Interview: Writer/Director Joe Badon on Horror, Indie Filmmaking, Kickstarter, and SISTER TEMPEST

By: Paul Farrell

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Last year, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to review Joe Badon’s fascinating debut, The God Inside My Ear (now available on Blu-ray), as part of the Philadelphia Unnamed Film Festival‘s lineup. It concerns Elizia, a woman whose entire world is thrown into chaos after her boyfriend leaves her to join a religious cult. The film is impressive on multiple levels, moving fluidly between the grounded psychological quirkiness of an independent, dramatic horror picture and the more cosmic, existential concerns typically embedded within epic science fiction. It makes for a movie just as capable of comic irreverence as it is deeply felt solemnity (read my full review here).

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Beautiful Freaks: Love and Acceptance in Guillermo del Toro’s HELLBOY Films

By: Emily von Seele

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There’s a moment in Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy II: The Golden Army that fills me with joy like no other. Hellboy (Ron Perlman) and Abe Sapien (Doug Jones), both lovesick, sit together in the library of the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.) and drown their sorrows with beer and sappy, soft rock love songs. Each character is facing his own romantic dilemma and is unsure how to proceed — fearing the worst, but hoping for the best.

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Nolan is joined by Ben McBridePaul Farrell, and Philip Yount to discuss Don Siegel’s Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956) and Philip Kaufman’s Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978). The crew digs into new discoveries and rewatches, as well as recent horror releases — including a lengthy review of Jordan Peele’s Us (2019) (**Spoilers from 44:00 – 1:02:00**) — before aliens infiltrate and replace each of the co-hosts with an emotionless clone (and also compost their bodies or whatever).

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Dead Ringers Episode 27: PET SEMATARY (1989) + WAKE WOOD

Nolan is joined by Emily von Seele — as well as special guests Stephanie Crawford from The ScreamCast & Dread Central and Michele Eggen from Wicked Horror & Ghastly Grinning — to discuss Mary Lambert’s Pet Sematary (1989) and David Keating’s Wake Wood (2011). The crew catch up on recent horror releases, new discoveries, and rewatches before a monkey’s paw grants them the power to bring their loved ones back from the dead, as well as bringing about their own demise.

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