What happens when you combine voodoo, a child sized doll, and Chris Sarandon? You get Child’s Play. The 1988 horror classic that was way better than it had any business being. Not that this was a critical or box office darling, it flourished in the VHS rental market. At least enough for several sequels and I believe they are planning a reboot, because Hollywood is out of ideas. I wonder if they bring back Brad Dourif. He’s got a Tommy Wiseau vibe as a human, but he’s a hell of a voice over guy as Chucky. We’ve also got the mom from Seventh Heaven (Catherine Hicks) as the innocent single mother just trying to make her boy happy. Little does she know, she’s invited the spawn of satan into her house rent controlled apartment.
We have a lot of fun on this episode. We meet Shaggy Chaz, discuss the travesty of Maggie Peterson (Dinah Manoff) meeting her doom so early in the movie, and I extoll the virtues of having a library card (for real, go get a library card, and then start streaming movies, tv, audiobooks and ebooks for free with Hoopla).
As always, we appreciate the balls off of all of our listeners (Disclaimer: Balls not required). We’re about to switch it up over the holiday season and continue our Recasting Couch Roundtable series (even though the table is no longer round). If you have any suggestions for topics that you would like us to cover, then hit us up on twitter (@recastingpod), or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ve already gotten some great suggestions, and we’re looking forward to more! Make sure to tell a friend about the pod, and if you have a few spare minutes, leave us a 5 star rating on whatever service you consume podcasts!
Martin Scorsese’s psychological thriller Shutter Island is the movie we recast this week. Leonardo Dicaprio stars in this mind bending story of Teddy Daniels, a federal marshall tasked with investigating Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally insane, getting to the bottom of the case of the missing prisoner patient Rachel Solando. Mark Ruffalo plays his partner/doctor. Along the way we find out that this whole “case” was a put on by Dr. Cawley (Ben Kingsley), in an attempt to shock him into admitting that he was also a prisoner patient at the facility and that he had killed his wife (Michelle Williams).
So…Maximum Overdrive. The next in our Spooky/October/Halloween themed month. Which this may be the last of because ALL of the good Halloween movies get pulled from streaming services and move to the “premium channels”. If you aren’t familiar with this film, there is the most amazing 3 minute breakdown on youtube.
This is a movie. Written and directed by Stephen King. Starring Emilio Estevez. It’s bad, but there are parts that are less than bad. We talk about them. The soundtrack is pretty great. It’s basically an AC/DC greatest hits album, but it works well. There’s some absolutely great overacting, and the military’s version of Johnny 5 going HAM. Almost all of the actors in this are either nobody’s or That Guys.
*Please note that we spoil pretty much every M. Night Shyamalan film* Oh, boy. We’ve got a deep, dark brooding movie this week in The Sixth Sense. This was M. Night Shyamalan’s first feature film, and damn did he hit a home run on the first pitch. Haley Joel Osment absolutely carries this movie, and for as good of a job as Night does, if they couldn’t find a child as good as him, then this movie would have been doomed from the start. Outside of Toni Collette, he acts everyone else off the screen, and it earned him an academy award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Welcome back, everyone! Happy New Year, and all that stuff. We hope you enjoyed the Two Man Roundtable series, but this week we are returning to our regular format, so strap in for one of our collective favorite movies, Primal Fear. Edward Norton’s feature debut is a Hall of Fame first appearance. In addition to top notch writing and solid-to-good acting pretty much all around, this was one we have been waiting to do for quite a while.