Elysium, it is either the best or worst science fiction summer film of 2013. Co-hosts Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher, Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Thomas Mariani and Vixen debate the good, the bad and god-awful with Neill Blomkamp’s follow up to District 9. Before the grue-crew lash, loath and love the film starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley, the guys (and gal) are joined by Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka from Midnight Syndicate to discuss their latest CD, Monsters of Legend. After all the thrills settle down, Dave rejuvenates the crypt-keepers with the horror news of the week and Doc has another contest to share.
Midnight Syndicate is a fan-favorite genre band producing fantastic, creepy Halloween and horror movie inspired music for nearly two decades. Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka join the grue-crew to pimp their latest and greatest, Monsters of Legend, an instrumental CD inspired by the horror films from Universal Monsters (and Hammer Films, as we learn during the interview). The duo also discuss their inspirations, the horror films that shaped their childhood and what makes or breaks a good horror sound track. Check out more from Midnight Syndicate at their website, www.midnightsyndicate.com/, or their Facebook fan page, www.facebook.com/MidnightSyndicate.
Distict 9 is a favorite among the grue-crew and everyone, except maybe Vixen, admits they were eagerly awaiting Neill Blomkamp’s follow up to his impressive debut film. Elysium is that film. It’s the story of a future impoverished world where the 99% inhabit Earth in shanty-towns while the fortunate and wealthy 1% live in a virus-free, eutopia in the upper atmosphere called Elysium. After a disastrous accident leaving Max (Matt Damon) irradiated with only 5 days to live, the down-on-his-luck anti-hero must team up with a band of smugglers to break into Elysium. Meanwhile, Sharlto Copley steals every scene and Jodie Foster invents a brand new accent. While the reviews and opinions are divisive, everyone agrees the film is beautifully films with impressive visuals and tone. Be sure to check out the book, Elysium: The Art of the Film (by Mark Salisbury) from Titan Books.
Dave Dreher’s horror news of the week begins with the sad news of the passing of Karen Black. Mrs. Black is a fondly remembered actress from the Seventies (primarily, but not limited to) in such genre films as Burnt Offerings, Day of the Locust and Trilogy of Terror. Outside of horror, she is known for Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, The Great Gatsby (1974) and Airport 1975. Dave’s news continues with the news, clips and featurettes coming non-stop from the promotion engine supporting Insidious: Chapter 2. He follows that up with news from TV terror, shows like Dracula, Sleepy Hollow, and (gasp) From Dusk Till Dawn. Next is news that Jeffrey Combs and Stuart Gordon are teaming up to bring Combs’ one-man play about Edgar Allan Poe, Nevermore, to the big screen. The last bit for this week is about the Evil Dead bikini, a one-of-a-kind product found on Etsy.
It is time for another crazy contest on the podcast, for this one 3 lucky winners will each win a copy of the Absence Blu-ray. The contest is open until Midnight (EST), Sunday, August 25, 2013 and is open to US addresses only. You have two options to win! The first option is to join the HorrorNews.Net Podcast group, www.facebook.com/groups/HorrorNewsNetPodcast/, and complete the poll on the following question: What is your favorite Found Footage horror film? The second way to win is to answer the same question in an email sent to DocRotten@HorrorNews.Net with Absence in the subject line along with your mailing address. Here is the synopsis of the film, Absense: “Expectant mother Liz wakes to discover that her unborn child has disappeared overnight. She travels to the mountains with her husband and brother to escape the attention of prying neighbors and police – and to try to make sense of what happened, where they realize that their ordeal is not yet over.”
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