Month: October 2016

The Magic Lantern: Episode 033 – The Magic Jack O’Lantern 2016

In this episode, The Magic Jack O’Lantern 2016, we bring you our list of viewing tricks and treats to celebrate the season. We watched one Halloween inspired title every day in October and now pass the list and our impressions on to you in hopes that you might find some new scares for your regular viewing rotation or revisit some old spooky favorites. Here’s the full list!

Day 1: Robin Redbreast (MacTaggart, 1970)
Day 2: The Tunnel (Ledesma, 2011)
Day 3: Seven Footprints to Satan (Christensen, 1929)
Day 4: Eyes Without a Face (Franju, 1960)
Day 5: The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales (González, 1960)
Day 6: Peeping Tom (Powell, 1960)
Day 7: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Mamoulian, 1931)
Day 8: The White Reindeer (Blomberg, 1952)
Day 9: Who Can Kill a Child? (Serrador, 1976)
Day 10: Black Christmas (Clark, 1974)
Day 11: The House with Laughing Windows (Avati, 1976)
Day 12: Hour of the Wolf (Bergman, 1968)
Day 13: Sauna (Annila, 2008)
Day 14: Silver Bullet (Attias, 1985)
Day 15: Penda’s Fen (Clarke, 1974)
Day 16: Hell Night (DeSimone, 1981)
Day 17: Wolf Creek (McLean, 2005)
Day 18: The Haunted House (Cline, Keaton, 1921)
Day 19: The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (Algar, Geronimi, Kinney, 1949)
Day 20: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Melendez, 1966)
Day 21: Night of the Demon (Tourneur, 1957)
Day 22: Onibaba (Shindô, 1964)
Day 23: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (Newland, 1973)
Day 24: Halloween (Carpenter, 1978)
Day 25: Basket Case 2 (Henenlotter, 1990)
Day 26: Horrors of Malformed Men (Ishii, 1969)
Day 27: Alien (Scott, 1979)
Day 28: Rosemary’s Baby (Polanski, 1968)
Day 29: The Wicker Man (Hardy, 1973)
Day 30: The Exorcist (Friedkin, 1973)
Day 31: The Shining (Kubrick, 1980)

What you’ll find in this episode: our attempt to be concise when discussing 31 films in a single episode, tricks, treats, folk horror, found footage, ghosts, werewolves, deformities of all sorts, and the devil himself.

– Cole and Ericca

The films that scare Martin Scorsese the most.
The history of the Jack O’Lantern.
A photo gallery from Louisville’s Jack O’Lantern Spectacular.
The very first horror movie, Georges Méliès’ Le Manoir du Diable (1896).

Criterion Close-Up 54: Hausu Party

We let our hair down for Halloween and celebrate the oddity that is Ôbayashi’s House (1977). Dave and Jessica join Mark and Aaron. We agree that House is the most random and the most bonkers “horror” film in existence. Rather than break it down thematically, we celebrate its weirdness by pointing out the WTF moments and the occasions that make us laugh. Warning: this episode has a lot of profanity.

Episode Links & Notes

Special Guests: Dave Eves and Jessica Ramos. You can follow Dave on Twitter.

1:10 – 1:00 – Reflections on our last House episode.

2:50 – Welcome Dave and Jessica!

7:50 – House

Episode Credits

Next time on the podcast: Cronos

The Magic Lantern: Episode 032 – Halloween

I was eight years old when I saw the first television commercial for John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) and it was galvanizing. At that age, my horror cinema experience centered mainly around the cadre of Universal monsters, and I loved them, but this was a shot across my bow that I could not ignore. I most likely couldn’t have articulated it at the time, but somewhere in the pit of my stomach I knew this was a bellwether moment. I was in on the ground floor of the next step in horror’s evolution. Of course, I wouldn’t see it for a few more years to verify that, but my instincts were eventually proven correct. My birthday being on October 28th, Halloween has been inextricably intertwined with my life since day one – as a holiday, as an idea, as a way of life. Thanks to John Carpenter, I now had what felt like my very own movie, as well. His film took all the voyeurism, mayhem and dread of terrors past and streamlined it into a potent, merciless new model for my generation. It brought me face to face for the first time with the idea of monolithic, intractable evil. It birthed the definitive Final Girl, an incalculably rich vein of cinematic discussion and debate. And that mask. Oh, that mask. Halloween is the stuff nightmares are made of and an October does not go by in this household without at least one viewing of it. A must!

What you’ll find in this episode: an exploration of the Final Girl concept, how much I hate Annie, driver’s education classes at the sanitarium, how horror has changed in the intervening decades, and not one, but two, Jo Anne Worley references.

– Cole

Links and Recommendations:
Check out Halloween on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of They Live.
Cole’s further viewing pick of Raw Meat.
The New York Times takes a look at some of our favorite Final Girls.
The definitive home on the web for the masks of Michael Myers.
The Goodreads entry for Men, Women, and Chain Saws, Carol Clover’s excellent book about gender in the modern horror film.

Criterion Completion: Hour 5


Getting to Hour 5 feels like a milestone of some sort. I feel like I’ve been working on it forever, and work commitments and sofa time got a bit more in the way this time around. Despite that, I am pleased to bring it to you only few days later than I had hoped.

Our latest 75-minute hour starts out with an intro that stretches the bounds of relevancy just a bit, but I do think I bring it around to fit by the end of it. At least that is how I am spinning it. It also gives me free-reign to play some music that means a lot to me while tieing it to the topic at hand.

In Hour 5, I spend some more time running the numbers around spines and release schedules. This time around I focus on the 5″ disc days which tend to behave much more nicely than that 12″ shenanigans that were discussed back in Hour 2.

Our Criterion Conversation this time around comes from the other side of the world. John Mathews is the co-host of the Director’s Suite Cast and turned out to be a fantastic guest for our focus on collecting Criterion. Tune in to find out what it is like to be a Completionist on a continent hell bent on not wanting you to succeed! John appears to have come to grips with the roadblocks in the way of his hobbies, but I suspect we all weep for his wallet.

Plus the usual assortment of ear candy including a double dose of tragically hipping and some nostalgic genX nostalgia. Not to mention the return of the Condiment Completionists.

  • Are Criterion Completionists Tragically Hip?
  • keeproductions presents Crunching the Numbers – Part One | 12m 47s
  • A conversation with John Mathews | 23m 38s

The Director’s Suite Cast co-hosted by  John Mathews

The Director’s Suite Website

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GTGM Episode 38: Chopping Mall (1986)

It’s not easy to open a store in Park Plaza Mall but Jamie and Doug managed to do it. People also said they were crazy to put their paint store in a carpeted mall but again, they managed to do it. After the presentation of the new security system they are both confident that nothing can ruin their grand opening the very next day.

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Criterion Close-Up 53: The Vanishing

Mark and Aaron cover the Dutch and French horror/suspense classic, The Vanishing. Having experienced this film numerous times before, we are able to explore the foreshadowing and narrative structure that led us on a wild journey to an even wilder ending. We talk about obsession, control, that harrowing ending, and yes, we even get into the American remake.

Episode Links & Notes

3:10 – October Horror Schedule

5:00 – Short Takes (The Tin Drum, Chevalier, Stop Making Sense, Tapeheads)

23:00 – The Vanishing

Episode Credits

Next time on the podcast: House

Criterion Close-Up 52: Carnival of Souls

Mark, Aaron and Eric Ford begin a month of horror with the micro-budget cult classic, Carnival of Souls. We talk about what makes this such an enduring classic that has held up over time, the bizarre story about how it was made, its influences and what it has influenced, and what type of artistic aims the filmmakers tried to reach.

Episode Links & Notes

Special Guest: Eric Ford from The Burlington Film Society and the Vermont International Film Festival.

1:10 – Welcome Eric Ford from Burlington Film Society, Vermont International Film Festival.

4:10 – Vermont International Film Festival

11:20 – Short Takes (Angst, The Neon Demon, Son of Saul, The Brood, Neon Bull, Anomalisa)

31:45 – Carnival of Souls

Episode Credits

Next time on the podcast: The Vanishing

The Magic Lantern: Episode 031 – Black Christmas

I resisted the pull of Black Christmas (Clark, 1974) for a very long time. Too long. I thought it was going to be too scary (it is), or too violent (it’s not), or too gory (not really). When I finally watched it several years ago, I was delighted that it continually ratchets up the tension and terror through an iconic soundscape and a fiendishly economical script full of complex characters and situations. If you are a script aficionado, study this one. Assess what it leaves out yet manages to build and achieve in atmosphere, dialogue and character development. How does this little film manage to remain so ambiguous and yet so memorable?

Though I chose Black Christmas to kick off our Cole-o-ween October celebration, I think it can be appreciated during the Christmas season as well. Because nothing says togetherness like gathering your loved ones ’round to watch death by asphyxiation, impalement, exsanguination, and blunt trauma. It could come right after your viewing of A Christmas Carol, the original holiday horror.

What you’ll find in this episode: an analysis of the level of violence in the film, the song stylings of Ericca, genre tropes pioneered by this film then evolved or forgotten later, and 1001 places to hide a bottle of sherry.

– Ericca

Links and Recommendations:
Check out Black Christmas on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of Good Neighbours.
Cole’s further viewing pick of Alice, Sweet Alice.
Just a few of the reasons why Canada is awesome.
A brief review of some of the best and worst depictions of abortion in film and television.

GTGM Episode 37: Night of the Comet (1984)

Being big fans of the scientific community, both Jamie and Doug are aware of the dangers the comet presents to humanity and do the sensible thing by shutting themselves in a tool shed. Worried that there are still ways for the comet dust to ‘make it’ inside, they seal off all ventilation…and suffocate.

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Criterion Close-Up 51: Mystery Train & Jim Jarmusch

Mark and Aaron are joined by Marcus Pinn to explore the filmography of Jim Jarmusch, beginning with Mystery Train (1989). We explore the triple storyline, the coalescence of the director’s indie experience and arthouse sensibilities, and the film’s sense of place. We then dive into his library and style, and choose our five favorite Jarmusch films.

Episode Links & Notes

Special Guest: Marcus Pinn from Pinnland Empire. You can follow him on Twitter.

2:15 – TIFF talk with Marcus

17:40 – Criterion Connection “Shelved”

19:00 – Mystery Train

1:01:00 – Jim Jarmusch

Episode Credits

Next time on the podcast: Carnival of Souls