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Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Meet The Harkers

Bram Stoker’s Dracula: Meet The Harkers

October 11, 2019

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring an A-list 90s cast engaging in some highly variable accent work, Bram Stoker's Dracula is one of the most loyal screen adaptations ever made of the classic horror novel. As our Vampire season continues, we debate how successful the page-to-screen transition really is and attempt to pitch some sacrilegious sequels...

Tune in to hear our thoughts on Keanu Reeves wooden acting, why Gary Oldman is the perfect choice to play the flamboyant prince of darkness, Anthony Hopkins hilariously poor bedside manner as the Vampire hunter Van Helsing, plus drinking games, listener pitches and more...

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Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a look back at a classic standalone movie and attempt to pitch fantasy sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. As it's October, we're currently engaging in our annual Halloween mini-season. This time around, we're focusing on movies about Vampires, from classic horror to modern comedy. Do you have a favourite you'd like to hear us discuss? Get in touch and let us know...

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00.00: Keanu is quite literally dead wood. 

37.45: Bram Stoker's Dracula Drinking Games

48.55: Bram Stoker's Dracula 2: Horror, Actually

1.10.00: Bram Stoker's Dracula: Meet The Harkers 

1.20.45: Episode 138 Preview & Listener Submissions

What We Do In The Shadows 2: What We Do In The Moonlight

What We Do In The Shadows 2: What We Do In The Moonlight

October 4, 2019

Four vampires navigate the eternal struggle of flat-sharing in Taika Waititi's hilarious 2014 mockumentary 'What We Do In The Shadows'. As we kick off our season of Vampire movies, does this film still retain its comedic bite?

In this week's podcast, we discuss undead etiquette, Werewolves vs Swearwolves, the legend of Stu and more, plus What We Do In The Shadows drinking games, listener pitches and of course our own fantasy sequel ideas...

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Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a classic movie from the past and boldly attempt to pitch sequels, prequels and spin-offs to bring them back to the big screen. Throughout October 2019, we'll be focusing exclusively on Vampire movies, so tune in for a weekly bite of classic horror and fang-tastic sequel ideas... (sorry). 

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00.00: Are you a Viago, a Vladislav, a Deacon, a Peter or a Stu? 

26.50: What We Do In The Shadows Drinking Games

38.50: What We Do In The Shadows 2: What We Do In Hollywood

49.50: What We Do In The Moonlight

59.25: Episode 137 Preview & Listener Submissions

Maximum Overdrive 2: Attack of the Drones

Maximum Overdrive 2: Attack of the Drones

August 29, 2019

Stephen King may have written the novels that inspired dozens of iconic movies, but he's directed only one... the 80s gonzo epic 'Maximum Overdrive'.

Even King himself disowns this film as a cocaine-fuelled disaster these days, but could its audacious blend of gore, comedy and heavy metal be due for re-appraisal? Find out in this week's episode, as we discuss overly specific back-stories, terrible performances by future Simpsons actors, the definition of a road twitch and more...

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Beyond The Box Set is a movie podcast with a difference. Every week we take a look back at a standalone screen classic, before attempting to pitch creative sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. We've been recommended by The Guardian, Podbean, Apple Podcasts and more, so tune in now for a journey into cinema history like no other!

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00.00: Yeardley Smith is right to be ashamed of this...

35.45: Maximum Overdrive Drinking Games

46.10: Maximum Overdrive 2: Attack of the Drones 

51.45: Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw: Maximum Overdrive 

1.04.05: Episode 132 Preview & Listener Submissions

Misery 2: The College Years

Misery 2: The College Years

August 22, 2019

In the annals of all-time great modern horror performances, psychotic fangirl Annie Wilkes would always rank highly. Sadly that dirty bird Stephen King killer her off at the end of Misery, but if this movie taught us anything, it's that with a little light persuasion, any franchise can be subject to a creative revival...

Tune into this week's podcast for our thoughts on Kathy Bates as the proto-internet fangirl, the casting might've beens that could've seriously changed this movie and of course our reaction to that hobbling scene. All that, plus the usual mix of drinking games, listener submissions and some sequel pitches to help bring poor misunderstood Annie back from the grave. 

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Every week on Beyond The Box Set, we explore a classic standalone movie from Cinema's past. After a lighthearted rundown, we set our creative juices to work creating sequel, prequel and spin-off pitches to bring them back to the big screen. Some are plausible, some are absolute nonsense, but we always aim to offer a fresh perspective on your favourite screen gems...

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00.00: Annie Wilkes would have hated The Last Jedi...

31.45: Misery Drinking Games

44.15: Misery 2: Fan Service 

52.00: Misery: The College Years 

1.03.50: Episode 131 Preview & Listener Submissions

Truth or Dare 2: Double Dare

Truth or Dare 2: Double Dare

February 21, 2019

What if a classic college game based around uncomfortable revelations and sexy funtimes... turned deadly? That's the premise of the wholly unoriginal but kinda fun teen horror Truth or Dare, which we actually wound up enjoying a whole lot more than we should probably admit.

Released in 2018, Truth or Dare mixes a little bit of Final Destination with a liberal dose of It Follows, as a group of one dimensional college students accidentally fall prey to a sinister demon during a Spring Break bender in Mexico. Critics gave the film a hard pass with a mere 15% on Rotten Tomatoes, but audiences were a little kinder, and the movie wound up grossing a healthy $95 million at the Box Office.

This presumably means a sequel is all but inevitable - and we thought we'd get ahead of the curve with ideas for how to continue the story, featuring double the dares, twice the terror and a whole new cast of interchangeable teen stereotypes played by actors in their mid to late 30s...

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Each week on Beyond The Box Set, we take a classic - or questionably classic - standalone movie and compete to pitch the best, weirdest and most ridiculous sequel, prequel and spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. We've been featured in The Guardian, on the front page of Apple Podcasts and as a Podbean 'Podcast of the Week', so we shouldn't have to dare you to check us out... but we will if we have to. 

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00.00: An elegy for Day Drinkin' Penelope 

48.00: Truth or Dare Drinking Games

53.20: Truth or Dare 2: So No-one Told You Life Was Gonna Be This Way

1.01.15: Truth Or Dare 2: Double Dare

1.15.00 Listener Submissions & Episode 105 Preview

BONUS | Movies of 2018 Reviewed… With Sequels! (Part Two)

BONUS | Movies of 2018 Reviewed… With Sequels! (Part Two)

January 4, 2019

In the second half of our epic 2018 review, we look back at the movies we watched between July and December and deliver our final verdicts - complete with increasingly drunken and dissolute sequel ideas... enjoy!

Remember, you can enjoy full-length reviews of all of these movies by signing up to our Patreon at https://patreon.com/beyondtheboxset

0.30: Skyscraper

4.45: Incredibles 2

8.50: Mission Impossible - Fallout

13.00: Mamma Mia 2

16.00: Hotel Artemis

20.05: The Meg

25.55: BlacKkKlansman

27.10: Crazy Rich Asians

31.30: Searching

37.50: The Predator

44.20: Venom

48.45: Bad Times At The El Royale

57.15: First Man

1.04.25: A Star is Born

1.12.50: Bohemian Rhapsody

1.19.10: Widows

1.25.10: Fantastic Beasts - The Crimes of Grindelwald

1.30.15: Robin Hood

1.33.15: Spiderman - Into The Spiderverse

1.35.55: Mortal Engines

1.38.00: Mary Poppins Returns

1.40.35: Final Rankings + 2019 Preview

BONUS | Movies of 2018 Reviewed… With Sequels! (Part One)

BONUS | Movies of 2018 Reviewed… With Sequels! (Part One)

January 2, 2019

In addition to pitching sequels to old films, we also watched a lot of new releases in 2018. So we thought we'd end the year with a look back at everything we caught at the cinema over the past 12 months, while also attempting to pitch some very quick sequel ideas for them. 

This was a very silly idea that turned into a literal all-nighter, so we've split the results into two parts. Here's part one, in which we ran down everything we saw between January and June. Spoilers abound, obviously!

You can listen to full-length review episodes for all of these films by subscribing to our Patreon for as little as $2 per month. 

00.00: Molly's Game

04.55: The Post

07.25: Downsizing

12.35: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

16.08: The Greatest Showman

20.50: Phantom Thread

25.40: Call Me By Your Name

30.55: Black Panther

36.45: Darkest Hour

38.25: The Shape of Water

41.25: Coco

45.30: Ladybird

49.00: I, Tonya

52.35: Red Sparrow

55.30: Tomb Raider

58.30: Ready Player One

1.05.55: Love, Simon

1.08.50: Isle of Dogs

1.11.30: A Quiet Place

1.13.40: Deadpool 2

1.19.45: Avengers: Infinity War

1.24.40: Solo - A Star Wars Story

1.26.10: Jurassic World - Fallen Kingdom

1.29.30: Hereditary 

1.33.55: Ocean's Eight

1.36.30: Leave No Trace

Bait 3D: Oscar Bait

Bait 3D: Oscar Bait

November 16, 2018

A low-budget Australian shark thriller that somehow found its way into the hands of Harry's mother, it's safe to say Bait 3D is not a film for the ages.

However, despite the wooden acting, questionable special effects and fast-and-loose approach to basic physics, we had a surprisingly good time with this movie, which definitely wrings a lot more fun out of the whole 'giant killer shark terrorises humans' thing than The Meg recently managed

Tune into this week's episode - recorded at the tail-end of a lengthy bout of day drinking - to hear us doing our very best to piece together the plot of this movie, particularly when it comes to keeping track of the ridiculous amount of main characters. Of course, we also round up with our own sequel ideas... including a shark movie spoof with a self-aware heroine and an Academy Awards disaster that makes the La La Land fiasco look like small fry by comparison...

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Our podcast is available on all the usual platforms, including iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play and aCast. You can also find us on social media, and for as little as $2 per month you can also sign up to be a VIP listener on Patreon, where you can access bonus content, previews and the opportunity to inflict any movie you like on our intrepid hosts.

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00.00: Not enough dogs (or people) were harmed during the making of this movie.

28.30: Bait 3D Drinking Games

35.45: Bait 1D

51.30: Bait 3D: Oscar Bait

 

1.10.45: Listener Submissions & Episode 92 Preview 

Behind The Mask 2: The Reboot of Leslie Vernon

Behind The Mask 2: The Reboot of Leslie Vernon

November 1, 2018

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

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

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

October 25, 2018

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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Every week on Beyond the Box Set, we take a classic standalone movie and compete to pitch fantasy sequel, prequel or spin-off ideas to bring them back to the big screen. Sometimes alone, sometimes with special guests, we're putting a fresh spin on the Hollywood canon. 

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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