Filmwhys #50 Psycho and The Spirit

Episode 50 of the Why Haven’t You Seen This Film Podcast where my guest is Ryan McNeil from The Matinee who asks me why I hadn’t seen Alfred Hitchcock’s first horror film and one of his greatest, Psycho. And in return, I ask him why he hadn’t seen a superhero film on the opposite end of the spectrum, one of the worst comic book films out there, Frank Miller’s The Spirit. There’s also an important announcement near the beginning of the episode, so give it a listen.
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Graphic Horror: Dr. Giggles

Dr. Giggles 1992

It’s tough for me to decide which of the two recent films I watched are better: Virus or Dr. Giggles. I think I would give the edge to Virus, only slightly due to some of the innovative special effects. Dr. Giggles is very much just a standard psychopath killer horror movie overloaded with as many doctor puns as they could fit in. The most entertaining part of the film was picking out actors that I recognized from their later work, like Larry Drake who went on to play Durant in Darkman, Holly Marie Combs who played the sister no one remembers from Charmed, Doug E. Doug from Cool Runnings, and Glenn Quinn from Angel. It’s filled with plenty of horror tropes, some weird doctor-like contraptions, and not really much else in the way of plot or scares. It was produced in part by Dark Horse Entertainment and also had a tie-in two part comic book that came out right around the same time as the film.
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Adventures in Podcasting

Apologies for the lack of posts here lately, Channel: Superhero has been taking up a lot of my free time (and the Sims has taken up a lot of our family computer’s time but that’s another story), but I have been making the rounds on a few other podcasts lately and I wanted the chance to highlight them so you can go check them out, especially since several of them allowed me to talk about things other than superhero movies. I will have another Graphic Horror post in the near future on Dr. Giggles so keep an eye out for that.
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Graphic Horror: Virus

Virus 1999

Moving my way down in quality for this year’s Graphic Horror before hitting the planned high point at the end comes this lovely gem that came out the same year as the Matrix but with a wholly different interpretation of special effects. It actually started its life as a movie script, but was considered to be too special effects intensive at the time and so it was first made into a comic book from Dark Horse. John Bruno was cutting his teeth working on special effects under James Cameron before getting this film as a director, and unfortunately it really shows that he was more of a special effects guy than a full director. There are many issues with this film, but the special effects work really is not one of them. While there are a couple name actors with Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Sutherland, they are definitely not bringing their A games. It’s a horror film with a small cast that doesn’t know whether it wants to be a slow burn thriller, a gore fest, or a survival action film, and the blending of these genres do not work very well at all. It has some fun moments here and there, but for the most part, it’s a rather boring slog-fest.
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Black Lightning

Black Lightning 2009

While I’m in the middle of my own blogathon this month, I also wanted to have the chance to take part in another blogathon. Over at Movie Sielently Fritzi is doing a Russia in Classic Film blogathon. And while I’m not covering a classic Russian superhero movie since I’m pretty sure there aren’t any, she has expanded the focus of the blogathon to cover not just classic films about Russia or made in Russia, but also any films from Russia from any era. And lucky for me, there just so happens to be a single Russian superhero movie that combines the stories of Spider-Man, Iron Man, and even a little bit of Knight Rider for good measure to create the origin of Black Lightning. While it does manage to have some fun with itself here and there, it unfortunately ends up being much less than the sum of its parts, picking and choosing some of the most obvious bits from well known superhero origin stories and forcing it into one of the most ridiculous superpowers of having a flying car.
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Filmwhys #49 An American Werewolf in London and Punisher: War Zone

Episode #49 of the Why Haven’t You Seen This Film Podcast where my guest is Dean from The Science Fiction Film Podcast as well as a couple other podcasts who asks me why I haven’t seen An American Werewolf in London, a classic horror film and one of the best werewolf movies ever made filled with still some of the most impressive practical effects which created a new category in the Academy Awards. And in return, I ask him why he hasn’t seen Punisher: War Zone, one of the many attempts at bringing the Punisher to film, one of the only superhero films to be directed by a woman, and filled with ridiculous to the point of being comedic ultra-violence, even though it’s unfortunately not all that great in the end.
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Graphic Horror 2015 Week 1

Here’s a roundup of the Graphic Horror posts from this first week. In case you missed it, this March I’m hosting a blogathon taking a look at horror and thriller films that have been adapted from comics & graphic novels (or should be adapted into a comic book). If you missed last year’s blogathon, you can check it out here. There’s still plenty of time to join in, the blogathon is running all March long. This week we had a few people join in, and I myself took a look at one such film so check out this week’s participants right below.
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Graphic Horror: Whiteout

Whiteout 2009

Kicking off this month in Graphic Horror is a film that I hadn’t really heard about before making my superhero and comic book movie list. It came out in 2009 and starred Kate Beckinsale playing a US Marshall in Antarctica. The movie isn’t so much a horror movie, but it’s definitely a thriller. There’s a murder plot, paranoia, and lots and lots of snow. The mystery unfolds in a generally satisfying, but ultimately predictable way, and the film stretches the incredulity of life in Antarctica on the verge of winter. It’s not anywhere near a bad movie, but it’s definitely a forgettable one which makes me realize that it’s not that surprising that I had never heard of it before now.
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Filmwhys Extra #24 Constantine Season 1

Filmwhys Extra #24 discussing the first season of NBC’s Constantine with web author Stefan Gagne from We talk a little bit about the comic book origins, the Keanu Reeves movie, and the possibility for a season 2. Also, a quick note that the Filmwhys archives have been updated with all of the older episodes through #40, and split up into multiple pages as well so you don’t have to scroll through 40+ poster images to find the episode you’re looking for. The Extra episodes will be updated probably next weekend.
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Visiting War Machine vs. War Horse & Mark Millar Adaptations

Things have been a little bit slower than usual around here, mostly due to my work at Channel: Superhero, but I’m still watching quite a few movies and I luckily got the chance to appear on a great podcast called War Machine vs. War Horse which covers a new release and also takes a look at two older films that share some common theme from the new movie and they decide which one of the two older films handles that theme better. For my appearance, we discussed three different Mark Millar comic book adaptations: the new release Kingsman: The Secret Service, and the two earlier films Kick-Ass and Wanted. We also get sidetracked discussing the Roger Corman Bond films, yes I said Corman. It was a lot of fun, both revisiting the movies as well as discussing them. Make sure you give it a listen by clicking right here! or on their logo below.
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