Episode 12: F*ck Bubble Wrap

, with special guest:

Xanadu Sq LogoThis week, we are joined by Windy’s husband, Chris “Monte” Bowlsby, and we talk about movies that scarred us as children. Join us in our group therapy!

This week’s booze pairing is Montecillo Rioja Crianza. We don’t know if we’re pronouncing it right, but it sure was nice.

Further show notes behind the cut!

Movies mentioned:
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Mac and Me
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Superman the Movie
Superman 3
It’s Alive
Rosemary’s Baby
Watcher in the Woods
Black Hole
Harvest Home
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
The Dark Crystal
Top Gun
Dark Night of the Scarecrow
Salem’s Lot
The Exorcist
Demon Seed
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Full Metal Jacket
Jacob’s Ladder
Alien Resurrection

TV shows mentioned:
Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Dr. Who

People mentioned:
Steven Spielberg
Richard Dreyfus
Bette Davis
Brian Froud
Ethan Hawke
River Phoenix
Steven King
James Mason
David Soul
Veronica Cartwright
Julie Christie
Winona Ryder
Ron Perlman
Marc Caro
Christian Bale

We also mentioned several YouTube videos during the course of the episode:
Closet Cases of the Nerd Kind
Hardware Wars (also made by the Closet Cases people)
The Dark Crystal director’s cut


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  1. In the catacombs under my pleasure dome, Dana Andrews appears in “The Frozen Dead.” I saw it when I was about 9 on the local late night horror show, and had nightmares for a week after. It was those disembodied, re-animated arms that got to me. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaRDza5S0UI

  2. I’m of the generation deeply traumatized by Large Marge in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. I also lost several nights of sleep over Body Snatchers, albeit the ’93 version, which, while not as great a film as the first two, still nailed the paranoia and threat of being murdered in your sleep, with the addition of effects showing victims’ bodies being sucked out and deflating with a horrific sound as their copy emerges from the pod. Freaked me the hell out.

    John Hough, who did Watcher in the Woods (and the Witch Mountain films) also did a great kids Hitchcockian thriller called Eyewitness (aka Sudden Terror [1970]) about a young boy witnessing a political assassination, then being chased all over town by the killers on motorcycles. Worth tracking down.

    I’ll see your Full Metal Jacket story and raise you my dad showing me Apocalypse Now at age 9. Needless to say, mom was thoroughly pissed and I have yet to see the film again since. 🙂

    1. I’d never even HEARD of Eyewitness / Sudden Terror. However, judging from that trailer you linked, this is a hole in my life that I need to fill as immediately as possible.

  3. I remember seeing Equilibrium and loving it. It was The Matrix meets 1984… kinda.

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