Friday, June 20, 2014

Podstallions 18: The Apocalypse

Episode 18 takes us to those days when the future wasn't looking so bright.

If we didn't blow each other up and get eaten by giant cockroaches, the environment would have us eating each other or even worse,  massacred by diapered men on horseback .

The Apocalypse talks about the years of heady, "gloomy doomy" science fiction movies of the early 1970s and then early 1980s, not only with US productions but it's effect on film in Canada, the UK, Japan and our personal favourite, Italy.

So grab a box of Soylent Green and listen to Pod Stallions Episode 18 here, it's Honky paradise!

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Alan said...

This is one of the most entertaining, funniest shows you guys have ever done! I look forward to these every month.

Ponch said...

Quickly becoming my favorite podcast!

Alan said...

It's funny that you mentioned "Where Have All The People Gone" because I'd just seen that for the first time last October on YouTube (you can view it here. Someone did a similar film in the mid '80s called "Night of the Comet" (viewable here -- man, I love this age of YouTube!). But the whole gimmick of empty clothes with powder in place of bodies was done before either of those, in a Star Trek episode called "The Omega Glory" written by Gene Roddenberry himself (viewable here).

There was another notable disaster film in the early '80s called "Virus", aka "Fukkatsu No Hi" (more info here). I caught the last 10 minutes on cable as a kid and it scared the crap out of me. There are 2 versions: a Japanese cut and an International cut, and there are some sequencing differences between the two, as well as a difference in length (the Japanese version is longer). Here's the Japanese cut.

Desdinova said...

I have worked with some people who consider one of my favorite films, Wild In the Streets, an apocalyptic film.

Desdinova said...

The opening credits to Soylent Green were created by Chuck Braverman.He made some films that appeared on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. The most famous was "American Time Capsule (The History of America in under 3 minutes)."

Anonymous said...

The reason Logan and Jessica strip in Box's ice palace, is that they are soaking wet and they don't want their clothes to freeze on them. Hence the grabbing of the furs. There is a deleted scene that was filmed of Box wanting them to pose in an embrace so he can sculpt them nude ( also further forming the beginnings of their attraction to each other ).

P.S. If you don't already own it, the complete score was released on a limited edition CD by Film Score Monthly. It's well worth picking up.


Anonymous said...

For a very affecting, low key post nuclear movie, seek out "Testament" from 1984. Produced by Paramount, shown on PBS, starring Jane Alexander, william Devane and featuring a very young Lukas Haas ( with a young Kevin Costner and Rebecca Demornay in very small roles as young couple ). Much more emotionally involving and moving than "The Day After" could ever hope to be.



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