Episode 216: Necronomicon: Book of the Dead (1993)
It's October, and we're lifting our moratorium on anthologies for one month only, starting with the oddly forgotten NECRONOMICON: BOOK OF THE DEAD (1993), directed by the immortal Brian Yuzna, Christophe Gans, and Shusuke Kaneko! We are joined by Cyborg Joe of THE LETHAL WEAPONS all the way from Japan, your new favorite band and you just don't know it yet. The star of the film is obviously Bruce Campbell, I mean Jeffrey Combs' prosthetic nose, but there's also a sick body melt (hey, it's the TGRI guy!), sea monsters, and bat-aliens with brains in their tummies. It's a good time all around, as Joe and the guys can attest (Brian is just a grump). Strap in for a month of anthologies, as well as 907.185kg of bonus content because it's Halloweentime finally and fuck the customary system - metric 4 life!
Quote of the Episode:
"He's got a prosthetic chin that makes it look more like they could have just got Bruce Campbell to play H.P. Lovecraft" - Matt
More Gooey Films
We've finally made it. We've joined the ranks of the upper crust... we've become a part of a great, undulating, gooey mass of flesh, body parts and hairballs. That's right, we wrangled the talented and busy Rebekah and David McKendry to talk about Brian Yuzna's incredible and gross 1989 send-up of conspicuous consumption SOCIETY! We put forward a modest proposal, if you will, of eating the poor to sustain ourselves at the top of the food chain. We also get some first-hand info on the McKendry's new Xmas horror anthology ALL THE CREATURES WERE STIRRING, out now on VOD. Crack open the KY, it's Horror Movie Night!
Rounding out Listener Submitted Month, we head to the bottom of the ocean to shoot some hoops and get sexually harassed by Daniel Stern with 1989's LEVIATHAN! Robocop meets The Thing in the Abyss is all you need to know, but creature features with practical effects and some gnarly body horror are like abeetz (Brian's pronunciation of pizza) - even when it's bad, it's still good. There are a slew of bad decisions onscreen and off, particularly in the last 2min of the film, but discussing this one bright and early at Monster-Mania while Brian lounged seductively in bed was certainly a highlight of the weekend. Say AH, mother-effers!
If the creeping dread of another Cold War hasn't quite hit you yet, the HMN boys will get you there with 1983's low budget, killer-alien-in-a-meteorite The Deadly Spawn! This homage (well, more pastiche, really) to the alien monster heyday of the 1950s spent all of its money on creature effects (which are awesome, despite what Adam may think) and then hired people off the street to get eaten by weird hungry tadpoles. Don't go in your swampy, disgusting basement, cuz it's Horror Movie Night, comrade!