Month: October 2019

The Magic Lantern: Episode 116 – The Magic Jack O’Lantern 2019

It’s that most wonderful time of the year again! In this episode, The Magic Jack O’Lantern 2019, we once again 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. This year, we went through the golden age of (mostly) Hollywood horror, featuring the Universal Monsters pantheon and much, much more. There were a lot of highs and only a few lows. Here’s the full list!

Day 1: The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Worsley, 1923)
Day 2: The Phantom of the Opera (Julian, 1925)
Day 3: Freaks (Browning, 1932)
Day 4: Island of Lost Souls (Kenton, 1932)
Day 5: Ginger Snaps (Fawcett, 2000)
Day 6: Murders in the Rue Morgue (Florey, 1932)
Day 7: The Babadook (Kent, 2014)
Day 8: The Mummy (Freund, 1932)
Day 9: Secret of the Blue Room (Neumann, 1933)
Day 10: The Ghoul (Hunter, 1933)
Day 11: The Invisible Man (Whale, 1933)
Day 12: Hausu (Ôbayashi, 1977)
Day 13: Terror Aboard (Sloane, 1933)
Day 14: Murders in the Zoo (Sutherland, 1933)
Day 15: Supernatural (Halperin, 1933)
Day 16: The Black Cat (Ulmer, 1934)
Day 17: Werewolf of London (Walker, 1935)
Day 18: Dracula’s Daughter (Hillyer, 1936)
Day 19: Cold Prey (Uthaug, 2006)
Day 20: Son of Frankenstein (Lee, 1939)
Day 21: Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (Hancock, 1971)
Day 22: Man Made Monster (Waggner, 1941)
Day 23: The Devil Commands (Dmytryk, 1941)
Day 24: The Wolf Man (Waggner, 1941)
Day 25: The Undying Monster (Brahm, 1942)
Day 26: The Mad Ghoul (Hogan, 1943)
Day 27: The Lady and the Monster (Sherman, 1944)
Day 28: Strange Confession (Hoffman, 1945)
Day 29: House of Horrors (Yarbrough, 1946)
Day 30: The Beast with Five Fingers (Florey, 1946)
Day 31: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Barton, 1948)

What you’ll find in this episode: Lon Chaney Jr. many times over, recurring themes like the thirst for power, and some new favorites with only one true dud.

– Cole and Ericca

The history of the Jack O’Lantern.
Haunted places in Los Angeles.
Lon Chaney’s many faces.

Just The Discs – Episode 130 – October Announcements!

Here are the announcements for the Month of October — labels touched on include Arrow, Criterion, GarageHouse Pictures, Kino Lorber, MVD Rewind, Scorpion Releasing, Shout Factory, Studio Canal, Warner Archive and more!

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September here:

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Criterion Now 99: Horror Films, January 2020 Announcements

Dave Eves joins again, and this time we take a detour and discuss horror films that are both in and out of the Criterion Collection. With it being October, we both committed to watch horror films throughout the month in order to get in the spirit of Halloween. We discuss a lot of the titles that we saw. We also spend some time discussing Criterion news, including a brief reaction to the Criterion January 2020 announcements, the upcoming Godzilla set, Bamboozled, UHD, and more.

Episode Links

25th Frame – Reaction to January 2019 Criterion Announcements
Introducing Criterion Channel Surfing
Spike Lee – Bamboozled Instagram Post
Digital Bits – 4K UHD List

Criterion Channel Surfing, Episode 2: Art-House Horror Follow-Up (Titles on Other Streaming Services)

Just in time for Halloween, this short follow-up to our October 2019 episode on “Art-House Horror” features host Josh Hornbeck speaking once again with Jon Laubinger of the Film Baby Film podcast. They briefly discuss the streaming landscape for horror films and offer a few recommendations for “Art-House Horror” on other streaming services.

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Just The Discs – Episode 129 – “Odds & Ends” Vol. 2 – Horror

Here’s another round of “Odds & Ends” folks! This round, Brian runs through a stack of 11 titles – including discs from Vinegar Syndrome, Kino Lorber, Scream Factory, Arrow Video and more!

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The Magic Lantern: Episode 115 – Let’s Scare Jessica to Death

When I selected Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (Hancock, 1971) as my Cole-o-ween choice for this year, I didn’t intend it as a response to Ericca’s choice. Nor was I trying to establish any sort of “women on the verge” theme. It’s interesting how these things work out, though. Together with The Babadook (Kent, 2014), our choices this year take incisive looks at women who have faced loss, grief, and breakdowns. Add to that two unique takes on the reliability of our narrators, and you have a pair of films that set themselves apart from their genre counterparts by taking thoughtful, adult looks at the struggles that women face when they don’t fit neatly into the roles that society has outlined for them.

There are a lot of things I love about this movie. In addition to the maturity of the performers and the material, it’s perfectly moody. It feels like autumn. It has all those regional horror hallmarks that I am fond of. It’s obviously a labor of love, turning schlocky source material into something much greater than the sum of its original parts. This company of actors exhibit a level of experience and comfort with one another that makes the film feel lived in. It’s definitely a slow burn. Think eerie more than frightening. We’re watching the gradual unraveling of, and unnerving assault on, a fragile mind. To not be able to rely on your own mind is true horror. Take some time to empathize with Jessica and feel that horror in your bones. She deserves at least that much.

What you’ll find in this episode: tombstone etchings, squatters, hippies, ’70s detective shows, and the vampire queen of lower Connecticut.

– Cole

Links and Recommendations:
Check out Let’s Scare Jessica to Death on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte.
Cole’s further viewing pick of The Legend of Boggy Creek.
An argument declaring the need for reliable narrators.
Connecticut’s most famous vampires.

The Complete Kieślowski 12 – Dekalog 7 & 8

For part 5 of our 6-part miniseries on Kieślowski’s monumental Dekalog television series, Matt and Travis welcome friend of the show and chief admin of the Criterion Considered group on Facebook Tim Leggoe. We discuss the next two episodes in the Dekalog, 7 and 8, which both focus on a pair of female characters and their trials and tribulations. We discuss the structure of the films, their placement in the context of the series, and the critical response to each, which is more mixed than perhaps any other episodes in the series.

We hope you enjoy the discussion!

Introducing Criterion Channel Surfing

Some of you probably already noticed, but I’m thrilled to formally announce the launch of Criterion Channel Surfing on The 25th Frame Media network.

Many regular listeners of various shows know Josh Hornbeck. He’s been a fixture within the network and one of our favorite guests, but he did not have a show to call his own. He’s been working on this project for quite some time, and we are better off for it.

Just this week he released his first episode, which is one of the strongest debut podcast episodes I’ve ever heard. He has a natural voice for podcasting, did a fantastic job with formatting and segmenting the show, and made it a thoroughly enjoyable listen. He included familiar voices in his first episode, including Michael Hutchins, Jonathan Laubinger from Film Baby Film, and Matt Gasteier from The Complete Podcast. The show is now on iTunes and can be subscribed to here or you can check it out on the master 25th Frame feed. It will be added to other podcast players over time, so please check back to the Show page for updated subscription links.

With the addition of Josh’s new show, we have a heavy dose of Criterion Collection podcasts. With the other shows and Just the Discs, we feel that we adequately cover physical and streaming media. We also plan some bonus episodes in the near future to talk about some of the other streaming providers.

We are currently working to add new shows that are centered on different aspects of film. We hope to have both of them online by the end of the year.

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GTGM Episode 115: Motel Hell (1980) with Stephanie Crawford

There’s only room for one at the Motel Hello, so they flip a coin and Jamie keeps on driving. Thankfully, Doug runs into Stephanie Crawford in the lobby and she manages to keep him from getting buried up to his neck in the ‘Secret Garden’. Chainsaw fights, tubin’, sexual assault, John Ratzenberger…This movie’s got it all!

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Magnificent Obsession with Alicia Malone: Lauren Oppelt

Alicia sits down with costume designer Lauren Oppelt to find out how she created the unique look seen in the indie “Greener Grass”, how many costumes she can fit into her hatchback and why you shouldn’t call costume designers “wardrobe.”