Welcome to France, where the fine flows freely, the women dance nakedly and the screams echo in your mind forever. That's correct: the Phantom Erik and Lester Reaper are exploring some of the seedier sides of the French countryside this week with "Frontier(s)" from 2007 (is the 's' supposed to be silent? Silly French...) Along with the film at hand, they take a look at the New French Extremity movement that both feeds off and adds to the wave of torture and gore films taking over the horror genre—with their own, foreign flair.
Our guest this week, Jesse Bollinger of Horrorcopia and Bump in the Night, is both a fan of the paranormal and also very fearful of it. That's why we thought it'd be perfect to subject him to our film from this week, 2006's "Altered", from the director and writer of the Blair Witch Project, Eduardo Sanchez. In this installment of 100 Years of Horror, the Phantom Erik, Jesse and Lester Reaper witness a tale of four men, all connected through an experience from their childhood, now trying to figure out what to do with an alien in their possession—and one that doesn't want to play nice, no less.
This week, Gary Hill of Cinema Beef, Sausagefest Reviews and the Bird and the Beard podcasts accompanies us Down Under once more as we visit Greg McLean’s “Wolf Creek” from 2005. Lumped in with our favorite Splat Pack team of filmmakers from the early ‘aughts, McLean gives us his take of a true Australian serial killer story. As such, we also talk a bit on how horror and true terror have forever been, and will forever be, intertwined, while Gary and the Phantom Erik set out to explain how McLean’s film separates itself from the Pack, quite literally.
We're back in America for a breather to shine the spotlight for the first time in the '00s on none other than Tobe Hooper. A little belated, we're honoring the director nonetheless for his controversial contributions to the genre, beginning with the hugely influential Texas Chainsaw Massacre all the way down through the mess of the Mangler. We pick him up here for his return to the genre just as remakes were all the rage, as he puts his own twist on the Video Nasty classic, "Toolbox Murders", this time featuring some supernatural happenings visiting upon horror's new darling, Angela Bettis.
It's our last stop on an extended European trip, and we're spending it in the dark, foreboding woods of Norway with 2003's "Villmark". Written and directed by newcomers in Christopher Grondahl and Pal Oie, and featuring a cast of newcomers (aside from Norwegian psycho extraordinaire Bjorn Floberg), this ambitious film tells the story of a reality television crew going into the "dark woods" to act out what their future contestants will endure. What they come to find, however, is an even darker threat than they imagined...
Though we're still hanging out overseas, that doesn't stop us from opening the boiler room doors once again to Jamie Jenkins of Devour the Podcast, The Skeleton Crew & the werewolf-themed Lycan It! podcasts (and I thought Lester kept me busy!) We're back across the Atlantic in the U.K. with "Dog Soldiers" from 2002, directed by Neil Marshall of the controversially-labelled "Splat Pack" of filmmakers that included Eli Roth, Adam Green, Alexandre Aja amongst others.
We continue our jet-setting ways by taking a turn towards Japan for the notorious director Takashi Miike's "Ichi the Killer", based on a manga of the same name by Hideo Yamamoto. We made sure that Mike & Iris from the Badasses, Boobs & Body Counts podcast had their passports up to date, as we definitely needed their help getting through this gross-out, action-packed Yakuza film with just enough instances of revenge-fueled, torturous gore to make it on this list as a horror film.
No matter how long we put it off, we couldn't avoid it: the new millennium is upon us here at 100 Years of Horror. We kick things back into gear with a trip overseas to France and their take on the turn of the century slasher revival with "Promenons-nous dans les bois", or "Deep in the Woods" from 2000.
This is an episode for closure. Closure on a decade that featured some enjoyable flicks with a 'meta' lens on them. Closure on not just a century, but a millennia of horror films since we started our journey in 1912. And we're doing it in style, with Lloyd Kaufman, Troma Entertainment and his 1999 film, "Terror Firmer", based on Kaufman's own autobiography (and including some embellishments).
When the world ends, you'll still have this newest episode of 100 Years of Horror to listen to, as the Phantom Erik and Lester uncover the rare little late-90s post-apocalyptic horror, "Laughing Dead". Part artsy independent film, part gory oozefest with a little hammy acting and dialogue sprinkled throughout, this film tackles the idea of a world gone to hell from some unknown catastrophe and now being run by vampires.