Ep. 02-20: The Fifth Element (1997)

In the 23rd century, a New York City cab driver, Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), finds the fate of the planet in his hands when Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) literally falls into his cab. As the embodiment of the fifth element, Leeloo needs to reunite with the other four to keep the impending Great Evil from destroying earth. Together with Father Vito Cornelius (Ian Holm) and wacky broadcast personality Ruby Rhod (Chris Tucker), Dallas must race against time and the wicked Zorg (Gary Oldman) to save humanity.

The Fifth Element is director Luc Besson’s grand vision of the future where things are not always dark and, at times, are very funny. Join us as we discuss the origins of the film from its story genesis in the mind of a sixteen-year-old Besson to the ultimate in outrageous fantasia, fashion, and fun. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys blasts into the far future where things may look a lot different, but human nature certainly is not.

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Ep. 02-19: The Wolf Man (1941)

After his brother’s death, Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.) returns to Wales to reconcile with his father (Claude Rains). While there, he visits an antique shop where he meets Gwen (Evelyn Ankers), the attractive shopkeeper, and buys a silver walking cane. Later that evening, he is forced to kill an attacking wolf with the cane, only to learn that he has actually killed a man (Bela Lugosi). An old gypsy woman explains to him that it was her son, a werewolf, he killed and that Larry is now cursed to become one himself.

1941, just days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Universal released this gem of a film featuring one of the top-tier iconic movie monsters of all time: The Wolf Man. Listen as we discuss the folklore and origins of the movie including its predecessor Werewolf of London (1935), as well as its many incarnations over several decades. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys, takes you to the foggy forests of Wales where even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright!

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Ep. 02-18: The Abyss (1989)

Episode 02-18 THE ABYSS

The navy enlists help from a nearby underwater oil rig to search for a lost nuclear submarine. Once the mission begins, they encounter a number of difficulties and discover that they may not be alone. There is something otherworldly out there in the deep.

The Abyss is not a perfect movie, but it was what many consider the official test movie for modern computer-generated effects (CGI). Join us as we discuss the highs and lows of this flawed but visually amazing film and the pros and cons of working with perfectionist director, James Cameron. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys journeys to the bottom of the ocean, with a lovable blue-collar crew, to see what mysteries they uncover in The Abyss.

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Ep. 02-17: Get Out (2017)

Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s being in an interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth far more sinister than he ever could have imagined.

Former comedian, Jordan Peele, directed this modern masterpiece a few short years ago and, as a result, will forever be enshrined in the hallowed halls of horror. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture (winner in the Original Screenplay category), Get Out was the first of what Peele promises to be many more horror films with him at the helm. Join us as we discuss past horror keys that influenced this film (many openly acknowledged by Peele himself), as well as those that lift it miles above average run-of-the-muck scare-fare. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys sinks deep into the sunken place, revealing the secrets from within.

Note: We know that Ari Aster directed Hereditary and Midsommar and that Robert Eggers directed The Witch and The Lighthouse. We were just excited at the moment and made an error in speaking. Tim also happened to watch some of these films on the same day which added to the confusion. This error is also addressed at the end of the show.

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