Ep. 04-16: Creepshow (1982)

A classic anthology from two horrors masters, George A. Romero and Stephen King, this film is made up of five stories, held together with 50’s style comic imagery. A murdered man returns from the grave demanding his Father’s Day cake, a meteor’ discharge causes anything and anyone to grow into otherworldly plants, a vengeful husband buries his wife and her lover to await death at high tide, a professor uses his nagging wife as a tasty snack for a strange crated monster, and finally, an evil millionaire and germaphobe becomes prey to an army of cockroaches.

CREEPSHOW

Happy Holidays and welcome to the last segment in our three-part classic Stephen King celebration! This one is a two-for, folks. Not only are you getting a literary giant, but the visionary genius of director George A. Romero (Dawn of the Dead (1978) as well. Join us as we discuss why this movie is a classic including the phenomenal cast, expert direction and script, gruesome special effects, and delightful music and animation. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys journeys back for this loving tribute to EC Comics (Tales from the Crypt; Vault of Horror), clearly childhood inspiration for two of the masters.

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Ep. 03-15: Salem’s Lot (1979)

A writer, Ben Mears (David Soul), returns to his small hometown intending to write a book about the ominous old Marston House which has a reputation for being haunted and, he feels, a history of being inherently evil. Soon, Ben suspects the new inhabitants of the house have something to do with the disappearance of a kid and a mysterious plague spreading throughout the town.

SALEM’S LOT

Happy Holidays, and welcome to part two of our three-part classic Stephen King extravaganza! Salem’s Lot (1979) was the second adaption of King’s work—also his second book—and is often remembered fondly for nostalgia and iconic imagery sakes. The film is far from perfect, plagued with the limitations (at the time) of the television format, terrible music, and pacing, and the manipulation of a major character. Join us as we discuss why this film is regarded highly despite these issues, as well as director, Tobe Hooper, and the inspired casting of James Mason. Listen, as Johnny Has the Keys goes under the covers, clutching our crucifix tightly at the sound of fingernails scraping our window.

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Ep. 04-14: Carrie (1976)

In this superior adaptation of Stephen King’s classic first horror novel, withdrawn and sensitive teen Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) faces taunting from classmates at school and abuse from her fanatically pious mother (Piper Laurie). Strange occurrences happen around Carrie, and she suspects she has supernatural powers. Invited to the prom by the empathetic Tommy Ross (William Katt), Carrie tries to let her guard down, but with a practical joke gone awry, things eventually take a dark and violent turn.

Episode 14 CARRIE

Happy Holidays and welcome to the first of three classic Stephen King movies in a row! Carrie (1976) is not only based on the first King novel ever published, but it is the first adaption of any of his work. Join us as we discuss the classic cast, Brian DePalma’s superb Hitchcockian directing, and the King-agreed summation that this film is actually better than the novel. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys journeys back to our nation’s bicentennial to attend an ill-fated prom where murderous vengeance is unleashed from the most unlikely of suspects.

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Ep. 03-22: Dr. Sleep (2019)

Struggling with alcoholism, Dan Torrance remains haunted by sinister events he experienced at the Overlook Hotel as a child. While recovering and sober, he soon finds himself caught up in another nefarious plot when he meets Abra, a teen who shares his extrasensory gift of the shine. Together, they form an unlikely alliance to battle the True Knot, a vampiric cult whose members feed on those with the “shine” to sustain their immortality.

Episode 03-22 Dr. Sleep

Welcome to our third Stephen King film and a direct sequel to last year’s coverage of The Shining (1980). Doctor Sleep is a beautifully shot horror film that lives up to all of its source material—namely the King novel, and the Kubrick movie. Join us as we discuss the controversial development of this project with director Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House, … Bly Manor), Stephen King, and Stanley Kubrick’s estate. Listen as Johnny Has the Keys returns to the evil spirits that dwell in the Overlook Hotel and discover how they serve a purpose in the adult Dan Torrence’s quest to save a child.

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