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Really Awful Movies: Ep 247 – Dead Ringers

On this episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast we tackle a Canadian classic, David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers.

Twin gynecologists, the Mantle brothers (based on the true-life demise of monozygote physicians, the Marcus brothers) share 100% of their genetic material. They also share scientific discoveries, and women.

In a tour de force performance by the incredible Jeremy Irons, we get a look inside the psyche of genius, and a concomitant look at their madness (as is often the case). The docs Elliot and Beverly are, of course, identical. However, Elliot is a bit taller, more outgoing, more comfortable in his own skin. And Beverly lives inside his own head. They comprise a drammaturgical dyad (thanks, Simpsons).

The Mantle bros’ practice is booming, they’re highly regarded in their field, and seem to have everything together. Of course, that’s just on the surface. Pull back the curtain and there’s tumult.

This is another instance of inside-out David Cronenberg body-horror. Dead Ringers is a difficult film to like, but is nonetheless fascinating. And it’s aged incredibly well. It’s a remarkable technical achievement, in addition to being a terrific showcase for Irons’ subtlety and mannerisms.

On the podcast, we examine the following:

  • The 80s horror scene
  • How we discovered the work of David Cronenberg while being ensconced in franchise horror flicks like Friday the 13th and Halloween
  • Canadian content regulations and the tax shelter era
  • Invasive medical procedures the hosts have experienced
  • Twin depictions in popular culture
  • Bloodletting in horror, and the use of restraint (or is that restraints?)
  • Medical horror

and much, much more.

This is our third discussion of a David Cronenberg film on the Really Awful Movies Podcast. Interested listeners can check out Videodrome and Rabid. Thanks for listening! And be sure to write reviews if you like what you’re hearing. And to support the show, pick up a copy of Death by Umbrella! The 100 Weirdest Horror Movie Weapons (foreword by our pal, Lloyd Kaufman of Troma).

Really Awful Movies: Ep 243 – A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child

Not heralded upon release, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child was a film we deemed worthy of a revisit to see how it’s aged.

So, is this the Tom Cruise of sequels? Or is this an installment that needs to be shot full of Botox? Interestingly (and this came as a shock to both hosts of the Really Awful Movies Podcast), this one is not only not half-bad, it’s actually a very worthy entry into the iconic Springwood Slasher series.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5 sees a return to form for the gloved one, a nightmare to children everywhere (Michael Jackson jokes at this point are a little passe). Less quipster, more killing, this Freddy is one we came to know and love.

In this one, there’s a fetus, a dreaming baby that’s the conduit for Freddy’s return to wreck havoc on the denizens of Elm Street. It’s a bizarro conceit, but hella-cool too. You gotta just accept and run with it.

Are the performances great? Not particularly, but Freddy’s kills and the audaciousness of the plot carries the day. Who would’ve thought? A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge was not one we fondly remembered either, and yet we found some nuggets of cool therein as well. So, tune in and check out the Really Awful Movies Podcast. This is the third Nightmare on Elm Street film we’ve discussed. Dig through our archives and unearth the others, you’ll be glad you did.