A father (Gong-Yoo), and his daughter (Soo-An Kim), are boarding the KTX, a high-speed train, that will take them from Seoul to Busan. During their journey, the apocalypse begins, and most of the earth’s population becomes flesh-craving zombies. While the KTX is shooting towards Busan, the passenger’s fight for their families and lives against the zombies… and each other.
Welcome to another foreign-film edition of Johnny Has the Keys and our return to the ever-growing popular sub-genre of the zombie apocalypse. Train to Busan (2016) delivers exactly what you’d expect—a fast-paced thrill-ride filled with exciting, and often inventive, zombie horror. Join us as we discuss its origins, and the fantastic cast, script, and director. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys boards an express railway to hell, where every car holds a new surprise, and zombies may not be your only enemy.
Socialite, Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), is shopping in a pet store when she meets handsome Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), who is looking to buy a pair of Lovebirds for his younger sister’s birthday. He recognizes Melanie but jokingly pretends to mistake her for an assistant. Melanie gets even with a joke of her own. She buys the birds and delivers them herself to the quiet coastal town of Bodega Bay, where Mitch spends weekends with his sister and mother. Shortly after she arrives, she is attacked by a gull. Soon begins a series of bizarre and shocking attacks by a growing number of birds in the small town.
The Birds (1963), loosely based on the 1952 story of the same name by Daphne du Maurier, is another entry into the canon of classic films directed by the master, Alfred Hitchcock. Join us as we discuss the origins of the production, its top-notch cast, state-of-the-art (for the time) special effects, and the inspiration it’s been on other giants in the genre. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys visits the sleepy little Haven of Bodega Bay, where everyone knows their neighbor and people are turning up dead with ever-increasing shadows in the sky.
Picking up where the television series Firefly (2002) left off, a group of rebels travels the outskirts of space aboard their ship Serenity, outside the reach of the Alliance, a sinister regime that controls most of the universe. After the crew takes in Simon (Sean Maher) and his psychic sister, River (Summer Glau), whom he recently rescued from Alliance forces, they are pursued by the Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor), an Alliance agent who will stop at nothing to find them.
Space, where the rare sci-fi television series is sometimes revived into a successful movie franchise. And though Serenity (2005) will probably spawn no further sequels, it is a substantial and enjoyable revisit in the world of a show that was canceled too soon. Join us as we discuss the series’s roots, its talented showrunner Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1997-2003), the cast, and their noble attempt at closure. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys boards Serenity, on what begins as a rollicking pirate adventure but quickly evolves into a mission of humanity’s endurance against the evil alliance.
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.