Here you can find all the best horror movies ever made (so far), along with a brief description of what was discussed.
Please note: the descriptions began with episode 45 – Saw with Laura Haase.
This week on the Best Little Horror House in Philly we’re joined by Kelly McAndee to dive even further into isolation with her pick for the best horror movie ever made, the 1990 adaptation by Rob Reiner of Stephen King’s 1987 best-seller, Misery!
Before we get into the movie, as always we talk about her history with horror and preferred subgenre before talking specifically about her history with Stephen King, and the place he occupies in our lives. This leads us to the history of Richard Bachman, his reveal, and his “death” before analyzing the sheer amount of adaptations of Stephen King’s work.
After this we get into the movie’s production, including the questioning of Reiner as director, how he convinced people, and the changes he made in adapting it with William Goldman. Next we get into the casting process and how many people were considered before they landed on James Caan, including our pick for the alternate timeline version of this movie with another star! This leads into a discussion of the incredible performance of Kathy Bates and how much of this movie’s focus is borne by just two people, amplifying their acting and putting the weight of the movie’s success squarely on them.
We get into the plot itself, and discuss the surprising action sequences and great cinematography that helps to elevate this from any other thriller. We also talk about the characterization of each force at play in the movie, from Annie Wilkes fitting the borderline personality disorder criteria completely to the addictions of Paul Sheldon and how he deals with disappointment & captivity. We even begin to suspect that Paul may actually be the role James Caan is playing in Elf as well, making it a tone-bending sequel. We also talk about the great effects and finally sum up what makes this best horror movie ever made!
This week on the Best Little Horror House in Philly, we’re crossing the pond to talk with our first English guest – Dan from TYTD Reviews! We start off with the usual discussion of how he got into horror, which leads into a discussion of his growing up watching horror with his dad, as well as the harsh censorship movies released in the U.K., especially horror movies, faced. Dan uses this as a springboard to discuss his own show, TYTD Reviews, and how they review the cheesy and corny horror to find the gold.
We then board our seaplanes and set off for Summerisle to discuss his pick for the best horror movie ever made – “the Citizen Kane of horror”, The Wicker Man from 1973! There is plenty to discuss about the production of this movie, so we don’t waste any time. We chat about Christopher Lee’s desire to break away from Hammer horror, and how his passion for this weird movie that intended to show a realistic portrayal of modern Christianity butting up against and coming into conflict with a much older religion would up carrying the day for a project that faced several challenges from inside the studio making it.
Then we discuss the multitude of cuts of this movie, which is the best, and how it wound up even seeing the light of day after the movie was essentially buried. Iconic director and schlock producer Roger Corman plays a bigger role than you might suspect!
Next we move into discussing the film itself, in all its musical glory. We talk about the beautiful scenery and how they had to fake it till they made it, the refined portrayal of paganism with dignity, and the incredible performances all around, and so much more before we sum up what makes it the best horror movie ever made in this super-sized episode! Don’t miss out!
Episode 63 – Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb with Peter Hayashi (Election Week Special)
This week on the Best Little Horror House in Philly, George got out the vote with Peter Hayashi who picked Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb as his pick for the best horror movie ever!
Right off the bat we break down his defense of it as a horror movie, which includes Stanley Kubrick referring to it as a “nightmare-comedy” and generalized anxiety about the state of the world, US politics in particular, and the continued militarization of our culture.
We also have to do a bit of a history lesson to create an environment that provides context, from the tail end of World War Two to 1964, the Cold War and the release of this movie.
This leads into our discussion of Kubrick as a director, his fear of nuclear annihilation, and the long path to getting this movie made. This ranges from the very beginning thoughts about doing it as a straight thriller, the alternate concepts and names, the restrictions and demands of the studio, and the impact of global events including the assassination of President Kennedy.
We get into the plot of the movie, and if this scenario could actually happen or not. The incredible performances get discussed, from Peter Sellers being three characters who are all excellent and unique to George C. Scott’s comedic masterwork (that was tricked out of him by Kubrick).
We also chat about the way the comedy only works because of the constant tension of the situation needed to be deflated, and how well the fearful elements work to this day. This leads us to the end of the movie and how quickly the men in charge succumb to fear and eugenics-led ideology as posited by a former Nazi scientist, what that means in the movie, and how much of the movie’s conspiracy reflects the world we know today with certain political factions, before summing up what makes this best horror movie ever made!
This week on the Best Little Horror House in Philly, we’ve got a special event going on! As part of the All the Horror 2020 event, BLHHiP is supporting the charity drive efforts for Scares That Care by taking part in this virtual podcast festival, with all proceeds going to the charity assisting with childhood illnesses and victims of burns.
One aspect of the festival is the podcasts all working together so we reached out and got our first returning guests for the proper show – the lovely Canadian chaps from Calgary, Film Rage make their triumphant return! But since we’ve already discussed their pick for the best horror movie ever made (Let the Right One In, check out the episode today!) we decided to talk about one of my favorite horror movies from the Great White North – 1997’s Cube from writer/director Vincenzo Natali!
We chat a bit about my own history with horror before digging into their Canadian proclivities – who sticks out to them from Canada? This leads into some talk about David Cronenberg, his son Brandon Cronenberg, and his new movie Possessor. We also mention Ginger Snaps and the new slasher Blood Quantum as standouts.
From Blood Quantum we discuss Jim’s favorite subgenre of zombies, and if we’d rather get eaten by someone who was previously a friend or a stranger… a divisive question!
We finally start talking about Cube, including being extremely impressed at what it managed to do on such a small budget, the changes from the original concept and how they improved it, the director’s original short and the impressive CGI for a movie from 1997!
At the end we try and parse out the message and where complicity starts and stops in situations like this, and then reveal the true purpose of choosing Cube! You won’t want to miss it!
This week on the Best Little Horror House in Philly, we’re going behind the paywall! An all-new series for the Patreon members is being released to the public as well for the first episode of BLHHiP Presents: Legal Thriller!
In this series two expert litigators join George the Movie Judge to clear his docket of cases, and in this episode, those guests are Mike Durante and Jessica Cook from Cage/Fight! These two Cageficionados join me to debate their answers for three Nic Cage based questions and I decide who wins!
The first question sees us getting right into it – what is the best Nic Cage horror movie? Jess suggests that it’s the Wicker Man remake because of its pure “cageness”, while Mike is inclined to think that Mandy’s revitalization of Nic’s horror bonafides puts it over the top.
Second we get into the exciting (fake) news of a crossover between the National Treasure franchise and the Fast and the Furious series. What does each of our movie lawyers think is the right path for the movie? Where does it fit into the respective franchises? And who is the big celebrity addition? Only one of these movies can get greenlit, so the discussion gets fierce!
Our final question may be the most important. Which Nic Cage movie would be the most improved by turning it into a Muppets movie? We get in-depth on this one as Jess discusses her concept for the Muppets x Face Off including Nic running around with Kermit’s face while Mike is sure that the deeply flawed Fire Birds is the correct pick – especially because the question is focused on improvement. Plus, with Tommy Lee Jones in a starring role, is the time is finally ripe for a Sam the Eagle forward Muppets movie?
All this and more in the first episode of BLHHiP Presents: Legal Thriller! If you enjoyed this and want more bonus content including additional episodes of Legal Thriller, rifftrax style commentaries, and much more, support the Best Little Horror House in Philly on Patreon!