Hellraiser is the tale of a married couple, Larry (Andrew Robinson) and Julia (Clare Higgins), who move into an old house belonging to Larry’s missing brother, Frank. Shortly after they move in, Julia discovers a hideous creature hiding in the attic that is actually the remains of Frank, her former lover. Having lost his earthly body to a hellish group of S & M demons, the Cenobites, Frank was brought back into our existence by a drop of his brother’s blood on the floor. He soon persuades his former mistress to bring him humans to sacrifice and complete his body… but the Cenobites will not be happy when they discover this.
Hellraiser (1987), based on the novella The Hellbound Heart and Clive Barker’s directorial debut, was and remains one of the most original concepts for a horror movie ever made. Barker, who came from a theatrical background, is also an accomplished painter, author, and filmmaker… and these talents are clearly present in this one-of-a-kind film. Join us as we discuss Barker’s origins and the elements that brought this incredible vision (and others, including Candyman, 1992) to us. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys escorts you to an alternate dimension where pain and pleasure measure equally and Pinhead is waiting to assist your exploration of them.
Shaun (Simon Pegg) is a 30-something loser with a lackluster existence, with little motivation for anything. When he’s not working at the electronics store, he lives with his slovenly best friend, Ed (Nick Frost), in a small flat on the outskirts of London playing video games. The only unpredictable element in his life is his girlfriend, Liz (Kate Ashfield), who wishes desperately for Shaun to grow up and be a man. When the town is overrun with zombies, Shaun must rise to the occasion and protect his friends and family, thus proving his worthiness. (Penelope Wilton).
Welcome to the sixth and final of our genre-hybrid episodes (comedy-horror), and what would definitely qualify as Tim’s favorite! Shaun of the Dead (2004) is part comedic genius (the team of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright) and part loving homage to the zombie movies of the master, George A. Romero. Join us as we discuss why this movie is held in such high esteem (especially in the UK), and how, similarly to Galaxy Quest (1999), filmmakers can honor a giant in the biz with such profound adoration. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys has a pint down at The Winchester, ignoring the scrapes and groans at the windows while celebrating the surprise arrival of the apocalypse.
The actors of an old sci-fi TV show—now barely scraping a living through re-runs and sci-fi conventions—suddenly find themselves mistaken by an alien race for their TV counterparts, believing that the cast’s heroics are historical documentation of real-life adventures. The aliens turn to the celebrities for help in their quest to overcome an oppressive regime in their solar system.
Welcome to the fifth of six genre hybrids (comedy) we’re covering this year. Galaxy Quest (1999) is what many fans refer to as an unofficial Star Trek film… and rightly so. Aside from the laughs, this film touches on many of the elements that made Trek successful including production details, the actors themselves, and behind-the-scenes gossip. Join us as we discuss these many attributes and the obvious love and respect that went into this homage to the granddaddy of all space operas. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys blasts into space with a novice crew, going where no man has gone before in order to discover that which makes us human.
Sally (Marilyn Burns), suspecting her grandfather’s grave may have been vandalized, sets out with her brother, Franklin (Paul A. Partain), and their friends to investigate. After a detour to their family’s old farmhouse, they discover a crazed, murderous cannibal family living next door. As the group is attacked one by one by the chainsaw-wielding cook, Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen), the survivors must do everything they can to escape.
If ever there was a movie synonymous with the phrase Drive-In movie, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) would be at the top of the list. Hugely influential for many-a-horror movie to come (Halloween 1978, Friday the 13th 1980, The Evil Dead 1981), Tobe Hooper’s low-budget indie classic also followed in the footsteps of other pioneering startups including George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (1968). Join us as we discuss genre-defining tropes and the blossoming of creativity under harsh conditions. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys veers off the highway to back roads, where there is no safety, no rules, and you may be no more than dinner to the folks in that nice farmhouse down the way.