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Scare Zones, by Jason Eaken

30 Oct

The epic 25th year of the nation’s best Halloween event, Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights, marks the biggest, longest and most intense event in history with nine haunted mazes, five unique scare zones and two thrilling shows. On select nights Sept. 18 through Nov. 1, guests can visit Universal Orlando’s theme parks by day and by night, become victims of their own horror film at Halloween Horror Nights 25.

Put yourself in a dark hallway. You can’t see much, you’re feeling your way through. You come around a corner and in this part of the hall, there are doors on both sides. You’re nervous something might come out of one of the doors, and for good reason, because suddenly Freddy Krueger jumps out from one door. His knife-hand swipes across the hall, barely missing you!

A hockey mask and machete lunge out from the other side. They belong to none other than Jason Voorhees, who towers over you. Things have gone from bad to worse, because these two maniacs are blocking the hallway, and in order to get past them, you have to turn sideways and slide between them, ducking under Freddy and Jason’s weapons, as they try to slice you to pieces.

That’s just one moment from the final act of the Freddy vs. Jason scare maze at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood. If the above made you want to sleep with the lights on, you’ll be in for a long night.

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The Fear of God: Halloween Horror Nights

28 Oct

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In this bonus episode, Reed is joined by Jason Eaken to talk about Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights.

Episode 177: Bone Tomahawk

27 Oct

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In this episode, Tyler and Reed discuss S. Craig Zahler’s Bone Tomahawk and Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Episode 176: The Shallows

20 Oct

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In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Jaume Collet-Serra’s The Shallows and Neil Marshall’s The Descent. Please note that there are some audio issues with this episode. Thanks for your patience.

Episode 175: The Witch

13 Oct

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In this episode, Tyler and Reed discuss Robert Eggers’ The Witch and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

Episode 174: Werewolf Movies

5 Oct

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In this episode, Tyler is joined by author Andrew Klavan to discuss werewolf movies.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN
00:00:44- Intro, Andrew Klavan, The Great Good Thing
00:09:10- Andrew’s career, the Christian attitude towards art

00:24:20- Werewolf Cop
00:28:30- Werewolf movies
01:08:10- Episode wrap-up

Episode 144: The Visit

29 Oct

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In this episode, Tyler and Reed discuss M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit and George Waggner’s The Wolf Man.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN
00:00:44- Intro, spiders, Comedy Film Nerds
00:09:10- The Visit
01:08:50- The Wolf Man
01:37:35- Episode wrap-up

Episode 143: Rosemary’s Baby

22 Oct

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In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN
00:00:46- The Dilemma of Christian Film, Woodlawn
00:02:45- Bridge of Spies, The Inhabitants
00:03:20- Battleship Pretension Slasher Commentary
00:13:45- Rosemary’s Baby, Roman Polanski
01:14:30- Episode wrap-up

The Same Old Scary Story, by Reed Lackey

21 Oct

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There’s nothing inherently inferior about choosing to tell a story that everyone’s heard before as long as they love the way you tell it. The same goes with film, where style and craft will always trump a lack of originality. The Inhabitants, a new low-budget indie frightener from the writing and directing team of the Rasmussen brothers, aims for this target specifically. It doesn’t pretend to tell you a story you’ve never heard before, it simply wants to retell a classic scenario as well as it can. The film offers a great deal of promise in its early moments on which it sadly never quite delivers.

A young couple decide to purchase a remote bed and breakfast inn called “The March Carriage”. As they begin to settle in and renovate the building, they encounter a sequence of eerie spectral occurrences which seem to indicate that they are not alone in the house. As I said before, this is nothing new.

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Episode 142: The Babadook

15 Oct

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In this episode, Tyler, Robert, and Reed discuss Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook.

EPISODE BREAKDOWN
00:00:45- Intro, BP Slasher Commentaries, Reed’s articles
00:07:25- The Babadook
01:41:20- Forbidden Planet
02:11:26- Episode wrap-up