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The Disquieting Guest — Bracing for the Universal Monsterverse

6 Oct frankenstein_meets_wolf_man_poster

In 2012, we witnessed an unusual (to put it mildly) phenomenon: The Avengers was simultaneously the start of a new franchise, and a sequel to four other franchises:  Iron ManThorCaptain America and The Incredible Hulk. There was, however, a precedent. Almost 60 years earlier, in 1943, Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man was a sequel to both The Ghost of Frankenstein (and thus the fourth Frankenstein film) and The Wolf Man. The two series merged into one, and Dracula would be added to the mix in the films that followed. The continuity was very loose, but it was there all the same.

Now, Universal has announced that it is rebooting (yet again) its monster titles with the purpose of aping the Marvel Cinematic Universe. All the icons from the 30s and 40s will be present:  the Frankenstein Monster, Dracula, the Mummy, the Wolfman, and the Invisible Man. Also present is the late arrival from the 50s, Universal’s last classic monster:  the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Though the official start to the Monsterverse is the Mummy reboot in 2016, it appears that Dracula Untold has been rejigged slightly to act as a prologue (assuming it isn’t a miserable failure). Continue reading

197. Mannequin (1987): A Torture Cinema “Adventure”

9 Apr

Artistic tomfoolery, Mannequin breasts, and 80s glory, oh my!  Shaun, Julia, and Jen join forces to tackle a listener-selected movie from hell:  Mannequin.  You asked for it, and we delivered!

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Mannequin (1987)

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190. Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen (2009): A Torture Cinema “Adventure”

1 Feb

Robot fights, sand, and military advertising, oh my!  You asked for it, and here are providing it:  the latest in our Torture Cinema series, in which Shaun, Julia, Paul, and Jen take on the second Transformers movie from Michael Bay.  Prime help us…

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Episode 190 — Download (MP3)

Transformers -- Revenge of the Fallen

Show Notes:

This is the thing we laughed our heads off about when Julia brought it up.  Enjoy:

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184. Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) — A Torture Cinema Christmas “Adventure”

30 Dec

Chipmunks, evil executives, and childish humor, oh my!  Julia, Shaun, and Paul return for a very special Christmas-time edition of Torture Cinema.  It’s a very chipmunky episode, too!

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Alvin and the Chipmunks -- 2007

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180. Reign of Fire (2002) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”

15 Dec

Dragons, ash munching, and crazy Americans, on my!  Shaun, Jen, Julia, and Paul tackle Reign of Fire — Jen, by the way, doesn’t agree with the rest of us…for reasons.

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Reign of Fire

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Torture Cinema Poll: 2013 Christmas Special! (You Decide)

3 Nov

You know the drill.  VOTE!

173. The Gate (1987) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure” (the Halloween Special)

1 Nov

Backyard demons, claymation creeps, and geodes, oh my!  Shaun, Julia, and Paul return to form with a special Halloween-themed torturous review of The Gate.  Needless to say, they had a bit of fun tearing this one apart!

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Episode 173 — Download (MP3)

The Gate (1987)

Show Notes

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