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.
Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and Captain Spock (Leonard Nimoy) are monitoring trainees at Starfleet Academy. The United Federation of Planets is experimenting with the planet-creating Genesis Device. Meanwhile, two of Kirk’s officers are captured by Khan, long-marooned on a desolate planet. Khan forces these two to commit treasonous acts and steal the Genesis Device. Now, with the assistance of a novice Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop Khan from using the life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon.
This one’s a landmark and in both Tim and David’s top 20 of all time. Nicholas Meyer captured the magic that IS Star Trek with this incredible movie… and it has never been fully captured like this again. Join us as we discuss the minute details, motifs, tropes, and scenery-chewing acting that makes this movie a Science Fiction classic. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys takes you to the Mutara Nebula for a Moby Dick-inspired showdown between two of the universe’s ultimate badasses.
The Duc de Richleau (Christopher Lee) and Rex Van Ryn (Leon Greene) arrive at a party thrown by de Richleau’s protégé, Simon (Patrick Mower), only to discover that the party is actually the gathering of a Satanic cult, led by the high priest Mocata (Charles Gray), who plans to initiate the beautiful young Tanith (Nike Arrighi) that night. Richleau and Van Ryn must defeat the devil-worshiping Mocata and save young Tanith and Simon from a terrible fate.
Welcome back to another diabolical devil movie! This one was quite the guilty pleasure as it is a Hammer film, with a decent pedigree, that neither of us had ever seen. Join us as we talk about the mechanics of Matheson’s script, Fisher’s confidence behind the camera, and a cast featuring two Bond villains! Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys travels to the English countryside, where the folks at the neighboring estate might be up to more than just a pleasant picnic!
Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) joins the military after high-school graduation to become a citizen and for the love of his high school sweetheart, Carmen (Denise Richards). In the war against the giant bug aliens of Klendathu, the military is a very dangerous occupation. Rico works his way through several battles and, with the help of his friends and comrades, helps turn the tide of the war, and save humanity.
We’re back for the 3rd and final of our BIG monster flicks (in-a-row). Controversy killed this one at the box office because no one seemed to be in on the joke. THIS FILM IS A SATIRE, folks, not a vehicle glorifying war. Join us as we talk about its talented director, Paul Verhoeven, its beautiful, somewhat talented cast, and the killer special effects and monster battles. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys grabs the popcorn and joins the military to shower with mucho pretty naked people and defend humanity against ferocious armies of arachnids.