Both the 1956 and 1986 versions of The Fly tell the story of a scientist transformed into a grotesque creature after a common housefly enters unseen into a molecular transporter he is experimenting with, resulting in his atoms being combined with those of the insect and producing a hybrid creature. Both films feature brilliant, obsessed, tragic scientists literally in the right place at the wrong time. And like the aforementioned creature, both films are hybrids too… combining strong tropes from both sci-fi and horror.
Welcome to our second double feature this season. And this one is a winner, folks—BOTH films deserve their spot in the hallowed halls of the horror/sci-fi canon. Join us as we discuss their casts, the variations in the story, and what key elements lift both films up solidly on their own. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys enters the lab of a formerly sane and reputable scientist, only to find a chamber of horrors released from the proposed advancement of humanity.
A disturbed woman is being treated with a radical form of psychotherapy at a remote institute. Meanwhile, her five-year-old daughter, under the care of her estranged husband, is being terrorized by a group of strange beings. How these storylines intersect is the disturbing and grotesque secret of this bloody tale of monstrous parenthood from David Cronenberg. With its combination of psychological and body horror, The Brood laid the groundwork for many of the director’s films to come, but it stands on its own as a personal, singularly terrifying vision.
Welcome to the first of 2 films we are covering this season from body-horror maestro, David Cronenberg. The Brood (1979) is an early entry in the auteur’s canon, but a clear calling card to deliciously disturbing things to come. Join us as we discuss the pros and cons of this landmark film. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys takes you to the wintery streets of Canada, where innocent little children aren’t always what they appear to be.
When infertility threatens mankind with extinction and the last child born has perished, a disillusioned bureaucrat (Clive Owen) becomes the unlikely champion in the fight for the survival of Earth’s population. To do so, he must confront his own demons and protect the planet’s last remaining hope from danger.
Welcome to the not-so-distant, yet bleak, future where humanity is going extinct. Join us as we discuss this harrowing yet hopeful modern science fiction classic and the distinct elements that lift it in such high regard. Listen, as Johnny Has the Key dives deep into war-torn Europe, where danger is everywhere, and humanity’s last hope is being escorted through the darkened chaos to, perhaps, a brighter future.
Louis (Brad Pitt) tells his story to an eager, modern-day biographer, Daniel (Christian Slater)… In the 18th century, suicidal after the death of his family, Louis meets Lestat (Tom Cruise), a charismatic vampire who persuades him to become his companion and choose immortality over death. Eventually, the gentle Louis resolves to leave his violent maker, but Lestat tricks him into staying by turning a child, Claudia (Kirsten Dunst), into a vampire. The addition creates turmoil within the “family” and draws attention in the larger vampire world.
Welcome to the first of our vampire selections for this season—a gorgeous, yet flawed film adaption of the wildly popular Vampire Chronicles of Anne Rice, Interview With the Vampire(1994). Join us as we discuss the long road to making this film (20 years), the trouble with its casting, and the magic the film still seems to harness despite its missteps. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys strolls from the 18th century to present, where vampires not only seek prey but also answers to the question of their existence.