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PODCAST 329: The Fly & The Fly 2 [All Mixed Up Edition]

This week the Horror Duo chat about yet another classic sci-fi/horror flick and it's more contemporary remake. Forest covers The Fly, about teleportation and transformation. And Cory shares his thoughts on the sequel, of the 1986 remake, The Fly 2 - which just may be the very first remake of a sequel, maybe?



We've seen what a post-apocalyptic future might look like from the minds of Italians with 1990: The Bronx Warriors, and 2020: Texas Gladiators (What is it with Italians putting a year in their titles?) among others, and from Australia, with George Miller's Mad Max film series. But with Molly we finally get a peak at how the Dutch envision what comes after – because we were all dying to know.


PODCAST 328: Body Snatchers Double Feature

This week the Horror Duo continue their month long quest to discuss sci-fi/horror classics and their more contemporary remakes. Cory revisits the paranoid red scare influenced Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Forest skips the '78 Body Snatchers film since he discussed it in Episode #9, and moves onto the '93 Able Ferrera directed Body Snatchers.


PODCAST 327: Invaders From Mars Double Feature

This week the Horror Duo kick off October with Sci-Fi Classics and their re-makes! The first on the chopping block is Invaders From Mars. Forest takes on the anti-communist original and Cory revisits it's love letter remake from the minds of Dan O'Bannon and Tobe Hooper.

Forest also chats about seeing the visually mind blowing Mandy. Cory talks about going to church and buying Vamp and a Charlie Chan Collection on laser discs. All this and towns everywhere need to up their damn chicken wing game!


★ ★ ½



★ ★ ½



  • 00:00 - Introduction & News
  • 25:06 - "Invaders From Mars"
  • 42:07 - Know Your Horror Trivia
  • 43:30 - "Invaders From Mars"
  • 75:13 - Comments & Conclusion





First, Guillermo DelToro touched our hearts with a story about a woman who falls in love with a fish. But now, in a what lays rooted in Lovecraft lore, Xavier Gen tells a story that explores a man, and HIS love for a fish. Well, when you boil Cold Skin down that's what you're left with, but it has more going for than some sappy interspecies love story.

Based on the book of the same title by Albert Sanches Pinol, Cold Skin is influenced by the H.P. Lovecraft tale The Shadow Over Innsmouth, about a small fishing village who discover a race of fish like humanoids living just of the coast. Once times get tough, they reach out the the race for help in sustaining themselves. This effort evolves into cult ritual and human sacrifice to appease the sea creatures, who have also begun mating with the local townspeople.

With that in mind, Cold Skin deviates from Lovecraft's tale with David Oakes' unnamed character who has enlisted to be sent away to record meteorological data on a remote island in the Antarctic Circle. This all takes place in 1914, during the Great War, which our narrator is trying to avoid, in a time when the sun never set on the British flag. This task will keep him stranded at the edge of the world for one year with the only human contact being Gruner, a grizzled son of an ol' salt for a lighthouse operator at the other end of the island.

Upon arriving, our Friend learns that the man he is to relieve has mysteriously gone missing and is presumed dead. He starts to piece it together that this island isn't quite what it seems when he observes how Gruner has fortified his lighthouse to repel an attack. But from who? And why? This British outpost is so remote, it is far removed from the unfolding World War, but has offered up a new war that our Friend is also reluctant to fight.

Speaking of fights, it isn't long before our Friend is attacked in the night be a group of mer-men warriors who burn his new home to the ground, for reasons that aren't yet apparent to him. After surviving the evening, he reaches out to Gruner for help and for answers. And after making his way across the island to Gruner's lighthouse fortification, it is revealed that Gruner is holding a beautiful young mer-lady captive as his sex slave companion. And with that, all of our Friend's questions have been answered. “Who the mer creatures are?”, “Why they attacked?”, and “What happened to the last meteorologist?”.

Night after night, the two men repel that attacks of the seemingly primitive mer-men. For our Friend it is to survive and for Gruner it is for extinction, as he's of the mind that these inferior creatures are there to be used or exterminated – hammering home the notion that mankind shall own dominion over the creatures of the Earth.

After months of being stranded on the island and in the middle of Gruner's war, our main character starts to learn from the sea-slave, about her culture and their history as her youthful innocence, and beauty warm his heart. Eventually he works to set her free, but not before the fighting and terror of what man is capable of weighs heavily on him, changing him forever.

Cold Skin is a nice little visitation from Lovecraft. The setting and emotions of the film are bleak and really made me feel that all of this was really happening in a part of the world that was as beautiful as it was isolated and dangerous – like the sea people themselves.

The technical elements of the film; the acting, the story, the pacing, ect - are all without fault, but I couldn't help but think there was something missing from making the film really great. The actions of Oake's character feel flat. His motivations are apparent and understandable, but as I watched it, I kept expecting him to do more. To fight Grunger head on and free Aneris (the sea woman in question). To reach out to the race of sea people to make peace and offer up an apology from Man to Mer-Man, but this never happens. And with the unfolding romance, it became something that I expected, but also felt strange considering she was just kept captive and used for sex and moments later is having sex with a new human man. Perhaps this is an underlying message about Aneris being in control and consenting... Maybe?

Beyond all that, this story was interesting to me as a commentary on the British colonization of the outside world. The old saying the the sun never sets on the Union Jack (for those who don't know) is in reference to the various territory held by the British at it's peak of power. Their influence was global. Spending the time and money to maintain two men on an island – of little to no importance - in the middle of nowhere at all times is is a display of power and bureaucratic decision making that only a first world power will make.

Furthermore, Grunger's attitude toward the Lovecraftian beings is something that is historically shared by world powers. The unsophisticated and uncivilized are there to be conquered, put to work, exported and exploited. This is something seen time and time again in life and in art. It's what's at the heart of stories like The Creature From the Black Lagoon - another sea creature love story.

But enough of that. Cold Skin is a great addition into the Cthulhu mythos, but as a film standing on it's own merits, it's just pretty good.

Cold Skin was adapted by Jesús Olmo (20 Days Later) and Eron Sheean who has also worked together with director Xavier Gen on The Divide, about a group of people surviving the days following a nuclear attack.

Made available on various VOD platforms by Samuel Goldwyn Films earlier this month (DVD & BLU-RAY soon), and also the film made an appearance at this years Fantasia Festival. Cold Skin might offer a better pay-off to you who follow the Elder Things but it's also worth checking out by the average cinephile.

Reviewer | Producer & Editor | Resident Conspiracy Theorist

A blue collar dude with facial hair that would make his Norse ancestors proud. He is a collector of comic books, retro video games, and obscure relics from the VHS era.


★ ★ ★




PODCAST 326: RoboWar & It Came From Somewhere Else

This week the Horror Duo chat more about Predator knock-offs, sorta. Forest picks the Reb Brown scream fest, RoboWar. Cory failed in finding the film he sought out to review and instead covered a different deadly alien flick, It Came From Somewhere Else.