The Brood (1979), Videodrome (1983), The Fly (1986). These are the three favorites of one of the most unique directors working today. If he didn’t create the term “body horror”, he sure did redefine it. Especially in those earlier films in his career, there was always something dwelling deep within the flesh, working its way out, through the blood and plus. Tune in and hear our thoughts on our three Cronenberg favorites and such fun topics like fly politics, literal handguns, and redefining what a messy divorce looks like.
Films mention in this episode:
Atrium (2018), Black Christmas (1974), The Brood (1979), Cigarette Burns (2005), Curtains (1983), The Dead are Alive! (1972), The Dead Zone (1983), The Exterminator (1980), The Fly (1986), Ghostbusters (1984), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Nightbreed (1990), Rabid (1977), Scanners (1981), Shivers (1975), Stripes (1982), The Thing (1982), Videodrome (1983), The Void (2016)
Another amazing talent might has left us, but he also left us plenty of amazing memories. Sure, Ghostbusters (1984) isn’t exactly a horror film, but it did have enough horror elements to count, not to mention that it was damn entertaining then, and I still say today. Writer, director, producer, Ivan Reitman passed away on Saturday at the age of 75.
While he is mainly known for comedies, one of his first films that he directed was the 1973 epic Cannibal Girls, where the posters art stated, “These girls do exactly what you think they do!” How could you go wrong there? But he also helped David Cronenberg on a few of his early films, Shivers (1975) and Rabid (1977), so he definitely had some street cred when it came to the horror genre.
But no matter what genre he worked in, he created some entertaining films that will definitely last for generations to come. Our thoughts go out to him and his family during this difficult time.
The very following Saturday, on the 22nd of October, was when the other 24-hour marathon, called simply The Massacre, was being held at the Patio Theater. This is another old Chicago theater that is just beautiful. The lobby is just incredible, like stepping back in time. It thrills me to no end that someone is trying to keep this place open and alive. The theater itself is just huge, with plenty of seating for all the fans coming out to enjoy these movies. In the past, there had been issues with heat, either not having any or in the summer being just way too warm. Lucky for all of us, there weren’t any of those issues now, which was a great relief. Plus, I was not working this event, but was there just to sit back and enjoy the films, which was going to be a nice change of pace after the previous week. Since this time of year tends to be pretty busy for me, it’s tough for me to actually have time to sit and watch a flick every now and then. So this was going to be a great opportunity to do just that.