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Really Awful Movies: Ep 242 – Baskin



On this episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, a sensational, Italian-style hard-horror coming to us from of all places, Turkey. Baskin debuted at TIFF’s Midnight Madness and caused a bit of a stir. And rightly so.

Now, Turkey is known for a spate of rip-off movies. There’s a Turkish Star Wars, Star Trek, E.T., Superman, Exorcist, Death Wish, and they’re all unbelievably bad. But of course, the country has produced some great cinema too.

Baskin is a dreamscape that follows six reprobate policemen, officers of the law who are by all accounts louts and shouldn’t really be in charge of keeping order. While on call to a remote town, the driver thinks he sees a figure dart out onto the road, swerves to avoid it, and puts the police van in the ditch.

From there, the men emerged with bruised egos and wet clothes, but face a much more perilous predicament. The group, comprising some jaded veterans but also young bucks, venture into the forest. It’s there they might a group of demented hillbilly folk. But expect the unexpected. From there, they explore a precinct abandoned since the glory days of the Ottoman Empire.

Baskin is a marvel. Bask in its glory (apologies). The film debut of Can Evrenol, based on his 2013 short film by the same name, is influenced by all the good stuff. While not exactly re-inventing the wheel, it pays home to (but doesn’t rip-off) the godfathers of Italian horror: Bava, Fulci, Argento.

On this episode, we talk Turkey (apologies again, dammit). What makes this film so unnerving and odd? What is it about Turkish culture that produced something so transgressive? We dive in headlong.

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Really Awful Movies: Ep 223 – The Kindred



A furtive lab experiment. In a basement. On today’s episode, the fun, smart and occasionally gory 1980s creature feature, The Kindred.

The Kindred is a fairly obscure 1987 American horror film directed by Jeffrey Obrow and Stephen Carpenter. Are two directors better than one? Not generally. Here, not bad!

Obrow also produced the film and co-wrote it along with Carpenter, Earl Ghaffari and John Penney. The film stars David Allen Brooks, Amanda Pays (Planet of the Apes) and Rod Steiger (he needs no introduction). The movie was released on January 9, 1987 and grossed just over $2 million.

Dr Amanda Hollins’ deathbed request to her son, John, was for him to destroy all the lab notes from her last experiment, lest it get into the wrong hands (Dr. Lloyd, played by Steiger).

John and some buddies (including Melissa, a grad student devotee of Hollins) head up to the cottage where Hollins did her experiments. What do they find? We think you’ll have a pretty good idea.

Bloody Disgusting said: “The Kindred is a bonafide fun house full of splattery effects work. Based off the artistry on display here, it’s no shock that lead makeup effects artist, Matthew Mungle, went directly from this to A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 (the second best film in the series).

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