Movies I Want Everyone to See: “Eight Legged Freaks” (2002)

eight_legged_freaksThere is a long history of movies where nature strikes back at the human world. From the “Island of Lost Souls” to “The Happening”, Mother Nature proves that she is not someone to be messed with. (Although running away from the wind may just be the one way to mess with her that would cause her to crack up and just stop trying to wipe us out). The most fertile period of time for these farfetched stories was the post war atomic age when exposure to radiation causes giant ants, killer rabbits, and irritated amphibians. In the lengthy annals of horror films featuring monsters that are simply real creatures pushed to the brink, no animal, fish or insect has been more widely used to terrify us than the spider. Most people instinctively withdraw their hands from proximity to a spider. The hair on the back of our necks raises at the thought of one normal spider crawling across our flesh. It is therefore no surprise that outsized spiders have been a go-to critter whenever a film maker is looking for a way to scare us. Our fear of spiders is also something that is regularly mocked. In “Annie Hall, Woody Allen’s character jokes ” Honey, there’s a spider in your bathroom the size of a Buick.” It is this combination of the frightening and the ridiculous that makes “Eight Legged Freaks” a movie that I want everyone to see.

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New Episode of The (title pending) Movie Podcast with Tank and Fogs!!

Happy Halloweeeeeen, everybody! :D

We have a very special epsiode for you this week. This week, to celebrate the Horror Genre, our resident self-proclaimed “Big Horror Guy” Chris Tanski took to the streets and canvassed the vaunted “Horror Community”, trying to ascertain what people’s favorite Horror Movies of all time were! He obtained contributions from 13 different horror afficianados, including bloggers, fans, and horror magazine contributors in order to compile a listing of their 50 favorite Horror films!

A whopping 240 movies were nominated via this process, so the top 50 certainly had to earn their keep!

To help present the Top 50, we invite back Ben Scrivens of Fright-Rags.com, and first time visitor Jesse Bartel of Liberaldead.com. Together, the four of us list out 50-11, and then break down the top 10 in depth! What makes the cut? Which ones do Tank and I like unreasonably in comparison to others? How did your favorite horror movies fare?

Give a listen to find out!!

You can download it directly, here, or as always, look for us on Stitcher Radio and iTunes by searching for (title pending) or Tank and Fogs!

Happy Halloweeeeeen, TPMP Listeners!

Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Scary Movie?

It’s that time of year again… the time when people turn their attention to Horror movies.

Though they’re fun all year round, the holiday of Halloween brings them out in full force. Global horror movie consumption increases thousand fold.

We discussed this topic last year, but it’s worth repeating. What’s your favorite? Do you favor the classics? Maybe low-budget fare is your style… Maybe you’re one of those that stays away from them altogether. There are far too many to list out… the horror genre is far too expansive.

What are YOUR Favorites? Let us know!!

Movies That Everyone Should See: “Halloween”

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There are very few movies in history that you can look at and point to and say… There. That one started it. With the “it” being an entire genre (or sub genre) of film. A bona fide lineage of films that follow in its footsteps.

“Halloween” is one such movie.

There are 293 films on IMDb with the keyword “Slasher Flick”. Of those, only 12 were released prior to “Halloween”, of those only six were American movies. Of those six, the highest user rating is “The Gore Gore Girls” at 5.2.

You can be assured that none of those films launched the slasher movie craze that dominated horror through the 80s and most of the 90s.

No, that honor belongs to “Halloween”.

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PODCAST!!

The second episode of the “Title Pending Movie Podcast” with Tank and Fogs is up, and available for download through iTunes, or for mp3 download  at buzzsprout.

In this episode, Tank and I turn our attention to horror movies! We go over some of our favorites, talk about the different paths movies take to try to scare us, we break down the “Horror Movies That Everyone Should See”, and give out a couple of special, seasonal recommendations.

I’d like to thank everyone for all the positive feedback we received last time, and point out that we have a new email address now, specifically for the podcast – movies@underscoopfire.com

Give us a shout if you have feedback, comments, questions, suggestions, heckles, whatever!!

Enjoy!!

Oh… and as promised on the podcast, here’s the link to Tank’s toy collection being profiled on “Cool and Collected” http://coolandcollected.com/collector-profile-chris-tanski-and-his-awesome-movies-tv-toy-collection/

LOL. Grown man… collecting toys. Geez. (snikkggh, snikkgghh Ok I can’t hold back. I have to stand all my stuff back up and get some photos submitted to that site… I feel like this could become an arms race!)

Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Scary Movie?

Drew: Hello?
Fogs: Hello.
Drew: Yes?
Fogs: Who is this?
Drew: Who are you trying to reach?
Fogs: What number is this?
Drew: Well, what number are you trying to reach?
Fogs: I don’t know.
Drew: I think you have the wrong number.
Fogs: Do I?
Drew: It happens. Take it easy.

[SHE HANGS UP… PHONE RINGS AGAIN, SHE ANSWERS]

Drew: Hello?
Fogs: I’m sorry, I guess I dialed the wrong number.
Drew: So why’d you dial it again?
Fogs: To apologize
Drew: You’re forgiven… bye now.
Fogs: Wait, wait. Don’t hang up.
Drew:  What?
Fogs: I wanna talk to you for a second.
Drew: Tuh… They’ve got 900 numbers for that. See ya!

[SHE HANGS UP… PHONE RINGS AGAIN, SHE ANSWERS]

Drew: Hello?
Fogs: Why don’t you wanna talk to me?
Drew: Who is this?
Fogs: You tell me your name, I’ll tell you mine.
Drew: I don’t think so.
[checks popcorn]
Fogs: What’s that noise?
Drew: Popcorn!
Fogs: You’re making popcorn?
Drew: Uh huh.
Fogs: I only eat popcorn at the movies.
Drew: Well, I’m getting ready to watch a video.
Fogs: Really, what?
Drew: Oh, just some scary movie.
Fogs: Do you like scary movies?
Drew: Uh huh.
Fogs: What’s your favorite scary movie?
Drew: I dunno.
Fogs: You have to have a favorite, what comes to mind?

Paranormal Activity 3

“Paranormal Activity 3″ is the second sequel in the Paranormal Activity franchise. So by now, I presume you all know what the deal is. Two sisters have been plagued since childhood by a malevolent spirit… when the ghostly phenomena begin to manifest themselves, someone close to them sets up cameras in order to capture the occurrences on film. We’re treated to the views from these cameras during the night (or day at times in this one), and a round of “What’s going to move?” ensues.

This third chapter goes back to the girl’s childhoods in order to explore the root causes of their curse, and the addition of the children, plus the mythology the film crafts around the source of the events give this film enough variation so that it doesn’t feel like the total retread that the second one did. It can safely be called a “Return to Form”.

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