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Kristen, Mike, and Chris investigate pop-culture's most memorable villains, antiheroes, and misunderstood monsters to find out how they make being bad look so good. New episodes every other Wednesday.

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Kristen, Mike, and Chris investigate pop-culture's most memorable villains, antiheroes, and misunderstood monsters to find out how they make being bad look so good. New episodes every other Wednesday.

    Case File 012: Pamela Voorhees (Friday the 13th)

    Case File 012: Pamela Voorhees (Friday the 13th)

    No hockey mask. No machete. No Jason (at least not the way we're used to seeing him). Despite the fact that it kicked off one of the most popular horror franchises of all-time, the most notable thing about the original Friday the 13th is how little it has in common with the glut of sequels that followed it.

    The filmmakers have never been shy about the fact that this was quickly cobbled together to capitalize on the success of Halloween - and it certainly did. Considering what this series evolved into and all of the other films it influenced, it's fascinating to go back to the source and examine what an outlier this entry truly is.

    Topics include: the difference between capitalizing on a trend vs simply exploiting it, Betsy Palmer's reaction to the finished film and her iconic character, the appeal of slasher films and the assumptions people make about audiences who enjoy them, how the original crew felt about where the franchise went after this, some ways they might be able to bring Pamela back into the series, and much more!
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Case File 011: The Overlook Hotel (The Shining & Doctor Sleep)

    Case File 011: The Overlook Hotel (The Shining & Doctor Sleep)

    On this episode, we're checking into The Overlook Hotel and investigating all of the different interpretations of The Shining and its sequel, Doctor Sleep.
    We cover all of it - Stephen King's original novel, Stanley Kubrick's wildly divergent film adaptation, the more faithful (and somewhat maligned) 1997 miniseries, and the incredible hat trick that Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan pulled off by crafting a new movie that somehow honors all of these disparate iterations.

    Topics include: our first introductions to King's book and Kubrick's film, the key differences between them and how they each play to the strengths of their format, whether or not Nicholson's version of Jack really is crazy from the jump, the surprisingly poor box office performance of Doctor Sleep, the possibility for other stories to be told in this universe, a round of Ultimate Match-Up, and so much more!
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    Case File 010: Annie Wilkes (Misery)

    Case File 010: Annie Wilkes (Misery)

    With Annie's arrival on the second season of Castle Rock, it wound up being a great time to revisit Stephen King's novel Misery and Rob Reiner's 1990 film adaptation.

    Topics include: the real life rogue who may have indirectly influenced King's book, how that came back to haunt him many years later, key differences between the novel and the movie, what creators actually owe their fans, and much more!


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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Case File 009: Lex Luthor (Superman: The Movie)

    Case File 009: Lex Luthor (Superman: The Movie)

    This week we're opening a case file on one of the greatest criminal minds of our time. But... is he? Gene Hackman's take on Lex Luthor in Superman: The Movie is markedly different from the way he'd been depicted in the comics up to that point, but also a far cry from how the character would continue to evolve.
    Topics include: this iteration's inferiority complex and how Hackman's refusal to shave his head wound up playing into that, why Christopher Reeve's pitch-perfect portrayal of the man of steel contrasts so well with what this version of Lex is after, Hollywood's transition from the auteur-driven era of filmmaking into blockbuster spectacles and where Superman fits into that, some comparing and contrasting to other depictions of these characters, and much more!
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Case File 008: Michael Myers (Halloween 1978)

    Case File 008: Michael Myers (Halloween 1978)

    The Shape. The Bogeyman. Michael Myers. Whatever you want to call him, he's the reason for the season and on this episode we're investigating John Carpenter's 1978 classic Halloween.

    From the production's inauspicious beginnings to the film's now-legendary status, we track the incredible journey of a ragtag group of filmmakers who set out to make a low budget horror flick and wound up changing the modern movie landscape.

    Topics include: Carpenter's somewhat contentious relationship with the label "master of horror", the unlikely list of filmmakers he was drawing inspiration from, why every attempt to explain what makes Michael evil falls flat on its face, the choose-your-own-adventure continuity of this franchise, how the more cynical knock-offs misread what made this so successful, and much more!
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Case File 007: Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)

    Case File 007: Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)

    Slasher movies were certainly de rigueur in the early 80s, but when writer/director Wes Craven created A Nightmare on Elm Street, he had more on his mind than simply churning out another Halloween ripoff. This wasn't just a paradigm shift in the established formula for this sub-genre, it also birthed one of the most iconic horror villains of all-time.

    On this episode, we're focusing exclusively on the first entry in the franchise and investigating how Craven, Robert Englund, and the rest of the cast & crew helped create an indelible modern myth with the character of Freddy Krueger.

    Topics include: the real life incidents that inspired Craven's screenplay, the original actor they hired to play Freddy, how Englund's casting fundamentally changed certain aspects of the character, how tension between Craven and the head of the studio effected the finished film, our favorite behind-the-scenes stories, another round of Ultimate Match Up, our plans for covering the rest of this series, and much more!
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    • 1 hr 28 min

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I just got done listening to the first episode, I’m already hooked and am excited for the next one. Rogues Gallery is such a great way to discuss classic villains and the movies that spawned them. I love the section breakdowns and the whole concept has a lot of scope for a really fun dive into the subjects.
I’m a long time listener to the Hey Do You Remember podcast, so was already sold on the hosts! I love your laid back chemistry Guys it makes for a really fun listen. Based on 1 episode I can already highly recommend this to any movie / pop culture fans. But equally anybody who wants a well thought out, well presented podcast.

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