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Really Awful Movies: Ep 305 – The Mist



On this week’s episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, Stephen King’s The Mist.

Much like John Carpenter’s The Fog, an inclement weather system has residents of a small Maine town perplexed. Residents witness a parade of military trucks heading into town, and soon they find the weather enveloping them all.

A few of the townsfolk end up hunkering down in a local grocery store, and soon are at one another’s throats as to what to do. This is compounded by their being under attack by creatures hiding in the mist.

One of the better Stephen King adaptations, this one was directed by Frank Darabont, a veteran of classics like The Shawshank Redemption. He clearly knows his King and this one is somewhat inspired by Night of the Living Dead, as well as Alien.

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Really Awful Movies: Ep 303 – The Wax Mask



This week on the podcast, another foray into one of our favorite horror sub-genres, Italian horror! The Wax Mask is an olive branch of sorts, extended from one rival to another, Dario Argento to Lucio Fulci, towering giants of Italian horror. The latter was in ill health, so Argento along with long-time Fulci collaborator/effects guru Sergio Stivaletti executed this one for him.

A re-imagining of Vincent Price’s horror-thriller House of Wax from 1953, this one also features another evil wax museum curator up to no good in what’s supposed to be Belle Epoque Paris (filmed in Rome). Released in 1997 (Severin released a pristine blu-ray edition of The Wax Mask with a bunch of cool special features).

A john from a local brothel turns up dead, not an unusual occurrence in 1900s Paris, but here his cause of death is fright and he turns up belly up in the local wax museum. A journalist, Andrea, begins investigating and poking around the institution to see what’s up.

On this episode of the Really Awful Movies Podcast, we talk about how we got into Italian horror, how Lucio Fulci worked in different sub-genres, the differences stylistically between Argento and Fulci, the films that scared us as kids, wax museums in Niagara Falls, London and Berlin, and much, much more.

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