Episode 85: Remakeoween III | NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990)

Remakeoween continues with our coverage of Tom Savini’s Night of the Living Dead remake, which was also re-written by George Romero. We talk about the increased gore and zombie effects, compare it to the original film, discuss Tony Todd’s role as Ben, wonder about Romero’s attempts to retcon his own series to better fit with the later Dead films, and ponder how well this film’s conclusion matches the original’s theme. Plus, we’re drinking Adirondack Brewing’s NYS Octoberfest!

Approximate timeline

0:00 – 15:00 Intro
15:00 – 26:00 Beer talk
26:00 – end NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990)

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Episode 84: Remakeoween II | IT (2017)

Remakeoween continues with our 2nd remake (and we’re cheating a bit), 2017’s IT. We do a lot of comparing between this one, the original miniseries, and the novel, and we get into the positives and negatives of adapting such a long book into a relatively short film. We talk about the solid acting, the film’s childhood humor, the resemblance to ’80s films like The Goonies, the lack of adult “evil,” CGI Pennywise, and more! We’ve also got Goose Island Festbier for drinking!

Approximate timeline

0:00 – 12:00 Intro
12:00 – 20:00 Beer talk
20:00 – end IT

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Episode 83: Remakeoween I | THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (2003)

We start our Halloween Remakeoween series with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre from 2003 starring Jessica Biel as… a body of T&A. We talk about the film’s lack of atmosphere, its nonchalant approach to the slasher genre, the heightened presence of gore, and its bland cookie-cutter aesthetic. We’re not too kind to this one since it’s often kind of boring and we recently watched the original for our Tobe Hooper retrospective!

Approximate timeline

0:00 – 13:00 Intro
13:00 – end The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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Episode 82: Tobe Hooper Retrospective/THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE

On episode 82 we pay tribute to the late Tobe Hooper with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. First we take a look at Hooper’s films, then we get into TCM itself: the lengthy scenes, the noise soundtrack, the creepy Leatherface appearances, and the mental health illness of just about everyone in the film. We also tackle Genny Grungeist Pale Ale for the beer this week.

Approximate timeline

0:00-20:00 Intro/Retrospective
20:00-40:00 Beer talk
40:00 – end The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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Episode 81: BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA/Modelo Negra

On this week’s episode, we head to BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA with Kurt Russell and Kim Cattrall. We talk about how much of a different film this is for John Carpenter, discuss the soundtrack from Carpenter and Alan Howarth, commend Russell for his unusually comedic performance, and contemplate the background of the film’s Chinese mysticism. We also drink Modelo Negra!

Approximate timeline

0:00-10:00 Intro
10:00-16:00 Beer talk
16:00 – end Big Trouble in Little China

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Episode 80: THE MANGLER/Olde Saratoga Death Wish Nightmare IPA

We take on The Mangler for episode 80 of the podcast, talking about the ridiculousness of Tobe Hooper’s 1995 horror film. We discuss the 1800s working conditions of the laundry factory, Robert Englund’s terrible makeup and over-the-top acting, Ted Levine’s constant cursing, and the film’s horrible CGI – and yet we loved it! We also briefly touch on DUNKIRK and talk about Olde Saratoga Brewing Company’s Death Wish Nightmare IPA.

Approximate timeline

0:00-19:00 Intro
19:00-25:00 Beer talk
25:00 – 1:28:00 The Mangler
1:28:00-1:32:00 Dunkirk

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Episode 79: MAKO: THE JAWS OF DEATH/Big Elm 413 Farmhouse Ale

We cover the sharksploitation film MAKO: THE JAWS OF DEATH for episode 79 of Blood and Black Rum Podcast. Unlike its poster the film is very different from its obvious inspiration JAWS, with a plot about a man whose special talisman controls sharks to do his bidding. While we don’t have a lot of great things to say about it, we talk about the overbearing soundtrack, the film’s ridiculous plotting, and contemplate if it’s so good it’s bad. We also drink Big Elm Brewing’s 413 Farmhouse Ale.

Approximate timeline

0:00-17:00 Intro
17:00-25:00 Beer talk
25:00 – end Mako: The Jaws of Death

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