Ep. 126 – Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter

Welcome to Slasher September scaredy cats! Today we’re watching 1984’s installment in the classic franchise: FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER. We talk a little bit about horror conventions, different Jasons, John Carpenter, new HALLOWEEN scores, and the return of Tom Savini. We play a guessing game, Dave talks about the 2017 Netflix flick THE LODGERS, and Chris tells us about a Fantasia Festival leftover, HARPOON. Then we really get into it and talk about great vs absent gore, small budget 80s slashers, Crispin Glover’s dance moves, machetes and faces, confusing settings, unexplained film reels, tons of rain, fake helicopters, safety on set, Jason’s fingernails, exploding cars, inflatable boats, harpoons to the groin, kill confirmation, chopping tents, the Trollhunter, and strategies for confusing Jason. All that and more on another Slasher September episode of the TEXCHRIS DAVESAW MASSACRE!

 

 

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Ep. 125 – Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

Welcome back to the podcast scaredy cats! Today we’re watching Eli Craig’s 2010 Sundance hit: TUCKER AND DALE VS EVIL. We get the ball rolling with a chat about balancing comedy and horror, Alan Tudyk, and AP BIO. Chris tells us about ANNABELLE COMES HOME and Conjurverse possession logic, we discuss a Marvel horror movie, and Dave talks about THE RANGER and 80s nostalgia. Then we get into it and talk all about hillbillies, comedies of errors, bees, chainsaws, gun safeties, wood-chippers, work tools as weapons, burnt gore, overuse of impaling, and sequel ideas. All that and more on this hilarious and bloody episode of the TEXCHRIS DAVESAW MASSACRE!

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Ep. 124 – The Church

It’s time for your Saturday dose of horror! Today we watch Michele Soavi’s 1989 addition to the DEMON’S franchise: THE CHURCH. We chat a little bit about the real DEMONS 3, and think back on DEMONS 1 and 2. Dave talks about the double feature NOSFERATU and SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE, and Chris brings up Elle Callaghan’s HEAD COUNT. Then we really get into it and talk all about big churches, sweating effects, dead horses, demons vs ghosts, cool cross props, weak possession sequences, Asia Argento, Philip Glass, quirky cameras, demon sex scenes, groovy old folks, and unexplained goat monsters. All that and more on this brand new episode of the TEXCHRIS DAVESAW MASSACRE!

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Ep. 123 – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Welcome back to the podcast scaredy cats! Today we head to the theatre to watch André Øvredal and Guillermo del Toro’s book adaptation: SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK. But first we talk a bit about Øvredal, the original books, and BLOOD QUANTUM and TIFF’s Midnight Madness. Dave gives a crustacean update, and then we chat about new HALLOWEEN sequels, an upcoming James Wan horror original, and Adam Wingard’s EVENT HORIZON series. Then we get into it and talk all about disturbing horror for teens, Harold, jump scares, overuse of cgi, the Me-Tie-Dough-Ty-Walker, writing for kids, laughing in the theatre, disturbing hugs, dismembered bodies, Javier Botet, spiders on faces, shadow effects, and IT: CHAPTER 2. All that and more on this scary episode to listen to in the dark: the TEXCHRIS DAVESAW MASSACRE!

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Ep. 122 – Fantasia Festival 2019

Welcome to a special episode of the podcast, scaredy cats! Today we’re reviewing a wicked list of flicks from the Fantasia Festival! So get hyped for:
THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING WKND
RIOT GIRLS
THE ODD FAMILY: ZOMBIE ON SALE
PORNO
SATOR
HOMEWRECKER
THE DEEPER YOU DIG

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Ep. 121 – Inside

Bonjour scaredy cats, it’s time for a new episode of your favourite horror podcast! Today we’re watching Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo’s 2007 bloody home invasion flick: INSIDE. We start by chatting about New French Extremity, bad remakes, and pregnancy in horror. Then Dave talks about Netflix’s MARA and sleep paralysis, and Chris discusses CAT’S EYE, Stephen King, and acting cats. Then we get into it and talk all about womb POV, maternal instinct, unexplained riots, accidental kills, scissor gore, neck stabs, smoky aesthetics, painting clean sets with blood, beautiful violence, and so much more. So enjoy this great and gruesome episode of the TEXCHRIS DAVESAW MASSACRE!

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Ep. 120 – A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Welcome to your worst nightmare, scaredy cats! Today we’re watching the 1987 threequel: NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS. We chat a bit about NOES2, the return of Wes Craven, Letterboxd, and the combative titles of the following Freddie movies. Chris tells us about PROM NIGHT and fantastic dance sequences, and Dave chats about TERRIFIED and jump scares done right. Then we get into it and talk all about Nancy’s questionable age, iffy mental health practices, building and destroying sets, dream powers vs gifts, claymation, skeleton battles, wizards, THE VOID, beheaded mothers, and tons of unbelievable practical effects. All that and more on another threequel episode of the TEXCHRIS DAVESAW MASSACRE!

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Ep. 119 – The Devil’s Rejects

It’s podcast time again, scaredy cats! Today we’re watching Rob Zombie’s 2005 bloodbath: THE DEVIL’S REJECTS. We get trigger happy with a new sound clip, and then chat a bit about our Rob Zombie ignorance. Dave talks about Netflix’s I AM MOTHER, Luke Hawker, and BICENTENNIAL MAN, and Chris tells us about Sweden’s ANIARA, moving to mars, and space isolation in a very sci-fi heavy Scare & Tell. Then we really get into it and talk about stylish endings, blood and dirt aesthetics, freeze frames, slow-mo, constant closeups, bad guy protagonists, eccentric filmmaking, the good and the bad of prop teeth, use of color inside vs outside, fantastic shootouts, and moral conflicts. All that and more in this blood-soaked episode of the TEXCHRIS DAVESAW MASSACRE!

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Fantasia Festival 2019: 6 Must-See Horror Flicks

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This week marks the opening of the 2019 Fantasia Film festival. Since 1996, genre fans from around the world have flocked to Montreal to discover the latest and greatest in horror flicks.

Last year’s festival featured early screenings of several horror flicks that have since become hits. Mandy and Cam topped many end of year lists in 2018, and Nightmare Cinema has been hailed as the greatest horror anthology in years. What gems will be discovered this year? We’ve got our money on these titles in particular:

1. Come to Daddy by Ant Timpson

Come to Daddy 1.jpg“Norval Greenwood, a privileged man-child arrives at the beautiful and remote coastal cabin of his estranged father, who he hasn’t seen in 30 years. He quickly discovers that not only is dad a disapproving jerk, he also has a shady past that is rushing to catch up with him. Now, hundreds of miles from his cushy comfort zone, Norval must battle with demons both real and perceived in order to reconnect with a father he barely knows.”

2. Daniel Isn’t Real by Adam Egypt Mortimer

Daniel Isn't Real 2.jpg“College freshman Luke (Miles Robbins of HALLOWEEN 2018 and BLOCKERS) has to leave his mentally ill mother (played brilliantly by Mary Stuart Masterson of BENNY AND JOON) behind and live his own life. He quickly realizes his social ineptitude and his inability to deal with his problems, and turns to the most unlikely of places for help — his childhood imaginary friend Daniel (played by Patrick Schwarzenegger). A perfect doppelganger to Luke, Daniel’s slick, bold confidence and charm seeps into Luke’s life, turning him from dud to stud. But Daniel’s audacious and grandiose exterior quickly begins to crack, revealing an increasingly sadistic and violent core. As Daniel’s stranglehold on Luke’s psyche tightens, Luke starts to question who, or what, Daniel really is…”

3. Freaks by Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein

Freaks 01.jpg“Kept locked inside the house by her father, 7-year-old Chloe lives in fear and fascination of the outside world, where Abnormals create a constant threat – or so she believes. When a mysterious stranger offers her a glimpse of what’s really happening outside, Chloe soon finds that while the truth isn’t so simple, the danger is very real”

4. Little Monsters by Abe Forsythe

Little Monsters Still.jpeg“Dave (Alexander England) is a deadbeat boyfriend, set on living his teenage dreams of making it as a musician, at the expense of every other aspect of his life. When he finds himself estranged from his friends and girlfriend, he has no choice but to fall back on his sister’s support. With her, he attempts, as best he can, to help care for his nephew. As he drives him to school, he meets his nephew’s teacher Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong’o) and it’s love at first sight. He volunteers to chaperone a school trip with her and so they go, blissfully unaware their excursion will bring them, and a group of small children, right into the heart of a zombie outbreak.”

5. Riot Girls by Jovanka Vuckovic

Riot Girls 16.jpg“Get ready for a bittersweet cocktail of DEGRASSI, punk rock and S. E Hinton. Scratch (BATES MOTEL’s Paloma Kwiatkowski) and her girlfriend Nat (JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE’s Madison Iseman) fend for themselves with a band of friends and family in an alternative, mid-’90s, post-apocalyptic world in which the adult population has been decimated by a deadly plague. When Nat’s brother Jack (Alexandre Bourgeois) is captured by a rival gang led by the devious jock Jeremy (played by Canadian genre favourite Munro Chambers of DEGRASSI, TURBO KID and KNUCKLEBALL), Nat, Scratch and the lovable new member of the community Sony (Ajay Friese of Netflix’s THE ORDER) set out to save him. The three young punks now must brave enemy territory and face off against an armed-to-the-teeth squadron of fascist jocks sporting letterman jackets and a whole lot of squarehead hatred.”

6. Satanic Panic by Chelsea Stardust

Satanic Panic 2.jpg“Samantha (Hayley Griffith) is on her first day as a pizza delivery person, and could really use some good tips. So she volunteers to transport five pies to the distant but wealthy enclave of Mill Basin, where her destination is a huge house with ominous gates. At first, the worst that happens is that she doesn’t get a gratuity on the $100-plus order; then her Vespa won’t start. When she enters the mansion in hopes of receiving help and/or the extra money she deserves, Sam discovers a ritual in progress, overseen by wealthy Danica Ross (Rebecca Romijn). It turns out that Mill Basin’s upper-class residents worship someone who dwells way down below—and that they happen to be in need of a virgin to complete their especially hideous ceremony. Can Sam survive to see the morning, or is the rest of her life fated to be 30 minutes or less?”

*All quotes lifted from Fantasia Fest 2019 synopses and press kits*
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Ep. 118 – Midsommar

Welcome back to the podcast, scaredy cats! Today we head to the theater to watch Ari Aster’s 2019 folk-horror ritual masterpiece: MIDSOMMAR. It’s all on-topic today as we talk about Ari Aster’s handful of completed scripts and speaking charisma, dodging spoilers, horror in broad daylight, Will Poulter’s Pennywise audition, and even kick off a De-hype Meditation segment. Then we get into it and talk all about genuine relationship portrayals, laughing as a response to horror, bountiful rituals, sneaky images and easter eggs, lame boyfriends, weird sex scenes, constant druggings, relatable cults, giant hammers, unending artwork, and not-so-scary (but scary) horror. All that and more in a jam packed mid-summer Midsommar episode of the TEXCHRIS DAVESAW MASSACRE!

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