Ep. 03-07: This Island Earth (1955)

Season Three, Episode 7 “This Island Earth”

Scientist, Cal Meacham (Rex Reason), solves a complicated puzzle that allows him access to a highly secretive program led by the mysterious Exeter (Jeff Morrow). Exeter has assembled the world’s greatest scientific minds to learn how to generate and store nuclear power. But with the help of fellow scientists Ruth Adams (Faith Domergue) and Steve Carlson (Russell Johnson), Meacham soon discovers that his host is not what he claims to be.

B-movies can be classic too, and that’s exactly why This Island Earth (1955) has spirited its way into our third season lineup. Join us as we discuss this mid-50s matinee gem and its lofty attempts at screenwriting, special effects, and general logic. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys blasts off to the mysterious Metaluna where we encounter diabolical alien masterminds and their mutant slaves!

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Ep. 03-06: Cat People (1942 & 1982)

Season Three, Episode 6 “cat People”

Cat People (1942) and Cat People (1982) are two movies distinctly represented by their respective decades. Cat People (1942) is a moody, stylish psychological thriller helmed by Jacques Tourneur and produced by Val Lewton. The creepiness sets in with you via atmosphere and lighting. Cat People (1982) takes the same premise but shoves it in your face with bright color, visuals, sex, and gore. Both movies are enjoyable, but one is outstanding. You must tune in to see which and why.

Welcome to our first DOUBLE FEATURE of the season! Join us as we revisit this classic and its more modern version. Join us as we discuss the power of the original and its wunderkind director, in a juxtaposition of its remake from screenwriter turned director Paul Schrader. Listen, as Johnny has the Keys takes you down a shadowy alley where the sound of footsteps behind you might be the last thing you ever hear.

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Ep. 03-05: Looper (2012)

Time-travel exists, but only on the black market for those with money. When the mob wants to eliminate someone, they send the target into the past where a hitman known as a looper waits to finish the job. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a looper, and he does his job well — until the day his boss decides to close the loop and send Joe’s future self (Bruce Willis) back in time for execution.

As entertaining as Looper is, it is a film plagued with problems—logic specifically. Join us as we breakdown the strength and weaknesses of this cross-genre (sci-fi/mob) movie and its controversial director, Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi). Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys takes you to the not-so-distant future where organized crime goes high-concept.

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Ep. 03-04: Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

An aged Elvis Presley (Bruce Campbell) is a resident in an East Texas nursing home where he befriends Jack (Ossie Davis), who claims to be President John F. Kennedy. After co-residents of their quiet retirement community start dying of dubiously unnatural causes, Elvis and Jack discover that the perpetrator is Bubba Ho-Tep (Bob Ivy), a murderous, soul-sucking mummy.  

Welcome to the wonderful, weird story-telling of Joe R. Lansdale. Lansdale has been one of Tim’s favorite writers for going on three decades, and there’s no better way to introduce those unaware of his talent than this little indie film directed by Don Coscarelli (Phantasm). Join us as we discuss the phenomenal casting of Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis, the shoestring budget, and the ever-present magic this film possesses. Listen… as Johnny Has the Keys takes you to a nursing home where two American icons–older and slower, but determined–unite to destroy an evil that is feeding on the souls of their helpless neighbors.

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