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Lee and Daniel are joined this week by their friend and fellow podcaster James Murphy from the excellent Pex Lives podcast to cover the somewhat over-looked Amicus classic “The Skull” (1965), as well as one of the most beloved Vincent Price films, “Theatre of Blood” (1973). Some small tangents pop up and the hosts also cover listener comments and what they’ve watched as of late.
Featured Music: “Theatre of Blood” by Michael J. Lewis.
The second bit of bonus content for October 2016 contains a grab-bag of sorts. First off Lee provides a review of the short horror film “Lake Nowhere” (released 2016). Then guest reviewers James Murphy and Jack Graham chime in with some horror picks of their own to talk about.
Featured Music: “Detroit” by Disasterpeace; “Goo Goo Muck” by Ronnie Cook and the Gaylads; “Chainsaw” by The Ramones; and “Who Are You?” by Black Sabbath.
Lee, Daniel and Paul kick off a month-long horror stretch for October with two Italian selections. First off it’s the rape-revenge entry “Night Train Murders” (1975), and then they jump ahead nineteen years to the surreal zombie-comedy “Cemetery Man” (1994). Lee butchers Italian names (as usual), but this time the cast list for “Cemetery Man” may have broken him. Also covered: listener comments and what the hosts have watched as of late.
Featured music: “A Flower’s All You Need” by Demis Roussos & Ennio Morricone.
Lee and Paul provide the first bit of bonus content for October 2016 with a casual chat about Lamberto Bava’s “Demons” (1985) and “Demons 2” (1986). Although this is a listener request, take note that the usual level of research and prep work we do wasn’t done here, as this is an intermission episode. Still, we think it’s a pretty fun chat overall.
Featured Music: “Dèmon” by Claudio Simonetti.
It’s finally here, the cap-off to the first serious look into Spaghetti Westerns on the podcast. This week Lee, Daniel and Paul take a look at an undisputed masterpiece of both the genre and just film itself. On deck is Sergio Leone’s “Once Upon a Time in the West” from 1968. Of course, not every scrap of detail can be covered, especially when Lee wants to fit a bunch of music from the classic soundtrack in as well, but a lot of stuff is talked
about, and we don’t think you’ll be let down, listeners.
Featured Music: “Man With a Harmonica”; “Cheyenne”; “As a Judgement”; “Main Theme”; and “Jill’s Theme” by Ennio Morricone.
Lee, Daniel and Paul are back to tackle one of the greatest films in the Spaghetti Western genre (and one of the most depressing), in Sergio Corbucci’s “The Great Silence”. Listener comments and what they’ve watched as of late are also briefly touched upon in this briefer than usual episode. Make no mistake, however: a lot is discussed in regards to the film itself.
Featured Music: “Barbara e Tagliente” & “Il Grande Silenzio
(Restless)” by Ennio Morricone.
In this installment of the podcast’s Spaghetti Western series, Daniel and Paul each have a separate conversation with Lee about three non-Leone Lee Van Cleef outings. Covered in this episode are “Death Rides a Horse” (1967); “Sabata” (1969); and “The Grand Duel” (1972). Besides just going on about what a badass Van Cleef is in these films, common tropes and themes between the three films are talked about, and the general trends of the twilight years of the genre. A lot is talked about and there’s a bit more music than usual, so this is a long one. Strap yourselves in, kids.
Featured Music: “Death Rides a Horse” by Ennio Morricone; “Ehi Amico C’è Sabata (Alternate Version 2)” by Marcello Giombini; “Parte Prima” by Luis Bacalov; and “Mystic and Severe” by Ennio Morricone.
TMBDOS! is back for more Italian westerns this week, focusing on two horror-themed entries in the genre. First up, Lee and Daniel tangle with the surreal Giulio Questi-directed “Django Kill… if You Live, Shoot!” from 1967. Then Paul joins them to take on Lucio Fulci’s harrowing “Four of the Apocalypse” (1975). Also: listener comments and a round of the Movie God game.
Featured Music: The theme for “Django Kill…” by Ivan Vandor & “Movin’ On” by Greenfield & Cook and Benjamin Franklin Group.
The whole gang is back together to kick-off the podcast’s first look at Spaghetti westerns by talking about what is, perhaps, the second most well-known character of the genre, after Clint Eastwood’s Man with No Name. Yes, on tap is Sergio Corbucci’s “Django” (1966). The only true sequel, “Django Strikes Again” (1987), is also briefly talked about, and Lee gives some suggestions on which of the thirty or so unofficial sequels are worth checking out. Also covered: listener comments and Paul gets to play the There Can be Only One… Filmography game.
Featured Music: “Vamonos Muchachos” (3rd Version); “Town of Silence” by Luis Bacalov; and “Django” (Main Titles Song) by Luis Bacalov, vocals by Rocky Roberts.
Lee and Daniel return for the last episode before jumping into their first look at Spaghetti Westerns on the podcast with two 1990s sci-fi films. First up is the Keanu Reeves cyberpunk action film “Johnny Mnemonic” (1995) and then it’s the gung-ho space marine satire “Starship Troopers” (1997). They touch on how dated 1990s films seem today; Reeves as an actor, and just how much storage space there might actually be in his brain; space Nazis; and they often drift off into talk about how much they love Dina Meyer, who stars in both films.
Featured music: “Memory Johnny” by Black Rain & “Klendathu Drop” by Basil Poledouris.