Ep. 04-30: Contact (1997)

Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) races to interpret a possible audible message originating from the Vega star system. Once first contact with extraterrestrial intelligence is proven, Arroway contends with various stumbling blocks including a restrictive National Security Advisor Kitz (James Woods) and religious fanatics bent on containing the implications of such an event. An incredible message is found hidden in the signal, but will Arroway be the one to answer its call?

CONTACT

What’s that sound? Could it be the cantankerous murmurings of your favorite podcast hosts discussing this ambitious yet flawed blockbuster? With such a great cast, source material from Carl Sagan, and an A-list director like Robert Zemeckis, how could they go wrong? Join us, and we will let you know. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys builds a wormhole device and travels to a distant galaxy to discover our place among the stars.

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Ep. 04-29: Dracula (1979 & 1992)

Dracula (1979): Transylvanian Count Dracula (Frank Langella) washes ashore in England after a shipwreck. Discovered by Mina Van Helsing (Jan Francis), Dracula integrates himself into the lives of Mina and her friend, Lucy Seward (Kate Nelligan). However, when Mina dies and her father, Prof. Van Helsing (Laurence Olivier), attributes her death to a vampire, evidence shows that Count Dracula is the monster, and Lucy is his next target.

Bram’s Stoker’s Dracula (1992): Count Dracula, a 15th-century prince, cursed to feed on the blood of the living, imprisons his lawyer, Jonathan Harker (Keanu Reeves), after seeing a photograph of his fiancée, Mina (Winona Ryder). Dracula goes to London in search of Mina, who is the spitting image of his dead wife. Harker’s friend, Van Helsing, suspects Dracula’s intentions, but can he and Lucy’s suitors thwart the monster when Mina has fallen in love with him?

Dracula & Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Double dose part two! Yes, we’re still in Transylvania for the second of our two-part, themed double-feature! This time, we’re covering two more nods to Stoker’s classic tale, including the 1979 Frank Langella version, and the all-star production from Francis Ford Coppola in 1992. Join us as we discuss the former’s relation to the play (like Lugosi, Langella originated the role on Broadway), and the lavish production values of Coppola’s take in 1992, arguably the most faithful adaption to the original text so far. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys travels from the Carpathian mountains to London with a crucifix in hand, listening close at every step for the whispers of the undead.

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Ep. 04-28: Dracula (1931 & 1958)

Dracula (1931): Mysterious Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), a vampire, travels to London and takes up residence. Soon, he sets his sights on Mina (Helen Chandler), the daughter of a prominent doctor and vampire-hunter, Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan), who seeks to put a stop to the count’s never-ending bloodlust.

Horror of Dracula (1958): After Jonathan Harker attacks Dracula at his castle, the vampire travels to a nearby city, where he preys on the family of Harker’s fiancée. The only one who can protect them is Dr. Van Helsing, Harker’s friend and colleague, who is determined to destroy Dracula, whatever the cost.

Dracula ’31 & ’58

It’s time for a double-dose! Dracula (1931) and Horror of Dracula (1958) are two of the earlier and more noteworthy entries in the plethora of Dracula films out there. Both are iconic and feature stars that played the distinguished count multiple times. Join us as we discuss the merit of these films and the actors that were both typecast in the infamous role. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys wanders dark castle hallways and creepy crypts in search of nosferatu, and their legendary leader.

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Ep. 04-27: Lucy (2014)

When Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is forced into delivering a briefcase, the once-carefree student is abducted by thugs who turn her into a drug mule. She is surgically implanted with a package containing a powerful chemical that leaks into her system, giving her superhuman abilities, including telekinesis and telepathy. With captors in pursuit, and her mind developing at a rapid rate, Lucy seeks a celebrated neurologist (Morgan Freeman), who she hopes can help her.

Lucy

We’re back in France with Luc Besson at the helm and, though our first venture (The Fifth Element, 1997) was more comedic, this one is an action-packed cerebral thrill-ride. Join us as we discuss the pros (casting, visuals) and cons (science, logic, and its lack thereof) that make this such a memorable film. Listen, as Johnny has the Keys is captured by Korean mafioso, forced to be a drug mule, and, via accident, gains access to the full potential of the human mind.

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