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Really Awful Movies: Ep 349 – Black Summer and Adoration

Back in business! This week, after a bit of a summer hiatus, The Really Awful Movies Podcast is back.

On this episode: Black Summer, a Walking Dead-like US TV series currently streaming on Netflix, and also Adoration, a small, quirky, Belgian-lensed and French language thriller.

Black Summer, filmed in the Calgary, Alberta area, has all the hallmarks of a zombie series: the macho alpha leader, the meek/hesitant sidekick, the concerned mother, the practical nerd, the gutsy do-it-yourself. And of course, the breakdown of social cohesion, not to mention the rampaging undead, make this must-see material if you’re into that kinda thing. There are tonnes of characters, lots of running, hissing zombies, militia men, evildoing civilians, the works.

By stark, stark contrast, Adoration is as small and character-driven as you can get. It’s slow, meandering, and psychologically-driven and muted in parts. A teen helps another escape a remote sanitorium.

The theme for both vehicles: running away from things! I guess there is a connective thread.

Really Awful Movies: Ep 340 – Urban Legend

This week on the Really Awful Movies Podcast: Urban Legend.

The inspiration for discussing the late 90s film is three-fold: One, the famous series of books by Professor Jan Harold Brunvand (The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings, The Choking Doberman, Encyclopedia of Urban Legends – these books were instrumental in getting one of the hosts of this podcast, into the world of mainstream publishing).

Two, one of the protagonists of this film, played by Jared Leto, is a journalist, again, the profession of one of the co-hosts of this podcast…

and Finally, three the setting: the Alma mater of one of the co-hosts of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, the University of Toronto, which is where this one is set.

Join us for a discussion of Urban Legend, featuring an all-star cast (Tara Reid, Robert Englund, of Nightmare on Elm Street fame, the aforementioned Jared Leto, Joshua Jackson and more) and lots of 90s irony and silliness, but also a great concept around which to base a horror film.