October 23, 2018

Episode 387: The Mr. Vampire Series

Guest Co-Hosts: Samm Deighan, El Goro

Released in 1985, the original Mr. Vampire was directed by Ricky Lau and stars Lam Ching Ying as a Taoist priest who battles the forces of evil along with his two inept students. This became a blueprint for dozens of other films -- some of them under the Mr. Vampire moniker and others not. We discuss the “official” Mr. Vampire movies as well as the unofficial entries, some copycat films, and many other jiangshi movies along the way.

Samm Deighan (Daughters of Darkness) and El Goro (Talk Without Rhythm) join Mike to discuss all manner of hopping vampires, beautiful ghosts, bad subtitles, and Taoist magic. Get your sticky rice ready!

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Movies Discussed
Movie TitleChinese TitleYear
Mr. Vampire Geung si sin sang 1985
Mr. Vampire 2 Jiang shi jia zu: Jiang shi xian sheng xu ji 1986
Mr Vampire 3 Ling huan xian sheng 1987
Mr. Vampire Saga Jiang shi shu shu 1988
Shy Spirit Pa xiu gui 1988
Vampire vs. Vampire Yi mei dao ren 1989
Magic Cop Qu mo jing cha 1990
The Ultimate Vampire Jiang shi zhi zun 1991
Crazy Safari Fei zhou he shang 1991
Mad Mad Ghost Huang jin dao shi 1992
Mr. Vampire 1992 Xin jiang shi xian sheng 1992
The Musical Vampire Yin yue jiang shi 1992
Exorcist Master Qu mo dao zhang 1993
Vampire ExpertGeung Si Dou Cheung 1995
Rigor MortisGeung si2014

"Mr. Vampire OST Guitar Cover" - TK Viper
"Mr. Vampire" - Glen Porter


October 22, 2018

Episode 386: Begotten (1990)

Guest Co-Hosts: Heather Drain, Ben Buckingham

We are discussing E. Elias Merhige’s Begotten. Released in 1990, the film is an experimental narrative about creation, religion, and more.

Heather Drain and Ben Buckingham join Mike to discuss experimental films, music videos, and much more.

"Anti-Christ Superstar" - Marilyn Manson

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Stateless: E. Elias Merhige from Packe on Vimeo.

October 21, 2018

Special Report: Survival of the Film Freaks (2018)

Special Guests: Kyle Kuchta, Bill Fulkerson

How does cult cinema survive and thrive in the 21st century? This notion is explored in the 2018 documentary Survival of the Film Freaks.

Joe Bob Briggs, Ted Raimi and Adam Green are just a few of the familiar faces that you'll see in this documentary that is both a love letter to and in-depth study of "cult."

Mike White talks to co-directors Kyle Kuchta (Fantasm) and Bill Fulkerson (Outside The Cinema) on this special episode.

Keep up on everything at the Survival of the Film Freaks Facebook page.

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October 9, 2018

Episode 384: Suspiria (1977)

Special Guests: Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Clare Nina Norelli
Guest Co-Hosts: Maitland McDonagh, Rob St Mary

We kick off #Shocktober2018 with a discussion of Dario Argento’s 1977 film Suspiria which stars Jessica Harper as Suzy Banyon, a young dancer who travels from New York to Germany to attend a prestigious dance academy to not do lot of dancing but, instead, to become embroiled in a mystery...

Maitland McDonagh (Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento) and Rob St. Mary join Mike to discuss this classic, atmospheric horror tale. Authors Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (Suspiria) and Clare Nina Norelli help unravel the mystery of Argento's most note-worthy film.

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Visit Riverdale Ave Books
Read Alexandra Heller Nicholas's interview with Barbara Magnolfi
Read Alexandra Heller Nicholas's Three Mothers Redux: Kathy Acker, Pina Bausch, Tilda Swinton and Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria
Read Clare Nina Norelli's Scores on Screen column
Read about Stan Douglas's Suspiria installation

"Markos" - Goblin
"Suspiriorum" - Stan Douglas
"Suspiria (Celesta and Bells)" - Goblin
"Witch" - Goblin


October 3, 2018

Episode 385: Fiend Without a Face (1958)

Guest Co-Hosts: Maitland McDonagh, Troy Howarth

Shocktober 2018 begins with the 1958 film from director Arthur Crabtree, Fiend Without a Face . Written by and based loosely on a story by , the movie stars Marshall Thompson as Major Cummings, an Army officer stationed at that pivotal American/Canadian border where he’s investigating the strange goings on in and around his base. Unfortunately, he’s got a case of Brains Gone Wild...

Maitland McDonagh and Troy Howarth join Mike to discuss this classic sci-fi film as well as some other naughty brain movies.

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Buy The Brain from Planet Arous
Read Fiend Without A Face, and its surprising controversy by Ryan Lamble
Listen to our episode on The Brain that Wouldn't Die

"Fiend Without a Face" - The Misfits


September 28, 2018

Guest Spots: Samurai September

I was recently asked to be part of "Samurai September" over at Kulture Shocked. Chris Stachiw looked at three classic Samurai films including two that I had never seen:

Kiru! (1968)

Lone Wolf & Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)

Hara-Kiri (1962)

September 26, 2018

Special Report: The Predator (2018)

On this special episode, Mike shares an episode of The Kulturecast where he joins hosts Chris and Eric to discuss the latest film from Shane Black that continues the saga of the Predator.

Be sure to visit www.kultureshocked.com for more of The Kulturecast!

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"Long Tall Sally" - Little Richard


Episode 383: Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (1966)

Guest Co-Hosts: Jonathan Owen, Jim Laczkowski

#Czechtember2018 concludes with a look at Václav Vorlícek's Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (1966). Co-written by Vorlicek and , the film concerns a couple, Ruzenka and and Jindrich Beránek. Ruzenka (Dana Medrická) is a prestigious scientist who has discovered how to manipulate dreams -- though there are some unexpected consequences. Meanwhile, Jindrich (Jirí Sovák) makes his own discovery as he reads a comic series about Jessie (Olga Schoberová) and her anti-gravitational gloves, just the thing to help him out at his job.

Jim Laczkowski of the Now Playing Network and Jonathan Owen (Avant-garde to New Wave: Czechoslovak Cinema, Surrealism and the Sixties) join Mike to discuss this wild comedy as well as some of the more serious undertones of the film.

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"Dream Police" - Cheap Trick