Episode 60 – IT (2017)

In episode 60 of the CTGY podcast, Kelly and Rich skip all the news and go straight down the sewers to discuss IT. Yes, IT!

Tune in to hear their disastrous trip to the cinema, their thoughts on the book, the 1990 TV mini series and finally, the long awaited 2017 adaptation.

Trailer – IT (2017)
Outro song – Anthrax, ‘Antisocial’

If you liked this episode, please feel free to follow us on the social media accounts listed on the website, comment about the film or rate/subscribe/review on iTunes. And always tell all of your friends.

Cheers!

Episode 59 – The Craft

In episode 59 of the CTGY podcast, Kelly and Rich get bitchy witchy and discuss The Craft.

Other topics include thoughts about Life is Strange: Before the Storm, Fran Bow, Jeepers Creepers 3, Insidious 4: The Last Key, Victor Crowley, Friday the 13th: the Game, Happy Hunting, Snowman and more.

Trailer – The Craft (1996)
Outro song – Our Lady Peace, ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’

If you liked this episode, please feel free to follow us on the social media accounts listed on the website, comment about the film or rate/subscribe/review on iTunes. And always tell all of your friends.

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Bonus Episode – Competition Winner Announcement

In this bonus episode, CTGY announce the winner of a competition that was set up a few months ago where one lucky listener had the chance to win a FREE copy of Steam game DEPTH.

Entries are announced and discussed before the winner is picked.

Thank you to all of those that applied and we hope to do another fun competition again soon.

Cheers!

Episode 58 – Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

In episode 58 of the CTGY podcast, Kelly and Rich talk about crime and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.

Other topics include thoughts about Terminator 2, Annabelle: Creation, The Ice Cream Truck, It Comes at Night, Tobe Hooper, Frightfest, Cult of Chucky, Leatherface, Better Watch Out, IT, Creep 2, Friday the 13th: the Game and more.

Trailer – Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)
Outro song – Misfits, ‘American Nightmare’

If you liked this episode, please feel free to follow us on the social media accounts listed on the website, comment about the film or rate/subscribe/review on iTunes. And always tell all of your friends.

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Episode 57 – Let the Right One In

In episode 57 of the CTGY podcast, Kelly and Rich talk about the beautiful Swedish film Let the Right One In.

Other topics include thoughts about Stranger Things 2, Jigsaw, My Friend Dahmer, Leatherface, IT, Killer Klownz from Outer Space, American Horror Story: Cult and more.

Trailer – Let the Right One In (2008)
Outro song – Morrissey, ‘Let the Right One In’

If you liked this episode, please feel free to follow us on the social media accounts listed on the website, comment about the film or rate/subscribe/review on iTunes. And always tell all of your friends.

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Episode 56 – Brainscan

In episode 56 of the CTGY podcast, Kelly and Rich talk about the video game based film Brainscan and chat about 90’s fads. Also find out how you can win a free video game!

Other topics include thoughts about George A. Romero, Leatherface, MTV Scream, Ghost House, The Strangers 2, Jigsaw, 1974, Tarantino, Castlevania and more.

Once again, sorry for the absence. Real adult life has got in the way with jobs and problems lately, but we are hoping to PROPERLY get back on track after this episode. Sorry for the delay, ghouls!

Trailer – Brainscan (1994)
Outro song – Dandelion, ‘Under My Skin’

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Halloween (1978) written by Kelly

(No spoilers)

John Carpenter’s iconic classic of murder and mayhem still stands almost forty years later as considered one of the greatest films of all time. A pioneering achievement that shows how every cliché and trope of the slasher genre can be performed with class and craft. Carpenter’s highly influential slasher is an excellent example of low budget film making. Not only a must see movie for horror fans, but it’s also a perfect example of Carpenter’s directorial talent and a massive landmark for the entire genre that has not been beaten by any horror film since.

The key to Halloween’s genius is simplicity, starting as soon as the opening shot is shown – a nerve-wracking long take which references Psycho in showing a gruesome murder without showing any blood. The plot follows a deranged individual named Michael Myers, who is subsequently locked up in an asylum for 15 years, after brutally murdering his sister Judith when he was just 6 years old. After escaping, his psychiatrist Sam Loomis – a man that claims he’s the only one to even begin understanding the killer – follows Michael back to his hometown Haddonfield, where he continues stalking a group of teenage babysitters on a night that might well be the last Halloween of their lives.

While the story is perfectly simple here, it’s Carpenter’s almost over-powering atmosphere of dread that generates all of the tension. Like any great horror film, events are telegraphed long in advance, yet they still seem to occur at random, never allowing the audience to the chance to second guess the film. With the long steady-cam shots and dark lighting, you find yourself peering into the darkness for Michael to be standing there, watching. This makes for creating some of the most uncomfortable and claustrophobic scenes in horror film history.

John Carpenter took a low budget film and he scared an entire generation of movie goers. He showed that you don’t need high budgets to evoke fear on an audience, because sometimes the best element of fear is not what actually happens, but what is about to happen. What was that in the shadows? What was that noise upstairs? He knows that these are the ways to scare someone and he uses every element of textbook horror that you can use.  It seems incredibly rare that modern filmmakers will use lighting and detail to provoke scares, instead they will use over the top CGI effects and rivers of blood. However, it’s the moments when the killer is lurking, somewhere, you just don’t know where, that scare you. And Halloween succeeds like no other film in this field.

As far as the acting goes, it is particularly good for its time. PJ Soles provides much of the humour, Nancy Loomis turns in a pretty decent performance and then there is Jamie Leigh-Curtis who seems perfectly shy and unassured at first. As time will go on throughout the franchise her character will be more prepared for what she is to face. However, the stand out performance of the show goes to Donald Pleasence  who was perfectly cast as the determined and perhaps a little unstable Dr. Sam Loomis, who is so eager to get Michael back away from the public.

This film may be considered cliché and slow today, but back then there wasn’t much out there like this. It’s been copied multiple times and ripped off horribly, but “Halloween” will always remain the quintessential teenage horror movie. It still gives you chills listening to Carpenter’s eerie and thrilling music while we watch another victim get lured to their untimely death. To truly appreciate this film in this day and age, it must be viewed as it once was – as something unique.