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Episode 271 - Jim Wynorski Focus: 1986's Chopping Mall

Director Jim Wynorski appeared on the horror and exploitation scene in the early 1980's with a number of films that are now considered cult classics. His work includes films for such luminaries as Roger Corman and the Woolner Brothers. Some of his most love movies by midnight movie fans include Hard to Die, Sorority House Massacre II, The Haunting of Morella, Not of This Earth, Scream Queen Hot Tub Party, and The Lost Empire. Many highlighting some of the most famous 1980's scream queens of the era. His second film, 1986's Chopping Mall, is always mentioned as one of the top horror classics of the 1980's.

When a large Los Angeles mall replaces their night watchmen with a group of robots, a malfunction occurs when lightning strikes the building causing the security-bots to become homicidal. During the same night a group of co-eds gets the opportunity to party it up all night at one of the department stores, but unbeknownst to them, their lives may be in danger as what should have been a night of nookie and fun turns out to be terror and murder.

Chopping Mall has been reintroduced to younger audiences with its brilliant remastering on blu-ray by Vestron. Filled with interviews, commentaries, and a picture that looks as good as the day it was released to theaters, the film is beginning to find new fans. Dark Discussions takes a look at this cult classic and gives their opinions on the movie and where it stands against other 80's horror.

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Halloween Boutique Psychotronic Reviews Volume 002

Presented by Dark Discussions Podcast is the new monthly Halloween Boutique: A Psychotronic Review podcast where co-host Phil reviews his various special edition blu-rays and DVD's from boutique companies such as Mondo Macabro, Severin Films, Synapse Films, Redemption Video, Code Red, Arrow Video, and all the rest.

What's the purpose? Well, co-host Phil figured that if he purchased a special edition of a cult or horror film home release with extras and remastering of the motion picture, why not give his 15 minute opinion of each film right after he watches them. Similar to the Dark Discussions Terror Tantrum segment by Patrick Lacey or the Bloody Bits podcast by Jason Lloyd of Horrorphilia, Halloween Boutique takes some of the recent releases and obscure titles and goes into the background of the movie, how is the film itself, what the presentation and remastering is, and discussion on the extras upon each disc.

This second edition of the podcast includes reviews of Russ Meyer's 1965 film Motorpsycho, Mondo Macabro's release of the 1984 slasher Don't Open Til Christmas, Vinegar Syndrome's disc of the mashup 1982 film Raw Force, the 1969 Radley Metzger epic Camille 2000 (released by Cult Epics), Redemption's definitive release of Jess Franco's 1973 The Demons, and the Blue Underground disc of the Italian giallo Seven Deaths in the Cat's Eye.

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Episode 270 - M. Night Shyalaman Focus: 2017's Split

When a new talent appears, not many have the bang that M. Night Shyamalan did. With The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs, he was the new big director. When his name was attached to a film, it was a must see phenomenon. He became so popular, even though he was behind the camera, that he appeared in commercials. But then ... well ... things went downhill. With five bombs in a row, he suddenly showed that like most folks, he too was human.

Then in 2010, he wrote a little film called Devil that put him back on the map, and then followed that with a found footage horror film called The Visit, and it seemed like he was back on track. Finally in 2017, his new film, Split, has shown that indeed, the director we saw with his first three films, was back. An interesting film starring James McAvoy in what some would call a career defining performance.

Dark Discussions takes a look at this critical darling and box office sensation. We discuss and give our critique. Is the film as good as many have said? Listen to find out. Also starring the small cast of Betty Buckley, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, and Jessica Sula, the film has led the box office for three weeks yet only cost nine million dollars to make. Maybe Shyalaman is back.

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Episode 269 - Christopher Smith Focus: 2017's Detour

Six years ago ... did you just say six years ago? That's right, Dark Discussions did a four episode retrospective of British director, Christopher Smith, and his four horror films back six years ago. However, afterwards, he disappeared from genre cinema to make a well received Christmas film and then a T.V. miniseries. However, now, 2017, he is back with a brand new thriller simply entitled Detour.

Harper, a young law student, has his world turn upside down when his mother and stepfather get into a car accident which leaves his mother in a coma. When evidence points to foul play by his stepfather, he gets involved with a low level hitman who is willing to put things right.

Starring three young up-and-comers, Tye Sheridan, Bel Powley, and Emory Cohen, the film is a showpiece for not only the three, but also Christopher Smith who wrote and directed the film. Detour is a throwback to the Pulp Fiction run of films but includes some interesting fresh ideas within a subgenre of thrillers that continue to surprise filmgoers everywhere. Dark Discussions takes a look at this new film and gives their thoughts.

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Episode 268 - André Øvredal Focus: 2017's The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Everyone in the states know about garden trolls. With the United States large concentration of folks with Northern European ancestry, some of that culture still remains even if just to be quaint. Director André Øvredal, a Norwegian director, surprised folks with his international horror hit Troll Hunter about the fact that trolls most certainly did exist. Now in 2016, after it the film played many festivals, his follow up film, The Autopsy of Jane Doe, arrived in mid-December of 2016 and wowed almost everyone.

When the local sheriff finds the half buried body of a young woman in the basement of a scene of what appears to be a murder-suicide, he takes the girl's corpse to the local coroner for an immediate autopsy. Things just don't appear right to him. Soon the coroner and his son as his assistant begin to discover things about the woman that simply don't make any sense. As the hours pass, strange things begin to happen that make them decide their safety is in jeopardy.

The film received one of the most glowing reviews from horror author Stephen King stating he felt the film was the scariest film since Alien. Whether it that was hyperbole or an honest opinion can be debated, but it seems most folks happen to think the film was pretty effective. In episode 267 of Dark Discussions, the film landed as our 2nd best horror film of 2016. Now listen to what your co-hosts thought and why they seemed to like the film so much.

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Episode 267 - 2016 Year in Review

Another year passes and Dark Discussions podcast looks back at genre films of 2016. Five co-hosts, five individual lists, and one master definitive list of the best horror films of the year. We go through over 70 films and choose what we each thought were the best horror films released and then put together one final list removing any outliers. Obvious higher profile films like The Conjuring 2 or Blair Witch were considered but also critical darlings such as The Wailing and The Witch.

Also discussed were the best various subgenres of pulp films. We put together another definitive list of the best "other" genre films – those being science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, and the rest. Again obvious titles like Star Wars Rogue One and The Arrival are discussed but also The Girl on the Train and Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla are considered too.

Lastly we have our choices of the highlights (and lows) of the year including best performances, breakout stars, and goats of the year. And we include lists from some of our listeners. Where do they stand compared to the movies that Dark Discussions think were essential to genre viewing for 2016?

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Episode 266 - 2017 Genre Preview

With January 2017 underway, it is time to visit what is coming this year to cinemas, video-on-demand platforms, as well as those genre films that are going straight to disc. Last year, horror seemed to dominate genre and there were a lot of great flicks. This year once again there seems to be a lot of great ones coming. Plus also more superhero flicks. Reboots and remakes and sequels are also arriving too.

Dark Discussions once again is back with their look forward to the new year and which films seem to interest them most. Some of the more high profile flicks spoken of include Kong: Skull Island, War of the Planet of the Apes, Wonder Woman, Alien Covenant, the latest Thor film, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. For straight horror, A Cure For Wellness is probably one of the more high profile flicks coming.

Some lower profile flicks talked about include Arbor Demon, The Dark Tapes, Personal Shopper, Dangerous People, Space Babes From Outer Space, Sky Sharks, and Safe Neighborhood. And then at the very end we list off other films and talk about some of the latest news about movies and genre cinema.

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Volume 001 - Halloween Boutique Psychotronic Reviews

Presented by Dark Discussions Podcast is the new monthly Halloween Boutique: A Psychotronic Review podcast where co-host Phil reviews his various special edition blu-rays and DVD's from boutique companies such as Mondo Macabro, Severin Films, Synapse Films, Redemption Video, Code Red, Arrow Video, and all the rest.

What's the purpose? Well, co-host Phil figured that if he purchased a special edition of a cult or horror film home release with extras and remastering of the motion picture, why not give his 15 minute opinion of each film right after he watches them. Similar to the Dark Discussions Terror Tantrum segment by Patrick Lacey or the Bloody Bits podcast by Jason Lloyd of Horrorphilia, Halloween Boutique takes some of the recent releases and obscure titles and goes into the background of the movie, how is the film itself, what the presentation and remastering is, and discussion on the extras upon each disc.

This first edition of the podcast includes reviews of Redemption's 1978 English slasher, Killer's Moon, the Indonesian cult classic Lady Terminator, Mondo Macabro's definitive edition of director Jess Franco's Sinner: Diary of a Nymphomaniac, Severin Film's special edition of director Jess Franco's She Killed in Ecstasy, and Arrow Video's release of director Walerian Borowczyk's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne. Included is Patrick Lacey in a new Terror Tantrum discussing the Vinegar Syndrome release of the monster flick Hobgoblins.

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Episode 265 - New Year's Resolution Bucket List

New Year's resolutions are a big thing for folks. Some want to lose weight, find a spouse, get a new job, work towards completing something; others have goals that they strive for. Co-host Mike said that there are a lot of genre films he hasn't seen that he wants to get to, so as a New Year's resolution, why not ask all the co-hosts to see some film they always wanted to see and then discuss. So each co-host chose a genre movie that they had never seen and decided to watch it and give their opinions.

Films we discuss are The Creature From the Black Lagoon, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), The Quatermass Xperiment, Nosferatu (1922), Kwaidan (1964), and Mario Bava's Black Sabbath. A listener of the show, Chris Genro, also gives his opinion on a film he had always wanted to see but never had, the 1970's backwoods horror film Rituals.

Also discussed is a top ten list by Patrick Lacey on some of the best films released to disc in 2016 as well as his review of the new Vinegar Syndrome release of the holiday horror flick, Jack Frost. Also, actor Aston Elliot is brought on to discuss his role in the genre flick Chocolate Strawberry Vanilla and other films he has done in the Australian movie scene. Welcome 2017 and Happy New Year to all.

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Episode 264 - All Through the House (2016)

There have been a lot of really good low budget or independent horror films over the last few years. The Dark Discussions Podcast seems to review many, most being arthouse or foreign. But for every arthouse horror film, there are a bunch of zombie, monster, or slasher films that appear on VOD as well. One of them, the Christmas themed slasher All Through the House, has rose to the surface with a very well made trailer and a fantastic marketing campaign. If you want to get the word out about a film, these folks know how.

Years ago, a quiet neighborhood is struck with the disappearance of Jamie Garrett, a five year old little girl. Fifteen years later, next door neighbor Rachel, comes home from college for the holidays, reconnecting with her friends, an ex-boyfriend, and the mother of the missing girl. As she and her two friends help bring down Christmas ornaments from Mrs. Garrett's attic, a masked killer dressed as Santa Claus begins to hunt down college coeds leaving a trail of dead bodies.

Released to festivals in 2015, All Through the House made its debut in quarter four of 2016, perfect timing for a Christmas horror themed movie. The film is written and directed by newcomer Todd Nunes and stars a bevy of bountiful beauties including lead actress Ashley Mary Nunes (sister to the director). Dark Discussions takes a look at this new slasher film and give their thoughts on whether it is a worthy throwback to the 1980's or not.

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Episode 259 - Patient Seven (The Critique)

Last week Dark Discussions interviewed director Danny Draven and actor Dan Lench of the movie Patient Seven. We learned a bit about the horror anthology and how the various shorts were award winning movies from the convention circuit. After being scooped up by the producers, a wraparound story was built around these films creating a cohesive movie.

A highly renowned doctor comes to a sanitarium to interview seven patients for a new book he is planning. Each patient is a very unique behavioral health case. As the psychiatrist's unconventional techniques become known, the orderlies become concerned and the patients become more enraged. Yet there may be a truth behind each patient's tale that not even a sanitarium can keep hidden.

Patient Seven encompasses seven award winning shorts with an eighth wraparound story that ties it all together. Zombies, vampires, serial killers, ghosts, demons, and murder fill out the almost two hour runtime. With its great score, its dark tone, and each tales unique twists, the movie has been getting rave reviews and has been considered one of the best horror anthologies to come along in some time. Dark Discussions does their critique and review of this new film.

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Episode 258 - Patient Seven (The Interviews)

Horror anthologies seem to be films that horror fans either love or hate. Many can be disjointed, have too many tonal shifts, or simply aren't any good. But there has been a huge resurgence of them recently led by such films as The ABC's of Death and V/H/S. A new film entitled Patient Seven suddenly appeared on VOD services and quickly became one of the top horror movies rented and viewed on such places as iTunes.

With seven individual stories with an eighth story as the wraparound tale, the film is quite lengthy and yet flows pretty smoothly. The cast includes some fairly well known folks including Alfie Allen (of Game of Thrones), actress Amy Smart, and genre favorite Michael Ironsides.

Additionally, the movie has actor Dan Lench, a star of last year's science fiction film, Circle, playing a pivotal role that is completely different than anything he's played before. Along with Dan Lench, Dark Discussions interviews one of the directors, Danny Draven, who also edited and put together the upcoming disc release. Get ready for part one of our two part episode of Patient Seven. This episode focuses on the people that worked on the film.

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