Dr. John Markway, an anthropologist with an interest in psychic phenomena, takes two specially selected women to Hill House, a reportedly haunted mansion. Eleanor (Julie Harris), a lonely, eccentric woman with a supernatural event in her past, and the bold Theodora (Claire Bloom), who has ESP, join John and the mansion’s heir, cynical Luke (Russ Tamblyn). Soon, strange sounds and mysterious events occur, and Eleanor comes to believe the house is alive and is addressing her.
Welcome to the superbly haunted world of Robert Wise. We covered the recent Mike Flanagan series adaption of this movie in our first season, and now we’re tackling the first film adaption of the classic novel by Shirley Jackson. Join us as we discuss what makes this film a classic, including the sublimely talented Wise, the use of atmosphere over special effects, and the small but talented cast. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys enter that the house where silence lay steadily and whatever walks there, walks alone.
In what was once North America, the Capitol of Panem maintains its hold on its 12 districts by forcing them each to select a boy and a girl, called Tributes, to compete in a nationally televised event called the Hunger Games. Every citizen must watch as the youths fight to the death and only one remains. District 12 Tribute Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has little to rely on, other than her hunting skills and sharp instincts, in an arena where she must weigh survival against love.
We’re back in the dystopian future with this first contribution to an incredibly successful film franchise spawned from the popular books by Susan Collins. Join us as we discuss what makes this movie a classic, including the concept, screenplay, and cast, featuring the wonderfully talented Jennifer Lawrence. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys joins a competition where there’s only one chance in twenty-four to win… and live.
Desperate for cash to afford a new apartment, college student Samantha Hughes (Jocelin Donahue) takes a mysterious babysitting job. At the home, Mr. Ulman (Tom Noonan) explains that Samantha will not be watching a child, but his elderly mother-in-law instead. After exploring the creepy house, Samantha soon realizes that the Ulmans are hiding a horrifying secret and plan to sacrifice her during a lunar eclipse.
Welcome to Satanic Panic! Ti West’s fabulous homage to films of the 1980s is not perfect, but neither were the films he’s paying homage to. Join us as we bask in the nostalgia and fun that this film brings, from its attention to detail and fabulous cast, to the skilled, intentionally antiquated cinematography, editing, and music. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys explores a creepy house where a family awaits the perfect host to usher evil in by the pale moonlight.
In the year 40,000, peace and love have reigned for centuries, but the president of Earth has a problem. He needs Barbarella, a five-star, double-rated astronavigatrix who can save the universe. Her mission is to find the renegade scientist, Durand Durand, and discover where he’s hiding his monstrous positronic ray.
Welcome to the groovy 1960s, where spaceships have shag carpet and astronauts are curvaceous sex kittens who, with relative ease–and quite a few rolls in the hay–save the universe from wrongdoers. Join us as we discuss this Vadim-Fonda classic, and its place song the cheesier canon of sci-fi classics. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys turns the lights down and the music up, pouring a snifter of Remy Martin and getting our groove on with the sexiest astronaut ever!