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EXORCIST / CONJURING: God and the Devil

EXORCIST / CONJURING: God and the Devil

December 1, 2022

The power of Christ compels you!

To celebrate the holidays, the Cadaver Dogs have a conversation about God… or rather, about a couple of horror films that are quite sold on “God is real.” THE EXORCIST (1973) is one of the most acclaimed movies in the genre, but does the plot basically boil down to an embrace of Catholic ideologies, or is there something deeper? As a film in the 70s, we will also bring in the Satanic Panic, as well as first wave feminism and how all these stray concepts interact.

THE CONJURING (2013) doubles down on those religious themes, and even claims to be based on a true story, a claim we will most definitely be dissecting. The word “propaganda” may get thrown around, but do these movies qualify as propaganda? What does that even mean? Find out in this episode, our final one for 2022!

0:05:18 - The Exorcist

0:30:46 - The Conjuring

0:53:49 - Comparisons

1:10:16 - Bone Reviews

Up Next: HELLRAISER (2022) / EVIL DEAD (2013)

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“‘Somewhere between science and superstition’: Religious outrage, horrific science, and The Exorcist (1973)” by Amy C. Chambers

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/09526951211004465

“War Over ‘The Conjuring’: The Disturbing Claims Over a Billion-Dollar Franchise,” by Kim Masters and Ashley Cullins (The Hollywood Reporter)

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/tv/tv-features/war-conjuring-disturbing-claims-behind-a-billion-dollar-franchise-1064364/

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Next Month: God and the Devil

Next Month: God and the Devil

November 10, 2022

Announcing next month's films: 

THE EXORCIST (1973, dir. William Friedkin) - available to stream on HBO Max.

THE CONJURING (2013, dir. James Wan) - available to stream on HBO Max and for free on Tubi.

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You ever notice how so many horror films seem to revolve around Judeo-Christian ideologies? We have. And we want to talk about that. If the Devil is real, so is God. And indeed, through the process of exorcism, these films teach us to beat the demons… by calling on Christ. So what makes these different from faith films? Or rather, are they different, or are they really just religious propaganda? We have opinions.

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GET OUT/ THE SKELETON KEY: Racial Appropriation

GET OUT/ THE SKELETON KEY: Racial Appropriation

November 3, 2022

Wait you're not Rob! You’re David in Rob’s body!

This week we cover all things body swapping and Racial appropriation as our protagonists guard themselves against the evil of stealing their life and body! Devin and David go it alone this month first venturing to New Orleans with the hoodoo horror THE SKELETON KEY and following it up with the Oscar winning smash hit GET OUT. Hope they don’t stumble through these racially interested weeds. But don’t worry, Rob phones it in from his throne in the end.

 

Up Next: THE EXORCIST/ THE CONJURING

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"Body Snatchers in Spell, Get Out, Hair Wolf" by Lea Anderson

https://www.fangoria.com/original/beware-the-swallowing-body-snatchers-in-spell-get-out-hair-wolf/

 

"Voodoo: The Revolutionary Roots of the Most Misunderstood Religion" by Olivia Barrett

https://www.thecollector.com/voodoo-history-misunderstood-religion/

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Next Month (Nov): Racial Appropriation

Next Month (Nov): Racial Appropriation

October 20, 2022

Announcing next month's films: 

GET OUT (2017, dir. Jordan Peele) - available for rent on all platforms.

THE SKELETON KEY (2005, dir. Iain Softley) - available for free on Peacock and to rent on all platforms.

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Horror has always been a way to talk about our issues with othering - through gender, traits, and race. Next month, the Dogs will talk about the representation of race in these films. We'll cover cultural appropriation, code switching, fetishization, and the importance of representation in film.

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WOLF MAN / PUMPKINHEAD: Cursed Creatures

WOLF MAN / PUMPKINHEAD: Cursed Creatures

October 6, 2022

A curse on you and your family! JK JK That’d be pretty terrible wouldn’t it? 

This month, the Cadaver Dogs explore two films dealing with ancient curses in which main characters trade their humanity - or lose it - and become a beast of vengeance! Starting way back to the classic Universal horror movie that started Hollywood’s love for werewolves with THE WOLF MAN (1941, dr. George Waggner). David, Devin, and Rob look at how WWII influenced the tragic figure of Larry Talbot and dig into the history of the Romani people. We also gawk at the stars that pack this film: Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, AND Claude Raines?? Then, fast forward to the f*ed up 80s with creature feature (or slasher?) PUMPKINHEAD (1988, dir. Stan Winston). No Reagan talk this time, but we do touch on the Rust Belt. Do we find curses more tragic or vilifying? How are they a source of “othering” in horror? And why are werewolves so damn awesome!?

 

03:49 - Carrie

30:30: - The Exorcism of Emily Rose

57:05 - Comparisons

1:05:55 - Bone Reviews

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Up Next: GET OUT (2017) /  THE SKELETON KEY (2005)

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Fascination and Hatred: The Roma in European Culture

” by The National WWII Museum

https://www.nationalww2museum.org/war/articles/roma-european-culture

 

Under A Swastika Moon: 80 Years Of THE WOLF MAN” by Rich Johnson

https://www.fangoria.com/original/under-a-swastika-moon-80-years-of-the-wolf-man/

 

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Next Month (Oct): Creature Curses

Next Month (Oct): Creature Curses

September 8, 2022

Announcing next month's films: 

THE WOLF MAN (1941, dir. George Waggner) - available for rent on all platforms.

PUMPKINHEAD (1988, dir. Stan Winston) - available for free on Tubi and Pluto TV.

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Get into the Halloween spirit as the Cadaver Dogs take a deep dive on curses! From the golden age of Universal monsters to the 80s boom of slasher and B-horror, doom, gloom, and premonition have persevered... but why? Why do these myths of curses remain so prevalent? What makes these concepts scary? And what does any of this have to do with goddamn Nazis?

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X (2022) / FRIDAY THE 13TH: Slasher Studies

X (2022) / FRIDAY THE 13TH: Slasher Studies

September 1, 2022

Back to where it all began… Camp Crystal Lake, otherwise known as Camp Blood. This is FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980). Slasher films are often discussed as a genre, but in 80s America they were also a movement, a response to the politics of the day. That’s right, we’re talking Ronald Reagan! Sex is sin, and teens who reject abstinence and fail to “say no to drugs” are the perfect victims for the Voorhees family.

Then, we’re jumping ahead to remove the slasher from this context and see how those themes and tropes change. Ti West’s X (2022) is a newer film, but one we’re already excited to dig our paws into! Releasing this just ahead of the release of X’s prequel PEARL means we can examine the film unaffected by however the next film may change our interpretations.

0:08:11 - Friday the 13th

0:30:58 - X

0:49:45 - Comparisons

1:04:35 - Bone Reviews

Up Next: THE WOLF MAN (1941) / PUMPKINHEAD (1988)

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“Ronald Reagan: American Slasher,” by Renegade Cut

youtu.be/iBA3Hiqms5M

“Bl nd Sp t” Trailer

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Minisode: The Horror Movie That Started it All w/Ava Fields

Minisode: The Horror Movie That Started it All w/Ava Fields

August 25, 2022

Remember the first horror movie that terrified you so bad you had to sleep with your parents? Or the one that made you go "wait a minute... I actually love horror!" The Dogs think back to those early days and recall the films that started it all and just what it is we love about horror... with with special guest Ava Fields of Apt Horror. We also go off topic and rant about the bad rap horror fans get, filmmaking at its finest, and why are there so many movies about sharks???

00:57 - About Ava's Apt Horror project

14:37 - Intro to Today’s Topic

15:40 - Ava's Movies

23:30 - David's Origin Story

34:49 - Devin's Horror Theory

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Next Month (Sept): Slasher Studies

Next Month (Sept): Slasher Studies

August 18, 2022

Announcing next month's films: 

FRIDAY THE 13th (1980, dir. Sean S. Cunningham) - available for free on Amazon Prime and Pluto TV.

X (2022, dir. Ti West) - available for rent on all platforms.

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It's back to school in your horror homeroom! The Cadaver Dogs look at the original rules of a slasher and how they have advanced with the modern age. Starting with the original slasher era from the 1970s - 1980s to the latest craze with the most recent films. And they question... just why does sex mean death?

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ITS ALIVE/ THE UNBORN CHILD: Abortions and Abominations

ITS ALIVE/ THE UNBORN CHILD: Abortions and Abominations

August 4, 2022

Horror has always been an outlet for political discussions during a time of crisis. This includes the decades-long abortion debate - how has horror covered this controversial topic?

 

The Cadaver Dogs delve deep inside THE UNBORN CHILD, aka SOP DEK 2002 (2011) where they discuss the true abortion incident that inspired the Thai horror film (and also murdering ghost babies). Fact or propaganda! Only you can tell. Followed by the classic Frankenstein baby flick ITS ALIVE (1974) where the Dogs reflect on the influence of the recently passed Roe V Wade (1973) and the great Thalidomide scandal that changed the nation. Abortion, personhood, propaganda, Thai myths, mutant babies and more!

 

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