#89 | Behind The Mask 2: The Reboot of Leslie Vernon

November 1, 2018
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Halloween may be over, but our Horror movie season extends for another week as we're joined by special guest Mark Reid to discuss 'Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon', a spoof documentary following a surprisingly affable serial killer in training. 

Join us as we discuss serial killer cardio, the final girl trope, the correlation between murderers and magic nerds and much more. We also pitch our own sequel ideas for this hilarious horror, including Leslie's inevitable - albeit slightly less impressive - return from the grave, a comic book twist on the film's mockumentary format and a serial killer summer camp movie that sees the hunters becoming the hunted. 

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00.00: Affable serial killers and John's shameful secret

19.30: Behind The Mask Drinking Games

29.30: Spiderman: Behind The Mask

38.20: Behind The Mask 2: The Reboot of Leslie Vernon

44.40: Behind The Mask 2: Summer Camp

56.00: Listener Submissions & Episode 90 Preview

#88 | Wolf 2: Old Wolf (feat. Phil Better & Doghair Presents)

October 25, 2018
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It's time for another Podcast crossover! As we conclude our Halloween 'Season of the Wolf' we're joined by Phil Better of The Phil Better Show and Rory Spence from Doghair Presents to discuss 'Wolf' - a 1994 romantic horror starring Jack Nicholson, James Spader and Michelle Pfieffer. 

Now, if any actor was born to play a werewolf, it's probably Jack Nicholson. But while he certainly looked the part, we found this movie slightly lacking in bite. Fortunately there were enough weird and wonderful moments to keep us engaged - not least the dated effects, bizarrely inappropriate jazz saxophone score and the frequently terrible use of body doubles. 

Made for a surprisingly pricey $70 million, Wolf just about turned a profit on release, but despite the starry cast is largely forgotten today. Can we make the case for a belated sequel? Tune into this week's episode to find out...

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00.00: Somebody wasn't even trying with the body doubles...

42.20: Wolf Drinking Games

54.50: Wolf 2019

1.03.55: Wolf 2: Old Dog, New Tricks

1.15.30: Wolf 2: The Hunt

1.22.45: Listener Submissions & Episode 89 Preview

#87 | Red Riding Hood II : Red Riding Hoodie

October 18, 2018
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Little Red Riding Hood meets Twilight meets Murder On The Orient Express in this rather bizarre fairytale recalling directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Harry got bored, but John was compelled by the terrible camera work and ludicrously convoluted plot. Plus, Gary Oldman plays a wolf slayer with silver fingernails and a 20ft elephant, and that can never entirely be a bad thing...

In the third and penultimate edition of our Halloween 'Season of the Wolf', we discuss the Twilight effect, Virginia Madsen's alarming new face, Julie Christie's scenery chewing and much more, before pitching some fantasy sequels that inclue a Law & Order-inspired fairytale crime drama and a modern-day sex horror whodunnit with a terrifying twist. We guarantee that both are more interesting than the original - although that isn't exactly a high bar to clear...

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00.00: Gary Oldman's torture elephant

32.30: Red Riding Hood Drinking Games

42.45: Red Riding Hood II: Red Riding Hoodie

59.50: G.R.I.M.M - The Father Solomon Chronicles

1.12.30: Listener Submissions & Episode 88 Preview

#86 | Dog Soldiers 2: Shadow of the Wolf

October 11, 2018
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It's week two of our Halloween 'Season of the Wolf', and we're moving from Japanese anime to a very British take on the Werewolf movie genre - Neil Marshall's 2002 cult hit Dog Soldiers. Join us as we discuss our new-found appreciation for Sean Pertwee, Liam Cunningham's striking resemblence to Jean Reno and one of the greatest exit lines in cinema history... 

An official sequel to Dog Soldiers was actually on the cards for a while, but sadly it never quite came to fruition. We have some ideas for how it might have looked though, including a TV sitcom crossover, a Taika Waititi-inspired mockumentary and a prequel that fleshes out Kevin McKidd's strong on-screen aversion to dog murder. 

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00.00: The mystery of the falling cow

29.46: Dog Soldiers Drinking Games

40.00: Dog Soldiers 2: Spaced Out

51.20: Dog Soldiers: Shadow of the Wolf

1.00.00: Listener Submissions & Episode 87 Preview

 

#77 | May 2: The Tribute

August 9, 2018
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May we have your attention please? This week we're taking on a slightly less well-known movie than usual, but we definitely think it's worthy of a wider audience. Writer-director Lucky McKee's May is a surprisingly thoughtful and challenging indie-horror about a lonely and isolated young woman who takes a... creative approach to dealing with rejection. 

Joined by this week's special guest, May super-fan Kit Sheppard, we discuss the traumatic influence of creepy childhood dolls, Anna Faris' questionable acting choices and the sad fate of poor, sweet Blank with the cartoonishly large hair...

We also brainstorm some sequel ideas including an all-star, mega-budget horror upgrade inspired by Aliens, an Orange Is The New Black-inspired crossover and a decidedly adult spin on Pixar's Toy Story formula. 

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00.00: Traumatic childhood doll stories

31.40: May Drinking Games

49.50: May Is Back

56.20: Suzie: An Adult Pixar Movie

1.12.38: Listener Submissions & Episode 78 Preview

 

 

#76 | Blue Velvet - An Antz Perspective

August 2, 2018
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Blue Velvet - an iconic movie of the 80s, but perhaps not the most compatible movie for the consumption of omelettes. That's just one of the many lessons we learned while attempting to make sense of David Lynch's twisted suburban noir. 

Join us in this week's episode as we discuss the sinister appeal of Kyle Maclachlan, Isabella Rosellini's rather limited nightclub repertoir, and why, in a movie filled with terror and violence, a Roy Orbison lip sync number might just be the scariest scene of all...

David Lynch doesn't really do traditional sequels, but we like to think he'd approve of some of our sequel ideas this week, including an unlikely children's movie set inside a certain severed appendage, a sitcom retelling - complete with laugh track - and a Dennis Hopper origin story with some controversial re-casting choices... 

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00.00: Harry picked the wrong time to watch this movie

33.35: Blue Velvet Drinking Games

43.00: Blue Velvet - An Antz Perspective

59.50: Blue Velvet - Better Call Ben

1.12.38: Listener Submissions & Episode 76 Preview

#75 | Drag Me To Hell II: Justin’s Long Con

July 26, 2018
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Talking goats, doomed kittens and a *lot* of projectile vomiting, Drag Me To Hell found Sam Raimi back in his comedy-horror element after his lucrative turn behind the Spider Man franchise. But does it have the potential to become an Evil Dead-esque franchise? 

For this week's episode of Beyond The Box Set, we discuss the extreme pettiness of Gypsy curses, Octavia Spencer's blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo and the wonderfully ludicrous concept of Professor Justin Long, before pitching our own ideas for extending the franchise - including a sequel set entirely in hell itself, and the unlikely but strangely compelling confluence of Star Wars, Jade Pinkett-Smith and Sam Raimi.

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00.00: Why Harry travelled 50 miles to see this movie 

38.05: Drag Me To Hell Drinking Games

49.00: Drag Me To Hell II: Justin's Long Con

1.10.15: Drag Me 2 Hell: Two Tickets To Damnation

1.21.40: Listener Submissions & Episode 76 Preview

#68 | The Boy Next Door 2: Who Is Jennifer Lopez?

June 7, 2018
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Jennifer Lopez is a diva, an icon and one of the defining celebrities of the 21st Century... that's what co-host John thinks, anyway. Harry, on the other hand, has never knowingly seen or heard anything she's ever done. 

Hence, the latest edition of our increasingly inaccurate 'Sing Your Way To An Oscar' mini-season offers a crash-course in J.Lo, as we revisit one of her most recent cinematic successes - the campy, ridiculous but strangely compelling The Boy Next Door

Like much of J.Lo's oeuvre, The Boy Next Door received scathing reviews but proved to be oddly critic-proof; grossing $52.4 million against a 4 million budget. While the movie doesn't exactly leave the door open for a sequel, we definitely think there's franchise potential here. 

Join us in this feature-length episode as we celebrate some of our favourite ludicrous scenes - from J.Lo's improbably glamour to Kristen Chenoweth's gleeful scenery chewing - before diving into some sequel pitches that include a classic slasher and the unlikely but possibly genius concept of Jenny from the Block doing a Spike Jonze movie. 

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00.00: Costumes by Versace, Lighting by Streisand 

56.00: The Boy Next Door Drinking Games

1.03.50: The Boy Next Door: Who Is Jennifer Lopez?

1.24.00: The Boy Next Door II: The Obligatory Straight to DVD Sequel  

1.36.00: Listener Submissions & Episode 69 Preview

#61 | The Cable Guy 2: Unplugged

April 19, 2018
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Jim Carrey's career trajectory in the mid-90s was insane. After more than a decade of minor TV and film work, he burst onto the public consciousness in February 1994 with the release of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. This was followed in July 1994 by The Mask and in December by Dumb and Dumber.

The following year saw the release of Batman Forever and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. In just over 18 months, Carrey had gone from jobbing actor to the biggest - and arguably most overexposed - star on the planet. Then came The Cable Guy...

Directed by Ben Stiller from a script co-penned by Judd Apatow, The Cable Guy should have been an easy continuation of Carrey's unprecedented hot streak. Instead, it debuted to noxious reviews and was quickly dubbed a box office bomb.

As we continue our series of movies directed by actors, we explore the difference between a good Jim Carrey movie and a bad one, wonder aloud how Matthew Broderick managed to make so little charisma go such a long way in Hollywood - and question whether The Cable Guy is truly deserving of its dismal reputation.

As is the tradition, we also pitch our ideas for what a modern-day sequel might look like, featuring a reckoning with 21st century technology and a role reversal thriller inspired by Carrey's own struggle to escape from his rubber-limbed reputation. 

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00.00: Matthew Broderick was the Armie Hammer of the 90s

17.00: The Cable Guy Drinking Games

28.10: The Cable Guy: Unplugged

41.55: The Cable Guy 2: The Unstable Guy

51.15: Listener Submissions & Episode 62 Preview 

#49 | Black Swan 2: Urban Redemption

January 26, 2018
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Natalie Portman's high-intensity acting style found the perfect vehicle in Darren Aronofsky's nightmarish ballet-themed body horror Black Swan, a role that deservedly won her the Academy Award for Best Actress. But what might happen if the two reunited for a second act?

Olumide Ajulo joins us in this week's episode to discuss Portman's journey to the dark side, the unintentional camp value of the swan transformation scenes and the joy of Winona Ryder being the most Winona she can be in a brief but full-tilt supporting turn as a faded Ballet queen in a suspiciously crooked wig...

After burning through some drinking games - mostly concieved to provide a distraction from all the gross finger stuff in this film - we also pitch our own fantasy Black Swan sequels, including Winona's origin story, an uplifting redemption movie with a Pitch Perfect twist and an attempted comeback for Portman's Nina Sayers' that inevitably winds up taking a dark and twisted turn...

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00.00: Nina Sayers needs a low-stakes job in personal finance

34.55: Black Swan Drinking Games

40.00: Black Swan 2: Nutcracker

57.30: Black Swan 2: Urban Redemption

1.08.50: Black Swan 2: Winona's Story

1.24.: Listener Submissions & Episode 50 Preview