Monday, February 24, 2020
This week we look at the first ever cinematic universe crossover film as Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man. The 2nd Wolf Man sequel and simultaneously the 5th sequel to Frankenstein sees Bela Lugosi fulfill his original destiny as Frankenstein's Monster, Lon Chaney, Jr return to the role that was exclusively his, and a gigantic editorial mess as the film bombs with test audiences and has to be recut into an almost completely different film. But with a great monster fight and gigantic historical importance, the film has its virtues. We'll give you the full scoop on the great grandfather of the MCU and other shared cinematic universes.
Sunday, February 23, 2020
With CFF 2020 on the horizon and some of the first announcements being made, we wanted to share this article written by our own Dan Wilson on the 2019 event.
This was originally written for the now defunct website Cosmic-Rock.com for Dan's movie review column "Rev-Elations".
I had the chance to visit my first ever Chattanooga Film Fest this past April 11th through the 14th. This was an event I’ve been aware of for a few years, even before I started trying to learn the art of filmmaking. I’d been dying to go since I heard of it, but it always seemed to conflict with my wrestling gigs or family vacations. This fact was embarrassing in and of itself because nobody has complained more about the lack of quality arts and entertainment in our fair city than me over the years. To my delight, however, Chattanooga is starting to get a reputation as a cool place to visit and over the last decade or so we’ve started actually getting some legit touring entertainment options visiting the town. Here was something right up my alley that had a heavy focus on horror, featuring relevant genre filmmakers, authors and podcasters in my own town and I hadn’t even patronized it. For shame. Now that I’d retired from wrestling and had actually started trying to learn how to make films, I made it a point that 2019 would be the year I finally basked in the glory of the CFF and the stars finally aligned so I could do so... for the most part. (More on that to come.)
The first night I attended the Joe Bob Briggs live show, “How The Rednecks Save Hollywood.” This was a one man show that was part film history lesson, part stand up comedy, and 100% entertaining from start to finish. It featured a variety of movie clips telling the origin story of Rednecks and their evolution in cinema. JBB (Real name John Bloom), if you are unfamiliar, is a legendary film critic, writer, actor and TV host of the shows Joe Bob’s Drive In Theater (1987-1996) on the Movie Channel, Monstervision (1996 to 2000) on TNT and now The Last Drive In (2018 - Present) on Shudder. We also got to meet JBB prior to the event and get a picture with him. He told us a story about cutting the Ned Beatty rape scene out of his show because it deflated the room and he was as genuine and hilarious as one would expect. He’s also very tall. Insert cliche about Texas. I’ve spent countless hours over the years staying up past my bedtime to watch movies I wasn’t supposed to be watching with this dude and I admire him a lot so had the weekend ended here I’d have been fine with it but there was more to come. His show is currently touring and you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t go check it out if comes anywhere near you. You can also watch his weekly series “The Last Drive In” on Shudder Friday nights at 9pm through the end of May.
On Friday I caught a fantastic presentation and book signing by author and filmmaker Mallory O’Meara about her book “Lady From The Black Lagoon”. Her book tells the story of the lost legacy of Millicent Patrick, the original designer of the monster from Creature From The Black Lagoon (In addition to being a Disney animator, actor and more). O’Meara told an inspiring story of throwing caution to the wind in her own life to go west and personally research the life of this fascinating figure. She also saw it through to the end and made sure Patrick received the credit she was wrongfully denied over the years via a best selling book. The importance of her research to the history of horror and films in general can’t be overstated here. I got a chance to chat with Mallory for a brief moment afterwards and she was a delight. She also later hosted a live showing of Creature From The Black Lagoon at Miller Park on Saturday night (which I missed.) As a dad with a young daughter, I also recognize the importance of this story for young women. While it speaks to me as someone who loves film history and someone who has had to fight for credit on his own creative works it must speak to young women ten fold. Since my little one also happens to be a fan of the Universal Monsters, you can be sure I’ll be passing this book down to her when she hits the appropriate age. You can check out Mallory’s website for more info about her book and filmmaking endeavors at malloryomeara.com. Her latest film Yamasong (a wildly imaginative looking puppet film with an all star cast including Abigail Breslin, Whoopie Goldberg, Ed Asner, Nathan Fillion and more) is out now.
Friday Night we went to the Chattanooga Brewing Company for Shock Waves “Dead Right” Horror Trivia. Shock Waves is a popular horror podcast on the Blumhouse network and their hosts are all involved in the film industry at some level but the appeal of the show is that they are also horror super fans. I’ve been a die hard horror fan for over 30 years and these guys make me feel like a total novice. Their show is a constant stream of great recommendations of stuff I’ve never heard of. Anni (whom I’m married to, and whom you’re familiar with if you listen to the Seeking Human Victims podcast) joined me for dinner, drinks and some friendly competition. This was supposed to be a team outing for said SHV podcast team but one by one the rest of the gang bailed (hey, life happens) leaving just us. And as loud and bold as we are, believe it or not, we both have pretty severe social anxiety and we hadn’t had enough drinks to overcome that, so we’re minding our business over on a couch in the corner when the Shockwaves crew arrives and sets up right beside us. On this night it consisted of Dr Rebekah McKendry, Rob Galuzzo and Elric Kane who were all very friendly but it was Bekah who struck up a conversation and helped us find some teammates to play with and we ended up bonding with these new team members about the festival, our favorite movies etc. Our team “The Abe Snakes” got clobbered by a room full of amazing horror peeps, but we had a kick ass time while it happened. I’m still laughing about “Which One Of These Is Not A Real Giallo Title?” They did a live show on Saturday with Poltergeist III, Dead & Buried, etc director Gary Sherman which I was also really bummed out to have to miss.
I was unable to attend the Saturday events because I found out just a few weeks prior I was being inducted into the Landmark Arena Hall Of Fame. This was the place I’d given the majority of my body of work to in pro wrestling, it was the place where I meant the most, so of course I agreed to do it and was honored to be there. I’ll go into more detail about the HOF in a future edition but it meant a lot to me to get inducted with Jeff G. Bailey, Iceberg, Tank and Bill Behrens (with surprise appearance by AJ Styles) as all 5 men were instrumental in my career and life for that matter..
I only saw a total of 3 films at the festival, first up was “Sadistic Intentions” on Friday afternoon with a live Q&A with director Eric Pennycoff. I thought it had a really creative premise, great tension and told a really interesting and contained story. I also saw “Girl On The Third Floor” with a Q&A with director Travis Stevens and “I Trapped The Devil” with a Q&A with director Josh Lobo on Sunday. “GOTTF” was a haunted house movie that starred CM Punk (who delivers an excellent performance) of all people and may have been my favorite of the three films I saw. Go out of your way to see this, I thought it was one of the best “spookhouse” movies in years. “I Trapped The Devil” was also just excellent. It gave me more of a Twilight Zone/Hitchock vibe and was all built around the payoff which delivered the goods. A wonderfully fucked up Christmas family reunion. I have a notoriously rotten history with running afoul of bad audiences at public movie viewings so this being my first festival I immediately embraced what a great experience it is to see a good movie with a quality audience. These people were horror fans, some were other filmmakers, writers, podcasters, etc. They were fully invested and it raised the energy level a good bit. All of the films I saw were presented by Shudder so I assume they will eventually make their way to the streaming service. I know some are getting limited theatrical releases also.
So that concludes my trip to the Chattanooga Film Festival. Had I not had travel commitments on Saturday I’d have attended much more of it but it was an awe inspiring experience regardless. Just being around so many creative people, many of whom’s work I admire, was motivating as hell if not a little intimidating. This year I just wanted to attend as a fan. I didn’t try to get anything submitted, I wasn’t trying to “network”(I think I’ve stated my distaste for that term previously.) I was just trying to soak in the experience and hopefully chat with some cool, creative people who like the same stuff I do. I’m nobody in the film world. To put it in wrestling terms, I’m the green kid who just started here coming from another sport. I’ve made one short film that was released on Youtube. I’m a hobbyist. I look over at the table across from me and there’s C Robert Cargill who wrote Sinister and Dr Strange! Oh there’s famous director Gary Sherman. There’s Joe Bob Briggs. There’s Crispin Glover. Here are a dozen indie directors and producers from LA who are all making mind blowing shit right now. What could I say to them? I figured my best bet would be to keep my mouth shut, my ears open, make friends where I could and just have fun. Next year, I’ll be back for the whole weekend. Thanks to Chris Dortch, the head of the fest who brings this incredible event to our town. I can’t imagine the work that goes into pulling something like that off. Hat’s off to you and your amazing crew and congratulations on another successful CFF.
Monday, February 17, 2020
Monday, February 10, 2020
On this week's episode, love hurts...especially if you "Belong dead." We celebrate Valentine's day with the first ever Universal Monster Sequel as we unearth The Bride Of Frankenstein. We'll look at how director James Whale butted heads with the studio throughout the process, Boris Karloff's objections with the monster speaking, the fascinating story of Elsa Lanchester, and how even though it was a seemingly cursed production and way over budget, Bride Of Frankenstein ended up being one of the most beloved films of all time.
Monday, February 3, 2020
The Universal Monsters season continues with perhaps the most underrated of the bunch as Claude Raines stars in "The Invisible Man". We learn about the groundbreaking effects that created the invisibility, the literary origins and how this film differs from the book, how James Whale recruited writer RC Sheriff, how this film has by far the largest body count of any of theses movies, and so much more. Get a little silly with us as we explore this 1933 classic.
Monday, January 27, 2020
As "Universal Monsters" season continues we're opening the tomb of THE MUMMY (1932) starring Boris Karloff and Zita Johann. We'll discuss how the Howard Carter dig and Tut-mania lead to the first Universal Horror property not specifically based off a literary work, how this is the film that cements Karloff's legacy as the new "man of 1000 faces" as he endures another torturous yet masterful makeup design from Jack Pierce, we'll discuss the contentious relationship between Johann and director Karl Freund, and the vast legacy this film has left behind. Also, for a film as famous as this one is, we talk about how it is kind of surprising that it is often not the one people remember when discussing what they think is the original "mummy".
Monday, January 20, 2020
"It's Alive! It's allliiiiiiveee!!!" - Ok, so we've been waiting to do that since the season was announced. Season 5 continues our look at Universal Monsters with FRANKENSTEIN (1931). We'll look at how Universal found even greater success with another literary adaptation, compare the differences from the source material, find out what the film added to the Frankenstein lore that most people know today (Spoiler. Almost everything.) The punishment Karloff endured for the makeup. The launch of Jack Pierce as an icon himself and much, much more.
Sunday, January 19, 2020
Tomorrow we release episode 2 of our journey into the story of Universal Monsters. I've been a fan of these movies since I was an adolescent, and I had a greater than average knowledge of the players involved thanks to some popular library books in the late 80's that talked about the early horror films and monsters in an encyclopedic format. I'd read Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, I've even combed through all of the various horror artifacts at the Universal Orlando Horror Makeup show display, sat through that show several times, gotten photo ops with the characters. I saw The Beetlejuice Graveyard Review on my honeymoon, I've ridden Revenge Of The Mummy about 500 times, and I've taken a picture of literally every single prop in the Monster Cafe. So I was a big fan, but even with all of that knowledge and familiarity I've been flabbergasted at what truly fascinating stories went into the making of these movies, the lives of the people who did, and just how important these films were to inserting horror into the mainstream consciousness and ensuring that the genre lived on forever. Frankenstein may be my favorite of all of the monsters and a lot of time and care went into accurately telling the story of it's creation, reception and legacy. Please check it out when tomorrow's episode drops!
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Monday, January 13, 2020
Saturday, January 11, 2020
You can also head over to Patreon.com/OGScare for some cool bonus content we're supplementing this season with. Currently available on the $1 a month tier, you can listen to the Dracula episode NOW, nearly 2 days early.
On the $5 a month tier we just uploaded an unboxing video for the Universal Monsters - Essential Collection Blu Ray set. Each week we'll have something new.
Monday, January 6, 2020
In this special episode zero, a prelude to Universal Monsters, we'll trace the roots of horror from the silent era, how Carl Laemmle built Universal Pictures and literally created the movie studio system in the process, and the rise of Lon Chaney and how the man of 1000 faces was the first true horror icon. We'll also talk about how the financial woes of the great depression set the company up for an unlikely savior as the new wave of horror films ushered in by Carl Laemmle, Jr, would help keep the studio afloat during the worst financial crisis in U.S. history.
Saturday, January 4, 2020
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Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Friday, December 13, 2019
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Monday, December 9, 2019
On the "Decade Of Death" season finale, we tackle Jordan Peele's sophmore directorial effort US in a film unanimously loved by the SHV crew. We dive deep into the many psychological themes of the film, the various layers, influences and details he included, the amazing performance of Lupita Nyongo. We'll look at the background and rise of Jordan Peele himself and his transition to horror from comedy, and how he has excelled at both. You don't want to miss this episode as we wrap this season up with a bang (or maybe a stab?). This episode is truly one of our finest hours.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
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Monday, December 2, 2019
This week's guest curator is Anni and she chose the powerful 2017 "feminist exploitation film", REVENGE coming out of France, directed by Coralie Fargeat. This film takes the tropes of movies like "I Spit On Your Grave" & "Last House On The Left" , but shows them from a female point of view and it's subject matter was incredibly timely. All that is well and good, but what about the filmmaking? Anni, Dan & Muji explain why they all thought this was one of the best of the decade.
Monday, November 25, 2019
Everybody loves a clown...but maybe not this one. This week we dive deep into Damian Leon's dark and disturbing practical effects cavalcade, TERRIFIER (2016) and meet the delightfully disgusting Art The Clown. We discover the origin of Art and detail the background and story of this modern grindhouse film.
Monday, November 18, 2019
Our "decade of death" continues with the 2017 workplace horror/action/comedy MAYHEM from director Joe Lynch, starring Steven Yeun and Samara Weaving. On this episode host Rev Dan Wilson explains why this was his favorite film of the decade and how the message resonated with him on such a level that it was a catalyst for a major life change.
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Monday, November 11, 2019
Season 4 continues with TRAIN TO BUSAN a 2016 film that showed the world that despite pop culture zombie fatigue, there is plenty of life left in the undead if you tell the right story. We learn about how director Yeon Sang-ho's background in animation prepared him for his first feature, what social commentary he was trying to include, his ultimate goal for the film and much more. While there was some stiff competition, we explain we think this is the finest zombie film of the last decade.
Monday, November 4, 2019
Monday, October 28, 2019
Spooky season is upon us and we're celebrating an old fashion Colonial America Halloween with the 2015 film "The Witch". We discuss the obsessive detail that director/writer Robert Eggers went into for each scene, character, setpiece, dialect and setting to bring this New England Folktale to life and much more. All part of season 4 - "A Decade Of Death" highlighting our staff's favorite films of the last decade.
Friday, October 25, 2019
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Sunday, October 20, 2019
The "Decade Of Death" continues with a big budget haunted house movie that spawned multiple horror franchises. This week we're investigating "The Conjuring" from 2013 by director James Wan, starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga & more. We look at the real life paranormal investigators that inspired the film, Ed & Lorraine Warren, Director James Wan's background, the films that inspired Wan's vision for the film, the real history behind the film it's self and try to separate fact from fiction and much more.
Monday, October 14, 2019
Season 4 - "A Decade Of Death" continues with an unlikely candidate for a lot of "best of the decade" lists, but we make our own rules here. This week's guest curator is pro wrestling legend Tank, and he has chosen 2012's NO ONE LIVES from WWE films and director Ryuhei Kitamura starring Luke Evans.
Monday, October 7, 2019
Monday, September 30, 2019
Monday, September 23, 2019
Welcome to Season 4 - "A Decade Of Death". In this 12 episode series, the Seeking Human Victims crew will dissect some of our staff's favorite films of the decade (01/01/2010 through 01/01/2020). Each host picked 2 of their favorite films and they will be covered in chronological order.
Monday, September 9, 2019
Join the Seeking Human Victims crew for another mid season bonus episode! This one was recorded at the Scenic City Invitational pro wrestling event with special guests Righteous Jesse (Haunted Home Video podcast, Independent Wrestling TV host - @RighteousJesse) and Al Getz (retired pro wrestling manager, now historian at the Charting The Territories Blog - @AlGetzWrestling) joining Dan, Anni & Muji for a knock down, drag out, tournament style battle between 8 horror movie classics
Monday, September 2, 2019
On this giant sized bonus episode of the Seeking Human Victims podcast, we give you the tale of the tape on FREDDY VS JASON (2003).
Monday, August 26, 2019
The Long Summer At Camp Blood comes to an end on this week's episode with a trip into space! The Seeking Human Victims crew has 2002's Jason X on the autopsy table this week as we wrap up our 10 part series on the original "Friday The 13th" franchise. We talk about Kane Hodder's final performance in the role of Jason and examine the lasting impact he had on the character, all the backstory and production history of the film, plus we give our final top 10 rankings of the franchise and much more.
Monday, August 19, 2019
Season 3 - A Long Summer At Camp Blood continues with episode 9 - "Jason Goes To Hell - The Final Friday". Dan & the gang tackle one of the most polarizing entries into the franchise to date in a Friday film that has very little Jason and very little hell but does in fact have a bizarre body jumping storyline, the final appearance of Kane Hodder, and some fantastic gore effects from KNB studios. We also had a 23 year old director, who was a huge fan of the franchise directing his first film and had all of the energy and creativity of youth, but also the inexperience and carelessness that comes with it. All of these ingredients made for a lively discussion to say the least and whether you love or hate this movie, this episode will have something for you.
Monday, August 12, 2019
The "Long Summer At Camp Blood" takes a field trip! A luxury cruise, a visit to Times Square, and a slimy undead mass murderer meet and hijinx ensue. The Friday The 13th Franchise closes out the 80s with a film that is a lot of things, but no matter how you feel about it is ultimately unforgettable. Join us as we explore toxic waste, trash can water, and uppercut decapitations with Friday The 13th Part 8 - Jason Takes Manhattan.
Monday, August 5, 2019
Season 3 - The Long Summer At Camp Blood is back with a look at the film where Jason was finally given an opponent who could hold her own with him in Friday The 13th Part 7 - The New Blood, starring Kane Hodder, Lar Park Lincoln, and more. Learn how this film was sadly butchered by the MPAA, moreso than maybe ANY other Friday film and it STILL is a crowning achievement in special effects for the franchise thanks to the masterful direction of the late, great John Carl Buechler. We also briefly discuss Friday The 13th - The Series, which debuted between parts 6 and 7, and we're joined in the studio by indie pro wrestling legend "The Strong Style Psycho" Tank.
Monday, July 29, 2019
The Long Summer At Camp Blood takes us to Crystal L...uhh I mean Forest Green. Yeah, that's it. Join us for a deep dive straight to the bottom of the aforementioned lake. Paramount's reaction film to the horrible critical and fan reception to part 5 is Friday The 13th Part VI - Jason Lives. Director Tom McGloughlin brings us a much more sleek and self referential look at the lore and we meet the fan favorite "Zombie Jason" for the first time.
Monday, July 22, 2019
The Long Summer At Camp Blood continues with the one of the most controversial entries in the Friday The 13th, Franchise - Part V - "A New Beginning." We join an older Tommy Jarvis at Pinehurst home for wayward youth for one of the wildest times you can have with an imposter Jason. From an ax murder over a candy bar to those damned enchiladas, this is an episode you won't want to miss.
Sunday, July 14, 2019
Season 3 - A Long Summer At Camp Blood rolls on with episode 4 - Friday The 13th part IV, The Final Chapter.
On this episode we meet one of the most important characters in the franchise, Jason's arch nemesis Tommy Jarvis (played by Corey Feldman), see the reuniting of Tom Savini and director Joseph Zito (Check out our episode on The Prowler back in Season 1), and a very menacing Jason played by famed stuntman Ted White. We look at all the gory details of the on and off screen drama, and how this was anything but the "final chapter" and the complicated history of the many deaths of Jason Voorhees.
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