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|Episode #17 – Interview with Bill Allen (Cru Jones)
On our last episode Pax, Jaime and I broke out our BMX bikes and took a look at the 1986 sportsploitation classic Rad. To cap off that discussion we had the opportunity to chat with the star of the movie, Cru Jones himself, Mr. Bill Allen. We talk about the film, Bill’s penchant for extreme hobbies, his music career, what it’s like to be associated with a cult classic film and to have inspired countless athletes and filmmakers. We also dig into his new memoir, My Rad Career, which highlights his 30 years spent in front of and behind the cameras.
|Episode #16 – Rad
On this episode of the Cult Film Club hosts Shawn, Pax and Jaime feel the Thunder in our Hearts as we Break The Ice, and break out our BMX bikes doing bunny hops and frame jumps! We’re talking about the classic 1986 sportsploitation flick Rad starring Bill Allen, Talia Shire, Lori Loughlin, Bart Connors, Jack Weston and Ray Walston. We talk about our favorite scenes, amazeballs dance sequences, the awesome soundtrack, and what makes this film still work after almost 30 years.
|Episode #15 – The Shadow
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? We know! All three hosts quit their hedonistic lifestyles as opium warlords in Asia to dig a little deeper into this flick. Directed by Russell Mulcahy and starring Alec Baldwin, Penelope Ann Miller, John Lone, Tim Curry and Ian McKellen and was part of a pulp era hero resurgence on film in the late 80s/early 90s, but unlike flicks such as Dick Tracy and the Phantom, The Shadow takes a lot of weird and wonderful turns into the strange which earns it a place in cult film history.
|Episode #14 – The Last Dragon
This 1986 martial arts musical mixes the smooth rhythms of Motown with the ferocity of a Bruce Lee punch to the chest. Who’s the Master? SHONUFF! All three hosts kneel down and kiss some Converse as we discuss our favorite scenes, the amazing soundtrack, and the outrageous soul glow in the film. Whether it’s break-dancing out of bondage or kicking an albino Mr. T’s ass, this film has everything that fans of cult flicks love.
|Episode #13 – Tribute to Harold Ramis
Season Two of the Cult Film Club kicks off on a sad note as we mark the passing of a true film and comedy icon, Mr. Harold Ramis. Whether it was his time spent writing for TV and film on projects (SCTV, Animal House, Meatballs), his many memorable film appearances (Ghostbusters, Stripes, Baby Boom), or his time spend in the director’s chair (National Lampoon’s Vacation, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day), Harold Ramis was a cinematic giant spanning four decades of amazing work.
|Episode #12 – Better Off Dead
In this 1985 film directed by Savage Steve Holland, life pretty much sucks for Lane Meyer (John Cusack) whose girlfriend, the beautiful Beth, dumps him for the captain of the ski team. Lane spends most of his time and energy trying to win back Beth’s heart, but it’s the cute, French exchange student next door (Diane Franklin) who fixes his car, gives him ski lessons and teaches him the international language of love. Grab your book on how to pick up trashy ladies, throw on your ardvarrk costume and choke down some boiled bacon as hosts Pax, Shawn and Jaime discuss all the the things they love about this underrated flick.
|Episode #11 – Troll 2
The Cult Film Club is back with our first Halloween episode where Paxton, Jaime and Shawn tackle the cult horror phenomenon that is Troll 2! None of the hosts saw this movie before we watched it for the show, so does it live up to the hype? In addition to discussion of the flick we also tackle the Documentary, Best Worst Movie, which chronicles the making and fall out of Troll 2. So grab your corn cob, avoid all green custardy foodstuffs, and take a trip with us to Nilbog where we discover that even though you can’t piss on hospitality, you can apparently piss all over the dinner table and your family and not get beaten to death…
|Episode #10 – Miami Connection
Pax, Jaime and Shawn take a metaphorical road trip both back in time and down to central Florida to see the almost lost cult classic, Miami Connection. We rock out with the heroic taekwondo band Dragon Sound, go into berserker rages while fighting drug dealing ninjas, and we all look for our lost fathers, because we’re all like, orphans and junk. Is this not making sense? Well, it’ll make a whole lot more after we talk about the pure insanity that is Miami Connection. So grow out your best looking John Oates mustache, grab someone’s nose with your toes, and join the fight Against The Ninja!
|Episode #9 – Zero Effect
Starring Bill Pullman and Ben Stiller, the film centers on Daryl Zero, who is by his own admission the greatest observer the world has ever known. One part objective observer, one part detective, one part master of disguise, one part deluded rock star, and a full on emotionally damaged, reclusive hermit, Zero is like a modern day Sherlock Holm-body, solving mysteries from inside his hermetically sealed apartment. The case of the missing tycoon’s keys, proves to be much more complicated than either of them bargained for as they weave their way through a maze of blackmail, revenge, murder, and even a bit of romance.
|Episode #8 – Karate Kid III
This time on the Cult Film Club, Jaime, Paxton and Shawn tackle their first sequel, the incomparable and sometimes incoherent Karate Kid 3. Daniel Larusso, having already won the All Valley Karate Tournament against a high school bully, a death match against the chosen Chozen, and lost two ultimate loves of his life can do only one thing, turn to the dark side, Return of the Jedi-style. Falling prey to a trap set up by the down-on-his-luck Cobra Kai sensei John Kreese and his overlord/employer ex-Nam buddy Terry Silver, Daniel strays away from the teachings of Mr. Miyagi and follows the path of pain, suffering and the front leg sweep.
|Episode #7 – Mortal Kombat
In Episode 7 of the Cult Film Club, hosts Jaime, Paxton and Shawn are traveling to the realm of Outworld to do battle with Shang Sung, Goro, and Kano while watching the 1995 martial arts flick Mortal Kombat! Starring Christopher Lambert, Robin Shou, Bridgette Wilson, and Linden Ashby, this flick was adapted from the hyper violent video game series and focuses on three heroes on a quest to save our world from being enslaved by the forces of evil in a fighting tournament called Mortal Kombat. The flick was directed by Paul WS Anderson, the guy who also brought us Event Horizon, Resident Evil, and Aliens Vs. Predator, so a classy filmmaker is what we’re dealing with.
|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!
|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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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!