Sunday, 20 April 2014

HYPNOBOBS 147 and a Half - Quoth the Rathbone



This week a sore throated Mr Jim Moon is winding up the old gramophone in the Great Library of Dreams once more and delving once again in the mysterious vinyl lurking in cobwebbed crates and unearths Basil Rathbone and Edgar Allan Poe...

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

THE BLACK DOG #194 - Excellent Frontage



Welcome to this weeks episode of The Black Dog Podcast which has Excellent Frontage

This week we discuss Jim's trip to the foggy wastelands of Benidorm, Darren's trouser malfunction, Lee's abuse by pigeons, Cards against Humanity and rollercoasters. Then we hit the news with some interesting titbits about the medias obsession with the land of Westeros, new story directions for later episodes of Madmen and Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet.

And after a truly bizarre NSFW sh*tty superhero and an estate agent profanisaurus from Jim we head in to cheap cheesy space opera with Roger Corman's Battle Beyond the Stars.

Next week we stay with Corman as we strive to prove that some previously maligned superhero films aren't as bad as all that and as the control in this experiment we have Corman's own version of The Fantastic Four!

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

HYPNOBOBS #147 - Are You One of the Frightened?


This week Mr Jim Moon is winding up the old gramophone in the Great Library of Dreams to deliver a spooky something or two from the voice of one of the original masters of horror, Mr Boris Karloff.

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014

THE BLACK DOG 192 - Dakota St.John-Smithe and The Temple of Mild Inconvenience


In this weeks episode we discuss running, mobile phones, Batman games, Easter egg craft and steam cleaning.   Then we abandon all pretense of format to dump the news, dump the sh*tty superheroes and spend 30 min spoiler zone discussing Captain America Winter Soldier.

Then we talk Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and desperately try to maintain how not racist we are while discussing how racist this film actually is.

The cast is broken into two parts and later this week will be the feedback episode otherwise tune in for Rutger Hauers descent into DVD bargain basement infamy with the sodden Split Second.  


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Friday, 28 March 2014

HYPNOBOBS 146 - The Natural History of the Batman Part 10



Pin back your ears Bat-fans! In the tenth part of our Bat-history, Mr Jim Moon continues his exploration of the Caped Crusader's adventures in audio, detailing the slew of vinyl that appeared in the wake of the 1966 TV show. We delve into a brace of LPs from Tifton - a Childrens Treasury of Musical Batman Stories and The Sensational Guitars of Dan and Dale, uncover the tales related by the Golden Records Storyteller, and chart the Official Adventures Of Batman & Robin: Exciting Episodes Of Their Battles Against The Evil Forces Of Society from Leo the Lion! 

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Thursday, 27 March 2014

C. H. U. D. (1984)


I originally caught this back in the day on VHS and I remember being impressed by how smart the movie was, despite seemingly being a bit cheap and disjointed. However it always stuck in my mind as one of the more interesting low budget monster movies of the '80s; the monsters were good, there were interesting, and the plot not only had an intriguing twist to it but also seemed to be reaching to give us some socio-political discourse too! All in all, not bad for a cheapie about modern day ghouls eating assorted hobos and random passersby.

Now from a good while, I was keen to revisit it to see if C.H.U.D. was as interesting as I remembered. Did it had more to recommend it other than not being a poverty row rip-off of either Alien or The Thing, which most cheap creature features of its period seemed to be?  So when I discovered that there was now a director's cut available on DVD from Anchor Bay, well it was high time to venture into the sewers once more.


In fairness, it's been that long since I first saw it on a grainy rental tape I can't really tell you how different the new cut is. But certainly the movie now feels more coherent and seemed to flow better than the VHS version I remember. And certainly there's a vast improvement in picture - while still obviously an *ahem* inexpensive production, the cinematography is sharp and the movie definitely benefits from being in widescreen, giving the movie a visual flair that was cropped out of the pan-and-scan video version I first saw.

So how does the movie stand up today? Well, pretty darn well, it has to be said. Although there is one large caveat to that - which is, if you're going in expecting  a schlock horror fest, the usual mix of scenes of cheese and gratuitous boob shots linking together the oozy splattery monster attacks, then C.H.U.D. will disappoint, and I strongly advise you to find something from Troma instead.

However what C.H.U.D. does deliver is a smart, well plotted and well performed monster movie. Like the old '50s classics, here we have monsters made accidentally by science with the origin of the monsters being a mystery for our heroes to solve. However like '70s creature features there's a strong element of anti-authoritarianism with big business and the government covering up the dirty monster secret. And to bring the production grittily up to date, the extensive guerrilla shooting gives the movie a real world bite that strengthens the tale its telling.



But if all that sounds a little po faced, it has to be said that C.H.U.D. never forgets it's a monster movie, teasing us with little reveals of the titular creatures and the script is sprinkled with enough humour to stop the movie taking itself too seriously but at the same time never undercutting the plotting or drama.

 And the C.H.U.D.s themselves are still a great monster - nice and slimy in that classic '80s FX style and very well realised for such a low budget. Admittedly they are wisely only shown in glimpses for most  of the flick but that just makes their later unveiling all the more fun.

C.H.U.D. might not be a perfect movie, but it's certainly a very interesting and engaging one. There's a sparkle to dialogue and a intelligence in the script that you rarely see in low budget monster movies these days, with so many now preferring to revel in how stupid and cheap they are. And so the likes of C.H.U.D. , a movie made with little money but a lot of wit, intelligence and talent , is a most refreshing blast from the past.


THE BLACK DOG PODCAST 191 - Berkshire Hunt



In another epic lengthed show we discuss such diverse subjects as... The Flash, Teddy Robinson retro love, Nebulous, and running and twisting a testicle. Add to that more superhero crappiness and the joy at Prometheus 2 news and a fine dragon profanisaurus entry, before we review this weeks film How to Train Your Dragon.

Next week we break out the casual racism and chilled monkey brains of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom... With points awarded if a feedbacker can get through a reply without mentioning Short Round.

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