The Innocents (1961)—Based on the Henry James story The Turn of the Screw, The Innocents (1961) is a psychological thriller about a woman who takes a governess job for two orphans in a Victorian home. Soon, she begins to see what she believes are ghosts and suspects the children’s bizarre behavior is the result of supernatural powers.
It’s October, and we felt it was the perfect time to cover this classic of paranormal persuasion. The pedigree for The Innocents (1961) is off-the-charts, including the source material (Henry James), directing (Jack Clayton), cinematography (Freddie Francis), screenplay (William Archibald and Truman Capote), and star (Deborah Kerr). Join us as we discuss what many have called one of the best ghost stories ever made, a story that continues to inspire to this very day. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys journeys to Bly Manor, where dead lovers still roam and the children aren’t exactly what they seem.
A Boy and His Dog (1975)—Vic (Don Johnson) is a libidinous “boy” traversing the post-apocalyptic desert of 2024, accompanied by his telepathic dog, Blood. When they encounter an underground community, the leader’s daughter, Quilla Holmes (Susanne Benton), seduces Vic into their fold, separating him from Blood, who’s left to survive on his own. But once Vic discovers he’s been lured there solely for the purpose of mechanized procreation, he elects to escape and rejoin Blood on the surface.
Welcome to our first contribution from acclaimed, and often combative, sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison. A Boy and His Dog (1975) is not a perfect film by any means and, at times, resembles a movie a bunch of drunken friends made together on weekends. Join us, as we discuss the pros and cons that make this film an endearing cult classic–the source material, the cast, and the influence it had on future post-apocalyptic films (including one very popular director/franchise). Listen as Johnny Has the Keys scavenges the wastelands for food and carnal sustenance, only to discover that dog is, in fact, man’s best friend.
Dead of Night (1945)—Architect, Walter Craig (Mervyn Johns), goes to Pilgrim’s Farm to see a potential client. Once there, he meets a group of people who seem oddly familiar. Craig tells them he has dreamt about each one of them and recounts events that occurred in his dream. His revelations ignite a conversation amongst the group, where each admits to having experienced strange events, in stories which they, in turn, tell.
Welcome to the first of three anthology films we’re covering this season. Dead of Night (1945) is the perfect place to start, considering that it is the first mainstream horror anthology film out there and set the bar for any that follows. Join us, as we discuss the various writers and directors that created the film, its cast, and the weighty influence it has on films even today. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys encounters a pursuant hearse, a haunted mirror, and an evil ventriloquist dummy, knowing the outcomes but helplessly trapped to live them over and over again.
2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)—Brave explorers travel the far reaches of the solar system, continuing the story of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). The destination is Jupiter, where a joint effort of Russian and American astronauts journey. Drs. Heywood Floyd (Roy Scheider), Walter Curnow (John Lithgow), R. Chandra (Bob Balaban), and Russian commander Tanya Kirbuk (Helen Mirren) aim to uncover what happened to Dave (Keir Dullea) and seek answers for both past and present mysteries.
Space… where no successful sci-fi movie can resist returning for a sequel. In the case of 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984), however, it is a welcome return. Join us as we discuss the film’s stellar cast, Hyams vs. Kubrick’s directing, the script, special effects, and more. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys returns to Jupiter, seeking answers for Hal’s murderous motives and what happened to Dave while encountering present dangers in the ever-evolving mystery of the monolith.