Weekly genre film podcast that focuses on horror, action and sci fi movies. The hosts champion underseen gems from off the beaten path.
Really Awful Movies: Ep 345 – Alive
#Alive (Korean: #살아있다; RR: #Saraitda) is a 2020 South Korean contagion / zombie film directed by Cho Il-hyung and Starring Yoo Ah-in and Park Shin-hye.
The flick is based on the 2019 script Alone by Matt Naylor (which co-stars Donald Sutherland, Canadian legend from Invasion of the Body Snatchers). Naylor co-adapted his script with Cho for a Korean production, and #Alive revolves around a lazy video game live streamer’s struggle for survival as he is forced to stay alone at his apartment in Seoul during a zombie apocalypse and all his neighbours turning into cannibals.
Really Awful Movies: Ep 344 – Wishmaster
Be careful what you wish for.
We return to 90s horror on the podcast, with a discussion of the somewhat under-the-radar (despite numerous sequels) fantasy horror, WISHMASTER.
We’ve got an ancient statue, inside of which is a cursed gemstone.
And inside of THAT, is a Djinn, one of those pre-Islamic, demon-type creatures that is pretty nasty, and isn’t one of those wish-granting ineffectual genie types we always see in the West.
And it’s unleashed to wreak havoc! What a plot right there, eh?
Directed by special effects whiz Robert Kurtzman, Wishmaster features a who’s who of horror legends…you’ve got Angus Scrimm, Tony Todd, Robert Englund (and more!).
Wishmaster is, as befitting a directory who cut his teeth doing practical effects for loads of flicks, pretty gory. Yes, the fantastical elements are goofy, but it’s well-written, has great characters, and frankly, has no business being as fun as it is.
Really Awful Movies: Ep 343 – Offerings
On a previous podcast, we chatted about Burnt Offerings. Now, it’s Offerings! This is a 1989 ripoff / regional horror, heavily influenced (ahem) by Halloween.
There’s an escaped lunatic, and an 80s-style prologue about how he grew up to be the vengeful antagonist he is.
This is guerilla film-making at its finest! And it comes complete with a John Carpenter knock-off score.
Really Awful Movies: Ep 342 – Wrong Turn 2021
This week on the podcast, the 2021 version of Wrong Turn.
This film is quite the update from the 2003 original (and you can compare our discussion for both). It’s hugely ambitious, though falls flat on numerous occasions. This one should be (and somewhat is) a bit polarizing.
A bunch of hikers are going to spend a few nights in the woods along the Appalachian Trail.
On this episode:
* The original wrong turn, plus the latest incarnation
* Camping and its plus and debits
* The great outdoors
* The folk horror mystique and exemplary films in the genre
Really Awful Movies: Ep 341 – A Perfect Getaway
Not a horror per se (however defined), A Perfect Getaway is a 2009 release that’s perhaps more of a thriller (but why quibble?)
On this episode of the Podcast, a discussion of the David Twohy-directed flick. Twohy also responsible for GI Jane and The Chronicles of Riddick with Vin Diesel, and he acquits himself quite nicely as a horror/thriller director despite an action pedigree.
In the film, we get a terrific cast: Timothy Olyphant (Deadwood/The Crazies), Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element/Resident Evil), Steve Zahn (Reality Bites) and Marvel and Cabin in the Woods’ Chris Hemsworth.
They play different couples on vacation in Hawaii (ah, vacations…remember them?). They’re trekking about in the sublime islands, when word gets out about a murder perpetrated by a couple on a neighbouring island.
Who did it?
Zahn is a nerdy screenwriter, with Jovovich his square wife. They encounter a tough-talking military special forces guy (Olyphant) and his hippie girlfriend, and things take quite the turn.
Really Awful Movies: Ep 340 – Urban Legend
This week on the Really Awful Movies Podcast: Urban Legend.
The inspiration for discussing the late 90s film is three-fold: One, the famous series of books by Professor Jan Harold Brunvand (The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings, The Choking Doberman, Encyclopedia of Urban Legends – these books were instrumental in getting one of the hosts of this podcast, into the world of mainstream publishing).
Two, one of the protagonists of this film, played by Jared Leto, is a journalist, again, the profession of one of the co-hosts of this podcast…
and Finally, three the setting: the Alma mater of one of the co-hosts of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, the University of Toronto, which is where this one is set.
Join us for a discussion of Urban Legend, featuring an all-star cast (Tara Reid, Robert Englund, of Nightmare on Elm Street fame, the aforementioned Jared Leto, Joshua Jackson and more) and lots of 90s irony and silliness, but also a great concept around which to base a horror film.
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Really Awful Movies is a misnomer - what our encyclopedic hosts (Jeff and Chris) cover are films not necessarily ( but occasionally) horrible, but cult films that cover everything from women in prison to dystopic musicals and every kind of misbegotten (or under loved ) creature in between. Their true love of these films shines through in every hilarious podcast. Check them out. Tons o fun.