16. Scanners (1981).

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.

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15. Cube (1997).

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.

Show Notes.

Trailer. IMDB. Wikipedia.

In addition to Cube, there’s Cube 2: Hypercube, Cube Zero (all the flavour of the previous Cubes with none of the calories), and the unreleased Cubed.

Not to be confused with Jim Henson’s The Cube.

Forever Knight--a vampire detective show. It predates Angel and it’s basically Canada’s answer to Angel.

Julian Richings interview.

Nicole de Boer interview.

Wayne Robson on The Red Green Show.

The Saw series.

A Guardian article on how Tropic Thunder satirizes Hollywood’s depiction of the mentally handicapped (contains language some readers may find offensive).

Five Characters In Search Of An Exit.

Elevated.

Pumpkinhead.

A glimpse of what we’ll be discussing next episode (NSFW).

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14. Pin (1988).

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.

Show Notes.

Trailer. IMDB. Wikipedia.

Based on the novel of the same name by Andrew Neiderman.

The novel is available to read for free from the Internet Archive’s loan system.

A review of the film featuring PIN’s cover art with the “A Plastic Nightmare” subtitle.

Sandor Stern.

Cynthia Preston.

Quebec character Bronwen Mantel - Mrs. Linden - she played Queen Victoria in one of the original Heritage Minutes which was directed by Curtains’ Richard Ciupka!

The Stepfather, starring Terry O’Quinn.

O’Quinn returned for Stepfather 2: Make Room For Daddy. The less said about Stepfather 3 and the remake, the better.

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).

Random Roles with Jonathan Banks where he barely remembers PIN.

Sample Slim Goodbody video.

Ideal David Cronenberg date movies: Scanners, if you’re Leon. Dead Ringers, if you’re Adam.

A preview of what we’ll be discussing on the next Scare-itage.

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13. My Bloody Valentine 3D (2009).

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.

Show Notes.

Trailer. IMDB. Wikipedia.

April Fool’s Day is, alas, not Canadian.

Unfriended and Unfriended 2: Dark Web.

The Rob Zombie Halloween and H2.

Resident Evil’s Hunk & Barry.

Rogue One CGI actors.

Looking to catch up on Ernest movies? Ernest Roulette is the only Ernest podcast...with a wheel!

Silent Night, Deadly Night.

Valentine.

The House series consists of House, House 2: The Second Story, and House IV. There is no House III in North America (long story).

The origin of Michael Sembello’s Maniac.

Kevin Tighe.

Tighe on Tales From The Crypt with Lance Henriksen.

Jensen Ackles on a Soap Opera.

Tom Atkins interview.

Scream 4’s pre-credits teaser.

Night Of The Creeps.

Bill Moseley.

ChopTop.

Emma Roberts.

Patrick Wilson and Bob Odenkirk. Separated at birth?

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.

The Clown Murders.

Sarah’s Slasher Favourite Remakes: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The Hills Have Eyes. Black Christmas.

Adam champions the Maniac remake starring Elijah Wood, but he also enjoys the original Joe Spinell vehicle of the same name.

Both agree that the worst remake is 2010’s A Nightmare On Elm Street.

Franklin from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

David Cronenberg’s Scanners and Rabid.

Mirror, Mirror and Texas Chainsaw 3D are two of the rare horror films that Adam gave up on.

New French Extremity.

Rob Zombie’s non-Halloween films: House of 1000 Corpses. The Devil's Rejects. The Lords of Salem. 31. 3 from Hell.

Title song and credits sequence from House of 1000 Corpses (NSFW).

Adam’s article on alternate versions of horror films can be read in issue 141 of Rue Morgue.

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12. The Gate (1987).

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.

Show Notes.

Trailer. IMDB. Wiki.

Ishtar and The Gate both hit US theatres on May 15, 1987.

The Fiasco Brothers Watch A Movie AKA Dial “T” For Fiasco.

Degrassi’s It Creeps!!

“Detotated wam”.

The Soskas have decided to let us live...for now.

Katts & Dog.

Seein’ Things episode with Louis Tripp.

Ingrid Veninger’s pUNK films.

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.

Cardboard Brains.

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.

Movies recommended on this episode: The Witch, Hereditary (again!), The Lure.

90s Spider-Man wasn’t allowed to punch people.

L.A. Times article on the downplaying of scary elements—including the replacement of the Crypt Keeper puppet—for Crypt’s Saturday morning cartoon.

Mastodon: Blood & Thunder.

The “little creatures run amok” sub-genre of the 80s ranked in terms of greatness: Critters, Gremlins, Ghoulies.

The House series consists of House, House 2: The Second Story, and House IV. There is no House III in North America (long story).

Killer Dwarfs (sic).

Sacrifice.

A preview of what we’ll be discussing next time.

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