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Episode 63 - Glorious (2022)

September 28th, 2022

Jessica Scott returns to discuss yet another Shudder exclusive, the glory hole horror film, Glorious. What begins as a film about a sympathetic man trying to work his way through a difficult breakup becomes an often comedic and horrifying examination of a toxic man who thought so highly of himself and so little of his victims that he believed his genitals would save the universe from certain destruction at the hands (tentacles?) of a god older than creation. Oh, also, that god is voiced by J.K. Simmons.

Follow Jessica Scott on Twitter @wewhowalkhere

Keep up with her work at Film Cred, Daily Grindhouse, SlashFilm, and Nightmarish Conjurings.

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Episode 62 - The Innsmouth Book Club

September 21st, 2022

First and most importantly, Battleship Pretension co-host Tyler Smith needs our help. Visit CaringBridge to stay updated on his condition and to leave some support and encouragement to his friends and family and please give what you can to his GoFundMe to contribute what you can to his family. There is hope and reason for optimism and y'all can be a part of that. Any little bit helps!

 

Preemptive apologies to all you cinephiles out there, but this episode is for the bibliophiles. Rob Poyton and Tim Mendees from Innsmouth Book Club hop across the pond to join us for a discussion on horror literature. Leaving the smell of fish behind them, the gents bring classy English accents to go along with a discussion on what makes writing scary in contrast with film, the differences between horror fiction and Lovecraft's signature brand of "weird fiction," and -- of course -- a plethora of recommendations of stories and books to enjoy (and avoid). 

If you want to check out any of the work mentioned on this episode, you can use the links below to read or purchase.

Short Stories

"The Willows" by Algernon Blackwood

"The Smoke Ghost" by Fritz Leiber

"Canon Alberic's Scrap-Book" by M.R. James

"The Last Feast of Harlequin" by Thomas Ligotti

"Graveyard Shift" by Stephen King

"The Tale of Santampara Zeiros" by Clark Ashton Smith

"The Outsider" by H.P. Lovecraft

"Supernatural Horror in Literature" by H.P. Lovecraft

Books & Story Collections

The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

The Hole in the Moon and Other Tales (featuring "Brenda") by Margaret St. Clair

The Folio Book of Horror Stories edited by Ramsey Campbell

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Association by Bentley Little

The Auctioneer by Joan Samson

Songs of a Dead Dreamer by Thomas Ligotti

Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth (featuring "From Cabinet 34, Drawer 6" by Caitlin R. Kiernan)

Daughter of Hounds by Caitlin R. Kiernan

The Color of Evil (featuring "Sticks" by Karl Edgar Warner)

The Book of Cthulhu (featuring "Fat Face" by Michael Shea)

Pin by Andrew Neiderman

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

H.P. Selects: Classic Horror Stories 

 

Hop the bus and head to Innsmouth Gold

Keep up with the work of Tim Mendees, Creator of Nightmares

 

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Episode 61 - The Ritual (2017)

September 1st, 2022

Viewed through the lens of the Lovecraft Mythos that was expanded on after his death, The Ritual is a very well written, acted, and directed neo-Lovecraftian inspired film, its jötunn serving as the Cthulhu of the Scandinavian woods. This 2017 adaptation of the Adam Nevill also serves as an inadvertent entryway into the interconnected world of early 20th century weird fiction, with the titular novel having won an award named after August Derleth, who was a correspondent of Lovecraft, who was a correspondent of Robert E. Howard, who was accused of ripping off Derleth. 

Also, was Robert E. Howard racist? According to this Hugo Award Finalist, yes, he was.

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Episode 60 - X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes (1963)

August 25th, 2022

Is it accurate to describe X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes as "Cyclops but addicted to drugs?" Not entirely, but it's a more accurate description than calling the pre-Haunted Castle Roger Corman flick "Lovecraftian." Featuring Ray Milland as a man of science who gets more than he bargained for when he experiments on his own eyes, this low-budget, unofficial Invisible Man adaptation could greatly benefit from a contemporary update. 

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Episode 59 - Hellraiser (1987)

August 10th, 2022

The podcast. You downloaded it. We came. 

On this episode, we discuss Clive Barker's feature film directorial debut that rubbed all sorts of Reaganites the wrong way with not only its depictions of chains, leather, and torture, but also with its ideas that the lines between pain and pleasure are blurred in the eye of the beholder. While the franchise would eventually devolve into an incoherent and inconsistent quagmire of mythology and philosophy -- the seeds of which can certainly be found here in the initial installment -- Hellraiser is a remarkably insightful film, raising questions about morality and certainty brought about on a Lovecraftian quest into forbidden knowledge and experiences.

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Episode 58 - Witch House (2021)

July 20th, 2022

Battleship Pretension's David Bax returns almost two years after his first appearance to talk about yet another adaptation of "Dreams in the Witch House" (and also his latest podcast, The One Where I Met Your Mother and also his thoughts on NHL free agency).

Basically everything from the production quality to narrative logic in Bobby Easley's H.P. Lovecraft's Witch House (based on the novel Push by Sapphire) is severely lacking, but gosh darnit, at least it feels like they're trying. Sure, the ending muddles the entire journey and the story plays up too much Judeo-Christian mythology and the math literally adds up to nothing, but at least they're trying something beyond straight titillation. 

Follow David on Twitter @daveypretension
Listen to The One Where I Met Your Mother

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Episode 57 - Castle Freak (2020)

June 28th, 2022

There are some real life horrors manifesting in the world today - horrors that mean many women are not sleeping soundly at night out of fear for themselves and future generations. The Cast of Cthulhu finds the recent SCOUTS ruling on Roe v. Wade to be as terrifying as any eldritch creature that Lovecraft imagined and we dedicate the opening of the show to discussing both it and why we won't be bringing back the episode on Richard Stanley's The Color Out of Space anytime soon.

At 16:20 the discussion begins on 2020's Castle Freak, the film that dares to ask the question, "What if Stuart Gordon's Castle Freak was both hornier AND dumber?" Probing this topic is returning guest Stephen Foxworthy of Disenfranchised Pod, who suffered the cyclopean task of sitting through an adaptation that was intended to launch a new Lovecraft cinematic universe despite being too unfaithful for established fans and too brainless for new ones. 

Listen to Disenfranchised anywhere podcasts are available and follow Stephen on Twitter @ChewyWalrus and @DisenfranchPod

 

If the recent SCOTUS ruling on Roe v. Wade has enraged you as well, you can support the National Network of Abortion Funds and the Center for Reproductive Rights. In addition, here are 10 regional abortion funds around the country that you can support with donations.

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Episode 56 - Castle Freak (1995)

June 22nd, 2022

Not really sure what one should expect from a movie whose genesis began with the premise "there's a castle and there's a freak", but prepare yourself for a pretty emotionally mature exploration of loss, grief, and inescapable fate handed down through a cursed family's bloodline propped up by admirable performances from Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton. But since it's a low-budget Stuart Gordon film produced by Charles Band, also prepare yourself for ham-fisted exploitation that undercuts a lot of the film's emotional maturity and an adaptation of Lovecraft's "The Outsider" that is tenuous at best.

And click here if you want to listen to the Post-Mortem with Mick Garris episode in which he interviews Charles Band.

 

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Episode 55 - Spring (2014)

June 8th, 2022

Spring has sprung, so what better time to cover Benson & Moorehead's Spring than right now? There is no better time, obviously. Silly question. How foolish of you to ask. Anyway, Corinne Corrosive returns after The Shunting to discuss arguably the most emotionally mature film from the directing duo and to join the boys as they wade into a discussion about the horror of immortality and ultimately reveal that all 3 of them dislike the ending for entirely different reasons. 

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Episode 54 - John Dies at the End (2012)

May 19th, 2022

Just like the titular John, we didn't die at the end! We return from an entirely unplanned lengthy hiatus to (hopefully) get back to regularly scheduled programming with the cult horror/comedy John Dies at the End, which currently stands as the last feature directed by Phantasm creator Don Coscarelli. 

The 2012 adaptation of Jason Pargin's webserial turned novel is schizophrenic, unfocused, difficult to describe, a testament to 20-something slacker culture of the early aughts, and also...kind of perfectly emulates the framework of an H.P. Lovecraft short story? Cheap looking at times and often losing something in its adaptation from print, John Dies at the End nevertheless still captures -- in its own peculiar way -- what it feels like to first experience that existential numbing that results from accepting that you have no control over your life.

Skip to 24:23 if you want to avoid brief discussions on Moon Knight, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and the movie games Jim has been playing on a daily basis: Framed, Moviedle, Actorle, and the Box Office Game.

 

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