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154 THE PENIS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD!

January 13, 2022 Strange Aeons Radio Season 4 Episode 154
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154 THE PENIS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD!
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154 THE PENIS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD!

Kelly finally sees a boob and you get another Zoom episode! Also discussed: Cobra Kai, The Power of the Dog, Ghostbusters: Afterlife. 

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I'm sorry, did I break your concentration somewhere between science and superstition such sigh to show you strange aeons on the strange aeons radio. That's Eric over there. Hello. That is Vanessa over there. Hello. That makes me Kelly. Surprise. We're still zooming you guys. We just love it. So no. Out of an abundance of caution we have decided one more week of zooming but we will be back to a regular next week. I am COVID Negative, my friends. So my test this morning and I'm all clear. So I'm able to rejoin humanity, instead of being one of the unclean is using filth. So yeah, he's still like a little shot to be taken there. But I'll just let it lay. And so that's my natural coloring from being stuck in the house. I guess normal as you probably had a glass or two of wine. So your face is a little bit more rosy, pale and distressed. Man and we record this at 1030 in the morning. So Eric, yes, you are on one of our favorite podcasts just recently. CZ media. Yes. Eric Carlos. Yeah, that was fine. We talked movies, a lot of movies. And yeah, you know how he is on his site, just a whole bunch of other random stuff. But definitely movie centric. So it's it was fun. We did. It's cool. He's got a cool place that cheese man. Some of his autographs like homey shit. Yeah, it's really nice. And it's got to add problems with his microphone things. Adjust it the right height. But yeah, that was that was fun, because that kind of musing and it probably will end up in the way he cuts his stuff as I'm not at all. It'll probably end up in the final podcast as well. So by the time you the listener are listening to this, I think that episode will have been out last Monday. All right, so cool. I can't wait to hear it. And then Vanessa, are you going to be going? Um, yeah. So the plan is hopefully, sometime this week we'll do a recording and all experience where you you bros? Kind of experience. I know. It's probably not going to be nearly as much fun though. No, I can't. I mean, you're a chick. I'm a chick. First of all, I do as much fun for Carlos. I think Carlos so have a wonderful time. So I'm not sure what he's gonna do. Like, you know, is he just gonna show up and be like, let's drink and they're gonna be like, cool now. Okay. No, I don't think it's anything like that. In fact, I'd be surprised. Did you have anything to drink? I have a glass of wine. Oh, you did? Okay. Oh, but yeah, that's my No He's completely respectful of that. He doesn't care. He called Kelly a lightweight because like, I'm sorry what? Kelly could drink a smaller human being than Carla. I don't think I don't think I am. I don't think I am. But last time I was at Carlos we we got so drunk that we lost the remote for his TV and then tore apart his huge sectional couch trying to find it and we kept on moving things and seeing something happen on the TV screen and we're like god dammit it's It's around here somewhere. One of the one of the best times I've ever had one of the other things I realized about him he had actually pointed out to me but it made sense was that Carlos doesn't swear. Oh, and I I was like I'm you know me. I've got a filthy mouth and at one point he said something about it. I just kind of look back in my head and I was like, I've never heard him swear. Yeah, he just didn't swear. Wow, that's incredible. There you know every once in a while you run past somebody and you're like, Oh man, am I bad person? I was just thinking that because Vanessa you've got the mouth of a sailor so you're gonna be down there distro Hill firing up his show. So yeah, I did a couple times on there. So I'll see. I didn't know I swear as much as I do until my mom listen to this podcast. I swear an awful lot. I know I occasionally swear when I teach but Oh, wow. It's for emphasis. Well, I'm about Carlos CZ media, everybody, the CZ media podcasts, you want to listen to his stuff, which is really cool. And it's mostly Seattle centric interviews and stuff like that. And the interviews are not even interviews. They're almost stream of consciousness. Yeah, it's just a couple guys from Yeah, and it's really it's really fun to listen to, I think. Since I had been sick all week, I just decided that I was going to, to, to watch whatever movie I ever wanted to watch. here's the here's the thing about my mom and most mothers in America. My mom when I was growing up, was like, There's no way Kelly is gonna see a boob. Because the last thing I want as he grows up is to him, for him to become a respectful human being with a normal sex life. Right? I don't want him to ever see a boob. Maybe be afraid of that, but decapitations? Not a problem at all. My mom was just like, here have all the horror you want. But there's no no boob. No bear breast shall play on our television. So with that in mind, I have seen more at City this week. Oh my God and I have in my entire childhood of the 80s because I just decided to look and download every single movie that I had ever wanted to see while I was walking through the video store that my mom had let me see. There must be some real shit. So real shit, but also a lot of fun and a lot of bullshit that we'd never be able to, to make again. Where are these movies? Like? A lot of them were high school comedies, you know? The Porky's type ripoff movies and stuff like that. Not really, really stupid. I don't really want to talk about those. I just wanted everyone to know. I've seen it. Now. I know what you guys are talking about now. Okay, great. Are these good as you always imagined it? Yeah, that was like, You know what? They look just like I thought they would? Absolutely. I mean, the 80s had some nice knockers. Sure. Around there, too. So what I do want to talk about is something that Vanessa you saw and that you hated. And then I saw and I think that I liked quite a bit. And that was called Resident Evil. Welcome to Raccoon City. Really? Now. I will not say this a good movie. Right? There we go. But when you're you know, couch bound, and you're feeling sick, and you decide to put on Resident Evil. I thought it was far and away the best of the Resident Evil movies for sure. I haven't seen enough of the Resident Evil movies to say either way, but it's way truer. Like it does feel true to the video game. It feels like they care a lot. I was like, oh, whoever wrote this played the game. Oh, for sure. Yeah, and the set design really feels fucking great. Like they they make it feel right. It was just more of the story and dialogue, but I was like, oh, oh, the acting is trash. Pretty bad. The story I felt, I thought it felt very similar to the first two games and you know, also also showing my age, Resident Evil games on PlayStation, the PlayStation One that's about the last time I played a video game. So oh my Yes. I'm not up on all of the the new game systems and the new versions of Resident Evil and all that but this movie spoke to me as as a person who was playing that game in his 20s and that's awesome. I had a good time with it. I'm so glad well you know what I can see that being a really fun film for when you feel like trash and you're like, barely conscious. shit happening like that. That actually would be pretty pretty fun. I didn't hate it. Like it definitely wasn't antlers, antlers, like maybe it was, you know, in retrospect, I think it was actually a pretty fun movie. It's just a bad bad movie. As an aside, not talking about a second movie here but I did rent antlers I ended up doing a lot of housework while it was on and and then just stuck it through for the last 20 minutes or so. Which I thought was great. Yeah, that's yeah, are probably the I think all the people that love the movie only remember the last 20 minutes. Remember, that has been my theory for a long time. If you've got a good third act, a lot of people go man, I love that movie. Yeah. So interesting versus true as well. Great movie if it ends poorly. Nobody gives a crap about the rest. Hmm, maybe that's why I disagree with some people. It's all it's all making sense now. Well, Kelly, you got me addicted to a show, which I'm almost caught up on yellow jackets. Yeah, so it took me a few episodes to feel like I was really immersed in it and you know, really, like, excited about the characters, but it feels like it's in that same kind of genre of last. And it's getting a lot of things that I think last wasn't doing. Right. Right. And I just really hope that they keep not sucking. I haven't watched episode nine yet. So I'm up to eight. I haven't either. So I have I subscribe to my 30 day thing for Showtime. Just yesterday. I'll be starting that probably today or tomorrow. Thanks. Good. That's gonna be one of those shows. Are you gonna watch it with your wife? Probably. I would like to bad because otherwise you just sit there for the next nine hours. And watch all of it. It's it's really compelling. It's such a soap opera. Okay, cool. So it does a lot a lot in common with last as far as not that same story, but I mean, it's a feel. I need to guess a little bit of that. It feels to me very much like Lord of the Flies with minerals. Yeah, it does. And it feels like lost in the structure because you're hopping back and forth in time. Oh, right. That's the main thing. Right? But then, you know, like, whatever it was the sometime in the middle episodes. Suddenly they throw something supernatural in there. And you're like, what is that what I'm watching. Oh, Hello, Kitty Cat was a cat has entered. Hey, buddy. This is Luna. Girl. Eric, for Vaness. Now just kidding. I'm i was i I've got to talk of what continues to be one of my favorite, if not the single best adaptation of an 80s movie put into modern times. Karate Kid season four. Cobra Kai. That is such an amazing show. And four seasons in. It still hits those moments where you're like, I'm sorry. You're doing what now? Yeah. Yeah. Talk about a soap opera. Oh, yes. It's so enjoyable though. It's I just finished season four. Have you gotten all the way through it? Yeah. Or you just start? Yeah. So good. Yeah. The, the abilities to switch how you feel about certain characters or damn near any character from presses. Oh, yeah. It's like, oh, man, I hate this. Oh, this is the greatest character on the show. Assholes. It is pretty. It's such a good empathy machine. The I think this season for me, the girl who I was really, really hating the Cobra Kai girl. And I just hated her. And now I'm like, she's got a tough, she's got a tough life. But yeah, they do that really? Well. Like Hawk Hawk was such a just a bully, you asshole. Yeah. And now he's okay. All right. I like this guy. He's working things out. Yeah. I wonder. You think the strength of this show is that the movie I mean, the series that is based on is one thing, but even the initial movie is such a black and white storyline of good versus evil, basically. And they, you know, they basically went back to that and said, Now we're not going to make a good versus evil at all. Everybody's good and everybody's evil. And they had such a great starting point to, to drag things around. It's I think it's the difference between that and like, book a Boba Fett where they're doing exactly the wrong things in my opinion, right this second episode better but just like I don't know if I can even be bothered to continue watching my favorite Star Wars care. Sort of like whoever wrote this and I'm sure Favaro or whoever joined him with it. It's like, you know who I really, really, really, really, really love the Tuscan Raiders. We need to do a series about them, but I don't think I could sell it that way. So here's what we're gonna do. Yeah, it's like okay, I never heard about the Tusken raiders now I've seen an awful lot. But I think you're right, Kelly, like, I think that that's a strong starting point of black and white. And it's such a powerful thing to be able to keep going back and referencing how black and white it was, and then make fun of that. It's so great. Like, every time they show back to the movies with like, the same characters just be like, I'm evolved. And then and now you know, and you're like, oh, but they're not they make sandwiches weird or whatever. There's also something there's a real sense of time passing in that show when you can show a flashback from 30 years ago, it is the same actors, you know, that's Yeah. And you can tell that there's a combination of talent and somebody who's really good at talking people into doing things because they have had, like, every actor from the original series in it, they haven't had to substitute any of the primary people. It's just like, holy crap Goddess. I think after that first season, they realized, you know, hey, this is a show that I would love to be a part of. And I think Elizabeth shoe must have been the hardest one to get. She showed up for I think it Season Two for a little, a couple a couple of well, let's face it, Elizabeth shoes been the only person has been steadily acting since that show. So you know, she was also in the boys for an entire season. I'm sure, you know, while they were trying to get her so I'm sure there was scheduling conflicts. Yeah, yeah. I would say she has been steadily acting and much larger stuff. Because the two Cobra Kai guys as curious so what did they do since Karate Kid? Holy crap, man. The forgot his name. The original sensei from credit kid one has like 200 Plus credits. Wow. I mean, was that crease? Yeah, yeah. Oh, really? And the census, but yeah, they're all like, movie. TV stuff. Elizabeth. She's actually working in some pretty big stuff. Right? Right. Yeah. She's like a named character and stuff. Yeah. Yeah. That brings me then to the next thing I want to talk about. I saw it a while ago, but I never really spoke about it here. Although you guys did. And that is the new Ghostbusters movie, which is streaming now. I have not seen this movie now. So I'm fascinated. I want to know what you think. Well, I liked it. I liked it a lot. And I think I might have liked it more than the original Ghostbusters movies. Because I told Eric I'm not a huge Ghostbusters fan. But the thing is, is if you if you're saying you like Ghostbusters, and you love this because it feels like Ghostbusters. You don't understand Ghostbusters at all. This new movie? I mean, the shitty female remake? Ghostbusters. That was more like a Ghostbusters movie than this was. It was adult crass humor. You know, it wasn't done very well. Right. But this one I think people are confusing with loving it because it feels like an 80 Spielberg movie. And they're like, it's it's bringing me back to that time. But it doesn't feel like a Ghostbusters movie at all. It's practically made for children, which we loved Ghostbusters as kids, but that was not a children's movie. And this felt very much like, you know the Goonies or et even. And so I I mean, I really liked it because of that. And because I liked those kind of movies a little more. I think I liked it better than the original two Ghostbusters release. Wow. I you know, I feel like I'd heard from other people that their kids really, really liked it. And people were defending it a lot on the merits of like, my daughter saw this and it is so impactful. And we love watching together. And that makes a lot of sense then. If they're making it really aimed at the audience that probably shouldn't be intact. Yeah, it was very much. This is a very much a family movie. And you wouldn't call the female Ghostbusters, a family movie. So I would call it a bad movie. I would call it a bad movie as well. But it was also but maybe not the feeling as much but it tied into the originals a lot more with bringing back Gozer and the dogs when the this new one. Yeah, the new one did. But yeah, I remember watching the reboot and then going back and watch the original. And both like I thought this was a lot funnier than it is right now. It's just ah, yeah, I mean, I still think that the original movies have some really great moments and some really great scenes. What it really has is some some really good writing You know, and some good lines for all the characters which the remake the reboot did not at all. So anyway yeah, that's available to stream now it looks really cool and everybody's really good and it's it's very much a a kid's family. Ghostbusters. Yeah, yeah my my two cents my hot take well, you know, I saw a film that's definitely not a kid's movie and that would be the power of the dog Have either of you seen the new Jane Campion film the zone a lot of people's topless you know Oscar II style like up there film has Benedict Cumberbatch in it, which is always a huge selling point for me. A hard disk drive? Is that what you're getting at? I don't even Yeah, it's um, it's an artsy dramatic but unsettling movie. That was nothing like the trailer. Oh, okay. Yeah, the trailer sold me a movie. And I kept waiting for that thing to happen. And instead of I thought it was going to turn into this sort of like romantic like male story in the vein of Brokeback Mountain. And I kept kind of waiting for that to happen. But the music kept telling me that someone was either going to hang somebody, someone was going to skin somebody like literally skin them, or somebody or they were going to fuck and I could not, could not tell. At any given point which direction it was gonna go. All right. Was this movie like you really have no, the whole time. You're just like, I don't know where this is going. And I am so upset. Just just drop, just drop the guillotine just drop it. I cannot keep waiting for this thing to go. It was it was incredibly well acted. But it was a very painful movie watching experience. But I I cannot recommend during COVID times. So it's really an actor's piece. It's an opportunity for a lot of people who haven't shown like, what's her name from Spider Man, Kristen Dunst. She was incredible. It totally incredible. Never seen her act this much. Ever. And that was great, but did not need that movie in my life. Is there a dog in it? Um, yeah, there's there's a dog, but it's not about a dog at all. The dog has very little to do with the foam. It's gonna be Yeah, it starts with a voiceover it's that kind of foam. I thought it was gonna end with the voiceover and bookmark, but it did not. That's probably my biggest criticism was like, Why Why start with VoiceOver and then profit and be like, some producer said we don't know. People aren't gonna understand this. That attaboys man. Yeah. So Blade Runner that sucker. There is a big, there's a lot of question mark near the end. And I think that voiceover helps stitch that together. So I would not be surprised if a producer was like, you gotta you just gotta think I talked about this one I talked about caveat. are Irish British film. I think we have spoken about it. But I don't know if you've spoken about it. I've heard you talk about this. It's weird. It's a strange little horror movie that takes place in a horribly horrible upkeep on the house these people are living in or the one of the people living in, but it has this really interesting device in it, where they've got this weird little stuffed rabbit that has a drum. And when a Spirit is present, the rabbit drums sorta like was silent hill with the radio or Sega sounds bad to happen. And the story is some guy gets talked into coming and sort of it's going to take care of my sister, whatever the relationship is. And then he gets tucked into it for some reason. He goes along with being chained so he can't enter her room and can't get a lot of things. And she just gets weird from there. I liked it. I can see people absolutely hating it. Because it's so grimy and weird. And there's a few moments that you get that usually like really you're gonna let this guy chain you up and leave. Yeah. That was that was my problem with it was the entire premise is so wackadoodle that you keep you keep going back to that and going none of this would happen. If you If you had done what a normal person would have done getting of this movie, and so it's hard to buy into everything else, but I thought that fucking drumming Rabbit was terrifying because like, I would absolutely buy one of those in the house. That was creepier that just shut up and pointed out all the things everyone. Yes. Just in case. Yeah, how that is not a mass produced Checky type doll already. I don't know. But I imagine we'll see people at cryptic on selling versions of that. That would be cool. Is caveat a new phone? Yeah, the last year. It's an shatter now. I think though. Yeah. Yeah, that's where I watched it. Yeah. So it was Well, cool. Um, why don't we take a little break, guys, I know that we are coming back to talk about journalists and everything. Let me also just throw this out there. If I am pissed off enough people with my Ghostbusters think the real problem with the book of Boba Fett, is that Tamara Morrison and mingma When are the worst actors in the show? And they are the lead actors. So it's really tough to like this show. I don't know what happened or what's going on, but I think maybe incrementally get better. And by the end chigo Oh, that last episode was fantastic. That would be great. That'd be nice. For me. It's just turning into a series that never needed to be. Oh, yeah. Anyway, let's take a break. We'll come back and we'll talk journalists alright. The heartwarming moments. The breathtaking adventures, the unforgettable magic and fun. Come on. Come on the pressures on now comes Disney's newest movie musical. newsy. It's the story of newsboys Hey Burmester making a living on the streets. What is making headlines of their own and we don't actually get that we we don't stick together we what are we supposed to do little bumps Kissam so what you're gonna be unstoppable. This brick, get ready for adventure. Get ready for excitement. Get ready for pure Disney fun. It's an all new weather tainment event featuring seven new songs from the Academy Award winning composer of the Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. The biggest noisiest blowout this town's ever seen and you're invited to come along Newsies we have returned. Eric, this was your genre pick? Yes, yes, it was because I wanted to talk about a yes I pick the genre based on the movie I want to talk about Bell health perfect. Working ahead of the system there 1971 cat of nine tails. Laurie, we should take a look and tell me who you see in a car we just passed just is somebody else too but I can't see his face and look at the other night. Scientists crushed by train like to talk to you about the death of Dr. calibres our photographer he managed to get a shot of the action. It's as if somebody had pushed the poor bastard out of the train my friend the photographer he said he's dead the boss I don't like him. I'm not crazy about charity. Let's make peace. Taking out whatever it is, is getting desperate. When somebody has committed four murders he won't hesitate to commit to did you drink any which is Dario gento second film? I don't think I've seen this. It says gee alo stuff. Oh, let's dive into the details here first read. It's rotten tomatoes is another one of those interesting ones. It's 82 critic 53 from the audience. Ooh. I know it had a budget listed on IMDb, but it's estimated and it says a million dollars. I'm gone. I think somebody just plugged that number in because there's no way this is a million dollar movie. It costs because more than that, Oh, yeah. But it did make and I love it when the box office is in this form of money. 2.4 billion lira. It's just roughly $1.4 million. But as I said, it's directed by Daria gento, who you might know from deep red opera. A film he's working on right now called black glasses. Which, if you are a follower of Dario, you've known he hasn't done really great movies for a very long time. Yeah, I just watched his version of Dracula like oh, yeah, I didn't even want to I did. I pass on that for writers. I'll get it a little bit more in this into the in the notes but Dario gento Luigi cozy, who directed Lou Ferrigno and Hercules and was the writer director of star crash. Uncle also wrote directed Paganini horror which I've talked about on the show before, and and Dano so touchy. Who wrote 1990 approx. Warrior? Ah, yeah. A movie and a movie also considered by many to be one of the first slashers a bay of blood. And they also wrote demons and 97 other movies. Well, dude wrote a lot. Wow. stars James Franciscus. picture in your head. The blond, blue eyed 70s good looking guy and movies. This is him. And he is all others were built around this man's look. He's also in beneath the Planet of the Apes. Good guys were black. The great sex wars. And the last shark also starring Karl Malden. So many of you probably know from 120 episodes in the streets of San Francisco. But he was also in patent A Streetcar Named Desire and a whole lot of stuff. Catherine Spock speak SP AK she's in a recently released Severin films story of a cloistered nun. Murder is a murder and whole lot of Italian stuff. So we dive into this movie with a rousing opening credits of flute music. Okay, all right. So I'm start. Now, in this movie, Karl Malden plays a blind guy who is walking with a younger girl, who you assume is probably your daughter, but as a very kind of a uncomfortable setup, where he explains later on that he'd gone blind and needed help. And she didn't have any family at all. So they just started living together. But she's like, nine or 10. Like, okay, you guys didn't know each other somehow was that that was all the explanation they gave like, okay. He hears a weird noise out of a car and asks the girl to look at the guy who's in the car. He can't see much of it. But she does see him. This leads into a whole bunch of stuff that happens in the movie. Go back to Carl's place and I'm not sure if he's designing them or just doing a crossword puzzle. But the way blind people do a crossword puzzle, at least in 1971 is really cool. He's got this huge board laid out with raised spots where the the crossword would stop and then he puts in letters to cross in a way and looks like he's got a key in Braille. And it was lower thing to see if he's getting it correct. It's really why he then thinks somebody is broken inside. But now it turns out it's and now he sits outside. It's not in his house, but someone's killed a guard and is looking around and spots Carl, so it kind of feels like he's going after him. But it actually isn't. There's a weird combination of location in this where it almost Seems like Does he live in the place that is broken into? Or does he live next to it? Or does a security guard working out front of his building cover his building and this genetic lab that was broken into so I'm not entirely certain. If I watch it again, I'll figure that out. But I'm okay not knowing at this point. But the killer is surprised and runs away. The next morning, we get to meet the new reporter. So there's two reporters in this movie, Carl bones are retired reporter. And then there's 70s, blonde God, who's the current reporter, James, and he's trying to figure out what's going on. And you gotta love 70s journalism where the guy just walks up to a crime scene, and oh, yeah, the people are all up, they're gonna say, okay, he goes up there. And you find out that this is some kind of a genetics lab, where they've got they're working the xy y chromosome, they're kind of trying to figure out how to make superior people actually have some notes in the follow up on the xy y chromosome. I was curious about it. And to bring in a whole bunch of red herrings, now you get all kinds of new people coming in, you're going I don't know who this person is. They have a scene or two. And they kind of go away. This is a jello, light. But definitely jello elements murder mystery. The man at the beginning of the car shows up and the daughter, the girl like recognizes her anyhow, that kind of stuff going on. There is a couple moments of like, you disturbing violence, I got the one of the guys who saw the person who broke in gets shoved in front of a train. And you see the front of the train hit the guy's head, and then he rolls as he gets rolled over by the train. It's like, all right, you see the beginning of where Dario is going, at some point in his career, sees that picture of the guy that it was reported as the guy fell in. But if if for some reason, Carl, the blind guy looks, looks at the photo and thinks I think this is cropped, I don't think this is the whole photo and goes to James, the modern reporter and has him look at the has a photographer look at the whole frame and you can see somebody's arm pushed him. And then the photographer guy, spot, as they're on their way over to see him. Whoever the killer is, and this knows everything that's going on all the time. Is that explained? Or? Not really? Okay. I mean, kinda is when you see who he is at the end. But not really. They're investigating that later part in the movie. They're investing something in a graveyard? And is the two guys talking and they come up with the idea of let's go to the graveyard and he's there. Alrighty, so there's also a of course, the guy who runs the Institute has a daughter, older daughter, or is she a sister? Or is he a lover, they really kind of make that big. But man talk about ahead of the time, look why she looks like she's straight at a studio 54 Whenever she dresses, big hair, tight, weird dresses that have no place wandering around. Where everybody else is in lab coats. It's like, okay, but she has a phenomenal car chasing through the Italian streets, which the reporter gets in the car with, there's like, well, let's lose the cops. And it's it's a great car chase. So the genetics, they're trying to say what they're, they initially say they're trying to build the perfect person. But then they're trying to say no, we're actually trying to find this gene. The xy y is supposed to indicate violent tendencies. So the idea is they want to either people want to get a hold of it to enhance the quality of the xy y or to suppress the quality spending on who you're talking to. Somebody comes in and poisons the reporter's milk. And they have Belkin these weird little three prong or these weird little single serve cardboard things and poisons that and the nice lady that shows up with the big hair, of course her in the reporter enjoy each other's company. And as soon as they're done, he stands up because once a milk Oh, my gosh. Like what? So that was a strange moment as a body good. There's a lot of running around Carl mom disappears for 3040 minutes of the movie and comes back because suddenly he has an idea that he's back in it. There's the usual you shouldn't be looking into this everybody does early 70s kind of thing. There is this really weird scene where the James the young reporters getting a shave at the newspaper he's reading it talks about how the the guy who is the killer might be a barber for some reason, because the way he used a razor so then the music swells he had all this weird suspense about is the barber going to cut his throat and, and he doesn't and you never see the barber again. So that was a really well done scene for absolutely no reason. And then later, the other side of that coin happens where they're when they're walking through the graveyard for a long time. It's not very suspenseful at all has very strange humor into it, and goes on for way too long. So this is very bizarre. The rush to the final of the film stop talking about is the young girl gets kidnapped. Now they have to find out who took her and how to rescue them. And that's the last half an hour so the film. So overall, this actually was a pretty well done jello squarely 70s Italian movie. It wasn't perfect, but you could definitely see where our juntos talent was starting up and getting going because there are some the killer is shown through most of the movie only in two ways either a super super close up of the eye. So all you're seeing is the color of the eye and or a first person camera angles. And they're done really well. Cuz I'm generally not a fan of that first person stalker look in some movies when it's done. It can be done so poorly, and he does it really well. Let's see taglines. It's nine times more suspenseful. Softly specific. Yes, there you go. From the master of terror who gave you the bird with a crystal plumage which is his first film the picture that out psycho psycho. Mike, as the body account increases will no one escaped the stain of the cat o' nine tails. Okay, so the James guy the lead younger, graduated magna Quwata from Yale University. So, he's a smart guy. He is a co founder of a company called omnibus productions so produced Heidi J the 68. Heidi Jane Eyre David Copperfield, the Red Pony, so he produced a crap ton of classic book two movie films that did quite well. Dario Argento and Dr. Nino's such Edie, mapped out the plot for cat o' nine tails and split the writing a screenplay between them however, because the production was set up on the basis of the first 40 pages of the script, which were all written by Argento Argento demanded that he get the sole screenplay credit being credit for the story alone meant a substantial pay cut for all the other writers that worked on it, of which the I mentioned for those four so this set off quite a bitter and public dispute between Dario and the other writers cat of nine tails a shot between September and October in Tyrian, Piedmont Italy which is not a city of Italy and heard much about but oh my god is a location for a lot of films. I think it's like 150 some odd films are set there including the original Italian Job barn ultimatum Suspiria deep red and danger do bleak This is Dario his least favorite film of the ones he's made? Which Have you watched your new ones but because this is better than that was that which is one you did Ingo, one thing is very fun and watching it's an English language movie. Obviously with Karl Malden and James are they're speaking English. All the newspapers and any writing you see on screen is all attacking. Well, I guess I know where this was shot though. The original theatrical release in the US was cut by 20 minutes a and a lot of the violence and several like that scene I described about the barber or cut as so a lot and a lot of strange little things. were cut to make the movie really hard to understand if you watch the US version originally and it's kind In a complicated as it is watching the full film. So back to the xy y chromosome. It was discovered in the early 60s. It's a fairly rare genetic condition and for a long time was believed to be an indicator of violence in people, which now is known that's not true. But that is the pre tensor going with on the movie. It's people with extra Y chromosomes I'll have so tend to be much taller than average, and do have a larger risk of learning problems. But most people who have that we'll never know because it really doesn't affect much it's not a debilitating chromosome abnormality. So learn something from watching the diarrhea movie. Wow, that was my reported science. The movie that I am talking about this week is the 1994 film Street Fighter. After seven months of fighting the Civil War and shabu may have reached the turning point. The capital has just fallen in December 1994 The forces of freedom will face a Power Man dictator in a struggle for the fate of the world. I'm going to kick Bisons has to be better than that wants to go home and who wants to go with me? Now, I assume you both have seen this movie saw this in the theater I am afraid to say wow, oh, my gosh, I don't think I've seen it. Really? Okay. Well, I feel like this is almost a continuing education for me from Demolition Man. But I didn't expect this to be my journalist film until I was watching it because movie night and that was not my pick. And I was like, there's a whole journalist. This is perfect. I actually got pretty stoked about it. Um, so this may be the critics around tomatoes. Critics has a 12% and audience has it at 20%. So not not beloved, at least not at the time. The budget was 35 million. box office was 99 point 4 million worldwide. So it actually did pretty good. As far as getting his money back despite apparently everyone hating it. The writer director is a guy that we have run into before Steven E. D'Souza. He has 41 credits including writing credits, including diehard diehard to Running Man Oktava 48 hours commando Flintstones Judge Dredd and one of the more recent ones is Laura Croft Tomb Raider with Angelina Jolie. He also he started off doing a lot of TV writing for things like Gemini man and Bionic Woman is directing. He only actually has six directing credits, mostly TV movies, and then Tales from the Crypt episode. Not Not a ton, but his writing is definitely extremely outstanding. And he worked as both on this. It stars a lot of people so I'm just going to mention kind of the main ones and then I can talk about what characters are featured in this. But the the main one, which I was surprised about because having grown up playing Street Fighter, I was like, Why? Why would you why would this be your hero, but I'm John Claude Van Damme plays Guile genre, called Claude Van Damme has been in 75 things including braking as the spectator in the first dance sequence. Monaco forever where he plays gay. karate man and woman in the twilight garden where he plays both a moviegoer and Manning garden uncredited. You might also know him from like Bloodsport, Universal Soldier, time cop, etc. CO starring with him is Raul Julia, who plays M. Bison. The the titular baddie, difficult, difficult to beat. I never beat him personally. He's been in 51 things, but you would know him from Gomez and The Addams Family. I didn't realize he was also in eyes of Laura Mars, and he was a regular for one year on Sesame Street in 1971. Wellness. This was his last role before succumbing to stomach cancer, where he ended up having a stroke and passing away before the movie came out the and then the third lead for this is Ming Na Wen, who we were just talking about, not so long ago. And she plays Chen li she's been in 93 things including Mulan in the Mulan animated film, and also she's in the book of Boba Fett slash Mandalorian as Finnick Schanz. She was also an agent of shield as Melinda May, which I haven't seen enough of so I didn't realize but she's had a pretty prolific career and she plays a very interesting chun-li In this so ryou is in this Ken is in this he Honda. Saigon. Saigon is probably the only other actor you might go. You look familiar. He's played by West's duty who's been in 111 things including last the Mohicans. Mystery Man, deep rising heat. Simon Callow's in this is a random British guy. And Kylie Minogue isn't this as CAMI Kylie Minogue the singer. Very weird. I didn't realize till the credits were rolling at the end. I was like, Kylie Minogue is CAMI that's weird. That's everything about this is weird. We also have a tall Delson Dan Green Sankey. Balrog Blanca, Carlos Blanca. Charlie did not know I guess that's his name, T Hawk, and Vega. There there's a lot of the characters squeezed in here and I do mean squeezed in like, people standing around in the background with a clipboard. Hey, buddy. At Hawk, how's it going? You're like that t okay. I don't know why you bother. But all right. The story begins with a global news television crisis. In Chateau Lu, we've got Chun Li is on location, walking through an army base, giving a lot of exposition about what is going on here in Chateau Lu. The military has taken down this small insurgent uprising. But that isn't really the main problem. The main problem is that there's a narcissistic drug lord turn general named M Bison, who is trying to take over the region. They're on in the location with the allied nations, which is like a fake. I don't know what they are, I think they're meant to be the UN, it's really hard to say. It's like a military group that's fighting against him. They're the good guys in theory, and that's led by Colonel guile. And the two are really hitting hitting heads. And it's all kind of come to a boiling point because bison has captured 63 A and relief workers and is demanding a $20 billion ransom for these. Basically, it's like Doctors Without Borders is just like all these, you know, really nice people trying to help out. Um, we cut back and forth and see bison is watching her news program. He's on a floating platform, which it feels very Sonic the Hedgehog actually. It's just like, it's kind of this weird round thing that's kind of bumping around and he's just standing on it. Like, yes, look at me and my cape and my red outfit, right go up and down around this set. He's watching her talk about the situation while his men are shuffling the hostages around and some random captured military bros. We cut back to her she's trying to interview Guile because you walked past her and he's a dick. And he's like, No, I'm not gonna talk to you. But then he takes the mic from her and he starts to taunt bison through it. And bison gets really pissed. He's like, take over the food. And so he takes over the feed and the news program that comes just those two in like a little like bitching match at each other, which is kind of hilarious. In the backdrop back grounds we see Balrog and E. Honda are the film team for Chun Li. And they're like trying really hard to like get the get everything back on on track. But bison has really taken it over and is engaged in serious smack talk Guile really is taunting him. And bison says, All right, fine, you have three days to give me this money and save these hostages. Otherwise I'm killing them all. In Geils like Oh, no hang on hostages. And then he promises his friend Charlie that he's coming for him, which is bad news because Charlie's stood next to M Bison in his line of people that bison is looking at their dog tags and then like, challenging them one on one to fights and then just breaking all their necks. And, and he looks at Charlie and he's like Charlie, huh? I've got plans for you and sends him off somewhere to have something coming his way. It's hard to say what's gonna happen good old. Good old Charlie. So meanwhile, there are two American con artists Raju and Ken who are wandering into this like underground cage fighting arena. And they're going to do a deal with the arms dealer Sagat Shaw some very familiar and really not at the same time. They intend to swindle him by selling him fake weapons and so guy catches them in the act and basically forces you to jump into the cage fight and fight Vega who's this like super super handsome cage match champion and he's got like, just like in the video game. Vega has this sort of I want to say like shredder like or like Wolverine like pronged weapon and I touched his hand and he has his mask and the reason he has the mask is that his face is so beautiful. He doesn't want to get it damaged in a fight and he is the classic gorgeous man for this. There's this moment where right you and Ken realize they've been caught out and sag. It's just like Alright, these weapons they're great, huh? And then he just has all his men like point them at a radio and Kenny's like alright, fire and all the weapons just fire out tennis balls. They're sort of like this. You know, dog this dog toys where anyways, so they're just getting hit with all these tennis balls. It's very zany, very cartoony and that that definitely sets the tone they have all the fun like sound effects going on to it sets the tone for the rest of the movie for sure. In the middle of this cage fight Guile person with a tank and arrests everyone because they're out past 7pm So really doing the Lord's work the the a n i like they're supposed to be the good guys but they really act like a weird mill military dictator not dictatorship but like military law, martial law. It's it's really uncomfortable, honestly, like you don't feel like they're the good guys. So of course, that means Ryu and Ken are now sent off to a prison camp. Meanwhile, bison figures out what he's going to do with Charlie. He's going to get Dawson, the Indian doctor who he has captured to brainwash Mr. Mr. Charlie Blanca, give him a bunch of messed up images. And then they they have these like, they roll in this goo and there's like red, blue and green goo goo. And they're like, Okay, get to work. We're gonna create a killing machine. And they're labeled very meticulously like DNA mutagen on one and animal. Anabolic plasma on the other. It's like, alright, this is going to be I guess we're gonna find out how this you know, semi handsome, very regular looking dude is going to turn into a green man with red hair. Here we go. By the way, my favorite character from Street Fighter was born. In the prison in the AFN prison, Guile sees Ryu and Ken are really good at fighting he they get into a squabble with Saigon men. And so he recruits them to help him find bison in exchange for their freedom. They're given this sort of homing device and sort of an opportunity to escape with Sagat men and Saiga is going to meet up with bison for some kind of drug deal. But they're not the only ones who are trying to get advice and also news reporter Chun Li has a secret of her own. She's not all that she appears she's also this kind of cool secret ninja agent who wants to take down by a son. He murdered her father in and tried to take over their village when she was a child. He actually failed her father kicked Bisons but but with the help of ROG and Honda she intends to get her revenge. So she is trying to sneak in to the the, the sort of deal that's supposed to be going down with saga and bison is dresses up in a sexy magic show with Honda that this movie is fucking bonkers. Like, I'm only in the first 15 minutes of this phone guys, this is like, It's nuts. And so of course she gets real. Essentially, bison tries to buy Sackets military weaponry and whatever that he's trying to buy with bison dollars, which he just opens up this case, he's like, here's all your money and it's just all these dollars with his printed on inside. It's like what am I looking at? Like they are going to be worth five British pounds when I take over the world. And he's like, but no, so things get really hostile. And also, of course Chun Li has set up explosives around where she's going to blow up all of Bisons, weapons and cannon right you are sort of caught up in the middle of this. And it all goes haywire. things explode, but ultimately bison captures them all and puts them in his lair where he offers cannon right to some really cool brand new bison clothing and puts chun-li into his dressing room and imprison Sagat and starts showing them around his place. Which is extremely fun because his lair isn't over the top. Bananas, dictators dream Wonderland, including a hostage pit with a computer voice where every time he opens the pit. It's like hostage pit opening hostage pit closing somebody program that in they knew when they built it that this hostage pit it was going to be a pit for hostages. So once they get to the Lair, things really sort of kick into action. Guile decides he's got to go in and rescue everybody. There's no other hope by him. And we start to get sort of the ending big fights of the movie are happening where we have Honda fighting Xin Keefe girls fighting bison. Once he shows up Zilog is fighting no one having right you are fighting saga and Vega. So you kind of end up in this sort of like the heart of Street Fighter style fights, the things that really stood out to me about this film that the make it really enjoyable. Role Julia is incredible. He's fucking phenomenal. Like, I didn't love him. And I'm certainly because it's a kids movie, and he's really over the top. But I think I love him a lot more. And now he just throws himself into this performance. I've got a couple of lines here. So for example, he presents this like real hatred for the hostages for no apparent reason. And he gave us the speech to the hostage to the hostages these aid workers and he says you do not deserve a firing squad. No, you shall be killed by a wild beast. He's gonna release Blanca on them and it's like really? What Why would they do? Doctors, okay. And then he he has like all these you know, mental things shut up and like an elevator pops up that's supposed to have Blanca in it. And he's like, meet the face of your destruction and it's just so big and over the top. And then as soon as like a Guile appears to try and save the hostages. He's like, shoot the hostages. It's like the first thing he said. Why was she bought such it's what did they do? It's just so constantly over the top constantly presenting like this really larger than life version of this character that I didn't think physically he was maybe the best match for for bison, but he he brings so much character that it's just no, no comparison. I don't think anyone else could have nailed this. The film overall is just really funny. It shouldn't be I most of the film. I was like, this is a stupid movie. This is this is a really stupid movie. It's a stupid kids movie. But it's cheesy and it's insane. And it's also just really great. Like the humor in it. It's just constantly so awaring parroting itself in a way that I think at the time people didn't realize the directors even said You know, he only had one good review for this film at the time but 25 years later people finally get it. Getting some positive reviews. There's just some some really great moments. Bisons lair has a lot of chandelier so they're just bade of human skeletons. He's got a painting of himself like him pulling in that's huge as well as next to it like a painting of him as an artsy clown. For no reason. Is his suit. Like when he gets hurt his suit starts doing CPR on him It starts like puffing in and out and it's like initiating CPR. It's like what is happening John Claude is not half assing it either he's he's full cocaine out shot. Um, so there's a line with him and Kami where she says, sir, how are you like, they get on comms together and he says, I'm just half dead. She's like, and bison, all dead. Wheeler might not all be dead. But it's just really, really bad and really good at the same time. And I think my favorite moment is near the end when Ziggy Fizz is trying to stop everybody from escaping this layer that I guess is going to explode. I can't really remember why. But it's just going to, and he didn't realize he was a bad guy. And then DJ tells him Yeah, dude, you know, you're you're the one fighting against freedom. And he's like, wait, what? We're fighting for free. He's like, what? Why are you fighting with him? If he's such a bad guy in deejays? Like, well, cuz he paid me a fortune and saying he's like you have paid. I've just like really lovely little moments like that. No, it's definitely has some issues. The characters are all really off there. They're nothing like what you'd expect from the game. ihana is like not right. It's fine, but he's like Hawaiian. But he also knows the art of Japanese Sumo. And it's like, what are you do like what is your longest story is really depressing and sad and weird and awesome. The actor said he literally had no idea what he was supposed to do and who he was supposed to be. And after a while, he just stopped asking questions and just did whatever they told him to do. So there's a lot of like, is also good or bad. What's happening here? Why is he he's having these like heartfelt speeches, but then I thought, okay, I don't know. It's It's very weird. Totally. Outfits sucks. Her hair sucks. And probably the worst part is totally supposed to spit on Ken at one point, and it's real gross. Like, she really spits there's a lot of fun in there. So that was not super attractive. I would definitely recommend it. I've got a little bit of trivia. But I feel like I got it. I gotta mention. Its it. This film was crazy. This one was fucking crazy. First of all, it was shot in Thailand, and in Australia with pickups that they had to end up getting in Canada, there were huge problems shooting in Thailand, there were massive rainstorms that were killing their electronics, their electrics all the time. So they'd be like starting off the day, you know, plugging in their lights, and then everything would just go out and they wouldn't be able to fix it. They were in a giant space where they were promised they could build all these big sets, but it had a metal roof. So during the rainstorms that were happening, like huge metallic sounds happening the whole time. There was also this strange like civil unrest going on at the same time. So they had this whole helicopter scene where a guy was supposed to come in and attack bison by helicopters, and they had to scrap the whole thing because they were afraid that it was going to give people concerns that there was a coup happening in the city. And so they had to change it to a boat race instead. So then out of nowhere, all of a sudden guy was like in a boat, and he's like, I'm going to get you I'm in my boat. But you haven't seen before. Don't worry, it becomes invisible. So very fun. And they decided to go ahead and do a bunch of reshoots in Australia, which had its own set of issues because the director, they were really behind schedule. Unfortunately, with Julia having just kind of had some medical procedure for his cancer. Nobody knew this, I guess. And so he showed up on set and he was really underweight and very, very low energy and he was giving it his all but he couldn't do any of the fight scenes up front. They had to they had to move those all to the back of the shooting schedule. So they just got further and further behind. And then everything in Thailand was four Get to get behind schedule. So when they started shooting in Australia, the director took all the drama dramatic scenes and split off and was like, Okay, I'm going to shoot all this stuff here. And he told the stunt coordinator to get all the stunt stuff and a nearby studio. And the stunt coordinator was not on the same page and decided that the actual street fighter moves looked very unrealistic and uncool. So all the stuff he shot he decided to shoot as like real stunts, but with a bunch of actors who don't know how to do fighting. And so it looked really really bad and, and, of course, was not true to the game at all. And so the director was severely pissed and almost got into a giant fistfight with the stunt coordinator. So that was fun. On top of it, VanDamme was horrible to work with. He really was on Coke, like hardcore. He was doing about $10,000 worth of cocaine a week. He decided to go ahead and have sex with Kylie Minogue for reasons. He was constantly disrupting the film, he would not come out of his trailer. He had huge ego. And then when he did come out, he would bring like alcohol the set and then they were like, Okay, we're going to get him like a minder. We're going to get like a guy who like goes around with him and make sure he gets everywhere on time. But then the guy was just as bad as he was and they both were just like, going off and do other their their budget just got more and more dwindled and dwindled, so they were just kind of trying to fly through this film and a lot of stuff sort of ended up looking a little bit cheaper and low budget even though technically wasn't. Raul Julia was accompanied by his family on set since he was terminally ill. He was always focused and ready to work though. He only took the role because his children were huge fans of the Street Fighter games that seemed to be consistent, pretty much every single person on the behind the scenes stuff for the film. They all were like, Oh, I took it because my kids really loved the game. My kids spent 1000 quarters on this game, so I thought I'd do it. Um, Julia research dictators and crime lords to mimic the traits for M Bison, notably, Mussolini's hand gestures, Stalin's mannerisms, and Hitler's love of art, your personal role with a Shakespearean tone using Richard the Third as an influence when you can really really tell Director swiza Deford his salary to pay for his cast, there's a big jump freeze at the end where all the all the characters go, ah, and they like, are still in frame and it mimics the end of the video game. So very good stuff. They're kept calm, thought that the film was AWESOME. They loved the end result. Unfortunately, Ming Na Wen said she cringed after seeing the finished film for the first time and she told her er co star George Clooney that she feared that she had basically tanked her career. Clooney casually remarked Oh, honey, it takes a lot to kill a career I should know. And she said later, she has actually fond memories of the foam. Um, so yeah, that was that was Street Fighter it I definitely recommend it especially if you're feeling crummy and you just want to like, watch something to make yourself feel better. I think that it's a really really, really great pic and it's zany. It's a definitely a kid's phone but it's fucking fun and seriously like Raul Julia is incredible. He's incredible. Like I've really watched it fast forward and just to his scenes and everything he says is amazing. And I might have to give this a rewatch. Yeah, I think you should there's there's a edition that like a special edition version of the blu ray right now that you can get that comes with it's got like it's a steelbook with Raul Julia dressed up as bison dressed up as Napoleon on the back that painting and then inside it has a bison book. So it's been given a pretty loving treatment recently. I remember being very underwhelmed when I saw the movie. Yeah. And I could I you know, every red blooded American male liked Van Damme. And I remember thinking first I do remember getting the joke, but I didn't feel like Van Damme got the joke while he was making the movie. I don't think he did. I don't think he I don't even know if he knew what movie he was in. Frankly. He seemed to not really get that until he did that movie. JCVD but it's like okay, you're self reflecting on what an ass he were for a long, long time. All right. I didn't watch it because I was afraid it would be like a big so fast. It's really good. It's a wild interesting reflection of a weird actor. Well, even more fun he did that. That brief series that was like six episodes. I don't remember what it was for YouTube or something where he played himself, but he was also a secret agent that got Oh, yeah, and that was really good. That was a fun show. Yeah. All right. Well, Eric, as you know, I I waffled back and forth on what to do for journalists, and then finally realized I had to do a movie that has the greatest genre journalist of all time called called check. I chose from 1973 The night strangler. Is it possible for one man to have been responsible for a series of unsolved homicides spanning a period of over a century? What's the night strangler, a chilling story of suspense starring Dara McGavin on the Tuesday movie of the week. Oh my god, I have yet to watch them. But I did just pick the Keno barber who's had put out a phenomenal set of the whole series and the two movies. Well the two movies are good the series is is pretty awful. Oh, no. Yeah, but the two movies are good. No budget or box office because this was a made for TV movie. Rotten Tomatoes critics have the debt 100% Now the audience has it at 85%. It was directed by Dan Curtis who is the creator of dark shadows. He also directed burn offerings, the Trilogy of Terror, the Nightstalker Of course, which was the first movie of this, it was written by Richard Matheson, possibly only second to Stephen King and having a story is adapted to film and TV. He did the Incredible Shrinking Man, all of your favorite episodes of The Twilight Zone. He wrote duel, Spielberg's first big one, the Trilogy of Terror, TV movie, Stir of Echoes, I Am Legend What Dreams May Come probably will be best remembered for his script of Jaws 3d. I did not realize I was starring Darrin the Gavin 183 credits tons of television, who's also in raw deal dead heat hanger 18. But will probably always be known as The Old Man and A Christmas Story. Joanne Flug, who was in the film mash, and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and just every episode of any show in the 70s and 80s. She was an all of them. And then Simon Oakland As Vincenzo 162 credits including Bullitt West Side Story and the original psycho. Just really quickly, I will say three other names who are in this. Margaret Hamilton who was the Wicked Witch of the West in Wizard of Oz. Richard Anderson, who was Oscar Goldman and the $6 million man and Grandpa al Lewis isn't this who was first grandpa in the monsters. So as you may remember, call Jack used to live in Las Vegas, where he was a reporter who was following the exploits of a serial killer that turned out to be a vampire. All of which you can see in the excellent movie, The Night Stalker, which I spoke about, I think in our TV movie episode, so Well, now he lives in Seattle, Washington. Yeah. And when he finds out that his former boss, Vincenzo also works for the newspaper in Seattle. Now he begs for a job and gets handed a series of grisly strangling all women, all exotic dancers, who are missing a few ounces of blood each. And they also all have traces of rotting flesh found on the neck. So of course, culture acts like I know this story, vampire. He's back on the case doing what he does best. He starts putting together a bunch of people who can help him research what's going on. And one of those people is the Seattle historian, who, through his research discovers that there was a rash of very similar killings back in 1952. So this sense called check to the police who are understandably stonewalling him when it comes to giving him any information. He manages to swindle his way into their evidence, reports and stuff like that, and finds out that there was another rash of similar murders in 1931. And he's able to start piecing together all of the similarities. It's the same amount of women are being killed over a specific amount of days, 18 days, and then nothing for a space of 21 years. So he's like, this is the same killer somehow, who's over 100 years old, all this stuff it gets, it gets pretty silly, of course, because Caltech is able to make a pretty big leap where he figures out that the killer must be doing something with the blood that allows him then to not need to kill for 21 years at a stretch, and even finds an old interview with Mark Twain, which I really enjoyed. Which leads him to a picture of a Civil War Doctor Who is the spitting image of a doctor that Caltech is suspicious about in our time. And the guy's name is like, Malcolm Richards or something. And of course, the doctor's name is Richard Malcolm. Hmm. It's like, whenever you find that guy, who's his last name is our you card. There you go. Yeah, takes the text, somebody seeing it in a mirror to go, Oh, my God, Davis Dracula, exactly what I thought of what you said. So working with the help of an exotic dancer, they race against time, because they've only got now a certain amount of days left, and the killer has to have one more strangling and a small amount of blood. So they racing against time to stop him before he kills, and then just disappears for 21 years. It's really a pretty great story, even though it is very reminiscent of the structure of the Nightstalker. But it's also just very reminiscent of 1970s. TV movies. You know, it's every 15 minutes, there's a commercial and all of this stuff. You're just like foot boy, it's very, very, you know, by the minute, you're watching this, and you're like, Oh, Dan, and you know, because I'm watching the actual movie, it just goes to black and comes back in. But you can tell that was a commercial break. There is an amazing scene where cosec takes the underground tour, and then breaks off from the tour group to investigate stuff. And let me tell you guys, when I first saw this, I was about 11 years old. And when I found out the Seattle underground was real, I was fucking fascinated. And then you can also understand how disappointed I was when I finally took the tour as an adult. Yes. For those who don't know, in 1889, very young city of Seattle had a massive fire. And instead of clearing everything up, it was decided to build the new city on top of the remains of the old because the old city would flood pretty regularly anyway, and they were just kind of like, let's just take care of this. So they constructed new sidewalks and buildings and even streets one or two storeys above the ground in 1907, just before the World's Fair in Seattle, and if you don't know about the 1909, Alaska, Yukon fair, it is fucking amazing. I have a huge book, this just full of pictures of what Seattle looked like during the fair, you would be like, where is all of this shit? Just like, you know, 1909 after the World's Fair, it all, you know, went away. A lot of it is still at the U DUB, like the huge fountain at the the University of Washington that was built for the World's Fair. Oh, weird. So it's really cool. It's kind of weird to think of what the World's Fair was, versus, you know, it's really nothing anymore, but boy at the time. Yeah, that was a giant event whenever it went off. Yeah. Vanessa, remind me next time we do this in person, I'll bring out that book and let you just look through it. And you're going to be like, I had no idea that this was happening. But anyway. Just before that happened, they the city decided to condemn the underground because for fear of the bubonic plague. Well, thanks. Cool. So all of this makes for really interesting visuals in the film until you realize the city of Seattle was a bunch of one and two storey wooden shacks back then. And the problem with this is that movies like this and even malignant last year, they show the underground city as if it's a city in a gigantic cavern. And it's just not the case. No, it's It's like a floor. So in this movie called check in the nice strangler wandering the deserted streets of a city with buildings, extending, you know, five or six storeys up at night to look like New York back in the 1890s is really cool looking. And nothing like what the actual Seattle underground looks like. Which is still fun, because you can take the tour and in spots you can look up and see the glass plates in the sidewalk. The whole reason those were put there were to allow light to come down because the the stores and everything, we're still sometimes doing business in the underground area. And at the very least we're using it as you know, basement storage shit like that. It's really, really cool. It's also super cool movie. I liked it much better on this viewing that I did when I was 11 because I think I wanted it to be a vampire again. And in the end, it turns out to just be a guy who's using a couple ounces of blood and and of course because he doesn't get his couple of ounces in the allotted time he needs he immediately starts aging on on screen. Trivia at the end of the film called Shaq is telling Vicenzo and Luis Harper who is the exotic dancer now also both out of work thanks to him, that he's going to drive them to New York City and then Love New York. So, Dan Curtis and Richard Matheson had actually planned to do a third called Check movie set in New York City in New York called check was going to discover that you know, Scott Simi the vampire from the first film was not only not dead, but actually active as a serial killer again, and this film was going to complete a plan trilogy of cold check movies and titled, The Trilogy of Terror. And that didn't happen. Matheson and Dan Curtis use that title for their very famous trilogy TV movie, when that didn't happen when they passed on that the next planned third installment in the franchise was going to be called the night killers was scripted. But before they could get to work on ABC off the to actually go to series with the show. So instead of a third TV movie, it got a full series. But this one the plot had been Chen's, Ohio and Caltech to work for him in Honolulu. And while he's there Caltech discovers a cover up involving UFOs a nuclear power plant and important people being murdered and replaced by Androids, which much like the future world. So ah, that sounds incredible. But Hawaii, but in Hawaii, yeah. The Seattle underground network scene in the film was shot not on the genuine downtown Pioneer Square location on a universal soundstage plus L Hayes Bradbury Building. Meticulous this is when Vincenzo takes call check off the night strangler case. In this movie, he assigns him to cover the Daffodil festival and Puyallup hotel. And in real life during the Gavin was cultured X spent his childhood and teenage years in the Puget Sound area and attended to all of high school. So I loved that. Oh my god. It's like he knew. Yeah, I mean, I'm sure that came from him. That part of the script? Oh, yeah, yeah. And then finally, Producer Dan Curtis and screenwriter Richard Matheson, were both approached by Universal to work on the TV series of the Nightstalker. And although they had both worked on both of the Made for TV movies, they both turned down the offer because they were not keen on the Monster of the Week formula. That is my movie, the knife strangler. There, X Files, that was largely based on the concept of somebody disappearing and coming back, like a kid. I know that that cold chat kind of appears in one of the early X Files, episodes. He's not named Cole check, but he shows up kind of in his his outfit, and Mulder refers to him when he's telling Scully about him. He says, you know, look, the The X Files wouldn't even exist without this guy. And I thought that was a really neat little effect. The knightstalker was obviously the inspiration for The X Files. Yeah, dharma Gavin is just so goddamn likable in everything that you know, watching him do this. I did like that. There was some there was some really cool stuff shot in Seattle. So there's a lot of shot right outside one of the gigantic buildings at the U DUB, and stuff like that. But most of the downtown stuff you can clearly see is is sleazy. 70s Los Angeles. Yeah. So but there's just neat little drops, you know, if you're, if you're local, where they're talking about, you know, she's leaving her, her nightclub job in Pioneer Square, but she's taking the bus up to shoreline, which is where her apartment is, and stuff like that. And I'm like, Oh, of course, that all makes sense. Nice. So that was my movie. That was my journalist. I think that is the end of the show. Right? Vanessa has to pick our next sub genre. That's right. Yeah, that is right. Um, so for my sub genre, and I thought we could do something a little bit a little bit fun and go with I have to remember what I've I love how you were playing with the time there. And I was thinking of an interesting concept and I know you'll all enjoy it. I really like my D. It's a very good question. And and then and then and then and then. Remember, mind control. Mind Control. Thank you. Yeah. Mind Control. Mind Control, or, yeah, that hypnosis, hypnosis. Hypnosis. That's what it was hypnosis. Wow, why do I know your pick better than you? You read it and thought about it more recently than I did. Maybe, or maybe mind? Yeah, somebody's taking away my memory of my own pod bag. Okay, well Alright, let's do that for next week. 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