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June 6, 2015 Posted by admin in General

#139 Silent Hill 2 Super Special Tribute

With the recent tragic news that we wouldn't be getting a Silent Hills, I have had the game Silent Hill 2 on my mind. It is one of the few video games that has really left its mark on me. My co-host Angela, on the other hand, is a big video game nerd so I decided we should take a look back on the legacy of Silent Hill 2 from our differing viewpoints. I want to thank my friend Frankie Marino for lending me his PS3 so I could revisit the game in preparation for this episode!

Because we wanted to give this singular video game its due attention, we have an extra loaded episode for you. The first bit will be free of spoilers, but the last hour or so will be a full look at the story and characters with spoilers. Spoiler warnings are given in the episode.

pyramid head

In the episode we discuss:

1. The cancellation of Silent Hills.

2. An appeal to people who don't play any video games.

3. What makes Silent Hill 2 so different?

4. The story and characters (SPOILERS START AROUND MINUTE 29.

5. Conclusions and what is next?

You can watch the Making of Silent Hill 2 here:

If you have any other interpretations you would like to share, email or catch us on Twitter @HIFFSD and @MechaAngela. We'd would be happy to share other ideas on future podcasts. Now, this is a long episode so get to listening!

Listen to the episode here:

May 13, 2015 Posted by admin in General

#137: Dark Star: HR Giger's World

Hello everyone! Angela and I got the chance to see Dark Star: H.R. Giger's World last night on the exact one year anniversary of Giger's death. Let it be known that we were quite affected by the film. Listen to our reaction--and we do avoid anything that could be called spoilers, even though this is just a film portrait of a fascinating man. Please go and see the documentary if it is playing anywhere near you. I am listing some dates here: dark star poster

Opening theatrically in the U.S. and Canada in over 30 cities:

May 15-21 - New York, NY - Landmark Sunshine

May 15-21 - Los Angeles, CA - Landmark NuArt

May 15-21 - San Francisco, CA - Landmark Opera Plaza

May 15-21 - Berkeley, CA - Landmark Shattuck

May 15-21 - Providence, RI - Cable Car Cinema

May 22-28 - Long Beach, CA - The Frida Cinema

May 22-28 - San Diego, CA - Landmark Ken (my city gets bold. kisses, Miguel)

May 22-28 - Dallas, TX - Texas Theatre

May 23-26 - Austin, TX - Alamo Drafthouse

May 23-28 - Houston, TX - Alamo Drafthouse

May 28 - June 4 - Washington, D.C. - Landmark E St

May 28 - June 4 - Vancouver, BC - The Cinematheque

May 29 - June 4 - Denver, CO - Landmark (TBD)

May 28 - June 4 - Columbus, OH - Gateway Film Center

May 29 - June 4 - Philadelphia, PA - Landmark Ritz

May 28 - May 31 - Fort Worth, TX - Fort Worth Museum of Contemporary Art

View additional theatrical dates here:

Giger and skull

Listen to the episode here:

May 7, 2015 Posted by admin in General

#136: Such Sights! A Look Back at Hellraiser

Spoiler alert for anyone who hasn't seen Hellraiser or read "The Hellbound Heart." We are looking in depth at the Hellraiser mythos in this episode, and that necessitates citing specific plot points. That said, these stories are strong enough to endure knowing what happens in some parts--they wouldn't be "spoiled" anyway! My newest co-host (yes, I know I need to change the bumper intro) Angela Englert joins me to discuss one of our favorite genre franchises on the eve of the release of the highly anticipated Clive Barker novel "The Scarlet Gospels."  In this discussion you will hear:
  1. A sudden interruption of EVP
  2. Conjecture about Clive Barker's announcement for "The Scarlet Gospels"
  3. A Hellraiser film history lesson
  4. Comparison between the film and the original novella "The Hellbound Heart"
  5. Cultural Influences on Hellraiser
  6. Conjecturing Hellraiser's cultural legacy, or the "meme harvest"
  7. What our Cenobites would look like
  8. Angela's eulogy to Pinhead
These are drawings of our Cenobites! Listen to the episode to hear our descriptions of them: our cenobites If you send me a description of what your Cenobite would look like, I will draw it and make it part of a gallery on the Facebook Page! Also, check out this nice list of Hellraiser references on Lair of Horror! Remember to follow us on Twitter! Angela is MechaAngela and I am HIFFSD! Also, check out Angela's reviews on!

#130: Pre-Code Blogathon! Race Representation In Film, Historically and Today

tcm logoThe Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival has inspired us to take a look at classic films, so it was providential that two websites decided to host a blogathon about a historic era of film history. The websites in question are Shadows and Satin, as well as, and the era of film history is what is known as the pre-code era of around 1929-ish-1934. If you don't know about that era, I highly encourage you to visit those sites and explore the blogathon and listen to this episode! I also have an interview I am soon posting with's Danny Reid. That will be episode number 132. Look out for it after my TCM Film Festival Wrap Up episode, number 131! 

For this episode, I have very pleased to say I have a new co-host, who I hope to have join me many times in the future. Her name is Angela Englert, and she has been a good friend in livetweeting glory with the Drive-In Mob, TCM Party, and other livetweeting groups on Twitter. She's brilliant and fun, and is going to be a wonderful addition to our podcast thinkers! 

When discussing what pre-code films to discuss, we quickly noticed the number of Caucasian actors playing people of color, and that made us think of similar practices today (Exodus, the proposed Ghost In the Shell), and so our topic was born. We chose to look at how different races have been portrayed over the years, and how much it has changed today. Yes, it is a bit of a volatile topic. Doesn't mean we shouldn't talk about it. The use of the pre-code films are set as a sort of social benchmark. Best to listen to the episodes, but the films we talk about are:

The Mask of Fu Manchu

fu manchu

The Hatchet Man

the hatchet man

Thirteen Women

13 women

I hope you enjoy our talk as much as we enjoyed having it. If you can acquire and watch the films in question, I recommend them quite highly. For various reasons, including their historical context, I think they are highly enjoyable and important films. Keep tuning into my TCM Film Festival-inspired episodes!