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WELCOME TO VAMPUARY!

January 18, 2024 Strange Aeons Radio Season 6 Episode 256
Strange Aeons Radio
WELCOME TO VAMPUARY!
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WELCOME TO VAMPUARY!

Vanessa is off doing the baby thing, so we've brought in returning guest host Steve Holetz to join us and talk about vampire flicks!

Also discussed: Poor Things, Spider Labyrinth, Crisis on Infinite Earths, and David Gordon Green.

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Oh, I'm sorry, did I break your concentration somewhere between science and superstition such sites to show you strange aeons. Welcome to strange aeons radio. That's Eric up there. Hello. And because Vanessa is off with her new baby, we have brought in fan favorite Steve Hall. It's Steve, how're you doing? I'm doing great. Thank you very much for having me. I'm sorry. It's under such, you know, circumstances. But Vanessa and I are never on the same episode. We might be the same person. I'm just saying. Well, I think that height wise, you're right there. Otherwise, Steve, why don't you take 30 seconds and remind everybody who you are and what you do when you're not hanging out with us. I'm co host of the bone Basho podcast, which goes live every month. And I am also the co director of the bone back company of horrors Film Festival, which will next take place. April 13 at Siff cinema Egyptian in Seattle. So I hope to see you all there. Fantastic. I see Eric's got his what was that? Eric? That's a little bone bat. Coaster. Oh, that's cool. that I use on my desk every day. I love it. I love it. Yeah, so listener, Vanessa had her child I feel fairly safe in saying that because he posted it on Facebook and all of that stuff. So everybody knows. Everything is healthy and happy with her. But understandably, she felt like she might need to take a couple of weeks off. So Steve has graciously stepped in. And we're going to be doing vampires for the next couple of weeks of maybe several weeks because I've got my van puteri in but then Michael the Bronzo came in with Fang Ruairi, and we're also doing Fang Ruairi now, too, so thanks to Bronzo. Excellent. Is there enough vampire movies out there though? Who knows, we might get to four or five of them and then realize, wow, nobody's ever made a vampire movie. With Eric reached out. I literally have a stack of DVDs right here that whenever the you know, the new box comes in, I put it on this pile. So I literally just had to reach right here to pull two vampire movies I had never seen and apparently you guys haven't seen either. From what Erickson so fantastic. I can't wait to get into this. But before we get into any of that stuff, I wanted to talk to you guys about something that just came over the news. David Gordon Green, author of exorcist deceiver, and then immediately on the heels of that exorcist deceiver, off of the release list at all now. So pretty interesting stuff happening very quickly with this IP that universal bought for$400 million and are now going to be what shelving? I don't know what's going to happen with this thing. Which company was it again? It was universal. Okay. Just following what Warner Brothers started to set up with their slate of movies that they've decided, Oh, we made them. We spent all the money on them, but we're not going to release them for whatever dumb tax reason or whatever. So I'm guessing it's probably partially tied in with that idea. But who knows? Business. There is no deceiver movie yet. It didn't go into production. But I guarantee you, since David Gordon Green was attached to the entire thing, he had to go in and pitch three movies. He didn't just pitch one movie. So there must have been pre production and shit like that going on. But after the movie tanked, I guess they said, you know, I'm curious what they're going to do. DAVID It says the David Gordon Green has left the project. I guarantee you he was taken off of the project because he went right into like a Ben Stiller comedy as his next film, and I think the guy is a brilliant comedy filmmaker. But this is not something that you voluntarily leave after you've made that kind of deal. No. What was the third one if you've got believer and deceiver I am not sure receiver Weaver I can conceive her to just keep going. I don't know. But I think that, you know, Steve, did you? Did you even bother with that new exorcist movie? I did not even bother with it. The, you know, we all have a certain friends group who attends films, and you sort of get the waft of some films after you know, your Tony Kay's of the world see them and if they say it's a piece of shit, I'm probably going to wait until cable, you know, watch it at some point. But I wasn't gonna go, actually to a theater to see it. No way. I can tell you, you don't have to watch it. At some point. It's quite bad. I put it at the very bottom of all of the exorcist movies. You know, exorcist two is a much, much better film than believer is gonna say it's so sad after that great exorcist TV show. And what they pulled up with that, that they couldn't hire the writers from that maybe to wait, assuming because it would have been great. Hell yeah. First season. Yes. I thought I hated the whole Seattle one. Wow. No Island. No, that was I thought that was trash. I guess I don't remember that. I don't remember that at all. I just remember the amazing first season. Yeah, the first season it was great. And really, like legitimately chilling one and done more TV series need to be willing to do that. Yeah. Yeah, I, I'll say this, you know, cat. I just grew up as a kid who loved movies. And then as I got a little bit older, loved Hollywood, and then wanted to get into the industry and then really failed at getting into the industry, but had enough people in the industry to start realizing what a cesspool it was, and, and now kind of hate the industry. And the way it all works is the David Gordon Green after taking this $400 million IP that he completely destroyed with his movie is going to be handsomely rewarded for this, you know, for the next several years based on the fact that he got the thing rolling. And I just fucking hate that about the industry. Could tell no strong opinions from you guys. Jesus Christ. What am I what? What is this? What is this a jury here? I thought this was supposed to be an audience. You know, I don't know. But I wasn't. I mean, he was involved with the last Halloween trilogy. He had the kind of stink around him after the second one. I mean, I sort of, I think people came around a little bit on the third one, for whatever reason, maybe just, you know, good feelings for Jamie Lee, or for whatever reason, it wasn't quite as stupidly written. It seemed like as a second one, but he had the stink around him from that. And that that may be followed him into the entire exorcist thing. I mean, you know, yeah, industry talk and like you were getting there. I mean, we've watched and we lived with our particular lifetime, watching exactly what has happened to the industry where it went from very experimental and interesting stuff to hey, look how much money jobs and Star Wars made. And creating tentpole movies for a while, but it's still also having okay ones to now the Marvel Universe. It's like if it's not a tentpole movie, they're not going to make it almost. So yeah, the industry is it's instead of being run by a wonderful creative person that decide, hey, let's let this person run the studio, see what their creative mind comes up with. It's now run with people who went to business school that don't give two shits about art and the films that are being produced for $200 million. They just want them to make $2 billion worldwide. So yeah, he's industry is garbage. Overall, there's some there's some interesting there's always great stuff that gets made despite that, but yeah, the big money industry. I mean, I can't imagine how much they dropped on other things like Warner Brothers cartoon, and then the end the Batman back girl movie, or Batwoman movie that they just shelled me there's no reason to shelve a movie unless there's some bigger monetary gain that I that's all that people are in that industry are caring about. Yeah, with all the especially with all the sources put product. Yeah. And to see his point with the David Gordon Green situation he had this Think from the fans around him. But the Halloween movies were so successful that I think they just said, Well, he must be doing something right without realizing what he was doing right was latching himself to IPs that had an audience? I don't know how they dig themselves out of this exorcist thing, though, because you can't just pony up $400 million, and then say, well, I guess we screwed up. We're not going to do anything with this. They've got to do something with it. And maybe it'll be more. I don't know, maybe it will be straight to streamer or something. Originally, there was a contingency within universal I think, because I think they also had Five Nights at Freddys. And universal that that small contingency wanted, exorcist believer to go straight to streaming and five nights at freddy to go to the theater instead. And instead of that, they, you know, the muckety mucks up high decided no exorcist is a bigger property. And that's what we're doing. So I don't know. I think it's all fascinating. But mostly it just makes me scowl and grumble, you know, I never want to be the guy who says you're ruining an IP with a film because obviously, that first exorcist is pretty much untouchable. But at some point I want I want somebody to put their hand up and say, maybe we shouldn't fuck with this. Yeah, no. Nobody in Hollywood ever. Yeah, you're right. You're right. Eric talking about your Marvel can't do anything without doing it. Gigantic. I watched all five episodes of Ecco on Disney plus, anybody else? I'm really behind. I haven't watched. What if I haven't watched a low key season two. And this and there may be one other that I've missed. So I have a lot of catch up to do. Have you missed them? Steve? Have you really missed them though? What if he's pretty good? Echo, I thought it was just a gigantic mess. And if we didn't know already that it had been, you know that all the people working on it had been taken off. And then it had been shuffled around and tried to turn into five episodes instead of eight episodes or whatever. You you'd think that watching this because it just makes very little sense. And it's a lot of boring stuff. It's got I thought the first episode had a really nice fight scene, which is the only scene you see Daredevil in. But then everything else is just a head scratcher of like, why is this character getting their own series if this is the story they want to tell? It just just did nothing for me. And I don't think it'll do anything for for most fans of Marvel either. So that's echo on Disney plus was at least a good delivery vehicle for some good kingpin scenes. Well, listen, what's that actor's name again? Vincent D'Onofrio Vincent D'Onofrio. Yeah. That guy is, you know, unimpeachable, right. He, he shines through every shitty thing he's ever been in. And, and he does that in this as well. It's just a story that I didn't care about at all. Everything I heard was fairly similar to what you just said. And since I've been having no problem, not watch, I don't think I've watched the last four Marvel movies and I don't know when I stopped watching series. So if they kick in again, great, I'll watch it. I would love them to bring the Daredevil series back and do it well, but boy, that doesn't seem very likely. So Well, we'll see there's still there's there's so much good films out there to watch that I'm comfortable. Now, the with the loss of Marvel, as it has been. So I don't know. Steve, you're in Vanessa's seat. You want to tell us what you've been watching lately? Oh, sure. You take a peek at my notes. So I wanted to talk about a couple of things that kind of ended last year and you guys probably already talked about them. Number 130 coins. My favorite my absolute favorite TV show that is running right now. Alex De iglesia is doing stuff that is more original than I think any other TV show is doing. What I particularly loved about this season is he's he's built a world where the dogma of the Catholic Church has equal weight with the Cthulhu Mythos. And I just think that is fucking the bomb. It is so cool. Also, you know, podcasting, which is often used as a punch line or a joke in even genre films, I think, Godzilla, you know, there was a character was a podcaster. And he was kind of a joke. Podcasting is a major plot point in 30 coins this season, and also a heroic noble thing, which I just thought was fun. Cool. I really enjoyed it. And each season, at the end of the first season, Alex diglossia, flipped everything on his head. And he did, he flipped the table again at the end of the second season. And he's even said that the second season like all of the major characters were in jeopardy most of the time. And that he's called it like his empire strikes back. And now going into the third season, anything goes really anything could fucking happen. And I think that is the coolest thing currently going. I love this series. And it surprises me how many people are mentioned it to that haven't even heard of it? Or oh, is that the you know, I don't know if it's the reading a movie thing that the idea that it's in Spanish this season, you could watch it and dump fully. So I don't know what the hang up is. But everybody who's listening to this show should be watching that show. I must agree. I will say this, did you notice a drop in the quality of special effects in the second season? I don't know about that. Because that baby spider thing looked pretty fucked up in season one. So I think there was always maybe budgetary limitations with this series. But the things that they're doing physically, end of Season One, the satanic church with the sheep heads all over it. I have never seen a better physical representation of a fucked up heavy metal album. I saw in that scene. Amazing. Just amazing. Good point. Well said. Yeah, I really loved that too. And I did love all of the Lovecraft. I love the Lovecraft references. And I was just really surprised. Yes, of course. I was really surprised at how blatant the use of the chaos Ium versions of the symbols and things like that where I was like, I hope I hope everybody has been properly licensed and paid for their work on this. Yeah, yeah. Probably know, some people we could ask. Yeah, I bet you Alex has a like a gaming group. And he's played a ton of that shit. And you probably asked him, right. Right. The reference back though to the dubbed version. I would say read it, man, that dubbing is bad. I watched about 15 minutes of the first season first episode. And I'm like, Well, both of these podcasts or characters are horribly annoying. I really can't stand them because of the voices. And then I turned it in realize, did they shoot this in English? Because like, Oh, good. There is a Spanish version. And I turned that on. It's like, Oh, these are cool characters. I like them now. It's pretty good wife actually learned English to watch this series, because it's even the one that actually enjoyed learning Spanish. Impressive. One thing I will absolutely agree with is getting the word out on the show. If you if you listen to this show, I'm going to assume you like genre film and television. You should be really watching this show. It is amazing. And anything else is directed. Maybe not everything. So I went way back in time for mine was watching the other criterion in the closet series. They do that it's like I watched two or three of those and every single one of them mentioned this movie called The Red Shoes from the 1940s. US musical, sort of really dark really good not to read diaries, Kelly. Well, not visually, but it did have some strong relationship drama. And easily one of the most surprising endings I've seen in any film from that era. The way they ended that was just like holy shit. I can't believe they went there. But really highly recommended. It's on. I think it's on the criterion channel right now. But Max has apparently a deal with criterion and shows some of their stuff. And that's where I watched it, but worth checking out. The Red Shoes. Yep. You said it was kind of a musical. What's the genre? It is. The lead is a aspiring ballet dancer. So it's kind of ballet. But it's a it's a dramatic film, then it's not a singing in the rain kind of musical. They don't perform songs, but there's just performances in it. Okay, well, hey, really nice, Eric. But since this is a genre podcast, I watched something that was actually more in line. Oh, it's dark. Because Because I am an adult. I watched a cartoon called Crisis on Infinite Earths. Holy shit. I remember that comic. Yeah, I have to say, boy, when did that comic come out Eric at Davies six or something like that. And it was it was the whole idea of Disney trying to clean up all of their alternate Earth and everything and kind of consolidate all into one thing, and which is a laugh now that everybody is a multiverse seeing their way through their stories. But this is an adaptation of that original comic book series. And I, I guess I didn't read a lot of DC Comics leading up to that series. So I, I don't know if the way that they get into the crisis is the same way that they did in the comics. But the crisis? Well, so this is part one of two. And it's a feature length, it's a 90 minute film, fully an hour of it is everything leading up to meeting the monitor and, and Harbinger and all of this stuff to talk about the fact that the multiverses are starting to be destroyed by antimatter and I didn't realize that's how the stuff had started in the beginning. But the the animation is decent. It's not gorgeous, you know, like the the animation on what if is so beautiful, but it's really hard for me to watch the DC stuff now unless they're trying to look like the original art like with the Dark Knight Returns or something. It just has a very kind of mid 2000s animation style that you'd see on any cartoon doesn't really blow me away. But the voice acting is great. I particularly like Jensen Ackles as Batman now. And I love that he's been Batman for the last couple of these animated shows. Uh, he really gets into the voice and I love that he's, he's got a mix of you can kind of you can kind of hear him from Supernatural but he's obviously trying to sound like Kevin Conroy which, you know, was the greatest batman voice actor. And I don't know I liked it. I'm very interested to see where this goes. It's head and shoulders above the last Flash movie or any of the last DC movies. And yeah, it's a rental right now and it's not a cheap rental. It's it's a $20 rental. But I love those. Those Crisis on Infinite Earths books, and I thought I'd give it a try. But DC cartoons are the outlier of superhero stuff right now. They still do. Great work. I must agree. Steve, you're next. Back to me. Did you guys already discussed Poor things? No. No. The Finn recent film by Iago Latham Oh Lanthimos featuring Emma Stone and Willem Defoe. It is a twist on Frankenstein that was written based on a novel by Scottish writer Alistair Gray, published in 1992 called Poor things. Episodes From the early life of Archibald McCandless, MD, Scottish public health officer is shot in a very surrealistic, crazy style. It's a gorgeous film, it's fucking hilarious. It's well acted, I don't even really want to spoil it very much. Other than you know, we were just talking about how Hollywood is not putting out great challenging creative films right now. And this would be an example of something that has come out of the system that is just fucking sensational. And I would highly recommend it to anybody who's watching this show. Really good. How interesting. I saw the trailer for that and I never would have known it had a Frankenstein theme behind it. So you're telling me that Emma Stone's character has been put together basically. So Emma Stone plays a woman who commit suicide. And she is found very quickly by Willem Defoe Who is this doctor who's experimenting with life in all its various forms. And she, it turns out, the woman was pregnant. And when she died, her brain was completely gone. So he takes the brain of the infant and transplant it in the brain of the mother, and brings her back to life. So she is experiencing life from a toddler level learning everything at a hyper accelerated rate. And she goes on her own journey, and then kind of returns to the fold. It's a big circle. And there's a mystery as to why she committed suicide in the first place. And it all comes back together. But it's super funny. The way it's done, it's dark and sick and twisted and also hilarious as she's discovering her life a new, just a wonderful film, one of the best things I saw last year, and probably is how does it still have the orcas affectation that he seems to make all of his actors do? Like if you watch the killing of a sacred deer or anything like that? There's a mono tone style of line delivery sort of stilted delivery. I think I know what you mean. This one is so surrealistic and storybook, like it's very different. There are over the top performances, but they're overtop of the top and service of the character. So I think it makes sense what he's doing and it's very enjoyable. I mean, the hamming it up that is done is done in a way that you will be delighted about as a as an audience member. Poor things. Hang Hang on a second, Steve. Where Where did you see that? Is that streaming? Or? I started in the theaters. Okay. But poor things. Okay. Yeah, the Hollywood Oscar bait movies that come out this year every once in a while we'll definitely pull off some amazing stuff still. Because they know the Marvel's aren't going to win it for him. So they've got to do that. Well, that it was something genres that we could secret teeth into. Nice. Okay, here you go. I went full total genre for you here. No severance release of spider labyrinth. Labyrinth, which I believe Kevin mentioned also on our Facebook, right is amazing. It's so freakin good. The promise of these boutique groups like Severan, or arrow or maybe a little less so their arrow but the we have an amazing film we're going to show you and a lot of times it's like well, that was an interesting film. This one's freaking great. It is so weird. It is so strange. And like I really liked it. This is a good proper films they put out with this most recent set, the one that had Delamar Delamar. And the church and all that great, great group of films. Very cool. I think I saw this years ago this is from the late 80s, early 90s I guess. Yeah. Okay, and then is there like a zero like a, a closet or something that the N Shot is kind of a closet thing. But I, I seem to remember hearing about this years ago and hunting down a very, or maybe even just watching it on YouTube or something. It was a very hard film to kind of, you know, see. So okay, well, I like this spider labyrinth. One of the references would be one of the main characters is this crazy looking woman with really wild red hair and sharp strain front teeth. So I hadn't seen this film before, but I did recognize her from probably some books or something I read so definitely has a reputation. Well, we'll we're seeing very cool. Okay. All right, guys. Well, we know we're doing vampires and everything. How about we take a little break before we get to that and then when we come back, we can all discuss our movies. You don't want to vamp for a little while longer. I'll see my setup nothing could get me away from my couch. Good morning May I have some news to sink my teeth but delicious chocolate the most mellows income Chocula cereal is part of this complete breakfast. How about a month monster for breakfast to the real and we're back I think although Eric is pausing on me now and Steve is pausing on me. Hey guys the the topic is vampires. Yeah. And I chose this mostly because I thought it would be nice to talk about vampires but also because we knew that Vanessa would be gone for a couple episodes and we wanted to give whoever was sitting in we didn't want them to know you know, last minute oh, we're talking about movies that have fog in them or something like that. And so them vampires seemed very safe. With that in mind, I chose from 2011 a movie called priest come before you because I need my authority reinstated. This was a vampire time whenever you hear to scream citizens have complete faith in the church's ability to keep them safe. You will not shake that faith or good faith in us alive if you take any action to be a citizen it will be stripped from the order at excommunicated immediately he's long over it's not over. Love for me off now we have one of your home has broken his sacred vow you will find him to add to the burden you're too late priest. This is the. They say about priests build the hand of God you have no idea what's coming priest you guys familiar with this one? In concept, but I haven't seen it Hello, okay. I put 10 minutes on the buzzer just so everybody knows. You're all prepared. Shit. Could be one of those days, you guys. Priest costs $60 million to make and had a box office of $78 million worldwide. It has a 15% from the Rotten Tomato critics and a 46% from the audience. It was directed by Scott Stewart, who has eight credits and once you hear what His credits are, if you've seen this movie, it all kind of makes sense because they all look exactly the same. He directed a movie called Legion. He directed a movie called dark skies, one called Dominion and one called defiance they all have this kind of gray industrial 2011 look to them. This was written by Corey Goodman, who has four credits including The Last Witch Hunter and Underworld Blood Wars and Minwoo Young who has won credit which Is this although I think I heard this was adapted from a comic book so this might have been the original author of the comic book. It is starring Paul Bettany. He has 57 credits including Master and Commander, Transcendence Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. He is the voice of Jarvis and Iron Man and he plays vision in The Avengers. Excuse me in the Avengers movies. It also stars Karl Urban, who has 57 credits, including The Two Towers and Return to the king Dredd and he played bones McCoy in the last three Star Trek movies. And it also stars Maggie Q. Who has 43 credits including Mission Impossible three, the divergent movies Fantasy Island and 20 episodes of stalker also in this is cam she can do it. Good Janet gigantism Janet, something like that cam cam began today. First, I apologize for screwing up your name, but also Lily Collins, Brad Dorf, Stephen Moyer. Machon, amic and Christopher Plummer. Okay, guys, this movie is wacky and not in a fantastic way. We're dropped into the middle of an action scene basically where these three priests are kind of like warrior monks with big cross tattoo on their faces. And they're in this underground tunnel system that's basically a big hive, and we find out that they are there to kill vampires. But they are caught in a trap. They're caught in a trap. And although the main priest of the movie is Paul Bettany, who was actually called priest not confusing at all, and the female priest priestess escaped, the last priests is caught and dragged away by the vampires he is played by Karl Urban, and this is not the last we will see of him. And then we get this animated credit sequence that kind of fills us in on the backstory of this world we've been dropped into. Vampires exist, and they went to war with man. And over the years and years of this war, they basically destroyed the entire Earth. With the appearance of vampires came a much stronger belief in the church. And man has kind of withdrawn under the church's protection as they grew in power. One of the things the church did to battle the vampires was create this group of warrior priests who were basically like super soldiers for Christ. And that really turned the table in the vampire war. But once the vampires were all killed, these priests were sent back into the general population, where they were mostly shunned and feared. And of course, the church now runs the world. So we drop into present day on a farmer and his family who live outside of one of the cathedral cities. And they're trying to make a go on the land, which is dry and arid desert basically, but they even mentioned they're hoping that the radiation levels are low enough that they can actually start planting again. Yeah, however, during dinner, they are suddenly beset upon by vampires, which is a big surprise to them, because the vampires have all been wiped out. But not a big surprise to me because I saw the trailer and this is clearly a movie about fighting vampires. in Cathedral City, the world is very Orwellian. Basically, there's all these skyscrapers and everything, but there's images of the Monsignor broadcast on the side of the skyscrapers and his messages are all do not sin. The church sees everything, all of that stuff. There's confessional booths on every corner with pre recorded video answers that reminded me a lot of the therapy booths in Thx 1138, where you go in and confess and then the video kind of does a jump. And the Monsignor looks at the camera and says, Can you be more specific and shit like that? So there's, the problem is very funny to me. It's not played for humor. So we are reintroduced to the main priest of the movie again, when he walks through the city, people avoid eye contact and move to the other side of the street. And of course, you know, they've got these huge tattoos of a cross on their face, so it's very easy to spot them. But this man comes up to him and lets us know that priests brother was the farmer we just saw get attacked by vamps, and priests is horrified to find out that his niece was captured by the Vamps and the guy that is telling them this is her boyfriend. So he goes directly to the Monsignor to ask for permission to grab some priests and hunt down the vampires. And of course, the Monsignor tells them absolutely not. There are no vampires anymore Also, do not question the church's authority. We are the Word of God. So priests breaks his vow and decides to go after the vampires by himself. Although his niece's boyfriend, the one that gave him the news he decides he wants to stay on with them against the maps. And we find out that his niece Lucy, like and Dracula to get get it. Mina would have been too obvious I guess. She is imprisoned. on a train and her captors, none other than the Carl urban priest who dresses like a bad guy in a western movie and is called Black Hat now, black hat. Not yet. He has been turned into a vampire but he somehow is a much cooler vampire because he can go out in the daylight. Meanwhile, the Monsignor has discovered that priests has broken his bow and sends a posse of priests to capture or kill him. So now precess a fight of vampires and other priests and all this stuff. They've got these groovy desert motorcycles, and they really are very, very cool. They go flying off that turns out see I'm running out of time already. They have to they have to go after Black Hat in on his vampire train, which is making stops at all of the cathedral cities that the vampires get off, they destroy everybody in the city. And that that that so? Will priests be able to rescue his niece Lucy before Black Hat can turn her into a vampire and why didn't he already do that? Well, the Monsignor turned out to be a traitor working for the vampires are just incredibly inept and left in power at the end of the movie. The answer to this might surprise you, and will preach let us all know that the war against the vampires is just beginning as he races his groovy cycle back into the wastelands. I have some trivia on this. I will say this, those and very few other questions will not be answered. The animated opening was a compromise solution since the studios had no interest in going over budget for a live action version of the centuries long battle of humans against vampires. So the scene was done by animation, which was much cheaper to realize. I actually thought it looked pretty cool. Let's see the motorcycles real star of the movie. They were created by cinema vehicle services and Ghostlight industries, and they are highly modified Suzuki Gladius bikes. All the motorcycles produced for the film around took around six weeks to produce. The priority of all the work done on the Suzuki's was their functionality, and one builder was quoted as confidently saying that the motorcycles can be road registered and written daily. Some of the motorcycles still remain after filming had ended and are fully functional. This movie is basically the John Wayne movie The Searchers with a really blatant, obvious line where priests is like, well, if Lucy has been turned into a vampire, I'll kill her. And her boyfriend's like I won't let her which is the same thing that John Wayne says when he's going. There's the buzzer. The same thing that John Wayne says in the searchers, where you know, the woman has been captured by the, the I can't remember the Comanches or something like that. And he says, you know, she's been with him too long. I'll have to kill her and her boyfriend is I won't let you. I would say if that sounds interesting to you watch The Searchers and imagine it with vampires instead because it's a much better. So that was my movie priest from 2011. That seems about right from what I've seen of that film. Oh, great. Yeah. Steve, you want to take us into the next movie? Sure. So my film is vom pier A film by Carl Theodore Dreyer from 1932 Oh look it's mirrored? With the math anyway, let's see criterion edition that came out in 2018. Apologies I do not have box offense information for this film. This is a 1932 horror film starring directed by direct Are Carl Theodor Dreyer written by dryer and Christian jewel based on elements from J shirt and luffa news 1972 collection of supernatural stories called in a glass darkly. One of those short stories is Carmilla, which fans of vampires may know the film is the main actors, Nicholas Dragoons Berg, who also was one of the producers basically, this film was made because Dreier after the failure of his previous film in 1928. The Passion of Joan of Arc was death at the box office. And so he wanted to make something that he thought could make a little money. And it was in his mind that vampires were a popular thing at the time. You had 1920 two's Nosferatu, which was success. You also had the success of Dracula on stage in New York and London in 1927. So he picked up this vampire property and decided to make a film with it. So it's the story of degrees Berg basically came along he was account and he or a baron and he said, Well, I'll tell you what, I'll fund this film since you have no money if I get to play the lead. So Don driers great with that and the film was made. So Nicholas to Greensburg plays Alan Gray, a young wonder her and a searcher in Nicole matters who comes to a small town. And he comes to town and he immediately checks into the local hotel, which is peopled by very strange folks, he goes to bed and immediately a man jiggles his lock comes in, takes the time to write out a note on this package in the event of my death, please open and leaves this there and then flux off. So for some reason, the guy wakes up, he's got this stranger in his room, giving him this package. And he tried decides to go see what is up and from this point on, the film gets very surreal. He's wandering around town and shadows do not function like they normally do in real life. They sort of flit around and frolic his shadow is doing a lot of movement. That is, he is not doing himself. And he stumbles across this old decrepit factory and starts exploring it. And as he goes upstairs, he runs into a room that is peopled with shadows that are dancing in a scene that I thought was very reminiscent, I bet Walt Disney and the Imagineers got the idea for the dancing ghosts in the Haunted Mansion, from this scene, because it's very evocative of that. And then he stumbles across this old doctor who looks like Albert Einstein crazy fright wig, who is messing around with poison and, and sort of just acting strangely. And then this old lady vampire comes out of nowhere and yells at the shadows to shut up. And he then wanders out into the countryside, and he ends up finding his way to the mansion of the guy who left the package in his hotel room. And the, as he's entering the mansion, the guy gets shot by a shadow and dies. And so he Allen comes into the house, and he meets the two daughters, one of whom is withering away from what they think is a vampire. He opens the package up because the head of the mansion is now dead. And yes, it's a book about vampires explaining all about the history. And they do a lot of letting you read in real time, as they put pages from the book on the screen. And evidently, they read a lot slower 1932 Because we spend a lot of time anyway. He, the doctor comes and it turns out that he works for the vampire. So things are shady. He's actually trying to kill the younger sister who is wasting away from vampiric on the Wii. And he is able to chase the doctor away he goes out into the garden sits on a stool a bench, and he is Twain into and his spirit leaves his body. And he follows the doctor to this other place where these other sister that he is falling in love with is shackled in a room. But he is incorporeal so he can not get the key to open the door. Will he returned to his body and time to kill the aging vampire woman. Well, that remains to be seen. You'll have to watch the film. Another scene that is very cool about that part is he dreams that he is put into a coffin. He's poised and put into a coffin, and he's carried down the street he's immobile, he can't move and everything is from the point of view of the man inside the coffin, including the caretaker, drilling the screws around him in the in the coffin, which was very reminiscent of serpent in the rainbow. So there's a lot of stuff in this film that would influence things down the road, which I thought was really cool. What was interesting about it is it doesn't share the German expressionist like canted door angles and stuff that say Nosferatu and Caligari did. And the main reason for that was the lack of budget that they had no money to make sets. So everything in the film is an actual real location, which is really interesting because they get this like old decrepit factory that was a real building. And the reason that they were using it is because they had no money for anything. And this, it ended up of course, this movie didn't make any money at the box office either. And only became influential later on after the fact dryer died poor, and never really saw the financial gains he would want to see from his film career. Oh, holy cow. Okay, so did you love this Steve? I liked it. I didn't love it. I appreciated the influence that it had. And there's because it's a criterion edition. It has some cool additional material there is a video essay about the making of the film. And there's a lot of sort of back look at you know, the the sources that made this film. So the short story Carmilla, interestingly enough, will also come up again, when we go to the next episode, so yes, she will. How did how did they do the shadow effects? Was that animation or was that other people doing the shadows behind that was like, double exposure, like shooting in one way and then shooting them the other way and then superimposing them so yeah, everything was in camera and everything was real. Another interesting thing about this film is it was it was dryers first sound movie, it was meant to be a silent film. And so that's why there are so many title cards and your reading book pages and things like that. So a lot of the voiceover stuff was done in a soundstage after the fact and really doesn't add very much. You know, it's the sister G Giselle leaning towards the window and you hear Leone Leone, but it's not. It's not an important part of the picture. The sound isn't great. The soundtrack on the other hand, is like this sort of haunting classical score. That's pretty good. It definitely adds to the evocative nature of the film. Cool, very nice. Well, Steve, if only Vanessa could get lessons from you on how to beat the timer because that was perfect my brother here good Here it comes. Mice excellent, very nice. Eric, you ready? I am Tim minutes on the buzzer. I will take you all back to 1964 for the monster of the opera or of the vampire. So this is another separate one that I had finally guys who which is part of this amazing box set of Gothic Italian Gothic Horror collection. Part one will you see part two and if you trap you just might the that amazing box set is called what for everybody? There's not watching macabre volume on the Italian vanta collection on someone covenant veinous See, this is also available for on Tubi and to rent and various prot flatforms as directed by Renato Paula Sally, who also directed the vampire and the ballerina and the sheriff won't shoot delirium and mania. He's also the one of the writers he wrote in addition to I think the ones above he rewrote a wrote revelations of a psychiatrist on the world of sexual perversion. All righty, yeah. Psych out for murder. Django kill softly and if one is born a swine got an interesting history here. Probably the prime primary writers is earnest Ernesto Gastaldi. Who has 124 writing credits, including My Name is Nobody hands of steel the killer is still among us. Some amazing she Allah with the scorpion with two tails, torso and the always favorite your vices electro when only I have the key, of course. And Giuseppe Pellegrini is the final writer. He also wrote seven golden Women Against to enter the valid vampire in the ballerina. Starring Marco Moran, Ani, who was in Hercules, Samson and Ulis. This tomb of torture, wake up and die. Any gun can play. I love Italian movie titles. Also starring Giuseppe. Ah, wow, I do buddy. The night Porter fairly famous film there, that conformist one on top of the other. God will forgive my pistol, the beast of Babylon against the son of Hercules. Women in the films named Barbara Howard's and this is the only film she did. Which is too bad because she's actually pretty good in it. But this movie opens with Barbara running up and down stairs and what I'm assuming is an opera house. Because of the name of the movie. We hear strange, menacing laugh as she continues to run up and down intermittently screaming for I'm not sure what reason stopping when she runs into what appears to be some kind of a invisible barrier that keeps her from going anyplace. And behind the barrier. She sees a man with our excuse me from behind the barrier comes a man with vampire teeth who's attacking her with a strange giant pitchfork. I mean, it's weird. It's like wider than body with with four prongs. So I guess it's a pitchfork. But also, strange traces in special effects and that there's two really long prongs and two short ones. So you know, the stabbing is a little off. But then another man appears and tries to help her, but runs into this same invisible barrier. Then the lady rolls away and suddenly she's in the dirt outside. I'm going oh yes, this is obviously a dream. Where she gets up and starts running from a horse drawn carriage stopping in or falling down in a river where the vampire attacks her as she wakes up. So I tell you this opening, I am convinced Argento saw this and went I can do a more intense version of this. It has very strong feelings of Suspiria those opening not so much the cab ride but everything else. That main stars. She is a dancer appears to be a sort of a weird ballet modern art dance studio. Do you see movie dancing from the 60s, there's a few strange moves that everybody's always doing. So they're sort of doing ballet dances, but with those moves in them as well. So it works, but it's a little weird. And then the classic damage of a horror film, the old guy that was in her dreams is actually the caretaker of this particular theater. And he gives warnings to the new director who's going to open up the theater for his new play and tells him about women getting attacked in theaters and gives him newspapers that talks about entire casts being trapped behind invisible walls, like Oh, all right. But of course, just like any horror movie, nobody listens to the guy. And then they do a great little surprise scene because apparently the entire troupe knows about the haunted history of this thing and knew about it long before the old man wreck warned anybody because the director comes out to look at the stage figure out what he does and then there's this amazing shot of a skeleton clad like a skeleton costume but a cooler looking one of somebody in one of the seats out there holding this weird torch looking candle and then another one and other ones like four or five of them and then a whole bunch of robes people come running down the the through the chairs to towards the theater scaring the crap out of him and it's it's all theatre people as done really well, it doesn't. It's weird enough to show and this can't possibly be to ghosts. From the beginning you're going something's going on here. So I don't feel that's too spoilery. So enjoy. But it's well we're seeing is it's really cool looking. From there. It's often on things with weird little stuff happening while they're trying to do rehearsals like somebody finds a coffin with a fairly new looking empty tuxedo inside of it. And the woman has the dreams continues to try to figure what's going on, but she's kind of seems to be going insane. While she's looking around, she has a great encounter with a giant fake bat on a string, which just looks glorious. The some, there are some strong hints for a film from this era of there being lesbians and gay been involved in the troupe. Of course, directed by a man the lesbian one's a little bit more implied, a little more direct. Turns out that caretaker is actually sort of a rebellious, rebellious, eager kind of character. Who knows what's really does know what's going on because he's lived in the theater for hundreds of years. The vampire appears and is quickly outed by somebody with a hand mirror. This is a wonderfully strange movie with a touch of Gothic romance. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun to act, or to watch. The third act is insane. I'll kind of spoilery but not really, because it's in almost every review about this movie. For some reason. In this film, if you continue to dance, the vampire cannot attack you. All right. But this is a good old black and white film from Italy. had a tough time with production. There's not a lot of details on it, but I wasn't able to dive it there's a lot of extras on here to dive into that I'm looking forward to. She's movies started shooting in 1961 but was not released until 1964. It was conceived as a sequel to Paul sell his 1960 horror film of the vampire and the ballerina and was renamed to the monster of the opera because they've decided that vampires were no longer popular enough in Italy, not available in very good forms until seven put this out. That was my film the monster of the opera available from seven. Well, I think it is still but on Tubi and for rent so easy to find. Very nice. Eric, you got about 30 seconds left, but I'm hitting the buzzer now. Oh, all right, guys. Well, you guys both chose two movies that I have not seen and that I would like to see. Cool. I would tell the listeners no need to search out priest. We know that next week's topic is also going to be vampires. We also know that next week's guest hosts is also going to be Steve. So instead of getting into all that stuff, I will just say thanks to everybody who has been liking and sharing all the posts. Thanks for everybody who's participating in the value for value model which is which is ridiculously successful. And mica I know I owe you a movie. I haven't been able to find this movie without actually purchasing it. So I'm not sure that I'm going to get to it but I will continue to look for it. Perhaps I'll need nefarious means to find ninja justice or whatever that was called. Yes. Also, thanks to everyone. Speaking of mica, who calls in on the strange aeons hotline, the strange aeons radio hotline, which is 253-237-4266 Give us a call. Leave us a message tell us we can play it on the show. And we will talk about it and probably make probably make fun of you while we're doing it. All right, gentlemen. I think that's that's it for this week. Anything I've missed, Eric? Oh, I know something. Oh, yes. I got a novel. I got a novel coming out in a couple of months. Watch, watch my watch my website written by kale young.com. Oh, there you go. The God bless you, Steve. Steve's been doing the monthly novel and I really appreciate that brother. I've got an older version. Oh, holy cow. Look at all you guys. But my stuff is going to be worth nothing. That's right. My novel The bills are over there. So I'll show you this one. Very nice. And since I just did out, we should really give a plug to Steve. Steve, where can people find you if they want you to Yeah, or if you want them to find you. You can find my stuff at bone bat.com Tickets for the 13th wombat comedy of horrors Film Festival, the advance tickets will go on sale, February 1, and you can find the link at mon bat.com. Again, April 13 2024. At Siff cinema Egyptian, we're bringing back the pine box boys from San Francisco to be our musical guest. We're going to have probably a feature to shorts from around the world. It's a great time you should come out and check it out. I'm gonna hype Steve's event here for just a little bit because it it has one truly unique aspect that I really haven't seen any other film festival do. And that is have live music. Usually a couple times during the during the day. And the bands that you get are phenomenal. It's not Oh, he got his buddies to go down there and play and they practice for two weeks before. So nice on you. These guys are really really good spine box boys are my favorite you've had and I've liked all the people you had. So this is very cool. Looking forward to it. Thanks. Yeah, pine box boys just left the studio. I think the new album is called something along the lines of the werewolf version versus the blob. So I think it's going to be awesome. And I can't wait to hear the new stuff that they've put down for this release. All right, fantastic news. Steve, we'll see you in a week and listener. We'll see you in seven short days as well. And we are talking again vampires See you next Thursday. Transportation and other considerations for strange aeons radio produced by an am airline. When you think of traveling think of pan and you can't think the experience. Yes, the strange aeons radio stay at econolodge ever. It's an easy stop on the road if you don't love me. Strange aeons radio is recorded live in front of a studio audience. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider leaving us a positive review on your favorite podcast app. Sit ulu sit