In this episode, we take a look at the 1986 horror comedy film, Night of the Creeps! This alien invasion/monster movie/b-movie love letter by writer/directer Fred Dekker hands down provides us with the finest performance ever turned in by Tom Atkins. Many thanks to our friend Adam from Canada for suggesting this one to us!
In this episode, we take a look at the 1959 Roger Corman black comedy horror film, A Bucket of Blood! What happens when beatniks go bad? What happens when art crosses a line? What happens when you give a guy like Roger Corman a small amount of money and an even smaller amount of time to make a horror movie? A Bucket of Blood, that’s what! Despite the low budget and lack of resources, there’s actually a really interesting movie in there that with better talent and more time probably could have been something really great, not just a dead cat covered in modeling clay.
In this episode, we conclude our discussion of the 1980 musical comedy, The Blues Brothers, and finish up our month (plus one week) of Dan Aykroyd movies! We pick up where we left off, discuss more of the music and Chicago’s finest landmarks, plus we include a tribute to the many dearly departed actors and musicians who appeared in this film (there’s a lot of them).
In this episode, we tackle our definitive Dan Aykroyd Month movie, The Blues Brothers! We actually talk so much we had to split this one in two… so you get an extra week of Aykroyd next time. It’s hard for two Chicago natives not to wax poetic about the Blues Brothers because we both basically grew up in this city, surrounded by these places and these things. Also, it’s a music movie, so you gonna get some Eric music talk, too.
In this episode, we take a look at our penultimate movie in Dan Aykroyd Month, one that Megan hates and Eric finds oddly compelling, the 1991 horror comedy Nothing But Trouble! It’s weird and gross and bizarre and somehow House of 1,000 Corpses-like but without any of the charm of that movie and somehow every dude stand-up comic Megan knows LOVES this thing. Also, John Candy is a lovely, lovely woman.
In this episode, we continue Dan Aykroyd Month with the 1987 homage to Jack Webb’s classic police procedural, Dragnet! Aykroyd is a huge fan of Webb and his work, which is quite evident in this movie, and there’s a pretty great cast doing pretty great work in there as well… it’s just that the actual plot of the film is really, really dumb. Great Art of Noise song? Check. Superb attention to detail from the original TV show? Check. Likeable Tom Hanks and deadpan Dan Aykroyd doing things they’re good at? Check. Dumbest plot that ever dumbed? WHY
Eric has declared July to be Dan Aykroyd month! In this episode, we take a look at Aykroyd’s last team up with John Belushi in the 1981 black comedy, Neighbors! Audiences were unhappy with the duo playing against type and the studio freaked out about it, adding a lot of stuff in – including one of the most aggressive comedy music soundtracks in movie history – to make sure people knew they were supposed to laugh. There’s some good bits in there, but they’re few and far between.
In this episode, we take a look at the 1959 giant monster movie, Attack of the Leeches! Shot over the course of eight days by Roger and Gene Corman, this film is basically the equivalent of that dinner you make from the leftover stuff in your fridge because you just happen to have it on hand and it’s gonna go bad if you don’t use it up. We learn that dynamite solves all scientific problems, Megan has a thing for late 1950s swim trunks and if you remove the actual giant leeches from this picture, you have a fairly decent Tennessee Williams play. ALSO: Megan’s on the hunt for Thunder in Paradise fan fiction. If you find it (or write it), send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org – for serious.
In this episode, we take a look at the 1980 movie musical and attempt at biblical allegory, The Apple! It’s not a masterpiece, to be sure, but it’s full of campy goodness and holographic sparkles and big dumb fun. The songs aren’t great and the lyrics aren’t subtle, but somehow it’s still a little confusing as to what the hell is happening. All we can say is… DO THE BIM
In this episode, we watch The Manipulator, a 1971 film that shows Mickey Rooney as a man unhinged, tormenting a kidnapped woman with bad dialogue and bizarre acting choices. Penned and directed by Yabo Yablonsky (I wish we made that name up, but we DID NOT), The Manipulator shows actors trapped in weird material that most film students grow out of by graduation. Eric liked it, Megan’s seen things like it too many times in acting class to recommend it.