Movie Oubliette

Conrad and Dan review forgotten fantastical films

Viy (with Lars Henriks)

June 15th, 2021

Lars Henriks, filmmaker and host of the Mysterium Pictorum podcast, joins us to explore the first and possibly only horror film made in Russia during the Soviet era: Viy (1967). It's a retelling of Nikolai Gogal's classic but probably fake folktale, which also inspired Mario Bava's Black Sunday (1960) and a recent Russian-Chinese CGI-fest that has a sequel starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan. No, we're not making that up – Google it! It tells the tale of a feckless seminary student who is called to hold a vigil over the body of a young girl for three nights, during with increasingly terrifying, coffin-surfing things occur to test his faith. Is it a relatively undiscovered jewel of spooky Soviet cinema or an unfathomable unorthodox oddity? Find out!


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Byzantium

June 1st, 2021

Neil Jordan's second and often overlooked venture into vampire lore, Byzantium (2012), features Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton as daughter and mum succreants who have been on the run from centuries. They settle on a dilapidated coastal town and quickly join in with local hobbies to blend in: daughter Ellie begins a romance with a waiter (Caleb Landry Jones) and takes up creative writing; mum Clara opens a brothel. But will they elude The Pointed Nail of Justice? Will Caleb settle on a regional accent? And does the film deserve to be immortalised? Find out!

 


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Night of the Comet (with Melinda Mock)

May 18th, 2021

RetroBlasting co-founder and Dreamland podcast co-host Melinda Mock guides us through the red-tinged comet zombie apocalypse of Night of the Comet – a 1984 cult sci-fi comedy horror written and directed by Thom Eberhardt and starring former guests Catherine Mary Stewart and Kelli Maroney, with Robert Beltran, Mary Woronov and Geoffrey Lewis. But did these valley girls inspire many of the resourceful, capable action heroines (in cheerleading outfits) that followed, or is this a Mach-10 misfire? Find out!

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Maniac Cop (1988)

May 4th, 2021

Dan and Conrad hit the crime-ridden streets of 80s New York, only to be menaced by a Maniac Cop – an action/slasher hybrid starring Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, Laurene Landon, Richard Roundtree and Robert Z'Dar. With a screenplay by Larry Cohen, one might expect William Lustig's film to have a little more bubbling under the surface of this low-budget quickie about a zombie Dirty Harry menacing the streets at night. Certainly, the themes of police brutality and homicide without consequences feel disturbingly timely, but is the film itself an under-appreciated classic or a forgettable VHS video rental? Find out!


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Toys (with Jonathan McIntosh)

April 20th, 2021

Jonathan McIntosh, creator of the Pop Culture Detective Agency, joins us to explore Barry Levinson's 1992 fantasy/comedy Toys, which features Robin Williams as the childlike son of an eccentric toymaker, Joan Cusack as his manic pixie sister, Robin Wright as his manic pixie love interest, Michael Gambon as his militaristic uncle and LL Cool J as his camouflage-obsessed cousin. This modern fable about the incursion of the military industrial complex into the sacred innocence of childhood imagination has wildly surrealistic visuals and an inventive soundtrack from legendary composer Hans Zimmer and legendary pop producer Trevor Horn, but does it bear up to scrutiny almost 30 years later? Find out!

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Coherence (with Brian Sheehan)

April 6th, 2021

Brian Sheehan of TV Trivia Pod joins us for a dinner party in which four couples have to contend with a comet flyby, the fracturing of reality into multiple dimensions and... just a whisper of ketamine. It's James Ward Byrkit's surreal sci-fi thriller Coherence (2013), starring Emily Baldoni, Nicolas Brendon and Nicolas Brendon's twin brother, Kelly Donovan. But is it a pioneering, low budget/high concept classic or is it a befuddling mirror universe? Find out!

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Outland (with Michael French)

March 23rd, 2021

RetroBlasting's Michael French joins us as we venture into Outland (1981), Peter Hyams' sci-fi thriller loosely based on High Noon and starring none other than the late Sean Connery and the great Frances Sternhagen. It's a tense tale of one man's fight against a corrupt system, laced with explosive decompression and enough blue-collar snark to fill a saloon. But is it a previously unmined gem or should it be blown out of an airlock into the frozen wastes of Io? Find out!

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Season of the Witch (2011)

March 9th, 2021

Dan and Conrad go on a quest to rediscover Season of the Witch (2011), a supernatural medieval adventure starring Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman as crusaders with a conscience, charged with safely transporting a young Claire Foy to a monastery where she'll stand trial for witchcraft in general and causing the Black Death in particular. They're joined by a merry band that includes The Umbrella Academy's Robert Sheehan, Foy's then future/now past husband Stephen Campbell More and Stephen Graham, all sporting a range of mid-Atlantic accents regardless of their provenance. Is this forgotten Dominic Sena actioner a spellbinding grail or a bubonic boil waiting to be lanced? Does it at least have any classic Cage moments? Find out!


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A Perfect Murder (with Joe Lipsett)

February 23rd, 2021

Bloody Disgusting's Joe Lispett joins us to share his love of 90s erotic thrillers and revisit one of the most-overlooked entries in the genre: A Perfect Murder (1998), Andrew Davis's remake of Hitchcock's Dial 'M' for Murder starring the obligatory Michael Douglas, the permanently gaslit Gwyneth Paltrow and steamy pre-Aragorn Viggo Mortensen. It's a twisty turny tale of sex, inheritances, Chernobyl-level stock market meltdowns and murder with a meat thermometer – but does it deserve to get away from the oubliette scot-free or should it be permanently lost along with Gwyneth's apartment key?

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My Bloody Valentine (1981)

February 10th, 2021

We're getting all romantic this week, in honour of Valentine's Day, and celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Canadian slasher 'My Bloody Valentine' – a film that vanished into a deep dark mine upon its release, possibly thanks to the heavy hand of the MPAA in the editing room. It features a mining town cursed by a legendary tragedy, Moosehead Beer and a returning killer who's a cross between Darth Vader, Michael Myers and the Cadbury Milk Tray Man. But does it deserve to be unearthed and recut into a gleaming diamond, or should it be tossed aside like a cheap box of chocolates? 


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