Herbert West has a Frankenstein fixation in that he is obsessed with overcoming the obstacle of death. He has developed a serum and convinces his skeptic roommate, Dan Cain, into joining his audacious project by reanimating his dead cat. Inevitably, as the two young scientists burrow deeper into uncharted territories, their campus soon starts brimming with West’s reanimated corpses. Arch-nemesis, Dr. Hill, yearns to take credit for this astounding discovery.
Re-Animator (1985) is Stuart Gordon’s love-letter to the writings of controversial horror author H. P. Lovecraft and the second of several sci-fi/horror genre-comedy crossovers we have slated for this season. Join us as we talk about what does and doesn’t make this film work, and the hilarious memories we have regarding it. Listen… as Johnny Has the Keys enrolls for classes at Miskatonic University, where the students are conducting unusual experiments and the faculty may not quite alive… or dead.
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Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission. Her commander, veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), is helming this last flight before his retirement. During a routine maintenance job, disaster strikes when unexpected space debris pummels them, destroying the shuttle. Ryan and Matt are stranded in space with no link to Earth and no hope of rescue. The only way home is a dangerous trek to another station. But will they make it in time?
In space, no one can hear you… period. This could have easily been the promotional tie-in for this harrowing thriller from director Alfonso Cuaron, where space is incredibly recreated as a noiseless void, danger ever-present at the slightest misstep. Join us as we discuss this monumentally realistic film and the marvel of its special effects and cinematography. Listen… as Johnny Has the Keys ventures into the terrifying abyss with two astronauts desperately trying to remain alive and simply get home.
A woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping off the New England tourist town of Amity Island. Police Chief, Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), wants to close the beaches, but mayor, Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton), overrules him, fearing the loss of tourist revenue. Ichthyologist, Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss), and a fisherman, Quint (Robert Shaw), offer to help Brody capture the killer shark, and the trio engages in an epic battle of man vs. nature.
Necessity is the mother of invention is a proverb that aptly explains the success of Jaws—Steven Spielberg’s massive blockbuster film—better than anything else. Force to film early, the young, novice director began shooting his film in the words of Richard Dreyfuss, “without a script, without a cast, and without a shark.” Join us for this very special Christmas episode as we discuss how Spielberg learned a career-making lesson in the concept of less is more, and how the monster you don’t see in most cases is scarier than the one you do. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys dives deep into the dark waters where a predator lurks, mammoth, and ready to devour the world.
World War II planes reported missing suddenly appear in the Mojave desert. A commercial flight encounters a UFO. While working one night, lineman, Roy Neary, has an otherworldly experience… Officials determine where the visitors plan to land and create an elaborate cover-up to keep people away. However, a group of people (including Neary) go anyway… for a gathering with new, and old, friends.
Welcome to part one of our Very Spielberg Christmas! In this 1977, feel-good classic, we experience thrills and chills as the people of earth encounter a benevolent alien race. Join us as we discuss Spielberg’s initial foray into science fiction films, and—similar to E.T. (1982)—a fantastical take of not-so-menacing extraterrestrials. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys climbs Devil’s Tower for an invitation-only event with visitors from another world and, who knows, perhaps the opportunity to join them for future adventures.