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Every two weeks Sean McTiernan creates a double bill in the hopes of exploring and understanding another aspect of thriller cinema. Every other week, Calling All Units will answer questions from listeners, the host and, if necessary, the authorities. If you keep a running list of movies you want to watch, prepare for it to get much, much longer.
 
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A family moves to the country to run a rustic mountain inn when, to their horror, the customers begin befalling sudden and unlikely fates. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss claymation, horror musicals, and Takashi Miike’s, The Happiness of the Katakuris. Show Notes: Housekeeping (3:22) Back of the Box/Recommendations (6:55) Spoile…
 
A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss Vincent Price, haunted houses, and William Castle’s, House on Haunted Hill. Show Notes: Housekeeping (3:05) Back of the Box/Recommendations (8:33) Spoiler Warning/Fu…
 
A soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in with her fiancé's two children at a remote holiday village. Just as relations begin to thaw between the trio, some strange and frightening events take place. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss cults, isolation, and Hammer’s latest horror film, The Lodge. Show Notes: Housekeeping (3:09) Back of the …
 
The spirits of a deceased couple are harassed by an unbearable family that has moved into their home, and hire a malicious spirit to drive them out. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss Michael Keaton, Winona Ryder, and Tim Burton’s classic ghost story, Beetlejuice. Show Notes: Housekeeping (3:14) Back of the Box/Recommendations (13:…
 
A pair of comic book writers begin to notice scary similarities between the character they created and horrific real-life events. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss Jay Baruchel, horror comics, and the brutal slasher film, Random Acts of Violence. Show Notes: Housekeeping (3:40) Back of the Box/Recommendations (12:37) Spoiler Warni…
 
Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be dark motives behind the student's disappearance. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss horror anthologies, haunted tapes, and Bloody Disgusting’s, V…
 
Still a stranger to her own body, a high school student discovers she has a physical advantage when she becomes the object of male violence. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss Freud, vaginal myths, and the 2007 horror-comedy, Teeth. Show Notes: Housekeeping (4:20) Back of the Box/Recommendations (9:10) Spoiler Warning/Full Review (…
 
Scientific experiments backfire and produce horrific mutations: half man, half fish, which terrorize a small fishing village by killing the men and raping the women. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss Roger Corman, mutant sea creatures, and the exploitation film, Humanoids from the Deep. Show Notes: Housekeeping (4:44) Back of the …
 
American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss Japan, radioactive lizards, and the classic creature feature, Godzilla. Show Notes: Housekeeping (3:30) Back of the Box/Recommendations (9:08) Spoiler Warning/Full Review (15:25) Rotten Tomato…
 
A "National Geographic" film crew is taken hostage by an insane hunter, who forces them along on his quest to capture the world's largest and deadliest snake. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss J-Lo, Ice Cube, and the 1997 creature feature, Anaconda. Show Notes: Housekeeping (2:35) Back of the Box/Recommendations (13:03) Spoiler Wa…
 
A bed possessed by a demon spirit consumes its users alive. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss death, beds, and the horrific combination of the two in, Death Bed: The Bed That Eats. Show Notes: Housekeeping (2:46) Back of the Box/Recommendations (7:11) Spoiler Warning/Full Review (11:49) Rotten Tomatoes (60:10) Trivia (64:10) Coote…
 
The angel Gabriel comes to Earth to collect a soul which will end the stalemated war in Heaven, and only a former priest turned in cop, a teacher and a little girl can stop him. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss Christopher Walken and religious based horror in 1995’s, The Prophecy. Show Notes: Housekeeping (1:21) Back of the Box/R…
 
Robots come in many forms in movies... but are they friend or foe? Are they here because we built them or because they wanted us to build them? If that is confusing, you have some idea of what you are getting into on this episode as we debate discuss and dissect robots in movies.By Mike LaVancher & Mike Colavita & Chris Hartman - the guys watch all the movies
 
Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don't know where they are, or how they got there. They don't know they've been chosen - for a very specific purpose - The Hunt. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss Blumhouse, Animal Farm, and how much weight Ethan Suplee lost in, The Hunt. Show Notes: Housekeeping (2:38) Back of the Box/R…
 
Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss art-house horror, dream logic, and David Lynch’s debut feature, Eraserhead. Show Notes: Housekeeping (3:20) Back of the Box/Recommendations (7:52) Spoiler War…
 
A young man, who believes himself to be a vampire, goes to live with his elderly and hostile cousin in a small Pennsylvania town where he tries to redeem his blood-craving urges. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss weird vampires, Tom Savini, and mental illness in George A. Romero’s, Martin. Show Notes: Housekeeping (2:55) Back of t…
 
Reboots. Only a select few come out better than the original. Still, they are common and we look at some that workout and some that really missed the mark. We are joined by guest Brian Wadsworth and he highly endorses the Kinky Ladies Book Club. It's fun. Give it a listen.By ike LaVancher & Mike Colavita - the guys who watch Academy Award winning films, action movies and other flicks
 
In the twilight of the 1950s, on one fateful night in New Mexico, young switchboard operator Fay and charismatic radio DJ Everett discover a strange audio frequency that could change their small town and the future forever. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss the 1950’s, science fiction, and aliens in, The Vast of Night. Show Notes:…
 
In a small Southern town, a wrongfully-killed man exacts revenge on those who murdered him from beyond the grave. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss the other, vengeance, and Bogan County in, Dark Night of the Scarecrow. Show Notes: Housekeeping (3:40) Back of the Box/Recommendations (9:37) Spoiler Warning/Full Review (15:35) Rotte…
 
Kwab Agyemang from A Brotha's Got Next comes on to help us with the perfect Heist Movie conversation, or at least, it started out that way... We scouted some of the best heist movies in the game, went over the ins and outs of their plans. Ultimately, our guys decide that its the crew that makes or breaks a good heist movie. You need a great crew an…
 
Affable hillbillies Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are mistaken for murderers by a group of preppy college students. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss hillbillies, college kids, and the inevitable bloodbath that ensues when the two collide in, Tucker and Dale vs Evil. Show Notes: Hous…
 
A scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss zombie movies, Glenn Close, and how to keep the dead fresh in, The Girl with all the Gifts. Show Notes: Housekeeping (4:45) Back of the Box/Recommendations (8:53) Spoiler…
 
Mickey Welde joins us and turns us into positive thinkers! We discuss movies that make us feel happy. We each had our own reasons for each movie on our lists and a good time was had by all. This one was recorded a ways back but it all still holds true. Except for the going places part, and the kids are older... anyway ALL of these movies are recomm…
 
A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage, but nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss biblical allegory, the nature of the feminine, and Lars Von Trier’s, Antichrist. Show Notes: Housekeeping (2:48) Back of t…
 
A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss ghost stories, spooky kids, and J.A. Bayona’s, The Orphanage. Show Notes: Housekeeping (3:00) Back of the Box/Recom…
 
Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss vampires, religious horror, and Park Chan Wook’s, Thirst. Show Notes: Housekeeping (4:05) Back of the Box/Recommendations (12:00) Spoiler Warning/Full Review (15:26) Rotten Tomatoes …
 
We are joined by Brian Kulak, author, former English teacher and current K-5 principal and more importantly, mentor to one of our two Mikes! We discuss the roles of mentors in films and in real life as well as how educators and writers are portrayed in movies. You can find Brian's book LEVEL UP LEADERSHIP: ADVANCE YOUR EDUGAME at https://leveluplea…
 
After a space merchant vessel receives an unknown transmission as a distress call, one of the crew is attacked by a mysterious life form and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss capitalism, feminism, and cats in the 1979 sci-fi, horror classic, Alien. Show Notes: Housekeeping (2…
 
In a remote military outpost in the 19th century, Captain John Boyd and his regiment embark on a rescue mission which takes a dark turn when they are ambushed by a sadistic cannibal. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss cannibalism, the Mexican-American war, and the 1999 horror-comedy, Ravenous. Show Notes: Housekeeping (5:15) What W…
 
Ireland will never be the same after Rawhead Rex, a particularly nasty demon, is released from his underground prison by an unwitting farmer. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss Clive Barker, fertility cults, and the 1986 creature-feature, Rawhead Rex. Show Notes: Housekeeping (3:20) What We’ve Been Watching (10:28) Back of the Box/…
 
Blade: A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires. Blade 2: Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reapers, who are feeding on vampires. Blade Trinity: Blade, now a wanted man by the FBI, must join forces with the Nightstalkers to face his most challeng…
 
A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss Jack Arnold, Julie Adams, and the Universal monster movie, Creature from the Black Lagoon. Show Notes: Housekeeping (4:25) What We’v…
 
Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders. On this week’s episode… Join the crew as we discuss fairs, sleepwalking, and the 100 year old, German Expressionist film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Show Notes: Housekeeping (5:50) What We’ve Been Watching (10:57) Back of the Box/Recommendations (22:53) Spoiler Warning/Full Re…
 
Join the crew as we discuss carnivals, MST3K, and the movie with the longest title in cinema history, The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? Show Notes: Housekeeping (3:30) What We’ve Been Watching (9:00) Back of the Box/Recommendations (23:50) Spoiler Warning/Full Review (30:25) Rotten Tomatoes (62:40) C…
 
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