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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DRtL Episode 42: The Book Was Better!

DRtL Episode 42: The Book Was Better!

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“I’ve never seen the 50’s Vincent Price version . . . or, now that I stop to think about it, I don’t think I’ve seen the 60’s version, either . . . and I’m not sure I saw I Am Legend . . . . “

“Oh, my God — move on!”

Welcome to our only slightly late episode! This time, we’re exploring that strange territory where the silver screen and your local bookstore collide. That’s right, this episode is all about horror movies based on books! Bad movies based on good novels, good movies based on bad novels, and everything in between. Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know!

Worthy of Note: Hopefully you will notice a big improvement in the sound quality over previous episodes. We’re trying a totally new audio set-up, and we think it sounds a lot better. Let us know what you think of that, too. We’re still experimenting and learning, and after two years of doing this, we’re finally making a little progress! Eventually, we catch on.

Speaking of which, also Worthy of Note — we’ve missed it by just a few days, but May 9th was the second anniversary of our very first episode! I know, we can’t believe it, either! For those who have been with us from the beginning, thank you so much for listening and for your comments and support, and for telling your friends about us. For those of you just joining — welcome! Grab some popcorn and settle in, because we’re not going to stop watching horror movies any time soon. See you in two weeks!

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DRTL Episode 41: Doubles and Doppelgangers

DRTL Episode 41: Doubles and Doppelgangers

No, you’re not seeing double — this really is another episode of Don’t Read the Latin, after just two weeks! On time, in other words! Believe me, no one’s more surprised by that than we are. Won’t you both sit down? Wait, weren’t there two of you just a moment ago? We could have sworn ….

Oh, well. This time out, Michael Montoure and Jennifer Lovely, your Twosome of Terror, have doubled down on their research to bring you Doubles and Doppelgängers, a look into the twins, clones, shapeshifters, and other creepy identical duplicates that have graced the silver screen over the years. Grab a pair of headphones and give it a listen. If you like it, don’t forget to leave us a comment. Or two.

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Bonus Features

First up, here is the short horror film that Jennifer mentions, Doppelganger:

…. Which is by the same director as one of our favorite horror comedy shorts, Meat:

And lastly, for that extra Creep Factor, check out this article about real people who allegedly encountered their paranormal doubles throughout history: 10 Disturbing Tales Of Doppelgangers!

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DRtL Episode 39: Horror Heroines!

Horror Heroines! (clicky link to the Don’t read the latin post!)

…. And once again after slightly too long a hiatus, we return once more with another episode of Don’t Read the Latin!

This time out, we’re talking about heroines in horror. Horror movies tend to have more female protagonists than practically any other genre, which is something we both love about them. At some point, we plan on having a Feminism in Horror episode where we’ll delve into why we think that is and examine just how horror treats its female characters. But for now, we just want to talk about some scream queens we’ve known and loved, from our favorite classic final girls all the way to, well, The Final Girls. Give it a listen, tell your friends, and as always, we look forward to your comments.

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DRtL Episode 37: Folklore and Fairy Tales!

DRtL Episode 37: Folklore and Fairy Tales!

Can you believe it? We’ve done thirty-seven episodes! (“In a row?”)

This time out, we wander off into the woods to talk about horror movies inspired by fairy tales and folklore, or even just movies that have that fairy tale feel to them, and we delve into why horror movies are the direct modern descendant of these ancient tales. Before we get to the subject, though, we wander off the path a bit to talk about the recent loss of pop culture icons David Bowie and Alan Rickman.

(Note: Jennifer refers at one point to a movie called “Tooth Fairy.” She was actually referring to “Darkness Falls,” which features that mythical creature. “Tooth Fairy” is, in fact, a family-friendly 2010 comedy film starring Dwayne Johnson. DRtL regrets the error.)

This episode’s bonus link: www.folkhorror.com

This episode’s YouTube video: Here’s the teaser trailer Michael talks about for the upcoming J.G. Ballard adaptation, “High-Rise”:

 

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DRtL Episode 36: What We Want To See In 2016!

DRtL Episode 36: What We Want To See In 2016!

Last episode, we took one last look at 2015, and this time out, we’re looking ahead at the year to come, as we discuss new releases we’re looking forward to (and some we’re not.)

While we’re at it, we also talk a little bit about what we’d like to see from horror movies in general, and we talk about other things we enjoyed in 2015 that didn’t qualify for last episode’s topic. Also, Jennifer talks about why she’s not that crazy about Benedict Cumberbatch; Michael discusses his love of horror movies that clearly spell out a rigid set of rules, and oh so much more.

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Bonus Pictures

The Shirtless Jeff Goldblum mug that Michael bought Jennifer for Christmas, because he knows what she likes:

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And some images from Over the Garden Wall:

 

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DRtL Episode 35: The Best of 2015!

DRtL Episode 35: The Best of 2015!

Wait a minute, what’s that? Peeking out from under the branches of the Christmas tree that’s starting to drop needles onto your living room floor? Why, it looks like Satan — excuse me, I mean Santa — has left you one last Christmas present! And it’s just what you wanted — a brand new episode of Don’t Read the Latin! You must have been good this year.

This time out, we look back at 2015’s crop of horror movies — what was great, what was terrible (although we don’t waste much time talking about that), and which movies merely deserved our 2015 “You Tried” Participation Medal. Jennifer and Michael are joined by special guests Jeff Harris of Fanboy News Network and Jillian Venters of Gothic Charm School!

Special thanks to AFK Tavern for actually being open at the godforsaken hours of the procrastination-driven, insomnia-fueled editing of this episode!

And that’s it for us for this year! We will talk to you all in 2016! Happy holidays!

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P.S. For reference, here is the XXXenophile cover we talk about in the beginning of the episode. (Even though it’s for an “adult” comic, the cover itself is more-or-less safe for work.) Click to embiggen.

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DRtL Episode 34: Winter Horror!

DRtL Episode 34: Winter Horror!

0 Comments | Posted on Dec 07 2015 in Episodes

The weather outside isn’t the only thing that’s frightful! Better grab some blankets, make yourself some hot cocoa, light a fire in the fireplace — or, really, burn the whole damn house down, if you have to — because Don’t Read the Latin is back, and this time we’re talking Winter Horror. Christmas horror movies, snowbound horror movies, a few classics and a few not-so-classics that all have one thing in common — they have a few more chills than usual.

Jennifer reminisces about the late, lamented Vertigo Video, we once again sing the praises of Scarecrow Video, Michael talks Joe Hill’s Christmassy horror novel NOS4A2, and so much more.

Feel like giving us an early Christmas present? Take a minute to rate us on iTunes and help other horror fans find us!

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DRtL Episode 32: The 70’s, Baby!

DRtL Episode 32: The 70’s, Baby!

Posted on Nov 10 2015 in Episodes

Welcome to the latest, almost hilariously overdue episode of Don’t Read the Latin, with your hosts, shiftless ne’er-do-well Michael Montoure and Magical Girl Jennifer Lovely! I know we keep saying this, but we will, hell-or-high-water, be going back to our normal bi-weekly schedule following this, even if someone has to die. (Not one of us, ideally. It’ll be no one you know, don’t worry.)

This time out, grab your bell-bottoms and your disco shoes, because we’re going back to the 70’s! Even though the 70’s are not our favorite horror movie decade (that would be the 80’s), you could make a strong claim that it was the best, with a high number of standout classics. Give it a listen and let us know what you think.

Recommended! As far as new movies go, there are two we’ve seen lately that are both super, super-fun, and we highly suggest you give these two a watch ASAP: Tales of Halloween and The Final Girls. Four thumbs up. (That’s two from each of us.)

Check out the full list of movies we discussed, behind the cut.

The Media List

  • Tales of Halloween
  • Creepshow
  • The ABC’s of Death
  • Hocus Pocus
  • The Monster Squad
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • Garfield’s Halloween Adventure
  • Witches’ Night Out
  • Room 237
  • The Final Girls
  • Demons
  • REC
  • Evil Dead
  • Tales from the Darkside
  • Coherence
  • Primer
  • The Legacy
  • Crimson Peak
  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes
  • Witchfinder General
  • Willard
  • Duel
  • Burnt Offerings
  • Alice, Sweet Alice
  • The Legend of Hell House
  • Ghostwatch
  • Audrey Rose
  • Magic
  • Don’t Look Now
  • The Eyes of Laura Mars
  • The Sentinel
  • The Tenant
  • The Town that Dreaded Sundown
  • Blacula
  • Gargoyles
  • The Haunting of Julia
  • Alien
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • Black Christmas
  • Carrie
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • Jaws
  • Phantasm
  • The Exorcist
  • The Hills Have Eyes
  • Shivers
  • The Brood
  • Rabid
  • The Fly
  • The Wicker Man
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Martin
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • The Initiation of Sarah
  • It’s Alive
  • When a Stranger Calls
  • Trilogy of Terror
  • Salem’s Lot
  • IT
  • The Other
  • The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
  • The Last House on the Left
  • I Spit on Your Grave
  • Demon Seed
  • Suspiria
  • We Are Still Here
  • House by the Cemetery
  • Nosferatu
  • The Amityville Horror
  • Altered States
  • The Changeling
  • Gravity Falls( TV)
  • It Follows
  • Let Us Prey
  • Goodnight Mommy
  • Bone Tomahawk
  • Creep
  • Never Sleep Again
  • The American Scream
  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
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DRtL Episode 31: The Kids Are Alright

DRtL Episode 31: The Kids Are Alright

Posted on Oct 12 2015 in Episodes

Horror movies with kid heroes. It’s a natural. How better to make an audience scared for your protagonist than to make him (or her) a young, vulnerable, innocent child? Throw in the “your parents will never believe you” trope, and you’re set for some real scares. This episode, we salute the best child protagonists the horror genre has to offer.

Join Michael and Jennifer as they dissect the casting and plot direction of Hannibal’s third season, play with an Angel puppet, talk about the Paul Stanley / Dee Snyder feud, and reveal the secret of how to get Jennifer’s daughter to watch a movie that might be slightly scary. Listen in amazement as Michael fucks up immediately! (We talked about People Under the Stairs during the Wes Craven episode, not the Stephen King episode. Obviously.)

We apologize once more, I’m afraid, for the sound quality of this episode. We forgot to set up the powered USB port for the microphone, and therefore that “robots gargling underwater” background echo is back. Yay. Also you can hear traffic outside and Jennifer’s cat meowing, although hopefully that last part is endearing. Anyway. We’ll try to set things up a little better next time.

The Media List and more bonus goodies are behind the “Read More” link:

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The Media List

  • People Under the Stairs
  • Scream Queens (TV)
  • Mean Girls
  • Scream (TV)
  • Goodnight Mommy
  • Hannibal (TV)
  • Red Dragon
  • iZombie
  • Veronica Mars
  • Poltergeist (remake)
  • Let Me In
  • Jurassic Park
  • Creepshow
  • They Live
  • Dracula: Prince of Darkness
  • A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss
  • The Devil Rode Out
  • The Legend of Hell House
  • The Legacy
  • The Gate
  • Poltergeist
  • Evil Dead
  • Trick or Treat
  • The Monster Squad
  • The Goonies
  • Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery
  • The Decline of Western Civilization: The Metal Years (Jen’s Documentary Corner!)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • Monster House
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Wayne’s World 2
  • ParaNorman
  • The Witches
  • Casper
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • Escape to Witch Mountain
  • Frankenweenie
  • Invaders From Mars
  • Super 8
  • The Lost Boys
  • Coraline
  • Critters
  • Troll
  • Troll 2
  • The Good Son
  • The Bad Seed
  • Poltergeist
  • Poltergeist 2
  • Poltergeist 3
  • Pan’s Labyrinth
  • Crimson Peak
  • Cooties
  • The Visit
  • The Omen
  • The Other
  • Battle Royale
  • Firestarter
  • The Devil’s Backbone
  • Children of the Corn
  • Let the Right One In
  • A Tale of Two Sisters
  • Paperhouse
  • Flowers in the Attic
  • Parents
  • The Little Girl Who Lives Down The Lane
  • Return to Oz — plus Scissor Sisters
  • The Lady in White
  • The Watcher in the Woods
  • IT

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Bonus Video
Here’s a fan-made music video for the Scissor Sisters song Return to Oz that Michael mentioned:


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Bonus Tumblr Meme

For those who haven’t seen it, here’s the “Public Service Announcement” Michael mentions making on Tumblr, in a post that’s received over 25,000 notes so far:

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