Movie Oubliette

Conrad and Dan review forgotten fantastical films

Hollow Man

February 18th, 2020

In anticipation of Leigh Whannell's forthcoming horror film The Invisible Man, we take a look back at Paul Verhoeven's Hollow Man, which unbelievably celebrates its 20th anniversary this year! Kevin Bacon stars as the arrogant genius Sebastian Caine, who invents an invisibility serum and volunteers to be the first human test subject... only for it to drive him into a naked murder spree. How does the film stand up 20 years on and in a post-Weinstein era? Does it deserve to escape the oubliette?

Shutter (with Anthony Derington)

February 4th, 2020

Something Ghoulish's Anthony Derington takes us on a tour of our first ever non-English-language horror film: the original version of Shutter (2004) from Thailand! In it, a young couple is terrorised by the spectre of a creepy girl in white with wet black hair – so it may seem like familiar territory for Asian horror fans. But it has quite a sting in the tale... Is it a genre-defining classic or a soggy afterthought?

House (with Simon Barber)

January 21st, 2020

Sodajerker host Simon Barber takes us on a tour of his favourite House (1986), but it turns out it has a bad case of haunting, alternate dimensions in all the closets and cabinets, and Norm from Cheers lives next door. Norm! Is Steve Miner's first directing venture outside the Friday the 13th franchise ripe for renovation or ready to be condemned? Put on your deep, man cleavage-revealing v-neck sweater, grab a speargun and join us to find out!

Ewoks: The Battle for Endor (with Matt Conley)

January 7th, 2020

Now that Episode IX is out of the way, you probably think you've seen all of the Star Wars movies. Think again! Matt Conley, Community Director at hitRECord, takes us on a journey to a galaxy far, far away to experience an Ewok spin-off TV movie from 1985 that features everything you expect from the iconic franchise: a shapeshifting witch, a 6-year-old watching her family being murdered, and Wilford Brimley in prescription glasses. Is 'Ewoks: The Battle for Endor' a starry war or a minor shootout best left to obscurity?

Black Christmas (with Kelli Maroney)

December 10th, 2019

Kelli Maroney, star of Chopping Mall and Night of the Comet, joins us for a festive retrospective review of the first horror movie she saw in a theater: Black Christmas! The original 1974 slasher thriller has everything you want in seasonal cinema: screaming prank phone calls, unicorn stabbings and plastic bag suffocations! But does it deserve to be rescued from relative obscurity?

The Dead Zone (with Jonathan King)

November 26th, 2019

Jonathan King, director of Black Sheep (see episode 11), joins us to explore The Dead Zone (1983) – a Stephen King adaptation directed by David Cronenberg that's often treated as a footnote in both of the horror maestros' careers. Christopher Walken stars as a disturbingly morbid English teacher who becomes even more disturbing after he emerges from a 5-year coma with psychic powers. Does this episodic paranormal drama deserve to escape The Dead Zone or should it be sent back into a coma?

The Faculty

November 12th, 2019

Conrad and Dan go back to 90s high-school in this listener's choice episode, revisiting Robert Rodriguez's alien invasion thriller The Faculty (1998). It has an eclectic cast, including Elijah Wood, Josh Hartnett, Salma Hayek, Usher and Jon Stewart, and is probably the first teen movie to suggest that drugs are the answer to an alien invasion. Does it deserve to escape the oubliette or should it be left to drown in a sea of loose-fitting blue denim?

Death Becomes Her (with Don Mancini)

October 29th, 2019

Don Mancini – writer, director and creator of Child's Play – joins us for our Halloween Special, and offers us a bewitching concoction that promises to take you back to your youth: Death Becomes Her (1992), a deliciously dark supernatural comedy starring Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn and something that looks like Bruce Willis but must be an animated special effect because it's emoting too much. Should it sempre viva and live forever, or should it be pushed down a flight of stairs? Join us in our spooky special to find out!  

Sunshine (with Isaac Sutton)

October 15th, 2019

Dan and Conrad investigate a distress signal and discover Isaac Sutton, filmmaker and movie blogger, who diverts their course to investigate Sunshine (2007) – Danny Boyle's largely overlooked but arguably most influential film. It features Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Chris Evans and Michelle Yeoh among a diverse crew on a mission to restart our ailing sun and save the planet. Eight astronauts strapped to the back of a bomb. But does it bomb? Or did it reignite serious sci-fi?

Ginger Snaps

October 1st, 2019

"Something's wrong with you. More than you being just... female," says angsty teenager Brigitte to her suddenly feisty, pet-hungry sister in Ginger Snaps – a 2000 Canadian horror film written by Karen Walton and John Fawcett and directed by the latter. Dan and Conrad try desperately to avoid mansplaining while deciding if this is a strangely overlooked landmark in the werewolf genre with a unique perspective on the female experience of puberty and high school... or whether it should be sent back to the oubliette with its hairless tail between its legs.