In an alternate 1985 America, costumed superheroes are outlawed. When a former comrade is murdered, masked vigilante Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) uncovers a plot to murder and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his retired associates, Rorschach discovers a larger conspiracy involving their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the world’s future.
Welcome to the coverage of our very first superhero movie! Watchmen (2009) and its original publication in comic books were hugely influential in what we now accept as modern superhero movies. Join us as we discuss the author Alan Moore, the controversial director, Zack Snyder, and its overall impact on pop culture. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys takes you to an alternate universe where history is similar, yet vastly different, costumed heroes aren’t necessarily noble, and we ponder the magnitude of sacrifice needed for the greater good.
As the zombie threat (from Night of the Living Dead) grows, people realize things will never be the same and are doing what it takes to survive. In Philadelphia, television-station employees Stephen (David Emge) and his girlfriend, Francine (Gaylen Ross), escape in the traffic helicopter, accompanied by two renegade SWAT members, Roger (Scott Reiniger) and Peter (Ken Foree). The group retreats to the haven of an enclosed shopping center, attempting to keep the luxuries of their former life when, in reality, they may be humanity’s last stand.
When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth. These are Peter’s (Ken Foree) haunting words that perfectly encapsulate the situation unleashed in this monumentally influential horror movie. Join us as we discuss the origins of this sequel, its production, and its lasting effect on cinema and television. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys goes on the lam, escapes the dead, and defends a home of luxurious refuge… perfect it seems, but really nothing more than a massive tomb.
An imposing black obelisk connects the past and the future in this beautifully filmed adaptation of a short story by science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke. Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and other astronauts are on a mysterious mission when their ship’s computer system, HAL, exhibits increasingly strange behavior, leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time.
Cue the music. You know you hear it. We’re back in space with this monumental landmark film directed by Stanley Kubrick. Join us for story origins, production details, our first impressions, and our speculations of the famous final twenty minutes. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys takes you on a mission to Jupiter and beyond, an enigmatic odyssey that questions the very existence of man.
The mysterious Count Orlok (Dracula) summons Thomas Hutter (Jonathan Harker) to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains. The odd Count seeks to buy a house near Hutter and his wife, Ellen (Nina), in Bremen. When Orlok reveals his vampire nature, Hutter struggles to escape the castle, knowing that Ellen is in grave danger. Meanwhile, Orlok’s servant, Knock (Renfield), prepares for his master to arrive at his new home.
Nosferatu (1922) is an immensely influential silent horror film, much more so than its lackluster remake, Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979). Join us as we discuss the copyright controversy between the original and the Bram Stoker estate, and the similarities and differences of both German films—the former containing iconic imagery that still resonates and influences today, and the latter which further proves that remakes are most often unnecessary… even with silent films! Listen as Johnny Has the Keys journeys to the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania in search of the very first vampire film.