Gobbledygeek episode 161, “Big Häagen and the Stuff Dumpsters (feat. Greg Sahadachny),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
THE END IS NIGH! Of Gobbledyween 2013, that is. And possibly of the world, if Big Haagen has its way in The Stuff. That’s right, the final film of this year’s horror movie marathon is none other than 1985′s The Stuff, about a sentient yogurt-like substance that wants to turn you into a zombified consumer. Or, if you believe guest Greg Sahadachny, it’s all about gay panic and the AIDS crisis, man. Which, I mean, if you’ve seen the Stuff in The Stuff…well, enough is enough. Plus, Paul went to a So You Think You Can Dance show and the gang pours out a pint of the Stuff for Lou Reed.
Next: THE RETURN OF SUPER DIVA JASON TABRYS! And this time he’s bringing BastardCast co-host Jeremy R. Hudson with him!
(Show notes for “Big Häagen and the Stuff Dumpsters.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 160, “Twelve, More or Less,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
The penultimate week of Gobbledyween has arrived, and while that is indeed cause for national (nay, international) mourning, don’t worry: to make the most of it, Paul and AJ have two movies for you this week. Well, okay, they’re really kind of the same movie, but don’t look a gift vampire in the fangs or whatever. This week, the boys take a look at what they both agree is the best vampire movie ever made, the 2008 Swedish film Let the Right One In. Five years on, the film has lost none of its haunting beauty. They’ve also got some love for its 2010 American remake Let Me In, which is very similar but also with some significant differences which change the story entirely. It’s a vampiric twofer, and hey, you know what? You deserve it. Plus, months late, AJ finally caves to peer pressure and watches Orange Is the New Black.
Next: Gobbledyween comes to its thrilling conclusion with–wait for it–The Stuff. The Debatable Podcast host and friend of the show Greg Sahadachny joins and probably doesn’t know what he’s getting himself into.
(Show notes for “Twelve, More or Less.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 159, “You Like Head Cheese?,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
Gobbledyween week three is here, and I hope you’ve got an empty stomach, because we’re about to load you up on barbecue, sausages, and yes, head cheese. Paul and AJ take a look back at Tobe Hooper’s 1974 endurance test The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. As usual, they have a difference of opinion. What they can agree on that there’s a lot of screaming, the wackiest bunch of hillbillies this side of Beverly Hills, and actually not a lot of onscreen violence. Oh, and Ed Gein was a pretty messed-up guy. Plus, Paul is chilled and delighted by the first issue of Afterlife with Archie.
Next: Gobbledyween takes a turn toward the vampiric with Let the Right One In.
(Show notes for “You Like Head Cheese?”)
Gobbledygeek episode 158, “My Body Is a Road Map of Pain (feat. Eric Sipple),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.
After our adventures with clown dolls, Reagan-era values, and disgusting eating habits with Poltergeist, Gobbledyween continues on with ghosts of a different sort in Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners. Paul and AJ are joined by frequent guest/utter masochist Eric Sipple to discuss the underrated 1996 horror-comedy, yet another cult classic which Universal botched, moving it from a perfect Halloween release date to a summer during which it had to contend with Independence Day. The boys are happy to discover that it holds up, that its elaborate special effects are still impressive, and that it’s actually pretty damn disturbing. How well Jackson balances the darker stuff with some very broad laughs is another matter, and here’s another: does that opening scene need to exist? We have the answer. Plus, Paul almost died! For real! Not an imaginary story!
Next: rev your chainsaws and put on your prettiest skin-mask, boys and girls, because Gobbledyween is taking a look back at the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre.
(Show notes for “My Body Is a Road Map of Pain.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 117, “I Been Bit, Y’all,” is available for listening or download right here.
For the penultimate episode of Gobbledyween 2012, Paul and AJ take a break from being all reflective and whatnot for the zombie antics of Community‘s “Epidemiology.” There’s a whole lotta zombies, a whole lotta ABBA, and a whole lotta hilarity. Highlights include Troy’s Sexy Dracula costume, Chang being the “racist prover,” and Chiquita M.D. It’s a good time. Plus, Paul talks about loyal listener Valerie’s trip to Alabama and AJ gives brief thoughts on Seven Psychopaths and Argo. There’s also a VERY SPECIAL guest on this week’s episode, even if you have to listen to these two blathering idiots to get to the specialness.
Next: Gobbledyween 2012 comes to a close with Psych‘s “This Episode Sucks.”
(Show notes for “I Been Bit, Y’all.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 116, “Groucho Sucks,” is available for listening or download right here.
Gobbledyween 2012 continues with a discussion of Freaks and Geeks‘ one and only (cue sad music) Halloween episode, “Tricks and Treats.” Lindsay is trying to transition from passing out candy with her mom to knocking down mailboxes with the freaks; Sam feels like he’s too old to trick-or-treat, but it sure seems more fun than reading Crime and Punishment for school; and their mother has to come to terms with the fact that Halloween is a little different than when she was younger. This Halloween-themed reflection on adolescence prompts Paul and AJ to talk about their favorite/most embarrassing trick-or-treating memories. Plus, AJ hates on Cosmopolis and Paul is surprised by Hotel Transylvania.
Next: things get all zombified (not to mention ABBA-fied) with Community‘s “Epidemiology.”
(Show notes for “Groucho Sucks.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 115, “Actual Size,” is available for listening or download right here.
Are you ready for Gobbledyween 2012?! Well, even if you’re not, it’s here now, so. This year, we’re looking at a different Halloween-themed TV episode each week in October. First up is “Fear, Itself,” from the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The gang’s fears are all made real at a haunted house that’s a little more haunted than your average house. Paul and AJ talk about how the group’s fears drive them away from one another, how that resonates with the overarching themes of the series, and even defend season 4 as a whole. Plus, they also rave about Looper.
Next: for week two of Gobbledyween, the boys look back on Freaks and Geeks‘ “Tricks and Treats.”
(Show notes for “Actual Size.”)
Saying this upfront: NO SPOILERS. Paul and I have also discussed the film on the show.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A bunch of kids pack into an RV for a weekend of fun, sex, and sexy fun. That they encounter the extremely creepy owner of an ancient gas station on the way does nothing to deter them from their destination: a remote cabin in the woods, owned by one of the kids’ cousins. The place immediately seems a little off, there’s some disturbing stuff in the cellar, someone maybe reads Latin, and eventually bloody mayhem ensues. Though they should know better, each one succumbs to some very stupid behavior for which they will be punished.
This is the set-up for dozens, maybe hundreds, of horror movies. The Cabin in the Woods is something different. When we first meet these kids, they seem like lively, intelligent college students. They don’t seem like they would do some of the dumb things they end up doing. Which seems par for the course for this kind of movie, except The Cabin in the Woods dares to offer a justification as to why the victims would seemingly offer themselves up as fodder. There’s more here than meets the eye. Characters played by Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford are part of a shadowy organization which makes everything much more complicated. This I guarantee: If you’ve only seen the ads, which paint the movie as your generic Halloween Saw Massacre deal, it is not that. At all.
I'm so blind I can't even watch this movie. Whew. Bullet dodged.
Gobbledygeek episode 73, “Where We’re Going, We Won’t Need Clothes,” is available for listening or download right here.
For the final week of Gobbledyween, Paul revisits Paul W.S. Anderson’s magnum opus Event Horizon for the first time since theaters and AJ watches it for the very first time. Also probably the last. You see, it’s not very good. Unlike The Evil Dead, The Thing, and Dawn of the Dead, this one’s not so much a classic, but the boys still mine some discussion and humor from the proceedings. They also ponder the philosophical query: does one need clothes? As always, there are some Formspring questions to round things out.
Next: it’s a Bat-stravaganza as we tackle Batman: Arkham City and the new Batman: Year One animated film.
(Show notes for “Where We’re Going, We Won’t Need Clothes.”)
Gobbledygeek episode 72, “No More Room in Hell,” is available for listening or download right here. (GOBBLEDYUPDATE: Technical issues appear to have been resolved. We now return you to our regularly scheduled gobbling.)
When there is no more room in hell, the Gobbledygeeks will walk the earth. And while we’re here, we shall discuss George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead! That’s right, zombiefolk, it’s Gobbledyween week three, so we’re turning our rotting, shambling corpses upon one of the original undead classics. Part consumerism satire and part gory munchfest, the film set a high bar for zombie films that not many have been able to shuffle up to. After we discuss the film and go off on some bizarre tangents, we talk about the Walking Dead season 2 premiere and answer some off-the-wall Formspring questions.
Next: for the final week of Gobbledyween 2011, we will discuss Event Horizon, a movie that Paul has not seen since it was in theaters and one AJ has never seen. Good times!
(Show notes for “No More Room in Hell.”)