Come on in, the Phantom Erik and Lester Reaper welcome you to another ritual serv- er, podcast on the 100 Years of Horror! This week, they're immersing themselves in late 80s panic with Satanic Ritual Abuse. Though Hollywood was averse to touching this subject on the screen, there were a few films featuring strange cult rituals.
If you're ready for another episode of 100 Years of Horror, then boot up that Resonator and let the Phantom Erik, Lester Reaper and their old pal William enter your world from another plane of existence with 1986's 'From Beyond'! From director Stuart Gordon, this HP Lovecraft-inspired story shows what strange and frightening things can really happen when two universes merge.
Look through the Eye of the Phantom Erik and Lester Reaper, as they look through the Eye of Stephen King and his 1985 film, "Cat's Eye". It's an anthology film that's 2 parts adaptation, 1 part original story, and all parts original screenplay from the King of Horror himself. As such, the Phantom attempts to conquer the subject of Stephen King and his immeasurable contributions to multiple horror mediums, including horror cinema itself.
We hear you, creatures of the night, as you hunger for another episode of 100 Years of Horror! Phantom Erik and Lester Reaper return with a trough full of goodies for you hungry little piggies to chow down, starting with a discussion on the takeover of horror by the animal kingdom. From there, they head Down Under to talk about 1984's 'Razorback', the debut film from boiler room favorite Russell Mulcahy about an enormous boar wreaking having in the Outback.
The first show of February sees Lester and the Phantom back with a standard show; that isn't to say it's still not jam-packed with fun! In this episode, your hosts traverse the long, winding tubes of the technological world to discuss techie horrors in conjunction with their film from 1983, David Cronenberg's 'Videodrome'!
We open the boiler room to John Murphy of the Basement Screams blog for more of an extended chat this time around, focusing in on the Joe Spinell vehicle, "The Last Horror Film" from 1982! Mr. Spinell was the talk of the horror town in the early '80s after his memorable role in 1980's Maniac, and this film shows he doesn't have to stretch his acting chops far to pull off another successful, sleazy role.
It's the unofficially official Part 2 of our Slasher discussion, this time talking about the 1981 film from our list, "The Prowler" with Jason Lloyd of Horrorphilia. Jason sits down with the Phantom and Lester and shares his experiences of growing up first-hand with the slasher movement in the '80s and how his passion grew for this particular subgenre of horror. After that, they tackle this enjoyable little flick about a town re-starting a dance tradition that had disappeared 35 years ago after an unfortunate double-murder.
It's been a long 3 weeks, but we're pleased to have you back in the boiler room as we bear down amidst cold weather and cold sicknesses for the final "season" of 100 Years of Horror! We enter our 8th decade in full force by offering a two-part special on slashers, beginning with this episode featuring 3 of our pals in Gary Hill (@CinemaBeefCast), Jesse Bollinger (@thejesseb83) and John Murphy (@BasementScreams).
How else would the Phantom Erik and Lester celebrate Christmas than by featuring a holiday classic on the show! We're joined by friend to the show Alex in Korea who's conquering his own '12 Slays of Christmas' over at his site, Pieces of Darkness. Together, they sit down by a crackling fire and tell the tale of a man who, believing he's truly Kris Kringle himself, sets out on his quest to reward the good children--and punish the evil.
Join us as we celebrate the decade that was the '70s, and the decade to come, with a film that blends the two together nicely under the tutelage of director David Cronenberg. 1979's "The Brood" comes to us teeming with some of Cronenberg's most personal connections to his failing marriage, and he puts his emotions on display the only way he can: by mutilating the body.