Ep. 01-24: The Matrix (1999)

Episode 24 “The Matrix”

In 1999, a computer hacker (Neo) discovers that life on Earth may be nothing more than an illusion created to placate us while our life essence is used to fuel domination of the real world. He joins forces with like-minded rebels Morpheus and Trinity in their struggle to overthrow The Matrix.

A modern giant in Sci-Fi cinema, The Matrix (1999)… the visuals, the writing, the world-building, harken back to other milestones like 2001, Star Wars, and Blade Runner. Join us as we discuss the key elements that came together to make such a memorable milestone. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys plugs in and takes you deep into the inner-workings of The Matrix.

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Ep. 01-23: The Evil Dead (1981)

Episode 23 “The Evil Dead”

In 1981, a little horror movie with a big bite was unleashed upon the world. Stephen King quickly cited the film as “the most ferociously original horror movie of the year,” and this cheap little indie grew to massive cult status, paving the way for many careers including Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell. What is it about this cheap gore-fest–a movie that helped ignite the video-nasty scandal of the 1980s–that still resonates with ravenous horror hounds of today?

This is also a personal film for David and me in that it was made in our hometown of Morristown, Tennessee. It was filmed on our friend, Wynn’s property, and David and he actually worked on the production, credited as “Fake Shemps.” Join us as we discuss our memories from the set and the premiere. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys takes you back in time to a tiny cabin in the Tennessee woods and the demonic forces summoned from the pages of an ancient tome, transforming those who possess it into The Evil Dead.

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Stranger Things Special

Bonus – Stranger Things

A few years ago, Netflix created a pop culture phenomenon that has now, as of this last season, become their most successful original show to date. Stranger Things season 3 debuted on July 4th this year and has flayed any other summer television competition. What makes this show so resonant with viewers? Why is it that the pull of 1985’s nostalgia draws even non-genre fans… especially to a show that is filled with monsters, murder, and mad scientists? Join David and Tim for a Johnny Has the Keys Special Episode discussing the lure of memory lane and this welcome the addition to the canon of genre television. Listen… as we merely brush the surface of a treasure trove of keys that all fit the magical door to Stranger Things.

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Ep. 01-22: The Exorcist (1973)

Episode 22 – The Exorcist

One of the most profitable horror movies of all time, this story of an exorcism is based on actual events. Young Regan (Linda Blair) is acting odd — swearing, levitating, speaking in tongues… Her mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks medical help to no avail. A local priest (Jason Miller) thinks the girl may be possessed by the devil. He requests to perform an exorcism, and the church sends in an expert (Max von Sydow) to help with the difficult job.

45 years later, this movie stills packs one helluva punch. Join Tim and David as they discuss the history of the film… from novel to celluloid, casting, and keys. What is it about this frightening tale of a little girl in Georgetown that resonates with us still? Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys opens that closed door at the end of the frigid hallway and seeks to decipher the reasons behind the popularity and longevity of this story of ancient evil. Welcome to… The Exorcist.

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