The fellowship was broken for this week’s show: Cinefantastique Online’s Dan Persons decided to strike out on his own, braving a wilderness of ravenous, 3D foodstuffs to take in the week’s mainstream release, CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2, while Steve Biodrowski delved into the hostile terrain of cult horror with the long-delayed slasher film, ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE. Meanwhile, Lawrence French rendezvoused with Dan to consider the moody, cannibal remake, WE ARE WHAT WE ARE. In an intriguing rondo of capsule reviews, the relative values of flesh-eating humans vs. wild tacodiles vs. horny teen victims are explored, and, more importantly, we get a show out of three of the most disparate films possible.
Plus: A discussion on faithful remakes vs. innovative remakes; listener thoughts on THE WORLD’S END and THE WICKER MAN; and what’s coming to theaters this week.
This week offers a wide-ranging edition of the Cinefantastique Round Table Podcast, including capsule reviews by Dan Persons of three films currently in release: GNOMEO & JULIET, Disney’s animated adaptation of Shakespeare; VANISHING ON 7TH STREET, an independent film with a TWILIGHT ZONE vibe making its way around the country with art house engagements; and WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, a cannibal horror story from IFC Films, currently playing exclusively in New York. Also up for discussion: the news that Michelle Pfeiffer is being courted to play Elizabeth Collins in DARK SHADOWS, the big-screen adaptation of the Gothic soap opera, set to be directed by Tim Burton with Johnny Depp as reluctant vampire Barnabas Collins. And Steve Biodrowski celebrates Christopher Lee’s recent BAFTA Fellowship Award with a double-bill screening of SCREAM OF FEAR and THE GORGON. All this, plus the usual round-up of news, theatrical events, and home video releases.