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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Ep. 05-03: 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)—A returning US space mission crash lands in the Mediterranean, losing its most precious cargo–eggs from an alien, reptilian-like creature from Venus. One such egg comes into the possession of an Italian zoologist (Frank Puglia), who hatches it hatch into a rapidly growing monster. His American granddaughter, Marisa (Joan Taylor), and the surviving astronaut Calder (William Hopper) must battle alongside the American and Italian military to corral the creature before it destroys everything in its path.

05-03 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH

Welcome to our first venture into the spectacular world of Ray Harryhausen. 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) is the perfect example of the cherished animator’s immense talent–the rip-roaring adventure of a giant lizard monster terrorizing the streets of Rome. Join us as we talk about our first impressions, the European setting, the cast, and what an absolute blast it was revisiting this B movie classic. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys chases an alien monster through Rome, weighing its preservation versus our annihilation, all the way to an ultimate encounter at the Colosseum.

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Ep. 05-02: 28 Weeks Later (2007)

28 Weeks Later (2007) – Six months after the original epidemic, the rage virus has all but annihilated the population of England. The U.S. Army declares the danger gone, and American soldiers arrive to restore order and begin reconstruction. Refugees soon return to British soil, but one of them carries a deadly secret—some are immune but still carry the virus, meaning infection is only temporarily dormant and rage will rise again.

05-02 28 WEEKS LATER

England is safe. Wait! No? Danny Boyle’s insanely fast “zombies” are back in this much-anticipated follow-up to 28 Days Later (2002). Join us as we discuss the good and bad of this sophomore effort, including the familiar cast, screenplay, and the harrowing first eight or so minutes of the film. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys seeks to help reconstruct a decimated London just in time for another rage-infected pandemic!

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Ep. 05-01: Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar (2014) – In the Earth’s future, global crop blight and a second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering the planet uninhabitable. Professor Brand (Michael Caine), a brilliant NASA physicist, is working on plans to save mankind by transporting Earth’s population to a new home via a wormhole. First, Brand must send former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of researchers through the wormhole and across the galaxy to find out which of three planets is more suitable for colonization.

05-01 INTERSTELLER

We’re back for Season 5, returning to the capable hands of director Christopher Nolan (The Prestige) and this ambitious, yet flawed, outing. Join us as we discuss the pros and cons of Interstellar (2014), including the story, effects, music, and stellar (ha-ha) cast. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys blasts off through a wormhole and into another galaxy where humanity’s fate rests in the hands of a few brave astronauts.

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