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 338 – The Rental
Two brothers and their significant others rent a sprawling seaside mansion, Air B’n’B-style.
In this episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, Dave Franco’s The Rental.
In his directorial debut, Franco, who also co-wrote the script, casts wife Alison Brie (Community/Mad Men) in one of the leads. She plays Michelle, and her beau Charlie (Dan Stevens) is a startup superstar entrepreneur. Charlie’s brother (Jeremy Allen White from Shameless) is a bit of a loser with a criminal past, who feels like he isn’t good enough for his love, Mina (Sheila Vand). She’s also his bro’s business partner in the Bay Area.
The trip gets off to a rocky start when Mina suspects the home’s caretaker of being an Islamophobe and all-around a-hole. However, the foursome has invested time and money in this weekend getaway, and figure it’s best to let things lie.
Before too long, Mina and her boss get a bit too close for comfort when their partners pass out early. And that is when tensions really ratchet up.
The Rental is pretty damn good as a directorial debut, with good characterizations and atmosphere, marred by a bit of a goofy antagonist. Still, sharp, surprising and with enough twists to more than warrant a recommendation.
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Really Awful Movies: Ep 337 – The Invitation and Doctor Sleep
On this, the latest episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast: The Invitation and Doctor Sleep.
There’s not some sort of hidden link between the two, but these are recent horrors (released within the last five years) that caused quite a stir in some circles, with outlets like the Village Voice saying this of the social convention horror The Invitation, “you won’t see a more shocking thriller all year.”
Hmm, that’s high praise indeed, especially for a year that gave us The Witch, Green Room, and Bone Tomahawk (all of which we podcasted on Really Awful Movies – check out those episodes at your own volition).
Still, there’s enough meat to warrant a discussion.
Also on the podcast: Doctor Sleep. The de facto sequel to the indelible The Shining, it features Ewen McGregor as Danny Torrance, all grown up, but suffering from the aftereffects of his stint visiting the Overlook.
You could say this is an easy movie to…overlook…especially if you have a set of expectations from the Kubrick epic. There’s something to this film, even if it comes up short.
Tune in, folks!
Really Awful Movies: Ep 336 – Citadel
In advance of St Patrick’s Day, a foray into Irish horror movies with Citadel, a psychological effort set in Glasgow Scotland.
For this, there’s a terrific IMDb description: “an agoraphobic father teams up with a renegade priest to save his daughter from the clutches of a gang of twisted feral children who committed.” If you don’t find that enticing as a premise, you’re reading the wrong website!
Astute viewers will notice similarities between the antagonists here, and those in David Cronenberg’s The Brood.
This is one film that won’t do wonders for Glasgow Tourism! A bit of a shorter entry for this week’s podcast. We will be coming back strong next week, complete with both hosts, as we dive into different flavours of genre film.
Really Awful Movies: Ep 335 – General Commander
Oh, we are back with Seagal! It’s been a year or more since we covered a Steven Seagal movie on the show, thanks to a moratorium due to the crappiness of his output. Now, it’s lifted.
And we are back, with General Commander. This one is a real doozy.
CIA agents must avenge the death of one of their colleagues. So, lead by Jake (Seagal) they go rogue.
And this takes the team through Southeast Asia, all to take out a badass Neapolitan Mafia goon.
Pretty standard stuff. It’s an action flick, so you got choppers, warehouses, beat downs, dumb proclamations, and zingers. What else do you need?
Really Awful Movies: Ep 334 – Bats
The title says it all: Bats.
In this animal attack flick from the late 1990s, La Bamba Lou Diamond Phillips stars as a small town Arizona sheriff called in to investigate a strange homicide. The coroner is befuddled during the post-mortem.
A chiropterologist is on the case too, as the deaths are linked to the flying furry mammals.
Soon, we find out there’s some sinister scientist up to no good that’s caused this mess to happen. Surprised? No? After all, this is a pretty popular cliché of the genre.
Still, there are some decent enough performances in this. And it’s smarter than it appears, even if it’s not the greatest in terms of execution.
Really Awful Movies: Ep 333 – Edge of the Axe
On this week’s podcast episode, perhaps the 7th most notable axe murderer horror film of all time, Edge of the Axe.
Sure, this Michael Myers-visaged villain swings an axe, yet he remains far less well known than those maniacs in Silent Night, Deadly Night, Madman, Silent Night, Bloody Night and the granddaddy of all axe murderin’ movies, The Shining.
Still, this Spanish / American co-production has its defenders (namely, us). Edge of the Axe is a rip-roaring good time, variously filmed in Big Bear, California, and Madrid Spain, with a bunch of townsfolk being picked off one by one by a figure cloaked in black and wearing a white mask.
And the police are dumbfounded as to who could possibly be committing these heinous acts. This one was released near the very tail-end of the slasher boom, and it shows. It’s definitely quite unique and there’s a lot going for it, particularly the quirky characters, the strange Gothic Euro feel, and much more. Tune in!
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This show consistently delivers reviews of films you often don’t see or hear about. Their passion and respect for the material is obvious and it’s always delivered with a good doses of humour.
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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.