No, Billy and Jonny aren’t trying to catch up to the Super Bowl type numbers, but they are getting there. With the ninth installment of “Hodgepodge of Horror” they travel the realms of horror cinema from Eduardo Sanchez’s Altered to Kate Beckinsale in Underworld: Blood Wars – with some intriguing films in between.
So kick back, relax, indulge, and check off your horror list about what to watch, and what to avoid like a zombie virus.
What does 2017 have in store for the horror fan? Well, Billy and Jonny take a look at the year ahead to uncover upcoming macabre movies from The Blackcoats Daughter and XX to Psychopaths and Rock, Paper, Dead. But wait! There’s more! The year will bring many a sequel as well as remakes, and we’ll look at them today.
Billy apologizes for the occasional cough and for feeling a bit out of it – thanks to the damn flu. But the show must go on, and Billy’s happy he wasn’t patient zero for the zombie virus.
Cat LaCohie (aka Vixen DeVille) is not just a horror actress, she’s a model, confidence builder, life enhancer, soul influencer, and a burlesque dancer – to name but a few of her many intrinsic talents. Direct from London and currently residing in Los Angeles, Cat’s devoted to helping men and women of all ages and sizes feel fabulous, beautiful, confident, and happy – dammit. We discuss everything from acting and horror, to burlesque and feeling fantastic, and more, of course. Enjoy!
As with any other horror sub-genre, tropes abound, and exorcism and possession are no different. How often have we seen the possessed girl or woman bound to a bed to endure torture from demonic forces and patriarchy alike? But we’ll take a closer look at those tales that move beyond copying William Friedkin’s renowned film The Exorcist. Get ready to dive into the bodies (or something like that) of different kinds of possessions and exorcisms, from Session 9 and Oculus, to 1920, The Entity and more. Growling demons and puke fetishists need not apply.
At the beginning of the new millennium, director Lucky McKee wowed audiences with a phenomenal, quirky, independent horror. Star Angela Bettis played May, who longed for a connection with a boyfriend. Her performance was so heralded, critic Roger Ebert petitioned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to nominate Bettis for a Lead Actress Oscar. The film also included stellar acting from Anna Faris, as well as Jeremy Sisto, James Duval, Nichole Hiltz, and the celebrated Ken Davitian, with music from The Breeders. And if you think this is some cheesy horror/romance, you are dead wrong because this brilliant tale goes to much greater depths.
Actress and producer, Melanie Wise visits the show to talk about the unique and riveting “Women Kick Ass” film festival, which is devoted to action films with female leads. As festival founder, she explains how women’s roles have changed in cinema over the decades, and how far we have to go around the globe to bring women’s rights to fruition. Do not miss this exhilarating and empowering discussion of women – and why they most definitely kick ass.
The horror genre has presented many a fabulous female character, whether good, bad, or somewhere in between. We take a look at ten of the most profound and captivating female characters. Enjoy our list of horror femme fatales, final girls, demons, and steadfast souls!
If you think women hold back the reigns when it comes to horror cinema – man, you need to watch more films! Sure, we talk about the Soska twins and Angela Bettis, as well as Jessica Cameron, Claire Denis, Kathryn Bigelow, Hélène Cattet, Antonia Byrd, Lily Amanpur, Jennifer Lynch, Cindy Sherman, and Jennifer Kent. But we also take a look at upcoming horror superstars Emilie Flory and Jovanka Vuckovick. Find out why horror fans never refer to women as “the fair sex”, and learn why women at the helm will only continue to grow – and bring us great horror.
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In today’s podcast Women’s Rites PartII: Wicked Women, Billy Crash and Jonny Numb explore how women are treated in horror films, this time from the perspective of the villainous. Or are they? Misogyny and stereotypes may still play a role, which could also lead to more ambiguous characters of the genre. Come join us for Episode 12 of The Last Knock. And keep an eye out for a bonus podcast this week: Billy Crash’s interview with Director David Paul Baker.
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In Women’s Rites, Part I: Heroines of Horror, Billy Crash and Jonny Numb explore the treatment of female characters in the genre, from screamers and fainters who need to be saved by men, to women who can win the day on their own terms. Misogyny: be damned!
Next week’s Wicked Women, Part II not only focuses on the villain, but the ambiguous female characters of horror cinema.