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Creative Culture with Steve Ramsey

Oct 27, 2023

In this spooky Halloween special, I'm joined by Ethan James  @TheHonestCarpenter to discuss our favorite scary movies just in time for Halloween. We explore various horror subgenres, from classic slashers to modern gems, sharing recommendations and insights.

Some of the movies discussed:

"Happy Death Day"
"Totally Killer"
"The Blackcoat's Daughter"
"Terrifier" and "Terrifier 2"
"Saw" (Franchise)
VHS Series (Found Footage Anthology)
"Halloween Trick 'r Treat"
"Evil Dead Rise"
"Ginger Snaps"
"Prom Night 2: Hello Mary Lou"
"The Last Voyage of the Demeter"
"Werewolves Within"
John Carpenter's Films ("The Fog," "Christine")
"Motel Hell"
"Auntie Lee's Meat Pies"
"Infinity Pool"
Nicolas Cage Films ("Adaptation," "Pig," "Becky," "Wrath of Becky")

We share our thoughts on cult favorites like "Terrifier" and the unique anti-hero Jigsaw from the "Saw" franchise. We also delve into the world of found footage horror with the VHS series, emphasizing the artistry and creativity behind these shorts.

We also touch on "Evil Dead Rise" and its fresh urban take on the horror classic. Werewolf movies briefly take the spotlight, with "Ginger Snaps" standing out as a memorable example.

We continue our discussion by exploring recent horror releases, including "The Last Voyage of the Demeter" and the comedy-horror gem "Werewolves Within." We share insights on the experience of rewatching older films and highlight their enjoyment of John Carpenter's classics like "The Fog" and "Christine." And let's not forget about kitschy horror favorites such as "Motel Hell" and "Auntie Lee's Meat Pies."

The episode also delves into marketing strategies, with A24's approach to promoting independent cult films being commended. The effectiveness of movie trailers and the trend of young filmmakers attempting to include everything in their movies are explored. The Lovecraftian genre, Nicolas Cage's diverse roles in horror, and a brief mention of "Deadstream" round out our discussion.

Throughout the conversation, we emphasize their belief that a good film should be evaluated not solely on objective elements like acting and budget, but on its ability to tell a compelling story and evoke emotions. We share their appreciation for films that surprise and engage the audience, leaving a lasting impression.

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