300 episodes

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 cinema and beyond.

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 22 Ratings

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 cinema and beyond.

    The Crazy Frog Quadrilogy (Beverly Hills Cop)

    The Crazy Frog Quadrilogy (Beverly Hills Cop)

    THIS WEEK: Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), Beverly Hills Cop III (1994), Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F (2024)
    The biggest surprise of 2024 might be that there's one person John Landis can't kill despite his best efforts: Axel Foley. Join us as we dig into the Beverly Hills Cop franchise, crown Eddie Murphy the king of on-screen improv, unpack what makes part three so bad, and figure out if Eddie has still got it 30 years later.
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    • 1 hr 39 min
    Jesus Christ Exploitation Star (The Films of Ron Ormond and Estus Pirkle)

    Jesus Christ Exploitation Star (The Films of Ron Ormond and Estus Pirkle)

    THIS WEEK: If Footmen Tire You What Will Horses Do? (1971), The Burning Hell (1974), The Believer's Heaven (1977)
    Throughout the 1950s and 60s, Ron Ormond and his family made a name for themselves peddling trashy drive-in flicks across the country. After a near-fatal plane crash, the Ormonds gave up their wicked ways and dedicated their lives to God. So how does an exploitation filmmaker convert from sinner to saint? Well, in the case of Ron Ormond, that meant partnering with the Reverend Estus Pirkle and creating a trio of fire, brimstone, and child decapitation movies the likes of which the world had never seen or will see produced again.
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Reb Brown: The First Avenger (Captain America ‘79)

    Reb Brown: The First Avenger (Captain America ‘79)

    THIS WEEK: Captain America (1979) and Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979)
    Can you believe we were blessed with not one but TWO made for tv Captain America movies in 1979?
    Nothing says FREEDOM on the 4th of July like watching Reb Brown in red, white and blue spandex popping a sick wheelie on his lil motorcycle.
    Celebrate America’s birthday like a true PATRIOT and salute the only Marvel movies that matter with us
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Every Country Has an Elm Street (Nightmare on Elm Street Knockoffs)

    Every Country Has an Elm Street (Nightmare on Elm Street Knockoffs)

    THIS WEEK: Dreamaniac (1986), Batas Impian Ranjang Setan AKA Satan's Bed (1986), Night Killer (1990), and Mahakaal AKA The Monster (1994)
    Knockoff month has been a dream, but sometimes you eat a supreme pizza just before bed -- and the dream curdles into nightmare. A nightmare not unlike what transpires when Wes Craven's masterpiece is entrusted to schlock-peddlers around the globe -- and David DeCoteau.
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    • 1 hr 45 min
    Rambu: First Blud (Rambo Knockoffs)

    Rambu: First Blud (Rambo Knockoffs)

    THIS WEEK: Slash (1984), The Intruder AKA Pembalasan Rambu (1985), Strike Commando (1987)
    Knockoff month marches on with a visit to Indonesia and the Philippines where we trade in Stallone’s Rambo for a Rambu, a Ransom, and a guy named Slash with a DIY rocket launcher. One of these movies was filmed in the exact same location as Apocalypse Now, but is it as good? Tune in to find out.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    In Space, No One Can Hear Your Copyright Infringement (Alien Knockoffs)

    In Space, No One Can Hear Your Copyright Infringement (Alien Knockoffs)

    THIS WEEK: Creature (1985), Creepozoids (1987), Shocking Dark AKA Terminator II (1987)
    Knockoff Month has jumped from fake Terminators to a scene-for-scene ripoff of Aliens (1986) inexplicably marketed as a Terminator sequel in Italy. Speaking of beloved knockoff auteurs, David DeCoteau once again makes his mark on the pod with the only Alien ripoff where Linnea Quigley takes a lengthy shower during an apocalyptic drought. Finally, we cover William Malone's Creature (1985) because we figured at least one of these Alien knockoffs should be set in space and feature Klaus Kinski eating a sandwich.
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    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

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