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Episode #125 is our first Cinema Torture Smackdown! Plan 9 From Outer Space vs. Saving Christmas!

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Welcome to Episode #125, our first CINEMA TORTURE SMACKDOWN!!! Keith and I each picked a movie that we thought would be pure punishment for the other to watch. Who will decide which movie is worse? Well, this time around it’s none other than our good friend Shawna West!

First up for consideration is my choice, 1957’s Plan 9 From Outer Spacedirected by Edward D. Wood. the film stars movie hostess Vampira, wrestler Tor Johnson, “psychic” Criswell, and Bela Lugosi…

Well, “almost starring” Bela Lugosi…

Second up is Keith’s choice for me (and Shawna), 2014’s Saving Christmas, aka Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas, starring, uh, Kirk Cameron…

That is NOT Kirk Cameron. Also: is this a killer Santa Claus movie?

Along with our movie battle, we announce my friend Scott McBee’s Top 5 Movies Of All Time! We also announce the titles of the movies some friends have labeled The Worst Movie Of All Time.

As far as which of these two movies Shawna chose as the worst torture, you’re going to have to listen in to find out! We really hope you join us for our movie battle, because we really do want to know…

Have You Seen This One?

Jay

Plan 9 From Outer Space – 1957
Saving Christmas – 2014
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Episode #124 Don’t Look Now…with our friend Erin Casteneda!

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Welcome back, HYSTOphiles! We are here with Episode #124, a classic 70’s film: Don’t Look Now, directed by Nicolas Roeg.

Starring Donald Sutherland & Julie Christie

Of course, since this is a 70’s horror/thriller, we had to invite our good friend Erin Casteneda along for the ride! We also share our friend Latrice Carter‘s Top 5 Movies Of All Time, and Keith and I finally announce our first choices for our first Cinematic Torture Fest!

We hope you join our movie party, because we really do want to know…

Have You Seen This One?

Jay

Don’t Look Now – 1973

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Episode #123 – Hoosier daddy? 1986’s “Hoosiers” starring Gene Hackman!

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SINK THAT BALL, HYSTOphiles! (Wait. Was that the correct sports reference? I never know…) 

Hello, and welcome to Episode #123, where we discuss the baseball film…no, wait, basketball film Hoosiers, starring Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, and, in the only Academy Award nominated performance of his career, Dennis Hopper!

Yes. That Dennis Hopper. But not that film…

Now, this is a film that I have heard a great deal about but, obviously, have never seen. While I famously don’t like movies about sports, I was happy to hear that Barbara Hershey was in it.

Again: right actor, wrong film…

Set in the 50’s, this movie is supposed to be based on a true story. Uh huh. Heard that one before. I also heard that Mr. Gene Hackman thought this movie would be a bomb…

No. I mean yes that’s Gene Hackman, but this is from The Poseidon…oh forget it…

As usual we also discuss what has been entertaining us lately, and our good friend Knives Monroe shares his Top 5 Movies Of All Time!

We really hope you join our movie party, because we really do want to know…

Have You Seen This One?

Jay

Hoosiers – 1986
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#122 Vampire’s Kiss with guest Kellie Arnold!

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I’M A VAMPIRE! I’M A VAMPIRE! I’M A VAMPIRE!

Howdy HYSTOphiles, and welcome to Episode #122 where we discuss the 1988 Nicholas Cage film Vampire’s KissAnd joining us is our good friend Kellie Arnold!

Kellie? Kellie’s here?

Actually, Kellie is the person who really recommended this one, and I was glad to join her in making Keith watch.

Thank you, Kellie…I think…

We also discuss what’s been entertaining us lately, and our good friend Cassandra Weyandt shares her Top 5 Movies Of All Time!

We hope you join us for the movie party, because we really do want to know…

Have You Seen This One?

Jay

Vampire’s Kiss – 1988
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Episode #121 has us on the right FREQUENCY!!!

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Welcome back, HYSTOphiles! We’re here with Episode #121, and Keith chose the 2000 film Frequency, starring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel. Oh, and there’s another actor in this film: The Northern Lights!

“Thank you! Thank you! Hold your applause, please!”

I’m not gonna lie. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie…and I was surprised that I had never seen it! Of course, as always, we discuss what’s been entertaining us lately (I have two SUPER recommendations!), and we announce Teri Castagne’s Top 5 Movies Of All Time! (Hint: we covered one of them recently!)

We hope you join us for this movie party, because we really do want to know…

Have You Seen This One?

Jay

Frequency – 2000
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Episode #120 – The Fly vs. The Fly! (1958 vs 1986) With Shawna West!

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The Fly (1958) vs The Fly (1986)

Hello HYSTOphiles! Please! Help me! Help me! Help me control my excitement about HYSTO? Episode #120, where it’s time for us to compare two films famous in horror history: The Fly (1958) & The Fly (1986)!

You don’t have to get THAT excited about it. Eww…

Of course we had to invite our good friend Shawna West to discuss with us the good and bad points of both film…

Shawna? Shawna West? Be Afraid. Be very afraid…

We had so much fun talking about these two films that we lost all track of time. Who knows what happened in the outside world during all this…

We talked so long The Fly had to get another haircut…

Along the way we, of course, we talk about what has been keeping us entertained lately, and we also hear from good friend and former guest Melissa McDowell as she shares her Top 5 Movies of All Time! (One of them in particular was a delightful surprise for all of us!)

We really hope you join us for our movie party, because we really do want to know…

Have You Seen This One?

Jay

The Fly – 1958

 

The Fly – 1958

 

The Fly – 1986

 

The Fly – 1986
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Episode #119 – Leaves Of Grass – A movie starring Ed Norton and…Ed Norton!

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What’s up, HYSTOphiles? Welcome to Episode #119, where we discuss the movie Leaves Of Grasswhich stars Ed Norton in not one but TWO roles!

Meet Ed and…Ed…

This was Keith’s choice for me, and I’m not gonna lie: I was NOT looking forward to watching this one. Did I like it? You know how to find out!

I will say this: his performance really did make it look like he was two different people…

We also celebrate our friend and frequent guest Erin Casteneda‘s birthday, and she shares her Top 5 Movies Of All Time!, which includes a couple of my favorites!

We really hope you join our movie party, because we really do want to know…

Have You Seen This One?

Jay

Leaves Of Grass – 2009
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Episode #118 goes Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls!

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Greetings, HYSTOphiles! Welcome to Episode #118, and welcome to Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls!

Meet Pet, Kelly, and Casey -The Carrie Nations!

Yes, Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls – the 1970 Russ Meyer film that was co-written by none other than Roger Ebert!

Russ Meyer & Roger Ebert – The Dream Team

Ever since we started this podcast I have been dying to make Keith and Paul Kastava watch this epic! (Did I mention that our buddy Paul Kastava was joining us? It just seemed right since I made him watch The Valley Of Dolls way back…) Their reactions were priceless…

Yep. That’s pretty spot on…

We also discuss what’s been entertaining us lately, AND Austin legend Mr. Owen Egerton shares his Top 5 Movies Of All Time! We hope you join us for this movie party because we really do want to know…

Have You Seen This One?

 

Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls – 1970

 

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Episode #117 may be “Thinner” but it’s full of fun…and special guest Shawna West!

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Hey, Hey, Hey, HYSTOphiles! We’re back with #117, and it’s a Stephen King Extravaganza!

Ah! Mr. King, I presume?

This whole thing started when our good friend Shawna West told us she went down a King Quarantine Hole with all things Stephen King, so we decided to jump in with her! Turns out I had never seen the 1996 film Thinnerdirected by Tom Holland…

Don’t be so upset! I’m watching! I’m watching!

We all decided it would be fun to each share our top five Stephen King film adaptations (no surprise – there are a few overlaps), and Shawna shares her own TOP 5 FILMS OF ALL TIME!!!

We hope you join us, because we really do want to know…

Have You Seen This One?

Jay

Thinner – 1996

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Episode #116 – To Kill A Mockingbird – with guest Paul Kastava!

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Hello, HYSTOphiles, and welcome to Episode #116! We’re taking things seriously this time around with my choice, 1962’s To Kill A Mockingbirdstarring the amazing Gregory Peck.

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch

Joining us to talk about this REAL movie treasure is our good friend Paul KastavaWe always love when Paul visits, and it was a special pleasure to discuss this movie with he and Keith.

The three amazing child actors in this film: Phillip Alford, Mary Badham, and John Megna

Naturally we also talk about what has been keeping us entertained lately, and Paul shares his Top 5 Movies of All Time! We hope you join us, because we really do want to know…

Have You Seen This One?

Jay

To Kill A Mockingbird – 1962