Woodsboro, California, turns into a bloodbath when a masked killer arrives. High schooler, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), whose mother was killed a year prior, becomes the target of the masked killer. Her boyfriend Billy Loomis (Skeet Ulrich) is the main suspect, along with Sidney’s father. Local Tabloid News Reporter, Gail Weathers (Courteney Cox), and Deputy Dwight “Dewey” Riley (David Arquette) investigate and try to discover who the killer is and if it’s the same person who killed Sid’s mom the year before.
Wes Craven re-invented and revitalized the slasher movie genre with this modern horror classic. The movie is vastly entertaining, managing to be funny, clever, and scary, as a ghost-face masked killer stalks high-school students in middle-class suburbia. Join us, and our special guest, Tyler McDaniel (30 & Nerdy podcast), as we discuss the terrific team of Wes Craven (director) and Kevin Williamson (screenplay), the memorable ensemble cast, and the film’s iconic villain. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys flees from yet another knife-wielding, multiple-murdering, masked maniac!
In 1630 New England, panic and despair envelop a farmer, his wife, and their children when youngest son Samuel suddenly vanishes. The family blames Thomasin, the oldest daughter who was watching the boy at the time of his disappearance. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, twin siblings Mercy and Jonas suspect Thomasin of witchcraft, testing the clan’s faith, loyalty, and love for one another.
Robert Egger’s directorial debut is a stunningly gorgeous, mature, and terrifying film that has already joined the ranks of such horror classics as The Exorcist (1973) and Rosemary’s Baby (1968). Yet, opinions of the film are vastly divided. Join us as we speculate why modern audiences have trouble embracing it. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys goes back in time to colonial New England, where evil lurks in the nearby forest and surrendering your soul may be your only chance at survival.
Dr. John Markway, an anthropologist with an interest in psychic phenomena, takes two specially selected women to Hill House, a reportedly haunted mansion. Eleanor (Julie Harris), a lonely, eccentric woman with a supernatural event in her past, and the bold Theodora (Claire Bloom), who has ESP, join John and the mansion’s heir, cynical Luke (Russ Tamblyn). Soon, strange sounds and mysterious events occur, and Eleanor comes to believe the house is alive and is addressing her.
Welcome to the superbly haunted world of Robert Wise. We covered the recent Mike Flanagan series adaption of this movie in our first season, and now we’re tackling the first film adaption of the classic novel by Shirley Jackson. Join us as we discuss what makes this film a classic, including the sublimely talented Wise, the use of atmosphere over special effects, and the small but talented cast. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys enter that the house where silence lay steadily and whatever walks there, walks alone.
Desperate for cash to afford a new apartment, college student Samantha Hughes (Jocelin Donahue) takes a mysterious babysitting job. At the home, Mr. Ulman (Tom Noonan) explains that Samantha will not be watching a child, but his elderly mother-in-law instead. After exploring the creepy house, Samantha soon realizes that the Ulmans are hiding a horrifying secret and plan to sacrifice her during a lunar eclipse.
Welcome to Satanic Panic! Ti West’s fabulous homage to films of the 1980s is not perfect, but neither were the films he’s paying homage to. Join us as we bask in the nostalgia and fun that this film brings, from its attention to detail and fabulous cast, to the skilled, intentionally antiquated cinematography, editing, and music. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys explores a creepy house where a family awaits the perfect host to usher evil in by the pale moonlight.