John Carpenter's The Ward and Zookeeper: Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast 2:26.1

Uncomfortably Numb: John Carpenter directs Amber Heard in THE WARD.
Uncomfortably Numb: John Carpenter directs Amber Heard in THE WARD.

How does a review show handle the situation where two, exciting, soon-to-be-classic films are released on the same weekend? We don’t know, but this weekend saw the release of JOHN CARPENTER’S THE WARD and the Kevin James comedy, ZOOKEEPER, so we decided to cover both of those instead. Granted, there’s not much of a correlation between a horror film in which a young woman (Amber Heard), having been involuntarily imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital, must protect herself and her fellow inmates from the malevolent force seeking their destruction, and an Adam-Sandler-backed laugher in which James is schooled in the ways of love by a clutch of chatty zoo animals, but Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons are game lot, and always ready for a challenge. At the very least, they consider whether John Carpenter’s long absence from the feature screen is one of the more regrettable flaws of the present film industry, and whether James might want to consider his own extended hiatus.
PRODUCTION NOTE: Larry was having some problems with his microphone, which we attempted to fix — not particularly seamlessly — in post. We hope to have this patched up by next week’s show.
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Drive Angry: CFQ Spotlight Review Podcast #6

Yup, Cage doesn't flinch as the car explodes in slow-motion behind him.
Yup, Cage doesn't flinch as the car explodes in slow-motion behind him.

Twisted metal, slow-motion explosions, outrageous gunfights, and more bodies than you can count – some naked, some bloody, some both – and all of it in 3-D! It’s a rip-roaring trip down the Road to Hell as the Cinefantastique Podcast crew (Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski)  hitch a ride with Nicolas Cage for DRIVE ANGRY, the movie that dares to reveal what Satan really thinks of Satanists. Is this the film that GRINDHOUSE tried (and failed) to be? Listen in, and find out!

Drive Angry 3D: February 25

Summit Entertainment releases this action-packed fantasy film, starring Nicolas Cage (THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE) as one of the damned, who escapes from the infernal region hoping to redeem himself by preventing his granddaughter from being sacrificed by a cult. Amber Heard (ZOMBIELAND) plays the requisite hot, tough girl who decides to help out Cage’s character, and William Fichtner (THE DARK KNIGHT) is the demonic “Accountant” sent to retrieve the wayward soul and return him to the Devil. Unlike too many recent 3D movies, DRIVE ANGRY was actually shot in the stereoscopic process. Director Patrick Lussier and co-writer Todd Farmer previously gave us the enjoyably over-the-top MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D, so we expect similar fun here.
Drive Angry 3D