’s protected… or something, Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for the 1976 film "Satan's Slave". But truthfully… there’s not really that much to spoil. “I was mad that someone wasted the film on it.”


    Mary Ann and the Town the Dreaded the Sad Trombone

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2021 92:47


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 542 On this very special “bonus” installment of The Meltdown Horror Club, we get together to pay tribute to Dawn Wells by watching a movie in which she was featured. But then we chose The Town That Dreaded Sundown... and we quickly realize we don’t respond to it the way many horror fans out there do. But when has that ever stopped us from being brutally honest… and having fun along the way.  And as we try to find the eyeholes in the bag on our head, we also bring up… The Legend of Boggy Creek, Sherlock, Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July, Escape from L.A., House of Danger, Die Hard 2, Spawn, Jason X, magical snowman accessories, she can get all up in my personal space… I don’t care, the most impractical, brushing her hair, we’re fine with bribes, who keeps giving this guy the keys, Black Christmas, cracking the cipher, McFarlane Toys, Rankin & Bass, Charles B. Pierce, a stick with an oily rag wrapped around it, Galaxy Quest, everything that happens… let’s sing a song, that’s all I need in my life… snowdragons, heard about this one for years, Friday the 13th: Part 2, I don’t like the things I’m learning, moonlight murders, The Room, he head-butts him right in the breadbasket, do you wanna crawl into the open grave, Lord of Illusions, wiggle out of the collars, John Leguizamo, psychic detective, cultural facts about Japan, flying snakes, so much drugs, trying to keep their circus afloat, Telly Savalas and the quick draw on the hoop cheese.  Spoiler Alert: We are definitely going to ruin this movie for you… in so many ways. So you can watch it beforehand if you want, but if you do end up liking the movie - you might not want to listen. You have been warned.  “What am I supposed to do with this movie?!”


    Attack of the Quarantine Songs

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2020 105:06


    Attack of the Killer Soundtrack - Episode 61  This episode we get together (sort of) to suggest some songs from movies that express the feelings of this year's lockdown as well as give us some hope for the future. And along the way... we try to find a little comradery and fun in even the dark times this past year has presented. And while we ask, why is there not a system, we also address… video store clerks, Terry Gilliam, burrito delivery, I’ll take fun if I can’t have great, the U.S. Postal service, touching your brain, it’s all explained in ways you never wanted, Peter Dinklage, a homeless person in scrubs, they are just going there and then staying there a little extra, reexamining David Spade, the middle Black Christmas, Oscar loser, giant TVs, I got exposed, twinkling lights and pretty girls, Die Hard with a Vengeance, shooting across the street, Hollywood marriages, Red Christmas, inconsistencies, just ugly, protect your cat, watching slasher movies, are you following me, David Rappaport, the drive-thru, from the lockdown zone, I have no idea what the message was, the cast of Rules of Engagement, John Doe, wearing some PPE and how did you not eat your own face? “I’m gonna… go stare out my window”


    The Extremely Black Christmas of 2020

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2020 11:17


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 541 (For our Patreon "Horror Club") On this festive holiday episode, we discuss Sophia Takal's 2019 film Black Christmas starring Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donoghue, Brittany O'Grady and Cary Elwes.  And while we try to clean up all this black goo everywhere, we also mention… Santa Girl, Peanuts, buying physical media, Furiosa, wearin’ that fur coat, I’m so confused, sorority app, Hallmark, being Innovative, toxic masculinity, Into the Dark, an extra big monkey wrench, The Bechdel Test, The Exorcist III, hey why don’t you show us some of what’s going on here, herd mentality, from Canada to New Zealand, Redbox people, The Descent, studio Christmastown, the glass unicorn, a business suit-wearing Barry Bostwick, he was into the dark arts, you know a weapon that’s not really an optimum weapon, Yip Yap, Lifetime, pudding snow, cookies with sprinkles, actual female empowerment, adding things to the trailer, When a Stranger Calls, the frat that now has the evil statue, Bob Clark, the broken broomstick, Episode II, don’t mind me… I’m just here to murder some girl, if they believe them… that person’s not doing their job, kind of jerks to the elves, Carol Kane, someone’s lovable adorable Grandpa, using a bow and arrow, the new Christmas movie subgenre, you probably are kind of dumb and we’re going to have to order a bunch of robes. Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for the 2019 version of "Black Christmas". So go watch the movie BEFORE you listen.  “No...no… 2020 has been enough.”


    It's Time for a Face Off

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2020 91:18


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 540 This episode we make good on our previous idea/threat to take two actors and switch their roles and essentially their careers. Ridiculousness ensues. And as we have a few surprise surgeries, we also cover… The Meg, Mandy, Witness, Goldie Hawn, Memories of an Invisible Man, Jack Quaid, The Long Riders, Harrison Ford, Jodorowsky's Dune, Third Rock from the Sun, writing for women, Nancy McKeon, Blue Velvet, Dances with Wolves, Clint Howard, The Wicker Man, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, Leaving Las Vegas, John Turturro, Ghostbusters, G.I. Jane, Clint Eastwood and your cat, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Battlefield Earth, Trading Places, Jennifer Lawrence, Dennis Hopper, Haley Joel Osment, Quicksilver, gone more weirdo, Con Air, Caddyshack, Kevin Bacon, Waterworld, Jackie Earle Haley, becoming an action star, Hairspray, National Treasure, David Caruso, the Coen Brothers, yeah... they were probably battling for that role, City of Angels, Walton Goggins, Pretty Woman, Grease, career trajectory, Valley Girl, Look Who’s Talking, Erin Brockovich, Top Gun, Jack Nicholson, spaghetti westerns, Footloose, Wild Hogs, going off the rails at any given moment, Raising Arizona, Nothing but Trouble, Sharon Stone, Ryan Gosling, What We Do in the Shadows, Saturday Night Fever, Moonstruck, people love hookers, latchkey kids, Fletch, Lost in Translation and the microcosm of the macrocosm.  “We are carpet bombing the internet with trivial information.”


    Cleaver for some Brides-to-be

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2020 7:39

    Movie Meltdown - Episode 539 (For our Patreon "Horror Club") This episode we discuss Hatchet for the Honeymoon directed by Mario Bava. And while we each have a creepy, younger version of our prior selves following us around watching our every move, we also bring up... Thankskilling, Francisco Franco, swapping brains and bodies, burning the toast, music cues, everyone was so slow, a sting operation, behaving like Real Housewives, figuring out the mystery, shiny cleaver, hanging out in your PJs, how to be a reverse ghost, you’re the one currently murdering a bunch of people, knowing the murderer, kid flashbacks, there’s a refreshing take on a very tires subject, I see you’re sweaty again, I watch a lot of dumb things for the wrong reasons, did anyone else become nauseous, having babies, Black Sabbath, he was very affectionate… with the mannequins, you can just turn your brain off… and not do anything, late-60’s wedding dresses, call the Governor, cheese and crackers and why don’t I ever get invited to a séance party?!  Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for the 1970 film “Hatchet for the Honeymoon”. So go watch it before you listen.  “If I’m ever in a situation where I need to murder a bunch of people to remember something I can’t remember - I’m thinking I’m probably just going to be fine with not knowing what it is I can’t remember.”

    Fun Times with the Babysitter

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2020 69:56

    Movie Meltdown - Episode 538 This episode we discuss "The Babysitter: Killer Queen". This recent comedy/horror is the sequel to the first Babysitter movie we discussed a couple of years ago. The cast returns for this second outing, but does the movie hold up? And what does our director McG add to the mix? And while we work through our own time discrepancies, we also address… Samara Weaving, The Terminator, Kevin Williamson, shirtless guy, Stranger Things, Sugar Ray, Ready or Not, elbow patches, old man references, going for the angular look, Judah Lewis, Jenna Ortega, Swingers, Zendaya, Emily Alyn Lind, corduroy, Quentin Tarantino, Andrew Bachelor, I want something to be easy, Robbie Amell, running shoes, Jackass, Risky Business, references, Rim of the World, between punk and prep, Ken Marino, movies where the sequel surpasses the original, The Monster Squad, Smash Mouth, tiny little demon hands, death by surfboard, I don’t wanna relate to current 14-year-olds, why wouldn’t you wanna ride on those coattails a little bit, Bella Thorne and a beautiful ethereal film.  Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for "The Babysitter: Killer Queen"... so watch it before you listen.  “There’s no place for logic - in a McG movie!”

    Distracted by the Real World

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2020 70:28


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 537 This episode we welcome back a couple of cast members for our first real-world recording since the world shut down! And there’s plenty to catch up on. And while we’re perusing all the stuff we also mention… Thrashin', stickers, Phantasm, books and baby yodas everywhere, Dimension 404, Josh Brolin, reading Indiana Jones, Urban Legend, Don Coscarelli, she’s gonna pelvic thrust this gate open, Color Out of Space, moldy horror books, Clancy Brown, Bumblebee, Berenstain Bears, commitment phobia, Idle Hands, Overlord, Robert Buckley, oozing blood and pus and goo, a Phantasm 5 VHS, She-Ra, Funko POP vinyl figures, he's a Spanish Egyptian with a Scottish accent, if it had kids in it… it must be a kids movie, The Shawshank Redemption, Jonah Hex, George Romero, a movie theater demon, The People Under the Stairs, Sherilyn Fenn, that’s not a natural human pose, movies with zombies in them, Nicolas Cage, we didn’t have what we have now, it’s rare that things shock you anymore, those things in The Beastmaster and movie discounts at the dentist.  “I’m not a hoarder… I’m a collector!”


    Poltergeist 3: Carol Anne! Carol Anne!!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2020 9:53


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 536 (For our Patreon "Horror Club") Join us in the high rise as we round out our Halloween festivities discussing Poltergeist 3. And while we continually change the subject to avoid the film at hand, we also cover… Gary Sherman, Gremlins 2, chocolate and the Amish, Cillian Murphy, working on a Japanese fishing boat, Chicago, wet blanket sleeper, the reflection in the mirrors, we need someone to fill in the blanks, the parking garage, throwing them off the boat, Home Alone 2, a whole new Dana theory, Scatman Crothers and Zelda Rubinstein, The Crow, this wrapper is different, the ’80s, we have to cut out the ghost sex, talking with normal people, The Shining, I feel like their reaction is a bit underwhelming, creepy backwood stories, the career of Jon Bon Jovi, straight outta the attic from The Haunted Mansion ride, if people died, MGM, ghosts murdering people, The Thing, real world life horrors, the frozen pool, Garry Marshall, collar-popper, Chopping Mall, that synth sound, Peacock, I can’t do this because I’m a person with feelings, Crohn's disease, Wilford Brimley and Paul Rudd, no one’s going to grab you, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Rutger Hauer and vampire kisses. Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for Poltergeist 3… so go watch it before you listen. “This movie was fifty percent mirrors and fifty percent people yelling Carol Anne! Carol Anne!!”  


    Poltergeist II: Skydiving on the Other Side

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2020 9:52

    Movie Meltdown - Episode 535 (For our Patreon "Horror Club") We're back!! And this episode we continue our Halloween celebration as we discuss Poltergeist 2: The Other Side. The sequel to the massively popular original features the return of JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, Heather O'Rourke, Zelda Rubinstein - with new additions Will Sampson and Julian Beck. And while we get an update on the current whereabouts of the creepy clown painting that haunted a certain cast member’s childhood, we also bring up… making a supernatural insurance claim, smacked a space worm, being turned to stone by spirits, what if we put some meat on their bones, the beast wants her, up on the smokehouse, pumpkin spice, manly journey, tone, a zombie element, the car is alive, real chocolate not white chocolate, get Brian Gibson on the phone, creepy preacher, sleeping in a tent in the yard, coming to terms with your clairvoyant nature, H.R. Giger, a lightning rod for the dead people, pick another household appliance, the tequila worm, cahoot, braces attack, talking to kittens, odd choices, the family spelunking, taste flashback, an old ghost man, any random portal, I feel like we the audience were responsible, fun size and the real cost of sculpting skeletons. Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for the 1986 film “Poltergeist 2: The Other Side”. So go watch the movie beforehand. “The house is gone, you’ve moved away… what is your problem dead people?!”

    It’s a Poltergeist kind of Halloween

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2020 12:33


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 534 (For our Patreon "Horror Club") Join us as we kick off our month-long Halloween celebration! First, we brave the frightening endeavor that is - a Zombie Skittles taste test! Then we jump headfirst into the pool full of skeletons that is the 1982 classic Poltergeist. We discuss the legends of “the curse” that has followed this franchise. We address the Steven Spielberg vs. ‎Tobe Hooper controversy. And we just look at the ground-breaking ghost story that it is.  And as we try to decide who we have more of a crush on JoBeth Williams or Craig T. Nelson, we also address… real skeletons, the killer tree, kids and clowns, The Beast, Heather O'Rourke, Industrial Light & Magic, the taste lingers, Mr. Incredible, It, go deep, the 1988 Super Bowl, a dorky dad, face-peeling, it’s own meta-curse, Jerry Goldsmith's music score, Zelda Rubinstein, put the helmet on, it tries to kill him with a piano, Aliens, special effects, Star Wars, suburbia, Raiders of the Lost Ark, trees inside the house, Dominique Dunne, stacking chairs, A Nightmare on Elm Street, stickers with googly eyes, ectoplasm, shotgun-blasted a giant vacuum cleaner, Ghostbusters, the national anthem, strawberry jelly, ghost cat, weird creepy kids, the Wilhelm scream, bioengineered food ingredients, George Lucas, interdimensional goo, Oliver Robins, cigar boxes and TV people.  Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for the 1982 version of “Poltergeist”. So go watch or re-watch the movie beforehand! You’ll be glad you did.  “This is just like a theme park ride!”


    Sam Drog and the Demon Lover Diary

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2020 155:51


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 533 This episode we talk with the famous (or infamous) Sam Drog about a lesser-known documentary - Demon Lover Diary. In the wilds of Michigan, three unsuspecting filmmakers get themselves in over their heads as they sign on to help make an independent horror film.  And as we make the obvious observation that we’ve all become lame, sad shut-ins, we also mention… missing fingers, Ted Nugent, Tenet, Basket Case 3, a Terry Gillian and/or George Orwellian nightmare, Geostorm 2, The 100, George Miller, the evil scientists, Divergent, Wargames, James Cameron, the history of movies you don’t hear about, gunplay, Charles Bronson, leather buckles everywhere, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, being so certain about something, New York vs. Michigan, New World Pictures, a bad mojo, fly on the wall, The Devil's Rain, it’s really almost like they found a movie in a box they forgot to release, with his sheer force of personality, memories of Jason Voorhees, True Lies, have a little artistic flare when you’re gonna go murder people, exposition scenes, time caspsule, hey we’ve got these guns laying around, if you’re gonna comment about society - you’ve gotten be from a safe distance, man’s folly, The Ann Arbor Film Festival, havok-causing dreams, you don’t see the waves of madness that you are generating, a certain level of success is pretty fleeting, a window into the 70s, reality distortion field, I Like to Hurt People, it’s an amazing thing… films… how they tie us all together like that, Dushku in our lives, Gerard Butler, being a trucker, Ally Sheedy, watching the pretty pictures go by, that scene is haunting, everybody is under the tyranny of somebody else’s dream, zombie apocalypse, the public discourse has moved on, Galaxy of Terror, culture differences, dreams are weird… they can set you free - and they can also crush you, Fury Road, keep the kids and the guns in their own area, George Romero and a speedometer factory. Spoiler Alert: Sure it’s a documentary… but there are still some strange turns that come along that you may not see coming. So go watch “Demon Lover Diary” before you listen. “It’s just such a raw like... something smuggled out of somebody’s closet kind of movie.” Sam Drog artwork by Liam Jax - Demon Lover Diary artwork by Jenn Woodall


    Ten Heads in a Duffel Bag

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2020 4:03


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 532 (For our Patreon "Horror Club") On this exclusive Horror Club episode, we discuss Elle Callahan's 2018 film Head Count. And while we admit to ourselves that we all kind of want to move into an old funeral home, we also cover… Creepypasta, tidy demons, Joshua Tree, urban legends, weird symbols, amazing cell phone service, folklore, I don’t know… fives, the Zero candy bar, multiple Joe Pescis, a funny-looking little guy, doppelgänger, being a wet blanket, creepy glowing eyes, alien Sleestak, given what you can see what the creature or the monster... can and can’t do - it always seems like web design is always outside of it’s wheelhouse, rumored witch, an advertisement for tequila, a demon-thing, making a Jackass movie, dead parents, maybe a cult, a Bic lighter, Hisji, who put coconut in this, born of the internet, it is just gorgeous, I think I unleashed this crazy internet curse, multiple suicides, peanut butter kisses and candy corn, goat man, living in a trailer and which of these characters do I want to die? Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for "Head Count"... so go watch it before you listen.  “Most adults are still like… what? I’ve never eaten Creepypasta… how do you make it?”


    I Am All the Star Wars Fans

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2020 76:29


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 531 When a certain co-host that hadn't seen "The Rise of Skywalker" finally sits down and watches it… well, it opens up a whole new can of sandworms. So listen as we dig into J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnson and the overall arc of the most recent trilogy. Along the way, we get some opinions that you may not have heard on this show before - and before we're done, we look to the future of the franchise. And while we ourselves get “the toy box feeling”, we also bring up… Knives Out, the Star Trek Encyclopedia, The Mandalorian, he is an absolutely unique presence, Justin Lin, the wolfman having a drink, Super 8, none of this has to be an obstacle to having a good time at the movies, I’m going to let them do the writing for me, it’s like pure unadulterated fun, a marketing tool is a writing technique, Daisy Ridley, realizing a property for its fans, the most to do… out of any of the movies, Tales of the Bounty Hunters, nobody had done it that way before, Star Wars wish-fulfillment, it ticks these boxes and pushes these buttons, working-class sci-fi, Jon Favreau, perfectly relatable, Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina, how do we keep this franchise rollin’, William Shatner, let me tell you about a mystery box, when they were making the expanded universe, maybe his greatest accomplishment and frog nuns.  "The plot of the film is itself - is an excuse for the film to happen.”


    The Cannon Film Canon

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2020 78:45


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 530 This episode we talk with Austin Trunick, author of “The Cannon Film Guide”, an in-depth series of books about the legendary 1980s B-movie studio, The Cannon Group.  And as we discuss the art and influence of Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, we also address… The Apple, renting horror movies, Death Wish 2, Frank Langella, Exterminator 2, Sho Kosugi, Vestron Video, there’s so much craziness going on there, Chuck Norris, a post-apocalyptic universe, 10 to Midnight, the yellow Power Ranger, Michael Dudikoff, Masters of the Universe, William Sachs, Enter the Ninja, has one of the higher body counts, Charles Bronson, Avenging Force, a healthy supply of guys who could do flips, Flashdance, they’re dressed… basically as The Village People, unrelated ninja, Skeletor, re-dubbing European porno movies, the hero shoots the villain point-blank… with a bazooka, Dolph Lundgren, he had already moved on to another project, Franco Nero, Breakin', violent action movies, that was based on a stage-musical written in Israel… in Hebrew, there are so many ninja movies, Empire International Pictures, Invasion U.S.A., Mario Van Peebles, with a dubbed Texas accent, you travel five-thousand miles… around that corner, Ninja III: The Domination, the threads of society are falling apart as the years go on, River Of Death, Revenge of the Ninja, and during the screening… the audience actually boo’ed, Death Wish 3, Robert Ginty, high confidence in the product he was producing, Christopher Walken, wearing a crazy leather-studded outfit and at least make it releasable.  “...yeah, they were very, very good at selling - their movies.” For more on the book, go to: http://www.cannonfilmguide.com/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CannonFilmGuide/  And Twitter: https://twitter.com/CannonFilmGuide


    Rollin' with the Girl on the Third Floor

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2020 9:04

    Movie Meltdown - Episode 529 (For our Patreon "Horror Club") This episode we discuss Travis Stevens' Girl on the Third Floor starring Phil Brooks, Trieste Kelly Dunn and Sarah Brooks. Plus we kick-off our new segment... 20 Ways to Die!! And while we all try to figure out just how familiar we are with the career of CM Punk, we also mention… Parasite, haunted house law, girls just showin’ up on your back porch, don’t stick your face under there, old school wrestlers, wear PPE, a house geek, acting by himself, get out of my yard, practical special effects, things that don’t match up in life, beware of hooker ghosts, don’t shove your hand into slimy places, she knocked on the door, I won’t get brain’d by a ghost, it’s a test, it like… weirdly gave me nightmares, disclosing your ghost, the murder brothel, a fourth-grader and a cenobite costume, I want a tiny door, they didn’t say… hey, come to our orgy, having sex with a ghost, I like my references to be 40 years old, The Die Hard 2 Dilemma and don’t give marbles to a baby. Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for the 2019 movie “Girl on the Third Floor”. So go watch it BEFORE you listen.   “Why did he think that he could redo that entire house by himself?”

    Terror Beneath the Sea

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2020 103:30


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 528 This episode we return to our running science fiction series to discuss "Terror Beneath the Sea"! A strange Japanese/American co-production from 1966 featuring sea creatures, an evil plot to take over the world... and a young Sonny Chiba! And while we try to figure out the mystery that is Peggy Neal, we also cover… Dr. No, Cromwell, a lot of model work, a giant space chicken, homing missile technology, Richard Harris, the leather-lined office, Japanese monster movies, a language barrier, Biloxi, Mississippi, a gaggle of reports, a healthy dose of misogyny, wearing sunglasses all the time, picaresque vs. classical storytelling, Kill Bill, these are our terror machines, they put this poor hapless dude into a tube, General of the mismatched Navy, the evil pinball machine that controls all the fish-people, Bela Lugosi, I feel like I’m watching Bergman on speed, progressive photography, Austin Powers, put into a chamber, toxic dumping, set the fish cyborgs to vibrate, well I get to get out of my cell for a little while, some Navy dudes, basically just automatons doing what we're told, murder them a whole lot of interns, it is his job to carry this film, Godzilla, a certain kinetic style of directing, Jackie Chan, Miss Moneypenny, The X from Outer Space, fire underwater, Timothy Dalton, inserting some lungs and I left my camera at the bottom of the ocean.   Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for as much of the plot as we can make sense of for "Terror Beneath the Sea". So go watch the movie before you listen.  “...while wandering through they get captured by some fish-people and brought to a very futuristic-looking underwater lab which also looks like the set of Sealab 2021 reconstructed by the creators of MST3K.”


    Rick and Morty: The Movie

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2020 84:44

    Movie Meltdown: Episode 527 This episode we ask the disturbing question - what if they made a live-action Rick and Morty movie? We attempt to come up with casting options, choices for directors and we delve into the overall themes of the show and how that might be converted into a movie.  And while we get into the groove with some snake jazz, we also bring up… face-huggers, multi-verses, remorse, comedy, the most moral choice you make, I hope that person gets run over, power-mad, that kitty is adorable, this is a story about a Grandfather and his grandchildren and their beloved story as they tear the entire universe apart, the fabric of the universe, she is in control, the house party, I can’t save every bus, go down any dark rabbit hole, Dan Harmon, there is just no hope, brief and minimal, epic selfishness, having sex with a planet, Back to the Future, self-assured and smart, horse doctor, there are so many moments of that… that have broken my heart, that could be sold, the rapid-fire delivery, I guess I wanna like Rick more than I probably should, clones, not the dynamic but the delivery, the story and the redemption, infinite perspective of the universe, The Rock can’t be everywhere at one time, taking a break, I don’t care, transcends whatever is happening and what are you doing with Jason Bateman? “It’s interesting… it brings up real philosophical and moral questions that... we’re not probably ready to answer yet as a society.”

    The Perfection

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2020 11:41

    Movie Meltdown: Episode 526 (For our Patreon "Horror Club") First off... we bring you a special announcement about our new running series!! Not only does it have a super geeky tie-in - but it allows everyone to get involved!   And then... The Horror Club returns to discuss a terrific film that even WE weren't fully prepared for... The Perfection. Directed by Richard Shepard and starring Allison Williams, Logan Browning and Steven Weber - this movie will more than likely impress and shock most viewers.   And while we are continually jarred by our shifting perspective, we also address… Black Sabbath, some emotional problems, in an old janky school bus, Brian De Palma, Korean revenge movies, body horror, religion, so anxiety inducing, being a prodigy, maggots, sinister and horrifying, bugs, adjusting the tracking, different parts, calmly making dinner, this look in his eye, Ransom, the twist, electroshock therapy, satisfying, cellos, Boris Karloff, crazy eyes, the entire landscape, passion projects, leaves the country, this Is where I would be fine with being killed, chained to the floor, Single White Female, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, rewinding, he was just like grey, she pulls a meat cleaver out of her bag, beautiful shots, David Bowie, Girls, getting sick, Goodtimes Video, Mario Bava, giving a performance and Miramax Films.   Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for The Perfection. So go watch it beforehand for spoiler-free listening. Seriously, this movie has LOTS of spoilers... so really, watch it before you listen.   “This movie constantly threw me for a loop… in a good way… every time I thought I had it figured out - it was like NOPE.”  

    Fixing the Crystal Skull

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2020 76:09


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 525 This episode we try to see if it's possible to - fix the Crystal Skull. The fourth installment in the Indiana Jones franchise has frustrated fans since it's initial release. So we start with our on-going recasting question... could something as simple as recasting the role of Mutt Williams save this movie? But then we start to ask even bigger questions like... what if Indy and Marion had a daughter? And what if we remove the alien plot completely? Would fans have been happy? And what artifact would Indy be looking for? Listen as we try to figure out - just what it would take to fix the Crystal Skull! And while we wish we were climbing around in a tomb, we also mention… Marvel Comics, a CG monkey, Karen Allen, Area 51, cracking open the plastic, The History Channel, The Chronicles of Narnia, David Childress, creating the story arc, Stranger Things, Shia LaBeouf, Hitler, grabbing a snake, memorable and interesting, Lara Croft, Harrison Ford, Taken, recasting, animated series, Solo, Sallah, archaeology, an extra level of research, George Lucas, passing the torch, socs vs. greasers, John Hurt, Forrest Gump, stunt casting, Horizon Zero Dawn, all kinds of Jesus, from a divided household, Cate Blanchett, quotable lines, Marcus, the Bond franchise, Michael Bay, campy things, Steven Spielberg, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, It, the object of desire, nuking the fridge, The Teen Choice Awards and Project MKUltra. “There’s elements there that are true throughout the other three movies, so what is it about this one that almost across the board people are like… I hate that movie!”


    Battle of the Castings

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2020 94:37

    Movie Meltdown - Episode 524 We recently posed the question, If they made a live-action "Battle of the Planets" movie - who gets cast as the leads? So we settle in for a discussion about different options... from big-budget blockbuster choices to more age-appropriate actors. What are the best selections? And while we realize we are natural social distancers, we also cover… Cowboy and Aliens, The Great, The Gift, The Mandalorian, Green Acres, Nuada,  subtitles and overdubbed, just be polite, covered in LED screens, kept upping the drama, Legolas, weird psychic link, chaotic neutral, Jon Favreau, desperate for human interaction, changing entertainment, A Clockwork Orange, vulgar moments, snippets and code, Mel Brooks, guinea pigs wearing masks, Loki, The Wicker Man, I couldn’t hit you easily, Space-X, the much-maligned, awkward teenager, The Time Machine, creating pop culture, the idealistic view, a new accessory, The Jungle Book, a dome, alternate soundtracks, ILM, the dudes who do the thing, Ishtar, dodge and parry, Göbekli Tepe, making screwdrivers and watching The Hitcher.  “...it was like a live-action and like claymation, animatronic thing - combined with something that looked like “Battle of the Planets.”

    Real World Interaction with a Bear Hug

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2020 61:08


    Movie Meltdown: Episode 523 As we ease back into the real world, we sit down... in the same room… and have a discussion. Weird? Sure... but we try to overcome our adopted anti-social nature and discuss just some of the things we've been watching while locked in our homes.  And as we give things a chance that we previously wouldn't have, we also bring up… Shazam, The Lodge, Guardians, the Back to the Future trilogy, The Hustler, It: Chapter 2, Unbreakable, Castle Rock, James McAvoy, The Mentalist, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Gina Carano, Wreck-it Ralph, Have a Good Trip, network TV shows operating from home, underhanded plots, Kazaam, why are his arms so huge, Stephen Colbert, a sled dog, Riley Keough, streaming services and Zoom, will I remember it… no, Bruce Willis, this guy's life is ruined, dropping acid, Taika Waititi, a Gatling gun, Lizzy Caplan, leveling the playing field, Haywire, Piper Laurie, Heaven's Gated, ripped apart by evil creatures, everything about your life is kind of a waste, the trailer does everything you need it to do, Tim Robbins, Choose Your Own Adventure, Robin Tunney, Jackie Gleason, Steven Soderbergh and a shaved Chewbacca.  “...and then that becomes a whole thing... with the undead people.”


    The Turning: Maybe We Should Unpack These Things

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2020 5:13

    Movie Meltdown: Episode 522 (For our Patreon "Horror Club") We’re back!! The Meltdown Horror Club rises from the quarantine crypt! And we kick things off with a recent horror outing... as we discuss the 2020 release of "The Turning" directed by Floria Sigismondi.  And as we settle into our own creepy vibe, we also address…  the spider, a very repressed upbringing, tighten my doorknobs, the reset, The Shining, CG effects, Mackenzie Davis, tension, grunge, let your theories run wild, casual mannequins, a weird twist, child therapy mode, Finn Wolfhard, a blank canvas, the hand, old-timey outfits, being real, being pulled underwater, so frustrating, Brooklynn Prince, let’s explore this relationship you had with this creepy grown man, Joely Richardson, cut scenes, gaslighting, Hammer Films and being insane.  Spoiler Alert: Full spoilers for "The Turning", so watch the movie before you listen.  “I think I would… be stuck there - and become a ghost probably.” Thank you to all our supporters! If you would like to join the Meltdown Horror Club, go to: https://www.patreon.com/moviemeltdown

    Geek Activities: Quarantine Edition 4

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2020 158:00

    Movie Meltdown - Episode 521 The geek activities check-in continues as we virtually visit with Sam Drog and see what he's been up to and what he's been watching in these unusual times.  And as we realize most of what we say qualifies as a headline for Weekly World News, we also mention… The Black Hole, Train to Busan, The Lost Boys, The Girl with All the Gifts, Goonies Kool-Aid, Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer, Crank, bubble gum, Waking Sleeping Beauty, Joel Schumacher, Titan A.E., Minecraft, Bo Welch, Late Phases, the same obsession, Jim Mickle, this requiem for disaster that's going on throughout the entire movie, the unspoken demon that haunts every project, young Tim Burton, over-hyperly art directed, organic in the storytelling, name your parasites, they don't make people like that in kid movies anymore, baroque, punk, biological possession, some families hold together… because they never see each other, it doesn’t all have to be Russian novels, Lance Guest, tabloid journalism, it’s kind of like overdosing on morphine, Mike Mendez, being a social pariah, Kids Beat, that moody John Barry music, revisiting how big the thing blew up and how gross the kills were, if there was just some way... that we could monetize all that crap in your head, the TV weatherman looking like a philosopher, The Abandoned, style-shading animation, the national historical plaque… for Freejack, I can just do some cardio and eat all day, wade into the cesspool, John Carpenter, the unstoppable tides of life, we’re freakin’ out the straits, Lego, I am so invested… in this rat person movie, a rogue named Don Bluth, there was a signal… underneath the signal, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, Best Week Ever and someone did politely save my life.  Spoiler Alert: Some generally referenced spoilery plot points in Train to Busan and The Girl with All the Gifts… but it’s things you probably already could tell were going to happen anyway. “Movies are a maddening rabbit hole, and you will never escape their grasp.”

    Geek Activities: Quarantine Edition 3

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2020 157:06

    Movie Meltdown - Episode 520 This episode we continue our running check-in series as we visit with Dick Starr for a discussion about the world around us, life choices and the movies we watch along the way.  And as we peek out of our compound through our periscope, we also cover… The Fanatic, Cursed Films, conspiracy theories, Rambo: Last Blood, Kung Fury, Against the Dark, Killer Couch, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, you coulda put Gilbert Gottfried in there, Jaws, E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, Piranha 3D, The Movies that Made Us, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, Mallrats, High Tension, Tusk, Red State, Madness in the Method, Jersey Girl, trying to breach your compound, reference images, with all your hidden gadgets and booby traps, Stand By Me, killing it at parents, laser raptors, I made the devil, man it was such a baffling role, Thought Crimes, nothing but killing random people, humane and delicious, creating your own religion, The Omen, not having children, The Adventures of Milo and Otis, Maximum Overdrive, gives a soliloquy, prehistoric disaster, I’m gonna use Santa Claus to kick Fred Durst’s ass, new snacks, The Crow, The Sims, nacho cheese, weaponizes his autism and I wonder if I’m going to find a body today?  Spoiler Alert: Major spoilers for “The Fanatic”... you have been warned.  “...this is just a collision of two horrible trains.”

    Geek Activities: Quarantine Edition 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2020 117:10


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 519 We're back to check in with some different Meltdown regulars... to see what they've been up to during the quarantine. And as we have candy for dinner (since there are no rules when no one is around to see), we also bring up… Tom Hardy, Mel Gibson, Knives Out, Rambo: Last Blood, Ozark, Wild Wild Country, Jojo Rabbit, Midsommar, Mirage Men, Cheers, Never Surrender, Battle of the Planets, Independence Day: Resurgence, Thundarr the Barbarian, Dracula, The Wicker Man, Signs, Tom Bombadil, you have a place to burn them in, incredible anxiety, avoiding Tiger King, The Hobbit, reality television, an avid social distancer, fantastically creepy, the aesthetic choices that they make are different, threequel Babe action, Joaquin Phoenix, Linda Moulton Howe and Stanton Friedman, Princess gets eaten by this giant flower that looks like a magnolia, George Wendt, The Transporter, Melkor has never left us, Rotoscoping, all the Hemsworths, filled with dread, have ya seen what the kids are doing, Heavy Metal, Clue, cattle mutilation and crop circles and leaked documents, M. Night Shyamalan, Lord of the Rings, Mad Max, Gary Oldman, blissfully unaware of the internet, Judd Hirsch, watching it on VHS, we pop culture in shifts, Taika Waititi and other fun ways to kill people.  Spoiler Alert: Random spoilers for “Rambo: Last Blood”... you have been warned.  “Strap yourself on the front of a vehicle… we're goin’ for a ride!”


    Geek Activities: Quarantine Edition

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2020 89:08


    Movie Meltdown - Episode 518 Since everyone is trapped at home, we decide to stay in touch during these weird times with a new quarantine edition of one of our old favorite discussions... geek activities.  While we return to our standard operating procedure of ramble and say bad words, in the process we also address… Daybreak, The Witcher, Felicia Day, Locke & Key, October Faction, John Wick 3, American Horror Story: 1984, Futureman, The Strain, he doesn’t really fit into any group, Peter Weller, monster huntin', Ultraman, tiny portions, crazy people in suits kicking at each other, ghosts that are reanimating bodies, Animaniacs, death people shows, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, Mark Dacascos, everybody had nice teeth, Emma Roberts, I don’t think she knows how dogs work, NewsRadio, it’s like Mad Max meets The Breakfast Club, virtual London, Hackers, Dylan Dog, big vampire weird-ass worms… with things that shoot out of our mouths, she’s not worth the effort, Jeffrey Dahmer met the Vice President, Tom Lenk, what other horror movies can we throw in here, Brandon Routh, training simulation, Henry Cavill and sardines.  “...they start coming back alive - in new people’s bodies. It’s the people from old-time-land, and then they're coming into new bodies and trying to take over the world. It’s complicated.”


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