Ep. 05-07: A Boy and His Dog (1975)

A Boy and His Dog (1975)—Vic (Don Johnson) is a libidinous “boy” traversing the post-apocalyptic desert of 2024, accompanied by his telepathic dog, Blood. When they encounter an underground community, the leader’s daughter, Quilla Holmes (Susanne Benton), seduces Vic into their fold, separating him from Blood, who’s left to survive on his own. But once Vic discovers he’s been lured there solely for the purpose of mechanized procreation, he elects to escape and rejoin Blood on the surface.

05-07 A BOY AND HIS DOG

Welcome to our first contribution from acclaimed, and often combative, sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison. A Boy and His Dog (1975) is not a perfect film by any means and, at times, resembles a movie a bunch of drunken friends made together on weekends. Join us, as we discuss the pros and cons that make this film an endearing cult classic–the source material, the cast, and the influence it had on future post-apocalyptic films (including one very popular director/franchise). Listen as Johnny Has the Keys scavenges the wastelands for food and carnal sustenance, only to discover that dog is, in fact, man’s best friend.

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Ep. 05-06: Dead of Night (1945)

Dead of Night (1945)—Architect, Walter Craig (Mervyn Johns), goes to Pilgrim’s Farm to see a potential client. Once there, he meets a group of people who seem oddly familiar. Craig tells them he has dreamt about each one of them and recounts events that occurred in his dream. His revelations ignite a conversation amongst the group, where each admits to having experienced strange events, in stories which they, in turn, tell.

05-06 DEAD OF NIGHT

Welcome to the first of three anthology films we’re covering this season. Dead of Night (1945) is the perfect place to start, considering that it is the first mainstream horror anthology film out there and set the bar for any that follows. Join us, as we discuss the various writers and directors that created the film, its cast, and the weighty influence it has on films even today. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys encounters a pursuant hearse, a haunted mirror, and an evil ventriloquist dummy, knowing the outcomes but helplessly trapped to live them over and over again. 

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Ep. 05-05: 2010 The Year We Make Contact (1984)

2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)—Brave explorers travel the far reaches of the solar system, continuing the story of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). The destination is Jupiter, where a joint effort of Russian and American astronauts journey. Drs. Heywood Floyd (Roy Scheider), Walter Curnow (John Lithgow), R. Chandra (Bob Balaban), and Russian commander Tanya Kirbuk (Helen Mirren) aim to uncover what happened to Dave (Keir Dullea) and seek answers for both past and present mysteries.   

05-05 2010

Space… where no successful sci-fi movie can resist returning for a sequel. In the case of 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984), however, it is a welcome return. Join us as we discuss the film’s stellar cast, Hyams vs. Kubrick’s directing, the script, special effects, and more. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys returns to Jupiter, seeking answers for Hal’s murderous motives and what happened to Dave while encountering present dangers in the ever-evolving mystery of the monolith.

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Ep. 05-04: The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) & Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)

The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)—In a desperate attempt to reach his ill wife, organist Anton Phibes (Vincent Price) is horrifically disfigured in a car accident and presumed dead. Upon learning his wife has died, Phibes blames her surgeons and plots an act of elaborate revenge to punish them. With the help of his mute assistant, Vulnavia (Virginia North), Phibes murders the doctors one by one using bizarre methods inspired by the biblical plagues.

Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)—The sinister Dr. Phibes (Vincent Price) has returned, determined to resurrect his deceased wife. Assisted by the beautiful Vulnavia (Valli Kemp), Phibes must retrieve a set of ancient scrolls to do so. The thief of the scrolls is Darius Biederbeck (Robert Quarry), an explorer and foe who also seeks immortality. Biederbeck travels to Egypt and Phibes follows, plotting the deaths of Biederbeck’s crew, making sure they are disposed of in unusual and gory ways.

05-04 TH ABOMINABLE DR. PHIBBS

In our first of five double-features this season, we cover these two chestnuts from the glory days of AIP (American International Pictures) and the deliciously campy Vincent Price. Join us as we reminisce about our initial encounters with these incredibly unique films and their overall place in the canon of horror classics. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys seeks retribution for those who have done us wrong, choreographing vengeance methods of biblical proportions alongside a dollop of fresh cheese.

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