Posts Tagged ‘Horror film’

Carrie

September; it hails that most dreaded thing of children across the land. Yes, its back to school time.

School can be something of a real trauma for some kids, especially if you’re Carrie White, who not only has to contend with her psycho Christian mother, but also fellow students so unpleasant they are actually willing to kill a pig just to pull a prank on her.

In these month’s Twelve Months Of Terror we look at the 1976 classic Carrie and give it a thorough examining. Louise Boyd and myself, RJ Bayley, examine the religious imagery of the film (and whether there is some element of witchcraft to Carrie), on the nose audio cues, the pun logic of conspiracy theories, whether horror has to necessarily be scary, and just what is are the hair dynamics of the film.

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The biggest and best comedy festival in the world is underway right here in Edinburgh. So for this installment of Twelve Months Of Terror we’re looking at a horror comedy, featuring a killer clown played by surrealist stand-up comedian Ross Noble; see how much funny is packed into that? All the funny!

Or is it?

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Depending on how arty you want to sound.

Depending on how arty you want to sound.

Get ready for a monster.

No,  not the enormous wolf-thing that eminent old-time badasses  Samuel Le Bihan and Mark Dacascos have to battle in this month’s film. No, this installment’s show is a commentary on a film which lasts a mighty 139 minutes.

RJ Bayley and Louise Boyd are choosing to celebrate that most famous of non-UK dates; yes, that’s right its Bastille Day (Independance what?)!

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Now that is a good poster.

Now that is a good poster.

Prepare yourself for quite possibly the strangest opening of a Twelve Months of Terror yet.

Yes, after we wait for Louise to get over her fit of nose-blowing related giggles, we celebrate father’s day by delving into our commentary for the 1987 cult classic The Stepfather.

Proving something of a little treasure, The Stepfather sees us heap plaudits upon Terry O’Quinn‘s acting and question whether something so associated with the 80s slasher phenomenon is even part of that subgenre. Would some people even class it as a horror?

Make room for daddy, its time for The Stepfather.
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In the age of cloud computing, Google Glass, double time-reversal symmetry, the Higgs boson and modems, iTunes seems incredibly old hat as using the term old hat, doesn’t it? Search for the show you want, wait for it to download, drag it over to your iPod or other generic MP3 playa, then carry that file around with you on that iPod or other generic playa, only for it to sit there, taking up room on your device or in your pocket until you remove it and replace it with something else you want to listen when you can return to your desk to physically connect it to your laptop.

Its amazing what seemed so cutting edge not that long ago now appears impossibly dated. But then I have just been watching The Matrix.

What if I told you there was a an application, an “app” if you will, that lets you listen to your favourite internet radio, webcasts, podcasts and whatever-you-want-to-call-’ems from anywhere in the world by simply beaming them (yes, like in actual Star Trek) directly to your phone or PC? You don’t need to download it, transfer it, curse it when it skips and you can’t fix it until you go home again, or remove it. It goes onto your device, into your ears and leaves as soon as you don’t need it anymore like a ninja fart in a hurricane.

Well friends, that application (“app”) has a name. and that name is Stitcher.

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Yes, Goats In The Machine is now on the best webcast platform there is. Without wanting to sound like a salesman, I have absolutely loved Stitcher for a long time and really believe its going to be bigger to iTunes; so I’m very, very pleased to be on it.

Goats In The Machine on Stitcher

You can access our show (and discover many other awesome ones like it, thanks to the brilliant ‘discover’ feature) on your desktop and on the go with the the Stitcher app.
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Well, they did call it National Socialism

Well, they did call it National Socialism

As part of 12 Months of Terror, Phil Mason returns to look at the confusing ideologies of the Nazi Zombies inspired by Dead Snow.

There’s one thing that really bothers me about Nazi Zombies…Well, other than the shambling groaning trying to eat my face thing. Where exactly do they fit with their whole socialist agenda?

As I’m sure/hope you are aware Nazism is a variety of fascism that incorporates biological racism & Anti-Semitism. It claims that an Aryan race was superior to all other races, blonde hair & blue eyes. So tell me, where exactly do Nazi Zombies fit into that ideology?
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Happy...VE Day!

Happy…VE Day!

Its that event that the whole year builds around, celebrated far and wide by countless families across the world, that excites little boys and girls more than any other night of the year. Its VE Day! To shamelessly cash in on the massive surge of web traffic that the date always generates at that time, Goats In The Machine has decided to cash in with a VE Day episode on Dead Snow.

In our feature length commentary of the cult Nazi zombie film we look at what innovations Tommy Wirkola has brought to the idea of the zombie, just how much of the beasts in Dead Snow is zombie and how much is Nazi, and why snow is such a good background to stage copious amounts of blood on.

But crucially we ask a question that has plagued mankind of eons. What would you rather cut off with a chainsaw; your arm or your penis? (more…)

Evil Dead remake poster In this special Goats In The Machine webcast, RJ Bayley and Louise Boyd give an audio review of the remake/reboot/sequel/requel Evil Dead. We look at why more is never enough when it comes to blood and guts, as well as compare it to the original, what they’ve kept, lost and changed. We will then do our now apparently customary one word summation, and say why we think that word represents the film.

This review contains spoilers, but if you have seen the movie then see if you agree with our pronouncements but clicking the link after the jump!
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In this bonus episode Louise Boyd and RJ Bayley take on the bewildering 3D remake of My Bloody Valentine, inventively titled My Bloody Valentine 3D.

This kind-of-appendix to our main 12 Months of Terror entry on My Bloody Valentine offers a comparative review of the film that sparks our wider discussion on the merits of 3D in film, the importance of stylistic synergy in a movie and just how long that actress must’ve been naked for.

From the paintings of Rothko to midgets with fake breasts, we cover the high, low and all brows in between in this 12 Months Of Terror bonus.

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HAPPY EASTER!
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It’s Easter time and you know what time means; yep, its time to indulge in that family favourite tradition of murdering strangers and taking their body parts to reconstruct Christ.

Goats In The Machine pays tribute to day we remember when Geysus Christ rose from the grave and stalked the earth again with its film commentary of Resurrection.

In this month’s webcast we compare the acting of Christopher Lambert to Leland Orser, ask how prepared the police really are to deal with decapitated fat people on toilets and question whether the sight of a Christ muti-corpse really dissaudes American distributors.

So gather the family around, put the German second-hand DVD on and celebrate a more believable kind of Resurrection with Louise Boyd and RJ Bayley. (more…)