Podcast 5-5-2: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Maximillian Schell, Gordon Hessler

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A sad installment of the Cinefantastique Black Hole Ultra-Lounge Podcast, as Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski note the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman (THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE), Maximillian Schell (THE BLACK HOLE), and Gordon Hessler (SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN). Also, Dan Persons weighs in on his first exposure to THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1957).


Here Comes the Devil, Argento's Dracula, Comedy of Terrors: Podcast 5-4.2

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It’s another week’s worth of horror, fantasy, and science fiction film reviews at Cinefantastique’s Black Hole Ultra-Lounge Podcast. In episode 5:4.2, Steve Biodrowski exorcises HERE COMES THE DEVIL, a Video on Demand opus from writer-director Adrián García Bogliano; Dan Persons stakes Dario Argento’s DRACULA, the Italian filmmaker’s eccentric variation on Bram Stokers immortal vampire; and Lawrence French recalls THE COMEDY OF TERRORS, the Gothic-themed spoof starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone, and Boris Karloff.
Also included is the usual rundown of the week’s home video reviews, including FRANKENSTEIN CREATED WOMAN (1967) and DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1922). And don’t forget: after all the reviews are done, stick around for the “after-show” – in which the recording software continues to capture the musings of the three podcasters as they try to figure out whether the giant praying mantis in Argento’s DRACULA is related to the bee in Universal Pictures’ classic black-and-white version of DRACULA (1931).


The Devil's Due, Oscar Noms & First Men in the Moon: Podcast 5:3.1

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Volume 5, Number 3 of the Cinefantastique Black Hole Ultra-Lounge Podcast brings you the latest news and reviews of what’s happening in the world of horror, fantasy, and science fiction cinema. The intrepid CFQ podcasting team analyzes the 2014 nominations from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, including GRAVITY and HER; and eulogizes late actor Russell Johnson, most widely known for playing the Professor on GILLIGAN’S ISLAND, who also featured prominently in several science fiction films. Steve Biodrowski exorcises THE DEVIL’S DUE, a new “found footage” horror film featuring a demonic pregnancy. Lawrence French lionizes FIRST MEN IN THE MOON with a 50th anniversary appreciation of the 1964 science fiction film, based on the novel by H.G. Wells and featuring special effects by Ray Harryhausen.
Also on the menu are this week’s home video releases for Tuesday, January 21, and a look back at the 2012 Blu-ray release of GODZILLA VS BIOLLANTE.

The Legend of Hercules: Podcast 5-2.1

The latest installment of Cinefantastique’s Black Hole Ultra-Lounge Podcast muses on the casting of Zoe Saldana in ROSEMARY’S BABY; enthuses over the Blu-ray release of John Carpenter’s PRINCE OF DARKNESS; and battles against boredom in THE LEGEND OF HERCULES – the latest (though far from greatest) attempt to transform the demi-god of Greek mythology into a modern movie superhero. Listen in as Lawrence French and Steve Biodrowski tell you all you need to know!

Top Ten of 2013: CFQ Podcast 5:1.2

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This week, the Cinefantastique Black Hole Ultra-Lounge Podcast celebrates the new year by looking back at the old: Dan Persons, Lawrence French, Steve Biodrowski offer their picks for the Ten Best Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction Films of 2013. We’d love to tease the titles mentioned, but that would be spoiling the suspense, so you will simply have to listen in and find out for yourself.
Also on the menu: reactions to trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 and a look at home video releases for Tuesday, January 7 2014.


Podcast 4-49.2: Time of the Doctor, Laserblast & Nightmare Castle

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In Cinefantastique’s final Black Hole Ultra-Lounge Podcast of 2013, Dan Persons and Steve Biodrowski wrestle with the trailer for LEGEND OF HERCULES, travel to the end of Matt Smith’s time as the Doctor, examine the current slate of home video releases for Tuesday, December 31, and explore the public domain horrors of NIGHTMARE CASTLE (a.k.a. AMANTI DOLTRATOMBA [“Lovers from Beyond the Tomb”]), a 1965 Gothic chiller starring Queen of Horror Barbara Steele. The highlight is a review of TIME OF THE DOCTOR, in which Matt Smith winds up his tenure as the famous Time Lord and turns the TARDIS over to Peter Capaldi. Is it a worthwhile farewell or simply a gimmicky geek lovefest? Listen in to find out!


Podcast 4-48.2: Walking with Dinosaurs, Walter Mitty & WWZ

What treats lie beneath the tree in this week’s Cinefantastique Black Hole Ultra-Lounge Podcast? There are capsule reviews of WALKING WITH DINOSAURS 3D and THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY; a look at new horror, fantasy, and science fiction titles released on home video for Tuesday, December 24; and a post-mortem of the unrated director’s cut of WORLD WAR Z, which restores the gore missing from the PG-13 theatrical version. Then CFQ podcasters Lawrence French, Dan Persons, and Steve Biodrowski react to the new trailer for DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and offer their stocking-stuffer wish lists for this holiday season!


Godzilla, Doctor Who, The Hobbit – CFQ Podcast 4:47.2

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Cinefantastique’s Black Hole Ultra-Lounge Podcast returns from the grave, offering a colorful cornucopia of horror, fantasy, and science fiction news and reviews. Correspondents Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski size up the new GODZILLA teaser trailer, examine the Oscar Academy’s finalists for Best Special Effects, and bid farewell to actor Peter O’Toole (most known for his great dramatic roles, though he did a handful of genre movies, too).
Next, Steve reviews THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR on DVD. Larry recounts the extended cut of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY. Dan enthuses over the animated television show WANDER OVER YONDER. And we wrap up with a trip to the Borderland: reviewing the non-genre SAVING MR. BANKS, because it recounts the behind-the-scenes story of the making of PETER PAN, the animated fantasy classic from Walt Disney Pictures.


Planes, Percy & More: Ultra-Lounge Podcast 4:32.2

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Some weeks, there are just too many horror, fantasy, and science fiction films to crowd onto one launchpad – or one podcast, as the case may be. Thus, we end up with this week’s situation, in which the Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast 3:42 covered both ELYSIUM and EUROPA REPORT, leaving two new nationwide releases for inclusion in this Ultra-Lounge Podcast: PLANES and PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS. The former is a Disney knock-off of Pixar’s CARS films; the later is a sequel to PERCY JACKSON AND THE LIGHTENING THIEF, based on the popular series of adult novels. As if that were not enough, CFQ podcast crew also offer reviews of recent Video on Demand titles: COCKNEYS VS. ZOMBIES and JUGFACE.
But, wait – there’s more! Lawrence French recounts his radioactive encounter with GOJIRA (1954), the original uncut Japanese version of the film known as GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS (1956) in the U.S. Dan Persons exorcises the ghosts of Singapore horror film 23:59. And Steve Biodrowski notes that WORLD WAR Z beat the odds, surviving last-minute rewrites and post-production re-shooting to become producer-star Brad Pitt’s biggest worldwide box office hit – an achievement that, ironically, involved toning down the third act, in contravention of Hollywood’s conventional wisdom that bigger equal better equals more ticket sales.
The podcast begins with a brief obituary for actress Karen Black, who passed away on August 8, 2013. Though her career was long and varied, she will always be fondly remembered by horror fans for her performance in the “Prey” episode of TRILOGY OF TERROR, the Dan Curtis tele-film based on stories by Richard Matheson.


CFQ Ultra-Lounge 3:45.2: Kubrick Exhibit, Horror of Dracula & Film Restoration

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Cinefantastique podcasters Lawrence French, Dan Persons, and Steve Biodrowski discuss news and events related to horror, fantasy, and science fiction films, including the Stanley Kubrick exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the restoration of HORROR OF DRACULA, and their favorite (or least favorite) restorations.