Oct 11th, 2016 by rodbarnett68
The 1970's were a rough period for the cinematic stars of Toho's
stable of giant monsters - budgets were being cut, plots were being recycled,
wardrobe was becoming shabby and craft services was even cutting back on the
amount of gin in the drinks! What's a crew of oversized reptiles, dragons and
other assorted creatures to do? Bear down and just run with that crazy script,
that's what. I feel the Big G held out hope for years that Kurasawa would
eventually return his calls, but it was not to be.
So, 1972 saw the Japanese release of GODZILLA VS GIGAN but
the film didn't appear in the US
until five years later under the title of GODZILLA ON MONSTER ISLAND. If this
is an indicator of the film's quality or just that the series was no longer
seen as a sure money maker it certainly shows that interest in the giant monster
stomps was on the wane. Your intrepid hosts dive into this one trying to
determine whether the film holds real allure for any but the diehard fans.
falls into that category you can bet he has some kind words but what about that
As with most kaiju films many joys can found and this one does
have its share. We talk about the movie's genesis as a reaction to the dark
tone of the previous film in the series and the multiple scripts that were
merged together to build the final story. Much complaining about certain acting
choices are chewed over and Troy
drops an odd theory or two about the film. The 'phallic food' discussion may be
a make or break moment for our podcasting future! The film's recycled 'Aliens
Attempting To Take Over the World' plotline lurches and stumbles into view to
much eye rolling from both hosts but there is interest in the various stages of
the mad scheme to destroy and replace the various monsters. It all has
something to do with very difficult math but eventually becomes a case of
Bumbling Heroes vs. Ineffectual Villains. And that's before the new monster
Gigan shows up with his buddy Ghidorah to kick the crap out of Tokyo, so there are some
good things here!
We end the show with a lengthy email from a listener just
like you! This email does its level best to goad Troy and myself into a rage fueled fanboy
rant but we just don't have it in us. But, when is a rant NOT a rant? That os
the question! If you'd like to let us know what you think about this film or
anything else in the world write us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be
happy to hear from you.
Sep 23rd, 2016 by rodbarnett68
Luigi Cozzi's science fiction epic STARCRASH is one of the wildest cinematic experiences of all time. The movie's script is a hot mess that feels like it was assembled in the dark from ideas jotted randomly on post-it notes. There is no logical progression from scene to scene or from idea to idea. When an explanation or solution was needed Cozzi just seems to have inserted a line of ridiculous dialog, had the characters smile at each other and kept moving. It is this almost total disregard for logic, sense or sanity that transforms this budget challenged Italian production to reach mad heights of near genius.
When the idea of covering STARCRASH for the podcast suggested itself I found myself with an odd problem - everyone wanted to be part of this show! Randy Fox, Jeff Nelson and John Hudson all wanted the chance to talk about the film and relate their own love for it. Troy Guinn also wanted to participate but scheduling kept him away from our recording session but he found a way to be a part of the episode anyway! So, we gathered around a table one Friday night to go through this crazed movie marveling at it's odd twists and turns while trying to come to terms with our outsized affection for it. We touch on many of the plot elements that amuse us - there is no way to touch on them all in just two hours - while digging into the cool things that the film plays homage to and/or steals from classic genre movies. Since this show consists of a group of friends that have known each other for years you can expect a number of odd references (Peter Frampton 8-tracks?) and strange connections(Where's Waldo!) that will only make sense if you listen to our stream of conscious blather. If it gets out of hand, we apologize! We had a good time and we hope you do as well.
I read out a couple of email messages at the beginning of the episode and if you would like to comment on the show the email address email@example.com. Drop us a line with any suggestions for future podcasts or to put us in our places if we've gone wrong. Thank you very much for downloading and listening!
Sep 8th, 2016 by rodbarnett68
Co-host John Hudson and I take great pleasure in returning
to our occasional series of episodes on the films of Antonio Margheriti. This
time out we tackle one of his 1980's action films, but this isn't a Rambo-esque
bungle in the jungle. No, no! This is a film 'inspired' by (the huge world wide
box office success of) RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. From 1982 to 1985 Margheriti
made three different Indiana Jones rip-offs and what separates this film from
the other two is that it is not a period piece even though it deals with Nazi
history and Germany's
pre-war hunt for religious relics. Of course, this Ark
hunt was done for a fraction of the budget of it's better known Hollywood counterpart, but for the right audience that is
part of the allure.
THE ARK OF THE SUN GOD stars frequent Margheriti
collaborators David Warbeck and John Steiner along with several familiar faces
from Italian and Spanish genre movies. Warbeck is best known to horror fans for
his roles in Fulci's THE BEYOND and THE BLACK CAT. Steiner starred in Mario
Bava's final film, worked with Fulci in his WHITE FANG movies and appeared in
Argento's fine giallo TENEBRA. The great character actor Luciano Pigozzi plays
a guy named Beetle who is instrumental in finding the hiding place of the
Even though his face is covered in this movie with a big busy beard it's still
easy to see why he was called Italy's
Peter Lorre as the resemblance is remarkable. Sadly, this seems to be the one
and only film for female costar Susie Sudlow and this fact upsets both John and
Thank you for downloading and listening to us tromp into the
Turkish desert in search of the tomb of Gilgamesh. If you have any comments or
questions please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be glad to
hear from you. And before anyone asks the son at the end of the show is by Tame
Impala with an additional tag from Warbeck and Steiner. Enjoy!
Aug 16th, 2016 by rodbarnett68
I had such a simple idea for this podcast. I would get
together with artist Mark Maddox and we would talk about James Bond films for a
while. I'd intercut clips from the relevant films, spice things up with some
cool Bond theme songs and boom - cool podcast. That is not what happened.
I had spoken to Mark about trying to focus in on a couple of
specific Bond movies that were of significance to him but I expected our
conversation to range all over the fifty plus year history of the series. What
I did not expect was that we would go so far off topic for so long that the
editing process became pure Hell! By the time we were done I knew we were going
to have at least two separate shows if I wanted either of them to have any
focus. So, after much cutting and pasting I have left only the discussion of
various Bond movies with a few slight tangents into related movies that touch
on the subject at hand. Mostly.
We start off talking about THUNDERBALL (1965) and YOU ONLY
LIVE TWICE (1967) because the former was Mark's first Bond film and the latter
is one that I, until recently, disliked. We delve into the age when we were
first exposed to the James Bond character and what that might mean for how we
see them as adults. I think Mark's tale of trying to figure out who the hero of
THUNDERBALL actually was is hysterical and his young boy view of the character
is eye opening. We talk about our favorites and least favorites of the series
and this leads to much yelling and threats of bodily harm. Rest assured that no
matter how terrible it sounds no one was physically abused during the recording
of this podcast. I did mentally abuse Mark but he's used to that by now and all
those scars are internal so he should just suck it up and deal!
Of course, we had a great time doing this and I think you'll
be able to hear how much fun we're having. Mark is an amazing guy and I always
love talking with him. He and I really have to do this kind of thing more
often. And if you haven't seen his artwork do yourself a favor and visit his website.
He's a very talented man and his stuff continues to stun me with each new
You can reach the podcast at email@example.com and
we'll be glad to hear from you. Send us any comments or suggestions about the
James Bond movies or anything else we ramble on about. If you listen to the
show through iTunes rating and reviewing the show would help out a lot- that's
how a lot of folks learn about podcasts. Thanks for downloading and listening!
Jul 23rd, 2016 by rodbarnett68
We return to the land of the giant monsters for a surprising and impressive entry in Toho's Godzilla series. This was the ninth outing for the Big G and his crowd of monster cohorts. It was also the last time that the core group of creators responsible for bringing the original 1954 classic GOJIRA to the screen were to work together on a kaiju film. The studio increased the budget for this outing (for reasons we'll discuss in the show)and the extra money shows in many ways both big and small. The use of pretty much every giant monster character that Toho had created up to this point meant that the special effects technicians were working overtime to build and shoot the numerous battles and scenes of city destruction. Oh, man- the monster fights in this film are so great!
Adding to the general excellence of this movie are the wonderful directorial touches of the great Ishirô Honda. Always a man with a keen eye for framing he also gets a chance in this film to give us several unexpected visually gorgeous images that verge on the surreal. Rarely has wet sand, high heeled shoes, a low sun and the sound of crashing surf been combined to such charged effect in a G rated film.
Since Troy just returned from his annual visit to Chicago's G-Fest I question him about the highlights of the convention. He has a little info on the new Japanese Godzilla film but we still await news of North American distribution. He relates tales of meeting numerous celebrities over the weekend and even has photographic evidence to back up his claims of glory.I really have to attend G-Fest one of the days! As the episode swings into gear we talk about the film's colorful set design, it's familiar and talented cast,the two different English dubs available and a host of other details we can't stop ourselves from gabbing about. I even spend a while complaining about the tease of seeing certain creatures who are given only seconds of screen time. I love you, Varan!
Thank you for downloading and listening to the show. We canbe contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any comments or suggestions.
Jun 25th, 2016 by rodbarnett68
These days SOYLENT GREEN is a film better known for it's spoiler level final act revelation than for it's more impressive qualities. It presents a dystopian vision of the world if then current trends in overpopulation and pollution continued unabated with a depth of meaning and intelligence of the best science fiction. Fortunately, the talent involved were able to craft this harsh story into something smart and entertaining. The film boasts a brilliant cast, strong direction and a dark future shock style scenario that feels realistic but alien and fascinating at the same time. The vision of a hopelessly overcrowded New York City in 2022, choked with clouds of yellowish smog and bathed in a constant heat wave is a window into to a tomorrow that no one would want for their children but seems more likely with each passing year. Perhaps, if we are lucky, this film's fate is to be less prophecy than heeded warning for the generations that fear that one day we might be feeding on ourselves just to survive.
I am joined once again by my fellow 1970's science fiction fanatic Randy Fox to discuss SOYLENT GREEN and we find that our opinions differ just a bit. Before we begin Randy let's in on his recent, exciting project bringing independent radio back to the city of Nashville! He is one of the main movers & shakers behind the scenes of WXNA 101.5 FM which can also be streamed online at their website if you are not privileged enough to live in Nashville. It's a DJ programmed radio station with a slew of specialty shows and the attitude that they will play what corporate radio won't touch. Check it out!
As you might expect, this look at SOYLENT GREEN covers a lot of ground. We talk a bit about the cast and crew, delve into the darker elements of the story, marvel at the glory of Edward G. Robinson, bitch about the madness of silenced revolvers and Randy introduces us to the Charlton Heston 'Grimace' Scale. Near the end we talk a little about the source novel by Harry Harrison and we even have a piece of feedback email relating to our LOGAN'S RUN show. Very cool! If you want to let us know what you think the email address is email@example.com where we will be thrilled to hear from you.
May 28th, 2016 by rodbarnett68
Toho Studio's Monster universe takes another turn for the
weird in this science fiction epic! This movie introduces the soon to be reused
idea of alien invaders taking control of the giant monsters and creating large
scale destruction in the hopes of worldwide conquest. No one should have
trusted those Emo looking freaks anyway. Just look at those evil glasses! As
this is the immediate follow up to GHIDORAH it is very strange that the American
release avoided that name entirely and went with MONSTER ZERO. I guess that
Ghidorah just doesn't have the same box office appeal as Godzilla which still
doesn't explain why they didn't title it Godzilla Goes to Planet X. Which would
lead to my favorite possible crossover ever - Buckaroo Banzai Meets Godzilla!
(Does anyone get that reference?)
We take a look at this one with the switch being that this
time out I am not the one synopsizing the movie's events. Troy leads this dance through two worlds,
three giant monsters, two affable astronauts, dozens of evil aliens and a host
of Kumi Mizuno clones. Yeah- this one has plenty of things to talk about! We
discuss the American actor Nick Adams as he rages against the alien horde and
chases after a lovely lady. We dig into the ideas and plot threads that are
brought up and left dangling as the movie speeds toward its conclusion along
with the ways this film points to how the future Toho SF movies would shift in
comes armed with some interesting information on the amount of screen time the
monsters get in this picture making for some interesting questions about what
audiences want verses what they actually get. I get to express my love for trap
doors and also muse on the possibility of alien monsters made of funnel cake. I
might have gotten carried away with that last one.
Of course, this being a conversation between Troy and I we can't stop
ourselves from beginning the show with a couple of completely of irrelevant
topics. OK. To be honest, it was just me talking about 1970's Marvel comic
books and Edgar Rice Burroughs adventure novels but Troy could have stopped me at any time with a
bat or a bucket of water! And the tangent we take near the end of the show is
all on him! If you want to comment on our lack of professionalism and inability
to stay on a single topic please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll
get back to you with our defense. Thanks for downloading an listening. If you
listen through iTunes please rate and review us over there as it really helps
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Apr 29th, 2016 by rodbarnett68
Welcome to the 23rd century. The only thing you can't have
in this perfect world of total pleasure is your 30th birthday.
All around good guy Randy Fox joins me as we continue our
series of shows on the science fiction films of the 1970's. This one figures
big in both of our young lives as a touchstone for the genre and how we viewed
it. It may come as a surprise just how big and widespread the fandom for this
hit movie became. As kids it was easy to get caught up in LOGAN'S RUN simply for its sets, action and the
beautiful people but luckily those are not the only elements on offer. In this
episode we dissect the film in detail drawing out some subtext and symbolism along
the way even though we both still spend a lot of time marveling over the look
of the world the film so skillfully builds. We talk about the cast and our
mutual appreciation for the solid center they give to this wild story and look
at the ways the casting made the film work. There is a discussion of several
deleted scenes and I've even managed to grab audio from one such sequence that
restores some dialog cut from the finished film. Exciting stuff!
We also delve into the changes made from the book, talk
about the book's sequels and the surprising, never completed comic book sequel
to the film. Along the way Randy and I pledge our undying love for both Jenny
Agutter and the lost art of matte paintings so it's strange trip no matter how
you think about it. We even try to diagnosis Box the cyborg's mechanical needs
as he has clearly missed his preventative maintenance check up!
Along the way I've sprinkled some bits from Jerry
Goldsmith's excellent score and some extra clips from the picture. We end the
discussion with a look at Marvel's comic book adaptation, Randy's stint in the Logan's Run fan club and
a brief look at the short lived TV series from 1977. We hope you enjoy this
(rather lengthy) look back at this SF classic and if you want to share your
memories of the books or the movie please contact us at email@example.com
- we'll be glad to hear from you. Until next time - Run, Runner!
Mar 24th, 2016 by rodbarnett68
Pasta-pocalypse time on The Bloody Pit! I am joined once again by Troy and Jeff to talk about a piece of Italian sleaze and this time we finally delve into the world of MAD MAX/THE ROAD WARRIOR rip offs. Director Enzo Castellari was a veteran of low budget genre cinema by the early 80's and he knew how to stretch a dollar to make things work. When he made this film he was in the middle of a string of such sci-fi adventures that owed as much to the dystopian worlds of Miller's Mad Max as they did to Carpenter's dark future from ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. All these influences swirl around mixed with a standard Western plot, silly hair styles, ridiculous cars, silly weapons and dangerous stunt work to create a fun, bizarre and occasionally sadistic ride. The fact that the amazing Fred Williamson is on hand to keep the grins flowing is only part of the entertainment on view. After all - we have to find a way to survive the end of civilization and start over again, right? Or are we just looking for victory? Don't ask Nadir.
After a brief discussion of the media that we've been checking out lately, your Three Stooges dive into a detailed breakdown of THE NEW BARBARIANS. We examine the odd design and talk about how the western story template makes for a good jumping off point for an action tale. We discuss the cast, the clever ways the production dealt with budgetary issues and the nepotism that shows up in every Castellari film. We spend some time on the mighty George Eastman (a.k.a. Luigi Montefiori) and his impressive career and marvel at the talents of Williamson as he brightens the movie in ways only he can manage. We get a kick out of analyzing the strange sexual politics of the story as Troy points out a way that this film is unique among it's post-apocalyptic brethren. And of course, we smile and laugh at the insane gunfights, slow motion car crashes and exploding dummies along the way. Man - I Love exploding dummies! Truly, a good time was had by all.
We can be reached at thebloodypit#gmail.com if you have anycomments or questions. Next month Troy and I will be back on the NaschyCast feed covering some Spanish Horror again while I'll be trying to get the long delayed LOGAN'S RUN episode off the ground. Let us know what you think and if there are any movies you think we should pay attention to as we venture down the road. Thanks for downloading and listening.
Feb 20th, 2016 by rodbarnett68
The Toho Kaiju films are a joy on so many levels and I'm
thrilled that we are starting a new series covering a set of them for 2016. The
focus this year will be on the various movies that feature that golden skinned
villain Ghidorah and we begin with his (her?) first appearance in 1964's
GHIDORAH, THE THREE HEADED MONSTER. Released in the U.S. in 1965 it became a favorite
of monster kids and it's screenings on domestic television pushed this fifth
Godzilla film to new heights of popularity. That this is much more a Godzilla
or Mothra film than a Ghidorah tale which points to it being a direct sequel to
the monster film released earlier that same year MOTHRA VS GODZILLA. Throw in
the second appearance by Rodan and this becomes a sequel to his solo movie from
1956! That's right -this s a four monster film making it a Toho Monster Rally!
Pop the corn, lay in a supply of dried squid and get ready to watch the
As always with these giant monster movies Troy is the fanatic with years of reading and
watching informing his thoughts and I am the neophyte trying to line these
movies up in my horror loving head. We talk a bit about the differences between
the Japanese version and the shorter English language cut while admitting
freely that we simply cannot settle on a set pronunciation of the title monster's
name. We both were impressed by the excellent commentary track on this film's
Classic Media DVD by author David Kalat and we speak to some of his opinions as
we go along. I have to say that he makes some good points even if I disagree
with his take on some specific ideas. Troy
gives me some backup when I question the film's U.N. meeting of giant monsters
and the credulity stretching table tennis sequence, but has some love for the
concept of a kiaju group hug. Also, neither of us can understand why one of
this film's alternate titles isn't GODZILLA VS something something.....
anything! The Big G is the star here, title aside.
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