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PODCAST 269: Xtro & From Beyond

This week Forest covers, yet another cheap alien flick. This time on the chopping block is Xtro which comes complete with an alien birth. Cory takes on the Lovecraft based effects film that tampers with inter-dimensional perception, From Beyond.

The Horror Duo also chat about the disturbing white hi-jinx transpiring in Charlotteville - like anyone needs to hear that, Cory buys a Laserdisc player...but no Laserdiscs to play on it, and the ever changing future of the long awaited third Schwarzenegger Conan film. All this and they mourn the death of the very first Godzilla.


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  • 00:00 - Introduction & News
  • 27:51 - "Xtro"
  • 47:12 - Know Your Horror Trivia
  • 48:19 - "From Beyond"
  • 66:45 - Comments & Conclusion


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Blake Matthews said...

About XTRO, I should point out that the nanny, Analise, is played by Maryam d’Abo, who is best known for playing the Bond girl in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS with Timothy Dalton. She was the Russian cello player.

One Lovecraft adaptation Cory should really visit is Dan O’Bannon’s THE RESURRECTED, which is a very faithful adaptation of “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.”

If Cory wants to watch a great Alien-esque flick, he needs to see THE GREEN SLIME. If he insists on watching a movie with stupid amounts of nudity, there’s always ZOMBIE LAKE, or Jess Franco’s FEMALE VAMPIRE aka THE BARE-BREASTED COUNTESS.

Forest talked about military films using miniatures. Japanese special FX guru Eiji Tsuburaya (pronounced Ay-Jee Soo-boo-RAH-yuh), who worked on all the Toho sci-fi films during the 50s and 60s, also worked on a number of war movies, using miniatures for the military hardware. A few of them even got U.S. released, most famously, I BOMBED PEARL HARBOR.

Blake Matthews said...

Correcting a remark, some of the special effects scenes from MIDWAY were taken from I BOMBED PEARL HARBOR. Also, Tsuburaya worked on the American-Japanese co-production NONE BUT THE BRAVE with Frank Sinatra.

Anomalous Host said...

Alright, Lifeforce. Can't wait.

Speaking of waiting, do you guys have film recommendations for me (1 from each of you)?

And one other thing. So I as in a conversation about censorship earlier, and the guy I was talking with is British, and he directed me to a list of films banned in the UK. Well, I think 2 of them might catch your interest.

1.) The Texas Vibrator Massacre
Made in 2008. "Banned due to containing a significant amount of eroticized sexual violence, and for scenes of intercourse between characters intended to be brother and sister." -- Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_banned_in_the_United_Kingdom

And speaking of incest...

2.) My Daughter's a Cocksucker
Made in 2009. "An incest-themed pornographic film in which men perform irrumatio on women, who frequently look directly into camera and deliver lines such as "Daddy always likes it when I choke" and "Am I good enough to teach the little sister?" The Guidelines at 'R18' allow for real oral sex including 'deep throat' scenes but not a focus on images or verbal references to choking, gagging, etc. which is considered an 'abusive, degrading and dehumanizing' and potentially harmful sexual portrayal by the BBFC. In many hardcore productions such scenes are cut, but here they were so frequent- along with the also unacceptable references to an incestuous set-up- a viable work would not remain following cuts and it was instead rejected."

Anomalous Host said...

Oh, and one last thing, on a more serious matter. I told you several podcasts ago that you may be done with politics, but politics ain't done with you. Guess I called that right. Regarding Charlottesville, that is a subject I was sort of dragged into, that I got pissed that I was dragged into it, and so made my own blog post on the subject. I tried to be as sensible as possible when making it. Hope you find it interesting, if you end up reading it. I do at least manage to end it on a hopeful note, by mentioning a recent documentary (I manage to keep things film-related in one form or another) made about a black man who befriended members of the KKK, had a reasonable dialogue exchange with several of them, and convinced 20 members to leave the KKK. It's something that is much needed in this atmosphere.