Ep. 04-18: Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

A fossil of a mysterious animal’s claw is discovered in a remote jungle, and a group of scientists seeks to determine whether it is evidence of an undiscovered beast. To accomplish this task, the scientists (Antonio Moreno, Richard Carlson, Richard Denning, Whit Bissell) must brave the South American jungles. But the terrain is nothing compared to the danger posed by an otherworldly being lurking beneath the waters of their boat.

Creature from the Black Lagoon

We’re back in the land of Universal monsters! Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) is not only a classic horror film but the creature design is also one of the most iconic, ranking up there with the Frankenstein monster and the Wolfman. Join us as we discuss the origins of this truly unique film, as well as the writers, cast, and crew. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys dives deep in the Amazon, where a missing link from evolution still dwells within the murky black waters!

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Ep. 04-17: The Avengers (2012)

Thor’s evil brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), has gained access to the unlimited power of the Tesseract. As a result, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), director of S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits superheroes to defeat an intergalactic threat to Earth. Joining Fury’s squad are Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).

Avengers

Avengers assemble! How many of us read these comics as a kid, longing for an unlikely film adaption of the stories we held near and dear? With this spectacular installment to the Marvel canon, Joss Whedon made those dreams finally come true. Join us as we discuss the journey from comics to film as well as the cinematic journey from the solo, establishing films preceding it. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys unites with our favorite heroes against Loki and his legion of alien monsters invading earth.

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Ep. 04-16: Creepshow (1982)

A classic anthology from two horrors masters, George A. Romero and Stephen King, this film is made up of five stories, held together with 50’s style comic imagery. A murdered man returns from the grave demanding his Father’s Day cake, a meteor’ discharge causes anything and anyone to grow into otherworldly plants, a vengeful husband buries his wife and her lover to await death at high tide, a professor uses his nagging wife as a tasty snack for a strange crated monster, and finally, an evil millionaire and germaphobe becomes prey to an army of cockroaches.

CREEPSHOW

Happy Holidays and welcome to the last segment in our three-part classic Stephen King celebration! This one is a two-for, folks. Not only are you getting a literary giant, but the visionary genius of director George A. Romero (Dawn of the Dead (1978) as well. Join us as we discuss why this movie is a classic including the phenomenal cast, expert direction and script, gruesome special effects, and delightful music and animation. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys journeys back for this loving tribute to EC Comics (Tales from the Crypt; Vault of Horror), clearly childhood inspiration for two of the masters.

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Ep. 03-15: Salem’s Lot (1979)

A writer, Ben Mears (David Soul), returns to his small hometown intending to write a book about the ominous old Marston House which has a reputation for being haunted and, he feels, a history of being inherently evil. Soon, Ben suspects the new inhabitants of the house have something to do with the disappearance of a kid and a mysterious plague spreading throughout the town.

SALEM’S LOT

Happy Holidays, and welcome to part two of our three-part classic Stephen King extravaganza! Salem’s Lot (1979) was the second adaption of King’s work—also his second book—and is often remembered fondly for nostalgia and iconic imagery sakes. The film is far from perfect, plagued with the limitations (at the time) of the television format, terrible music, and pacing, and the manipulation of a major character. Join us as we discuss why this film is regarded highly despite these issues, as well as director, Tobe Hooper, and the inspired casting of James Mason. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys goes under the covers, clutching our crucifix tightly at the sound of fingernails scraping our window.

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