Week 39: Nikkatsu pt. 1: Sun Tribe, Noir, Borderless Action and Seijun Suzuki

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Set up at the turn of the century, The Nikkatsu Corporation halted production during the war years, only to return with a vengeance in the mid-50s for a long run of genre-defining cinema.

From the “Sun Tribe” films of a new, more freespirited youth culture to a strong (if somewhat belated) Japanese take on Film Noir through to their famed “Borderless Action” films, Nikkatsu was the go to company for such internationally feted directors as Keiichi Ozawa, Yasaharu Hasebe, Chusei Sone, Koreyoshi Kurahara and the much beloved Seijun Suzuki!

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Week 38: Tony Anthony, still Stranger

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West Virginia born Roger “Tony Anthony” Pettito made a name for himself when he moved to Italy and starred in the Stranger series, presenting a uniquely sleazy, sneaky and quite amoral antihero fairly far removed from the likes of Clint Eastwood, Gianni Garko, Franco Nero, William Berger or even Lee Van Cleef!

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Week 37: Mexican Horror pt. 1 – Lucha Libre vs Los Monstruos

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In the second installment of our look into cinema south of the border, we head
to sunny Mexico!

One of the most recognizable (and recognizably insane) subgenres of cinema is that of the luchador: featuring well known masked wrestlers facing off against mummies, mad scientists, zombies, vampires, sinister dwarves and more!

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Week 36: American Gothic pt. 2: Tobe Hooper

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As promised, we’re picking up the pieces and gathering up the bits we never got to due to the inevitable ticking of the clock.  This week, we take on the second director intended for our American Gothic show!

College professor and documentarian Tobe Hooper seemed to come out of left
field with his gruesome (yet strangely bloodless) take on the Ed Gein murders, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

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Week 35: Champagne, Bongos and Brolly Sword Canes: John Steed and The Avengers

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Without parallel, the single most influential and beloved British cult
television series this side of Doctor Who was the quirky, often campy take on
the 60’s spy genre was Sydney Newman’s (and later Brian Clemens‘) Avengers.

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Week 34: Cinema South of the Border – Coffin Joe, Emilio Vieyra and Isabel Sarli

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This week, we go south of the border to sunny South America!

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Week 32: Spanish Horror

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We’ve already spoken at length in prior episodes to Jess Franco, El Hombre Lobo Paul Naschy and Director of the Blind Dead Amando de Ossorio…tonight, we fill in the gaps on the short lived but much beloved Spanish horror scene!

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Week 31: Full Moon Rising: Dave DeCoteau, Charles Band, Empire and Full Moon

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Tonight, we delve into the oft intertwined histories of Charles Band and Dave DeCoteau!

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Week 30: Podcast of the Blind Dead – the films of Amando de Ossorio

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In the short lived but much beloved Spanish horror scene, after Paul Naschy and perhaps the more internationally inclined Jesus Franco, one name stands out above all the others: Amando de Ossorio.

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Week 29: Lamberto Bava and Michele Soavi

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This week, we discuss two men who started off as prominent assistant directors (and in the case of the latter, onscreen bit player), later to move on to carve a niche all their own in the annals of Italian cult cinema!

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