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Jennifer’s Top Fifty Horror Movies!

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In our Top Fifty Favorite Horror Movies episode, we promised that we would post each of our host’s individual list. First off, here are Jennifer Lovely’s Top Fifty Horror Movies! (Michael Montoure’s list will follow later. Stay tuned!)


Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Rebecca (1940)
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
I Walked With a Zombie (1943)
The Uninvited (1944)
The Spiral Staircase (1945)
Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
The Innocents (1961)
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962)
The Haunting (1963)
Burnt Offerings (1976)
Alien (1979)
Phantasm (1979)
The Changeling (1980)
Poltergeist (1982)
The Thing (1982)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Company of Wolves (1984)
Fright Night (1985)
The Fly (1986)
Hellraiser (1987)
Near Dark (1987)
Paperhouse (1988)
Pumpkinhead (1988)
They Live (1988)
Exorcist III (1990)
Candyman (1992)
Thesis (1996)
Stir of Echoes (1999)
The Devil’s Backbone (2001)
Session 9 (2001)
Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
The Ring (2002) / Ringu (1998)
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
Lake Mungo (2008)
One Missed Call (2008)
Pontypool (2008)
Shutter (2008)
You’re Next (2011)
Resolution (2012)
The Battery (2012)
Under the Skin (2013)
Stoker (2013)
It Follows (2014)
Let Us Prey (2014)
Starry Eyes (2014)
The Babadook (2014)
The Final Girls (2015)



Bonus Cat Picture!

We know what you like, Internet, and you like cat pictures! Oh, yes, you do. Here is a picture of Jennifer’s new podcats, Maggie and Max! Aren’t they ridiculously cute? (Click to make bigger, which, unfortunately, is as close as you can get on the Internet to actually petting them.)


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DRtL Episode FIFTY: Our Top Fifty Favorite Horror Movies!

DRtL Episode FIFTY: Our Top Fifty Favorite Horror Movies!

Posted on Oct 10 2016 in Episodes

“Let’s make this bullshit happen!”

” …. Is that going to be our new motto from now on? Actually, that might look good on stickers, now that I think about it.”

So hey, check us out! Fifty episodes! That’s kind of a lot! And to celebrate, we are counting down the TOP FIFTY HORROR MOVIES OF ALL TIME!

Okay, well, no. We’re not going to pretend that we’re being at all objective. What we’re actually doing is our Our Top Fifty Favorite Horror Movies! You’re actually getting more than fifty, because Jennifer and Michael have each brought their own lists, so listen in as they compare the movies they love the most. (Presented in chronological order, so as not to descend into complete chaos.) Just in time for you to figure out what you want to watch for Halloween!

All this and more, as Jen tells us about a recent unpleasant incident in a movie theater, a documentary on the murder of Kitty Genovese, and completely spoils the ending of “The Changeling!”

We also talk about movies we’ve seen recently, including Blair Witch. If you just want to skip directly ahead to the Top Fifty goodness, you will find it at the 27-minutes-and-15-seconds mark.

Hope you enjoy this one!


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DRtL Episode 49: Japanese Horror!

DRtL Episode 49: Japanese Horror!

Pay no attention to the creepy little girl in the corner whose long, wet black hair is covering her face — she’s not bothering anyone, we’re sure she’ll be fine. We’re back for our Japanese Horror episode! Tune in as we talk about the passing of Gene Wilder, and as we examine how things like the financial crisis Japan had in the 90s affected their horror movies, and the long shadow cast by the nuclear bomb while we talk about our favorite J-horror.


Bonus Features!

Podcasts mentioned by Jennifer:


Creepy Japanese Comics Stories by Junji Ito (super, super weird — don’t say we didn’t warn you):


Miscellaneous Links:



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Goodbye and all my love to you Gene Wilder..

I was young when I saw Blazing Saddles for the first time, but I remember being drawn to the young ginger haired Gene Wilder playing Jim the Waco Kid.
I don’t know what is was about him, but he captured my heart.

Then I spent nights in the 80s catching Gene and Richard Pryor movies on television.  Together they were funny, irreverent and wonderful.


Being a kid whose childhood bridged the end of the 70s and the beginning of the 80s I was very familiar with Saturday Night Live, and being a frizzy haired little girl even more so with Gilda Radner. When they fell in love and I fell in love with them together, I mourned her death for his loss and the rest of the world’s too.

After her passing he continued to act, fell in love again, wrote, painted and lived an amazing life.
gene and karen

He helped create Gilda’s Club, a community organization for people living with cancer, their families and friends. He touched many people’s lives. He was one of those performers I dreamed of meeting someday and now I never will. But I will carry a little part of him with me.

Thank you Gene Wilder for everything you created and for the legacy that carries on after you have gone.

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DRtL Episode 48: Ghostbusters! (Part Two!)

DRtL Episode 48: Ghostbusters! (Part Two!)

Welcome back! The whole gang is back — your hosts Michael Montoure and Jennifer Lovely and our guests Jillian Venters, Jeff Harris, and Handsome Boyfriend Jim — for part two of our special Ghostbusters episode! (Hopefully, this will be a less disappointing sequel than Ghostbusters II was.)

Last time, we talked about the original Ghostbusters films and the animated series — this time out, we’re discussing the Xbox videogame and the 2016 reboot movie. And about the fanboys who came after the reboot with pitchforks and torches before the first trailer even came out. We’ve got some opinions. Hold on to your butts. (Yes, that’s a Jurassic Park reference in a post about Ghostbusters. Sorry, purists.)


Bonus Materials

Here’s a photo of Jim’s well-loved copy of the Ghostbusters table-top role-playing-game. (We’re pretty sure we actually discussed the RPG last episode, but we forgot to post this picture then. Whooops.)


Finally, here’s a screenshot of Montoure’s Tumblr post that that went a little bit viral, and was partly the impetus for making this two-part episode in the first place:


The Media List

Movies and television shows mentioned in this episode:
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DRtL Episode 47: Ghostbusters! (Part One!)

DRtL Episode 47: Ghostbusters! (Part One!)

“Peter Venkman has a lot to answer for in modern society.”

Who ya gonna call?! Well — you can’t call us, exactly, because this is all pre-recorded. (But you can always post comments at our website, and review us on iTunes!)

That’s right, ghosts and ghoulies — Don’t Read the Latin is back with a special two-part episode! For the first time in the entire history of ever, we’re devoting an entire episode to a single franchise! We were so excited by the new Ghostbusters movie, we decided it was time to sit down with some of our favorite guests and talk about Ghostbusters in all media past and present.

Join your hosts Michael Montoure and Jennifer Lovely and our guests Jillian Venters, Jeff Harris, and Handsome Boyfriend Jim for a look at the original films and the animated series! (But first, a discussion of the horror movies we’ve seen lately! If you just want to skip ahead to the Ghostbusters content, it starts at the 24 minute, 27 second mark.)

Then join us in two weeks for Part Two as we discuss the videogame and the 2016 reboot — and the Internet controversy it’s spawned!


Bonus Features


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DRtL Episode 46: Horror Double Features!

DRtL Episode 46: Horror Double Features

If you’re starting to plan your Halloween party — and if you’re not, you’d better get on that, you only have 104 days left — we have totally got you covered this episode. Want to show your friends a couple of movies? This episode we talk about Horror Double Features and give our picks for what movies pair together well, like pairing cheeses and fine wines. While we’re at it, we talk about just what exactly makes two movies go together well as a single viewing.

Spoiler Warnings
We discuss the endings of both 10 Cloverfield Lane and Ex Machina. If you don’t want to hear the details, skip forward a couple of minutes when you hear us mention those titles.

Technical Notes:
We mention at the beginning of this episode that we were recording it on our laptop and on our new audio recorder, because Montoure didn’t trust that the recording was actually, you know, recording. And it’s a damn good thing he’s paranoid, because it turns out that the recorder did not save a file at all. The quality the first time we used it was great, and it will be a fine tool to add to our podcasting arsenal if we can ever figure out how to use the damn thing.

The Bag of Fucks
We mention in passing The Bag of Fucks, which is an awesome hand-made creation by our friend Dmitri Arbacauskas at Tormented Artifacts. When you have just run out of fucks to give, here’s the bag you could load some more into. (Or you can just open the bag if you want to show people that it is, indeed, empty.) You can get one of these beauties here if you are so inclined.


Other Podcasts
Jennifer mentions a few of her new favorites among the podcasts she listens to, so if you’d like to check those out, here they are:


In the News
Since we brought up Chopping Mall, a movie about security robots gone rogue in a shopping center, we naturally talked about a related story in the news recently, and in case you missed it, here it is: A mall security robot has knocked down and run over a toddler in Silicon Valley.

Thanks for Listening!
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The Invitation

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Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak


I watched a documentary last night called Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak. And it both made me both sad and, more importantly, determined. One of the saddest things that I have witnessed is seeing people that were so disappointed with what life gave them that they were miserable to the smaller blessings in it. They dwelled in a constant sense that they had been cheated in some overarching way.  Sendak is unhappy and angry, he was at the end of his life and I think in a way wanted things to be over. At the time of filming he was a year out of losing his partner of the last 50 years to cancer. He would both speak of being angry and not liking anything or anyone and yet would stop and speak with lingering love of those who had brought joy to his life, and his immense sadness at them not being at his side any longer. He has moments of appreciation for the good in his life, but it seems far outstripped by his anger and disappointment.

I am in a new place in my life. After making every effort while I was married, I have divorced. I am a parent. I am navigating being in a relationship. I have lived much of my life vicariously through the happiness of others, of feeling my successes through the smoothness of the running of my family life, at the joy and happiness of my child and partner. I have joked that I was trained as a child to do this, everyone was more important than me.

But I have made some changes. I know what I offer in my friendships, my relationships, and as a mother. I know the quality of me. I have changed how I interact with those in my life. I am a demanding friend, lover, and parent. I can think back on many times that I have broached conversations with my young daughter on how I expect her to treat me and that she will always receive the same levels of love and respect back.

I ask a lot now in my relationship, because I have lived a life of unhappy thankless concessions and I will never do that again. I look around my life and I am happy. I am happy with where I am and what I have. I am happy to be in a process of my happiness, and realization that continuing to be happy will require work, negotiation, and sometimes agreeable concessions to those I love.

I never want to look back on the end of things and ask “Is this it? Is this all there is?”

I want to know and take comfort that my life is a happy collection of moments, experiences, and love.

And to throw out a quote that I have referenced a million time and never stops being appropriate, “Yes! Live! Life’s a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!”

But it is more than making life an event and squeezing excitement from it. It is pausing and reflecting and appreciating the quiet moments of happiness and appreciating every single person in your life that brings you joy. It is never being the person that limits the happiness in your own life. Never throw yourself under someone else’s wheels in a hope that they will remember your sacrifice lovingly as they happily move on in their life.  Choose you, relish in it, and live.

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DRtL Episode 43: John Carpenter!

Before you panic — no, he’s not dead. I know, the last time we did an episode about the work of a single director was our Wes Craven Retrospective shortly after he passed, but this time we’re just doing the episode because we just really, really like John Carpenter movies. Although not always the same ones! Listen to the episode to find out more.

We were partly inspired to do this episode by the John Carpenter Retrospective Tour, which will be in Seattle on June 14th! And may be coming soon to a city near you! Check out the tour page for details.

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