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242 - Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000) & Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005) Get more at podsematary.com! Read our afterthoughts for this episode at https://twitter.com/PodSematary/status/1541216980711067648

CW: Rape, Suicide, Transmisogyny

It’s Urban Legends Week on Pod Sematary! Chris & Kelsey round out the trilogy in a two-for-one episode to surprising results!

The Classic Film: Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000)
"A film school is the center of a fresh spate of killings based on urban legends” (IMDb.com). It may not be a great movie, but is Final Cut our favorite UL? Actually...

The Modern Film: Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005)
"...a trio of high school friends chant an incantation, unleashing an evil spirit from the past with deadly consequences” (IMDb.com). While there are one or two things that are moderately cool about this final (for now) installment of the franchise, the fact that we have to say that should tell you everything you need to know. Hard to believe that this is the same director as Pet Sematary and Pet Sematary Two.

Audio Sources:
"Blossom" produced by Touchstone Television, et al.
"Die Hard" produced by Twentieth Century Fox, et al.
"Don't Whiz On The Electric Fence!" written and performed by Charlie Brissette, et al.
"A Goofy Movie" produced by Walt Disney Pictures, et al.
"Half Baked" produced by Robert Simonds Productions & Universal Pictures
"Hook" produced by Amblin Entertainment & TriStar Pictures
"Labyrinth" produced by The Jim Henson Company, et al.
"Pet Sematary" produced by Paramount Pictures & Laurel Productions
"Scream" produced by Dimension Films & Woods Entertainment
"Urban Legend" produced by Phoenix Pictures, et al.
"Urban Legends: Bloody Mary" produced by NPP Productions Inc. & Screen Gems
"Urban Legends: Final Cut" produced by Phoenix Pictures, et al.
"You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" written by Vicki Wickham, et al., and performed by Dusty Springfield
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242 - Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000) & Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005) Get more at podsematary.com! Read our afterthoughts for this episode at https://twitter.com/PodSematary/status/1541216980711067648

CW: Rape, Suicide, Transmisogyny

It’s Urban Legends Week on Pod Sematary! Chris & Kelsey round out the trilogy in a two-for-one episode to surprising results!

The Classic Film: Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000)
"A film school is the center of a fresh spate of killings based on urban legends” (IMDb.com). It may not be a great movie, but is Final Cut our favorite UL? Actually...

The Modern Film: Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005)
"...a trio of high school friends chant an incantation, unleashing an evil spirit from the past with deadly consequences” (IMDb.com). While there are one or two things that are moderately cool about this final (for now) installment of the franchise, the fact that we have to say that should tell you everything you need to know. Hard to believe that this is the same director as Pet Sematary and Pet Sematary Two.

Audio Sources:
"Blossom" produced by Touchstone Television, et al.
"Die Hard" produced by Twentieth Century Fox, et al.
"Don't Whiz On The Electric Fence!" written and performed by Charlie Brissette, et al.
"A Goofy Movie" produced by Walt Disney Pictures, et al.
"Half Baked" produced by Robert Simonds Productions & Universal Pictures
"Hook" produced by Amblin Entertainment & TriStar Pictures
"Labyrinth" produced by The Jim Henson Company, et al.
"Pet Sematary" produced by Paramount Pictures & Laurel Productions
"Scream" produced by Dimension Films & Woods Entertainment
"Urban Legend" produced by Phoenix Pictures, et al.
"Urban Legends: Bloody Mary" produced by NPP Productions Inc. & Screen Gems
"Urban Legends: Final Cut" produced by Phoenix Pictures, et al.
"You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" written by Vicki Wickham, et al., and performed by Dusty Springfield
241 - The Night Flier (1997) & Digging Up The Marrow (2014) Get more at podsematary.com! Read our afterthoughts for this episode at https://twitter.com/PodSematary/status/1538690146630979589

CW: Rape

It’s Monster Investigations Week on Pod Sematary! Chris & Kelsey don't blame the actors for this very ranty episode of listener recommendations (Thanks, Aaron & Will!).

The Classic Film: The Night Flier (1997)
"A reporter is on the trail of a vampiric murderer who travels by plane” (IMDb.com). Believe it or not, this Stephen King adaptation starring Miguel Ferrer WASN'T made for TV.

The Modern Film: Digging Up the Marrow (2014)
"A documentary exploring genre-based monster art takes an odd turn when the filmmakers are contacted by a man who claims he can prove that monsters are indeed real” (IMDb.com). Surprisingly, Adam Green's acting isn't all that bad (neither is Ray Wise's), and almost all of the monster effects are really cool. Unfortunately, that's about where the praise for this mockumentary-cum-advertisement stops.

Audio Sources:
"Digging Up the Marrow" produced by ArieScope Pictures
"The Night Flier" produced by Night Flier Productions, et al.
"Thinner" produced by Paramount Pictures & Spelling Films
"Vampire's Kiss" produced by Hemdale & Magellan Pictures
240 - Stepfather 3 (1992) & The Wailing (2016) Get more at podsematary.com! Read our afterthoughts for this episode at https://twitter.com/PodSematary/status/1536176582443732992

CW: Rape, Abuse of a Child with Disabilities, Harm to Animals

It’s Father's Day on Pod Sematary! Chris & Kelsey get back-alley plastic surgery and second families. Look, it's all very confusing.

The Classic Film: Stepfather 3: Father's Day (1992)
"That psycho stepfather has escaped from the insane asylum and had his face surgically altered. Now he's married again, this time to a woman with a child in a wheelchair. He goes on a killing spree once again” (IMDb.com). It's Stepfather again, only cringier and even more prudish, and this time we don't even get Terry O'Quinn. It's the epitome of the unnecessary sequel.

The Modern Film: The Wailing (2016)
"Soon after a stranger arrives in a little village, a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman, drawn into the incident, is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter” (IMDb.com). The Wailing is a beautiful and very well-made but entirely too long movie with, ultimately, not a lot to say of substance about its subjects of choice.

Audio Sources:
"Eat Like an American" (from "Beyond the Pale") written and performed by Jim Gaffigan
"Happy Together" written by Gary Bonner & Alan Gordon and performed by the Turtles
"Hellraiser" (1987) produced by New World Pictures, et al.
"Jacob's Ladder" (1990) produced by Carolco Pictures
"Skyfire Cycle" (Brooklyn Nine-Nine S04E08) produced by Fremulon, et al.
"Stepfather" (1987) produced by Incorporated Television Company
"Stepfather 3" produced by Incorporated Television Company & Trimark Pictures
"The Wailing" produced by Fox International Production, et al.
"Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" produced by Wolper Pictures
239 - Damien: Omen II (1978) & Devil (2010) Get more at podsematary.com! Read our afterthoughts for this episode at https://twitter.com/PodSematary/status/1533580965510930432

CW: Suicide, Alcoholism

It’s the Devil's Day on Pod Sematary! Chris & Kelsey read their bibles because what else are they going to do locked in this elevator?

The Classic Film: Damien: Omen II (1978)
"Damien the Antichrist, now about to turn thirteen years old, finally learns of his destiny under the guidance of an unholy disciple of Satan. Meanwhile, dark forces begin to eliminate all those who suspect the child's true identity” (IMDb.com). This sequel to the incredible original is better than you might have anticipated, but there's not a lot of meat on the bones.

The Modern Film: Devil (2010)
"A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them” (IMDb.com). M. Night Shyamalan co-produced this bottle episode of a movie about the devil on an elevator, and it's better than his track record at the time might have suggested. But it wasn't good enough to get a Night Chronicles Part Two.

Audio Sources:
"Damien: Omen II (1978)" produced by Twentieth Century Fox, et al.
"Devil" (2010) produced by Night Chronicles, et al.
"The Exorcist in 30 Seconds (and Re-enacted by Bunnies)" produced by Angry Alien Productions, LLC
"A Fish Out of Water" (Family Guy S03E10) produced by 20th Century Fox Television, et al.
"Forrest Gump" produced by Paramount Pictures, et al.
"The Lion King" (1994) produced by Walt Disney Pictures & Walt Disney Animation Studios
"May 7, 1992" (Entertainment Tonight) produced by Paramount Domestic Television, et al.
"A Night at the Roxbury" produced by Broadway Pictures, et al.
"When the Lights Go Out" written by Eliot Kennedy, et al., and performed by Five
"Your Love" written by Onika Maraj, et al., and performed by Nicki Minaj
238 - Jacob's Ladder (1990) & Overlord (2018) Get more at podsematary.com! Read our afterthoughts for this episode at https://twitter.com/PodSematary/status/1531125076254347264

CW: PTSD, Rape

It’s Memorial Day on Pod Sematary! Chris & Kelsey honor our nation's fallen military personnel by watching two movies with very different vibes all about military experimentation on human bodies. Don't worry—it's not all a downer.

The Classic Film: Jacob's Ladder (1990)
"Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death” (IMDb.com). Jacob's Ladder is some important and heavy stuff, but that doesn't give it a free pass that its message and its context are almost completely divorced from one another, leading to a dilution of both.

The Modern Film: Overlord (2018)
"A small group of American soldiers finds horror behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day” (IMDb.com). Overlord isn't much of a thinker, but it's consistently exciting and engaging for its entire runtime.

Audio Sources:
"Jacob's Ladder" (1990) produced by Carolco Pictures
"Lewis Black: Red, White and Screwed" produced by HBO
"Overlord" (2018) produced by Bad Robot & Paramount Pictures
237 - Hide And Go Shriek (1988) & Dead In 3 Days (2006) Get more at podsematary.com! Read our afterthoughts for this episode at https://twitter.com/PodSematary/status/1528570437608697856

CW: Homophobia, Transphobia, Suicide

It’s Graduation Week on Pod Sematary! Chris & Kelsey celebrate their graduation by spending the night in a furniture warehouse with a killer! SHOCKING FINAL ACT TWIST: They killed another kid when they were eight!

The Classic Film: Hide and Go Shriek (1988)
"A group of teenagers spend the night in a furniture store for a graduation party. A psycho killer starts hunting them down one by one” (IMDb.com). An otherwise straightforward 80s slasher with some fun variations, Hide and Go Shriek's sketchy social mores are really where it lets you down.

The Modern Film: Dead in 3 Days [In 3 Tagen bist du tot] (2006)
"A peaceful mountain lake community is terrorized when a close-knit group of friends becomes the target of a mysterious deranged killer” (Vudu.com). The filmmakers here knew how to make a movie and knew what elements horror movies had, but they really didn't know how to put them all together, leaving the audience generally bored in spite of everything going on.

Audio Sources:
"Big Business" produced by Touchstone Pictures & Silver Screen Partners III
"Clerks" produced by View Askew Productions & Miramax
"Dead in 3 Days" produced by Allegro Film, et al.
"Face/Off" produced by Touchstone Pictures, et al.
"Hide and Go Shriek" produced by New Star Entertainment
"Robin Hood: Men in Tights" produced by Brooksfilms & Gaumont
"Young Frankenstein" produced by Gruskoff/Venture Films, et al.
236 - Prom Night II (1987) & Killer Prom (2020) Get more at podsematary.com! Read our afterthoughts for this episode at https://twitter.com/PodSematary/status/1525966818828922881

CW: Suicide, Homophobia, Incest

It’s Prom Night on Pod Sematary! Chris & Kelsey awaken a 47-year-old, bitter, undead prom queen and kill their sisters to take their families!

The Classic Film: Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987)
"Thirty years after her accidental death at her 1957 senior prom, the tortured spirit of prom queen Mary Lou Maloney returns to seek revenge” (IMDb.com). Prom Night II was not originally intended to be a sequel to the classic, slasher original—and it basically still isn't. It's a little bit boring sometimes, but it's also bizarre and deranged in some of the best ways. For a good time, call Mary Lou.

The Modern Film: Killer Prom (2020)
"After losing her mother in an accident, a teenager and her father welcome a distant cousin into their home. Hoping to claim the family as her own, the psychopath hatches a devious plan to recreate the prom she never experienced” (IMDb.com). This isn't even a movie that the-one-Lifetime-fanatic-we-found-online-who-reviewed-it could love. Stilted, inelegant, and was that a Wilhelm Scream we heard?

Audio Sources:
"Bill Hader/Arcade Fire" (Saturday Night Live S43E16) produced by Broadway Video & SNL Studios
"The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show" (The Simpsons S08E14) produced by Gracie Films & 20th Century Fox Television
"Killer Prom" produced by NB Thrilling Films 6
"Prom Night" (1980) produced by Prom Night Productions, et al.
"Prom Night II" produced by British Columbia Television, et al.
235 - Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) & Scream (2022) Get more at podsematary.com! Read our afterthoughts for this episode at https://twitter.com/PodSematary/status/1524976256625758208

It’s Friday the 13th on Pod Sematary! Time for the fifth entry in both the Friday and Scream franchises! This week, Chris & Kelsey hallucinate famous killers and, by the end, become the killers themselves.

The Classic Film: Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
"Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis, who, as a child, killed Jason Voorhees, is sent to a secluded halfway house in the countryside, where the killing of a young man triggers a brutal series of murders in the area” (IMDb.com). The franchise has abandoned even Jason Voorhees in favor of a new killer and a plethora of f-bombs and tits, but we'll be damned if it's not still a little entertaining.

The Modern Film: Scream (2022)
"25 years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, Calif., a new killer dons the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town's deadly past” (IMDb.com). The self-referential style of Scream has now folded in on itself and even the meta is meta. The fifth installment hasn't brought the franchise to ruin without Wes Craven—in fact, there's a lot to like here—but the execution leaves much to be desired.

Audio Sources:
"The Babadook" produced by Screen Australia, et al.
"A Claymation Christmas Celebration" produced by Will Vinton Studios
"Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th" produced by 1428 Films, et al.
"Friday the 13th: A New Beginning" produced by Paramount Pictures, et al.
"Juicy" written and performed by Christopher Wallace/The Notorious B.I.G.
"Justice League" (2017) produced by Warner Bros., et al.
"Let's Nab Oprah" (The Boondocks S01E11) produced by Adelaide Productions, et al.
"M. Night Shaym-Aliens!" (Rick and Morty S01E04) produced by Harmonius Claptrap, et al.
"Scream" (2022) produced by Paramount Pictures, et al.
"Skytanic" (Archer S01E07) produced by FX Network
"Tune Up #1" (from Rent -- Original Broadway Cast Recording) written by Jonathan Larson and performed by Anthony Rapp & Adam Pascal
234 - A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 (1989) & Under The Shadow (2016) Get more at podsematary.com! Read our afterthoughts for this episode at https://twitter.com/PodSematary/status/1521367932260937733

CW: Rape, Abortion, Addiction, Eating Disorders

It’s Mother's Day on Pod Sematary! Chris & Kelsey learn about the perils of motherhood and all the demons that come with it.

The Classic Film: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
"The pregnant Alice finds Freddy Krueger striking through the sleeping mind of her unborn child, hoping to be reborn into the real world” (IMDb.com). It's happened. Nightmare on Elm Street is bad now. But don't worry—it gets worse.

The Modern Film: Under the Shadow (2016)
"As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home” (IMDb.com). More Persian mythology as metaphor made by Persians, please.

Audio Sources:
"Lawnmower Dog" (Rick & Morty S01E02) produced by Harmonius Claptrap, et al.
"Let's Go" written by Ric Ocasek and performed by The Cars
"Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy" produced by Panic Productions & 1428 Films
"A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child" produced by New Line Cinema, et al.
"Under the Shadow" produced by Wigwam Films, et al.
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