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Next Week: Women and the Apocalypse

Next Week: Women and the Apocalypse

September 16, 2021

Announcing next week's films: 

THE SCREWFLY SOLUTION (2006, dir. Joe Dante, Masters of Horror S2E7)

ANTICHRIST (2009, dir. Lars Von Trier)

 

 

Sometimes Mother Nature can be a real b****. Next week, the Cadaver Dogs discuss gender in the apocalypse with two films that explore the fear of women. (Or of men?) 

 

 

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PAN‘S LABYRINTH / UNDER THE SHADOW: Ghosts of War

PAN‘S LABYRINTH / UNDER THE SHADOW: Ghosts of War

September 9, 2021

History is horror. Greedy men fight for land, for power. Those who step out of line are often executed. War robs children of their parents. Freedom loses to fascism. What can we do to persevere? What use is our religion but as a tool of our oppressors? Can we fight totalitarianism with disobedience? Can even our fairy tales find light in the darkest of times?

The Cadaver Dogs dive into some of their favorite flicks! First is Academy Award winner Guillermo Del Toro’s dark fantasy, PAN’S LABYRINTH (2006), mistranslated from the original title, “El Laberinto Del Fauno” or “The Labyrinth of the Faun”. Set in Franco’s Spain, a dictatorship which emerged after the Spanish Civil War, Ofelia explores a magical gateway in hopes of escaping her reality to a better plane.

We then jump forward to the Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War in UNDER THE SHADOW (2016), a BAFTA winning film from director Babak Anvari. Here the ghostly djinn are as malicious as the bombs and missiles dropping on Tehran, as themes of motherhood and feminism emerge to the front line.

We’ll highlight these concepts and discuss both movies’ use of symbolism and metaphor, as well as provide some useful historical context. Which is stronger: harsh reality or gorgeous fantasy?

 

“Francisco Franco and the Spanish Civil War,” by Khan Academy

youtu.be/TYke_R9_ar8

“Why Iranian women are posting pictures of their uncovered hair,” by Vox

youtu.be/PNdwFftpndM

“March 8, 1979 Iranian Women March Against Hijab and Islamic Laws,” by Arjang Sepasi (translation of report on Women’s March)

youtu.be/pxGYLk92edY

 

Up Next: ANTICHRIST (2009) / THE SCREWFLY SOLUTION (2005)

 

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Next Week: Ghosts of War

Next Week: Ghosts of War

September 2, 2021

Announcing next week's films: 

PAN'S LABYRINTH (2006, dir. Guillermo del Toro)

UNDER THE SHADOW (2016, dir. Babak Anvari)

 

 

The terrors of war stay with us, they haunt us, bleeding into our work and our art. Next week, the Cadaver Dogs discuss war's affect on genre films by comparing two films on the edge of horror and fantasy.

 

 

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Minisode: Candyman (‘21) Review

Minisode: Candyman (‘21) Review

August 31, 2021

NO SPOILERS!

Halloween comes early this year with Nia DaCosta's (not Jordan Peele's) Candyman! 

David, Devin, and Rob discuss the pros and cons of the sequel... remake? reboot? of the classic 90s film. We also cover how the story's messaging has been updated thirty years later to reflect a modern world and the bees. Oh, the bees! Also (BIG ANNOUNCEMENT) we are now officially just a Tony Todd fan-cast.

 

 

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FINAL DESTINATION / THE DEAD ZONE: Controlling Fate

FINAL DESTINATION / THE DEAD ZONE: Controlling Fate

August 26, 2021

If you were given the opportunity to control your fate, would you? Or do humans have that power already? This week’s dive into FINAL DESTINATION (2000) and the Stephen King / David Cronenberg THE DEAD ZONE (1983) explores the ramifications of playing God and taking death into your own hands. Devin, David, and Rob get into heated ethical and moral debates before eventually finding themselves discussing quantum theory and alternate realities. (This is the darkest timeline.) Though the Dogs also revel in the comforts of millennial horror, Tony Todd, and Debra Hill. Join us in episode 9 where the movies tackle big life questions they may actually not have the answers to.

 

 

Final Destination Alternate Ending

https://screenrant.com/final-destination-movie-alternate-ending-explained/

 

 

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Next Week: Controlling Fate

Next Week: Controlling Fate

August 19, 2021

Announcing next week's films: 

FINAL DESTINATION (2000, dir. James Wong)

THE DEAD ZONE (1983, dir. David Cronenberg)

 

 

Do we control our own fate? Or are we puppets to death's design? That's what the Cadaver Dogs will sniff out on next week's episode.

 

 

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DANIEL ISN’T REAL / THE EVIL WITHIN: Dark Alter Egos

DANIEL ISN’T REAL / THE EVIL WITHIN: Dark Alter Egos

August 12, 2021

We all have thoughts that we’d rather not acknowledge, but what if these thoughts were full-blown evil forces with a desire to be real? Enter DANIEL ISN’T REAL (2019) and THE EVIL WITHIN (2017) - two bizarre and surreal psychological horrors, tackling these questions and more.

Throughout this week’s episode, Devin, David, and Rob will ask what it means when a movie asks us to sympathize with toxic and violent protagonists. We’ll also examine how these films use their characters’ mental health, discussing schizophrenia, dissociative identity, and intellectual disability. Do filmmakers have an added responsibility when depicting such matters, or is all fair in the pursuit of art?

 

*** CONTENT WARNING: Heavy discussion of mental illness, as well as (briefly) familial abuse, rape, and suicide in relation to mental illness.

*** If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health or thoughts of suicide, information and resources are available at www.wannatalkaboutit.com

 

Family Bond: directed by Chris Guzzo. Written by Rob Piserchia-

https://youtu.be/gkuA2Ye3OV4

About Mental Health, NAMI.org

nami.org/About-Mental-Illness/Mental-Health-Conditions

“Andrew Getty: Oil Heir’s Life as Mysterious as His Death,” by Christine Pelisek

people.com/celebrity/andrew-getty-oil-heirs-life-as-mysterious-as-his-death/

“The Strange Story Behind The Evil Within,” by In Praise of Shadows

youtu.be/jXHRdfLnktU

 

Up Next: FINAL DESTINATION (2000) / THE DEAD ZONE (1983)

 

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Next Week: Mental Illness in Psychological Horror

Next Week: Mental Illness in Psychological Horror

August 5, 2021

Announcing next week's films: 

DANIEL ISN'T REAL (2019, dir. Adam Egypt Mortimer)

THE EVIL WITHIN (2017, dir. Andrew Getty)

 

The Cadaver Dogs tackle mental disabilities depictions in horror with two films that toe the line between art and controversial diagnoses. Psychological horror is all fun and games until we realize... they're not.

 

Both films are currently available on Amazon Prime. While you watch, tweet us your thoughts at @cadaverdogspod

 

 

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RING / SINISTER: Images of Horror

RING / SINISTER: Images of Horror

July 29, 2021

What is the mental price of an image? Can a visual format carry the weight of a curse from one generation to the next?  Covering RINGU (1998), the instant J-horror classic, and SINISTER (2012), a film some have claimed is the scariest film of all time! Devin, David, and Rob discuss the transcendence of terror through cursed images in episode seven of Cadaver Dogs. All horror hounds welcome.

 

"Okiku's Ghost: The True Scary Story That Inspired 'The Ring'," by John Squires (Bloody Disgusting)

bloody-disgusting.com/news/3421393/okikus-ghost-true-scary-story-inspired-ring/

"Tracing a Dark Circle: Revisiting Ringu and The Ring," by Horror Obsessive

horrorobsessive.com/2018/12/14/tracing-a-dark-circle-revisiting-ringu-the-ring/

"What Is the Scariest Movie Ever? Science Now Has An Answer to That Question," by Travis Bean (Forbes)

forbes.com/sites/travisbean/2020/10/17/what-is-the-scariest-movie-ever-well-science-now-has-an-answer-to-that-question/?sh=7fc8882856a2

 

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Minisode: Old Review

Minisode: Old Review

July 27, 2021

NO SPOILERS!

We're celebrating our summer at the beach that makes you old, with M. Night Shyamalan's new release, OLD! This is a spoiler-free review, but be warned: our opinions are split (no pun intended).

David, Devin, and Rob will talk about existential dread and body horror, and what makes them interesting. We also discuss where Old stands among Shyamalan's other films, and which ones are our favorites. Here's a plot twist: one of us actually likes The Happening!

Let us know what you think of this format! Do you prefer our reviews to be spoiler-free or spoilerific?

 

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