Today we take little break from haunted houses and slashers and watch Benji (2018). It’s absolutely adorable. When it comes to these family films from Blumhouse, this is the best. Ashlee certainly loved it more than The Tooth Fairy.
I showed Ashlee Halloween, and we chat about it a little on the show. It upholds a grand tradition of me showing Ashlee movies when she’s already about to go to bed, so you can guess how that screening went.
We also watched The First Purge for the Fourth of July! I look forward to talking about it on the show, but for now I’ll say it was awesome and relevant and blunt as a bloody baseball bat with it’s messaging. Honestly, I think we need more movies that can be schlocky and have something to say at the same time. Dumb movies can be smart, and The Purge series is our best modern example of this.
Ashlee and David have finished the entire Insidious franchise with Insidious: Chapter 2.
This movie is incredible, and at the time it released, it was one of the movies where we were starting to recognize the Blumhouse Productions logo in front of all these horror movies we loved. It feels good to have finally covered the entire franchise on the show because Insidious is a major factor in why we do the podcast.
Don’t forget to listen to the other episodes for the Insidious series, and reach out on Facebook and Twitter to let us know how our new recording setup sounds. I’m excited to take the show further.
The much belated Insidiousepisode! Belated because it’s weeks after our last episode, belated because we recorded this weeks ago, and belated because I’ve wanted to talk about this movie since we started the show. Where Ashlee loves Blumhouse because of Paranomal Activity, I love the studio because of the Insidious franchise. Of course, you can read all about my love of the franchise in my blog post about it.
I hate making excuses, but they are interesting excuses, so I’ll talk about them.
We finally have a new mic setup! I got a USB mixer so Ashlee and I can each have our own mics and the show won’t sound like a conference call anymore. It’s changed up my workflow, though, and I should have gotten some pop filters too.
We also have a sponsor this week. I’m proud to talk about Multiplex 10. I’m a big fan, and the creator, Gordon, is my go to movie buddy for the movies Ashlee won’t see. Multiplex 10 is an animated short and an ongoing series about a b-movie fan and a film snob who work together at a movie theater, so I highly recommend, listeners!
It took me forever to record the promo because I’m awful at speaking into a mic by myself in a room. The spot took about 200 takes. I’m still learning how to do this stuff, but hey, that’s why I do this show.
And lastly, the show got pushed back because we lost my grandfather. We were close, so it was devastating. My grandfather was always interested in what I was up to, so explaining to him what a podcast is and that Ashlee and I were making a radio show in our living room was fun. I never played the show for him, but he though it was cool.
Sorry to end on that bummer note, but that’s where we are at today. Thanks for sticking around, and get ready for our next episode – Insidious: Chapter 2!
We celebrate 15 years together, and talk about watching our first date movie — Darkness Falls. David prepares for his 32nd birthday, and he learns the Muppets took some poetic license with A Muppet Christmas Carol.
We got our first Apple Podcasts reviews, and Ashlee got her cake! This is also our final episode before our new podcast equipment arrives, so I hope we see even more positive reviews when we sound better.
This episode, we discuss the latest film in the Insidious franchise, Insidious: The Last Key, and we do a lot of speculating on the future of the films. Reach out to us on Twitter and Facebook and let us know where you think Elise and her boys are going next.
Finally, if you missed David’s blog post last week, be sure to read it to find out just why he loves the Insidious movies so much.
One of my personal myths, a story I misheard or misremembered and retold to all my friends all my life, is that I watched Ghostbusters so much as a child that the tape wore out. At one recent retelling, my mom laughed. She just got rid of the tape because she was sick of it. But the core truth of… Read more →
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It’s finally time to talk about Insidious! This is my favorite Blumhouse franchise, and we’ll discuss the entire series in the next four episodes. We begin with Insidious: Chapter 3, and we’ll watch the movies chronologically. For those keeping score at home, that’s Insidious: Chapter 3, Insidious: The Last Key, Insidious, and finally, Insidious: Chapter 2.
Get ready to enter the Further as we talk about demons, spectral sightings, and our number one bae Lin Shaye!
I’m getting this episode in just under the wire. I don’t like to make excuses, but between school, work, and an internship, I can honestly say that the podcast’s priority gets buried.
But Ash and I still make time for movies, and we saw Happy Death Day on Friday the 13th. What a special film. It’s so much fun, and I think it’s fantastic that an original story can do so well critically and financially.
When we started this podcast, it seemed silly to focus our efforts as fans of one very specific little studio. But I think we were right on the money with Blumhouse as a studio, a brand, and an icon of the genre. It paid off in 2017. Get Out, Split, The Belko Experiment, and now Happy Death Day. And what a year for horror in general! IT‘s massive success is going to have huge influence on the next few years of the genre.
2018 is shaping up to be even greater with Insidious: The Last Key, The Purge: The Island, and Halloween already slated on Blumhouse’s schedule for next year! I know this sounds like an end of the year reflection post, but I think in a way, Halloween signals a time of renewal and transition in the horror genre.
Thanks for listening, and I hope you had a horrifyingly happy Halloween! Please remember to subscribe, review, and share the show!
Controversial opinions on today’s episode! Ashlee really enjoyed the maligned remake of Martyrs, and we share our less enthusiastic thoughts on the big horror movie in theaters now – IT.
Halloween season is upon us, which is always our favorite month for the podcast! Our Blumhouse picks for this month: Oculus, Insidious, and Insidious Chapter 2. We’re also going to rewatch Paranormal Activity3, so be sure to check out our Paranormal Activity Super Show episode (back when I had no idea what I was doing!).
Have a safe and spoopy Halloween season! Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram what Blumhouse movies you watch for your Halloween viewing.
We’re back, talking about 2014’s Jessabelle. Ashlee and I also settled on Wednesdays as our official recording day, which is going to make it a lot easier to fit the show into the rest of our schedules.
Next week’s movie is Martyrs (2015).
And as we mentioned on the show, we lost a friend of the show – Dustin Pace, aka duddyinmotion. He was a sweet guy and a wonderful artist who was beloved in the horror community. Please consider contributing to the memorial fund to help his wife Tiffany.
I saw The Belko Experiment while it was in theaters because I had lots of time after being laid off. Ashlee didn’t have a chance to see it until it hit VOD. I really dug this one. It’s cathartic, and has James Gunn’s brand of humor I’ve always loved. In my opinion, it nails office culture better than Office Space.
Podcaster pro tip: Don’t stick a microphone in your wife’s face when everyone is ready for bed. We are both tired, but it’s still a pretty fun episode. We’ll figure out a real schedule for this show eventually. No promises.
We had two great horror movies in a row with Get Out and Split, but it’s been all over the place since. Ashlee’s craving some old school Blumhouse, so if you want to read ahead, our next episode is Jessabelle. I just picked up the Blu-ray.
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