Optimism Vaccine’s panel of experts and idiots explore the dingy crevices between pop culture and forgotten trash in a never-ending quest to celebrate your guilty pleasures in the world of film, TV, music, and beyond.
A Bloody Thanksgiving Feast
Join us as we suffer in solidarity this Thanksgiving the only way we know how: By watching vaguely related, Thanksgiving-ish splatter films in preparation to make a blood sacrifice to a long-lost Egyptian god. It's what the pilgrims would have wanted. Or at least it's what Herschell Gordon Lewis would have wanted.
THIS WEEK: BLOOD FEAST (1963), BLOOD RAGE (1987), and BLOOD DINER (1987)
For Your Ears Only 0026: Spectre
Jake and Jack finally tackle the latest (and longest) James Bond film, Spectre, with special guest, Alistair Ryder.
Discourse From the Big Chair Ep. 15: The Seeds of Love (Super Deluxe Edition)
We're pumping the brakes on our usual film-centric content for a very special episode.
Stephen Kohlmann and Steve Cuff return to Discourse From The Big Chair after a three year hiatus to discuss the recently released 4xCD/Blu-ray box set of Tears For Fears' 1989 album, The Seeds of Love. The guys talk alternate versions, B-sides, weird backstage tour gangs, and recording studio opulence. And hey, when is that new album coming out anyway?
A respectable podcast would dedicate an episode to just watching the 2020 action/thriller, Unhinged. Lucky for you, we're a bunch of masochistic idiots and decided to watch EVERY movie titled Unhinged. Come for the bloated, sweaty stepdad energy of Russell Crowe, stay for the in-depth discussion of a forgotten video nasty and a few other films that should probably be forgotten.
THIS WEEK: Unhinged (1982), Unhinged (2006), Unhinged (2011), Unhinged (2017), and Unhinged (2020)
Welcome to the Blumhouse
Another year, another batch of Blumhouse horror films unceremoniously dropped on a streaming service in October. Join us as we revel in movie mediocrity and give ourselves a big, juicy, Halloween content enema.
THIS WEEK: The Lie (2018), Evil Eye (2020), Black Box (2020), and Nocturne (2020)
Freaks, Fish, and Mena Suvari
We're dragging Shawn down into the Lovecraftian depths of mid-to-late period Stuart Gordon where we discover the many uses for Charles Band's castle, how to properly court a tentacle legged priestess, and the only ethically sound way to deal with a hit and run.
THIS WEEK: Castle Freak (1995), Dagon (2001) and Stuck (2007)
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Your new favourite cynical film pod
More film podcasts should be this cynical - come for the dunking on Film Twitter, stay for the surprising love of the Blumhouse stable.