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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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Cover art by Omri Kadim. Music featured in this episode: 80s Synth by White Bat Audio. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.

DANIEL ISN‘T REAL / THE EVIL WITHIN: Alter Egos and Mental Health

DANIEL ISN‘T REAL / THE EVIL WITHIN: Alter Egos and Mental Health

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: Alter Egos and Mental Health

Next Week: Alter Egos and Mental Health

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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Minisode: Top 3 Frankenstein Movies w/ Nora Unkel

Minisode: Top 3 Frankenstein Movies w/ Nora Unkel

July 22, 2021

What is a Frankenstein movie? Is it only those with “Frankenstein” in the title, Boris Karloff in the cast? Is it anything with a mad scientist and a monster of their own creation? But what even is a monster?

Devin and Rob are joined by guest star Nora Unkel, director of the surreal Mary Shelley film A Nightmare Wakes (now streaming on Shudder and VOD), to countdown their Top 3 movies of the genre! We’ll also go over the themes of the novel to see how these relate to the adaptations and reinterpretations of the material. What do these stories say when told in different contexts over different decades?

CONTENT WARNING: Miscarriage and rape are discussed.

 

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FRIGHT NIGHT / THE LOST BOYS: Queer Vamps of the 80s

FRIGHT NIGHT / THE LOST BOYS: Queer Vamps of the 80s

July 15, 2021

When society silenced voices out of fear, horror films became a vessel for the queer community to speak out. This week, Cadaver Dogs look at FRIGHT NIGHT (1985) and THE LOST BOYS (1987) through the lens of queer culture in the 80s and the effects the AIDS epidemic. 

How do these films rebel against the typical nuclear family? Why was queerness suddenly pushed to subtext? And how were vampires the perfect monster to personify LGBTQIA+ people during a time when they were threatened and powerless against the socio-political agenda? Of course, we get sidetracked with fanning over SFX makeup, vampire lore, Vincent Price, Sax Man, and Rob's perfect Corey Feldman impression.

 

Joel Schumacher on the AIDS Crisis

https://attitude.co.uk/article/filmmaker-joel-schumacher-says-the-aids-crisis-made-the-gay-community-want-to-start-their-own-families/21691/?cmpredirect

 

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Minisode: Cadaver Trivia w/ Jeremiah Kipp

Minisode: Cadaver Trivia w/ Jeremiah Kipp

June 24, 2021

I want to play a game.

For the past month, you’ve been programming heavy content pondering themes of abuse and the ethics of filmmaking. Now we’ll see if you have the knowledge it takes to compete in a fun trivia competition instead! Because game shows don’t have enough horror.

We’ll be covering everything from Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street to It Follows and Get Out; from Stephen King to John Carpenter; from Dracula and Frankenstein to  Re-Animator.

David leads this contest as co-hosts Devin and Rob pit their scary movie knowledge against guest star Jeremiah Kipp, director of upcoming monster movie Slapface. But there can only be one winner.

Stay tuned till the end to hear about which films we’ll be covering up next!

 

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