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
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James Bond movies or anything else we ramble on about. If you listen to the
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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!
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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
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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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Jan 23rd, 2016 by rodbarnett68
John Hudson returns to the Bloody Pit to help me discuss
this amazing cannibal gore film from director Antonio Margheriti. Shot in Atlanta, Georgia
during the cooler months of the year lends some fascinating texture to the film
and gives the plot about deranged Vietnam Vets a little gravity. And when your
story revolves around a virus that somehow transfers cannibalism between people
like the flu you need all the seriousness you can muster! Luckily this is one
of the very few Margheriti films that has been released to DVD in the US with extras!
Among those extras is a very nice 54 minute long documentary about CANNIBAL
APOCALYPSE that includes interviews with the director as well as actors John
Saxon and Giovanni Lambardo Radice a.k.a. John Morghen. This gives us a little
more insight into the film than we usually have and allows for some examination
of the ideas presented, which I like!
Before we dive into the film Hudson and I catch up a bit
with discussion of our upcoming Alice Cooper encounter; John's history with
Tarantino theatrical screenings; his rewatch of The Sopranos; my journey
through the Hannibal TV series and a general concern for the winter weather. Once
we attack our main topic I start with some information on the legendary Italian
screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti who is responsible for so many of the classic
Euro-Cult films of the 1970's and 80's that entire books should be written
about him! As the podcast continues we complain about the often inappropriate
score along with an audio example of the sound of blood dripping from meat -
high strangeness. There is some talk about flamethrowers and exploding dogs as
well as the real animal cruelty in the sewer scenes. We touch on the use of
wood as a metaphor (I'm not kidding) and end up wondering what words rhyme with
Saxon. Yeah, we're all over the place in this one.
Thank you for downloading and listening to the show. We can
be contacted at email@example.com for any comments or complaints. At the
end of this episode we lay out the plans for future Bloody Pit shows about
Antonio Margheriti as well as the other movies that will be covered in the next
few months. We hope you enjoy what we're doing and please stay safe and warm.
Dec 20th, 2015 by rodbarnett68
For the first of our annual podcasts focused on Holiday
Horrors we tackle 1980's NEW YEAR'S EVIL. A much maligned and neglected slasher
film, NYE boasts a number of high points that its terrible reputation would
have you think could never exist. While it is true that this film is a muddled
oddity, it has more than a few moments of brilliance. No one will ever call it
a masterpiece movie but it is never boring and it is highly entertaining -
sometimes for the wrong reasons. Plus- how many movies can manage to get you to
root for a homicidal maniac murdering innocent victims on a strict time schedule? No
matter what, that is a major cinematic accomplishment!
I am joined this time out by my longtime podcasting partner
from the NaschyCast, Troy Guinn as well as frequent Bloody Pit collaborator
John Hudson. We pick apart NEW YEAR'S EVIL calling out it's bizarre structure
and strange characters. Strangely, we find much to love in the movie as we spot
more than a few successes among the number of glaring flaws. We relate our
takes on the film as we discuss the story, comment on the unseal presentation
of the Punk music scene, question the casting of certain roles, complain about
the film's implausible timeline and posit some simple improvements that could have
taken NYE from near-forgotten oddity to slasher classic.
We prattle on for a quite a while with John fitting in
several wrestling metaphors but only one porn reference. Must have been an off
day. We discuss the short career of Roz Kelly and note her late 1990's brush
with the law. It is sad to see what become of Pinky Tuscadero. As the show
proceeds you'll hear me become stunned as I'm reminded of the existence of
Leather Tuscadero, a character I had mercifully blocked from my childhood reminiscences.
I guess you only remember the good things from your formative years, huh?
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Dec 11th, 2015 by rodbarnett68
WESTWORLD is a fantastic science fiction tale from the early
1970's that deserves more notoriety on several levels. The first feature film
written and directed by best selling author Michael Crichton, it has all of the
strengths of a screenplay penned by a novelist but very few of the usual
weaknesses that often come along with being too close to the page. It's a lean,
mean 90 minute thrill ride that builds its characters and its suspense very
well and seems to have been a major influence on later big screen projects. The
movie was a big hit for MGM in 1973 spawning a sequel film and an attempted TV
series in 1980 with HBO now set to remake the story as well. I guess the
concept is simply too juicy to leave in the past! WESTWORLD stars James Brolin,
Richard Benjamin and the legendary Yul Brynner along with a cast of very
recognizable faces from Hollywood.
I'm joined this episode by writer Randy Fox to discuss the
film, our history with it and what it means to us as children of the 1970's.
This was a film neither of us got to see in the theater but its TV screenings
burned images into our memories for a lifetime. Of course, we circle the main
subject for awhile, reminiscing about the state of science fiction cinema in
the 70's before STAR WARS came long and forever altered the landscape. Our
mutual love of the films of that decade shines through and eventually leads us
to decide on another movies we should cover here on the podcast in the near
Along with our personal takes on the film we also have a fair
amount of production information on the film including the battles with the
studio over budget, the short shooting schedule, smart editing decisions, the
injuries sustained by the cast, the height difference between director and star
as well as a lesson from Brynner on how to not blink onscreen! Additional we
touch on the many cinematic descendants of WESTWORLD, some of which may be
surprising. So, join us for a trip to Delos
where it seems certain that they have a vacation for you. And if you have any
comments of questions please write us at email@example.com where we'll be
glad to hear from you. Thanks for downloading and listening.