Episode 38. Alienation, Part 1: Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986)

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Catch Jonesie the cat and keep the work loader handy because Alex and Andrea are on an express elevator to LV-426 discussing feminism, mothering, special effects and the enduring influence of classic science fiction in the Alien franchise. Stay tuned for Part 2 in June!

REQUIRED READING

Alien. Dir Ridley Scott, 1979.
Aliens. Dir James Cameron, 1986.

EXTRA CREDIT

Strange Shapes – a blog dedicated to everything Alien.

Reel Terror: The Scary, Bloody, Gory, Hundred-Year History of Classic Horror Films by David Konow.

H.R. Giger – Giger’s Necronomicon and the making of Alien – A documentary on HR Giger, the artist behind some of the arresting imagery in the movies.

Alien Behind the Scenes – The extensive making-of doc taking a look at all that went into Alien.

The Making of Aliens – The equally-extensive featurette about the second film, featuring interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

Get That Life: How I Co-Founded Bitch Media – A history of the evolution and influence of Bitch Magazine.

COURSE NOTES

 Intro song: Nail Ballet from Nightmare Picture Theatre, courtesy of James Zirco Fisher.
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Episode 37. Drawn Together: The Crow (1994) and 30 Days of Night (2007)

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Hollywood is currently enamored with the comic book superheroes who have dominated the film landscape for the last several years. In this episode, Andrea and Alex go back to the earlier origins of graphic novel adaptations examining the cult followings earned by horror films based on beloved source materials (as selected by you, our listeners).

REQUIRED READING

The Crow. Dir Alex Proyas, 1994.
30 Days of Night. Dir David Slade, 2007.

EXTRA CREDIT

The Crow, written and illustrated by James O’Barr.

30 Days of Night – written by Steve Niles, illustrated by Ben Templesmith.

Super Heroes: A Modern Mythology. Richard Reynolds’ academic study traces the superhero’s trajectory in popular consciousness since the late 1930’s.

You Must Remember This: The Short Lives of Bruce and Brandon Lee – Karina Longworth’s excellent examination of the shadows casts by the influential father and son.

Rewatchability: The Batman Superman Movie – Alex was a guest on Rewatchability to discuss why or if two superheroes fighting matters.

The People’s History of Film – Check out the new podcast by our friends at Good Trash Media. Alex and Andrea were both guests on recent episodes discussing their love of all things film.

COURSE NOTES

 Intro song: Nail Ballet from Nightmare Picture Theatre, courtesy of James Zirco Fisher.
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Episode 36. Mommy Dearest: The Babadook (2014) and Goodnight Mommy (2014)

MommyDearestEveryone’s got mother issues, right? This episode examines the perceived and manifested strains on maternal instinct once malevolent forces enter the picture. Alex and Andrea investigate where these forces come from and what they truly want.

REQUIRED READING

The Babadook. Dir Jennifer Kent, 2014.
Goodnight Mommy. Dirs Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz, 2014.

EXTRA CREDIT

Monster. Jennifer Kent’s short film on which The Babadook was based.

The Mommy Trap: Four recent horror movies by women explore the most troubling aspects of motherhood.

Talking to the Directors of the Horror Film ‘Goodnight Mommy. Vice talks to the directors about the origins of the film.

COURSE NOTES

 Intro song: Nail Ballet from Nightmare Picture Theatre, courtesy of James Zirco Fisher.
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Episode 35. Body Rippers: Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994)

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Bust out your corsets and button up your pinafores because we’re going back to the 19th century… by way of the 1990s. In this episode, Alex and Andrea examine conflicting authorial intentions, monsters and their makers and what happens when love won’t stay dead.

REQUIRED READING

Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Dir Francis Ford Coppola, 1992.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Dir Kenneth Branagh, 1994.

EXTRA CREDIT

Dracula Making-Of Documentary (Parts 1, 2 and 3) – Everything you could want to know (and more) about the making of Dracula.

De Niro Meets Frankenstein – Kenneth Branagh, in character as Victor Frankenstein (or so we think), interviews Robert De Niro about his career and approach to playing the iconic monster.

THE BATCAVE – Andrea’s new YouTube channel is alive… ALIVE!

BLOOD IN FOUR COLOURS book giveaway – Comment on our blog with your favorite horror movies based on comic books, and you’ll be entered to win one of 3 copies of Rue Morgue’s BLOOD IN FOUR COLOURS!

COURSE NOTES

 Intro song: Nail Ballet from Nightmare Picture Theatre, courtesy of James Zirco Fisher.
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BLOOD IN FOUR COLOURS GIVEAWAY [CONTEST CLOSED]

Wanna help us pick the movies for April’s episode? Wanna enter to win a copy of Rue Morgue’s BLOOD IN FOUR COLOURS? Well, you can accomplish both just by commenting on this blog post!

Rue Morgue Blood In Four Colours

Simply comment below with your favorite horror movies based on comic book/graphic novels, and you’re automatically entered to win one of three copies of BLOOD IN FOUR COLOURS! Contestants will be notified March 15, 2016 and the films selected for the April episode will be announced at the end of the March episode.

In BLOOD IN FOUR COLOURS, columnist Pedro Cabezuelo presents a graphic history of horror comics, beginning with the pulps of the 1940s, and tracing their development through the ensuing 70+ years. From EC Comics, Swamp Thing and Marvel Monsters, to manga, Black Hole and The Walking Dead, BLOOD IN FOUR COLOURS features interviews with artists, writers and publishers, movie adaptations, horror manga, indie and web comics, and much more!

Good luck to all!

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Episode 34. The Assessment III: Season of the Faculty

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Andrea and Alex dive back into the virtual mailbag to reassess everything covered in 2015, from the highs to the lows and everything in between.

EXTRA CREDIT

Films of the New French Extremity: Visceral Horror and National Identity. Alex’s book is now available for pre-order!

The Neo-Gothic Horror of James Wan. Alex’s piece on horror impresario James Wan.

Split Lip. Sam Costello’s anthology of short horror comics – we recommend!

The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul. Many great essays on Canuck horror, including Andrea’s chapter on Pontypool.

The Whorer: Episode 81. The Whorer podcast had a slightly different reading of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser films.

Based on True Case Files: Ed and Lorraine Warren in Film. Alex’s overview of Ed and Lorraine Warren’s life on film.

Remembering Notorious British TV Shocker, Ghostwatch. Alex’s article on the prolific BBC production.

The Witches: Salem, 1962. Stacy Schiff’s excellent book is a great companion to our witches episodes.

I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem. A recommendation from a listener for another perspective on Arthur Miller’s character from The Crucible.

COURSE NOTES

 Intro song: Nail Ballet from Nightmare Picture Theatre, courtesy of James Zirco Fisher.
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