May 26, 2016 \ blood and black rum podcast \ 0 Comments
Blood and Black Rum Podcast tries something a little different – video games! Since we’re both huge nerds, we’ve obviously played Fallout 4, and we’re ready to discuss everything from the combat system to the story. Expect long diatribes about our favorite and least favorite parts of the game, plus some nostalgic anecdotes about the Fallout series. Oh yeah, and beer talk of course.
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If one were to ask about Hannibal Lecter, most people would respond with a reference to The Silence of the Lambs: “Sure, the cannibal guy! Anthony Hopkins.” But Lecter stems further back than that, and I’m not just talking about the book series from Thomas Harris; Manhunter, Michael Mann’s 1986 film based on the novel Red Dragon, includes only a few minutes of Lecter (this time played by Brian Cox) but still sits within the canon. The Silence of the Lambs clearly overshadowed the film thanks to its immense popularity and better marketing, but it’s also not hard to see why Manhunter didn’t amass large viewership; gritty and often uncompromisingly bleak, it’s not an easy watch by any standard. The colors and direction – along with some superb acting – reflect that Mann’s film didn’t get the recognition that it deserved during its release, and so Scream Factory has hunted down both the theatrical cut and the director’s cut to bring it back in a collector’s edition.
David B. Stewart III’s Reichsfuhrer-SS is an alternate reality version of Nazism during 1941, and it can best be boiled down to a basic premise: Heinrich Himmler (Stewart) getting his groove back. The film, starring, directed by and written by Stewart, centers on Himmler during Hitler’s reign, who is – despite his Reichsfuhrer title – unable to kill with his own bare hands. Ordering the deaths of others isn’t an issue, but the act of murdering in cold blood makes Himmler queasy. And so Reichsfuhrer-SS follows Himmler as he’s tested by Hitler, ordered to murder a woman named Danuta (Angelina Leigh) without the aid of his underlings.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has been gone a long time: nearly a year, to be inexact. That’s difficult to come back from, especially since issue #4 wasn’t really even the end of an arc. Harvey Kinkle had just died because he happened to stumble upon Sabrina’s initiation in the woods; a mortal isn’t supposed to experience that kind of terror, but the downfall was really due to Madam Satan’s manipulation. But leaving so wide a gap during this pivotal time, when Sabrina is meant to experience the loss and grief of her only love, was probably not Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s intention.
The early 1970s was a very popular time for domestic violence if the horror/thriller genres were any indication. A number of releases based on abuse from mothers, aunts, and other relatives hit theaters, many of them garnering critical success and, in turn, prompting in-law terrors. Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (I reviewed here for Shit Movie Fest’s 25 Days of Shitmas), What Ever Happened to Aunt Alice?, and What’s the Matter with Helen? all released around the same time and were classified as a psycho-biddy subgenre, meaning that the older women in those films normally went on a killing spree. A lesser known film starring Patty Duke and the psycho-biddy Rosemary Murphy got a 1972 release with direction from Lamont Johnson; known as You’ll Like My Mother, it got middling attention at the time, but Scream Factory has brought it back for a Blu-Ray release.
Friday the 13th: The Series featured cursed objects, but sometimes those items came in weird packages. For instance, there’s the ol’ cursed scarecrow that walks at midnight in “Scarecrow,” episode 11 of the first season; apparently, someone created a creepy trash bag-sporting guy to stand on a cross and scare birds and then, later, take revenge on unsuspecting victims when the owner pins a picture to the scarecrow’s chest. The episode takes inspiration from the likes of Dark Night of the Scarecrow: indeed, in one harrowing scene, a mentally handicapped man is killed while wearing a scarecrow costume. But this is a decidedly creepy episode of Friday the 13th: The Series that makes use of a small town farm setting for atmosphere.
In the background of a scene set at the comic book store where the first horrors of “Tales of the Undead” take place, one can see titles poking up from a shelf. Tales from the Crypt and other EC Comics staples get a cameo appearance in this Friday the 13th: The Series episode that is heavily influenced by pulpy comic titles, and although “Tales of the Undead” never hits the same standard set by those excellent series, it still manages to evoke the atmosphere.