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The Disquieting Guest — Ib Melchior: Tivoli Nights and Rat-Bat-Spider-Crabs

25 Mar angry-red-planet

Ib Melchior passed away on March 13, at the age of 97. His death was rather overshadowed in genre circles by those of two far more famous figures in the field, so I’m going to take a few moments now to remember the contributions of the novelist, screenwriter and director. While his most notable contributions have been more SF than horror, there are enough horrific elements in his work that I think he has a place in this column.

The most high-profile works associated with him are ones where his involvement was in one way or another indirect. He wrote the English-language script for Mario Bava’s SF/horror masterpiece Planet of the Vampires (1965). His concept Space Family Robinson (later a comic book) was, he claims, plagiarized by Irwin Allen as Lost in Space, and indeed, when the film version came along in 1998, Melchior was a paid consultant. And his short story “The Racer” was the basis for Paul Bartel’s brilliant (and ever-more-topical) satire Death Race 2000 (1975).* Continue reading

The Disquieting Guest — On Leonard Nimoy and the Anti-Spock

10 Mar Invasion-of-the-Body-Snatchers-leonard-nimoy-17328074-544-414

Like almost everyone else, my first encounter with Leonard Nimoy was in his Spock role. But as I watched endless reruns of Star Trek in my elementary school years, I did not have much awareness of the actor behind the character. The names in the credit sequence meant little. They were less real than the characters themselves. I knew that Spock wasn’t real, of course, but imaginatively and emotionally he was. The real person behind the character barely registered in my consciousness. Continue reading

258. On Leonard Nimoy

9 Mar

Taking a step back from our regular programming, Shaun, Paul, and Mike discuss the passing of Leonard Nimoy and his legacy.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

Note:  If you have iTunes and like this show, please give us a review on our iTunes page, or feel free to email us with your thoughts about the show!

Here’s the episode (show notes are below):

Episode 258 — Download (MP3)

Leonard Nimoy

Show Notes:

Our new intro music is “Time Flux” by Revolution Void (CC BY 3.0).

That’s all, folks!  Thanks for listening.  See you next week.

257. Baby Geniuses (1999) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”

4 Mar

Robot babies, creepy babies, and just babies, oh my!  Shaun, Julia, Paul, and Rachael join forces to talk about 1999’s Baby Geniuses, which one critic described as “about as endearing as unanesthetized gum surgery.”  You can guess how we all felt about it…

We hope you enjoy the episode!

Note:  If you have iTunes and like this show, please give us a review on our iTunes page, or feel free to email us with your thoughts about the show!

Here’s the episode (show notes are below):

Episode 257 — Download (MP3)

Baby Geniuses

Show Notes:

Our new intro music is “Time Flux” by Revolution Void (CC BY 3.0).  Additional music from “Monkeys Spinning Monkeys” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0

That’s all, folks!  Thanks for listening.  See you next week.

Around the Podosphere: Podcasts of Note for 3/2/2015

2 Mar

What nifty things dropped into our laps last week?  This week’s edition of Around the Podosphere has the answer.  Here’s what we’ve been listening to!

On Literature:

On Movies:

On Leonard Nimoy:

Torture Cinema Poll for March 2015: What’s next?

2 Mar

You know the drill.  It’s vote time!

Indy Genre: Shorts Directed by Women

27 Feb YouMe&Her-screenshot

I thought I’d start off this year with a few short films — and since we’re doing women and non-binary people in genre, how about some short films directed by women? Well, my friends, easier said than done. It probably shouldn’t be a surprise (consider for example that only 6% of top Hollywood features were directed by women in 2013, and films with female directors are often chronically underfunded) that it’s already slightly more challenging to find films directed by women, let alone trans-women or non-binary people. But most of those short films tend to be documentary (women filmmakers often gravitate toward documentary, actually), drama, or romance. Looking specifically for sci-fi and fantasy short film — already only a small percentage of all short films made — directed by women is even more challenging. I actually had a much easier time finding genre short film done by African directors.

After a mighty amount of googling, I’ve found a couple of excellent full short films for you, and two trailers that I wish I had the full films for!

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