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|Episode #1 – The Wraith
In this episode, we discuss all aspects of the film including our favorite scenes, the Hollywood legacies associated with the actors, the various film influences and homages, the pitch-perfect hair metal soundtrack, as well as the director’s outline for the sequel that never materialized. Listen to find out how Johnny Depp is tied to the film, how we almost got a scene with a desert witch, and whether or not Charlie Sheen had a terrible case of turtledick during filming!
|Episode #2 – Talking Cult, Part 1
For this episode we decided to side-step a discussion of a particular film in lieu of talking about cult movies as a genre. We attempt to break down what makes a film “cult” (is it the content, the audience, or other criteria), while also tackling some questions about what it takes for a film to maintain that elusive status. Can a movie lose its cult? Can a box office blockbuster be forgotten and become cult over time? We ended up recording a much longer conversation than anticipated, so we broke this one down into two parts. You can expect part 2 in the coming weeks.
|Episode #2 – Talking Cult, Part 2
Whether it was benefiting from older sisters, taking in 99 cent Monday Movies with Dad, or browsing the various mom & pop video rental stores of our youth, we were all exposed to a plethora of films at a young age. We talk about memories of “Skin-e-max”, that video section behind the beaded curtain, Jim Henson’s A Tale of Sand, and alternate cuts of films that only aired on certain TV stations or airplanes. There’s also a lightening round installment of It’s Time For a ReCast, as well as a well deserved plug for the Ninja III: the Domination episode of the Nerd Lunch Podcast..
|Episode #3 – Django
Though always in the shadow of Leone’s Dollars Trilogy, and banned in many countries for decades, Django enthralled viewers by introducing new levels of ultra-violence and debauchery to the western genre. Starring Franco Nero, the film centers around a lone stranger caught between two warring factions, seeking revenge, and dragging a coffin full of chaos wherever he goes. In this episode we talk about how each of us came to the western genre, our preferences on English Dubs versus subtitles, modern westerns versus the classic era, how we feel about the violence in the film, the many influences and homage’s in Django, as well as our favorite scenes.
|Episode #4 – The Beastmaster
Starring Marc Singer (V), Tanya Roberrts (Sheena, That 70s Show), John Amos (Goodtimes), and Rip Torn (Men in Black, Freddy Got Fingered), the flick follows Dar, a warrior with the power to communicate with the animal kingdom, on his quest to avenge the destruction and mass murder of his village by the tyrannical wizard Maax. Along the way there are plenty of painted tigers, hot-bodied Stygian witches, and freaky bird people that make this film a true fantasy cult classic!
|Episode #5 – Harold and Maude
Directed by Hal Ashby (The Last Detail, Coming Home, Being There) and starring Ruth Gordon (Adam’s Rib, Rosemary’s Baby) and Bud Cort (Brewster McCloud, M*A*S*H), the film centers on the spring/autumn relationship between the titular characters. Harold is an ennui laden nineteen year-old obsessed with death, funerals and staging his own fake suicides, though he’s yearning to find a reason to live. Maude is in the twilight of her life, bursting with energy and enthusiasm, though can relate to Harold’s obsessions in an all too real way. Set to the music of Cat Stevens, Harold and Maude is as touching and uplifting as it is disturbing and downright depressing!
|Episode #6 – Zapped!
In Episode 6 of the Cult Film Club, hosts Paxton, Jaime and Shawn will be will be tackling the 1982 Bob Rosenthal teen sex comedy Zapped! Starring the future Charles in Charge power couple Scott Baio and Willie Ames, the film focuses on a nerdy senior named Barney who accidentally unlocks the power of telekinesis after an explosion in the school lab. What’s a boy to do with his new-found power? Well, undress the student body of course. For science. The flick also features the busty Heather Thomas, the Fact’s of Life’s Felice Schachter, and one of the best dream sequences in modern history involving Scatman Crothers, Albert Einstein and some flying salami!