Sarah and Adam get ready to blow your minds with Scare-itage’s first Cronenberg! Their viewing of Scanners delves into the film’s troubled production, which included a star who couldn’t act, an unfinished script, the need to tone down the horror at one co-star’s request, and—most terrifying of all—drunken phone calls from Patrick McGoohan.
Adam and Sarah enter their Cubist period to discuss Vincent Natali’s Cube and the director’s proto-Cube short film, Elevated. The films—both feature and short—serve as a launching pad for your hosts to sing the praises of David Hewlett, discuss the rise and fall of C.O.R.E., and eviscerate the ways Cube (and many other films) write mentally handicapped characters. Plus, Sarah reveals how Julian Richings may be in your washroom...right now.
A Guardian article on how Tropic Thunder satirizes Hollywood’s depiction of the mentally handicapped (contains language some readers may find offensive).
Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees were barely mobile, but the titular Pin outdoes them both. Sarah & Adam discuss repressed killers, creepy dolls, Terry O’Quinn, the surprise connections this film has to Canadian Heritage Minutes and Breaking Bad, and more when they pay a visit to everyone’s favourite anatomical doll. Pin: It’s a little bit Psycho, a little bit Magic, and a whole lot of disturbing.
Will Harris’ Random Roles is a great series of rapid-fire interviews with actors discussing a number of different actors. Here’s Terry O’Quinn’s RR (no PIN mention, sadly).
You thought Adam & Sarah were going to discuss a movie about a killer dummy...APRIL FOOLS! The real dummies are your hosts for playing this prank, but we will be discussing Pin next episode (for real, we promise). In the meantime, this American remake of a Canadian slasher is used as a springboard to discuss the trends of slasher remakes over the last 15-plus years and their favourite character actors.
April Fool’s Day is, alas, not Canadian.
The lost Canadian Donald Pleasence movie about the killer sofa is Creature of Comfort. Help the Scare-itage team find this lost film and you will be rewarded with a cash prize of 50 Canadian (Tire) Dollars.
Both agree that the worst remake is 2010’s A Nightmare On Elm Street.
Sarah & Adam dig up Killer Dwarfs (sic), the connection between horror and heavy metal, special effects, and whether you can make good horror for kids when they discuss The Gate. We recommend you play this episode backwards to prevent all Hell from breaking loose in your ears.
Ishtar and The Gate both hit US theatres on May 15, 1987.
Phil The Alien is a Canadian film co-starring Eugene Levy as a talking beaver and features Veninjer as a prostitute named Candy. Worth watching if you’re looking for a non-spooky CanCon recommendation.
Love Will Find A Way by Vince Carlucci.
Music videos by Eva Everything, including a snippet of the NO PLEASURE video seen in this film.
L.A. Times article on the downplaying of scary elements—including the replacement of the Crypt Keeper puppet—for Crypt’s Saturday morning cartoon.
Killer Dwarfs (sic).