Socialite, Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), is shopping in a pet store when she meets handsome Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), who is looking to buy a pair of Lovebirds for his younger sister’s birthday. He recognizes Melanie but jokingly pretends to mistake her for an assistant. Melanie gets even with a joke of her own. She buys the birds and delivers them herself to the quiet coastal town of Bodega Bay, where Mitch spends weekends with his sister and mother. Shortly after she arrives, she is attacked by a gull. Soon begins a series of bizarre and shocking attacks by a growing number of birds in the small town.
The Birds (1963), loosely based on the 1952 story of the same name by Daphne du Maurier, is another entry into the canon of classic films directed by the master, Alfred Hitchcock. Join us as we discuss the origins of the production, its top-notch cast, state-of-the-art (for the time) special effects, and the inspiration it’s been on other giants in the genre. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys visits the sleepy little Haven of Bodega Bay, where everyone knows their neighbor and people are turning up dead with ever-increasing shadows in the sky.
Picking up where the television series Firefly (2002) left off, a group of rebels travels the outskirts of space aboard their ship Serenity, outside the reach of the Alliance, a sinister regime that controls most of the universe. After the crew takes in Simon (Sean Maher) and his psychic sister, River (Summer Glau), whom he recently rescued from Alliance forces, they are pursued by the Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor), an Alliance agent who will stop at nothing to find them.
Space, where the rare sci-fi television series is sometimes revived into a successful movie franchise. And though Serenity (2005) will probably spawn no further sequels, it is a substantial and enjoyable revisit in the world of a show that was canceled too soon. Join us as we discuss the series’s roots, its talented showrunner Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1997-2003), the cast, and their noble attempt at closure. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys boards Serenity, on what begins as a rollicking pirate adventure but quickly evolves into a mission of humanity’s endurance against the evil alliance.
When her mother passes away, Annie (Toni Collette), her husband, Steve (Gabriel Byrne), her son, Peter (Alex Wolff), and her daughter, Charlie (Milly Shapiro), all mourn her loss. The family turns to different means of handling their grief, including Annie and her daughter both flirting with the supernatural. Soon, each has disturbing, otherworldly experiences linked to emotional trauma and sinister secrets inherited through generations of their family.
Welcome to the slow-burn, horrifically unique world of director Ari Aster. Hereditary (2018) was a polarizing film, dividing critics and fans alike into two separate groups who either “loved it” or “hated it” with very little middle ground. Join us as we discuss what makes this film so memorable from its spectacularly talented cast, its fine-tuned script, and the mind-boggling notion it is a debut from a seriously talented director (who has also now brought us the equally controversial Midsommar (2019). Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys traces our ancestry, seeking keys to our past and discovering secrets in our family’s lineage, so sinister and so foreboding that we may regret ever having looked.
Ellen Ripley, the sole survivor of an alien attack on the mining ship Nostromo, awakens 57 years later when she is discovered drifting in space by a salvage vessel. Company officials refuse to believe her discovery of alien existence and revoke her flight officer’s license. Ripley discovers that the Company has now colonized LV-426 where her crew had encountered the alien species for the first time. Soon, all contact from the is lost and Ripley is asked to return there as an advisor to a team of tough space marines with a great deal of firepower. To be rid of her recurrent nightmares, Ripley prepares for a final confrontation with the monsters – and this time, there are hundreds.
Welcome to Johnny Has the Keys’ 100th EPISODE! Aliens (1986) is one of those rare examples of a sequel that works on multiple levels. It expands and pays homage to the original story, takes on a different movie-making aspect (action-film), and adds depth of character to ALL players, from Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley to the most minor of roles. Join us as we discuss this supreme sequel from its origins with controversial director James Cameron, the various cuts of the final product, and the overwhelming fan response to what is heralded as one of the best sequels ever made. Listen as Johnny Has the Key returns to LV-426 where an entire army of aliens awaits and Ripley prepares for an epic showdown with one badass mother.