We return to the world of spirit mediums, psychics, mentalists and ectoplasm! We talk about the rise of Spiritualist culture and debunkers Harry Houdini & The Amazing Randi and the movie they inspired Rodrigo Cortés' Red Lights.
In Part 1 of our exploration of Spiritualism and the practice of séances we talk origins. Then we look at two classics, the Donald Sutherland-Julie Christie in Venice, Don't Look Now (1973) and The Changeling (1980) starring George C. Scott. These tales of loss serve as a high bar in the genre thanks to great concepts and performances.
It was a casual Friday sneaking in and recording our chat about Emiliano Rocha Minter's shocking We Are The Flesh (on Shudder now), and Mindy is newly obsessed with HBO's The Leftovers. (Darren is gunshy about Damon Lindelof projects since Lost.) We talk show prep and fill you in plans for upcoming episodes.
We turn our attention to the movies that frightened us as children: The Witches (1990), Return to Oz (1985), and Something This Way Comes (1983). Our conversation asks whether this modern wave of gentler kids' movies is actually doing any favors to the children of today... because we came OK. Didn't we?
This week we talk the new IT trailer and the production trouble behind it, and bad movies. FREE SONG! Darren saw The Windmill (2016), and Mindy watched Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers (2016) and for some reason Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave FROM 2005! Also Darren wrote and recorded a song that plays at the end of the episode.
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In part two of our Possession & Exorcist series we talk the Church's history and dive into 1973's The Exorcist. William Friedkin's classic production of William Peter Blatty's novel gets a close look, and Mindy debates it's status as one of the most frightening films ever made. Undoubtedly one of the greatest casts in horror history, starring Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn and Jason Miller.
In the first of our 2-Part series on Possessions and Exorcisms we examine some history, and the 2012 film The Possession. The Ole Bornedal film stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Natasha Calis, and Matisyahu as their Rabbi exorcist.